More investment needed for rural development

Although investment in agriculture and rural areas has improved remarkably in recent years, the number of projects and the volume of investment capital in this sector are still less than in other economic sectors.

According to the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), in 2008, the agro-forestry-fisheries sector attracted 45 new projects with a combined investment of over 252 million USD; accounting for 3.8 percent of all projects and 0.42 percent of newly registered investment. The respective percentages for the first eight months of the year were 2.57 percent and 0.46 percent.

Marine science group meets in HCM City

Members of the HCM City Marine Science-Technology and Economy Association under HCM City ’s Union of Science and Technology Societies convened for its first meeting on Sept. 19.

Tourist waste pollutes seas, rivers

Although a booming tourism industry has turned Vietnam into one of the hottest destination in all of Asia , rampant waste by the same industry is destroying the country’s charming coasts and waterways.
According to the Nha Trang Bay Reserve, every day nearly 10 tonnes of waste water are let into the sea by tourism facilities and locals in Nha Trang City .

Children speak out on their rights at forum

Nearly 200 children from HCM City clubs and schools posed questions and offered suggestions about protecting children’s rights at a two-day forum that ended in HCM City on July 20.