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US$265 million for smart traffic operation centre in HCM City

A smart traffic operation centre in HCM City will receive an investment of VNĐ6 trillion (US$265 million) from 2017 to 2020, the city’s Department of Transport has said. In the first phase of the project, about VNĐ250 billion ($11 million) will be allocated to upgrade ...

Solar power costs remain high in Vietnam

Vietnam’s renewable energy production costs remain higher than other countries as the country still does not have a competitive solar energy market. Many people in the country have saved money by using solar energy. A solar energy system with capacity of 1 KW was installed on the ...

Sleepless in HCM City: a tourism initiative

New York, famously known as the “city that never sleeps,” will soon be joined by HCM City, which is aspiring to that status in an effort to step up its tourism game. The city, formerly known as Sài Gòn and the “Pearl of the Orient” ...

Vietnamese businesses worry about weak competitiveness

A survey found that only 32 percent of businesses have confidence in the competitiveness of their products, while others are worried about the increased presence of foreign goods. Chu Tien Dung, chair of the HCMC Business Association, said at the meeting between HCMC’s leaders and ...

Tracking water use on smartphone in HCMC

With a smartphone on hand, HCMC residents can monitor their domestic water use, leakage, and even online payment no matter where they are. A representative of Rynan Technologies introduces the smart water meter at a meeting with HCMC leaders in this file photo. The above features are ...

HCMC draws up plan to deal with hazardous waste treatment

The HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment has granted more than 5,000 registry books to the owners of hazardous waste sources. Official reports show the amount of hazardous waste has been increasing steadily year after year, from 250 tons per day in 2011 to ...

Flooding remains severe in HCMC despite huge investment

HCMC is struggling with worsening flood issues despite huge spending on anti-flood projects over the years, said a recent conclusion signed by chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong on illegal land reclamation on the city’s drainage systems. A lot of streets in the city are submerged after heavy ...

Businesses still struggle with administrative procedures

Vietnam has made some strides in administrative reform but local enterprises are still grappling with administrative procedures relating to taxes, sub-licenses and inspections, heard at a meeting between National Assembly deputies and businesses on October 3. Aside from capital, market and technology, the business community needs ...

Giant landfill in Saigon causing pollution

The $100 million Da Phuoc solid waste treatment complex in Da Phuoc Commune, Binh Chanh District, HCM City is considered the most modern of its kind in Vietnam but it is also a source of pollution for the surrounding area. Put into operation in 2007 by ...

Safety debate erupts after Vietnam facility caught ripening durians with chemicals

Debate has raged in Vietnam over the use of legal chemicals to artificially ripen fruits, after a facility in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong was caught ripening numerous immature durians this way last week. On September 1, an inspection team raided a fruit facility ...

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