News in Brief: February 25, 2021

Vietnamese airlines’ on-time performance (OTP) from January 19 to February reached 94.6%, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV). Bamboo Airways recorded the highest rate at 96.7%, followed by Pacific Airlines (96.5%), Vietnam Airlines (96.3%), Vietravel Airlines (93.6%), Vasco (93.4%), and Viejet Air (91.7%).

News in Brief: February 24, 2021

Yen Bai province has planted over 3,269 ha of forest since the start of 2021, reaching 21.1% of the whole year’s set plan.

Under a revised decision on approving the action plan on improving competitiveness and developing Vietnam's logistics sector towards 2025, the sector’s contribution to GDP is expected to reach 5-6%, with its growth rate reaching 15-20% by 2025.

The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee held an online conference on February 23 to provide training and guidance on the inspection and supervision of the election of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure.

Only ritual ceremonies will be held at the upcoming Hung Kings Temple Festival in Phu Tho province this year while festive activities will be omitted from the festival due to COVID-19, the local authorities announced on February 23.

Vietnamese airlines no longer use Boeing 777 aircraft, having sold four planes of this type in 2017-2018, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam. The authority released this information after the US plane manufacturer Boeing recommended grounding all 128 Boeing 777 around the world following an engine fire on a B777 United Airlines flight.

The Prime Minister issued dispatch No.216/TTg-CN on February 23 regarding adjusting and supplementing the master plan on the development of industrial parks (IPs) in the northern province of Bac Giang, under which new IPs including Yen Lu, Yen Son – Bac Lung and Tan Hung are to be added to the locality.

The Vietnamese national football team will gather from May 22 to prepare for the FIFA World Cup qualifying round in June, as announced the Vietnam Football Federation.

In response to the nationwide programme of planting one billion trees during 2021-2025, Dien Bien province has planted 100 cherry trees in Pa Khoang commune, Dien Bien Phu city, while mobilising local ethnic minorities to actively respond to the programme and plant on green barren land in Dien Bien.

News in Brief: February 23, 2021

The Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) at all levels has launched a campaign calling on domestic consumers to help farmers in the northern province of Hai Duong, currently struggling against the COVID-19 pandemic and holding a huge amount of unsold farm produce. More than 10 tonnes of agricultural products were sold at the campaign’s launch ceremony in Hanoi on February 23.

On February 23, Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environment Co., Ltd (CITENCO) and the Ho Chi Minh City Finance and Investment State-owned Company (HFIC) held a signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding on the realisation of the goal of building and promoting the implementation of green solutions, towards increasing the green GDP ratio for Ho Chi Minh City.

Bamboo Airways has announced the addition of VND3.5 trillion to its charter capital, bringing the total to VND10.5 trillion (US$457.3 million). The adjustment marks the fifth and largest addition by the Vietnamese budget carrier to date. Its shareholder structure remains unchanged, with the FLC Group holding 51.29% as of the end of last year.

The People’s Committee of the central province of Quang Binh said on February 22 that the Prime Minister has approved an investment policy for the Quang Trach II Thermal Power Plant Project in Vinh Son village, Quang Dong commune, Quang Trach district, Quang Binh province. The project will apply traditional steam condenser thermal technology with a total capacity of 1,200 MW and total investment of over VND48 trillion.

According to the National Centre for Meteorological and Hydrological Forecasting, on February 22, Typhoon Dujuan, currently active in the south-eastern sea of the Philippines, has weakened to a tropical depression and will continued to weaken to a low-pressure area. The strongest winds at the centre of the low-pressure area have dropped below level 6.

The Central Council of the Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organisation has launched a contest entitled “Young Historians” for children aged from 6-15 nationwide. The event is part of activities to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (March 26, 1941-2021) and the 80th anniversary of the Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organisation.

Former Permanent Member of the Politburo and former President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Pham The Duyet, along with representatives of the An Giang Provincial Party Committee, offered incense to pay tribute to the late President Ton Duc Thang at his memorial house at My Hoa Hung commune, Long Xuyen city, An Giang province on February 22.

News in Brief: February 22, 2021

The Standing Board of Bac Giang Provincial Party Committee has announcement No. 148-TB/TU, agreeing the deduction of VND2 billion from the province’s relief fund to support the Hai Duong people in the prevention and control of the epidemic.

The Ministry of Education and Training has announced that at the moment, 49 provinces and cities nationwide are allowing students to stay at home and study online due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister has given instructions on formulating a plan on the network of higher education institutions and teacher training schools for the 2021-2030 period, aiming to create a fair, equal, high-quality and efficient tertiary education system.

The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho is planning to spend over VND703 billion (US$30.5 million) on its sustainable poverty reduction programme in 2021, aiming to increase the proportion of poor households with access to basic social services.