Spending for the ten-day celebration of Thang Long-Ha Noi's 1,000th anniversary hit VND265 billion (US$13.25 million), VND85 million less than the amount expected by authorities, said Hoang Manh Hien, deputy chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee on Wednesday.
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Hien said that during the preparations for the ceremony, the city was determined to fight waste, save costs and avoid wrongdoing.
The money was mainly spent on mass media programmes and cultural events, the welcoming ceremony and gifts for guests, he said.
Mass media programmes and cultural events cost VND250 billion, nearly VND1.4 billion less than the initial plan; spending for the welcoming ceremony was VND7.6 billion, VND2.4 billion less than estimated; and gift expenditure was VND8.2 billion, VND1 billion lower. - VNS