The third coconut festival to be held April 4-9 in Ben Tre Province will provide an opportunity for coconut growers nationwide to promote their products and exchange experiences.
The festival will include an exhibition of coconut products, a trade fair promoting high quality Vietnamese goods, a street festival, seminars and a designing contest on creating handicrafts from coconut parts.
Festival visitors will have a chance to visit the province's famous coconut gardens.
Many coconut farmers and enterprises from provinces like Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, Soc Trang, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen as well as some members from the Asia-Pacific Coconut Community are expected to attend the festival.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (LIBERATED SAI GON)
International visitor arrivals up 24.8%
The number of foreign visitors to Viet Nam reached 603,000 in January, up 24.8 per cent over the same period last year.
January saw remarkable year-on-year increases in the number of tourists from China (93.4 per cent), the UK (39.7 per cent), the US (26.8 per cent), Japan (26.2 per cent) and South Korea (17 per cent).
THOI BAO KINH TE VIET NAM(VIETNAM ECONOMIC TIMES)
Korean firms explore business opportunities
A delegation of 10 Korean companies specialising in camera, audio and broadcasting equipment will visit Viet Nam later this month to seek trade partners, according to the Viet Nam Electronic Industries Association.
The delegation will meet with executives of Vietnamese companies in Ha Noi on February 14 and in HCM City on Feb 16.
Thanh Nien (YOUNG PEOPLE)
Dong Nai to invest $522m in transport
Dong Nai will invest VND11 trillion (US$522.9 million) to upgrade 15 roads, six waterways and two bridges, according to a transport infrastructure development plan until 2015 approved recently by the provincial authority.
Of this amount, VND5 trillion ($237.68 million) will be taken from the provincial budget and the remaining amount mobilised from domestic and foreign investors under BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer), BT (Build-Transfer) and other investment forms.
From now until 2015, key projects to be completed and put into operation include the HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Highway and National Highways 51, 20 and 1.
NGUOI LAO DONG (THE LABOURER)
Viet Nam to reclaim land for agriculture expansion
Viet Nam will reclaim about 1.1 million ha of land in the 2011-20 period to have more land for agriculture, forestry and aquaculture, according to a master plan for agricultural production development until 2020 approved on February 2 by the Prime Minister.
Under the plan, the country targets to have 3.8 million ha dedicated to rice farming by 2020.
The plan also seeks to develop strong linkages between agricultural production, preservation and processing, and establish concentrated commodity production areas.
TUOI TRE (YOUTH)
25 per cent of office space vacant in HCM City
The current economic downturn and abundant supply of office space are exerting downward pressure on office rents in HCM City, according to the city Department of Construction.
Currently, the average rents per square metre is US$34.13 for Grade A, $18.36 for Grade B and $15.33 for Grade C office spaces. The prices have reduced by about 10 per cent on average compared to the same period last year.
The city currently has 283 office buildings – nine of Grade A, 45 of Grade B and 229 of Grade C.
TIN TUC (NEWS)