-- Party General Secrtary Nguyen Phu Trong has highlighted the important role of entrepreneurs in national industrialization and modernization at a recent working session with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and representatives of businesses in Hanoi.
-- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide an $80 million loan to Vietnam’s road upgrade project in six northern mountainous provinces, according to a recent agreement signed in Hanoi by the Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam Nguyen Van Binh and the ADB Country Director in Vietnam Tomoyuki Kimura.
-- A workshop, a part of the project “Promoting action on child helmet use” funded by the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation. has been held in the central Da Nang City to discuss measures to raise people’s awareness on the importance of having children wear helmets when riding motorcycles.
-- The executive board of the World Bank (WB) has approved a credit worth $457 million for Vietnam to help the country implement three development projects including one to enhance access to effective and sustainable infrastructure services in the northern and central region, another one to help the government improve rural communities’ access to markets, non-agricultural economic opportunities and social services, and a poverty reduction project.
-- Vietnam's Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2010-11 report, carried out by the General Statistics Office (GSO) in collaboration with UNICEF and UNFPA between September 2010 and January 2011, revealed persisting disparity in the lives and well-being of local women and children.
-- The Mekong Delta region has exported an additional 91,000 tons of rice, bringing the total rice exports so far this year to 6.1 million tons worth $3.1 billion, a year-on-year increase of 7 percent in volume and 16 percent in value.
-- After two days of competition, Vietnam came at third position in the medal tally with six golds, 14 silvers and 12 bronzes at the Para Games 2011 which is taking place in Solo Island, Indonesia.