Tuoitrenews briefs some of the leading stories published today on Vietnamese media:
-- Ho Chi Minh City and the German State of Sachsen both want to lift bilateral cooperation to a new height that matches their potential, especially in environment and education, said Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan and Sachsen Governor Stanislaw Tillich during a meeting in HCMC on March 30.
-- Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima met with Ho Chi Minh City’s authorities on March 30 during their five-day official visit to Vietnam.
-- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked ministries, branches and localities to continue to synchronously implement inflation curbing measures, in order to stabilize the macro-economy and ensure jobs and life for laborers at the regular cabinet meeting in Hanoi on March 30.
He also requested these agencies strictly implement social security policies, especially for poor people, beneficiaries of social welfare and wage earners, and to urgently build policies for low-income workers.
-- The private sector has made up 78 percent of 500 enterprises rated as fastest growing in the FAST-500 list announced by the Vietnam Joint Stock Rating Report Co (VNR) on March 30.
-- US firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has won the first prize in a US$50,000 contest to design the Vietnam Oil and Gas Tower, an international symbol of the Vietnamese oil and gas industry, according to PetroVietnam Construction Joint Stock Co (PVX).
-- China’s joint contractors of Tianjin Alstom Hydro and Hydrochina Zhongnan Engineering Corp will provide electro-mechanical equipment and technical services to the Huoi Quang Hydroelectric Power Plant in the northern province of Son La, according to a recent contract. The US$62.5 million contract is funded by the French Development Agency (AFD).
-- The HCMC-based Sacombank and The Netherlands Development Finance Co (FMO) have inked deal for a $150 million loan, of which $25 million will come from FMO. The lending with a maturity of 10 years is the first FMO’s secondary lending to a Vietnamese bank.