Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha admitted shortcomings in several fields within his remit while responding to questions of legislators on June 4.
The rapid population growth is putting a lot of pressure on housing in Vietnam’s urban areas.
Ho Chi Minh City announced on April 1 that its average population growth rate during 2009-2019 is 2.15 percent per annum, which means the city has an addition of 170,000 people each year, equivalent to the population of a small district in the southern hub.
Over the last 10 years, Vietnam has been able to stabilise its population growth, and authorities have shifted their focus to population quality.
Ho Chi Minh City needs a large amount of money to fix its flooding problem since it was designed for two million people but the population has surged to more than 10 million, experts have said at a recent conference on the issue.
Vietnam's Central Highlands has lost nearly 14% of its forest area since 2008, with some local officials found to have been involved in illegal deforestation, a report said.
(VOV) - The Ministry of Health held a meeting in Hanoi on December 25 - the eve of Vietnam’s Population Day (Dec. 26) - promoting birth rate reduction and gender equality for sustainable development.
Vietnam aims to reduce its birth rate from 2.0 percent in 2010 to 1.9 percent by 2015, according to the national target program on population and family planning.
Population growth in the 2001-2010 period dropped to 1.2 percent, the lowest in fifty years, said Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Ba Thuy.