Da Nang's top ten events in 2013

posted Dec 31, 2013, 6:41 AM by Danang Beach   [ updated Dec 31, 2013, 6:42 AM ]
The following events have been selected by the Da Nang Newspaper as the top ten in 2013.

1  Politburo Conclusion No 75 issued

On 12 November, the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee issued Conclusion No 75 regarding promoting the building and development of Da Nang in the context of industrialisation and modernisation.  This document will play a vital role in identifying orientations and creating a new impetus for the city's growth in the future.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the Standing Board of the city’s Party Committee
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the Standing Board of the city’s Party Committee

2  New key city leaders selected

Under the recommendation of the Politburo, the Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Da Nang Party Committee (PC), Mr Tran Tho, was elected Chairman of the municipal People’s Council for the remainder of the 2011 - 2016 tenure, and Secretary of the city’s PC for the 2010 - 2015 tenure.

The Head of the Publicity and Training Department of the city’s PC, Mr Vo Cong Tri, was elected the new permanent PC Deputy Secretary for the remainder of the 2010 - 2015 tenure.

3  Street named after General Vo Nguyen Giap
Installing a Vo Nguyen Giap Street name plate

The renaming of a Da Nang street after the late General Vo Nguyen Giap was approved by the city’s authorities on 11 December at the 8th session of the local People's Council for the 2011 - 2016 term.

Vo Nguyen Giap Street is now the name of the road in Ngu Hanh Son District between the T-junction of Hoang Sa and Nguyen Huy Chuong streets and the junction of Truong Sa and Minh Mang streets.

4  Da Nang’s adjusted master urban plan towards 2030 with a vision to 2050 approved

The Vietnamese Prime Minister recently approved Da Nang’s master urban plan towards 2030 with a vision to 2050.

Da Nang will strive to become the nation’s most modern city by 2030, and a city specialising in international-standard finance, tourism and technology by 2050. 

5  New constructions put into operation

The Rong (Dragon), the Tran Thi Ly, the Nguyen Tri Phuong, and the Khue Dong bridges, along with Vo Chi Cong Street were all officially opened to traffic in 2013.

The Dragon Bridge has won the Diamond Award in the 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) in the structural systems category.  This award is the highest honour for a project outside the United States.

The Da Nang Cancer Hospital, the first of its kind in the central and highlands region, was officially opened on 19 January.

The 1,500 billion VND, 500-bed hospital covers an area of 15ha in Lien Chieu District’s Hoa Minh Ward.  It is Viet Nam’s largest charitable specialised hospital, with modern facilities and advanced medical treatment technology.

6  Export turnover exceeds 1.3 billion USD

Da Nang’s export turnover exceeded 1.3 billion USD in 2013, which is the highest ever recorded in the city.  Electrical equipment, telecommunications and electronics together generated the highest export turnover at more than 240 million USD.  They were followed by the textiles and garments industry with 215 million USD, and fisheries with 115 million USD.

7  Positive results from the city’s budget collection

Despite the economic difficulties, 2013 saw a positive result in Da Nang’s budget collection.  The total budget collected in the city reached 11,217.3 billion VND.  Of this, the domestic collection increased by 21% year-on-year to 8,170.3 billion VND, representing 100% of the year’s estimates.

The city’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 8.1% year-on-year, and the value of services rose by 10%.

8  Work starts at Hue T-junction

The construction of an overpass at the city’s Hue T-junction started on 28 September.  The 1,797 billion VND overpass will consist of 3 levels: the lowest level will be used by rail traffic, whilst the upper levels will be for local and inter-provincial vehicular traffic.

The overpass is expected to open for traffic on 29 March 2015, marking the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang.   Once operational, the overpass is expected to help reduce traffic congestion and the number of accidents in the area, as well as to become a unique architectural feature at the northern gateway to the city.
A model of the Hue T-junction overpass

9  Rapid recovery after severe storms

Da Nang faced a number of severe storms in 2013, including powerful Storm Nari and super-typhoon Haiyan.  In particular, Storm Nari, which swept through the city in the early morning of 15 October, caused damage estimated at around 868 billion VND.

However, as soon as the storm had passed, the local authorities took immediate action to deal with storm damage and help local residents to resume their normal lives and business production.

10  First-ever Da Nang Festival of History launched

In response to Viet Nam Cultural Heritage Day (23 November), the first-ever Da Nang Festival of History has been launched from early August to 23 November.

The event was co-organised by the city's Historical Science Association, the Publicity and Training Department, the Youth Union, the Da Nang University of Education, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Department of Education and Training, the Da Nang Radio and Television station, and the Da Nang Newspaper.  It drew a great deal of attention from local senior high school pupils.

Pupils from Le Quy Don Senior High School for Gifted Students having a history lesson at the Da Nang Museum

(Source: Danang Today)