In the two years since the Paris Peace Treaty led to the cessation of bombing of North Vietnam -- although not the end of fighting in South Vietnam -- the people of Hanoi and the countryside have continued to reconstruct their war-shattered economy.
GV Hanoi's City Square (3 shots)
GV Painters work on large bill board
SV & GV School-children being led through streets (2 shots)
GV People shopping in market
SV Fruit (2 shots)
SV Market place
SV Shopper looks at clothes
GV PAN Cyclists in front of new building
SV & GV Building sites (4 shots)
GV PAN FROM Bomb damage to spinning mills
SV Weaving machines
SV Poster on factory wall
GV PAN Spinning mill
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Background: In the two years since the Paris Peace Treaty led to the cessation of bombing of North Vietnam -- although not the end of fighting in South Vietnam -- the people of Hanoi and the countryside have continued to reconstruct their war-shattered economy.
The North Vietnamese government claims the present one-year state development plan has already dramatically improved the living standards of its people. This is without aid which the United States promised to provide under the terms of the Paris Agreement. The North Vietnamese say if this had been provided reconstruction would have been even quicker.
The markets of Hanoi -- literally driven underground during the period of air attacks -- are now back on the surface full of food and flourishing.
The government says rice production has leaped by 121 per cent over last year's harvest and food generally is now not only freely available but to cheaper than before.
In the rebuilding of Hanoi, factories and houses take first priority, public facilities come next. Workmen are at present building a five-storey post office in the centre of the city which should be finished in September. Elsewhere they are building facilities such as children's clubhouses.
Before this work began every effort was put into the reconstruction of industrial plants.
One such factory -- a spinning mill -- was built in 1965 and called the 'May Eighth Spinning Mill' in honour of International Women's Day. It was reportedly bombed 36 times during the fighting.
Now rebuilt, the factory -- still with shrapnel marks in the walls -- houses 6,000 workers who work round-the-clock in eight hour shifts aiming at a state-set annual productivity increase of 20 per cent.