One of the largest hydro-electric projects ever attempted in South East Asia is going ahead in Vietnam.
One of the largest hydro-electric projects ever attempted in South East Asia is going ahead in Vietnam. The government sees it as a major help in lifting a country that has known little peace throughout the past forty years, and whose 1979 production figures were dismal.
SYNOPSIS: The dam site is one the Black River near Hoa Binh, some seventy-five kilometres south-west of Hanoi is what was previously known as North Vietnam. It is being built with funds from the Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries. And, when completed, the project will supply more power than all of Vietnam's existing power stations put together.
Vietnam sorely needs the uplift that projects like this can bring. The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported on Wednesday (26 December) that the country's economic performance in 1979 was below target, largely caused by continuing warfare, plus poor economic planning and management. Apart from unspecified human losses, the country paid heavily in development resources waging its border war against China and in supporting the pro-Soviet administration of Heng Samrin in Kampuchea (Cambodia).
National Assembly members in Hanoi on Wednesday (26 December) applauded deputy premier Le Than Nghi, chairman of the State Planning Commission, when he announced the annual economic report. Its contents were hardly cheering. In food production along, the thirteen and a half million tons produced were about six million tons short of estimated needs.