Specifically, petroleum products recorded the highest export growth at 18.5%, followed by fruit and vegetables at 12.4%, and electric wires and cables at 9.6%.
The items witnessing the export growth of less than 6% include means of transport and spare parts, phones and accessories, toys, sports equipment and parts, chemical products, crude oil, and rice.
With regard to the export value, phones and components took the lead, bringing in US$9.2 billion, an increase of 5.2% against the same period from last year.
Elsewhere, the strongest decline was recorded in the export of fibers and textile yarns of all kinds which endured a drop of 38.4%, while the export value of timber and wood products decreased by 31.8%.
Furthermore, seafood, rubber, iron and steel, chemicals, plastics products, garment and textiles all experienced a downward trajectory of 29.1%, 28.3%, 25.7%, 24%, 20.5%, and 19.6%, respectively.
Experts pointed out that aside from a general decline in industrial production, the total export value of goods throughout the reviewed period also dropped by 10.4% year on year, indicating that the national economy is currently posing some problems that need to be tackled.
Most notably, this decline in exports initially began across multiple fields in the final months of last year, including textiles and garments, leather and footwear, as well as wood products and machinery.
In addition, the risk of economic recession in the United States has made the export situation become even more difficult as the US represents one of Vietnam’s largest export markets.
Master plan on Ha Long city till 2040 announced
The People’s Committee of northern Quang Ninh province and the Ministry of Construction on March 11 announced the master plan on Ha Long city till 2040 which was approved by the Prime Minister on February 10, said the Vietnam News Agency.
Speaking at the event, Secretary of the Ha Long Party Committee Vu Van Dien said under the plan, Ha Long city is set to become a civilised and friendly tourist and service urban area, a world-class national service and tourism hub with modern and synchronous socio-economic infrastructure.
Its sustainable development will be aligned with requirements for green growth and climate change response, with Cua Luc Bay as a connectivity hub, in harmony with the world natural wonder Ha Long Bay and the northern mountainous regions of the city.
Regarding urban development, the city is expected to have a population of around 620,000-650,000 people by 2030 and approximately 800,000-830,000 by 2040.
Ha Long city is set to be a political, administrative, economic, and cultural hub of the province. It is also part of the expanded dynamic urban area of Ha Long, Cam Pha, Quang Yen, Uong Bi, and Dong Trieu.
This is the comprehensive and multi-industry hub of the province, with tourism, service, processing, hi-tech, mining, seaport, and clean energy as the core industries. The development of Ha Long is of utmost importance for the overall development of the province.
Acting Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Cao Tuong Huy said during 2022-2025, the city will complete urban infrastructure system, embark on green urban development integrated with smart city model, complete the construction of transport routes and tourism infrastructure.
During 2025-2030, the focus will be on improving the quality of the coastal space, completing the construction of coastal roads, public and coastal tourism areas.
From 2031-2040, there will be a greater connectivity with neighbouring areas such as Uong Bi and Cam Pha cities, Quang Yen town to create a harmonious development space in the principle of preserving and upholding the values of Ha Long Bay.
13 Vietnamese named among world's best scientists
A total of 13 Vietnamese nationals working in the country have been listed among the world's top scientists by research.com, a reputable scientist ranking website, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.
The ranking is based on D-index (Discipline H-index), which includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline. It was completed after analysing the data of 166,880 scientists in 24 areas on Microsoft Academic Graph.
The scientists named in the ranking specialise in seven fields, ranging from engineering and technology, computer science, environmental science, material science, mechanical and aerospace engineering, to community health, and social sciences and humanities.
The group are made up of Assoc. Prof. Dr Hoang Van Minh of Hanoi University of Public Health, as well as Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Hoang Son, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tu Binh Minh, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Dinh Duc, and Prof. Dr. Pham Hung Viet of the Vietnam National University-Hanoi. This is along with Dr. Hoang Nhat Duc from Duy Tan University, Prof. Nguyen Van Hieu of Phenikaa University, Prof. Nguyen Xuan Hung and Assoc. Prof. Phung Van Phuc of Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Thoi Trung of Van Lang University, Assoc. Prof. Thai Hoang Chien of Ton Duc Thang University, Assoc. Prof. Bui Quoc Tinh of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Assoc. Prof. Tran Xuan Bach of Hanoi Medical University.
Last year, research.com also named 10 Vietnamese scientists in its list of the world's best scientists.
Earlier, 10 Vietnamese were named in the list of the world’s top 10,000 scientists released in October 2022 by PLOS Biology Journal of the United States, with the list featuring Prof. Dr. Nguyen Dinh Duc and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Hoang Son./.