Major city highway named after late PM

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Ho Chi Minh City's People's Council Wednesday approved the city administration's suggestion to name a major segment of the 22-kilometer long East-West Highway after late Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet.


"This is to show our respect and acknowledgement to Vo Van Kiet's devotion and contribution to building and developing our country and Ho Chi Minh City," said Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the municipal People's Committee.


Kiet, born in 1922 in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, became Chairman of the HCMC People's Committee in 1976 before becoming prime minister in 1991 and holding office until 1997.


During his tenure, Kiet was hailed as the architect of the doi moi market reforms of the late 1980s and 1990s that tackled dire poverty in Vietnam and ushered in an era of economic growth.


He died of natural causes in June 2008.


The 13.4-kilometer-long segment, which is now called Vo Van Kiet Highway, runs from National Highway 1A in Binh Chanh District to Calmette Bridge in District 1. It opened to traffic last September.


Meanwhile, remaining parts of the US$660-million East-West Highway project, including the underwater Thu Thiem Tunnel, are scheduled to finish in 2011. 

The project was designed to run from east to west and traverse eight districts while easing traffic congestion and allowing for the transport of goods from HCMC ports to neighboring provinces.

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