Vietnam preparing for ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment

According to Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen, the 13rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment (AMME 13) is a very important event with ASEAN countries in general and with Vietnam in particular. "This event will contribute to reinforcement of ASEAN community", he said at the meeting on 21st April which was organized to prepare for AMME 13. At the meeting, he highlighted that the successful organization of this event will accelerate role and position of Vietnam in the region as well as in the world, then contribute to reinforcement of ASEAN in situation of increasing complicated politic at the present. The Meeting will take place in Hanoi at the 3rd and 4th weeks of October 2015, with the participation of ASEAN countries, Japan, China, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, India, etc. It is expected that the meeting will discuss on issues related to nature and biodiversity conservation, environmentally sustainable city, inter-regional smoke … [Read more...]

Strategic mainstreaming of ecosystem-based adaptation

The project of "Strategic mainstreaming of ecosystem-based adaptation in Viet Nam" (EbA) has being implemented in Quang Binh, Ha Tinh provinces and Ha Noi City. The project aims to documentation of methodologies, strategies, and policies to integrate EBA into adaptation policies that applied practically. The project will help two provinces and Hanoi City strengthen their capacity in implementation of climate change adaptation activities by managing and utilizing on purpose the ecosystem and its services. The project is sponsored by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) with its total cost of Euro 4 million from ODA funding of Government of Germany. The project is owned by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and it shall be implemented in 5 years (2015-2019). … [Read more...]

Finding technology-based solutions to deal with wildlife crime

The competition aims to find and fund creative technology and technology-based solutions and to cope with illegal wildlife trade all over the world, including Vietnam. The United States International Development Agency (USAID) in collaboration with the Association of American Geographers, Institute of Smithsonian and the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC) have launched a competition of "Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge". The objectives of the competition focus on 4 main contents: detection of transportation sources; enhancement of information exchange of forensic evidence; wildlife consumption reduction; and coping with corruption. From results of the competition, the organization board will establish a group involving inventors, users and community. The group will help to enhance and duplicate the results into community. "By taking advantages of science and technology successes, we hope that the competition will break main barriers in the fighting against wildlife trade" … [Read more...]

Norway supports to monitor 6 projects on water supply and environment

Specifically, 6 projects include: the project of a drainage system in Cao Lanh city, Dong Thap province; the project of drainage network upgrades in Dien Bien Phu city, Dien Bien province; the project for the upgrades to drainage and water treatment systems in Quang Tri town, Quang Tri Province; the project for the construction of a solid waste treatment plant in Soc Trang city and the surrounding areas of Soc Trang province; the project for upgrade and construction of a drainage system in Thai Binh city, Thai Binh province; the project for construction of a wastewater treatment plant at Thuy Van Industrial Zone, Phu Tho province (Phase I). The Prime Minister has approved ODA loans for 6 projects under a lending agreement phase II of the Norway/KfW mixed credit programme to finance their international supervision-consultancy services. On the domestic financial mechanisms, the state budget allocates 100% of ODA loans for each project. The tax paid by the project’s counterpart … [Read more...]

Press center established to service for national reunification day

The organization board of national anniversary ceremonies in 2014- 2015 opened this morning Press Center, aiming to serve for the 40th anniversary of southern liberation and national reunification day on April 30. Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan, representative leaders of Central Department of Propaganda and Training, Ministry of Information and Communications; Nguyen Trong Nghia, Vice Chairman of the General Political Department of Vietnam; Deputy Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan, leaders of press agencies, journalists and editors, who will report news during the 40th anniversary of southern liberation and national reunification day attended the ceremony. Accordingly, the press center, which is equipped more than 30 computers to access the internet and relevant equipments for journalists, is located at HCMC Press Association. The center will run from 10am on April 27 to 23pm on April 30. On this occasion, the organization … [Read more...]

ASEAN draft statement says Sth China Sea land reclamation risks security

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(L-R) Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Laos' Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, Myanmar's President Thein Sein, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia's Prime MinisterHun Sen, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and Philippines' President Benigno Aquino III, pose for a photo during the opening ceremony of the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 27, 2015. Malaysia is hosting the summit from April 26 to 27, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi. Photo: Reuters ASEAN host Malaysia is set to give in to pressure from some neighbors and address the sensitive issue of land reclamations in the South China Sea with a draft summit statement saying such action may undermine peace, security and stability. The statement to be issued after the closing ceremony of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur on Monday … [Read more...]

Ministry asks hospitals to arrange medical workers on duty in holidays

The Department of Medical Examination and Treatment under the Ministry of Health, ordered hospitals in the country to arrange medical workers to work in upcoming holidays including the Southern Liberation & National Reunification Day (April 30) and May Day. Accordingly, hospital management boards must arrange managers, specialty managers, administrative medical workers, and safe guards and medical workers on duty to work in the holidays. Besides, the list of medical workers must be placed in divisions openly to avoid the shortage of medical workers who will examine and treat patients in these holidays. Hospitals are ready to provide treatment to emergency cases including victims of flames, accidents, poisoning and disasters. Medical experts must be ready to give consultation to their counterparts in small medical clinics in rural areas on difficult cases. The Ministry also asked hospitals to prepare equipments, drugs, blood supply for treating severe cases as well as prevent … [Read more...]

Suoi Tien Park marks anniversary of country’s founding fathers

A giant Banh chung (square glutinous rice cake) is displaying in a festival. (Photo: Sggp)

An anniversary celebration commemorating the nation's founders - the Hung Kings will be held at Suoi Tien Cultural Tourism Park in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 9 on April 28 or the 10th day of the third lunar month known as the national commemorative day. The festival will feature a series of cultural activities, such as offering 4,000 Banh chung (square glutinous rice cake) and banh day (round glutinous rice cake) to the national ancestors; a palanquin parade reviving folk legends including Son Tinh - Thuy Tinh (the God of the Mountain and the God of the Water), AU Co- Lac Long Quan, Mai An Tiem and Lang Lieu. More than 2,000 Vietnamese artists from 30 art troupes will join the event. … [Read more...]

HCM City plans Reunification Day party

Marching for the Reunification Day (Photo: VNA)

Streets and parks in Ho Chi Minh City will be alive with festivities in celebration of Reunification Day (April 30). A special cultural programme at the park in front of the Reunification Palace on Le Duan Street in District 1 is expected to include 4,000 amateur and professional performers on April 30. The outdoors event titled Dat Nuoc Tron Niem Vui (Joyful Country), organised by the City's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and its partners, will include dozens of music and theatre performances. Children will be treated to puppet and circus performances staged for free by the Vietnam Circus Union at Gia Dinh Park on Hoang Minh Giam Street in Go Vap District. The performers will offer circus, puppetry, and other art performances. They will present enchanting stories set in the world of dreams for love and peace. The show has been staged for three nights from April 26 till April 28 at cultural houses in the rural districts of Cu Chi, Binh Chanh and Hoc Mon. Primary and … [Read more...]

Airfare on HCM City-Chu Lai route costs VND250, 000

Low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific Airlines is offering a discount program on the route between Ho Chi Minh City and Chu Lai in Quang Nam Province. Accordingly, a one-way ticket on this route will be VND250,000. The price will be applied for flights departing from May 19-28 and September 7-22. The new service will be operational with three flights per week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday using 180-seat Airbus 320 starting May 19.The flight from Ho Chi Minh City will take off at 11.20 am; while the return flight from Chu Lai at 13.10 pm. Travel time is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. The carrier will add more flights on Ho Chi Minh City-Tuy Hoa in Phu Yen Province route. It will run five round flights per week.The flights are scheduled to take off at 4:40 pm from Tan Son Nhat airport and 4:15 pm from Tuy Hoa airport. The flying time is one hour. Jetstar Pacific is also launching a similar program to some local routes with costing from VND250, 000-850,000 for one way tickets. … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City ready for Reunification Day celebration (photos)

A banner celebrating the 40th anniversary of Reunification Day on April 30 is seen on Tran Hung Dao Street in District 1. Photo:  Tuoi Tre     Members of the people's armed forces are captured rehearsing for a parade slated for April 30. Photo:

The entire Ho Chi Minh City is busy these days preparing for the celebration in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Reunification Day on April 30 with a lot of activities. Tuoi Tre Tuoi Tre A trial music-manipulated water performance at the Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City which will be open to the public at the end of this month. Photo: Tuoi Tre Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! … [Read more...]

Banks to operate in month-end holidays

The State Bank of Vietnam has instructed commercial banks to ensure payment and cash withdrawal demand in upcoming holidays. In the SGGP photo is Nam A Bank

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has instructed in writing its subordinate units and credit institutions to keep operation in the Sounthern liberation and National Reunification Day-April 30 and May Day holidays. They should have plans to run the interbank payment system and meet payment and cash withdrawal demands. Banks have been instructed to arrange officials and staff on duty to ensure service quality and the thorough operation of ATM stations. Any arising issues should be solved timely. They have also been asked to supply enough foreign currencies for their subsidiaries to meet the money exchange demand of tourists in the holidays. … [Read more...]

Tokyo meeting marks southern Vietnam liberation anniversary

Vietnam’s arduous but glorious struggle against aggressors for national independence with the peak being the victory of Ho Chi Minh Campaign on April 30, 1975 was highlighted at a meeting in Tokyo on April 26. Speaking in front of representatives of the Vietnamese community in Japan, Ambassador Doan Xuan Hung affirmed that the triumph of the Ho Chi Minh Campaign and the reunification of Vietnam 40 years ago were brought about by the sound leadership of President Ho Chi Minh and the Communist Party. Forty years after the victory, Vietnam has developed from a poor and underdeveloped country to a dynamic economy with annual per capita income averaging US$2,000 in 2014. The country has expanded its external relations and its position in the international arena has been improved. The diplomat also stressed that every Vietnamese citizen living in Japan should take responsible for nurturing and developing the Vietnam-Japan relations in order to contribute further to the … [Read more...]

Contributing to advertising Phu Yen specialty

Tourists having a look at the displaying area of Phu Yen specialties.

From the middle of February 2015, the Center of agricultural extension and trade promotion (Department of Industry and Trade) has implemented linking with the enterprises producing and trading the locality’s specialty. This activity is aimed at developing the system of venues displaying, advertising the province’s special products at petrol stations, stop-over spots, tourism zones along the national avenue 1 and Da Dia reef. The entire province has 14 enterprises participating in this program. These are enterprises producing goods and the petrol-stations, stop-over spots along the National Avenue 1. Mr. Nguyen Hong Lac, head of trading division of Trang Thuy private enterprise (Tuy Hoa city), lets known: previously, we did contact one business partner, the stop-over spots along the national avenue 1 but only succeeded with one partner, the others mainly sold specialties of other localities, with Phu Yen products standing still. According to Mrs. Nguyen Thi Ha, director … [Read more...]

Discount airfares offered to war veterans

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The Vietnam national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has announced a special promotion program for war veterans and their relatives to welcome the 40th anniversary of South Liberation and National Reunification (April 30th). Accordingly, between April 30th to May 24th, passengers who are war veterans (from 55 years old upwards) and their family members (wife, husband, and kids, not adopted kids) will benefit a 40 percent discount on domestic routes Hanoi-Buon Ma Thuot/ Ho Chi Minh city/ Dien Bien/ Hue/ Tuy Hoa/ Quy Nhon/ Can Tho/ Chu Lai/ Dong Hoi/ Vinh and Ho Chi Minh city-Buon Ma Thuot/ Hai Phong/ Hue/ Thanh Hoa/ Quy Nhon/ Dong Hoi/ Vinh. These tickets will be applicable for flights departing from April 30th and December 30th, (not including taxes, surcharges, certain conditions, and peak period). Besides, welcoming the country’s major anniversaries, the airlines also organized other gratitude returning programs, such as inquiring after and granting gifts to martyrs’ … [Read more...]

VND1.11 trillion for Ho Chi Minh Highway construction in Phu Tho

An under construction section of Ho Chi Minh Highway (Photo: SGGP)

The Ministry of Transport on Sunday started a project to build the Ho Chi Minh Highway in the northern province of Phu Tho with a total capital of VND1,109 billion (US$51.43 million). The project under BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) form stretches over 35.07 kilometers. According to the ministry, the project plays a significant role in the completion of Ho Chi Minh Highway as per a plan approved by the National Assembly. After being built, the stretch will permit vehicles to travel 80 kilometers per hour, meet growing transport demand, and contribute in reducing traffic jam and accidents along Highways 32 and 2. It will also contribute the country's socioeconomic development and ensure security for the northern key economic zone. The ministry instructed the project’s investors to speed up progress and shorten construction time by 3-5 months so as to complete it by next year. … [Read more...]

Television to go digital nationwide by 2020

Television service will go digital at all provinces and cities nationwide by 2020, according to the Authority of Radio Frequency Management (ARFM). At a recent conference on the digitalisation of radio and television broadcasting in Ho Chi Minh City, the ARFM said in 2015 five big cities in Vietnam will complete the digitalisation of television according to standards of the radio single frequency technology DVB-T2/MPEG-4. In 2016, the number will rise to 26 provinces and cities towards the goal of ending the broadcast of analogue television in 2020. The Ministry of Information and Communication has allocated VND1.71 trillion (US$79.5 million) to assist poor families in the conversion process. International Telecommunication Union representative Francoirs Rancy told the conference that despite numerous difficulties, the change to digital TV has been carried out successfully in Danang City. He said the ITU will assist Vietnam in carrying out the switchover. … [Read more...]

Vietnam FM attends preparatory meetings at 26th ASEAN Summit

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh led a Vietnam delegation to attend several meetings in preparation for the 26 th ASEAN Summit held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 26. Addressing the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the ASEAN Political-Security Committee Council’s meeting and the ASEAN Coordinating Council’s meeting, Minh called on ASEAN to demonstrate stronger determination and efforts to carry out the roadmap on building the ASEAN Community on the three pillars of politics-security, economics and culture-society. Vietnam is resolved to work together with other member states to address existing issues in order to meet the goal of establishing the ASEAN Community by the end of 2015. The country will also contribute actively to drafting the ASEAN Community Vision to 2025, and coordinate closely with other members in dealing with regional and international challenges, Minh stated. Mentioning the complicated developments in regional … [Read more...]

Honda Vietnam at odds with ministry over almost $10mn tax arrears

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The Vietnamese unit of motor maker Honda and the Ministry of Finance still fail to reach an agreement on a preferential tax treatment the company is supposed to enjoy, thanks to which it refuses to pay nearly US$10 million in tax arrears. Honda Vietnam Co. Ltd. has been asked to pay VND182 billion ($8.48 million) in tax arrears and fines, Deputy Minister of Finance Do Hoang Anh Tuan said at a government meeting on Saturday. While the company has followed the order, it still owes "a large sum of money" to the state budget, Tuan added without elaborating the violations of the motor manufacturer. Honda Vietnam went under a tax inspection in 2014, and was eventually asked to pay nearly VND400 billion ($18.64 million) in tax debts and fines, another finance ministry official told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Sunday. The company, which has two motor-manufacturing plants and a car-making facility in Vietnam, has so far paid only VND182 billion of the sum, and thus still owes around … [Read more...]