Vietnam’s strong economic growth in Italian media spotlight

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(VOV) -Under the title "Vietnam sets economic targets for 2015" Italy's sudestasiatico.com ran an in-deep article on Vietnam's remarkable economic growth despites numerous difficulties, including bad debt. Author Roberto Tofani reported that the 8th session of the 13th Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) opened in Hanoi on October 20 with a heavy agenda. During the 35 working days, the longest session of this tenure so far, the legislature is expected to adopt 18 draft laws and three draft … [Read more...]

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Danang mitigates climate change impact in urban areas

The Danang People's Committee and the French Development Agency (AFD) jointly held a conference on October 30 to review a project on mitigation of climate change impact in the central city's urban areas. The event aimed to promote support solutions for dealing with natural disasters and implement a national strategy on green growth with the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 8-10% and those from energy consuming activities by 10-20% by 2020. Data from the municipal electricity … [Read more...]

Vietnam sends condolences over Zambian President’s death

President Michael Chilufya Sata Michael Sata passed away in London where he was receiving medical treatment on October 28. (VOV) -President Truong Tan Sang on October 31 extended a message of condolence to the acting President of Zambia, Guy Scott, over the death of President Michael Chilufya Sata. … [Read more...]

President Sang receives Japanese delegation

(VOV) - President Truong Tan Sang has commended the Vietnam visit by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry delegation as a practical contribution to realizing the strategic partnership agreement between the two nations. At a reception for the Japanese delegation led by Chairman of the Japan-Mekong Economic Cooperation Yoichi Kobayashi in Hanoi on October 31, Sang hailed the growing ties between the two nations with Japan being one of the leading partners of Vietnam. He affirmed … [Read more...]

Zalo wins The Smarties award

(VOV) - The VNG Corporation announced on October 31 that the Zalo application has won The Smarties award in the Media Company of the Year in Mobile category. The award is in recognition of its remarkable achievements in leading the development of the mobile marketing sector by possessing advertising and digital content. Zalo has conducted many communications campaigns such as "Red Bull-The Invincible Bull" which win the gold prize in the Messaging category. In addition, Momo "World Cup … [Read more...]

Vu Thi Trang joins World top 50

(VOV) -With 1700 points added to her total points, Vietnamese female badminton player Vu Thi Trang jumped to the 49th position in the world based on the Badminton World Federation's latest figure. This is the highest position any female Vietnamese badminton player has achieved. Trang achieved a four-step rise compared to her previous ranking. Meanwhile in the men's category, Vietnamese top player Nguyen Tien Minh dropped one notch to the 18th position in the world badminton ranking. … [Read more...]

VINASA Chairman elected to ASOCIO leadership

(VOV) -The General Assembly of the Asian-Oceania Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) has elected a new leadership for the 2015 to 2016 term within the framework of the (ASOCIO) ICT Summit 2014 taking place from October 28-31 in Hanoi and central Danang city. Accordingly, Chairman of the Association of Thai ICT Industry (ATCI) Saraggananda Bunrak has become the new chairman of the ASOCIO. The organization also includes 8 chairpersons who are ICT association leaders from Vietnam, Japan, Hong … [Read more...]

USAID project to grow commercial market against HIV in Vietnam

(VOV) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) officially kicked off a US$15 million project in HCM City on October 30 to encourage private health-related goods and services for HIV prevention and control. The project will leverage private-sector solutions, expertise, interests, and assets to identify market opportunities and catalyze market responses to the HIV epidemic. The project will support a phased transition from an environment where condoms and other related HIV prevention … [Read more...]

Ha Long hosts photo and souvenir exhibition

(VOV) - A photo and souvenir exhibition opened in Quang Ninh Museum in Ha Long City on October 31 as part of activities to celebrate 20 years of Ha Long Bay being recognised as a world natural heritage by UNESCO (December 17). On display are a World heritage photo collection, 8 photos on Vietnam's world heritage sites, 90 best photos selected from a fine art photo contest and 8 best souvenir products chosen from a souvenir production contest on Ha Long Bay. On December 17, 1994, UNESCO … [Read more...]

New Year firework show planned to light up HCM City

(VOV) - Ho Chi Minh City is set to light the sky within credible firework display at Bitexco Financial Tower in District 1 to welcome in the 2015 New Year with a sparkling barrage of colour and sound. It was proposed to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ministry of Defence and the Government Office. After the plan is approved, the 15-minute pyrotechnic performance will take place from 00:00 to 00:15 of January 1. According to the city People's Committee, the event will open a … [Read more...]

Singapore helps train Vietnamese government officials

(VOV) -The Temasek Foundation of Singapore is to help train 140 Vietnamese officials at the provincial, municipal and district levels between now to late 2015 at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The pledged was made at an October conference in Hanoi reviewing a cooperation programme between the NTU and Vietnam under Project 165 which is designed to train government officials overseas, using funds from the State budget. The focus of the courses will be on improving leadership … [Read more...]

Taekwondo artists win gold in World Poomsae Champions

(VOV) -Three Vietnamese taekwondo artists have clinched a gold medal at the 9th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships, which takes place in Aguascalientes, Mexico from October 30 to November 2. This is the fourth time, trio Chau Tuyet Van, Nguyen Thi Le Kim and Nguyen Thuy Xuan Linh secured first in the women's U30 recognized poomsae team event. Besides, Vietnam has pocketed one silver and three bronze medals till now. Vietnam sent 29 martial artists to the tournament to compete in … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s agro-forestry and fisheries products to penetrate Egypt

(VOV) - The Vietnamese embassy in Egypt and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce held a seminar on October 30 to introduce Vietnam's agro-forestry and fisheries products to the Egyptian market. Addressing the seminar, Vietnamese ambassador to Egypt Dao Thanh Chung emphasized that with a time-honored tradition, a populous market and a vital geo-political and economic situation in the Middle East and South East Asia, Vietnam and Egypt see bright prospects for promoting trade ties. Vietnam is the … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s agro-forestry and fisheries to penetrate Egypt

(VOV) - The Vietnamese embassy in Egypt and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce held a seminar on October 30 to introduce Vietnam's agro-forestry and fisheries products to the Egyptian market. Addressing the seminar, Vietnamese ambassador to Egypt Dao Thanh Chung emphasized that with a time-honored tradition, a populous market and a vital geo-political and economic situation in the Middle East and South East Asia, Vietnam and Egypt see bright prospects for promoting trade ties. Vietnam is the … [Read more...]

Malaysia asked to protect Vietnamese citizens

(VOV) - Vietnam vehemently condemns actions that infringe upon the body and life of Vietnamese citizens, said Foreign Ministry deputy spokesperson Pham Thu Hang on October 31. Concerning a Vietnamese citizen abused in Malaysia, Hang said according to the Vietnam Embassy, Malaysian authorities on October 29 arrested the three suspects related to the case and are coordinating with local police to conduct an investigation. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment. "Vietnam requests … [Read more...]

NA to exercise oversight of ODA funding

Le Thi Nga, Vice Chairwoman of the NA Judicial Committee

(VOV) - Over the past two decades, official development assistance (ODA) has been a key source of funding for infrastructure projects, which has helped Vietnam make great socio-economic strides. Foreign countries have pumped around US$78 million of (ODA) funds into Vietnam, which has largely been used quite effectively. However, there are legitimate questions as to whether or to what extent the nation should continue to rely on the preferential capital source for continued development during … [Read more...]

Weapon trafficking ring busted in Quang Ninh

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(VOV) -Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh have arrested two men for illegally transporting more than 20 cakes of heroin, 8 guns and nearly 200 bullets. The detainees were suspected to be part of a transnational weapon trafficking ring, according to a preliminary investigation. Nguyen Van Hai, one of the two suspects, was caught on October 29 when he was carrying 20 heroin cakes, a K59 gun, 9 bullets and VND15 million on a Fortuner car. … [Read more...]

Hanoi to honour outstanding students

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(VOV) -A ceremony to honour 50 elite Vietnamese students who recorded high results in their academic studies and have won international prizes has been scheduled for November 3 in Hanoi. The information was released by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) at a press conference on October 30. At the event, 11 students who won gold medals at the last International Olympics and 24 students who were honoured at regional and international competition will receive Prime Minister's … [Read more...]

UNESCO applauds Ha Long Bay preservation board

Katherine Muller-Marine, chief representative of UNESCO in Vietnam

(VOV) -On the 20th anniversary of Ha Long Bay's recognition as a World Natural Heritage site (1994-2014), Katherine Muller-Marine, chief representative of UNESCO in Vietnam, has nothing but high praise for the management board. "In recent years, the board has made exceptional progress in conserving the bay, and has taken great care to manage the negative risks that tourism, construction and aquaculture pose," Muller-Marine said. They have also done a remarkable job at managing the risks … [Read more...]

Slovakia, Vietnam enhance trade cooperation

A seminar to promote trade between Vietnam and Slovakia was held in the latter's capital city Bratislava on October 29 in a bid to provide Slovakian businesses and financial institutions with information on Vietnam's investment climate. The seminar was organised by the Vietnam Trade Office in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and Bratislava's Chamber of Commerce and Industry. At the event, Nguyen Thang Long, Head of the Vietnam Trade Office in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, said two-way … [Read more...]