Party leader calls for solidarity to tap future opportunities

Granting an interview to the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3, 1930-2015), he reviewed the achievements Vietnam has reaped in recent years despite numerous difficulties and challenges. The nation has its eye on great opportunities and chances ahead, requiring the whole Party, people, and army to strengthen consensus and utilise all resources and creativity to push the country forward in its path of renewal and development, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has stated. Recent years have been tough for Vietnam , with global economic crises persisting and political and security instabilities growing more complex with increasing tensions in a number of communities, he said. Although the domestic economic growth showed signs of recovery, the situation has yet to stabilise, beleaguered by poor productivity, low quality and limited competitiveness, he noted. At the same time, corruption, … [Read more...]

Festival in Danang brings Thai guests

A performance troupe from Thailand will take part in the Quan The Am (Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva) Festival on Son Tra peninsula, central Danang city, on April 5-7, according to the organising board. The annual festival held at the Quan The Am Pagoda is one of the area's leading cultural events, calling upon crowds of up to 10,000 visitors in past years. The main festival, which falls on the 19th of the second lunar month, includes many activities such as calligraphy, tea drinking, drum and local dance performances, a painting exhibition, a boat race and a folk music performance of bai choi (a card game in which players sitting in a hut simultaneously play and sing). … [Read more...]

Vietnamese girl as guest at Obama’s State of the Union address

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(VOV) - Katty Pham, an American girl of Vietnamese origin, became a special guest at US President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address on January 20. Pham who lives in Washington D.C is a computer scientist with a passion for public service. Throughout her career, she has used technology to tackle pressing challenges. From Google to IBM to Harris Healthcare Solutions, she has designed health care interoperability software, studied disease trends with data analytics, and built data warehouses for hospitals. Now, she's a part of the US Digital Service, where her technology background unites with her passion for public service. Katty was born to an American family of Vietnamese origin in Georgia State. Her mother received the critical cancer treatment that she needed, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Her brother earned the Purple Heart for his service in Afghanistan. As a member of the US Digital Service, she's working to improve health IT for more Americans, expand … [Read more...]

Trade deficit hits US$522 million in first half of January

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(VOV) - Vietnam’s total imports and exports in the first half of January increased by 6.2% to US$12.11 billion compared to the same period last year, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs. However, comparing with the second half of December 2014, the trade balance registered a deficit of US$522 million, accounting for more than 9% of total exports revenue. Vietnam earned US$5.79 billion from exports, down 2% (around US$115 million) against the same period last year. Products saw decline in export growth including means of transport, tools, seafood, crude oil, rice and petroleum. Meanwhile some products enjoying high export growth were telephones and components, computers, electronics and components and footwear. Foreign direct investment (FDI) businesses fetched US$3.92 billion from exports, an increase of 3.8% against the same period last year and accounting for 68% of total export revenue. … [Read more...]

Nam wins berth for the second round of Australian Open’s junior

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(VOV) - Vietnamese tennis player Ly Hoang Nam on January 24 defeated his rival Corentin Moutet of France in the first round of the Australian Open’s junior circus held in Melbourne. Nam, born in 1997, is the world junior No. 70 and one of 46 players starting in the main round. His rival, Moutet, 15, is No.1251 in the ATP rankings, about 200 spots higher than Nam. Nam won glorious victory over his experienced rival with scores 2-0 (7-6, 7-5) and secured a berth in the second round of the tournament. With the impressive triumph, Nam has become the first Vietnamese representative in the most prestigious Grand Slam Tennis Tournament. His next rival is the world junior No 16 from the host country Akira Santilan who defeated Boris Pokotilov with scores 6-4, 6-2. … [Read more...]

Red Sunday festival to collect 15,000 units of blood

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(VOV) - Thousands of young people in Hanoi gathered at Hanoi University of Science and Technology on January 25 for the blood donation festival "Red Sunday 2015" which is expected to collect some 1,000 units of blood on the first day. The event, with the participation of 18 cities and provinces nationwide will last until early February and is expected to collect some 15,000 units of blood to meet the increasing demand for blood used in first aid and treatments during the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. Addressing the festival, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highlighted great contributions by relevant agencies and volunteers to the event. He called on volunteers, students, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and media agencies to disseminate information on the program to encourage people to donate blood. He asked the health sector to ensure the quality of the blood in the donation process and raise public awareness about the significance of the program. Organised by … [Read more...]

Toyota Vietnam awards 115 scholarships to students

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(VOV) - Toyota Vietnam on January 24 granted scholarships worth VND4 million each to 59 outstanding students at nine universities in northern Vietnam. This is part of Toyota Scholarship Programme 2014 for outstanding students majoring in techniques, engineering and environment across the country. This year, Toyota Vietnam will grant 115 scholarships with a total value of VND460 million to students from 16 universities. At the award ceremony, President of the Toyota Vietnam Fund (TVF) Yoshihisa Maruta said 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) operating in the country. TMV will pay more effort to expand its contribution to society, focusing on traffic safety, education, sports and culture, he revealed. Since its establishment in Vietnam, TMV has contributed more than US$19 million to social activities in the country. … [Read more...]

Korean business invests in high-quality rice production in Tay Ninh

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(VOV) - A Korean business has decided to invest VND20 billion in the development of a high-quality rice cultivation area in the southwestern province of Tay Ninh. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on January 22 by Vietnam Moc Bai joint stock company under the Republic of Korea’s Taekwang group and Tay Ninh Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD). Accordingly, the fund will be used to build dykes, irrigation system and procure machines and equipment. Tay Ninh province will spend more than VND6.4 billion on building a storage area and a bomb and mine clearance project. DARD Vice Director Nguyen Thai Son said experts and technicians will help farmers develop a modern rice cultivation model to bring about highest efficiency. In 2010 Taekwang Group invested in building a Nike sports shoes factory in Moc Bai Economic Zone in Tay Ninh province with an annual capacity of 10 million pairs of shoes and has employed 15,000 local workers. It is also … [Read more...]

Free medical check-ups for poor OVs and Cambodian people

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(VOV) - The Association of Khmer Vietnamese in the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA), HCM city branch and Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine on January 24 provided free medical check-ups and gifts for 500 poor OVs and Cambodian people living in Phnom Penh. Nguyen Thi Hanh, Vice Chairwoman of COVA’s HCM city branch said this is an annual activity held by HCM City to help poor OVs and Cambodian people have a happy Lunar New Year. It also aims to promote friendship and solidarity between Vietnam and Cambodia. Vice Mayor of Chbar Ampov district in Phnom Penh, Tek Chani spoke highly of Vietnamese organisations and businesses’ kind-hearted action and considered it a symbol of friendly relations between the two countries. She hoped that Vietnamese voluntary groups will continue their humanitarian activities to support poor people in Cambodia. Over the years, Vietnamese doctors have conducted a number of visits to grant free medical … [Read more...]

VND4,000 billion for 28 million disadvantaged children

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(VOV) - Over the past two decades, the Vietnam Children’s Fund (VCF) has raised more than VND4,000 billion to support more than 28 million disadvantaged children across the country. The figure was released at the 8th "Spring for Children" Programme held in Hanoi on January 24 with the participation of State Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and 30 children representing 1.5 million of disadvantaged children in the country. Addressing the opening ceremony, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) Pham Thi Hai Chuyen said the Party and State have adopted a number of guidelines and policies on child protection and care to ensure their comprehensive development. She acknowledged and appreciated businesses, organisations and individuals’ contribution to the protection and care of children and hoped that more benefactors will join hands to support disadvantaged children. She added that MoLISA will strictly guide the implementation of social welfare policies and … [Read more...]

Vietnam – a reliable long-term partner of Russia

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(VOV) - During a recent interview granted to a reporter from Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), Vadim Bublikov, Russian chargé d’affaires to Vietnam, affirmed that the Southeast Asian nation has always been a reliable long-term partner. Following are key excerpts from the interview: VOV: On January 30, Vietnam and Russia will mark the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties. Could you elaborate on what you consider to be the major achievements in the Vietnam-Russia relationship?Vadim Bublikov: First of all, I would like to express my warm wishes and greetings to VOV’s audience on the occasion of the upcoming Lunar New Year Festival and wish them all happiness and prosperity. On January 30, Russia and Vietnam will celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties and it offers us the occasion to review our two nations’ glorious history. The glorious victory of Vietnamese people in their struggle for independence and freedom is the most unforgettable … [Read more...]

Heritage and tourism under spotlight in France

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A programme introducing Vietnamese cultural heritage and tourism development was held in Paris, France, on January 23, attracting the participation of dozens of French travel agencies. The event was held by Vietnam Cultural Centre in France as part of a Vietnam tourism promotion campaign in Europe in the period from 2015 to 2017. Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son underscored the role of tourism in Vietnam’s economic development, adding that France is the top European market of Vietnam’s hospitality sector with 200,000 tourists travelling to Vietnam every year. The results could be attributed to direct air routes from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city to Paris and the operation of the Vietnam Cultural Centre in France since 2008 which helps to tighten cultural and tourism cooperation between two countries, Son said. He added that despite numerous challenges, Vietnam welcomed 7.87 million foreign vacationers and gained VND230 trillion … [Read more...]

status at the UN Human Rights Council

Vietnam has showed a high sense of responsibility in the Council’s activities, contributing sizably to ensuring human rights for vulnerable groups, and addressing problems developing countries are facing such as food, healthcare, and clean water. (VOV) -Vietnam has completed the 1st year of its 2-year-term as a member of the UN Human Rights Council. Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh for the first time attended a high-level meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in March, 2014. During the year, Vietnam participated in hundreds of meetings and consultations of the Council and voted on 200 resolutions and decisions concerning human rights. Effective implementation of multilateral and bilateral mechanisms on human rights Vietnam began its membership at the UN Human Rights Council when it was preparing for the 2nd Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Vietnam has been serious in implementing international commitments and recommendations on human … [Read more...]

Vietnam strengthen its profile at UNHRC

(VOV) -Vietnam has completed the 1st year of its 2-year-term as a member of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Vietnam has showed a high sense of responsibility in the Council’s activities, contributing sizably to ensuring human rights for vulnerable groups, and addressing problems developing countries are facing such as food, healthcare, and clean water. Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh for the first time attended a high-level meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in March, 2014. During the year, Vietnam participated in hundreds of meetings and consultations of the Council and voted on 200 resolutions and decisions concerning human rights. Effective implementation of multilateral and bilateral mechanisms on human rights Vietnam began its membership at the UN Human Rights Council when it was preparing for the 2nd Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Vietnam has been serious in implementing international commitments and recommendations on … [Read more...]

Vietnam strengthens its profile at UNHRC

(VOV) -Vietnam has completed the 1st year of its 2-year-term as a member of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Vietnam has showed a high sense of responsibility in the Council’s activities, contributing sizably to ensuring human rights for vulnerable groups, and addressing problems developing countries are facing such as food, healthcare, and clean water. Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh for the first time attended a high-level meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in March, 2014. During the year, Vietnam participated in hundreds of meetings and consultations of the Council and voted on 200 resolutions and decisions concerning human rights. Effective implementation of multilateral and bilateral mechanisms on human rights Vietnam began its membership at the UN Human Rights Council when it was preparing for the 2nd Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Vietnam has been serious in implementing international commitments and recommendations on … [Read more...]

Vietnam at World Economic Forum promotes investment

(VOV) - A delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh are actively touting Vietnam’s attractiveness as a good investment destination at the ongoing World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. The Deputy PM has participated in six working sessions and has held bilateral meetings with Swiss Vice President Schneider Amman, WEF Executive Director Philip Roesler, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and President of Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) Hyroyuki Ishige. At these events, the Deputy PM highlighted the recovery of Vietnam’s economy in recent years, especially singling out the nation’s administrative and economic reforms and active international integration process. He affirmed the Vietnamese Government’s commitment to improving the business climate and underscored the importance of investment opportunities when Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations conclude in the coming time. At a high-level dialogue on Global … [Read more...]

Germany, Vietnam step up agriculture cooperation

(VOV) - Vietnam and Germany have agreed to step up cooperation in agricultural vocational training and signed an agreement to that effect on January 23 at an ongoing international trade fair in Berlin. Signatories to the agreement were President of the Vietnam Farmers' Association Nguyen Quoc Cuong and President of the German Farmers' Union (DBV) Joachim Rukwied. The signing ceremony was also attended by Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh and DBV representatives. At the ceremony, Cuong spoke glowingly of the valuable assistance provided to Vietnam by the German government and the DBV in prior cooperation agreements, which has been instrumental in helping farmers. Cuong noted the newly-signed agreement for the period 2015-2017 comes at a time when both nationsare celebrating the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and enjoying fruitful relations in a host of fields. For his part, Joachim Rukwied said the Vietnamese and German governments are staunch … [Read more...]

Job fair introduces employment opportunity

A job fair took place in the southern province of Dong Nai on January 23, offering an opportunity to local job seekers to find jobs in Japanese firms. Twenty Japanese enterprises operating in the southern key economic zones attended the event, which was jointly organised by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Lac Hong University. Suzuki Kyoichi from METI said the fair served as a bridge to connect Japanese firms and Vietnamese students and labourers. He noted that there is an increasing number of Japanese enterprises invested in Vietnam and they have a great demand for high-quality human resources. According to Dr. Do Huu Tai, Rector of Lac Hong University, the school is cooperating with a large number of firms operating in the region in training high-quality workforce. At the event, about 1,000 students registered to take part in recruitment interviews. They were provided with advices on skills needed when working in Japanese companies. On … [Read more...]

The macadamia nut is thriving in Vietnam

(VOV) -More than 2,000 representatives of the macadamia nut industry gathered at the nation’s first ever show showcasing it on January 24 at the Long Vu Place in Hanoi. Organizers of the event were all smiles to see the nation’s delicious creamy nut take centre stage at the show and the better than expected turnout for the event. At the event, industry leaders, scientists, growers and producers held dialogues aimed at defining future orientations for the industry in Vietnam and measures needed to spur increased investment in it. The country is set to produce 200,000 tons of nut and generate trade value worth billions of US dollars by 2025 and beyond. The macadamia nut is often called the ‘the Queen of Nuts’ due to its great taste and outstanding nutritional value. The plant, indigenous to Australia, was introduced to Vietnam in 2002 by Former Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Cong Tan. … [Read more...]

New terminal underway at Cat Bi Int’l Airport

(VOV) - Work has started on construction of a new main passenger terminal building and apron at the Cat Bi international airport in Hai Phong city. The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) is overseeing construction of the VND1,500 billion project, which is expected to be completed and placed into operation by the fourth quarter of 2016. The two-storey terminal has a design capacity of 4 million passengers per year, capable of handling 1,000 passengers per hour at peak capacity. It has also been designed with a modern flair reminiscent of the buffalo festival staged annually in Do Son, Hai Phong city. According to the municipal People’s Committee, the new terminal plays a pivotal role in the city and the Northern delta region’s socio-economic development strategy, expanding links between Hai Phong and other localities nationwide. It will also be a key factor to future development of the tourism sector and efforts to attract increased levels of investment. … [Read more...]