International NGOs donation in 2014 reached US$300 million

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(VOV) - Despites world economic difficulties in 2014, international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) still provided US$300 million for Vietnam, focusing on social issues and socio-economic, health, educational and natural resource development. The figure was announced by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) at a meeting in Hanoi on December 19 with the participation of more than 250 representatives from international NGOs, ministries, diplomatic corps and international development cooperation agencies (IDCA). The People's Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM) carried out a number of activities in 2014, including 25 conferences and seminars, to connect localities with international NGOs, donors, embassies and IDCAs. On the occasion, the VUFO presented certificates of merit to 33 foreign NGOs and one individual who have made significant contributions to poverty reduction and sustainable development efforts in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Vietnam fully prepared for joining AEC

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(VOV) - Vietnam should effectively implement its commitments to further stabilise macro-economic growth, improve its competitive edge and institutional capacity to grasp opportunities and cope with crisis, and ensure the involvement of all social classes. The statement was made by Le Xuan Sang, a member of the European Trade Policy and Investment Support Project (EU-MUTRAP) at the December 19 seminar in Ho Chi Minh City held by the Central Institute of Economic Management (CIEM) and EU – MUTRAP to assess Vietnam’s readiness ahead of joining AEC in 2015. According to the CIEM and MUTRAP report Vietnam has made essential preparations for the approaching ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in terms of governance and institutional and administrative procedure reforms. The country has actively revised and issued many legal documents and joined ASEAN agreements. It is looking forwards to high-quality playgrounds like trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Regional Comprehensive … [Read more...]

Trapped workers successfully rescued

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(VOV) -Twelve trapped workers were successfully evacuated from a collapsed tunnel at the construction site of Da Dang-Da Chomo hydropower plant in Central Highlands Lam Dong province on December 19 afternoon thanks to great rescue efforts. Two of them were sent to a nearby hospital while others are currently in stable health condition. Family members and friends of the trapped workers who had been waiting for a long time outside burst into tears when they saw the first worker successfully being rescued. Doctors and more than 10 ambulances were available at the scene of the hydropower plant accident to deal with emergency cases. Some images of the rescue work: … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s ODA to Laos to increase by 30%

(VOV) -Vietnam will increase its official development assistance (ODA) to Laos by 30% in support of localities with tremendous difficulties, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc while receiving a Lao delegation in Hanoi on December 19. Phuc affirmed the high-level delegation of the Lao Central Steering Committee on Rural Development and Poverty Reduction that the aid aims to help Laos reduce poverty rate and implement major projects. The Vietnamese Party, State and Government always attach importance to strengthening special solidarity and time-honoured friendship between Vietnam and Laos, he noted. The Deputy PM stressed the need to educate young generations about the two countries’ glorious traditions and boost bilateral comprehensive cooperation in various fields for mutual benefits, particularly in poverty reduction and rural development. Phuc asked Vietnamese functional agencies and the Central Steering Committee on Rural Development and Poverty Reduction to make … [Read more...]

Vietnam enters FODOR’S go list 2015

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(VOV) -Well-known American travel guide Fodor’s has named Vietmam as top 25 can't-miss spots that should be on every traveller’s radar in 2015. The list is based on a number of criteria, including emerging hot spots, value destinations, locations that are hosting special events in 2015, and suitable for every type of traveller-no matter what their budget or how much time they want to take off. Fodor’s described Vietnam as a historic but fast-changing country, stunning landscapes, and fabulous food. According to the travel guide, Vietnam has developed rapidly, and the 40th anniversary of the liberation of southern Vietnam in 2015 is the perfect time to explore the iconic urban and rural scenes that have made it increasingly popular. "Energetic cities from Hanoi to Hoi An and to Ho Chi Minh City buzz with enticing restaurants and hotels like Hanoi's spectacular Sofitel Legend Metropole, while temples, colonial buildings, and markets retain their classic charm", … [Read more...]

NA delegation on UK tour

(VOV) - A delegation from the Vietnam-UK Friendship Parliamentarians Group led by its President and Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Committee for Economic Affairs has paid a working visit to the UK from December 14-19 to promote the friendship between parliamentarians. Receiving the delegation on December 17, MP George Howarth, Chairman of the UK’s All-Party Parliament Group for Vietnam expressed his pleasure at the Vietnam-UK growing bilateral relationship, especially since the signing of the strategic partnership in 2010. Howarth asserted his group’s readiness to continue asking the UK government to strengthen ties with Vietnam and support it in the East Sea issue and maritime safety. He also pledged to back Vietnam in the European Parliament and hopes Vietnam has voice in support of the UK’s international affairs. For his part, Nguyen Van Giau thanked Howarth for his good feelings towards Vietnam as well as his support for the country after China placed … [Read more...]

Additional US$54.8 mln injected in Can Tho industrial parks

The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho attracted US$54.8 million in investment in this year, US$7 million higher than 2013, bringing the total capital in the locality’s industrial parks to US$1.91 billion. The new investments came from five new projects and 14 expanded others, Vo Thanh Hung, head of the Management Board of Can Tho Industrial Parks, told a meeting to review this year’s investment attraction in Can Tho city on December 18. Can Tho is home to 214 valid projects, including 23 foreign-invested ones. Of the total, 192 projects are operational while 22 others are under construction. They generated stable jobs for 32,000 workers. Despite difficulties in production and business, enterprises at industrial parks raked in US$1.4 billion in revenues, equal to that of last year. Of the figure, industrial production value reached US$1 billion and trade service, US$391 million. Over the year, the industrial parks’ export was US$582 million, up 8% from a year ago … [Read more...]

Hoang Yen wins world gold in Chinese chess

Vietnam won a gold medal at the xiangqi (Chinese chess) event at the World Mind Games in Beijing, China. Master Nguyen Hoang Yen triumphed in the women's individual category, followed by Tang Sinan of China and Jia Dan from the United States. Last year, Yen returned home with a silver. On the men's side, Vietnam's Diep Khai Nguyen played below expectation, ranking seventh out of eight participants. Meanwhile, Jiang Chuan of the hosts was awarded a gold. Two runners-up were Cao Yanlei of Macau and Wong Hok Him from Hong Kong. This year Games organisers invited 150 participants from 37 countries and territories. Apart from xiangqi, they competed from December 11-17 in bridge, chess, and draughts, seeking to win US$1.4 million in award money. … [Read more...]

Coffee exports end 2014 on high note

(VOV) - Vietnam's coffee exports for the year ended 2014 surged 32% in value on-year to a new record high of US$3.6 billion, according to the Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association (Vicofa). For the year, the country exported more than 1.7 million tons of coffee, an increase of 33% in volume, with an average price of US$2,086/tonne per ton, 2.46% lower than 2013. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the US was the largest importer, accounting for 11.7% of the country's total coffee exports, followed by Germany (10.1%). Markets posting a high growth rate included Belgium (up 92.8% in volume and triple in value) and the Netherlands (46.4% in volume and double in value), reports MARD. Currently, Vietnam has ascended to become the world's second largest coffee producer and exporter, trailing Brazil in the number one spot. According to the (Vicofa), Vietnam’s coffee market share in the world has improved significantly, making up 19% of the global … [Read more...]

Six gold medals for Vietnam at ASEAN University Games

(VOV) -Vietnamese students added to their medal tally on day three of competition at the ongoing 17th ASEAN University Games (AUG 17) in Palembang, Indonesia with one silver and six gold medals. In Pencak Silat, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha and Duong Thi Anh Nguyet won a gold medal in the woman’s double performance, while Vu Quoc Viet, Hoang Quang Trung and Nguyen The Hien earned a gold in the men’s team event. The remaining medals were pocketed by athletics teams in the women’s 4x100m relay, women’s 4x400m relay and 1.500m event in both men and women. … [Read more...]

Minh climbs back into the world top 20

(VOV) - Top Vietnamese player Nguyen Tien Minh has returned to the world top 20 in the latest Badminton World Federation rankings. The Olympian has kept the same score of 42,720 for the past nine weeks but benefited from a drop out of the top 20 by Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand. Chinese badminton player Lin Dan climbed two spots to place in the top 5 directly behind So Wan Ho (the Republic of Korea). Meanwhile Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) returns to top 10 and replaces Japanese athlete Kenichi Tago. The top three remain unchanged from the previous ranking, which belongs to the Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) in the number one spot followed by Chen Long (China) and Jan Jorgensen (Denmark) in slot 2 and 3 respectively. In women’s singles, Vietnamese player Vu Thi Trang continues to stand in the top 50. The first three positions belong to Chinese players, Li Xuerui, Wang Shixian and Wang Yihan, in that order. … [Read more...]

Vietnam jumps to 137th in FIFA rankings

(VOV) -Vietnam has climbed one place to 137th in the International Federation of Football Association's (FIFA) rankings for December, despite losing to Malaysia in the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup’s semi-final round. The team ranked 20th overall in Asia and second in Southeast Asia. The Philippines continued to top the list in Southeast Asia followed by Vietnam(137th) in the world), Myanmar (141st) and Thailand (142nd). In Asia, the top three teams were Iran, Japan and the Republic of Korea. In the world rankings, Germany stood in first with 1725 points, followed by Argentina (1538), Colombia (1499), Belgium (1417) and the Netherlands (1374), in that order. … [Read more...]

Japan FM honours Vietnam’s Japan Alumni Chairman

(VOV) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on December 18 presented a certificate of merit to the Honorary Chairman of the Japan Alumni of Vietnam (JAV), Nguyen Ngoc Binh, in recognition of his contributions to boosting Vietnam-Japan relations. As JAV Vice Chairman, Binh had made great efforts in promoting connections among former Vietnamese students in Japan. Since he assumed the role of JAV Chairman in 2004, he has led the association to make positive contributions to fostering exchange and mutual understanding as well as the friendship and relations between the two countries. Binh has also cooperated with Japanese partners in organising workshops on Japanese study or contests of eloquence in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

SBV Governor Binh meets with senior Lao officials

(VOV) - Governor Nguyen Van Binh of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) on December 18 met in Vientiane with his counterpart Governor of the Laos Central Bank Somphao Phaysith and other senior officials of the Lao Government. They met to discuss measures pertaining to monetary policy management and measures to stabilize the macro economy to ensure sustainable economic development. In particular they examined ways to ensure capital resources are providedo Vietnamese small and medium sized enterprises operating in Laos. At the meeting, Governor Phaysith warmly welcomed the Governor Binh and the delegation he was leading to Laos. He expressed his belief that this working visit of the Vietnam delegation would greatly contribute to enhancing the cooperative relations between the two countries in general and the two central banks in particular. "The Lao Party, Government, and National Assembly will continue to create the best conditions for Vietnamese banks and enterprises to do business in … [Read more...]

State President due to visit Cambodia

(VOV) -State President Truong Tan Sang is to make a State visit to Cambodia on December 23-24 at the invitation of Cambodian King Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni. Vietnam is currently Cambodia's fifth biggest investor, pouring more than US$3 billion into 129 projects, principally rubber, fertiliser, health care, banking, aviation and telecommunications. Bilateral trade growth averages nearly 30% per year (2009-2014). In January-October, the total export-import value reached US$ 2.6 billion and the figure is predicted to hit US$ 3.5 billion this year. The two nation are set to elevate two-way trade to US$5 billion by 2015. … [Read more...]

Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen: The most promising young talent of 2014

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(VOV) - Miss Vietnam 2014 Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen, 18, has an innocent and naive personality with a beautiful face. Her cute round eyes are attractive and can speak a thousand words. It was a tough competition for Duyen and she impressed everyone with her angelic and bubbly looks. She graduated from Le Hong Phong School - Nam Dinh, specializing in French and has a record of outstanding academic achievement. Her name is ‘hot’ on any forum and certainly a face that will become more influential in the future. Along with Miss Duyen, in the pictures there is the appearance of first runner-up Nguyen Tran Huyen My and second runner-up Nguyen Lam Diem Trang. … [Read more...]

VPA’s founding anniversary celebrated overseas

(VOV) -A broad array of activities marking the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and the 25th anniversary of the All-People’s Defense Festive Day continue being held in different countries across the globe. The latest celebration was held by the Vietnam Embassy in Paris on the evening of December 18 with more than 300 French and Vietnamese guests, and military and defence experts in attendance. In his speech, Vietnam Ambassador Nguyen Ngoc Son said being cognizing of the need to respect mutual benefit and sovereignty and territorial integrity of other countries, the VPA affirmed itself as a responsible and pro-active member in international cooperation. The VPA has so far exchanged high-level delegations with more than 80 countries and sent defense attache to 36 countries. Meanwhile 44 countries, including five UN Security Council members also dispatched their defense attaché to Vietnam. "Vietnam is proud to contribute its voice to … [Read more...]

PM Dung leaves for GMS Summit

(VOV) - On December 19, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his delegation left Hanoi for the 5th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit on December 19-20 in Bangkok at the invitation of his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha. The delegation included Minster and Government Office Chairman Nguyen Van Nen, Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh and the Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Transport. Vietnam’s attendance at the event is to signify its support for the GMS mechanism and affirm the role and position played by the country in strengthening sub-regional and regional links as well as the relations between Vietnam and other GMS nations. Vietnam will use the occasion to call for support from the international community for combined efforts in the sustainable management and use of the Mekong River water and to foster the strategic partnership with Thailand. … [Read more...]

PM Dung attends GMS Summit

(VOV) - On the afternoon of December 19, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his delegation is due to leave Hanoi for the 5th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit on December 19-20 in Bangkok at the invitation of his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha. The delegation included Minster and Government Office Chairman Nguyen Van Nen, Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh and the Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Transport. Vietnam’s attendance at the event is to signify its support for the GMS mechanism and affirm the role and position played by the country in strengthening sub-regional and regional links as well as the relations between Vietnam and other GMS nations. Vietnam will use the occasion to call for support from the international community for combined efforts in the sustainable management and use of the Mekong River water and to foster the strategic partnership with Thailand. … [Read more...]

Miss World Vietnam stunning in long tunic

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(VOV) -An innovative Vietnamese long tunic collection by designer Thuy Nguyen has been worn by top 12 contestants on the ‘Miss World Vietnam - Road to the Crown’ live reality television show currently in its 9th episode. The event broadcasts daily on national broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV6) at 7:55 pm. Here are some photos of Nguyen designs: … [Read more...]