RoK book place in U21 final

Lee Dong-jun scored twice and Kim Dea-won added a third to help the Republic of Korea (RoK) U19s cruise to victory over Singapore U21s in the second semi-final of the International U-21 Football Tournament. The RoK's team will play Vietnam's Hoang Anh Gia Lai U21s in the final on November 29 at Ho Chi Minh City's Thong Nhat Stadium. The RoK side dominated from the kick-off, and Kang Ji-hun tested Singapore's keeper Mohammed Mohd Rudy with a rocket that hit the post in the 16th minute. Singapore tried to push forward, but were hit by two injuries in the first half. Mohamad Faruk threatened for Singapore, but was thwarted by the RoK's goalie Song Bum-keun. Lee Dong-jun opened the scoring in the 34th minute after winning and converting a penalty. The RoK took control of the game with a well-organised defence and rapid counter-attacks. After the break, Singapore showed some signs of life, with substitute Muhammad Bin Mohd Farhan's long range shot on goal, but it was not enough to … [Read more...]

Timor Leste celebrates proclamation of independence

Timor Leste hosted a ceremony in Oecusse on November 28 to mark its 40th anniversary of proclamation of independence. Speaking at the event, Timor Leste’s President Taur Matan Ruak said his country is striving to realise its socio-economic development targets, towards the goal of becoming a middle income nation in the next 15 years. He stressed efforts to eradicate poverty, improve health and education services, saying that they are keys for the country’s future changes. After officially gaining independence 13 years ago, Timor Leste has worked hard to reconstruct the country, promote economic development, as well as prepare for its ASEAN membership in the coming time. Speaking to Vietnam News Agency correspondent, Timor Leste’s Prime Minister Rui Maria affirmed relationship between his country and Vietnam has developed strongly in recent years, especially in investment and trade. Timor Leste is making every effort to be able to become a member of ASEAN, he … [Read more...]

ASEAN’s prominent businesses, entrepreneurs honoured

Outstanding ASEAN businesses and entrepreneurs were named at an exchange programme in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 27. The bloc’s most favourite brand names, favourite destinations, and quality products and services were also honoured at the event. These titles were supervised by the Asian Network for Quality, the Standards and Quality Association of Thailand, the Singapore Quality Institute, and the Vietnam Quality Association of Ho Chi Minh City. The programme, held annually by ASEAN member countries since 2014, aims to boost economic and cultural connectivity in the region, and encourage businesses and entrepreneurs to develop prestigious and quality products and services, thus contributing to building a healthy ASEAN business environment. It also offers a chance for enterprises in the bloc to promote their trademark. On the same day, a seminar themed "ASEAN Economic Community – Opportunities and Challenges for ASEAN Businesses" was held, with numerous … [Read more...]

Cycle for newborns journey finishes in Da Nang

The 1,600-kilometre "Cycle a Difference" journey, which began in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai on November 15, successfully concluded in the central city of Da Nang on November 28. UK Ambassador to Vietnam Giles Lever, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Dang Viet Dung and Director of the municipal Health Department Ngo Thi Kim Yen joined 30 local and foreign cyclists in the final stage of the journey. The event aimed to raise funds for charity activities of the UK registered Newborns Vietnam organisation. Sharing the pride of participating in the final stage, the UK diplomat hailed the operations of the Newborns Vietnam, which have helped improve the professional skills of Da Nang Hospital for Women & Children’s staff, and reduce the number of newborn fatalities. This is a manifestation of the sound relations between the UK and Vietnam, he added … [Read more...]

Camp for the disabled opens in HCM City

More than 7,000 people with disabilities in Ho Chi Minh City and neighbouring provinces took part in the 2015 Camp for Disabled People at the Suoi Tien Cultural Tourist Park in HCM City on November 28. Organised by the city's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in cooperation with its partners, the 16th event is part of the city's cultural and charity activities to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3). It included cultural programmes and games. More than 500 volunteers participated to support the participants during the camp. Dozens of local and foreign organisations and companies have donated over US$86,000 for the event. … [Read more...]

English teaching in Vietnam discussed

A seminar on English teaching in Vietnam was held in Hanoi on November 27. Gathering state and provincial officials, experts from Vietnam and international organisations, the event aimed to boost teaching and research capacity in Vietnam as well as reinforce connectivity among individuals working in the field. Participants focused on a range of topics, including impact of media and technology, culture differences, and capacity building. They discussed online learning, the use of social networking in teaching English, developing speaking skill and critical thinking, among others. At the seminar, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Bui Van Ga said the Government has implemented a project to completely overhaul the teaching and learning system of foreign languages nationwide from 2008 – 2020. Improving the quality of local teachers is key to the project, he noted … [Read more...]

Vietnam attends Vientiane Expo 2015 in Laos

Vietnamese enterprises are displaying handicraft items, food and technologies at the Vientiane Expo 2015, which kicked off in Vientiane, Laos on November 28. During the event, information on Vietnam’s land and people, culture and tourism destinations were introduced at the fair through the screening of videos produced by the Ministries of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Foreign Affairs. According to Lao Minister of Industry and Trade Khemmani Pholsena, the fair attracted 400 businesses from Laos and other ASEAN member countries exhibiting their products over 600 booths, with commodities such as food, farm products, handicrafts, consumer goods and electronics. It gives a good chance for enterprises from the ten regional nations to seek and set up partnership, as well as promote their products, she said. Laos’ prominent achievements in socio-economic developments over the last four decades and its products of strength were introduced at the event, the minister added. … [Read more...]

Lao National Day marked in Thai Nguyen

A ceremony was held in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on November 28 to mark the 40th anniversary of Laos’ National Day (December 2) with Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Thongsavanh Phomvihane in presence. At the function, participants recalled the struggle for independence of Laos and traditional friendship between the two nations and peoples. Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Duong Ngoc Long expressed his hope that cooperation between Thai Nguyen and Lao localities will be further strengthened, especially in the field of human resources training. Since the 1960s, universities, colleges and schools in Thai Nguyen have provided training for Lao students. There are currently more than 1,100 Lao students studying in the province. … [Read more...]

Vietnam hosts diplomatic corps exchange in Czech Republic

(VOV) - Vietnam Ambassador Truong Manh Son and his wife hosted an exchange on November 27 in Prague for ambassadors, minister counsellors, and wives of ambassadors of the five ASEAN nations that have established diplomatic agencies in the Czech Republic. Ambassador Truong Manh Son said the exchange is part of regular events aiming to consolidate solidarity and strengthen coordination among representative offices of ASEAN nations in the Czech Republic in particular and in ASEAN member countries in general. The exchange was held in the cultural, entertainment and sports centre, Svaty Kriz, run by Mr Nguyen Minh Tam – a successful Vietnamese entrepreneur in Prague. … [Read more...]

AEC: opportunity for financial institutions to increase share

The financial integration of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will help Vietnamese companies in the banking, insurance and securities sectors to increase their market share and involve deeper into regional markets, said a Finance Ministry official. Addressing a workshop on AEC: opportunities and challenges for Vietnam’s financial market held in Hanoi on November 27, Le Thi Thuy Van from the Institute of Financial Strategy and Policy under the Ministry of Finance said the removal of barriers and differences between countries in the AEC will create a fair playing field for local and foreign companies and attract more foreign capital to meet domestic demand on capital. The involvement of foreign investors in the management of banking, insurance and securities enterprises is an important factor to quickly improve the administration level, said Van. The presence of foreign investors in Vietnam’s financial market will open up opportunities for improving quality and … [Read more...]

National Assembly Chairman greets Bulgarian Vice President

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung held a reception in Hanoi on November 27 for visiting Bulgarian Vice President Margarita Popova. The Chairman said the Vice President's visit would have a significant influence on the Vietnam-Bulgaria traditional friendship and co-operation as the two countries celebrated the 65th anniversary of bilateral relations. He said Vietnam was thankful for the support of the government and people of Bulgaria during Vietnam’s struggle for independence, as well as its nation building and modernisation efforts. Vice President Popova expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome and praised Vietnam for its socio-economic development. She said Bulgaria always valued the Vietnam-Bulgaria relationship. The two leaders agreed that bilateral exchanges between the two countries should be increased, along with economic co-operation. … [Read more...]

NA Chairman greets Bulgarian Vice President

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung held a reception in Hanoi on November 27 for visiting Bulgarian Vice President Margarita Popova. The Chairman said the Vice President's visit would have a significant influence on the Vietnam-Bulgaria traditional friendship and co-operation as the two countries celebrated the 65th anniversary of bilateral relations. He said Vietnam was thankful for the support of the government and people of Bulgaria during Vietnam’s struggle for independence, as well as its nation building and modernisation efforts. Vice President Popova expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome and praised Vietnam for its socio-economic development. She said Bulgaria always valued the Vietnam-Bulgaria relationship. The two leaders agreed that bilateral exchanges between the two countries should be increased, along with economic co-operation. … [Read more...]

Vietnam auto imports nearly double in 2015


(VOV) - The ports of Vietnam saw auto imports surge 82.8% in volume and 91% in value on-year for the eleven months January-November of 2015, according to the latest figures of the General Statistics Office (GSO). For the period, a total of 112,000 cars, light duty trucks and other automotive vehicles valued at US$2.579 billion arrived dockside, with the vast majority coming from China, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, India and Japan. The GSO said Vietnam ports could see auto imports rise even more over coming months with the arrival of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the rising middle class in the country changing consumer purchasing habits. The AEC has brought about the elimination of tariffs for the 10 ASEAN nations plus the six countries – China, South Korea, Japan, India, Australia and New Zealand – which form the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Based on the release of the figures by the GSO, the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers’ … [Read more...]

Will the AEC help Vietnam’s GNP expand?


(VOV) - The formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of this year could create massive motivation for the Vietnamese domestic economy as measured by the gross national product (GNP), say experts. There has been much fanfare, particularly in the Vietnamese media, about prospects for the gross domestic product (GDP) but that is in reality a ruse they say as the GDP includes revenues of FDI companies. The profits earned by FDI companies will eventually flow back to the foreign owners of those companies. The real measure of success of the Vietnamese economy over the long run is how well domestic businesses fare as measured by the GNP post AEC. At a recent conference in Hanoi discussing the domestic economy’s viability following AEC formation, Nguyen Duy Loi from the Institute of World Economics and Politics suggested that the AEC formation will ultimately be very positive. "It’s good because it forces businesses to become competitive," said Loi. "Domestic … [Read more...]

Jetstar opens Singapore-Danang service

(VOV) - On November 27, Australian-based Jetstar Airlines, a subsidiary of the Qantas Group, opened a new Singapore-Danang route catering to heightened passenger travel brought about by launch of the ASEAN Economic Community. According to Jetstar Asia’s CEO Barathan Pasupathi, the opening of more airline services to Vietnam is a sign of the economic potential of the Southeast Asian nation for yet even higher levels of business and personal travel. "The rising number of international airlines opening direct flight routes into Vietnam is proof of its economic potential," said Pasupathi and Jetstar’s opening of the first direct Singapore-Danang route will provide our customers a wider range of transport options. The airline operated a 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft in its maiden flight from Singapore, and then returned from Danang on the same day he said, adding Jetstar would fly three times a week in the first stage of the new route. Deputy Director Tran Chi Cuong of the … [Read more...]

Post ASEAN: New vision for Vietnam, Thailand maritime cooperation

(VOV) - A conference on November 27 in Bangkok focused particularly on how Vietnam-Thailand maritime cooperation should move forward positively within the context of the ASEAN Community Post-2015. In a keynote address, Vietnam Ambassador to Thailand Nguyen Tat Thanh said both nations have been implementing a five-year action plan aimed at protecting the environment and natural resources. Most importantly, Thanh said ensuring security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea was a top priority of their vision for management and sustainability of the region’s waterways. Deputy Director Patcharawalai Wongboonsin of the ASEAN Studies Centre in turn emphasized that it was important for the two nations to assess their cooperation in light of the real situation and ASEAN in a well thought out and coordinated fashion. At the event, panelists discussed ASEAN’s regional strategies and potential systematized actions towards sustainable management of natural resources and … [Read more...]

HCM City leader seeks closer ties with Bulgarian localities

Ho Chi Minh City wants to strengthen ties with Bulgaria, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation with the capital city of Sofia in June seen as laying an official framework for closer ties between the two localities. Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan made the affirmation during his reception for Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Tzvetan Dimitrov in Ho Chi Minh City on November 27. Noting that two-way trade between the city and Bulgaria is declining, the Chairman urged efforts of both sides to improve the situation. Deputy Minister Dimitrov informed the host about the outcomes of the 23rd meeting of the Inter-Government Committee between Bulgaria and Vietnam, and commented that economic and trade ties have yet to match their potentials. Bulgaria wants to boost not only economic and trade collaboration but also cultural and people-to-people exchanges with Vietnam, he said. He revealed that a delegation of … [Read more...]

Merkel under pressure from her own ahead of EU migration summit

Chancellor Angela Merkel came under renewed pressure from her own conservatives on November 27 to stem the flow of refugees into Germany as she heads to a weekend summit of European Union leaders and Turkey's prime minister. Roughly a million refugees and migrants fleeing war and deprivation in the Middle East, Africa and Asia are expected to arrive in Germany this year alone - the majority of those reaching Europe - and local authorities are struggling to cope. Merkel has faced intense pressure from her own conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), to change course on her open-door refugee policy. They gave her a final reminder on November 27. "Immigration is to be limited to a dimension that does not exceed society's acceptance and which also guarantees the country's long-term integration capacity," conservative interior policy officials from both the federal and state level said in a statement after meeting in … [Read more...]

Competition allows children to talk about their rights

An eloquent contest launched in Hanoi on November 27 has enabled children to speak up for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Eligible candidates must be aged from seven to 17 and currently living in Vietnam. The contest is open to all nationalities. To express knowledge, opinions on and contributions to the convention’s implementation, contestants prepare an under-five-minute presentation and submit it to the official website: as part of their registration. The entry must not enter any other competitions before. Registration will be open from December 12 to January 1, 2016. The first selecting round will take place from January 1 – 5, 2016, with winning submissions posted on the web page for public voting. These entries will be further examined from January 6 – 31 based on a range of criteria, such as contents, eloquence, creativeness, as well as sound and image quality. Finalists will have chances to win a … [Read more...]

Japanese companies seek to develop projects in Hai Duong

A number of active and technology-driven Japanese companies met with local businesses in northern Hai Duong province on November 27 to seek to establish partnerships for new projects. The Japanese companies mainly operate in industry, the environment, agriculture, and infrastructure construction. They visited Hai Duong province as part a Japanese investment promotion programme. Minoru Maki, representative of the Kyushu region’s Agency for Trade and Investment Promotion under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, said the Japanese companies expect cooperation opportunities in the province. Hidenori Yasaki, President of Yasaki Company specialising in agricultural products and microbiological liquid fertiliser, said Vietnam has a large agricultural market but paid little attention to safety and food hygiene. Yasaki is willing to build factories in Vietnam to help Vietnamese consumers access hi-tech and safe products, he said. Japanese investors have pumped US$1.1 … [Read more...]