Art & Entertainment News 17/12

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First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front of Hiep's house, No 9, lane 144/2, An Duong Vuong Road. Young talents gather at HBSO concert Local young music talents will play at a concert hosted by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday. Audiences will have a chance to admire beautiful and lively melodies of Wind quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major by Italian composer/violinist Giuseppe Maria Cambini by the performance of young talents of the HBSO Wind Quintet. Previously, the quintet took part in the Asian Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in early September and had a solo concert in Natori City of … [Read more...]

Maintaining the momentum of FDI disbursement

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Social News 23/11

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Japan applies single tourist visas for Vietnamese citizens The Japanese Embassy in Hanoi announced that on November 20, Japan started a simplified application procedure for single tourist visas for Vietnamese nationals as part of efforts to further promote people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. Accordingly, Vietnamese individuals are able to apply for single tourist visas when they take part in package tours (with a stay of less than 15 days) organised by local travel agencies registered with the Japanese embassy and consulate general located in the country. … [Read more...]

Travel News 17/11

Conde Nast Traveler lists Long Bien Market a world's best Conde Nast Traveler named the Long Bien wholesale market in Hanoi located under the famous Long Bien Bridge that was repeatedly bombed and repaired during the war with America on its list of the world top 7 street markets. Heralded by the Communist party as a symbol of Vietnam's resilience, today the bridge watches over a buzzing hive of vendors selling live frogs and sweet mangosteens. Since this is a daily market, it's best to make your way here before sunrise, the leading travel magazine reported. … [Read more...]

Phu Yen attracts visitors for its wild beauty

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Dai Lanh Cape in Phu Yen province. (Source: Internet) … [Read more...]

HCMC & Myanmar to continue opening more cooperation opportunities

The Ho Chi Minh Party Secretary Le Thanh Hai had a meeting with Speaker of the Assembly of the Union of Myanmar Thura U Shwe Mann and Myanmar high-rank level delegations in Ho Chi Minh City, on September 8. On behalf of the city's party leaders and government, Mr.Hai welcomed and appreciated highly the visit of Myanmar delegation in Vietnam. He said that this visit is an important event to mark the relationship between Myanmar and HCMC. Mr. Hai confirmed that the relationship between HCMC and Yangon city of Myanmar will continue developing incessantly. The import-export turnover increased three fold within last three years; expressing hope that Mr Thura U Shwe Mann will create the favorable conditions for two cities to tie cooperation in all fields. … [Read more...]

More projects planned for supporting industries though success is uncertain

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VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam is still determined to develop supporting industries to become more attractive to foreign investment, despite past failures. NLD … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 1/7

HCM City mulls VND1.86 trillion for flood control The HCMC Steering Center of the Urban Flood Control Program (SCFC) has asked the HCMC People's Council to pass a dozen of major projects for implementation this year and next at a total cost of VND1.86 trillion (some US$87.3 million) to control flooding in the city. SCFC made the request at a meeting with the HCMC People's Council on June 26. The projects will help address flooding in districts 1, 2, Tan Binh and Thu Duc. The spending will go to upgrading the drainage systems on Mai Thi Luu Street in District 1; Bau Cat, Truong Cong Dinh and Ba Van streets in Tan Binh District; Go Dua Street in Thu Duc District; Thao Dien, Quoc Huong and Xuan Thuy streets in District 2; and building a rainwater regulation lake of 4,000 square meters in Tan Binh District. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 16/6

Vietnam, US discuss non-traditional gas development Safely and effectively developing non-traditional gas resources without damaging the environment was the focus of a workshop held in Hanoi on June 12-13. Jointly organized by the US Embassy in Vietnam and the Ministry of Industry and Trade's General Department of Energy, the event attracted a crowd of experts from both countries operating in the field, along with those from the member nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and ASEAN. … [Read more...]

Binh Duong spends big on rural transport

BINH DUONG (VNS) — The southern province of Binh Duong plans to spend VND152 billion (US$7.2 million) to improve rural transport and urban areas. Vice chairman of the provincial People's Committee, Tran Van Nam, said the projects were expected to connect national roads with provincial areas, including districts and communes. "This infrastructure will help to connect production areas with industrial processing zones more efficiently," he said. The districts of Phu Giao, Dau Tieng, Bac Tan Uyen and Bau Bang will focus on upgrading rural roads, while Thu Dau Mot City, Di An Town and the districts of Thuan An, Ben Cat and Tan Uyen will look to improve urban facilities. … [Read more...]

Cat Tien National Park: the largest ecotourism destination

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The Hanoitimes - Cát Tiên National Park (Vietnamese: Vườn quốc gia Cát Tiên) is an important national park located in the south of Vietnam, approximately 150 km north of Ho Chi Minh City. It has an area of about 720 km² and protects one of the largest areas of lowland tropical rainforests left in Vietnam. Cat Tien National Park offers visitors an opportunity to discover nature and contemplate the beauty of mountains, glass-plots, forests of high trees, waterfalls and diversified ecosystems with rare plant and animal species. An insight by the Nhan Dan (People) online newspaper. … [Read more...]

Cat Tien National Park an ecotourism paradise

Cat Tien National Park offers visitors an opportunity to discover nature and contemplate the beauty of mountains, glass-plots, forests of high trees, waterfalls and diversified ecosystems with rare plant and animal species. An insight by the Nhan Dan (People) online newspaper. Cat Tien National Park, located about 150km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, is the largest and most attractive ecotourism destination in the southeast region. It features special tourism activities such as bird-watching, camping, boating and green tourism. It covers a vast area of more than 72,000ha and belongs to three provinces: Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc. Unlike other well-known national parks such as Cuc Phuong, Bach Ma and Ngoc Linh, Cat Tien boasts a terrain of forest and mountain, along with diversified natural scenery. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 22/4

Vietnam seeks ways for overseas nationals to maintain nationality Vietnamese authorities are looking for ways to help millions of overseas Vietnamese maintain their nationality as the deadline for the regulation approaches, said a spokesman for the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In accordance with the Nationality Law 2008, overseas Vietnamese who do not have valid Vietnamese passports, or who had Vietnamese nationality before the law took effect on July 1, 2009, must re-register with Vietnamese agencies in the country where they reside in order to maintain their citizenship. The deadline for re-regislation was set for July 1 of this year. However, only around 6,000 out of the total 4.5 million overseas Vietnamese have completed so far. The figure is much lower than was expected. "Relevant authorities are checking into the issues related to the procedures before working out the best solution to ensure the legal rights and benefits for overseas Vietnamese communities," … [Read more...]

US senators present gifts to Danang dioxin victims

(VOV) - A US Senate delegation led by Senate President pro tempore Patrick Leahy visited and presented gifts to disadvantaged people, including victims of dioxin, in the central city of Danang on April 19. Vietnam, US cooperate in dioxin remediation Seeking legal evidence for dioxin lawsuit More dioxin spots found at Bien Hoa Airport They symbolically gave 18 wheelchairs to the handicapped, four chairs to mentally retarded children, and 18 hearing aids to needy people in Hoa Vang district. They also visited and presented gifts to a farmer family in Bau Bang village, Hoa Vang district, whose two children were disabled. The gifts were funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and channeled through the Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH). Earlier the same day, President Leahy attended the launch of a thermal desorption system at Danang airport to clean up dioxin-contaminated soil. At a working session with municipal authorities, Leahy said his … [Read more...]

Yen Bai resettles households before storm

The northern province of Yen Bai has moved around 60 per cent of families living in the dangerous places, equivalent to 1,400 households, to resettlement areas. It said another 800 families remain in such places and need to be moved before the onset of the storm season this year. Tin Tuc (News) Denmark supports private enterprises The Danish Embassy in Ha Noi said it would continue with a programme to support private firms in Viet Nam, especially those operating in the food safety and green technology sectors. The programme began in 2007 and has so far assisted 300 projects. Thanh Nien (Young People) Binh Duong Province to redraw its map The southern province of Binh Duong last week announced a plan to create a new town called Ben Cat from the district of the same name. The town will comprise My Phuoc town and the communes of Thoi Hoa, Tan Dinh, Hoa Loi, Chanh Phu Hoa, An Dien, Phu An, and An Tay. The remaining areas of Ben Cat District will be renamed Bau Bang … [Read more...]

Binh Duong strives to drive future growth

The southern province of Binh Duong has acted as a magnet for both Vietnamese and foreign investors, helping drive future growth. Feature by the Vietnam Investment Review. * New administration hub The local authorities inaugurated a new integrated administration centre in Binh Duong New City on February 20, marking a milestone in the province's development and providing fresh opportunities for investors. Located in the Binh Duong New City project, the new hub includes 20-storey twin towers and a helipad. Work on the centre started in November 2010 and the towers now house the province's Party, Government and public agencies. The new Becamex IDC-constructed centre cost more than 1.4 trillion VND (67.54 million USD), and was designed by Singapore's infrastructure development and management services provider CPG, with French group Apave as project supervisor and manager. * For stronger future growth Deputy Chairman of the Binh Duong provincial People's Committee … [Read more...]

Binh Duong drives future growth

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the opening speech at the inauguration ceremony of Binh Duong's new integrated administration centre

The southern province of Binh Duong has acted as a magnet for both Vietnamese and foreign investors, helping drive future growth. New administration hub The local authorities inaugurated a new integrated administration centre in Binh Duong New City on February 20, marking a milestone in the province's development and providing fresh opportunities for investors. Located in the Binh Duong New City project, the new hub includes 20-storey twin towers and a helicopter pad. Work on the centre started in November 2010 and the towers now house the province's party, government and public agencies. The new Becamex IDC-constructed centre cost more than VND1.4 trillion ($67.54 million), and was designed by Singapore's infrastructure development and management services provider CPG, with French group Apave as project supervisor and manager. For stronger future growth Deputy Chairman of the Binh Duong Provincial People's Committee Tran Van Nam said the new administration hub … [Read more...]

Binh Duong off to great start in attracting foreign investment

A worker checks product quality at the Vietnam Kirin Beverage Company in My Phuoc Industrial Park 2, Ben Cat District., Binh Duong Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu

BINH DUONG (VNS) — The southern province of Binh Duong has attracted US$300 million in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first 20 days of this year, triple the figure seen in the same period last year. The province is on-track to meet its yearly target of $1 billion in FDI, the provincial People's Committee chairman Le Thanh Cung said. In order to capture the opportunities that will be unleashed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is expected to be signed this year, the province has established the 300-ha Bau Bang Industrial Zone, he noted, adding that the new zone will focus on attracting foreign investment in the textile and garment industry. Meanwhile, it has also approved the establishment of five additional industrial zones, raising the number of zones in the province to 33 by 2020 from 28 currently, he said. Since FDI is considered important for industrial development, the local authorities have paid considerable attention to the requirements of foreign … [Read more...]

Binh Duong Sets US$1 Bln FDI Target for 2014

The southernprovinceofBinh Duonghas acknowledged ongoing economic difficulties and set a modest US$1 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) target for 2014.

It will continue infrastructure upgrades in its industrial parks (IPs) and preference projects according with provincial development ambitions. Binh Duong encourages industrial energy-saving technologies, increasing the localisation rate, promoting product quality and competitiveness, limiting labour intensity, and reducing environmental impact. The locality has allocated 300 hectares in Bau Bang Industrial Zone to textile and support industry projects. It is heavily investing in support industries to anticipate a high influx of foreign investment as soon as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is signed. Twenty-six of the province's 28 IPs are operational, covering 9,073 hectares, while its eight industrial clusters cover an additional ​​600 hectares. IP rental rates reached 65 percent, and industrial clusters' 41 percent. Ten IPs enjoy 95 percent-100 percent rental rates, including VSIP 1, VSIP 2, My Phuoc, Song Than, Binh Duong, Viet Huong, and Dong An. The province's … [Read more...]