Government News 21/1

Military officer meets with Lockheed Martin executive Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Truong Quang Khanh had a meeting with Executive Vice President of the US-based security and aerospace corporation Lockheed Martin Patrick M. Dewar in Hanoi on January 20. The Deputy Minister welcomed Patrick M. Dewar and spoke highly of Lockheed Martin’s cooperation with Vietnamese companies, particularly in information technology. Dewar thanked the officer, saying his corporation looks forward to further opportunities to collaborate with the Vietnamese Defence Ministry. Vietnam prioritises all-round cooperation with Japan Vietnam hopes to further deepen the friendship and multi-dimensional cooperation with Japan, considering this one of the top priorities of the country’s foreign affairs policy. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai made the statement while receiving Chairwoman of the Japanese Committee for Foreign Affairs and Defence Katayama Satsuki in Hanoi on January … [Read more...]

Hai Phong to embrace trade links with Uruguay

The northern port city of Hai Phong, a major sea gateway and transport link for Vietnam, wants to increase its trade and investment cooperation with Uruguay, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Duong Anh Dien told Speaker of the Chamber of Representatives of Uruguay Anibal Pereyra. Hai Phong has long been considered the biggest northern seaport in Vietnam and is focusing on socio-economic development and trade cooperation expansion with foreign countries including Uruguay, Dien said at a reception in the city on January 20. Besides advantages in marine transport, the city has well-developed road, railway and aviation transport, noted Dien. The Uruguayan Speaker said his visit, spanning from January 18-22, is intended to strengthen the bilateral friendship and cooperation. He noted that the establishment of the Uruguayan Embassy in Hanoi in 2011 is a vivid demonstration of the long-term cooperation between the two countries and confirms the important role and position of … [Read more...]

Hai Phong keen to cooperate with Uruguay

(VOV) -Chairman of the People’s Council and Secretary of the Party Committee of Hai Phong Duong Anh Dien received Speaker of Uruguay’s Lower House Anibal Pereyra on January 20 Dien said that Hai Phong is focusing on socio-economic development and expanding cooperation with other countries including Uruguay. He said he hoped that Uruguay and Vietnam and Hai Phong in particular will continue to bolster friendship and cooperation in trade, investment, and economics. … [Read more...]

Hai Phong wants to cooperate with Uruguay

(VOVworld) – Chairman of the People’s Council and Secretary of the Party Committee of Hai Phong Duong Anh Dien received Speaker of Uruguay’s Lower House Anibal Pereyra on Tuesday. Dien said that Hai Phong is focusing on socio-economic development and expanding cooperation with other countries including Uruguay. He said he hoped that Uruguay and Vietnam and Hai Phong in particular will continue to bolster friendship and cooperation in trade, investment, and economics. … [Read more...]

Social News 19/1

Court jails 27 for gambling The people's court in Cao Bang Province yesterday sent 27 people to prison for organised gambling. According to the court reports, on January 10, 2014, the Cao Bang police raided a guest room in the province and found four people engaging in illegal gambling. They also seized VND742 million (US$34,500) in cash from the site. Further investigations showed that the four persons were part of a larger gambling network that also organised gambling in the province from October 2013 to January 2014. The gambling network comprised 27 people, who received prison terms varying from one to six years. Several other persons were given probation. According to the Criminal Code, gambling is illegal in Viet Nam. Work begins on Ha Noi ring-road link Construction work on the Trung Hoa-Ring Road 3 intersection in the capital city, which will include two tunnels, began on Sunday, the Thang Long Project Management Board has announced. Vu Xuan Hoa, head of the Board, said … [Read more...]

Social News 15/1

S.Korea firm to sue workers for loss-causing strike Striking workers at a South Korean-invested firm in HCM City will be sued for losses caused to the company. Some 800 workers at Carimax Sai Gon Ltd. Co. went on strike January 3 after the company declined to pass on a mandated rise in minimum wages. Company officials said on January 12 that workers who failed to carry out their duties for five consecutive days would be sacked and sued for losses incurred by the company. Carimax said trade union intervention had failed to resolve the strike. The government decreed last year minimum wages would rise by VND250,000-400,000 (USD11.9-USD19) a month, depending on region, from January 1, 2015. But on December 27, the board of directors at Carimax said that because of 2014 losses, the pay rise would be determined according to each worker's attitude, capability and experiences. It also declared the Tet bonus would be 90% of a worker's monthly wage, but if workers went on strike, the … [Read more...]

Social News 11/1

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Skyscraper project on Han River bank cancelled In an interview by Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper yesterday, Da Nang's Party Secretary Tran Tho said the project to build a skyscraper dubbed a "lighthouse" on the Han River in the central city will be cancelled. Mr. Tran Tho said that Da Nang city People’s Committee has just given approval to implement the project but not yet agree to carry out the project on the river. However, after receiving the objection from the public and architects, the city authority decided to cancel the project, he said. Mr. Tho said that he had requested the city’s government to look for a new place to build the skyscraper. After the city committee approved the project, many architects and municipal development experts raised their voice against the project. They said that project would damage landscape of river that has helped the city become one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam In addition, the project’s investor- investment … [Read more...]

Social News 27/12

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Sleeper bus collides with container truck, injures 6 Some six passengers were injured when their sleeper bus collided with a container truck early today on the My Phuoc – Tan Van Expressway in the southern Binh Duong Province's Hiep Thanh Ward. The accident occurred while the sleeper bus, carrying 19 passengers, was travelling from HCM City to Binh Duong. The cause of the accident, which left the bus in a wrecked state, remains unknown. The injured were treated at the Binh Duong General Hospital. Local police are investigating the case. Unions prepare Tet support for workers Trade unions in southern localities will support workers with gifts and bus tickets during Tet, which falls in the middle of February this year. In Binh Duong Province, the provincial Federation of Labour planned to give free bus tickets to 1,220 workers from central and northern provinces to travel home for the holiday. The federation is giving 10 per cent more workers tickets than last year. The … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/12

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Twelve sites recognised as national relics Twelve archaeological, historical and architectural relics around the country have been recognised as national relic sites by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The Ky Anh ancient rock rampart in Ky Lac commune, Ky Anh district, Ha Tinh province. The list consists of three archaeological, seven historical and two architectural relics, located in 10 provinces: Son La, Thai Nguyen, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Thua Thien–Hue, Quang Nam, An Giang, Binh Phuoc, Long An and Khanh Hoa. Three archaeological relics named are the Loi Citadel in Thuy Xuan and Thuy Bieu wards, Hue City, Thua Thien–Hue province; Hoa Diem relic in Cam Thinh Dong commune, Cam Ranh city, Khanh Hoa province; and Khe Ho ancient rock ground in Hang Chu commune, Bac Yen district, Son La province. The seven historical sites comprise three in Thai Nguyen, including the complex of Muc Temple and Huong Ap pagoda in Pho Yen district; the relic where the Brigade 308 … [Read more...]

Social News 12/12

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Crackdown on smugglers creates border control turmoil A crackdown on smugglers has created turmoil at Vietnam-China border crossings, notably at Mong Cai Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province, which is being flooded with people going back and forth between the two countries as gangs probe for weak spots in border control. Officials said Mong Cai Border Gate processed 10,000 people on December 6. The crowdness has been going on over the past month following the arrest of a smuggling gang on November 2, which prompted an increase of inspections by border gate security along the border. … [Read more...]

Japanese Embassy will continue supporting Haiphong’s ODA projects

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On the afternoon of 11 November, Mr. Duong Anh Dien, Chairman of Haiphong People’s Committee received and worked with Mr. Nagai Katsuro - Envoy, Head of the Economic Board of the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam on ODA projects and Haiphong International Gateway Port. Mr Nagai Katsuro expressed his honor to the reception of Haiphong People’s Committee Chairman. He stated that he has taken over the mission at the Embassy for 2 months and this is his first visit in Haiphong. He was so glad to know that Haiphong has attracted many Japanese investment projects, including leading corporations. He believed that more and more Japanese companies will make investment in Haiphong in the future. The increasing inflow of Japanese investment in Haiphong is resulted from the determination of Japanese businesses and the great support of the city government, especially in infrastructure, the improvement of investment climate and services. Mr Katsuro Nagai asserted that Japan will continue … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 1-10 (daily updated)

Hanoi Urban Flea Market in December 2014 Sun 07 Dec 2014, 9 am HERO Bar 42M Yen Phu, Hanoi Hanoi Urban Flea Market - a quite-young-yet-had-some-popularity flea market in the Westlake district as well as Hanoi's expat community and youngsters. This time, in honor of the immortal holiday spirit, we've come to decide to expand our market in both quality and quantity. Ticket price: 10,000 VND Exhibition "The Cosmos and The Sea" Opening: Thu 04 Dec 2014, 6 pm (at both gallery spaces) Main gallery: 04 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015 … [Read more...]

Chairman of the city People’s Committee received and worked with the business delegation from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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On the morning of 29 October, at Haiphong City Convention Centre, Chairman of the city People’s Committee Duong Anh Dien received and worked with the business delegation of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) on their working visit to Haiphong to study about the city’s investment environment. Mr. Le Thanh Son, Vice Chairman and leaders of relevant departments and agencies also attended the reception. At the reception, representative of the delegation said JCCI has a large member network of 514 Chambers of Commerce with more than 1 million enterprises, more than 1 thousand of which have made investment in Vietnam. Attending the foreign delegation were Japanese enterprises operating in all-sided fields, some have already invested in Vietnam while others are studying the local investment opportunities.Earlier, in Hanoi, the delegation had a talk with the Ministry of Planning and Investment and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry on matters relating to … [Read more...]

Social News 24/11

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Hanoi to host Asia-Pacific Disability Forum Conference The 2014 Asia & Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) General Conference will be held in Hanoi from November 26 to 28 as an appropriate celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3). The Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD) told a press conference in Hanoi on November 21 that the biennial event is to review the progress made on the realization of the rights of people with disabilities set in a strategy reached at the first APDF in Incheon, the Republic of Korea in 2012. … [Read more...]

Social News 18/11

Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam. ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children. "In Viet Nam, 100 children die every day from preventable causes," Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF's representative in Viet Nam, said at the launch ceremony in HCM City on Monday. … [Read more...]

City’s socio-economy in 2014 eyes evident changes, gains fairly comprehensive development and hits breakthroughs

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On the morning of 29 October, Chairman of Haiphong People's Committee Duong Anh Dien chaired a regular online year-end meeting toreview the performance of socio-economic targets in Octoberand results of the whole year 2014, discuss solutions for the remaining months of the year and main tasks for 2015. Vice chairmen of the municipal people's committees, leaders of departments, sectors, branches and districts also attended this conference. On behalf of the city People's Committee, Director of the Department of Planning and Investment Duong Ngoc Tuan reported: In 2014, the city's socio-economy has witnessed evident changes, obtained fairly comprehensive development and hit breakthroughs. 15 out of 16 main economic indicators approved by the city are estimated to fulfill and over-fulfill the set plans. The economic situation has been sustained and gained recovery, in which GDP in 2014 ranked the highest in the last 3 years and increased 1.45 times higher than the average figure of the … [Read more...]