Promoting democracy in constitutionalization

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(VOVworld) - The first phase of collecting public opinions on the draft revisions of the 1992 Constitution according to National Assembly Resolution 38 concluded on March 31 with positive results. During the referendum, publicity and democracy have been promoted through a number of innovative measures in order to build a quality Constitution. Publicity and democracy are demonstrated by the distribution of the draft Constitution to a broad range of people. Never before has the Constitution been widely and densely mentioned on mass media and in social forums. People in urban and rural areas, in remote, mountainous, isolated places, and ethnic minority groups know about this political drive to different extents. Meetings and seminars to collect public opinions were held from central to local levels. Copies of the draft Constitution were given to every household. Pham Khac Dung who lives in Tan Binh ward, Ho Chi Minh city, says: "We have received sufficient information on Constitution … [Read more...]

The worst weapon

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Nong, a government employee pictured with the children of Kengkup village, Sepone District, Savhanakhet Province. Nong said four children were recently killed in the village while out playing with an unexploded sub-munitions dropped by American planes during the "secret" bombing campaign over Laos. The first use of cluster munitions reportedly occurred when a World War I fighter pilot, somewhere in Europe, tossed a box full of grenades out of a biplane. A new idea was born - a payload that contained not one but multiple explosive devices. And now, nearly a century later, the world is still trying to get rid of them. Over 1,000 international delegates, journalists and survivors are attending the first meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Laos this week. At the meeting, representatives from 108 signatory states will hammer out a decade-long plan to rid their nations of cluster bombs, rockets and missiles. Affected states - like the convention's host … [Read more...]

World’s toughest race comes to Vietnam

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Jungle Marathon, organisers of the legendary Jungle Marathon Brazil is thrilled to announce the second race in their series, and their first in Asia. The race, which was voted by CNN as the World's Toughest Endurance Race, will be conducted between May 31 and June 9, 2013, and represents the first time the race has been held outside of Brazil. "This phenomenal 10 day endurance test represents the supreme challenge to a very limited number of participants," said race organiser Shirley Thompson, herself a veteran of Marathons des Sables, Trans 333, Verdon Gorge challenge, Guadarun, Yukon Arctic Ultra, and the Antarctica Ice Marathon. "The Jungle Marathon is a combination of sport, adventure and eco-tourism, competitors will run through narrow trails in primeval forests, wade across sinuous rivers and swim through the region's legendary mysterious caves, with a stunning finish on the shore." The race will take runners along parts of the famous Ho Chi Minh trail, and give them … [Read more...]

Bringing France closer to Vietnam

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(VOVworld) - Several activities will be held during the French Year in Vietnam from April to the middle of 2014 and the Vietnamese Year in France in 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties. These activities will contribute to deepening, and opening a new era in bilateral ties. French Ambassador Jean Noel Poirier addresses a press conference on March 19. (Source: Dantri) French Ambassador to Vietnam Jean Noel Poirier promised to do his best to bring France closer to Vietnam. At a recent press conference in Hanoi to launch activities to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and France, the French Ambassador said the French Year in Vietnam will feature about 100 events including culture, arts, architecture, fashion, economics, science and education exchanges. These activities are aimed at introducing today's France to Vietnamese people. "Vietnam and France will hold several activities during the French Year in Vietnam in 2013 and the … [Read more...]

Dong Xuan district: The production value of industry-minor industry increased over 14.6% against the same period

Dong Xuan District Party Committee has just held the exchanging task meeting for March 2013 and implementing the tasks for April 2013. As reported at the meeting, in March, the district's production value of industry and minor industry was estimated at 30,291 million dongs, an increase of 14.6% against the same period, among which state industry reached 165 million dongs, outside-state industry reached 21,915 million dongs, industry with foreign investment reached 8,211 million dongs. In April, Dong Xuan district's Party Committee concentrates on directing the harvest of winter-spring rice crop, together with industrial plants like sugarcane, manioc; be active in implementing the measures of preventing and fighting against droughts; enhance the task of forest protecting and preventing fire during the hot summer months; continue to well implement the programs and projects of social security and welfare; organize some cultural, art and sports activities in order to improve the … [Read more...]

Uncontrolled fishing in HCMC canals

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Scenes of rampant fishing by large numbers of anglers can be seen every day along the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe and two other canals in Ho Chi Minh. N.V., an angler there, said that he could catch more fish than previously since he used the 5-hook pole and that there was a time when he could gain a full bucket of fish only in an hour. Tran Van Doan, 53, a resident in Ward 1, Binh Thanh District, told Tuoi Tre that that he was previously very happy seeing shoals of fish swim in the canal as it has been nicknamed "the dead canal" due to serious pollution there. In low tide periods, many people even waded into the canal and used nets to catch fish. Competent agencies should take action to prevent such fishing since it can kill fish en masse, Doan and many other locals said. The same situation is also seen in the Tau Hu-Ben Nghe canal that is located along Vo Van Kiet Street, and Te canal that link Districts 4 and 7. No ban issued Tran The Ky, deputy director of the HCMC … [Read more...]

Sanofi invests in $75ml pharmaceutical plant in Vietnam

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(VOVworld) - French pharmaceutical company Sanofi has introduced its plan to build a new plant in Ho Chi Minh city's hi-tech park. Sanofi's CEO Christopher Viehbacher said this 75-million USD plant would be the biggest of its three plants in Vietnam. Sanofi inaugurated its representative office in Hanoi on January 25 (photo: sanofi.com.vn) He appreciated Vietnam's potential for development and this investment is part of Sanofi's global strategy to meet the increasing demand in Vietnam and for export to other Asian countries. He committed Sanofi to creating opportunities for Vietnamese people to access high-quality products at reasonable prices. The plant is scheduled to operate in 2015 and will begin to sell products a year later. Sanofi has been in Vietnam since 1960. Last year, it took the lead in Vietnam's pharmaceutical market with 4% market share. … [Read more...]

Indian delegation visits Ho Chi Minh City

(VOVworld)-Vice Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City's Party Committee Nguyen Van Dua met a delegation of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) led by its Politburo member M.A Baby in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday/ on Thursday. At the meeting, Dua said that the working visit of the Communist Party of India will help further relations between Ho Chi Minh City and India in fields of trade, education, and science and technology… Baby expressed his hope that the East - West highway connecting five countries including Vietnam and India and the opening of a direct flight route between the two countries will boost their bilateral trade to reach 7 billion USD by 2015. … [Read more...]

Rallying people’s wisdom to revising the 1992 Constitution

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(VOVworld) - The collection of public opinions on revising the 1992 Constitution has received responses from the wide public of all social strata including the intelligentsia, businesspeople, and workers. The initial results have shown the people's mastery right and role and mobilized the public's wisdom on this national issue. The referendum to the revised 1992 Constitution has been an important political campaign nationwide over the last 3 months. Nearly 30,000 meetings were held by ministries, sectors, localities, associations, and organizations and 20 million recommendations were collected. In addition to a majority of agreements, the public have recommended a number of ideas to improve the quality of the draft Constitution. It shows that the public has listened and perceives the Constitution's basic contents, the nation's political institutions, human rights, civil rights and responsibilities, the function and duties of state agencies, the principles of state power … [Read more...]

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan receives Ca Mau social welfare beneficiaries delegation

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Overview of the reception. (Photo:VNA) On March 28, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan received the Ca Mau social welfare beneficiaries delegation at the Government Office, on the occasion of the delegation paying tribute to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum in Hanoi. Addressing the reception, on behalf of the Government, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan expressed his gratitude towards the revolutionary veterans, wounded and sick soldiers, and heroic martyrs of the anti-American and French resistance wars. Deputy Prime Minister stressed that the Party and State always give special attention to social welfare beneficiaries. In particular, the Prime Minister issued a Directive on the implementation of vocational training and finding jobs for people of social welfare beneficiary families. Highly appreciating and acknowledging the efforts of Ca Mau province in maintaining and developing the "paying debts of gratitude" movement, Deputy Prime Minister proposed Ca Mau provincial Department of … [Read more...]

Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong pays working visit to Dong Nai province

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(VOVworld)-Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has paid a working visit to the southern province of Dong Nai to examine the implementation of the resolution on Party building. Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong pays working visit to Dong Nai province During his meeting with local party officials, Trong called for improvement in quality of Party work, regulations on leadership and the movement on following Ho Chi Minh's moral example:"President Ho Chi Minh said that a Party, a person and an official were past heroes if they become individualists today. Without due alert, the Party and the nation will face degradation. Daily traps from money, power and interest will give rise to individualism in Party members." The same day, General Secretary Trong visited Dong Nai Food Industrial Corporation. The state owned enterprise has 32 member companies, 800 Party members and nearly 10,000 employees. … [Read more...]

Companies Attach Greater Importance to Social Responsibility

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Ms Truong Thi Thanh Thanh, Director of FPT - Ho Chi Minh At its annual strategy meetings, FPT Corporation introduces its CSR strategy and protects it like it defends business strategy. Previously, economic entities only cared about how to make most profit, but now all understand that we cannot have a developed economy in a volatile society and devastated environment. Therefore, business leaders must always ensure the harmony of three factors: Profit, People and Planet (3P) in the company's business strategy. When we become a leading technology company in Vietnam, we care about sustainable development. Accordingly, the corporation thoroughly carries out the 3P strategy. Since the FPT Strategy Conference in 2011, FPT has been clearly aware that its individual acts of goodwill produced significant results. Thus, with its position, FPT determines to employ its core values, technology, to support the development of the society. FPT always spares a part of its profits to improve material … [Read more...]

Duc Pho: Over 300 patients receive health treatment

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Illustrative photo From 24 to 26 March 2013, the delegation of medical staff, doctors of the Charitable Organization from Ho Chi Minh City coordinated with Trung Vuong Emergency Hospital in Ho Chi Minh city and Dang Thuy Tram Hospital to held examination and eye operation free for poor patients in Duc Pho district. Accordingly, the delegation treated and advised more than 1,000 cases. 311 patients were operated to replace lens with Phaco method (the most advanced method) with the total cost of 350 million dong mobilized from benefactors at home and abroad. Earlier, from 20 to 23 March, the delegation also examined more than 1,400 cases, provided eye surgery free for 420 poor patients in Binh Dinh province with the cost of over 400 million dong. Ngo Tri Nguyen … [Read more...]

Honoring 62 outstanding collectives and individuals following Uncle Ho’s moral example

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Phu Yen Provincial Youth Union has just organized the 82nd anniversary of establishing Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (March 26th, 1931-March 26th, 2013). Phu Yen Provincial Youth Union's Secretary, Mrs. Dao Bao Minh awarding the certificates of merit to individuals with outstanding achievements in studying and following Uncle Ho's moral example After 82 years of construction and growth, together with the youth throughout the country, Phu Yen's youth always upholds the tradition of patriotism, heroic character, tremendous dedication to the cause of building and defending the country, striving and overcoming all difficulties and challenges, excellently perform the assigned tasks, make contributions with the entire Party, people and army to complete the task of struggling for the national liberation and unification. Having gone down in history is the youth's revolutionary action movements namely "Dead for the country's survival", "Ready with three tasks", "Five Volunteers" at war … [Read more...]

National U-19 football finals ready for kickoff

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Nhan Dan - The final stage of the National U-19 Football Championship - Ton Hoa Sen Cup 2013 will officially kick off at Pleiku Stadium this afternoon with a crunch opening encounter between hosts Hoang Anh Gia Lai and visitors, Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City. The top eight teams in the qualification tournament are divided into two groups of four for the nine-day knockout round, doing battle in a round robin tournament to decide the top two finishers from each group who will play in the semi-finals. Group A includes Song Lam Nghe An, SHB Da Nang, Khatoco Khanh Hoa and TDCS Dong Thap, while Hanoi FC, Hanoi T&T, Hoang Anh Gia Lai and HCM City make up Group B. In addition to the championship trophy, the overall winners will receive gold medals and a cash prize of VND50 million (US$2,400), while the runners-up will earn silver medals and VND30 million (US$1,440). The two third place teams will receive bronze medals and VND20 million (US$960) each. … [Read more...]

Vietnam pledges best conditions for investment attraction

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(VOVworld) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung says the Vietnamese Party, State and Government will continue to improve the investment climate, attract and use effectively foreign investment resources. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung spoke at the conference Source: VOV Dung was speaking at a meeting to review 25 years of attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Hanoi on Wednesday. He said:"First, efforts should be made to boost administrative reforms. Second, we need promptly finalize legal documents, mechanism and policies about investment, which should be more favorable and competitive than other countries in the region, while adopting incentives attractive enough for large-scale socio-economic infrastructure projects." The conference, chaired by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and organized by the Ministry of Planning and Investment together with sectors and localities, discussed orientations to lure more foreign investment in the national industrialization and modernization … [Read more...]

Master plan on economic restructuring

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung on February 19, 2013, signed Decision 339/QD-TTg approving the Master Plan on economic restructuring in association with conversion of the growth model towards improving quality, efficiency and competitiveness during the 2013-2020 period. The following is the Plan's full content. I. TARGETS, VIEWPOINT, ORIENTATIONS FOR ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING 1. Overall target Economic restructuring is carried out in association with the conversion of the growth model in line with a roadmap with proper steps so as to form an in-depth model of growth by 2020, guarantee growth quality, and improve the economy's efficiency and competitiveness. 2. Specific targets a) Perfecting the socialist-orientated market economy, creating a range of sound, sustainable and long-term stimuli, especially tax incentives and other investment-encouraging measures, boosting the market-based distribution and use of social resources in sectors and products of competitive advantages, improving … [Read more...]

GOVERNMENT IN BRIEF 26/3

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Vietnam strengthens ties with Qatar Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has affirmed Vietnam's wish to develop multi-faceted cooperation with Qatar at talks and meetings with Qatari leaders. Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh meets Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani. Minh's official visit was made on March 24 at the invitation of Qatari Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani. Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thanh Hoa and representatives of some Vietnamese businesses also participated in the delegation. During his stay in Qatar, the Vietnamese diplomat held talks with his Qatari counterpart, paid a courtesy visit to Crown Prince Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and met with Minister of Social Affairs and Acting Minister of Labour Nasser bin Abdulla al-Hamidi, and Minister of Business and Trade Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani who is also Chairman of the Qatar-Vietnam Intergovernmental … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 26/3

HOSE to honor sustainability reports The Hochiminh Stock Exchange (HOSE) has announced to present the Sustainability Reporting Awards to listed enterprises with remarkable contributions to environmental and social issues given the framework of the 2013 Annual Report Awards (ARA). Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, the awards will be granted for the first time in this year's competition. The World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Britain-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) will be in charge of professional aspects and send judges to evaluate related contents in listed firms' reports. On Tuesday's 2013 ARA launch also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the ARA's organizing committee, IFC and ACCA. Following its success over the past five years, the ARA contest is co-organized by HOSE and Vietnam Investment Review's sister publication Dau tu Chung khoan and sponsored by fund manager Dragon Capital. This … [Read more...]

ANZ vies with HSBC in expanding structured products in Vietnam

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Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. is boosting offerings of structured products in Vietnam, as it competes with HSBC Holdings Plc to lure the nation's growing population of affluent individuals. ANZ is preparing to introduce deposits linked to overseas equities, with longer-term plans to issue structured notes for sale in the country, Duong Duc Hung, who overseas the company's wealth-management business in Vietnam, said in a phone interview. The lender in July began offering three new types of savings yielding returns tied to foreign-exchange rates and gold, after introducing Vietnam's first structured deposits in 2009. The offerings are part of the bank's push to tap demand for high-return investments among an increasing number of rich individuals as the Southeast Asian economy grows. HSBC is the only other foreign bank offering similar structured deposits, Duong said. The number of Vietnamese with net assets of more than $30 million will probably surge 85 percent to 344 … [Read more...]