Labour export market looks grim in 2012

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Vietnam's goal to send 90,000 workers abroad in 2012 poses a huge challenge as its labour export market remains unstable. Despite the global labour market being heavily affected by the economic and financial crises in 2011, Vietnam sent 88,298 guest workers abroad and achieved 101.5 percent of the set target. A VOV reporter interviewed the Deputy Head of the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Dao Cong Hai. Reporter:Despite the impact of the global economic downturn, Vietnam still obtained such good results exporting labour. Could you please explain why we achieved this impressive figure? Mr Hai: The export of nearly 88,300 guest workers sent abroad to work in 2011 was a boon for Vietnam in the context of the sluggish global labour market and falling demand for guest workers. Also, due to the political crisis in Libya, Vietnam had to bring home a large number of guest workers from this lucrative labour … [Read more...]

Major amusement park in the offing in Long An

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HCMC - Phu An Infrastructure Development and Construction JSC, a subsidiary of Khang Thong Group, announced on Monday to start building a big amusement project in the Mekong Delta province of Long An next year. Nguyen Thanh Su, deputy general director of Khang Thong Group, told the Daily on the phone on Monday that the Happyland Vietnam project would require around US$2 billion, with US$600 million going to a theme park similar to Disneyland and Universal Studio, the famous amusement destinations in the world. An artist's impression of Happyland Vietnam project in Long An Province - Photo: Courtesy of Khang Thong Group The first phase of the project will start on 338 hectares, stretching along the Vam Co Dong River. It will be expanded in the second phase, according to the company which on Monday introduced the project's investment opportunities in the capital city of Hanoi to potential investors in the northern region. In addition to the amusement section, the project will have … [Read more...]

Nearly 36,000 labourers go to work abroad in 4 months

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In the first 4 months of this year, 35,709 Vietnamese labourers went to work abroad, accounting for 37.58% of the year’s target, according to statistics from the Overseas Labourers Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). In April alone, nearly 10,000 labourers were sent to work abroad; of which the Taiwanese (China) labour market received the largest number of labourers (6,631), followed by Japan (2,059), Malaysia (556), Arab Saudi (350) and the Republic of Korea (187). In 2015, Taiwan (China) continues to be identified as a key labour market for Vietnamese labourers as it receives common labourers with rather good income while it also provides an adequate legal framework to protect labourers. Meanwhile, the Japanese labour market mainly recruits on-the-job trainees within 3 years at maximum. In addition, Japan is in need of high quality labourers such as design engineers, mechanics engineers and nursing staff. In the … [Read more...]

Vietnam protects rights of women migrant workers

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(VOV) - Integration has contributed to an increasing flow of guest workers from Vietnam and currently as many as 500,000 adults have migrated to more than 40 countries around the globe to work. The Overseas Labour Management Department also reports that over the past five years the average annual number of women and men guest workers has been on the uptick averaging 35,000 and 55,000 respectively. While integration may foster trade and investment, it does not necessarily create an environment that protects workers economic, social and physical security and increasing numbers of women have complained of low pay, long hours and substandard accommodation. The department said the problems encountered by the women were further compounded by language issues and a fundamental lack of knowledge and understanding of their basic rights. The women have been filling gaps, particularly as domestic workers, nurses, dressmakers and assembly line workers in electronics factories in the RoK, Taiwan … [Read more...]

Social News 1/4

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Operation Pacific Angel plane lands in Da Nang A C-130 transport airplane landed at Da Nang International Airport yesterday, as part of Operation Pacific Angel 15, running in Quang Ngai province from March 14 to April 3. The operation included an exchange between the United States Air Force and Viet Nam Air Force and Defence at the airport on the same day, on the capabilities of C-130 airplanes in humanitarian and disaster-relief missions. Operation Pacific Angel is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance exercise led by the United States Pacific Air Forces. The three key programmes of PACANGEL are health services, civil construction and expert exchanges on health matters, providing optometry, dental, women's health and physical therapy, as well as other health services for local patients. Over 2 million foreign visitors to Vietnam in first quarter The number of foreign tourists to Vietnam in the first quarter of this year is estimated to reach 2,007,884, down 13.7% … [Read more...]

Over 25,000 labourers sent oversea in first quarter of 2015

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Vietnam sent more than 25,766 workers overseas in the first quarter this year, up 10.7 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD) under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs. The figure represented 27 percent of the year's target. In March alone, as many as 8,560 went abroad under working contracts, mostly to Taiwan, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and Middle East countries. Vietnam sent a record-high 105,840 guest workers abroad in 2014, 110 percent of the year's target, according to statistics from the OLMD. Compared to 2013, the number of Vietnamese guest workers sent to Taiwan increased to 62,000 from 46,000, while those working in Japan rose from 9,600 to nearly 20,000. According to Nguyen Luong Trao, Chairman of the Vietnam Labour Export Association, last year the highest number of guest workers went to Northeast Asia, around 90,000, accounting for 86 percent of the total 40 labour-export … [Read more...]

Over 25,000 labourers go to work abroad in first quarter

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In March, an additional 8,560 labourers went to work abroad, raising the total number of guest workers in the first quarter of this year to 25,766, accounting for 27.12% of the year’s plan and seeing a year-on-year increase of 10.7%, the Overseas Labourer Management Department reported on March 30th. According to the department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), in March, the guest workers were sent to Taiwan (China) (5,953), Japan (1,618), the Republic of Korea (262), Malaysia (328) and the Middle East labour market. In 2015, together with developing the traditional labour markets, MOLISA is studying how to expand others with better working conditions and income for labourers, especially for the skilled and semi-skilled. Accordingly, the ministry has encouraged labour export enterprises to seek contracts involving highly skillful labourers while paying attention to training labourers for the contracts. This year, some markets in the … [Read more...]

Over 25,000 labourers sent oversea in Q1

Vietnam sent more than 25,766 workers overseas in the first quarter this year, up 10.7 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD) under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs. The figure represented 27 percent of the year's target. In March alone, as many as 8,560 went abroad under working contracts, mostly to Taiwan, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and Middle East countries. Vietnam sent a record-high 105,840 guest workers abroad in 2014, 110 percent of the year's target, according to statistics from the OLMD. Compared to 2013, the number of Vietnamese guest workers sent to Taiwan increased to 62,000 from 46,000, while those working in Japan rose from 9,600 to nearly 20,000. According to Nguyen Luong Trao, Chairman of the Vietnam Labour Export Association, last year the highest number of guest workers went to Northeast Asia, around 90,000, accounting for 86 percent of the total 40 … [Read more...]

Good signs of labour export at beginning of year

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In the first 2 months of this year, over 17,200 Vietnamese labourers went to work abroad, seeing a year-on-year increase of 23.5%, said the statistics from the Vietnamese Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). Labour export saw positive signs at the beginning of this year. At present, Taiwan (China) is still the biggest receiver of Vietnamese labourers with nearly 11,000 travelling there to work in January and February, accounting for 63.4% of the total number of Vietnamese guest workers. Taiwan (China) is considering receiving Vietnamese labourers to work in the fisheries sector and as domestic help. The MOLISA and the Overseas Labourer Management Department are doing their utmost to negotiate an expansion of opportunities for Vietnamese labourers in this labour market. Representatives from the Overseas Labourer Management Department, in 2015, apart from developing the traditional markets, labour export … [Read more...]

Vietnam boosts labour exports

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VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam aims to send 90,000 guest workers abroad in 2015, deputy director of the Overseas Labour Management Department Tong Hai Nam told Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times). Last year was a successful year for Vietnam in sending guest workers abroad. Will you please explain why? In 2014, although the world's economy still faced many difficulties, the number of Vietnamese guest workers working abroad increased in a big way, particularly to Japan and Taiwan. Vietnamese guest workers have improved their skills considerably - and their knowledge of foreign languages and discipline. In addition, the Government has made some adjustments in policies to enable more guest workers go abroad. Due to the prolonged economic crisis, the demand for foreign guest workers in many countries in 2014 was low. This led to fierce competition among labour-export countries. Viet Nam also faced some problems with guest workers. Many labour disciplinary … [Read more...]

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Fishing boat rescued near Truong Sa A fishing boat and its 13 crew members were rescued at sea near Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands after sending an SOS on Wednesday. The boat's crew belongs to Ly Son Island's An Hai Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai. Nguyen Quoc Chinh, head of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union, confirmed yesterday that the union had received an SOS from fishing boat QNg 96156 TS, which was stranded off the island of Thuyen Chai in the Truong Sa Islands of Khanh Hoa Province. Other fishing boats nearby failed to approach the boat due to big waves and the rough sea. However, ship HQ561 from Navy Zone 4 was able to tow the fishing boat to anchor on Thuyen Chai Island. The sea around the Truong Sa Islands has been choppy over the last few days with 3-4m high waves. Two arrested for trafficking women in Son La Two persons were arrested for cheating andtrafficking Vietnamese women near the Viet Nam-China border onTuesday, said the Son La Border … [Read more...]

Labour export sets record

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In 2014, the country sent 106,840 labourers to work abroad, an increase of 18.7% on the planned number. Statistics from the Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) show that this is the largest number of guest workers sent abroad over the past years. There was a remarkable increase in the number of guest workers to traditional labour markets, with 62,000 sent to Taiwan (China), nearly 20,000 to Japan, nearly 7,000 to Korea, nearly 5,000 to Malaysia, nearly 4,000 to Saudi Arabia, and nearly 1,000 to Qatar. According to MOLISA Deputy Minister Pham Minh Huan, in 2015, together with developing the traditional markets, the Ministry will study and exploit other markets which provide good employment and income for labourers, especially for trained labourers. In realizing the State guideline in sending labourers abroad, the Ministry has always given an orientation to enterprises in seeking and exploiting markets … [Read more...]

Vietnam sees bright prospects for labour exports in 2015

Guest workers wait for their procedures processed (Photo: VNA) The number of guest workers working abroad is predicted to increase in 2015, especially as an ASEAN Economic Community is established within the year, said Tong Hai Nam, Deputy Head of the Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD). The Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) is launching a project to support the conveyance of Vietnamese labourers to foreign markets in accordance with national agreements and labourer supply contracts between domestic companies with foreign partners, Nam revealed. According to MoLISA Deputy Minister Pham Minh Huan, the ministry will continue to seek out new markets with good working conditions and high wages, while simultaneously maintaining traditional markets in 2015. Emphasis will be also placed on intensifying training for qualified labourer sources, as well as promoting the signing of skilled-labourer contracts, Huan said. Vietnam sent a record-high 105,840 … [Read more...]

Labour exports reach record high of nearly 107,000 in 2014

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Taiwan is the largest recipient of Vietnamese workers in 2014 NDO - Vietnam set a new record for guest workers abroad in 2014 with 106,840 workers, up 18.7% compared to the year's target, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Ministry of Labours, Invalids and Social Affairs. Vietnam's labour exports also faced difficulties in 2014 due to political unrest in Libya and limited labour contracts from the Republic of Korea (RoK). However, the number of workers sent to Taiwan (China) in 2014 jumped to 62,124, much higher than the previous years and two times higher than 2010, contributing to raising the total number of Vietnamese workers aboard to a record high. Taiwan was the largest recipient of Vietnamese workers in 2014, accounting for nearly 60% of total guest workers abroad. It was followed by Japan, the Rok and Malaysia. Japan received 19,766 Vietnamese workers while the RoK received 7,242 and Malaysia received 5,139. Vietnam also sent 2,516 workers … [Read more...]

Japan – a tiger economy for labour exports

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(VOV) - For calendar year 2014 the export of temporary labour to Japan in terms of number of workers jumped 60% on-year to 16,283, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department. Meanwhile, a representative from LOD Human Resource Development Corporation in Hanoi said the character of the labour migration has changed with demand for female migrant workers on the upswing. The occupations of guest workers have also diversified to include professionals, factory workers, and domestic workers, while the tradition of Vietnamese construction workers, sailors, and nurses remains strong. Vinaconex Trading and Manpower Joint Stock Company said Japanese agriculture firms have been actively recruiting married couples to work in Ibaraki prefecture. Specifically Vietnamese workers aged between 25 and 30 with high school certificates and two-years of experience are in high demand. Nguyen Van Hiep, Vinaconex Director General, said the construction industry in Japan is a hot market for … [Read more...]

Vietnam hits record-high labour exports

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Vietnam sent a record-high 105,000 guest workers abroad in 2014, 113 percent of the year's target, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department. Compared to 2013, the number of Vietnamese guest workers sent to Taiwan increased to 60,000 from 46,000, while the number in Japan rose from 9,600 to 20,000. A total of 7,000 guest workers were sent to the Republic of Korea (RoK), 5,000 to Malaysia, 4,000 to Saudi Arabia and 1,000 to Qatar. Compared to 2013, the number of workers in these four markets dropped by about 5,000. Nguyen Luong Trao, Chairman of the Vietnam Labour Export Association, said the country last year sent the highest number of guest workers to Northeast Asia, around 90,000, accounting for 86 percent of the total 40 labour-export markets. Tong Hai Nam, Deputy Head of the Overseas Labour Management Department, said that 2014 was not completely successful for the labour-export market as all 1,750 guest workers from Libya had to return due to political … [Read more...]

Over 91,000 labourers go to work abroad in 10 months

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Statistics from the Overseas Labour Management Department show that over 91,000 Vietnamese labourers were sent to work abroad from the beginning of the year to the end of October, exceeding the year's target by 4.76% and seeing a year-on-year increase of 129.54%. The largest market for Vietnamese labourers continued to be Taiwan (China) with 53,851 labourers, followed by Japan with 16,283, then the Republic of Korea with 6,662 and Malaysia with 4,553 labourers. The Taiwanese (China) labour market has been largest market for Vietnam's workers in recent years. In 2014, the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) reduced the fee to this market to below USD4,000 per person. The fee is expected to be reduced annually to facilitate the condition for labourers. For the Korean market, the Vietnamese labourers were sent to the market based on the memorandum of understanding between the two Governments on Employment Permit System (EPS)./. … [Read more...]

Children, teachers get quality helmets

Quality helmets have been provided to more than 4,000 students and teachers at eight elementary schools in HCM City's Districts 12, Binh Thanh, and Binh Chanh under a road safety campaign. The campaign is organised by the National Traffic Safety Committee, Ministry of Education and Training, and Asia Injury Prevention Foundation. Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) More workers sent abroad this year According to the Overseas Labour Management Department, the number of workers sent abroad reached 91,143 in the first 10 months of this year, or 4.76 per cent higher than the full-year target. … [Read more...]

Over 83,000 labourers go to work abroad in 9 months

The Overseas Labour Management Department has recently said that since the beginning of the year until late September, 83,369 Vietnamese labourers were employed abroad, accounting for 95.83% of the year's plan. The department took statistics from enterprises showing that in September alone, the number of workers travelling abroad was 9,642, including 5,421 labourers going to Taiwan (China), 1,892 to Japan, 1,085 to the Republic of Korea, 425 to Malaysia, 422 to Saudi Arabia. The over 83,000 figure, saw a year-on-year increase of 132.63%, according to the department. The leading markets that received Vietnamese labourers were still Taiwan (49,956 labourers), then Japan (14,498 labourers), the Republic of Korea (5,700 labourers), Malaysia (4,258 labourers), the Saudi Arabia (2,829 labourers), and other markets./. … [Read more...]