UNICEF and Ho Chi Minh City launch the Child Friendly City initiative high level conference

Photo: CPV

(CPV) - UNICEF together with the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City co-organized today a high level roundtable conference to prepare the ground for the development of a Child Friendly City Initiative to promote better quality lives for vulnerable children in Viet Nam’s most prosperous city. The conference comes as part of the key events marking the 40th anniversary of cooperation between UNICEF and the Government of Viet Nam, celebrated in Hanoi earlier this week. "Child Friendly" initiative promotes the provision of the best possible quality of life for to children and all citizens. ChildFriendlyCity is the place where children and young people's voice is heard, respected and taken into consideration in all activities. This is where children enjoy the right to participate in the city's decision making process and actions to improve children's situation and the evaluation thereof," said Mr Hua Ngoc Thuan, Vice Chairman HCMC People’s Committee. The high level … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 17

A US$6.28 million project to improve sanitation and hygiene in Bac Giang, Thai Nguyen, Binh Dinh and Ben Tre provinces commenced in Hanoi on January 15.

Two murderers receive death penalty The People's Court of the southern province of Dong Nai sentenced two men to death yesterday. The verdict said that Ngo Van Tam, 21, and Tran Tu Dien, 25, killed their roommate on Christmas Day last year for failing to give Tam VND500 million (US$23,500) as promised. They chopped up the victim's body and disposed of it. They also stole money and a mobile phone from the deceased before stealing a motorcycle in An Binh market. Tam and Dien were arrested on December 26. More arrests made in hacking scandal Police have arrested two men who hacked websites and stole foreigners' credit card information to buy luxury goods abroad and sell them later in Viet Nam. The two men, Nguyen Quang Nhut, 35, of HCM City, and Nguyen Van Hoa, 23, of central Quang Tri Province, were part of a group operating through an internet forum that offers instructions on how to hack websites. The forum is open to anyone free of charge, but once an individual pays a US$100 … [Read more...]

City Gifts 20,000 Free Bus Fares on Lunar New Year

Mr. Nguyen Van Dua , Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee in HCMC presents free tickets for poor workers (Photo:SGGP)

HCMC Labor Federation gave over 1,600 free bus and train tickets to workers in Hi-Tech Park and Linh Trung Industrial Park on January 15. This annual activity, titled "Meaning Tickets", is aimed to support employees return to their hometowns in Central and Northern provinces. The donation is celebrating its sixth anniversary this year. It is funded by unions and private companies in the Industrial Park and offers more than 84,700 fares with total cost of almost VND 51.5 billion over the past six years. This year the Labor Federation will offer over 20,000 tickets with total cost of VND 162 billion, which was funded by 24 districts in the city. This is critical in uniting employees with families in the Phu Yen Province and other northern provinces affected by recent storms. The Labor Federation also awarded 636 free bus and train tickets for workers in Tan Thuan and Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park on January 14. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Nguyen Van Dua , Deputy Secretary … [Read more...]

HCM City to relicense discotheques after years

VietNamNet Bridge - The Department of Culture - Sports and Tourism of Ho Chi Minh City is drafting a discos and karaoke parlor planning, under which new discotheques and karaoke bars may be licensed based on the demands and proposals of each district. After years of halting the licenses of new discotheques and karaoke bars, HCM City Vice Chairman - Mr. Hua Ngoc Thuan has assigned the HCMC Department of Culture - Sports and Tourism to draft the planning for this kind of entertainment services in the city from now to 2020. Under this plan, the city government will license discotheques and karaoke bars in districts at the demands and proposals of the local authorities. However, management over these businesses will be tightened to control social evils. The license of new discotheques and karaoke bars must have the consent of relevant bodies, not only the local authorities. HCM City currently has about 750 karaoke bars, studios, 25 bars and discotheques. Since 2005, under the … [Read more...]

City leaders visit outstanding teachers, professors

City leaders visit teachers on the Teacher's Day(Photo:SGGP)

To mark Teacher's Day, a delegation of leaders from Ho Chi Minh City on November 18 visited some outstanding teachers and professors who have made great contributions to the education sector in Vietnam. Nguyen Van Dua, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee in HCMC led a delegation of City leaders to congratulate Prof. Dr. Tran Thanh Dam, former principal of University of Pedagogy in HCMC, on his 80th birthday. On behalf of the Party, leaders and people of HCMC, Mr. Nguyen Van Dua expressed his appreciation of the efforts, dedication and contributions of Prof. Dr. Tran Thanh Dam. On the same day, the City delegation also visited Prof. Dr. Chu Pham Ngoc Son, Vice Chairman of Union of Science and Technology Association and musician Ca Le Thuan, Chairman of Union of Literature and Arts Associations. On this occasion, Ms. Than Thi Thu, Head of the Department of Propaganda and Education of the Party Committee, along with representatives of Department of Education and Training … [Read more...]

City leaders welcome President of Bulgaria

Chairman Le Hoang Quan and Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev (L) at the meeting (Photo:SGGP)

On the morning of October 30, Mr. Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City held a meeting with Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria and his high level delegation on occasion of their visit to Ho Chi Minh City. At the meeting, Chairman Le Hoang Quan emphasized that political cooperation between the two countries had deepened, but economic cooperation and other fields were still lagging behind. To become a strategic partner, Chairman Le Hoang Quan hoped that cooperation in the field of economy, education and science between the two countries will continue to strengthen further in the near future. Chairman Quan also expressed his desire that HCMC cooperate not only with the capital of Bulgaria but also other provinces. The Bulgarian President expressed his surprise at the rapid development of Ho Chi Minh City. He said that Bulgarian enterprises are very much interested in investing in HCMC in fields of water purification, pharmaceuticals, industry … [Read more...]

HCM City spends VND1,372 billion for Lunar New Year Festival 2013


Saigontourist on February 21reviewed ten years of implementing the Nguyen Hue Flower Street (2004-2013) event in Ho Chi Minh City. Mr. Hua Ngoc Thuan, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee and the Head of Ho Chi Minh City's Lunar New Year Festival 2013 Board, attended and presented the insignia and certificate of merit of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, and the symbol of the Nguyen Hue Flower Street, to collectives and individuals who have contributed to the success of the Nguyen Hue Flower Street over the past ten years. The total spending for Tet 2013 of Ho Chi Minh City is about VND1,372 billion, of which VND372 billion is from the State budget, while the remainder is from individuals, businesses and social organizations./. … [Read more...]

Spring flower festival open


Mr. Hua Ngoc Thuan, vice chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, February 5 cut ribbon to open the spring flower festival in the city. The festival features over 8,000 bonsai, flower, artistic rocks and aquariums by 600 artisans nationwide. Some unique products like loc vung (Indian Oak or Barringtonia acutangula) tree of artisan Ba That who has participated in the festival for 33 years; collection of 36 Oncidium Swartz species. Especially with the theme " Vietnam Posture" the festival reflect peaceful villages in the North surrounded with thick bamboo hedges, village gates, rice fields. The event will also include other several cultural and artistic activities, including traditional art performances, folk games, a human chess contest, calligraphy, paintings and food stalls. Moreover, a special program will show famous dances of Vietnam and Korea as well as Japanese tea ceremony. The festival will last until February 16 in Tao Dan Park. … [Read more...]

HCMC and Laos strengthen traditional relationship

Mr. Thongloun Sousilih, Deputy Prime Minister of Laos led a delegation of Lao senior officials to visit the Thu Thiem Tunnel, Vo Van Kiet Highway, East-West Avenue, and construction projects in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City on July 15. Mr. Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the HCMC People's Committee and Mr. Hua Ngoc Thuan, Deputy Chairman of the HCMC People's Committee welcomed and accompanied the Lao delegation. Mr. Thongloun Sousilih expressed his joy at the changes and development in Ho Chi Minh City. He showed his pleasure at the comprehensive development of Vietnam-Laos relationship over the years. … [Read more...]

HCMC to maintain clean environment in spring flower markets


People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has asked relevant departments to maintain a clean and beautiful environment at the spring flower markets around the city during the coming Tet Lunar New Year. Flower markets get busier as Tet approaches. (Photo: KK) As planned, spring flower markets for Tet will open from January 16-22. The main and large-scale flower markets will take place at the 23/9 (September 23rd) Park and Le Van Tam Park in District 1 as well as the Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District. 56 more flower markets are expected to open in districts across the city. Among them, Thu Duc District will open 17 markets and District 8 will have 15. Flower businesses will not be allowed to sell other communities such as clothes, fruits or home appliances at the flower markets. Mr. Hua Ngoc Thuan, Deputy Chairman of the municipal People's Committee, asked local authorities to ensure public order and security and prevent traffic jams, and not allow flower markets to open near … [Read more...]

HCM city attracts Philippines business circle

Rice is loaded at Sai Gon Port for shipment to the Philippines

In the framework of the 35th anniversary of diplomatic links between Vietnam and the Philippines, on July 13th, the Vietnam delegation led by Hua Ngoc Thuan, vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Hochiminh city took part in the seminar entitled "Vietnam and the Philippines, economic and business cooperation". The seminar organized in Manila by Vietnam Embassy to the Philippines. The Philippines currently ranks fourth among ASEAN investors in Vietnam. Its investment in Ho Chi Minh City alone reached 40.32 million USD with 25 current projects. Bilateral trade turnover increased five-fold from almost US$400 million in 2001 to over US$2 billion in 2009, with Vietnam being a long-term major rice supplier for the Philippines . The two countries also signed an agreement on fisheries co-operation in 2010. Mr. by Hua Ngoc Thuan expressed hope that Philippines business circle step up investment opportunity in Hochiminh city. Hochiminh city has been creating most favourable conditions … [Read more...]

Ideology head becomes HCMCity chief councilor, Mayor re-elected

Ms. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam makes debut with a speech as head of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Council on June 22, 2011 (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

Ms. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, member of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Standing Committee and head of the city's ideology department, was elected as Chairwoman of the People's Council here on Wednesday. She was voted with 91 ballots in favor among a total 94 during the first session of the new People's Council, for the 2011-2016 tenure, to replace Ms. Pham Phuong Thao, who has retired. The new People's Council of the city had been voted via the National Election on May 22. The Council's first session also saw Ms. Truong Thi Anh re-elected as vice chairwoman for the five-year tenure. Meanwhile, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Chin was voted a standing executive of the Council. The current chairman of the city People's Committee, or the Mayor, Mr. Le Hoang Quan, was re-elected for the new tenure with almost 94% of votes in favor. The Committee's five elected vice chairpersons were Mr. Hua Ngoc Thuan, Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong, Mr. Le Minh Tri, Mr. Nguyen Huu Tin and Mr. Le Manh Ha. The People's … [Read more...]

Australian Minister inaugurates new university facility


Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs officially inaugurated a worldclass recreation complex and student accommodation building at the RMIT International University on March 13. At the inauguration ceremony (Photo: Courtesy of RMIT) While inaugurating the building, Hon Kevin Rudd praised the VND310 billion (US$15.2 million) facility and the "vision and hard work" of RMIT in establishing a strong presence in Vietnam over the past 10 years. Mr. Rudd praised the achievements of the Vietnamese Government in recent decades, including its rapid economic growth, increased life expectancy, advancement in education, increased trade and widespread access to communication technology. He believed that Vietnam and Australia must continue to play their part to achieving regional cooperation in pursuit of stronger political and economic relations. Mr. Rudd said young Vietnamese people had a great deal to offer their country if their own productive potential could be fully realised. The … [Read more...]

New cases of HIV falls


On the occasion of the World AIDS Day (1st December), Ho Chi Minh City's AIDS Prevention Committee, in association with the City's industries and agencies, on November 28th, visited and presented gifts to HIV victims being treated at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital, Nhan Ai Hospital, Linh Xuan Centre for Child Upbringing and Sponsoring, and other clinics. According to the Committee, the number of newly diagnosed HIV infections has dropped to 6,000 cases per year from 10,000 cases in 2007. The city currently has around 16,000 HIV/AIDS victims being taken care and provided with ARV treatment. Mr Hua Ngoc Thuan, HCMC People's Committee's Vice Chairman, suggested that the City should build a treatment center for HIV/AIDS victims in the whole southern region soon. Meanwhile, Mr Chu Quoc An, Deputy Head of Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control under the Health Ministry, believed that most HIV/AIDS victims need sympathy from the community. Source: … [Read more...]

Discussions Focus on Building Party, Socio-Economic Development


(Photo: SGGP) In the morning, delegates discussed main issues in the Congress documents. Important contents included the review of 20 years of renovation and the tasks and targets for the 2006-2010 period, industrialization and modernization, social issues, education and training, science and technology, human resource development, national defense and security, foreign affairs and integration into the world economy, solidarity of the peoples in Viet Nam, how to practice democracy and strengthen the State by law. Discussions were also placed on how to develop the Party, explanations about the Party, and whether Party members can run their own business. Then, the delegates came up with suggestions for draft rules for the election of the tenth-tenure Central Executive Committee. Delegates delivered speeches on different issues in the afternoon. Mr. Nguyen Van Sau, a representative of central ideology agencies, delivered a speech on building socialism in Viet Nam. Mr. Phung Huu Phu … [Read more...]

10, 780 Vietnamese workers sent abroad in September alone


Statistics from the department of Oversea Labor management under Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs showed the total number of workers sent abroad to work was 10,780 (of which 4,245 were women) in September. China’s Taiwan is the leading market for Vietnamese laborers with 5,805 workers. Next, Japan with 2,464 workers, Malaysia with 920 workers, Saudi Arabia with 798 workers, the Republic of Korea with 472. In the first nine months of this year, 90, 558 Vietnamese workers (of which 28,884 were women) were sent aboard for work, reaching 100, 62 percent of its yearly target, and 108, 62 percent compared to the same period last year. The Ministry has recently required functional forces, foreign organizations and firms to up-to-date the total number of foreign workers in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Farmers without land to receive work training

HA NOI (VNS) — Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has said it is planning to provide vocational training and employment priorities including overseas work to labourers whose farm land had been acquired by the Government. The plan, part of a policy drafted by the MoLISA, will focus on supporting people who used to be farmers and lived off agriculture but have been unemployed since their land was acquired by the Government for other industrial development purposes, the ministry said. It said the beneficiaries include those households or individual labourers who used to directly do agricultural production or agricultural business on their acquired land. The beneficiaries will not include those who used to be workers or member of an agricultural state-owned farm, but have retired or quit their jobs, according to the ministry's drafted policy. The MoLISA has also said it will only provide vocational training courses and job opportunities to labourers who have to meet … [Read more...]

Prompt policy response to achieve best socio-economic performance


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung directed prompt policy responses to achieve the best socio-economic performance for the remaining months of 2015 during the two-day monthly Government meeting that closed in Hanoi on October 1. With gross domestic product (GDP) growth hitting 6.5 percent in January-September – the highest in four years, the 2015 growth rate is likely to move higher, driving the average GDP for five years to roughly 6 percent, he commented. He ordered drastic actions in agriculture, tourism and farm produce export, easing over-reliance on China and seeking new markets. Ministers were asked to accelerate the progress of business and banking restructuring in tandem with bad debt settlement. On administrative reform, initiatives to improve the business climate and national competitiveness will continue, including those regarding customs, taxation and land under the charge of the Ministries of Finance and Natural Resources & the Environment. Nine ministries … [Read more...]

Lao Cai Vocational Training College: Training on Social Demand

Lao Cai Vocational Training College is a public service unit established under Decision 1905/QD-LDTBXH dated December 27, 2012 of the Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs on the basis of upgrading the Lao Cai Vocational Training School. After over 20 years, Lao Cai Training College has developed from a provincial centre for vocational training and job searching support to Lao Cai Vocational Training School and now Lao Cai Training College. The College has so far helped train, nurture and educate more than 30,000 workers currently employed in many economic units of Lao Cai, as well as of other northern mountainous provinces. Lao Cai Vocational Training College has three levels of training: vocational collegiate, vocational secondary and vocational elementary; continuous training between levels follows closely the provisions of the state on vocational training in order to produce disciplined high-quality human resources to serve the cause of socio-economic development of Lao … [Read more...]

Nurses and caregivers encouraged to work in Japan

Under the Viet Nam–Japan economic partnership agreement, every year, Vietnamese nurses and caretakers will be recruited to work in Japanese hospitals.— Photo tuoitre.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The DepartmentofOverseas Labour, under the Ministry of Labour Invalids and Social Affairs, is recruiting more nurses and caregivers to work in Japan. Under the Viet Nam–Japan economic partnership agreement, every year, Vietnamese nurses and caretakers will be recruited to work in Japanese hospitals, where they will receive training over the course of three years. Training in the Japanese language will be provided free of charge to those selected. During the training period, they will also be given free accommodation and cash stipends. If they pass Japan's national exams, they will be allowed to stay and work in Japan for as long as they wish. The income for those who will stay and work in Japan as official staff could be as much as VND60 million (US$2,600) per month for each person. In 2014, there were 180 Vietnamese nurses and caregivers selected to work in Japan. A representative from the Department of Overseas Labour said this year, the number might … [Read more...]