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...]

US$30 million needed for injury prevention amongst children

Drowning is one of the major causes of fatalities amongst children. At least 90 per cent of children are expected to use life jackets while traveling on waterways by 2020. — Photo vietnamplus.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Although accidental injury prevention measures have been adopted over the last few years, the number of child deaths in Viet Nam remains high. This was announced at the Accidental Injury Prevention Programme Development Conference for the 2016-20 period, held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs yesterday in Ha Noi. The programme under development by the ministry has estimated funds of VND670 billion (US$30 million). Of this total, VND160 billion ($7 million) comes from the state budget, VND420 billion ($19 million) is from the local budget and the rest will be mobilised from international sources. The programme aims to avoid injuries and fatalities amongst children, especially those caused by drowning and traffic accidents, Deputy Head of Child Care and Protection Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Vu Thi Kim Hoa said. Measures to prevent injury amongst children in the coming period will focus on eliminating … [Read more...]

A new phase in friendly Vietnam-Germany relations

State President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang. (Source: dangcongsan.vn)

PANO – State President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang and his spouse left the country on the morning of November 24th (local time) to start his state-level visit to Germany from November, 24th, 2015 to 26th, at the invitation of German President Joachim Gauck. Germany is universally known as a home to outstanding scholars and scientists, such as Humboldt, Einstein, Roentgen and Max Planck, and great thinkers, music composers and philosophers, namely Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Beethoven, Bach, Schumann, Hegel and Karl Marx. >> President leaves for State visit to Germany>> State President Truong Tan Sang visits Germany to boost cooperation Germany is a culture-rich country, which has 5,000 museums, 300 theaters, over 100 opera houses, 7,500 libraries and some 130 professional symphonic orchestras. One of the famous cultural events in the country is the Wagner Music Festival in Bayreuth city. German cinema has seen remarkable achievements since the 1990s and it annually … [Read more...]

Labour Quality Should be Improved to Sharpen Competitiveness


In the newsletter on Labour market published by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) in collaboration with the Vietnam General Statistics Office recently, indicators of market prospects and demand for labour from now until the end of 2015 were released, many of which are very significant indicators. Along with the development of economy, labour demand generally increases in all types of businesses and services. According to the statistics of the MOLISA, in 2015 the demand for labour in business sector increased by about 360,000 people (up 3.27 percent) compared to 2014, bringing the total number of workers employed in the country up to 12.3 million. It is expected that by the end of 2015 the percentage of waged workers on the total of employed of around 40 percent. Labour supply, in general throughout the country is still abundant. In Quarter III/2015, labour force in the working age is estimated at 54.31 million (representing 76.01 percent of the population … [Read more...]

National Assembly mulls whether legal adult age should be 16 or 18

Children at Tam Phuoc Commune Kindergarten in Phu Ninh District, Quang Nam Province. National Assembly deputies discussed changing the age of responsibility of children during the session yesterday. — VNA/VNS Dinh Hue

HA NOI (VNS) — National Assembly deputies yesterday were divided when discussing changing the age of responsibility of children as part of the draft revised Law on Child Protection, Care and Education. Under the Law on Child Care, Education and Protection that took effect in 2004, a person is considered a child in Viet Nam if they are under 16. Deputy Pham Thi Hong Nga from Ha Noi agreed with the Government's proposal that would increase the age at which one is considered a child to under 18. She said the age increase matches international conventions, particularly the United Nations' International Convention on the Rights of the Child, which defines a person under the age of 18 as a child. She said that people aged from 16 to 18 underwent big physical and psychological changes and special care was needed to help them develop fully and minimise the risk of child labour or child abuse. "The age increase will expand the area of regulations by the law and help juveniles at least … [Read more...]

President Truong Tan Sang visits Germany to boost cooperation

German President Joachim Gauck (right) and Vietnam's Ambassador to Germany Dao Xuan Hung.

President Truong Tan Sang will visit Germany from November 24-26, at the invitation of German President Joachim Gauck, in order to boost the strategic partnership between the two countries. This is the first state visit by a Vietnamese president to Germany since it was unified in 1990. The relationship between Vietnam and Germany has developed positively, effectively and comprehensively since the countries established their diplomatic relationship in September 1975. Since the formation of their strategic partnership in 2011, Vietnam and Germany have frequently exchanged high-ranking delegations. Examples include German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Vietnam in October 2011 and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Germany in September 2014. The two countries effectively implemented many bilateral cooperation mechanisms. The Vietnam – Germany trade relationship has grown in recent years, reaching 7.9 billion USD in 2014 and 6.66 billion USD in the … [Read more...]