Hau Giang Province gets first new-style rural district

HCM CITY (VNS) — Nga Bay Town in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang has been recognised as a new-style rural district, the first in the region, Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh has announced. Nga Bay Town has three communes that meet 19 criteria of a new-style rural area, including Dai Thanh commune, which was recognised as new-style rural area in 2013, Tan Thanh Commune in 2014 and Hiep Loi Commune in June. The town has met all the national new rural area criteria, especially in agriculture. Pham Chi Dung, chairman of Nga Bay Town's People's Committee, said that farmers in the town had been trained in cutting-edge technologies in agriculture to help reduce crop and animal disease and increase output. The training has helped reduce manual work, increase productivity, cut costs and reduce pollution. Eighteen households in Dai Thanh Commune now have an income of more than VND1 billion (US$44,708) per year; 110 households from VND500 million ($22,326) to VND1 billion, and … [Read more...]

Arbitration could solve disputes fast

DA NANG (VNS) — Businesses and banks in Viet Nam still resolve disputes through the courts, even though arbitration and mediation remain the most popular methods throughout the world in dealing with banking disputes. This preference for using courts was discussed by General secretary of the Viet Nam Banking Association Tran Thi Hanh at a workshop on the Use of Arbitration and Mediation (A&M) in the resolution of banking and financial disputes in Da Nang yesterday. "Viet Nam's economics has been deeply integrated into the world and the regional economic community, so banking and financial disputes have rapidly become more complicated. These needs a quick, easy procedure in solving disputes for businesses and banks," Hanh said. "Resolving banking disputes by arbitration and mediation could help businesses and banks deal with arguments and risks in a smooth way," she said, adding that the solution would be an effective way to reduce bad debt in the banking system. Hanh said … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 20/7

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Khmer homes linked to grid More than 6,000 households, most of them ethnic Khmer, in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tra Vinh have been linked to the power grid under an ongoing project that seeks to achieve universal electrification. At the end of the VND228 billion (US$10.94 million) two-phase project, nearly 19,000 households would have been connected. An additional 418 transformer stations would have been built to supply power to the families living in 83 remote villages in seven districts. In just the first phase, the ratio of households with power will increase from 87 to 94 per cent. Thach Tha My, a Khmer farmer living in My Chanh village, Chau Thanh District, said: "My family has 0.35ha of farm land. I used to buy power from neighbours at high prices for farming. "Because many families share the same electricity line, the voltage is not stable. "Thanks to the project, we now have electricity for household and agricultural purposes and no longer have to pay high … [Read more...]

Official held for revealing State secrets

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested a state official for providing secret State materials to overseas reactionary organizations. The official, Pham Chi Dung, who had been working for a State agency in HCMC, was arrested on July 17 for further investigation, police said. Police also searched his home and office for materials related to the case. A source said that after four reactionaries, Le Cong Dinh, Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, Le Thang Long and Nguyen Tien Trung were tried in January 2011 for “working to overthrow the people's administration”, some reactionary organizations that these men had been involved in continued conducting acts of sabotage against Vietnam. After a lengthy investigation, police had collected enough evidence to conclude that Dung was the person who has provided those organizations with secret materials. Dung had received thousands of dollars as reimbursement from these organizations, investigators said. At the above-mentioned trial, the Ho Chi … [Read more...]

Reducing import surplus

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The import surplus in May was valued at US$750 million, accounting for 12.3 percent of the total export turnover, the lowest import surplus so far this year. Speaking at an online conference between Hanoi and HCM City on June 8, the Minister of Industry and Trade, Vu Huy Hoang, emphasised that although exports show some signs of picking up, more effective measures need to be put in place to deal with the import surplus. Exporters still in a fix According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the export sector is experiencing several positive signs, with an export turnover of almost US$6.1 billion in May, up 14.4 percent over the previous month and 37.5 percent higher than the same period last year. In the first five months, Vietnam’s total export turnover hit US$25.8 billion, reaching 42.7 percent of the set target for the whole year and representing a year-on-year increase of 12.6 percent. This is attributed to a strong growth in the export of industrial products … [Read more...]

Fraudulent forest officials suspended

Part of Dam Doi protective forest destroyed for illegal shrimp farms (Photo: Tien Phong Online)

Two high raking forest management officials, charged with illegally granting land in the Dam Doi Protective Forest in Ca Mau Province to family members to build shrimp farms, have been suspended, the chairman of Dam Doi Ward People's Committee, Doan Quoc Khoi, announced yesterday. Khoi said that Duong Thanh Thanh, head of Dam Doi Ward Forrest Management, Mai Thanh Truc, head of the Dam Doi Protective Forest Management and 60 staff members connected to the case were suspended from the their duties. They will face appropriate disciplinary measures. Earlier, the Dam Doi Ward People's Committee had abolished the decision issued by deputy chairman of Dam Doi Ward People's Committee Tran Xuan Khuya on July 2008. According to the decision, 62.8 hectares of land of Dam Doi Protective Forest would have been to given 14 families of local farmers to turn it into shrimp breeding farms. Despite Dam Doi Protective Forest Management's proposal saying all the local farmers were poor and … [Read more...]

Mind maps help city teacher popularize literature studies

A teacher in a continuing school has used the concept of mind maps pioneered by Tony Buzan to get his students enthusiastic – and proactive - about literature. “Last year, I found various books in related to a new concept, mind maps, by Tony Buzan. The more books I bought to read, the more interested I became. It got me thinking that this concept can probably be applied to my subject”, said Hoang Duc Huy, who currently teaches Literature in District 4’s Continuing School in HCMC. Extra class hours or recess is the period Huy chose to apply the new method to his students. He also recommended that his students try it after class as well. So, the students were encouraged to surf the internet at home to find materials, including pictures and other content, to draw their own mind maps relating to the just-completed lesson. Usually considered a boring subject by most students, Huy is proud that every student of his has applied the new method of learning. “But … [Read more...]

Caterpillars devastate pine forest in central Vietnam

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Caterpillars have ravaged 500 hectares of a state-owned pine plantation at the resin collection period in central Vietnam's Thanh Hoa province. Pham Chi Dung, director of the Tinh Gia Forest Park, said the pests were swarming onto the trees at an extremely high rate of 2,000 per tree. Another 500 ha is now in danger of being devoured by the pests. … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh receives Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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(VOVworld) - Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh hailed Hungary’s support to Vietnam during the latter's past struggle for national independence and reunification. At a meeting with Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto in Hanoi on Tuesday. Ninh said bilateral trade and investment at around 200 million USD was still modest despite a 15 to 20 percent surge in their trade in recent years. He noted that Hungary’s credit assistance had helped Vietnam realize some important projects, including the Can Tho Oncology Hospital. He urged Hungary to continue its aid to Vietnam and applaudedHungary's support for the building of a plant exploiting the Red River's surface water. Ninh also suggested Hungary co-operate with Vietnam under the public-private partnership model to carry out a demographic data project which is being piloted in Hai Phong City. Minister Szijjarto said Hungary hoped its relationship with Viet Nam would be a pillar of the European Union – … [Read more...]

PM calls for strengthened implementation of strategic breakthroughs

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said that all ministries and localities should continue to work on three strategic breakthroughs in order to achieve the targets set for 2016 and the next five years. The breakthroughs he mentioned are perfecting the socialist-oriented market economy institutions, improving human resources and building a synchronous infrastructure system. Summing up a 1.5-day teleconference between the Government and representatives from 63 localities nationwide on December 29 morning in Hanoi, the PM explained that market economy institutions will help mobilize and allocate resources effectively, while a good infrastructure system is a factor in enhancing national competitiveness and improving investment environment. To upgrade the infrastructure system, the Government leader suggested creating a mechanism to attract both domestic and foreign investment. He also emphasised the need to train high-quality human resources, and help businesses in technological … [Read more...]

Vinatex contributes to the country’s garment sector development

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PANO – The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) received the Labor Hero Order on the occasion of its 20th foundation anniversary held in Hanoi on December 26th. The event saw the participation of State President Truong Tan Sang and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh. On behalf of leaders of the Party and State, President Sang handed over the order to the group in recognition of its efforts and achievements over the past years. In the past years, Vinatex has made considerable contributions to the Vietnamese garments and textiles industry. With Vinatex’s operation, Vietnam’s garment export turnover increased over 32 times for 20 years, from US$ 850 million in 1995 to more than US$ 27 billion this year. Notably, the sector annually creates 25 per cent of new jobs in the country. Addressing the ceremony, Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh highly valued Vinatex’s business performance, especially in the recent context of global economic crises, and urged the … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh participates in the banking sector’s review meeting

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh speaks at the meeting. Photo: Thanh Chung/VGP (VOVworld) - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh said Vietnam’s economic achievements were the results of the Party and State’s policy switch from rapid growth to macro-economic stabilization, inflation control and growth model changes. He told a review meeting of the banking sector on Friday that the State Bank’s monetary management still faces short term difficulties next year due to low inflation pressure, crude oil price changes and domestic competitiveness. He urged the State Bank to continue with its flexible monetary policy to ensure macro stability. Credit growth should be promoted to fuel production and economic restructuring. … [Read more...]

Deputy PM urges agricultural restructuring in southwest region

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The Hanoitimes - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh requested the southwestern region to accelerate agricultural restructuring while chairing a meeting of the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region in Can Tho city on December 11. Regional authorities should adjust production plans on the basis of market demand and increase connectivity among localities in the region and beyond, he said, adding that ministries and agencies should provide the latest market information to local businesses, helping them expand market and develop farm produce trademarks. He urged localities to promote the application of scientific and technological advances, build a new cooperative model connecting businesses and farmers, and ramp up transport and economic infrastructure in support of agriculture. Agencies concerned, particularly the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, were asked to pay more attention to dealing with issues related to climate change. Localities should speed up the … [Read more...]

DPM highlights transport infrastructure development in Southwest

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VGP – The resources for infrastructure development in the Southwest over the past five years have increased 2.7 times in comparison with the previous five-year period, higher than the nation’s average growth, said Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh, head of the Southwest Steering Committee. The Deputy PM made that statement at a meeting on December 10 in Can Tho City to review the five-year development of transport infrastructure facilities in the Southwest. Completed transport infrastructure projects in the region cost VND58,778 billion, he added. The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has taken measures to attract social investment in transport infrastructure, including five Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects worth VND39,375 billion and seven projects in form of Built-Operation-Transfer (BOT), valued VND22,762 billion. In the phase from 2010 to June 2015, the region transported 4.6 billion passengers and 468.25 million tons of goods, up 4.4% and 4.9% per year, which … [Read more...]

PM instructs to complete mechanisms and policies for new-style rural area construction

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The Hanoitimes - To achieve the goal of building new-style rural areas in the period of 2016-2020, primarily to focus on reviewing, updating, supplementing and perfecting the mechanisms and policies for implementation of the program. This is a significant task to decide. The steering committee of the national target program on building new-style rural areas held a conference in Ha Noi on December 8 reviewing the work from 2010-2015 and devising tasks for 2016-2020. The conference saw the presence of PM Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, NA Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh and leaders from relevant agencies and organizations. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, also Deputy Head of the steering committee, delivered a report on the program’s implementation over the past five years and a plan for the 2016-2020 period. The report highlighted the achievements of the innitiative which has grown into a … [Read more...]

Government stands side by side with businesses: DPM

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VGP - Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh has noted that the Government always stands side by side and listens to suggestions by the business community in order to have appropriate policies meeting businesses’ demand, supporting them to overcome challenges, develop sustainably and become the foundation for the economy’s prosperity. Depuy PM Ninh made the statement at the annual Viet Nam Business Forum (VBF) on strengthening businesses’ competitiveness for international integration held in Ha Noi on December 1 by the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank and the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). Representatives from relevant ministries and agencies, associations of foreign enterprises in Viet Nam also joined discussions on improving the business environment and facilitate business development. Deputy PM Ninh reaffirmed the country’s socio-economic achievements thanks to the Government’s drastic measures, efforts of ministries and … [Read more...]

WB to help Vietnam realise national target programmes

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The Hanoitimes - At the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh in Hanoi on November 20, World Bank (WB) Country Director Victoria Kwakwa said the WB will propose new initiatives to help Vietnam realise the two programmes of new-style rural building and sustainable poverty reduction. Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Vu Van Ninh met with WB Country Director Victoria Kwakwa in Hanoi on November 20. At the meeting, the Deputy PM hailed the WB for its assistance for Vietnam in forms of loans, technology and policy consultation, particularly in the fields of hunger eradication and poverty reduction. Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh asked the WB to continue to support Vietnam, especially the two national target programmes that the National Assembly has just approved on new-style rural building and sustainable poverty reduction. The Deputy PM said 1,500 communes nationwide have been recognised as new-style rural areas, and Vietnam targets to reach 50 percent of all communes across the country … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh receives WB Country Director in Vietnam

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh received World Bank Country Director Victoria Kwakwa (Photo: VGP)

(VOVworld) – Vietnam has had made positive achievements in its new rural development program. At a reception for World Bank Country Director Victoria Kwakwa on Friday in Hanoi, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh said Vietnam’s National Assembly and government have adjusted and allocated resources to implement new rural development effectively. Mr. Ninh asked the World Bank to provide Vietnam with preferential loans to implement the program, which is attached to sustainable poverty reduction. Ms. Victoria Kwakwa said the World Bank has always supported Vietnam in socio-economic development including its new rural development program. … [Read more...]