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...]

PM nominates new Cabinet members

VGP – PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc on April 8 presented a list of Deputy PMs, ministers, and ministerial-level officials for the new Cabinet. Accordingly, Mr. Truong Hoa Binh, Vuong Dinh Hue, Trinh Dinh Dung were nominated as Deputy PMs. Other personnel were introduced to vacant ministerial posts including: 1. Mr. Ngo Xuan Lich – Minister of National Defense; 2. Mr. To Lam – Minister of Public Security; 3. Mr. Le Vinh Tan – Minister of Home Affairs; 4. Mr. Le Thanh Long – Minister of Justice; 5. Mr. Nguyen Chi Dung – Minister of Planning and Investment; 6. Mr. Tran Tuan Anh – Minister of Industry and Trade; 7. Mr. Pham Hong Ha – Minister of Construction; 8. Mr. Tran Hong Ha – Minister of Natural Resources and Environment; 9. Mr. Truong Minh Tuan – Minister of Information and Telecommunications; 10. Mr. Dao Ngoc Dung – Minister of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs; 11. Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien – … [Read more...]

NA considers relief of 20 Government members

VGP – Newly-elected PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc proposed the National Assembly to release two Deputy PMs, 16 ministers, and other Government officials from their duties on April 8, in Ha Noi. Those are: 1. Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang; 2. Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai; 3. Transport Minister Dinh La Thang; 4. Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh; 5. Minister of National Defense Phung Quang Thanh; 6. Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh; 7. Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Thai Binh; 8. Governor of the State Bank of Viet Nam Nguyen Van Binh; 9. Minister of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen; 10. Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong; 11. Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung; 12. Minister-Chairman of the Office of the Government Nguyen Van Nen; 13. Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang; 14. Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan; 15. Minister-Chairman of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs Giang Seo Phu; 16. Minister of … [Read more...]

MDEC-Hau Giang to take place in July

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VGP – Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh, Head of the South West Steering Committee, approved the organization of the Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation (MDEC) Forum 2016 in Hau Giang province. Under the title, "The Mekong Delta – Active integration and sustainable development," the event will be held from July 11-15. It consists of six key activities, including an opening ceremony; a meeting on "The Mekong Delta – Active integration and sustainable development;" a business form; a workshop on credit in favor of socio-economic development; a workshop on "Supporting and promoting technological applications for enterprises in value chains; a conference of the Steering Committee, and a closing ceremony. The MDEC is an open joint activities to strengthen and promote the image of the potential strengths of the region; boost economic cooperation, build partnership program between the provinces and cities in the region together with the provinces and cities nationwide, and with … [Read more...]

Multidimensional poverty measurement put in practice

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VGP – Localities have basically completed the poverty census in line with the multidimensional poverty measurement method for 2016 – 2020, said Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam. So far, only five provinces have yet to finalize the census. According to the initial outcomes, the Northwest has the highest rate of poor and nearly poor households with over 55%; followed by the Northeast with over 29%; the Red River Delta and the Mekong Delta with under 10%. Poverty rates in the rest regions fluctuated between 12% and 14%. The Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) will finalized the data and report to the Government at the end of this month. Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh who heads the Central Steering Committee for Sustainable Poverty Reduction requested the MOLISA to speed up the investigation so that difficult areas would get support for poverty eradication. As the plan for expenditure poverty reduction in the 2016-2020 … [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...]