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...]



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 … [Read more...]

Official held for revealing State secrets


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 Minh … [Read more...]

Reducing import surplus


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 HCMCity 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 despite … [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 not all lessons will have … [Read more...]

Caterpillars devastate pine forest in central Vietnam


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...]

WB to help Vietnam realise national target programmes

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh (L) and WB Country Director Victoria Kwakwa

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...]

Construction sector urged to speed up restructuring

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh addressing the congress. (Credit: VNA)

NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh has asked the construction sector to speed up sectoral restructuring and strive to finalise arrangement and equitisation of the sector’s state-owned enterprises on schedule. The deputy PM made the request while addressing the fourth Patriotic Emulation Congress of the construction sector in Hanoi on November 10. Ninh said he was impressed with the sector’s outstanding achievements over the past years, notably including providing accommodation support to 80,000 national contributors, and building over 150,000 houses for poor households and 5,000 for those in the flood-hit localities. He urged the sector to perfect its management mechanisms and policies, effectively manage urban development planning, and accelerate implementation of the National Housing Development Strategy and development of social houses for people with low incomes. According to Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung, the sector has launched patriotic … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Italy necessary to develop long-term investment strategy

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh (R) and Italian President Sergio Mattarella (C) at the Vietnam-Italy Strategic Dialogue in HCM City.

The Hanoitimes - Vietnam and Italy should actively build long-term investment strategies and prepare for changes that occur when bilateral, multilateral and especially Vietnam-EU free trade agreements take effect, Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Vu Van Ninh suggested at the Vietnam-Italy Strategic Dialogue in HCM City on November 8. The Embassy of Italy in Vietnam in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vietnam (VCCI) held the Vietnam-Italy Strategic Dialogue in HCM City on November 8. Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh co-chaired the dialogue. Ministry and university representatives and businesses from the two countries attended the event. At the forum, Italian President Sergio Mattarella stressed the important roles of businesses, associations and universities in materialising reforms and innovations, and strengthening cooperation between Italy and Vietnam. President Sergio Mattarella expressed his wish that the two … [Read more...]

VN, Italy beef up cooperation

Strategic dialogue: Enterprises’ partnership, universities, and creativity, November 8, 2015, HCMC - Photo: VGP/Manh Hung

VGP – The Italian Embassy in Viet Nam and the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry held the Viet Nam-Italy strategic dialogue: Enterprises’ partnership, universities, and creativity on November 8 in HCM City. The event was attended by Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Vietnamese Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh. Addressing the dialogue, President Sergio Mattarella expressed his delight to partake in the dialogue which was held in HCMC with the biggest Italian community in Viet Nam. He proposed the two countries seek far-reaching connectivity opportunities to tap global integration chances and beef up regular exchanges at all levels. The guest leader also noted the importance of State management agencies, enterprises, associations, universities, NGOs for the better ties between Viet Nam and Italy. On behalf of the Vietnamese Government, Deputy Ninh highlighted the vast achievements of the bilateral ties. Especially,in 2014, the two-way trade turnover fetched US$4 … [Read more...]

Environmental issues hinder new rural areas

Ho Xuan Hung

In the five years since the Government put in place Decision No 49/QD-TTg on 19 criteria for new-style rural areas for the 2010-20 period, the majority of communes across the nation fail to meet the 17th criterion on environment. Both local and central authorities find it difficult to fill all five norms, as set down. These include that 90 per cent of households in a locality receive fresh water, 90 per cent of production establishments meet environmental standards, that the area's landscape be clean and green, that graves be located in organised cemeteries, and that waste water and rubbish be properly treated. Statistics from the Steering Committee for the National Target Programme on building new-style rural areas indicate that only 26 per cent of communes nationwide have satisfied this criterion. To learn about the obstacles being confronted in carrying out this process, Viet Nam News reporters Lan Huong, Khanh Chi, and Khanh Duong spoke to a number of managers and … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Italy enhance economic cooperation

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh at the event (Source: vov.vn)

Visiting Italian President Sergio Mattarella emphasised the important roles of businesses, associations and universities in materialising reforms and innovations, and strengthening cooperation between Italy and Vietnam. He addressed the Vietnam-Italy Strategic Dialogue in Ho Chi Minh City on November 8th. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh, and ministry and university representatives and businesspeople from the two countries attended the event. President Mattarella said Vietnam has made strong commitments to modernising and liberalising trade, investment, the banking system and the real estate sector. Vietnam and Italy could improve the efficiency of international integration as part of efforts to deepen their cooperation, he said, advising them to utilise current potential and create new opportunities with foresight. He noted that similarities in small and medium-sized enterprises’ structure and difficulties caused by globalisation could help connect the two … [Read more...]

DPM Ninh welcomes Citigroup chief executive officer

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh welcomes Citigroup Chief Executive Officer Michael L. Corbat, Ha Noi on October 23, 2015. Photo: VGP

VGP – Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh called on Citigroup to expand and accelerate investment in Viet Nam while receiving Chief Executive Officer Michael L. Corbat in Ha Noi on October 23. Mr. Corbat spoke highly of the Vietnamese Government’s efforts in stabilizing macro-economy, equitizing State owned enterprises, restructuring the economy, and developing a favorable business environment. He said that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would provide an impetus for Viet Nam to beef up the on-going reforms. Citigroup expects to continue assistance for Viet Nam in workforce training for finance and banking in order to serve the Government’s policy making process, the chief executive officer said./. By Huong Giang … [Read more...]

Deputy PM calls for further support for needy people


Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh speaks at the ceremony NDO - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh appealed to individuals and organisations at home and abroad for more substantial actions in support of needy people. The Deputy PM, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Sustainable Poverty Reduction made the request at the launch ceremony for the 'Month for the Poor' held by the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFF) in Hanoi on October 16. Deputy PM Ninh affirmed that sustainable poverty reduction is an important factor for maintaining political stability, ensuring national defence and security as well as enhancing socio-economic development. The Party and State have synchronously issued policies and mechanisms in support of impoverished people including improving infrastructure, launching housing programmes, and providing them with vocational training, medical services, and land for production among others, he said. The national poverty rate was reduced to 5.97% in … [Read more...]

Government to dispose of stakes in Vinamilk


NDO - The government has authorised the State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC) to sell the remaining 45.1% of their stakes in the leading dairy production company Vinamilk. State stakes in Vinamilk were estimated to be worth approximately US$2.46 billion by market capitalisation as of October 13. The move comes under a decision signed by Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh, which authorises the complete disposal of State stakes in nine other listed companies including FPT Corporation, FPT Telecoms, Bao Minh Insurance, Tien Phong Plastic and Binh Minh Plastic. The selling of all State ownership stakes in the ten companies is expected to contribute nearly US$3 billion to the government budget. The total value of the ten companies is estimated at US$7 billion by market capitalisation. The timeframe for the disposal has yet to be determined however the decision has requested the SCIC to choose an appropriate time and report to the prime minister for approval in order to gain maximum … [Read more...]