Trade fair helps boost commerce with Cambodia

As many as 100 businesses from the Mekong Delta are featuring their products at a border trade fair underway in southern An Giang province, seeking trade opportunities with Cambodian partners. The week-long Khanh Binh border gate fair attracted some 10,000 residents living along the border between An Giang and the Cambodian province of Kandal on its first day on April 9. A wide range of consumer products, handicrafts, and goods for agricultural production are on display at 100 pavilions. Co-organised by the An Giang Trade and Investment Promotion Centre and the Saigon Investment Promotion and Cultural Development Company (Saigon IPC), the event aims to fully exploit the economic potential of the Khanh Binh border gate. At the beginning of this year, the two Governments kick-started the construction of a 40 million USD bridge to connect An Giang with Kandal. Once finished, the work will help further enhance economic development in border areas and two-way trade.-VNA … [Read more...]

Trade fair helps to promote ties with Cambodia

The opening ceremony of the Cam-Viet Fair 2011

The second Cambodia-Vietnam trade and investment fair (Cam-Viet Fair 2011) opened in Kampot town, 150 km east of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Aug. 24. On display at the five-day event, held by the Sai Gon Investment Promotion and Cultural Development Company (Saigon IPC), are garments and textiles, leather, food, medicines, cosmetics, household utensils, home decorations and services. Addressing the opening ceremony, Saigon IPC Director Nguyen Duc Nghi, head of the fair's organising board, said the event aims to raise position held by Vietnamese products and businesses in Cambodia. The fair offers a chance for the two countries' businesses to exchange experience in production while helping them expand distribution channels and approach consumers, he said. Ung Mien Hua, a representative from local authorities, expressed his hope that the event would contribute to enhancing traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation as well as economic, trade and investment ties between … [Read more...]

Social News 4/11

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Vietnam plans World Day of Road Traffic Victims Vietnam is planning a series of events to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (November 16), the third of its kind to be held in Vietnam. From November 3-8, the National Committee for Traffic Safety will set up five working groups which will visit the families of road traffic victims in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the northern provinces of Lao Cai and Yen Bai, the central provinces of Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, and Can Tho city and Vinh Long in the south. … [Read more...]

An Giang province, Cambodian localities establish twin villages

The southern province of An Giang and the Cambodian province of Takeo twinned their border villages, making it easier for locals to provide mutual support. An Nong and An Phu communes and Tinh Bien town in Vietnam are twinned with Phnum Den, Xom and Kom Nop communes in Cambodia's Kirivong district. The signing ceremony in An Giang on November 3 is part of a memorandum of understanding between the Chairman of the provincial People's Committee and the Governor of Takeo province. From now on, the two sides will be able to coordinate trade and cultural exchanges better in order to increase mutual understanding.-VNA … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Cambodia to build bridge next year

Le Anh Work will begin next January on the Long Binh-Chrey Thom Bridge linking Vietnam's southern province of An Giang and the Cambodian province of Kandal. To facilitate the construction of the bridge, authorities of the two sides will simplify immigration procedures for construction workers and exempt machinery and equipment from export and import tariffs. When in place, the bridge will provide the shortest linkage between Phnom Penh and the Mekong Delta, thus stimulating bilateral economic and trade cooperation. The project is part of a credit agreement signed by the two governments during the Vietnam visit last week by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Secretary of State from the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport Sokhom Pheakavanmony proposed building a Vietnam-Cambodia railway, and economic and trade areas around the bridge. Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The agreed at the railway project, saying this … [Read more...]

Social Headlines December 30

The implementation of a strategy on ethnic affairs until 2020 was launched at a national conference in Hanoi on December 28, during which, ministries, agencies and localities across the country were assigned with key tasks to realise the set goals.

Expanded Noi Bai-Terminal T1 inaugurated The expanded Terminal T1 of Noi Bai International Airport was officially put into operation on December 29. Terminal T1 was inaugurated in 2001 with a design capacity of serving 6 million passengers per year. However, a two-fold increase in numbers of passengers in recent times forced the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) to upgrade the terminal. The expanded project was built on 25,000 sq.m by ACV at a cost of VND500 billion. It included five departure and two arrival gates. The same day, nearly 3,000 Jetstar Pacific passengers had their customs procedures cleared at the new expanded terminal. Jetstar Pacific General Director Le Hong Ha said the new terminal helps save time for procedure clearance and improve the quality of services. Three die in boat accident Three women were killed in a boat accident in Tam Ky City in the central province of Quang Nam yesterday. The boat was carrying six people when it sank in the My Cang River … [Read more...]

Work on Long Binh – Chrey Thom bridge to start

Construction of the Long Binh - Chrey Thom Bridge linking the southern province of An Giang and the Cambodian province of Kandal will start next January on the occasion of the 35 th anniversary of Cambodia 's Victory Day. An agreement to this effect was signed by representatives of the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport and the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport in Ho Chi Minh City on December 27, as part of a credit deal signed between the two Governments on December 26. Once completed, the bridge will provide the shortest route connecting Phnom Penh capital in Cambodia and Vietnam 's borderline, thus stimulating economic and trade growth on both sides. Secretary of State from the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport Sokhom Pheakavanmony proposed that in addition to the bridge, the two countries should collaborate to build surrounding economic and trade areas, a Vietnam - Cambodia railway and other key transport facilities. Deputy Minister of … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Cambodia provinces to boost cooperation

Officials from the Mekong Delta province of An Giang and the Cambodian provinces of Ta Keo and Kandal met in Chau Doc town on July 19 to review the results of co-operation in the first half of 2010 and discuss ways to strengthen ties in the second half of the year. Both sides noted with pleasure the positive results achieved in a wide range of fields, including border security, the economy, commerce, agriculture, culture, tourism, health care, transport, border demarcation and marker planting, and in the search and repatriation of the remains of volunteer Vietnamese soldiers who laid down their lives in Cambodia. Concerned agencies from the three provinces have regularly maintained the exchange of information, conducted joint patrols to protect the shared border, and worked to prevent and combat crime. The officials discussed measures to further boost cooperation in the remaining months of 2010, focusing on maintaining social order and security along the common border, … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Cambodia provinces to step up cooperation

Officials from the Mekong Delta province of An Giang and the Cambodian provinces of Ta Keo and Kandal met in Chau Doc town on July 19 to review cooperation results in the first half of 2010 and discuss ways to boost cooperative ties in the second half of the year. Both sides noted with pleasure the positive results achieved in a wide range of fields, including border security, the economy, commerce, agriculture, culture, tourism, health care, transport, border demarcation and marker planting, and in the search and repatriation of the remains of volunteer Vietnamese soldiers who laid down their lives in Cambodia . … [Read more...]

Vietnamese switch off electricity Earth Hour

People in different cities and provinces throughout Vietnam turned off power for an hour on March 29 night and partook in an array of activities in observance of the global Earth Hour 2015 campaign. Many cities and provinces simultaneously organized a clutch of environmental protection activities, with the lights-off event held later the same night being the dominant focus. At 8:30 pm sharp on March 29, all the lights at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City as well as at coffee shops, hotels, and restaurants nearby went off. The culture house was the main venue for the city’s Earth Hour 2015 activities. Other highlights included the final round of a quiz contest on environmental protection and energy saving and stalls offering handicraft mementoes to raise funds for charity. A similar event organized on March 28 in the southern province of Dong Nai was attended by nearly 3,000 young people, who passed on messages about climate change and helped raise … [Read more...]

Vietnamese switch off electricity during Earth Hour

People in different cities and provinces throughout Vietnam turned off power for an hour on March 29 night and partook in an array of activities in observance of the global Earth Hour 2015 campaign. Many cities and provinces simultaneously organized a clutch of environmental protection activities, with the lights-off event held later the same night being the dominant focus. At 8:30 pm sharp on March 29, all the lights at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City as well as at coffee shops, hotels, and restaurants nearby went off. The culture house was the main venue for the city’s Earth Hour 2015 activities. Other highlights included the final round of a quiz contest on environmental protection and energy saving and stalls offering handicraft mementoes to raise funds for charity. A similar event organized on March 28 in the southern province of Dong Nai was attended by nearly 3,000 young people, who passed on messages about climate change and helped raise … [Read more...]

Vietnamese switch off electricity, join green activities during Earth Hour

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People in different cities and provinces throughout Vietnam turned off power for an hour on Saturday night and partook in an array of activities in observance of the global Earth Hour 2015 campaign. Many cities and provinces simultaneously organized a clutch of environmental protection activities, with the lights-off event held later the same night being the dominant focus. At 8:30 pm sharp on Saturday, all the lights at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City as well as at coffee shops, hotels, and restaurants nearby went off. The culture house was the main venue for the city’s Earth Hour 2015 activities. Other highlights included the final round of a quiz contest on environmental protection and energy saving and stalls offering handicraft mementoes to raise funds for charity. Tuoi Tre A similar event organized last night in the southern province of Dong Nai was attended by nearly 3,000 young people, who passed on messages about climate change and … [Read more...]

In southern Vietnam, ‘Taiwanese islanders’ now shake head at foreign marriages

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Many women on a so-called "Taiwanese island," located off the southern Vietnamese city of Can Tho, have now given up on their dreams of turning over a new leaf by marrying foreigners and settling in their husbands’ home countries. Over 10 years ago, a wave of women marrying foreigners hit Tan Loc Island, now known as Tan Loc Ward, which is administered by Thot Not District. The locality has since been dubbed "Taiwanese island," as the number of local women getting married to Taiwanese men and living in their husbands’ homeland ranked among the highest compared to others across the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. According to Do Trung Ngon, vice chair of the Tan Loc Ward People’s Committee, Tan Loc Island is around 32 square kilometers in area. Prior to 1990, locals earned their living by growing sugar cane, processing it into sugar, and making honey wine. However, the craft ended in bankruptcy due to a lack of modern technology. The fad of marrying … [Read more...]

Artists keep faith with old-fashioned art

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Hat boi (classical Vietnamese opera) is now an old-fashioned art which only marks its presence in some parts of southern Vietnam. The artists, with a strong, profound passion, still keep their faith with this kind of art despite many difficulties. Phuong Anh classical opera club in southern Can Tho’s Binh Thuy District uses the grounds of a village communal house as a stage to display their performances. Phuong Anh, the leader of the club, was born to a family in which three generations have performed classical Vietnamese opera art. She followed her parents to the stage at a young age, and now has 40 years of experience in this profession. From 1980 to 1990, when classical opera became less attractive among the public, Anh was an impresario who organized many tours across provinces in the Mekong Delta region. In 2004, Anh came back to Can Tho and formed the Phuong Anh classical opera club, which has only performed during worship ceremonies at village communal houses. … [Read more...]

Programmes to boost business competitiveness in Can Tho

The branch of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho is running programmes to enhance local business competitiveness in the integration. The programmes are designed to provide training services for local businesses to build their human resource capacity, connect them with foreign investors and potential partners, and strengthen performance of relevant associations to ensure benefits for local businesses, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises. Local businesses are advised to devise measures to lower their products’ prices by using alternative domestic sources, reducing reliance on imported materials, and cutting down on intermediaries by working directly with clients and foreign partners. They are also encouraged to apply advanced technology and international standards in production; connect with Ho Chi Minh City to expand markets for high-potential agricultural products; increase production scale to meet client demand; … [Read more...]

Soc Trang to expand large-scale fields over next decade

The Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang has approved a ten-year plan to expand its large-scale rice field area to 29,010 hectares by 2025 with each field covering 300-1,000 hectares. The large-scale field is a centralised production model that utilises coordination among farmers, businesses, scientists, and State agencies to facilitate the application of technology in cultivation, improving the value of agricultural products and farmer income. To realise the objective, Soc Trang plans to spend 1.3 trillion VND (61.9 million USD) sourced from the State and local budgets and farmer investments. It aims to put 90 percent of the rice area and output under contract with cultivation material suppliers and rice buyers. Additionally, more than 90 percent of harvest and post-harvest steps are set to be mechanised by 2025. Under the plan, farmers will be given technical training and use certified seeds while working to reduce the high volume of seeds planted and limit the use of … [Read more...]

Inefficient industrial parks to be shuttered: Vietnam deputy premier

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Inefficient industrial parks with low occupancy rates will be scaled down or even closed to make room for other socio-economic development plans, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has announced. The deputy premier also asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment and relevant state agencies nationwide at a meeting on Thursday last week to review the current situation regarding industrial parks and their development so that the plan to scale down inefficient ones can be implemented, according to the Office of the Government. As reported by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam had a total of 295 industrial parks that covered over 84,000 hectares of land in 2014. However, the report by the ministry also showed that many industrial parks have no investors, or very few, so local authorities are considering reducing their areas or handing them over to new investors. Some parks have had their investment certificates revoked, such as Ba Thien Industrial Park in the … [Read more...]

Vinh Long focuses on export stimulus plan

The Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long has devised a business strategy promoting local agricultural produce and industry in a bid to boost annual export growth by between 11.5 and 15 percent by 2020. High value added commodities, processed goods and high-tech products will gradually become the locality’s major exports, the plan states. Vinh Long intends to build a number of new production facilities dedicated to agricultural goods serving foreign markets. This method is based on successful pilot models, such as farms in My Hoa, Tuong Loc and My Thanh Trung communes that cultivate pomelo to international standards. Attracting investments in export production is also now a priority. Three construction projects at Binh Minh industrial park are receiving particular attention: a cold storage warehouse, a fruit and vegetable processing factory, and a plant producing electronic devices and computers. According to Phan Anh Vu, Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s … [Read more...]

Social News 23/3

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Work begins on major expressway segment Construction of an 18.7-km section of the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway, which will run through HCM City and Long An Province, began on Saturday. The project includes three intersections at Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway and HCM City-Trung Luong Expressway, National Highway No 1A, and National Highway No 50, according to the developer Expressway Viet Nam Expressway Corporation (VEC). With a total length of 57.1 km, the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway runs through Long An Province's Ben Luc and Can Giuoc districts; Binh Chanh, Nha Be and Can Gio Districts in HCM City and Nhon Trach and Long Thanh districts in Dong Nai Province. The section is part of the national north-south expressway. The road includes a total of 20km of bridges, including the 3-km long Binh Khanh Bridge that crosses Soai Rap River and the 3.2-km Phuoc Khanh Bridge over the Long Tau River. With four lanes, Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway can allow vehicles to run at a … [Read more...]

Fall in arrival number casts doubt on Vietnam’s tourism appeal

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It might be too soon to say that Vietnam has become less attractive to international holidaymakers, but the decrease in tourism arrivals in the first two months of this year is worth worrying about. The number of international tourists choosing to spend their holidays in Vietnam dropped 10.6 percent compared to the Jan-Feb period last year, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. The old, undiversified tourism products, a polluted environment, and insufficient support information for tourists should be to blame, industry insiders argue. Ngo Nguyen Thuy Oanh has nearly 20 years of experience in guiding tourists on river tours in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, and she can clearly feel the gloomy cloud hanging over the tourism industry there. "Japanese tourists are nowhere to be seen whereas Western visitors are even harder to find," Oanh said as she accompanied a group of vacationers on a boat to Thoi Son Isle, a popular attraction in the southern … [Read more...]