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...]

Men caught with truckload of guns in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta


Police inspect hundreds of guns seized from a truck in Binh Phuoc Province on Tuesday morning. Photo: Do Truong Two men were arrested in Binh Phuoc Province on Tuesday after police found in their truck a cache of weapons, including hundreds of air rifle and suppressors. Local police said when they stopped the truck on National Road 13 after they found it suspicious, a man in the cabin fled into a forest nearby. He was arrested after a four-hour chase hunt, and was identified as Le Van Thanh, 44, allegedly the owner of the weapon load. The other man in the truck was its driver Tran Nam Tuan, 27, who was also arrested. The police found in the truck 388 made-in-Indonesia air rifles, 177 suppressors, and a 5-kg box of flash powder used to make firecrackers. Thanh told the police he bought the guns from an unidentified man in An Giang, a Mekong Delta province bordering Cambodia. He said he paid $25 for a gun, and expected to resell them to bird hunters in Binh Duong Province at … [Read more...]

Southern Vietnam enters third day of choking haze apparently from Indonesia fires (photos)

View from Bach Dang Wharf in District 1  On the Saigon River  The skyline in District 2 is enveloped in fog.  On Hoang Van Thu Street  At the Lang Cha Ca flyover  On Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street  The foggy Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Cannal

Ho Chi Minh City and several localities in southern Vietnam on Wednesday entered the third day being blanketed with fog in what is said to be related to the forest fires in Indonesia. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper the same day that the haze has been visible from dawn till dusk since Monday. Many provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta such as Soc Trang, Ca Mau, Kien Giang, Dong Thap, Ben Tre and Can Tho have also undergone similar foggy weather since early this week, according to Dang Van Dung, deputy director of the southern unit of the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. Le Thi Xuan Lan, a weather pundit based in Ho Chi Minh City, said the phenomenon is likely to be dry haze, when there are fine dust particles in the air, which reduce horizontal visibility and give the atmosphere a characteristic hazy appearance. The phenomenon is partly affected by the haze crisis caused by the forest fires in Indonesia, Lan told Tuoi Tre on Tuesday. Indonesia has come … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta sugarcane growers enjoy bumper crop, high prices

Sugarcanes are being transported to Vi Thanh Sugar Plant in Hau Giang Province. (Photo: SGGP)

Farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces have entered sugarcane crop of 2015-2016 with joy of bumper crop and high sugarcane prices. Currently, traders bought sugarcanes at VND950-1,000 per kilogram at the field, VND200 higher than that in the same period last year. This price level ensures profits for farmers. Phung Hiep District and Nga Bay Town in Hau Giang Province are places where sugarcanes were harvest earliest among provinces in the Mekong Delta. During these days, farmers feel motivated as early sugarcanes are not only sold at high prices but also easily. Le Van Gan, a farmer in Phung Hiep District’s Hiep Hung Commune, happily said that this year he grew 7,000 square meters of sugarcanes. Many traders offered him a price of VND970 per kilogram. After excluding all expenses, he had a profit of VND20 million for this sugarcane crop. Sharing the same joy, Truong Van Hien, chairman of 200-ton Sugarcane Club in Hiep Hung Commune, said that it had been a long time that … [Read more...]

Indonesia forest fires to blame for foggy Ho Chi Minh City: expert


Ho Chi Minh City and several localities in southern Vietnam have been enveloped in fog over the last couple of days, and the phenomenon may stem from as far away as Indonesia, a meteorology expert said on Tuesday. As of late Tuesday afternoon, the haze was still visible in District 1, District 2, District 4 and District 9 in Ho Chi Minh City, while fishermen sailing off Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province said it was so foggy that ships could not see each other within a distance of two nautical miles (3.7km). Since earlier this week, the waters off the south-central province of Khanh Hoa and Kien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta have been wrapped in what fishermen described as "a milky layer of air," they told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday. Tuoi Tre. Dry haze is a phenomenon when there are fine dust particles in the air, which reduce horizontal visibility and give the atmosphere a characteristic hazy appearance. Such particles are too small to be individually apparent, but … [Read more...]

PM approves waterway transport projects

Waterway transport on the Hau River in Can Tho City. A recent PM-decision on waterway infrastructure policies is expected to boost the sector's growth. —VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has released a decision approving waterway infrastructure policies expected to boost the sector's growth. Domestic waterway transportation plays a vital role in transporting goods and passengers across Viet Nam. It creates millions of jobs, but the Ministry of Transport said Government support for the sector remained modest compared with other types of transportation. PM Dung's decision creates a number of favourable policies in the waterway sector, promoting investment in infrastructure and transportation. One would exempt high-speed passenger waterway vehicles and container waterway vehicles from registration fees. People's committees will also offer favourable interest rates to investors for waterway transport vehicles with capacities of more than 1,500 tonnes or weighing more than 800 tonnes. The interest rates will also be expanded to include new waterway vehicles used for transporting passengers to and from areas with … [Read more...]

Fourteen provinces attract no fresh FDI in Jan-Sept

Quoc Hung Tuyen Quang, Dien Bien and Lao Cai provinces in the north, and Bac Lieu and Dong Thap provinces in the Mekong Delta were among the provinces without new FDI approvals from January to September. Figures of the FIA under the Ministry of Planning and Investment showed that of 49 provinces with new FDI projects in the period, seven had only one project each, four with two projects each and three with three projects each. The FIA noted a number of projects with pledged capital of less than US$1 million or US$10,000-30,000 each were approved in Yen Bai, Son La, Binh Thuan and Bac Kan provinces. Despite small-scale FDI projects in many localities, FDI approvals reached US$17.15 billion in January-September, up a staggering 53.4% year-on-year. Bac Ninh took the lead with US$3.34 billion registered for both fresh and operational FDI projects in the period, making up 20.1% of the country’s total FDI approvals. HCMC came second with total FDI pledges of US$2.61 billion … [Read more...]

Severe bed shortage sends Saigon child patients to hospital hallway


Sick children and their families in the hallway of the Children's Hospital No.1 in Ho Chi Minh City in early October. Photo: Luong Ngoc Children patients in Ho Chi Minh are not just sharing beds. They are sleeping under the beds, in the hallway or just wherever their parents can find enough space for a hammock or a small mattress. The outbreaks of multiple diseases are resulting in the biggest crowds of the decade in many pediatric hospitals in the city. Children’s Hospital No.1 and No.2, the leading ones in the city, have received a heavy flow of patients since the beginning of October. The latter is having more than 7,000 children brought in for examinations every day and more than 2,000 inpatients. Doctor Ngo Ngoc Quang Minh of Children’s Hospital No.1 said that it has never experienced such a "sudden" increase in patients for more than ten years. The hospital, which has 1,400 beds, is having 2,100 inpatients on a daily basis, far from the highest number of around … [Read more...]

Quang Binh inaugurates National Highway 1A expansion project

Delegates cut the ribbon to open traffic on the National Highway No. 1A expansion section running through Quang Binh province, October 6. (Image credit: VNA)

NDO – The Ministry of Transport (MoT) and the People's Committee of central Quang Binh province held a ceremony on October 6 to open the expanded section of the National Highway No. 1A running through the locality. The 84km section cost VND3.6 trillion (US$162 million) funded by the government. Quang Binh Department of Transportation and the MoT’s Project 6 Management Board are the main investors. The local Department of Transport was responsible for 60km, and the Project 6 Management Board for the remaining nearly 25 km. Construction of the six-lane project officially started in September 2013, designed at 20.5 m wide allowing vehicles to travel at a max speed of 80kph. Head of Quang Binh’s Department of Transportation Pham Quang Hai stressed the importance of the project to national industrialisation and modernization, saying that involved units in the project have spared no efforts to complete the project four months prior to the set schedule. Chairman of the … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta to expand areas growing ‘herbal rice’

Thanks to increasing demand and higher profit, farmers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta – to which highly nutritious rice is native – have agreed to expand the area for planting it during the coming winter-spring crop. Farmers of the My Thanh Nam farming cooperative in Tien Giang Province will grow Cam Cai Lay (dark violet or black fragrant rice grown in Cai Lay District) on a total of 70 hectares in the coming crop from November to January. On average, the output of growing species of ‘herbal rice’ reaches five to eight metric tons per hectare, according to Phan Quoc Hung, marketing manager of the ADC farming company, which underwrites the output of the cooperative. In the market, the dark violet and fragrant rice of My Thanh Nam is trademarked as Truong Tho, meaning longevity. Similarly, Dong Thap Province in the region has another species of ‘herbal rice’ named Ngoc do huong dua (pineapple-flavored red pearl rice). The Dinh An farming … [Read more...]

2 bus drivers arrested for fatal crashes on Vietnam highway


Damaged vehicles at the site of the crashes on Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Highway on September 28, 2015. Photo: Phuong Ha Police in the Mekong Delta province of Long An on Monday arrested the drivers of two buses involved in two fatal crashes on a highway last month. Huynh Thanh Anh, 39, and Le Hoang Son, 46, are being investigated on charge of "violating traffic rules." At around 4 a.m. on September 28, Anh was driving a 50-seater bus on Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Highway’s section through Long An’s Thu Thua District with 40 passengers onboard, heading for HCMC, when he hit the back of a truck parked on the emergency lane. The bus plunged into the street barrier and fell into a paddy field. Nguyen Hoang Vu, 47, an assistant driver on the bus, died on the spot. Around 15 minutes later, another 50-seater bus driven by Son traveling past the first crash scene hit a seven-seater car and a taxi from behind. The sedan then hit the truck, which was still on the road … [Read more...]

144 students to join city- level of “Prudential-Good Essay, Good Writing” contest

Students sit in district- level round of the 2015 Prudential-good essay, good writing contest, (Photo: SGGP)

Around 1, 704 pupils from 284 secondary schools in 24 city’s districts participated in district- level round of the 2015 Prudential-good essay, good writing contest, reported the organization board on October 5. As result, 144 winning students were selected from 1, 704 contestants who will take part in the city- level contest at Minh Duc Secondary School in district 1 on October 17. It is worth noting that the first, second and third winning students in this year’s city- level contest will be added marks in entrance examinations for high schools; particularly, giving two marks for the first winner, 1, 5 marks for second winners, and 1 marks for third winner respectively. Until now, Mekong Delta region has also completed district level contest. The organizers will select outstanding students with the highest scores to sit in final regional examination in Ben Tre province on November 28. The annual Prudential-Good Essay, Good Writing Contest is held by Saigon Giai Phong … [Read more...]

Sapporo plants foot firmly in Vietnamese beer market


Japanese-backed beer maker Sapporo has entered deeper into Vietnam by taking control of a local brewery venture with hopes of increasing its share in this lucrative market. Sapporo International has concluded a contract to buy 29 per cent of Vietnam National Tobacco Corp. (Vinataba) in its Vietnamese beer venture. After the transaction, Sapporo Vietnam became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Japanese beer maker. The transaction’s value was not disclosed by Sapporo. However the firm is thought to have spent more than a billion yen ($8.28 million) to buy out its Vietnamese partner. "We had to make a quick decision to become a wholly-owned subsidiary as state-run Vinataba had to withdraw capital from its non-core business fields," said a Sapporo press release. Sapporo Vietnam Limited was formerly known as Kronenbourg Vietnam Limited. The name has since changed after Sapporo Holdings acquired a 50 per cent stake in the venture from Danish brewer Carlsberg along with a further … [Read more...]

BASF committed to CSR principles


Supporting the community through practical initiatives is embedded into BASF Vietnam’s long-term investment strategy and organisation. The company upholds sustainable development through educational programmes "BASF defines sustainability as balancing economic success with social and environmental responsibility. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is therefore an important factor to help us bring sustainability to life," said Petrus Ng, managing director of BASF Vietnam. Being aware of the crucial role of CSR in stable development, the company has been working with the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training since 2011 to bring Kids’ Lab, an interactive education programme, to almost 2,000 primary students and needy children. Through fun hands-on experiments, Kids’ Lab introduces schoolchildren to the fascinating world of chemistry and its important role in daily life. The upcoming event takes place in early November, bringing this joy to 500 … [Read more...]

ANZ ranked best for FX products and services in VN


ANZ today announced it has been voted No.1 among foreign FX providers in Vietnam by corporates, according to Asiamoney’s FX Poll 2015. ANZ was ranked best in four categories: Overall FX services, FX products and services, FX Options and FX research & market coverage. ANZ Vietnam CEO Dennis Hussey said, "This is the fourth consecutive year that ANZ Vietnam has achieved this prestigious title- a strong testament for our continued leadership in this space. The award recognises the quality of our products, the expertise we offer, and our people’s hard work and commitment to providing our clients with best banking services." "Today’s challenging business environment requires corporates operating in global markets to have insightful market information, advice and solutions from a trusted foreign exchange provider. ANZ is proud and thankful to be continuously voted by our customers as the best foreign bank FX provider in Vietnam," ANZ Vietnam’s head of Global … [Read more...]

Tilapia fish exports seen rising by 2020

HCM CITY (VNS) — Tilapia exports are expected to reach US$130-150 million by 2020, according to the Viet Nam Directorate of Fisheries. Export of the fish has seen strong growth in the past decade, rising to more than $32 million last year from $1.95 million in 2004, it said. It has been exported in the form of frozen whole fish, skin-on fillet and skinless fillets to more than 60 countries, with the US, Spain, Colombia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, the UK, the Czech Republic, and Italy being the top importers. The country had 16,000ha of tilapia farms last year, which produced 125,000 tonnes. They are expected to grow to 21,000ha and 150,000 tonnes this year. Pham Anh Tuan, deputy director of the directorate, said 70 per cent of tilapia is bred in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta and the remaining in the north. Under the tilapia breeding master plan for the period until 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development encourages institutes, universities and … [Read more...]

Special economic zone to go up in HCMC

Van Nam The institute completed the formulation of the plan months after HCMC chairman Le Hoang Quan urged relevant agencies to quickly improve a development plan for the SEZ to give a fresh boost to the city’s economic development and help the city unlock its potential, and boost production, business and import-export activities. Around 35.5 square kilometers of the SEZ would be in District 7, 48.49 square kilometers in Binh Hung, Phong Phu and Da Phuoc communes of Binh Chanh District, 100.56 square kilometers in Nha Be District and 704.22 square kilometers in Can Gio District. Most of the area planned for the SEZ is farming and thinly populated areas, according to the institute. It said the zone will be developed based on SEZ models in other parts of Vietnam and the world. The institute said the SEZ is in line with the city government’s strategy to speed up urban and industrial development towards the south and the sea like modern urban areas around the globe. The … [Read more...]

Le Quyen jets off to Thailand for Miss Supranational

Le Quyen. Later she will head for the Malopolska region of Poland to compete in the 7th edition of the Miss Supranational pageant to take placefrom November 19 to December 4th, with the final gala set for Krynica-Zdroj.

Following her impressive second runner up win at the 2015 Miss Ao Dai competition, Le Quyen has headed off to Thailand in hopes of winning the Miss Grand International beauty contest set for October 5-25 in Bangkok. Le Quyen was born in 1993 in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu. She is 1.73 m tall with body measurements of 80-59-89. She previously won the title Talented Supermodel of the Vietnam Supermodel 2013 contest. VOV … [Read more...]

Vietnam ‘herbal rice’ sells like hot cakes at hefty price in Europe

The two most favorite rice species are

‘Herbal rice,’ a grain variety grown in Vietnam that has a high nutrition content, has become the most sought after in the European market despite its expensive price. Ngoc do huong dua (pineapple-flavored red pearl rice) and Cam Cai Lay (dark violet or black fragrant rice grown in Cai Lay District in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang). The supply of the grains fails to meet the demand of foreign consumers and businesspeople even come directly to rice farm owners to place orders. The current price is way higher than that of Jasmine rice, Vietnam’s best fragrant white rice available in the market, and is estimated to rise in the coming time due to low supply and high demand. Vietnamese rice exporters have considered ‘herbal rice’ a ‘gold mine’ and also come to rice farm owners to sign exclusive contracts to buy out the grain. US$800 per metric ton Late September this year, the Dinh An farming cooperative in Lap Vo District of … [Read more...]