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...]

Boosting Vietnam – Laos defence cooperation

Lao Party General Secretary, President Bounnhang Vorachith and Vietnamese Politburo member and Defence Minister, General Ngo Xuan Lich

The Hanoitimes - On May 23, Minister of Defence General Ngo Xuan Lich and a high-ranking military delegation left Hanoi for an official visit to Laos and to attend the 10th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM-10) from May 23-26. Lao Party General Secretary, President Bounnhang Vorachith lauded the cooperation between the Lao and Vietnamese defence ministries while meeting with Vietnamese Politburo member and Defence Minister, General Ngo Xuan Lich, in Vientiane. The visit, made at the invitation of the Lao Minister of National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Chansamone Chanyalath, aims to consolidate the traditional relations and special solidarity between the two countries’ peoples and armies. The Lao leader congratulated Vietnam on the successful election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and all-level People's Councils last weekend. He said stronger cooperation between the two defence ministries will consolidate the relationship between the Lao and … [Read more...]

GE cooperates with Vietnam to develop 1,000MW of new wind farms

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and US President Barack Obama witnessed the signing ceremony.

The Hanoitimes - The signing ceremony to cooperate on developing 1,000MW of wind energy in Vietnam between the Ministry of Industry and Trade with the US`s General Electric was organised in Hanoi on May 23. Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and US President Barack Obama witnessed the signing ceremony. On May 23, at the Presidential Palace, General Electric (GE), a US based global corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Industry and Trade on developing 1,000MW of Wind energy in Vietnam. The MOU calls for collaboration in speeding up the development of renewable energy in Vietnam. Accordingly, the two sides will jointly develop a minimum of 1,000MW of new wind farms by 2025. The power output from these wind farms is estimated enough to supply 1.8 million Vietnamese households. Under the newly-signed agreement, GE - Global Group with over 20 years experience operating in Vietnam, will take advantage of its global wind development expertise and … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Laos ministries commended on defence cooperation

Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Vorachith (L) and Vietnamese Politburo member and Defence Minister, General Ngo Xuan Lich.

Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Vorachith lauded the cooperation between the Lao and Vietnamese defence ministries and wants this relationship to be enhanced. He made the remarks while meeting with Vietnamese Politburo member and Defence Minister, General Ngo Xuan Lich, in Vientiane on May 23. Lich is making an official visit to Laos and attending the 10th ASEAN Defence Minister’ Meeting (ADMM-10) there from May 23 – 26. The Lao leader congratulated Vietnam on the successful election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and all-level People's Councils last weekend. He said stronger cooperation between the two defence ministries will consolidate the relationship between the Lao and Vietnamese Parties, States and peoples. During his meeting with Bounnhang Vorachith, Minister Lich reported on the cooperation between the defence ministries. He also briefed the host on talks between the ministries held earlier the same day. Hailing the success … [Read more...]

Vietnam, US issue joint announcement on climate change partnership

A sugar cane field is damaged by drought in Tan Phu Dong district of the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.

Vietnam and the United States issued a joint announcement on climate change partnership on May 23 (Vietnam time), emphasising the need to combat global climate change. Following is the full text of the announcement. "The Government of Vietnam, represented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam, and the Government of the United States, represented by the Department of State, fully appreciate the need to combat global climate change, one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. To this end, "Vietnam and the United States intend to work together to: "Implement the historic Paris Agreement. To reflect the importance of the international effort, both countries signed the Agreement on April 22, 2016, with the intention of joining as soon as possible this year; "Transparently implement their respective Nationally Determined Contributions in line with the provisions set out in the Paris Agreement. Both countries intend to work together to promote the … [Read more...]

81,000ha of shrimp breeding ponds damaged

By the end of April 2016, the drought and saltwater damaged an area of 52,000ha cultivated by 36,000 households in Cà Mau Province.- Photo: VNA/VNS

VietNamNet Bridge - The prolonged drought and saltwater have damaged more than 81,000 hectares of shrimp breeding areas in eight Mekong provinces, according to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Department of Aquaculture. Due to the impact of El Nino, in 2016 the average temperature of Mekong provinces was 0.1 - 1.5 oC higher than in previous years, the highest temperature ranging between 33oC and 37oC. Average rainfall in the Mekong Delta was 30 to 50 per cent lower than in previous years, but in some areas, rainfall was 80 per cent lower than in other years. The region was affected by drought in the first half of 2016. In the dry season of 2015 - 2016, due to shortages of freshwater, saltwater intruded into rivers and canals in the region two months earlier than usual. Saltwater has reached 50 to 70 km from the estuaries. "It's the environmental conditions and bad weather that have caused freshwater shortages and an increase of salinity, … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta lacks water, scientists discuss turning seawater into fresh water

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VietNamNet Bridge - Though saline intrusion in Mekong River Delta has eased, helping farmers cultivate the summer-autumn crop, 1 million people still lack clean water for daily life. A report of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) shows that 208,800 hectares of rice fields have been damaged by the saline intrusion. Of these, 19,300 hectares have been damaged by less than 30 percent, 71,100 hectares by 30-70 percent and 118,400 hectares by more than 70 percent. The natural calamity has also damaged 9,400 hectares of fruit trees. Meanwhile, 226,000 households, or more than 1 million people, have been affected by the clean water shortage. The Ninh Thuan provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on May 14 said 1,600 households still lacking clean water need 37 cubic meters of water every day. In Kien Giang province, the situation is so serious that many schools finished the 2015-2016 academic year one or two weeks early. Ben Tre, Soc Trang, … [Read more...]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives President Barack Obama

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President Barack Obama

(VOVworld) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives US President Barack Obama in Hanoi on Monday. Mr. Phuc asked the US to recognize Vietnam’s market economy status as early as possible, wide open its market to Vietnamese goods, and increase its investment to become the biggest investor in Vietnam. Mr. Phuc voiced his hope for the US’ assistance in responding to climate change, especially in the Mekong Delta, organizing the 2017 APEC Summit, and create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community in the US. Mr. Phuc reaffirmed that the Vietnamese government will soon submit the Trans-Pacific Partnerahip (TPP) to the National Assembly for ratification. President Obama said the US wants to establish friendly and long-term relations with Vietnam on the basis of mutual respecting for each other’s political institutions and for their people’s interests. He said the TPP is a high-quality trade agreement in the 21st century and he is determined to support … [Read more...]

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One more Tan Son Nhat airport bus service launched Southern Airport Transportation Joint Stock Company (SATSCO) on May 19 launched Bus Route No. 49 using high-quality automobiles to shuttle passengers between Tan Son Nhat airport and downtown HCMC. Buses ply SATSCO's second such route from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and depart from the airport and the downtown every 15 to 30 minutes. The traveling time of the new shuttle bus service is 30 to 40 minutes, and fares cost VND40,000 per passenger. Yellow buses of the new route will stop at major hotels, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the HCMC Opera House in the center of the city, instead of using public bus stops. SATSCO is working on a plan to develop more five-star bus services with free wifi and staff able to communicate in English. Two months ago, the company put into serve Bus Route No. 109 linking the airport and the downtown. The company expected the two bus routes will help reduce traffic congestion on the streets leading to Tan … [Read more...]

GE, MoIT develop 1,000MW wind energy

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and his US President Barack Obama witnessed the signing ceremony. — Photo VNA

MoU on resort expansion signedVietjet inks $11.3 billion deal with BoeingObama to meet young entrepreneurs at DreamplexObama arrives in Viet Nam for 3-day visit HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and General Electric (GE) in Ha Noi signed on May 23 a Memorandum of Understanding to accelerate the development of renewable energy in Viet Nam. Accordingly, the two parties aimed to develop a minimum of 1,000MW of new wind farms by 2025. The farms are expected to ensure energy to approximately 1.8 million Vietnamese homes. Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and United States President Barack Obama witnessed the signing ceremony. Under the agreement, the US-based global power corporation would utilise its global wind development expertise and work with domestic developers to identify potential projects. GE would support the implementation of Viet Nam's national target programme through the local manufacturing of wind turbine equipment and … [Read more...]

An Giang Province to hold national cultural heritage event Ba Chua Xu Festival

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VietNamNet Bridge – The Ba Chua Xu Festival, a national intangible cultural heritage held in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of An Giang, will take place at Ba Chua Xu Temple in Chau Doc Town on May 29 – June 2. The annual festival honours the sacred Ba Chua Xu (the local tutelary goddess). The festival, which is held between the 23 rd and the 27th of the fourth lunar month, has five solemn ceremonies, including washing of the statue of Ba Chua Xu. The festival reflects folk beliefs and the distinct identity of the country and the southern region. The event will include dragon dances and art performances. It is said that the temple of Ba Chua Xu was built with leaves and bamboo in the 1820s. It was rebuilt and is now a beautiful site in the Sam Mountain area. Located in the That Son (Seven Mountains) area, which is the delta’s roof, Sam Mountain has many cultural heritage sites, including ancient Tay An Pagoda and the mausoleum of Thoai Ngoc Hau … [Read more...]

Ministry of Industry and Trade, GE sign MoU on wind energy cooperation

GE, a US based global corporation on May 23 announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Industry and Trade on developing 1,000MW of Wind energy in Vietnam. Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and his US President Barack Obama witnessed the signing ceremony. The MOU calls for collaboration in accelerating the development of renewable energy in Vietnam. Accordingly, the ultimate purpose of both parties is to develop a minimum of 1,000MW of new wind farms by 2025. This represents enough energy to power the equivalent of approximately 1.8 million Vietnamese homes. Under the agreement GE, a US based global corporation with more than 20 years of experience operating in Vietnam, will utilize its global wind development expertise and work with local developers to identify potential projects. Furthermore, GE will support the implementation of Vietnam’s National Target Program through local manufacturing of wind turbine equipment and components at … [Read more...]

Vietnam, the USA taking trade relationship to next level

US Ambassador in Vietnam Ted Osius making remarks

PANO – The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) on the evening of May 23rd co-organized a B2B meeting titled "Taking the trade relationship to the next level" in Hanoi, on the occasion of the official visit of US President B. Obama to Vietnam. Present at the meeting were senior Vietnamese officials from ministries of foreign affairs, investment and planning, and trade and industry; US Ambassador in Vietnam Ted Osius; US officials from the Government and Congress; representatives of AmCham and VCCI; and US and Vietnamese businessmen. TPP benefits both countries According to Executive Director of AmCham, the US President’s visit will strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries in various areas, particularly trade, economy, security, defense and regional and global issues of mutual concern. "The visit of President Obama is taking place at a time when parliaments of the two countries are … [Read more...]

US wants to set up long-term relations with Vietnam: US President

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and US President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama expressed his hope to establish friendly and long-term relations between the US and Vietnam on the basis of respecting each other’s political institutions and for their people’s interests at his meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on May 23. The two leaders spoke of their satisfaction with the practical progresses in bilateral relations since the comprehensive partnership was established in July 2013, particularly in the fields of economy, trade, investment, education, health, war consequence settlement, and people-to-people exchanges. They exchanged views on measures to intensify the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership, with the priority given to development cooperation. PM Phuc asked the US to recognize Vietnam’s market economy status as early as possible, open its market wider to Vietnamese goods, and increase its foreign investment to become the biggest investor in Vietnam. He voiced his hope for the US … [Read more...]

Danish-funded project provides solar power to Ben Tre waterworks

The inauguration of waterworks in An Phu Trung commune

A Danish-funded solar energy project was inaugurated in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre on May 21, providing power to two local waterworks and contributing to ensuring a sustainable clean water supply to 4,200 households in seven communes. The VND 4.7 billion (USD 211,000) project, which was put into operation earlier this month as part of a climate change response program, includes two power supply systems for waterworks in An Phu Trung commune in Ba Tri district and Phu Duc commune in Chau Thanh district. The solar power systems help the waterworks save electricity and reduce emission, thus helping protect the environment. Also on May 21, Ben Tre province also put into operation a shrimp farming project adapting to climate change. The project, begun in September last year at an overall cost of VND 20.4 billion, has received VND 18.4 billion and farming technology from the Danish Government and the rest from Ben Tre province. The pilot project aims to develop a closed … [Read more...]

MOU on developing 1,000MW wind energy in Vietnam signed

Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang (right) and US President Barack Obama witness the signing ceremony.

PANO - US General Electric (GE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade on May 23rd. The MOU calls for collaboration in accelerating the development of renewable energy in Vietnam. Accordingly, the ultimate purpose of both parties is to develop a minimum of 1,000MW of new wind farms by 2025. This project will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of approximately 1.8 million of Vietnamese households. Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang and US President Barack Obama witnessed the signing ceremony. Under the agreement, GE, a US-based global corporation with more than 20 years of experience of operating in Vietnam, will utilize its global wind development expertise and work with local developers to identify potential projects. Furthermore, GE will support the implementation of the Vietnam’s National Target Program through local manufacturing of wind turbine equipment and components at GE’s Hai Phong … [Read more...]

High voter turnout in general elections

Van Nam and Dinh Duy The voter turnout had been updated by 5 p.m. on May 22 while the elections were due on 7 p.m. the same day, according to the Vietnam News Agency. The eligible voters, aged 18 or older, cast their ballots at 184 electoral units across the country to select 500 deputies from 870 candidates in the country’s legislative body. The newly elected lawmakers will serve from 2016 to 2021. Voters also picked 3,918 deputies to the provincial-level People’s Councils out of 6,528 candidates, and 24,993 and 294,055 representatives out of 41,777 and 497,312 candidates to the People’s Councils at the district and communal levels respectively. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chairwoman of the HCMC Election Committee for deputies to the 14th National Assembly and People’s Councils, said by 7 p.m. on May 22, 99.36% of more than 5.25 million eligible voters in the city’s 24 districts had exercised their voting right. As of 5:00 p.m., the voter turnout in … [Read more...]

US, Vietnam release joint announcement on climate change

Drought in Vietnam's Mekong Delta

(VOVworld) – The US and Vietnam released a joint announcement on Climate Change Partnership on May 22. The Government of Vietnam, represented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam, and the Government of the United States, represented by the Department of State, fully appreciate the need to combat global climate change, one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. A press releases by the US Department of State said Vietnam and the United States intend to work together to implement the historic Paris Agreement. Vietnam is greatly vulnerable to climate change, and the United States intends to support Vietnamese efforts to implement its Green Growth Action Plan, and strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change in both the Mekong Delta and Red River Delta through regional and bilateral cooperation. … [Read more...]

Southern culinary festival to open

The festival will take place from May 28th to June 1st. Photo: SGGP

PANO – The 6th Southern culinary festival, featuring a variety of traditional dishes of southern Vietnam, will open from May 28th to June 1st at Dam Sen Cultural Park in Ho Chi Minh City. The festival is jointly held by the Agency for Southern Affairs of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and by Ho Chi Minh City’s Tourism Department and Tourism Association. About 30 units will showcase hundreds of specialties from provinces in the Mekong Delta at the festival. Visitors will have a chance to enjoy other activities, such as Cham dance, Don ca tai tu (southern Vietnamese traditional folk music), and other folk games. Translated by Hong Thanh … [Read more...]