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...]

Image: Enjoy beauty of spring on the way to Forbidden Mountain

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VietNamNet Bridge - Located in An Hao Commune, Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province, Nui Cam (Forbidden Mountain) is an ideal destination for travelers and families in the lunar New Year holiday. Forbidden Mountain is the highest mountain in the range of That Son, which is blessed with cool climate and spectacular natural scenery. Forbidden Mountain Tourist Area is located at the foot of the mountain. The cable car system here is the first system of its kind in the Mekong Delta and the second long route in Vietnam (3.5 km). On top of the mountain are large architectural works such as the giant statue of Maitreya Buddha (33.6m high), Van Linh Pagoda, Phat Lon Pagoda Monastery... Every spring this place attracts thousands of visitors. Sitting on cable cars, visitors will see the poetic Thanh Long Lake and enjoy the exciting feeling of floating in the mist. The grandeur natural panorama will give visitors many unforgettable experience when they come to this … [Read more...]

Party General Secretary conveys Lunar New Year greetings

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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong offered his best wishes to incumbent and former leaders of the Party and State as well as the entire Vietnamese people yesterday on the occasion of the Lunar New Year festival (Tet). Those attending the get-together in Ha Noi included former Party General secretaries Le Kha Phieu and Nong Duc Manh, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An, and Politburo member and President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan. The Party chief highlighted important achievements reached in 2015, including growth beyond expectations, a stabilised macro-economy and accelerated economic restructuring. While people's living standards were improved at home, external activities and international integration helped promote Viet Nam's stature in the world. Defence and security were enhanced, and national sovereignty was safeguarded. The 13th National Assembly approved … [Read more...]

Party General Secretary conveys Lunar New Year greetings to Party, people

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong wishes a happy New Year to the Party, State and people. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung

HA NOI (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong offered his best wishes to incumbent and former leaders of the Party and State as well as the entire Vietnamese people yesterday on the occasion of the Lunar New Year festival (Tet). Those attending the get-together in Ha Noi included former Party General secretaries Le Kha Phieu and Nong Duc Manh, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An, and Politburo member and President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan. The Party chief highlighted important achievements reached in 2015, including growth beyond expectations, a stabilised macro-economy and accelerated economic restructuring. While people's living standards were improved at home, external activities and international integration helped promote Viet Nam's stature in the world. Defence and security were enhanced, and national sovereignty was safeguarded. The 13th National … [Read more...]

Celebrations for upcoming Lunar New Year nationwide

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A series of activities are underway nationwide to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival and the 86th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam. A flower garden in Ho Chi Minh City (Source: VNA) They include a music show in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on February 2 and the opening of a flower garden in the central province of Quang Ngai on February 3. In the northern province of Vinh Phuc, hundreds of overseas Vietnamese on February 3 gathered at the "Xuan Que Huong" (Homeland Spring) programme to celebrate the occasion. Vinh Phuc is home to nearly 1,500 Vietnamese expatriates. Since 2009, they have sent home more than 56 million USD and 5 million EUR. The central province of Ninh Thuan inaugurated a flower garden and an ornamental plant competition at a local museum also on February 3. The same day, music performances were put on stage in Phan Rang City. While in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, 10 artists were awarded with the insignia … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City transporters preparing for Tet

The Mien Tay (Western) bus stations. Photo: dantri.com.vn

Thousands of people in Ho Chi Minh City have already begun returning to their hometowns in central and northern regions for Tet (Lunar New Year) which begins on February 8. To meet transport demand, the Mien Dong (Eastern) and Mien Tay (Western) bus stations as well as Sai Gon Railway Station have made preparations to accommodate passengers and prevent overcrowding. Some 217 travel firms at Eastern Bus Station have increased the number of coaches to meet the demand in the run-up to Tet. The station is expected to serve 359,000 passengers from seven to 10 days prior to Tet. About 3,630 buses will be used during the peak period from January 31 to February 5. The station will also have 60 buses available in case the number of passenger surges during the period. Thuong Thanh Hai, deputy director of Western Bus Station, said there were enough bus seats for the holiday. He said the number of passengers travelling to the Mekong Delta this year would increase by 3-5 per cent over the … [Read more...]

Religious dignitaries, OVs in Mekong Delta celebrate Tet

The pre-Tet gathering in Vinh Long.

Religious dignitaries, artists and overseas Vietnamese met in Mekong Delta localities on February 2 to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival. In Can Tho City, the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Committee met with 120 religious dignitaries. They thanked the municipal authorities for providing spiritual and material support for religious followers and ethnic groups over the past year. While in Hau Giang province, the provincial People’s Committee presented certificates of merit to 11 Vietnamese expatriates in honour of their social welfare work. Participants were delighted with the local socio-economic achievements, including the reduction of poor households to 6.23 percent and the fulfillment of 20 socio-economic targets. Hau Giang is home to 10,000 locals living and working abroad who sent home 60 million USD in remittances last year. Nearly 400 OVs native to Kien Giang province also gathered in Rach Gia city to celebrate the coming Tet, the same … [Read more...]

Families, eager to see their beloved’s return, blamed for overloading Vietnam’s busiest airport

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If you walk out of the international arrivals terminal at Tan Son Nhat International Airport these days, chances are you will be surrounded by a sea of people waiting outside. As it is only a few days before Tet, or Vietnam’s Lunar New Year, which officially begins on February 8, a large number of overseas Vietnamese are flying home to celebrate the country’s biggest holiday with their family. Some 15,000-17,000 people complete the immigration procedure to enter Ho Chi Minh City via Tan Son Nhat on a daily basis, a 15 percent increase against the norm. The problem is many overseas Vietnamese will not be greeted at the airport by only one or two family members, but half a dozen. VnExpress as saying. The international terminal is capable of handling 10 million passengers a year, and the domestic one, 13 million. But Tan Son Nhat easily exceeded its design capacity in 2015, serving more than 26.5 million passengers. The official, who wished not to be named, said … [Read more...]

HCM City eyes high-quality vegetable farming

The HCM City People's Committee has approved a project to develop high-quality vegetable farming and distribution at a cost of VND60 billion (US$2.66 million), including nearly VND44 billion (US$1.95 million) from its coffers. The project will develop a digital map of vegetable farming areas in the city, a system to monitor the quality of vegetables from production to distribution, and promote the use of advanced technology. All the vegetable growing areas will meet VietGAP (Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practice) standards. Nhan Dan (The People) City project to make traditional markets safe The HCM City Department of Industry and Trade has submitted a project to develop a system of traditional markets that meet food safety standards to the People's Committee for approval. This year the Hoc Mon Agriculture Wholesale Market in Hoc Mon District and Ben Thanh Market in District 1 will develop a pilot model that meets food safety criteria such as product origin and quality. The former … [Read more...]

HCMC transporters preparing for Tet

Road users are blocked by a traffic jam in HCM City. Travellers are warned about missing flights due to traffic congestion before Tet. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh

HCM CITY (VNS) — Thousands of people in HCM City have already begun returning to their hometowns in central and northern regions for Tet (Lunar New Year) which begins on February 8. To meet transport demand, the Mien Dong (Eastern) and Mien Tay (Western) bus stations as well as Sai Gon Railway Station have made preparations to accommodate passengers and prevent overcrowding. Some 217 travel firms at Eastern Bus Station have increased the number of coaches to meet the demand in the run-up to Tet. The station is expected to serve 359,000 passengers from seven to 10 days prior to Tet. About 3,630 buses will be used during the peak period from January 31 to February 5. The station will also have 60 buses available in case the number of passenger surges during the period. Thuong Thanh Hai, deputy director of Western Bus Station, said there were enough bus seats for the holiday. He said the number of passengers travelling to the Mekong Delta this year would increase by 3-5 per … [Read more...]

Vien Chau, cai luong superstar, dies at 92

Master: Cai luong composer Vien Chau by his traditional instrument when he was alive. — Photo lifestyle.com.vn

HCM CITY (VNS) — Viet Nam's most famous composer of cai luong (reformed opera), Vien Chau, died of natural causes at his home in HCM City on Monday. He was 92. The People's Artist, real name Huynh Tri Ba, who was born in Tra Vinh Province in the Mekong Delta, was hailed as the "King of vong co (nostalgia) songs". In a career that spanned more than six decades, he wrote 2,000 vong co songs and more than 70 cai luong scripts. Many of his songs like Tinh Anh Ban Chieu, Vo Dong So – Bach Thu Ha, La Trau Xanh, Hoa Lan Trang are familiar to generations of Vietnamese. He taught many reformed drama artists including Le Thuy, Dieu Hien, Ngoc Giau, and Bach Tuyet. In 2014 he was awarded the Labour Order, third class, for his contributions to the development of don ca tai tu. People's Artist Le Thuy said he had identified her singing talent when she was just 13 or 14 and taught her how to sing. Since then, audiences have always asked her to sing songs written by him, she … [Read more...]

Flower industry needs tech growth

Workers package flowers at Rung Hoa Biotechnology Joint Stock Company in Lam Dong Province's Da Lat City. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Vy

HCM CITY (VNS) — Both local and foreign experts have urged Vietnamese flower growers to cultivate new kinds of flowers and use high-tech planting techniques to develop the industry. Pham Van Hai, CEO of Viet Nam Trade International, said: "The city of Sa Dec in Dong Thap Province, which is one of the country's flower cities, has developed slowly compared to its potential as many farmers have not used advanced technology in cultivation." Speaking at a conference held in HCM City on Monday, he said demand for flowers had surged for special occasions like Valentine's Day, International Women's Day, Viet Nam Teacher's Day and Lunar New Year. Dr Nguyen Duc Tri, dean of the School of Tourism under the HCM City University of Economics, said that flowers in the past were used primarily for use at altars honouring ancestors. Hai said that to develop a stable domestic flower market, new types of flowers and application of advanced cultivation techniques were needed. Co-operation with … [Read more...]

Mandarin orange orchards in Lai Vung

Newly-picked mandarin oranges on a plate for visitors to taste - PHOTOS: MINH NHAT

Minh Nhat Lai Vung, a district in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, is known for nem (Vietnamese fermented pork rolls). As Tet (Lunar New Year) is drawing near, Lai Vung is frequently visited by throngs of tourists who want to take photos and buy mandarin oranges at local orchards. Lai Vung mandarin orange is a famous brand among consumers nationwide. It tastes both sour and sweet. A kilogram of newly-picked mandarin oranges costs VND40,000 (US$1.8) at the orchard. … [Read more...]

Betrimex accompanies Ben Tre coconut development

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Coconuts are the main farm produce in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre. The provincial people, however, have not yet got rich from coconuts until now. This spells the need for a long-term development strategy and an effective cooperation among management authorities, businesses and farmers with a view to pushing up Vietnamese agricultural products development. Supporting coconut farmers Ben Tre has witnessed an increase in the coconut growing areas as well as in the production in recent years following the implementation of regional coconut industry development programme to 2020 which saw a close cooperation between the enterprises and farmers through the association and consumption model. This aims to help farmers sell coconuts at reasonable prices and ensure stable material sources for manufacturers targeting sustainable development. The above cooperation model helps stabilise Ben Tre’s coconut material growing areas and create jobs for regional labourers. The province … [Read more...]

VASEP: Shrimp export to earn 3.3 billion USD in 2016

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The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) forecasts that shrimp exports will reach 3.3 billion USD in 2016, up 12 percent from 2015. The sector saw a surge in the first month of this year, up 8 percent from the same period last year, according to VASEP. Shrimp prices also saw a slight increase of 5-20 percent in the Mekong Delta region due to low supplies. Statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs showed that shrimp exports to the US generated 657 million USD in 2015, up 38.3 percent from 2014, making the US the largest import market of Vietnam. Vietnam’s shrimp exports to the US in 2016 will rise thanks to positive results from the ninth administrative review (POR9) for anti-dumping duties on Vietnamese frozen shrimp and the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The average anti-dumping tariff rate levied on most Vietnamese frozen shrimp sold in the US market plummeted from 6.37 percent in the POR8 to 0.91 percent, as … [Read more...]

Coastal erosion at a serious level in Ca Mau

Coastal erosion in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Ca Mau could cause the collapse of 40 kilometres of dyke, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The province has built embankments in these areas but does not have enough funds to build more. On Sunday, tides and strong waves eroded several dyke sections in Tran Van Thoi District. Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) Rural areas in Hai Phong to receive $43m Hai Phong this year will allocate an additional VND966 billion ($42.9 million) to assist 20-25 more communes to reach all 19 criteria including transportation, irrigation, electricity, schools and others in the national new rural area programme. Last year, 48 communes in the city achieved the criteria. Dau T u (Viet Nam Investment Review) Hau Giang to get solar power plant The People's Committee of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang approved a project to build a solar power plant with capacity of 36MW in Phung … [Read more...]

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Hanoi cancels Phuc Tho Buffalo Fighting Festival A buffalo fighting festival in Phuc Tho District has been cancelled this year because of controversy over concern it promotes cruelty to animals. Nguyen Khac Loi, deputy director of Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, signed the order banning the festival on January 27. The Phuc Tho Buffalo Fighting Festival attracted considerable local and international media attention last year when 76 fought, with the winning beast publicly slaughtered, ostensibly as an offering to deities, but the meat was sold at high prices. In response to widespread criticism about the cruelty of the event, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hoang Anh Tuan, asked localities not to organize events that might incite violence. Embassy brings detained fishermen home from Malaysia A delegation from the Embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia has visited the 86 Vietnamese fishermen being detained in the eastern Malaysian state of Sarawak. The … [Read more...]

Doi pagoda of the Khmer

Doi pagoda in Soc Trang province

(VOVworld) – There are about 600 Khmer Theravada pagodas in the Mekong Delta. Doi, which means Bat in English, is one of the most beautiful pagodas with typical Khmer architecture. Doi pagoda was built in the 16th century in Soc Trang province. The pagoda’s name in the Khmer language is Seray Tocho Mahatup. Its popular name is Doi because it’s home to thousands of bats. Doi pagoda is a museum of Khmer culture and art, reflected in the pagoda gate, main hall, and monks’ accommodations. The pagoda features Khmer architecture with engraved patterns of lotus leaves. The pagoda is in the centers of a 3-ha orchard. Hoang Van Viet is a tour guide from Ho Chi Minh city: "Looking out the main hall, the pagoda’s facilities appear harmonious with their surroundings, which creates a peaceful feeling. It’s tranquil and relaxed here." From the entrance, visitors can be overwhelmed by the bright, shiny yellow color that almost completely covers the entire … [Read more...]

Workers rush to complete two key Cuu Long (Mekong) delta bridges

HA NOI (VNS) — Construction progress of two key transport projects in Mekong River Delta region, the Cao Lanh and Vam Cong bridges, are underway and authorities and contractors expect they may finish ahead of schedule. The two bridges are among transport projects connecting HCM City and the southeast provinces of the Cuu Long (Mekong Delta) region. The aim of the projects is to improve basic traffic services in the region. After 27 months under construction, the Cao Lanh Bridge project in Dong Thap Province is 60 per cent complete. The contractor has completed building 32 of 34 pillars and 14 beams. The construction is expected to be finished in April. Victoriano L. Hamling, the chief supervision consultant of Cao Lanh Bridge project's said at present, the progress and quality of the work met all requirements with construction being undertaken very smoothly under a close supervision. To complete ahead of planned schedule, the main and sub-contractors needed to co-operate … [Read more...]