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...]

Mekong Delta Green Tourism Week concluded

The 2015 Mekong Delta Green Tourism Week in Can Tho province was rounded off on July 3 with more than 350,000 visitors recorded throughout the week. The event featured a tourism-trade fair showcasing 1,030 stalls run by state agencies and businesses nationwide. Interestingly, the fair broke a Vietnam’s record with a super hotpot that can serve 2,000 people. Another highlight of the week was a conference promoting investment in the local sustainable industry. It presented 62 tourism projects and called for a total funding of approximately 11.86 trillion VND (546.5 million USD). At the meeting, the State Bank of Vietnam inked credit contracts worth more than 980 billion USD (45.2 million USD) for two tourism projects in Phu Quoc Island of Kien Giang province and another project in Phong Dien district of Can Tho. At the closing ceremony, the organising board hounoured 15 groups and seven individuals that had contributed significantly to the final success. Comments, feedback … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta green tourism week attracts thousands of visitors

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The Southwest Region Steering Committee (SRSC) presents certificates to 15 outstanding organisations and individuals NDO – The Mekong Delta Green Tourism Week, attracting over 350,000 visitors, wrapped up in Can Tho city on July 3. The week-long festival featured activities to promote investment in eco-tourism and create links among regional provinces as well as between the region and other localities. Through the event, local and foreign travel agencies have a good opportunity to showcase their products and services at over 1,000 booths at a fair in the riverside area of the Can Tho River in Cai Rang District of Can Tho City. Especially, the State Bank of Vietnam signed a memorandum of co-operation (MoU) on supporting VND 980 billion to three projects in Can Tho city and Kien Giang province. On the occasion, the Southwest Region Steering Committee (SRSC) presented certificates to 15 outstanding organisations and individuals, who have contributions during the Mekong … [Read more...]

62 projects introduced in Mekong Delta Green Tourism Week 2015

A signing ceremony in Mekong delta Green tourism week 2015 Photo: SGGP

The Mekong Delta Green Tourism Week 2015 has wrapped up on July 4, the organization board said the event attracted over 350,000 visitors. Accordingly, 13 provinces in the Mekong region introduced 62 investment projects in tourism sector with total capital of VND 11,862billion and US$ 714.9. Can Tho, Ca Mai and Vinh Long granted certificates for three investment projects with total capital of VND 745,359billion and US$ 62million. The exhibition and fair draw over 50,000 visitors. The organiers said over 150,000 visitors poured to The Mekong Delta’s Miss Mekong final round. This is the first time which green tourism has been launched in the region, creating more chances for tourism organizations in the region and country to exchange and seek for international partners. … [Read more...]

Can Tho- Bangkok air route to be launched

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The People’s Committee of Can Tho City on June 24 cooperated with the tour leading operator company, Vietravel to organize an announcement ceremony on an international route from Can Tho to Thailand’s Bangkok. Under cooperation, Vietravel will charter one return flight using 180-seat Airbus A320 plane provided by Thailand’s VietJet Air every five days. Four experimental direct flights will be launched on July 21, 25 29 and August 2. The flight will depart at Bangkok at 11.30 a.m. and land in Can Tho at 1.30 p.m. Flight time is about 70 minutes. A round trip fare is offered VND5, 349,000. A five-day package tour is to cost VND7, 790,000. So far there are five local routes from Da Lat, Da Nang, Hanoi, Phu Quoc and Con Dao to Can Tho; two international routes from China’s Taiwan and Thailand to the Mekong Delta city. … [Read more...]

Social News 4/7

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Police seize 387kg of smuggled elephant tusks Police at Ha Tien International Border Gate and Kien Giang Province seized 387kg of elephant tusks smuggled into Viet Nam on Tuesday. The border police found a suspected truck travelling from Cambodia to Viet Nam through Ha Tien International Border Gate. The soldiers asked Tran Minh Chien, the driver of the truck, to pull over for random inspection and found 387kg of elephant tusks inside. The goods were seized. The case is being investigated further. On the same day, customs officers at Noi Bai International Airport seized two ivory statues weighing 2.31kg each. The statues had been smuggled from France. Construction begins on Orange Village The HCM City Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin on Wednesday began construction of the Orange Village in Hoc Mon District. The 49,000sq.m centre will provide treatment, vocational training and rehabilitation for victims of Agent Orange (dioxin). The project with a cost of … [Read more...]

PM sees new options for Japan firms

TOKYO (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said Viet Nam had room for growth and could give Japanese firms new opportunities at a business forum held with the five Mekong Delta countries yesterday in Tokyo. The Vietnamese Government will allow smooth operations for Japanese investors in Viet Nam, the PM said while introducing Viet Nam's geographical, socio-political and macro-economic advantages. The country is fine-tuning its market economy regulations, developing human resources and infrastructure, and pushing international integration forward, he said. Mekong country leaders and representatives from nearly 200 Japanese businesses attended the forum, an activity on the sidelines of the seventh Mekong-Japan Summit. It acted as a platform for both sides to discuss development and business prospects in the region. Speaking at the forum, President of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) Hidehiro Yokoo said his group had opened six representative offices in five Mekong … [Read more...]

Japan pledges $6 billion to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) delivers an opening speech as Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (L) and other leaders of Mekong delta nations listen during the Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting at the state guest house in Tokyo, July 4, 2015. Japan said on Saturday it would extend around $6 billion in development aid to Mekong region countries, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender seen as encroaching on the regional clout of Tokyo and ally Washington. Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam all have strong economic growth potential, and are promising destinations for Japanese exporters of railway systems, power plants and other infrastructure. Tokyo's planned assistance of about 750 billion yen over the next three years follows a pledged aid of 600 billion yen to the five nations in the preceding three-year period. The fresh aid was announced at the conclusion of a summit meeting in Tokyo between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Mekong region … [Read more...]

10 reasons to visit Vietnam

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1. Free wifi everywhere Unlike many countries, who charge tourists for using the Internet, many cities in Vietnam allow you to stay connected for free. Most restaurants will provide their customers a password and you can use as much as you want. It makes tourists feel like at home. 2. Cheap drinks on the sidewalk A sidewalk tea shop on the lake in Hanoi. File photos Vietnam has a unique street cafe culture, where you can sit on a little plastic stool in the shade of a large tree, looking out onto the street and chatting with each with a cup of hot tea in Hanoi or a glass of iced café in Saigon for as long as you want. The habit has become addictive for many locals and it is worth trying, because it only costs a dollar or so. 3. Endless street food menu Vietnamese street foods impress most foreign tourists and are the biggest memory they take home. Banh mi, pho, sticky rice, broken rice with grilled pork, chicken rice, rice vermicelli with pork pies and spring … [Read more...]

Shrimps die en masse in Soc Trang

Shrimps have died en mass due to bad weather and diseases in Soc Trang Province. — Photo tintucnongnghiep

SOC TRANG — Shrimps in nearly 5,500ha of area have died off until the end of June at Soc Trang Province in the Mekong Delta. This accounts for 29 per cent of the total shrimp breeding area in the province. This shrimp season, the province continues to be the hot spot of diseases. There is a risk of a disease outbreak, which can spread to many areas in the province, an official said. The effects of prolonged hot weather and changes in the environment during the pre-monsoon season have led to local shrimp farms in the province suffering heavy losses. Pham Van Giet, a farmer in My Xuyen District's Hoa Tu commune, said his family bred prawn shrimp for two months and they grew well, but bad weather destroyed an entire shrimp farm of 6,000sq.m. killing 20,000 shrimps with it. According to a report from a veterinary station, 70 per cent of shrimp in farms were affected by liver disease and 20 per cent by environmental changes, while the remaining ones died of other causes. My … [Read more...]

Founding of Hoa Hao Buddhism celebrated

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The An Giang province organised a grand ceremony to mark the 76 th founding anniversary of Hoa Hao Buddhism (Photo:VNA) The Mekong Delta province of An Giang organised a grand ceremony on July 3 to mark the 76 th founding anniversary of Hoa Hao Buddhism. Addressing the event, Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Van Pha said that over the past 76 years, Hoa Hao followers have promoted patriotism and unity and contributed to the nation-building and safeguarding process. They have actively participated in social and charitable activities including providing free food for orphans, the elderly and patients at hospitals as well as offering medicine to poor patients, he stated. He asked the Hoa Hao Buddhist community to continue promoting great national unity and participating in campaigns initiated by the VFF, including "Day for the Poor", and "Vietnamese people prioritise Vietnamese products". Founded in 1939 in An Giang province, the Hoa … [Read more...]

Vietnam to provided 315 million USD from WB to restructure agriculture and reform education

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The Hanoitimes - According to the World Bank (WB) in Vietnam, the WB’s Board of Directors have approved two credit packages worth a combined 315 million USD to assist Vietnam’s agricultural restructuring and general education reform. Of which, the first credit package of 238 million USD will be funded for a project renovating the agriculture sector sustainably. Accordingly, the credit will directly benefit for 200,000 rice-growing households with about 1 million people in the Mekong Delta and another 50,000 coffee producing households of about 250,000 people in the Central Highlands. The project will assist rice farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces of Kien Giang, An Giang, Tien Giang, Can Tho, Soc Trang, Dong Thap and Long An to adopt improved farming practices and improve basic production and processing infrastructure for producing high-quality rice by linking them to agribusinesses. The project also will support sustainable coffee production and rehabilitation in … [Read more...]