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

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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...]

Airlines, coach operators to add services on holiday

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Le Anh Vietjet said it will operate 140 more flights from on April 28 to May 4, bringing the total daily services to 246, up a staggering 66% against the same period last year. The no-frills carrier will add four flights a day to the HCMC-Danang run and two daily services to each of HCMC-Phu Quoc, Hanoi-Phu Quoc and Hanoi-Danang routes. With frequency increases, the airline's daily flights will be 21 for the HCMC-Hanoi route, five for each of HCMC-Hue and Hanoi-Cam Ranh, six for HCMC-Vinh, six to seven for HCMC-Haiphong, and three for each of HCMC-Thanh Hoa and Hanoi-Dalat. Vietnam Airlines announced to conduct 136 more flights on nine domestic routes from on April 28 to May 4. It will sell a total of 250,000 seats, chiefly on the routes linking Hanoi and HCMC and coastal areas, in the period, up 10% over normal days and 35% against the same period last year. Particularly, Vietnam Airlines will offer an extra 49 flights for the Hanoi-Danang route, 22 more for Hanoi-Phu … [Read more...]

Tra Vinh loses USD 49.5 million due to drought, saline intrusion

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Long-lasting drought and saline intrusion has caused a total loss of nearly VND 1.1 trillion (USD 49.5 million) in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh. According to the local Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the disaster damaged over 29,000 hectares of rice, affecting 41,000 households. The total rice output of the 2015-2016 Winter-Spring crop decreased 161,500 tons from the same period last year, with an estimated loss of VND 881 billion. Besides this, about 700 hectares of other food crops, 285 hectares of fruit trees, and 181 hectares of aquatic farming were also damaged, affecting thousands of households. Head of the department Tran Trung Hien said that affected households will receive VND 1-2 million in aid per hectare for rice and food crops, 2-4 million VND per hectare for fruit plantations and VND 5-10 million per hectare of aquatic farming. The provincial agricultural sector has synchronously carried out measures to cope with drought and saltwater … [Read more...]

DPM asks for enhanced regional connection against droughts, sea-water intrusion

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VGP – Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung asked ministries, agencies and localities in the Mekong Delta to closely follow weather happenings and strengthen regional connections to cope with consequences caused by droughts and sea-water intrusion in the future. The Deputy PM made that statement at a meeting in response to droughts and sea-water intrusion in the Mekong Delta in SocTrang Province on April 28. He highlighted the priority of ensuring local people’s lives and assisting them stabilize their lives as well as asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) to direct functional agencies to provide information about water resources and sea-water intrusion developments. Localities need to strengthen cooperation and connection in response to droughts and sea-water intrusion to exploit natural resources effectively, he affirmed. He required relevant ministries and agencies to adjust new planning projects, including the ones in the Mekong Delta, and … [Read more...]

Red Cross activities integrated into climate change response

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The Hanoitimes - More than 15,000 households in 14 cities and provinces who announced natural disaster status, have received initial support from the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC). Vice President of the VRC Central Committee Tran Thi Hong An told an April 27-28 event, that by April 24, 2016, the organisation had mobilised over 25 billion VND (1.1 million USD) donated by people from all walks of life to aid natural disaster victims. The conference, jointly held by the VRC, the German Red Cross (GRC) and the VRC’s chapter in Quang Binh province, aims to assess the risks and impacts of climate change and how red cross activities can work in response to climate change. As part of the GRC-funded "Community-based disaster risk management" project, the event is due to create an opportunity for the VRC, and relevant agencies, to promote the integration of climate change adaptation into the management of risks and disasters in Vietnam. It is expected to enhance coordination … [Read more...]

First rains appear in southern region

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The first rains occurred in the areas of Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai and Binh Duong on the large scale yesterday evening. The rain lasted 15- 50 minutes in Hau Giang, Can Tho, Vinh Long, Tien Giang and Long An provinces that made night time temperatures cooler after long- lasting heat waves in previous months. Meanwhile, medium rain experienced 20- 30 minutes in many districts of Ho Chi Minh City. The weather experts reported that because of the influence of southeastern the weather turbulence in East Sea, the rains appeared in the southern and southeastern provinces on the large scale. According to weather forecast, this year's rainy season will commence later than previous years. The rainfall in May- June is predicted to be 20- 40 percent lower than average level. … [Read more...]

Deputy PM visits disaster-hit localities in Bac Lieu

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung (second from right) on his tour to Bac Lieu province

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung had a working session with authorities in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu on April 27, concerning the condition of drought and saltwater intrusion at present. According to Duong Thanh Trung, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, thanks to precautionary measures, Bac Lieu saw a relatively low impact from the disasters despite its coastal location. The province has thus far recorded no fishery damage, and residents have yet to face water shortages. However, saltwater intrusion and drought have taken their toll on more than 14,500 hectares of local rice paddies, some of which were ruined by as much as 70 percent. Trung said the main concerns at the moment are baking weather and increasing salinity, which will harm summer-autumn rice crops and shrimp farming. Salinity measured in local shrimp farms, covering 130,000 hectares of water surface, now surpasses 35 ppt. Shrimp cannot live in water where salinity is higher than 40 … [Read more...]

Drought, saltwater intrusion cause hefty losses

A wooden boat travels on a canal in Cai Lay District, Tien Giang Province. This canal is a key source of water for rice fields in the district but it has ebbed to record lows - PHOTO: TRUNG CHANH

Thuy Dung However, the the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development warned that these regions would suffer more if the calamity remains unabated in the coming months. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang told a meeting with the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in Hanoi on Monday that the protracted El Nino phenomenon has dealt a heavy blow to many countries, including Vietnam. According to the ministry's latest report, rainfalls in the Central Highlands and south-central regions have stayed low since end-2015 so water levels in major reservoirs are now far lower than the average of previous years. Many smaller reservoirs and rivers have dried up. Protracted drought has hit 70% of the total farming area in Central Highlands and south-central provinces. In the Mekong Delta, saltwater has made its way to paddy fields two months sooner than in previous years as the rainy season began late last year but ended earlier than usual. Water … [Read more...]

EU issues alert on unsafe Vietnamese seafood exports

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The European Union has issued food safety alerts to four Vietnamese seafood exporters, whose shipments to several European countries have been found to contain banned substances. The companies, Mekong Delta Food Factory, South Vina, FOODTECH JSC and Khang Thong JSC Seafood Processing Factory, failed to pass food safety checks to enter the EU, according to the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). Created by the EU in 1979, RASFF offers a round-the-clock service to provide notification of food safety risks before they reach European consumers. On Monday, the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) under Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced the names of the four exporters, giving details as to why they had received the warnings from the EU. The frozen pangasius shipment of Mekong Delta Food Factory to Germany was subject to border rejection as it stank of ammonia and contained banned sodium carbonates, … [Read more...]

Fruit fest canceled as drought, salt intrusion hit crops in southern Vietnam

Officials in Ben Tre Province in southern Vietnam have decided to cancel an annual fruit fest as severe drought and prolonged salt intrusion have badly affected local harvests. The People’s Committee of Ben Tre has said that the 2016 Delicious-Safe Fruit Festival will not be organized, as proposed by the Cho Lach District People’s Committee. The annual fruit festival was scheduled to kick off on June 9, but local authorities have agreed to halt it due to extreme weather conditions. Fruit harvests have been adversely affected by extreme heat and salinization, making it difficult to offer high-quality products at the event, officials in the district said, when suggesting the festival be scrapped. About 8,000 hectares worth of plantations have been salinized, 2,000 hectares of fruit trees ravaged, and over 350,000 saplings withered during the period, resulting in damage worth around VND32 billion (US$1.435 million), local officials said, adding that other fruit … [Read more...]

VN seeks US$48.5 million aid in drought response

VGP – The Vietnamese Government, the United Nations and partners are appealing to the international community to support a US$48.5 million emergency response plan to deal with the ongoing droughts in the South Central Coast, Central Highlands and Southern regions of Viet Nam. arlier, the Vietnamese Government, the UN, and NGOs conducted a rapid assessment. Accordingly, in 18 provinces and cities hardly hit by droughts and saltwater intrusion, around two million of people are suffering from water shortages; 1.1 million people are in need of food aid. Over 60,000 women and children are already malnourished, and about 1,75 million people have lost their livelihoods as the drought worsens. Other eight provinces were forecast to face droughts over the next few weeks. In the Mekong Delta, prolonged drought and the decrease in groundwater levels have resulted in the most extensive saltwater intrusion in 90 years, affecting more than 400,000ha of crops. Since late 2015, the Government … [Read more...]

State President meets Lao top leader

State President Tran Dai Quang and Party General Secretary and President of Laos Bounnhang Volachith, April 26, 2016 - Photo: VNA

VGP – State President Tran Dai Quang and Party General Secretary and President of Laos Bounnhang Volachith discussed ways to intensify bilateral ties in the foreseeable future during their meeting in Ha Noi on April 26. Both sides agreed to effectively realize agreements reached by senior leaders and a cooperation deal set by the 38th meeting of the Viet Nam-Laos Inter-governmental Committee. Volachith affirmed that the Lao Party, State and people will do their best, together with their Vietnamese counterparts, to deepen the bilateral traditional friendship and comprehensive solidarity. On the occasion, he also invited the host to visit Laos in the coming time. State President Quang, for his part, said the two countries should raise public awareness of the bilateral relationship and further promote links across the economy, trade and investment on the basis of each country’s potentials and strength, given that Viet Nam and Laos will celebrate the 55th anniversary of … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Laos to strengthen collaboration at multilateral forums

Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang held a meeting with his Laotian counterpart Bounnhang Vorachith in Hanoi on Tuesday morning, during the latter’s official visit to Vietnam, scheduled for April 25-27, according to the

Vietnam has informed Laos of the situation in the East Vietnam Sea, expressed its viewpoints on the matter and suggested that the two nations cement mutual support at multilateral forums. Vietnam News Agency. President Quang praised the effective coordination between Hanoi and Vientiane at multilateral forums over recent times, asserting that Vietnam will continue its support for Laos to help the country fulfill its mission as the chair of ASEAN in 2016. ASEAN is short for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which is a political and economic organization whose members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Vietnamese head of state updated President Vorachith on the current situation in the East Vietnam Sea, stating Hanoi’s point of view. He suggested that Laos continue to strengthen its ties with Vietnam regarding the sea disputes and cooperate with other nations for the sustainable … [Read more...]

Vietjet Air adds more flight to meet demand

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Vietnamese budget carrier VietJet Air (VJA) said that it will increase 140 flights from April 28 to May 4 to meet the travelling demand of passengers in the upcoming national holidays. The low-cost carrier's total flights in a day are 246 , 66 percent higher than same period last year. Additional flights will be made on 4 routes including Ho Chi Minh City - Central City of Da Nang with 14 return flights a day, an increase of 4 flight; HCMC - Phu Quoc Island in the Mekong delta province of Kien Giang with 7 return flights a day; Hanoi - Phu Quoc with 4 return flights and Hanoi - Da Nang with 10 return flights a day. Flights for other routes also increased compared to last year; for instance there are 21 return flights a day for HCMC -Hanoi route; five return flights per day for HCMC-the central province of Thua Thien-Hue route; six return flights per day for HCMC-Vinh City in the central Vietnam; HCMC- Hải Phòng route having 6 - 7 return flights daily; HCMC - Thanh Hoa Province in … [Read more...]

China boosts volume of discharged water for lower Mekong River

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China has increased the volume of water being released from Jinghong hydropower plant to the lower Mekong River. From April 21, 1,500 cubic metres per second of water has been released, with this flow to be maintained until May 31. During the first discharge phase from March 15 to April 10, China released 2,190 cubic metres per second, with the flow between April 11 and April 20 dropping to 1,200 cubic metres per second. The information was announced by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat at a meeting in Hanoi on April 26 to call for support to implement the emergency response plan for drought and saline intrusion. He said although water levels in the Mekong River rose in the first half of April, helping ease saltwater intrusion, water soon receded and saline encroachment got worse. The increased discharge will help mitigate the situation in some areas in the Mekong Delta when the released water reaches Vietnam in about 18 – 20 days, he said. VNA … [Read more...]

Vietnam seeks aid as drought threatens millions

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Officials warn of severe threat to food security as vast farmlands in the rice basket Mekong Delta have been destroyed. Photo: Cong Han Vietnam is in urgent need of international aid worth US$48.5 million as a crippling drought threatens to create a shortage of food and water for two million people. Officials from the country’s agriculture ministry and the United Nations estimated at a meeting Tuesday that at least two million people in southern and central Vietnam lack clean water, with 1.1 million also in need of food support. They said more than 60,000 women and children in 18 hardest-hit provinces are facing malnutrition while around 1.75 million people from farming families have had their livelihoods badly hit. Dan Tri newspaper quoted agriculture minister Cao Duc Phat as saying there is a high risk of disease outbreaks due to the lack of clean water. The shortage of food security could increase the rate of severely undernourished children in the coming years, he … [Read more...]

Vietnamese president meets Lao top leader

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Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang (R) and Party General Secretary and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith. Photo credit: VNA Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and Party General Secretary and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith on Tuesday discussed ways to boost bilateral ties during their meeting in Hanoi. Vorachith affirmed that the Lao Party, the state and its people will do their best, together with their Vietnamese counterparts, to deepen the traditional friendship and comprehensive solidarity of the two countries. He invited the Vietnamese President to visit Laos in the coming time. President Quang, for his part, asked for Laos’ support in the East Sea issue, as well as the sustainable and effective use and management of water resources in the Mekong River. Quang thanked the Lao government for helping Vietnam cope with the current severe drought and saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta region. Laos has released water from its dams to the Mekong River since … [Read more...]

Goldman Sachs values Vietnamese market

Hanoi, April 26 (VNA) – Goldman Sachs is committed to lasting cooperation with Vietnam by constantly seeking long-term international funds for the country’s development, said Andrea Vella, Head of the US-based multinational investment banking firm’s Asia division. The statement was made during his meeting with Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Economic Affairs Nguyen Van Binh on April 26. Vella said he believes in the potential of the Vietnamese market, adding that the company looks to new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) investment opportunities in energy, telecommunication, infrastructure and farming. Goldman Sachs is particularly interested in projects related to climate change mitigation in the Mekong Delta and waste treatment in big cities, he noted. Binh said he is pleased with the firm’s long-term commitment to Vietnam and its sound operation in mergers and acquisitions. Goldman Sachs also did a good job in … [Read more...]

HCM City: saltwater intrudes into canals in inner city

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VietNamNet Bridge - Monitoring data shows that the saltwater has intruded deep into the inner HCM City since early April. The salinity in Nha Be, Sai Gon rivers and several canals in Binh Chanh and other districts is above last year’s levels. As reported by the city’s People’s Committee, the salinity measured on the Dong Nai river section which runs across Nha Be district at one time reached 12.24 per thousand, while it was 9.08 per thousand in the same period last year. On the Sai Gon river section which runs across Thu Thiem area, the salinity once reached 5.09 per thousand, higher than 3.7 per thousand last year. At Cat Lai ferry landing, the figure was 8.10 per thousand, higher than 5.37 in the same period last year. High salinity has also been reported for the areas of Ong Thin Bridge and C Canal – Cho Dem in Binh Chanh district. In order to ease the salinity of the major rivers such as Sai Gon and ensure the sufficient raw water supply for water … [Read more...]