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


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...]

Vietnam, IUCN collaborate to preserve aquatic resources


The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu releases shrimp fry into the sea (Photo: VNA) Opportunities for Vietnamese aquatic resources preservation and development will be broadened following the signing of an MoU between the Directorate of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on May 22. The two sides will cooperate from 2015-2020 in preserving endangered aquatic creatures. They will evaluate the efficiency of Vietnam’s network of marine conservation sites and complete legal frameworks for the Fund for Aquatic Resources Reproduction (VIFARR). The highlight of the MoU is bilateral collaboration in building and implementing the national plan of actions to preserve sea turtles through joint research, information exchange and a database monitoring the species. At the signing ceremony, MARD Deputy Minister Vu Van Tam highlighted the fact that Vietnam has zoned off 16 national marine … [Read more...]

Social News 22/5


Jetstar Pacific offers 7,000 cheap tickets Budget airline Jetstar Pacific will offer 7,000 tickets at only VND7,000 a ticket on its international and domestic routes, from 11am to 12:59pm on July 22. Tickets (excluding tax and other additional fees) are available on the airline’s website at The promotion is being launched to celebrate Jetstar Pacific’s seventh anniversary. The airline will also kick off two other promotions from May 27: "Everyday Low Fare" and "Super Promotion Weekend". Vietnam Airlines started selling Jetstar Pacific’s tickets on its ticket booking system as of May 21. The co-operation between Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific aims to offer the best service to passengers. General Director of Jetstar Pacific Le Hong Ha has expressed his hope that Jetstar Pacific can change passengers’ experience of using a budget airline. Mekong Delta province prosecute 40 for cigarette smuggling Authorities in the Mekong Delta's … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/5

2015 Celtic music festival in Hanoi this weekend 2015 Celtic music festival in Vietnam opened in big cities, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the coastal city of Nha Trang from May 17-23. For this "Breton Day 2015″, the Breton society in Vietnam has invited musicians reputed throughout the world who will present all the different aspects of celtic musics from tradition to modernity. More than 40 musicians and 7 bands perform during the festival, including the Kemperle Pipe Band, Lang Dzu band, Celtic Rock Diaouled, Alan Pennec, Jakez Lesouef, Hot Tzigani band and Turbo Sans Visa. After successful perfomances in Ho Chi Minh City on May 16-17 and in Nha Trang on 20, the event will take place at L’Espace and Chez Xuan in Hanoi on May 22-23 respectively. HCM City to celebrate Khmer New Year The Ethnic Khmer New Year, Chol Chnam Thmay, will be featured at the Southern Land food festival, held at Dam Sen Park in HCM City from May 29 to June 1. The Khmer Art Troupe of … [Read more...]

Vietnam to Have 10 Hi-Tech Agricultural Zones by 2030

The Prime Minister has approved the master plan for agricultural areas and zones applying high technologies towards 2020 with orientations to 2030.

The planning is aimed to contribute to promoting the development of agriculture in the direction of modern, large-scale commodity production, productivity, quality, efficiency and competitiveness, to guarantee food security and national food and to increase exports. According to the plan, by 2020, in addition to two agricultural zones applying high technology including Hau Giang and Phu Yen provinces which have been approved by the Prime Minister, the planning and construction of eight agricultural zones applying high technology including Thai Nguyen, Quang Ninh, Thanh Hoa, Khanh Hoa, Lam Dong, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Can Tho will be carried out. These are agricultural areas of high technology applications established by the provincial People's Committees. Agricultural areas of high technology applications have also been planned, including coffee-producing regions with high-tech applications concentrated in the Central Highlands, Northwest and North Central areas, tea producing … [Read more...]

300-year-old mango tree wins heritage title


The 300-year-old mango tree in Bac Lieu was recognised as a heritage tree on May 20 (Photo: VNA) A 300-year-old mango tree in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu was recognised as a heritage tree on May 20. Located at Vinh Trach Dong commune in Bac Lieu city, the age-old tree (scientific name: Mangifera Indica L.) is 15 metres in height and 1.92 metres in diameter, while its canopy covers 300 square metres. Bac Lieu has long conserved the tree, the oldest plant in the province, for tourism and research purposes. In 2011, the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) launched a programme to conserve Vietnam Heritage Trees, aiming to select and honour the country’s heritage trees in a bid to conserve their gene sources, while raising public awareness of protecting the environment. It also contributes to promoting the diversification and abundance of Vietnam’s flora as well as developing scientific research in the field. To win the … [Read more...]

Tan Cang-Hiep Phuoc Port handles more cargo

Containerized goods are seen at Tan Cang-Hiep Phuoc Port. The port at Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park now can handle nine million tons of cargo a year - PHOTO: ANH QUAN

Le Anh The two-phase port has been developed on an area of 18.7 hectares. Completed in November last year, the first phase comprises a 300-meter-long pier able to handle 50,000-DWT vessels and a 253-meter-long pier for barges. The first vessel docked at Tan Cang-Hiep Phuoc Port in mid-December last year. At present, the port at Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park serves 12-15 ships a week. Components of the second phase, from December 2014 to May 2015, are a 120-meter-long pier, a 6.2-hectare area for containerized goods and dykes totaling 198 meters in length along the Soai Rap River. Tan Cang-Hiep Phuoc Port now has piers for 50,000-DWT vessels and 2,000-DWT barges, a 17-hectare area for containerized goods. Saigon Newport Corporation has got approval from the HCMC government to expand piers to five thousand meters in length, the area for containers to 300 hectares and build a multi-purpose port at Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park. The corporation will implement the expansion project … [Read more...]

Social News 20/5


Older population in need of financial assistance Almost half of the population aged 60 and above in Viet Nam is not eligible for social subsidies or participate in the country's social insurance programme. This was among the main concerns raised by participants during a May 19 conference in Ha Noi entitled, "Financial Security of Older Women" and co-organised by the Vietnam National Committee for the Elderly, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Singapore-based Tsao Foundation. Government statistics last year indicated there were more than 9.5 million elderly aged 60 and above. Of these, only 1.4 million received financial assistance for their contribution to the country's revolutionary wars. Another 1.4 million were entitled to the Government financial assistance programme for the elderly aged 80 and above, which begins by providing VND180,000 a month (US$8.5). Another two million were eligible to receive pensions, while support was given to 95,000, being … [Read more...]

Vietnam poised for investment boost in clean energy sector

As Vietnam's energy demand rises parallel to its development, promoting green energy has become an urgent issue

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam's green prospects look set to grow as investment in renewable energy is on the rise. However, the country needs to overcome a slew of hurdles to reach its full potential. This was the general concensus among experts and investors from Vietnam and the US during a clean energy conference themed "Smart Solutions for Vietnam", held on May 14 in Ho Chi Minh City. The conference, part of the continuing celebration for the 20-year anniversary of the normalisation of Vietnam - US bilateral relations, was co-organised by the US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and VIR and sponsored by General Electric. "The focus of this conference is the discussion of challenges for clean energy development in Vietnam, as well as opportunities for investors in this area. These are hot issues in the context that the energy demand is growing rapidly to meet Vietnam's rapid socio-economic development," said Dr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, editor-in-chief of VIR. The conference drew … [Read more...]

PM okays $22mil. budget to preserve rice fields


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a budget of 470 billion VND (about 22 million USD) to help preserve and develop rice fields in nine cities and provinces across the country. Northern Bac Ninh, central Thanh Hoa, Da Nang, Quang Ngai are among the provinces earmarked for attention, but most of the funds will go to Mekong Delta provinces such as Tay Ninh, Vinh Long, Hau Giang, Dong Thap and Kien Giang. A Government study has revealed that rapid urbanisation and industrialisation as well as infrastructure development have led to a decline in rice fields throughout Vietnam. Government Decision 35/2015 will serve as a keystone policy to assist localities in preserving and developing rice fields, ensuring the country's rice production capacity in the future. The decision stipulates that for each hectare of rice field in production, localities may receive up to 1 million VND (46.5 USD) on top of other on-effect subsidies provided by the State. The decision also … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – May 20


Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today, May 20, in Vietnamese media. -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told a Tuesday press meeting in Ho Chi Minh City that President Barack Obama is really looking forward to Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong's first-ever visit to Washington. Blinken paid a four-day visit to Vietnam starting Saturday last week to get ready for a clutch of meetings between the two countries' leaders this year, including General Secretary Trong's visit. Society -- An official of Tan Binh District police confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday afternoon that the police will set up a counseling council and let Huynh Thi Anh Hong, who discovered a treasure worth 5 million yen (US$41,700) hidden in a dumped loudspeaker last year, have the entire sum. The district police also rejected an appeal filed by another woman who appeared at the last minute and claimed that her South African … [Read more...]