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...]

Ministry helps rice farmers shift to other crops

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been directing localities to build plans to convert rice cultivation to other crops or in combination with aquatic breeding, as well as to improve irrigation systems, said Minister Cao Duc Phat. He added that the ministry has proposed the Government continue to implement the Prime Minister’s Decision 580/QD-TTg, under which farmers will receive support to buy seedlings when switching from rice to other food crops, while expanding the support to the cultivation of other plants in the northern mountainous and midland, north central, Mekong Delta, south central coastal and Central Highland regions. Nearly 700,000-800,000 hectares of ineffective rice cultivation are expected to be replaced with other crops by 2020, he noted. The Mekong Delta in particular has grown maize soybean, sesame, sweet potatoes and vegetables on 53,800 hectares of former rice fields, thanks to seed assistance policies. Provinces in the region plan to … [Read more...]

70 year old man passes high school graduation

70 year old Ho Ngoc Canh passes the high school graduation examination (Photo: SGGP)

A 70 year old man who is the oldest candidate for the high school graduation examination in the academic year 2014-2015 passed the examination. 70 year old Ho Ngoc Canh in Giong Trom District of the Mekong delta province of Ben Tre was announced to pass this year examination on July 26. His marks for the examination are 1.75 for Mathematic; 3 for Literature; 4 for Chemistry; 3,25 for Geography and his total marks are 12 plus preferential marks of 0.25 as an oldest candidate. Head of the Department of Continuous Learning Education in Ben Tre Province Tran Thi Nho said that Mr. Canh failed the graduation examination in 2013 and 2014 while his grandchildren passed. However, he showed his determination to continue learning and sat for the third examination and his efforts was rewarded. His learning spirit is commendable, she added. Ho Thanh Phuong, head of the residential block in Tan Loi Village said that all residents in the village hold Mr. Canh in high esteem for his … [Read more...]

Minister Hoang Tuan Anh hosts the meeting of National Tourism Year 2016

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(Cinet)- On July 24, Minister Hoang Tuan Anh hosted and attended the first session of the Direction Board and the Organization Board on National Tourism Year 2016. The 2016 National Tourism Year was hosted by the Southern province of Kien Giang. Various activities under the 2016 National Tourism Year banner are expected to take place in the host Kien Giang and other localities in the region, such as a gastronomic festival of the Mekong Delta, a national dragon boat racing, a folk singing contest and a painting exhibition based on the theme of sea and islands.. At the meeting, Tran Chi Dung, manager of Kien Giang Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that Kien Giang would establish the Organization Board and the Direction Board to prepare for the opening ceremony, the closing ceremony and events to organize and build website for National Tourism Year 2016- Kien Giang. Addressing at the meeting, Minister Hoang Tuan Anh affirmed the tourism year 2016 in Kien Giang … [Read more...]

Vinh Long to supply clean water to 90 percent of rural households

The Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long aims to supply clean water to 90 percent of its rural population by the end of 2015, 60 percent of whom will have access to local water supply systems, a 10 percent increase from 2014. By the end of June, about 89.4 percent of the province’s households, including 55.2 percent of rural families, have access to clean water, up 2.4 percent from last year. This year, the locality is planning to allocate 72 billion VND (3.3 million USD) to upgrade and expand 14 pipe networks and install about 7,000 water metres in rural areas. Vinh Long has been working to replace privately dug wells and slow sand filters with clusters of standard water supply systems capable of providing clean water to 300-500 households. Another 43.4 billion VND (2 million USD) was put aside for 22 rural water projects with a focus on new-style rural communes, such as My Loc in Tam Binh district, Hoa Phu in Long Ho district, Hoa Binh in Tra On district and Chanh Hoi in … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s elderly long for open skies and doors

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VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Thi Nham always seems sad. She spends her days waiting as her children live in a faraway city. During the day, she looks forward to her children and grandchildren coming home for dinner and throughout the year, the 75-year-old woman longs for the Lunar New Year to come to her hometown in the northern province of Ha Nam. Nham smiles when everyone praises her for her children's success and filial piety. And, when the time came for her to leave the countryside for Ha Noi, where her children live, she packed her bags with a heavy heart. Nham moved in with her son's family over two years ago. It was because of her son's constant persuasion and her affection for her grandchildren that she reluctantly agreed to leave the peaceful rural land, where she had lived for so many years, for the bustling city. However, besides trivial housework, she does not have much work to do in the city, as her grandchildren have grown old enough to attend nursery school. … [Read more...]

Modern nation faces a colonial dilemma

Colonial backdrop: Two students take photos of each other at the Chau Van Liem School.

A local government's decision to tear down a 100-year-old French-colonial school in Can Tho has met with such public outrage that authorities are reconsidering their proposal and awaiting advice from architectural experts. Bo Xuan Hiep reports. Last weekend, Nguyen Ngoc Thanh, 34, of Can Tho, rushed to take his wife and four-year-old son to visit Chau Van Liem High School in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta city of Can Tho, a 100-year-old school built during the French colonial period. It was his first visit to the school since he graduated in 1999. The school, he had heard, was scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt in a similar architectural style. "I was having lunch when I heard the news on TV," Thanh said. "I stopped immediately and rushed to the school to get more information." Can Tho authorities said the building had badly deteriorated and was unsafe for students and staff. Like Thanh, many Can Tho residents opposed the planned demolition, preferring that the school be … [Read more...]

The inseparable ties of villagers along Vietnam-Cambodia border

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Villagers along the border of Vietnam and Cambodia have maintained close relations for generations and, for them, the ‘border line’ is just like a fence between two nearby houses. They have shared inseparable roads and paths, and most villagers are bilingual in Vietnamese and Khmer. They can cross the border line any time for business, or just to visit each other. Men and women have married each other and led normal lives on the land their ancestors worked and lived on long before. Recently, they have faced a more challenging ‘border’ fabricated by those who come from afar. The honest villagers have become victims of the divisive plot urged by The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) – the opposition to the ruling Cambodian People's Party. The opposition party has persuaded thousands of people from Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, to travel hundreds of kilometers to the border to disturb security and try to uproot the border post numbered … [Read more...]

60 Oversea Vietnamese Youths join Summer Camp 2015 in Vietnam

The four day summer camp for Oversea Vietnamese Youths and Youths in Ho Chi Minh City 2015 themed "Vietnam –My homeland" concluded on July 23. About 60 oversea vietnamese youths from many countries in the world including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, the United States, the Czech Republic, Ukraine took part in this event. The participants laid wreaths to commemorate to Uncle Ho at Uncle Ho Statue in the city’s children house and talked with musician Tran Xuan Tien. Besides, they visited the War Remnants Museum in HCMC. They traveled to the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre and enjoyed the Mekong Delta’s cuisine. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 26/7

Madame Nguyen Thi Binh’s memoir translated into English After its debut to the public 3 years ago, Madame Nguyen Thi Binh’s memoir has been translated by US writer Lady Borton and will be introduced to an international audience at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. The autobiography entitled "Family, Friends, and Country" is a collection of memoirs by Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, born 1927, who led the Vietnamese negotiating team at the Paris Peace Accord which was signed in 1973. She was the first Foreign Minister of Vietnam and then served as Vice President from 1992 to 2002. Her collection of memoirs is considered a tribute to her comrades and folks who laid down their lives in the national resistance wars to liberate and reunite Vietnam, as well as international friends who supported Vietnam during those wars. Dream comes true for musician Le Minh Son A new reality music show will be aired on VTV1 from August 1. Du Ca Viet (Music Journey) is directed by musician Le … [Read more...]

Southern speciality

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As a northerner and Hanoian I often ask my friends down south to show me some local food when I go and visit them. Southern cuisine always seems to have something new and attractive, based on the specific characteristics of its culture and climate and local tastes. For me, the speciality of southern food is its cakes. It would take a few months to sample all of the hundred or more different kinds found in the area. For a cake lover like me, the Annual Southern Folk Cake Festival held recently in Can Tho city was something of a godsend. Leaves over cakes As the name suggests, leaf cakes are covered with various leaves, like bamboo, banana, gai, or dong, then boiled or steamed. The cakes are infused and perfumed by the light scents and also the colours of the leaves they’re wrapped in. Southern people mostly use banana leaves to wrap cakes, including Banh it (known as Banh Gai in the north, with leaves from the gai tree used instead), Banh u (called Banh Gio in the north and … [Read more...]