Hundreds hospitalized in two food poisoning cases

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Hundreds of workers were hospitalized in two food poisoning cases that took place on July 10 in the southern provinces of Binh Duong and Long An, causing serious concerns on food safety and hygiene conditions once again. More than 50 workers of the Thinh Viet Furniture Company in Binh Duong Province were admitted to the General Hospital in Tan Uyen District on afternoon of July 10, some unconscious while others were vomiting profusely. According to the workers, they had meals in the company canteen and began suffering soon after. Dr. Le Van Minh said that most of the workers had been discharged from hospital except for seven who were still in intensive care and under observation. On the same day, the preventive medicine center in Tan Uyen District took samples of the food for testing. Also on July 10, 60 workers of the Le Long Vietnam Company in Ben Luc District in the southern province of Long An were taken to hospital when they complained of abdomen pain, diarrhea, fever and … [Read more...]

Vinamilk seeks less State ownership

Automated production lines use robotic operating systems in Vinamilk's second mega factory in My Phuoc Industrial Park in southern Binh Duong Province. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh

HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnam Dairy Joint Stock Company (Vinamilk) wants to reduce State owner-ship in enterprises after equitisation to create conditions to increase their self-manage-ment and competitiveness for further development. This was one of the measures proposed by Vinamilk during a working session between the company and a National Assembly delegation led by Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on Monday. Vinamilk CEO and Director General Mai Kieu Lien said it was necessary to clarify the role of State ownership representatives and the board of directors at joint stock companies to help tackle existing obstacles. Some 45.06 per cent of Vinamilk's shares are currently held by the State through State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC). It had been pointed out that the SCIC's rights of operation of the company had reduced the command of the board of directors over the management of the operations of the company, she said. She cited the commercial transaction to buy Dalat … [Read more...]

Multi-million-USD textile project gets approval in Binh Duong

A 274 million USD textile project run by a Taiwanese company got an investment certificate from southern Binh Duong province authorities on June 29. Polytex Far Eastern Co. Ltd, a member of Taiwan’s Far Eastern Group, will spend 274 million USD on phase one of the project, which will cover 99 hectares at the Bau Bang industrial and urban park. The factory will have an annual capacity of 21,600 tonnes of polyester fibre, 21,600 tonnes of polyester drawn textured yarn, 127 million square metres of knitting fabric and 96,000 square metres of cotton cloth. When operational, it is expected to create more than 3,000 jobs for local people. Polytex Far Eastern Chairman Cheng Chen Yu said the Bau Bang industrial park owns favourable investment climate, adding that the Taiwanese group will pour 700 million – 1 billion USD into phase two of the project. The Far Eastern Group is a leading corporation in Taiwan with total assets estimated at nearly 80 billion USD. Chairman … [Read more...]

Binh Duong grants investment certificate to Polytex Far Eastern

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Chairman of Binh Duong provincial People's Committee Tran Van Nam (right) grants the investment certificate to Chairman of the Board of Directors of Polytex Far Eastern Cheng Chen Yu NDO - The People's Committee of Binh Duong province on June 29 granted an investment certificate to Polytex Far Eastern Vietnam Ltd Company to build a factory producing synthetic fibers. The first phase of the factory will have an investment of US$274 million, covering an area of 99 hectares at Bau Bang Urban Area and Industrial Park. The synthetic fiber factory is scheduled to have an annual capacity of 21,600 tonnes of polyester, 21,600 tonnes of DTY fibers, 127 million m2 of knitted fabric, and 96,000 m2 of cotton fabric. The factory is expected to create jobs for more than 3,000 people. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Polytex Far Eastern Cheng Chen Yu, said Bau Bang in Binh Duong was an ideal location with a good investment environment for Far Eastern Group to carry out its project after … [Read more...]

First half year: Enterprises create 651,000 jobs

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In the first half of this year, over 45,400 have been newly established, providing over 651,000 jobs for labourers, a year-on-year increase of 20.4%, the General Statistics Office (GSO) has reported. According to the GSO, in June alone, 9,351 enterprises have been set up with a registered capital of VND63.1 trillion, leading to the employment of 133,000 labourers to work in the newly-established enterprises. The number of labourers working in industrial enterprises as of early June increased by 6.6% compared to the same period last year. Of which the number of labourers working in the mining industry decreased by 8.2%, in the processing and manufacturing industries increased by 7.9%, and the water provision and waste water treatment increased by 3.7%. The GSO statistics showed that there had been an increase in the number of labourers in localities that have large scale industrial production, including Thai Nguyen province with an increase of 61.7%; Vinh Phuc province (17.2%), … [Read more...]

Social News 29/6

Inside Canalis Bar.

Police raid bar in HCM City Police caught more than 10 people with drugs as they raided the Canalis Bar in District 3, HCM City, at early hours yesterday. As many as 250 customers were present in the bar during the raid and many of them failed to show any identity papers. Police also checked the motorbikes and automobiles of customers and reportedly found weapons. No immediate penalty on taxis without black boxes The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has proposed the Government to defer imposing penalty on taxis lacking black boxes or with malfunctioning black boxes. Earlier, it was scheduled that the owners of taxis without black boxes, an itinerary supervising device, will be penalised from the beginning of next month. The MOT said that some localities have failed to complete the installation of black boxes on transport vehicles. The Viet Nam Automobile Transportation Association said that the number of taxis in the country has been huge, nearly 60,000, which has affected the … [Read more...]

Conference seeks more investment in agriculture

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Processing cashew nuts for exports in southern Binh Duong province (Photo: VNA) Private enterprises have succeeded with their agricultural investments, but their progress still lags behind their true potential and the demand for development in the sector, a conference was told in Hanoi on June 28. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat noted that investments by private businesses in the area had increased by 1.9 times from 2009-13. The number of companies investing in agriculture rose from around 2,400 in 2007 to 3,635 in 2013, an average growth rate of 13.8 percent per year. Private firms accounted for nearly 90 percent of the figure, creating jobs for some 265,000 workers. Companies such as Vinamilk, TH Truemilk, Minh Phu Seafood and property developer Hoang Anh Gia Lai have become locomotives driving high-tech application and market expansion in the agricultural sector in many localities. Real estate giant Vingroup, major telecommunications service … [Read more...]

Over 11,000 smuggling cases uncovered in southern region

Market management forces in southern localities handled 11,330 cases of smuggling and trade fraud in the first six months of this year, heard a conference in Binh Duong province on June 26. Reports presented at the conference show that smuggling, fake goods trade and trade fraud in the region was very complicated, with various forms. The smuggling of commodities, particularly tobacco and refined sugar was on the rise, especially in border areas. Market management forces of An Giang and Tay Ninh provinces seized nearly 40 tonnes of sugar smuggled from Cambodia in the period. Participants discussed and set forth plans to further their cooperation in the remaining months of the year, focusing on intensifying checks and inspections to prevent and detect smuggling in border areas.-VNA … [Read more...]

Saigon Co.op opens second store in Binh Duong

Customers shop at Co.opmart Binh Duong on the opening day on June 25. VNS photo Tuan Linh

Saigon Co.op, owner of the Co.opmart supermarket chain, opened its second outlet in Binh Duong Province's Thu Dau Mot city on June 25, making it the 76th outlet under the Co.opmart chain nationwide. Covering more than 4,700sq.m at Binh Duong Trade Centre, Co.opmart Binh Duong has an investment of over VND60 billion (US$2.75 million) and sells more than 30,000 items, including fresh food, cosmetics, clothes, electronics and household utensils. Like other Co.opmart supermarkets, the store provides price-stabilised goods for local residents and neighbouring areas. To mark its opening, the new supermarket is offering three big promotions, including discounts of up to 50 per cent on hundreds of products, gifts and lucky draw programme with attractive prizes like Honda Air Blade, Samsung TV and Sanyo fridge. Source VNS … [Read more...]

Proposal on text message limits will not solve spam problems

Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers about the Ministry of Information and Communications' proposed regulation to limit the number of text messages a mobile phone user can send per day to stop bulk SMS spam. Here are some of the comments: Jasper Overgaard Waale, CTO of Golden Dragon Eye Company in HCM City I've had the same mobile number for 13 years, I get 10-20 offers a day lately, mostly related to housing, from a New Project V***Homes. I forward every message to the 456 number as I've been directed. I was told this would cancel the sender's number. Five minutes was the amount of time it took for me to find a spam website. Kids are tricked into sending SMS's that advertise flats or land in hopes of getting commission. They all lose time and money, except for the spam businesses and mobile operators. If the mobile phone company limits us 50 SMS's, it will not work since software solutions like http://www.smscaster.com can work around it. The real solution is if more people … [Read more...]

Viet Nam is largest footwear exporter to Brazil

Shoe production for export at Dong Hung Industrial Joint Stock Company in Binh Duong province. Viet Nam has become the largest footwear exporter to Brazil. — Photo TTXVN

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Viet Nam has become the largest footwear exporter to Brazil, accounting for 52.8 per cent of that country's market share. Viet Nam exported US$335.66 million worth of footwear to Brazil last year, the industry and trade's ministry's Industrial and Trade Information Centre said, beating Indonesia, China and Paraguay. During the 2010-14 period, Viet Nam's footwear exports to Brazil recorded an annual growth of 26 per cent. The country exported footwear worth $86.90 million to Brazil by the end of the first quarter of this year. Viet Nam, Indonesia, China and Paraguay, besides Italy are among the major countries exporting footwear to Brazil. The leather and footwear industries achieved a year-on-year increase of 24.8 per cent in output to touch 130.7 million pairs of footwear, and a 19.5 per cent rise in the export value of footwear to reach $4.6 million during the first five months of this year, the ministry said. The sector is expected to earn US$13.5 … [Read more...]

Vietnam gov’t scraps Singaporean-modeled industrial park project on Phu Quoc Island

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The government of Vietnam last week put an end to the development of a Singaporean-modeled industrial park on Phu Quoc Island off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, without citing a reason. The move is part of Decision No. 868 / QD-TTg on approving the partial adjustment of the planning for construction and development of the southern island until 2030, which was signed by Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai on June 17. Also according to the document, the Ministry of Planning and Investment was assigned to inform the Singaporean partner undertaking the planning work for the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) project on the island. Before that, in early 2014, senior officials of the Kien Giang People's Committee met with the Binh Duong Province-based Corporation of Investment and Industrial Development (Becamex IDC), the Vietnamese partner participating in all VSIP projects nationwide, on the construction of a complex including the VSIP on Phu Quoc Island. … [Read more...]

Vietnam lawmakers demand more control of social media

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Many Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) deputies have voiced their concerns over insecurity for users of social media, requesting tightened controls over online information to protect the users. These deputies expressed such concerns at an NA meeting on Wednesday to discuss the draft Law on Cyber Information Safety. Nguyen Thanh Hai, a deputy from northern Hoa Binh Province, proposed that the NA adopt regulations on protecting private information on the Internet and keeping adolescents from being harmed while using social media. As advocacy for his proposal, Hai briefed the meeting on the death of a 15-year-old schoolgirl in the southern province of Dong Nai, who killed herself by drinking weed killer on June 17 after finding that a sex clip involving her and her boyfriend had been uploaded on Facebook. "It is possible to say that social media have contributed to driving the girl to a heartbreaking end," Hai said. An important issue here is what should be done by competent … [Read more...]

Toyota Vietnam debuts junior football clinic and camp

Hung Le The program, supported by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), will take place in four cities – Hanoi, Danang, Can Tho and HCMC – from July 5 to August 31. Yoshihisa Maruta, president of TMV, said, "The Toyota Junior Football Clinic & Camp continues our commitment to nurture young football talents in Vietnam at the grassroots level." The program will not only teach fundamental skills and techniques of football playing for children, but also teach them the fair-play spirit and teamwork that can support them in life. Maruta said, "We believe that this program will contribute to the physical and mental development of the children and encourage their love to football." The program has invited Nguyen Hong Son, a professional coach in Vietnam, to be in charge of specialty, coaching, evaluating and selecting. As one of the most outstanding football players in the national team of Vietnam and The Cong club from 1995 to 2001, he has a lot of … [Read more...]

Vietnamese legislature passes resolution to entitle workers to lump-sum social insurance payment

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Most Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) deputies have voted for a resolution that modifies the law to give workers the option of a lump-sum social insurance payment one year after their employment ends, instead of having the fund suspended until their retirement. At a vote session held in Hanoi on Monday, 404, or nearly 82 percent, of the 419 NA deputies present voted "yes" for a resolution to amend Article 60 of the 2014 Law on Social Insurance to give laborers the said option. Specifically, most lawmakers agreed to the resolution on "implementing the policy to pay workers a lump-sum social insurance amount one year after their resignation," as stated in Item c, Clause 1, Article 55 of the 2006 Law on Insurance. This article had been amended by the Article 60 that faced strong responses from people, especially workers in several plants in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring Binh Duong Province. Pursuant to the Article 60, the scope of employees eligible to receive a lump-sum … [Read more...]

Caught in his own trap

Caught in his own trap Lieutenant Do Xuan Lang, an officer with Hai Phong Police, tells the story of a young man who followed him home on his motorbike around 9pm one night recently. Suddenly, the young man pushed his motorbike to the roadside saying to Lang that he was an officer from the Ministry of Public Security. The young man showed Lang his card bearing a stamp from the ministry and asked Lang to produce his driver's licence. But Lang had doubts because the young man was not wearing a police uniform and his hair style was too flamboyant for an officer in the security service. Lang looked at the card again and realised it was a fake. The information on the young man's card stated that the bearer was an officer with a bodyguard company. Immediately, Lang asked him to go to the police office. At the police office, the young man said he was a seasonal labourer and borrowed his brother's card to demand money from people who violated traffic law. The young man said he noticed … [Read more...]

VN cancels plan to build Singapore-style industrial park in Phu Quoc

Viet Nam has decided to cancel construction of Vietnam-Singapore industrial park in Phu Quoc island district. — Photo baodatviet.vn KIEN GIANG (Biz Hub) — Viet Nam has decided to cancel a plan to build a Singapore-style industrial park in Phu Quoc island district, a major tourist destination in the southern Kien Giang Province. The planning and investment ministry has informed Singapore of the new decision, following Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai's order. The decision was made as part of a plan to revise a general construction plan for Phu Quoc till 2030. Last year, the Kien Giang Province authorities had asked the Investment and Industry Development Corporation (Becamex IDC) to conduct a feasibility study for the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) in Phu Quoc. Becamex IDC and Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks Joint Venture Co. Ltd (VSIP) in southern Binh Duong province planned to construct the nearly 3,000ha project, which was to focus on hi-tech and … [Read more...]

New technology helps farmers create higher yields

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Production at An Thai agriculture hi-tech park in Phu Giao district, southern Binh Duong province (Source: Binh Duong News) The southern province of Binh Duong has successfully applied new technology on nearly 1,000 hectares of farm land to create produce with high economic value. The An Thai hi-tech agriculture park, for example, has put a number of tillage models using new-cutting edge production technologies in place from Israel, Japan and the Republic of Korea to meet the Vietnamese good agricultural practice (VietGAP) standards. The province has expanded the effective production models from the An Thai hi-tech park to new-style rural areas, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Binh Duong is now home to four hi-tech agriculture parks covering 979 hectares. It also makes substantial technology investments in 84 breeding farms. Local farmers have successfully built trademarks such as the Lai Thieu mangosteen, Thanh Thuy grapefruit and … [Read more...]

Vietnam scraps plan for new Singapore industrial park in tourism-haven island

Vietnamese officials have changed their mind and canceled the plan to build a Singapore-style industrial park in the resort town of Phu Quoc in southern Vietnam. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai last week ordered the Ministry of Planning and Investment to inform Singapore of the new decision, but did not specify why, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Sai Gon (Saigon Times) reported. Early last year, Kien Giang Province's government tasked Becamex IDC – an investment and development enterprise which models on Singapore’s Temasek Holdings – with conducting a feasibility study for the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) in Phu Quoc. The VSIP, which will focus on hi-tech and environment-friendly industries, is expected to cover around 3,000 hectares (7,414 acres). The planned project received mostly negative reviews. Experts said Phu Quoc is only suitable for tourism and services development, and that it is hard to find the human resources for hi-tech industries there. Phu … [Read more...]

Speed urged for one-door policy

Enterprises implement administrative procedures at Binh Duong Province's administration centre. Ministries and agencies are required to speed up implementation of the national one-door customs mechanism by 2016. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Chi Tuong

HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh has asked ministries and agencies to speed up implementation of the national one-door customs mechanism by 2016. He urged it would take swift co-operation between numerous involved ministries and agencies at the fifth meeting of National Committee for ASEAN matters in Ha Noi. The one-door customs mechanism is a new online system that will update and unite the current cargo, port and customs information systems. Involved ministries, agencies and business across the country will share the same software system as a way to increase efficiency, transparency and communication. Deputy PM Ninh requested that ministries and agencies submit to the steering committee a list of administrative procedures to be carried out via the one-door mechanism's online portal. In the second quarter of next year, ministries and state organs that fail to join the mechanism will be forced to review and amend all of their legal documents to make it … [Read more...]