Hundreds hospitalized in two food poisoning cases


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...]

“Rescuer whale”

Lieutenant Vo Thanh Cong

PANO – Local people have fondly called Lieutenant Vo Thanh Cong from the Police Department of Fire Fighting and Prevention of Ho Chi Minh City a "rescuer whale." Having been praised for his achievements over the past time, officer Cong, with his tall stature, good-natured face and tanned complexion, modestly held that these are achievements of the whole team. However, the rescuer’s senior leaders profusely commended him for his firm political stance and high sense of responsibility. Accordingly, Cong has always pioneered and successfully implemented his assigned tasks, such as rescuing a boat from the Din Ky Tourism Company involved in an accident in Binh Duong province, a sunken vessel in the Nha Be River in Ho Chi Minh City or a collapsed tunnel of the Da Dang-Da Chomo hydropower plant in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Up to now, Cong has rescued dozens of victims caught in accidents in rivers and fires and, with his comrades, has found and collected … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Germany University is to become one of the top universities in the region: President

President Truong Tan Sang meeting with students of the university

PANO - President Truong Tan Sang visited the Vietnam-Germany University in Binh Duong province on October 4th. At the event, the university’s leader briefed the president on the training results of its seven-year development, with nearly 1,500 graduates in numerous subjects such as science-technology, information technology, business management, etc. Ninety per cent of the graduates found employment after graduation. The school is planning to turn out 5,000 and 12,000 students in 2020 and 2030 respectively. Addressing the working session, President Sang praised the university’s achievements over the past time and noted that the school is one of the five joint education projects between Vietnam and foreign countries consisting of Britain, France, Germany, United States, and Japan to train a skilled labour force for the national construction and defence cause. In addition, he urged the university to develop the institution into one of the top regional universities in … [Read more...]

FDI capital heads for Vietnam after leaving China


VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam has been urged to prepare for foreign direct investment (FDI) flow from companies leaving China because of unfavorable business conditions there. Reports all show that South Korean, Japanese and Western investors have been decreasing their investments in China. According to the South Korean Ministry of Finance, the country’s investment in China dropped by 32.1 percent in the last six months, a very sharp decrease if noting that China is always the Number 1 choice for South Korean investors, thanks to the advantageous position and cultural similarities. South Korean media in late 2014 also reported that the number of South Korean businesses in China decreased by half compared to 10 years ago. China’s August PMI (purchasing managers index) released by Caixin Media and Markit Economics dropped dramatically to a 6-year low to 47. According to the two institutions, once the PMI drops to below 50, this means that production has reduced. Bui … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Germany University advised to think globally

Binh Duong-based Vietnam-Germany University should provide international-standard training for not only local students but also those from other Southeast Asian countries, President Truong Tan Sang has said. During his working session with the university managing board in southern Binh Duong province on October 4, the President said the university is one of the five training projects that Vietnam has cooperated with foreign partners. The US$200-million university focuses more on practice, technology application, and science research, aiming to produce a workforce of high calibre satisfying the country’s development goals, he noted. He underlined the need to develop a contingent of competent local and foreign lecturers who could pass on technological and scientific research skills needed to students in an efficient and practical fashion. This should be viewed as a breakthrough in the country’s university and postgraduate education reform effort in service of national … [Read more...]

40,000 infected as Vietnam hit with severe outbreak of dengue fever


Health officials visit dengue fever patients in Hanoi. Photo credit: VnExpress Dengue fever infections nationwide hit 40,000 in the first nine months, with 25 deaths, as the outbreak has not showed any sign of winding down. The number of patients at the Central Tropical Diseases Hospital in Hanoi increased from 188 in August to more than 300 in September. Nearly 80 of them are staying for treatment and every two or three of them have to share a bed. Hanoi is among the dengue fever hot spots this year, together with Dong Nai and Binh Duong Provinces in southern Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City had the highest number of infections, with nearly 10,000 cases during the first nine months, up 66 percent from the same period last year and including four deaths. Doctors said the mosquito-borne disease has a cyclical pattern and tends to become very severe after three to five years. They said many fatalities this year were due to late admission, when the virus has caused kidney, liver, lung, or … [Read more...]

Local firms urged to make apparel materials

Lan Nhi Vietnam is expected to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union and the TPP this year and next. Under these FTAs, Vietnamese apparel will enjoy lower tariffs when being exported to the EU and the United States. At present, the U.S. imposes tariffs of 12.4-20% on apparel imports from Vietnam while the EU applies taxes of 9.2% to 9.4%. If these import duties are slashed to 0%, local producers could step up exports to these huge markets. Last year, Vietnam got US$24.7 billion from apparel exports. The apparel export revenue target is US$36-38 billion in the coming years, Phan Chi Dung, head of the Light Industry Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said at a conference on opportunities and challenges from the country’s international integration in Hanoi on September 30. To realize the target, apparel enterprises will have to make drastic changes, especially raising the proportion of local materials in their finished products. … [Read more...]

Binh Duong new city desolate because of skyrocketing land prices

The main road leading to Binh Duong new city (Photo: Financial Investment/ SGGP)

Binh Duong new city has been built since 2010 aiming to become an administrative, economic, scientific and educational hub of the southeastern region. However it is being deserted as residents have not come to live and work there as expected. The new city stretches over 1,000 hectares in Thu Dau Mot town, Tan Uyen and Ben Cat districts. Total investment capital is estimated to reach VND150 trillion (US$6.68 billion) by 2020. It is a part of the Binh Duong industry-service and urban complex with the total area of 4,200 hectares. Many investors from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the U.S., and China have poured billions of U.S. dollars in projects there. Singaporean Mapletree Group has built a US$400 million hi-tech park over 75 hectares. Japanese Tokyu Group has spent US$1.2 billion on Tokyu urban area. The only work that has come into operation since February is the new administrative center of Binh Duong province at a VND1.8 trillion 21-storey twin building. The provincial … [Read more...]

VSIP – an effective cooperation model between Vietnam and Singapore


(VOVworld) – Over the years, economic cooperation between Vietnam and Singapore has benefited both countries. Established 20 years ago, the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) has been a successful joint venture model. At a groundbreaking ceremony for a VSIP project in Nghe An province on September 16th, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung praised the flagship role of the VSIP model in the bilateral cooperation ties, profiting their enterprises, cementing their strategic partnership, and connecting the two economies. In the 20 years since the first Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park was founded in Binh Duong province, six other parks have been set up and developed successfully in Vietnam with a modern and environmental-friendly infrastructure. VSIP has become an outstanding model of socio-economic development and investment attraction in Vietnam. VSIP Nghe An was the 7th project of VSIP in Vietnam following VSIPs in provinces of Binh Duong, Bac Ninh, Hai Phong, Hai Duong, … [Read more...]

Tien Phong Plastic: Well-established “Green Brand”


As an active ongoing pioneer in researching and applying modern sciences and technologies of the world to plastic pipe production and take the environment-friendly "green" as the lodestar for actions, Tien Phong Plastic Joint Stock Company always pays attention to environmental protection in addition to business development, thus giving a helping hand to Hai Phong City to become a green port city. The company's leadership in "green strategy" - sustainable development is specifically evidenced by "For National Green Environment" Award and "For Green Cause of Vietnam" Cup. In 2015, Tien Phong Plastic was honoured with the Second Class Independence Order, a true pride and a motivation for the company to leap forward in domestic and international markets.Quality makes the name To realise its ambition and determination of becoming the No.1 name in the Vietnamese plastic industry, Tien Phong Plastic has developed a clear brand strategy under the light of product quality and service quality … [Read more...]

Work Starts on VSIP Industrial Urban Service Complex in Nghe An

Recently, the Nghe An Provincial People’s Committee and Vietnam - Singapore Investment Park Joint Venture Company (VSIP) started construction of VSIP Industrial Urban Service Complex in the central province of Nghe An. In the first phase, the complex invested by VSIP will be allocated 198 ha of land for industrial purposes and 81 ha of land for commercial and housing purposes. The total complex area is up to 750 ha, which will be built in many phases. The complex is situated in Hung Nguyen district and part of Vinh City. This is an industrial complex with combined services, designed to develop light and clean industries like food processing, consumer goods manufacturing, electronics, automotive assembly, construction materials and ancillary industries. Once completed and operating, the project will attract many foreign investors and thus create a lot of jobs for local workers, hence contributing to strong and sustainable socioeconomic growth of Nghe An province in particular … [Read more...]

Dengue fever hits 39,000 in Vietnam


Dengue fever is spreading across Viet Nam with 39,000 cases reported in 51 cities and provinces nationwide, including 23 deaths, said the Health Ministry. The number of cases are rising rapidly in HCM City, southern provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong, and Ha Noi. Hoang Mai District in Ha Noi has been a hot spot for the disease in the capital, with about 2,000 cases in the district, according to local heath workers. The disease has also broken out in southern localities where many workers live. Most of those affected are poor and live in cheap, small and dank apartments with the surrounding environment polluted, heath workers said. Many also lack awareness of the dangers of the disease and preventive measures. In southern Dong Nai province, the number of affected cases is rising rapidly. The provincial health care department reported that the disease had killed 4. As of this month, the province reported 5,000 cases of dengue fever, increasing nearly 180 per cent against the … [Read more...]

Dengue fever hits 39,000 in Viet Nam


HA NOI (VNS)— Dengue fever is spreading across Viet Nam with 39,000 cases reported in 51 cities and provinces nationwide, including 23 deaths, said the Health Ministry. The number of cases are rising rapidly in HCM City, southern provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong, and Ha Noi. Hoang Mai District in Ha Noi has been a hot spot for the disease in the capital, with about 2,000 cases in the district, according to local heath workers. The disease has also broken out in southern localities where many workers live. Most of those affected are poor and live in cheap, small and dank apartments with the surrounding environment polluted, heath workers said. Many also lack awareness of the dangers of the disease and preventive measures. In southern Dong Nai province, the number of affected cases is rising rapidly. The provincial health care department reported that the disease had killed 4. As of this month, the province reported 5,000 cases of dengue fever, increasing nearly 180 per … [Read more...]

Domestic glass firms vie for market

Viglacera Float Glass JSC at the Viet Nam-Singapore Industrial Zone in Binh Duong Province. Weak market management and customer taste for imported products caused local glass producers to lose market shares. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha

HCM CITY (VNS)— Domestic glass companies are losing market share to foreign businesses because of loopholes in import duty policies, weak market management and customer preference for imported products, the Dau Tu (Viet Nam Investment Review) newspaper reported. Raw glass, for example, has an import tax of 35 per cent, while the tax on finished glass is only 5 per cent. In addition, instead of outsourcing, several import companies have reduced the size of their raw glass to take advantage of lower import duties. The fraudulent activity has affected domestic raw material glass producers and outsourcing businesses in Viet Nam. Market management has also been ineffective, leading to unregulated glass imports and smuggled glass. These products, especially thick glass, do not meet quality standards. In some cases, importers claim they use a 2mm- thick glass standard, but the glass is only 1.7mm thick. Nguyen Minh Khoa, director of Viglacera Float Glass Company, said the Saint … [Read more...]

Armed forces’ role in protecting environment discussed


PANO – Army corps 4 held a scientific seminar on the armed forces’ role in environmental protection, in response to a movement to make the world cleaner in Binh Duong province on September 24th. Speeches delivered by representatives from the whole army pointed out the impacts on the environment and measures to appeal for practical and meaningful response from local residents. Additionally, they shared their experience in protecting the environment through task performance, such as overcoming the aftermath of bombs and mines left behind from the war, boosting production or building up regular, green, clean and beautiful barracks. The event is part of the "Clean up the World" campaign, first initiated by Australia in 1993 and launched annually across the world by the UN’s Environment Program on the third week of every September. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Chinese man sentenced for attempted robbery

Fang Wen Zhong, a Chinese indictee, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for attempting to rob a jewellery shop in Ha Noi. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The People's Court in Ha Noi yesterday concluded the trial of Fang Wen Zhong, a Chinese man charged with attempted robbery, sentencing him to seven years' imprisonment. On February 3, Zhong left the southern Binh Duong province for Ha Noi to meet his girlfriend, Nga, taking with him two tear-gas sprays typically used for self-defence. He stayed at Nga's house for more than a week. On February 11, he decided to return to China and asked Nga to see him off at the bus station. Upon arrival at Yen Nghia bus station in Ha Dong District, Zhong decided to buy fruit for Nga, who had suffered from motion sickness during the journey. Since he had no money, Zhong decided to steal. He left Nga at the bus station, saying he was going somewhere to collect money. He travelled to Chuong My District by bus and noticed a jewellery shop on Got Street. Since there were only a few people walking around the area, he stood outside the shop, waiting for the chance to strike. He … [Read more...]

Medical course boosts dengue fever treatment in the south


A medical training course on treating dengue fever was organised in southern Binh Duong province from September 23-24. Participants came from Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Tay Ninh which are considered dengue fever hot spots. While updating participants on the latest knowledge on treating adult cases, trainees discussed fatality causes and treatment difficulties. They also shared experience in diagnosing and caring for children suffering from the disease. After finishing the course, they will become trainers themselves at different medical units in their localities. Vietnam annually records between 50,000 and 100,000 cases of dengue fever, 80 percent of which concentrate in the south due to the region’s humidity, a favourable condition for mosquitoes to thrive. Since the beginning of 2015, there have been 36,097 infections, including 23 deaths, up from 19,499 instances and 20 fatalities a year ago. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Sheraton Saigon shares joy with handicapped children

Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers’ general manager Scott Hodgetts (3rd, L) and the hotel’s associates play with a kid at the School for Deaf Students in Thuan An Town, Binh Duong Province last week - PHOTO: KIEU GIANG

Kieu Giang The Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers’ general manager Scott Hodgetts and director of finance Ng Sing Beng and the hotel’s associates made a visit and donated 400 mooncakes and soft drinks to 365 kids of the School for Deaf Students in Thuan An Town in Binh Duong Province last week. The hotel also celebrated the Global Rooms Week last Saturday at Thanh Tam Charity House in HCMC’s Can Gio District. The event is a Starwood worldwide initiative to recognize the Rooms Division Team including Front Office, Housekeeping and Engineering not only taking care of guests but also going an extra step to support the community. Participants repaired and fixed facilities of the house, did general cleaning, donated gifts, electric fans, clothing, school supplies and some cash, then hosted a small party with food and fun games for the kids. Previously, OPJVC contributed VND1 billion in cash to the Vo Hong Son Disability Children Care Center in Nghia Hanh Town in … [Read more...]

DHL supports underprivileged youths to improve employability

Le Hoang The three-day DHL-immersion and career counseling program was jointly organized by DHL-VNPT Express, DHL Supply Chain and DHL Global Forwarding. This marks the fifth year that Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group has supported students from SOS Children’s Villages in Vietnam. Over the last five years, DPDHL Group has donated 25,000 euro to SOS Children’s Villages in Vietnam to implement projects related to education. George Berczely, DHL-VNPT Express general director, said in a statement, "Education and career counseling are critical in helping youths build a solid foundation for their future, and for the national development as well. We want to make a difference in their lives and to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence during the job interview process." DHL Supply Chain Vietnam managing director, Filip Jankovic, said in the statement: "SOS Children’s Villages is one of the organizations that we have been partnering with locally to reach out to … [Read more...]

CADI-Sun Targets Becoming a Multi-national Group

CADI-SUN’s PVC polymer-coated wire products are widely used in civil construction. Photo: Trinh Van Bo/VNP

Recalling the days of "starting-up" 30 years ago, Pham Luong Hoa, CEO of CADI-SUN, said: "In 1984, Thuong Dinh Cooperative, the predecessor of CADI-SUN, mainly manufactured mechanical and electrical appliances which experienced a slump because of the impact from the economic crisis. The cooperative was on the brink of ruin. Facing tremendous difficulties, the complex decided to shift to producing and trading electrical wires and cables. A good start promises a bright future for the company". During the first days of its establishment, CADI-SUN produced hundreds of electric wire rods (each 200m long). Thanks to diverse designs, the company’s products are much sought after by customers. To improve the quality of their products, the company invested in modern equipment and machines. In 2000, CADI-SUN built its large factory No.1 in an area of 6,062m2 in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi with a total investment of more than 50 billion dong. The factory was equipped with an electric … [Read more...]