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...]

American investors see Vietnam as strategic market

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VietNamNet Bridge - Ranked No. 7 of 101 countries and territories investing in Vietnam for the past five years, the United States has invested more capital in the country through new brands. In late March, P&G started construction of a Gillette razor factory in Binh Duong province with $100 million. The factory will be completed in 12 months and will create jobs for more than 300 local workers. According to P&G Vietnam CEO Emre Olcer, the group had considered the construction of a Gillette razor factory in neighboring countries, but finally they chose Vietnam. The reason for this choice is because "Asia takes an important role for the group’s future. And compared with other countries in the region, Vietnam is outstanding for the consumption potential and new opportunities". More specifically, Vietnam has a high economic growth rate, young population and rising incomes. The advantages have been confirmed by the two-digit growth of this group’s brands in … [Read more...]

New Taiwanese motorbike factory opened in Vietnam

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Motorbike production at Kymco factory in southern Binh Duong province. (Photo: VNA) The Taiwanese motorbike producer Kymco Group officially opened its new 20 million USD factory at the Dai Dang Industrial Park in southern Binh Duong province on May 19. As part of the group’s long-term strategy, the newly built factory is set to become a manufacturing centre supplying motorbikes and components to the entire Southeast Asia region and several European countries, such as Germany, France and Italy . At the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, Tran Thanh Liem, spoke highly of the hi-tech project, which satisfied all local requirements for an investment. Three new product lines were introduced to the public the same day, including Many S 50cc bikes suitable for young customers and the K-Pipe 125cc and Xciting 400 models. Kymco Group has established two factories and a number of showrooms in Vietnam.-VNA … [Read more...]

Thousands of workers run for workplace safety and health

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The run was held in Binh Duong on May 17 (Photo: VNA) Over 4,500 workers from garment and textile factories in Binh Duong and surrounding provinces participated in a run in support of workplace safety and health on May 17 in southern Binh Duong province. The event was held by Better Work Vietnam, a partnership between the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), in collaboration with the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour. It was intended to strengthen the relation between workers, employers, clients and the community and raise awareness of occupational safety and health, notably the importance of a healthy eating habit, in the apparel industry. There are about 350 garment and textile and footwear factories across the country. South Vietnam, including Binh Duong province, is home to 430,000 workers, 80 percent of whom are female. A recent survey of workers at some clothing factories revealed that there are a large number of … [Read more...]

Is Dong Nai River filled with dioxin-contaminated soil?

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Dong Nai provincial authorities on May 7 convened an urgent meeting to clarify information provided by a local newspaper that the Dong Nai River is being filled with dioxin-contaminated soil and rocks taken from an area near Bien Hoa Airport. The urgent meeting was held just several hours after an article in Thoi Nay, indicating that Toan Thinh Phat, the contractor for the project on Dong Nai riverside improvement and urban development, is filling the River with soil and rocks from a dioxin-contaminated area. The public reacted strongly to the news. Thoi Nay is a publication of Nhan Dan (the People), the organ of the Vietnamese Communist Party, and therefore, any news released by the newspaper can cause repercussions to the society. The project on improving the Dong Nai riverside landscape appeared in local newspapers a few weeks ago when environmentalists issued a warning about the danger the project could bring. Locals repeatedly called on to stop the … [Read more...]

Rage against the state: discontent grows in Vietnam

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Workers arrange pieces of fabric under embroidery machines inside the Esquel Group garment factory at the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park in Thuan An, Binh Duong province, Vietnam. Photo: Bloomberg Vietnam’s state-owned enterprises were once its biggest employers, the largest revenue earners, the main growth drivers. Now, in criticism rarely seen since the nation was unified 40 years ago, their dominance in the economy is being debated. Dissatisfaction with state companies has been simmering in recent years, particularly after the global financial crisis when they were blamed for amassing piles of bad debt that crimped lending. As the government tries to spur economic growth, lawmakers are pressing for a rethink of these firms and greater support for private-sector businesses, instead. "We need to change our mindset on the concept of state enterprises," said Tran Du Lich, a member of the National Assembly economic committee and a lawmaker. "The government needs to stop … [Read more...]

Conferring medal of 50-year Party membership on former President Nguyen Minh Triet

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Former State President Nguyen Minh Triet (VOVworld) – Addressing the ceremony on Thursday, member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Binh Duong provincial Party Committee, Mai The Trung, spoke highly of former President Nguyen Minh Triet’s devotion to the nation since he joined the revolution and his leading role in the Youth Union, Secretary of the Party Committee of Song Be province, the Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee, and State President. Mr. Trung confirmed that at any position former President Nguyen Minh Triet showed his extraordinary leadership. Mr. Triet pledged that he will continue to lead a moral life and raise frank opinions to Binh Duong provincial leaders in develop its socio-economy. … [Read more...]

Fun run aims to raise awareness about health, safety in Vietnam garment factories

About 4,500 garment workers in southern Vietnam are set to join an annual fun run program in Binh Duong Province this weekend to highlight the issue of health and safety in the apparel industry. The 2015 "Safety Fun Run" slated for Sunday is the sixth event of its kind organized by Better Work Vietnam, a partnership between the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation. The event aims to strengthen connections among workers, employers, buyers and the wider community to raise awareness on health and safety topics facing workers, according to a statement issued by the ILO on Wednesday. A study by non-profit organization Business for Social Responsibility on women’s health showed that workers at some factories in the apparel and footwear industries face a range of common ailments, including upper respiratory tract infections, headache, fatigue and diarrhea. Recent focus groups conducted by Better Work also revealed cases of workers skipping … [Read more...]

Italian newspaper: more and more foreign investors choose Vietnam

Vietnam has increasingly become a favourite of foreign investors worldwide, said Il Sole 24 Ore, an Italian national business newspaper. The article titled "I capitali esteri scelgono il Vietnam" (Foreign capitals choose Vietnam) on May 12 said foreign direct investment (FDI) to Vietnam reached 24 million USD last year, a 31 percent surge against 2013. The country garnered 9 percent of the foreign capital destined for Asia, making it the second largest destination of FDI in the continent after China. The number of FDI projects doubled to 241 in 2014 from 118 in 2013, it added. Vietnam’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded by 6 percent last year and is expected to grow to 6.1 percent and 6.2 percent in 2015 and 2016, respectively. According to Il Sole 24 Ore, the promising manufacturing sector coupled with relatively low labour costs were key factors attracting foreign investors to the country despite growing competition from other economies in the region, such as Laos, … [Read more...]

Viet Nam wood processing industry facing market risks

Wooden products made for export at the Hiep Long Fine Furniture Company in Binh Duong Province. Viet Nam's wood processing sector faces high market risks due to its dependency on imported materials. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu HA NOI (Biz Hub) — With its dependency on imported materials and export markets' stringent norms on the origin and legality of products, Viet Nam's wood processing sector is facing high market risks, said an expert. The growth of wood chip processing and exports are also threats to the wood processing sector, as raw material for both sectors are sourced from Vietnamese wood. Up to 80 per cent of domestic raw material is currently used for wood chip processing, according to To Xuan Phuc of the Forest Trends organisation. The expert noted that during a conference on the role of imported materials and orientations for the wood chip processing sector, in Ha Noi yesterday, many wood processors agreed that exporting wood chips brought about modest … [Read more...]

River-encroaching project in southern Vietnam should be scrapped as it breaks laws: experts

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Experts have demanded a complete stop to a large project, now suspended, to build a residential area and improve landscapes by encroaching on the Dong Nai River flowing through the namesake province in southern Vietnam because, they said, it breaks many laws. >> Experts pinpoint severe environmental impacts of suspended reclamation project in southern Vietnam The demand was pressed at a seminar on sustainable development in river basins that was jointly held on Tuesday by the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations and the Institute of Legislative Studies (ILS) under the Vietnamese National Assembly. At the event, experts expressed trenchant criticisms of a multimillion-dollar project regarding its violation of many laws and the potential adverse impacts on the environment, even though the developer has suspended it. The implementation of the Pegasus Residence project in Dong Nai Province was approved by the local People’s Committee in May 2014. Toan … [Read more...]

One-Stop-Shop in VSIP Quang Ngai

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Vice- Chairman of Quang Ngai Provincial People's Committee (PPC) Pham Nhu So on May 12 met with leaders of Quang Ngai province and VSIP to discuss about the mechanism of One-Stop-Shop in VSIP-Quang Ngai zone like Binh Duong province's VSIP project. ​ According to representative of Dung Quat Economic Zone Authority (DEZA), Vietnam - Singapore Industrial Park Management Board in Binh Duong province is the focal point, processing or handling coordination procedure for investment in industrial parks, business management. It also cooperates with the local departments and organizations to dialogue with enterprises and investors to remove difficulties and problems. Besides, VSIP's management board has its representatives at every VSIP parks to cover the jobs of consultant and investment formalities, ect. As released by DEZA's representative, Binh Duong Government also agrees for the management board of VSIP to manage the jobs of construction planning, employee, and environment. At the … [Read more...]

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HCMC opens first drug treatment center with Suboxone A drug treatment center, which prescribes Suboxone to treat drug addiction, today opened in Ho Chi Minh City’s Go Vap District. This is the first of its kinds in Vietnam and marks an important progress of the city in treating drug addiction. Currently, the world is making good progress in treating drug addition. Along with Methadone, additional medications including Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Naloxone, Suboxone can be used for treating drug addiction. Among them, Suboxone are the most prominent and preeminent as it is safe for patients; accordingly, it is widely used in many countries in the world. After the approval of Ministry of Health the Viet Nam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control and HCMC authority have implemented pilot drug addition treatment with Suboxone in Go Vap District with the financial support of many organizations. For years, HCMC has adopted many measures to help drug addicts to rehabilitate and integrate … [Read more...]

World’s biggest brewer commits to Vietnamese market

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Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the largest brewer in the world, is strengthening its commitment to the Vietnamese beer industry through launching a new brewery in Binh Duong province. The facility, which is set to open on May 21, is the company’s first in Southeast Asia. Vietnam is the biggest beer market in Southeast Asia. In recent years, the domestic brewing industry has grown 13% a year on average, and according to the Vietnam Beer, Alcohol and Beverage Association, in 2013, the country’s total beer consumption hit 3 billion liters and 3.14 billion liters in 2014, an increase of 8% compared to 2013. According to Ricardo Vasques, General Director of AB InBev Vietnam, the new brewery is demonstrative of the company’s commitment to creating a strong presence in this rapidly growing market. "Vietnam is an incredibly vibrant and dynamic market to be working in, and we are absolutely thrilled to be opening a new state-of-the-art brewery here—our first in … [Read more...]

Ships to pay fees for Binh Loi-Ben Suc Port waterway

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Le Anh The charge is planned in a draft circular with an aim to help the investor recover the funding for the ongoing project to build a new rail bridge to replace the current Binh Loi Rail Bridge and dredge the 71-kilometer-long river section under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) format. Under the draft circular, the charge would be applied to vessels of more than 300 DWTs and collected at the ports and piers along the river section by the port authorities. The port authorities would be allowed to keep 2% of total revenue to cover fee collection costs in accordance with an agreement with the project investor Waterway Projects Management Unit under the Ministry of Transport. Vessels free from the charge will include those used for military and security purposes and emergencies, and by the customs and traffic management agencies. The ministry and the investor started work on the project on April 28 this year. The entire project is scheduled for completion within 16 … [Read more...]

Exhibition of timeless Southern pottery hits Hanoi

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Ancient pottery items are on display in Hanoi. Photos: VnExpress Some 200 pottery items from the south that date back to the 18th-19th centuries are on display at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi. The exhibition, which ends on May 16, is organized by antique collector Nguyen Thu Hoa and joined by 60 other collectors across the country. Pham Quoc Quan, former director of the Vietnam History Museum, said this is a special exhibition as it marks the first time private antique collectors have held a show. … [Read more...]

Dong Nai tracks down suspected dioxin-contaminated soil use

Quang Chung The project of Toan Thinh Phat has been temporarily suspended due to its controversial reclamation. But in an article published last Thursday, Thoi Nay under Nhan Dan newspaper reported that some soil suspected of being contaminated with dioxin at Bien Hoa airport had been allegedly used by the corporation for land reclamation. The article did not show clear evidence but questioned the possible use of dioxin-contaminated soil taken from Bien Hoa airport for reclamation work. The article quoted an official of Bien Hoa airport as saying that Toan Thinh Phat transported part of the soil from the airport by road and river. That was the reason why Dong Nai Province’s department of natural resources- environment and construction and the Bien Hoa airport authority met last week to look into the material used for reclamation. Tran Van Dung, head of Regiment 935, the unit in charge of managing Bien Hoa airport, was cited by Dong Nai newspaper as saying that there is … [Read more...]

Binh Duong draws investors’ attention in Belgium

A workshop promoting investment potentials of southern Binh Duong province was organised in Brussels, Belgium, on May 8. Binh Duong is among top five Vietnamese provinces that attract more than 20 billion USD of foreign direct investment. It contributes over 40 percent to overall national GDP. Piet Steel, who is the first Belgian Ambassador to Vietnam, lauded the fast and stable growth of the southern economic zone and believed that it will attract a great number of investors, including Belgian businessmen. Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg Vuong Thua Phong presented the Vietnamese Government’s favourable policies for foreign investors, such as reduced corporation tax and preferential land leasing prices for foreign-funded enterprises. CEO Bart Milloen of Molenbergnatie Vietnam Limited Company, which provides all-in supply chain management service, including the coffee export facilities, told participants that his company has chosen the province for its advantageous … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Italy localities look to enhance economic ties

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Scene at the workshop. Photo: VNA Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region and Vietnam’s southern Binh Duong province boast economic similarities, a favourable foundation for them to develop an economic partnership, Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Nguyen Hoang Long said at a recent workshop. He suggested both sides optimise mechanisms provided by central Governments and local authorities to turn their cooperation into a role model of Vietnamese-Italian relations. Emilia-Romagna’s exports to Vietnam now stand at 121 million EUR (135.87 million USD) with 40 percent from machinery, said Palma Costi – an official of the region – at the May 6 function, deeming the figure modest. She also highlighted the observable 27 percent increase in her region’s shipments to Vietnam from 2012 to 2013, stating that Emilia-Romagna prioritises its relations with the Southeast Asian country and is willing to offer mid- and long-term assistance. Cooperation between … [Read more...]

Japanese stationery firm to build third factory

Japanese stationery supplier King Jim Co. Ltd planned to build its third plastic paper file factory in Viet Nam by late 2016.

TOKYO (Biz Hub) — Japanese stationery supplier King Jim Co. Ltd planned to build its third plastic paper file factory in Viet Nam by late 2016, the firm said. The 9,000-square-metre plant is expected to be built at a cost of 700 million yen (US$5.88 million) near the existing factories in Binh Duong Province. In addition to facilities in Viet Nam, King Jim also has a factory in Indonesia and has authorised a China-based company to produce 4 million products a year. It is set to reduce the manufacturing of 3 million products in China when the new plant—capable of producing 14 million paper files a year—becomes operational. A King Jim representative said Vietnam's labour costs were one third of China's, adding that the new factory would help improve its competitiveness. In the Japanese market alone, paper file sales in 2014 rose by 20 percent from the previous year to 53 billion yen ($445.37 million), indicating a need for the company to expand its operations to … [Read more...]