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...]

Quang Binh leads public administration performance index

The central province of Quang Binh has once again topped the Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) for 2014 released recently by the Centre for Community Support Development Studies (CECODES). Quang Binh province finished first with top rankings in five of the six dimensions including transparency, accountability, controlling corruption in the public sector, public administrative procedures and public service delivery. They received high praise for provincial people’s participation at the local level, the sixth dimension. Ha Giang province settled at the bottom of the list with the lowest points in the overall dimensions. The 2014 PAPI report was conducted by collecting opinions from over 13,500 residents nationwide. Most of the interviewees from Vinh Long, Long An and Binh Duong province said that they received high-quality public administration services. On the contrary, people in Cao Bang, Ninh Thuan, Dien Bien and Quang Ngai reported … [Read more...]

Foreign researchers review Vietnam’s history

Some 15 reports by foreign researchers from the US, France, Australia, China and Japan, among others will provide insight on 40 years of Vietnam’s reunification, development and integration at an event from April 25-26. They are among over 300 reports to be presented at the 2-day international workshop at Thu Dau Mot University in southern Binh Duong province. The event is co-organised by the Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities (HCM USSH), Hanoi-based University of Social Sciences and Humanities at Vietnam National University (VNU), Hue University of Sciences and Thu Dau Mot University. Its reports will focus on Vietnam’s previous struggle for national independence, Doi Moi (renewal) and international integration process. Additionally, a number of documents on the wars against France and the US, the Southwest border war and East Sea incidents will be released at the event. The War Remnants Museum will also exhibit more than 100 historical … [Read more...]

Customs seize ivory from Europe

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Customs officers at Ha Noi's Noi Bai International Airport seized yesterday more than 65 kilos of ivory horns and tusks, believed to come from African rhinocerous and elephants. The material was contained in two packages sent from France. The seized goods included 18 elephant tusks weighing 60.56 kilogrammes and three horns, suspected of coming from rhinos, weighing 4.86 kilos. Examination showed that the tusks may belong to African elephants. The packages were received by Express Mail Service (EMS) office at Noi Bai Airport. A customs officer said this was the first time such prohibited goods had been sent from a European country instead of directly from Africa. He added that on the black market, a gram of rhino horn could be sold for US$133 while a kilo of elephant tusk, especially from an African elephant, could fetch $2,100. The total value of the ivory was estimated at dozens of billions of dong. The case is under investigation. Rhino horns worthless and potentially … [Read more...]

Norwegian PM starts VN visit today

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg starts a three-day official visit to Viet Nam today. The trip, made at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, is expected to boost bilateral relations, which have grown over the last four decades. The leaders are expected to discuss concrete measures to foster collaboration on the economy, climate change resilience, water management, renewable energy, agriculture, oil and gas, and shipbuilding. The two countries will also discuss ways to conclude negotiations on the Viet Nam – EFTA free trade agreement, the 11th round of which took place from January 13 to 16 in HCM City. The visit will also bolster partnerships on the Millennium Development Goals and build post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Since their diplomatic ties were established in November 1971, Viet Nam and Norway have seen their relations develop across various sectors: politics, economics, culture and society. The European country has assisted Viet Nam in its … [Read more...]

US firms continue to pour funds into local industries

A view of US technology giant Intel's plant in the Saigon Hi-Tech Park in HCM City. US enterprises have invested in 17 out of 21 industries in Viet Nam. — Photo dantri.com.vn

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — US enterprises have invested in 17 out of 21 industries in Viet Nam, with the majority located in the accommodation and food service industry, the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment said. American investors have poured US$4.68 billion into 17 accommodation and food service projects, accounting for 42.3 per cent of the total US investment in Viet Nam, the Nhan Dan (People) newspaper quoted a source as saying. The manufacturing and processing industry was their second choice, with an investment of $2.24 billion in 323 projects, accounting for 20.3 per cent of the total US investment in Viet Nam. By March 20, the United States had 735 valid projects in Viet Nam, with a total registered capital of over $11 billion, ranking seventh among 101 countries and territories investing in the Southeast Asian country. The average capital per project was $15 million, which was higher than the average capital invested in a foreign direct … [Read more...]

Activities nationwide to celebrate 40th anniversary of national reunification

April 16 Square in Ninh Thuan (photo: Manh Linh/ VNA)

(VOVworld) – Ninh Thuan province held a meeting on Thursday to mark the 40th anniversary of Southern Liberation and National Reunification. Dinh The Huynh, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Communications and Education, said that during the General Offensive and Uprising of Spring 1975, the liberation of Ninh Thuan province on April 15 was a triumphant victory and a symbol of patriotism and revolutionary heroism. Marking the occasion, Ninh Thuan province was conferred the title of Independence Order, Third Class. The Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum in Ho Chi Minh city opens an exhibition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of national reunification. Hundreds of photos, archives, and documents feature the Ho Chi Minh campaign and the General Offensive and Uprising in 1975. An international conference entitled "Vietnam-40 years of reunification, development, and integration" will be held in Binh … [Read more...]

Reforms in governance at slow pace

(CPV) - The 2014 PAPI Report released on April 14th 2015 shows that over the past four years there have only been insignificant improvements in the six governance dimensions that the survey measures. Out of the six dimensions, the one that has dropped the most is Participation at Local Levels, where three out of four sub-dimensions declined in scores. For example, village head elections are largely symbolic, with practices such as having fewer than two candidates to choose from and candidates being suggested by the authorities becoming common. The Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) is a policy monitoring tool that provides data on citizens’ experience with governance, public administration and public services at the national and provincial level. For the 2014 PAPI survey, nearly 14,000 randomly selected citizens nationwide were interviewed. "By providing evidence of citizen experiences, PAPI and the data it generates is seen as a mirror … [Read more...]

US investment in Vietnam tops $11 billion with 735 projects countrywide

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U.S. investors are now present in almost all industries in Vietnam and have so far pumped more than US$11 billion into the Southeast Asian country, the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) said. American businesses are participating in 17 out of 21 industries in Vietnam, with most of their investment channeled into hospitality, the agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment said in a report released Tuesday. As of March 20, there were 735 active U.S.-invested projects, with a total registered capital of around $11.06 billion, in Vietnam, according to the report. This ranks the U.S. seventh out of 101 countries and territories that have had operations and production in the Southeast Asian country so far. Seventeen of these projects are in hospitality, with a total registered capital of $4.68 billion, or 42.3 percent of the total figure, according to the FIA. The manufacturing and processing industries take the lead in terms of the number of projects, 323. These projects … [Read more...]

US invests in 17 industries in Vietnam

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US enterprises have invested in 17 out of 21 industries in Vietnam with the majority in the accommodation and food service industry. (Photo: nhandan.org.vn) US enterprises have invested in 17 out of 21 industries in Vietnam with the majority in the accommodation and food service industry, according to the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment. American investors have poured 4.68 billion USD into 17 accommodation and food service projects, accounting for 42.3 percent of the total US investment in Vietnam, Nhan Dan newspaper quoted the source as saying. The manufacturing and processing industry was their second choice with an investment of 2.24 billion USD in 323 projects, accounting for 20.3 percent of the total US investment in Vietnam. By March 20, the US had 735 valid projects in Vietnam with a total registered capital of over 11 billion USD, ranking seventh among 101 countries and territories investing in the Southeast Asian country. The … [Read more...]

Norwegian leader visit to foster multi-faceted ties with Vietnam

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The official visit to Vietnam by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg from April 16-18 is expected to boost bilateral relations which have grown over the last four decades. Since their diplomatic ties were established in November 1971, Vietnam and Norway have seen their relations actively developing across politics, economics, culture and society. Most recently, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg on the sidelines of the third Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands in March 2014 and the 10 th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Italy seven months later. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende also had a meeting on the fringe of the 10 th ASEM Summit. The two countries have existing effective cooperative mechanisms such as the political consultations between Deputy Foreign Ministers and human rights dialogues between directors of the two Foreign … [Read more...]

US invests in 17 out of 21 industries in Vietnam

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American investors pour US$4.68 billion into 17 accommodation and food service projects NDO - American enterprises have invested in 17 out of 21 industries in Vietnam with the majority in the accommodation and food service industry, the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment announced on April 14. American investors have poured US$4.68 billion into 17 accommodation and food service projects, accounting for 42.3% of the total US investment in Vietnam. The manufacturing and processing industry was their second choice with an investment of US$2.24 billion in 323 projects, accounting for 20.3% of the total US investment in Vietnam. By March 20, the US had 735 valid projects in Vietnam with a total registered capital of over US$11 billion, ranking seventh among 101 countries and territories investing in Vietnam. The average capital per US project in Vietnam is US$15 million, which is higher than the average capital of a foreign direct investment … [Read more...]

Green light for VND2-trillion admin center in Hai Duong

The new administrative center building in Danang City. In addition to the central city, other localities such as Binh Duong, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Lam Dong constructed high-rise buildings to house all their administrative agencies - PHOTO: THANH HAI

Quang Chung The project will be implemented under the build-transfer (BT) format in Hai Duong City. Covering over 19 hectares, the center will be home to offices for 19 State agencies including those of the people’s council, people’s committee, National Assembly deputies delegation and departments, and convention facilities and parking lot. Earlier, cities and provinces such as Danang, Binh Duong, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Lam Dong constructed high-rise buildings to house all their administrative agencies. There has been an expensive trend of developing administrative center buildings in provinces, said architect Ngo Viet Nam Son. HCMC is also working on a new administrative center on an 18,000-square-meter site surrounded by Dong Khoi, Le Thanh Ton, Pasteur and Ly Tu Trong streets in District 1. The city has yet to calculate the total cost of the project but the investor – HCMC House Trade Management Company Limited – has estimated it at trillions of … [Read more...]

Social News 12/4

WB project helps Hanoi cut red tape surrounding land use rights Hanoi has accelerated the process of granting land use rights, with more than 40,500 certificates issued for commercial housing projects in 2014. The result is attributable to the implementation of the World Bank-funded Vietnam Land Administration Project (VLAP) across Dan Phuong, Quoc Oai and Ung Hoa districts since 2008. To date, the project has processed the registration for 404,481 out of 454,480 local plots and granted 260,418 land use rights certificates. The VLAP aims to increase stakeholder access to land information services by developing an improved land administration system in selected provinces. The objective is to ensure that land users, including businesses and households, have access to more efficient, reliable, and transparent services from local land administrators. The municipal VLAP management board is completing a package deal to build digital data for all plots across 66 participating communes and … [Read more...]

Food safety inspectors suspend caterer from operation

The Department of Food Safety in the southern province of Binh Duong yesterday decided to suspend a caterer from providing meals for students of Primary School Vo Thi Sau in Ben Cat Town of Binh Duong Province until there is a conclusion of a poisoning on April 9. The department inspectors sent its staffs and health workers from the Medical Center in Ben Cat Town took food sample for test to investigate the cause of the poisoning. Before, on April 9, the Medical Center received 15 primary students of Vo Thi Sau School who were suffering belly pain and vomiting; of them, 5 were have serious painful belly therefore they had to receive fluids intravenously, took medication and stayed in hospital for further treatment. Next day, their condition were stable and discharged from the hospital. According to the school management board's report, the school has 504 students. 388students registered to have lunch in school on April 9. They were having bean curd with minced meat tomato sauce and … [Read more...]

Nation’s rural south studies the road ahead

Testing times: Students at Ngoc Hien Secondary School and High School in Ca Mau Province's Ngoc Hien District take a test. — VNS Photos Gia Loc

VietNamNet Bridge – The Mekong Delta has seen a slow but steady rise in school attendance over the last 40 years, thanks to new roads, schools and modern teaching methods. But it needs to do more to prepare for a future in which fishing and farming jobs become less prominent. As a primary school student in 1975, Ly Hung had to walk five kilometres - often on muddy paths and over slender bamboo "monkey" bridges - to reach his school in An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta. "It was slippery and dangerous," he said. Although the war had ended and the country had been reunified, many children in the Delta region could not attend school. Family hardships, poor roads and a shortage of schools had left a crumbling infrastructure. But Hung, who is now deputy head of the educational division of An Giang's Tri Ton District, was luckier than most. He eventually received a university degree and returned home to work. Hung's colleague, Kim Sen, a specialist in the division's primary … [Read more...]

Social News 11/4

Man prosecuted for sending illegal workers to China The People's Procuracy of the Central Highland Dak Nong Province yesterday prosecuted and arrested a suspect for alleged involvement in sending 24 people to work overseas illegally. The initial police investigation showed that the 20-year-old suspect Nguyen Xuan Manh, of Dak Nong Province's K'Rong No District, and his cousin returned to Viet Nam from China to look for people who wanted to work in that country. The two men reportedly said they enticed 24 people to China for work. These workers were required to pay VND5 million (US$231,600) each. The police caught Manh in mid-March, when he and eight others travelled to the northern Thai Nguyen Province to meet his cousin and then, head to China. The police are expanding the investigation. 3-year-old's sudden death raises questions about hospital's role A three-year-old boy died suddenly in central Ha Tinh Province's Loc Ha District after he was given an injection at the General … [Read more...]

Licenses granted to 28 FDI projects in Binh Duong

Authorities in southern Binh Duong province hosted a ceremony on April 10 to grant licenses to 28 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects worth 304 million USD, including 20 new and 8 added capital projects. These projects contributed to bringing the number of foreign-invested projects in the locality in the last quarter to 85, valued at 402 million USD. A number of high-value projects are in the motorbike and bicycle industries, sports equipment, electronic spare parts and beverages. Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Van Nam highlighted the important role played by businesses in promoting the locality’s socio-economic development. He stated that local authorities will design measures to improve the investment climate and reform administrative procedures, thus facilitating investment project operations and drawing more foreign investors. They will also pay attention to investing in the construction of infrastructure … [Read more...]

Too many toll stations in Ho Chi Minh City, its neighbors: transport firms

Vehicles arrive at a toll station on the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay expressway in Ho Chi Minh City January 8, 2014. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Many transport firms in Ho Chi Minh City and its neighbors have lamented that they get caught in so many toll stations put up too densely on the roads, causing the companies to incur more expenses than they should. >> Vietnam firm asks to run $68.7 mn electronic toll collection project nationwide Many transport companies have told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that they are in a dilemma as customers will suffer if they increase transport charges, and their profit will shrink if they do not do so. These complaints have been heard more often since the toll station around the Dong Nai Bridge was put into operation on Wednesday. On Thursday, Tuoi Tre reporters accompanied a truck whose loading capacity ranges from 10 to 18 metric tons when it was carrying cargo from Tan Dong Hiep Industrial Park in Di An Town in Binh Duong Province to Nhon Trach District in Dong Nai Province. The driver, named Hai, first stopped at a toll station at the Binh Thung intersection in Di An, where … [Read more...]

P&G success leads to Gillette plant

Reported by Thu Nguyet The ground breaking ceremony of Gillette shave care plant in Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park II in Ben Cat, Binh Duong Province Q: What would you say about the Gillette plant in Vietnam? A: Vietnam is going to be a sourcing production site for Asia, and we would not only produce for Vietnam but also for the rest of Asia. Therefore, we are going to invest US$100 million in building a Gillette shave care plant in Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park II, Ben Cat, Binh Duong. The plant, once fully operated, will provide jobs for approximately 300 people. What really counts about Gillette is that it produces razor blades which are one of the most sophisticated issues because it should be thin and safe. That’s why the production requires sophisticated and high technology. Gillette is the global leader in blaze production, with very high share in global market because of its innovation and quality. Gillette is the first brand ever producing safe blades in … [Read more...]