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...]

Infrastructure breakthrough brightens eastern HCMC


The eastern gateway of Ho Chi Minh City has been determined to be one out of two main development directions in the city’s socioeconomic overall plan by 2020 with visions till 2025, where traffic infrastructures have strongly developed shortening the distance to the city’s center areas and neighboring provinces and creating modern urban areas. A couple of years back, traffic infrastructures were poor while the life of local residents was hard in districts 2, 9 and Thu Duc. After HCMC gathered all resources to invest in social and technical infrastructures, the area has changed its look year by year. Thousands of billions of US dollar from state budget and social sources have been poured into traffic infrastructure. Projects upgrading Hanoi Highway and National Highway 1A in the eastern gateway, linking HCMC up to Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces and other provinces in the central and northern region, have been done. Total investment capital for the 15.7 kilometer … [Read more...]

Milk producers focus on yogurt products


VietNamNet Bridge - Yogurt, whey and cheese are bringing two-digit growth rates to milk producers. Holding 84 percent of the yogurt market share, Vinamilk, the nation’s leading dairy producer, has been marketing new products, from yogurt with aloe to yogurt for children. IDP, after launching Love In Farm, its first yogurt product, has introduced a series of products with additional nutrients and fruits. Yogurt makes up nearly 50 percent of the company’s revenue. FrieslandCampina, TH true Milk, Nutifood and Hanoi Milk have also marketed new products. Mark Boot, CEO of FrieslandCampina Vietnam, said he feels satisfied about the sales of "Dutch Lady" brand pasteurized yogurt which have been growing well over a short time. TH Milk has confirmed a two-digit annual growth rate of TH True yogurt products in the last few years. Nutifood, which just began making yogurt after signing a contract with Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group on the group’s milk material supply, reported … [Read more...]

Ministry gives social housing another push

Apartment buildings in the Viet Hung social housing urban area in HA Noi. At the end of July, only one-third of the VND30 trillion (US$1.33 billion) preferential package had been disbursed. — VNS Photo Doan Tung HA NOI (VNS)— The Ministry of Construction recently asked local authorities nationwide to quicken the building of social housing, in a bid to comply with the national housing development strategy. Among the requests was to simplify administrative procedures in determining which borrowers were eligible for preferential loans from the Govern-ment's VND30 trillion (US$1.33 billion) support package for the realty market. In addition, coordination with the State Bank of Viet Nam and credit institutions was needed to tighten inspections to prevent abuses during the implementation of the preferential loan package. Further, the measures seek to guarantee that the assistance package helps those people it was intended for, as well as developers, and to speed its … [Read more...]

Vietnamese amateur inventors may get financial support

Vietnam hasn't given proper support for to local amateur inventors Minister of Science and Technology, Nguyen Quan, admitted at an online meeting with DTiNews' readers on August 26. Quan explained that many of these inventors had never sourced official support. "Producing and operating submarines and aircraft must be registered with the Ministry of Defence," Quan said. "These inventions will not be allowed to put into use if their owners don’t register their works with relevant agencies." Quan also said that Vietnam now has no regulations on using the state budget to support initiatives by members of the public. "Therefore, we can only send experts to support them in their studies and design if they express a need," he said. "We can’t provide them with finance at present. But we have a draft circular on the issue and I hope amateur inventors will get financial support once it is passed. Regarding intellectual property, Minister Quan reassured local inventors that their … [Read more...]

Joint-venture ports rack up losses

Lan Nhi Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), its affiliates and foreign partners developed these four ports as catalysts for the development of deepwater port clusters in the two provinces. But they have been operating below capacity. According to a plan which Vinalines has mapped out to restructure the four ports, cargo throughput in Ba Ria-Vung Tau area totaled 59.3 million tons last year, up over 20% against the previous year. However, SP-PSA, CMIT and SSIT operated at 15-20% capacity. Last year saw over 217,000 containers imported and over 207,000 containers exported through Cai Mep port area but the three joint-venture ports handled a mere 1.53% and 1% of those respective volumes. Despite various measures being taken, such as improving approach roads and relocating ports along the Saigon River in HCMC, the ports have yet to find a way out. A lack of supporting logistic services has been blamed for their poor business operations. Importers based in HCMC and … [Read more...]

Photos: Seven places to visit in Binh Duong


VietNamNet Bridge - Besides the Dai Nam tourist park and Lai Thieu orchards, you should not forget to visit Ba Pagoda and Gio and Nuoc (Wind and Water) café. 1. Dai Nam tourist zone is located in the city of Thu Dau Mot in Binh Duong province. This park is very spacious, with many games: a zoo, an artificial sea, temples .... 2. Lai Thieu orchard is a familiar destination of visitors from Saigon and surrounding provinces. This land is a home to many orchards with all kinds of fruits all year round. 3. Phu Cuong Cathedral is located at 104 Lac Long Quan Street, Phu Cuong Ward, Thu Dau Mot City. The church was built in Gothic style. 4. Ba Temple is located at No. 4 Nguyen Du, Thu Dau Mot City. The temple was built by the Chinese-Vietnamese community. 5. Wind and Water Cafe is located at 6/28T Zone 3, Phu Tho, Thu Dau Mot City. This work has won many international design awards. 6. Binh An Lake is located in Binh An commune, Di An District. … [Read more...]

Doctors save life of baby born with heart outside chest cavity

The patient's situation before the operation. — Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — Doctors at the HCM City University Medical Centre have saved the life of a baby born with its heart outside the chest cavity, the first such operation in the country. The baby, from Binh Duong Province, had been diagnosed prenatally with ectopia cordis, an extremely rare and fatal condition. The HCM City Peadiatric Hospital No. 2, where she received healthcare after she was born, referred the baby to the University Medical Centre. Medical specialists from a variety of fields, comprising cardiac surgeons, plastic surgeons, pediatric surgeons, gastroenterologists and anesthesiologists, conducted careful consultations to choose an optimal treatment solution for the condition. On June 26, the first phase of surgery was done to repair cardiac defects associated with the condition. Three days later, the second phase of the surgery reconstructed the defect, placing her heart back inside her chest. Two months after the operation, her health condition became stable … [Read more...]

Largest single roof warehouse in Southeast Asia opens in Binh Duong

On August 18th, APL Logistics and TBS Group organised an inauguration ceremony for the largest single roof warehouse in Southeast Asia in Binh Thang ward, Di An town, Binh Duong province. The APL’s modernly equipped warehouse 5 covers 47,500 square meters. The warehouse has 58 gates for commodity imports and exports and 174 containers. The warehouse is part of the TBS logistics system of TBS Group and is located in the bordering areas between Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh city. The location facilitates water and road transport and creates flexible connections in commodity transportation for the provinces and for international deep-water ports under the Cai Mep – Thi Vai ports group. The 115-hectare TBS Logistics warehouse was capitalized with USD125 million, of which 35 hectares was put into operation and 45 hectares are under construction. Total areas of TBS warehouses were 135,000 square meters./. … [Read more...]

Riverside landslides to hit Saigon & Dong Nai rivers

Serious landslides on Saigon River banks will threaten dyke systems along the river in rainy and flood season if urgent measures are not conducted, reported HCMC Irrigation Service Exploitation Management Company. (Photo: SGGP) Initial surveys showed that recent landslides along the dyke systems had caused by illegal dredging sand in the river and constructions of embankment on Binh Duong province bank side. Landslides have been found along Binh Duong section of Dong Nai River. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Binh Duong province said that most of serious landslides had occurred in the area of Tan Uyen and North- Tan Uyen Town. Currently, there are 174 households locating in landslide vulnerable are in risk of lives and farm production. Of these, 73 houses needed to move into safer places. Flow change and illegal dredging sand from the banks of Dong Nai River caused the landslide on Dong Nai River banks. … [Read more...]

Binh Duong Province fines Dai Nam JSC $4.5 million

BINH DUONG (VNS) — Authorities in the southern province of Binh Duong yesterday slapped the Dai Nam Joint Stock Company, which owns Dai Nam Tourism Park, with back taxes and fines of VND99 billion (US$4.5 million). Inspections of the company's books from 2009 to 2014 found it had not accurately followed accounting norms and ended up paying VND97.7 billion ($4.45 million) less in taxes than it should have, they said. Its other violations include deviating from the licence terms in terms of number of floors and size at four construction sites and failing to get licences for 167 completed structures. The company has used around 25 hectares of land at Dai Nam Tourism Park without getting approval; it sold land plots instead of apartments at Song Than 3 Industrial Park; it completed a trade centre in 2011 but has not put it to use as agreed until now; eight of its projects lack the official report about environment impacts, with some also failing to report environment protection … [Read more...]

More Korean investments flow into Binh Duong

Quoc Hung and Thai Ngoc Binh Duong Province’s vice chairman Tran Thanh Liem (standing) speaks at a meeting with South Korean enterprises on August 18 - PHOTO: QUOC HUNG Phu Huu Minh told a meeting with South Korean enterprises on August 18 that many companies from Korea had come to explore the investment environment in the province this year. The province approved total registered investment capital of over US$134 million for 25 new projects and 14 operational projects of Korean firms in the January-July period. Binh Duong Province has attracted more Korean investments in supporting industries. For example, Castec Vietnam pledged worth US$14.4 million for an auto and electronic components project and NPC Toda registered to spend US$30 million producing plastic products. The number of projects with Korean involvement in Vietnam has amounted to nearly 4,460, making the northeast Asian country the biggest foreign investor among countries and territories investing in … [Read more...]

New wave of FDI in textile sector shaping

VGP – The textile sector ranked second in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) with more than US$1.12 billion in the first seven months of 2015, according to the Foreign Investment Agency, under the Ministry of Planning and Investment. The figure accounts for more than 20% of Viet Nam’s total foreign investment inflows in the reviewed period, the agency said. Noticeably, Turkey poured US$660 million in a fiber-producing-plant in the southern province of Dong Nai, making it the largest project so far in this field. The other two projects are a plant producing auxiliary products for textile in Binh Duong province and a fiber plant in Tay Ninh, worth US$274 million and US$160.8 million, respectively. As Viet Nam has joined a number of free trade agreements with nations like the U.S. Japan, the Republic of Korea and the EU, bringing increasing opportunities and advantages for investors. Garment exports to the EU are expected to rise by 50% in the first year and … [Read more...]

Huge investment from RoK poured in Binh Duong

VGP – The Southern province of Binh Duong is now home to as many as 2,508 valid projects with total registered capital of over US$21 billion, according to the provincial Department of Planning and Investment. Photo: VGP The information was released on August 18 at the dialogue between the provincial leaders and representatives of 70 businesses from the Republic of Korea (RoK). Of the figure, Korean investors have poured US$2 billion in 515 projects in the province. In the first seven months of 2015, the Republic of Korea’s newly-registered and additional capital in Binh Duong stood at US$134.2 million. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Thanh Liem said the province has paid due attention to improving the business environment, adding that advantageous areas including electricity, electronics, mechanics, pharmacy, trade and services have attracted a lot of foreign investment. After the two nations upgraded the relationship into strategic … [Read more...]

New FDI projects continue to pour into Binh Duong

People’s Committee of Binh Duong province held a meeting to South Korea’s investors in the province on August 18. Vietnam- Singapore Industrial Park is located in Binh Duong. (Photo: SGGP) At the conference, the provincial Department of Planning and Investment reported that the southeastern province of Binh Duong has attracted an additional foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in first seven months of this year. Total of FDI capital reached US$ 1,254 billion, exceeding 25 percent as expected and increasing over 18 percent compared to the same period last year. Due to this, the southeast province of Binh Duong was marked the second biggest region of FDI project attraction in Vietnam. In recent years, Binh Duong has experienced significant growth rate in its manufacturing sector. Industry parks of Binh Duong have played the important role for investing and providing lower layer solutions and technologies to attract more and more foreign investors. Currently, RoK … [Read more...]

Spillover effects from Bank-Business Connection program in HCMC

Representatives of banks sign an agreement to provide a credit package of VND128 trillion for businesses in HCMC in 2015 (Photo: SGGP)

(VOVworld) – A program connecting banks and businesses was launched in Ho Chi Minh City 3 years ago to provide low interest loans to enterprises. It has enabled local businesses to maintain stable production and business growth. The State Bank of Vietnam intends to duplicate the program nationwide. In July, 2012, the Ba Huan Company, Vietnam’s largest poultry egg supplier, wanted to expand its breeding farms but didn’t have enough capital and couldn’t afford the interest rate, which at that time was between 15% and 18%. The bank-business connection program came at the right time, helping Ba Huan obtain a bank loan for 320,000 USD at 7% interest. Ba Huan invested the money in a high-tech poultry farm on 18 hectares in Binh Duong province for 700,000 birds. Since then the company has continued to receive loans from Sacombank and BIDV at prime rates and enabling it to build a poultry processing plant in Long An province. Pham Thanh Hung, the company’s … [Read more...]

Dengue fever claims two lives in Binh Duong

A medical worker gives instruction to residents to kill mosquito larvae. — VNA/VNS Photo

BINH DUONG (VNS) — Two of the dengue fever patients in the southern Binh Duong Province died, the provincial Department of Preventive Medicine Centre said yesterday. According to the centre, there have been more than 1,100 dengue fever cases in the southern Binh Duong Province since the beginning of this year. In Thu Dau Mot City itself, more than 230 people were infected by the disease, and one of them died at the end of last month in Phu Cuong Ward, Vietnam News Agency reported. The second dengue death was in Di An Town's Dong Hoa District. The families of the two dead patients refused to supply detailed information about them, but the provincial health department said the victims had been hospitalised late in a serious condition, with symptoms of high temperature, headache, stomach ache and extremely low blood pressure, besides decreased glomerule and bleeding in the digestive system. Most of the patients lived in boarding houses in industrial zones such as Di An Town and … [Read more...]

Vietnamese traders intimidated by quality control, resort to bribery: report

Customs officials check an import shipment in Binh Duong Province in southern Vietnam. Photo credit:  Customs officials in Vietnam are diligent and demanding. In fact, Vietnamese traders now complain that many of them are actually

too diligent and demanding. Many quality tests required by customs officials cost too much time and money while some requirements are almost impossible to meet, local media quoted Vietnamese traders as saying at a conference last Friday. Dang Van Hieu from a Ho Chi Minh City-based furniture company said quality checks on imported wood panels take 10 to 15 days. Hieu said that while regulations instruct a business to leave a piece of wood as sample at the customs unit for testing, the airport customs officers usually required his company to leave the entire shipment. "We import around ten containers each time and because we have to leave all of them with the customs office, we have to pay a high storage fee," he said, as quoted by Phap Luat Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh. But another time when the company imported a set of furniture including an expensive burlap sofa and the customs office demanded to cut a piece of the burlap for testing, he said. That was just one of the "outrageous" … [Read more...]

HCM City trial supports use of private bailiffs

HCM CITY (VNS) — HCM City is seeking Government approval to establish private bailiff offices following a five-year trial that it says has been very successful. The city People's Committee said there are now 11 such offices — up from eight in 2011 — while the number of documents they serve has increased by 20,000 a year on average. The offices handled 100,731 documents in the first six months of this year, double the number in the same period in 2011. They have also prepared 32,527 certified written minutes to serve as evidence for use in courts in the past five years. The demand for bailiff services continued to rise in the last five years, according to the People's Committee. The major duties of a bailiff include enforcing civil verdicts, serving claims, summonses and orders from courts to defendants, and executing civil enforcement warrants. Pham Thi Thanh Loan, deputy head of the HCM City Civil Verdicts Execution Department, said private bailiffs have helped … [Read more...]