HCM City seeks to curb illegal chemical trade

A shop selling chemicals at Kim Bien Market in HCM City. Two young girls recently were attacked with acid by two male strangers on March 30 in HCM City’s Go Vap District has caused panic over the past week.— Photo thanhnien.vn

VietNamNet Bridge – Leaders of the HCMC government and relevant agencies on May 23 met to discuss measures against illegal chemical trade, particularly at Kim Bien Market in District 5. The measures include relocating chemical trading facilities, building a center for chemical traders and filing criminal charges against violators of chemical trading rules. The city has about 600 organizations and individuals producing, importing and trading chemicals. Illegal trading of chemicals has long caused concerns over food safety and posed fire and explosion risks in residential areas. Phan Hoan Kiem, head of the HCMC market monitoring agency, told the meeting that 16 stalls at Kim Bien Market sell chemicals, including pigments, dairy and food additives. In addition, there are 93 chemical retailers around the market, with 59 of them selling industrial chemicals, 20 selling flavors and food additives and 14 trading both industrial chemicals and food additives. Industrial chemical … [Read more...]

City seeks to curb illegal chemical trade

Van Nam The measures include relocating chemical trading facilities, building a center for chemical traders and filing criminal charges against violators of chemical trading rules. The city has about 600 organizations and individuals producing, importing and trading chemicals. Illegal trading of chemicals has long caused concerns over food safety and posed fire and explosion risks in residential areas. Phan Hoan Kiem, head of the HCMC market monitoring agency, told the meeting that 16 stalls at Kim Bien Market sell chemicals, including pigments, dairy and food additives. In addition, there are 93 chemical retailers around the market, with 59 of them selling industrial chemicals, 20 selling flavors and food additives and 14 trading both industrial chemicals and food additives. Industrial chemical trading shops are primarily located on the streets of Van Tuong, Phan Van Khoe, Hai Thuong Lan Ong, Phung Hung, Go Cong and Kim Bien, according to Kiem. The agency has detected … [Read more...]

Int’l food ingredient exhibition underway in Vietnam

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Food Ingredients (Fi) Vietnam 2016 exhibition is underway in Ho Chi Minh City from May 18-20, bringing together more than 150 leading producers and distributors of food ingredients from 26 countries and territories worldwide. Speaking at the opening ceremony on May 18, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen said he hopes that Fi Vietnam 2016 will help develop the food and beverage industry in Vietnam, especially Ho Chi Minh City. The three-day event is an opportunity for domestic food and beverage firms to promote their products and boost overseas orders. It is also a platform for them to get access to high-quality ingredient suppliers, Tuyen noted. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the food industry in Vietnam has seen an annual growth of around 11-12 percent between 2009 and 2015. The rate is forecast to be maintained from now to 2018. A representative from the US’ National Potato Council said as a member of the … [Read more...]

Food Ingredients Viet Nam exhibition opens in HCM City

About 150 food ingredients producers and distributors attend the Food Ingredients Viet Nam exhibition. - Photo beforeitsnews.com

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) - Many innovative new products are on display at the Food Ingredients (Fi) Viet Nam exhibition that opened in HCM City on May 18. They include collagen, brown rice pilaf, a mixture of brown rice and fresh vegetables, alicook ice cream powder, a slow-melting, savoury powder, rice flour and its products and pea protein. Jointly organised by UBM Asia and the HCM City Food and Foodstuff Association, Fi is a leading exhibition in the domestic food and beverage industry. This year it has attracted 150 producers and distributors from 26 countries and territories. Rungphech Chitanuwat, marketing director of UBM Asia, told Viet Nam News that the biggest difference this year was focus on "spotlight products," referring to products that exhibitors have developed in recent year. The exhibition this year has also welcomed many new exhibitors, she said. It targets improving the competitiveness of the industry in Viet Nam and the food safety situation in the country through … [Read more...]

Weekly digest – April 18-24

Party chief chairs meeting on anti-corruption The standing board of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption convened a meeting in Ha Noi on April 18 under the chair of its head, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. Participants discussed the progress of handling especially serious cases and coordination mechanism between central and local investigation and prosecution units. National conference on 12th Party Congress Resolution concludes A national conference to popularize the resolution adopted by the 12th National Party Congress was held in Ha Noi on April 19- 20. During the course of the conference, Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Dinh The Huynh presented the basic contents of the Political Report adopted by the 12th National Party Congress. VN prioritizes Japan in foreign policy: State President Viet Nam treasures its relations with Japan and considers the country a high-priority partner in its foreign … [Read more...]

HCM City People’s Committee has two new vice chairmen

Secretary of the HCM CIty Party Committee Dinh La Thang (C) congratulating the new vice chairmen Huynh Cach Mang (R) and Tran Vinh Tuyen

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has two new vice chairmen, elected at the 21st session of the 13th municipal People’s Council on April 21. Huynh Cach Mang, deputy head of the municipal Party Committee’s organisation board, was elected as a vice chairman of the People’s Committee by 83 of the 87 votes. The position was also entrusted to Tran Vinh Tuyen, head of the municipal Party Committee’s inspection board with the same number of votes. Other deputy heads of the People’s Committee are Le Van Khoa, Le Thanh Liem and Nguyen Thi Thu. The committee is chaired by Nguyen Thanh Phong. The election of the new vice chairmen was for the 2011 – 2016 term. During the 21st and last session, the 13th municipal People’s Council will scrutinise and approve several reports of the People’s Committee. They will look into the implementation of the Council’s resolutions on urban planning and clean water provision, along with the … [Read more...]

HCM City has two new Vice Chairmen

VGP – Delegates at the 21st meeting of Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Council on April 21 elected two new Vice Chairmen of the municipal People’s Committee. Mr. Tran Vinh Tuyen and Mr. Huynh Cach Mang have been elected as Vice Chairmen of the city People’s Committee with 83 votes among 87 ones. Mr. Tuyen, born in 1965, was former Chairman and Party Secretary of District 1 while Mr. Mang, also born in 1965, was former Chairman of Can Gio District People’s Committee and Party Secretary of Tan Phu District. Currently, the city has five Vice Chairpersons, including Mr. LeThanh Liem, Mr. Le Van Khoa, Mr. Tran Vinh Tuyen, Mr. Huynh Cach Mang and Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu. By Thuy Dung … [Read more...]

10th HCMC Party Congress elects four deputy secretaries

From the left, four deputy secretaries of the 10th HCMC Party Committee namely Tat Thanh Cang, Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Vo Van Thuong and Nguyen Thanh Phong (Photo: SGGP)  Related article:HCMC needs suitable strategies to improve resident life quality:delegates

After five working days, the 10th congress of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee concluded and elected the committee’s executive board, standing board and four deputy secretaries for the tenure of 2015-2020 this morning. During its first session last night, the 69-member executive board voted on 15 members for the standing board and four deputy secretaries including Vo Van Thuong, Nguyen Thanh Phong, Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam and Tat Thanh Cang. The session also appointed Mr. Vo Van Thuong to be permanent deputy secretary of the HCMC Party Committee in the 10th tenure. According to the Politburo’s assignment, Mr. Le Thanh Hai continues holding the post of the city’s Party Committee Secretary until the 12th National Party Congress. Mr. Tran Vinh Tuyen has been voted to be chairman of the Supervisory Commission of the 10thHCMC Party Committee. The board also selected 42 delegates to attend the 12th National Party Congress. … [Read more...]

The shape of a dynamic city

Vo Van Kiet Street in Ho Chi Minh City

Nhan Dan Online - As the last day of the 2013 Lunar Year draws near, Deputy Secretary Ba Dua of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee took my hands and said, "Sorry, I'm so busy. There are so many reviews at the end of the year. Let's start. Your questions match up well with what we have summarised here. Now, we will look back at the city's strengths and weaknesses during the last year". He sat down and without any documents in front of him, just a blank page on which Ba Dua drew two straight arrows, one going up and one down. The upwards arrow represents the rising trend of GDP, while the other symbolises the downward trend of CPI. Production is on the rise and prices are down, matching the request defined by Politburo Resolution No. 20- NQ/T.Ư on sustaining HCM City's high economic growth. "You see, the city's GDP growth rate was 1.65 times higher than the national average in 2011, 1.75 times higher in 2012, and 1.70 times higher in 2013. Meanwhile in 2011, CPI increased by 15.86%, … [Read more...]

Shape of a dynamic city

Vo Van Kiet Street in Ho Chi Minh City

Nhan Dan Online - As the last day of the 2013 Lunar Year draws near, Deputy Secretary Ba Dua of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee took my hands and said, "Sorry, I'm so busy. There are so many reviews at the end of the year. Let's start. Your questions match up well with what we have summarised here. Now, we will look back at the city's strengths and weaknesses during the last year". He sat down and without any documents in front of him, just a blank page on which Ba Dua drew two straight arrows, one going up and one down. The upwards arrow represents the rising trend of GDP, while the other symbolises the downward trend of CPI. Production is on the rise and prices are down, matching the request defined by Politburo Resolution No. 20- NQ/T.Ư on sustaining HCM City's high economic growth. "You see, the city's GDP growth rate was 1.65 times higher than the national average in 2011, 1.75 times higher in 2012, and 1.70 times higher in 2013. Meanwhile in 2011, CPI increased by 15.86%, … [Read more...]

Volunteer students aid city tourists

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The Volunteer Tourist Guide Team, recently launched by the Communist Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 and comprising of 78 sociable local youths armed with excellent foreign language command, is set on creating a hospitable, helpful image of local tourism among foreigners. The volunteers have been doing this job for three months now. Working in two shifts, from 8am to 11am and 2pm to 5pm on weekdays, they are readily available to provide tourism information and help prevent scams targeting tourists at three hot spots: the T-junction of Pham Ngu Lao - De Tham, the crossroads of De Tham - Bui Vien, and 262 De Tham. Helpful, friendly companions The volunteers have been giving information and assistance, and receiving beaming smiles and heartfelt thanks from foreign tourists in return. "The launch of the team aims to promote the city as a safe, hospitable tourism destination and attract more international tourists. It also provides the youths with a useful, practical, … [Read more...]

Highwaymen on the prowl in HCMC

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Municipal authorities, police scramble to tackle a spurt in robberies and thefts targeting tourists and residents Ho Chi Minh City police will step up patrols and coordinate with their district level counterparts in a fresh crackdown on robber gangs as reports indicate a significant increase in robberies over the last few months, targeting both locals and foreigners. … [Read more...]

Five parking lots penalized in City Center

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Tran Vinh Tuyen, chairman of the People's Committee of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday said that the inspectorate had uncovered and penalized five parking lots in District 1, for violating regulations on parking fees. The parking lots are located at Kumho Asian Plaza on Le Duan Street, on the pavement along Nguyen Du Street, at 125 Le Loi Street, 135 Nguyen Hue Street and 11B Nguyen Binh Khiem Street. … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 7/8

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HCM City to build taxi barriers The People's Committee of HCM City's District 1 is seeking local approval to set up four taxi barriers in the city centre in Ben Thanh Ward. The barriers would stop taxis from unlawfully picking up passengers off the streets. Taxi barriers have worked well in many countries, said committee chairman Tran Vinh Tuyen. 250,000 disabled people to get jobs by 2015 The Government has approved a project to support people with disabilities in the 2012-2020 period. Accordingly, in the 2012-2015 period, around 250,000 working-age disabled people will be provided with vocational training and suitable jobs. 70 percent of disabled people will access medical services annually and 70 percent of children under 6 will have check-ups for early detection of congenital malformation and growth disorders. Around 60,000 disabled people and children will benefit from orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation and support facilities. The project aims to develop learning … [Read more...]

HCM City to build taxi barriers

HCM CITY ' The People's Committee of HCM City's District 1 is seeking local approval to set up four taxi barriers in the city centre in Ben Thanh Ward. The barriers would stop taxis from unlawfully picking up passengers off the streets. Taxi barriers have worked well in many countries, said committee chairman Tran Vinh Tuyen. ' VNS … [Read more...]

HCMC to open mini bus routes

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In response to the Traffic Safety Year and people's demand for public transportation, HCMC will open more routes in late March for 25-seat modern-equipped buses with air conditioners, televisions and bus stops in administrative offices, universities, commercial centres to serve staffs, students and local people. It is expected that there will be about 5-7 buses, with ticket price of VND 2,000. Chairman of District 1 People's Committee, Tran Vinh Tuyen said that the operation of these mini buses will limit use of private transportation and ease the current traffic jam. In District 1, all staffs will be encouraged to go by mini buses, at least once a week. He added that the service is working to make it possible for passengers to pay by card. Source: VnExpress Translated by Nguyen Thao … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 4/3

Computer failure causes chaos in Hanoi airport Failure in computer system caused a great chaos at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport at 7.30am this morning. As all flights were delayed, numerous passengers could not proceed on board and were stuck in Terminal T1. At 9.10am, the computer system resumed and passengers started to jostle to check in, causing disorder in the airport. As no one queued up, some passengers were unable to get on board. At 9.25am, many passengers going to Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Ho Chi Minh City, Luang Prabang, Seam Riep, Bangkok, Shanghai could not get on their planes although it was close or past departure time. Consequently, passengers boarding at 10 and 11am had to wait for those who had missed their flights to finish their priority check-ins. At 10am, the check-in area was cleared but there was a long line of passengers at security gate. Suspected bird flu patient recovers The third person to have caught bird flu in Viet Nam is recovering, … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 4/3

Computer failure causes chaos in Hanoi airport Failure in computer system caused a great chaos at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport at 7.30am this morning. As all flights were delayed, numerous passengers could not proceed on board and were stuck in Terminal T1. At 9.10am, the computer system resumed and passengers started to jostle to check in, causing disorder in the airport. As no one queued up, some passengers were unable to get on board. At 9.25am, many passengers going to Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Ho Chi Minh City, Luang Prabang, Seam Riep, Bangkok, Shanghai could not get on their planes although it was close or past departure time. Consequently, passengers boarding at 10 and 11am had to wait for those who had missed their flights to finish their priority check-ins. At 10am, the check-in area was cleared but there was a long line of passengers at security gate. Suspected bird flu patient recovers The third person to have caught bird flu in Viet Nam is recovering, … [Read more...]

HCMC considers small-bus system for downtown

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As part of their efforts to limit personal vehicle use, the Ho Chi Minh City Transport Department and the District 1 People's Committee have drawn up a plan to use small-sized buses for passenger transport in the city downtown. The plan has been submitted to the city People Committee for approval, said Tran Vinh Tuyen, chairman of the district People's Committee. If approved, the plan will be implemented later this month, Tuyen said. According to the plan, a fleet of 5 to 10 buses, about 25 seats each, will be used to transport passengers. The bus service will be run at a 5-7 minute interval between each trip. … [Read more...]