Government News 5/2

VN celebrate ties with Russia, Czech Republic The Vietnamese Embassy in Moscow and the overseas Vietnamese community in Russia celebrated the 65th anniversary of Viet Nam-Russia diplomatic ties and Tet on Monday at a ceremony. Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Son stressed that the friendship and cooperation between Viet Nam and Russia have been fostered by mutual trust, warm sentiment and resolve through many generations. The bilateral partnership had produced success across many fields, from politics, economics, culture and tourism to energy and military, contributing to both countries' modernization and development, as well as to regional and world peace and development, Son said. Son expressed the firm belief that the comprehensive strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Russia would grow and the two countries would always support each other, regardless of any change in the world. On the Russian side, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Asia Department III Andrey Tatarinov … [Read more...]

VFF President visits Friedrich Naumann Foundation

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(VOV) - Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee President Nguyen Thien Nhan on February 4 visited the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) – the foundation for liberal politics in Germany. According to FNF Director Hans-Georg Jonek, FNF is a non-profitable and non-governmental organisation operating in more than 70 countries. FNF opened its representative office in Vietnam in 2012 mainly to support Vietnam’s market economy development projects. FNF has cooperated with the Institute of Co-operative Economy Development (ICED) under the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance in capacity building projects. Last year it assisted the ICED to draft and publish a handbook on the Cooperative Law. For his part, Mr Nhan said FNF activities are highly appreciated in Vietnam as the country has made significant effort to accelerate the reform of the socialist - oriented market economy. Vietnam wants to study German model as the country has much experience in conducting … [Read more...]

Korea supports E-learning for National Economic and Technical College

The conference on E-learning in NETC on November 11. (Photo: Vu Oanh)

(CPV) - The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Samsung Electronics on November 12 handed over the project of improvement of capacity and education environment to the National Economic and Technical College (NETC) in Hanoi - a Public Private Partnership of KOICA. Accordingly, some of USD145,000 spent for the construction of a KOICA-Samsung E-learning center with installed hardware and software from July to November 2014. The project is a cooperation result proposed and coordinated by volunteer Been Jae Man rendering service at NETC. Teachers and students from NETC now have chance to improve their professional skills. Besides, this College, located in Hanoi's suburb Gia Lam district, has also developed an E-learning project and submitted to its managing agency, Vietnam Cooperative Alliance (VCA) for the approval. It is expected to carry out from 2015 - 2016 by State budget of about USD300,000 with a pilot training on Business Management. Earlier, a conference on … [Read more...]

Six Vietnamese receive Cambodia’s Royal Order of Sahametrei

Six Vietnamese people were honoured with Cambodia's Royal Order of Sahametrei at a ceremony in Hanoi on September 5, in recognition of their contributions to the countries' friendship and interests. The recipients are Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Vu Xuan Hong, Chairman of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association (VCFA) Vu Mao, Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Cooperatives Alliance (VCA) Dao Xuan Can and Nguyen Hai Giang. Most Venerable Thich Duc Thien, Deputy Secretary of the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha and VCFA Deputy Secretary General Ly Quang Bich are also among the honoured. … [Read more...]

Central Steering Committee worked with Quang Ngai

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​In the morning of April 23rd, Mr. Nguyen Van Bien, Deputy Chairman of Vietnam Cooperative Alliance, representing the Central Steering Committee met with Quang Ngai provincial Steering Committee of National Target Program on building the new rural areas. As reported, so far, the National Target Program on new rural building in Quang Ngai has achieved lots of positive results. 19 subjects and 209 production development models have been approved and implemented, raising incomes for people in the province. Currently, in the provincial area, there is one commune reaching from 15 to 18 criteria, 32 communes reaching from 10 to 14 criteria, 64 communes reaching from 5 to 9 criteria, 67 communes reaching 4 criteria on new rural. In 2014, besides the provincial budget, about 101 billion VND sourced from the Governmental bond has been allocated to districts and city to kick off the national target program of new rural development in the province. The provincial government will prioritize … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 20/2

The Ha Noi Police and Noi Bai International Airport on Monday set up a team of traffic police officials to increase safety at Noi Bai Airport.

Traffic safety rules tightened at Noi Bai This is being done as the passenger traffic at the airport is increasing and also in preparation for the operation of T2, the second terminal that is under construction. According to Major General Nguyen Duc Chung, director of the Ha Noi Police Force, the team was set up at the request of Minister of Public Security Major Tran Dai Quang and Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang. These leaders demanded increased mobilisation of traffic police officials to help the Noi Bai Airport staff ensure traffic safety and order at the airport. Chung said the police would focus on dealing with traffic violations which cause congestion to ensure safe and smooth traffic movement on the Bac Thang Long - Noi Bai road which leads to the airport. Surveillance cameras will also be installed on this road. Deputy Minister of Transport Pham Quy Tieu said the Ministries of Transport and Public Security would also work to extend the Noi Bai Airport model to … [Read more...]

ILO-Vietnam Decent Work Country Programme reviewd

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The Hanoitimes - The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), reviewed the implementation of the ILO-Vietnam Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) in Hanoi on February 18. The DWCP was signed on May 24, 2012 and two meetings were held in May 2012 and May 2013 to set priorities for each partner. Over the past two years, relevant DWCP parties have implemented the program within the confines of the set priorities, including improving the quality and sustainability of growth through high qualified human resources and sustainable work and business development. It promoted equitable and comprehensive growth through social welfare and job generation for vulnerable groups. It contributed to fulfilling Vietnam's target for becoming a modern industrialised country through consolidating institutions and management of labour market. The MoLISA, ILO and tripartite parties in Vietnam have implemented a wide range of the … [Read more...]

ILO, Vietnam review sustainable employment cooperation

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(VOV) - The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), reviewed the implementation of the ILO-Vietnam Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) in Hanoi on February 18. ILO specialist honoured with trade union insignia Vietnam joins ILO sustainable development conference ILO calls for urgent global action to fight occupational diseases The DWCP was signed on May 24, 2012 and two meetings were held in May 2012 and May 2013 to set priorities for each partner. Over the past two years, relevant DWCP parties have implemented the program within the confines of the set priorities, including improving the quality and sustainability of growth through high qualified human resources and sustainable work and business development. It promoted equitable and comprehensive growth through social welfare and job generation for vulnerable groups. It contributed to fulfilling Vietnam's target for becoming a modern industrialised country … [Read more...]

ILO, Vietnam review employment cooperation

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(VOV) - The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), reviewed the implementation of the ILO-Vietnam Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) in Hanoi on February 18. ILO specialist honoured with trade union insignia Vietnam joins ILO sustainable development conference ILO calls for urgent global action to fight occupational diseases The DWCP was signed on May 24, 2012 and two meetings were held in May 2012 and May 2013 to set priorities for each partner. Over the past two years, relevant DWCP parties have implemented the program within the confines of the set priorities, including improving the quality and sustainability of growth through high qualified human resources and sustainable work and business development. It promoted equitable and comprehensive growth through social welfare and job generation for vulnerable groups. It contributed to fulfilling Vietnam's target for becoming a modern industrialised country … [Read more...]

13 cooperatives meeting the standard of provincial advanced models in 2013

Mr. Le Van Truc awarding merit certificates from Vietnam Cooperative Alliance to 6  collectives and 2 individuals with typical achievements

The 5th Conference of advanced Cooperatives in 2013 has recently been held by the Cooperative Union, to sum up the movement in economic cooperation area during the 3 years from 2011 to 2013 and to propose plan for period 2013 - 2015. According to Provincial Cooperative Union, at present the province has 194 cooperatives and 1 cooperative group, operating in the fields of agriculture, industry and small industries, transport, trade and services, people's credit. In recent years, these cooperatives have applied scientific and technical progress, applying mechanization into agricultural production for higher crop yields. These cooperatives have expanded services, improving product quality, creating supply chain to ensure the needs of members and society. Especially, many cooperatives have made ​​outstanding achievements in rice seed production, market management, wooden handicraft exports, oil and gas business… Currently, well-ranked cooperatives have reached 37% , medium cooperatives … [Read more...]

Development of agricultural co-operatives associated with environmental protection

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On November 8th in Hai Phong city, Vietnam Cooperative Alliance and Natural Resources and Environment Newspaper ( MONRE )in collaboration with the Institute for Cooperation and Economic Development Cooperation held the Seminar : " Assessment of pollution and impacts on the environment. Agricultural cooperative models associated with environmental protection. " The seminar were chaired by Mr. Nguyen Huu Nga , Deputy Director of Institute for Development and Economic Cooperation ( IDEC) , Mr.Nguyen Van Thanh , Chief Editor of Natural Resources and Environment Newspaper and representatives from the cooperative alliances of Thai Binh , Hai Phong , Hai Duong , Nam Dinh and Vinh Phuc provinces. At the seminar reports on the results of investigation on assessment of environmental impact of agricultural cooperatives and the environmentally friendly and sustainable production orientation was presented. Accordingly, this task will be implemented by IDEC in three years (2013 - 2015) with three … [Read more...]

Cooperative sector makes positive contribution to economy

Over the last ten years, the cooperative sector has made a considerable annual contribution of 6.43 percent to the national Gross Domestic Product despite its meagre investment (0.63%) compared with the total investment capital in all economic sectors. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai unveiled the figure at a ceremony marking the 20 th founding anniversary of the Vietnam Cooperative Alliances (VCA) on October 29 in Hanoi. According to the Deputy PM, developing the cooperative economy should be part of the national process of industrialisation and modernisation, turning the country into an industrialised nation by 2020. He emphasised the key role of developing the cooperative economy in agriculture, adhering to industrialisation and agricultural modernisation and new rural area building. To reach this end, the VCA should improve its staff's capacity, making proposals matching the aspirations of cooperative units, thus contributing to the efficient renewal and development … [Read more...]

Vietnam Red Cross links with ten organizations for humanitarian activities

Vietnam Red Cross on October 14 signed an agreement with ten domestic organizations and agencies to coordinate for implementing humanitarian activities for the period 2013 to 2018. President Truong Tan Sang was present at the signing ceremony, and expressed his appreciation of the work and effort put in by the Vietnam Red Cross and all affiliate organizations and agencies. The ten organizations and agencies coordinating with the Vietnam Red Cross include the Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs, Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, Vietnam Buddhist Shangha Central Committee, Vietnam News Agency, Nhan Dan Newspaper, Communist Party of Vietnam Online Newspaper, Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations, Vietnam Cooperative Alliance, and the National Traffic Safety Committee. President Sang requested government institutions to show more interest in leading, instructing, and encouraging humanitarian activities, and other ministries, … [Read more...]

Bettering Healthcare for Workers in Enterprises

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For labourers, health is a very important factor, but healthcare for workers is now not given proper attention. Many businesses remain indifferent to building medical networks and organising medical checkups for their employees, while this is an essential and legitimate demand to ensure the life of their employees and sustain their development. In many companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, where machinery, equipment and technologies are outdated, workers are prone to high workplace risks. Over 80 percent of workers are working in hazardous and toxic environments like exposure to toxic chemicals, air pollution, noise, poor lighting, toxic fumes and serious pollution. The health of a majority of workers is not guaranteed. In dangerous working places like coalmine, construction sites, casting and forging factories, this situation is also at an alarming level. Healthcare in those companies is not very good because they fall short of facilities, time and care while … [Read more...]

There Is More Room for Business Travel Development in Vietnam

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Vietnam Business Forum is given an exclusive interview with Mr Pham Tien Dung, Director of Golden Tour & Convention Centre, Director of ICT Promotion Agency after he has just returned Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Australia. Giang Tu reports.How do you assess the development of business travel services in Vietnam? In Vietnam, business travel services are usually limited to meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions (MICE); thus, this form of tourism is not attractive to MICE tourists. Currently, Vietnam hardly has any large-scale professional international fairs. Event organisers in Vietnam do not pay attention to organising sellers-meet-buyers or business matchmaking events; thus, they cannot attract business travellers. Contact: GOLDENTOUR & CONVENTION Tel: 04.3944 6006 - 0939446006 Email: goldentour@vnn.vnpeterpham@goldentour.vn Url: www.dulichcongvu.com; www.worldbiztravel.com , www.tourF1.com Add: Building 14-16 Ham Long, Ground Floor, … [Read more...]

Developing cooperatives in the central and central highlands regions

(VOVworld) The 21st conference to review the development of cooperatives in the central and central highlands regions opened in Quang Nam province on Wednesday. Delegates discussed the state of cooperatives and ways to develop them in the years to come. Chairman of the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance Dao Xuan Can noted that the revised Law on Cooperatives should continue to be disseminated to help the people better understand their rights and duties. He added that provinces should encourage businesses to help cooperatives in material supply and product sales. The central and central highlands regions now have close to 80,000 cooperatives, 55% of which are involved in agricultural production. … [Read more...]

Banks blamed for high rates of real estate-related bad debts

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The Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), the Deputy Minister of Finance and the Minister of Construction answered NA deputies' questions on January 24 about the bad debts on loans in the real estate market. NA deputy Tran Du Lich from HCM City appreciated that the SBV set the limit of 3% of total outstanding loans for real estate investment loans. However, he said the lending terms and interest should be made stable for at least three years to attract customers. He added that banks should continue to extend lines of credit to projects that are 70%-90% complete. According to Chairman Nguyen Van Giau, of NA Economic Committee, the current fiscal policy has increased bad debt and created financial difficulties for businesses. Deputy Governor of the SBV, Dang Thanh Binh, said banks will focus on supporting the nearly-completed projects soon so that idle inventory will be able to be put to use. According to Resolution No.2, in 2013 banks will reform their … [Read more...]

Businesses should play a regulatory role

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(VEN) - The link between businesses, cooperatives/households and farmers is considered key to the increased sale of agricultural products and supply of agricultural materials. However, to maintain this link, it is necessary to put it under proper control and, importantly, there must be a conductor to deal with all problems which arise during the cooperation process. In a talk with the press on the sideline of a recent meeting which was held to summarize the results of a pilot model of selling agricultural products and supplying agricultural materials, Vietnam Farmers' Union President Nguyen Quoc Cuong said the model was built basically based on the three-side link between businesses, cooperatives/households and farmers, which exists through economic contracts. For any form of cooperation to be successful, there must be an actor to play the regulatory role to direct all joint efforts towards common goals, otherwise, cooperation cannot be successful and sustainable because of the … [Read more...]

Law on Cooperatives Subject to Be Amended under New Trend

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The Ministry of Planning and Investment recently held a press conference to consult on ideas on the draft for the amendment of the Law on Cooperatives. On the sidelines of the press conference, the Vietnam Business Forum interviewed Mr Dang Huy Dong, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment on this issue. Anh Phuong reports. Could you please reveal the process of preparing the draft for the amendment of Law on Cooperatives at this time? With responsibility delegated by the State to draft and finalize the Law on Cooperatives, the Cooperative Department under the Ministry of Planning and Investment has conducted a review on the process of implementing the Partnership Law issued in 2003 and 2009 with positive results achieved in 2010. Simultaneously, the Ministry has also directed responsible agencies and units to conduct surveys in 63 provinces and cities on the implementation of the Law on Cooperatives. In addition, these agencies have researched cooperative models around the world, … [Read more...]