Social News 19/1

Court jails 27 for gambling The people's court in Cao Bang Province yesterday sent 27 people to prison for organised gambling. According to the court reports, on January 10, 2014, the Cao Bang police raided a guest room in the province and found four people engaging in illegal gambling. They also seized VND742 million (US$34,500) in cash from the site. Further investigations showed that the four persons were part of a larger gambling network that also organised gambling in the province from October 2013 to January 2014. The gambling network comprised 27 people, who received prison terms varying from one to six years. Several other persons were given probation. According to the Criminal Code, gambling is illegal in Viet Nam. Work begins on Ha Noi ring-road link Construction work on the Trung Hoa-Ring Road 3 intersection in the capital city, which will include two tunnels, began on Sunday, the Thang Long Project Management Board has announced. Vu Xuan Hoa, head of the Board, said … [Read more...]

Social News 17/1

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Fishing boat rescued near Truong Sa A fishing boat and its 13 crew members were rescued at sea near Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands after sending an SOS on Wednesday. The boat's crew belongs to Ly Son Island's An Hai Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai. Nguyen Quoc Chinh, head of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union, confirmed yesterday that the union had received an SOS from fishing boat QNg 96156 TS, which was stranded off the island of Thuyen Chai in the Truong Sa Islands of Khanh Hoa Province. Other fishing boats nearby failed to approach the boat due to big waves and the rough sea. However, ship HQ561 from Navy Zone 4 was able to tow the fishing boat to anchor on Thuyen Chai Island. The sea around the Truong Sa Islands has been choppy over the last few days with 3-4m high waves. Two arrested for trafficking women in Son La Two persons were arrested for cheating andtrafficking Vietnamese women near the Viet Nam-China border onTuesday, said the Son La Border … [Read more...]

Social News 22/12

Six fishermen rescued from sinking ship Two fishing boats from Quang Tri Province rescued six fishermen from Da Nang off the coast of Thua Thien – Hue Province yesterday, as well as towed their sinking ship. The Da Nang's Coastal Information Radio Station said yesterday that the fishing boat, DNA 90388TS, was half submerged in the waters off Thua Thien Hue Province on Saturday. As soon as receiving an SOS reporting the sinking ship, the fishing trawler QT 90099 TS rescued the six fishermen, before another boat, QT 90255 TS, towed the sinking ship to port. Education Ministry prohibits smoking, alcohol drinking in schools Education Minister on Thursday issued a directive to ban smoking and drinking in educational facilities. The directive said that tobacco-use is prohibited in premises of university, institute, and education management facilities as well as preschools, senior and junior high schools, IT and language teaching centers. The minister also asked colleges to add … [Read more...]

Social News 12/12

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Crackdown on smugglers creates border control turmoil A crackdown on smugglers has created turmoil at Vietnam-China border crossings, notably at Mong Cai Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province, which is being flooded with people going back and forth between the two countries as gangs probe for weak spots in border control. Officials said Mong Cai Border Gate processed 10,000 people on December 6. The crowdness has been going on over the past month following the arrest of a smuggling gang on November 2, which prompted an increase of inspections by border gate security along the border. … [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...]

President Sang’s activities on sidelines of APEC Meeting

President Sang attending a roundtable discussion with US business representatives.

(VOV) - President Truong Tan Sang has met with his Philippine counterpart Benigno Aquino III, attended a roundtable talk with US businesses and visited the Vietnam Embassy in Beijing. Meeting with President Benigno Aquino III on the fringes of the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting on November 9, President Sang noted with satisfaction the fine development of the friendship and all-around cooperation between the two nations. The two sides agreed to hold the first meeting of the joint working committee to be hosted by the two Foreign Ministers on the establishment of a strategic partnership in the future. … [Read more...]

Political News 22/9

Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand takes office Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Viet Dung presented his credentials to Governor-General of New Zealand Jerry Mateparae at a ceremony in the capital Wellington on September 17 to start his working term there. Governor-General Mateparae congratulated Dung on his new mission while showing his delight that the two countries are carrying out the second phase (2013-2016) of their action plan together with activities to herald the 40 th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2015. … [Read more...]

VN, Russia Expect to Conclude FTA Talks Early Next Year

Vietnam and Russia have agreed to strive for the conclusion of the free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between Vietnam and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan by early next year. The agreement was reached on September 6 (local time), in Vladivostok, Russia at the 17th meeting of the Vietnam - Russia Intergovernmental Committee on Economic - Trade and Scientific - Technological Cooperation which was co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai and his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanovic Shuvalov. … [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...]

HCM City to host Int’l travel expo in September

HCM City to host Int'l travel expoSaigontourist cooperates with JATA Representatives of Saigontourist met with Vice Chairman of the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) Kazuaki Maruo on August 22, discussing measures to increase the flow of tourists between Vietnam and Japan. Speaking at the meeting, also attended by a group of leading Japanese travel agencies, Vo An Tai, Saigontourist Director General and Vice Chairman of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said the visit shows the high level of importance the Japanese partners attach to Vietnamese market. … [Read more...]

Dutch Members of Parliament visit Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge - A delegation from the Netherlands' Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, headed by Chairman Raymond de Roon, will visit Vietnam from 17 August to 24 August 2014. The Dutch MPs like to be informed about the current political and economic situation in Vietnam. In particular, they conduct this working visit to see how the transition from Dutch aid to trade develops and how further opportunities for bilateral trade and economic cooperation can be explored. … [Read more...]

Dutch parliamentarians to visit Vietnam to boost trade cooperation

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A delegation of the Netherlands' Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, headed by Chairman Mr Raymond de Roon, will visit Vietnam on Sunday to seek economic and trade cooperation opportunities. During the visit, which will last until August 24, Dutch members of parliamentary will learn about the current political and economic situation in Vietnam, according to a press release issued by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vietnam on Friday. … [Read more...]

Dutch Members of Parliament to visit Vietnam

(CPV) - A delegation from the Netherlands' Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, headed by Chairman Mr Raymond de Roon, will visit Vietnam from August 17-24. They conduct this working visit to see how the transition from Dutch aid to trade develops and how further opportunities for bilateral trade and economic cooperation can be explored. So far, the two sides are already active in many sectors such as water management, agriculture, energy, logistics and shipbuilding. According to a press release issued by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vietnam on August 16, the delegation plans to visit Hanoi, Hai Phong city, the Mekong delta and Ho Chi Minh city. In Hanoi, they will meet with Vietnam's National Assembly Committee for Economics and State Budget, pay a courtesy call to Vice Minister of Industry and Trade, representatives of international organizations and NGO's, such as the World Bank and GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccination and … [Read more...]

PPP investment form helps develop agriculture

Given the current serious climate change, public - private partnership (PPP) investment form is expected to lure more investment in the agriculture sector as prices of agricultural products will increase and stay high in the years to come, the Vietnam Business Forum Magazine (VBF) reported. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat also said that the results of PPP projects made him expect a sharp rise in PPP in agriculture in the near future. According to the minister, Vietnam is one out of 11 countries in the world to pilot PPP in agriculture. As many as 20 leading foreign corporations have invested in agriculture in Vietnam in the form of PPP. Vietnam has established six PPP groups of agriculture: vegetables, fruits, coffee, tea, seafood - the general merchandise, and microfinance groups. All groups are very effectively operated. … [Read more...]

PPP in Agriculture: Unlocking Enormous Potential

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development opened two consecutive conferences on agricultural investment in the form of public - private partnership (PPP) in April 2014 alone, showing the high interest of investors in and the good prospects of this investment form. … [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...]

Vietnam urged to play greater role in global partnership

(VOV) - Middle-income countries (MICs) should play a greater role in the global partnership based on sharing experiences in the development process and advantages of each nation. The statement was made by Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung at the first high-level meeting of the Global Alliance for Effective Development Cooperation in Mexico on April 16. Dung affirmed that Vietnam agreed with the meeting's joint statement that called on development partners to adopt a new approach in funding and cooperative policies of MICs. Dung stated that Vietnam has been listed among MICs with an economic scale of nearly US$154 billion and an average income of US$1,700 per capita, integrated deeper into the regional and international economy with an annual trade growth rate of over 20%. Dung said that Vietnam is facing issues of the transformation process from low-income nations to MICs such as poor infrastructure and competitive edge, and lack of high quality human … [Read more...]

Political News Headlines 17/4

President Truong Tan Sang (R) welcomes Prosecutor General of Mongolia Dorligjav Dambii. (Photo: VGP)

US Senator begins Vietnam visit President Pro Tempore of the US Senate Patrick Leahy arrived in Hanoi on April 16, beginning his five-day official visit to Vietnam, which aims at further developing the two countries' bilateral ties. The visit is made at the invitation of National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. As scheduled on April 17, the senator will hold talks with top legislator Hung. Two-way trade between the two countries reached US$ 29.10 billion in 2013, a year-on-year rise of 18.8 percent, of which US$23.87 billion was Vietnam's export earnings. Vietnam, Mongolia promote cooperation President Truong Tan Sang hosted an April 16 reception for Prosecutor General of Mongolia Dorligjav Dambii during his current working visit to Vietnam. President Sang highly valued outcomes of the meeting between the Mongolian Prosecutors' Office and the Vietnam Supreme People's Procuracy, which aims to realise a high-level agreement reached by the two sides during Mongolian … [Read more...]