Vietnamese students attend Russian cultural festival “Friendship without borders”

Vietnamese students performing fan dancing   at the festival. (Photo : VNA)

Vietnamese and foreign students at the Financial University (FU) under the Government of the Russian Federation in Moscow participated in an art festival "Friendship without border" on May 18th. The event was a colorful as well as spiritual and imbued with cultural characters of Russian, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Tajikistan and Vietnamese people. At the festival, students not only performed their traditional dances and repertoires, but also jointly presented dances of other nations. The event was a cultural bridge to help students unite and understand more about their friends’ cultural identities. Vietnamese students performed fan dance and puppet, which surprised the Russian teachers and foreign students. There are about 107 Vietnamese students studying at FU./. … [Read more...]

Vietnam pours USD20 billion abroad

Vietnam poured a combined USD20 billion in new and additional capital abroad as of this April, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Overseas Investment Agency. Laos and Cambodia remain major markets attracting Vietnam’s outbound investment, with a respective USD3.9 billion (26 percent) and USD3.2 billion (22 percent). Vietnam also channeled USD968 million into 18 projects in Russia, USD1.8 billion in two projects in Venezuela, and USD1.3 billion in six projects in Peru. Other Vietnamese capital markets include Malaysia, Myanmar and the US. Mining is Vietnam’s predominant field overseas with 11 projects worth USD5.1 billion, equivalent to 11.5 percent of the projects and 34 percent of the total capital. It is followed by agro-forestry-fisheries with USD2.7 billion in 125 projects, accounting for a respective 18 percent and 13 percent. Others include information, communications, electricity, real estate, finance-banking and insurance. Aside from … [Read more...]

Vietnam pours $20 billion abroad

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Vietnam poured a combined 20 billion USD in new and additional capital abroad as of this April, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Overseas Investment Agency. Laos and Cambodia remain major markets attracting Vietnam’s outbound investment, with a respective 3.9 billion USD (26 percent) and 3.2 billion USD (22 percent). Vietnam also channeled 968 million USD into 18 projects in Russia, 1.8 billion USD in two projects in Venezuela, and 1.3 billion USD in six projects in Peru. Other Vietnamese capital markets include Malaysia, Myanmar and the US. Mining is Vietnam’s predominant field overseas with 11 projects worth 5.1 billion USD, equivalent to 11.5 percent of the projects and 34 percent of the total capital. It is followed by agro-forestry-fisheries with 2.7 billion USD in 125 projects, accounting for a respective 18 percent and 13 percent. Others include information, communications, electricity, real estate, finance-banking and … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese in Spain support people and soldiers on Truong Sa archipelago

The State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese (SCOV) has received EUR1,125 of overseas Vietnamese in Spain and staff working at the Vietnamese Embassy in Spain to support people and soldiers, who are on duty on Truong Sa island district. The amount of money has been transferred to the SCOV by Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Hung, a staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Spain. On behalf of people and soldiers on Truong Sa island district, SCOV thanked the practical help of overseas Vietnamese and staff at the Vietnamese Embassy in Spain and the commission will soon transfer the amount of money to people and soldiers in Truong Sa island district./. … [Read more...]

Vietnam pours 20 billion USD abroad

Vietnam poured a combined 20 billion USD in new and additional capital abroad as of this April, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Overseas Investment Agency. Laos and Cambodia remain major markets attracting Vietnam’s outbound investment, with a respective 3.9 billion USD (26 percent) and 3.2 billion USD (22 percent). Vietnam also channeled 968 million USD into 18 projects in Russia, 1.8 billion USD in two projects in Venezuela, and 1.3 billion USD in six projects in Peru. Other Vietnamese capital markets include Malaysia, Myanmar and the US. Mining is Vietnam’s predominant field overseas with 11 projects worth 5.1 billion USD, equivalent to 11.5 percent of the projects and 34 percent of the total capital. It is followed by agro-forestry-fisheries with 2.7 billion USD in 125 projects, accounting for a respective 18 percent and 13 percent. Others include information, communications, electricity, real estate, finance-banking and … [Read more...]

4 face charges for allegedly importing luxury vehicles

Customs officers of a Saigon Port in Ho Chi Minh City check an imported car. Photo credit: Vietnam customs' news website

Ho Chi Minh City police have proposed smuggling charges against four people for allegedly importing luxury vehicles from the US under the names of overseas Vietnamese to evade over VND218 billion (US$10 million) in taxes. All the suspects, including an immigration officer, could face sentences ranging from a 20-year jail term to death, considering the imported vehicles were valued at more than US$5.2 million in total. According to the police, between 2011 and 2013, Nguyen Quang Vinh, 33, and his accomplices brought cars from luxury brands such as BMW and Porsche, and motorcycles into Vietnam. They declared the vehicles as properties of overseas Vietnamese who were returning to Vietnam for permanent residency, so they were exempted from import and value-added taxes under Vietnamese laws. Vinh together with Tran Phuoc Thanh, 48, and Tran Thai Nguyen, 33 - all providers of import and export services - had falsified relevant documents, police said. Nguyen Giang Lam, 40 and who was … [Read more...]

Eight countries participate in table-tennis tournament of overseas Vietnamese in Poland

Players participated in the tournament in Warsaw.  (Photo: VNA)

The Warsaw Open Table-Tennis tournament for overseas Vietnamese was held in the capital of Poland between May 2nd and 5th attracting athletes from eight countries that deemed the competition was an unquestionable success. This year, the tournament was open to all comers according to desire of Vietnamese players across Europe and other countries, with the primary purpose of exchange, cohesion and enhancing understanding, solidarity of Vietnamese people all over the world. The tournament attracted 130 players aged 12-73 from Germany, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary, Finland, France, Canada and Poland. The German team won the first prize with four gold and four silver medals, the second prize was given to the Polish team with two gold and four bronze medals. Previously, Vietnamese Ambassador to Poland Pham Kien Thiet and representatives of associations attended the opening ceremony. After the tournament, the host team took the teams to visit scenic local landscapes. This is a useful … [Read more...]

Truong Sa archipelago in the hearts of Vietnam overseas

Overseas Vietnamese exchanging with soldiers on   Truong Sa archipelago. (Photo: vov.vn)

Various groups of overseas Vietnamese around the world recently visited the Truong Sa island and DK1 frame house from April 21st - 28th on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Southern Liberation and National Reunification Day and also the 40th anniversary of Truong Sa liberation. The delegation included 50 overseas Vietnamese. This was an opportunity for them to gather accurate information about the sovereignty of the sea and islands and convey first hand to their communities and international friends the reality of life in the archipelago. The visitors took the opportunity to present gifts worth VND650 million from the people in their community to show their appreciation and encourage the soldiers and residents on Truong Sa islands. Mr. Tran Hai Linh, member of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front and Head of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in South Korea, said that the community in South Korea had made their contribution with patriotism and … [Read more...]

Art program held in Berlin to support school construction in remote area

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A special musical gala was held in Berlin on May 2nd with the participation of many famous Vietnamese and overseas Vietnamese artists to raise fund to support the school construction for children in Triet hamlet, Lak district, Dak Lak province. The program was held by the ‘Tseventynineeightyfive company under the auspices of the Huong Viet Magazine. This had been the biggest event ever for the overseas Vietnamese community in Germany, with the participation of famous artists from Vietnam such as: Hoai Linh, Chi Tai and Truong Giang and famous singers like Duong Trieu Vu, Quang Le, Hoai Lam and Phuong My Chi. It helped overseas Vietnamese be wallow in familiar homeland melodies and refreshing laughter with hilarious comedy repertoires of comedians: Hoai Linh, Chi Tai and Truong Giang. During the program, EUR3,130 was raise to help the school construction. Mr. Quach Long, representatives of the organizing board, thanked nearly 1,500 spectators and sponsors for joining hands … [Read more...]

Requiem for heroic martyrs held in Thailand

The requiem held in Bangkok. (Photo: VNA)

A requiem for heroic martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the protection of national sovereignty was solemnly held in Pho Phuoc pagoda in Thailand’s capital of Bangkok on May 3rd, most specifically for those in the Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagoes. Veneral Thich Nhuan An said that the requiem was organized to meet the desire of the overseas Vietnamese in Thailand in gratitude to the elders who had contributed their bodies and bloods to protect the territorial integrity of Vietnam. In addition, the requiem also expressed willingness of overseas Vietnamese to follow the tradition of protecting the homeland, the sea and islands of the elders./. … [Read more...]

Requiem for heroic martyrs held in Russia

The requiem in Moscow. (Photo: VNA)

On May 2nd and 3rd on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Southern Liberation and National Reunification Day, a requiem was held to commemorate heroic martyrs and international friends who sacrificed their lives for the sacred sovereignty of Vietnam in Moscow, Russia. The requiem was first held in the Russian Federation to educate overseas Vietnamese about peace-loving of Vietnam, its traditions, national and international solidarity. "This is an event to respond to the important activities of our country, being held jubilantly across Vietnam, as well as many parts of the world where Vietnamese communities live," Vietnamese Ambassador to the Russian Federation Nguyen Thanh Son spoke at the event. Ending the ceremony, all the participants burnt incense to express reverence and gratitude to heroic martyrs and international friends sacrificed for the territorial sovereignty of the nation./. … [Read more...]

OVs in Canada celebrate reunification day

Vietnamese Ambassador to Canada To Anh Dung addressing the event.

Vietnamese expatriates from Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal cities gathered at a get-together held in Ottawa, Canada on April 25 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of National Reunification (April 30). The event was hosted by the Vietnamese Embassy in Canada. Ambassador To Anh Dung and the expatriates recalled the historical victory 40 years ago, which helped unify and bring independence and freedom to the homeland. He praised Overseas Vietnamese for their significant contributions to promoting the Vietnam-Canada friendship as well as to the homeland’s development during recent decades. Sharing their joy to witness the country’s developments in recent years, participating Overseas Vietnamese said they would continue their endeavours to tighten the relations between their host country and the homeland. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Vietnamese man set memory record in Thailand

Duong Anh Vu (Photo: VNA)

Duong Anh Vu, a young Vietnamese man, has become the first foreigner honored in the Thai Book of Records for demonstrating the ability to memorize thousands of items of data on March 26th at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Within two hours, Vu memorized 108 columns of information on the subjects of culture, economics, politics and the society of 206 different countries, including 22,248 items about total area, population, capital, reserves of crude oil, GDP, GDP per capita, currency and political system. In addition, Vu also located places on a blank world map without any error. Four officials from the Book of Records organization, a professor from Chulalongkorn University and 28 students witnessed and authenticated Vu’s superior retention. The Thailand Book of Records awarded a certificate to recognize Vu setting the record for his outstanding memory. Vu is the second foreigner named in the Thailand Book of Records and is the only foreigner honoured for his … [Read more...]

Vietnam, US collaborate to support AO victims

Millions of children were born with deformities, suffering from diseases and living in impoverished conditions. (Credit: vtc.vn)

NDO – Lieutenant General Nguyen The Luc, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin (VAVA) met with a US delegation from the Veterans for Peace (VFP) headed by veteran Chuck Searcy in Hanoi on April 17. Both sides affirmed that they would continue co-operation and mutual support in dealing with AO victims and remedying consequences of the US chemical war in Vietnam, considered the longest and largest chemical war in history causing the most catastrophic consequences. Luc spoke highly of VFP’s support to Vietnam, including activities mobilising support for Vietnamese AO victims’ case against the US government, and to AO victims during their stay in the US calling for support from Americans. Searcy praised VAVA’s activities in calling on international friends to back Vietnamese AO victims. On the occasion, VFP presented US$2,000 to VAVA. Over 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to dioxin, including 3 million … [Read more...]

Vietnam, RoK re-ink MoU on labour co-operation

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NDO – Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Employment and Labour (MOEL) have recently re-inked a special memorandum of understanding (MoU) outlining orientations for receiving Vietnamese guest workers under the Employment Permit System (EPS) programme. The MoU targets two groups of workers, including Vietnamese candidates who passed Korean language tests in December 2012, May 2012, August 2012 and April 2014 but have not yet been chosen by Korean employers; and those workers who returned to Vietnam within the correct timeframe and passed Korean language tests held after December 2011 but have not yet been picked up by Korean employers. Vietnam has been given three months and 10 days from the MoU’s signing date on April 10, 2015 to send profiles of applicable candidates to Korean employers. These profiles will be valid within one year. A maximum of 2,900 Vietnamese workers will be sent to RoK to … [Read more...]

Vietnamese gastronomy introduced in Greece

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(CPV) - Vietnamese gastronomy has recently been displayed in Greece’s capital city of Athens during a ceremony to introduce a range of foreign foods held by the diplomatic corps in Athens, the Vietnamese Embassy in Greece has reported. A large number of guests from Greek agencies, organizations, cook clubs, international organizations and diplomatic agencies in Athens attended the ceremony, which was aimed to create a better, mutual understanding in the area of gastronomy, helping to reinforce the cooperation and friendship among diplomatic agencies in the city. During the ceremony, each representative introduced its country’s most iconic. Accordingly, the Vietnamese Embassy in Greece chose the country’s traditional dish, nem ran, or fried meat roll, which received high praisal from the organising committee. The Vietnamese dish, together with that from other countries, will be introduced in a book to be published on the subject of foreign gastronomy in Greece, … [Read more...]

Incentives for investors abound at Saigon Silicon City

Van Nam Speaking to the Daily on April 8, Le Thanh Dai, deputy head of the authority, said the city would set aside 50 hectares at SHTP in District 9 for the Saigon Silicon City project. Overseas Vietnamese investors will be awarded maximum incentives in accordance with the nation’s existing investment regulations for technological research and development projects. The SHTP has got the green light from the city government to develop the Saigon Silicon City. During the implementation process, the city will ask the central Government for approval to give out incentives beyond the authority of HCMC. SHTP has attracted 68 projects worth a total of US$4.1 billion, Dai said. Enterprises at the park have reported exports of a total of US$10 billion and spent some US$8.8 billion on imports since it went online. The big-ticket projects licensed into SHTP in recent months include a US$1.4-billion project of Samsung Electronics to develop a Samsung CE Complex (SECC) on 70 hectares … [Read more...]

Quan Ho singing preserved and developed in Czech

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An exchange program on the art of Quan Ho singing was organized on April 5th at the trade center Olomoucka 65 in Brno city. The program was organized to assess the operation in 2014 and work out an operation plan for 2015 of the Quan Ho Kinh Bac club, as well as create a forum for those who love Quan Ho in the Vietnamese community throughout the Republic of Czech to exchange with each other. Mr. Tran Quang Khai, head of the Kinh Bac Fellow-Countrymen Association, said the program in Brno city was an initial program. In the coming time, the association would organize Quan Ho exchange programs in other cities in the Republic of Czech such as Usti nad Labem, Karlovy Vary, Tachov and Prague to promote Quan Ho singing, an intangible cultural heritage, in Czech, as well as contribute to the "Vietnam Cultural Year" in Czech in 2015. Established four years ago, the Kinh Bac Quan Ho Club now has 21 members. The operation of the club contributes to preserving and developing the Quan Ho … [Read more...]

Vietnam attends largest student job fair in Belgium

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The University of Ghent organized a job fair for students in Ghent city on March 31st. This is the largest job fair for students organized every two years in Belgium. The event has nearly 200 Belgian companies and multinational corporations such as Daikin Europe, Johnson & Johnson, Baxter International. The fair helped employers have many opportunities to select suitable candidates. In addition, students also have chances to study working market in Belgium in particular and the world in general. This year, the organizers also dedicated an area for companies to recruit Asian students working in Belgium or branches of Asian companies. The Belgium-Vietnam Alliance (BVA), representing for Vietnam to attend the event, included businesses, scientists and researchers from Belgium and Vietnam. It contacted Vietnamese students in Belgium and Belgian and international companies. In addition, BVA also provided foreign candidates wishing to work in Vietnam basic information about Vietnam … [Read more...]

Secviet online newspaper marks its 10th anniversary of establishment

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Secviet online newspaper (Secviet.cz), one of the commonly read online newspapers of the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic, celebrated the 10th anniversary of establishment in Praha on March 27th. "We want the newspaper of Secviet more developed to become a useful information channel for every Vietnamese person and family in the Czech Republic and also for it to become a bridge to connect the overseas Vietnamese in Czech to the homeland," Mr. Tran Hung Quan, Editor-in-chief of the newspaper, said at the ceremony. He also thanked sponsors, collaborators and especially loyal readers of the online newspaper. Over the past 10 years, the online newspaper has become an indispensable spiritual source of wellbeing for the Vietnamese community in Czech. Vietnamese Ambassador to the Czech Republic Truong Manh Son said that along with newspapers of the Vietnamese people in the Czech Republic, the Secviet newspaper has overcome difficulties and fierce competitions to become a … [Read more...]