Meeting with Phu Yen Vietnamese Overseas and relatives on the occasion of Binh Than Spring 2016

Comrade Huynh Tan Viet addressing at the meeting

In the afternoon of February 4th, Vietnam National Father Front and the provincial Organization of Vietnamese overseas’ relatives organized the meeting with Phu Yen Vietnamese Overseas and relatives. This is an activity to celebrate the Lunar New Year Binh Than 2016. At the meeting, the delegates were informed on the outstanding socio-eco achievements and the province’s national defense-security situation in the past year. Particularly, the province’s socio-eco situation has had 12 criteria completed. Among which, state budget revenue is more than 5%; 17 communes have surpassed the standards of new rural areas. The major projects have been implemented, completed and put into use, like the project of Vung Ro oil refinery and petro-chemicals, Ca Pass tunnel…The mobilization of the entire population being united to construct new rural areas, urban civilization has created the new appearance for the entire province’s rural regions. The mobilization to … [Read more...]

Tet celebrations in Czech Republic and Saudi Arabia

Vietnamese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Hoang Khac Viet speaks at the celebrations

(VOVworld) - Vietnamese people in Pardubice, Czech Republic joined Tet celebrations in a hope for better lucks for all. Tạ Quang Khải is the Vice Chairman of the provincial Overseas Vietnamese branch: "We are looking forward to the Tet celebration as a valuable opportunity for re-union. We maintain the tradition of greetings people with Tet wishes. I hope that the next generations will learn more from our homeland traditions, foods and custom so that they gain more understanding abour the homeland and socialize with peers." Ms Lương Thị Ngọc Tuyết, who has lived in Pardubice for 20 years, brought her 3 kids to join the event: "I hope my kids to integrate well with the Viet community locally so that they learn about the traditional food and custom, enjoy Tet celebration and speak Vietnamese. This will make sure that they won't forget they are Vietnamese." In Saudi Arabia, more than 600 Vietnamese representing 20,000 Vietnamese joined a celebration held by the Vietnamese embassy. … [Read more...]

40 tons of Banh Chung for overseas Vietnamese

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A Dong Nai-based maker of Banh Chung – a type of traditional rice cake for New Year celebrations in Vietnam – has completed procedures to ship abroad 40 tons of the cake to serve the Overseas Vietnamese community, during the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. Besides the cakes, Tran Gia company in Bien Hoa city, in the southern province of Dong Nai, will also export 5 tons of "dong" (arrowroot) leaves – which are used as the wrapping for the cake – to the US and several European countries. During Tet this year, the company plans to supply 150 tons of Banh Chung and Banh Tet via the supermarket chains Metro, Big C, Coopmart, Vinatex, and Maximart. The vacuum-packed cakes can keep for six months. Banh Chung (a square glutinous rice cake) is a traditional cake eaten by Vietnamese people during the Tet holidays. It is made from glutinous rice, pork and green bean paste, and then wrapped in "dong" leaves, which gives the rice a green tint after being … [Read more...]

12th Party Congress draws attention of Vietnamese around the globe

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th National Party Congress is drawing the attention of Vietnamese people at home and abroad. Many Vietnamese studying and working in Thailand have closely followed developments related to the 12th Congress. They all wish the Congress success in setting new policies to further encourage overseas Vietnamese to contribute to their fatherland. Nguyen Ngoc Han is deputy chairman of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Bangkok: "I hope for stronger Thailand-Vietnam relations following the Congress, with more policies to help Thai-Vietnamese stabilize their lives in Thailand. Overseas Vietnamese in Thailand have always turned their hearts to their motherland and tried to preserve their cultural identity. I hope there will be a school to teach Vietnamese in Bangkok." Bui Thi Nhu Hue is completing a Master’s Degree in Pharmacy Management at Mahidol University:"The Congress’s results will directly affect all Vietnamese people, including students studying abroad like us. We really … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese invests in Czech property

A Vietnamese shop in the Czech Republic. (Photo: VNA)

The Czech economic magazine E15 has published an article on thriving Vietnamese expatriates’ real estate involvement on its front page. According to the article, a group of Vietnamese businessmen in the Czech Republic bought a large building dating back to the 17 th century on historical Mala Strana Street. The former owner is Martin Nuhlicka, who is also co-owner of Hamé, a popular local food company. This is the first time such an investment has been made by Vietnamese investors. The article quoted Michael Hynst, an expert at Svoboda & Williams real estate office, as saying there are Vietnamese banks working in the Czech Republic alongside an increasing number of wealthy Vietnamese expatriates having permanent residency in the European country. This leads to expectations for a property investment boom by the group, he noted. Another example included in the article was the case of Le Hoang – owner of LHDI Company – who is investing in expanding … [Read more...]

Phu My Hung’s Tet Flower Fair highlights regional cultural beauty

Cultural spaces featuring Tet atmosphere at Phu My Hung Flower Fair 2016. (Photo:SGGP)

Phu My Hung Flower Fair on Tet 2016 themed "Wild Flower" is scheduled to be opened officially in district 7 at 7pm on Febuary 2 (December 24th – 29th following Lunar Calendar). Coming to this year’s flower fair, visitors will have a chance to enjoy deep rural cultural space of north, central and south of Vietnam through the main theme of "Return to village". The theme is originated from thoughts and sentiment of ones carrying out the fair. Spring in Vietnam is a reunion occasion that every single Vietnamese desires to come back to the hometown being full of childhood memories. There are 4 main venues at the fair including street with the symbol entrance of Vietnamese countryside showcasing gardens of melon and gourd trellis, loopad trellis. Overseas Vietnamese are able to remind their childhood memories by enjoying countryside landscape. Another space displays the attractive bonsais such as a-100-year-old couple tamarind bonsai designed by farmers from the Mekong … [Read more...]

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

E-greeting card from Jayanta Chakrabarty

Hello and welcome to VOV’s Letter Box, our weekly feature dedicated to our listeners throughout the world. We are Mai Phuong and Ngoc Diep A: We are in the very last days of 2015, a memorable year for VOV. We once again organized our contest "What do you know about Vietnam" and received enthusiastic feedback from our listeners around the world. The contest held every 5 years is open to all of VOV’s foreign listeners and to Vietnamese people living abroad. B: Amir Jameel of Pakistan, a listener to the English program, won a special prize, while first prize went to John Rutledge of the US, who won a free one-week visit to Vietnam. A: This year also marked a milestone in the development of the English Program. We officially launched our 24/7 English channel. First broadcast on October 1st, this is the first 24/7 English channel in Vietnam. It is aimed at English speaking listeners inside and outside Vietnam. B: The program covers politics, economics, culture, society, … [Read more...]

US$1 billion remittances go to real estates in HCM City

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(VOV) - Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) remittances to HCM City hit US$4.76 billion in the first 11 months of this year, said Nguyen Hoang Minh, deputy director of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), HCM City branch. Hoang said the amount transferred to real estates accounted for 21.6% (equal to US$1 billion), up 0.8% against the corresponding period last year. OVs remittances to the city are estimated at US$5.5 billion this year. If the rate of 21.6% is maintained, the amount transferred to real estate will reach US$1.2 billion. Experts forecast that the money transferred to real estates will increase in the coming time when the market becomes bustling. Many OVs in Australia, the US and the UK want to return and live in Vietnam when they get older. Besides, the revised Housing Law also facilitates foreigners to buy houses in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

City seeks overseas Vietnamese investors

HCM CITY (VNS) — Connecting overseas Vietnamese (OV) investors with small and medium enterprises in HCM City will be one of the southern hub's top priorities to prepare for international integration, especially when free trade agreements come into effect. Next year, HCM City's Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, in collaboration with the municipal Investment and Trade Promotion Centre and relevant agencies, will hold talks with OV businesses to address difficulties facing their investments and production in the city, Committee Chairman Pham Van Hai said at a conference held in the city yesterday. He said the city would continue to spread awareness of Party policies and State laws as well as the country's socio-economic situation for Vietnamese people living abroad. At the conference, OV representatives suggested the city should look at fresh ways of luring OV resources. They said HCM City needed to focus on Vietnamese students and workers in foreign countries while linking OV … [Read more...]

VietinBank: USD23,000 for charitable activities in Laos

The Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank) Laos branch on November 23rd-24th presented 25 computers, sewing machines and furniture with the total worth of USD23,000 to a school for gifted students and pre-university and disabled women development centre of Laos. The Bank hoped the modern computers would actively support research and study work of lecturers and nearly 480 students at the school. More meaningfully, in 2016, the school plans to participate in the competition Microsoft Word. VietinBank also wants to support material and spiritual development and encourage over 500 disabled women, who have overcome their fates to learn a new trade to reintegrate into society. At the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Mr. Nguyen Manh Hung recognized the contributions of VietinBank in Laos on both economically and socially. He believed that in the future, VietinBank in Laos will continue to hold a bridging role in the fields of economy and culture, … [Read more...]

Vietnam joins charity fair in Switzerland to help poor children

Vietnam's booth at the bazaar. (Photo: VNA)

With the desire to reduce misfortune for children with disabilities worldwide, United Nations (UN) Charity Bazaar 2015 held at the headquarters of the UN in Geneva on November 24th attracting representatives from over 60 nations, international organizations and thousands of visitors. General Director of the UN Office in Geneva, Mr. Michael Moller delivered a speech to welcome everyone to participate in and extend their compassion to help unlucky children in life. According to Ms. Christine Evequoz, head of UN’s Women’s Association, the UN Bazaar is the most important annual event of the association. In addition, UN Bazaar also displayed and sold Christmas gifts made from handicrafts, and also jewelry for family and friends and some special foods from around the world on the occasion of this coming Christmas. There is also a lottery with 200 prizes to encourage the participants to raise funds. Vietnam’s booth attracted a lot of international visitors to enjoy … [Read more...]

OVs share scientific research at workshop in RoK

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(VOV) - A workshop in Seoul on November 15 gathered Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) from throughout the country to share experience and scientific research, the Vietnam Embassy in the RoK has reported. "The event provided scientists, scholars, and members of academia an excellent setting to share their perspectives and develop professionally from the knowledge and experience of others," said embassy official Tran Huu Diep. Vice Ambassador to the RoK Tran Anh Vu in turn applauded the more than 5,000 OVs in the RoK for having made significant contributions to the national construction and development. Vice Ambassador Vu expressed his sincere appreciation for their hard and dedicated service and work and encouraged them to continue serving as a valuable resource for the host country, Those in attendance also discussed research projects in depth and proposed measures and specific policies to serve as a catalyst for stimulating cooperation between the two countries for mutual benefit. … [Read more...]

Commencing the construction of “Silicon Valley” project in HCM City

At the groundbreaking ceremony of the project.

The Hanoitimes - The Silicon Saigon Park JSC held a groundbreaking ceremony of the "Saigon Silicon City" project in the Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP) on November 10. The project follows the model of the US's Silicon Valley, where is located by many of the world's biggest high-tech corporations and technology start-up companies. "Saigon Silicon City" will be spread over 52 hectares in the Saigon Hi-Tech Park. The project has an investment capital of about 860 billion VND (40 million USD) poured by Overseas Vietnamese investors from the US’s Silicon Valley. It aims to build a high-tech park in Vietnam, calling for investment, development and exchange on high technology between Vietnam and the advanced countries, especially the United States. The Saigon Silicon City is expected to attract around 1.5 billion USD in investments from 20 investors in high-tech area and support industry from 2015 to 2020. The project will be divided into 2 phases, in which the construction and … [Read more...]

Second Vietnamese restaurant opens in Panama’s capital

Diners at Vietnam's restaurant (Photo: VNA)

The second Vietnamese restaurant named "Sabor Viet" was opened in Road 54, Obarrio ward in the capital of Panama on November 7th. The event was attended by Vietnamese Ambassador to Panama Vu Ngoc Minh and a large number of overseas Vietnamese in Panama. Covering an area of ​​400m2 and located in the center of the city, where many hotels, offices and luxury apartments are placed, Sabor Viet restaurant will introduce Vietnam's traditional dishes, including Pho (noodle soup), fried noodles, fried meat rolls, fried fish, fried rice with beef and seafood to Panamanian and Latin American diners. Vietnamese food has proven very popular in Panama since very favourable reviews and pictures were published in the culinary newspaper DixiEast only a week after the opening of the first Vietnamese restaurant. According to many local diners, Vietnamese dishes have less fat and gluten and are more gentle than China's dishes. "For those who have gone to the US and have eaten in Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Vietnamese remittances hit 3.7 billion USD in October

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Vietnamese remittances from overseas to HCM City, one of the country's leading destinations for remittances, hit 3.7 billion USD by the end of October, a year-on-year increase of 13 percent. Nguyen Hoang Minh, Deputy Director of the State Bank of Vietnam's HCM City branch, said that the inward remittance was up 450 million USD against September 30 and equal to 72.5 percent of the entire 2014. Minh said that the remittances to the city during the year-end months were often higher than those in the first months of the year, estimating that the remittances in the fourth quarter alone could be equal to that in the first six or seven months of the year. At this speed, Minh expected the remittances to hit 5.5 billion USD this year, up 500 million USD against 2014. Minh attributed the rise to the recent favourable devaluation of the dong against the US dollar, the recovery of local businesses, the warming real estate market and the Government's decision to allow foreigners to own homes … [Read more...]

Vietnam remittances hit US$3.7 billion in October

Vietnamese remittances from overseas to Ho Chi Minh City, one of the country's leading destinations for remittances, hit US$3.7 billion by the end of October, a year-on-year increase of 13%. Nguyen Hoang Minh, Deputy Director of the State Bank of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City branch, said that the inward remittance was up US$450 million against September 30 and equal to 72.5% of the entire 2014. Minh said that the remittances to the city during the year-end months were often higher than those in the first months of the year, estimating that the remittances in the fourth quarter alone could be equal to that in the first six or seven months of the year. At this speed, Minh expected the remittances to hit US$5.5 billion this year, up US$500 million against 2014. Minh attributed the rise to the recent favourable devaluation of the dong against the US dollar, the recovery of local businesses, the warming real estate market and the Government's decision to allow foreigners to own homes … [Read more...]

Vietnam remittances hit $3.7b in October

Foreign currency trading at VP Bank. Viet Nam received an annual average remittance of $4.4 billion between 1993 and 2014.

Vietnamese remittances from overseas to HCM City, one of the country's leading destinations for remittances, hit US$3.7 billion by the end of October, a year-on-year increase of 13 per cent. Nguyen Hoang Minh, deputy director of the State Bank of Viet Nam's HCM City branch, said that the inward remittance was up $450 million against September 30 and equal to 72.5 per cent of the entire last year. Minh said that the remittances to the city during the year-end months were often higher than those in the first months of the year, estimating that the remittances in the fourth quarter alone could be equal to that in the first six or seven months of the year. At this speed, Minh expected the remittances to hit $5.5 billion this year, up $500 million against last year. Minh attributed the rise to the recent favourable devaluation of the dong against the US dollar, the recovery of local businesses, the warming real estate market and the Government's decision to allow foreigners to own … [Read more...]

Many Vietnamese American entrepreneurs desire to cooperate with domestic businesses

During a visit to California from October 16th - 24th, Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Pham Quang Vinh had a meeting with many overseas Vietnamese entrepreneurs. According to overseas Vietnamese, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) promises new opportunities, they hope to expand business cooperation relations with domestic businesses under the capacity and advantages of the two sides. In spite of having different opinions, the overseas Vietnamese in the US realize the government of Vietnam is always open and honest with expatriates and work out policies, creating favorable conditions to meet their legitimate aspirations of visiting the homeland. Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh and the overseas Vietnamese also exchanged issues such as Vietnam’s policy toward the overseas Vietnamese community, Vietnam-US relations, East Sea, opportunities and challenges of the (TPP). Through these meetings, representatives of groups of overseas Vietnamese in the US said that they always closely … [Read more...]

Vietnamese-original candidate runs for Polish Parliament

About 3,000 Vietnamese people with Polish  citizenship have right to vote for the election.   (Photo: vtv.vn)

Joining the race for one of the 460 seats in the Polish Parliament this term is a Vietnamese original candidate, who is a member of Poland Together Party. Poland Together is a small, newly established party with fresh political ideas and attracts about 300,000 Polish voters in their support. The Vietnamese community in Poland has actively participated in the political life of the local country for many years. The majority of the Vietnamese people in the country live in the capital of Warsaw and about 3,000 Vietnamese people with Polish citizenship have right to vote for the election. The election win belonged to the Law and Justice (PiS) Party. Despite not achieving the desired results, having a Vietnamese representative actively participating in the political arena of the country can only serve to heighten the role and position of Vietnamese people in Poland./. … [Read more...]

First congress of Hai Phong fellow-countrymen association in Austria

The executive committee of the association.   (Photo: VNA)

The Hai Phong fellow-countrymen association in Austria organized its first congress on October 25th. The congress elected eight members to the executive committee and Vu Quoc Trung was elected as the Chairman of the association. "The association is established in order to create opportunities to meet, share experiences for Hai Phong fellow-countrymen in Austria and Europe; connect Hai Phong fellow-countrymen with the Vietnamese community in Austria and Europe; coordinate and organize events for Hai Phong fellow-countrymen in Austria and Europe; and response to movements and activities of overseas Vietnamese people towards the homeland," said Mr. Trung. "I hope this is the first step to establish other fellow-countrymen associations, and fellow-countrymen will link with each other to found the overseas Vietnamese Association in Austria. I appreciate the initial success of the Hai Phong fellow-countrymen association in Austria. The number of people from Hai Phong city in Austria and … [Read more...]