First phase treatment of dioxin-contaminated soil completed

Delegates posing for a photo at the ceremony

PANO - The first phase of the project to treat dioxin-contaminated soil at Da Nang International Airport was completed after ten months of work. This was announced at a ceremony held jointly by the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) on May 3rd in Da Nang City. Present at the event were Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Minister of National Defense Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff Sen. Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, and US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius. Addressing the ceremony, Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh said the success of the project demonstrates functional cooperation between the Vietnamese and US Governments, and between governmental agencies of the two countries. This cooperation enables participating units inside and outside the army to increase their professionalism and ability to treat contaminated land. On behalf of the Vietnamese Defense Ministry, the deputy minister thanked … [Read more...]

Phase one of dioxin cleanup in Danang completed

The Saigon Times Daily A ceremony was held in Danang City on May 3 to announce the success of phase one of the environmental remediation of dioxin contamination with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Minister of National Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh and U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius. Vietnamese and U.S. agencies have discussed scientific matters, assessed dioxin concentrations and the environment at the airport, carried out research, eased damage caused by dioxin, provided information about harms to humans and assisted the disabled. However, the project, which kicked off in 2014, will need three more years with many difficulties. The volume of contaminated soil and sediments has increased from 72,900 cubic meters to 148,000 cubic meters. Besides, there are environmental problems like higher emissions, wastewater of the treatment system and high levels of dioxin. At the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Dam hailed the initial success of the project, … [Read more...]

US, Vietnam complete first phase of dioxin cleanup in Da Nang

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US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius (R) and Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh feel the soil that has been cleared of dioxin in the central city of Da Nang on May 3, 2016. Photo credit: Nguyen Dong/VnExpress US and Vietnamese officials on Tuesday announced that the first phase of a US$84-million dioxin cleanup project at a former US airbase in the central city of Da Nang has been completed. The toxic chemical was removed from 45,000 cubic meters of excavated soil and sediment at the site, US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius and Deputy Minister of Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh told the ceremony to mark the first phase’s success. The ceremony was attended by Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. That volume of treated soil and sediment will be given to Airports Corporation of Vietnam for being used as fill material for a project to expand Da Nang International Airport, heard the ceremony. Under the two-phase project in Da Nang, which started in August 2012 … [Read more...]

Fish still sell despite crisis

Fish are sold at a market along Ngo Quyen Street in Da Nang just before the mass fish deaths. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assigned tasks to ministries and localities, and ordered that specific measures be deployed to deal with the consequences of massive fish deaths along coastal central provinces and avoid similar environmental disasters. — VNS Photo Thai Ha

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — After being unable to sell their catches for many days due to the mass fish deaths, fishermen in the central provinces of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh have been thrown a lifeline by businesses coming forward to buy from them. Saigon Co.op has begun to buy fish caught offshore and certified as safe by authorities at the Gianh River fishing port in Quang Binh. Vo Hoang Anh, Saigon Co.op's marketing director, said Co.opmart bought around 20 tonnes on Sunday, mainly round scad and blue fish. The fish were checked, issued safety and hygiene certificates, and identified as being caught offshore by the provincial Department of Fisheries Resources Exploitation and Protection, the Department of Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance and the Department of Food Safety and Hygiene, he said. Co-opmart's own quality management division also collaborated with agencies and fishing boat owners to get samples tested at the Centre for Quality Assurance of Agro-Forestry and … [Read more...]

Dioxin-contaminated Da Nang soil treated

Workers treat dioxin-contaminated soil at Đà Nẵng International Airport. Photo vovworld.vn

US Ambassador Ted Osius and Senior Lieutenant General Nguyễn Chí Vịnh, the deputy minister of Defence, announced on May 2 the successful treatment of dioxin-contaminated soil at Đà Nẵng International Airport under a project managed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of National Defence. Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam attended the event. Scientific sampling of the approximately 45,000 cubic metres of treated soil established that it is well within the treatment goal. "Completing the first phase of treatment marks a significant milestone for the project and our two nations," Osius said. "We did this in partnership, learning from each other, to accomplish a historic scientific and diplomatic achievement. This project shows how much we can accomplish in the spirit of friendship and mutual respect." At the event to announce the successful completion of the first phase, treated land and soil from the project site was formally accepted by the … [Read more...]

First phase of dioxin cleanup at Da Nang airport completed

The announcement of phase 1 success event of the Da Nang airport remediation project, Da Nang City, May 3, 2016. Photo: VGP

VGP – A ceremony was held on May 3 in Da Nang City to mark the success of the first phase of the project on remediation of dioxin contamination at the city’s airport. This project manifested the awareness and deed of the Governments of Viet Nam and the US in overcoming the war consequences, closing the past and looking forwards to the future for peace and prosperity, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. Launched in 2014, the project has treated 45,000 m3 of contaminated soils using thermal desorption technology that involves heating the soil and sediment to a high temperature to destroy the dioxin. It also helped clean up 15/19 hectares of dioxin-contaminated soils at the airport referred as a dioxin "hotspot" due to high dioxin concentrations in soil and sediment remaining decades after the war. However, they are just the initial outcomes of the project which is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Both sides will have to treat around 148,000 m3 of soil and … [Read more...]

PM works with local authorities on mass fish deaths

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc asks for seeking causes of the mass fish deaths in an objective, honest, cautious and quick manner. Photo: VGP

VGP – PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc on May 1 had a working session with leaders of the central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue suffering from mass fish deaths. The event also drew the attendance of Deputy PMs Vu Duc Dam and Trinh Dinh Dung, leaders of the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Industry and Trade, Natural Resources and Environment, Science and Technology, Information and Communications, Health, Public Security, National Defense, the State Bank of Viet Nam, the Government Office. Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung reported that right after the incident, the PM had drastically requested relevant ministries, agencies, and localities to figure out roots and conduct emergency relief for victims. Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung and some ministers had fact-finding tours to affected areas. So far, the PM and Deputy PMs have issued eight guiding documents focusing on (1) defining the causes; (2) supporting … [Read more...]

Vietnam premier urges review of ‘all facilities’ following mass fish deaths

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered that the operations of all coastal production facilities in central Vietnam be reviewed, as the causes behind a spate of fish deaths in the region remains a mystery. The businesses to be reviewed and inspected include a subsidiary in Ha Tinh Province of Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics, suspected of having a link to the phenomenon, according to the premier. Phuc said local authorities must tighten inspection on activities of businesses and factories along the coastline to prevent illegal discharge into the sea. "We will examine all facilities, including Formosa. We will not exclude anyone," he asserted. The PM made the order on Sunday afternoon, concluding a four-hour working session with two of his deputies, Trinh Dinh Dung and Vu Duc Dam, as well as leaders of the affected provinces – Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. A large number of dead fish have washed ashore these provinces since April 6, … [Read more...]

Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park to offer special incentives

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The Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park in Hanoi will offer the best possible incentives to investors in order to attract and encourage investment and help the park reach its targets, according to Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. He assigned the Ministry of Science and Technology to research and determine special mechanisms and policies for application at the hi-tech park. Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park was the first of its kind in Vietnam, approved by the Prime Minister in 1998 to boost the country’s industrialization and modernization process. It remains a key project in developing Vietnam’s hi-tech industry and research capacity. Located in Hanoi’s west, the park sits in area of 1,586 ha and has eight main functional areas: a training and education zone; a research and implementation zone; a software zone; a hi-tech industrial zone; a central zone; a services zone; a housing zone; and an entertainment and sports area. Nearly 20 years after approval site clearance is still to be … [Read more...]

PM orders investigation of causes of fish deaths

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Specific measures must be deployed to deal with the consequences of massive fish deaths, and to avoid similar environmental disasters, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said this afternoon in central Hà Tĩnh Province. The Prime Minister made his comments while chairing a meeting with local authorities from those provinces affected by the fish deaths. Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (standing) chaired a meeting this afternoon with local authorities from those provinces affected by the fish deaths. - VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất Deputy Prime Ministers Trịnh Đình Dũng, Vũ Đức Đam and leaders of ministries and State agencies were among the attendees. The Prime Minister urged ministers to seek solutions so that fishermen can continue fishing as usual, while assigning the Ministry of Science and Technology to work with relevant ministries and sectors to probe the causes of the fish deaths and called for help from foreign experts, if necessary. Violations by any organisation or individuals … [Read more...]

Vietnam, a new hot spot for tech start-ups

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Investors, start-up founders and experts gathered in Singapore for a two-day Tech in Asia 2016 conference. Vietnam News talked with some of them to discover why Vietnam is becoming a hot-spot for start-ups. When Singaporean Alvin Koh was running his coffee shop in Hanoi’s Tay Ho district a few years ago, he noticed that it was nearly impossible to track the number of customers who came back to the shop, in essence, their loyalty to the place. Most of the coffee shops run their loyalty programme using paper cards, which Koh thought was inconvenient for customers because they had to carry too many cards. It was also inconvenient for merchants who could not track the frequency of the coffee-goers. "I don’t really know how often customers come, whether they come during the weekend or weekdays, or how much they spend," Koh said. "Sometimes the ladies carry too many bags and they don’t know where their coffee cards are. Sometimes the paper cards go bad because of … [Read more...]

Significance of PM’s first meeting with businesses

VGP - Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday chaired the first meeting with hundreds of business leaders in Ho Chi Minh City after he was elected as the Prime Minister of Viet Nam earlier this month. The meeting was held in Ho Chi Minh City-the country’s economic engine- in the context Viet Nam is accelerating international integration in which economic element as the core. Deputy PMs Truong Hoa Binh, Vuong Dinh Hue, Vu Duc Dam, and Trinh Dinh Dung also attended the meeting, which manifested the Government’s strong resolve to facilitate the development of the business circle. The meeting conveyed the message that business circle is the driving force of the economy. If the circle is strong, the country is powerful. The Government expected to learn obstacles against businesses, said PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc in his opening remarks. The Government also expected the businesses to partner with it to build up a favorable business environment conducive to them. Phuc affirmed that the … [Read more...]

The Prime Minister attends “Businesses – momentum for national economy” conference

Vice Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Doan Toan and the municipal departments attend the online conference.

The Hanoitimes - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired an online conference themed "Businesses – momentum for national economy" with enterprises across the country in HCM City on April 29. The conference is expected to spread his message that enterprises serve as a momentum for national economic development. Attending the meeting were the Deputy Prime Ministers: Truong Hoa Binh, Vuong Dinh Hue, Vu Duc Dam, and Trinh Dinh Dung. The conference held at Thong Nhat Hall in HCM City drew the participation of 300 representatives from businesses, including State, non-State, joint stock and FDI firms, cooperatives, domestic and foreign associations like the American Chamber of Commerce and the European Chamber of Commerce, and local leaders, who can join the conference directly or online. The forum was connected with 62 provinces through the internet. Speaking at the event, Chairman of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Vu Tien Loc said the conference affirms the … [Read more...]

Localities’ leaders asked to take responsibility for food safety violations

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc makes a speech at the conference.

The Hanoitimes - The Prime Minister stressed that Chairpersons of People’s Committees at communal, district and provincial/municipal levels should take responsibility for violations of food safety rules in areas under their management. Prime Minister (PM) Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the request at a teleconference in Hanoi on April 27. Attending the meeting were Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam, leaders of ministries and 63 provinces and cities across the country. Addressing the conference, the Government leader emphasised that ensuring food safety has a direct impact not only on human health, but also the country’s position and prestige. Therefore, relevant agencies have to perform well in ensuring food safety to achieve better results and meet the expectations of the people, PM Phuc said. The PM underlined the need to identify the responsibilities of agencies concerned with food safety management, especially the role played by their chiefs. He noted that ensuring food hygiene … [Read more...]

Food safety oversight unclear

Workers have lunch at a business canteen in the Tân Thuận Processing and Export Zone in HCM City. PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called on stricter measures to ensure food safety for people. - VNA/VNS Photo Phương Vy

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has underlined the need to identify the responsibilities of agencies concerned with food safety management, especially the role played by their chiefs. PM Phuc made the request at a teleconference yesterday with the leaders of all 63 localities along with other cabinet members in an effort to enact measures and mechanisms to tackle the food safety issue. Food safety fears are higher than ever as reports circulate of chemical contamination and smuggled food of unknown origins entering markets across the country. The government, especially local authorities, has been blamed for not effectively handling violations. The lenient punishment for smugglers and producers of substandard goo ds has also failed to act as a deterrent. "Ensuring food hygiene is the responsibility of the Party and State, firstly, of all-level authorities," the PM said. It is necessary to clarify management responsibilities, particularly individual responsibilities, in handling … [Read more...]

Press digest – April 27

VN values ties with Guangxi: Party chief The Party, State and people of Viet Nam attach importance to strengthening the neighborly friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Chinese counterparts, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said on April 27. Talking to Secretary of the Party Committee of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China, Peng Qinghua during a reception in Ha Noi, the Party General Secretary also laid stress on Guangxi’s significant role in Viet Nam – China ties. PM welcomes China’s Guizhou party secretary The Vietnamese Government always treasures and encourages ministries and provinces to step up cooperation with China’s localities, highlighted PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a reception for Secretary of the Guizhou Provincial Party Committee Chen Min’er on April 27. Viet Nam persistently pursues a foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, multi-lateralization and diversification of relations, while attaching much … [Read more...]

New Government holds first national food safety meeting

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc today chaired the new government’s first national meeting to tackle the heated food safety issue. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc today chaired the new government’s first national meeting to tackle the heated food safety issue. — Photo chinhphu.vn The prime minister stressed the problem could be solved "only with the engagement of the whole political system". Leaders of all 63 localities attended the meeting along with other cabinet members to work on measures and mechanisms to ensure quality food would be delivered to the residents, especially in the context of chemical contamination and smuggled food of unknown origin that was flooding markets across the country. The food safety issue has been blamed on authorities, especially at the local levels, for not effectively handling violations. The lenient punishment for smugglers and producers of substandard goods had also failed to act as a deterrent. "We have to make food … [Read more...]

Gov’t tightens food hygiene control

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc chairs the video conference on food hygiene, April 27, 2016 - Photo: VGP/Quang Hieu

VGP – Local leaders must bear responsibility for infringements of food hygiene regulations found in their localities, said PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The PM made the point on April 27 in Ha Noi while chairing a video conference with Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam, and officials from 63 cities and provinces with a view to figuring out solutions to addressing weak management of food hygiene in recent time. Many participating delegates attributed loose regulations on responsibilities of competent agencies; weak investigations; a lack of budget and certified technical equipment; light sanctions; and ineffective dissemination campaigns to rampant incidents of food poisoning and unsafe food products. Minister Cao Duc Phat underscored the need to clarify the responsibilities of related ministries, sectors and localities. The People’s Committees at all level are in charge of supervising food hygiene conditions at production units, street food, restaurants, and markets. Addressing the event, … [Read more...]

VN a new hot spot for tech start-ups

Thu Huong Le SINGAPORE (Biz Hub) — When Singaporean Alvin Koh was running his coffee shop in Ha Noi 's Tay Ho District a few years ago, he noticed that it was nearly impossible to track the number of customers who came back to the shop, in essence, their loyalty to the place. Most of the coffee shops run their loyalty programme using paper cards, which Koh thought was inconvenient for customers because they had to carry too many cards. It was also inconvenient for merchants who could not track the frequency of the coffee-goers. "I don't really know how often customers come, whether they come during the weekend or weekdays, or how much they spend," Koh said. "Sometimes the ladies carry too many bags and they don't know where their coffee cards are. Sometimes the paper cards go bad because of the rain." Inspired partially by the Starbucks Loyalty Programme, which enables Starbucks' customers to scan their smartphones at the store to gain reward points, Koh and his 10-member … [Read more...]

Master plan for Keo pagoda

Keo pagoda (Photo: Internet)

(Cinet)- Agreed by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, a master plan for Keo pagoda will be devised by the Thai Binh provincial People’s Committee. Deputy Prime Minister assigned the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in coordination with the relevant agencies to examine the master plan before reaching the Prime Minister for approval. Just over 130 km away from the capital Hanoi, Keo Pagoda, which was built in 1632, is an ancient building but has 102 rooms, more than any other pagoda in Vietnam. There are two passages which separate the pagoda from the temple. They are designed with curved roofs that join together at the 11.5m-high iron and wood bell tower. The tower has three storeys, each of which possesses its own tiled roof and bronze bell. The 108,000 sq.m pagoda is home to a wealth of ancient artefacts, which range from intricately engraved wooden dragons to a collection of over 100 statues. It has also preserved many valuable antiques, such as a pair of … [Read more...]