Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tiến Dũng at the press briefing after the Government meeting on Wednesday. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — Government officials Wednesday provided further details to the media regarding matters of concern among the public recently. Answering reporters’ queries at the Government meeting for August, officials addressed a number of topics. Regarding the Đông Đô University case, where since 2016 certificates of English language proficiency for thousands of people without the need to take classes or sit for exams, Major General Nguyễn Duy Ngọc, Deputy Minister of Public Security, said the criminal proceedings have begun against five people. Earlier, the ministry issued an arrest warrant against Trần Khắc Hùng, 47, chairman of the Board of Directors and head of the Training Institute at Đông Đô University on … [Read more...] about Officials quizzed on hot topics
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Thousands of Cambodian citizens in Phnom Penh gather on May 2, 1983, to bid farewell to Vietnamese volunteer soldiers of the Military Unit 4 -- Cửu Long Military Corps after they completed their mission in Cambodia. — VNA File Photo By George Campbell, former copy-editor at Vietnam News Agency I arrived in Hà Nội for the first time on 2nd December 1978 to replace Chris Ray as an English-language specialist at the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) working on the daily English news bulletin. I flew into what did not look like an international airport. The plane passed over numerous bomb craters before landing a good walk from a warehouse-type structure that served as a terminal near the bombed makeshift airport buildings. I was greatly moved as I was visually confronted by the consequences of the war I had read about and seen on TV. It took 45 minutes to successfully connect to VNA by radio telephone and a lot longer for a Soviet-style jeep to pick me up. … [Read more...] about Writing history in Việt Nam
Participants pose for a group photo at the opening ceremony (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The 44th Executive Board Meeting of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) officially opened in Hanoi on April 19, with the theme of “For a professional and innovative journalism”. Hosted by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), the meeting focuses on three main contents, including strategies of news agencies in response to changes in information use behaviours which focus on video clips and the YouTube platform; fake news and fact-checking; and regaining trust for mainstream news. In his opening speech, VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi, who is also a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC), said that in the last five decades since it became an OANA member in 1969, the VNA has been an active member of the organisation and made various contributions to activities enhancing the development of journalism in the Asia-Pacific. VNA General Director … [Read more...] about OANA Executive Board convenes 44th meeting in Hanoi
At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
Singaporean enterprises seek opportunities in Vietnam A Singaporean mission of nearly 20 firms will visit Vietnam from October 15 to 19 to sound out cooperation prospects. The trip is jointly held by the Vietnam Trade Office in Singapore, the Malaysia-Singapore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Singapore Business Federation. According to the organizers, the Singaporean delegation includes representatives of large corporations, such as Sembcorp, which has developed seven Vietnam-Singapore industrial park projects in Vietnam, and NTUC, the retailer accounting for more than half of Singapore’s market share. Besides visits to corporations and industrial parks in Vietnam, there will be trade promotion meetings in HCMC and Can Tho City so that enterprises of the two countries can seek partners and export goods. Representatives of the South Agency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade and the Vietnam Trade Office in Singapore will also … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 18/10