Xy ethnic minority group gets business-minded (08-08-2007) Quang Tri — When five local households in Xy Commune opened shops in the western region of Quang Tri central province, everyone in the village agreed that it was a significant community event. On the opening day of the shops, the commune slaughtered a buffalo to celebrate. Ho Van Pung, an elderly villager from the commune was so glad that he raised a toast to everyone and said: "I'm very glad that the Xy people now know how to run a business". The retail businesses specialise in selling essential items to the villagers. Self-employment is nothing new to people in other regions, but for the Xy ethnic people living on the top of the Truong Son range, it is an unfamiliar practice. To help the Xy people learn how to run a shop, the Huong Hoa District People's Committee developed a project to train the villagers. They made a special effort to show women how to calculate money and purchase goods for the stores. During the first … [Read more...] about Xy ethnic minority group gets business-minded
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Many Vietnamese bicycle markers exhausted their resources or declared bankruptcy due to anti-dumping lawsuits before the European Commission (EC) lifted anti-dumping taxes on bicycles imported from Vietnam on July 15. The decision came after lobbying efforts by the Vietnamese Embassy and trade agencies in Belgium and the European Union (EU), and a letter sent by Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang to Karel De Guntch, EU Trade High Commissioner, on the issue. The EC levied anti-dumping duties of 15.8-34 percent on Vietnamese bicycles on July 14, 2005. On March 19, the EC said it would consider reviewing the tariff at the request of the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association, which sought to extend anti-dumping taxes set to expire July 15. On June 18, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai paid a visit to the EC and spoke with Karel De Guntch about strengthening the comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and the EU, as well as measures to boost bilateral ties in … [Read more...] about Local bike makers go bankrupt due to anti-dumping lawsuits
A pedestrian wearing a leaf hat walks on a footbridge as traffic moves along a road in Hanoi. Authorities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are facing a tough task in convincing millions of Vietnamese motorbike and car owners to switch to the trains as the first metro systems in the two economic hubs are all set to be commissioned by 2018. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG After years of delay, authorities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are determined that they will have their first metro systems commissioned by 2018 in a bid to clear streets increasingly clogged with cars and motorbikes. However, they face a much tougher task in convincing millions of motorbike and car owners to switch to the trains because old habits die hard, and, some experts say, entrenched attitudes die even harder. "Successful public transit projects need to combine a policy framework with good facilities that encourages people not to use cars and encourages them to use public transport," Jonathan Pincus, a HCMC-based economist … [Read more...] about Vietnam metro systems get set, but will the public go?
Though his health has become increasingly weaker, senior citizen Ha Minh Du, 79, from QuanTriVillage (Yen Lam Commune, Yen Dinh District, ThanhHoaProvince) rides his old bike every day to each and every Muong ethnichousehold to collect their traditional customs, games, folk-songs and proverbs. At night, Du tirelessly types up the notes he has collected that day of the ethnic group's cultural values. Du joined the army when he was 16. He also fought in the Dien Bien Phu Campaign. After the resistance war against the French colonists ended, he worked in the Central Voluntary Youth Union Command. In 1956, he was sent to study at the HanoiPedagogyUniversity. After that, he worked for the former Thanh Hoa Department of Education. During that time, he travelled a great deal in order to compile a full set of the Muong alphabet, which was one of his long-standing dreams. The elderly teacher shakingly opens several A4-sized pages full of words in the Muong script and says: "These are … [Read more...] about A man preserving the Muong ethnic group’s “soul”