News Digest (13-12-2008) VN, Mongolia agree to boost trade to US$10m by 2010 HA NOI — Viet Nam and Mongolia have agreed to boost two-way trade from US$3.5 million to $10 million by 2010. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ho Xuan Hung and Mongolian Minister for Food, Agriculture and Light Industry Tunjin Badoamjunai, agreed on this at the 13th session of the Viet Nam-Mongolia Inter-governmental Commission for Economic and Scientific and Technological Co-operation. At the four-day session, which opened in HCM City on Wednesday, the two sides also discussed measures to foster economic, scientific and technological co-operation for the next two years. They also agreed to create favourable conditions for business, saying that co-operation between the two banking sectors had created a trustworthy and fast payment mechanism. Nation lauds forum to promote democracy held in Indonesia HA NOI – The Vietnamese Government highly appreciated Indonesia’s … [Read more...] about VN, Mongolia agree to boost trade to US$10m by 2010
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Pham Ngoc Tien, Director of Gender Equality Department, MOLISA (Photo:qdnd.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – More than 80 experts from governmental agencies, domestic and international organizations, and academia attended “The launching workshop on the review of the National Strategy on Gender Equality and the development of the new National Strategy on Gender Equality 2021-2030” in Hanoi on December 6. CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Action and Sustainable Development Goals SDGs. UN Women Vietnam, highlighted that "Gender equality and women empowerment is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and indispensable for all aspects of socio-economic life. Gender equality is not only a basic human-right, but also a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, inclusive and sustainable Vietnam”. At the workshop, participants shared their plans to support the review of the National Strategy on Gender Equality implementation in the period of 2011-2020 and the development of the … [Read more...] about Vietnam builds new national strategy on gender equality
A Vietnamese taxi driver accused an American woman of Vietnamese descendant of sexually harassing him on May 4 but oddly the latter had reported to local police that she was raped by another cabbie just a couple of days earlier. The accuser-turned-accused Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, 40, is also the one who had lodged complaints to local police against a Vietnamese tabloid for what she called ostensible made-up stories last year that she raped many taxi drivers, one of whom was said to be forced to have sex with her over 30 times in two days. However, all of her accusations have been disproved by Vietnamese authorities eventually. Ngoc: I’m a rape victim The American woman told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on May 1 that she returned to Vietnam to meet a 31-year-old young man named N.Đ.T. living in the southern city of Vung Tau who proclaimed himself as a “poor kept man.” Ngoc said after having a vacation in Hanoi, she and the man in question flew to Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...] about Vietnamese American’s rape accusation: Raping? Being raped? Or lies?
Volunteers join a campaign against the use of tobacco in central Da Nang city (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - The new cigarette tax rate of 5,000 VND (0.2 USD) per pack will help reduce the rate of tobacco consumption and increase the State budget, health experts have said. Speaking at the conference on tax incentives to prevent tobacco harm on September 25 morning, health experts said the application of the special consumption tax rate will reduce the tobacco use rate among men from 45.3 percent to 39 percent by 2020. Currently, Vietnam has the world’s ninth-highest number of smokers. On average, one in every two male adults is smoker. The prevalence of smoking among adolescents is 24.3 percent. The country has been suffering the burden of disease and financial loss caused by tobacco use. In 2015, Vietnamese people spent up to 31 trillion VND (1.3 billion USD) on cigarettes and more 24 trillion VND (1.03 billion USD) on treatment of tobacco-related diseases such as … [Read more...] about Increase on special consumption tax vital to reduce smoking
With a coastline of more than 3,200 km and thousands of islands including the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, Vietnam has benefited much from the sea. Vietnam participated in building the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and was one of the first countries to sign and approve the Convention. The 1994 adoption reflects Vietnam’s determination to work with other countries to build an equal order to promote development and cooperation at sea. National maritime policies Its Sea and islands are part of Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction, and are a living space and a gateway to other countries. Being aware of the importance of sea and islands in national construction and defense, Vietnam has managed fishery exploitation in parallel with defending national sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction at sea in order to build a strong, prosperous country. The Communist Party of Vietnam has created a vision and issued … [Read more...] about Vietnam fine-tunes maritime laws