Trade minister asks for diplomats’ help in expanding export markets

HCM City People's Committee Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong receives Kanagawa Governor Kuroiwa Yuji (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City is willing to create all favourable conditions for Japanese investors, including those from Kanagawa prefecture, to operate effectively in the city, especially in the fields of mechanics, information technology and plastics. The statement was made by Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong at a reception for visiting Kanagawa Governor Kuroiwa Yuji in the city on July 14. The two localities see great potential for collaboration in the field of public health…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the ambassadors at the meeting (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged ambassadors andheads of Vietnamese diplomatic agencies abroad for the 2017-2020 term to work hard to promote the image of Vietnam to the world at a meeting with them on July 14. Stressing the significance of State diplomacy and the important role of ambassadors, he expressed hope that the diplomats will foster Vietnam’s relations with their host countries in all fields, including economy, trade, investment, education and tourism. They should also introduce improvements in…... [read more]

A recent sparring match between a Canadian Wing Chun master and his Vietnamese karate counterpart in Hanoi has left local officials confused about whether, and how, martial art duels should be regulated. The sparring match between Canadian Wing Chun master Pierre Francois Flores and Vietnamese karate master Doan Bao Chau in Hanoi on Wednesday had been much anticipated by the Vietnamese public, though for reasons not related to the match-up itself. Flores received public attention in Vietnam after he sent a challenge to Huynh Tan Kiet, founder and grand master of Nam Huynh Dao, a school of…... [read more]

Fishermen and their catches in Quang Binh province (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The quality of the marine environment in the central region becomes stable, meeting safety requirements for aquaculture, tourism and conservation of aquatic animals and plants, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). This is the result of a programme conducted by the MARD from May 4-9, 2017 to assess the sea environment in the four central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. The programme, which was carried out one year after the environmental incident relating…... [read more]

Eight university students will represent Vietnam to attend the 2017 Asian Students Environment Platform (ASEP), an international platform aimed at protecting the global environment. The 2017 ASEP is scheduled to take place in Japan’s Tokyo, Miyagi and Chiba Prefectures from August 1 to 6 under the theme of ‘Biodiversity and Renovation,’ with media assistance from The Mainichi and Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspapers.     Eight students from the Vietnam National University-Hanoi are among the 64 young participants from major universities of several countries across Asia, namely Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Thailand, and Vietnam. A series…... [read more]

Quang Nam Province in south-central Vietnam is eyeing the construction of four new hydropower plants despite already straining its rivers with 42 such projects. Despite a series of earthquakes that rattled hydropower plants in Quang Nam’s Bac Tra My District in 2014, its neighboring district of Nam Tra My may soon be put under the strain of four more hydroelectric projects, according to a recent proposal by the provincial administration. In its report sent to the provincial People’s Council, the People’s Committee of Quang Nam suggested making amendments to a previous resolution on the planning of small-…... [read more]

Pop star Beyonce posted the pictures of her twins, Sir Carter and Rumi, in an Instagram post on Friday, in her first public acknowledgement of their birth. Beyonce performs at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. , February 12, 2017. "Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today," Beyonce wrote in the post, which showed her holding her two infants.  She wore a colorful flowing robe falling off her left shoulder and a blue veil. The picture had been "liked" almost 2.25 million times just a hour after it was posted. Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles had said…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Da Den Reservoir, which supplies water to 90 per cent of the people in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, is at risk of being severely polluted. Da Den Reservoir, which supplies water to 90 per cent of the people in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. — Photo baotainguyenmoitruong.vn Many local residents in Chau Duc and Tan Thanh districts bordering the reservoir are worried that the waste water treatment plant in neighbouring Dong Nai Province will affect the reservoir water, the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper reported on Thursday. Residents have repeatedly complained to provincial authorities of the strange water colour…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The recent emergence of an “anti-vaccine” trend in Viet Nam has sparked a debate, with many parents, officials and other stakeholders weighing in either side, mostly favouring vaccinations as a life-saver. A baby gets vaccine against measles in Thanh Hoa Province.  Votaries for vaccines argue very passionately that there is strong evidence of the method saving millions of lives on its way to becoming an indispensable part of public healthcare. They say that 200 years after the discovery of vaccine by the English physician Edward Jenner, immunisation has been credited with saving approximately nine million lives a…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Bach Ma National Park has been selected as the site for the world’s only breeding centre for the saola, the extremely elusive forest-dwelling bovine only found in the forests of Viet Nam and Laos. A team of rangers on patrol to track the saola in a forest in A Luoi District. — VNS Photo Cong Thanh The sao la is a critically endangered creature that was the eighth new large mammal species to be discovered in the 20th century. The selection of the park in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue as the breeding site was…... [read more]




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