Vietnam, Israel seek measures to boost cooperation

The information was released by Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh, who co-chaired the meeting, during an interview with Vietnam News Agency’s correspondent in Tel Aviv, Israel, on the sidelines of the event. Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh (left) and Israeli Ministerof Economy and Industry Eli Cohen. The two sides noted with satisfaction the already fruitful cooperation between the two countries, with two-way trade increasing significantly during 2010-2016, he said. They also began negotiations for a free trade agreement with three meetings and are preparing for the next round, he said, noting Israel has recognized Vietnam’s market economic status. Both agreed that Vietnam and Israel hold a lot of potential for cooperation as the two economies are reciprocal. At the meeting, they agreed to work together to raise bilateral trade to 3 billion USD as agreed by the two countries’ leaders and accelerate the signing of the trade deal, while seeking an agreement on labor cooperation. The two sides also set forth measures to implement a financial protocol. Israel said the country stands ready to share its experience in launching and promoting start-ups. They also agreed on measures to step up cooperation in technology, agriculture, navigation and development. Anh said Vietnam and Israel will mark the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2018 and the two sides will coordinate to implement cooperation programs for the interests of each side. According to…... [read more]

Located in the wetlands of the Plain of Reeds in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Đồng Tháp, Tràm Chim National Park is known for its spectacular diversity of bird species, attracting bird-watchers year-round. Conservation efforts: Grey Heron can be found year-round in Tràm Chim National Park. - VNS Photo Nguyễn Tiến Lễ Local farmers named the park Tràm Chim due to the great number of cajeput (tràm) trees and birds (chim). The 7,300ha park, flooded for half a year and dry for the other half, is home to more than 100 vertebrate species, 40 species of fish, and 213 species of water birds, including 16 rare birds like the Sarus crane, the greater adjutant, black-headed ibis, darter, and little egret. Nguyễn Thế Hạnh, vice director of the national park, said that thousands of Asian openbill storks, which were given priority for preservation, have flocked to the park. The park has a good environment for birds, containing a level of water conducive to the development of flora and aquatic creatures. Thanks to its diversity of bird species, the park holds bird-watching tours, attracting a great number of visitors. The number of visitors exceeded 60,000 in 2014, a five-fold increase compared to 2012, when it was recognised as Việt Nam’s fourth site under the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands of International Importance. In the first half of the year, the park welcomed…... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue (R) and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett (Source: VNA) Wellington (VNA) – Vietnam and New Zealand on July 27 affirmed their determination to raise two-way trade to 1.7 billion USD by 2020 during Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue’s working visit to New Zealand. While in Wellington, Hue paid a courtesy visit to Speaker of the House of Representatives David Carter, held talks with Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett, and worked with Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee and Minister Trade Todd McClay. The officials agreed to intensify investment in the fields Vietnam has demand and New Zealand has strength such as agriculture, renewable energy and infrastructure. Paula Bennett and Todd McClay confirmed to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese agricultural products to enter New Zealand, and continue supporting the country in improving production, processing and preservation of farm produce to meet foreign markets’ high standards. The two sides reached a consensus on the early signing of the 2017-2020 Vietnam-New Zealand Action Programme in 2017 in order to boost cooperation in the priority fields of politics, economy-trade, agriculture, education-training, science, and tourism. They also pledged to soon organise the sixth meeting of the two countries’ Joint Committee on Economic and Trade Cooperation. The New Zealand leaders asserted to maintain the provision of official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam with the focus on social welfare, agriculture and rural development, human resources improvement, and climate change adaptation. …... [read more]

Visitors at Agro Vietnam 2017, which is being held at the White Palace Convention Centre in HCM City on July 27, 28. — VNS Photo. The International Exhibition and Conference on Agricultural Fertilisers, Chemicals and Machinery in Viet Nam opened in HCM City on July 27. Agro Vietnam 2017 has attracted 80 exhibitors from 10 countries and territories, including Japan, the US, South Korea, Malaysia, China, and Taiwan. The products on show include a wide range of fertilisers, pesticides, agricultural machinery and chemicals, vegetable and fruit seeds, and other products. The biennial event will also feature conferences on Viet Nam’s pesticide and fertiliser markets, government regulations on production and export of chemicals and other topics. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Bui Thị Thanh An, head of the Viet Nam Trade Promotion Agency in HCM City, said the exhibition is a good opportunity for local and foreign enterprises to exchange information and explore business prospects. It would also help promote investment in the agricultural sector in Viet Nam, she said. Hoang Trung, deputy director general of the Plant Protection Department, said Viet Nam is a major market for pesticides, with the country importing around 100,000 tonnes of both technical and formulated pesticides a year for the past three years. Some companies import technical pesticides to formulate products for domestic use and exports, he said. Organised by Minh Vi Exhibition and Advertisement Services Co Ltd, China National Chemical Information Center and…... [read more]

Farmers in Vinh Loi district, Bac Lieu province (Photo: VNA)     Hanoi (VNA) – Mekong Delta provinces cultivated 355,400 hectares of Fall-Winter rice crops by mid-July, an 8.7 percent drop from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The largest rice areas were reported in Dong Thap, Kien Giang, Hau Giang and Long An provinces and Can Tho City. Some provinces advised farmers to only grow rice in lands surrounded by good embankments to escape floods; and to ensure a proper period of time between crops. Vietnam has cultivated more than 2.12 million hectares of Summer-Fall rice crops during the period, up 2 percent year on year. Southern provinces contributed to approximately 90.6 percent of the total area and those from the Mekong Delta accounted for 77.6 percent, down 2.3 percent year on year. The contraction was largely due to farmers shifting to grow annual and perennial plants. The later-grown Summer-Fall rice areas have reached the stages of heading and flowering while the early-grown crops have been harvested in an area of 663,700 hectares, accounting for 34.5 percent of the total areas, including 654,300 hectares in the Mekong Delta. The yield was estimated at around 58.7 quintals per hectare. Northern Vietnam has finished cultivating its winter rice crop with the early-grown areas in the stage of tillering.-VNA... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Closing door and burning lemongrass extract oil is how the family of 22-year-old Thao Hien tries to prevent the seasonal dengue fever outbreak using natural products.  With the rapid spread of dengue fever, anti-mosquito services and special products have sprung up everywhere, especially in Ha Noi and HCM City. — Photo zing.vn Hien’s fear has increased since her neighbourhood on Thuy Khue Street near West Lake was declared one of the capital’s dengue fever outbreak hotspots, with five residents infected. Symptoms typically include a fever, headache, muscle and joint pains and a rash. Unlike Hien, other families choose chemical sprays to kill the virus-bearing mosquitos. Khanh Huyen of Giang Vo Ward told Viet Nam News that her father had her house sprayed several days ago, however, mosquitos keep appearing.  With the rapid spread of dengue fever, anti-mosquito services and special products have sprung up everywhere, especially in Ha Noi and HCM City.  However, the quality and safety of many of these chemicals and products are unknown.  “I spent about VND2 million (nearly US$100) on anti-mosquito chemicals to spray all over a three–storey house. I prefer to buy chemicals myself rather than rely on medical staff for the safety of our children,” Ta Tien Hung, a resident of Ha Noi’s Nam Tu Liem District, told Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper.  According to him, there are still mosquito larvae in his house even after it was sprayed by the district’s medical staff. Hung is just one of thousands of the…... [read more]

Rice cooperation between Vietnam and Australia is growing strongly and will continue to head upwards in the years to come. Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue, during his visit to the Australia, told a meeting with Australian businesses on July 24 that Vietnam can supply all types of rice in bulk to the country. Vietnam’s rice exports to Australia reached 220,000 tonnes last year, an increase of 50 per cent compared to 2015 and accounting for 4.5 per cent of all trade with the country. Mr. Rob Gordon, CEO of Sunrice, the world’s largest rice and food processor, said that some Vietnamese enterprises have exported micronutrient rice to islands in the Pacific Ocean under orders from Sunrice. He also suggested the Vietnam Government permit Sunrice to expand its business in Vietnam, transfer technology, and share its experience in rice production in a closed process with Vietnamese enterprises. Deputy PM Hue appreciated Sunrice’s goodwill and affirmed that the Vietnamese Government would direct the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to cooperate with the company to support Vietnamese rice producers. Besides rice, Australian enterprises are also keen on other sectors in Vietnam such as tourism. Vietnam is becoming a popular holiday destination for many Australians, with 50,000 expected each year in the near future. Vietnam is now Australia’s 15th largest trade partner, with two-way trade of over $10 billion, while Australian investment in Vietnam has boomed over recent years. In the first six months of…... [read more]

Illustrative photo (Source: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – Mekong Delta enterprises should foster connectivity and cooperation, while strengthening the application of high technology in production and business, said Vo Hung Dung, Director of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Can Tho city. Addressing a conference in Can Tho city on July 26 to seek measures for regional businesses to adapt with changes of the world economy amidst the fourth industrial revolution, Dung noted that Mekong Delta region faces many difficulties in infrastructure, logistics and technology. He held that the fourth industrial revolution will benefit regional firms by reducing labour cost, increasing productivity, thus improving profit. Sharing Dung’s opinions, Nguyen The Quang, Vice Director of the E-Commerce and IT Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, mentioned the “sharing economy” model, which is proving its efficiency in many countries in the world. He cited the success of IT-based businesses such as Grab, Uber, Trip me and Ahamove, which aims to share cost and increases profit, adding that regional firms can learn the model for better integration. Huynh The Du, Director of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Programme, noted that so far this year, the region has had 4,275 new enterprises, up 110.5 percent over the same period last year, with total investment of 30.81 billion VND, a rise of 122.7 percent. However, the number of dissolved firms were 2,426, an increase of 114 percent year on year, he said. He…... [read more]

Illustrative photo (Source: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – Mekong Delta enterprises should foster connectivity and cooperation, while strengthening the application of high technology in production and business, said Vo Hung Dung, Director of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Can Tho city. Addressing a conference in Can Tho city on July 26 to seek measures for regional businesses to adapt with changes of the world economy amidst the fourth industrial revolution, Dung noted that Mekong Delta region faces many difficulties in infrastructure, logistics and technology. He held that the fourth industrial revolution will benefit regional firms by reducing labour cost, increasing productivity, thus improving profit. Sharing Dung’s opinions, Nguyen The Quang, Vice Director of the E-Commerce and IT Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, mentioned the “sharing economy” model, which is proving its efficiency in many countries in the world. He cited the success of IT-based businesses such as Grab, Uber, Trip me and Ahamove, which aims to share cost and increases profit, adding that regional firms can learn the model for better integration. Huynh The Du, Director of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Programme, noted that so far this year, the region has had 4,275 new enterprises, up 110.5 percent over the same period last year, with total investment of 30.81 billion VND, a rise of 122.7 percent. However, the number of dissolved firms were 2,426, an increase of 114 percent year on year, he said. He…... [read more]

The Vietnamese Embassy in Algeria and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Algeria’s northeastern province of Annaba recently held a seminar to discuss trade cooperation between the two countries. Overview of the seminar Addressing the event, Ambassador Pham Quoc Tru highlighted the friendship between the two countries, affirming Vietnam’s interest in boosting bilateral trade and investment cooperation. He held that in order to hit the target of 1 billion USD in two-way trade in 2020, the two sides should work together to remove obstacles hindering bilateral trade and investment ties, while creating favourable legal conditions for businesses of both sides. Vietnamese and Algerian enterprises should also seek business partnerships in each country, he added, pledging that the embassy will help connect the two business communities. Meanwhile, Trade Counselor Hoang Duc Nhuan detailed the economic development of Vietnam, as well as bilateral cooperation between the two countries and a handbook on Vietnam’s market. Djouadi Azzedine, a representative from the Annaba Chamber of Commerce and Industry briefed participants on investment opportunities in the province in trade, industry, agriculture and tourism. The local government is also upgrading old industrial parks to speed up the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises. He also called for Vietnamese enterprises’ investment in infrastructure building, housing, consumer goods production, footwear, fisheries and agriculture. The representative also suggested establishing a business council to support bilateral trade and forming a direct partnership between the provincial Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He…... [read more]




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