Vietnam promotes exports to Australia, New Zealand

VietNamNet Bridge – People often say it’s not easy to change one’s habits, but a man from Cu Pua Village in the central province of Quang Tri has succeeded and inspired others to follow. A big sign that says “No drinking at home – Drink-free village” is hung at a prominent spot in Ho E Not’s house. - VNS Photo Duy Loi Ho E Not, 44, said the villagers in Dakrong District used to consider tobacco and alcohol indispensable. Most men and women smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol, whatever the occasion. “It had become a custom. Drinking when celebrating new crops, at weddings and funerals,” he said. Not was no exception. At the age of ten, he started smoking and drinking, growing addicted to both. After getting married, Not continued drinking every day. To have money for alcohol and tobacco, he didn’t hesitate to sell the little rice left in the family rice basket. Until one day he saw his children crying out of hunger. He also started noticing that many people suffered poverty and traffic accidents as an effect of alcohol abuse, and his conscience was awakened, Not recalled. “Villagers trusted me as I was the only person in the village that had finished the sixth grade (out of 12). I also inherited my father knowledge in curing normal diseases like dysentery, digestive disorders, gastritis and colitis.” Thus, he decided to give up smoking and drinking to set a good example. Ghosts in forest Since 2002, he has been…... [read more]

Hoang Van Dung, Chairman of ABAC Vietnam. (Source: VNA) Ottawa (VNA) – The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) needs to become an open, innovative and inclusive region with a long-term vision to create sustainable and inclusive growth, heard the third APEC Business Advisory Council meeting (ABAC III) in Toronto, Canada. In a press release issued after the conference, which was held from July 24-28, ABAC members highlighted four priority fields of intensifying integration and trade liberalisation, speeding up the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises, developing science and technology, and bettering human resources training. They also stressed the need for APEC economies to take action toward the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area based on the results of ambitious regional agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and the Pacific Alliance. Talking to Vietnam News Agency correspondents, APEC Executive Director Alan Bollard said that as ABAC III was a meeting of enterprises, delegates discussed a series of issues related to trade and investment and on how to maintain dynamic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. New issues, including e-commerce, development of small enterprises and the role of women in the economy, were also put on table, he added. Chairman of the ABAC Vietnam Hoang Van Dung emphasised the importance of science and technology in the digital era, especially for such developing countries as Vietnam. Within the framework of the conference, a representative from the Vietnamese delegation informed the participants of…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A Vietnamese boy who could barely walk or speak because of cerebral palsy gets two degrees at a US university and looks forward to new challenges, Phan Duong and Luong Huong report. Red letter day: Quan and his mother at his graduation ceremony at the Georgia Gwinnet College in the US in May. Photo kenh14.vn Graduation Day is special for all students, but the applause was particularly prolonged and resounding as Tran Manh Chanh Quan’s name was announced at the ceremony held at Georgia Gwinnett College in May this year. The special applause for Quan was not just that he was getting two degrees, one in IT and another in mathematics, but that the wheel-chair bound student was also suffered from cerebral palsy, a condition caused by brain damage that affects body movement, muscle control and co-ordination, reflex, posture and balance. Twenty-five years ago, when riding through a bumpy road in Ngai Giao Commune, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Quan’s mother, Le Manh Nu Vinh Son, fell off her bike. She was seven months pregnant with him. Quan was thus born with cerebral palsy. He could not sit by himself at the age of three. With monumental patience, Son and her husband trained their son with physiotherapy. It took a long time for Quan’s left hand to loosen a bit and for him to feel objects with it. He could only mouth a few words with great difficulty and the speech impediment is a lifelong condition, along with…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) must become an open, innovative and inclusive region, with a long-term vision to creating sustainable and inclusive growth, heard the third APEC Business Advisory Council meeting (ABAC III) held in Toronto, Canada. In a press release issued following the conference, which was held from July 24-28, the ABAC members highlighted four priority fields in which to intensifying integration and trade liberalisation, accelerating the development of small and mediumsized enterprises, developing science and technology, and improve human resources training. They also stressed the need for the APEC economies to take action toward the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area, based on the results of ambitious regional agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the Pacific Alliance. Talking to Vietnam News Agency correspondents, APEC Executive Director Alan Bollard said that as ABAC III was a meeting of enterprises, delegates discussed a series of issues related to trade and investment and on how to maintain the dynamic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. New issues, including e-commerce, the development of small enterprises and the role of women in the economy, were also put to the table, he added. Chairman of the ABAC Vietnam Hoang Van Dung emphasised the importance of science and technology in the digital era, especially for developing countries such as Vietnam. As part of the conference, a representative from the Vietnamese delegation informed the participants of Vietnam’s preparation works for the APEC Economic…... [read more]

A conference on Friday painted a dark picture of child molestation in Vietnam, with the number of sexually abused children constantly increasing over the years while offenders are often the victims’ family members or close relatives. More than 8,100 children have fallen victim to sex abuse during the five-year period ending 2016, according to statistics provided by the Ministry of Public Security at the conference on preventing child molestation in Ho Chi Minh City. Speaking at the conference, many delegates did not fully agree with the given number of victims, believing that the figure is inaccurate due to several reasons. Attendees explained that the first reason is that having a child who was sexually abused in the family is still considered a taboo by many older generations, so they tend not to report the case to the police and often deal with the offender privately. The second reason is, according to delegates, many families dare not to sue the offenders as they are threatened or fear of not having sufficient evidence. Many families falling victims to child molestation were invited to speak at Friday’s conference, but only one man summoned enough courage to come forward to share his story. Coming from the southern Soc Trang Province, the father of a seven-year-old girl who was sexually abused by a close neighbor could not hold his tears while recollecting the tragedy of his daughter.        “My family is poor, so my wife…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - The competition in the sweets market is getting fierce as market growth has slowed down. As a pioneer in bringing chocolate-coated pies into Vietnam, and the best known brand with 60 percent of market share, Orion Vina ignited the great chocopie war. With a localization strategy, Orion Vina has created a product suited to the Vietnamese taste. In 2003, Pham Nguyen Food Processing and Confectionary spent $2 million to import a 10 ton/day production line from South Korea and began making similar chocolate-coated pies, called Choco P&N and Phaner Pie.  Empowered with the $9.3 million investment from Japanese Mizuho ASEAN Investment LP, Pham Nguyen has geared up for the chocopie competition. It has opened a third factory in Hung Yen province after factories in Long An and HCMC. As a pioneer in bringing chocolate-coated pies into Vietnam, and the best known brand with 60 percent of market share, Orion Vina ignited the great chocopie war. While Orion targets children and those who buy Chocopie for gifts, Pham Nguyen sells pies targets women and children. The weight of Pham Nguyen’s pie is smaller than that of the rival (18 gr vs 30 gr), while the manufacturer tries to minimize the costs for packaging design. Bibica, when developing its strategic products, also focuses on pies. In April 2017, Bibica marketed Mini Pie Orienko to compete with the big rivals. The 18 gr pie, with no preservatives and more chocolate, has a competitive price of VND30,000 per 264 gr box. …... [read more]

Vietnam’s National Committee for Traffic Safety has requested further investigation into the case in which a sleeper bus attendant verbally attacked two foreign female tourists and asked them to leave his vehicle in Nha Trang. Following the request, the transport department in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa has summoned representative of the bus operator, Viet Nhat Co., to work. “We are waiting for a more detailed report from the bus operator to decide their violations,” Nguyen Van Dan, deputy direct of the transport department, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Friday. Viet Nhat Co. is registered in Ho Chi Minh City and only has a branch office in Nha Trang. “So we will transfer the case to the Ho Chi Minh City transport department to give the final punishment decision,” Dan added. According to three videos posted on the Facebook of Celine Lin, a Taiwanese tourist, on July 26, an attendant of a Viet Nhat sleeper bus angrily shouted and cursed at two foreign tourists and asked them to leave the vehicle. The man, who was fired by the bus company on Thursday, was also seen grabbing a stick in an attempt to attack another foreign man in one of the video, which has been shared more than 2 million times on Facebook. The attendant has previously reported to his employer that he had lost his temper as one of the female tourists had spit into his face when they were arguing…... [read more]

Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has requested Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry to investigate and clarify reports that an Indonesian naval ship shot and wounded two Vietnamese fishermen last week. Minh made the request during a phone call with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Friday, underlining that the shooting was a serious incident that did not match the current soundly-developing strategic partnership between the two countries. The Vietnamese deputy premier said Vietnam is deeply concerned about this incident and called on the Indonesian side to promptly verify and investigate the case. Indonesia should also inform Vietnam about the investigation result and avoid repeating similar actions in the future, Minh pressed. The Vietnamese fishing boat in question is coded BD 31153 TS, registered in the south-central province of Binh Dinh. The Consular Department under the Vietnamese foreign ministry said on July 25 that the BD 31153 TS was pursued and shot at by a foreign ship while they was docking in Con Dao Port in southern Vietnam on July 23, according to the Vietnam News Agency. The shooting left two Vietnamese fishermen wounded. Both of them have been taken to hospital for treatment, the Vietnam News Agency said. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! ... [read more]

North Korea fired a missile on Friday that experts said was capable of hitting Los Angeles and other U.S. cities and the United States and South Korea responded by staging a joint missile exercise. North Korea confirmed the launch on Saturday, with its official news agency saying it was a "stern warning" for the United States. President Kim Jong Un said the missile showed that all of the United States was within striking distance but U.S. authorities characterized that as an exaggeration. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, which has branded North Korea the "most urgent and dangerous threat to peace," condemned the launch as reckless. "By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people," President Donald Trump said in a statement. "The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region." South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo said at a news conference on Saturday Seoul would prepare independent measures to curb the nuclear threat from the North. "This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is a serious provocation that not only clearly violates the U.N. Security Council’s numerous resolutions but also threatens the safety of the Korean peninsula and world peace," Song said. "The joint governments of South Korea and the United States will firmly punish North Korea for its missile provocation." He said steps would be taken to hasten the temporary deployment of…... [read more]

Unitel has 2.8 million subscribers and a 50 per cent market share of mobile subscriptions and 35 per cent of broadband subscriptions.— Photo Vietel Unitel, a joint venture between Vietnamese telecom giant Viettel Group and Laos Asia Telecom, seeks to increase its turnover by 10 per cent to US$165 million this year. “Unitel has retained its leading position in Laos and a growth of 10 per cent in turnover requires a huge effort,” Nguyen Hoang Son, deputy director of Unitel, told Viet Nam News. In Laos, income from data has grown significantly to account for 40 per cent of turnover compared to 25 per cent in Viet Nam, according to Son. Unitel has 2.8 million subscribers and a 50 per cent market share of mobile subscriptions and 35 per cent of broadband subscriptions. With 4,000 base transceiver stations and 24,000km of fibre-optic cable, Unitel covers every district in Laos and 95 per cent of the population. Since June 2015 it has been providing 4G services. According to the London-based Brand Finance, an independent intangible asset valuation consultancy, in 2016 Unitel was the most effective telecommunications brand name in ASEAN. Its brand value has grown by 106 per cent since 2015 to $132 million, and is the top telecom brand in Laos and the top 30 in the region. The company has donated $9.7 million for social causes, provided free internet to 600 schools and helped change the Lao…... [read more]




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