APEC 2017: workshop talks sustainable food system

The CTI Expert Meeting on Quality Infrastructure Investment was held within the framework of the third APEC Officials Meeting (SOM 3), where APEC member economies shared good practices and lessons learned in infrastructure projects. At the event The event aims to enhance understanding on quality infrastructure investment from both institutional and technical perspectives among high-ranking officials in charge of infrastructure. Delegates shared the views that quality infrastructure investment helps ensure the governance of the infrastructure, reliable operation during the life span of a project, safety and resilience against natural disasters, terrorism and cyber-attack risks. At the same time, quality infrastructure investment contributes to job creation for local communities and the settlement of environmental and social impacts. Kazuko Ishigaki, from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, cited an estimate by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2011 that the world needs USD 2.3 trillion per year for infrastructure investment. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recent estimates show that Asia needs USD 1.7 trillion each year for infrastructure development, she said, stressing that APEC has promoted Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025 and related initiatives to boost infrastructure development. Kazuko Ishigaki told Vietnam News Agency reporters that like other countries, Vietnam should invest in infrastructure in a smart and effective way, explaining that fragile infrastructure will be easy to be damaged by natural disasters like floods and earthquakes. “It is important to design infrastructure in an effective way so that…... [read more]

At the event (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Well-designed, sustainable and resilient infrastructure will enhance economic growth, boost productivity and provide significant positive flow-on effectives, heard a meeting of the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) in Ho Chi Minh City on August 19. The CTI Expert Meeting on Quality Infrastructure Investment was held within the framework of the third APEC Officials Meeting (SOM 3), where APEC member economies shared good practices and lessons learned in infrastructure projects. The event aims to enhance understanding on quality infrastructure investment from both institutional and technical perspectives among high-ranking officials in charge of infrastructure. Delegates shared the views that quality infrastructure investment helps ensure the governance of the infrastructure, reliable operation during the life span of a project, safety and resilience against natural disasters, terrorism and cyber attack risks. At the same time, quality infrastructure investment contributes to job creation for local communities and the settlement of environmental and social impacts. Kazuko Ishigaki, from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, cited an estimate by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2011 that the world needs 2.3 trillion USD per year for infrastructure investment. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recent estimates show that Asia needs 1.7 trillion USD each year for infrastructure development, she said, stressing that APEC has promoted Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025 and related initiatives to boost infrastructure development. Kazuko Ishigaki…... [read more]

Excellent television works are honoured at the Vietnam News Agency's first television festival (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency organised its first television festival on August 18 to mark the 7th anniversary of the first broadcast of the agency’s TV channel – Vnews. Speaking at the event, General Director of the Vietnam News Agency Nguyen Duc Loi underlined that VNews, which specialises in mainstream news, has become one of the main national TV channels. The TV channel has made significant contributions to popularizing accurate and timely information, countering false information, thus serving Party and Government’s leadership as well as meeting information demands of both domestic and foreign audience, he highlighted. Meanwhile, VNews Director Nguyen Thien Thuat stressed that VNews has established a foothold in the country’s television journalism. The VNews channel has covered 63 cities and provinces, 30 countries and territories worldwide along with significant domestic and international events. A ceremony was held at the Vietnam News Agency headquarters the same day to present awards honouring standout television works in diverse categories as well as individuals and organisations who contributed to the development of the TV channel. The awards included “Standout reporter”, “Golden hand”, “Excellent television works”, “Excellent camerawoman” and “Versatile reporter”, among others. VNews aired its first news programme on August 25, 2010. From its humble beginning with only several news programmes a day, now the channel broadcasts around the clock with 24 news programmes and 30 specialised…... [read more]

At the meeting (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – James Nachipo, Chairman of the APEC Counter Terrorism Working Group (CTWG), stressed that terrorism is a hard issue that requires more work and cooperation in the APEC region. He told the Vietnam News Agency on the sidelines of the CTWG Meeting that is taking place in Ho Chi Minh on August 18-19. Nachipo said that during the meeting, 49 delegates from APEC member economies mulled over the group’s strategic plan, which will be expired this year, and set forth a new strategic plan for the 2018-2020 period, focusing on air terrorism. The group is also developing another plan that looks at counterterrorism finance, movements of terrorists and foreign fighters, security and trade, and security infrastructure, he said. A plan for 2018 will also be made to identify a number of projects and activities which will be taken by the member economies this year to support the group, Nachipo added. During the August 18 working session, the group discussed the draft APEC Leaders Declaration 2017 on Counter-Terrorism submitted by its Chairman James Nachipo, under which the APEC economies noted with concerns the growing threat of terrorism in the region. They were committed to countering the spread of radicalisation conducive to terrorism, terrorists propaganda, including the use of the internet and social media for terrorism related purposes, as well as acts of public justification of terrorism intended to incite…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Culture researcher Huu Ngoc has been awarded Grand Prize at the Bui Xuan Phai - For the Love of Ha Noi Awards for lifelong research and huge contribution to popularising Ha Noi culture.  Doyen of culture: Chairman of Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (left) and Vietnam News Agency General Director Nguyen Duc Loi fetes veteran culture researcher Huu Ngoc. — Photo thethaovanhoa.vn In 70 years of writing, the researcher has penned about 34 books in foreign languages including A Sketch of Ha Noi Culture in English and French. The book was a special present to the leaders at the 7th Francophone Meeting in Ha Noi in 1997.  At that time, it was the first book introducing Ha Noi to foreigners since 1945. It was reprinted in 2010 on the occasion of celebrating Thang Long - Ha Noi’s 1000th anniversary. On this occasion, Ngoc was commissioned to compile Hanoi, Who Are You? in English.  "I wrote A Sketch of Ha Noi in three months," Ngoc recalled. Ha Noi has been a main theme in many of his works. Another of his books, My Ha Noi, is about his foreign friends who have been living and working in Ha Noi. Throughout the 500-page book, readers can vividly see how much the foreigners love Ha Noi.  Born in 1918 in Ha Noi, Huu Ngoc is fluent in English, French, German and the Han (Chinese) script. He was won many awards including the Order of Exploit and Order of…... [read more]

VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi (R) shakes hands with Montsame General Director Ganchimeg Badamdorj (Photo: VNA) Hanoi​ (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Montsame News Agency of Mongolia signed a new cooperation agreement on August 15 to tighten their profession links in the digital era. Accordingly, the two agencies will maintain the exchange of text news and photos with captions in English and increase the sharing of news videos, especially documentaries on the land and people of Vietnam and Mongolia and investment and business opportunities in each nation. They pledged to maintain annual exchanges of reporters and continue to support each other at regional and international press forums participated by both sides, particularly within the framework of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA). Speaking at the talks in Hanoi, VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi noted the agencies’ implementation of the 2001 protocol on specialised cooperation, which, as he said, has yet tapped bilateral cooperation potential, urging the two sides to strengthen their ties in the time ahead. Regarding APEC Vietnam 2017, he said the VNA is ready to provide information about this event for Montsame, and it hopes that the Mongolian news agency will step up the promotion of this event on its communication channels. Congratulating the VNA on its recent achievements, Montsame General Director Ganchimeg Badamdorj also expressed her wish to reinforce cooperation between the two sides. Both general directors shared the view that the …... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Montsame News Agency of Mongolia signed a new cooperation agreement on August 15 to tighten their professional links in the digital era. Accordingly, the two agencies will maintain the exchange of text news and photos with captions in English and increase the sharing of news videos, especially documentaries concerning the land and people of Vietnam and Mongolia. The documentaries will also include information on investment and business opportunities in each nation. They pledged to maintain annual exchanges of reporters and also committed to continue supporting each other at regional and international press forums, particularly within the framework of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA). Speaking at the talks in Hanoi, VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi noted the agencies’ implementation of the 2001 protocol on specialised cooperation, which, as he stated, has yet to tap into the bilateral cooperation potential, urging the two sides to strengthen their ties in the time ahead. Regarding APEC Vietnam 2017, he commented that the VNA is ready to provide information about this event for Montsame, and it hopes that the Mongolian news agency will step up the promotion of this event on its communication channels. Congratulating the VNA on its recent achievements, Montsame General Director Ganchimeg Badamdorj also expressed her wish to reinforce the cooperation between the two sides. Both general directors shared the view that the VNA and Montsame need to boost exchanging information about their countries’ economy,…... [read more]

Torrential rains flooded some northern cities and provinces yesterday, affecting people’s lives and causing traffic chaos. Torrential rains destroyed a road in Ba Chẽ District of the north eastern province of Quảng Ninh.- VNA/VNS Photo Văn Đức In Quảng Ninh Province’s Hạ Long City, rains flooded main streets and caused the death of a 12-year-old school girl. The victim was among three school girls of Lý Tự Trọng Junior Highschool who were swept away by floods on their way home. Two others were rescued. Rains also submerged hundreds of households in mountainous district of Ba Chẽ’s Lương Mông, Minh Cầm and Đạp Thanh communes. Hundreds more households in Cẩm Phả City’s Mông Dương Ward were also flooded and covered with dirt and mud. Rain also caused traffic chaos and congestion in Điện Biên Province’s Điện Biên Phủ City. Hundreds of motorbikes and electric bikes were damaged by the floods. Heavy rains are forecast for northern Việt Nam in the next few days, and localities are being urged to prepare for possible floods and landslides. In a notice sent to local authorities, ministries and relevant agencies, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said rainstorms are expected from August 13 to 16, especially in mountainous provinces.  According to the Hydrometeorological Forecast Centre, rainfall is expected to range between 150-250mm in the region with some areas even experiencing rainfall of…... [read more]

Provinces and cities in northern Vietnam have been requested to prepare to deal with flood and landslides in the region. Since the beginning of August, heavy rains and flash floods have claimed at least 34 lives and left 11 others missing and more than 20 injured in the northern region In a notice sent to localities, ministries, Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Vietnam Television (VTV) and Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said that rainstorms may occur from August 13-16 in the northern region, especially in mountainous provinces. The steering committee warned Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang and Bac Kan provinces of high risks of landslides and flash floods. To minimise human and property losses, it asked local steering boards of natural disaster prevention and control and search and rescue to assign their members to focus on areas at risk of landslides and flash floods and that are easily cut off by floods. Localities were asked to monitor rain and flood developments and spread information to locals, especially those vulnerable to natural disasters, to implement preventive measures.  Search and rescue forces have to be ready around the clock in high-risk areas to take action if disasters occur, the steering committee noted. The VNA, VTV, and VOV, as well as news and media agencies of the localities were requested to increase coverage of disaster-related information and skills to deal with torrential…... [read more]

Hanoi, August 14 (VNA) – Provinces and cities in northern Vietnam have been requested to prepare to deal with flood and landslides in the region.  In a notice sent to localities, ministries, Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Vietnam Television (VTV) and Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said that rainstorms may occur from August 13-16 in the northern region, especially in mountainous provinces.  The steering committee warned Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang and Bac Kan provinces of high risks of landslides and flash floods.  To minimise human and property losses, it asked local steering boards of natural disaster prevention and control and search and rescue to assign their members to focus on areas at risk of landslides and flash floods and that are easily cut off by floods.  Localities were asked to monitor rain and flood developments and spread information to locals, especially those vulnerable to natural disasters, to implement preventive measures.  Search and rescue forces have to be ready around the clock in high-risk areas to take action if disasters occur, the steering committee noted.  The VNA, VTV, and VOV, as well as news and media agencies of the localities were requested to increase coverage of disaster-related information and skills to deal with torrential rains and floods.  According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, since…... [read more]




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