Banyan Tree Group explores investment in Ha Giang province

The Committees for Foreign Affairs of the National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (CLV) have pledged to strengthen coordination to increase the role of the legislatures in implementing agreements and development initiatives signed by the three countries’ governments based on the trilateral traditional friendship and cooperation. The Committees for Foreign Affairs of the National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (CLV) sign a joint declaration pledging to strengthen coordination The trio signed a joint declaration in the field at their sixth meeting which wrapped up in Vientiane, Laos, on August 3. During the two-day event, delegates discussed policies and laws relating to illegal travelling, migration, and marriage of citizens in the CLV Development Triangle Area, as well as measures to promote peace, security and development in the region. They exchanged their views on stepping up coordination to prevent drug and human trafficking, cross-border crimes and terrorism, and scrutinise explosives left over from war in the CLV Development Triangle. Participants also talked about the sustainable use, management and protection of water resources and natural resources in the Mekong River, along with measures to cope with climate change and ensure effective water and geological management in each nation. They welcomed the joint declaration which includes several contents of the eighth Summit of the CLV Development Triangle Area held in Vientiane, Laos, in 2014, and the ninth Summit of the CLV Development Triangle Area in Seam Reap, Cambodia, in 2016, and other meetings between the three countries. The three sides recognised the…... [read more]

Vientiane, August 3 (VNA) – The Committees for Foreign Affairs of the National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (CLV) have pledged to strengthen coordination to increase the role of the legislatures in implementing agreements and development initiatives signed by the three countries’ governments based on the trilateral traditional friendship and cooperation.  The trio signed a joint declaration in the field at their sixth meeting which wrapped up in Vientiane, Laos, on August 3.  During the two-day event, delegates discussed policies and laws relating to illegal travelling, migration, and marriage of citizens in the CLV Development Triangle Area, as well as measures to promote peace, security and development in the region.  They exchanged their views on stepping up coordination to prevent drug and human trafficking, cross-border crimes and terrorism, and scrutinise explosives left over from war in the CLV Development Triangle.  Participants also talked about the sustainable use, management and protection of water resources and natural resources in the Mekong River, along with measures to cope with climate change and ensure effective water and geological management in each nation.  They welcomed the joint declaration which includes several contents of the eighth Summit of the CLV Development Triangle Area held in Vientiane, Laos, in 2014, and the ninth Summit of the CLV Development Triangle Area in Seam Reap, Cambodia, in 2016, and other meetings between the three countries.  The three sides recognised the efforts of the joint coordination committee in building an action…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Committees for Foreign Affairs of the National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (CLV) have pledged to strengthen coordination for the purpose of increasing the role of the legislatures in implementing the agreements and development initiatives signed by the three countries’ governments, based on the trilateral traditional friendship and cooperation. The trio signed a joint declaration in the field at their sixth meeting, which wrapped up in Vientiane, Laos, on August 3. During the two-day event, delegates discussed policies and laws relating to illegal travelling, migration and marriage of citizens in the CLV Development Triangle Area, as well as the measures needed to promote peace, security and development in the region. They exchanged their views on stepping up their coordination to prevent drug and human trafficking, cross-border crimes and terrorism, whilst scrutinising explosives left over from war in the CLV Development Triangle. Participants also discussed the sustainable use, management and protection of water resources and natural resources in the Mekong River region, along with measures to cope with climate change and ensure effective water and geological management in each nation. They welcomed the joint declaration, which includes part of the content of the eighth Summit of the CLV Development Triangle Area held in Vientiane, Laos, in 2014, and the ninth Summit of the CLV Development Triangle Area in Seam Reap, Cambodia, in 2016, and other meetings between the three countries. The three sides recognised the efforts of the joint coordination committee in building an action plan for…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Committees for Foreign Affairs of the National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (CLV) have pledged to strengthen coordination for the purpose of increasing the role of the legislatures in implementing the agreements and development initiatives signed by the three countries’ governments, based on the trilateral traditional friendship and cooperation. The trio signed a joint declaration in the field at their sixth meeting, which wrapped up in Vientiane, Laos, on August 3. During the two-day event, delegates discussed policies and laws relating to illegal travelling, migration and marriage of citizens in the CLV Development Triangle Area, as well as the measures needed to promote peace, security and development in the region. They exchanged their views on stepping up their coordination to prevent drug and human trafficking, cross-border crimes and terrorism, whilst scrutinising explosives left over from war in the CLV Development Triangle. Participants also discussed the sustainable use, management and protection of water resources and natural resources in the Mekong River region, along with measures to cope with climate change and ensure effective water and geological management in each nation. They welcomed the joint declaration, which includes part of the content of the eighth Summit of the CLV Development Triangle Area held in Vientiane, Laos, in 2014, and the ninth Summit of the CLV Development Triangle Area in Seam Reap, Cambodia, in 2016, and other meetings between the three countries. The three sides recognised the efforts of the joint coordination committee in building an action plan for…... [read more]

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and firms discuss ways to improve local tourism as, according to various statistics sources, 70% of tourists do not return to Vietnam because of theft, congestion, food hygiene and pollution.     Tourists visit Chua mot cot (One-pillar pagoda) in Hanoi Many tourists are also overcharged and tricked into buying low-quality goods. The problem was discussed during the Vietnam Private Sector Forum on July 31. In 2016, Vietnam welcomed a record 10 million international tourists. However, very few tourists want to return for the second visit. "Only a few bad cases are needed to tarnish the image of Vietnam because information now spreads at high speed via the internet. Localities must pay more attention to ensure tourist safety and policies must be better," said Nguyen Van Tuan, head of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. Tourism firms complained that the budget for promoting Vietnam is far too low, less than Cambodia and Laos. The official tourism promotion is weak and lacks any relationship to what firms and localities are doing. Vietnam only spends USD2m on tourism promotion a year, compared to USD69m in Malaysia, USD80m for Singapore and USD105m for Thailand. Nguyen Quoc Ky, head of Vietravel said Vietnam's tourism plan was outdated and wasted money and personnel. It needs more open policies, especially for visas, and support for start-ups. In addition, the authorities are not professional enough when dealing with problems.  Ky proposed to the prime minister to revise the tourism development plan to 2020,…... [read more]

Huynh Vinh Ai, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, speaks at the seminar (Photo: VNA) Tay Ninh (VNA) – The People’s Committee of southwestern Tay Ninh province held an international seminar on July 31 to introduce its tourism potential, advantages, and development prospects. Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Pham Van Tan told participants that located within the southern key economic zone, Tay Ninh shares a 240-km border line with three provinces of Cambodia. It is home to a series of tourist destinations, including Ba Den mountain,  Dau Tieng lake, Cao Dai Holy See, and Lo Go-Xa Mat National Park. Tay Ninh has defined tourism as an important economic sector, which has accounted for about 2.75 percent of its gross regional domestic product in recent years, he said. However, the industry has yet to fully tap its potential, Tan added, citing a number of reasons, including the lack of a long-term strategy, infrastructure facilities and appealing tourism products. Dr. Nguyen The Du from the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management talked about shortcomings of tourism services in Tay Ninh. According to him, local tourism infrastructure facilities, such as hotels and restaurants, remain inexpensive and cater mainly to residents and irregular visitors, while travel agencies lack capacity to offer professional services. Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association Nguyen Huu Tho made suggestions for the development of the local tourism sector, which include building a green Tay Ninh city, teaching English for young…... [read more]

Nghi was answering questions about Vietnam’s response to a number of recent activities by China in the East Sea, especially its official announcement and enforcement of coastal border security regulations for Hainan, the exercise on Quang Hoa island of the Hoang Sa archipelago, the provision of 3D and CDMA services on Chu Thap (Stone Cross) of the Truong Sa archipelago, and the approval of the Sanya City cruise tourism development plan (2012-2022), which included tours to islands in the Hoang Sa archipelago. Those activities further complicated the situation in the East Sea and ran counter to the spirit of the Declaration on Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC), Nghi said, describing them as unhelpful to peace and stability in the region, as well as Vietnam-China relations. Vietnam resolutely opposed those wrongful activities and demanded China to immediately cancel them, the official said.... [read more]

Delegates discussed tourism development plans closely linked to the preservation of unique cultural heritage in the region. Last year, the region received more than 18 million domestic tourists and 3.6 million foreign visitors, earning over VND31,500 billion and accounting for 28 percent of the country's total tourism revenue. However, there is a huge gap between the two main tourism centres, Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, and other provinces in the region such as Tay Ninh, Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong and Dong Nai. The tourism industry in these provinces has developed erratically and they have not taken action to find their own niche in the market. Services are limited and they are not very competitive. In addition, investment in improving infrastructure, preserving cultural attractions, and upgrading tourism resources does not match the region's potential. Despite being a convenient gateway to Cambodia and other ASEAN countries, tourism in Tay Ninh is still quite basic. To boost tourism in the region, participants agreed that these provinces should cooperate with each other to seek out and develop effective, sustainable long-term strategies to create an attractive environment for investment in tourism. They should also concentrate on upgrading infrastructure, promoting trademarks and developing human resources for tourism. A number of national tourism destinations in the region, such as Ba Den Mountain, Cat Tien National Park, and the Con Dao islands, also need to be developed. In addition, the southeastern provinces should offer new routes for tourists that link with other cities and…... [read more]

In response to a Vietnam News Agency correspondent's question about a report by the China Daily newspaper on August 10, on the approval of a tourism development plan by the Hainan special economic zone which includes visits to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, the Foreign Ministry official reiterated Vietnam's stance on these two islands. Vietnam strongly objects to China's approval to the plan to be conducted at Vietnam's Paracel Islands. The action seriously violates Vietnam's sovereignty and is unfavourable for the negotiation process between the two countries, which aims to seek basic and long-term solutions for sea related issues, Mr Dung said. Vietnam has a consistent policy of resolving disputes at sea through peaceful negotiations in accordance with international laws and practices, particularly the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 2002 Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea as well as agreements reached by high-level leaders of the two countries on maintaining peace and stability in sea areas without using force or the threat of force, the spokesman concluded.... [read more]

During his working visit to Lao Cai on August 25, Mr Dung said the province should invest in its mining industry to raise the annual output of apatite to 4 million tonnes, iron to 1 million tonnes and copper to 20,000 tonnes in the next few years. “The province should revise its trade and tourism development plan to ensure sustainable development and steady jobs for local people,” he said. The PM also asked Lao Cai to closely coordinate with relevant ministries in making plans for agro-forestry development and mineral exploitation. According to the PM, the province should continue to implement the Government’s anti-inflationary solutions, develop production, ensure social welfare and overcome the consequences caused by storm Kammuri. Earlier, Mr Dung cut the red ribbon to inaugurate a 10,000 tonne copper refinery plant as part of the VND1.3 trillion Sin Quyen Copper Complex invested by the Vietnam Coal and Mineral Industries Group. In the past seven months, Lao Cai recorded a GDP growth rate of 11.3 percent and per capita income of VND10.65 million.... [read more]




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