Can Tho: credit programmes help nearly 180,000 poor households

Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has recently approved a plan to promote dissemination work on global integration events in 2017-2020. The plan aims to popularise images of Vietnam, its culture and people at home and abroad, contributing to improving Vietnam’s stature in the international arena. It targets ministries, ministry-level agencies and those from the central to local level, socio-political-economic organisations, businesses, foreign entities operating in Vietnam, researchers, students, workers, citizens from ASEAN member states, Vietnam’s strategic partners and countries that signed free trade agreements with Vietnam. The work will focus on the Party’s policies and guidelines, State laws on global integration, Vietnam’s achievements in politics, national defence-security, socio-economy, education-training, science-technology, bilateral and multilateral cooperation with countries and international organisations. Information will be regularly disseminated via mass media such as Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam Television, Radio the Voice of Vietnam, Nhan dan newspaper, grassroots media and prestigious news websites. Between now and 2020, Vietnam will assume a number of positions such as host of APEC Year 2017, ASEAN Chair in 2020 and bid for non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021. The country is due to deliver on international commitments regarding entry to the World Trade Organisation by 2018 and embark on several free trade agreements.-VNA... [read more]

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), the State budget disbursement in the first six months of 2017 reached 38.7 per cent of the full-year target and rose 7.6 per cent over the same period of 2016. However, the disbursement pace of government bonds and State fund remained slow.   The disbursement of government bonds and State funds reached only VND7.4 trillion and VND24.2 trillion, down 53.2 per cent and 8.7 per cent from the same period of last year, respectively. The aggregate disbursement value of all sources approximated that in previous years but was still lower than this year’s plan.   At the meeting of the Prime Minister’s Working Group on public investment disbursement in 2017, Mr Mai Tien Dung, Minister and Chairman of the Government Office and Head of the Working Group, said, 13 ministries, agencies and localities disbursed less than 20 per cent of the plan in the period and they were criticised by the Prime Minister.   The 13 criticised agencies included the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the State Bank of Vietnam, the Commission for Ethnic Minority Affairs, Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam War Veterans' Association, Hanoi City, Da Nang City, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong province, Tay Ninh province and Binh Phuoc province.   According to the Working Group, the lateness in public investment disbursement is seen as a bottleneck to economic growth. If there…... [read more]

Head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to ASEAN and  Ambassador Nguyen Hoanh Nam (Source: VNA) Jakarta (VNA) – Head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to ASEAN Ambassador Nguyen Hoanh Nam highlighted the bloc’s achievements and Vietnam’s role in the process during an interview recently granted to Vietnam News Agency.  Nam said since its birth 50 years ago, ASEAN now groups 10 member states and plays an increasingly important role in maintaining peace and stability in the region. ASEAN is considered one of the vibrant and fast-growing economies in the world, with the ASEAN Economic Community being the third largest in Asia and the sixth largest in the world. Its gross domestic product neared 2.55 trillion USD. The bloc is playing a guiding and central role in regional mechanisms and highly appreciated by major countries and international organisations. Since its entry to ASEAN 22 years ago, Vietnam has actively and proactively joined the grouping’s activities, including accelerating the admission of Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia, launching strategic policies and orientations to the bloc’s cooperation. Vietnam has also actively contributed to fostering solidarity and upholding ASEAN’s central role in maintaining peace and security in the region, including the East Sea issue, he said, adding that Vietnam is one of the first countries to take actions in the bloc’s plans and programmes to contribute to the formation of the ASEAN Community today. In order to achieve goals set in the ASEAN Vision 2025, Nam said…... [read more]

Two hundred children aged from 5 to 15 years old took part in the final round of the contest entitled “Critical thinking through painting 2017”. (Photo Courtesy of Mathnasium Vietnam) Hanoi (VNA) - The most creative children were awarded in the final round of the contest titled “Critical thinking through painting 2017”, which was held on July 30 at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts in Hanoi. The contest was organised by Mathnasium Vietnam, a centre that aims to introduce children to new and creative methods in learning mathematics. In the final round of the contest, children had to draw paintings which include a circle, square, rectangle, logenze, trapezium and other shapes. The first, second and third prize went to children whose paintings have the most original idea, the most interesting style and the most variation in colours. Eleven-year-old Le Phuong Thao from Hanoi won first prize for her painting with the most original idea. This final round attracted the participation of 200 candidates aged 5-15, from Hanoi, Hung Yen, Hai Phong and Da Nang, out of 2,000 contestants participating since the eliminator round in mid July. Besides this, there were 10 consolation prizes for creative drawings and 10 hope prizes for the drawings that were the most amusing. Organisers said the contest aims to affirm that mathematics is not so “dry”, and that it can even be very “artistic”. Through the contest, children can develop different skills including creation and logical…... [read more]

A farmer harvests rice by combine harvester (Source: VNA) Ninh Thuan (VNA) –The southern province of Ninh Thuan plans to invest 1.2 billion VND (52,800 USD) to encourage the use of technology and industrial equipment in farming in the locality. The sum will be used to implement 11 projects in different areas, including helping farmers purchase machines for farm produce processing, assisting rural firms to join trade fairs in other localities, improving management capacity and product quality and vocational training. According to the provincial Centre for Industry Encouraging and Trade Promotion, the province currently has more than 5,570 rural industrial production and trade facilities, including 179 companies and 5,391 household businesses, employing some 21,500 labourers. The majority of facilities are small scale, with the average capital of a company about 21.9 billion VND, while that of a household business is 70.4 million VND and 80 million VND for each cooperative. Their access to capital and new technology is limited and growth is slow. [Hi-tech agriculture rides strong wave of domestic investment] Director of the centre Vo Viet Hieu said that the centre will continue calling on businesses to replace outdated technology with modern and environmentaly-friendly models for greener production. At the same time, rural industrial facilities will receive advice on investment information to expand their business in line with the development strategy of each locality, he said. The province will also help the firms with administrative procedures, capital and land, while assisting them…... [read more]

Vietnam is among ASEAN’s largest and most dynamic economies, said Singaporean Ambassador to France Zainal Arif Mantaha on July 29. (Photo: VNA) Paris (VNA) – Vietnam is among ASEAN’s largest and most dynamic economies with robust growth reflected by its GDP in recent years, said Singaporean Ambassador to France Zainal Arif Mantaha on July 29. Vietnam has seen rapid development in many areas, particularly the digital economy, the ambassador told Vietnam News Agency at the ASEAN Family Day in Croissy-sur-Seine city. He was impressed by Vietnam’s efforts and contribution to building ASEAN and strengthening cooperation between its members, he said, hoping the country will continue playing an important part in the bloc’s development. Speaking of ASEAN’s 50-year journey, he hailed the group’s dedication to stability and peace in Southeast Asia and enhancing partnerships in the entire region. ASEAN has made consultation and dialogue a principal for how its ten member states work together and with partners, Mantaha added. In the past five decades, ASEAN has made fundamental achievements that will nurture its increased cooperation and development in the future, the diplomat noted. On East Sea issues, he affirmed ASEAN’s confidence in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the bloc’s regulatory frameworks, and voiced his support for freedom of navigation in Southeast Asia, which is part of an important global maritime trade route. He believed that ASEAN countries will do everything possible to ensure regional stability…... [read more]

The Ministry of Information and Communications is developing a draft circular on mobile telecommunication network information services, reported the Vietnam News Agency. The circular, which amends Circular No 17/2016/TT-BTTTT, aims to tighten management over services that charge customers periodically. Specifically, the draft circular only allows network operators to provide services when receiving confirmation by SMS from customers. The Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) said that the requirement was reasonable and would ensure whether customers want to use the services or not. In this regard, VCCI said that operators should send notifications to users each time they renew their services. The notifications must include information on how to cancel the service so that users may cancel. Dau Anh Tuan, Head of the VCCI’s Legal Department, also suggested the drafting agency consider and amend the circular to require providers to send messages to users via SMS each time services are renewed or charges are made. “The SMS must include the full content of the services, especially instructions of how to cancel the service,” he emphasised. The chamber also said that confirmation by SMS for only periodic services is not enough; the regulation should be applied to other services such as those charging according to Internet data packages. The chamber mentioned controversial services such as 3G and 4G, which are charged by default according to data usage unless users register specific data packages. The default charges based on data used are expensive, much higher than other packages. However, when a…... [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]

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]

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]




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