Da Nang to use LED public lighting for APEC meet

Sustainability is no longer an ambiguous concept but it is closely tied to each activity of the business. Wherein, corporate governance is defined as a core element to ensure effective growth and long-term sustainable development for each business. According to a report released by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), in 2014, the medium score of corporate governance in Vietnam was 35.1, much lower than that in Thailand (84.5), Malaysia (75.2), Singapore (70.7) or Indonesia (57.3). In 2015, Vietnam had no presence in the Top 50 best-governed listed companies in ASEAN. This included only listed companies - more advanced ones in the economy. And, if unlisted companies were taken into account, the picture of corporate governance would have been worse. Explaining this reality, Mr Phan Duc Hieu, Vice Chairman of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), said, the first and foremost reason lies in the perception and low awareness of businesses about roles and importance of corporate governance. Even though many are operating without a corporate charter or corporate governance code. This is the reason for the inversion of corporate development scale to corporate governance level. If an expanding company is badly governed, its operations will not be sustainable. At the same time, they will never be the apple of the eye of foreign investors when they consider investment. In fact, corporate governance plays a very important role in sustainable corporate development. Accordingly, good corporate governance will help mobilise capital easily and particularly help…... [read more]

An oddball, vegetarian dinosaur with the silhouette of a flesh-ripping velociraptor, whose fossilized remains were unearthed in southern Chile 13 years ago, is a missing link in dino evolution, researchers said Wednesday. A revised assessment of the kangaroo-sized Chilesaurus, reported in the journal Biology Letters, bolsters a theory unveiled earlier this year that threatens to upend a long-standing classification of all dinosaurs. Dinosaurs were the monarchs of Earth for 160 million years until a space rock collided with the planet 65.5 million years ago and wiped out those confined to land. The survivors, which could fly, are the direct ancestor of today's birds. "Chilesaurus genuinely helps fill an evolutionary gap between two big dinosaur groups," said co-author Paul Barrett, president of Britain's Palaeontographical Society and a researcher at the Natural History Museum. When first presented to the world in 2015, Chilesaurus -- despite its penchant for plants -- was lumped together with theropods, the suborder of meat-eating dinos that not only includes fleet-footed velociraptors but Tyrannosaurus rex, the ultimate carnivore. Experts acknowledged at the time, however, that it was an awkward fit. One described the beast as "the most bizarre dinosaur ever found." An upright posture, powerful hind legs and foreshortened front limbs were all reminiscent of theropods. But an inverted, bird-like hip structure and flattened, leaf-shaped teeth -- proof of an exclusively vegetal diet -- suggested that it also shared traits with another major suborder, the Ornithischia. Well-known ornithischians include Triceratops and the three-ton Stegosaurus, which boasted large…... [read more]

Representatives of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies discussed investment in dynamic and healthy aging for sustainable growth at a multilateral forum opened in Ho Chi Minh City on August 15. The 250 participants were parliamentarians, government officials, experts, researchers and businesspersons from the APEC economies and international organisations. The forum took place on the sidelines of the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings. Chairing the event’s opening session, Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said population change is currently one of the biggest demographic changes in the world with the rapid growth rate of old people, generating major opportunities and challenges and impacting all economic and social aspects of each country, community and family. The forum allowed policy makers, management officials, scientists and relevant parties to seek solutions and concrete and practical actions to invest in dynamic and healthy aging towards sustainable development in each economy and prosperity in Asia-Pacific. Keizo Takemi, a member of Japan’s House of Councillors and Chairman of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development, said population aging has become a regional issue that needs close cooperation among multiple parties to work out solutions and actions. The forum provided a chance for economies to promote cooperation in carrying out multilateral solutions and public-private partnerships to build a healthcare network for the elderly and help improve life expectancy and health, so that the…... [read more]

The model of mangrove co-management was first piloted in Au Tho B hamlet, Vinh Hai commune, Vinh Chau township in 2007, and then officially implemented in Vinh Chau township, Tran De and Cu Lao Dung districts with funding of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) under an agreement signed in September 2009. Under the project, 240 households in Au Tho B hamlet signed up to join local administration and forest rangers in protecting the diversity of ecosystem and the coastal areas from sea encroachment. The participants, divided into six groups, were involved in building plans for planting and protecting forests, and for using natural resources in the forest.  The success of the model can be seen today in the green mangrove forests spreading along 2km of coastline in Au Tho B hamlet. The local forest coverage has been expanded from the initial 115 hectares to 370 hectares. Thach Soal, head of a mangrove co-management team in Au Tho B hamlet said locals considered the forests under their management as their own property, therefore, they take good care of them. Well-developed mangrove forests help locals feel more secure while protecting sea dikes, he said. Thach Son, head of a mangrove co-management team in Vo Thanh Van hamlet, Cu Lao Dung district said, the team has established patrol teams to protect local forests. The team members regular meet up and discuss plans and objectives of mangrove protection. Besides protecting mangrove…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Representatives of the 21st Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies discussed investment in dynamic and healthy aging for sustainable growth at a multilateral forum opened in Ho Chi Minh City on August 15. The 250 participants were parliamentarians, government officials, experts, researchers and businesspersons from the APEC economies and international organisations. The forum took place on the sidelines of the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and in other related meetings. Chairing the event’s opening session, Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien stated that population change is currently one of the biggest demographic changes in the world with the rapid growth rate of old people, generating major opportunities and challenges impacting all economic and social aspects of each country, community and family. The forum allowed policy makers, management officials, scientists and relevant parties to seek solutions and concrete on practical actions to invest in dynamic and healthy aging towards sustainable development in each economy and prosperity in Asia-Pacific. Keizo Takemi, a member of Japan’s House of Councillors and Chairman of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development stated that population aging has become a regional issue that requires close cooperation among multiple parties to work out solutions and actions. The forum provided a chance for economies to promote cooperation in carrying out multilateral solutions and public-private partnerships to build a healthcare network for the elderly and help increase life expectancy and improve the health of all citizens, so that the elderly…... [read more]

The screening was organised by the Vietnam Ministry of Home Affairs and displayed by UNFPA at French Culture Centre L’Espace to celebrate International Youth Day 2017. Director Anh, who received the certificate, expressed her joy, “On behalf of the cast and crew, I sincerely give my deepest gratitude to the Ministry of Home Affair’s Department of Youth Affairs, especially to Mr Vu Dang Minh, director of the department, and Mrs Astrid Bant, representative of UNFPA in Vietnam for this extraordinary honour. I also would like to thank honoured visitors, international guests who are representatives of embassies in Vietnam, and the young audience who have come and watched The Way Station, as well as discussed and expressed so much affection for it,” said Anh. She also emphasises that the discussions by young people in the seminar after watching the movie has highlighted some of the themes – only by knowing young people can we understand the challenges we see everyday; they have to confront troubles from the past, discrimination, cultural difference, and pressure, prejudice and expectation of their loved ones and society. “Please do treasure and be supportive of the aspirations of young people, their pursuits of freedom and happiness. In the meantime, we also need to assist, give strength, believe and empower them so they have the opportunities to demonstrate their role in building a better, more liberal and happier society and country,” she added. The movie has been selected…... [read more]

NDO – The Hanoi People’s Committee has asked for permission to apply special mechanisms in order to select investors in making the Belt Road No. 2.5, 3.5 and 4 closed circuits, with a total investment capital of over VND66 trillion (US$2.9 billion), in its proposal document recently sent to the PM. The Belt Road No. 2.5 project features a 0.57km section connecting the end of Trung Kinh Street and Tran Duy Hung Street, costing approximately VND1.15 trillion (US$50.6 million); a 2.53km section through Nguy Nhu Kon Tum Street, Nguyen Trai Street and Dam Hong Lake in Thanh Xuan district, costing VND2.6 trillion (US$114.4 million); and a 0.72km section connecting the Dich Vong New Urban Area and Duong Dinh Nghe Street, costing VND928 billion (US$40.83 million). The transport projects along the Belt Road No. 2.5 route will be implemented in the form of public-private partnership (PPP) and a Build-Transfer (BT) contract, which are all scheduled to be completed in 2019. With regards to the Belt Road No. 3.5 projects, Hanoi has proposed the construction of a 4.5km Thuong Cat Bridge at total costs of VND16 trillion (US$704 million), in the form of PPP and BT/Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) contract (due for completion in 2021); a 4km section from Thuong Cat Bridge to the National Highway 5 at VND1.6 trillion (US$70.4 million) (due for completion in 2020); and a 3km section connecting Thuong Cat Bridge and the National Highway 32 at VND1.59 trillion (US$70.13 million) (due for completion in 2020); among others. …... [read more]

The Vietnamese feature film "The Way Station", directed by established actress Pham Hong Anh, was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) last Friday, for its contribution to the development of awareness over issues regarding young Vietnamese people. Appreciate young people: Actress and director Pham Hong Anh (centre) receives the Certificate of Appreciation for her feature film from Mrs Astrid Bant (left) and Mr Vu Dang Minh.  The screening was organised by the Viet Nam Ministry of Home Affairs and displayed by UNFPA at French Culture Centre L’Espace to celebrate International Youth Day 2017. Director Anh, who received the certificate, expressed her joy, “On behalf of the cast and crew, I sincerely give my deepest gratitude to the Ministry of Home Affair’s Department of Youth Affairs, especially to Mr Vu Dang Minh, director of the department, and Mrs Astrid Bant, representative of UNFPA in Viet Nam for this extraordinary honour. I also would like to thank honoured visitors, international guests who are representatives of embassies in Viet Nam, and the young audience who have come and watched The Way Station, as well as discussed and expressed so much affection for it,” said Anh. She also emphasises that the discussions by young people in the seminar after watching the movie has highlighted some of the themes – only by knowing young people can we understand the challenges we see everyday; they have to confront troubles from the past, discrimination, cultural difference, and pressure, prejudice and expectation of…... [read more]

The development of Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park Joint Venture Company (VSIP) is a prime example of the success of Singaporean investors in Vietnam for many years. Most Singaporean investment projects in Vietnam are considered to be effective and greatly contribute to job creation, export growth and economic growth in Vietnam. VSIP, a joint venture between Becamex IDC Corporation and Sembcorp Group, has been active in Vietnam for more than 20 years, a typical example of successful Singaporean investors in Vietnam. Set up in 1996 from a landmark agreement between the two governments, VSIP has grown and rapidly expanded to become a leading industrial developer in Vietnam and is operating seven modern projects all over the country. VSIP is seen as one of the symbols of friendly relationship and good economic cooperation between the two countries. VSIP has to date attracted a total investment of US$9 billion from over 630 multinational corporations, including the world's leading corporations such as Microsoft, Pepsi and Unilever. While promoting the transition process and enhancing economic value from contributions of foreign business customers, VSIP has also succeeded in creating positive impacts on society and improving livelihoods of local people. It has created over 174,000 jobs in the service industry. To continue its growth momentum and provide more diversified services to investors, VSIP also has announced the signing of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on project expansion studies in Binh Duong and Bac Ninh provinces. These two expansion projects are likely to…... [read more]

A massive influx of migrants from remote northern provinces to the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) region has put intense pressure on the local population and has hindered socio-economic development. The Ede ethnic minority in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. A massive influx of migrants from remote northern provinces to the Central Highlands region has put intense pressure on the local population and has hindered socio-economic development. The Central Highlands is considered a promising destination for migrants because of favourable weather conditions and rich basalt soil. Such movement can be prompted by State policy or out of economic need. In Dak Nong Province, home to vast areas of land and forests, migrants move into natural and protected forests, encroaching on land for production or putting up tents illegally. Five years ago, some households moved into zones 1644 and 1645 of Hop Tien co-operative in Quang Son Commune, Dak Glong District to live and hunt. Now, up to 126 households are living in the area, causing increased damage to forest land. Nguyen Anh Duc, director of Hop Tien co-operative said that members of the households had damaged the vehicles of forest rangers and attacked them using homemade weapons, such as guns and spears. Faced with such an aggressive reaction, and severely outnumbered, forest rangers and local authorities felt the situation was hopeless. Meanwhile, in Dak Lak Province, local authorities are concerned about…... [read more]




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