Hanoi police propose to move inter-provincial rail tracks out of inner city

HCM City, August 9 (VNA) – Businesses should cooperate closely with the Government to usher in a second export wave of products with higher added-value and promotion of brands, participants at a seminar in HMC City said on August 8.  According to Nguyen Phu Hoa, deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Import and Export Department, the second wave is crucial given the world has entered the tech-based Fourth Industrial Revolution that is tranforming society, services and trade.  For example, in Japan and the US, humans are working with robots while China is targeting more modern production similar to the Republic of Korea’s and Japan’s.  Vietnam’s first export wave, in which businesses exported raw material, is over.  The seminar pointed out that certain foundations would need to be established to successfully develop the second wave.  The first is setting up a system to share know-how innovated with the support of the Government, according to participants.  This kind of sharing will enable companies to access new technologies, talents and scientists.  Thus, all research outcomes must be shared and published so that they could be applied.  The second requirement is creating trust and confidence since now many consumers doubt the origin and quality of goods.  Thirdly, a competitive infrastructure needs to be developed.  Hoa said one huge thrust would be needed to upgrade roads, bridges, ports, and logistics facilities to serve production and exports.  "But exports cannot…... [read more]

The auction to be held on 21st August is by John Hume, the world’s largest rhino farmer, and the auction website has both a Vietnamese and Chinese language option in addition to English. HSI believes there is a significant risk that horns from this auction, even if purchased legally in South Africa, may end up being trafficked to Asian consumer markets by organized criminal syndicates. The South African government estimates that a rhino is killed for its horn about every eight hours in South Africa, largely to satisfy black market demand in Vietnam and China. The horn to be auctioned is ‘trimmed’ from Hume’s 1,500 farmed rhino, and purportedly aimed at the domestic rhino horn trade which is now legal following a ruling in April by South Africa’s constitutional court, lifting a 2009 ban. However, in light of the suspicious language options on the site, the Vietnamese government has reiterated in an official statement that according to Vietnamese law, rhino horn purchased at this auction could not be legally exported to Vietnam for commercial, medical or personal purposes. Manh Tien Vuong, deputy director of the Vietnam CITES Management Authority, said, “According to Decision 11/2013/QD-TTg dated 24/01/2013, Vietnam prohibits all trade in white and black rhinoceroses and their products with only narrow exceptions for purposes such as law enforcement, political, scientific research, and zoological display.”   This auction comes at a time when rhino poaching is at crisis point,…... [read more]

According to Nguyen Phu Hoa, deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Import and Export Department, the second wave is crucial given the world has entered the tech-based Fourth Industrial Revolution that is transforming society, services and trade. For example, in Japan and the US, humans are working with robots while China is targeting more modern production similar to the Republic of Korea’s and Japan’s. Vietnam’s first export wave, in which businesses exported raw material, is over. The seminar pointed out that certain foundations would need to be established to successfully develop the second wave. The first is setting up a system to share know-how innovated with the support of the Government, according to participants. This kind of sharing will enable companies to access new technologies, talents and scientists. Thus, all research outcomes must be shared and published so that they could be applied. The second requirement is creating trust and confidence since now many consumers doubt the origin and quality of goods. Thirdly, a competitive infrastructure needs to be developed. Hoa said one huge thrust would be needed to upgrade roads, bridges, ports, and logistics facilities to serve production and exports. "But exports cannot be competitive when traffic jams occur regularly when goods are on the way to airports and ports," and this problem should be fixed soon, he said. Yasuo Nishitohge, general director of Japanese retailer AEON Vietnam, said Vietnamese goods suppliers were constantly improving…... [read more]

Businesses should co-operate closely with the Government to usher in a second export wave of products with higher added-value and promotion of brands, participants at a seminar in HMC City said on Tuesday. Footwear products made at My Phong shoe company in Tra Vinh Province’s Chau Thanh District. Viet Nam is advised to enter a second export wave of high added value products. According to Nguyen Phu Hoa, deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Import and Export Department, the second wave is crucial given the world has entered the tech-based Fourth Industrial Revolution that is tranforming society, services and trade. For example, in Japan and the US, humans are working with robots while China is targeting more modern production similar to South Korea’s and Japan’s. Viet Nam’s first export wave, in which businesses exported raw material, is over. The seminar pointed out that certain foundations would need to be established to successfully develop the second wave. The first is setting up a system to share know-how innovated with the support of the Government, according to participants. This kind of sharing will enable companies to access new technologies, talents and scientists. Thus, all research outcomes must be shared and published so that they could be applied. The second requirement is creating trust and confidence since now many consumers doubt the origin and quality of goods. Thirdly, a competitive infrastructure needs to be developed. Hoa said one huge thrust would be needed to upgrade roads, bridges, ports, and logistics…... [read more]

The earthquake occurred late Tuesday, killing 12 and injuring 175, 28 of them seriously, according to a statement by the government of Aba prefecture, where the epicentre was located, source from Vietnamnews. But China’s National Commission for Disaster Reduction estimated that as many as 100 people may have perished, based on past census data of the sparsely populated region. Initial images emerging from the quake zone showed paramilitary police searching through rubble for survivors. Elsewhere, stunned people were seen milling about on debris-strewn streets, fearful of going back inside in case of further tremors. At least one aftershock, measured at 4.2 magnitude by the US Geological Survey (USGS), hit the region shortly after the main quake. Early on Wednesday, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook northwest China’s Xinjiang region, thousands of kilometres from Sichuan, according to the (USGS). It struck at around 7.30am (2330 GMT) and was followed by two aftershocks of 5.2 and 5.3 magnitude, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the remote area. The Sichuan temblor was centred near Jiuzhaigou, a valley designated as a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site and which is famed for its striking scenery, karst rock formations, waterfalls and lakes. Xinhua said at least five of the deaths occurred in Jiuzhaigou, adding that more than 34,000 people were visiting the popular tourist site at the time. It said, 31,500 tourists had been relocated to safety. The National Commission for Disaster Reduction estimated that more than 130,000 houses may…... [read more]

The earthquake occurred late Tuesday, killing 12 and injuring 175, 28 of them seriously, according to a statement by the government of Aba prefecture, where the epicentre was located, source from Vietnamnews. But China’s National Commission for Disaster Reduction estimated that as many as 100 people may have perished, based on past census data of the sparsely populated region. Initial images emerging from the quake zone showed paramilitary police searching through rubble for survivors. Elsewhere, stunned people were seen milling about on debris-strewn streets, fearful of going back inside in case of further tremors. At least one aftershock, measured at 4.2 magnitude by the US Geological Survey (USGS), hit the region shortly after the main quake. Early on Wednesday, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook northwest China’s Xinjiang region, thousands of kilometres from Sichuan, according to the (USGS). It struck at around 7.30am (2330 GMT) and was followed by two aftershocks of 5.2 and 5.3 magnitude, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the remote area. The Sichuan temblor was centred near Jiuzhaigou, a valley designated as a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site and which is famed for its striking scenery, karst rock formations, waterfalls and lakes. Xinhua said at least five of the deaths occurred in Jiuzhaigou, adding that more than 34,000 people were visiting the popular tourist site at the time. It said, 31,500 tourists had been relocated to safety. The National Commission for Disaster Reduction estimated that more than 130,000 houses may…... [read more]

Customs officers may have colluded in the disappearance of 213 containers full of electric appliances, electronics and other goods, according to the General Department of Customs and Police. Police officers are investigating the disappearance of 213 containers. - Photo news.zing.vn In mid-2015, 213 containers of 56 logistics enterprises transited HCM City’s Cát Lái Port to Cambodia. However, the containers never arrived at the Việt Nam-Cambodia border. “We are collaborating with the General Department of Security under the Ministry of Public Security and the HCM City Department of Public Security to investigate,” the General Department of Customs announced. A representative of the General Department of Customs told Zing News that 50 of the 213 missing containers had been found. He also said similar cases had occurred in the past. On July 31, C46 investigators from the Ministry of Public Security and related agencies checked one container which hadn’t “disappeared.” The 40-foot container contained electronic goods, including Japan-made washing machines, air conditioners and speakers, which are prohibited for import into Viet Nam. At the end of March, the General Department of Customs found there was no document prepared by customs officers relating to the container. According to the regulations on transit goods, customs offices track the goods and verify their arrival at the border. However, there are indications that customs officers intervened in the computer system to delete the information. Source VNA ... [read more]

NDO - Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Phung Quoc Hien expressed his concern regarding a lack of funds for transport projects in the 2016-2020 period, at a working session with the Ministry of Transport, in Hanoi on August 8. According to the Ministry of Transport, the transport sector needs approximately VND952.7 trillion (US$41.92 billion) to be invested in transport projects from 2016 to 2020. However, the funds allocated from the State budget to the ministry have met just 31% of the total investment demand. Hien is concerned that the transport sector cannot complete the planning and tasks for transport infrastructure development in the period, amid the anticipated capital shortages. The Ministry of Finance also suggested that the Ministry of Transport takes into account funding from investors, due to the budget limit and the termination of ODA loans by the end of this year. In regard to the capital for nearly 1,400km of the North-South expressway, the Ministry of Transport said that the Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) can ask for loans but it requires specific mechanisms from the Government. The Ministry of Transport also said that it is accelerating the progress of important projects, such as the North-South expressway, the North-South high-speed railway and the Long Thanh international airport, in order to meet the economic development demand. However, the NA Vice Chairman also noted that the ministry should make rough calculations amid limited investment resources. Hien affirmed that the issues related to the allocation of sufficient funds for ODA projects,…... [read more]

NDO - A total of 120 individuals have been awarded with certificates of merit for their kind-hearted work in supporting and caring for the victims of Agent Orange/ Dioxin across the country, at a meeting held in Hanoi on August 8. The event, held by the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (VAVA), was attended by Politburo member, Secretary of Party Central Committee (PCC), and Head of PCC Commission for Mass Mobilisation, Truong Thi Mai; former Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh; and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha. Speaking at the event, Politburo member Truong Thi Mai said that although the war ended 42 years ago, Vietnam has still been suffering serious consequences from the toxic chemicals used by the US troops during the war. Around 4.8 million Vietnamese people have been exposed to the toxic chemicals, with over three million AO victims. She emphasised that the Party and State have promulgated a number of policies targeting national contributors and revolutionary participants, who were exposed to toxic chemicals, in order to provide strong support for them. She called for joint effort and further participation from organisations and individuals at home and abroad, as well as the whole of society in general, in caring for AO victims. She stressed that the exemplary models of AO victims who have risen above their difficulties in life, as well as those who have shown their compassion and provided support for AO victims, should be honoured and duplicated.... [read more]

The Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) has been working closely with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to formalise plans to expand CFTE’s education initiative to the ASEAN with the purpose of training finance professionals in technology-related skills to help them transition to the world of digital finance, both in Singapore and the larger ASEAN region. CFTE and the central bank of Singapore offer an education opportunity to smoothen the transition to Finance 2.0 On August 8, 2017, CFTE, an organisation established to help people thrive in the new world of finance 2.0, has signalled its intention to set up its first international hub in Singapore with the support of MAS, Singapore's central bank. Tram Anh Nguyen, CFTE co-founder, said, "I strongly believe that in a world dominated by technology, people must remain at the centre of society and organisations, and that education and training are key to help individuals adapt to a fast changing world. Singapore and MAS have a very comprehensive strategy about human capital and we are honoured to be working with them to help finance professionals in the ASEAN make the most in a world of digital finance." Sopnendu Mohanty, chief fintech officer at MAS, said, “We welcome CFTE to set up its education hub in Singapore. The people factor is crucial for the success in FinTech as well as our innovation-driven Smart Financial Centre. It is at the heart…... [read more]




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