HCM City, US discuss new education model

At a reception given to the VFP delegate in Hanoi on April 18, Chairman of the Vietnam-US Friendship Association Nguyen Tam Chien spoke highly of the VFP’s activities in support of Vietnam, particularly its assistance for delegations of Vietnamese Agent Orange /dioxin victims during their trips to the US. Chien briefed his guests on the role that VUFO and his organization play in promoting the friendship between the Vietnamese people and other nations, including the US people. He affirmed that his organization hopes to continue its cooperation with the VFP, and pledged to support the operation of the VFP’s branch in Vietnam, particularly in humanitarian activities. During the visit from April 18 to May 2, the VFP delegation is scheduled to visit AO victims’ families and care centres. They will also hold working sessions with Associations of AO Victims in Hanoi, Danang city, and Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Tri provinces.... [read more]

Medical Doctor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, Director of the city’s Vietnam-US Friendship Association chapter spoke of the growing cooperation between the two countries in various fields such as economics, defence, security, culture, education, and training, and healthcare service. The US is now one of the ten biggest foreign investors in Vietnam, she said, citing that two-way trade between the two countries has amounted to US$18.324 billion. In 2010 alone, the HUFO and the Vietnam-US Friendship Association chapters received many guests from universities, high schools, non-governmental organizations, and veteran organizations, as well as religious dignitaries who came to Vietnam to promote cooperation in the fields of culture, education, economics, society, humanity, and charity. Le Thanh An, US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, emphasized the important contributions of the HUFO and Vietnam-US Friendship Association chapters in improving relations between the two countries. On the occasion, some US NGOs donated as much as US$854 million to two projects to help orphans and disadvantaged children and presented “affection” houses to poor women in Hoc Mon district.... [read more]

Vietnam-US Friendship Association HCM City Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong summarised the bilateral relationship’s streak of success following the normalisation of relations in 1995. She highlighted triumphs in economics, trade, investment, science and technology, education, national defence and security, climate change, and Vietnamese infrastructure upgardes. Two-way trade turnover has jumped from US$2 billion in 2001 to US$26 billion last year, she added. Phuong said Vietnam regards the US as the leading partner and expressed hope the two countries will continue collaborating on counterterrorism, transnational crime prevention, humanitarian aid efforts, and marine safety and security in the East Sea, thereby maintaining regional and international peace and stability. The HUFO capitalised on the occasion to present US Consul General in HCM City Le Thanh An with the “For Peace and Friendship among Nations” insignia, recognising his contributions to the Vietnam-US relationship and other social and charitable activities.... [read more]

Pha said over the past time Vietnam and the US have seen fine development in their multifaceted cooperation, especially since the two countries established comprehensive strategic partnership more than a year ago. Pha urged the ACYPL to strengthen its ties with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO), the Vietnam-US Friendship Association, and the VFF. He suggested the Council promote visit exchange to boost mutual understanding between Vietnamese and American peoples, particularly among young generations in order to lift up Vietnam-US ties. Representing ACYPL, Peter Newell, Democratic Party member and Vice President at Sandbox Industries said the ACYPL includes young politicians from different political parties. The Council will act as a bridge linking US organizations with the VFF and promoting people-to-people exchange, he noted.... [read more]

US Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City Rena Bitter made the comment in a speech she delivered at the Vietnam-US Friendship Association (VUFA) in HCM City in which she said the visit to the US marks a new chapter in the history of relations between the two nations. This was the first time a Vietnam Party Secretary General visited the US and the two countries issued a joint vision statement acknowledging the accomplishments on a host of fronts since diplomatic relations were normalized twenty years ago. Chau said that Vietnam’s total trade with the US expanded from just US$500 million in 1995 to US$36 billion in 2014 and is now forecast to hit a record high US$40 billion this year. Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh echoed Bitter’s view and said that though Vietnam is the smallest economy of the 12 countries currently negotiating the TPP trade pact, it is still expected to bring about a significant impetus to propel elevated relations between the two countries.... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - It is heard in the conference on “Vietnam-US Trade Interaction after 2016” yesterday held in Vietnam that with or without the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, trade between Vietnam and the US would continue to rise. Organised by the Vietnam-US Friendship Association, the conference attracted around 200 delegates, including diplomats, policy makers, entrepreneurs and economists. Le Thanh Liem, Deputy Chairman of Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee, said the two countries enjoyed average trade growth of more than 19 percent a year for the past 10 years. The US is Vietnam’s largest export market, he said. According to Mary Tarnowka, the US consul general in the city, bilateral trade nearly tripled in the last eight years and now tops 45 billion USD. US exports to Vietnam surged 44 percent in the first half of this year, making Vietnam the fastest growing export market for the US. “The US is encouraged by Vietnam’s recent resolution on international economic integration, reaffirming Vietnam’s intention to continue its economic reforms and further open its economy, with or without TPP. This resolution is an important signal to trading partners that Vietnam is moving to establish a level playing field for US companies looking to invest and compete in Vietnam.” These reforms will promote fair, transparent and predictable regulatory systems that enable innovation, attract trade and investment and promote Vietnam’s continued integration into the regional and global supply chains, she said. "Vietnam is already the 11th largest export market for US agricultural products. We can…... [read more]

HCM City, December 21 (VNA) - With or without the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, trade between Vietnam and the US would continue to rise, a conference heard in HCM City on December 20. Speaking at “Vietnam-US Trade Interaction after 2016,” Le Thanh Liem, Ceputy chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said the two countries enjoyed average trade growth of more than 19 percent a year for the past 10 years. The US is Vietnam’s largest export market, he said. According to Mary Tarnowka, the US consul general in the city, bilateral trade nearly tripled in the last eight years and now tops 45 billion USD. US exports to Vietnam surged 44 percent in the first half of this year, making Vietnam the fastest growing export market for the US. “The US is encouraged by Vietnam’s recent resolution on international economic integration, reaffirming Vietnam’s intention to continue its economic reforms and further open its economy, with or without TPP. “This resolution is an important signal to trading partners that Vietnam is moving to establish a level playing field for US companies looking to invest and compete in Vietnam.” These reforms will promote fair, transparent and predictable regulatory systems that enable innovation, attract trade and investment and promote Vietnam’s continued integration into the regional and global supply chains, she said. "Vietnam is already the 11th largest export market for US agricultural products," she said. “We can continue to promote these exports. We can also take steps to meet Vietnam’s growing demand for…... [read more]

Check out what is in the news today: Check out what is in the news today: Politics -- Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomed his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen during the Cambodian head of government’s two-day official visit in Hanoi on Tuesday. Society -- Doctors at a hospital in Hanoi have succeeded in removing a rare tumor of more than 10 kilograms from an 84-year-old male patient. -- A project to build a tunnel through the iconic Han River in the central city of Da Nang has raised eyebrows from urban planners, architects and former local leaders. -- A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday sentenced four Chinese nationals each to nine months behind bars for swindling unsuspecting victims of their valuables after claiming to cure them of illnesses. -- As of Tuesday night, rescuers had retrieved the bodies of two other victims killed by a landslide that occurred at dawn the same day in Nha Trang City in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa. The calamity claimed four lives in total and critically injured three others. -- The Hanoi Department of Foreign Affairs has announced the removal of the deputy director in charge of the department’s Center for Foreign Affairs Services from his post for assaulting a 76-year-old professor in November. Business -- Vietnam is in dire need of reforms and better policies in customs and seaport management, diplomats and entrepreneurs urged at a Tuesday seminar organized by the Vietnam – US Friendship Association. -- The…... [read more]

PANO - Chairman of the Vietnam-US Friendship Association Nguyen Tam Chien on November 23 in Hanoi received a delegation of the American Legion, led by its National Commander Charles E. Schmidt on an ongoing visit to Vietnam. At the reception, the two sides exchanged situations of each country and the outcomes of the bilateral cooperation on searching American soldiers reported missing in action in the Vietnam War. They also showed their due attention to enhancing bilateral cooperation in carrying out humanitarian projects to relieve consequences of war such as clearing unexploded ordnance left by the war, tackling Agent Orange/Dioxin-related issues with an aim of stepping up the Vietnam-US relationship based on their comprehensive partnership. Translated by Mai Huong... [read more]

HCM City marks US Independence DayA ceremony to mark the 240th anniversary of the United States Independence Day was held in HCM City on July 8 by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and the HCM City Vietnam-US Friendship Association. On behalf of HCM City's people, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, President of the HCM City Vietnam-US Friendship Association, extended congratulations to the US people, while highlighting the increasing relationship between the two countries. She said with its role, the association will make positive contributions to sustainably developing the two countries' relationship, as well as effectively implementing cooperation programmes. Addressing the event, Tim Liston, Deputy Consul General of the US in HCM City thanked the people of Vietnam in general and HCM City people in particular for their affection and hospitality. He said the two countries signed a number of agreements during President Barrack Obama's trip to Vietnam. Vietnam is leading ASEAN in exports to the US with two-way trade hitting 46 billion USD in 2015. In the first four months of 2016, Vietnam exported goods worth 13.92 billion USD to the US market. Besides economic ties, cooperation in education, social activities and cultural exchanges between the two countries have also been strengthened. New album honors pilots, soldiers killed in crashes A new album honoring soldiers and 10 pilots on missing military aircraft has been released in HCM City. Những Đôi Cánh Thiên Thần (Angel Wings) features 10 songs with music by Quỳnh Hợp and lyrics by poets Bùi Phương Thảo,…... [read more]




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