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Hà Nội has been taking efforts to stamp out the dengue fever outbreak which has plagued the city in recent months, with nearly 15,400 cases reported in 12 districts so far this year. Overloads at Bạch Mai Hospital due to the dengue fever outbreak.VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc By Tuesday, 18 large-scale mosquito spraying machines had been handed over to the city’s Preventive Medicine Centre. Three other machines are being repaired and will be brought to the city. From now until the end of this month, Hà Nội plans to conduct a large-scale mosquito spraying campaign, focusing on crowded areas such as markets, schools, construction sites, abandoned land and houses. Residents will be informed before the spraying occurs. In areas where cars and trucks can approach, large spraying machines will be used at night while small sprayers will be used at households during daytime. Hà Nội has been supplied with more 30 small spraying machines and 300 litres of chemicals to conduct the campaign. Addressing an incident where many students at Quang Trung Secondary School in Đống Đa District suffered allergic reactions and painful eyes after the school sprayed mosquito-killing chemicals, the city’s Preventive Healthcare Centre Nguyễn Nhật Cảm said the reaction could happen to people with allergic conditions, including children. However, it would cause no harm to their health. Cảm affirmed the chemical is licensed by the Ministry of Healthy. Therefore, parents should…... [read more]

Vietnam has been reported as leading the region and beating the world average in the representation of women in its business sector. While the figures are promising, there remains ample space for improvement. Vietnamese women entrepreneurs are better represented than almost anywhere in the Asia-Pacific According to newswire TechCrunch, Vietnamese women entrepreneurs are doing exceedingly well, even in the global context—the country is hands down in the Top 2 in the Asia-Pacific, following Australia, in terms of the representation of women in business, be it small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) or the boards of directors of the country’s leading corporations. A Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) study shows that Vietnam’s enterprising women own 25 per cent of the country’s SMEs—a far cry from gender equality, but overtaking the Middle East, North Africe, and Sub-Saharan Africa, not to mention South Asia, where the average percentage is only 8 per cent. 98.8 per cent of these women-owned enterprises are micro- and small-sized, and 61.4 per cent of them operate in the services sector, which MBI claims is very similar to other countries, based on an IFC study from 2014. By MBI’s evaluation, women-owned enterprises are somewhat more equitable and socially responsible than enterprises run by men. They employ a higher percentage of female workers (43.4 per cent against the 36 per cent of menterprises), contribute more to the national budget in taxes per worker (VND24.9 million…... [read more]

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]

NDO – A specialised agency at the general department level has been established to cover the work of natural disaster prevention and control for the first time. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on August 16 organised a ceremony to introduce its General Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. The department is the newest agency under the management of MARD, following the establishment of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry, Directorate of Fisheries and Water Recourse Directorate. Tran Quang Hoai, Deputy Head of Water Resources Directorate, was appointed Head of the General Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. It was established through a separation of the Water Resources Directorate’s agency responsible for natural disaster prevention and control, along with the merging of a number of agencies that have the same function, and will act as the first State-level general department for disaster management. According to Hoai, his general department is tasked to advise MARD and the Government on the promulgation of legal documents, mechanisms and policies concerning disaster prevention and control, while mobilising more resources from society and calling for the participation of the entire population in the work, as disaster prevention and control is a continuous, long-lasting battle. Another important task for the newly-established agency is to improve the capacity building for leaders, professionals and local people involved in the work so that they understand the disasters and the measures needed to prevent them from occurring, in addition to promoting disaster management to reduce risks. The…... [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]

NDO – The Prime Minister has approved a strategy for the development of the bond market for the 2017-2020 period with a vision to 2030. The strategy aims to develop a stable bond market, a complete and synchronous structure on supply-demand factors; expand the investor’s foundation, increase the scale and quality of operations, diversify products, ensure an efficient market; actively integrate into the international market, and a step by step approach with international practices. According to the strategy, outstanding debt in Vietnam’s bond market is targeted at 45 percent of total GDP in 2020 and about 65 percent of GDP in 2030. The outstanding debt of the Government bond, Government-guaranteed bond and municipal bond market is aimed at about 38 percent of total GDP in 2020 and 45 percent in 2030. The corporate bond market’s outstanding debt is hoped to reach some 7 percent of GDP in 2020. In addition, the average maturity of government bond issuance in the period 2017-2020 is expected to stand at 6-7 years and 7-8 years for the period of 2021-2030. Meanwhile, the density of government bonds by insurance companies, social insurance companies, pension funds, investment funds and non-bank financial institutions will increase to 50% by 2020 and 60% by 2030. To that end, Vietnam is set to complete its policy framework for the bond market, develop the primary and secondary markets, diversify investors, and facilitate intermediary institutions and market services.... [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]




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