Khanh Hoa: Explosion kills six, injures several others

However, this has also kept concerned agencies busy raiding and seizing illegally printed copies of the above-mentioned materials. The Vietnam Education Publishing House said its investigation department has busted several cases of illegal printing in the last few months. In Hanoi, Hai Anh Co Ltd. was found to have illegally printed 30,000 English textbooks; Thien Phu Printing Factory and Hai Chien Packaging Printing Company were discovered to illegally possess a large amount of pirated copies of English textbooks. In the central region, the department detected illegally-printed primary school textbooks in Quang Ngai province and large volumes of secondary school English textbooks in Da Nang city and Khanh Hoa province. More than 3,000 copies of textbooks, mainly in English, were collected in Dak Lak. Illegal printing of textbooks isn’t something new, it has been an open secret for many years, something that has never stopped. Authors, publishers and printing houses have pleaded for this practice to stop, but pirated books still exist despite repeated raids and fines. No official figures are available about the damage caused, but publishers estimate losses caused by the contraband book market at several billions of VND every year. Previously, the activity was confined to new books and bestsellers, but now, all curricula, textbooks, reference books and English books are being printed illegally. Typically printers involved in book piracy are unable to present contracts or have printed copies far in excess of the license. State management offices…... [read more]

Hanoi, August 17 (VNA) - For several months now, the market for textbooks, reference books and study kits has been abuzz with activity as the new school year approaches.  However, this has also kept concerned agencies busy raiding and seizing illegally printed copies of the above-mentioned materials.  The Vietnam Education Publishing House said its investigation department has busted several cases of illegal printing in the last few months.  In Hanoi, Hai Anh Co Ltd. was found to have illegally printed 30,000 English textbooks; Thien Phu Printing Factory and Hai Chien Packaging Printing Company were discovered to illegally possess a large amount of pirated copies of English textbooks.  In the central region, the department detected illegally-printed primary school textbooks in Quang Ngai province and large volumes of secondary school English textbooks in Da Nang city and Khanh Hoa province. More than 3,000 copies of textbooks, mainly in English, were collected in Dak Lak.  Illegal printing of textbooks isn’t something new, it has been an open secret for many years, something that has never stopped.  Authors, publishers and printing houses have pleaded for this practice to stop, but pirated books still exist despite repeated raids and fines.  No official figures are available about the damage caused, but publishers estimate losses caused by the contraband book market at several billions of  VND every year.  Previously, the activity was confined to new books and bestsellers, but now, all curricula, textbooks, reference books and English books…... [read more]

Quang Ninh province has envisioned turning the Van Don special administrative-economic zone into a smart and green island urban area. (Photo: VNA) Quang Ninh (VNA) - The northern province of Quang Ninh has envisioned turning the Van Don special administrative-economic zone into a smart and green island urban area, according to Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Doc. The special administrative-economic zone is located in Van Don district, which has a total land area of 581.13 sq.km and sea area of 1,620 sq.km with a population of over 46,000. The district has a politically and economically important position as it lies on the strategic transit route from East Asia to Southeast Asia and from ASEAN to China, in Vietnam-China “two corridors, one belt” cooperation area, in Nanning-Singapore economic corridor, and in the extended Tonkin Gulf inter-regional cooperation area. Van Don is one of the three special administrative-economic zones designated by a Government-approved plan; the other two are Van Phong in the central province of Khanh Hoa and Phu Quoc in the southern province of Kien Giang. The zones will pilot key new economic and administrative policies before they are applied nationwide to develop the maritime economy. Quang Ninh is working on a master plan of and a law on Van Don special administrative economic zone, guided by the aim to build Van Don into a dynamic economic centre with focus on services, high-end tourism and high-tech industries. The zone is expected…... [read more]

Vietnamese and Lao children hold hands (Photo: VNA) Dak Lak (VNA) – Officials of Dak Lak, on August 16, received delegations of Vietnamese and Lao children who are taking part in a friendship summer camp in the Central Highlands province. At the reception, Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Tran Quoc Cuong said exchange activities among children from both nations have fostered traditional relationship and comprehensive cooperation between the two parties, governments and people. The exchanges also help implement joint programmes between the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and Lao People's Revolutionary Youth Union, he added. Cuong asked the children to make an effort in learning and contributing to their homeland as well as to bilateral relations. On the occasion, Cuong presented Dak Lak’s insignia to the Lao children delegation. The 2017 Vietnam – Laos friendship summer camp took place in Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Dak Lak provinces in the Central Highlands and in Khanh Hoa province in the central region from August 13 to 17. It has created a playground for Vietnamese and Lao kids to involve in various musical, cultural and sport activities. The camp is part of activities in celebration of the 55-year diplomatic relations between the two countries.-VNA... [read more]

The construction work at the international terminal of Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa province is expected to finish by March next year, an official said. — Photo vietnamairport.vn The construction work at the international terminal of Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa province is expected to finish by March next year, an official said. Phan Le Hoan, director of Cam Ranh International Terminal JSC, said the terminal would be operational by July, thanks to the credit loan of more than VND2.98 trillion from Vietcombank and Vietinbank six months ago. The construction began in September 2016 with an estimated investment capital of VND3.73 trillion, 80 per cent of which was to come from the two banks. As planned, the project’s first phase will finish by the end of the first quarter next year, with the capacity to serve 2,000 passengers during rush hours and four million passengers per year. However, owing to the prolonged rainy season last year and the lack of capital, the construction process was delayed by two months. The company has carried out more than half of the work of the first phase, including the two-storey terminal with a total area of 50,000sq.m. The construction work for the car parking area and the apron for wide-body aircrafts is being carried out now. In the first half of this year, the airport received nearly three million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 31 per cent, of which, more than…... [read more]

The recent tourism boom is fueling the rise of condotels in Vietnam, but both officials and industry insiders have warned of a supply surplus and a lack of legal guidelines for the new realty market. Condotels, short for condo hotels, have been springing up in Vietnam over the past five years, especially in popular tourist destinations such as Da Nang, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc. Many investors prefer them as they can resell individual condotels to small investors instead of bearing the financial responsibility for an entire project. Subinvestors are usually promised a share of the profit after around 10 years. Along the coasts of Da Nang and Nha Trang, dozens of condotel projects are being built. One of them is a 25-story project with more than 1,000 units standing on the famous My Khe Beach in the heart of Da Nang. In Nha Trang, around 20 projects with more than 10,000 units have been licensed, and a tenth of them are already in service. Dong Luong Son, the vice chairman of Khanh Hoa Province's Tourism Association, said the tourism boom has heated up the resort property market. The province’s international airport in Cam Ranh receives up to 70 flights a day, and hotels in town as well as the nearby Nha Trang are usually fully booked, which makes condotels an attractive new investment option, he said, as cited by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. A survey showed that 7,000 new apartments were completed in Khanh Hoa last year, and 70…... [read more]

Speaking at the 2017 M&A Forum organised in HCM City on August 10 by the Vietnam Investment Review, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said the Special Administrative Economic Zone Law is expected to create a proper legal framework for the three zones in Van Don (Quang Ninh Province), Van Phong (Khanh Hoa Province) and Phu Quoc (Kien Giang). It aims to create a new development model with breakthrough policies and mechanisms meant to improve the investment environment and make Vietnam competitive in attracting investment. The zones will only have an administrative committee and no people’s council, and the people’s council’s role related to legislation and inspection would be taken over by provincial authorities, he said. “To effectively operate these special zones, we should remove unnecessary and inappropriate levels of special economic zones,” the minister said. The ministry has also proposed increasing the maximum land lease tenure to 99 years from the current 50-75, and allowing the zones to have casinos. Dung said the zones have been established to develop certain strategic industries based on their geographic conditions. For instance, Van Phong is the best place to develop a transit port in Vietnam and can develop logistics while Van Don has great potential in healthcare, education and biology, he said. All three would welcome industries with high value-addition, which would be identified for investment and announced soon, he said. The bill would be tabled in the…... [read more]

Van Don in ​Quang Ninh ​province is a special administrative-economic zone which is expected to see sea changes under a proposed new law (Photo: qtv.vn) HCM City (VNA) - The abolition of people’s councils, permitting casinos to be set up and allowing foreign investors to lease land for 99 years are among the main provisions of a proposed new law to govern the three special administrative-economic zones in Vietnam. Speaking at the 2017 M&A Forum organised in HCM City on August 10 by the Vietnam Investment Review, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said the Special Administrative Economic Zone Law is expected to create a proper legal framework for the three zones in Van Don (Quang Ninh Province), Van Phong (Khanh Hoa Province) and Phu Quoc (Kien Giang). It aims to create a new development model with breakthrough policies and mechanisms meant to improve the investment environment and make Vietnam competitive in attracting investment. The zones will only have an administrative committee and no people’s council, and the people’s council’s role related to legislation and inspection would be taken over by provincial authorities, he said. “To effectively operate these special zones, we should remove unnecessary and inappropriate levels of special economic zones,” the minister said. The ministry has also proposed increasing the maximum land lease tenure to 99 years from the current 50-75, and allowing the zones to have casinos. Dung said the zones have been established to develop certain strategic industries …... [read more]

Foreigners visit a fish sauce production facility in An Thoi town, Phu Quoc Island (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc agreed in principle that the three special economic zones being planned by the Government to spearhead the country’s economic growth should enjoy special regulations and fewer limitations to woo investments. Phuc was speaking at a recent conference to discuss the draft Law on Special Economic Zones (or the Law on Special Administrative-Economic Units). Conference participants agreed that the law needed to provide additional incentives than those stipulated by current legislation in order to create outstanding advantages for special economic zones. For example, the Law on Land allows land lease of up to 70 years in economic zones, while many such zones in the world allow it for up to 99 years. He agreed, saying that the Law on Special Economic Zones should consider lifting land lease duration and allowing the use of assets associated with land use right as mortgages at foreign credit institutions to create favourable conditions for investors but still comply with the Constitution 2013 as well as international regulations. In addition, the law must create a fair, transparent and stable investment environment and ease barriers to investments, he said, adding that the compilation of the law must study the benefits and trade-offs in the short and long terms for the country and investors. He stressed that it was critical to identify the competitive advantages of…... [read more]

At a meeting recently called to order by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ho Chi Minh City, business leaders in the niche market voiced their concern that more regulatory guidance is needed. Mandatory and more precise statutes would ensure consistent and effective compliance with rules and regulations, the business leaders told Nguyen Duc Trong, deputy head of the Department of Livestock Production at MARD. More clearly enunciated rules, they noted, are a crucial factor in creating a well-functioning sustainable industry. They are also a key element in safeguarding health and safety, protecting the environment, securing stable government tax revenue and delivering other essential societal goals. This is critically important, the leaders added, for laying the foundation for continued future economic growth of the swiftlet industry, which emerged around 2007 in southern Vietnam, and achieving the best possible outcomes over the long term. The 2013 decree lacked teeth mandating compliance by businesses in the industry and more often than naught simply made optional recommendations that dealt with matters such as location, use of sounds to lure the birds, hygiene and disease control. For instance, the 2013 legislation, they said, simply recommended in general that birds nest farms be located away from residential areas, hospitals, schools and markets, instead of making this a clearly spelled out mandatory requirement. The leaders also suggested that new legislation make it compulsory for those in the industry to comply with all local zoning…... [read more]




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