“Kong: Skull Island” Studio in Ninh Binh

A joint petrol of Vietnamese, Lao border guards (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) Quang Nam (VNA) – Vietnam’s central province of Quang Nam and Laos’ southeastern province of Sekong agreed to enhance comprehensive cooperation during a high-level meeting in Tam Ky city, Quang Nam, on August 7. The two sides concurred to complete a road running from Sekong through Nam Giang – Dac Ta Ooc border gate to Quang Nam province and finalise dossiers proposing the two Governments upgrade the border gate to international one in 2018. They vowed to jointly implement a protocol on Vietnam-Laos borderline and border markers and an agreement on land border and border gate management regulations, while disseminating respective legal regulations among people in their border areas. Quang Nam and Sekong will coordinate to ensure political security, and social order and safety in the shared border regions, and protect the borderline and border markers. They will also work to organise investment, trade and tourism promotion conferences in Sekong. In 2018, the two sides plan to kick off construction of houses for officers and soldiers at the Dac Ta Ooc border gate control station with funding sourced from the Vietnamese Government’s official development assistance (ODA) for Laos. Each year, Quang Nam province pledged to provide full scholarships to teach Vietnamese and other majors to 25 students from Sekong province. The two sides will also step up collaboration in the field of healthcare. On this occasion, empowered by the…... [read more]

The MoU signing ceremony at the Tien Yen District’s investment promotion on Friday. — Photo baodautu.vn Eight memorandum of understandings were signed in the northern Quang Ninh Province’s Tien Yen District on Friday, for investment projects in waste treatment, poultry, breeding and sea port development. They are worth a total capital of VND1 trillion (US$44 million). The signings took place at the district’s Investment Promotion Conference, and were witnessed by 400 enterprises and economic organisations. Truong Cong Ngan, chairman of Tien Yen District People’s Committee, said it was the first such event and a good chance for domestic and foreign investors to better understand the district’ advantages and investment policies and explore investment opportunities. Local authorities will create as favourable conditions as possible for investors to implement projects in the district, he promised. Speaking at the event, Le Quang Tung, vice-chairman of Quang Ninh Province People’s Committee, said he hoped Tien Yen District would become an attractive destination for foreign investors as it has tremendous untapped potential in agro-fisheries and forestry, and local authorities are making a huge effort to improve its investment climate. Tien Yen District covers around 65,200ha and has a 35km coastline, and has favourable conditions to develop its agriculture, industry and tourism sectors. In the future, the district will open the South Tien Yen high-speed road and the 350-hectare Tien Yen Industrial Zone, as per its socio-economic development plan from now to 2030. — VNS …... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – The FLC Group wants to develop a smart urban complex in the centre of northern Thai Binh city, Trinh Van Quyet, the group’s chairman of the management board, has said. Speaking at a recent meeting with the provincial People’s Committee and representatives from related agencies and authorities in Hanoi, Quyet said the complex would cover an area of 300-500ha, with an artificial beach, golf course, entertainment park and shopping mall, as well as apartments, townhouses and villas. Nguyen Hong Dien, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, introduced the FLC Group’s delegation to the location, geography and other advantages of the area, as well as investment policies in agriculture, service and tourism. He also talked about the current master plan and land use under the new administrative centre, Kien Giang River, Vu Thu and Vu Dong communes. These locations have a beautiful landscape and convenient traffic connections. They were introduced to the FLC Group for consideration and selection for effective investment. Dien emphasised that This Binh has over 5,000 businesses but not many are large enough. To create motivation for local socio-economic development, Thai Binh needed private enterprises with experience and financial prowess such as FLC. Quyet said early development of such a project would require very strong commitment from local officials, who would need to work hard on land acquisition, administrative procedures and support policies for investors. This is the second time in two months that the FLC Group’s directors have surveyed potential development sites in the province,…... [read more]

The fast-growing tourist development coupled with thousands of fishing vessels operating off its coast has resulted in large amounts of rubbish being dumped into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. According to the Ha Long City Management Board of Public Service, around two tonnes of litter is collected by bay cleaners on a daily basis. The majority of the refuse is found near the shore, having been dumped into the water via sewer pipes or by fishing vessels operating near the coast. Meanwhile, tourism boats rarely confirm to environmental regulations and dump rubbish at sea. A report of the Ha Long Bay Management Board also showed that in some highly populated areas such as Cam Pha City, Hoanh Bo and Van Don districts and Quang Yen Town, have no waste water treatment plant. This means that the waste water goes directly from residential quarters into Ha Long Bay without any treatment. Ha Long Bay currently employs a team of four rubbish-collecting boats tasked with cleaning up eight kilometres of coastline including areas as far as 700 metres from the shore. However, the force remains thin compared to the huge amount of rubbish dumped into the bay every day. The road from Ha Long 1 Market to Cot 8 area is covered is always covered in litter despite Ha Long City authorities’ contract with a waste treatment firm. Nearly 530 tonnes of waste so far this year has been collected on the road. dtinews... [read more]

NDO – Hanoian authorities have decided to turn Trinh Cong Son street in Tay Ho district into a walking route, starting on August 19, to provide Hanoians with an additional space for walking and enjoying traditional artistic performances and cuisine. According to information from the People's Committee of Tay Ho district, Trinh Cong Son street, named after the famous late composer, will be the core of the walking space, covering Alley 431 on Au Co street and Alley 612 on Lac Long Quan road. Nguyen Dinh Khuyen, Vice Chairman of Tay Ho district People's Committee said that the walking zone is designed to add additional entertainment areas for tourists and the youth and to develop tourism activities associated with the West Lake. The new walking street will offer visitors artistic performances and Trinh Cong Son music at a 2,000 square metre outdoor stage. There will also be other traditional art forms, such as quan ho (love duet) singing and water puppet shows at lotus ponds around the zone. In addition, approximately 50-60 booths simulating the traditional architecture of Hanoi Old Quarter and Hoi An ancient town will be arranged along the walking street, selling souvenirs, food and refreshments for visitors. The walking space will be organised from 7.30 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week, starting from August 19. Aimed at offering a new address for entertainment and tourist activities in the West Lake area on the weekend, local authorities have provided cards for…... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (fourth, left), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and​ other foreign ministers pose for a photo at a meeting on August 6 (Photo: AFP/VNA) Manila (VNA) – The ASEAN and its 10 partner countries agreed several major cooperation plans at the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC+1) sessions in Manila, the Philippines, on August 6. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh led the Vietnamese delegation to the events, part of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) and related meetings. As Vietnam is the country coordinator of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership, Minh and India’s Minister of State for External Affairs General Vijay Kumar Singh co-chaired the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. At the PMC+1 sessions, the foreign ministers from ASEAN and the 10 partner nations reviewed relations over the past year and devised plans for future cooperation.  They focused on economy, trade, investment, connectivity, development gap narrowing, climate change, natural disaster management, people-to-people exchange and education. They also discussed regional and international issues of shared concern. The dialogue partners congratulated ASEAN on its 50th founding anniversary and hailed the bloc’s achievements after almost two years since the ASEAN Community was established. They pledged to continue supporting ASEAN to enhance economic and regional connectivity, narrow development gaps and boost free and equal trade through existing free trade agreements (FTAs) and those with bigger framework such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The partner…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Dinh Quy and his Bangladeshi counterpart Md. Shahidul Haque co-chaired the first political consultation between Vietnam and Bangladesh, which took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on August 6. With regards to their political ties, the two sides agreed to accelerate the exchange of high-level visits and the Bangladeshi side expressed their wish to welcome President Tran Dai Quang for an official visit soon. Concerning the economic and investment sphere, they agreed to continuously facilitate their businesses’ market research and investment promotion, towards achieving the set two-way trade turnover goal of US$1 billion. They also pledged to accelerate the implementation of the commercial rice deal in 2017-2022 and explore the possibility of cooperation in manufacturing and assembling motorbikes. Bangladesh suggested that Vietnam considers importing its medicine and potatoes. They affirmed that they will strive for negotiations for the extension of the memorandum of understanding on agriculture cooperation signed in 2014 and share experience in agriculture and animal and fish farming. Regarding security-defence, Bangladesh proposed that the two sides enhance the exchange of information related to anti-terrorism and share experience in the maintenance of aircraft, while agreeing with Vietnam’s proposal on sharing experience in participating in the United Nation’s peacekeeping missions. In addition, the two sides agreed to step up education cooperation, share experience in development and poverty reduction and sign a new cultural exchange programme, as well as studying the opening of a direct flight route or share fight…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Dinh Quy and his Bangladeshi counterpart Md. Shahidul Haque co-chaired the first political consultation between Vietnam and Bangladesh, which took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on August 6. With regards to their political ties, the two sides agreed to accelerate the exchange of high-level visits and the Bangladeshi side expressed their wish to welcome President Tran Dai Quang for an official visit soon. Concerning the economic and investment sphere, they agreed to continuously facilitate their businesses’ market research and investment promotion, towards achieving the set two-way trade turnover goal of US$1 billion. They also pledged to accelerate the implementation of the commercial rice deal in 2017-2022 and explore the possibility of cooperation in manufacturing and assembling motorbikes. Bangladesh suggested that Vietnam considers importing its medicine and potatoes. They affirmed that they will strive for negotiations for the extension of the memorandum of understanding on agriculture cooperation signed in 2014 and share experience in agriculture and animal and fish farming. Regarding security-defence, Bangladesh proposed that the two sides enhance the exchange of information related to anti-terrorism and share experience in the maintenance of aircraft, while agreeing with Vietnam’s proposal on sharing experience in participating in the United Nation’s peacekeeping missions. In addition, the two sides agreed to step up education cooperation, share experience in development and poverty reduction and sign a new cultural exchange programme, as well as studying the opening of a direct flight route or share fight…... [read more]

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. (Photo: AFP/VNA) Beijing (VNA) – China put forward a seven-point proposal on China-ASEAN cooperation during a meeting between foreign ministers from ASEAN and China in Manila, the Philippines on August 6. At the meeting, the two sides expressed satisfaction with achievements in their strategic partnership during the last 15 years and agreed to deepen ties. In his remarks at the event, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi congratulated ASEAN on its 50th anniversary and expressed his delight at the bloc’s development, extending his best wishes for it in the next five decades. As an important regional organisation, ASEAN has become a major force in enhancing regional integration and maintaining regional peace and stability, Wang said. ASEAN has always been a priority in China’s foreign diplomacy, he noted, adding that China has consistently supported ASEAN in taking a central role in regional cooperation and a bigger role in dealing with international issues. As ASEAN and China will celebrate the 15th year of their strategic partnership next year, Wang urged for actions to upgrade the partnership to a higher level and build closer relations between the two sides. He outlined a seven-point proposal on bilateral cooperation in the future which firstly suggested formulating a 2030 Vision for ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership as a blueprint. The second point is to synergise the Belt and Road Initiative and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity and further expand the cooperation’s scope. …... [read more]

Together with strong interests in real estate, construction, and manufacturing, Singaporean investors have been trending towards healthcare and renewable energy projects in Vietnam to cash in on rising local demand and the government’s supporting policies. Bich Thuy reports. Singaporean firms are finding robust opportunities in a wide variety of local industries In April, SHS Holdings and Singapore’s Sinenergy Holdings signed a memorandum of understanding with Ninh Thuan province to develop a $360 million solar power and high-tech agriculture complex. The 300MW solar farm project is slated for completion in July 2019. That same month, Singapore-based The Blue Circle and Vietnam’s TSV commenced work on the Dam Nai wind farm in Ninh Thuan, marking the official entry of The Blue Circle into the local renewable energy market. The $80 million project is scheduled for completion in October 2018. According to the Singapore Business Association in Vietnam (SBAV), renewable energy is an emerging trend among Singaporean investors in Vietnam, where electricity consumption outpaced the country’s economic growth rate by two-fold over the past few years. Last year, Armstrong S.E. Clean Energy Fund, a dedicated renewable energy private equity fund based in Singapore, and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced an investment in Gia Lai Electricity JSC (GEC), which is one of the largest private sector hydropower players in Vietnam. “With the current introduction of the feed-in-tariff of 9.35 US cents/kilowatt-hour and Decision…... [read more]




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