Lack of coordination affects industrial development plans in southern Vietnam

CAAV proposes solutions to ease overload at Tan Son Nhat airportLe Anh HCMC – The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed solutions to ease the serious overload at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in a correspondence just forwarded to the Ministry of Transport. For short-term solutions in 2017-2018, the CAAV proposed speeding up the construction of the northern apron for completion in the second or third quarter next year instead of the first quarter of 2019. According to the correspondence, effective measures are urgently needed to improve the capacity of the nation’s busiest airport with average annual growth of 10-15% in passengers. Besides, the area for parking planes overnight on nearly 20 hectares of military-controlled land should be developed right this month. The project should be divided into phases, completed within six to eight months and put into use in the first quarter next year. In addition, the authority suggested that carriers should be allowed to use apron areas and check-in desks at terminals in a flexible manner, and this should start right in this quarter. The authority proposed maximizing landing and takeoff slots to facilitate carriers in peak hours. Regarding long-term solutions, the CAAV proposed building terminal T4 with a capacity of 15-20 million passengers a year, and a road traffic system connecting Cong Hoa, Hoang Hoa Tham streets and an internal road to the terminal. The domestic passenger terminal T1 is planned to be upgraded with one more floor to serve passengers better. These solutions should…... [read more]

HCMC sets land prices far lower than market valueCao Ban HCMC – The HCMC People’s Committee has just approved a new list of land prices which are well below market levels along some streets of 15 districts. The municipal government has issued Decision No. 30/2017 on adjustment of the land price list that had earlier been provided for in Decision No. 51/2014 dated December 31, 2014 on land prices in the city, effective from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2019. The city has adjusted land prices along many streets in districts 2, 6, 9, 10, 11, Thu Duc, Phu Nhuan, Binh Tan, Tan Phu, Go Vap, Hoc Mon, Can Gio, Binh Chanh, Cu Chi and Nha Be. Notably, plots of land along some roads have their nominal prices far lower than market value, according to the updated land price list. For example, land prices along District 2’s Nguyen Thi Dinh Street range from VND7.5 million to VND9.8 million per square meter while land along a parallel road from Tran Nao to Mai Chi Tho is priced at VND15 million per square meter. Meanwhile, according to a survey of Gach Vang Land Valuation Company, these areas have market value of at least VND70 million per square meter. Similarly, land along a section of Vo Chi Cong Street from Ba Cua to Phu Huu streets in District 9 is priced at VND4.2 million per square meter, well below the market level of VND15-20 million. According to the Land Law, the Government…... [read more]

Specialized management burdens enterprisesTu Hoang HCMC – Vietnamese enterprises now have to spend a total of 28.6 million working days and a cost of VND14.3 trillion a year to comply with procedures on specialized management, which now covers a total of 100,000 product types, according to a report from the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM). There are 414 documents related to specialized management, including 30 laws, 97 decrees, and 287 circulars, according to CIEM’s report. Specialized management covers a vast array, from plant and animal quarantine, quality assurance, and energy efficiency to food safety inspection and export-import licensing. In terms of cost for specialized management, export-import licensing accounts for 41.2% of the total of VND14.3 trillion, quality assurance and energy efficiency procedures 25.3%, food safety inspections 19.1%, animal quarantine 14.3% and plant quarantine 0.1%. According to CIEM, products with the possibility of causing danger must have quality assured, including 478 product lines and thousands of product types. Besides, many more products categorized as “Others” have posed a lot of difficulties for enterprises during the compliance process. CIEM has proposed cutting down on the 100,000 product types that must undergo checks. Specifically, a 30% reduction will save 8.6 million working days and VND4.3 trillion, while a 50% cut will save 14.3 million working days and VND7.1 trillion.... [read more]

With the Prime Minister’s ratification on the plan for radio and television broadcast and transmission on February 16, 2009, VOV had already step up a development plan for the coming decade with the view to 2020 and beyond to establish a solid foundation for the development of the whole national broadcast system. General development targets VOV aims for development at a rapid but sustainable pace through improving its management and learning from regional and international experiences while adapting them to the country’s conditions and customs. It needs to strengthen integrate with the world community and modernise its broadcasting and production to maintain its leading role in the national radio broadcasting. It will work to improve the profession quality of its staff and reward them accordingly. The national radio station will extend the radio and television coverage areas both at home and abroad to fulfill its political, diplomatic, defence and security tasks set by the Party and State and provide high quality programmes to its diverse audiences. It will comprehensively upgrade its infrastructure to provide all the radio, television and telecommunication services on the same technological basis and smoothly change from analog to digital transmission. The quality of programmes, especially those for ethic minorities need to be improved. VOV will maintain and expand its coverage on the islands and the border and remote areas. It will closely cooperate with local radio stations to develop the recording instruments, the radio broadcast systems and the public stations as well as assist production, transmission…... [read more]

In 2012, the country will celebrate another two auspicious occasions. One is the 80th birthday anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, and the other is the 60th birthday anniversary of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. As part of the celebrations for these three historic occasions, the Thai government is preparing to hold an International Horticultural Exposition, also known as the “Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011,” as a tribute to the royal perseverance. Organized jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the Department of Agriculture, the Highland Research and Development Institute (Public Organization), and the Horticultural Science Society of Thailand, the event will be held for 99 days, from 16 December 2011 to 14 March 2012, at the Royal Park Ratchaphruek. The site covers an area of 470 rai, or 80 hectares, in Mae Hia subdistrict, Mueang district, Chiang Mai province. The theme of the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 is “Greenitude: Reducing Global Warming to Save Planet Earth and to Improve the Quality of Life.” It comes from the concept of 3 Gs, which include generation, garden, and greenitude, and 3 Rs, which include reuse, reduce, and recycle. The concept is meant to educate children and youth in the values of trees and instill in them the sense of responsibility toward the green and healthy environment, so that they love and care for nature. It is also intended to call for concerted efforts in tackling the problem of global warming through reducing exploitation of energy resources by reusing and…... [read more]

The ministry turned the first sod on the construction of the Dai Ngai Bridge, located on National Highway 60 which links Tra Vinh and Soc Trang Provinces, at a total cost of approximately VND5.72 trillion (US$250.9 million). The bridge, to span over Tra Cu District in Tra Vinh and Long Phu District in Soc Trang, will be of momentous importance to the two provinces, the region and the country in general regarding socio-economic growth and security and defense. The bridge will be 15.2 kilometers in length, and have four lanes for traffic. The structure comprises two bridges, Dai Ngai 1 and Dai Ngai 2, both 16 meters wide. The former will be 2.24 kilometers long and stretch over Dinh An Creek, while the latter will be 0.86 kilometers in length over Tran De Stream. The construction work is slated for completion in late 2018. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony on December 12, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh asserted that the project will untie the last knot on National Highway 60, facilitate traffic flow and augment the importance of infrastructural, industrial and economic projects across the Mekong Delta. Once the construction of the Dai Ngai Bridge is complete, and the entire National Highway 60 is open to traffic, pressure on National Highway 1 will be notably relieved, he said. The new bridge will also cut travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City to the provinces of Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau by 70 kilometers, baochinhphu.vn cited Deputy…... [read more]

The statement wrote: “On behalf of the United Nations Country Team in Vietnam, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on its election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on October 16”. Mr Hendra said this is testimony to Vietnam’s further integration into the international community and its growing prominence and influence in the world. The Vietnamese Government is strongly committed to playing an active role in maintaining world peace and security, he added. World’s media highlights Vietnam becoming non-permanent member of UNSC Most news agencies in Russia on October 16 covered the vote on non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council. In its early news bulletins Interfax reported on the initial results of the vote at 20.40 local time. The ITAR-TASS news agency, updated at 21.30, named the five countries elected as non-permanent members of the UNSC (Libya, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Croatia and Burkina-Faso). In the first round of voting, Libya, Vietnam and Burkina-Faso easily acquired the two-thirds of the votes needed to be elected as non-permanent members. Libya received 185 votes out of 190, Vietnam received 183 votes and Burkina Faso received 178 votes. Qatar, Vietnam’s predecessor at the UNSC, expressed its belief that Vietnam will contribute greatly to the UN’s work. The ambassador and head of the Indonesian delegation to the UN, one of the two Asian non-permanent members of the UNSC, said Indonesia will fully cooperate with…... [read more]

Major newspapers in the RoK said that during talks between Party General Secretary Manh and President Roh Moo-hyun, the two leaders agreed to boost comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, particularly in information technology, trade and investment, tourism, as well as double-taxation avoidance. China’s Xinhua news agency said that President Roh expressed thanks to Vietnam for its proactive and constructive role in boosting stability and peace on the Korean peninsula. The Agence France Presse (AFP) also covered General Secretary Manh’s activities in the RoK, highlighting President Roh’s statement to hail Vietnam ’s readiness to play a positive role in boosting relations between the two Koreas. Other news agencies emphasised Vietnam’s willingness to contribute to promoting peace, stability and cooperation on the Korean peninsular and expressed hope that the visit will help strengthen economic and political relations, expand trade ties, as well as enhance bilateral cooperation on regional and international issues of mutual concern between Vietnam and the RoK.... [read more]

During a November 21 working session with Trust of India (PTI)- India’s largest and oldest news agency, the delegation was briefed by Shakeel Ahmed, PTI General Manager for administration on his agency’s organisational structure and operations. Established in 1947, the agency currently employs 500 journalists and other 500 part-time reporters operating in almost all localities across India. PTI is keen on partnering with other news agencies across the globe, including the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), he said. For his part, Linh proposed the PTI open a representative office in Vietnam soon to increase its wide-ranging coverage of the country. Linh also extolled PTI’s efforts in imparting news about Vietnam and the activities of Vietnamese leaders during their visits to India while suggesting PTI support Vietnam in the East Sea issue and call parties concerned to comply with international law. The same day, the delegation visited Vietnamese students and Buddhist monks and nuns at Delhi University, Vietnam Embassy staff and VNA representative office in New Delhi.... [read more]

Journalist Tran Thien Nhien: "Young journalists should be patient" Despite having retired many years ago, veteran journalist Tran Thien Nhien still has a strong attachment to his former career in journalism. During war time, he tried to be on the scene as soon as he heard no more sounds of B52 bombers flying ahead. During peace time, he visited many different areas throughout the country and today, the name Tran Thien Nhien is still associated with VOV articles. Mr Nhien confided, "Even though I have been retired for a long time, I am still keen on writing work. I write at least eight articles a month." Regarding current journalism, Mr Nhien said that now, young journalists have many more opportunities to improve their professional skills thanks to the advanced technology, easier travel and better working conditions. However, they have to cope with fiercer competition in seeking out new sources of information so that they can relay their stories to the public as soon as possible. According to him, young journalists should be "patient" as no one gains fame and fortune as soon as they begin a career. Young journalists should accumulate array of professional experiences and devote themselves to their work. They need to pay more attention to their writing style, especially in the words and sentences they use to keep the purity of Vietnamese language, stressed Mr Nhien. Many of Mr Nhien's articles were awarded and appreciated by the public. He said he has constantly broadened his journalistic knowledge…... [read more]




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