PM ratifies formation of Vietnam press museum

A number of enterprises have taken advantage of technology used for tax collection to avoid paying taxes. Customs officials inspect fruit imported from China at the Tân Thanh border gate in the northern province of Lạng Sơn. - VNA/VNS Photo Trần Việt The Law on Value Added Tax (VAT) regulates that unprocessed, or preliminarily processed, agricultural, forestry and aquatic products imported from foreign countries are not subject to VAT. However, if these imported products are sold to individuals and small business vendors in the country, they are subject to a VAT rate of 5 per cent. In recent years, customs agencies have applied technology in tax collection, which allows enterprises to use email and digital signatures for customs and tax declarations online, as well as allowing them to write, print invoices and pay taxes by themselves without requiring submission of lists of goods purchased and sold during each tax period. A number of enterprises have taken advantage of these methods, importing unprocessed agricultural, forestry and aquatic products from China and selling them to local business vendors and individuals without paying taxes to local tax agencies, the Hải quan (Customs) newspaper reported. The process of founding fake companies to import goods and evade taxes is no longer trivial but practised on a wide scale, according to the report. Thirty-four out of 93 enterprises that imported goods through the Tân Thanh border gate last year…... [read more]

The appearance of 10 sinkholes in sweet corn fields in the province has been worrying locals for a month, but scientists say is a normal phenomenon in the karst area. One among 10 sinkholes found near Hố Hô power plant.-Photo danviet.vn The sinkholes appeared at a distance of 1km from the reservoir of the Hố Hô power plant in Hương Hóa Commune. Each hole is some 50sq.m. wide, 2-6m deep and shaped like a cylinder. “These worried locals a lot. For a month now, they linked these holes to supernatural phenomenon,” Nguyễn Thị Thao, the commune’s chairwoman, said. Thao, therefore, wanted related agencies to study the cause to relieve locals’ worries. The sinkholes run along the outlet stream of the reservoir and have been developing gradually since a month now. Following an investigation trip to the area, Nguyễn Đức Lý, director of the local Department of Sciences and Technology said the sinkholes were created due to normal topographical movements. “This is normal phenomenon and has been recorded in other regions in Việt Nam. It is not unusual in the karst area at this locality,” Lý said. He warned that although the holes would take time to gradually sink, locals should avoid jumping inside them to avoid dangerous and swift sinking. Lý told locals to fill the holes with soil to continue their cultivation. However, he promised a detail report…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Trinh Xuan Thanh, former Chairman of the PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC), gave himself up to the Investigation Security Agency under the Ministry of Public after nearly one year of evading international arrest warrant, the ministry reported on July 31. On September 16, 2016, the Ministry of Public Security’s Investigation Police Agency decided to launch criminal proceedings against Thanh, born in 1966 and residing at House No 24-C2 Ciputra in Hanoi’s Tay Ho district, for alleged violations of State regulations on economic management resulting in losses of nearly VND3.3 trillion (US$142 million) for the PVC during his leadership. After finding that Thanh had fled abroad, the ministry decided to issue an arrest warrant domestically and internationally for him. Earlier, members of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee agreed to expel Thanh from the Party with 100% of approval votes. According to the Secretariat, between 2007-2013, in his positions as Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Director General of the PVC, and later as Secretary of the PVC’s Party Committee and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Thanh showed irresponsibility and negligence in the leadership and management of the corporation’s operation, and violated legal regulations on business administration, resulting in many wrongdoings and losses of nearly VND3.3 trillion. As the top official of the corporation, Thanh must bear the main responsibility for the mistakes and wrongdoings. As Thanh was responsible for the wrongdoings, law violations and losses at the PVC, leaders of the…... [read more]

Neither increased investment in the State-owned sector nor the extraction of resources will be the country’s growth engine during the years to come, the first working session between Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the newly-formed economic advisory board heard on July 29. Progress in reforming the economy has been a race against time. Without an effective solution to actualize the government’s command and create motion within the entire bureaucracy, the primary economic targets of National Congress XII of the Communist Party of Vietnam will not be accomplished, Mr. Vu Viet Ngoan, Head of the board after leaving his post as Chairman of the National Financial Supervisory Commission, told the session. Other than long-term policies, the policy system in the short- and mid-terms need to touch on two basic matters, with the first purpose of policies being to untie difficulties, reducing fees for businesses and enhancing the effectiveness of the State economic sector. In the midst of that, drastically reforming the organization and implementation stages of the government’s directives are the decisive factor. Second to that is the renovation of the current operating structure. The bureaucracy, while being “pulled” by the Prime Minister, needs to be “boosted for efficiency” by the public and society. Associate Professor Dr. Tran Ngoc Anh from the US’s Indiana University suggested there be a monitoring system to assess the implementation of policies and government directives by ministries, authorities, and provinces. Director of Research at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, Dr. Vu Thanh Tu Anh, meanwhile,…... [read more]

NDO – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) have signed a Record of Discussion (R/D) for a project aiming to support the victims of trafficking in Vietnam. The signing ceremony, held in Hanoi on July 31, was for the “Strengthening the Operation of Hotline for Counselling and Supporting Trafficked Survivors” phase II, in continuation of the “Establishment of Anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Hotline” phase I which was implemented during the 2012-2016 period. In phase II, the project will help to expand the existing Child Help Hotline 18001567, operated in Hanoi, An Giang and Ha Giang provinces, to include a function as a hotline for anti-TIP, as well as strengthening the operation of the hotline during 2017-2020. Under the upcoming phase II, the connecting unit in An Giang and the newly established unit in Da Nang will be upgraded into higher level regional call centres, which, together with the existing unit in Hanoi, are expected to enhance the counselling on anti-human trafficking in the Southern, Central and Northern regions, in addition to improving the overall support for the victims of trafficking. The centres’ counsellors will be under the management of MOLISA and will be offered training in order to ensure the required expertise and support service quality. The nation-wide recognition of the hotline No. 18001567 is expected to improve the effectiveness of the projects activities. Since it began operations in October 2013, there have been nearly 10,000 calls…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has ordered Hà Nội authorities to quickly investigate a weekend fire at a bakery that killed eight people, most of them teenagers. On Saturday, just hours after the fire, the PM asked the capital People’s Committee to closely co-operate with the Ministry of Public Security to determine the cause of the fire, and report the result directly to him. The blaze started at around 10.30am on Saturday morning at a confectionary workshop by National Highway 32 in Đức Thượng Commune, Hoài Đức District, when 17 workers were working inside. As the fire spread very fast, only nine people managed to escape. The building quickly collapsed, trapping eight people in the flames that were only put out about three hours later. Seven people were confirmed dead at the scene, while one succumbed to severe burns at the hospital. Hoài Đức police on Saturday managed to identify the victims. The only female victim, 55-year-old Cấn Thị Tâm, was the cook at the workshop. The rest of the dead people were young men, with the youngest, Kiều Văn Trúc aged just 15. Other victims were identified as Nguyễn Nho Thành, 16, Kiều Tiến Trọng, 17, Nguyễn Hồng Sơn, 19, Trần Quang Huy, 20, and the 27-year-old Lê Văn Hoạt. The age of the last victim, Khuất Văn Thịnh, is yet to be ascertained. Two 16-year-old teenagers, Nguyễn Tiến Anh and…... [read more]

The “gain in output, loss in price” lesson is a bitter disheartening experience for Vietnamese farmers. Vietnam's agricultural sector is facing numerous difficulties and challenges while industrial growth showed signs of slowing down. Smart agricultural development is sluggish due to shortcomings and barriers to land, market and capital. At present, Vietnam has three hi-tech agricultural zones approved by the Prime Minister in Hau Giang, Phu Yen and Bac Lieu provinces. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development granted certificates to 26 hi- tech agricultural companies. In addition, three provinces built plans for construction of hi-tech agricultural zones, namely Thai Nguyen, Thanh Hoa and Lam Dong. Dr Doan Cong Khanh (Research Institute for Trade) said that agricultural restructuring has not touched enterprises and entrepreneurs. Vietnam’s care for agricultural development and priority for farmers are right but ineffective approaches. Although there are many incentive policies, few companies are interested in agricultural investment. Meanwhile, agriculture will not be able to be modernised if there is no business. Agricultural companies were insignificant by the end of 2015. According to statistics, only 1.01 per cent of established companies were engaged in agriculture in 2014, mostly small entities. Up to 55 per cent of companies had less than VND5 billion of registered capital. The impact of loosened agricultural and rural policies seems to reach the peak, even some becoming barriers to development. There are many agricultural and rural investment incentive policies but they are ineffective. According to Mr…... [read more]

GE Healthcare, in co-operation with Hanoi’s Friendship Hospital within the framework of the Diagnostic Imaging on Cardiac symposium, held the launching ceremony for the Revolution CT 256 detector rows, an innovation in the diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases. The launching ceremony for GE Healthcare’s state-of-the-art Revolution CT 256 detector rows, the newest in Friendship Hospital’s arsenal The ceremony took place on July 20, attended by government officials, domestic and international medical experts, GE representatives, leaders, managers, and the staff of Friendship Hospital and other hospitals. According to export.gov, a trusted source of market intelligence developed by international trade specialists and economists, much of the existing medical equipment in Vietnamese public hospitals is obsolete and needs replacement. Many hospitals lack sufficient equipment for surgery and intensive care units. Thus, the Vietnamese government encourages the import of medical equipment because local production cannot meet the demand. US-based GE Healthcare has become a familiar brand in the Vietnamese medical industry, as it has provided hospitals and clinics with modern medical equipment and numerous training courses for their medical staff. This is especially helpful in the context reported in a 2016 research study by the Danish Embassy in Vietnam. The report describes the demand for imported medical equipment as a growing one, especially for imaging diagnostic equipment, such as CT scanners. GE Healthcare is making yet another significant contribution…... [read more]

Overview of the conference (Photo: VNA) Son La (VNA) – Vietnam’s northwestern province of Son La and northern provinces of Laos held a conference in Son La on July 30 to discuss measures to intensify their cooperation in personnel training. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee of Son La Pham Van Thuy said that the province is currently hosting more than 1,000 Lao students from northern Lao provinces. Son La has offered support to the students, including assistance in dormitory with study equipment and good living conditions, he said, adding that the Lao students have quickly integrated into local society and show good performances. Meanwhile, representatives of the Lao localities pointed out some difficulties facing Lao students, including those in choosing majors and Vietnamese language. Chomsilath Thanapan, Vice Governor of Bokeo province, proposed Son La’s  training establishments specify their training programmes and inform the Lao side through its Department of Foreign Affairs, while enhancing the quality of Vietnamese language teaching for Laos students. Hoang Tien Duc, Director of the Son La Department of Education and Training, said that Son La will continue building its training plans with priority on areas of Lao northern localities’ demand. At the conference, the two sides also drew lessons in the field and put forth solutions to enhance the effectiveness of their cooperation in the future. Within the event, a ceremony was held to present Friendship Orders of the Lao President to the People’s Committee,…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Vietnam’s northwestern province of Son La and northern provinces of Laos held a conference in Son La on July 30 to discuss measures concerning the intensification of their cooperation in personnel training. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee of Son La Pham Van Thuy stated that the province is currently hosting more than 1,000 Lao students from northern Lao provinces. Son La has offered support to these students, including assistance in dormitory, study equipment, and good living conditions, he also added that the Lao students have quickly integrated into local society and show good performances. Meanwhile, representatives of the Lao localities pointed out some difficulties facing Lao students, including challenges in choosing majors and difficulty with the Vietnamese language. Chomsilath Thanapan, Vice Governor of Bokeo province, proposed to Son La’s training establishments to specify their training programmes and inform the Lao side through its Department of Foreign Affairs, while also enhancing the quality of Vietnamese language teaching for Laos students. Hoang Tien Duc, Director of the Son La Department of Education and Training, said that Son La would continue building its training plans with priority on areas of Lao northern localities’ demand. At the conference, the two sides put forth solutions to enhance the effectiveness of their cooperation in the future. Within the event, a ceremony was held to present Friendship Orders of the Lao President to the People’s Committee, the Military Command, and the Public Security Department of Son La,…... [read more]




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