PM’s visit to Thailand strengthens political trust

Tran Kim Long, director general of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s international co-operation department, said the impact of climate change, the lack of infrastructure for agriculture, and poor post-harvest practices in developing economies were the main causes of food loss and waste. Dr. Su-San Chang, director general of the Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park of the Council of Agriculture of Chinese Taipei, said that with an increasing population, rapid urbanisation and climate change, food security could no longer rely on improved food production alone. "The fact is that we are producing food that is lost and wasted along the supply chain," she said. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that around 1.3 billion tonnes or one-third of the food produced globally for human consumption has either been lost or wasted each year since 2011, while more than 800 million people still suffer from hunger. Dr Xifeng Gong, interim lead shepherd for the APEC Agricultural Technological Cooperation Working Group, said that global food security would be seriously undermined if the food security of Asia-Pacific was undermined. Asia has the largest number of 526 million hungry people across all regions (around 65 per cent of the world’s total). All of the previous APEC Food Security Ministerial Meeting’s Declarations included the reduction of food loss and waste as a long-term priority, according to Gong. “All available resources from the public and private sectors of APEC economies should be used in a suitable way to develop policy recommendations and solutions on reducing…... [read more]

The event formed part of activities during the APEC 2017 Food Security Week and the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Enhancing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change in the city. Participants focused on how to evaluate food losses and waste reduction, sharing experience and solutions of the private sector in reducing food waste, reviewing APEC’s projects on reducing food losses and waste, and how to enhancing the awareness toward sustainable development. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), nearly 800 million people are undernourished globally, of them 500 million are in the Asia – Pacific region. Around 1.3 billion tonnes of food or one third of the global food output, worth nearly US$750 billion, are lost and wasted each year. The amount, if saved, is enough to feed two billion people.  Food is mainly lost during post-production and harvest, transport and preservation in developing nations due to poor infrastructure while food losses take place in marketing and consumption in developed nations. Food loss and waste reduction was noted in the APEC declarations on food security in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 to ensure sustainable agriculture development and food security for APEC economies. One of the objectives of the APEC food security roadmap to 2020 is to cut down food losses and waste by 10% from 2011 – 2012. Gong Xifeng, head of the APEC Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group, called for a combination of…... [read more]

AT the workshop (Source: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – Experts gathered at a workshop in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on August 19 to seek ways to reduce food losses and waste, and ensure a sustainable APEC food system. The event formed part of activities during the APEC 2017 Food Security Week and the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Enhancing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change in the city. Participants focused on how to evaluate food losses and waste reduction, sharing experience and solutions of the private sector in reducing food waste, reviewing APEC’s projects on reducing food losses and waste, and how to enhancing the awareness toward sustainable development. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), nearly 800 million people are undernourished globally, of them 500 million are in the Asia – Pacific region. Around 1.3 billion tonnes of food or one third of the global food output, worth nearly 750 billion USD, are lost and wasted each year. The amount, if saved, is enough to feed two billion people.  Food is mainly lost during post-production and harvest, transport and preservation in developing nations due to poor infrastructure while food losses take place in marketing and consumption in developed nations. Food loss and waste reduction was noted in the APEC declarations on food security in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 to ensure sustainable agriculture development and food security for APEC economies. One of…... [read more]

Illustrative image (Source: Internet) HCM City (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisations and the municipal chapter of the Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association (VHFA) held a gathering on August 20 to celebrate the National Day of Hungary (August 20) and the 20th founding anniversary of the chapter. Chairman of the VHFA’s municipal chapter Le Minh Triet said Vietnam and Hungary enjoy a time-honoured friendship. The Vietnamese people never forget the wholeheartedly support and assistance that the Hungarian Government and people have provided for their struggle for independence in the past as well as the current development. Over the past two decades, the chapter has made practical and effective contributions to people-to-people diplomacy and cooperation between the two countries, and between the city and Hungarian localities, particularly the capital city of Budapest, he said. Hungarian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City Balogdi Tibor expressed his delight at the growing bilateral ties, adding that Ho Chi Minh City is always a focus of cultural, education and trade exchange between the two countries. On the occasion, the municipal People’s Committee presented the traditional flag to the Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association in honour of its dedication to the city’s people-to-people diplomacy over the past two decades.-VNA ... [read more]

The event formed part of activities during the APEC 2017 Food Security Week and the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Enhancing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change.  According to Gong Xifeng, head of the ATGWG, the group has made great contributions to most APEC economies in hi-tech agriculture, helping ensure food safety and security in the region. The group has focused on cooperation in agricultural technology to enhance the capability of the APEC member economies in agricultural production and relevant sectors, thus improving the agricultural products market in the region and bettering the implementation of relevant regulations in line with the free trade agreements (FTAs). From 2017-2018, the group will continue strengthening the criteria on food safety, dealing with challenges in food security, promoting sustainable application of biofuels in cultivation and hi-tech agriculture to mitigate climate change impacts, and accelerating technology transfer to develop a food value chain in the region. Tran Kim Long, Director of the International Cooperation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), said Vietnam acknowledges the importance of high technology application in agricultural production, particularly when the country is becoming more vulnerable to natural disasters, climate change, urbanisation, which pose challenges for the agricultural sector of the nation in general and the Mekong Delta in particular. Cooperation among economies in the world in applying technology in agriculture and related sectors is crucial, Long said, adding that this will create…... [read more]

Viet Nam as a member of the United Nations (UN) and a signatory to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) supports the UN in embracing a people-centred approach to development. This approach recognises the essential role of public participation where the public can meaningfully contribute to Government decisions. People are working in Sapa O’Chau, the first social enterprise in Sapa adopting community-based tourism by an H’mong person. — Photo Courtesy of Tan Thi Su The UN defines a set of global community actions to ensure current and future generations benefit from increased opportunities and mitigated risks. Its agenda outlines measures for generating opportunities to improve people’s lives. Regarding young people, the agenda stresses addressing needs by deepening the youth focus of existing programmes on employment, entrepreneurship, decision-making inclusion and citizenship. It is estimated that about 30 per cent of Vietnamese population are adolescents and youth. This figures translate into Viet Nam having entered a ‘demographic bonus’ period. During this period that will last for about 30 years, there are two or more economically productive persons for every dependent person. Such a period, if well managed, is a great opportunity to drive a nation’s development. The revised Constitution of Viet Nam (2013) enshrines equality between all citizens, containing provisions to protect the rights of children, adolescents and young people. It also recognises obligations of the family, the State and society to create conditions for young people to develop. One of the most significant developments for young people in Viet Nam was the…... [read more]

The 80 delegates at the 4th Meeting of the APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies agreed that “corruption erodes social integrity and fairness, undermines government accountability and public trust, and impedes healthy economic growth.” Speaking at the meeting, Nguyen Van Thanh, Government deputy inspector general and chair of the meeting, said: “Greater cooperation is needed in combating money laundering and recovering stolen assets, and promoting international cooperation in bribery cases, repatriation of fugitives, and informal international cooperation.” “I believe that our deliberations at this meeting will facilitate direct connections among law enforcement agencies, and create a platform for international cooperation in information exchange, mutual legal assistance, extradition, asset recovery and joint investigation of corruption cases,” he added. Corruption in Vietnam had caused resource losses, reducing the efficiency of public investment, destroying trust of investors, and weakening national competitiveness, Thanh said. Peru, an APEC member economy, for example, has made great progress in fighting corruption by strengthening international cooperation and participating in global anti-corruption activities, according to a report from Peru’s High-Level Anti-Corruption Commission. “Corruption is one of the main threats and vulnerabilities that allow the commission of acts of laundering and terrorist financing,” the report said. Also speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, Denis Kunev, head of the Organisation and Analytics Department at the Investigative Committee from the Russian Federation, said: “We expect stronger commitment and cooperation among the member economies in the Asia Pacific region to fight corruption.” “The meeting provided an opportunity for…... [read more]

The event formed part of activities during the APEC 2017 Food Security Week and a High-Level Policy Dialogue on Enhancing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change. At the annual meeting of the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology According to Gong Xifeng, head of the ATGWG, the group has made great contributions to most APEC economies in hi-tech agriculture, helping ensure food safety and security in the region. The group has focused on cooperation in agricultural technology to enhance the capability of the APEC member economies in agricultural production and relevant sectors, thus improving the agricultural products market in the region and bettering the implementation of relevant regulations in line with the free trade agreements (FTAs). From 2017-2018, the group will continue strengthening the criteria on food safety, dealing with challenges in food security, promoting sustainable application of bio-fuels in cultivation and hi-tech agriculture to mitigate climate change impacts, and accelerating technology transfer to develop a food value chain in the region. Tran Kim Long, Director of the International Cooperation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), said Vietnam acknowledges the importance of high technology application in agricultural production, particularly when the country is becoming more vulnerable to natural disasters, climate change, urbanization, which pose challenges to the agricultural sector of the nation in general and the Mekong Delta in particular. Cooperation among economies in the world in applying technology in agriculture and…... [read more]

He was speaking while operating the second working day of the 11 session of the 10th city Party Committee. About business development, he said that HCMC has set the target of having 500,000 businesses by 2020. At present the city has over 300,000 enterprises but they are mainly small and medium scaled. The number of companies in the city’s key economic industries is very low. Of 25,000 businesses registered since early this year, over 30 percent are from real estate field. So he asked which policies are necessary to encourage businesses to invest in key economic industries such as industry, hi-tech, commerce and finance. Talking about traffic development, Mr. Phong said that from now until 2020 which projects the city should implement, where capital source will be, how much will be mobilized from the state budget and how much from the society. Investment in traffic development should base on regional overall plans. It should be clearly defined that which projects will be built from the central budget, which from local budget and which are the best coordination methods for provinces and cities in a region. They should intensify connectivity, diversify investment methods and focus on mobilizing all possible resources to solve problems in urban traffic system development, he affirmed. Director of the Department of Transport Bui Xuan Cuong said that land for traffic development now accounts for 18.5 percent of total urban land area. By 2020, the city needs up to VND550 trillion (US$24.2 billion) for traffic development.…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A third-year student of the HCM City Open University, Tran Thi My Linh has done several part-time jobs while pursuing her degree in tourism administration. Students of HCM City Open University look for internship opportunities at a career day event held on campus on August 13. – Photo: Gia Loc/VNS Being a receptionist and a waitress at small restaurants has helped her earn some money, but she has gained something far more valuable – work experience, which will make it easier for her to get a full-time job after graduating, she hopes. Finding part-time jobs is not very difficult, Linh said, adding that she usually works in the afternoon and evening, when she does not have to attend university classes. “These jobs teach me how to serve and communicate with people and how to solve problems at work,” she said. Linh is among many students who are aware that they stand a better chance at getting good jobs if they have some work experience when they apply. A third year student of the HCM City University of Pedagogy, who did not want to be named, said students have many options for getting part time jobs. “I am majoring in English, so I apply to work as a translator at exhibitions, fairs and other events organised at hotels, convention centres and similar places,” she said. Experts in Human Resources (HR) affirm that students with some work experience will find it easier to get jobs after graduating than those…... [read more]




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