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A shirt production line (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) - Domestic garment and textile firms have, for the most part, missed out on the much-touted benefits of free trade agreements (FTAs) that Vietnam has signed, experts said at a seminar on August 2. The firms in the country that have taken advantage of FTA breaks are in the FDI sector, they noted. Vietnam has signed 12 free trade agreements, of which 10 FTAs have come into force: VN-ASEAN, ASEAN-India, ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand, ASEAN-Republic of Korea, ASEAN-China, ASEAN-Japan, Vietnam-Chile, Vietnam-Japan, Vietnam-Republic of Korea and Vietnam - Eurasian Economic Union, said Nguyen Ngoc Hoa, deputy director of the HCM City Department of Industry and Trade. In the 2016-20 period, most tariff lines under the FTAs have entered the period of being deeply cut or completely removed, he said. Garments and textiles are key export items for the country in general and HCM City in particular. If enterprises can take good advantage of FTA opportunities, the country will be able to increase export revenues as well as expand export markets, he said. But to be able to enjoy preferential tariffs under FTAs, the products must meet requirements under the rules of origin, he added. With weak materials supply and supporting industries, businesses in the garment and textiles face a big challenge in complying with the rules of origin, Hoa said. Pham Xuan Hong, Chairman of the Garment-Textile-Embroidery-Knitting Association in HCM City, said the garment and textile industry…... [read more]

Domestic garment and textile firms have, for the most part, missed out on the much-touted benefits of free trade agreements (FTAs) that Viet Nam has signed, experts said at seminar yesterday. Pham Xuan Hong, chairman of the Garment-Textile-Embroidery-Knitting Association in HCM City, said domestic garment and textile businesses have not taken much advantage of FTAs since they cannot meet rule of origin requirements. The firms in the country that have taken advantage of FTA breaks is the FDI sector, they noted. Viet Nam has signed 12 free trade agreements, of which 10 FTAs have come into force: VN-ASEAN, ASEAN-India, ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand, ASEAN-South Korea, ASEAN-China, ASEAN-Japan, Viet Nam-Chile, Viet Nam-Japan, Viet Nam-South Korea and Viet Nam- Eurasian Economic Union, said Nguyen Ngoc Hoa, deputy director of the HCM City Department of Industry and Trade. In the 2016-20 period, most tariff lines under the FTAs have entered the period of being deeply cut or completely removed, he said. Garments and textiles are key export items for the country in general and HCM City in particular. If enterprises can take good advantage of FTA opportunities, the country will be able to increase export revenues as well as expand export markets, he said. But to be able to enjoy preferential tariffs under FTAs, the products must meet requirements under the rules of origin, he added. With weak materials supply and supporting industries, businesses in the garment and textiles face a big challenge in complying with the rules of origin, Hoa said. Import reliance Pham…... [read more]

The firms in the country that have taken advantage of FTA breaks is the FDI sector, they noted. Vietnam has signed 12 free trade agreements, of which 10 FTAs have come into force: VN-ASEAN, ASEAN-India, ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand, ASEAN-ROK, ASEAN-China, ASEAN-Japan, Vietnam-Chile, Vietnam-Japan, Vietnam-ROK and Vietnam- Eurasian Economic Union, said Nguyen Ngoc Hoa, deputy director of the HCM City Department of Industry and Trade. In the 2016-20 period, most tariff lines under the FTAs have entered the period of being deeply cut or completely removed, he said. Garments and textiles are key export items for the country in general and HCM City in particular. If enterprises can take good advantage of FTA opportunities, the country will be able to increase export revenues as well as expand export markets, he said. But to be able to enjoy preferential tariffs under FTAs, the products must meet requirements under the rules of origin, he added. With weak materials supply and supporting industries, businesses in the garment and textiles face a big challenge in complying with the rules of origin, Hoa said. Pham Xuan Hong, chairman of the Garment-Textile-Embroidery-Knitting Association in HCM City, said the garment and textile industry has to import around 70% of its materials for production, mainly from China. “Domestic garment and textile businesses have not taken much advantage of FTAs since they cannot meet rule of origin requirements.” “And one of the main reasons for this is that Vietnamese firms lack knowledge…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The HCM City Department of Information and Communication is working with companies to provide free wi-fi for 100,000 workers by 2019. Illustrative image -- File photo The department is working with South Saigon Development Corporation (SADECO), Viet Nam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and Vinatech Technology and Communication Company Limited (Vinatech) to create around 1,000 free wi-fi access points for the workers at their living accommodations this year, with equal wi-fi coverage across all areas. The two-phase project began early this year, with access points created for 10,000 workers in District 7 and Thu Duc District. From December 18 this year to June 2019, more access points will be launched to serve a total of 100,000 workers. Each access point can serve around 10 users. Along with a bandwidth of 35Mbps, the expected link speed will reach a minimum of 20Mbps/3Mbps for two-way downloading and uploading of data from the internet. Le Quoc Cuong, deputy director of the Department of Information and Communications, said: “Providing free wi-fi for workers can improve their life and work.” HCM City has 10 industrial parks and three export processing zones, with a total number of workers ranging from 300,000 to 500,000, according to a report from HCM City Institute of Development Studies. Of these, 70 per cent are workers from other provinces and cities, mostly consisting of young adults with low to medium income who lack adequate opportunities to satisfy their entertainment needs. For entertainment and relaxation after work, they typically…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Thi Hau, vice general secretary of the Viet Nam History Association, spoke with Viet Nam Government Portal (chinhphu.vn) about how the urbanisation process has affected urban architecture heritage sites. Nguyen Thi Hau, vice general secretary of the Viet Nam History Association. Photo cand.com.vn The concept of urban heritage seems to be new in Viet Nam. Why do we distinguish urban heritage from heritage in general? Actually, we are still getting acquainted with the concepts of tangible and intangible heritage. The concept of urban heritage mentions cultural architecture in urban areas. In the past, we paid less attention to urban heritage. But in the last 10 years, the changes of the city during urbanisation have caused us to notice urban heritage issues. What are the difficulties and challenges faced by preservationists? According to my research on urban heritage in big cities in Viet Nam, particularly in HCM City, the urbanisation process is one of the threats to heritage sites. It doesn’t mean that modernisation is in contradiction to preservation, but the contradiction is caused by our policies and views. If we attach importance to urban heritage, we must have policies to preserve these heritage sites during urbanisation. But if we think they aren’t important, we will not care and be aware of their value in order to create measures to protect them. I think this will cause damage to the heritage sites. Are there any damaged or destroyed heritage buildings or sites, particularly in HCM City, which…... [read more]

The HCM City Department of Information and Communication is working with companies to provide free wi-fi for 100,000 workers by 2019. Illustration photo The department is working with South Saigon Development Corporation (SADECO), Việt Nam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and Vinatech Technology and Communication Company Limited (Vinatech) to create around 1,000 free wi-fi access points for the workers at their living accommodations this year, with equal wi-fi coverage across all areas. The two-phase project began early this year, with access points created for 10,000 workers in District 7 and Thủ Đức District. From December 18 this year to June 2019, more access points will be launched to serve a total of 100,000 workers. Each access point can serve around 10 users. Along with a bandwidth of 35Mbps, the expected link speed will reach a minimum of 20Mbps/3Mbps for two-way downloading and uploading of data from the internet. Lê Quốc Cường, deputy director of the Department of Information and Communications, said: “Providing free wi-fi for workers can improve their life and work.” HCM City has 10 industrial parks and three export processing zones, with a total number of workers ranging from 300,000 to 500,000, according to a report from HCM City Institute of Development Studies. Of these, 70 per cent are workers from other provinces and cities, mostly consisting of young adults with low to medium income who lack adequate…... [read more]

HCM City Department of Transport has commissioned experts to draft four different solutions to expand or adjust the Tan Son Nhat Airport's planning to increase capacity. First, they will review the plan to expand the airport southward by the Ministry of Transport. For the second plan, they won't expand the airport but adjust the traffic routes inside the airport and improve the air traffic control unit. The third plan is to expand the airport toward the golf course in the north with more terminals and runways. The airport will be able to serve 50 million passengers per year. The fourth plan is similar to the third, except that they will build even more runways to improve the airport capacity to 70-90 million passengers per year. HCM City authorities previously asked the prime minister to provide special treatment to shorten the foreign consultant hiring process from 12 to six months. HCM City authorities will also attend the reviewing process with involved agencies. They hope to use of the golf course as part of the expansion. According to the Department of Transport, they and other experts are reviewing all of the airport from the runway, plane parking lot to the current equipment and air traffic management ability. The research will be completed in September and submitted to the prime minister.   32 million passengers used Tan Son Nhat Airport last year and the number is expected to increase by three million this year. The airport is facing congestion both in the air…... [read more]

After detecting an outbreak of the A/H1N1 virus in Ngo Thoi Nhiem School in HCM City’s District 9 on July 20, Minister of Health Nguyen Quoc Trieu and health workers paid a visit to the school. 34 students and teachers who were found to have caught the virus were sent to the Tropical Diseases Hospital and the No 1 Pediatrics Hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, 79 pupils who came into contact with the infected cases are in quarantine at the school. However, health officials are worried as 900 pupils at the school have come from different cities and provinces around the country and if some of them return home, this will increase the risk of the virus spreading throughout the community. Dr Nguyen Van Chau, head of the HCM City Department of health said that the health and education sectors will work together and sign an inter-agency circular to closely monitor the suspected cases of H1N1 as soon as possible and shut down the school to disinfect it if necessary. Some high schools in HCM City like Tri Duc, Truong Vinh Ky and Hong Duc have already taken drastic measures to prevent the epidemic spreading by examining students who have got a fever, disinfecting boarding houses, preparing Tamiflu and masks, and disseminating information about the epidemic. *** The Ministry of Health on July 20 confirmed 25 new A/H1N1 flu cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 408. 311 patients have already been discharged from hospital while the…... [read more]

Short-sightedness and scoliosis on the rise Dr. Nguyen Chi Dung from the Central Institute of Ophthalmology said that the number of short-sighted pupils is rapidly increasing at an alarming rate. According to a recent survey conducted by the Institute of Occupational Health and Environmental Hygiene under the Ministry of Health on more than 5,536 primary and secondary school pupils from four schools in Haiphong, Thai Nguyen, Lai Chau and HCM City, the number of short-sighted primary and secondary school pupils is 5 percent and 14 percent, respectively. In 2008, a study on 2,280 pupils suffering from defects in the three provinces of Ha Tinh, Hai Phong and Danang showed that the rate of refraction among secondary school pupils was 26.4 percent. Up to 26 percent of pupils in urban areas and 14 percent of pupils in rural areas were prone to such defects mainly caused by excessive learning, the wrong sizes of desks and chairs, wrong sitting position, poor light and intensive use of computers and TVs. Meanwhile, spinal column disease is rising among pupils. The number of affected pupils in Hanoi in 2004-2005 was 18.9 percent of which boys accounted for 19.6 percent and girls 18.3 percent. If the figure was based on academic levels, primary schools accounted for 17.2 percent, secondary school 22.2 percent and high schools 18.8 percent. In addition, a survey carried out by the Central Institute of Facio-Maxillo-Odontology in 2001 in 14 provinces across 7 regions throughout the country indicated that 84.9 percent of children…... [read more]

Among participants in the event, held by the Association of Vietnamese in Belgium and the Belgium-Vietnam Friendship Society, was Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium Nguyen Manh Dung. The same day, the Nam Giao society of the Vietnamese community in Belgium organized an art programme to welcome the Year of the Tiger. In the spotlight was a 14-member troupe of singers and dancers sent by the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to give free performances to the Vietnamese community. The festive atmosphere was enlivened by the participation of the Truong Son dance group, comprised of young people who are the second generation of Vietnamese expatriates in Belgium. In another event, Vietnamese students in Belgium raised 500 euros to help victims of agent orange/dioxin in the homeland.... [read more]




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