Programme to promote Vietnamese tourism in Cambodia

Ambassador Robert Holleyman, President and CEO of C&M International, LLC, told Vietnam News Agency reporters on the sidelines of the dialogue that Vietnam has a large, growing population, as well as a global footprint in trade.  “Vietnam’s leadership in hosting APEC this year is a big signal that Vietnam is a key player in wanting to be integrated in the Asia-Pacific economy and in taking steps to ensure that it is integrated with other economies in the region,” he said. “The efforts by Vietnam to bring the parties together in this host year and talk about the future of trade in Vietnam is important and it’s great to see what has been done by Vietnam,” he added.   Echoing Robert Holleyman’s views, David HSU, Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan (China), highlighted Vietnam’s young population, diverse natural resources, favourable geological location and hard working labour as advantages for the country to participate in the trade agreements.  Benefits and how to maximise these benefits According to Bui Thanh Son, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam has so far negotiated and signed 12 free trade agreements, and is negotiating four others. Joining trade agreements can help Vietnam access foreign markets, seek long-term and stable markets for local goods, particularly agro-forestry-fishery products, footwear and electronics, and improve competitiveness of Vietnamese businesses, he said.  Robert Holleyman said “the data is clear that…... [read more]

Chu Lai port is now 500 meters long with a berth-side depth of 9.5 meters. It is capable of receiving three 20,000-ton vessels at one time, including cargo ships and tankers.   Its warehouse and workshop system has grown from 71,000 to 91,000 square meters. Tran Huu Hoang, the port’s Director, says the project cost US$5.2 million, raising the total investment to more than US$35 million since 2010.                                      He noted that “Chu Lai port, also known as Chu Lai-Truong Hai port, now is an international seaport of Quang Nam province. It used to have only one crane of 40 tons but now has three. In the first phase, the port was 8.7m deep to serve 20,000-ton ship. In the second phase, the depth increased to 10.7 meters to accommodate vessels of 30,000 tons.” The Chu Lai Port is divided into three separate functional areas to serve different types of cargo - containers, bulk, and liquid cargo. The port has invested in loading and unloading equipment. Pham Van Tai, Deputy Director General of Thaco Group, says “We plan to turn Thaco into a multi-sector group in which logistics is a new element. We hope Chu Lai port will become a logistics center of the central region offering direct maritime routes to the Republic of Korea and Japan. Chu Lai port will export the products…... [read more]

Delegates share experience in developing food value chain at the APEC seminar on Food Value Chain to Foster the Rural-Urban development in asia Pacific Region. - VNS Photo Strengthening the food value chain is one of the most important ways to foster rural-urban development in APEC economies, experts said at a seminar held in Can Tho on August 20 as part of APEC Food Security Week. Masakazu Ikefuchi, deputy director general for international affairs at Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), said: “The development of food supply chains will help increase farmer’s income and promote rural development by adding value to farmers’ products, reducing food loss and waste, and strengthening the competitiveness of agriculture. “These approaches will increase the amount of food production and supply,” he added. Tran Kim Long, director general of Viet Nam’s international co-operation department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that development of food value chains could be seen as an option to meet the needs of an increasing population, and new and more sophisticated demand, while satisfying shareholders’ demands for returns. By doing so, it could create a sustainable food supply for the new millennium, Long added. “The development of sustainable food value chains can offer important pathways out of poverty for the millions of poor households in developing countries,” he said. But food value chains are complex systems. “Typically, multiple challenges have to be tackled simultaneously in order to truly…... [read more]

Delegates discuss ways to enhance regulators’ expertise as it relates to the WTO agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) in the Asia-Pacific region at a workshop held in HCM City on August 21. — VNS Photo Bo Xuan Hiep Improving the ability of regulators to conform to the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) agreement of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will help APEC economies avoid trade impediments and have better access to international markets, experts said at a workshop held on Monday in HCM City. Ninety delegates from 21 APEC-member economies met to discuss ways to improve regulatory expertise and skills in developing technical regulations. The workshop was held within the framework of the third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) now being held in the city. Nguyễn Văn Khôi, deputy director general of Việt Nam’s Department of Standards, Standardisation, Metrology and Quality under the Ministry of Science and Technology, said: “We hope that economies will be able to use the information provided by the workshop to produce higher quality regulations and reduce the chances that proposed measures could impede trade.” The TBT Agreement aims to ensure that regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to businesses, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) SMEs in Việt Nam face many challenges in applying the TBT Agreement, according to Khôi, who chaired the workshop. “The workshop is expected to have benefits for all APEC economies and for the multilateral trading…... [read more]

Delegates discuss ways to enhance regulators’ expertise as it relates to the WTO agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) in the Asia-Pacific region at a workshop held in HCM City on August 21. — VNS Photo Bo Xuan Hiep Improving the ability of regulators to conform to the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) agreement of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will help APEC economies avoid trade impediments and have better access to international markets, experts said at a workshop held on Monday in HCM City. Ninety delegates from 21 APEC-member economies met to discuss ways to improve regulatory expertise and skills in developing technical regulations. The workshop was held within the framework of the third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) now being held in the city. Nguyen Van Khoi, deputy director general of Viet Nam’s Department of Standards, Standardisation, Metrology and Quality under the Ministry of Science and Technology, said: “We hope that economies will be able to use the information provided by the workshop to produce higher quality regulations and reduce the chances that proposed measures could impede trade.” The TBT Agreement aims to ensure that regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to businesses, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) SMEs in Viet Nam face many challenges in applying the TBT Agreement, according to Khôi, who chaired the workshop. “The workshop is expected to have benefits for all APEC economies and for the multilateral trading…... [read more]

Thai rice for export. The Thai Ministry of Commerce is targeting emerging cities in ASEAN, China, India and Africa to increase its exports amid uncertainty for the global economy. (Photo: AFP/VNA) Bangkok (VNA) – The Thai Ministry of Commerce is targeting emerging cities in ASEAN, China, India and Africa to increase its exports amid uncertainty for the global economy. Deputy Director General of the International Trade Promotion Department under the Commerce Ministry Vannaporn Ketudat said that the new export market plan will help the country achieve its goal of 5 percent export growth this year. Thai shipments enjoyed a year-on-year surge of 7.8 percent in the first half of the year, however, global uncertainty and the baht’s appreciation could fan headwinds for exports. New markets in ASEAN include Hai Phong, Can Tho, Quang Ninh and Da Lat (Vietnam), Mandalay and Lawksawk (Myanmar), Siem Reap and Steung Teng (Cambodia) and Oudomxay (Laos). The Department plans to hold various trade activities to penetrate ASEAN markets like Thailand Week, mini-Thailand Week, Top Thai Brand Exhibition and business matching events for Thai and ASEAN traders. Meanwhile, it eyes Chengdu, Nanning, Wuhan, Chongqing, and Shenyang in China. India will have seven states as priorities, particularly in the northeast. They are Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam and Nagaland.-VNA... [read more]

The Vietnam-Eurasia Economic Union free trade agreement, which took effect last October, will cut 90% of tariffs and improve competitiveness for the goods of both sides. Last year two-way trade turnover between Vietnam and Russia reached US$2.7 billion, of which Vietnam earned US$1.7 billion from exports to Russia, up 12%. In the first half of this year, the bilateral export turnover continued to grow, fetching nearly US$1.7 billion, up 26.5%. Vietnam’s exports to Russia were valued at US$1.2 billion, up 34%. Aquatic products, vegetables, coffee, cell phones, and accessories were among hard currency earners. Duong Hoang Minh, Vietnamese Trade Councilor in Russia, says that in addition to the advantage of tax reductions, another factor is giving Vietnamese exports to Russia a boost. He noted that “Both sides have exchanged many high-ranking delegations, most recently the delegation led by the Vietnamese State President to Russia at the end of June and early July. During these visits, many economic agreements and contracts have been signed, laying a foundation for future economic cooperation between Vietnam and Russia. In addition, trade promotion activities and trade fairs have been held at Hanoi Trade Center in Moscow.” Since the beginning of this year, the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia has organized programs to link localities of Vietnam and Russia so their business communities can better understand each other’s market and increase cooperation. Garment No 10 Corporation is one Vietnamese company that has established business relations in the Russian…... [read more]

Workshop participants at an APEC’s SOM 3 meeting discuss best practices to identify illegal timber and wood products. — Photo apect2017.vn Eliminating illegal timber from supply chains and the global timber trade requires the use of best practices and tools that can precisely identify illegal products, experts said at a two-day workshop held during the third APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-3), which began yesterday in HCM City. Dr Nguyen Van Ha, deputy director general of Viet Nam Administration of Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that stronger anti-smuggling activities conducted by local customs departments would be the most effective measure to prevent the illegal timber trade. He said that Vietnamese customs’ offices had improved their risk management systems by recording information on enterprises that violate regulations on the trade of timber. “The General Department of Vietnam Customs has classified high-risk enterprises and individuals in both timber import and export,” he added. It has also stepped up the exchange of specialised information and customs intelligence with international agencies for investigation, verification and analysis of hotspots for anti-smuggling of timber and wildlife. Over the last decade, Viet Nam’s timber processing industry has made significant contributions to the national economy, gaining a strong position in the global timber and furniture market, he said. “Timber and timber products are among the biggest exports of Viet Nam, with export turnover of US$7.2 billion in 2016, contributing to national economic growth, creating…... [read more]

NDO – Over 200 experts, policy makers and representatives from business community gathered at a policy dialogue on the environment and sustainable development, hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Da Nang on August 18. Speaking at the event, Deputy Head of MONRE’s Vietnam Environment Administration, Hoang Van Thuc, emphasised that Vietnam’s strong development in recent years has been the result of efforts from a range of economic sectors, in which the business community plays a crucial role. However, alongside the socio-economic achievements, environmental issues are causing complex implications, in which pollution and environmental degradation have tended to increase, creating an increasingly direct threat to the development. According to Thuc, in the context of globalisation, the effective implementation of corporate social responsibility, especially environmental protection, would help enterprises improve their competitiveness and penetrate into the international market, while ensuring their sustainable development. However, the execution of environmental protection activities in enterprises remains an issue, with a range of difficulties and obstacles that require the support and coordination from the relevant environmental management agencies, Thuc stated. Various issues on environmental protection procedures, to be implemented before the commencement of any project, were discussed at the event, including environmental impact assessment, environmental protection planning, licencing for exploitation of water sources, treatment of hazardous waste, environmental monitoring, and a list of establishments likely to cause environmental pollution that require special monitoring. The conference offered an opportunity for environmental agencies to receive…... [read more]

Funded by the European Union (EU), the 2017-2021 project aims to strengthen voices of non-State sectors, including civil social organisations, local residents and communities, to improve sustainable forest governance in the region.  Speaking at the event, Deputy Director of the Centre for People and Nature (PanNature) Hoang Xuan Thuy said the project covers Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam with the goal of empowering and connecting non-State sectors, monitoring and responding appropriately to strengthening forest governance, particularly in the EU Action Plan for forest law enforcement, governance and trade – Voluntary Partnership Agreements (FLEGT-VPA) and REDD (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation).  By 2019, forest governance supervisory systems will be piloted and spread while an information sharing platform among regional countries will be launched for the effort.  Deputy Director General of the Administration of Forestry Nguyen Van Ha lauded the efforts of civil social organisations, local residents and communities to the success of the country’s forestry development strategy until 2020.  Over the past years, the forestry sector has helped with environment protection, climate change response and raising forest coverage from 32% in 1998 to 41.19% in 2016. The figure is expected to hit 42% by 2020.  Mekong region is now home to nearly 85 million people living on forests, one third of them are natives. An estimated 30% of population in rural areas are living in need.... [read more]




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