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VietNamNet Bridge – Chilean artist and performer Camila Vanessa Orellana Pereira came to Ha Noi almost a month ago to promote one of her art projects. She’s worked on such projects in about 22 countries, including Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands and Cambodia. A journalist by academic training, Pereira was interested in art from a very young age. Before she came to Ha Noi, she lived in Cambodia, where she became the very first person to teach body art at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. She spoke to Culture Vulture about her project in Ha Noi.  Please tell us something about your art project in Ha Noi. I call the project 100 Naked Bodies. It is about body painting and photography. The plan is to work with 100 different nude models from Viet Nam, including expatriates in Ha Noi. Female or male, homosexual, gay or lesbians, short, tall, fat or small – these things are not important. Everyone is different. I believe that beauty is something personal and that it has no standard.  Human canvas: A body painting by Pereira When normal people are naked they don’t have expensive accessories to protect themselves – just their bodies and minds. I try to find the personal individual beauty which is in my paintings and colours. How did you get this idea? I love corporal art and I think it is more interesting to paint people with their history than boring walls or pictures. I also love to go…... [read more]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution will create great challenges but also opportunities for Viet Nam to take off, a seminar heard in HCM City on Sunday. A worker checking electrolyte parameters at a plant of Viet Tri Chemical Joint Stock Company in the northern province of Phu Tho.  Speaking at the seminar titled “Effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Socio-Economic Development,” Tong Viet Trung, deputy general director of Viettel Group, said: “[It] will usher in smart production where there will be no need for workers to control machines. There will be very high technology integration and value chains with very high connectivity and great flexibility to cope with rapid changes in demand.” "At the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is integration of new technologies based on the internet, all environment-friendly, energy-saving, and less or not polluting," he said. "The revolution is just beginning and it will have some initial effects," he said. Emerging economies would renovate extensively and encourage renovation and creativity to catch up with developed nations, he explained. “The development model based on natural resources and low-cost workers will change to one based on technology renovation and creativity.” For instance, the cost of a robot had halved since 1999, he said. A US$20,000 robot could assemble 30,000 Iphones a year, meaning assembling a phone would only cost 66 cents, a very low cost that no worker could match, he said. Traditionally, production lines were located in China and other developing countries with low-cost labour, but now, with…... [read more]

NDO - Almost 400 Vietnamese and foreign scientists and experts, in the area of nuclear energy, participated in the Vietnam Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology (VINANST-12), which opened in Nha Trang, on August 2. The participants come from over 70 organisations and agencies, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and are from many countries with advanced nuclear science and technology including Russia, Japan, the US, the UK, France, the Netherlands, and India, among others. As many as 235 reports are scheduled to be presented at the three-day conference, in particular a seminar on applying nuclear technologies in industry, agriculture and health will be held, with six reports presented by experts from the IAEA, the Czech Republic and Vietnam. Tran Chi Thanh, President of the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute said that the application of atomic energy has been formed and developed in Vietnam over the past 40 years, contributing significantly to national socio-economic development. The research and application of atomic energy is currently being promoted in Vietnam, Thanh noted. He added that Vietnam's atomic energy sector is focusing on preparing human and other resources and for the building of a nuclear science and technology centre and a capacity building for the development of nuclear electricity in the future, along with promoting the application of nuclear energy in various areas. Nguyen Duy Bac, Vice Chairman of Khanh Hoa provincial People's Committee said that several agencies in Khanh Hoa are carrying out research on the application of atomic energy and the…... [read more]

Speaking at the seminar titled “Effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Socio-Economic Development,” Tong Viet Trung, deputy general director of Viettel Group, said: “[It] will usher in smart production where there will be no need for workers to control machines. There will be very high technology integration and value chains with very high connectivity and great flexibility to cope with rapid changes in demand.” "At the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is integration of new technologies based on the internet, all environment-friendly, energy-saving, and less or not polluting," he said. "The revolution is just beginning and it will have some initial effects," he said. Emerging economies would renovate extensively and encourage renovation and creativity to catch up with developed nations, he explained. “The development model based on natural resources and low-cost workers will change to one based on technology renovation and creativity.” For instance, the cost of a robot had halved since 1999, he said. A US$20,000 robot could assemble 30,000 Iphones a year, meaning assembling a phone would only cost 66 cents, a very low cost that no worker could match, he said. Traditionally, production lines were located in China and other developing countries with low-cost labour, but now, with smart robot and 3D printing, they would move back to developed nations to be close to customers and quickly meet changing demands, he said. “It means the Revolution might change the mindset of investment and production…... [read more]

At the invitation of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong led a high-level delegation to visit the Kingdom of Cambodia from July 20 to 22, 2017. The visit marked a historic milestone as it took place on exactly the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, opening a new stage for a new, better and more reliable bilateral relationship. Economic cooperation is a bright spot in Vietnam-Cambodia relationship. According to statistics, the two-way trade value was only US$130-150 million a year from 1997 to 1999. The value climbed 30-40 per cent a year in the 2005 - 2009 period and 18.5 per cent in the 2010 - 2015 phase. The bilateral trade turnover totalled US$3 billion in 2016 and reached US$1.686 billion in the first five months of 2017. At the 15th Meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Commission held in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) in March, the two countries agreed to increase bilateral trade value to US$5 billion in the coming time. Vietnam’s key exports to Cambodia include garments and textiles, petroleum products, building materials, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs and consumer goods. Meanwhile, Vietnam imports agricultural products, rubber, raw materials for garment, textile and leather production, timber and gold from Cambodia. In investment, Vietnam is the fifth largest investor among 50 countries and territories investing in Cambodia, with 183 projects with a total registered capital of US$2.86 billion. Vietnamese investors mainly…... [read more]

NDO – The Transport Ministry and the Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) conducted a trial run and put into operation the Km0 – Km65 section of the Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway, in Hoa Tien commune, Hoa Vang district, Da Nang city, on August 2. The expressway project, which is part of the North-South Expressway route, has been embraced in the Vietnam expressway network development plan until 2020, with orientations towards 2030. With a length of almost 140 kilometres, the expressway runs through three central localities, including Da Nang (eight kilometres), Quang Nam province (92 kilometres) and Quang Ngai province (40 kilometres). The route is being constructed at total costs of US$1.64 billion, with over US$798 million in loans received from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), over US$590 million financed by the World Bank and the remainder as the Vietnamese Government’s counterpart capital, which serves compensation, land clearance and resettlement work. The Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway has been designed to meet Class A expressway standards, with the scale of the first phase featuring a width of 24.25 metres, accommodating four lanes and allowing for a maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour. Addressing the event, the leaders of the Transport Ministry asked the investors and contractors involved in constructing the Km0-Km65 section, to promptly finish their work on other categories in order to put the route into operation with high efficiency and safety. They also urged for the acceleration of the construction progress, with the aim of putting the entire 140…... [read more]

A worker checking electrolyte parameters at a plant of Viet Tri Chemical Joint Stock Company in the northern province of Phu Tho. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hung The Fourth Industrial Revolution will create great challenges but also opportunities for Viet Nam to take off, a seminar heard in HCM City on Sunday. Speaking at the seminar titled “Effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Socio-Economic Development,” Tong Viet Trung, deputy general director of Viettel Group, said: “[It] will usher in smart production where there will be no need for workers to control machines. There will be very high technology integration and value chains with very high connectivity and great flexibility to cope with rapid changes in demand.” "At the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is integration of new technologies based on the internet, all environment-friendly, energy-saving, and less or not polluting," he said. "The revolution is just beginning and it will have some initial effects," he said. Emerging economies would renovate extensively and encourage renovation and creativity to catch up with developed nations, he explained. “The development model based on natural resources and low-cost workers will change to one based on technology renovation and creativity.” For instance, the cost of a robot had halved since 1999, he said. A US$20,000 robot could assemble 30,000 Iphones a year, meaning assembling a phone would only cost 66 cents, a very low cost that no worker could match, he said. Traditionally,…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Two tech startups from Vietnam and Australia have agreed to establish a network of laboratories for neuroscience studies, called Neuro Lab, in Vietnam. Vietnam’s DTT Technology Group and Australia-based bioinformatics company EMOTIV signed a memorandum of understanding at Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park, in Hanoi on August 1, to set up the laboratories, with the aim of fostering electroencephalography (EEG) research and applying the technology in different areas, including healthcare, education, marketing and brain-computer interfaces. In his remarks at the signing ceremony, DTT Director General Nguyen The Trung expressed his hope that Neuro Lab will provide an opportunity for Vietnamese students to participate in brain-related STEM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Mathematics) courses. It is also the beginning of a long-term cooperation in neuroscience studies between the two companies, he said. Trung lauded Vietnamese-Australian EMOTIV CEO Le Tan for her efforts in enhancing Vietnam’s technological capacity. An example of such efforts is EMOTIV Insight, a wireless EEG headset which is able to record brainwaves and translate them into meaningful data, which was designed in the US and developed at an EMOTIV lab in Australia and has since been partly produced in Vietnam, he added. At the beginning, Neuro Labs will be located at Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park’s IoT Lab and STEM Academy at Dolphin Plaza in Hanoi. The two firms plan to expand the lab network across high schools and universities nationwide.... [read more]

NDO – The Vietnamese Embassy in Laos, in coordination with the Ministry of Defence’s Corporation 36, held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of two social houses for families of Overseas Vietnamese in Laos, who are revolutionary contributors and policy beneficiaries, in Vientiane on August 1. Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung said that the project aims to pay tribute to those who have made significant contributions to the country. He expressed his gratitude to the Overseas Vietnamese in Laos, the Association of Vietnam Investors in Laos and the Vietnam-Laos Business Association of Cooperation and Investment (BACI) for providing financial support for the project. He also voiced his appreciation for the local authorities for promptly granting the license for the construction of the houses. Located in the Chanthabuly district, the two houses have a total area of 40 square metres each and will be built at a total investment of US$ 20,000. The project is scheduled to be completed within two months. One is to be built as a gift for the family of 89-year-old Nguyen Thi Lien, the widow of martyr Hoang Van Tri, who laid down his life in Ban Kuen, Vientiane, Laos, during the war against the French. The second will be presented to a poor beneficiary family in Vientiane.... [read more]

NDO – Senior labour officials from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam (CLMTV) gathered in Da Nang, on August 1, for the opening of the second CLMTV Senior Labour Officials Meeting 2017, to discuss human resource development and employment for migrant workers. At the event, hosted by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), delegates from the five countries exchanged and updated policies and experiences in the field of management of migrant workers; identification of the impacts on migrant workers, suitable work and social security for migrant workers; and evaluating the results achieved in the development of cross-country labour cooperation activities and to propose solutions to assist migrant workers. Speaking at the opening, MOLISA Deputy Minister Doan Mau Diep affirmed that with the close cooperation in economic, cultural and political aspects, the CLMTV countries are determined to expand their economic integration and connectivity to ensure shared prosperity. Not only strengthening cooperation in traditional fields such as economy and tourism, the CLMTV countries are constantly increasing cooperation in the field of labour-employment, Diep said, adding that with the geographical feature of a shared border, cross-border labour migration is one of the major priorities in CLMTV cooperation, bringing tangible benefits to the people and development of each country. He also affirmed that over the past few years, cross-country cooperation through open platforms has helped the five countries to achieve their goals, while enhancing the role of the region as a positive and responsible member of an ASEAN common house and…... [read more]




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