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EU supports central role of ASEAN in cooperative relations in Asia-Pacific (Illustrative image. Source: internet) Brussels (VNA) – The European Union (EU) supports the central role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in cooperative relations in Asia-Pacific. Xavier Nuttin, an advisor of Asian policies of the European Parliament made the remark in a recent exchange with reporters from Vietnam News Agency in Brussels, Belgium, on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN. He said ASEAN plays a significant role in the global arena, both politically and economically.    [PM chairs ceremony to mark ASEAN founding anniversary] The 10-member bloc is the sixth largest economy in the world and is expected to become the fourth biggest by 2050, he said. The EU is ASEAN’s second biggest trade partner and largest investor, accounting for 20 percent of total foreign investment in the region, he said, noting that trade plays an important role in cooperation programmes the EU is sponsoring for ASEAN with nearly 50 percent of investment poured into the economic sector. The two sides aim to sign a free trade agreement, an initiative they launched in the 2000s. The EU has opened negotiations for trade deals with many ASEAN member countries, including Vietnam. Vietnam and the EU concluded negotiations on a bilateral trade agreement in 2015, with the deal awaiting ratification. Nuttin evaluated Vietnam as an important member in ASEAN with a special geographical location, large population and…... [read more]

ASEAN photos on show in HanoiPhi Vu Visitors are seen at the photo exhibition which is open until August 11 at Ly Thai To Statue Square in Hanoi - PHOTO: TTXVN An outdoor photo exhibition highlighting landscapes, cultures and peoples of ASEAN member nations is on until August 11 at Ly Thai To Statue Square, Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, the Vietnam News Agency reports. As part of a series of cultural and artistic events in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the seven-day exhibition with its theme “ASEAN countries and peoples” offers chances for local and regional photographers to meet up and talk about photography as well as promotes mutual understanding between ASEAN members. About 230 artworks by 136 photographers in the 10 ASEAN countries -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam -- are on display during the event, allowing visitors to explore the peoples, cultures and landscapes in the region.  The photos displayed at the exhibtion were selected from 10,000 entries of 1,200 amateur and professional photographers from ASEAN member nations who took part in the photo contest launched by the Department of Art, Photography and Exhibitions under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The event is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government of Hanoi City.    ... [read more]

Visitors at the exhibition (Photo: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – The museum of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on August 8 jointly held a photo exhibition to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The exhibition, which will run until September 30, features 120 photos introducing the establishment and development of the association, along with the socio-economic achievements as well as national cultural identity of Vietnam in the ASEAN community. Via the lens of VNA reporters, important events throughout ASEAN’s five-decade development are highlighted, including the first ASEAN Environment Forum in Hanoi in September 1999, the opening of the Conference of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information in October 2000 in Hanoi and the 34th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Hanoi in July 2001. Director of the Can Tho Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Viet Phuong said that the event is part of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and 72 years of the August Revolution (August 19), and the National Day (September 2). Also on August 8, Can Tho also launched another photo exhibition themed “Sen village – Uncle Ho’s Homeland” showcasing 120 photos on the place where President Ho Chi Minh was born and grew up, as well as the late leader’s visits to his homeland. Within the framework of the event, the Can Tho Museum also coordinated with the An Giang Museum to …... [read more]

Vietnam successfully fulfilled its role as rotational Chairman of the ASEAN Committee in Paris (ACP) from April to July, according to Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son. Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son The diplomat, who chaired the group of the ASEAN ambassadors to France over the last four months, told Vietnam News Agency that the Vietnamese Embassy in France was proactive in reinforcing ASEAN’s relations with France. The embassy stepped up the ACP’s links with France through meetings with local Government members, parliamentarians, scholars and businesses, including French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, Chairman of the French Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations, Defence and Armed Forces Jean Pierre Raffarin, Executive Chairman of the French Institute of International Relations Thierry de Montbrial and executives of the EDF electricity group and Airbus. The Vietnamese Embassy also chaired and participated in events like the ASEAN Family Day so as to boost mutual understanding and solidarity among the staff of the ASEAN countries’ embassies in Paris, Son said. He noted his embassy chaired the ACP amid France’s presidential and legislative elections, along with preparations for marking the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN such as the anniversary celebration, a workshop on ASEAN’s economy and an ASEAN film week in Paris. With those positive outcomes, ASEAN diplomats lauded Vietnam’s chairmanship of the ACP, Ambassador Son added. He said the Vietnamese Embassy will continue coordinating with the next ACP Chairman, the Bruneian Embassy, as well as other ACP members to…... [read more]

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son (Photo: VNA) Paris (VNA) – Vietnam successfully fulfilled its role as rotational Chairman of the ASEAN Committee in Paris (ACP) from April to July, according to Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son. The diplomat, who chaired the group of the ASEAN ambassadors to France over the last four months, told Vietnam News Agency that the Vietnamese Embassy in France was proactive in reinforcing ASEAN’s relations with France. The embassy stepped up the ACP’s links with France through meetings with local Government members, parliamentarians, scholars and businesses, including French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, Chairman of the French Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations, Defence and Armed Forces Jean Pierre Raffarin, Executive Chairman of the French Institute of International Relations Thierry de Montbrial and executives of the EDF electricity group and Airbus. The Vietnamese Embassy also chaired and participated in events like the ASEAN Family Day so as to boost mutual understanding and solidarity among the staff of the ASEAN countries’ embassies in Paris, Son said. He noted his embassy chaired the ACP amid France’s presidential and legislative elections, along with preparations for marking the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN such as the anniversary celebration, a workshop on ASEAN’s economy and an ASEAN film week in Paris. With those positive outcomes, ASEAN diplomats lauded Vietnam’s chairmanship of the ACP, Ambassador Son added. He said the Vietnamese Embassy will continue coordinating with the…... [read more]

The Viet Nam Steel Association (VSA) is calling on the Government to maintain a series of quality and management controls in the steel industry since trade fraud in steel imports is still high. The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) had planned to eliminate administrative procedures in 17 fields this year, including the steel sector, in order to ease conditions for enterprises. In December 2015, the Government issued a circular (No 58) defining regulations on the management of domestically produced and imported steel quality. The circular also aimed to prevent steel exporters taking advantage of some zero tariff levels thereby affecting local producers. Instances of trade fraud included importing rolled steel containing 0.0008 per cent boron (Bo) element labelled as a metal that enjoys preferential zero per cent tax. The association said the management on imported steel quality under the circular has helped stabilise the domestic market. VSA also said Circular 58 contributed to tightening imports of steel products which Viet Nam could produce and loosening import restrictions on those which the country needs. Ho Nghia Dung, VSA’s chairman told the Vietnam News Agency that the Government should maintain Circular 58 to support the local steel sector. Dung said the country’s total steel imports last year reached 23 million tonnes, ranking it fifth in terms of Viet Nam’s import turnover. The big steel import amount and value have also had a negative effect on the import-export balance, Dung noted. In addition, construction steel is often imported from China as alloy…... [read more]

The Viet Nam Steel Association proposes to maintain Circular 58 to control quality of imported steels. — Photo vietstock.vn The Viet Nam Steel Association (VSA) is calling on the Government to maintain a series of quality and management controls in the steel industry since trade fraud in steel imports is still high. The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) had planned to eliminate administrative procedures in 17 fields this year, including the steel sector, in order to ease conditions for enterprises. In December 2015, the Government issued a circular (No 58) defining regulations on the management of domestically produced and imported steel quality. The circular also aimed to prevent steel exporters taking advantage of some zero tariff levels thereby affecting local producers. Instances of trade fraud included importing rolled steel containing 0.0008 per cent boron (Bo) element labelled as a metal that enjoys preferential zero per cent tax. The association said the management on imported steel quality under the circular has helped stabilise the domestic market. VSA also said Circular 58 contributed to tightening imports of steel products which Viet Nam could produce and loosening import restrictions on those which the country needs. Ho Nghia Dung, VSA’s chairman told the Vietnam News Agency that the Government should maintain Circular 58 to support the local steel sector. Dung said the country’s total steel imports last year reached 23 million tonnes, ranking it fifth in terms of Viet Nam’s import turnover. …... [read more]

A worker at the Hue Textile and Garment Joint Stock Company. – VNA/VNS Photo Foreign investment is needed to address the capital shortage in the production of textile and garment materials in Viet Nam. In fact, to meet the demand for clothes and ancillary materials for outsourcing enterprises by 2025, Viet Nam needs some US$22 billion invested in textile and dyeing, the Vietnam News Agency reported. Textile and garment is Viet Nam’s third largest export sector, with turnover reaching $28 billion last year. However, the country has not been proactive in obtaining raw material. As a result, to reach its export turnover, the textile and garment sector consumed 8.9 billion sq.m. of cloth, of which domestic factories were able to produce only 2.8 billion sq.m., while six billion sq.m. of cloth was imported, worth $17 billion. According to Nguyen Van Tuan, chairman of the Viet Nam Cotton and Spinning Association (VCOSA), apart from financial potential, foreign textile corporations also have a lot of experience in developing a synchronous production chain of textile, fiber, weaving, dyeing and design. This would be an opportunity for Vietnamese garment enterprises to access and learn technologies and strategies for long-term development, he told VNA. Pham Xuan Hong, chairman of the HCM City Association of Garment Textile Embroidery-Knitting (Agtek), said the country’s participation in free trade agreements (FTAs) had contributed to the development of both the commercial value and internal strength of the Vietnamese textile and garment industry. …... [read more]

The Việt Nam Steel Association (VSA) is calling on the Government to maintain a series of quality and management controls in the steel industry since trade fraud in steel imports is still high. The Việt Nam Steel Association proposes to maintain Circular 58 to control quality of imported steels. - Photo vietstock.vn The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) had planned to eliminate administrative procedures in 17 fields this year, including the steel sector, in order to ease conditions for enterprises. In December 2015, the Government issued a circular (No 58) defining regulations on the management of domestically produced and imported steel quality. The circular also aimed to prevent steel exporters taking advantage of some zero tariff levels thereby affecting local producers. Instances of trade fraud included importing rolled steel containing 0.0008 per cent boron (Bo) element labelled as a metal that enjoys preferential zero per cent tax.  The association said the management on imported steel quality under the circular has helped stabilise the domestic market. VSA also said Circular 58 contributed to tightening imports of steel products which Việt Nam could produce and loosening import restrictions on those which the country needs. Hồ Nghĩa Dũng, VSA’s chairman told the Vietnam News Agency that the Government should maintain Circular 58 to support the local steel sector. Dũng said the country’s total steel imports last year reached 23 million tonnes, ranking it fifth in terms of Viet Nam’s import turnover. The big steel import amount and value have…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – In the southeast region, a curious phenomenon of foreign direct investment firms ‘recommending’ long-time employees to resign has cropped up. In return, these employees receive a hefty one-time payment. Workers assemble small-sized electric motors at the Japan-owned Mabuchi Motor Viet Nam at the Bien Hoa II Industrial Park in Dong Nai Province. — Photo: VNA/VNS  The companies don’t force the workers to resign but merely recommend it, and the workers consent, making the practice perfectly legal. However, workers might not be aware that by doing so, they relinquish many of their rights, and some are urging authorities to get involved. Nguyen Thi Sen, 51, from Bien Hoa City of Dong Nai Province, worked at Pouchen Viet Nam – a manufacturing factory of the Taiwan-based sportswear company – for nearly 18 years. At the end of last year, the company announced that workers with tenure of 15 years or longer may receive a lump sum equal to 12 months of salary if they quit. Sen is still four years from retirement age, and under the company’s policy, she would receive one-month salary as a bonus every year. However, thinking the one-time payment was a generous amount, Sen agreed to end her contract and social security, and received VND 140 million (US$6,160). “Now I regret my decision. Previously, my monthly salary plus bonus was VND 10 million ($440), so my annual income would total VND 150 million ($6,600), including the New Year bonus,” Sen told Vietnam News Agency. “The…... [read more]




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