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Int'l friends highlight Vietnam's National Day Paul Wilson, from England, feels that National Day on September 2 is a special and significant event for every Vietnamese. He says, “There is no Independence Day like there is in Vietnam in my country. Leading up to the day I have noticed that local people are very excited, there is a buzz in the air, and I find a cozy atmosphere everywhere. Flags, flowers, banners, and slogans decorate all the streets, which makes visitors to Hanoi during this time easily recognise that Vietnamese people are welcoming a great event”. Paul says that English people only decorate their houses and streets for Christmas, but Vietnamese people enjoy putting up decorations for many events, including festivals, Election Day, National Day and Lunar New Year. Paul Wilson Before arriving in Vietnam, the image of the country in his mind was one of an S-shaped land where local people were struggling against foreign invaders for national independence and freedom. “When coming to Vietnam, I was struck by the natural beauty and the friendliness of the people. Vietnam nowadays is a peaceful country which is on the fast track of development. The pace at which the country seems to have grown over the past ten or fifteen years really is mind-blowing. The capital city of Hanoi has progressed rapidly, to a much stronger point than I ever imagined,” he elaborates. Paul is living with a Vietnamese friend‘s family and will celebrate National Day with a small party. He…... [read more]

Of particular interest are displays of distinctive handicraft products from Vietnam’s Central Highlanders and the latest products from French and Swiss designers. The fair also includes a design contest on durable products, to encourage businesses to innovate and improve designs. Do Nhu Dinh, Chairman of Vietnam Handicraft Exports Association, said the fair has been promoted in many countries around the world, and importers have been offered special incentives to come and seek partners. The event has so far received nearly 2,000 customers from 32 countries and territories, including Japan, Europe, the US, Australia, Canada, Chile and Mexico. Last year, handicraft, timber products and souvenir export earnings reached US$6.5 billion, including US$1.5 billion from handicrafts and US$5 billion from wood and timber products. Many of the products have high competitive edge and have aqquired a firm foothold on international markets, such as bamboo, ceramics and outdoor furniture. The fair will run until April 24.... [read more]

The event attracted more than 800 booths representing domestic businesses and their foreign counterparts from countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Laos. The event’s participating businesses are showcasing products like fine arts and handicrafts, home decoration, timber furniture, household items, embroidery, giftware, jewelry, fashion footwear, accessories, and support services. LifeStyle Vietnam 2013, co-organised by the Vietnam Handicraft Exporters Association (Vietcraft) and trade promotion organisations, creates an opportunity for industry members to introduce their newest ranges, negotiate partnerships, and expand their export markets. A series of high-level talks and seminars updating developments in the Japanese, EU, and US markets will also be held under the framework of the fair.... [read more]

Do Kim Lang, deputy head of the Trade Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said that the influx of handicraft orders to Vietnam are attributed to the impact of China’s minimum wage increase program, leading to a rise in production costs. In addition, long time delivery and tough requirements of orders forced importers from Australia and Japan to leave China and eye Vietnam, Lang said. Le Ba Ngoc, general secretary of the Vietnam Handicraft Exporting Association (Vietcraft) in turn said that in fact, importers have placed increased trust in the quality of Vietnamese handicrafts. In recent years, local businesses selected high-end and mid-end market segments to devise investment strategies and sharpen competitiveness to improve product quality and promote Vietnamese handicrafts to the world. The US, EU and Japan remain Vietnam’s traditional markets, making a major proportion out of the sector’s total export turnover. Local businesses are currently seeking to fully tap emerging markets in the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). Within the BRICS bloc, Vietnam exports wood products worth some US$100 million to the Chinese market each year. Ngoc warned that small-scale businesses are likely to suffer losses if investing in low-cost products. Therefore, to increase export turnover, he suggested they should focus on the mid-end market segment in accordance with production capacity, working skills and material sources.... [read more]

Headed by Deputy Director of Hanoi’s Department of Industry and Trade Dao Thu Vinh, the delegation met with representatives from the Enterprise Federation of Norway (VIRKE), Oslo Chamber of Commerce and a number of local businesses, including Senze of Joy, Northern Gifts AS and Aurora verksted AS in Oslo. A handicraft exhibition was held during the March 9-10 visit, featuring various new designs created through collaborative efforts between Vietnam and several Northern European designers. At the exhibition’s opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Norway Le Thi Tuyet Mai and VIRKE Director Thomas Angell spoke highly of the collaboration between Vietnamese and Norwegian businesses in trade promotion activities. Hanoi is home to over 1,300 handicraft villages, equivalent to 65 percent of the country’s total villages. The capital city has been working with the Vietnam Handicraft Exporters Association (VIETCRAFT) to draft a business plan focused on developing handicraft designs in coordination with experts and design institutes in Northern Europe, the world’s leading centre of creative industries. VIETCRAFT Vice President Le Ba Ngoc said handicrafts have become key Vietnamese exports in recent years. The country shipped abroad US$1.7 billion worth of handicrafts last year, providing employment to 1.5 million rural workers.... [read more]

Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi on October 21 to mark the centre’s 5th anniversary, RSCC Director Alexey Yurevich Lavrenev affirmed that the centre has made practical contributions to developing the bilateral friendship and cooperation in culture, science and technology, and other areas of activities. The centre coordinated with the Russian Embassy in Hanoi to organise “Russian Cultural and Language Days in Vietnam ” in 2007 and an international seminar on Russian language teaching methods in 2005, he noted. The RSCC has also hosted many large-scale exhibitions, including an exhibition on Russia ’s aeroplane models, the Russia-Vietnam Handicrafts Exhibition and an exhibition-cum-symposium on Russia’s modern technologies. The centre also joined the Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association to hold various charity concerts to raise funds for Vietnamese orphans. The centre has become a common roof for people who love the Russian country, said A.E Balenko, Head of the Russian Centre for International Cooperation in Science and Culture’s Asia-Africa Department, adding that with a huge collection of books, photos and video tapes on Russia, it is considered a valuable library for Russian language teachers and students, Vietnamese graduates in Russia and local cultural activists and businessmen The RSCC was established in Hanoi in September 2004 with the aim of promoting the understanding of the Russian country, its people, culture and foreign policies and supporting scientific and cultural development cooperation between Russia and Vietnam. At present, the Russian language is being taught at 70 high schools and 16 universities in Vietnam with approximately 24,000…... [read more]

Central Group Vietnam pledges to support SMEs Hung Le HANOI – Central Group Vietnam, the owner of the Big C supermarket chain, inked a cooperation agreement on product consumption and support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Vietnam at a Vietnamese Regional Specialties Fair in Hanoi last week. Central Group Vietnam cut the deal with the Hanoi Promotion Center on Trade, Investment and Tourism (HPA) and the Vietnam Handicraft Exporters Association (Vietcraft). Philippe Broianigo, chief executive officer of Central Group Vietnam and Big C Vietnam, said products of SMEs would be displayed at Big C stores nationwide, and other distribution channels of Central Group Vietnam. He pledged to assist SMEs in marketing and branding and thus develop these enterprises’ products in the long run. The group would cooperate with banks to offer financial support programs for them as well. Central Group Vietnam, currently operating 34 Big C supermarkets, has plans to double the figure by 2021. At a conference with suppliers in HCMC on November 24, Central Group Vietnam and Big C Vietnam introduced strategies to support and accompany Vietnamese firms, especially SMEs and startups. In particular, they would sign cooperation agreements lasting three years or longer with SMEs, and display their products in the distribution system of Central Group’s subsidiaries. In addition, they would help train and support SMEs in specialized knowledge, technology and other relevant skills.... [read more]

The Vietnamese Embassy in Slovakia has participated in a charity fair in Bratislava together with 38 foreign representative offices and five international organizations based in the capital. The Vietnamese booth was decorated with the national flag and the images of Ha Long Bay, a world natural heritage recognized by the UNESCO, and other famous tourist destinations in Vietnam. Handicrafts such as Bat Trang ceramics, rattan products and Van Phuc silk were also displayed at the event. The embassy donated the proceeds to the charity fund of the organizing board. According to organizers, last year’s event collected EUR 75,000 to help orphans and disabled children across Slovakia. Source: VNA... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Slovakia has participated in a charity fair in Bratislava together with 38 foreign representative offices and five international organisations based in the capital. The Vietnamese booth was decorated with the national flag and the images of Ha Long Bay, a world natural heritage recognised by the UNESCO, and other famous tourist destinations in Vietnam. Handicrafts such as Bat Trang ceramics, rattan products and Van Phuc silk were also displayed at the event. The embassy donated the proceeds to the charity fund of the organising board. According to organisers, last year’s event collected 75,000 EUR to help orphans and disabled children across Slovakia.-VNA... [read more]

Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2009 to open By Thuy Trang in Hue The Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2009, under the theme "Traditional Crafts - Identity and Development", opens today to honor artisans and promote traditional crafts. 150 artisans from 15 craft villages will display their skills and artworks in a series of cultural activities to give visitors an insight into Vietnamese crafts such as Phuoc Tich (Thua Thien Hue), Bat Trang (Hanoi), Chu Dau (Hai Duong), Phu Lang (Bac Ninh), Huong Canh (Vinh Phuc), Bau Truc (Ninh Thuan), Xom Go, Binh Duc (Binh Thuan), Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Mang Thit (Vinh Long). Eiffel-designed Truong Tien Bridge and Dong Ba Market, which supplied Vietnam's royal household during feudal times. During the festival, many activities will take place along the banks of the charming Huong River involving artisans from famous craft villages throughout the country. The festival will include exhibits of Vietnamese porcelain, lacquerware, silk lanterns and limoges, a technique of painting enamel which was imported to Vietnam from France via China in the 19th century. The most striking exhibition will be "A story of the treasure from the bottom of the river", featuring 1,000 porcelain antiques found in rivers including Hue's Huong River. The organizers have invited lacquer painters and artisans from Hue, Ha Thai (Ha Tay), Hanoi, HCMC and Binh Duong to take part in the event. For the first time, rare and valuable antiques considered to be masterpieces will be on display such as a collection of 110…... [read more]




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