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Students in the northernmost province of Ha Giang (Illustrative image. Source: laodong.com.vn) Ha Giang (VNA) – The community-based education centre of Ha Giang city, the northernmost province of Ha Giang, made debut on August 8, becoming the first of its kind in Vietnam. Director of the centre Hoang Dieu Thuy said it provides English language teaching, special education (for children with autism, intellectual disabilities, and reading disorder), mental health care and library services, meeting the public’s need for high-quality educational services. Those activities are monitored and assessed and will be adjusted when necessary by 14 experts, most of whom are working abroad. Thuy said with the establishment of this centre, local children with autism, intellectual disabilities and reading disorder will receive appropriate care and education right in the locality for the first time. The community-based education centre of Ha Giang city is a non-profit project initiated by Ha Giang province’s Centre for Community Assistance and a private science-technology organisation operating in the province. It will receive infrastructure and financial support from the Ha Giang municipal People’s Committee until the end of 2017. As from 2018, the centre will be financially independent through paid and fundraising activities. Toshi Matsumoto, Acting UNESCO representative in Vietnam and Director of the UNESCO Office in Hanoi, said to operate effectively, the centre needs to enhance the public’s engagement in informal education activities.  It should step up attracting social resources through public-private partnership, non-refundable sponsorship, no-interest loans…... [read more]

Overview of the meeting between the delegation and leaders of Quang Nam (Photo: VNA) Quang Nam (VNA) – Vietnamese and Lao women legislators attending the conference on the role of women deputies in parliament activities in Hanoi visited the central province of Quang Nam on August 8. The Vietnamese team was led by NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, who is also the President of the Women Parliamentarian Group. Meanwhile, the Lao team was led by NA Vice Chairwoman Sysay Leudedmounsone, the leader of the Lao Women Parliamentarian Group. According to Dinh Van Thu, Chairman of the Quang Nam People’s Committee, the province enjoyed a gross regional domestic product growth of 14.73 in 2016 and 6.36 percent in the first half of 2017. The province has also established close partnership with Lao localities, including Sekong, Attapeu and Salavan. So far, as many as 26 provincial departments, agencies and organisations of Quang Nam have partnered and twinned with those in Sekong province, while all districts of Sekong have set up twin relations with Quang Nam localities, including those along the border. Quang Nam and Sekong have actively implemented the Vietnam-Lao border regulations as well as the agreement on undocumented migrants and unregistered marriages in border areas. Quang Nam has also supported Sekong in infrastructure building, economic development, security, education and training, culture and tourism. Thu added that the Quang Nam-Champasak relationship has been fruitful in all fields, with Quang Nam providing scholarships…... [read more]

Vietnam is a leading information technology (IT) services destination in Asia (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Vietnam is a leading information technology (IT) services destination in Asia, heard a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City on August 8 on the upcoming IT service export conference 2017. President of the Vietnam Information Technology Outsourcing Alliance (VNITO) Lam Nguyen Hai Long said the IT outsourcing industry is growing in Vietnam, especially in HCM City. The city earns nearly one billion USD per year from exporting IT services, he noted. According to the global real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield, Vietnam was ranked first in the world’s business process outsourcing (BPO) in 2016. The US Gartner’s research and advisory company ranked Vietnam first among the six leading destination in global technological transfer in Asia-Pacific in 2016. The latest research from the KPMG service firm showed that Quang Trung Software City in HCM City was ranked third in eight technological parks in terms of land occupancy rate, incentives, and telecom infrastructure and ranked fourth in scale, efficiency and operation of businesses, FDI attraction, and human resources skills. CEO and President of LogiGear Corp Hung Nguyen suggested increasing capacity for youngsters and investing in research and development activities, as well as reform technologies to increase competitiveness. The IT service export conference 2017 is scheduled to take place in HCM City on October 19-20 with the participation of over 150 multinational groups and…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Vietnamese and Lao women legislators attending the conference on the role of women deputies in parliament activities in Hanoi visited the central province of Quang Nam on August 8. The Vietnamese team was led by NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, who is also the President of the Women Parliamentarian Group. At the same time, the Lao team was led by NA Vice Chairwoman Sysay Leudedmounsone, the leader of the Lao Women Parliamentarian Group. According to Dinh Van Thu, Chairman of the Quang Nam People’s Committee, the province enjoyed a gross regional domestic product growth of 14.73 in 2016 and 6.36 percent in the first half of 2017. The province has also established close partnership with Lao localities, including Sekong, Attapeu and Salavan. So far, as many as 26 provincial departments, agencies and organisations of Quang Nam have partnered and twinned with those in Sekong province, while all districts of Sekong have set up twin relations with Quang Nam localities, including those along the border. Quang Nam and Sekong have actively implemented the Vietnam-Lao border regulations as well as the agreement on undocumented migrants and unregistered marriages in border areas. Quang Nam has also supported Sekong in infrastructure building, economic development, security, education , culture and tourism. Thu added that the Quang Nam-Champasak relationship has been fruitful in all fields, with Quang Nam providing scholarships for 103 students from Champasak. Addressing the event, Lao NA Vice Chairwoman Sysay Leudedmounsone thanked the…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Vietnamese and Lao women legislators attending the conference on the role of women deputies in parliament activities in Hanoi visited the central province of Quang Nam on August 8. The Vietnamese team was led by NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, who is also the President of the Women Parliamentarian Group. At the same time, the Lao team was led by NA Vice Chairwoman Sysay Leudedmounsone, the leader of the Lao Women Parliamentarian Group. According to Dinh Van Thu, Chairman of the Quang Nam People’s Committee, the province enjoyed a gross regional domestic product growth of 14.73 in 2016 and 6.36 percent in the first half of 2017. The province has also established close partnership with Lao localities, including Sekong, Attapeu and Salavan. So far, as many as 26 provincial departments, agencies and organisations of Quang Nam have partnered and twinned with those in Sekong province, while all districts of Sekong have set up twin relations with Quang Nam localities, including those along the border. Quang Nam and Sekong have actively implemented the Vietnam-Lao border regulations as well as the agreement on undocumented migrants and unregistered marriages in border areas. Quang Nam has also supported Sekong in infrastructure building, economic development, security, education , culture and tourism. Thu added that the Quang Nam-Champasak relationship has been fruitful in all fields, with Quang Nam providing scholarships for 103 students from Champasak. Addressing the event, Lao NA Vice Chairwoman Sysay Leudedmounsone thanked the…... [read more]

The authorities of Dak Nong Province are calling for the government to complete a road which is causing huge travel problems. Road to Doan Ket Village Party Secretary of Dak Ngo Commune Le Van Minh said rains had been falling almost non-stop for the past month there, worsening the road. Doan Ket Village is the most remote village of Dak Ngo and often isolated during rainy season as the only dirt road to the outside becomes so muddy that people can hardly use it. The village was established 10 years ago and most villagers are from Mong Ethnic group.   Lau Thi Sang lost her newborn baby because of this road. Her waters broke on August 6 so the family tried to bring her to the hospital. 30 minutes later, they returned home as it was impossible to use the muddy road. "She immediately gave birth at home but the child died," said Lau Sau Vu, Sang's father-in-law. "At first, we used a truck but it got stuck so we transferred her to a motorbike. It also got stuck."   About 10 people died each year because they were unable to reach the hospital on time, a large number of them are children under six. Head of the village Trang A Do the villagers only go to the hospital when they are severely ill and the muddy road made it worse. Tan Lap Village also uses the same road and faces the same difficulty. Head of the village, Sung Seo…... [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]

Textiles and garment is Vietnam’s third largest export sector, with turnover reaching USD 28 billion last year. However, the country has not been proactive in obtaining raw materials. As a result, to reach its export turnover, the textiles 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 USD 17 billion.  A worker at the Hue Textile and Garment Joint Stock Company  According to Nguyen Van Tuan, Chairman of the Vietnam 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 textiles, 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 said.  Pham Xuan Hong, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh 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.  In terms of foreign investors, Sunny Huang, executive director of New Wide Group, said Vietnam has a lot of potential to attract textile and garment investment. Besides an abundant labor force and low cost of living, Vietnam also has infrastructure and transport network advantages, and the electricity and water supplies are better than in some other countries in the region, he added.  However, many…... [read more]

Delivering a speech on August 7, which also marks the 22nd year of Vietnam’s entry into the group, the PM said that “Vietnam and member countries would accelerate internal trade and investment, develop infrastructure, and narrow development gaps; effectively co-operate to serve the people, improve people’s living standards, ensure social welfare, and promote the pride of the community; build an ASEAN Community based on law, especially fundamental principles of international relationships; and improve the efficiency of partnerships, maintain a central role in the region, and uphold common viewpoints on regional and international issues.”  Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers a speech on the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN.  PM Phuc said the 21st century had posed opportunities and challenges for ASEAN in realizing the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 which calls for “a law-based ASEAN Community, serving the people and considering the people as central.”  “ASEAN is implementing renewals and adjusting the bloc in a more flexible and efficient manner and more importantly the association continues to maintain the solidarity built up over the past half century,” he said.  Becoming an official member of ASEAN in 1995, Vietnam is proud to have contributed to ASEAN. In that time, Vietnam’s achievements have grown along the growth of the group, he said.  The ten-member ASEAN has become more and more strong politically, and has enjoyed steady economic development, with institutions increasingly complete and relations closely linked, PM Phuc said.  “Through historical upheavals, ASEAN has turned Southeast Asia…... [read more]

Tien Giang Province will invest VND1.204 trillion to build a high-tech agricultural park in the 2017-30 period. — Photo doanhnhansaigon.vn The southern province of Tien Giang will invest VND1.2 trillion (US$52.8 million) to build a high-tech agricultural park on a 197ha area in Tam Hiep, Long Dinh and Tan Lap 1 communes in the 2017-30 period. This was stated by Le Van Huong, chairman of the People’s Committee. In the first phase from 2017 to 2020, the province will develop technical infrastructure and call on enterprises to invest capital in their high-tech agricultural projects on a 44ha area in the park. The phase needs total capital of VND280 billion, including VND21 billion from the provincial budget and the remaining from other resources, according to the provincial People’s Committee. Meanwhile, during the second phase from 2021 until 2030, Tien Giang will expand the park by 153ha with total investment of VND924 billion. This capital will be used to complete technical infrastructure, the administrative centre and areas for research, transfering high agriculture technology, training human resources and other services. The provincial Management Board of Industrial Zones will manage construction of the hi-tech industrial park in the first phase. The Management Board of the Tien Giang Hi-tech Agricultural Park will be established in the second phase. Initially, Tien Giang will give priority for completing construction of the infrastructure, especially a traffic system for the development of the park. At the same time, the…... [read more]




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