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A model of the planned Long Thanh International Airport in Dong Nai province’s Long Thanh district. (Source: VNA) Dong Nai (VNA) - The People’s Committee of Dong Nai province has suspended the licensing of construction projects in residential areas around the planned Long Thanh International Airport in an effort to prevent speculation and higher land prices. At a recent meeting on site clearance, Vice Chairman of the Dong Nai People’s Committee Tran Van Vinh asked Long Thanh and Nhon Trach district authorities who grant licences to construction projects to first wait for the planning of areas around the projects to be completed. To receive public feedback on the plan, the committee and Long Thanh district will work together to publicise information about the plan, Vinh said. The Government has told the province to work with relevant agencies on a feasibility study on site clearance and compensation to residents who will have to move before the project begins. The Ministry of Planning and Investment will assess the feasibility study and submit it to the Government before sending it to the National Assembly for approval. A spokesman from the Dong Nai province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment said the feasibility study would be submitted to the Government by the end of August. The feasibility study is expected to include information about the status and location of the airport project; infrastructure for re-settlement areas for affected households; land reclamation and compensation; and job training…... [read more]

At the event (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Well-designed, sustainable and resilient infrastructure will enhance economic growth, boost productivity and provide significant positive flow-on effectives, heard a meeting of the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) in Ho Chi Minh City on August 19. The CTI Expert Meeting on Quality Infrastructure Investment was held within the framework of the third APEC Officials Meeting (SOM 3), where APEC member economies shared good practices and lessons learned in infrastructure projects. The event aims to enhance understanding on quality infrastructure investment from both institutional and technical perspectives among high-ranking officials in charge of infrastructure. Delegates shared the views that quality infrastructure investment helps ensure the governance of the infrastructure, reliable operation during the life span of a project, safety and resilience against natural disasters, terrorism and cyber attack risks. At the same time, quality infrastructure investment contributes to job creation for local communities and the settlement of environmental and social impacts. Kazuko Ishigaki, from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, cited an estimate by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2011 that the world needs 2.3 trillion USD per year for infrastructure investment. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recent estimates show that Asia needs 1.7 trillion USD each year for infrastructure development, she said, stressing that APEC has promoted Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025 and related initiatives to boost infrastructure development. Kazuko Ishigaki…... [read more]

Reuters quoted Koji Takayanag, president of FamilyMart UNY, which now owns the second largest convenience store chain in Japan, as saying the company has decided to cut its losses and move on to more promising markets. In November 2016, Parkson closed its last department store in the Vietnam capital city of Hanoi following eight successive years of red ink. The 11,000-square metre department store located in Viet Tower in the city central business district once held the promise of becoming a beacon of the city’s new-found prosperity and the busiest shopping plaza in Hanoi. However, after eight years, the company had little to show for its investment and opted for the exit ramp. Another Hanoi Parkson in the Keangnam area was closed due to a purported dispute between the retailer and the building owner. All retailers had to move out of the building overnight. Former Parkson CEO Toh Peng Koon once said Vietnam was the toughest market for the company and poor sales was the main reason for that closure. In Ho Chi Minh City, the Parkson Paragon was closed in May 2016, just five years into a 19-year lease. But those closings did little to stop the bleeding, as Parkson Retail Asia’s third-quarter net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2017 deepened 24.4% to US$6.4 million. Same-store sales declined across Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam for the third quarter and were particularly damaged by an ever-increasing crowded…... [read more]

Despite the order to cut staff, state schools still face teacher redundancy problems as decisions are made by the departments of internal affairs instead of the education sector.    State schools face teacher redundancy problems For the past five years, the Ministry of Education and Training have constantly emphasised the need to cut staff at schools. The ministry tried to deal with the problems by re-training teachers and sending them to nursery schools. But this has proved controversial. Nguyen Kim Phung, director of the ministry's Higher Education Department, said the enrollment quota for teacher training in 2014 was 84,000. It was cut to 68,000 in 2016 and 54,000 in 2017 but Phung said the number was still too high. According to Decision 732 issued by the prime minister about training teachers and managers for the 2016-2020 period with a view to 2025, Vietnam only needs 190,000 more teachers. However, the enrolment quota for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years are already 122,000. Teacher quality was also in question as the entrance scores to many teacher training universities this year were extremely low. Le Truong Tung, head of FPT University said forecasting human resources for teachers was much easier than in other sectors as they can have an accurate estimate of the number of students and teachers for each grade and subject. "The Ministry of Education and Training asked universities to cut the enrolment quota every year but the implementation has not been effective," he said. Tung suggested following India where a…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Luu Binh Nhuong, a permanent member of the National Assembly Committee for Social Affairs, speaks to the newspaper The gioi & Viet Nam (the World & Viet Nam) about the imperative to train highly skilled workers. Luu Binh Nhuong How do you evaluate the labour quality of Vietnamese workers compared with their peers in other ASEAN states? At present our labour force is rather strong with 54 million people. We are strong at assembling, electronics, garments, leather shoes and household equipment for export. But this is also an indication that Viet Nam does not have expertise in producing high-quality products. Another weak point is that there is still a mismatch between supply and demand in our labour structure. In addition, there is a disparity between the number of technicians and experts in comparison with college/university graduates. As a result, tens of thousands of university graduates and post graduates are unemployed. What do you think about the chances our young labour force have of finding jobs in the international market? In my opinion, the young labour force should adopt the right working attitude for advanced and professional industrial production in the context of a global market. Another weakness of our labour force is poor foreign language and soft skills in solving problems at work and in social relations. So which skills should our young labour force focus on? They should have been trained when they were still at high school. As we all know, we’re now living in…... [read more]

A court of appeals in Hanoi on Friday upheld the death sentences against two executives from the corruption-hit shipping industry after convicting them of pocketing nearly $12 million in deals made between 2006 and 2008, the latest punishment meted out as the ongoing crackdown on the public sector is widening. At the first trial in February, Giang Kim Dat, the former sales manager of the troubled shipbuilder Vinashinlines, and Tran Van Liem, the company's former CEO, were sentenced to death for stealing more than VND260 billion ($11.65 million) from the company between 2006 and 2008. In February, the firm’s former accountant, Tran Van Khuong, also got a life sentence for abetting the embezzlement, while Dat’s father Giang Van Hien received 12 years in prison for money laundering. Friday's appellate court upheld all these sentences. Dat, Liem and Khuong at the court of appeals on Friday. Hien was absent on health grounds. Photo by VnExpress/Viet Dung According to the indictment, Dat siphoned off the money from 16 deals to buy or lease old vessels. He also advised Liem on how to buy and lease ships and colluded with foreign partners to rig prices for personal gain. The investigation found that Dat paid Liem $150,000 and Khuong $110,000 in the scam. The rest of the embezzled money was transferred to multiple bank accounts in Hien’s name, who used it to buy houses and cars. After his wrongdoings were discovered, Dat fled aboard and was arrested in July 2015 following an international arrest warrant. Vinashinlines is…... [read more]

Speakers discuss at the conference in the southern coastal city of Phan Thiet. — VNS Photo Domestic and international experts in the sugarcane industry gathered at the fifth TTC annual international sugarcane conference in Phan Thiet City in Binh Thuan Province to discuss ways to help the Vietnamese sugarcane industry develop sustainably. The conference, under the main theme “The restructuring of Viet Nam’s sugarcane industry”, was co-organised by the Viet Nam Sugarcane and Sugar Association (VSSA) and TTC Group on Thursday and Friday. The country’s sugar output hit nearly 1.2 trillion tonnes in the 2016-17 crop, VSSA reported. This is the third continuous decline in sugar output. Slow market consumption, high inventory, complicated sugar smuggling issues and ASEAN’s imposition of a sugar import tax rate of zero per cent after 2018 have created an urgent need for Vietnamese businesses to adapt, and have forced a rethink of the whole country’s sugar industry. As the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development implements a policy of restructuring the agricultural sector towards enhancing added value and developing sustainably, sugar companies are constantly innovating to promote internal strength, improving their competitive position domestically and internationally. However, as many difficulties and problems still exist, the Vietnamese sugar industry needs radical solutions to be able to grow. This year’s conference attracted more than 400 guests, including leading domestic experts, policymakers, research institutes, businesses and representative farmers in the field of sugarcane and speakers from the world’s…... [read more]

Quang Ninh Province aims to develop Van Don into a dynamic economic centre with a focus on services, high-end tourism and high-tech industries. — Photo bnews.vn The northern province of Quang Ninh plans to turn Van Don special administrative-economic zone into a smart and green island urban area, Nguyen Van Doc, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said. The zone, located in Van Don District, has a total land area of 581.13sqkm, a sea area of 1,620sqkm and a population of around 46,000. The district lies in a politically and economically important region, on the strategic transit route from East Asia to Southeast Asia and from ASEAN to China, in the Viet Nam-China “two corridors, one belt” co-operation area, in the Nanning-Singapore economic corridor, and in the extended Tonkin Gulf inter-regional co-operation area. Van Don is one of the three special administrative-economic zones designated by a government-approved plan; the other two are Van Phong in the central province of Khanh Hoa and Phu Quoc in the southern province of Kien Giang. These zones will pilot key new economic and administrative policies before they are applied nationwide, to develop the maritime economy. Quang Ninh is working on a master plan of Van Don zone as well as specific laws for it. The province aims to develop Van Don into a dynamic economic centre with focus on services, high-end tourism and high-tech industries. The zone is expected to become a centre for start-ups, innovation…... [read more]

A model of the planned Long Thanh International Airport in Dong Nai Province’s Long Thanh District. —VNS File Photo. The People’s Committee of Dong Nai Province has suspended the licensing of construction projects in residential areas around the planned Long Thanh International Airport in an effort to prevent speculation and higher land prices. At a meeting on site clearance on Thursday, the deputy chairman of Dong Nai People’s Committee, Tran Van Vinh, asked Long Thanh and Nhon Trach district authorities who grant licences to construction projects to first wait for the planning of areas around the projects to be completed. To receive public feedback on the plan, the committee and Long Thanh District will work together to publicise information about the plan, Vinh said. The central Government has told the province to work with relevant agencies on a feasibility study on site clearance and compensation to residents who will have to move before the project begins. The Ministry of Planning and Investment will assess the feasibility study and submit it to the Government before sending it to the National Assembly for approval. A spokesman from the Dong Nai Province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment said the feasibility study would be submitted to the Government by the end of August. The feasibility study is expected to include information about the status and location of the airport project; infrastructure for re-settlement areas for affected households; land reclamation and compensation; and job…... [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]




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