Vietnam seizes Apple gadgets smuggled from US, gold from Thailand

VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City People’s Court on Monday opened a court trial related to the smuggling of cancer medicines and falsification of documents at HCM City-based VN Pharma Joint Stocks Company in 2013 and 2014. HCM City-based VN Pharma are allegedly involved in the smuggling of 9,300 batches of H-Capita, worth VND5.6 billion (US$251,000) in 2013 and 2014. — Photo dantri.com.vn Nguyen Minh Hung, the company’s former chairman and general director; two vice directors Nguyen Tri Nhat and Ngo Anh Quoc; former general director of Sai Gon Pharmacy Ltd (Sapharco) Pham Anh Kiet; director of H&C International Marine Trade Ltd Company Vo Manh Cuong; and four other officials of VN Pharma are allegedly involved in the smuggling of 9,300 batches of H-Capita, worth VND5.6 billion (US$251,000) from Canada to Viet Nam in 2013 and 2014. The police’s investigation revealed that during the period, Hung ordered Cuong to buy medicines, including the cancer medicines made by Helix Pharmaceuticals Canada, to supply to hospitals in Viet Nam. Hung asked his staff to falsify technical documents related to the medicines as well as invoices to get an import licence from Ministry of Health’s Drug Administration. The medicines arrived in Viet Nam in April 2014. Doubting the medicine’s origin, the Drug Administration examined and found that the medicines were not qualified for human use. The importer failed to clarify origin of the medicines after authorised agencies found that previously-submitted documents were falsified. Ngo Anh Quoc, the company’s former vice director, was also found…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Thailand was fruitful, with the two PMs discussing frankly cooperation in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks, stated Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) welcomed by his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-o-cha (Photo: VNA) During the visit from August 17-19, PM Phuc and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-o-cha sought collaboration measures to build the ASEAN Community and maintain the association’s central role on the occasion of ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary, as well as ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation within sub-regional programmes and projects. The two sides discussed long-lasting issues such as how to minimise conflicts at sea, illegal fishing and smuggling on each other’s waters, and illegal Vietnamese workers in Thailand. They agreed to accelerate negotiations on an agreement on criminal extradition and a treaty on mutual legal assistance, as well as the expansion of the treaty on labour as Thailand has high demand for labourers while Vietnam has a large supply. At the same time, the two PMs decided to set up mechanisms to settle existing problems with these incomplete agreements, thus avoiding further issues, said Deputy FM Quy. PM Phuc was also keen to boost economic partnerships with Thailand to balance trade and increase investment, especially in tourism, as the number of Thai tourists to Vietnam is one fourth of Vietnamese visitors to Thailand. The Government leader also met with businesses of both countries. During the visit, he attended the signing of dozens of…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) welcomed by his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-o-cha (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Thailand was fruitful, with the two PMs discussing frankly cooperation in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks, stated Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy. During the visit from August 17-19, PM Phuc and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-o-cha sought collaboration measures to build the ASEAN Community and maintain the association’s central role on the occasion of ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary, as well as ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation within sub-regional programmes and projects. The two sides discussed long-lasting issues such as how to minimise conflicts at sea, illegal fishing and smuggling on each other’s waters, and illegal Vietnamese workers in Thailand. They agreed to accelerate negotiations on an agreement on criminal extradition and a treaty on mutual legal assistance, as well as the expansion of the treaty on labour as Thailand has high demand for labourers while Vietnam has a large supply. At the same time, the two PMs decided to set up mechanisms to settle existing problems with these incomplete agreements, thus avoiding further issues, said Deputy FM Quy. PM Phuc was also keen to boost economic partnerships with Thailand to balance trade and increase investment, especially in tourism, as the number of Thai tourists to Vietnam is one fourth of Vietnamese visitors to Thailand. The Government leader also met with businesses of both countries. During the visit, he…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and a high-ranking delegation paid an official visit to Thailand from August 17-19 at the invitation of Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha. During the visit, the two sides issued a joint statement. Following is the full text of the joint statement: 1. His Excellency Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and his wife paid an official visit to Thailand from August 17-19, 2017 at the invitation of His Excellency General (Ret.) Prayut Chan-ocha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand. 2. Prime Minister Phuc’s delegation included His Excellency Mai Tien Dung, Minister – Chairman of the Government Office; His Excellency Mr. Tran Tuan Anh, Minister of Industry and Trade; His Excellency Mr. Chu Ngoc Anh, Minister of Science and Technology; His Excellency Mr. Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; His Excellency Mr. Truong Minh Tuan, Minister of Information and Communications, His Excellency Mr. Le Minh Hung, Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam, as well as other distinguished representatives from various ministries and agencies. 3. During the visit, Prime Minister Phuc was accorded a ceremonial welcome and had a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Prayut, who hosted dinner in Prime Minister Phuc’s honour. Prime Minister Phuc paid courtesy calls on President of Legislative Committee; President of Privy Council General Prem Tinsulanonda and met with Chairman of Thailand – Vietnam Friendship Association, Mr. Prachuab Chaiyasan; CEO of leading Thai…... [read more]

NDO – Nhan Dan Online selects outstanding events that made the headlines over the past week. PM visits Thailand, holds talks with Thai counterpart Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc paid an official visit to Thailand from August 17-19 at the invitation of his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha. During the visit, PM Phuc and his Thai counterpart Chan-o-cha sought collaboration measures to build the ASEAN Community and maintain the association’s central role on the occasion of ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary, as well as seeking ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation within sub-regional programmes and projects. The two sides discussed long-lasting issues such as how to minimise conflicts at sea, illegal fishing and smuggling on each other’s waters, along with illegal Vietnamese workers in Thailand. They agreed to accelerate negotiations on an agreement concerning criminal extradition and a treaty pertaining to mutual legal assistance, as well as the expansion of the treaty on labour as Thailand has high demand for labourers while Vietnam has a large supply. At the same time, the two PMs decided to set up mechanisms to settle existing problems with these incomplete agreements with the aim of avoiding further issues. PM Phuc also met with businesses of both countries. During the visit, he attended the signing of agreements and memoranda of understanding between ministries, sectors, localities and businesses of both nations. During the visit, the Vietnamese government leader also held meetings with Thai officials and local communities, as well as the Vietnamese community in Thailand. National Assembly Standing Committee…... [read more]

The four southern provinces of Laos have helped the Vietnamese locality search and rebury remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who laid down their lives in Laos. However, the outcomes have yet to match potential and expectations of both sides. Kon Tum wants to strengthen cooperative ties with its Lao partners in a more sustainable and extensive manner in the future. The four southern provinces of Laos have helped the Vietnamese locality search and rebury remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who laid down their lives in Laos.  In the coming time, Kon Tum and the four provinces of Laos plan to propose their respective governments upgrade infrastructure at border gates and conduct joint patrols along the shared borderline in a bid to prevent smuggling and illegal mining and forestry product exploitation. Kon Tum wants the Lao provinces to focus more on exchanging delegations to share management experience and improve their qualifications. Meanwhile, the Lao localities desire to better coordinate in implementing the memorandum of understanding among them, and continue multifaceted cooperation, thus contributing to the friendship between the two nations. On the occasion of the 55th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties and 40 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, Kon Tum donated 8 billion VND (352,000 USD) to social welfare programs in the four provinces of Laos. Source: VNA... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The second meeting of the Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures (SCCP) kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City, on August 19, on the fringes of the third APEC Officials Meeting (SOM 3). The SCCP set the 2017 target of facilitating trade and ensuring supply chain security as specified in the SCCP Collective Action Plan and the sub-committee’s work programme 2017. Therefore, the three-day event will continue working on the frameworks connecting supply chains, single-window mechanism, authorised economic operator (AEO), cross-border e-commerce, partnership between customs and businesses, and information technology and risk management. The first meeting of the sub-committee took place in Nha Trang city in Vietnam’s central coastal province of Khanh Hoa from February 21-23. Delegates looked into the priorities of the Asia-Pacific region, such as promoting sustainable, creative and inclusive growth; enhancing regional economic connectivity; improving the competitiveness and creativity of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs); strengthening food security and sustainable agriculture in adaptation to climate change. The meeting focused on the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and the single-window mechanism, IT application and risk management in customs management, the management of cross-border implementation of intellectual property rights, and the enhancement of cross-border e-commerce. Vietnam suggested that the APEC economies connect the single-window mechanism, increase sharing information and experience in combating smuggling and trade fraud, thereby helping customs agencies to facilitate trade and ensure trade security in regional supply chains. These are also the major targets of the Collective…... [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]

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]

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. Speakers discuss at the conference in the southern coastal city of Phan Thiet. - VNS Photo 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…... [read more]




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