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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 This goal is defined in the Vietnam commodity export competitiveness improvement scheme to 2020, with a vision to 2030, recently approved by the Prime Minister. The specific objective of the 2016 - 2020 period is to achieve an average annual commodity export growth of 8 per cent. The commodity export value in 2020 will more than treble that in 2010, equalise the trade balance in 2020 and reach a trade surplus in 2021-2030. At the same time, the Government also aims to increase the added value of agricultural and aquatic products by 20 per cent on average from the current level. Vietnam will gradually raise the share of agricultural and aquatic exports to developed markets (e.g. the European Union, Japan and South Korea). After 2030, an average commodity export growth will be 9 -10 per cent annually from the 2021 - 2030 phase. Prioritised items subject to enhancing competitiveness include agricultural and aquatic products like rice, coffee, rubber, seafood and black pepper; manufactured industrials like garment and textile, footwear, woodwork, mobile phones, computers, electronic products and components; and raw materials used for garment and textile, leather and footwear, plastic, fertiliser and chemical industries. Market policies and solutions In order to successfully achieve these objectives, main solutions have been introduced, including reshuffling production by transforming production and export methods; changing export structures in the direction of raising the share of…... [read more]

The Promotion Month is an annual event in Ha Noi, aimed at boosting consumption, especially for Vietnamese-made goods, and helping firms attract and connect with customers. — Photo The capital city will host Ha Noi Promotion Month in November, which will see the participation of 300 to 500 enterprises and wide-scale discounts at 1,000 sale locations. The month-long sales promotion programme has been running for nine years now, and is attracting more and more interest from consumers, said Tran Thi Phuong Lan, deputy director of the Ha Noi Department of Industry and Trade, the event organiser. This year’s event will witness the participation of not only retail businesses but also businesses from the food, banking, healthcare and education sectors, she said. Lan described the event as an opportunity for all enterprises to boost production, enhance competitiveness and advertise their products and brands among local consumers as well as domestic and foreign tourists. The programme is scheduled to kick off on November 3. The tourism promotion festival will be held from November 3 to 5; the Golden promotion days will be November 18 and 19; a golden promotion fair will run from November 24 to 28; and an online promotion week will be organised from November 20 to 26. The Promotion Month is an annual event in Ha Noi, aimed at boosting consumption, especially for made-in-Vietnam goods, and helping firms attract and connect with customers. Around 500 enterprises participated in…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Any tourism destination that fails to improve competitiveness in an era of globalisation will lose, even if it has great potential, Nguyen Huu Tin, a lecturer at Ton Duc Thang University’s faculty of social sciences and humanities, said at a conference held in HCM City yesterday. Verdant valley: A panorama view of Mai Chau Valley in Hoa Binh Province, a popular tourist destination. — Photo Organised by Ton Duc Thang University, the International Conference on Tourism and Marine Tourism focused on issues related to sustainable tourism development, including  heritage and cultural tourism, meeting incentive conference exhibitions, eco-tourism, human resource development, and the impact of tourism Tin said that Viet Nam should exploit the advantages of the local culture to enhance competitiveness. He noted that Viet Nam, due to specific historical circumstances, appeared on the world tourist map only in recent decades, making it a new destination for discovery. The country has preserved many of its special natural landscapes as well as community organisations, beliefs, customs and lifestyles, and is viewed as a peaceful country and one of the safest places for travel. However, he said it was necessary to invest in the development of human resources to improve service quality. According to the Institute for Tourism Development Research, only 60 per cent of the tourism workforce can speak a foreign language, including English (42 per cent), Chinese (5 per cent), French (4 per cent) and other languages (9 per cent). Witwasit Sresteesang of Thailand’s Bangkok University,…... [read more]

At the talks with Masaru Hashimoto, Ibaraki prefecture Governor, in Hanoi on October 6, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat emphasised that with advantages in land, resources and climate, agriculture plays the key role in Vietnam’s economy, contributing to 20% of the country’s GDP. However, Vietnam is facing big challenges in enhancing competitiveness of farm produce for exports. Phat said Vietnam wants to obtain more experience in management, processing technology and building supply chains for the world market from Ibaraki prefecture. Currently, Vietnam’s agricultural production can meet domestic demand and is orienting to export. He hoped that the two sides will focus on science and technology cooperation and application of advanced technologies in agricultural production, bio-technology, processing and post-harvest preservation. They will coordinate to improve the chain value of food production, harvest, processing, preservation, and distribution and boosting direct investment in agriculture. Meanwhile, Hashimoto said currently Japan is also confronting challenges in agricultural labour force and consumption market. So, it concentrates on safe and high-quality agricultural production towards a profitable agriculture to attract young people to the industry. He stressed that Ibaraki can cooperate with Vietnam in many fields, first of all, training. During their stay in Vietnam, the Ibaraki delegation will visit Nam Dinh and Dong Thap provinces.... [read more]

The Secretary-General of the Office of the Vocational Education Commission, Dr. Chaiprug Sereerak, stressed the need to upgrade vocational education standards for 197 small colleges nationwide. He said that the three-year project, with an annual budget allocation of 150 million baht, would begin in 2013. A small college is defined as an educational institution with less than 1,200 students. Under the project, small vocational colleges will receive funds to ease their shortages, improve their premises, enhance the quality of teaching personnel and students, and develop the management system. In order to produce sufficient personnel in response to the demand for graduates in technician jobs in the ASEAN market, he said, each college must adjust its management by introducing vocational innovations. For instance, English programs should be included in its educational management, and specialized fields of study should be arranged for students with specific talents. In addition, special programs should also be opened for certain target groups. Speaking about preparations for the ASEAN Community, Dr. Chaiprug said that, a plan had been worked out to enhance competitiveness for vocational students, who would be divided into two groups. The first group comprises brilliant students who have good potential for competing in foreign countries. They will be provided with English programs, starting in 2013. A total of 32 vocational colleges in 28 provinces have so far started the programs. A target has been set for English programs to cover 150 vocational colleges in 2013. The second group, comprising general students, will also be…... [read more]

At the seminar, speakers said the number of municipalities in Vietnam is expected to increase from 774 to 850 this year and to an estimated 10,000 by 2025, which poses significant environmental problems related to increased carbon emissions. They outlined both Vietnam’s and Japan’s strategies for effectively coping with climate change as a result of urban sprawl and discussed new technologies pertaining to carbon footprint analysis, solar energy, LED lighting and waste water treatment. In recent years, Vietnam and Japan have cooperated well in protecting the environment and coping with climate change they said adding that Japan has also been one of the leading supporters of Vietnam in dealing with climate change issues. The seminar also offered an opportunity for municipalities to apply for funding from the Japanese Government in order to install advanced technologies reducing carbon emissions and enhance competitiveness of businesses.... [read more]

On the morning of March 30, a Vietnamese delegation led by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung left Hanoi for Vientiane, Laos to attend the third Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Summit slated for March 30-31 at the invitation of his Lao counterpart Bouasone Bouphavane. PM Dung is accompanied by Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc, Deputy Director of the Government Office Van Trong Ly, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dao Viet Trung, Deputy Minister of Transport Le Manh Hung, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Thanh Bien, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Cong Thanh, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Hung, assistant to the Prime Minister Nguyen Huu Vu and Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Huy Quang. The Greater Sub-region (GMS) includes Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and China’s Yunan and Guangxi provinces. As a populous region with a total land area of 2.3 million km2, the GMS is a region abundant in natural resources and has great potential for agricultural and forestry development. However, it remains a poor and underdeveloped region in Southeast Asia and Asia. Promoting links for economic development, poverty reduction, environmental and water resources protection is a driving force, motivating GMS countries to seek opportunities for bilateral and multilateral cooperation. In that context, the GMS Programme was established in 1992 under the initiative of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The GMS 3 summit under the theme “Enhancing Competitiveness Through Greater Connectivity” demonstrates the target set by GMS nations, which…... [read more]

These Politburo members include permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Truong Tan Sang, Minister of Public Security Le Hong Anh, and Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi. Having heard the provincial leaders’ reports on their preparations for Party congresses, including draft political reports, operational reviews of the 2006-2010 term, personnel plans and congress resolutions, Mr Sang basically agreed on the presented contents. Mr Sang praised the achievements the provincial Party Committees have reaped during the 2006-2010 term, citing the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates of 13.6 percent of Gia Lai; 15.1 percent of Dak Nong; 12.3 percent of Phu Yen; 12.8 percent of Quang Nam; 14.5 percent of Kon Tum; and 18.5 percent of Quang Ngai. The provinces have made progress in cultural and social affairs, improving the quality of human resources, reducing the number of poor households, mobilising investment sources, ensuring political stability and security, and promoting foreign affairs, he said. However, the Party official pointed out shortcomings facing the provinces such as small-scale economy, poor living conditions of people and low tax collection, despite their advantages in terms of location, natural resources, land, tourism and sea-borne economy. Mr Sang asked the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai to pour investment into developing traffic systems, create an open investment environment and facilitate businesses’ efforts to expand production, along with speeding up the building of Pleiku, An Khe, AyunPa and Chu Se economic zones. For the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, Mr Sang…... [read more]

Its US$3 million socio-economic master plan, unveiled on October 19, was developed by the international groups Monitor (US) and ARUP (UK), using new approaches and methodologies. Under the strategy with a vision for 2030, Ninh Thuan will strive to become a destination in the country by 2030 and will grow quickly based on four pillars: enhanced competitiveness, improved infrastructure, better trade marks and capacity, and higher provincial administrative efficiency. Ngo Vinh Kim, Vice President of the provincial People’s Committee, confirmed that Ninh Thuan will make great efforts to create an open, highly competitive climate for investment and develop its economy in a rapid and sustainable way. According to the master plan, Ninh Thuan will focus on improving its economy’s competitiveness, narrowing the economic gap between it and other south-central provinces, and raising its per capita GDP to US$2,800 per year by 2020, equal to 85 percent of the country’s average. The province will also try to exploit and build on its marine advantages more effectively and develop clean energy to change its economic structure.... [read more]

Philipp Rosler made his remarks during a reception hosted by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Hanoi on November 28. Dung spoke highly of Philipp Rosler’s back to visit Vietnam and attend the workshop “The role of businesses on enhancing national competitiveness in international integration” jointly held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the WEF. He praised the effective cooperation between Vietnam and the WEF and proposed that WEF closely coordinate with Vietnam to assess national competitiveness annually, is indicated by the term institutional weaknesses, causes and direction, the solution to fix and enhance national competitiveness of Vietnam. The PM said that a senior Vietnamese Government delegation will take part in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2015 at WEF President Klaus Schwab’s invitation. He urged the WEF to assist Vietnam in organizing events involving foreign politicians and representatives from the world’s leading businesses, with a view to introducing economic situation, prospects and development orientations of Vietnam and the ASEAN Community. Vietnam will effectively collaborate with other partners to make the coming WEF Davos a success, Dung committed. For his part, WEF Managing Director Philipp Rosler highlighted Vietnam’s enormous potential for future development, especially when the ASEAN Community takes shape at the end of 2015. He praised Vietnam’s pioneering role in forming and building of an ASEAN Community, is the centre of attention of investors, global business. Therefore, the ideas, views and information…... [read more]

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