VRN proposes suspending project encroaching on Dong Nai River

Handicrafts: Coracles covered with colourful paintings of ocean scenes and fishing (Source: internet) Quang Nam (VNS/VNA) - The Tam Thanh art community village in Tam Ky city of Quang Nam province has been awarded the 2017 Asian Townscape Award for its colourful murals. Vice Chairman of the Tam Ky city People’s Committee, Nguyen Minh Nam, told Viet Nam News the award was announced at the 2017 Asian Townscape Awards session in Fukuoka city, Japan, on July 27. Nam said the prize was being awarded by UN-Habitat, Asian Habitat Society, Asian Townscape Design Society and Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Centre, and the ceremony will be held in Yinchuan city on September 28-29. “It’s a great honour for us. Efforts were made by local villagers, the city’s administration and artists nationwide,” Nam said. “We also expressed our thanks to the Korea Foundation Community Art Exchange Programme and Korean artists and volunteers for their decoration of the village with colourful murals on moss-covered walls in 2016,” Nam said. Tam Ky city and Tam Thanh commune launched the fishing village of Tam Thanh as a community-based art space for eco-tourism development. It’s also the first project in Vietnam that weaves art space into community lifestyle. The fishing village, with a population of 6,000, is known nationwide and by foreign tourists for the murals in Trung Thanh hamlet. In March, artists from Singapore Technology and Design University, Vietnam’s Fine Arts Association, colleges in Hanoi and local…... [read more]

Floods wash away roads and houses in Muong La district of Son La province (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered authorities of northern mountainous provinces along with relevant agencies and ministries to augment efforts in response to torrential rains and floods wreaking havoc in the region over the last few days. Widespread heavy rains have been reported across mountainous and midland provinces in northern Vietnam. Flash floods and landslides in some areas caused heavy human and property losses, especially in Muong La district of Son La province and Mu Cang Chai district of Yen Bai province. In his written order, the PM requested provincial People’s Committees, particularly of Yen Bai and Son La, to continue capitalising on local forces to search for missing people and address flood consequences, evacuate residents from flood- and landslide-prone areas, and ensure food supply for locals. The National Committee for Search and Rescue, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Public Security were told to deploy their local forces to assist search and rescue activities and help localities overcome flood consequences. While the Transport Ministry has to support the provinces to ensure traffic safety in areas with landslides, the Health Ministry must direct grassroots medical staff to provide free healthcare examination and treatment for the injured and help local residents ensure post-flood environmental hygiene. The centre for hydro-meteorological forecasting, directed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, must continue keeping…... [read more]

Liberal arts education has flexible training curricula, encourages interdisciplinary subjects, provides in-depth knowledge and helps students develop skills to adapt to various working environment. (Source: ​Business Insider)   HCM City (VNA) – Core ideas of the US liberal arts education, which promotes students’ independent brainwave and creates foundation for students to develop communication and study skills, were introduced at a workshop held by the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) on August 4. The event showed Vietnam-US relations from education angle, HUFO Chairman Huynh Minh Thien said in his remarks at the event, highlighting that education plays a significant role in the bilateral relations. The Vietnam-US Friendship Association has served as an effective bridge to encourage the excellent quality of the US and Vietnamese education models, he added. Lauded the association’s efforts to promote cultural and education links between the two countries, US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Mary Tarnowka said that the US is proud to be a partner of Vietnam in education development and improvement process. She underlined that education has been among top priorities of the US diplomatic mission in Vietnam in efforts to support projects on improving Vietnamese youths’ studying opportunities so that they can enter a competitive global market environment which requires high-quality workforce. At the event, Professor Vu Duc Vuong from Hoa Sen University, PhD Tran Xuan Thao from Van Lang University, President of Fulbright University Vietnam Dam Bich Thuy and Adafin CEO…... [read more]

The leasehold for home ownership for foreigners in Vietnam will be extended from 50 years to 99 years if the draft Law on Special Administrative-Economic Units is approved. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired a meeting on August 2 to discuss the draft.  He agreed to create an outstanding institutional framework that transcends existing laws and minimizes the application of business investment conditions in special zones, to attract investment into such zones. Regarding land policy, the law will be adjusted to extend the leasehold to 99 years for foreigners and allow them to mortgage assets in association with land use rights at foreign credit institutions. PM Phuc confirmed the determination to establish a law guaranteeing long-term and sustainable development. He highlighted the spirit of ensuring international and regional competitiveness and seeking advantages to attract investment. He asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to update information on special zones and issues identified by strategic investors. Vietnam has 18 special economic zones with 325 industrial zones. At the end of 2016, the government agreed to establish three more: Van Don in northern Quang Ninh province, North Van Phong in south-central Khanh Hoa province, and Phu Quoc Island, off the coast of the Mekong Delta’s Kien Giang province. Vietnam opened up its housing market to outsiders in 2015, with a regulation stating that foreign investment funds, foreigners with valid visas, and international firms operating in Vietnam and overseas could buy unlimited residential properties with a leasehold of 50 years.  According to the…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Tam Thanh art community village in Tam Ky City of Quang Nam Province has been awarded the 2017 Asian Townscape Award for its colourful murals. Handicrafts: Coracles covered with colourful paintings of ocean scenes and fishing. Vice Chairman of Tam Ky City’s People’s Committee, Nguyen Minh Nam, told Viet Nam News the award was announced at the 2017 Asian Townscape Awards session in Fukuoka City, Japan, on July 27. Nam said the prize was being awarded by UN-Habitat, Asian Habitat Society, Asian Townscape Design Society and Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Centre, and the ceremony will be held in Yinchuan City on September 28-29. “It’s a great honour for us. Efforts were made by local villagers, the city’s administration and artists nationwide,” Nam said. “We also expressed our thanks to the Korea Foundation Community Art Exchange Programme and Korean artists and volunteers for their decoration of the village with colourful murals on moss-covered walls in 2016,” Nam said. Tam Ky City and Tam Thanh Commune launched the fishing village of Tam Thanh as a community-based art space for eco-tourism development. It’s also the first project in Viet Nam that weaves art space into community lifestyle. The fishing village, with a population of 6,000, is known nationwide and by foreign tourists for the murals in Trung Thanh Hamlet. In March, artists from Singapore Technology and Design University, Việt Nam’s Fine Arts Association, colleges in Hà Nội and local painters started painting a coracle for an exhibition in Tam…... [read more]

Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi People’s Council Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc (7th from left) leads a delegation of senior officials from Hanoi to visit Budapest, Hungary on August 1-2. (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi wants to work with Hungary’s capital Budapest on environmental issues, relics preservation and tourism development, according to Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi People’s Council Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc. Ngoc, accompanied by Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Quoc Hung, visited Budapest on August 1-2 where she met with the city’s Vice Mayor for City Development Szeneczey Balazs. During the meeting, she asked Budapest to increase delegation exchanges between the two cities and boost cooperation with Hanoi, particularly in environmental treatment and producing clean water from the Red River’s surface water. Hanoi also hopes to learn from Budapest’s experience in tourism development and relic preservation which will be beneficial for its restoration, protection and management of cultural and historical relics. Additionally, Hung discussed riverside urban planning, constructing overpasses and solving traffic jams with senior officials from Budapest. The two sides also talked about enhanced partnerships in information technology, management of residential databases and building public spaces. For his part, Balazs gave his guests an overview of the city’s economic development, cultural relics, transportation, urban architecture and social welfare. The vice mayor said he looks forward to deepening ties between the two cities and suggested the two sides to sign a framework agreement for cooperation.-VNA... [read more]

HCMC sets land prices far lower than market valueCao Ban HCMC – The HCMC People’s Committee has just approved a new list of land prices which are well below market levels along some streets of 15 districts. The municipal government has issued Decision No. 30/2017 on adjustment of the land price list that had earlier been provided for in Decision No. 51/2014 dated December 31, 2014 on land prices in the city, effective from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2019. The city has adjusted land prices along many streets in districts 2, 6, 9, 10, 11, Thu Duc, Phu Nhuan, Binh Tan, Tan Phu, Go Vap, Hoc Mon, Can Gio, Binh Chanh, Cu Chi and Nha Be. Notably, plots of land along some roads have their nominal prices far lower than market value, according to the updated land price list. For example, land prices along District 2’s Nguyen Thi Dinh Street range from VND7.5 million to VND9.8 million per square meter while land along a parallel road from Tran Nao to Mai Chi Tho is priced at VND15 million per square meter. Meanwhile, according to a survey of Gach Vang Land Valuation Company, these areas have market value of at least VND70 million per square meter. Similarly, land along a section of Vo Chi Cong Street from Ba Cua to Phu Huu streets in District 9 is priced at VND4.2 million per square meter, well below the market level of VND15-20 million. According to the Land Law, the Government…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc agreed in principle that the three special economic zones being planned by the Government to spearhead the country’s economic growth should enjoy special regulations and fewer limitations to woo investments. Foreigners visit a fish source production facility in An Thoi Town, Phu Quoc Insland.  Phuc was speaking at a conference on Wednesday to discuss the draft Law on Special Economic Zones (or the Law on Special Administrative-Economic Units). Conference participants agreed that the law needed to provide additional incentives than those stipulated by current legislation in order to create outstanding advantages for special economic zones. For example, the Law on Land allows land lease of up to 70 years in economic zones, while many such zones in the world allow it for up to 99 years. Phuc agreed, saying that the Law on Special Economic Zones should consider lifting land lease duration and allowing the use of assets associated with land use right as mortgages at foreign credit institutions to create favourable conditions for investors but still comply with the Constitution 2013 as well as international regulations. In addition, the law must create a fair, transparent and stable investment environment and ease barriers to investments, Phuc said, adding that the compilation of the law must study the benefits and trade-offs in the short and long terms for the country and investors. Phuc stressed that it was critical to identify the competitive advantages of each special economic zone to direct investments into sectors of priorities and…... [read more]

The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) on August 2 held its second biannual discussion of the Vietnam-Japan Joint Initiative Phase VI, as well as future trade and investment opportunities between the two nations. Nagai Katsuro of the Japanese Embassy to Vietnam stressed that in recent years, co-operation between the two countries has been extremely close. The Joint Initiative Phase VI that ends this year is divided into main seven issues that Japan wishes to solve and implement together with Vietnam, so that the latter can improve its business and investment environment in the near future, said Nagai. The initiative focuses on labour, salary, logistics, transportation, support for small- and medium-sized enterprises, restrictive rules applicable to foreign investors in the Investment Law and the Enterprise Law, and pharmaceutical distribution. One issue raised by Japan at the meeting was labour and wages. Commenting on this, Nguyen Tien Dang, head of the Salary Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), said the current method of calculating base salary is not transparent, and that basic data and survey methods to calculate base living expenses for workers are yet to be completed, hence the lack of results. Dang also said that the growth of the Consumer Price Index and the Gross Domestic Product are not in sync with the salary growth rates, which cause problems for foreign direct investors in the country. To address the confusion, the Vietnamese and Japanese sides will conduct additional discussions, making sure that foreign firms…... [read more]

Illustrative image (Source: ASEAN SAS) Hanoi (VNA) – The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) has played a significant role in building the ASEAN Community, which was born on December 31, 2015.  With the support of the ASCC, the ASEAN Community has achieved encouraging results in implementing the ASEAN Vision 2025 and the 2030 United Nations Agenda on Sustainable Development. The ASCC has prioritised education and training, exchange of students and young leaders, scholarship facilitation, workforce training, regional vocational competitions, sustainable job creation and improvement of civil services. In Vietnam, demand for skilled workers and technicians surged 28 percent and 13 percent, respectively, after the ASEAN Community was formed. Via the implementation of the ASEAN integration initiatives and the ASEAN Framework on Fair Economic Development, ASEAN 6 together with partner countries and international organisations are assisting Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam in more than 200 projects. As a result, the poverty rate in each ASEAN nation has fallen while the rate of middle class people has increased six-fold over the past decade. The ASCC has facilitated socio-cultural development in the bloc, from education, health care, social welfares, environment to responding to disasters and diseases. This year, the ASCC will promote sustainable job generation, respond to disasters in and outside the region and continue carrying out the ASEAN Communication Master Plan. At the same time, it will promote social equality and incorporate citizens’ rights into policies. The grouping…... [read more]




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