About 2,500 tourists visit Ly Son island district on holiday

Colourful painted stairs create an art space for pedestrians and tourists on the Cam LeRiver in Da Nang (Photos courtesy of I love Cam Le facebook) Da Nang (VNA) - A team called Architecture for Community (Kicodo club) from the Da Nang Architecture College has completed painting murals on a set of concrete stairs and manhole covers in Cam Le district in the central city of Da Nang. The team said their work was part of a pilot project under the Rapid Planning project, which seeks to turn heavily polluted sites into attractive spaces for local residents and tourists. About 20 volunteers and students from the club spent one week (from August 18-26) cleaning up the site along Thang Long street, which was overgrown with bushes and had become a dumping ground for rubbish. Students used coloured paints to brighten up the concrete stairs with images of fish and ocean life. Vo Ho Bich Hanh from the team said the pilot project aimed to raise awareness among local residents of illegal littering along the river side, which pollutes the river local habitat. The project would review feedback on the work done so far, in order to continue the schedule in the future, Hanh said. She said the district would set up a public gym and parks for kids in the area. The mural pilot project was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).    The city’s…... [read more]

The total State budget collection hit upwards 623.2 trillion VND (27 billion USD) in the first eight months this year, meeting 64.4 percent of the yearly estimate and rising by 10.8 percent annually, reported the General Department of Taxation.  Of the figure, 30 trillion VND was from crude oil thanks to its higher prices, equivalent to 78.3 percent of the estimate and marking an 11.3 percent annual increase. The domestic revenue was estimated to rise 10.8 percent year-on-year to 593.3 trillion VND.  The central budget collection hit 275.7 trillion VND during the period, or 56.7 percent of the estimate and up 21.6 percent annually.  The department said up to 28 out of the 63 localities performed well in terms of the progress of the State budget collection, including Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Ha Nam, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Gia Lai, Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai, Dak Lak, Phu Tho, Lao Cai, Lam Dong, Nam Dinh, Binh Phuoc, An Giang, Dak Nong, Da Nang, Kon Tum, Thanh Hoa, Tien Giang, Quang Binh, Tra Vinh, Bac Lieu, Quang Ninh, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Ben Tre, Long An.  The other 15 localities achieved average level in the effort and the remaining recorded low.  In order to fulfill State budget collection task this year, the department will continue drastically adopting measures set in the Government’s Resolution No.01/NQ-CP, the Prime Minister’s Decree No.14/CT-TTg, and the Finance Minister’s Decision No.33/QD-BTC, focusing on strengthening disciplines in State budget management and improving operating efficiency of tax agencies. VNA... [read more]

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)   Hanoi (VNA) – The total State budget collection hit upwards 623.2 trillion VND (27 billion USD) in the first eight months this year, meeting 64.4 percent of the yearly estimate and rising by 10.8 percent annually, reported the General Department of Taxation.  Of the figure, 30 trillion VND was from crude oil thanks to its higher prices, equivalent to 78.3 percent of the estimate and marking an 11.3 percent annual increase. The domestic revenue was estimated to rise 10.8 percent year-on-year to 593.3 trillion VND. The central budget collection hit 275.7 trillion VND during the period, or 56.7 percent of the estimate and up 21.6 percent annually. The department said up to 28 out of the 63 localities performed well in terms of the progress of the State budget collection, including Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Ha Nam, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Gia Lai, Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai, Dak Lak, Phu Tho, Lao Cai, Lam Dong, Nam Dinh, Binh Phuoc, An Giang, Dak Nong, Da Nang, Kon Tum, Thanh Hoa, Tien Giang, Quang Binh, Tra Vinh, Bac Lieu, Quang Ninh, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Ben Tre, Long An. The other 15 localities achieved average level in the effort and the remaining recorded low. In order to fulfill State budget collection task this year, the department will continue drastically adopting measures set in the Government’s Resolution No.01/NQ-CP, the Prime Minister’s Decree No.14/CT-TTg, and the Finance …... [read more]

Tourism experts, representatives from 120 travel agencies and local authorities gathered at a workshop in the central province of Quang Ngai on August 30 to seek measures for sustainable tourism development on Ly Son Island. The event was jointly organised by the People’s Committees of Quang Ngai Province and the island district of Ly Son as one activity on the occasion of the Viet Nam Sea and Islands Week. Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dang Ngoc Dung highlighted the historical and cultural values of Ly Son Island, which is home to three cultures of Sa Huynh, Champa and Viet with numerous relic sites in in Oc hamlet, Chinh spring, Gieng Tien crater, Hang pagoda, An Vinh communal house, among others. The island also preserves historical proof of Viet Nam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes. Besides, Ly Son boasts unique geographic conditions which are highly valued by researchers. These are the factors boosting the development of cultural tourism in the island, Dung added. He said the workshop provided a much-needed opportunity for the locality to review its tourism development over the past years, and set out orientations for tourism development in the coming time. It also helps the island connect with other tourism destinations in the region and attract investment in new tourism products, thus creating a new momentum for the tourism sector of the district in particular and Quang Ngai Province in general. Participants…... [read more]

For the last five years, 600 young cadres have been appointed vice chairmen of communal People’s Committees at 64 poor districts across the country. They’re sent off to work with a university degree, very little experience, and a good deal of energy and fresh perspective. For the last five years, 600 young cadres have been appointed vice chairmen of communal People’s Committees at 64 poor districts across the country. The Ministry of Home Affairs held a conference to evaluate the five-year results of this pilot project. Thus far, it seems to have been a success. Le Anh Duong, deputy chairman of the Bac Giang People’s Committee, said young intellectuals like to tackle new and shifting challenges. With youthfulness and dynamism, these vice-chairmen of communes’ People’s Committees had reduced the inertia and slowness of the grassroots cadres, making efforts to fulfill their assigned tasks, he said. While Vu Dang Minh, director of the ministry’s Department of Youth Affairs, who is also the director of the pilot project, said the biggest barrier to bringing young intellectuals back to the countryside was that local authorities didn’t support the idea that young people with no experience might be able to make a positive impact. This skepticism meant that the young communal cadres met many difficulties to complete their tasks, Minh said. It was undeniable that young intellectuals had improved the quality of grass-roots officials, and changed their awareness in their performance of tasks, he added. Young cadres also changed the working style of older…... [read more]

Nipa palm forest in Binh Son District plays an important role in protecting local farming area from erosion and salinity (Source: VNA) Quang Ngai (VNA) - A planned wood-pulp plant in Binh Son district of central Quang Ngai province would destroy 50ha of nipa palm forest, causing pollution, loss of biodiversity, and irrevocable damage to local lifestyles, biologists and residents warn. Biologist and vice rector of the Da Nang Teachers’ Training College Vo Van Minh made the case against the plant in a petition to the provincial People’s Committee last week. As planned, the province will allow the agricultural irrigation development company VNT 19 to build a paper mill in Long Phu village in the district’s Binh Phuoc commune. The mill would require the construction of an 85ha lake in the commune, of which 50ha are to be built where a century-old nipa palm forest now stands. Construction on the plant will likely not begin for two to three years, as ministries and departments conduct assessments on the planned facility.  Local residents said they rely on the forest for survival. Nguyen Ngoc Minh, 70, said he grew up with the nipa palm forest, and it creates a major income for some households living around the forest. “Local residents still fish in the forest and collect leaves of nipa palm for house building. We could earn 300,000 VND (13.3 USD) each day from fishing in the area,” Minh said. “The forest creates a ‘green’ landscape…... [read more]

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomed the U.S. oil and gas group ExxonMobil to launch investment activities in Vietnam, asserting that the Vietnamese Government will facilitate the ExxonMobil to successfully operate cooperative programs and projects in Vietnam. The PM made that statement at his reception for ExxonMobil Vice President of Asia Pacific and Middle East Jon Gibbs on August 29 in Ha Noi. Mr Jon Gibbs expressed his hope that the Vietnamese PM and Government will create favorable conditions for its cooperative projects with the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), bringing benefits for both. He suggested the Government consider and facilitate cooperative projects to build power plants in Vietnam to shorten the implementation period. The PM said the Government approved the planning scheme for the Gas Treatment and Power Centre in the central region, including projects in the central provinces of Quang Nam and Quang Ngai, asking to ensure environmental protection and local people’ welfare. He demanded ExxonMobil continue close coordination with the Electricity of Vietnam and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to guaranty the rate of progress of these projects. Established in 1859, ExxonMobil is the largest refiner in the world, with 37 oil refineries in 21 countries with a combined daily refining capacity of 6.3 million barrels. The same day, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with former Governor of the Republic of Korea’s Osan city Park Shin Won in HaNoi. VGP ... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R)receives Jon Gibbs, ExxonMobil Vice President of Asia Pacific and Middle East.— VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat The Government of Viet Nam will create favourable conditions for ExxonMobil to implement projects in the country, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said. During a reception yesterday for Jon Gibbs, ExxonMobil Vice President of Asia Pacific and Middle East, PM Phuc applauded the US oil and gas group’s investment projects in Viet Nam, particularly projects undertaken in cooperation with the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam). For his part, Gibbs expressed his hope that the PM and the Vietnamese Government would facilitate the group’s projects with PetroVietnam so that they could be implemented soon, benefiting both sides. He also suggested the Vietnamese Government complete its plans to build power plants in Viet Nam in order to shorten the implementation time. PM Phuc said the Government had approved the planning scheme for the Gas Treatment and Power Centre in the central region, including projects in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces, in which environmental protection and welfare of the people are the biggest requirements for approval. He also urged ExxonMobil to continue working closely with the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) Group, PetroVietnam and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to ensure the progress of the projects. Established in 1859, ExxonMobil is a multinational oil and gas corporation headquartered in Irving, Texas. ExxonMobil is the largest refiner in the world,…... [read more]

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives Jon Gibbs, ExxonMobil Vice President of Asia Pacific and Middle East (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Government of Vietnam will create favourable conditions for the US oil and gas group ExxonMobil to successfully implement cooperation programmes and projects in Vietnam, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said. During a reception in Hanoi on August 29 for Jon Gibbs, ExxonMobil Vice President of Asia Pacific and Middle East, PM Phuc applauded investment projects of ExxonMobil in Vietnam, particularly cooperation projects with the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam). For his part, Gibbs expressed his hope that the PM and the Government of Vietnam will facilitate the group’s cooperation projects with PetroVietnam so that they could be soon implemented, benefiting both sides. He also suggested the Vietnamese Government support its projects to build power plants in Vietnam in order to shorten the implementation time. PM Phuc said the Government has approved the planning scheme for the Gas Treatment and Power Centre in the central region, including projects in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces, in which environmental protection and welfare of the people are the biggest requirements. He also urged ExxonMobil to continue working closely with the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) Group, PetroVietnam and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to ensure the progress of the projects. Established in 1859, ExxonMobil is a multinational oil and gas corporation headquartered in Irving, Texas. ExxonMobil is the largest refiner in the world,…... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh at the event (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) held a meeting on August 29 to review a pilot project selecting 600 excellent young intellectuals to work as vice chairs of the communal People’s Committees in 64 poor districts nationwide. MoHA Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Thua said in early October 2012, his ministry finished selecting 580 young persons with university diplomas for the project, which has been carried out in 20 provinces. They have made active contributions to building clean and strong grassroots political systems and directly engaging in local socio-economic development tasks, he noted, adding that the project has also helped fine-tune mechanisms and policies on discovering, selecting and training young officials in Vietnam. Over the last five years, 351 project members have proactively suggested and directly carried out 834 socio-economic development programmes, plans and projects. Thua cited a Ngoc Linh ginseng farming model initiated by Vice Chairman of the Tra Linh communal People’s Committee Dinh Hong Thang in Quang Nam province, saying this model has helped local residents escape from poverty. Meanwhile, a plan on building clean water supply system implemented by Vice Chairman of the Ba Dien communal People’s Committee Nguyen Anh Khoa in Quang Ngai province has helped curb skin diseases in the locality. Those programmes, plans and projects have helped raise local people’s income and awareness of socio-economic development, custom changes and cultural preservation, the official added. …... [read more]




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