Spanning of Vam Cong and Cao Lanh bridges completed

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the statement at a reception in Tokyo on August 29 for Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission Pham Minh Chinh, who is also Chairman of the Vietnam – Japan Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group. Abe said his nation backs Vietnam in successfully holding the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting 2017 and wishes to increase bilateral ties in regional and global issues.  Chinh, in turn suggested Abe and the Japanese government further boost bilateral comprehensive partnership, especially in ODA provision, and the development of infrastructure, high technology, and quality human resources, as well as share experience in administrative reform and public health care.  The same day, Chinh met President of the Japanese House of Councillors Oshima Tadamori, Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan cum President of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Nikai Toshihiro and head of the LDP’s Policy Research Council Fumio Kishida. Oshima expressed his strong support for continuing ODA supply to Vietnam, and boosting ties between the two law-making bodies and the friendship parliamentarians’ groups. He vowed to assist Vietnam in administrative reform projects and receiving more Vietnamese trainees and students.  The host wished that the two nations would continue mutual support in multilateral parliamentary forums to contribute to peace, security and stability in the region and the world. Japanese and LDP leaders expressed desire to further ties with the Communist Party of Vietnam and work hand in hand to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties next…... [read more]

Meeting with the Slovakian diplomat, President Quang hailed the role and effective contributions made by Slovakian Ambassador to Vietnam Igor Pacolak during his tenure in Vietnam, describing it as one of the important factors in consolidating Vietnam-Slovakia friendly and cooperative ties. He suggested the two sides further enhance the role of the Vietnam-Slovakia Joint Committee for Economic Cooperation, intensify the exchange of visits by ministries, agencies and businesses, and promote trade and investment to further elevate two-way trade in the years to come. President Quang urged Slovakia to continue supporting and boosting the comprehensive cooperative partnership between Vietnam and the European Union (EU), prompt the early signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), and recognize Vietnam as a market economy.  Quang affirmed his nation's readiness to assist Slovakia in promoting ties with ASEAN and its member states, adding that the country promises all possible optimal support to Slovakian firms to seek business opportunities in the country.  He recommended Slovakian enterprises to invest in the areas where Vietnam has great demand such as renewable energy, infrastructure, environmental protection, food processing, and food safety and hygiene.  He said he hopes that the Slovakian government will continue creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese people to integrate into the host country, thus helping to deepen mutual understanding between the two nations.  Pacolak, in turn said during his tenure in Vietnam, the two countries has seen more than 30 visits from the deputy ministerial level…... [read more]

President Tran Dai Quang (R) and Slovakian Ambassador to Vietnam Igor Pacolak (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang has praised the role and effective contributions made by Slovakian Ambassador to Vietnam Igor Pacolak during his tenure in Vietnam, describing it as one of the important factors to enhance Vietnam-Slovakia friendly and cooperative ties. During a reception in Hanoi on August 29 for the outgoing ambassador, President Quang suggested the two sides further uphold the role of the Vietnam-Slovakia Joint Committee for Economic Cooperation, increase the exchange of visits by ministries, agencies and businesses, and promote trade and investment to further lift two-way trade in the coming years. President Quang urged Slovakia to continue supporting and fostering the comprehensive cooperative partnership between Vietnam and the European Union (EU), prompt the early signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), and recognise Vietnam as a market economy. Vietnam is ready to assist Slovakia in boosting ties with ASEAN and its member states, he said, adding that the country promises all possible optimal support to Slovakian firms to seek business opportunities in the country. President Quang recommended Slovakian enterprises to invest in the fields where Vietnam has huge demand such as renewable energy, infrastructure, environmental protection, food processing, and food safety and hygiene. The President wished that the Slovakian government would continue creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese nationals to integrate into the host country, thus helping to increase mutual understanding…... [read more]

El Salvador’s Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda speaks about investment opportunities in his country and incentives to attract foreign investors. — VNS Photo Xuan Huong With its strategic geographic location and ports and airports, El Salvador can be a gateway for Vietnamese goods to enter American markets, especially Central American, according to the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Speaking at a seminar on investment opportunities and trade development with El Salvador in HCM City on August 29, Vo Tan Thanh, director of VCCI’s HCM City branch, said Viet Nam and El Salvador only established diplomatic ties in 2010. Trade between the two countries increased from US$10 million in 2011 to nearly $30 million last year, with garment and textiles, footwear, electronic products, timber, plastics and automobile components being the key items of trade, he said. El Salvador is a small country in Central America with an area of 21,000sq.km and a population of nearly seven million, he said. “The El Salvador market is small but has a lot of potential and can lead to other large markets like the US and other countries that it has free trade agreements with.” El Salvador’s Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda said this is the most cost-competitive country to set up and operate a business. UK newspaper Financial Times’s investment journal fDi Intelligence has rated El Salvador as the most cost-effective country in Central America. It also has among the lowest…... [read more]

Head of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission Pham Minh Chinh and President of the Japanese House of Councillors Oshima Tadamori (Source: VNA)  Tokyo (VNA) – Japan will continue working closely with Vietnam to effectively conduct projects funded by Japan’s official development assistance (ODA), especially in high-quality workforce development and administrative reform, said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. During a reception in Tokyo on August 29 for Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission Pham Minh Chinh, who is also Chairman of the Vietnam – Japan Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group, Abe said Japan supports Vietnam in successfully holding the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting 2017 and wishes to increase bilateral ties in regional and global issues. Chinh asked Abe and the Japanese government to further promote bilateral comprehensive partnership, especially in ODA provision, and the development of infrastructure, high technology, and quality human resources, as well as share experience in administrative reform and public health care. The same day, Chinh met President of the Japanese House of Councillors Oshima Tadamori, Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan cum President of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Nikai Toshihiro and head of the LDP’s Policy Research Council Fumio Kishida. Oshima expressed his strong support for continuing ODA supply to Vietnam, and enhancing ties between the two legislatures and the friendship parliamentarians’ groups of the two countries. He pledged to assist Vietnam in administrative reform projects…... [read more]

Tanzania is the second-largest economy in the East African Community, the leading regional economic trade region, and boasts one of most stable governments on the entire continent, said Ngo Khai Hoan, at a recent seminar in Hanoi. Mr Hoan, who is the deputy general director of the Africa, West Asia, South Asia Markets, noted that Tanzania is best known for its vibrant tourism industry (Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar), In addition, he added, Tanzania has significant mineral wealth and is home to the Port of Dar es Salaam, one of the major ports in the EAC. Despite the country’s stability, Tanzania ranked only 139th in the World Bank 2016 Ease of Doing Business Rankings, below Vietnam (82nd) and other countries in the EAC such as Rwanda (62nd), Kenya (108th), and Uganda (122nd). Given that the Port of Dar es Salaam handles cargo coming from several landlocked countries in East Africa and beyond (Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo), improving trade infrastructure in Tanzania is critical for the success of both it and the region. The economy of Tanzania is among the fastest in the developing world having experienced annual GDP growth of over 7%, which has outpaced that of Vietnam over the past decade, according to reports by the African Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Primarily because of lack of trade and investment promotion efforts undertaken over the past several years,…... [read more]

A road project from V​an Y​en Commune’s resettlement area to eastern C​ai B​au island park in Qu​ang Ninh Province’s Van Don economic zone. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) –Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has asked ministries, agencies and localities to build strong institutions to help Van Don Special  Economic Zone retain investors, businesses and visitors. He made the request during his recent visit to the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh’s Van Don island district to inspect constructions. Van Don has attracted nearly 2 billion USD of domestic and foreign investors to build infrastructure in the past few years. Van Don Airport’s construction of a 3,600-metre runway has been almost finished after two years of construction. According to Sun Group, the project investor, the international airport is expected to be operational in the first quarter next year. Apart from airports and logistics port, Sun Group also invests in resorts and entertainment areas. Visiting Van Don, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasised the island’s unique position and its role in the development of the northern region. This area is located in the area of Vietnam - China economic cooperation, as part of the Gulf of Tonkin inter-regional cooperation and can also be a bridge between ASEAN and China. Van Don also has potential to build deep-water ports, which are located in Hai Phong-Quang Ninh-Fangcheng (China) international port complex. Despite being an isolated island, Van Don is connected with the Red River Delta (National Highways…... [read more]

Endowed with a diverse, distinctive ecosystem together with the presence of many ethnic groups, Soc Trang can potentially develop diversified tourism models. To help the tourism sector fly, on August 2, 2016, the Soc Trang Provincial Party Committee issued Resolution 05-NQ/TU of the Provincial Party Executive Committee on Soc Trang tourism development to 2020, with a vision to 2025, with the goal of turning tourism into an important economic sector of the province in 2020. The following interview with Mr Trinh Cong Ly, Director of Tourism Promotion Centre and Chairman of Soc Trang Tourism Association, expands on this issue. Hoang Lam reports. Could you introduce the advantages of Soc Trang tourism? How has the provincial tourism industry effectively tapped these potential advantages? Tourism infrastructure has been improved. Many companies have boldly invested in expanding infrastructure and improving infrastructure quality in all aspects. Many new tourist attractions are put into operation such as Ho Nuoc Ngot Culture Exhibition Centre, Doi Temple Tourist Site, Tan Hue Vien Tourist Site and Dat Set Pagoda. The province has also placed an emphasis on creating garden-based tourism products and organised famtrips to tourist gardens to introduce homestay experiences, with popular destinations being orange gardens and tangerine gardens in Hung Phu commune (My Tu) and My Phuoc Islet where a garden and water-based festival is held on the fourth and fifth days of the fifth lunar month. To create favourable conditions for households to develop community tourism, the Soc Trang…... [read more]

The education ministry has requested all public educational establishments to refrain from collecting fees other than tuition fees (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) has requested all public educational establishments to refrain from collecting fees other than tuition fees in the 2017-18 school year. The school year officially starts at the beginning of September. Extra fees have been a lingering problem for students at schools of all levels in Vietnam. In many cases, extra fees imposed on students, such as fees for upgrading classroom facilities, fees to renovate school infrastructure and fees for extra classes, far exceed the actual tuition fee. According to the new request, the MoET also asked schools to impose tuition fees not exceeding the tuition fee cap regulated under Government’s Decree 86/2015/NĐ-CP, which prescribes collection and management of tuition fees of educational establishments under the national educational system. [Back to school shopping kicks off] Schools are requested to abide by the ministry’s policy for tuition fee exemption, reduction and support from the 2015-16 school year to the 2020-21 school year. They should set up transparent in-house expenditure mechanisms and publicise them so that staff, students and other organisations can monitor their activities, the MoET said. Localities are responsible for monitoring educational establishments under their management and can order disciplinary actions against organisations or individuals violating the regulations.-VNA ... [read more]

Currently, the shrimp-rice farming rotation model is considered a sustainable shrimp farming processes, brings high economic value and helps improve the ecological environment. Soc Trang is known for being a typical shrimp-rice farming zone in the region. Soc Trang is one of five largest shrimp-rice rotation farming regions in the country, mainly concentrated in Tran De, My Xuyen and Long Phu districts. In the past years, the rice - shrimp model has brought in high economic efficiency and contributed to improving living quality for coastal people. A representative from the Soc Trang Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said, the shrimp-rice model is highly sustainable due to less use of fertilisers and chemicals harmful natural environment and fitting to GAP standards. This model also helps diversify products such as brackish shrimp farming and prawn farming with rice and cash crops, helping increase production efficiency, farmers’ income and employment in Soc Trang province. On the other hand, the shrimp-rice farming rotation model is a closed, mutually supportive model suitable in the current climate change conditions. It helps improve the fish farming environment as rice absorbs nutrients from mud, surplus feed and waste from shrimps. It also restricts shrimp disease outbreaks and balances animal and plant ecosystems. It also reduces production costs (especially rice cultivation) and adds incomes for farmers. In fact, rice-shrimp farming model is proven sustainable and almost riskless. Soil becomes more fertile when it raises shrimps. It grows faster while it…... [read more]




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