Nghi Son 2 thermal power plant to be kicked off by year-end

A 65km section of the 140km Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway project will be put into operation in August. (Photo: VNA) Da Nang (VNA) - The Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) will put the first 65km road section of the 140km Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway into operation on August 2. This is the first expressway in the central and central highlands region. A VEC official said that the first stage of the project – the 65km section from Tuy Loan in Da Nang city to Tam Ky city, the capital of Quang Nam province, has been completed. The four-lane section with two emergency lanes will allow vehicles to travel at 120km per hour, reducing travel time between Da Nang and Quang Ngai province. VEC’s General Director Mai Tuan Anh said the road was an important part of the National North-South Highway, and its second stage was scheduled for completion later this year. He said VEC would also collect tolls from all vehicles travelling on the Tuy Loan-Tam Ky section. The Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway project commenced construction in 2012 with a total investment of 29 trillion VND (1.4 billion USD), of which 635 million USD was sourced from the World Bank and 673 million USD from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The 26m-wide four-lane link, running through Da Nang city and Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces, will connect industrial parks in the region and help boost transportation in the East-West Economic Corridor that…... [read more]

NDO – Developing tourism at national tourist sites has brought about positive results in local socio-economic growth, but on the other hand, it has also posed concerning negative impacts on the environment, heard delegates at a conference held in Ninh Binh province, on July 28. The seminar was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MOCST) under the theme ‘Protecting the environment at national tourist sites’. Addressing the event, Tu Manh Luong, Head of MOCST’s Department of Science, Technology and Environment, outlined Vietnam’s master plan for tourism development by 2020, with a vision towards 2030, with priority placed on advertising 46 national tourist sites across the country. However, one of the huge challenges facing tourist sites in Vietnam is environmental protection. At many tourist attractions, the discharge of solid waste, a lack of water closets and out-dated facilities pose a high risk of environment pollution. Therefore, he stressed that protecting the environment and ecological diversity must be key tasks at tourist sites in order to attain sustainable development and green growth in the tourism sector. Regarding the solutions to the issue, Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, Deputy Head of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said that it is necessary to compete the legal system and regulations on environmental protection at tourist sites, to tighten the management over tourist activities which have created certain impacts on the environment, increase the inspection of environmental situations at tourist attractions and strengthen international cooperation on sustainable tourism development. …... [read more]

BAIKONUR: A three-man space crew from Italy, Russia and the United States on Friday arrived at the International Space Station for a five-month mission on Friday (Jul 28). The arrival of the three astronauts will boost the ISS back up to its full capacity of six for the time since April, after Russia decided to cut the number of its cosmonauts to two. (Photo: AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko) Footage broadcast by Russia's space agency Roscosmos showed the Soyuz craft carrying NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency take off into the dusky sky from Kazhakstan's Baikonur cosmodrome. Six hours later, after orbiting Earth four times, the Soyuz docked with the space station. The hatches between them were to open later, after pressurisation and leak checks are carried out, according to the US space agency NASA. The arrival of the three astronauts boosted the ISS back up to its full capacity of six for the first time since April, after Russia decided to cut the number of its cosmonauts to two. NASA has responded to Russia's reduction by boosting the number of astronauts that will operate in its half of the ISS. In total, four astronauts - Peggy Whitson, Jack Fischer, Bresnik and Nespoli - will now conduct experiments in the NASA-run segment, with Ryazansky joining Fyodor Yurchikhin to man the Russian section. 'TON…... [read more]

NDO - Human trafficking is a complicated situation, not only causing harm to ethics, race, lifestyle, habits, customs and laws, but also directly affects the security and order of the country, as well as being of great concern for society as a whole. From the beginning of 2011 until June this year, there have been 2,748 human trafficking cases involving 4,110 traffickers and 5,984 victims, of which 447 cases were for the purpose of marriage accounting for 27% of the total number of human trafficking cases with 1,140 victims. The crimes occurred in all provinces and cities across the country. The victims are not only women and children, but also men and new-borns, and the phenomenon of surrogacy. More than 80% of the victims were trafficked abroad, mainly through the border gates between Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos, and China. Criminals are mainly scapegoats with criminal records and charges against them for trafficking. They work in combination to entice, hook, cheat, and coerce victims in order to traffic them abroad. In addition, there are also foreigners visiting Vietnam in the form of tourism and business activities, but are then linking with the Vietnamese brokers to form transnational human trafficking rings. Notably, in recent times, by taking advantage of favourable policies on immigration procedures, issuance of citizens' passports and cross border travel passes, many traffickers have organised rings for human trafficking abroad, in the form of tourism, visiting relatives, and illegal labour. Victims are usually not provided with residency procedures or the…... [read more]

In order to meet urgent demands of the international situation and domestic economy, the 7th National Party Congress adopted guidelines on multilateralisation and diversification of Vietnam’s foreign relations, marking the start of its international integration process. The 8th National Party Congress in 1996 decided to “accelerate Vietnam’s regional and global economic integration process”. Resolutions of the 8th Party Central Committee’s 4th plenum held on Dec. 29, 1997 said, “Vietnam should take the initiative to actively infiltrate and extend its international markets”, and stressed, “We must prepare human resources, a legal foundation, and particularly competitive products to integrate in regional and global markets.”The 9th National Party Congress affirmed, “Vietnam will take the initiative to integrate in the international and regional economies in the spirit of making the most of its internal resources, making international cooperation more effective, ensuring independence, sovereignty and the socialist orientation, defending national interests, national security, maintaining cultural identities and protecting the environment”. To realising the Party’s socio-economic development strategy for the 2001-2010 period, which says “building an independent and sovereign economy should coexist with active integration into the international economy”, Vietnam is restructuring the national economy, completing the law and policy system, and making domestic businesses more competitive to prepare for international economic integration. In 2002, the Party Political Bureau issued Resolution 07 on international economic integration, emphasising consistent guiding principles for the process. To fulfil the Resolution, the Prime Minister and his Cabinet issued an action plan and assigned specific tasks to the ministries, branches and…... [read more]

Vietnam is among the world’s 150 coastal countries. It has a 3,260 km long coastline, nearly 3,000 islands and two large archipelagoes. Its exclusive economic zone covers more than 1 million square kilometers. Vietnam has the world’s highest ratio of coastline and mainland. And in the 21st century, the countries with or without sea and island areas are exerting every effort to tap full potential of the sea. Marine energy resources include not only oil and gas but also a supply of clean energy resources from water and wind which may help overcome the exhaustion of traditional energy resources. In the past, the sea provided people with fuel resources and other essential things. At present and in the future, the sea may offer more than what it previously gave. For a long time, the sea and island areas have held a strategic position in national construction and development. In recent years, the marine-based economy has greatly contributed to boosting the growth of the national economy. In 2006, the oil and gas sector’s revenue accounted for more than one quarter of the country’s total budget collection and the seafood sector earned over US$3 billion from exports. However, benefits from the sea and island areas have not yet matched their potential and requirements for national development. Despite the EastSea possessing a large sea and island area, Vietnam has not yet worked out a master plan to exploit and protect national natural resources in a comprehensive and effective way. Even though Vietnam has…... [read more]

The 11th National Assembly (2002 - 2007) operated in the early years of the new century and new millennium. In this period, the world panorama was painted with contradictory colours. The global economy and social productive forces continued to develop vigorously and labour alliance and division, and international cooperation and integration became deeper. At the same time, unpredictable developments took place in the world’s political life. In this social setting, Vietnam obtained major successes after more than 15 years of national renewal while facing many challenges and difficulties. The 11th NA was aware of this inevitable trend for national development in the new era, and fully realised the Party’s guidelines on further national renewal, industrialisation, modernisation and international economic integration. It inherited and promoted the achievements and lessons of the previous NAs to make new and important progress, contributing to the nation’s common achievements, deserving the people’s confidence and meeting their wishes. This statement can be proved as follow: First, the 11th NA has successfully renewed itself in carrying out its functions and tasks. Much progress has been made in its law-making process. Over the last five years, the NA adopted 84 laws and codes and 15 law-binding resolutions. The NA Standing Committee considered and passed 31 legal documents. The bills were carefully prepared to be more specific and closer to reality. Supervision activities have been renewed in both content and form. The NA focused on handling urgent issues of public concern such as corruption, waste of public property, unplanned…... [read more]

The signing of the charter by all ASEAN leaders is considered a historic event of the bloc given the fact that all 10 member states have different development levels, cultures, languages and religions. It is worth noting that over the past 40 years, ASEAN has proved to be an integrated economy and a dynamic force to ensure peace and stability in the region. The most important factor in helping ASEAN overcome differences and develop as it does today is based on the principle of consensus and unity in diversity. Thanks to this principle, all 10 ASEAN leaders agreed to pen the charter despite different views on a number of issues, including the Myanmar issue. Referring to the European Union, an organisation in which almost all member states have a common voice in all fields, the signing of the ASEAN Charter showed the great effort of its member states in paying special attention to their circumstances to reach consensus and unity in diversity for the sake of the development of each nation and the whole region. This is one of the fundamental principles and common conducts of ASEAN which Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung put forth while discussing the charter. Former Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam, who is a member of the charter drafting think tank said the charter would open up a new chapter and create a legal and institutional framework for ASEAN to accelerate regional integration towards the building of an ASEAN Community. With the charter,…... [read more]

The August Revolution was the outcome of three revolutionary periods led by our Party. The Soviet Nghe Tinh period showed the staunch revolutionary spirit of workers and peasants but did not correctly define the position of intellectuals. The Democratic Front period took place with diverse and dynamic activities of workers and intellectuals in urban areas and international cooperation. In the Viet Minh Front period, our Party and President Ho Chi Minh inherited the revolutionary strength and learned precious lessons from the previous periods to successfully mobilize and assemble patriotic forces of the entire nation in the August 1945 general insurrection to wrest back power for the country. This period showed the integrated strength of the great national unity bloc based on the worker-peasant-intellectual alliance. The August Revolution changed the destiny of the Vietnamese nation, from slavery to master of the country. It liberated the society and people and generated a great national strength. That strength continued to grow through the two great resistance wars against two big imperialist forces and proved effective in economic, cultural, art, scientific, health and educational fields. The working class was the vanguard in the great revolution with the Communist Party as its leader. The worker-peasant alliance made a large and powerful revolutionary army, which shouldered with intellectuals to build a large political force and a resilient revolutionary armed force into a solid bloc of great national unity. The people’s war flared up in rural, mountainous and urban areas. The young revolutionary government made a brave…... [read more]

The visit takes place at a time when Cambodia has maintained stability and a rather high economic growth rate over recent years. The fourth parliamentary election was held successfully in July 2008 and highly acclaimed by the international community. Five out of 11 political parties won seats at the National Assembly. The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won a landslide victory with 90 out of a total of 123 seats to form a new Government. At the first session of the National Assembly on September 25, 2008, lawmakers voted for the new Government led by CPP from 2008 to 2013. Relations of friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia have developed strongly in recent times under the motto of “Good neighbourly relationship, traditional friendship and comprehensive and long-lasting cooperation”. The two countries have exchanged many high-ranking visits, including visits to Vietnam in March 2006 and June 2008 by King Norodom Sihamoni, and a visit to Cambodia in February 2007 by State President Nguyen Minh Triet. The two Prime Ministers also met with each other on the sidelines of the summit of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) in March 2008. Vietnam and Cambodia convened the 4th meeting on cooperation and development of their border provinces in February 2008 and the 10th session of the Joint Commission for Economic, Cultural and Scientific-Technological Cooperation in October 2008. The two countries have enjoyed significant progress in economics, trade and investment cooperation over the past years. Two-way trade between Vietnam and Cambodia hit nearly US$1.2…... [read more]