PM sets up economic council

Gen. Hao was member of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee, former Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Discipline Inspection Commission, former Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, former Deputy Defense Minister and former Minister of Invalids and Social Affairs (present Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs).  Photo for illustration. Source: Under the project, a scientific seminar on the general, a incense and flower offering ceremony, film screenings, an exhibition on images, objects and works closely attached to the general and writings about the general will be organized. Such activities are to pay homage to, honor and express a token of gratitude to Gen. Hao and his contributions. It also aims to popularize the general’s life, career, contributions to the revolutionary cause of the Party, nation and army and to inspire troops, especially young ones, to further study and follow the general’s examples. Relevant units are required to organize such activities solemnly with practical and effective outcomes and in a close link with activities to mark the 72nd anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day (September 2) and to effectively implement the fourth resolution of the 12th Party Central Committee on enhancing Party building and revamping, Politburo’s Directive No.05 and Standing Board of the Central Military Commission’s Directive 87 on boosting studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s thought, morals and lifestyle. Translated by Mai Huong... [read more]

He reiterated the target of building a facilitating government which accompanies businesses and protects all legitimate rights and interests of investors, in accordance with principles of the World Trade Organization, bilateral agreements and the government’s commitments. The PM suggested focusing on the fields of global demand, such as agriculture, food, consumer products, and tourism instead of just concentrating on serving domestic companies as suppliers or subcontractors with low added value. PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc starts the forum. Photo:  It is necessary to expand international cooperation in trade, technological transfer, production and sales of products to the overseas markets, he recommended. The government pledges to create a transparent, safe and friendly business environment as well as create all favorable conditions for businesses, especially private and small- and medium-sized ones and startups to develop, he affirmed. He asked ministries and relevant departments to hold periodical dialogues with businesses to promptly remove their bottlenecks. The PM directed localities to prepare all necessary conditions such as land and particular policies to enable investors to do long-term business. He hoped private enterprises will embrace links and anticipate risks and difficulties to promote innovation and actively engage in international integration. The second Vietnam Private Sector Forum was organized by the Vietnam Young Entrepreneurs' Association and the Mekong Business Initiative. A survey launched before the forum opened indicates that 65 percent of businesses questioned expressed their hope for a government of action. The…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Six Vietnamese workers were killed when an oxygen tank exploded at the construction site of a hydropower plant in Laos’ Bolikhamsai Province, a Vietnamese border army chief confirmed on Saturday. Six Vietnamese workers were killed when an oxygen tank exploded at the construction site of a hydropower plant in Laos’ Bolikhamsai Province, a Vietnamese border army chief confirmed on Saturday. — Photo Vo Trong Hai, border force chief of Ha Tinh Province that shares a border with Bolikhamsai Province, told the media that the explosion occurred at about 10pm on Friday night, killing six workers at the scene and leaving two additional Vietnamese seriously injured. All of the victims were working for the Vietnamese corporation Song Da 5, a contractor of the construction site of the Nam Nghiep 1 hydropower plant in Bolikhan District. Thanh Chuong District People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Van Que in Nghe An Province confirmed that three of the victims were from the district. They were Tran Van Sang, 29, Ha Cao Ky, 24 and 26-year-old Nguyen Van Phuong. Another two Nghe An men also lost their lives in the explosion: Già Ba Lau, 32, from Tuong Duong District and 34-year-old Va Xai Co from Ky Son District. The last victim was 25-year-old Ha Huu Hai from Phu Tho Province’s Doan Hung District. The two injured, both from Nghe An Province, are being treated at hospital. They are Tho Ba Chenh and Ly Giong Xia, 33 and 46 respectively. The bodies of the…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Cao Thị Ngan lost a son, but gained six other children to call her mother. Cao Thi Ngan (right) and Tran Thi Hau, an organ recipient, like mother and daughter. -- Photo She had to deal with her intense grief and the Vietnamese tradition of burying the dead intact when took the decision to donate her brain-dead son’s organs to people needing organs to survive. Since the decision was taken, Ngan has longed to the people who received her son’s organs, to make sure that they are healthy and feeling that her son is still alive. Her dream was realised last Thursday, the first anniversary of her son’s death, at her home in Ha Noi’s Quoc Oai District. There was a lot of crying, hugging and holding hands as the organ recipients and their families had lunch together, reminiscing about the circumstances that brought them together. They all called Ngan “mother,” saying they considered her as the one who’d given birth to them. "My son died but his death was not meaningless. He has saved the lives of many people. It was on this day last year that his funeral was held. The Military Hospital 103 gave him the honour of a martyr’s funeral,” she told the Suc khoe va Doi song (Health and Life) newspaper. Ngan said she would never forget the fateful morning of July 27, when Ha Noi was hit by a tropical storm and she received a call from a relative telling…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Direct descendants of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) have decided to take a grave issue to court. Family relic: Nguyen Dynasty descendants by the grave of the lady. Photo courtesy of Phu Nu online Ton That Vien Bao, head of the Nguyen Family Committee that comprise royal descendants, has sued local company Chuoi Gia Tri Ltd. for destroying the tomb of a wife of emperor Tu Duc to make way for a parking lot. The committee says the legal action was based on a provision in Vietnamese criminal law on violations relating to corpses, graves and tombs. The petition also calls for legal action against Hue City’s Centre for Land Source Development for neglecting to ensure a safe corridor around UNESCO heritage sites. A parking lot is being constructed in the buffer zone between the mausoleums of emperors Tu Duc and Dong Khanh as well as the tombs of 16 wives of King Tu Duc. The petition questions a decision by local authorities to move the grave to another place and use the land for a parking lot for visitors to King Tu Duc’s mausoleum which is part of Hue’s beautifully landscaped area. The conflict between local authorities and the royal family committee has raged for a month, but neither party has been willing to compromise and accept solutions proposed by the other. On June 21, a bulldozer razed the tomb despite efforts by locals living near the tomb to stop it. Local authorities and Hue Monuments Conservation…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Setting targets for prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and monitoring this progress are imperative as the number of hepatitis patients in Viet Nam who receive treatment is too low, according to experts. The two-day conference highlights joint actions towards the elimination of viral hepatitis B and C in Viet Nam with a focus on priority populations held in HCM City on July 29 and 30. — Photo: VNS “Accessing diagnosis and treatment is a challenge", said Dr. Nguyen Thu Anh of General Department of Preventive Medicine at a two-day conference on joint actions towards the elimination of viral hepatitis B and C in Viet Nam that started on July 29 in HCM City. It is estimated that 3.22 million patients this year are living with the hepatitis B virus and are eligible for treatment given they have cirrhosis of the liver or a high viral load. However, only 43,230 diagnosed cases are receiving treatment. According to the department’s forecast, fatalities relating to liver diseases will trend up from 30,000 in 2015 to 45,000 in 2030 if there is no intervention. This year, it is estimated 967,000 patients will be diagnosed with the hepatitis C virus and only 74,000 of them will receive treatment. Dr. Kato Masaya of the World Health Organisation Viet Nam suggested that Viet Nam should set targets for “treatment scale-up” and a mechanism to monitor the progress. “Scale-up of HCV treatment will substantially reduce chronic infection, hepatocellular carcinoma and liver-related deaths,” Masaya said. “Upfront investment…... [read more]

Vietnam is among ASEAN’s largest and most dynamic economies, said Singaporean Ambassador to France Zainal Arif Mantaha on July 29. (Photo: VNA) Paris (VNA) – Vietnam is among ASEAN’s largest and most dynamic economies with robust growth reflected by its GDP in recent years, said Singaporean Ambassador to France Zainal Arif Mantaha on July 29. Vietnam has seen rapid development in many areas, particularly the digital economy, the ambassador told Vietnam News Agency at the ASEAN Family Day in Croissy-sur-Seine city. He was impressed by Vietnam’s efforts and contribution to building ASEAN and strengthening cooperation between its members, he said, hoping the country will continue playing an important part in the bloc’s development. Speaking of ASEAN’s 50-year journey, he hailed the group’s dedication to stability and peace in Southeast Asia and enhancing partnerships in the entire region. ASEAN has made consultation and dialogue a principal for how its ten member states work together and with partners, Mantaha added. In the past five decades, ASEAN has made fundamental achievements that will nurture its increased cooperation and development in the future, the diplomat noted. On East Sea issues, he affirmed ASEAN’s confidence in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the bloc’s regulatory frameworks, and voiced his support for freedom of navigation in Southeast Asia, which is part of an important global maritime trade route. He believed that ASEAN countries will do everything possible to ensure regional stability…... [read more]

While stocks are set to rise this week, concerns remain as listed companies are about to finish releasing their second-quarter earnings reports, putting the market in a period where there is not much information forthcoming, analysts say. Investors at MBS Securities in Hanoi The benchmark VN Index on the HCM Stock Exchange gained 0.72 percent to close at 777.09 points, rebounding from July 27’s loss of 0.3 percent. The HNX Index on the Hanoi Stock Exchange rose 0.93 percent to end at 100.55 points. The northern market index has rallied 3.7 percent in the last four sessions. The two local indices also posted weekly gains after July 28. The VN Index rose 2 percent for the week and the HNX Index increased by 2.6 percent. Both local bourses underwent a week of strong movement as large-cap stocks, especially bank stocks, surged strongly, supporting the market’s uptrend. Among the nine listed banks, the biggest gainers were Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BID), MB Bank (MBB) and Sacombank (STB). These three bank stocks made weekly gains of 9.1 percent, 15.7 percent and 9.4 percent, respectively. Other listed bank stocks such as Vietcombank (VCB), Vietinbank (CTG), Asia Commercial Bank (ACB) and Eximbank (EIB) rose at lower rates. The positive gains in bank stocks helped improve investor confidence in other leading sectors like securities and insurance companies and leading firms like property developer Vingroup (VIC) and dairy producer Vinamilk (VNM). According to analysts at Bao Viet Securities (BVSC), weekly gains of both…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thanh, deputy director of the General Secondary Education Department in the Ministry of Education and Training, spoke to the newspaper Tuoi tre (Youth) on ways to detect and nurture young talents. Nguyen Xuan Thanh Vietnamese students attending international competitions have done very well, winning gold medals. In your opinion, what are the key factors for our students to win such high awards? In previous years, our students participating in international competitions lacked practice, although their theoretical exercises were well done. This year, with lessons learned from previous years, our students have done quite well in practice exercises and earned high scores. Would you please elaborate on the new strategy? In the past few years, the Ministry of Education has poured more investment into schools for gifted students to achieve international standards. In my opinion, this is the right decision to foster our young talents. Elite students who are candidates for international competitions have received special treatment. They are specially trained in both theory and practice, particularly in developing plans for experiments and analysing their test results. In my opinion, this is the right approach to train students for future international competitions. If in the past, we focused our efforts on transferring our knowledge to the students, now we have switched to give them prompts on how to solve the problems. Our ultimate objective is to encourage the students to come up with interesting and clever answers. In my opinion, this way has encouraged the…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam still has 240 pesticide-contaminated locations in 15 localities, causing serious and extremely serious pollution, according to the 2016 National Environment Report. There are 240 chemical-contaminated spots nationwide. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Hung The report was recently released by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE). Twenty three of these untreated locations are located in urban areas. Nghe An Province, central Viet Nam, tops the list of provinces and cities with 10 chemical-contaminated spots. MoNRE said land environmental pollution in urban areas tends to be serious and extremely serious due to waste from industry, construction, domestic activities and dioxin-contaminated zones. Chemical-contaminated zones are divided into dioxin-contaminated landfills suffering from the aftermath of the war and the presence of pesticides warehouses. The report also revealed that at chemical-contaminated zones, soil is polluted with compounds that have high levels of toxic substances. These substances are hard to eliminate, treat or improve. At seriously-contaminated zones, Lindane level exceeds permitted level by 37.4 to 3,458 times. It is 1.3 to more than 9,000 times for DDT (dichloro diphenyl trichlorothane), more than 218 times for Aldrin and nearly 100 times for DDD (diclorodiphenyl tricloroetan). Pesticides and chemicals treatment, however, remains slow due to difficulties in budget. According to the report, dioxin-contaminated zones are mainly in the south, including military airports and chemical-containing zones. A bomb warehouse in Quang Trung Ward and a chemical warehouse in Bui Thi Xuan Ward of Quy Nhon City, the central province of Binh Dinh, were,…... [read more]