Front work tightens Vietnam-Laos relations

Pham Hong Duong, chairman of TTC Bien Hoa Sugar Corporation and TTC Group, and Dr. Klanarong Sriroth, R & D Director of Mitr Phol Group, sign a MoU to boost the development of Viet Nam’s sugar industry. – VNS Photo Courtesy of TTC The TTC Group on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with two prestigious international organisations in the sugar industry, Mitr Phol Group (Thailand) and Vasantdada Sugar Institute (India). Under the agreement, TTC and Mitr Phol Group will jointly support research and development (R & D) activities of both parties, including the exchange of R&D courses for students and staff; exchange of R&D staff, research for annual co-operation programmes on sugar products; and organisation of long- and short-term training courses depending on needs and the number of applications approved by the two parties. Mitr Phol has committed to working with TTC to hold annual conferences and other training activities as well as share experiences and introduce TTC to other prestigious units in Thailand. In another agreement, the Vasantdada Sugar Institute will provide consultancy in R&D and technical methods for TTC sugar labs, and will train staff in Viet Nam and India. TTC will sponsor related costs including travel expenses for scientists, and provide staff and related documentation for projects. With more than 70 years of development history, Mitr Phol is Asia’s biggest sugar producer and fourth in the world, owning many factories in Thailand. The Vasantdada Sugar Institute…... [read more]

At the talks (Source: VNA) Thua Thien – Hue (VNA) – Leaders of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue and the Lao province of Sekong signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in various fields during their talks in Hue city on August 9.  Accordingly, the two sides will facilitate the exchange of regular high-level visits. In the near future, Thua Thien-Hue province will help Sekong with short-term training courses on Party building and share its operation experience of the People’s Council. They will continue raising public awareness of strictly implementing an agreement on Vietnam-Laos land border and border gate management regulations, and a Protocol on Vietnam-Laos borderline and border markers. Thua Thien-Hue and Sekong provinces will continue effectively deploy a model of village-village twinning relations in border areas and assisting local firms in trade promotion activities held in each locality. The two provinces will jointly hold cultural exchanges and boost educational and health cooperation, under which Thua Thien-Hue will provide 10 full scholarships each year for Sekong students and offering health checks-up to residents in border areas. Sekong will help Thua Thien-Hue enterprises seek business opportunities in Ka Lum district. Over the past years, Thua Thien-Hue and Sekong have regularly held friendly visits, unearthed and repatriated remains of Vietnamese soldiers, experts and voluntary soldiers who sacrificed in Laos during the war. Since 2002, Thua Thien-Hue has created favourable conditions for 110 Lao students to study…... [read more]

The cooperative agreement was signed during a working visit to France from April 22-25 by a Vietnamese delegation led by Ho Duc Viet, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Personnel Commission. At a working session with France’s National School of Administration (ENA), the two sides agreed to provide Vietnamese officials with short-term training courses in France for and fact-finding tours in Europe. The French side will also receive Vietnamese civil servants for long-term courses at the ENA and send experts to Vietnam to train management officials. On this occasion, the Vietnamese delegation worked with the French Communist Party and visited the Vietnamese Embassy and other Vietnamese representative agencies in France.... [read more]

The project aimed at reducing the incidence kidney and urologic diseases and fatality in children through detecting the diseases by urine test strips and pre-natal ultrasound method, will be carried out on a trial basis in Thu Duc and Can Gio districts, Ho Chi Minh City, from now until 2014 at a cost of more than VND11 billion. In addition, Belgium will organise short-term training courses in the field for Vietnamese medical workers. Truong Quang Dinh, Vice Director of the Paediatrics Hospital 2, head of the project, said that Vietnam has more than 200 new patients suffering from chronic kidney failure each year. Half of them are only detected after the age of 14, 85 percent are admitted to the hospital at the late stage and 73 percent do not receive treatment. Meanwhile, in Belgium, most of patients are detected at the early stage, preventing the diseases from developing into chronic kidney failure.... [read more]

In the presence of representatives from 25 provinces and cities in 10 East Asian countries, Vietnam’s Thua Thien-Hue province was officially admitted to the organisation as its 25th member. After joining the organisation, Thua Thien-Hue province will enjoy favourable conditions to implement the strategy for general management of coastal areas and action plans. The PNLG will also focus on supporting the province in carrying out national objective programme on general management of coastal areas under the Prime Minister’s decision. Up to present, the PNLG has granted two scholarships for staff of the Thua Thien-Hue provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment to attend short-term training courses in the Philippines.... [read more]

Hoang Huu Luong, Director of the ministry’s Press Department, unveiled the figure at a meeting in Hanoi on January 29 to review Sweden’s “Further Training for Journalists in Vietnam” project – Phase II (2004-2009). He said the project organised 37 short-term training courses on reporters’ professional skills, 20 in-house training programmes for press agencies, 12 press management courses, eight training courses for lecturers and co-trainers as well as many fact-finding tours. The courses provided reporters and editors with opportunities to access modern writing, photo-taking, designing and programming skills. Press agencies had a chance to approach new methods in management work as well as in strengthening close coordination among their departments.... [read more]

The project is jointly held by the Vietnam Ministry of Construction, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the central region Training Centre for Water Supply under the College of Urban Construction, and the Thua Thien-Hue Construction and Water Supply Company. Conference attendees examined issues including project schedule, the management model of the Yokohama Waterworks Bureau, as well as ideas from the World Health Organisation and the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association. The project will help central provinces improve access to fresh water and develop the workforce for the region’s water supply companies. It will be implemented from 2010-2013 with a total capital of more than US$3.4 million sourced from the Japanese Government’s non-refundable aid. The project components include improving skills for water supply managers through workshops and organising short-term training courses for their workers as well as delivering manuals to these companies.... [read more]

Vietnam is running short of qualified human resources to work in the industry. Although some short-term training courses have been run to fill the gap, plans for more formal training are undertaken at a snail’s pace and have yet to meet necessary requirements. Delegates at a workshop in Hanoi on August 9 pointed out major difficulties, saying short- and long-term training needs are too general, including determining which subjects are required, and when and how to achieve certification. Vietnam is lacking special incentives and treatment to attract competent experts and university graduates to the industry, they said. Deputy PM Nhan asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to re-examine and speed up human resource development plans in the atomic energy industry. He assigned the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) to work with Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVN) to consider including advanced training programmes on nuclear energy in the Electricity University syllabus. The MoET was also required to draft incentive policies for human resource training in the atomic energy industry to be submitted to the Prime Minister for consideration and approval before September 15, 2012. Vietnam is developing projects to build two nuclear power plants to meet the country’s increasing demand for electricity in the coming years.... [read more]

The signing of the MOU is part of activities to respond to the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year 2012. Under the document signed in Vientiane on October 24, the two departments will establish and exchange archives indexes relating to history of Vietnam and Laos. They will continue sharing experience in archives and records management via exchanges of documents and experts at joint conferences and symposiums. In addition, Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training will provide long and short-term training courses to the staff of the Lao archives agency. The ministry will offer non-refundable aid of the Vietnamese government to help Laos carry out a project on a national archive insurance center located in Luang Prabang province. Over the years, the two agencies, as members of the International Council on Archives and its branch in Southeast Asia, have been closely coordinating at the regional and international forums.... [read more]

Director General Tien said under the signed cooperative agreement between VOV and the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) in March, 1999, the two stations agreed to exchange leader and journalist delegations in order to share and learn from their respective professional experiences. Vietnam and Thailand are united by many historical and cultural similarities and both nations have taken impressive steps forward in the Asia-Pacific’s radio and television broadcast services. He hoped the VOV and PRD will pursue closer collaboration in the future, particularly in regards to the internet and radio frequencies. At the 5th Joint Technical Committee Meeting VOV and PRD reviewed the results of their cooperation in 2012 and set plans for the coming year. PRD Deputy Chairwoman Charoenkuk said this year’s meeting is especially meaningful as both media organisations have followed the precepts of their memorandum of understanding signed in Bangkok in 2012. She said that by the end of last year, the PRD had moved even further towards convergent media. The department launched a new initiative providing more quality content via diverse platforms—including radio, television, online, and mobile—at the beginning of 2013. VOV Deputy General Director Vu Hai said Vietnam and Thailand have enjoyed firmly established relations since 1976 and both countries are active members of ASEAN. He believed the ties between VOV and PRD will contribute to improving the bilateral relationship and the building of an ASEAN Community in 2015. The two organisations agreed to develop a number of radio and television programmes about the…... [read more]