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​Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged ministries, departments and localities to concentrate on addressing administrative procedure problems (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged ministries, departments and localities to concentrate on addressing administrative procedure problems, especially removing tax and fee burdens imposed on businesses, while chairing the government’s regular monthly meeting in Hanoi on August 30. He asked the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transport to review current regulations on build-operate-transfer (BOT) fees to pave the way for business development.   The PM expressed his dissatisfaction over the fact that up to 35 percent of import-export goods batches still suffer from specialised inspection costs, while the target is only 15 percent. [PM urges accelerating administrative procedure reform] He also cited the World Bank’s report that Vietnamese businesses have to pay social insurance premiums 12 times per year, equivalent to 189 hours, whilst it takes only 48 hours in Thailand and 46 hours in Indonesia. “This is one of the obvious issues that ministries and departments have to address as soon as possible,” he said, adding that concrete measures are needed to remove difficulties for specific fields. Evaluating the socio-economic performance in the first eight months of 2017, the PM recognised positive outcomes in the macro economy.  The inflation was curbed while the consumer price index (CPI) increased by 0.92 percent in August and 3.84 percent in eight months.  Vietnam recorded strong export growth of 18 percent…... [read more]

NA Vice Chairman Do Ba Ty pays a courtesy visit to Speaker of the Parliament Ali Larijani (Source: VNA)   Hanoi (VNA) – National Assembly (NA) Vice Chairman Do Ba Ty paid an official visit to Iran from August 28-30. During his stay, Ty paid a courtesy visit to Speaker of the Parliament Ali Larijani, who spoke of the significance of the visit and the outcomes of the talks between Ty and Vice Speaker of the Parliament Ali Motahari. Speaker Larijani affirmed that Iran’s legislative body will cooperate with the Vietnamese side to boost the multifaceted cooperation between the two bodies and the two countries. Ty informed the host of cooperation orientations of the two legislatures in the time ahead, and conveyed NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan’s invitation to pay an official visit to Vietnam to Speaker Larijani. The speaker accepted the invitation, saying that the visit will be arranged through diplomatic channels. NA Vice Chairman Do Ba Ty holds talks with Vice Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Motahari (Source: VNA) Meanwhile, at their talks, Ty and Vice Speaker Ali Motahari agreed to strengthen the two legislatures’ multifaceted collaboration through delegation exchange in order to share experience in legislative affairs, supreme supervision, and decision making. They requested parliamentary agencies to coordinate in overseeing signed agreements and contribute to raising two-way trade to 2 billion USD, and promote the roles of the Vietnam-Iran and Iran-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Groups. Iran always pays…... [read more]

A film festival will be held in five big cities in Vietnam from September 6 to 16 screening new German movies including the award-winning 24 Weeks. A scene from 24 Weeks which will open the 8th German Film Festival in Hanoi, Da Nang and HCM City.  This is the 8th German Film Festival to be held annually by Hanoi Goethe Institute in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hue, Da Nang and HCM City. 24 Weeks will open the film festival in Hanoi, Da Nang and HCM City with a presentation by director Anna Berrached.  The drama 24 Weeks is a story of a couple who have a nine-year-old daughter and are expecting their second child. When they learn that their child will not be born healthy, they are at first optimistic that they can respond to the challenge. But the closer it gets to the due date, the more the wife begins to worry about the future of her unborn child as well as that of her family and her career. After many discussions and arguments she realises that she will have to take the decision on her own.  24 Weeks is the second movie by director Berrached which premiered at the Berlinale International Film and received 16 awards including three awards for best directors and the Silver Award German Film Prize 2017.  Born in 1982 in East Germany, Berrached studied directing at the Film Academy Baden Wurttemberg. She made her first feature film Two Mothers which has released in five countries…... [read more]

The Vietnam Administration of Tourism (VNAT) is determined to develop the national tourism industry in a professional, sustainable way and upgrade service quality, said Nguyen Van Tuan, head of the VNAT at a conference yesterday in Hanoi. Ha Long City’s authorities and travel managers are determined to upgrade the tourism products’ quality. The conference gathered representatives from tourism departments and travel companies nationwide. Tuan affirmed that improving the quality of tourism products and services is the key to developing the industry. “We must focus on improving the quality of human resources training, that’s the core issue to upgrading service quality,” said Tuan. During the conference, representatives from the tourism departments of Da Nang, Kien Giang and Quang Ninh provinces suggested setting up security cameras at tourists areas to cut crime, establishing free information centres to support tourists and building quality toilets. With experience in serving tourists for 10 years, Tran Trong Kien, head of the Thien Minh Group, said Viet Nam has potential to develop four main tourism products including culture - heritage, ecology, sea and islands, and urban lifestyle. “First, we have to divide tourists into groups based on their income and age, when they travel and the duration of their trip; then we can choose suitable products for them,” he said. For example, a family with children aged from five to 10 would choose places where they can swim in the sea, experience local culture and enjoy entertainment activities. “So, when we analyse tourists’ demand and taste, we…... [read more]

Well-known conductor Le Phi Phi returns to Hanoi to conduct VietNamNet online newspaper's annual concert "Dieu Con Mai" (Things Everlasting) in celebration of National Day on September 2. The conductor will lead the Vietnam National Symphony and Orchestra (VNSO) along with choirs from the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet (VNOB) and the Hanoi Children Cultural House. Phi talks about the upcoming concert. Conductor Le Phi Phi will return home to conduct VietNamNet concert in celebration of National Day. Born in Hanoi, Phi graduated from the Vietnam National Academy of Music and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with degrees in piano and orchestra conducting. After graduation, he became the assistant-conductor and the permanent conductor of Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000.  He has performed as a guest artist at many symphony orchestras, including the Symphonic Orchestra of Radio-Television of Serbia, the Opera-Studio of Moscow Conservatory, the Symphony Orchestra of Vidin, Bulgaria, and the Macedonian Opera and Ballet.  Phi has taken tour concerts around the world to Russia, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece, Germany, France, Italy and many others. He often comes back to Viet Nam to conduct. He spoke about the upcoming concert in Hanoi and about popularising classical music among young audiences.  You will conduct the 8th Things Everlasting concert, held annually to mark National Day. Why have you decided to become the permanent conductor of the concert? Things Everlasting is a connection between Vietnamese musical pieces and their authors and I. It is also a chance for me to meet my audiences. This…... [read more]

At lunchtime, bank officer Dang Thu Thuy of Hanoi, for example, placed an order via phone 15 kilos of Australian grapes and 8.5 kilos of Rose apples from a fruit shop.  Thuy said she usually buys imported fruit. “Australian grapes are big and sweet, priced at just VND50,000 per kilo. If you get a whole box of Rose apples, you’ll just have to pay VND43,000 per kilo only. The prices are very reasonable,” she said, adding that imports have become as cheap as domestic products.  The owner of a fruit shop confirmed that imported fruit is getting cheaper with prices of some products falling by 50%. American cherries, for example, which sold at VND350,000-700,000 per kilo, are now VND180,000-200,000. MARD has reported that Vietnam imported US$216 million worth of fruit and vegetables in July and US$852 million in the first seven months of the year. This included US$659 million spent on fruit imports, a two-fold increase compared with the same period last year. Dao Anh Tuan, director of a fruit import company in Hanoi, said the company only imported fruits grown in temperate zones which cannot be grown in Vietnam, such as kiwi, apple, pea and cherry. But now, it imports mango, longan and coconut which are grown in many areas of Vietnam. A kilo of domestically grown custard-apple is priced at VND40,000-60,000 only. However, Vietnamese pay VND500,000 for every kilo of Taiwanese products.  Many types of fruits which…... [read more]

Vo Nguyen Giap Street was opened in January 2015, stretching 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from Nhat Tan Bridge to Noi Bai International Airport. The VND6.7 trillion ($295 million) road is one of Hanoi's main arteries from the airport to downtown Hanoi. The road has six lanes for cars with a speed limit of 80 kilometers per hour. It also has outer lanes for motorbikes and non-motorized vehicles with a speed limit of 40 kilometers per hour.  It has taken two years to finish planting the trees on the road's central reservation. Five different species have been planted to give the road a tropical flavor. Colorful ornamental plants arranged in a star shape are surrounded by mango and palm trees, with orchids and camphor trees interplanted along many sections. The project is part of Hanoi's plan to plant a million trees between 2016 and 2020, according to Vu Kien Trung, general director of the Hanoi Green Tree Park Company. More than 2,500 camphor trees, 1,000 orchid trees and thousands of date palm trees are thriving along the road. Date palm trees are easy to care for as they grow slowly, have thick, strong roots and are rarely attacked by pests and diseases, according to experts. The sidewalks along the road have also been lined with 5-meter tall trees to provide shade.... [read more]

The plan will be tabled before businesses and locals next year. Ha Huy Quang, deputy director of Hanoi’s Department of Transport, said that there are nearly 80 taxi firms operating in the city, and most of them opt for different colors to make them stand out. “No other capital city in the world allows this. That's why Hanoi has to take this move to modernize the capital,” said the official. Quang said taxi companies have their own brands that passengers can recognize, so it's up to them to survive on their reputations. While it's common for taxis in capital cities to have the same color, contrary to what Quang said, others like Singapore do allow different colored taxis. No mention was made about who will foot the bill for the expensive new paint jobs for the thousands of cars.  Hanoi also plans to separate the areas taxi firms are allowed to operate in. Most cabs can be seen cruising in the city center, but many people on the outskirts also need their services, Quang said. This move is part of a bigger plan to manage traffic in the city, but will involve increasing the number of taxis on the city's streets by 6,000 before 2020. Meanwhile, popular ride-hailing services Uber and Grab may soon be asked by the capital to put  taxi-style roof signs on their cars.... [read more]

  A performance at the event (Photo: baoquocte.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – An art performance exchange between Vietnam and Malaysia was held on August 29 in Hanoi to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Malaysia’s National Day (August 31) and the 72nd anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day (September 2). The event, organised by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the Malaysian Embassy in Vietnam, consisted of 13 traditional singing and dancing performances of Vietnam and Malaysia’s Pahang state. Speaking at the event, VUFO Secretary General and Vice President Don Tuan Phong said the Malaysian art troupe’s visit will help strengthen friendship between Vietnam and Malaysia’s people, thus contributing to relations between the two countries. Vietnam-Malaysia ties have developed tremendously, said Phong, adding that Malaysia is Vietnam’s seventh biggest trading partner and investor with two-way trade of 8.4 billion USD in 2016 and total investment of 12 billion USD in the first five months of 2017. The two countries have also boosted relations in culture, sports and tourism, labour cooperation and high-level delegation exchanges, Phong noted. He expressed his belief that cooperation between the two countries will further develop for peace, stability and development in Southeast Asia and the world. For his part, Malaysian Ambassador to Vietnam Mohd Zamruni Bin Khalid emphasised the friendship of Vietnam and Malaysia, saying that the establishment of their strategic partnership in 2015 was a success in bilateral cooperation enhancement. He noted that the art performance of the Malaysian art troupe…... [read more]

Tan Vu-Lach Huyen bridge, the country’s longest cross-sea bridge, will be opened to traffic on National Day. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Tan Vu-Lach Huyen Highway in the northern port city of Hai Phong, which includes the country’s longest cross-sea bridge, will be opened to traffic on National Day (September 2),  according to the Project Management Board 2 under the Ministry of Transport. The 5.4 kilometre bridge is part of the Tan Vu-Lach Huyen Highway project which connects developing areas in the east of Hai Phong city with Lach Huyen International Port in the island district of Cat Hai and the Hanoi-Hai Phong Expressway. Once the bridge becomes operational, travelling from Hai Phong city to Cat Hai Island will take about five minutes, compared to hours on ferries. The highway, 15.63 kilometres in length, had total investment of about 11.85 trillion VND (525.3 million USD), with the majority from Japanese official development assistance. The project is expected to form a complete transport network facilitating transportation to Lach Huyen International Port, thereby attracting more investment to Hai Phong city. Pham Hong Son, Director of the Project Management Board 2, said that after seeing the road meet quality requirements, the State Council for Pre-Acceptance Test of Construction Works approved the road opening to traffic on September 2.-VNA... [read more]