Thousands of new trees line Hanoi street as city shoots for a million

Diseases that cross over from animals to humans can have massive, rapid and far-reaching consequences on human health (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Health experts from 54 countries and international organisations gathered at a conference in the central coastal city of Da Nang on August 29 to strengthen cooperation and share approaches to prevent animal-to-human transmission diseases, including bird flu, Ebola and rabies. The event was chaired by Vietnam’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and representatives from Indonesia and Senegal’s governments. Vietnam has stepped up the prevention of animal-to-human transmission diseases with the engagement of 27 ministries, departments, and international organisations and sponsors. The MoH is coordinating with ministries and agencies to continue building a national master plan to implement the International Health Regulations in 2018-2023. Diseases that cross over from animals to humans, including Ebola and avian influenza, can have massive, rapid and far-reaching consequences on human health, livelihoods, food safety and economic development. A public health emergency operations centre opened in Vietnam in 2013 with the participation of the MoH, MARD, and international organisations such as the WHO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, and the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to coordinate and respond to new diseases, most of which come from animals.-VNA... [read more]

A construction site on Son Tra Mountain. (Photo: VNA) Da Nang (VNA) - Tourism construction on Son Tra Peninsula could come to a dramatic halt, after the Da Nang People’s Committee met on August 28 with the city’s tourism association to discuss the Son Tra Tourism Area Development Master Plan. At the meeting, officials proposed cancelling all projects that are located in “sensitive” areas and likely influence security and national defence on Son Tra Peninsula. The city also proposed restricting construction to areas on the peninsula below 100m above sea level; under the status quo, construction may occur up to 200m above sea level. The outcome of the meeting represents a serious turn away from earlier plans for major tourism construction on the peninsula. Under a plan outlined in May 2013 and approved in November 2016, Son Tra Mountain on the Son Tra Peninsula was set to become a national tourism site and luxury eco-tourism resort complex by 2030, able to accommodate 300,000 tourists with 1,600 luxury hotel rooms. As soon as the plan was publicised in February this year, the city’s Tourism Association strongly opposed it, saying that hotels and buildings on the peninsula would threaten its biodiversity as well as social stability and national defence there. Three months ago, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam asked the city to halt all constructions on the peninsula for further review and to allow time to collect public opinions in order to submit a final…... [read more]

A ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of National Day was held by the Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) on August 29. (Photo: VNA) Seoul (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) on August 29 held a ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of National Day (September 2) and the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The event was attended by RoK Minister of Interior and Safety Kim Boo-kyum, RoK Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Hyun, representatives from foreign embassies and international organisations in the host country, RoK-Vietnam friendship association, and Vietnamese people in the country. Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Nguyen Vu Tu recalled the country’s historical milestones, including when President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square 72 years ago, officially giving birth to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The seven-decade road has seen Vietnamese people’s efforts to protect national freedom and independence and promote national construction, he said. He expressed his delight that Vietnam has become a middle income country and experiences average annual economic growth of about 7 percent. The country has diplomatic ties with more than 170 nations worldwide and is a proactive member of many international organisations, Tu said, adding that Vietnam is hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2017. Vietnam cherishes relations with the RoK, he said, stating that similarities in culture and history…... [read more]

Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (middle)  presented the title of “For the Course of Capital Construction” to Michel Drobiniak and Remi Genevey (Source: Hanoimoi) Hanoi (VNA) – The People’s Committee of Hanoi has presented the title of “For the Course of Capital Construction” to two Frenchmen for their contributions to the capital’s development. Michel Drobiniak, Economic and Commercial Councellor of the French Embassy in Vietnam, and Remi Genevey, former Director of the French Development Agency in Vietnam, were also honoured for their efforts in strengthening ties between the two countries. Addressing the presentation ceremony on August 29, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said that since Drobiniak took office in Hanoi in July 2013, he has worked hard for the city’s growth, especially in transportation infrastructure. Along with helping Hanoi projects access science and technology, he has boosted bilateral ties in many other areas such as infrastructure development, aviation, health care and energy. Notably, he supported Vietnamese and French enterprises to cooperate in areas of common interest, helping Hanoi firms expand business partnerships and export more products to France, he added. Chung also noted that Genevey, who acted as the Director of the Development Agency in Vietnam from September 2013, helped swell France’s total capital commitment to Vietnam to 1.77 billion USD. He also supported a project to install an air monitoring station for the city, said Chung. The city leader express hope that the two…... [read more]

At the training workshop (Photo: VGP News)   Hanoi (VNA) - A training workshop for teachers of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) 2017 programme was held on August 29 in Hanoi to help launch the programme in Vietnam.  The event was organised by the Vietnam Space Centre of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, the Asia-Pacific GLOBE office and the Centre for Education and Development (CED). It provided secondary and high school teachers in Hanoi with knowledge about environmental topics such as atmosphere, soil and hydrosphere, said Vu Anh Tuan, National Coordinator of GLOBE programme in Vietnam. [Vietnam wants to boost education cooperation with US] GLOBE, sponsored by the US’s NASA, is an international science and education programme. It consists of 112 countries who together train 58,000 teachers and 1.5 million students to engage in data collection that improves their understanding of Earth’s environment. The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and NASA signed a cooperation pact to launch GLOBE in Vietnam in 2015. It is expected to offer students opportunities to participate in scientific processes and encourage their creativity, said To Kim Lien, Director of CED. The programme is to be piloted in some secondary and high schools in Hanoi in 2017-2018. Schools interested in the programme can register at the Vietnam GLOBE Office - the Vietnam Space Centre, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology at 18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Hanoi. -VNA ... [read more]

Natural scenery: Ta Dung Lake in the province of Dak Nong province (Photo: VNA)   Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Original photos and videos featuring the wonderful landscapes of Vietnam and interesting life stories of its inhabitants are on display at a new exhibition in Hanoi. The Go Explore Vietnam Immersive Art exhibition presents a selected collection of photography and videography artwork, featuring different destinations across Vietnam to create an immersive art space, combined with diverse visual and sound effects such as lighting, experimental/electronic music and art performances. “We want to bring the image of Vietnam as well as the Vietnamese people, art and cultures closer to the world through creative photographs and videos. Through this art and cultural event, we want to create a chance for everyone to experience art, including both art lovers and the travel community,” said Huong Nguyen, a travel blogger and founder of the exhibition project. It comprises three main art spaces: Landscapes of Vietnam, Humans of Vietnam, and Life in Vietnam. Visitors can admire landscape photography featuring gorgeous travel destinations in Vietnam shot by drone cameras, portraits of Vietnamese people, photographed by international artists who have travelled throughout the country; and typical daily life in the country’s various regions, reflecting a mixture of traditional and modern influences. Sound and visual elements take visitors to different places across Vietnam. They can better discover interesting stories of the life and people in Vietnam through the filming of scenes and photographs. The exhibition display…... [read more]

The imported automobile market in Vietnam have had numerous disturbances after the scandal of the official BMW distributor importing its newly introduced BMW 320i Sport illegally as well as the withdrawal of the official Renault distributor. Auto Motors Vietnam, the authorised dealer of Renault, is preparing to withdraw from the country altogether Due to consecutive losses in business operation, Auto Motors Vietnam, the authorised distributor of Renault, has narrowed down its operations and wants to transfer its distribution rights to other businesses in order to withdraw from Vietnam. According to newswire Lao Dong, automobile sales, particularly imported units, has seen a plunge, impacting Auto Motors Vietnam’s revenue to a degree that the company now wants to withdraw from Vietnam after seven years of operation. The company sold out the remaining automobiles and stopped importing new units, while simultaneously looking for a partner to transfer the distribution rights before they withdraw from Vietnam. At present, the company’s showrooms in Ho Chi Minh City are closed. Regarding the showroom in Hanoi, it has stopped sales and is completing the procedures and supplying services for passengers who previously bought automobiles. Auto Motors Vietnam started to distribute Renault automobiles in mid-2010 and grew its distribution system rapidly. However, Renault is in the high-end automobile segment with high prices, thereby, after a short time under sales pressure, the company was forced to cut prices of some models by…... [read more]

“Last month, I discovered an account just like mine. Just two days after the discovery, I received a notification from Facebook that my personal account had been locked because of impersonation,” said T. T. Trinh, a real estate trader whose Facebook account has 20,000 followers. “This has seriously affected my business. Most of my clients are friends on social networks,” she complained. In Vietnam, so-called ‘Facebook service providers’ have invented a new kind of service called ‘account ripping’. Little-known hackers provide the service for just VND200,000.  Service providers will require bigger money to revive a Facebook account. The price is VND2.5-4 million. Facebook allows people to report others for violations of its rules, including impersonation and underage users (under 14 years old) in accordance with Spanish and South Korean laws. “Reporting impersonation has the highest success rate,” said Mai Thanh Phu of HCM City, who has deep knowledge about ‘Facebook services’. Hackers will create an account with the same name as the victim’s name and will make friends with people on their friends’ list. The forged account must have the same names, avatar, photos and personal information as the information of the real account.  They will then submit forged photos and documents to prove identity, such as identity cards and driving licenses, to legalize the forged account, through a link given by Facebook. In the next step, ‘service providers’ will denounce the victim for forging and wait for Facebook…... [read more]

Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (R) receives Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City wants to get support from the United Nations Development Programmme (UNDP) in programmes on public administrative reform, climate change adaption, flood prevention, and start-up development.   Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan made the statement at a reception for Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam on August 29. He expressed his hope that the UN will continue implementing programmes to support Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City in addressing challenges in development, such as effectively allocating state budget for localities with gaps in productivity and administrative reform. Nhan suggested the UNDP support the city in building criteria to evaluate citizen satisfaction with public services and citizen happiness, as well as connect HCM city with other sustainable cities to share their experience in urban development. For his part, Malhotra said the UNDP wanted to build cooperative programmes with the city, focusing on creative development to enhance the city’s competitiveness and natural disaster management. He also pledged to do his utmost to share international experience with the city in boosting startups and climate change adaption.-VNA ... [read more]

(Photo: Shutterstock) Hanoi (VNA) – A banquet was held by the Embassy of Vietnam in Brazil to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day, introducing Vietnamese cuisine, cultural heritages and landscapes.  The August 28 gathering was attended by more than 350 Brazilian parliamentarians, officials, diplomats and representatives from the local business community. Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador Do Ba Khoa reminded his guests of the important milestone in Vietnam’s history 72 years ago when the August Revolution took place and of the country’s achievements in ensuring stability, strengthening national unity, economic development, improving living standards for people, expanding relations with foreign countries and implementing UN Millennium Development Goals. Khoa highlighted the development of Vietnam-Brazil cooperation in politics, economy and trade, security and defence, science and industry, and culture and education since the two countries established a comprehensive partnership in 2007. The development is also reflected by the two nations’ support for each other at international and regional forums, he added. He went on to give attendees an overview of Vietnam-Brazil relations in economy and trade, saying two-way trade grew from 59 million USD in 2004 to 4 billion USD in 2015 and was estimated at 3.2 billion USD last year.  Vietnam’s Hue and Hai Phong cities have set up sister-city relations with Brazil’s São Luis, Maranhão and Curitiba, Paraná, respectively while people-to-people relations have also been enhanced with the establishment of Vietnam – Brazil friendship organisations, the ambassador added. …... [read more]