Video ads a menace to brand safety in Vietnam – report

Video advertisements in Vietnam, mostly on YouTube, are a serious threat to brand safety, and the second most dangerous in Southeast Asia after Indonesia, according to global technology and data company Integral Ad Science (IAS).

Indonesia’s video ads were at the highest risk, with 15.3 percent of ad impressions flagged for appearing alongside content deemed unsafe, while its display ad risk was second highest in the region at 5 percent after Malaysia, Marketing Magazine reported, citing IAS data on brand risk in the online environment during the second half of 2016.

Following closely behind Indonesia for video brand safety risks was Vietnam, with 13.2 percent of video ads dubbed as a risk to brand safety, while its display ad risk was relatively low at 4.2 percent, the report said.

Malaysia’s brand safety risk was the highest for display ads at 6.7 percent, while its brand safety risk for video ads was also relatively high at 7.1 percent.

Thailand’s online environment posed the lowest threat to brand safety in Southeast Asia, with only 1.6 percent of display and 2.2 percent of video ads appearing on unsafe websites.

Singapore had the second safest online environment after Thailand, with only 2.7 percent of its display ads and 4.6 percent of its video ads featuring in unsafe environments.

In the Philippines, the video ad environment posed a high risk to brand safety at 8.6 percent, while risk to display ads stood at 4.4 percent.

In February, Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications found more than 8,000 videos containing distorted historical facts about the country on YouTube. These videos featured advertisements for several major Vietnamese brands but the companies in question said they did not control where there ads appeared.

The government subsequently called on all companies doing business in the country to stop advertising on YouTube, Facebook and other social media until they find a way to halt the publication of “toxic” anti-government information.

“We withdrew our ads from YouTube as soon as we were being warned by the authorities. We do not want our brands to appear alongside toxic content,” Nguyen Tran Hung Long, senior media manager at Masan Group Corporation, told VnExpress.

These warnings have reminded businesses to pay more attention to brand safety on the internet, said Vinamilk marketing manager Pham Minh Tien.

Nearly 49 million people in Vietnam, or more than half of the country’s population, are online. A Nielsen survey released last September found that 92 percent of them watch online videos at least once a week, and 64 percent are daily viewers.

YouTube and Facebook account for two-thirds of the digital media market share in Vietnam, according to Nguyen Khoa Hong Thanh, operations director at digital marketing agency Isobar Vietnam.

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  • Japan supports Hanoi's pupils learning through musical instruments

The Hanoitimes - Yamaha Corporation and a sales subsidiary in Vietnam, Yamaha Music Vietnam Co. Ltd, holds “Yamaha Recorder Festival” which around 200 students of Primary and Secondary schools at Hanoi in Vietnam,on 15th May at Vietnam National Academy of Music, Hanoi. Yamaha has been spreading the merits of learning music through playing instruments to many schools in various countries and regions. In Vietnam, no “Course of Study” is provided in the primary and secondary schools for teaching pupils to actually learn to play musical instruments. The music subject currently provides four contents; singing, general knowledge of music, music theory,…... [read more]

  • Hanoi to implement 26 key tasks for socio-economic development

The Hanoitimes - Hanoi People’s Committee has recently issued Announcement 313/TB-UBND to state conclusion of Hanoi People’s Committee at the April conference and implement tasks for May as well as next months. Thanks to drastic measures and instruction of city leaders, effort of agencies and sectors, and support of enterprises as well as people, Hanoi witnesses significant progress in the field of socio-economic development in April. The city’s agencies, departments, People’s Committees of suburban districts, districts and towns strictly follow instruction of the Government, Municipal Party Committee, People’s Committee and People’s Council on major missions and measures to realize socio-economic…... [read more]

  • Party Central Committees fifth meeting issues three resolutions on economy

At this meeting, the Party Central Committee approved a number of resolutions and conclusions, especially three resolutions on "completing the socialist-oriented market economy institution", "continuing to re-organize, renovate and improve the efficiency of State-owned enterprises" and "developing the private economy into an important driving force of the socialist-oriented market economy". The committee agreed that the socialist-oriented market economy is a basic theoretical and practical issue in the country's economic development policy, a new creation of the Party on the general economic model in the transitional period to socialism in Vietnam. At the closing session The socialist-oriented market economy Vietnam is…... [read more]

  • SOM2 and related meetings conclude second working day

 The Export Certificate Workshop As for the PPWE's meeting, which took place on May 9-10, participants focused on the issues related to women's participation in economic development; promotion of the integration of gender equality in all APEC expertise areas. The meeting also identified priorities for action, policy recommendations, and preparations of contents for the APEC Women and the Economy Forum to be held in upcoming September. At present, there are about 600 million women in the labor forces of the APEC economies. As estimated by the United Nations, restriction in women's participation in the labor force causes the Asia-Pacific region to…... [read more]

  • Festival honoring Mother Goddess of Forest worship to be held

The practice of "len dong" at Dong Cuong Temple. Photo: The event will bring together practitioners of Mother Goddess worship from all over the country and feature a variety of activities. One of the festival's highlights will be the practice of "len dong" ("going into a trance"), a spirit ritual in which practitioners become mediums for 36 different deities, involving a number of artistic elements, such as music, singing, dance and costumes. The festival will host a carnival where local performers and practitioners will recreate the Mother Goddess worship and hold a trade fair to promote local cinnamon products.…... [read more]

  • Robocon Vietnam 2017 comes to the final round

The Hanoitimes - The final round of the 2017 Robocon Vietnam contest, themed “The Landing Disks”, kicked off in the northern province of Ninh Binh on May 9. The competition between two teams of Lac Hong University The competition drew 224 competitors from 32 teams from universities and junior colleges nationwide in eight categories. According to the organising board, Sao Do University in Hai Duong, Hung Yen University of Technology and Education and Lac Hong University in Dong Nai have six teams entering the final round each. Each team will have 50 disks. Robots have to throw the disks at…... [read more]

  • APEC delegates debate export certificates and discuss women’s role in economy

The Hanoitimes - The First Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) Meeting opened in Hanoi on May 9 within the framework of the second APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 2) and related meetings. Export certificates and the First Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) Meeting in the APEC region was the main topic of a workshop which opened in Hanoi on May 9 as part of the second APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 2) and related meetings. The two-day workshop was co-organised by the Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC), the Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF)…... [read more]

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Meeting President of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam Jens Ruebbert, Chung stated that the capital city places importance on calling for investment from European small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and groups. Hanoi is cooperating with European countries, such as the Netherlands and Germany, to develop agriculture and health care, deal with environment pollution, save electricity, and build urban areas and transport, he said. The city desire to take advantage of European investment in dealing with environment issues and urban transport infrastructure connectivity, he said, adding that the capital city also wants to share with European partners in building…... [read more]

  • Party Central Committee concludes 5th plenum in Hanoi

Delegates adopted 3 resolutions on the socialist-oriented market economy, continued renovating, restructuring and improving performance of State-owned enterprises (SMEs), developing the private economic sector towards an important momentum of the socialist-oriented market economy. In his closing remarks, Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong said perfecting the socialist-oriented market economy is a strategic task to create breakthrough in rapid and sustainable social economic development. Economic mechanism perfection must be in line with renovation and perfection of the political system and personnel organization, consolidating socialist orientation while upholding and strengthening the leadership role of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV). The Party leader…... [read more]

5 Vietnam companies enter final round of Mekong Startup Tourism competition

Industry experts selected the 12 startups from more than 250 applications spanning travel technology solutions, traditional tourism products, hospitality projects and social enterprises. All 12 attended a three-day training and evaluation program, 5-7 May in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where experts from Amadeus Next, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Buffalo Tours (TMG), Clickable Vietnam, Entrepid Advisors, Gobi Ventures, the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), and ‎mentored the startups.

MIST co-creator Jens Thraenhart, executive director of MTCO, explained that it is critical in today’s competitive and fast changing travel and tourism landscape to integrate innovation and startups into tourism development planning. MTCO is currently the only regional tourism organization that incorporates startups into its tourism strategy development process.
“In addition to conventional evaluation criteria, the startups qualifying to pitch at the Mekong Tourism Forum were also assessed on socioeconomic factors such as contribution to responsible tourism development of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), employment of local people especially women, and inclusive growth,” Thranhart explained.

Vietnam’s startups qualifying for the Mekong Tourism Forum Investor Showcase include:
Dichung – Viet Nam – Dichung uses technology to promote low-impact rideshare transportation options, giving drivers the chance to trade free seats in their vehicles, and working with taxi companies to develop vanpools.
Chameleon City – Viet Nam – Chameleon City is an on-demand chat-based service providing travel and lifestyle answers from local experts, 24/7.
I Love Asia – Viet Nam – I Love Asia offers women-led motorbike tours of Hoi An and Hue while supporting projects for disadvantaged communities in the cities where they operate.
Bayo – Viet Nam – Bayo’s mission is to help Vietnamese make the best travel decisions by helping them find the right travel information, right suppliers, right products and prices, and to transact with local suppliers easily.
Morning Rooms – Viet Nam – Morning Rooms is Viet Nam’s largest budget hotel network, helping economical tourists find the right quality rooms for the price they need.

Besides 5 startups from Vietnam, other companies include: Artisan Origins by TAEC(Lao PDR),BookMeBus(Cambodia),CamboTicket (Cambodia), ezStay (Myanmar), GoP (Myanmar), GuideInsider (Cambodia) and Ma Te Sai (Lao PDR).

“Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam are all counting on tourism to contribute to their economic growth and socio-economic development. While governments can provide favorable policy conditions for tourism development, startups must do the hard work of enticing tourists, creating jobs and generating income. MIST has proven that the region’s startups are up to the challenge,” said Dominic Mellor, head of the MBI.

The Mekong Tourism Forum is an annual platform for public and private sector stakeholders to discuss the development, marketing and promotion of travel to, from and within the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).
It will take place in Luang Prabang from June 6-9, 2017. Qualifying MIST startups will present their business plans to media, investors and an expert judging panel. Four will be awarded innovation grants of $7,000-$10,000 USD.

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Sanchez keeps Arsenal in top-four hunt

SOUTHAMPTON: Alexis Sanchez scored his 20th goal of the Premier League campaign as Arsenal won 2-0 at Southampton on Wednesday (May 10) to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive.

Southampton’s Japanese defender Maya Yoshida (L) and Arsenal’s German defender Shkodran Mustafi clash heads during the English Premier League football match. (Adrian DENNIS/AFP)

Sanchez opened the scoring on the hour at St Mary’s before substitute Olivier Giroud made the game safe with a header seven minutes from time.

Victory took Arsene Wenger’s side above Manchester United into fifth place and left them three points below Manchester City, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualifying berth.

“We were focused and I felt that when we suffered, we stuck together,” Arsenal manager Wenger told the BBC.

“We have another clean sheet and I know we can go forward and score goals. The whole team was dynamic, focused and showed a convincing desire to win the game.”

Arsenal must now win their three remaining games and hope City or third-place Liverpool drop points if they are to secure a 20th successive season of Champions League football.

Having previously taken two points from a possible 24 in away games against current top-half teams, victory was a welcome tonic.

However, it came at the cost of an injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has found form in a new wing-back role.

“We don’t know how bad it is,” said Wenger. “It’s a tight hamstring. We’ll know more in the next 48 hours.”

Arsenal went into the game on the back of a 2-0 win over Manchester United and procured the first sight of goal, with Aaron Ramsey firing wide after a foray by Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Saints had an opportunity to make the breakthrough when Arsenal’s back three contrived to play both Dusan Tadic and Manolo Gabbiadini onside, but the latter’s effort was repelled by visiting goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Oxlade-Chamberlain gave way in the 36th minute, with Hector Bellerin taking his place.


Gabbiadini curled a free-kick wide before Cech was called into action again, touching a powerful Nathan Redmond effort over the crossbar.

Sanchez had been quiet, but with 15 minutes on the clock in the second period he made the breakthrough.

Picked out by Mesut Ozil, he cut inside Saints centre-backs Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens, leaving both on the deck, before finishing crisply.

Chile international Sanchez, 28, has now scored 20 goals in a league season for the first time in a career that has also featured spells with Udinese and Barcelona.

Giroud made sure of victory in the 83rd minute, nodding home after Ramsey had headed the ball across the box following more good work from Sanchez.

Arsenal saw out victory with little trouble to complete a first league win at Southampton since their famous ‘Invincibles’ season of 2003-04.

Southampton manager Claude Puel, whose side remain 10th, felt his players deserved to take more from the game.

“It’s often the same against the big six,” said the Frenchman.

“We cannot find a win. Every time we play good quality football with chances, but without the clinical edge and it’s harsh on the players.

“For me, we deserved minimum a draw and maybe a win. For them, in one situation, they scored. It’s difficult to accept.

“It was interesting for many moments, but it’s important to score. It’s a shame and a big frustration. It was another game against a top-six side without reward.”

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Twenty-five hurt in scuffles before Madrid derby

MADRID: A total of 20 supporters and five police officers suffered minor injuries in scuffles outside the Vicente Calderon stadium prior to Wednesday’s (May 10) Champions League semi-final second leg between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

Real Madrid fans cheer their team before their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match against Atletico Madrid. (AFP/GERARD JULIEN)

A spokesperson for the Spanish capital’s emergency services said the 25 people had been treated for “cuts and bruises, all minor”.

The altercations happened as several buses carrying Real Madrid fans arrived at Atletico’s ground, with home supporters greeting them by throwing bottles and other objects.

Police were forced to form a barrier between the rival fans, keeping them apart to prevent further trouble.

None of those injured required hospital treatment and police reported no arrests.

Reigning European champions Real came into the game leading 3-0 after last week’s first leg.

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Japan supports Hanoi’s pupils learning through musical instruments

The Hanoitimes – Yamaha Corporation and a sales subsidiary in Vietnam, Yamaha Music Vietnam Co. Ltd, holds “Yamaha Recorder Festival” which around 200 students of Primary and Secondary schools at Hanoi in Vietnam,on 15th May at Vietnam National Academy of Music, Hanoi.

Yamaha has been spreading the merits of learning music through playing instruments to many schools in various countries and regions.
In Vietnam, no “Course of Study” is provided in the primary and secondary schools for teaching pupils to actually learn to play musical instruments. The music subject currently provides four contents; singing, general knowledge of music, music theory, and solfege.

Yamaha, in cooperation with Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training, began to provide support for the instrumental musical education in January 2016, with an eye to the revisions in the Course of Study for primary and secondary schools that are scheduled in 2018.
Now Yamaha approaches popularization of “Recorder Club Activity” to experience instrumental education in extra-curriculum in three cities in Vietnam including Hanoi, from 2018 this activity will be expanded to nationwide.
Recently, Yamaha’s initiatives were selected as a certified project of “EDU-Port Japan,” the “Public-Private Initiative to Disseminate Japanese-Style Education Overseas” of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). As a result, it is now possible to move forward with these education initiatives with the support of MEXT.
“Yamaha Recorder Festival” is held as an opportunity for schools to perform their performance for audiences, around 200 students from 10 primary and secondary schools in Hanoi performs with Recorder for audiences like their parents, officials from Ministry and so on. Each school will perform 2 songs and also play Japanese and Vietnamese songs together.
Through holding this event, Yamaha would like to provide an opportunity to Vietnamese children to know the enjoyment of playing music together as same as splendor of instrumental music education to educator in Vietnam

Tu Anh

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Earthquake kills eight in western China: report

  • Second big quake hits southern Japan, damage and death toll mounts

Authorities warned of damage over a wide area with reports of fires, power outages, collapsed bridges and gaping holes in the earth. Residents near a dam were told to leave because of fears it might crumble, broadcaster NHK said. Saturday's quake triggered a tsunami advisory, although it was later lifted and no irregularities were reported at three nuclear power plants in the area, a senior government official said. There were at least 50 aftershocks from Saturday's quake. People still reeling from Thursday's shock poured onto the streets after the Saturday earthquake hit at 1:25 a.m. (12.25 p.m. ET). TV Asahi…... [read more]

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  • Powerful quake hits off coast of Chile, evacuations ordered

Chile's government urged residents to evacuate the coastline. The mayor of Illapel, which is near the epicenter, said on a radio broadcast that a 26-year-old woman had been killed by a collapsing wall, and 15 others were reported injured. The quake hit just 46 km (28 miles) from Illapel, leaving the city 210 km (130 miles) north of Santiago without electricity or drinking water. People fled their damaged homes and poured into the streets, the mayor said. Reuters witnesses said the quake was felt as far away as the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, on the eastern seaboard of South America.…... [read more]

  • Big quake in Afghanistan and Pakistan kills over 200

The death toll could climb in coming days because communications were down in much of the rugged Hindu Kush mountain range where the quake was centered. In one of the worst incidents, at least 12 girls were killed in a stampede to flee their school building in Taloqan, just west of Badakhshan province where the tremor's epicenter was located. "They fell under the feet of other students," said Abdul Razaq Zinda, provincial head of the Afghan National Disaster Management Agency, who reported heavy damage in Takhar. Shockwaves were felt in New Delhi in northern India and across northern Pakistan, where…... [read more]

  • Quake strikes northeast India, Bangladesh; 11 dead, nearly 200 hurt

The US Geological Survey said the 6.8 magnitude quake was 57 km deep and struck 29 km west of Imphal, capital of Manipur, which borders Myanmar. The pre-dawn quake killed six people in India and five in neighbouring Bangladesh, officials said, while shockwaves were felt in Nepal and as far away as the Myanmar city of Yangon, about 1,175 km to the south. The quake struck while many people were asleep, and roofs and staircases of some buildings collapsed in Imphal, a city of about 270,000 people. "It was like being tossed around in a frying pan," said Joy Thanglian,…... [read more]

  • Tsunami threat passes after 7.2-magnitude quake off Fiji

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  • Magnitude 7.7 earthquake hits off Chilean coast

On December 25th, an earthquake measuring 7.7 earthquake on the Richter scale occurred off the coast of southern Chile, 40 km southwest of Puerto Quellon, according to the US Geological Survey. Around 4,000 people were evacuated for fear of a possible tsunami after the quake, but the alert was eased about 90 minutes later. In the immediate aftermath of the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, in Hawaii, warned "hazardous tsunamic waves are forecast for some coasts”. Chile's National Emergency Office chief Ricardo Toro called on residents of Los Lagos to abandon beaches and go to safe zones. Meanwhile, Chile’s…... [read more]

  • Solomons escape serious damage after powerful 7.7 quake

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  • 52 dead, scores injured in Indonesian quake: official

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  • At least 18 dead in Indonesian earthquake: official

Residents gather around a collapsed building after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the town of Pidie, Indonesia’s Aceh Province in northern Sumatra, on Wednesday. At least 18 people died and dozens were feared trapped in rubble, officials said. — AFP/VNA Photo Viet Nam News BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — At least 18 people died and dozens were feared trapped in rubble after a strong earthquake struck off Aceh Province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday, officials said. "Eighteen have died so far, based on data from the hospital. Some of the fatalities are children," said Said Mulyadi, deputy district chief of Pidie…... [read more]

ASEAN Day held in Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s Chamber of Commerce and Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs have co-organised an ASEAN Day in the country to mark the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the 40th year since the establishment of EU-ASEAN Dialogue Relation.

ASEAN Day held in Luxembourg.

ASEAN Day held in Luxembourg.

The May 8 event brought together government officials of Luxembourg and representatives from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and local business circle.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg Vuong Thua Phong attended the event.

Speakers at the event lauded ASEAN’s role and position, highlighting the potential for cooperation between the two sides.

They appreciated the conclusion of the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA), describing it as a milestone to boost the relation between EU and not only Vietnam but also the ASEAN.

Speaking at a meeting with ASEAN Ambassadors, Luxembourg foreign minister J. Asselborn affirmed ASEAN is an important Asian partner of the country and the EU.

The minister also noted that the 20-year development cooperation programme between Luxembourg and Vietnam has brought about good outcomes.

Luxembourg will soon open two honorary consulate offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, he said, adding that the country will work to speed up the signing of the Vietnam-EU FTA.


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Busiest day of SOM 2 and related meetings

Today is the busiest day within the framework of the second APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 2) and related meetings with 11 meetings and workshops hosted by APEC working groups and subcommittees.

Participants talk on the sidelines of APEC SOM 2 in Hanoi

Participants talk on the sidelines of APEC SOM 2 in Hanoi

The Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) is hosting a Workshop on Labour Market Information in the Digital Age, a Workshop on Healthy Women, Healthy Economies and another Workshop on Action Plan of the APEC Education Strategy.

Meanwhile, the Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) and the Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF) is co-organising a Workshop on Modernisation of Food Safety Control Systems. The SCSC is also holding a Wine Regulatory Forum Technical Meeting.

The Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) Meeting and the PPSTI Sub-Group Meetings on Capacity Building, Innovation and Connectivity is taking place on the same day.

The Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) is the host of a Workshop on Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises’ (SMEs) Integration into Global Value Chains in Services Industries – Fashion Design and a Trade Policy Dialogue (TPD) on Environmental Services.

Also on May 11, the 26th Automotive Dialogue (AD26) and the 11th Mining Task Force (MTF11) Meeting is continuing their second and third working day, respectively.

These meetings and workshops are designed to prepare contents for SOM 2 slated for May 17-18.


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Vietnam Coast Guard ship continues exchange activities in Hainan

Officers and soldiers of the Vietnam Coast Guard ship 8004 engaged in various exchange activities with the China Coast Guard in the Chinese province of Hainan on May 10, Quan doi Nhan dan (People’s Army) daily reported.

Students of Haikou city present flowers to Colonel Ngo Binh Minh, Commander of Vietnam's Coast Guard Region 1, on May 9

Students of Haikou city present flowers to Colonel Ngo Binh Minh, Commander of Vietnam’s Coast Guard Region 1, on May 9

At Hainan’s coast guard training centre, the delegation of the Vietnam Coast Guard High Command was introduced to the organisation and activities of the centre, which is one of the biggest of its kind of the China Coast Guard.

They also visited the centre’s proving grounds, learning about training methods of the China Coast Guard.

The same day, the CSB-8004 also welcomed Chinese officers and soldiers along with students in Haikou city of Hainan on board for a tour.

Other joint activities between the two sides included experience sharing and cultural and sports exchanges.

The Vietnamese delegation began the exchange programme with their Chinese counterparts on May 9.


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HCM City destroys 22 tonnes of fake, substandard fertiliser

VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City authorities on Tuesday destroyed nearly 22 tonnes of fake or substandard fertiliser without labels of origin worth VND300 million (US$13,000).

Around 22 tonnes of fake or substandard fertiliser worth a total of VND300 million were destroyed on Tuesday in HCM City. — Photo

Around 22 tonnes of fake or substandard fertiliser worth a total of VND300 million were destroyed on Tuesday in HCM City. — Photo

The fertilisers were confiscated by the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Market Management Department at the manufacturers’ factories in the city last November.

The companies include the Asia Corporation, Kien Vang Feriliser Company Ltd, and Song Nam Investment Development Company Ltd.

In March, the department inspected 12 fertiliser manufacturers in the city and discovered many violations.

Violations included sales of fertiliser products without origin, and labels failing to either present correct information or give sufficient information on the products, among others.

In addition, the department also fined two companies VND4.6 million ($200) for improperly storing fertiliser by placing it on the ground instead of on shelves.

The Market Management Department has handled more than 3,000 cases of fertiliser violations annually, seizing over 1,000 tonnes of fake or substandard fertiliser.

The agency said the actual number may be much higher.

According to the Viet Nam Fertiliser Association, the country’s economy loses $2 billion every year from the use of fake fertilisers.

As fertilisers account for 50 per cent of input costs in agriculture and play a crucial role in crop yield and quality, fake fertiliser use affects farmers and legitimate businesses.

Experts said that manufacturers of fake fertiliser employed various methods to cheat customers, including the use of formulas that differ from what is printed on the package and imitation of established brands.

Nguyen Van Viet, chief inspector at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that fake fertiliser and the use of banned chemicals in animal husbandry posed major challenges in the agricultural sector.

The ministry plans to increase the frequency of unannounced inspections throughout the year in a bid to crack down on violations, he said.


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Small production contains commodity-based agriculture

Mrs Hue owns a seven hectare plantation of clean vegetables. Each day, her farm supplies from 800 kilos to 1.2 tonnes to the domestic market.

Hue says vegetable exports have huge potential but limited land area is one of the factors hindering investors.

The Central Highlands province of Lam Dong is one of the leading localities in accumulating land and attracting investors to agriculture. Thanks to that, each hectare can earn from 22,000 to 900,000 USD.

Take a banana farm in the northern province of Hung Yen as another example. As banana prices in southern provinces plummet, this farm still rakes in high profits.

Where large scale production develops, there commodity-oriented production develops. Tens of millions of farmer households with small scale production are in need of a breakthrough.-VNA

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