Food safety a focus ahead of Lunar New Year

Citizens of Hanoi and tourists alike will be entertained with dazzling firework displays at 30 sites across the city on the 2018 Lunar New Year’s Eve, according to the Lunar New Year (Tet) celebration plan recently issued by Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, Nguyen Duc Chung. Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the five locations for high-range fireworks in Hanoi on the 2018 Lunar New Year's Eve Specifically, five locations for high-range fireworks include Hoan Kiem Lake (Hoan Kiem district), Thong Nhat Park (Hai Ba Trung district), Lac Long Quan flower garden (Tay Ho distrct), Van Quan Lake (Ha…... [read more]

(Cinet)- Once upon a time, Tet market become a essential habit and custom of Vietnamese people. Until now, Tet market is marked by an abundance of decorations in the street and traditional food in the shops. Everyone is eager going to market to prepare a happpy Tet in a family. For Vietnamese people, Tet (Lunar New Year)  is an occasion not only to enjoy the change of year with family and friends but also the chance to thank the gods, spirits and nature, to visit friends, relatives and teachers, and to remember and honor their forebears. Buying for Tet  was…... [read more]

The city authorities have decided to let off fireworks at 29 places, including four places with high-range and 25 with low-range firework shows, at the Lunar New Year’s Eve.   The four places for high-range firework including Hoan Kiem Lake, Dong Da Lake, Thang Loi Hotel and Van Quan Lake.   The 25 places for low-range firework shows will be the capitals of districts. The firework show will last for 15 minutes, from 0 to 0.15 am, February 3, 2011.   The Capital City High Command will be responsible for the firework shows.   The Hanoi Department of Industry and…... [read more]

(Cinet)- To welcome Lunar New Year and celebrate 84 years for establishing Communist Party of Vietnam, Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will organize some cultural activities in Hanoi. Accordingly, resources were mobilized to upgrade infrastructure and ensure public order and safety for the 2014 Huong (Perfume) pagoda festival in My Duc district and the Co Loa festival in Dong Anh district. A series of art performances will be held on New Year’s Eve at many places including King Ly Thai To flower garden, Hanoi Opera House, Lenin Park and Ngoc Son temple. On the following days, from February 2-5,…... [read more]

NDO – The 2017 Lunar New Year (Tet) and the spring festival season are coming, entailing concerns over food safety issues as this will be the time seeing the most consumption of food commodities in the year, particularly meat, fish, eggs, candies, wine, beer and soft drinks.In order to meet the increasing consumption demand, food producers and traders are currently entering a sprint stage to accelerate their production, trading and import activities. Besides, the humid weather in the northern region and the sunny weather in the south these days may impact on food quality, possibly leading to food poisoning cases.Aiming…... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh City’s 2008 Lunar New Year flower markets will be held at three locations this year, Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District, September 23 Park and Le Van Tam Park in District 1 from January 30 to February 6, according to the city’s Public Parks and Greenery Company.The flower market at September 23 Park is to be the biggest with some 550 display booths. Gia Dinh Park will have 221 booths and Le Van Tam Park 100.The HCMC People’s Committee is to spend VND4.5 billion (nearly US$277,000) to support Saigontourist Corporation’s decoration and organization of the Nguyen…... [read more]

More than 6,000 items, ornamental plants, bonsais, rock-gardens, dried trees, grafting stones, cacti, ornamental fish and various valuable and rare flowers from throughout the country, are to be displayed at Ho Chi Minh City’s annual flower festival for the 2008 lunar new year (Tet), said the Ho Chi Minh Public Parks and Greenery Company.The festival is to include exhibitions of Vietnamese calligraphy, flowers, ornamental fish, rock-gardens and variety music shows, folk games, performances of southern folk music, dragon dances, calligraphy and tea drinking, human chess playing and nightingale fighting.One highlight is to be a spring trade fair showcasing high-quality Vietnamese products…... [read more]

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat urged relevant agencies to step up food safety inspections as consumption increased ahead of the lunar New Year Festival (January 31).— Photo danviet HA NOI (VNS)— Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat urged relevant agencies to step up food safety inspections as consumption increased ahead of the lunar New Year Festival (January 31)."The plant protection section authorities should send staff to help educate farmers how to produce clean and safe food. Taking samples at markets for testing is not enough and not effective. All the products would be…... [read more]

The Overseas Vietnamese Association in Order/Spree is expected to be a society for around 80 Vietnamese households in the region.   Vietnamese Attaché to Germany Dang Tran Cu highly valued the establishment of the association, saying that it will promptly put forth specific courses of action and practical activities and become a source of spiritual support for overseas Vietnamese in the region.   The same day, overseas Vietnamese in Switzerland gathered at a function hosted by Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, World Trade Organisation and other international organisations in Geneva, to celebrate the traditional lunar New Year (Tet).…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has signed off on a proposal that will have the upcoming Tet break start two days before Lunar New Year's Day, which falls on February 16, 2018. This option is the first of the two seven-day options proposed by the labor ministry in September. Under the second option, the holiday will start on February 15, a day before Tet, and run until February 21, the sixth day of the New Year. Schools and other businesses across the country usually follow the same break as government offices. "The holiday would start on [December] 29 and people would go…... [read more]

Mythical creatures enrich Vietnamese culture

VietNamNet Bridge – Statues of traditional sacred animals guarding the gates of temples, pagodas and relics are gradually replacing fiercer looking animals designed in China, but made in Vietnam. This follows three years implementing regulation No 2662, issued by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, that bans foreign-style symbols, sculptures and worship objects unsuitable for Vietnamese culture. The ministry hosted a conference to review the work on Wednesday in Hanoi. It was attended by many researchers, local authorities and managers of ancient buildings.    In the past 20 years, many foreign-style symbols, products and animal sculptures have been made and sold throughout the country, distorting local tradition.  Cultural heritage researcher Tran Lam Bien said it was easy to define Vietnamese sacred animals from foreign-style objects. Nghe (mythological lion) can represent Vietnamese or Chinese sacred symbols. “Both Vietnam and China are not home to native lions, but they remain one of the country’s cultural and spiritual icons,” said Bien. “Vietnamese lions look tolerant and solemn, while the foreign lions seem to possess superpowers, from giant eyes under bushy eyebrows and open mouths, to neatly carved teeth and strong paws with sharp nails,” he said.  “It’s obvious that Chinese lion models are not suitable for Vietnamese culture, especially in modern times. “Nghe were used widely in the past with various facial appearances, happy, joyful, faithful, respectful and serious. That’s how our ancestors should be remembered, not overwhelming and frightening, but amicable and happy with a sense of humour.” Dang Thi Bich…

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Heath insurance coverage hits 86.5% of population

“Vietnam has made significant progress toward achieving universal coverage for its population, and the government has made ambitious plans toward reaching that goal.” said Victoria Kwakwa, the WB Country Director for Vietnam. “This study shows us how Vietnam can speed up this process in order to ensure a healthy Vietnamese population while reducing the health financial burden on the poor,” she added. The report “Moving toward universal Health coverage of Social health insurance in Vietnam: Assessment and Options” offers a comprehensive assessment of Vietnam’s implementation of its social health insurance programme, as well as recommendations on key reforms to achieve universal coverage. According…... [read more]

 Health insurance card holders at the hospital  (Photo:VNA)Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Social Insurance Agency (VSIA) has to take full responsibility for expanding health insurance coverage, which is targeted to at least 90 percent of the country’s population by 2020.It was stated in the Prime Minister’s decision on health insurance goals allocated for provinces and centrally-run cities in 2016-2020. The agency is required to coordinate with ministries and agencies to propose plans pertaining to health insurance coverage expansion to the Government.It is asked to diversify communication campaigns, highlighting the significance of health insurance schemes, along with implementing administrative shakeup to…... [read more]

Patients receive emergency aid at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)Dong Nai (VNA) – Though the rate of population covered by health insurance in Dong Nai province has continually increased and reached about 70.6 percent at present, it is still 4 percent lower than the national average. According to the People’s Committee of the southern province, districts with modest coverage are Tan Phu (56.7 percent), Xuan Loc (57.2 percent), Cam My (59.6 percent), Thong Nhat (60.1 percent), and Dinh Quan (64 percent). It attributes the situation to local administrations’ lack of attention to health insurance policy implementation, lax coordination…... [read more]

The number of healthcare insurance holders in the country has thus far reached 64.6 million, accounting for 71.4 per cent of the total population, the Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said at a teleconference yesterday.She said the latest estimation marks an increase of 2.7 million people over the same period last year.The teleconference, chaired by Deputy Prime Minster Vu Duc Dam, aimed to review results after six months of implementing the amended Health Insurance Law.The ministry has set a target of health insurance coverage for 75 per cent of total population by the end of this year.The ministry has…... [read more]

He made the remark at a session toreview the implementation of the Law on Health Insurance and theblueprint for universal health insurance. TheMinistry of Health reported that in 2014, health insurance covered 71.6percent of the population, realising the target of over 70 percent by2015 set in the blueprint, but falling short of the 75 percent mandatedby the National Assembly. Health insurance iscurrently only covering a small number of households just above thepoverty line and employees of private companies, it said. Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien attributed the low coverage tohigh premiums, low medical services quality, and bottlenecks ininsurance payments.…... [read more]

NDO - More efforts should be made to achieve the goal of social health insurance coverage for 80% of the population by 2020. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the request while chairing a working session with the Ministry of Health and the Vietnam Social Insurance Agency (VSIA) in Hanoi on March 4. At the session, the MoH and the VSIA reported on the implementation of the Law on Health Insurance and the master plan to provide full health insurance coverage for the entire population by 2020. As of February 27, 2015, 45 out of 63 cities and provinces have…... [read more]

He said though the target of over 80% of the population buying medical insurance is feasible, it will be challenging to have 50% of the total labourers join social insurance by 2020. AVSS report revealed that the number of people applying for social, health and unemployment insurances have been on the rise over recent years. By late June 2015, those covered by health insurance totalled 65.2 million (or 71.9% of the population) while unemployment insurance users numbered 9.85 million. However, only 11.66 million people bought compulsory social insurance, accounting for some 20% of those mandated to buy this kind of insurance. A number…... [read more]

It also aims to raise the figure to 80.5 percent in 2017 and 85percent in 2020, heard a working session between Hanoi authorities andthe Ministry of Health on March 10.It was reported that by theend of 2014, 5.08 million city dwellers have been covered by healthinsurance, equal to 71.6 percent of the capital’s population.NguyenThi Bich Ngoc, Vice Chairwoman of Hanoi’s People’s Committee, vowed theadministration will do more to provide high-quality treatment for allof its citizens.In a recent meeting, the Vietnamese Governmenthas set to achieve 75 percent health insurance coverage in 2015 and 80percent by 2020. The Ministry ofHealth reported that…... [read more]

PhamLuong Son, an official from the Vietnam Social Security, made thestatement at a press conference held in Hanoi on June 10, refutingclaims of a fall in health insurance coverage rates. He saidthat since the outset of the year, over 300,000 people sought familyhealth insurance packages, rising 3 percent from the same period lastyear. The process to purchase family healthinsurance involves one member of the family shelling out 4.5 percent oftheir basic salary. Insurance costs for the second, third and fourthparticipants in the family will be 70 percent, 60 percent and 50 percentof the amount paid by the first member, respectively.…... [read more]

Currently, 79.5 percent of the province’s population, equivalent to820,000 people, are benefiting from health insurance, an increase of 3.8percent compared with the same period of last year. So far this year, as many as 840,000 local people received medicalcheck-ups and treatment paid for by health insurance at a total cost ofnearly 194 billion VND (9.2 million USD), an increase of 23 percentyear-on-year, according to Lam Van Thu, Vice Director of the province’ssocial insurance agency. However, the beneficiariesare mainly the poor, ethnic minority people who are entitled to freehealth insurance, while the general coverage of voluntary healthinsurance remains low, at 36.95…... [read more]

Cyclo quietly rolls through the Hanoi’s ups and downs

 It can be said that, coming to Hanoi, visitors must definitely catch a Cyclo around the old quarter, admire Ho Guom Lake under the green trees while enjoying the fresh air. In the midst of a bustling, crowded and busy Hanoi, the cyclo reminds many people of the past, present and future. Cyclo has become an indispensable beauty of the capital in thousand years of civilization. Heroes in battle Story of the origins and birth of the cyclo is still questionable and controversial in many countries. To this date, both the Japanese and Americans give evidence that they invented the first pedicab in 1848 (or 1868) by the blacksmiths in order of the churches. In Vietnam by the past, cyclo was bought and used by French and Hanoi officials. It has changed the way people travel, from moving the road mainly by palanquin, hammock, horse to another means of transportation, more convenient. Gradually, this means of transport became familiar on Hanoi streets and existed to this day.  In the two great wars, cyclo has become a historical witness. Mr. Do Anh Thu, Director of Sans Souci Sarl Traveling Cyclo Service Co., Ltd., was moved when talking about cyclo in the past: It was used to transport goods, ammunition, medical equipment, food, equipment and injuries. The Hanoi beauty’s keeper The hustle and bustle of everyday life makes people feel tired and no longer inspire to walk every evening though the blackboard trees are still fragrant in small streets. In spite of…

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Man’s invention turns husk into packed bars

VietNamNet Bridge – Dr Nguyen Thi Hoe is the foremost Vietnamese female scientist to successfully research and produce Kova paints using rice husk-derived nanomaterials to capture one of the hard-to-please Asian markets, Singapore. Hoe claimed that after more than 6 years, in 2012, her products were widely used in Singapore's supermarkets, 800-flat buildings, and airports. She recalled that more than 20 years ago, when she taught at the HCM City's Technology University, she alone left for the US in order to conduct research about paint. "Despite all odds, I received great help from the US partners, such as a laboratory…... [read more]

Research: Dr Nguyen Thi Hoe (centre) and her assistants at their laboratory. — VNS Photo by Ha NguyenDr Nguyen Thi Hoe is the foremost Vietnamese female scientist to successfully research and produce Kova paints using rice husk-derived nanomaterials to capture one of the hard-to-please Asian markets, Singapore.Hoe claimed that after more than 6 years, in 2012, her products were widely used in Singapore's supermarkets, 800-flat buildings, and airports.She recalled that more than 20 years ago, when she taught at the HCM City's Technology University, she alone left for the US in order to conduct research about paint."Despite all odds, I…... [read more]

The other night, my wife and I came to pick up a couple of friends for a late night hangout.  First, they asked us to take them to a relative’s house for some unexpected business. Of course, we granted this kind request with enthusiasm and headed towards an under-developed suburb outside the Red River's dykes, which we had never visited despite our years of living in Hanoi.  We were informed that it would take approximately 45 minutes, and as such, decided to go out and find a cafe where we could wait for them. As we drove further down the…... [read more]

Chant of husking rice is a very popular cultural folk activities inthe rural area of Thua Thien-Hue. This is a type of folks which isperformed with exciting rhythm and attracts audiences. On the wide brickyard, surrounded by several rice mortars, artisans (may be directlyholding the pestles or not) and performing chanty to the rhythm of thepestle. The part of chanty is called “chorus”. Theattraction of the chant of husking rice, one part comes from the closeattachment, exchanges between chanty performers and audiences, or inother words, those who participate in the chanty are performers. Theopening part is a folk melody to…... [read more]

When life gave one Chinese company giant panda poop, it decided to make paper -- and profits. The Qianwei Fengsheng Paper Company in southwest Sichuan province has teamed up with the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda to recycle the animal's faeces and food debris into toilet paper, napkins and other household products, state media reported Wednesday. The goods, soon to be released on the Chinese market, will be marketed as part of a "panda poo" product line decorated with a picture of the bamboo-eating, black-and-white bear. "They're taking care of our garbage for us," Huang Yan,…... [read more]

Management agencies and today’s youth in Vietnam should be courageous and receptive to the benefits and challenges that the Internet brings, one of the forerunners urged. >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P7 – Fiber optic cable ‘gateways’ >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P6 – Wi-Fi and household Internet >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P5 – The premier’s first email >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P4 – National domain .vn >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam – P3: The ‘semi-illegal’ era >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P2 – Australian professor’s contribution…... [read more]

Management agencies and today’s youth in Vietnam should be courageous and receptive to the benefits and challenges that the Internet brings, one of the forerunners urged. >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P7 – Fiber optic cable ‘gateways’ >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P6 – Wi-Fi and household Internet >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P5 – The premier’s first email >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P4 – National domain .vn >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam – P3: The ‘semi-illegal’ era >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P2 – Australian professor’s contribution…... [read more]

Almost no Internet cafés or shops existed in major Vietnamese cities during the first years of the Internet in Vietnam. >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P5 – The premier’s first email >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P4 – National domain .vn >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam – P3: The ‘semi-illegal’ era >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P2 – Australian professor’s contribution >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P1 – Forerunners Despite the air of expectancy amongst the public, hardly any public access points were established in the years following the launch of the Internet…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A top rice producer like Vietnam also produces lots of rice husks. In the Mekong Delta, entrepreneurs are learning how to turn this ‘waste’ into electricity. In 2007, Vietnam produced nearly 36 million tons of rice, over half of it in the lush, sprawling Mekong Delta.  It also ‘produced’ 7.5 million tons of rice husks. About half the volume of rice husks is used to feed cattle or make fertilizer or plywood. Some of it fuels brick kilns. However, about half is just wasted. The redundant rice husks are a headache for many rice millers because they have no place…... [read more]

Almost no Internet cafés or shops existed in major Vietnamese cities during the first years of the Internet in Vietnam. >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P5 – The premier’s first email >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P4 – National domain .vn >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam – P3: The ‘semi-illegal’ era >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P2 – Australian professor’s contribution >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P1 – Forerunners Despite the air of expectancy amongst the public, hardly any public access points were established in the years following the launch of the Internet…... [read more]

2017 – A successful year of VN’s economic integration

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the forum - Photo: VGP The PM, who heads the National Steering Committee on International Integration, made the remark at the Vietnam International Economic Integration Forum 2017 that opened in Hanoi on December 20 under the theme “Reinforcing momentum for a new development phase”.The forum aims to share and discuss measures and policies, towards enhancing the efficiency of Vietnam’s international economic integration in line with the domestic situation and the international trends. It features three major talk sessions, themed “Overview of Vietnam’s international economic integration”, “Vietnam in front of international economic and trade trends”,…... [read more]

Mr. Phuc, who is also Head of the National Steering Committee on International Integration, reviewed Vietnam’s achievements including import-export revenue of nearly 400 billion USD and export surplus from 3 to 4 billion USD this year. He said international economic integration helped the country attract around 14 million visitors this year, making tourism a spearhead industry in the economy. Vietnam has signed many new free trade agreements, paving the way for new markets. Prime Minister Phuc said: “The Vietnamese government considers international economic integration a momentum for economic reform and growth. It’s necessary to reorganize the economy internally in line…... [read more]

It is essential to reorganize the economy internally in line with a socialist-oriented market economy to match international economic integration. Reform should cover production, food safety, trademark building, and growth model. The facilitating government should promote its role and fine tune mechanisms towards a better business environment, he said. PM Phuc, who is also Head of the National Steering Committee on International Integration, reviewed Vietnam’s achievements including import-export revenue of nearly US$400 billion and trade surplus exceeding US$3 billion for the first time. He said international economic integration helped the country attract approximately 14 million visitors this year, making tourism…... [read more]

Major cities take lead in economic integrationMinh Duc By Minh Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HANOI – HCMC, Hanoi and Binh Duong Province are the three localities taking the lead in integrating into the global economy, according to this year’s report on province-level global economic integration capability. The report conducted by the National Committee for International Economic Cooperation was released on Wednesday. It measures how local economies integrate into the global economy via an economic integration index. According to the findings, the top positions belong to HCMC, Hanoi, Binh Duong, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Danang. Meanwhile, localities near the…... [read more]

By bringing into full play the advantages of a dynamic quadrilateral in the Mekong Delta region, An Giang has continuously gained remarkable achievements in socio-economic development and has become a "bright spot" of the socio-economic development of the South West region. "Backed with the current momentum, I am confident that An Giang will continue to obtain greater achievements, confidently boost industrialisation, modernisation and international economic integration," said Mr Vuong Binh Thanh, Chairman of the An Giang Provincial People's Committee. Hoang Lam reports. Would you please tell us how the province has tapped the local great potential for agriculture, trade and…... [read more]

The region has experienced a rapid transformation, Sang noted while glowingly speaking of the APEC 2015’s efforts to boost quality development. He called on APEC member economies to continually foster regional economic integration towards sustainable development goals and focus closer cooperation on reducing poverty, development gap and disaster risk; ensuring food security; and developing sustainable agriculture and green tourism. The APEC economies also need to bolster economic and technical cooperation and support for improved capability of developing members, particularly in new-generation economy and trade, the President added. APEC members and enterprises should become more involved in sub-regional and regional integration schemes, notably the…... [read more]

During the meeting, which was hosted by Vietnam’s Permanent Delegation to the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other international organisations in Geneva, the delegates also discussed the agenda of the 2017 APEC Year in Vietnam and Geneva.Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, head of the Vietnamese delegation, stressed that hosting the 2017 APEC Year is a priority in Vietnam’s external policy with the aim of promoting trade and investment liberalisation, business facilitation and regional cooperation.Vietnam has been making efforts to foster economic links by negotiating and signing free trade agreements with APEC member economies, Dung said, affirming that the…... [read more]

Photo: VNA Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Pham Quang Vinh made the remarks at a special discussion within the framework of the annual meeting of the US’s National Centre for APEC (NCAPEC).Viet Nam is working on the summit’s theme which will concentrate on how to create a new impetus for APEC economies in the context of global economic slowdown.In that spirit, the country has exchanged with other APEC members about such issues as regional economic connectivity, sustainable growth, start-ups, global value chain, business competitiveness, food security and sustainable agriculture adaptable to climate change.He spoke highly of the NCAPEC’s role to the development and…... [read more]

Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum pose for a photo ahead of this year's APEC summit in Manila yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang MANILA (VNS) — Hosting APEC in 2017, Viet Nam vowed to work side by side with other members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in fostering regional economic integration towards the prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region, President Truong Tan Sang said yesterday.The president made the remarks at the first plenary session of the 23rd APEC Summit in Manila, the Philippines.The region has seen a rapid transformation, he said, speaking highly of the APEC 2015's…... [read more]

By Vu Huy Hoang, the Minister of Industry and Trade of Vietnam, and the Chairman of the 2010 ASEAN Economic Community CouncilOn a regional scale, Vietnam as the president put the AEC Council in stability and efficiency. Vietnam took the ASEAN presidency right after the Itinerary for Building the ASEAN Community became effective. The regional and world economy was still hurt by the global financial crisis. However, as the chair of the AEC Council in 2010, Vietnam directed the AEC Council to work regularly and effectively to complete its mission to supervise and promote the realization of the goals. Vietnam…... [read more]

January 1 marks mass birthday in Afghanistan

Many car buyers have complained that their orders for imported cars have been cancelled.  A representative of Ford Vietnam confirmed that the manufacturer has asked sales agents to stop taking orders for Ford rangers and Explorers because it is not sure about the supply source. This means that imports will be scarce in the first quarter of 2018 and it’s still unclear how the models would be imported in the second or third quarters. The reason behind the short supply, according to the representative, is Decree 116 which sets very strict requirements on car imports. Toyota Vietnam has also warned…... [read more]

HÀ NỘI — The Việt Nam Register (VR) will stop granting safety certificates to diesel cars that fail to meet European emission standard 4 or higher beginning on January 1, the department announced. The move was made in line with the national roadmap on vehicles’ emission standards, which was issued in 2011. According to the VR, all diesel cars manufactured, assembled in or imported into Việt Nam must meet the Euro 4 standards before they are allowed to complete safety tests and receive certificates. Car providers that produce or import diesel cars must complete all necessary administrative procedures, for customs…... [read more]

South Africa's Hanoi Embassy marked the birthday of the late President Nelson Mandela on July 18 with gifts to the people of Vietnam. Gifts to disadvantaged people at Huyen Trang Charity Centre Ambassador Kgomotso Ruth Magau called on international communities in Vietnam and the Vietnamese people to help the disadvantaged, in pursuit of the aims of modern South Africa's founding president, who fought his entire life for solidarity, freedom and justice. Mandela, who was born 97 years ago, spent 27 years in prison for fighting the apartheid system in South Africa, and for freedom and justice. He was released in…... [read more]

Nhan Dan/VNA – The recently-adopted amended Constitution and six new laws will come into force on January 1, 2014. The laws include the Laws on amendments and supplements to some articles of the Laws on Residence, Value-added Tax and Corporate Income Tax, plus the Law on Science and Technology, the Law on National Defence and Security Education, and the Law on Mediation at the Grassroots Level. Divided into 11 chapters with 120 articles (one chapter and 27 articles fewer than the previous version), the amended Constitution clearly states that the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is governed by law and mastered…... [read more]

Increasing minimum wagesAccording to Decree No.122/2015/ND-CP issued on November 14, 2015, applicable to employees working for companies, cooperative unions, cooperative groups, farms, households, individuals, and organisation hiring employees under labour contracts, regional minimum wages will be raised by an average 12.4 per cent, or VND250,000-400,000 ($11.1-17.8) per month, depending on geographical regions. Radical changes to Special Excise DutyDecree No.108/2015/ND-CP dated October 28, 2015, contains regulations on the special excise duty on cars with 24 seats and below.Accordingly, the tax on such imported cars will be based on the importer's price. This importer’s price is never lower than 105 per cent…... [read more]

Gas prices will increase VND12,000 to VND312,000 (US$14) a 12 kilogram cylinder from January 1 next year, announced gas companies in HCMC yesterday afternoon.Explaining the price increase, the companies said that the world gas contract price would average $465 a ton in January, up $65 over December.According to Tien Phong Newspaper, that is the fourth price hike since September this year with the total increase of VND34,000 a cylinder.By Lac Phong – Translated by Hai Mien... [read more]

Provisions of the new Law on PersonalIncome Tax applicable to taxation of dividend income and capital gainson securities trading will take effect on January 1, said Vu VanTruong, director of the Ministry of Finance’s tax policy department. The new taxes were suspended for all of 2009 as part of theGovernment’s stimulus package and to help sustain the stock marketduring the downturn. Pursuant to the law, investors will have two options for paying thecapital gains tax; either a flat 0.1 percent levy on the value of eachsecurities transaction or a 20 percent tax on net capital gains duringthe tax year. However,…... [read more]

According to the International Relation Department under the Ministry of Finance, the import tariff on many commodities from China and South Korea will be reduced from January 1, 2007 following the implementation of the ASEAN-China and ASEAN-South Korea free trade agreement frameworks in which Vietnam is a signatory. Under the tax cut catalogue, the tax rate will be reduced from 60 per cent or higher to 40 per cent (the most favoured nation - MFN - rate) in 2007 if the commodities are inclusive in the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) framework. The commodities consist of beer, wine, second-hand clothes, heavy…... [read more]

Vietnam will take the position of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chair as of January 1, 2010.This was announced at the closing ceremony of the 15th ASEAN Summit andrelated summits on Oct. 25 in Cha-am-Hua Hin, Thailand .Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung delivered a speech on theASEAN year, saying that “ASEAN cooperation is of strategic importanceto Vietnam . Vietnam is and will always be an active and responsiblemember of ASEAN, thus making the Association stronger and betterconnected.”He also said Vietnam is determined and gives top priority to successfully performing the 2010 ASEAN Chairmanship.The PM highlighted Vietnam’s priorities for…... [read more]

The decision was announced at a regular government meeting in Hanoi on December 1 which reviewed the socio-economic development situation in November and in the past 11 months.   January 1, 2008. By 2010, adjustment of electricity prices will be based on fluctuations in the  competitive electricity supply market.   from now till 2010 by renewing technology and increasing management capacity.... [read more]

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In the eight months since it successfully secured Series C funding from two South Korean venture investment funds, the Vietnam-based mobile content platform Appota has launched several campaigns to diversify its products and services, in particular focusing on advertising and FinTech.  This third call by Appota was also the first time a tech startup in Vietnam received funding from South Korean investment funds.  The two investment funds were Korea Investment Partners (KIP) and Mirae Asset Venture Investment. KIP led the undisclosed Series C funding round, under which Mr. Sang-Ho Park, Director of Investment at the Seoul-headquartered fund, will join Appota’s Board of Directors.  Mirae Asset Venture Investment, meanwhile, is a venture capital and buyout firm. The joint investment valued Appota at about $50 million and was KIP’s maiden financing of a Vietnamese company and Mirae’s first tech investment in Vietnam.  Eye-catching startup ecosystem  Appota, which distributes digital content, primarily games, has become one of Google’s four partners in Asia deploying the giant’s Mobile Ad Exchange platform and is also developing a payment system.  Founded in 2011, it graduated from the Topica Founder Institute and secured Series A funding from Vietnamese e-commerce company VNP Group in 2012, followed by Series B funding from Golden Gate Ventures and Japan’s GMO Global Payment Fund in 2014. Many other investors from South Korea are keen on Vietnam’s startup market. According to experts, following in the footsteps of venture capital firms and investors from Singapore and the US, South Korean players are now making their…

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Vietnamese people welcome 2018 with dazzling excitement Most Recent News

NDO – The entire Party, people and army today are extremely excited and proud to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2). The great August Revolution of 1945, a glorious milestone in the nation’s history, brought about independence and freedom for the Vietnamese people. The tremendous victory ended the nation’s suffering and marked the dawn of a new era of national independence and socialism. On September 2, 1945, at the historic Ba Dinh square, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now…... [read more]

NDO - At the invitation of Cuban President Raul Castro, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and a delegation of high-ranking officials will pay an official visit to the Republic of Cuba. This is a significant event as the two countries are celebrating the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and seeking to strengthen the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperative relationship. The Vietnamese people have supported and expressed solidarity with the Cuban people for more than half a century. Under the leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC), headed by former President Fidel Castro and current President Raul…... [read more]

NDO – Although he has returned to Vietnam many times, when he put his step back into Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi, the American anti-war prisoner sergeant Robert P. Chenoweth can’t hold back his feeling. He had to stop at times to hold back his tears while addressing the opening ceremony of the ‘Finding Memories’ exhibition, which was held in late November in Hanoi. The four-month exhibition is hosted by Hoa Lo Prison Management Board to celebrate 45th anniversary of Vietnam’s Epic Dien Bien Phu in the Air (December 1972-2017). Army non-commissioned officer Robert P. Chenoweth joined the Vietnam war…... [read more]

NDO - Today the entire Party, people and armed forces are celebrating the 86th anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3, 1930-2016) amid the joyful atmosphere of Tet holiday and celebrating the success of the 12th National Party Congress.  The foundation of the CPV was an inevitable turning point of the history and the result of the development of workers' movement and the patriotic movement combined with Marxism-Leninism spread to Vietnam by comrade Nguyen Ai Quoc. The establishment of the CPV was a prominent landmark in the journey of national defence, construction and development. Under the leadership…... [read more]

NDO – The atmosphere of preparing and getting ready for the welcome of the 21 leaders of APEC member economies to attend the APEC Summit 2017, has been saturating Vietnam, especially in the central coastal city of Da Nang, where the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week 2017 has been proceeding. As the most important event of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week and the focus of Vietnam’s foreign policy this year, the APEC Summit 2017 is being anticipated by both the Vietnamese people and the international community, and is strongly expected to generate solid results, deciding the success of the Vietnam APEC…... [read more]

NDO – After ten years of implementation of the 2006 Law on Information Technology (IT), there is an urgent need to remove obstacles and integrate new trends to promote IT application, IT infrastructure development and increase the number and quality of IT human resources, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has said. The government official made the suggestion at a national teleconference hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) on Thursday, reviewing a ten year implementation of the above bill. The IT Law was passed by the 11th National Assembly (NA) on June 29, 2006 and took effective…... [read more]

NDO – A total of 27 top prizes were presented to outstanding TV programmes sent to the 37th National Television Festival, which wrapped up in Sam Son city, the central province of Thanh Hoa on December 16 night. Nearly 500 TV shows by 140 TV and radio units in nine different categories, including documentaries, reportage, talk shows, science education and ethnic minority TV shows, competed for the best work awards. Jointly held by the Vietnam National Television (VTV) and Thanh Hoa Television in Thanh Hoa for the first time, the annual event aims to honour producers, directors and camera crews…... [read more]

NDO/VNA - Vietnam and Morocco should strengthen bilateral relations, bring into play cooperation mechanisms and increase the exchange of delegations at all level as well as people-to-people exchanges, said General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong. The Party leader made the suggestion during a reception for President of the Moroccan House of Representatives Habib El Malki in Hanoi on December 19. He welcomed Malki’s visit, describing it as a highlight in friendly relations between the two legislatures and the two nations in general. Trong took this occasion to thank Morocco for its solidarity…... [read more]

Newly-accredited Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Nguyen Hoai Duong made the remark while presenting a copy of his credentials to Director General of Protocol Carlos Lara Armienta and Director General for Asia-Pacific at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alfonso de Maria y Campos in Mexico City on November 21.He affirmed that Vietnam attaches great importance to the role of Mexico in the region and the world. The key tasks during his working tenure in Mexico are promoting high-level delegation exchanges and implementing bilateral cooperation mechanisms in political consultation between the two countries’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the joint committee on economic-trade-investment…... [read more]

I was trying to recall the past experiences that I have gone through during my four years of living and working full-time in Vietnam and use them to draw a picture of Vietnamese culture, which I expect will be a great work of art with my wonderful memories of this country. When I first arrived in Vietnam, I was very curious about how Vietnam had resisted numerous invasions to safeguard its sovereignty and become an independent country as we know it today. Throughout Vietnam’s rich and long history, what features prominently is the entire country’s effort to preserve national identity,…... [read more]

Nhan Dan Newspaper picks out top 10 culture, sports and tourism events in 2017 Most Recent News

NDO – Nhan Dan Newspaper picks out Vietnam’s top ten cultural items, sports and tourism events in 2017. 1. The promulgation of a Politburo resolution No. 08-NQ/TW on January 16, 2017 on developing tourism as a key economic sector The document has a historic significance as it creates motivation for the robust development of the entire tourism sector. The revised Law on Tourism was passed on June 19, 2017 during the third session of the 14th National Assembly with an aim to facilitate the development of tourism sector in the context of international integration process. After that, a series of decisive documents on boosting tourism was promulgated, which have contributed to the record growth of Vietnam’s tourism sector in 2017 with a total of international visitors of 12.9 million, up nearly 30% as compared to 2016. 2. A national symposium on trends of literature and arts in Vietnam A national symposium discussing current trends of literature and arts in Vietnam nowadays was held in Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province in November, 2017. The event, hosted by the Central Council for Theory and Criticism of Literature and Art, provided a forum for researchers, arts critics, and artists to exchange their talks on both positive and negative trends seen in Vietnam’s literature and arts, and make proposals and solutions to develop Vietnam’s literature and arts in the coming time. 3. UNESCO recognition of Vietnam’s Bai Choi singing and Xoan singing UNESCO added Vietnam’s two folk music styles of ‘Bai choi’ and…

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Six high-quality trains to operate on North-South route Most Recent News

NDO – Typhoon Tembin has weakened into a tropical low pressure system but will still bring heavy rains to the southern region in the next 2-3 days, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF). >>> Southern localities brace for Storm Tembin >>> Deputy PM inspects Soc Trang, Bac Lieu’s preparedness for Typhoon Tembin Early on the morning of December 26, after entering the southern sea of Ca Mau province, Tembin continued to weaken. At 7am this morning, the centre of the low pressure was in the waters offshore of Ca Mau province, with its strongest wind speed of…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The number of newly-established firms, along with firms resuming operations, set a record in 2017 with more than 153,000 companies with total registered capital of VND3.16 quadrillion (US$139 billion). The latest statistics of the Ministry of Planning and Investment showed that the figure broke the record of 110,000 firms last year. Accordingly, the total number of new firms was nearly 127,000 with total registered capital of VND1.3 quadrillion, posting increases of 15.2% and 45.4%, respectively, compared to last year. Average registered capital was VND10.2 billion per company in 2017, increasing 26.2% from the previous year. The number of…... [read more]

NDO – Low-cost carrier Vietjet inaugurated its Nha Trang-Seoul service, connecting the south central coastal province of Khanh Hoa and the Republic of Korea's capital city, on the afternoon of December 6 at Cam Ranh International Airport, Khanh Hoa. A return flight will be in operation on the Nha Trang-Seoul route every day, taking around 5 hours per leg. The flight will depart Nha Trang at 16:15 and arrive in Seoul at 22:45 (local time). The return flight will take off in Seoul at 01:50 (local time) and land in Nha Trang at 05:25. This new route aims to serve…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Vietnam Airlines and several other carriers have cancelled or adjusted the schedule of many flights to and from areas to be affected by typhoon Tembin. The national flag carrier cancelled all flights from 12:40 to 20:30 on December 25 on the routes between Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc in the southern province of Kien Giang, and between Hanoi and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. Passengers affected by the cancellations will be arranged to fly on the next day Meanwhile, the schedule of flights from 15:00 to 23:00 on December 25 will be adjusted according…... [read more]

NDO – The Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has called for the investment in 53 different projects covering the agricultural sector, tourism, trade and services, industry and science and technology. The Lam Dong People's Committee on December 26 held a seminar on trade, tourism and investment promotion into the province under the framework of the ongoing 7th Da Lat Flower Festival. Nguyen Van Yen, Deputy Chairman of Lam Dong People's Committee said that tourism and agriculture are two areas that the province will focus on in the future to exploit its strength of modern agriculture combining with agricultural tourism,…... [read more]

NDO – General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnamese officials wrapped up their official visit to Japan yesterday, which took place from September 15 to 18, at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. >>> Ardent friendship further enhanced in the Land of the Rising Sun The visit was an important event of great significance, reaffirming political trust and motivation to boost comprehensive development and deepen the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan, contributing to peace and prosperity in Asia. Throughout his official visit to…... [read more]

NDO - President Truong Tan Sang and his spouse left Hanoi for Manila, the Philippines, on November 17 to attend the 23rd APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, at the invitation of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. Themed ‘Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World’, the APEC 23 will contribute to further strengthening its leading role in promoting regional growth and economic connectivity, as well as supporting its member countries to achieve development goals and promote regional co-operation. Founded on November 11, 1989, APEC currently comprises 21 members. This is the only regional forum that brings together developing and developed economies that…... [read more]

NDO- General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong left Hanoi on September 15 for an official visit to Japan at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Along with visits to China and the United States (April and July 2015), the visit to Japan by General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong is one of the most important diplomatic activities of the year, in line with a foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralisation, diversification and deepening relationships with major partners. The visit is an event of political significance, aiming to deepen the strategic partnership between Vietnam…... [read more]

NDO – The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) held a ceremony in Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi, on December 27, to welcome its 94 millionth passenger aboard the 800,000th flight operated by the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation (VATM) in 2017. The lucky passenger was Nguyen Van Huynh who took a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. The event also welcomed Nguyen Thanh Son, the 1,500,000th Golden Lotus member of the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines. Addressing the event, General Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) Dinh Viet Thang said that the achievements gained…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines organised a ceremony to welcome the 200 millionth passenger at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, on December 5. This marks a milestone in the carrier’s development history of more than two decades. The 200 millionth passenger was Vietnamese Nguyen Truong Chinh, who took Flight No VN223 from Hanoi to HCM City. The flight landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 10.10am. Duong Tri Thanh, Vietnam Airlines General Director, said: “Recording 200 million passengers in more than two decades since the foundation is a milestone for Vietnam…... [read more]

Two Vietnamese cities among world’s top destinations in 2018

Ho Chi Minh City is a place of interest for investment of US businesses in southern Vietnam (Da Nang City southwards). The city’s number of projects and value of investment capital outpaces other regions. Especially after Intel Corp invested US$1 billion in Saigon Hi-tech Park, the city has become an attractive destination for US investors.  Following the visit by 18 leading US companies in early April 2007, a large group of companies from states with strong business ties with Vietnam arrived in Ho Chi Minh City in late May.  Visit by Washington State companiesIn May 2007, a group of 25…... [read more]

The list, compiled by global business intelligence firm Euromonitor International, also placed Hanoi in 52nd and the northern city of Ha Long in 56th.Ho Chi Minh City is expected to receive 5.5 million foreign visitors this year, up 5.8% from last year. Hanoi will welcome an estimated 4.3 million visitors, while Ha Long is expected to receive 4 million arrivals, respective increases of 7.5% and 14.3%. The Telegraph  recently recommended Hanoi as an amazing food destination, while Ho Chi Minh City has cracked various lists of top destinations for solo and retiree travelers, including being named by  p riceoftravel.com  as one of…... [read more]

The Egyptian national airline (Egypt Air – MS) had a working session with Vietnamese tourism businesses on June 25 in Ho Chi Minh City, on opening direct flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Cairo, Egypt. Vietnam is the 7th market in Asia and the 4th market in Southeast Asia that Egypt Air has inaugurated flights to transport passengers. Egypt Air Regional Director in East Asia Mr. Youssef Gad said that Vietnam is an attractive destination. After positive market research, Egypt Air has decided to negotiate business development in the Vietnamese market. Vietnamese tourists will be exempt from…... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh City will become a new destination for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) tourism in Southeast Asia thanks to its dynamic development, especially in transport infrastructure and accommodations.   The remark was made by domestic and foreign travel agencies, investors and experts attending a seminar introducing destinations in the Greater Mekong Sub-region held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Ho Chi Minh City on September 7.   According to Duong Thi Hoang Yen, a representative from the municipal Department of Tourism, Ho Chi Minh City is a place connecting many cities and provinces nationwide…... [read more]

Danang: Beachfront and great for golfersSituated on the East Sea at the mouth of the Han River, Danang is home to Vietnam’s best golf course and a long, beautiful beach, the Canada-based financial education website says.Though Danang is where a major US airbase was located during the war, the Vietnamese “apparently welcome American visitors and retirees now.”The city of a million people, dotted with wide, easily-traveled roads and wide sidewalks for those who like to walk free of bikes and motorbikes, is a place two foreigners can live on US$1,200 a month.“The beach is utterly beautiful and very clean, with…... [read more]

Can Tho City in southern Vietnam issued a new code of conduct for civil servants on Tuesday that prohibits them from wearing jeans or T-shirts to work. The policy applies to both men and women, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported. It recommends shirts and trousers instead, while women can also opt for the traditional ao dai. Several workers have already called the new rule too “rigid”, but the man behind the policy insists he has done his homework. Nguyen Hoang Ba, director of Can Tho’s Department of Home Affairs, said that jeans are already banned from public offices in Hanoi and Saigon.…... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh City has been listed by CNN as one of the world’s 23 best street food destinations along with other popular cities in the world, like Bangkok, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris...   Banh mi (a kind of bread served with condiments, chicken or pork). Photo: vietnamnet.vn  Accordingly, pho (noodle served with beef and chicken), banh mi (a kind of bread served with condiments, chicken or pork) and com tam (broken rice) were introduced as typical dishes of street food in Ho Chi Minh City.   Banh mi, according to CNN, was spreading out all over the world. The…... [read more]

Inside a factory that turns plastic waste into electricity in Vietnam (Photo: VNA)Hanoi (VNA) – Several Vietnamese citiesare striving to recycle and reuse waste, with waste a growing concern in thecountry and around the world.Waste is an environmental problem, especially inbig cities, and as living standards improve, more waste is generated.Economic development and population growth areincreasing household and medical waste in Vietnam’s cities more rapidly than inmany other countries.About 5,400 tonnes of solid household waste aregenerated in Hanoi each day, with the figure in Ho Chi Minh City some 8,300tonnes per day, which forecasts say will hit 13,000 tonnes by…... [read more]

Vietnamese will have three days off from tomorrow and get back to work on Monday.In Ho Chi Minh City, an event titled “Countdown Party 2016 – Journey to Wonderland,” to be held by Yan TV, will take place around the Crescent Lake in District 7 with the participation of numerous famous local singers.The musical performances of the event will start at 7:00 pm on a floating stage in the area.A ball will be featured at the Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 to welcome the year 2016 at 10:00 pm on Thursday.The highlight will be a New Year countdown…... [read more]

The code of conduct, applicable to all employees of state entities, was signed into effect on September 5 by Can Tho chairman Vo Thanh Thong, according to the Office of the municipal People’s Committee. The code requires public workers to be considerate, courteous and affable in communicating with people, and be attentive to inquiries so as to give clear and detailed explanations of regulations related to their field of expertise.Public workers are also asked to give priority treatment to the elderly, the sick, the disabled and pregnant women, while picking up the habit of saying “sorry” and “thank you” in…... [read more]