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Five Vietnamese children, together with 25 contemporaries from the Greater Mekong Sub-region countries, are in Bangkok, Thailand for the third Mekong Youth Forum on Human Trafficking and Migration.
The week-long forum aims to inform policy makers and the public about a range of risks children in the region face. Delegates at the forum are also discussing measures to better protect at-risk children and youth from exploitation and trafficking.
Participants from countries, including Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, will discuss and share their first-hand experiences with migration or trafficking. The five Vietnamese children were selected by 85 delegates at the National Children’s Conference in August.
Nguyen Thi Mai An, 15, from the central Highlands province of Kon Tum, told te English-language daily Vietnam News before her departure that she and her friends would walk along the border near her home to disseminate information about human trafficking to local residents.
They provided the local children with information about human trafficking and held talks and spread the slogans: “Listen to the children’s cry on the other side of borderline” and “Put traffickers into a prison cell!”
She said that the province was home to several ethnic minority groups, so the communication campaign attached importance to understanding the groups’ cultures first.
“Vietnamese children want more information about how to combat human trafficking, as well as how to protect themselves,” said An. “We also want to achieve more cooperation to deal with these issues at the regional forum.”
At the meeting, the participants are using creative methods to tell their stories, discuss human trafficking and migration, and talk about potential future action plans. Groups of artists will work as co-facilitators to help children prepare their own creative presentations.
According to the organiser, the regional forum aims to institutionalise the participation of children and youth in local, national and regional anti-trafficking programmes.
The forum’s results will be discussed by leaders from the region at the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking’s official meeting.
Between 2004-09, about 1,600 human trafficking cases were reported, involving 2,900 traffickers and 4,000 victims. Most trafficking victims are women and children.
The forum has been co-organised by the International Labour Organisation, World Vision, Save the Children UK and the UN Inter-agency Project on Human Trafficking.
Deputies to the 12th National Assembly will discuss draft documents to be presented to the Party’s XIth National Congress and hear the Government’s report on Vinashin’s post-debt crisis management at their eighth session due to start on October 20.
At a press briefing in Hanoi on October 18, the Vice Chairman of the National Assembly’s Office Dr. Nguyen Si Dung reported that the 32-day session will consist of 46 plenary meetings, 13 sessions to be televised live, and 16 group meetings.
Although this is the year-end session, the deputies will discuss and approve nine bills and one resolution.
They will hear and debate the Government’s report on the outcomes of the country’s socio-economic performance in 2010 and its socio-economic development plan in 2011.
The deputies will look at the execution of State budget estimates in 2010, budget estimates for 2011 as well as plans on budget allocation for central agencies and budget supplements for localities.
Also at this session, the deputies will discuss the Government’s presentation to summarise the implementation of the pilot programme of no longer organizing the People’s Council at ward, commune and district levels as prescribed in the 12th National Assembly’s resolution.
More than 118 businesses from the Republic of Korea attended a dialogue on Vietnam’s tax and customs policies on October 1.
The dialogue was organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the RoK Small-and Medium-Sized Enterprises’ Association on the occasion of a Vietnamese delegation’s visit to the RoK.
The Vietnamese delegation briefed the audience on Vietnam’s tax and customs policies, incentives, corporate taxes, added value taxes and new regulations on customs procedures.
Deputy Minister of Finance, Do Hoang Anh Tuan, said that tax incentives and relevant policies are of interest to Korean businesses.
More than 70 percent of RoK businesses investing in Vietnam are small and medium sized so they face difficulties accesing policies and dealing with procedures and tax incentives.
The MoF and the General Department of Taxation planned to work with relevant RoK authorities to facilitate businesses easier operations in Vietnam. Vietnamese authorities will also help remove obstacles through the RoK Businesses Association and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vietnam.
Mr Tuan said that this is the first time such dialogue between the two countries.
The second National Conference on Tourism Human Resource Training will be held in August of this year by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and other relevant ministries and agencies, according to the National Administration of Tourism.
The agenda will include a preliminary report on tourism and human resource training for the past two years, along with speeches by delegates from ministries, agencies, tourism training businesses and centers nationwide and exhibitions and training cooperation agreements.
The conference will be a good chance for enterprises and training centers to exchange their experiences and information on tourism and human resources training, so that they can strengthen cooperation on socializing tourism and human resource training.
Translated by Vu Hung
A conference titled Trade Barriers with Business Association and Vietnamese Enterprises was held by the European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) in Hanoi on June 23.
At the conference, EuroCham discussed issues related to trade barriers in the EU market and challenges and opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to put into action the Free Trade Agreements (FTA).
Former Vietnamese Deputy Ministry of Trade Phan The Rue stressed that the country’s export businesses should take the chances to export their products to larger markets.
However, they also need to focus on studying the multi-lateral and bilateral free trade agreements and their target markets’ legal systems. Then they can ask for legal consultancy to make full use of the opportunities and minimise any potential risks, he said.
The First Secrectary of the EU Delegation in Vietnam, Hans Farhammer, proposed that to promote its exports, Vietnam should overhaul and enhance its Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Office.
The office in Vietnam should concentrate on major exporters to help them to settle disputes with management agencies and provide them with a consultancy service.Source: VOV
The 7th session of the 12th National Assembly (NA) officially opened in Hanoi on May 20. The NA deputies and voters nationwide paid a lot of attention to working out ways of ensuring stability in the macroeconomy.
Since the beginning of this year, the Government has asked all ministries, agencies and localities to make a greater effort to carry out their socio-economic development tasks in line with the NA Resolution. Subsequently, the socio-economic situation in the first four months has seen a number of positive changes and high growth rates in various fields, including industry, agriculture and services.
The domestic market has operated well, resulting in increases in retail revenues and development capital, as well as ensuring social welfare. The exchange rate between the US dollar and Vietnam dong in the free markets is now close to the officially rate posted by commercial banks.
However, it is still quite a challenge to maintain a high economic growth while curbing the inflation rate at the same time. Le Quoc Dung, deputy head of the NA’s Commission for Economic Affairs, pointed out that to achieve sustainable growth and combat inflation, it is essential to prioritise to boostings export and make it easier for businesses to access loans. It is also important to ensure an adequate supply of goods on the domestic market and to promote production, he added.
According to Tran Dinh Dan, Chairman of the NA Office, Cabinet members will have two and a half days to discuss this. The opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the inquiries session and the discussions between NA deputies at the ongoing 7th session of the 12th NA will be broadcast live on the VOV1 channel of Radio the Voice of Vietnam and the VTV1 channel of Vietnam Television.
Many delegates at the meeting raised their concerns about the new challenges currently facing the national economy, saying they could pose a serious threat. In the first fourth months of this year, Vietnam’s import surplus reached US$4.7 billion, while last year’s balance of payments suffered a deficit of US$8 billion. This will result in the foreign currency market and the exchange rate experiencing more fluctuations, which in turn will affect the management of imports and exports and the balance of payment. Furthermore, the tightening of the monetary policy to prevent a high inflation rate has posed many difficulties for businesses trying to access loans.
Increases in the price of electricity, coal, water and petrol has seen the CPI rise sharply, which concerns many citizens and businesses.
In addition, internal problems in the economy continue to affect socio-economic targets being achieved, such as low growth and industrial value not matching the high level of capital used.
Bui Van Tinh, head a delegation from Hoa Binh, and member of the NA’s Committee for Finance and Budget said that there should a plan to reduce the loan rates at commercial banks as the interest rate is currently too high compared to production output. The quality of products, especially in agricultural processing, must be improved and there needs to be a comprehensive export plan for the future to boost the export of strategic products, said Mr Tinh.
Duong Anh Dien, head of Hai Phong delegation and a member of the NA’s Committee for Finance and Budget said that Vietnam should pay more attention to improving the value of its products. “if we take more care during processing our export value will increase,” said Mr Dien. For example the earnings from exports of titan ore is not very high so the country should commission import processing plants which would raise the export value by 10 times. This is a good way of stabilising the macroeconomy.
Many external factors affect the economy while the management of the economy also faces some problems, such as inflation and exchange rate. Therefore, it is essential to stabilise the macro-economy from now until the end of this year. Together with carrying out the eight key measures stipulated by the Government, including managing currency policies flexibly, maintaining the credit growth rate and payments set at a reasonable level in line with development targets and controlling inflation, Vietnam needs to monitors changes in supply and demand, assessing production and the consumption of essential commodities to avoid shortages and price hikes. They are the main issues that will be discussed at this session.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) meets with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad signs his guest book during the 2010 High-level Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons May 3, 2010 at the United Nations In New York. AFP PHOTO
BEIJING, May 5, 2010 (AFP) – Chinese President Hu Jintao will discuss the Iranian nuclear standoff with Russian leaders during a weekend visit to Moscow, a Chinese official said Wednesday, noting the two sides had “similar views”.
Hu will meet President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during the May 8-9 visit, during which he will attend ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, the official said.
“The leaders of the two countries will exchange views on international and regional issues of shared interest, which of course includes the Iranian nuclear issue,” Assistant Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told journalists.
“China and Russia have similar views on this issue.”
The United States, Europe and others fear Iran is using its civilian nuclear energy programme as a cover for a weapons drive — a charge Tehran has repeatedly denied — and are seeking tough new UN sanctions.
But Beijing — one of the five permanent veto-wielding members of the 15-member Security Council — has been reluctant to embrace more sanctions on Iran, which is a major energy provider to China.
Medvedev has repeatedly said Russia, also a veto-wielding council member, does not rule out further sanctions against the Islamic republic but that they should not hurt the wider population.
Over 70 foreign and local scholars met at a seminar in Hanoi April 20 to discuss preserving the traditional Giong Festival, which has applied for recognition by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Mankind.
A Giong Festival procession at Soc Temple in Hanoi on April 20 (Photo: SGGP)
Meeting on the sidelines of the festival, which takes place in the capital annually from the 6th to the 12th of the fourth lunar month, the cultural scholars discussed ways of combining the festival with sustainable tourism initiatives.
They concurred that much work need to be done to improve the festival and preserve its authenticity. They agreed to push for the promotion of the festival in hopes that it would win the approval of the World Cultural Heritage Committee at UNESCO. The Giong Festival’s application has passed the first round of the process.
According to Vietnamese legend, Saint Giong, one of the country’s four immortal folk heroes, was born a small and week baby around 500 BC.
The story goes that when Vietnam was invaded from the north, a three-year-old Giong began to eat immense amounts of rice and soon grew into a giant. He then asked the king for an iron helmet, spear and horse, which he used to lead an army that defeated and expelled the powerful aggressors.
The epitome of Vietnamese resourcefulness, Giong fashioned a weapon out of bamboo when his iron spear broke in battle, according to the legend.
Having restored peace in Vietnam, Giong was named a saint and then bestowed the title of Emperor Phu Dong before he rode his iron horse into the sky. He is now remembered as a defender of the nation, a protector of crops and the embodiment of loyalty.
The festival to commemorate Saint Giong is held in Phu Dong village, Gia Lam district, Hanoi, as well as in some other parts of the capital including Phu Ninh village in Soc Son district and Xuan Dinh village in Tu Liem district. The main festival day is on the 9th day of the month.
The festival includes the performance of traditional rituals and arts by performers who have been taught specific skills for the festival handed down through the generations.
The festival is known as one of Vietnam’s more patriotic celebrations, glorifying the indomitable spirit of the Vietnamese people and the Vietnamese nation’s aspirations of independence and freedom.
BANGKOK, April 18, 2010 (AFP) – Thailand’s pro-establishment “Yellow Shirt” movement gathered in their thousands on Sunday to discuss their response to month-long anti-government protests that left 23 dead in clashes last weekend.
The country is split between “Red Shirts”, who largely support ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, and their yellow-clad rivals who hit the streets ahead of a 2006 coup that ousted Thaksin and again to see off his allies in 2008.
Red Shirt anti-government protesters rest during an on going rally in the main shopping district in Bangkok on April 18, 2010. AFP photo
The yellow protest group, backed by the country’s elite, has kept a low profile since the Reds’ mass rallies began in mid-March but began a meeting early Sunday to discuss the kingdom’s troubles.
“We are having a meeting today because we know that now the country is in crisis,” said Parnthep Pourpongpan, a spokesman for the group formally known as the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD).
“We have the PAD representatives from different provinces coming to analyse the situation and lay out the structure for long-term solutions. There are 3,000 to 5,000 people joining the meeting today,” he said.
The Yellows’ protests in 2008 culminated with a damaging blockade of the capital’s main airports that stranded thousands of travellers.
As they met at a Bangkok university Sunday, the Reds were also meeting to discuss their next move, eights days on from deadly clashes with security forces that left 23 people dead and more than 800 injured.
The Reds, who are demanding snap elections, have since abandoned their rally spot close to where the violence took place to instead reinforce numbers in a Bangkok district which is home to luxury hotels and shopping malls.
Leaders of the Reds have said they would hand themselves in to police next month as they brace themselves for a new army push to disperse them from the key district.
They have so far ignored repeated calls by authorities to disperse from the commercial heartland, despite arrest warrants outstanding against core leaders.
“On May 15, 24 of us will surrender. All of the leaders,” said one of the top Reds, Nattawut Saikuar, on Saturday. “For now the 24 of us will keep rallying to show sincerely that we won’t run away,” he said.
“I’m sure the order to suppress us will come out soon.”
He said the plan was designed to avoid another attempt by security forces to forcibly arrest them, but added they would seek bail.
The mostly poor Reds accuse the government of elitism and being illegitimate as it came to power after a parliamentary vote that followed a controversial court verdict ousting Thaksin’s allies.
The military has said it will make a renewed attempt to disperse the protesters but has given no further details of its plans.
Late Friday embattled Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva handed broader powers to his army chief Anupong Paojinda, after a bungled operation to arrest some protest leaders at a hotel in Bangkok’s northern outskirts.
Earlier Friday commandos stormed a hotel where several Red Shirt leaders were hiding, but the mission ended in dramatic failure after the suspects fled, with one climbing down an electric cable from a third floor balcony.
The setback to the authorities came almost a week after the army tried in vain to clear an area of the capital of anti-government demonstrators, triggering the country’s deadliest civil unrest in 18 years.
The government has asked the police’s special investigation unit to probe the bloodshed, blaming “terrorists” for inciting violence and accusing Thaksin, who lives abroad to avoid a jail term for graft, of stoking the unrest.