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Eurocham sees investment climate improvement

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm




Eurocham sees investment climate improvement


QĐND – Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Eurocham has acknowledged Vietnam ’s progress in improving its trade and investment environment, particularly in intellectual property and administrative reform, in year-end months.


The statement was made by Alain Cany, Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (Eurocham) while launching the “White Book of Trade/Investment Issues and Recommendations” in Hanoi on Nov. 25.


The White Book, the third edition, will serve as a reference for the Vietnamese Government to address limitations in Vietnam ’s competitiveness such as the quality of labour force, infrastructure, energy supply, encouragement of Public-Private Partnership (PPP), and regulatory and administrative reform, said the Eurocham chairman.


As in prior editions, the White Book 2011 aims to summarise some of the key issues affecting the business operations of over 700 European business members in Vietnam . The companies are involved in pharmaceuticals, energy, telecommunications, automobile, tourism and banking sectors.


The White Book 2011 includes additional views on the important areas of PPP and nutritional foods, which drew special attention from EU businesses.


The book will serve as useful information for European companies to better understand Vietnam ’s economic development and legal and investment environment, said Jean-Jacques Bouflet, Minister-Councillor for Trade and Economics at the European Commission delegation.


The edition will also help the Vietnamese Government to clearly understand investors’ interests and aspirations, he added.


It will also support future negotiations on free trade between Vietnam and EU, he said.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

HR management still leaves room for improvement

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Improvement of lifeline canal needed

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:49 am

The country’s inland navigation system plays a critical role in the nation’s economy but it is a waste that the use of inland waterway transport has not yet reached its full potential in Vietnam.


Inland waterways relieve congestion on already over-crowded highways and railways that run through cities. It is therefore needed to improve and upgrade waterway traffic to reduce pressure on land traffic.

A section of Cho Gao canal which is lifeline for the whole navigation system of the Mekong delta (Photo: SGGP)

The Southeast Asian nation is generously endowed with navigable inland waterways in the south, especially Cho Gao canal in the Mekong delta province of Tien Giang.


The 28 km long waterway route from Ho Chi Minh City to Cho Gao Canal in Tien Giang Province is the only waterway linking the city with the delta region.


Although it is not long canal, it plays a vital role in waterway system of the South because freights from the city and the southeastern region to the Mekong delta are carried by ships in two ways but it has to go through the important canal, Cho Gao, according to Tran The Ky, the HCMC Department of Transport’s Deputy Director.


Around 15 million of goods are transported via the inland waterway from Ho Chi MInh City to Mekong delta provinces each year and vice versa. The Cho Gao canal is, thus, congested with vessels and boats, with an estimated 1,500 of them passing through every day by statistics of the department. It took two days to resolve a serious traffic gridlock happened in the canal in May, 2008.


According to the waterway transportation association of Vietnam, traffic congestion in the canal has caused much loss to enterprises. It costs only VND60,000 to transport a ton of goods from Tien Giang province to HCMC but if there was a congestion in the canal, it would take away billions a day.


An upgrading project raised by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) nine years ago to dredge and expand the canal to ease traffic congestion and to build an embankment along the sides.


However, the project still can’t satisfy the increasing demands and severe landslides has badly affected the canal, a fresh VND4 trillion (US$224 million) upgrading project including widening the canal, dredging and construction of an embankment along the canal. In addition, a traffic control station will be built to deal with traffic gridlocks and accidents. The project will commence in next year and complete in 2014.


There are also significant environmental benefits to the inland waterway system. Waterway with Cho Gao Canal is lifeline for the whole system in the region so MOT will focus on developing more the waterway system.

Source: SGGP

Cham Island attracts tourists but room for improvement exists

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island), in Hoi An town of the central province of Quang Nam, received recognition as a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO one year ago, is regarded as a biological tourist heaven, attracting large numbers of visitors.

Cu Lao Cham is well-known for its wildness, seafood and hospitality  (Photo: Sggp)

The archipelago, with eight big and small islands covers an area of 15 square kilometers.

According to scientists, Cu Lao Cham is home to over 947 species, of which 170 are sea organisms, 50 are fish, and many other species classified as endangered by Vietnam’s Red Book.

The area is also home to 135 species of coral, including six that are new to Vietnamese seas.

“Travelers are very interested in visiting Cu Lao Cham because of its wilderness, seafood and hospitality. Visitors can also explore hidden beauty underwater with thousands of splendid coral with scuba diving tours,” said Nguyen Son Thuy, Director of Hoi An Travel.


However, so far, the Cham Island has no hotels. Visitors have to spend the night in residents’ houses or camp in tents on the beach.


“The local authorities are very careful about developing the island in such a way that does not affect the nature. The biggest problem in development strategy and calling investors to the island is energy resource. Electricity is provided from small diesel generators that pollutes the air and water,” said Mr. Le Van Giang, Chairman of Hoi An People’s Committee.


The local government is cooperating with scientists of the Vietnam Energy Institute to find solutions to create clear energy resources from the sun, bio-fuel and others with a cost of more than VND300 billion (US$15 million).


A lack of transportation is another problem.  New forms of transport are needed to link the island to the mainland. Currently, the only method of transportation are high-speed boats and wood fishing vessels, which can not be used during rainy season.


The government should provide a long-term plan with strong investment to develop the UNESCO-recognized biosphere reserve in a way that is environmentally friendly.

Source: SGGP

Country’s play scripts need improvement: experts

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 11:53 am

Once again this year, the jury of the Vietnam Stage Artists Association (VSAA) Awards 2009 opted not to bestow a play script with the Awards’ top honor, demonstrating that Vietnam is facing a dearth of good scriptwriters.

A scene from the play Ky Nghe Lay Tay (Technology to marry a westerner), performed at the Phu Nhuan Theater in HCMC. The stage drama is considered one of a select few quality plays in the country.

The event, held March 31 in Hanoi, aimed to honor the country’s best plays and writers, but failed to recognize a single standout script. Instead, play writers shared second and third place awards.


To address the problem an annual script-composing camp was set up in the past to help local writers develop their potential.


Each participant receives tens of millions of VND to write quality scripts during the camp, but so far, the activity has failed to produce the desired results.


While a plethora of writing has been turned out, the quality of the scripts has not yet improved.


Such investments have so far been wasteful, said the chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Stage Artists Association, Le Duy Hanh.


This year’s scriptwriting camp should be changed to foster the improvement of writing quality, and only writers who produce good works will be funded, he added.


The HCMC Stage Artists Association will organize a scriptwriting contest nationwide in July, aimed at discovering and encouraging potential young talent.


Other experts argue that some good scripts are not developed into stage dramas due to conflict between directors and writers who don’t see eye-to-eye on projects.


According to industry insiders, directors, producers and writers should take time to communicate about such issues and work toward compromises so that more quality plays can be produced.


 

Source: SGGP

Improvement in Thailand-Cambodia relations blows cool breeze to ASEAN

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 11:49 am

“Cambodia will not allow former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to use Cambodia as a political base to attack Thailand,” Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen declared during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Suthep Thaugsuban on April 4 in Hua Hin, Thailand.

From left to right: Cabodian PM Hun Sen, Lao PM Buasone Bouphavanh , Thailand PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and Vietnamese PM Nguyen Tan Dung in the Hua Hin conference on Mekong River on April 5, 2010.

PM Hun Sen said during the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit, held for the first time in Hua Hin, that the Cambodian constitution prohibits such political activity. He added that Mr. Thaksin would not be allowed to enter Cambodia in the midst of Thailand’s political unrest.  


Since a dispute over ownership of the historic Preah Vihear temple broke out in 2008, relations between Cambodia and Thailand have been strained.


Cambodia’s recent comments on the contentious issue of Mr. Thaksin, however, have led the public to believe that icy relations between the two Southeast Asian neighbors may be beginning to thaw.


Responding to the statement of his Cambodian counterpart, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva considered Mr. Hun Sen’s comments a positive signal towards the normalization of relations between Thailand and Cambodia.


PM Abhisit made the statement at a press conference April 5 after the closing of the MRC Summit.
 
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand will consider re-deploying the ambassadorial ranks in Cambodia step-by-step,” said Prime Minister Abhisit.


Cambodia-Thailand relations soured gradually when Prime Minister Hun Sen appointed Mr. Thaksin as an economic advisor in October 2009 and rejected a request to extradite him to the Thai government.  


The already-strained relations between the two countries were exacerbated by Cambodia’s appointment of Mr. Thaksin as an economic advisor and Thailand responded by re-calling the Thai Ambassador to Cambodia.


Cambodia retaliated likewise and refused aid from Thailand for a project to revamp the road linking Poipet to Siem Reap.


Most recently, just hours before Prime Minister Hun Sen traveled to Hua Hin to attend the MRC Summit, a group from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) staged a protest at the conference opposing Mr. Hun Sen.


The surprising statement by Mr. Hun Sen is being hailed by many as a breath of fresh air, dispelling Cambodia’s tense political relationship with Thailand.


Regarding the appointment of Mr. Thaksin as Cambodia’s economic adviser, PM Hun Sen asserted once again that Cambodia needs a consultant for economic development, but that the country clearly distinguishes personal relationships from national interest and will not let the “Thaksin issue” affect relations between Cambodia and Thailand.


In three day’s time, the 16th ASEAN Summit will take place in Hanoi. The renewed positive Thai-Cambodian relations are seen as a good sign ahead of the major ASEAN event.

Source: SGGP

Country’s play scripts need improvement: experts

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 11:41 am

Once again this year, the jury of the Vietnam Stage Artists Association (VSAA) Awards 2009 opted not to bestow a play script with the Awards’ top honor, demonstrating that Vietnam is facing a dearth of good scriptwriters.

A scene from the play Ky Nghe Lay Tay (Technology to marry a westerner), performed at the Phu Nhuan Theater in HCMC. The stage drama is considered one of a select few quality plays in the country.

The event, held March 31 in Hanoi, aimed to honor the country’s best plays and writers, but failed to recognize a single standout script. Instead, play writers shared second and third place awards.


To address the problem an annual script-composing camp was set up in the past to help local writers develop their potential.


Each participant receives tens of millions of VND to write quality scripts during the camp, but so far, the activity has failed to produce the desired results.


While a plethora of writing has been turned out, the quality of the scripts has not yet improved.


Such investments have so far been wasteful, said the chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Stage Artists Association, Le Duy Hanh.


This year’s scriptwriting camp should be changed to foster the improvement of writing quality, and only writers who produce good works will be funded, he added.


The HCMC Stage Artists Association will organize a scriptwriting contest nationwide in July, aimed at discovering and encouraging potential young talent.


Other experts argue that some good scripts are not developed into stage dramas due to conflict between directors and writers who don’t see eye-to-eye on projects.


According to industry insiders, directors, producers and writers should take time to communicate about such issues and work toward compromises so that more quality plays can be produced.


 

Source: SGGP

Improvement in Thailand-Cambodia relations blows cool breeze to ASEAN

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 11:41 am

“Cambodia will not allow former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to use Cambodia as a political base to attack Thailand,” Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen declared during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Suthep Thaugsuban on April 4 in Hua Hin, Thailand.

From left to right: Cabodian PM Hun Sen, Lao PM Buasone Bouphavanh , Thailand PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and Vietnamese PM Nguyen Tan Dung in the Hua Hin conference on Mekong River on April 5, 2010.

PM Hun Sen said during the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit, held for the first time in Hua Hin, that the Cambodian constitution prohibits such political activity. He added that Mr. Thaksin would not be allowed to enter Cambodia in the midst of Thailand’s political unrest.  


Since a dispute over ownership of the historic Preah Vihear temple broke out in 2008, relations between Cambodia and Thailand have been strained.


Cambodia’s recent comments on the contentious issue of Mr. Thaksin, however, have led the public to believe that icy relations between the two Southeast Asian neighbors may be beginning to thaw.


Responding to the statement of his Cambodian counterpart, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva considered Mr. Hun Sen’s comments a positive signal towards the normalization of relations between Thailand and Cambodia.


PM Abhisit made the statement at a press conference April 5 after the closing of the MRC Summit.
 
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand will consider re-deploying the ambassadorial ranks in Cambodia step-by-step,” said Prime Minister Abhisit.


Cambodia-Thailand relations soured gradually when Prime Minister Hun Sen appointed Mr. Thaksin as an economic advisor in October 2009 and rejected a request to extradite him to the Thai government.  


The already-strained relations between the two countries were exacerbated by Cambodia’s appointment of Mr. Thaksin as an economic advisor and Thailand responded by re-calling the Thai Ambassador to Cambodia.


Cambodia retaliated likewise and refused aid from Thailand for a project to revamp the road linking Poipet to Siem Reap.


Most recently, just hours before Prime Minister Hun Sen traveled to Hua Hin to attend the MRC Summit, a group from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) staged a protest at the conference opposing Mr. Hun Sen.


The surprising statement by Mr. Hun Sen is being hailed by many as a breath of fresh air, dispelling Cambodia’s tense political relationship with Thailand.


Regarding the appointment of Mr. Thaksin as Cambodia’s economic adviser, PM Hun Sen asserted once again that Cambodia needs a consultant for economic development, but that the country clearly distinguishes personal relationships from national interest and will not let the “Thaksin issue” affect relations between Cambodia and Thailand.


In three day’s time, the 16th ASEAN Summit will take place in Hanoi. The renewed positive Thai-Cambodian relations are seen as a good sign ahead of the major ASEAN event.

Source: SGGP

PM orders healthcare improvement in 2010

In Vietnam Health on December 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm

In a recent meeting with heath sector representatives, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered better mobilization of all resources to reduce overcrowding in major city hospitals next year.


Over the next five years, the health sector must also improve the quality of medical treatment, ensure enough beds for patients, and call for investment in healthcare facilities, Mr. Dung stressed.


The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health says the problem of overcrowded hospitals is due to an influx of patients from neighboring provinces to major medical clinics in the city. 








Several patients  forced to share a single bed at the Trauma and Orthopedics hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has directed the healthcare sector to improve its services and reduce overcrowding in 2010 ( Photo: SGGP)

In a bid to ease the pressure on these clinics, the Ministry of Health launched an initiative early this year to rotate thousands of medical staff in rural areas.


The program has yielded good results in improving treatment quality and self-sufficiency in suburban areas and especially in mountainous and remote areas.


Under the program, 21,526 doctors in provinces and districts have been receiving training in hundreds of complex medical procedures. This has reduced the need to transfer patients to larger hospitals by 30 percent.


The HCM City Trauma and Orthopedics Hospital, for instance, provides training for staff at 34 satellite hospitals in the city and other provinces.


In addition, the hospital sends staff to other infirmaries when they are in need and strives to apply new techniques to help patients recover quickly and leave the hospital sooner.


But a consistent shortage of personnel and equipment along with yearly increases in the number of patients, creates continual challenges for the program, said Trauma and Orthopedics Hospital Director Tran Thanh My.


Furthermore, skilled doctors often avoid rotations since they have their own private practices to attend to and long absences have a negative effect on their local patients, said Dr. Lam Hoai Phuong, director of the Maxillo Facial Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.


Dr. Pham Xuan Dung, deputy director of the Tumor Hospital in the city’s Binh Thanh District, said his hospital had implemented several other measures to improve patient service that had shown positive results.


The facility began seeing patients as early as 6am; installed a formalized number-taking system; performed surgery on weekends; implemented new diagnostic and treatment technology; and offered services outside of regular working hours. The efforts paid off and the hospital was able to treat more than 38,000 patients in 2009, said Dr. Dung.


The hospital also provides training to healthcare staff in the southern provinces of Dong Nai, Tien Giang, Can Tho and Kien Giang. However, Dr. Dung said many patients in rural areas still consider hospitals in major cities to be superior.


Experts say the country’s healthcare conundrum therefore requires a more comprehensive approach to improving quality and reducing crowding.


Related article:
Hospital overcrowding jeopardizes lives

Medical Staff Take Turns to Serve in Commune Hospitals: Health Minister


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