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Children’s fund looks to $2 million funding for the needy

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

The National Fund for Vietnamese Children has said that it will try to raise VND40 billion (US$2 million) in order to carry out programs and help disable children of Vietnam this year.

 

Representatives from the National Fund for Vietnamese Children offer gifts to disable children in flood-hit region. (Photo:nfvc.org)


The fund will organize three programs which will be broadcast live on television. The event on television hopes to raise money, from various individuals and organisations, in order to help disadvantaged children.


In another ceremony, which will be held at the Presidential Place in Hanoi, 55 outstanding children that have faced extreme hardship, will be honoured.


Furthermore, the fund will offer 2,500 scholarships to children in 63 cities and provinces, and in addition, give away 5,000 lifebuoys to children that live near rivers and waterways.


The fund also hopes to build 10 new projects and provide fresh water in over 10 cities and provinces around Vietnam. The project will also build five new schools and support 70 individuals that need heart operations in Vietnam.


Last year, the fund raised over VND90 billion ($4.5 million) and helped one million poor and disable children across the country.

Source: SGGP

Gates looks to defuse tensions on China trip

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Defense Secretary Robert Gates hopes to defuse tensions with China’s growing military when he visits Beijing next week in the latest US bid to forge a security dialogue with the country’s skeptical generals.

US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, seen here in Afghanistan in 2010.

The trip, to include a tour of a nuclear weapons command center, carries hefty symbolism, with military relations marred by recurring strains and Washington increasingly impatient with Beijing’s stance toward North Korea.


Gates will leave Washington early Saturday. After three days of talks in China, he will head to Tokyo on Wednesday and Seoul on Friday for meetings focused on the volatile crisis on the divided Korean peninsula.


With Chinese President Hu Jintao due in Washington for a pivotal state visit on January 19, both sides are anxious to show progress in defense ties, which China has repeatedly suspended over US arms sales to Taiwan.


“This was something the Chinese very much wanted to do in advance of that trip (by Hu). They want to get this relationship back on track and working in a positive direction,” Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Friday.


The visit comes a year after Beijing broke off military relations in protest against a multibillion-dollar arms package for rival Taiwan.


Gates embarks on the journey “encouraged” and “optimistic” that military relations can be placed on a more solid foundation, said Morrell, but he acknowledged that previous efforts have produced only fleeting progress.


Days before the US defense chief’s trip, photographs appeared showing a prototype of China’s first stealth fighter, the J-20, at an airfield in the southwest.


The images of the fighter jet coincide with mounting concerns in the Pentagon about China’s increasingly assertive and capable military, including the development of anti-ship missiles that could undercut America’s navy.


Although China may be years away from fielding fully-capable anti-ship missiles or warplanes to rival US fighters, analysts say it is steadily gaining ground.


In his first visit to China since 2007, Gates is scheduled to hold an array of meetings with top officials, including President Hu and his counterpart, General Liang Guanglie.


On Wednesday Gates will visit the army’s Second Artillery Corps headquarters outside of Beijing, which is China’s nuclear command center.


The United States has long sought to open up regular discussions with the Chinese on nuclear, space and cyber weaponry. By talking to officers overseeing the atomic arsenal, Gates hopes to lay the groundwork for such a dialogue, officials said.


Aware of the Asian juggernaut’s rise, the United States for years has appealed to China to back a more “durable” dialogue — similar to US-Soviet exchanges during the Cold War — to avoid miscalculations.


But China has instead opted to sever ties in order to register its displeasure with Washington, particularly over billions of dollars in weapons deals to Taiwan.


“They will probably have some strong words about future arms sales to Taiwan,” said June Teufel Dreyer, an expert on the Chinese military and a professor at the University of Miami.


Because China senses its economic and military might expanding, Gates will not be in a strong negotiating position, she told AFP.


“He will be perceived as begging to get the military relationship back on track, enabling Beijing to ask ‘what do we get out of this?'”


Pentagon officials insist Gates is not out to plead with China.


“China will need to buy into the framework and the logic we see for the military-to-military relationship for its own reasons and in pursuit of its own interests, not because we ask them to,” Michael Schiffer, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, said in a speech Thursday.


China’s fast-growing military will also be on the agenda when Gates travels to Japan on January 13-14, where he will hold talks with Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa.


Tokyo last month announced a shift of strategy in which it would bolster its defenses in the south to address concerns about China’s armed forces as well as the threat posed by North Korea.


On Friday, Gates makes a brief stop in Seoul to discuss how to prevent tensions from escalating with North Korea in meetings with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and the new defense minister, Kim Kwan-jin.


“China has a very important role to play here as well, to get Pyongyang to understand that its current course and its current behavior is extraordinarily dangerous and destabilizing,” said a senior defense official, who asked not to be named.


Meanwhile, on Saturday, North Korea took further steps to mend ties with the South, suggesting talks within weeks and reopening an office to encourage cooperation on the fractured peninsula.


The latest offer from Pyongyang followed an apparent easing in tensions, which have soared since the North shelled the South’s frontline Yeonpyeong island on November 23, killing four people.


 

Source: SGGP

APEC looks forwards to sustainable development

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 1:55 am

HCMC City looks to over US$2 billion in 2011 tourism revenue

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 at 8:20 am

APEC looks to rein in imbalances, safeguard growth

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 7:20 am

Mekong Delta looks for way to reveal its hidden charms

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Vietnamese and native cultures are strong points of the Mekong Delta tourism that have attracted a great number of visitors per year. However, the delta region hasn’t got a prominent role on the national tourism map yet.

          Foreign tourists visit Mekong Delta region

The Mekong Delta is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religion region with innumerable festivals all year round.

Festivals, floating markets, specialties, Dan ca tai tu Nam bo (Southern amateur music), exuberant orchards, immense rice fields and many islets along the Hau Rivers are appealing tourist attractions of the land.

In addition, the flood season is also a character of the South. During this time, fields are submerged in water. Farmers temporarily set aside their farm work and turn to catching fish to make a living.

Tours to the Mekong Delta on this occasion have appealed many overseas Vietnamese, said deputy director of Ben Thanh Tourist Company Nguyen Minh Quyen.

Cultural and Sport Festival in the flood season in An Giang Province has been recently a flourishing season of the tourism industry, he added.

However, the local authorities have been only interested in exploiting the natural resources, not trying to create new tourist services and products. They have also indeliberately lost advantages of the region.

Visitors pluck dien dien flowers on river in the flood season.

As an example, Nga Bay (seven-way intersection) hundred-year-old floating market in Hau Giang Province was closed because it caused traffic jams and pollution. Meanwhile the floating market’s beauty inspired the French captain of the famous Calypso ship, Jacques Yves Cousteau (1910-1997) to made a documentary film in 1992 that was broadcast on more than 100 TV channels throughout the world.

In fact, legends, traditional festivals, habits and customs, daily activities of people in the area are special tourist products.

In related news, documents on don ca tai tu (southern amateur music) are being compiled for submission to UNESCO to be recognized as a world intangible cultural heritage.

The local authorities of Mekong Delta provinces have to cooperate with cultural experts to preserve and develop their traditional cultural values to create tourist characters.

They should also concentrate in training more tourism staff, promote and diversify tourism products.

Source: SGGP

Land of nine dragons looks towards Hanoi’s 1,000th birthday

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:00 am




Land of nine dragons looks towards Hanoi’s 1,000th birthday


QĐND – Sunday, October 03, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

Together with provinces and cities across the country, the Mekong Delta is looking towards the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.


Most localities in the region have carried out activities to celebrate the capital’s 1,000th birthday.


My Tho City in Tien Giang province got a facelift: Roads have been upgraded, widened and decorated with posters, flags and flowers to celebrate the grand event.


Three other projects in My Tho, the Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Rach Gam and 30/4 Roads, have been completed and put into operation to welcome national and provincial political events, particularly the capital’s birthday.


Teams of workers had to work day and night to finish these projects before the grand ceremony. Huynh Ngoc Vuong, director of the Quoc Vuong Ltd Company, says that the company encouraged its engineers and workers to try their best to finish the project 15 days ahead of schedule.


Tien Giang province has also put many key projects into operation, including 34 bridges on Road 865 to promote socio-economic development in Dong Thap Muoi; the Tien Giang Maternity Hospital; Road 863; Xuan Hoa canal; and Binh Minh Kindergarten. These projects were built at a cost of more than VND500 billion.


Ben Tre province has chosen 157 special ornamental plants to display in Hanoi, including 2 18m-dragons made by ficus trees, 140 bonsai in pots and two models of hexagonal houses. Artisans made great efforts to carefully cut and design their work to make it perfect for the grand celebrations.


The Dong Thap province prepared many art and cultural performances to celebrate the event, including a mobile information festival about the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.


The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism is also attending the Thang Long-Hanoi International Tourism Festival and exhibition in Hanoi to promote its tourism potential. Four tourism sites are considered keys to communal development, including Dong Giang Sa Dec Islet, Tan Hoi Trung Lotus and Weaving villages and Long Khanh – Hong Ngu Beach.


More than 1,000 books, newspapers, magazines and e-documents about the Communist Party of Vietnam, President Ho Chi Minh and the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi are being displayed at the provincial library, and art and cultural performances are being held all across the province from October 1 to 10.


Activities to mark the Party congress at the grassroots level as well as the capital’s birthday are also being held in the southernmost provinces of Kien Giang and Ca Mau. Meetings were held with heroes of the people’s armed forces, heroes of labour and Vietnamese heroic mothers in most Mekong Delta provinces before they left for Hanoi to attend the grand ceremony.


Along with people all across the country, people in the land of nine dragons are celebrating with special activities to share their happiness and pride with Hanoians on the special occasion of the capital’s 1,000th anniversary.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Drug sector looks for high

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm




Drug sector looks for high


QĐND – Sunday, August 08, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

Domestic and foreign investors are being called for medicine production paving the way for Vietnam’s drug production sector development.


The Ministry of Health (MoH) is calling for domestic and foreign investors to back eight medicine projects. Those include two projects to produce antibiotic materials- one with Mekophar and one worth $70 million with Ampharco USA.


Others are a packing project with Vipaco and Tan Thanh Phat Company, natural compound extraction with VCP Company, vaccine production with Vabiotech Company and a project for medical equipment production


Cao Minh Quang, Deputy Minister of Health, said foreign investment in the sector was limited as 90 per cent of production materials were imported and pharmaceutical production required large volumes of investment.


The MoH is compiling a detailed Vietnam pharmaceutical industry zoning plan to 2015 with a vision to 2020 focusing on zoning, allocating pharmaceutical factories toward specification and encouraging generic medicine production to reduce local market product prices.


“We will target domestic medicine production to meet 70 per cent of demand by 2015 and 80 per cent by 2020,” said Quang. EuroCham in Vietnam reported that Vietnam had made good progress in the clarity and quality of registration process for drug production.


However, a fast track registration process for medicines answering urgent needs could be considered and general pharmacy practice standard applications for retail pharmacies should be executed by 2011.


“Since January 2009, in line with the World Trade Organization agreement, 100 per cent foreign-owned pharmaceutical companies can be set up. However, the limited scope of licenced activity is still restricting foreign investments and granting import rights to pharmacy companies to allow accelerated investment in foreign-invested enterprises in Vietnam,” said a EuroCham official.


Keshav Dayalani, vice chairman of the Indian Business Chamber (Incham), said Vietnam should encourage hi-tech products, export incentives and develop infrastructure for drug development. “Our proposals for investment in Vietnam are a move from mass selling to quality production, set up high-end ailments and growth of specialised segments,” said Dayalani.


The country reportedly had 39 pharmaceutical foreign-invested projects by the end of 2009 including 26 operating projects with total registered capital of $302.6 million. Of these 23 projects are medicine production while others focus on medicine maintenance.


Foreign-invested factories’ production value accounted for 28 per cent of the country’s total medicine production. However, there are no foreign-invested projects in pharmaceutical chemistry and drug materials.


“We are asking the government to supplement packing production, medicines and natural compound extraction in the list of projects enjoying special incentives of investment in Vietnam,” said Quang.


Domestic medicine production met just nearly half of demand in Vietnam. The drug consumption per capita of Vietnam was $19.7 in 2009, a year-on-year increase of 20.1 per cent. The IMS Meridian Research Vietnam forecast drug consumption per capita in Vietnam will double after five years and the medicine production value in Vietnam will reach $1.9 billion in 2011 from $1.6 billion this year and $1.1 billion in 2009. 


Source: VIR/VietnamNet


 


Source: QDND

Vietnam-ASEAN seminar looks at achievements

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm




Vietnam-ASEAN seminar looks at achievements


QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

A seminar entitled, “Vietnam-ASEAN: past, present, future” opened in Hanoi on July 27.


The event aimed to mark ASEAN Day and the 15th anniversary of Vietnam’s accession to the organisation. It focused on the motives for joining the organisation and Vietnam’s renovation process with ASEAN co-operation, evaluation of the benefits of Vietnam’s accession to the organisation during the past 15 years, ASEAN’s prospects in the Asia-Pacific region and ASEAN’s policies in the future.


Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem opened the seminar, emphasising that joining ASEAN was a historic turning point in Vietnam’s diplomatic development.


Participants discussed Vietnam’s policies on building the ASEAN Community and measures to raise the country’s role and prestige in the organisation.


They agreed that joining the bloc was the Party and State’s clear-sighted and strategic decision to implement a foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation for the country’s security and development, as well as elevating Vietnam’s status.


During the past 15 years, Vietnam has been an active member of ASEAN, making significant contributions to boosting peace, co-operation and development in the Southeast Asia.


Source: VNA/Vietnam+


Source: QDND

Hanoi looks to quintuple school fees

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

The Hanoi People’s Committee has asked the capital’s People’s Council to raise school fees to five times their current value.


The People’s Council said it is now researching the issue, and collecting voters’ ideas and opinions on the proposal. The council will official review and decide on the proposal in the 21st Congress of Hanoi People’s Council (session XIII) to take place on July 13 to 15.


Mr. Nguyen Duc Toan, head of the council’s Cultural and Social Department, said most voters agree with proposal to raise the fees.


“However they are worried that the newly proposed fees are too high,” he said.


According to the suggestion, the school fees will increase five-fold at the secondary school level and four-fold at the high school level.


The Hanoi People’s Committee also proposed that 15 poor and remote communes in districts including Ba Vi, Phuc Tho, Thach That, Quoc Oai and My Duc will enjoy exemption and even reductions of school fees.

Source: SGGP

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