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“Green” office building built in Ho Chi Minh City

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2008 at 6:01 pm

The construction of CentrePoint, one of the first and biggest “green” buildings in Vietnam , is underway in Ho Chi Minh City .

Located at 106 Nguyen Van Troi street , Phu Nhuan district, the building will consist of 17 storeys featuring 27,000 sq.m of office and 2,000 sq.m of retail shop. It is a building friendly with the environment with low rate of energy consumption.

The building includes a water and waste water treatment system, waste recycling systems and waste control system in accordance with the standards of the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating as well as the Green Star.

It is expected to be operational in mid-2009.-

Advanced dental technologies exhibition opens

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2008 at 5:59 pm

An odontology conference and exhibition was opened in Hanoi on July 31, giving domestic dentists a chance to see the latest in advanced dental technologies.

The conference drew 1,500 domestic and foreign dentists.

More than 30 world-leading companies specialising in dental facilities and materials introduced their products and services at the event.-

Vietnam autumn-winter fashion fair opens

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm

The Vietnam Fashion Fair for Autumn and Winter (VFF Autumn-Winter 2008) opened in Ho Chi Minh City on July 30 with the participation of almost 100 Vietnamese and foreign businesses.

The businesses are displaying their products, including new-fashioned garments, materials of the textile and garment and footwear industries, in 240 pavilions.

The fair has attracted more than 60 delegations from the US , Japan , France , China , the Republic of Korea , Australia , Hong Kong and Russia . They have visited the fair, inquired into the market and signed contracts with participating businesses at the fair.

A gala night, part of the VFF Autumn-Winter 2008, will be held at the Legend Hotel to introduce new designs and trademarks for the Autumn-Winter 2008 by Vietnam ’s leading textile and garment companies.

The fair will last until August 4.

The organisers include the Vietnam Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex), the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas), the Vietnam Leather and Footwear Association and the Hong Kong exhibition organisation joint stock company.-

Small and medium enterprises’ week to be held

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Ocean Group signed an agreement in Hanoi on July 30 to jointly organise this year’s National Week for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

The SME Week, part of a scheme approved by the Prime Minister to develop SMEs from 2006-2010, will take place in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and a number of localities in mid-November.

This is the first time the event is held throughout the country and will be organised annually from this year.

The SME Week, called “Connection and Integration for Joint Development”, will include business forums, TV talk shows and training courses bringing together policy makers and representatives from ministries, agencies, SME assistance organisations and businesses to exchange views, share experiences and propose solutions for business development.

As part of the event, an exhibition will also take place in Hanoi to help SMEs to introduce products and services and seek partners.-

Over 1 billion VND for Agent Orange victims

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm

The Vietnam Agent Orange Victims’ Association (VAVA) has raised almost 1 billion VND nationwide in preparation of the Day for Agent Orange/dioxin Victims (August 10).

VAVA Deputy General Secretary Tran Xuan Thu on July 29 kicked off a series of celebrations for the event with a visit to victims in northern Ha Tay province, bringing them gifts worth 300,000 VND each.

The association has planned to visit the Friendship Village also in Ha Tay province, the Peace Village in Hanoi and other charity centres which are providing care for A/O victims in Ha Nam and Nam Dinh province, all in the north.

In Ho Chi Minh City, VAVA Deputy Chair Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong is scheduled to visit the Peace Village, the Tu Du Hospital and the Thien Phuoc A/O Child Victims Caring Centre.

In addition, charity art performances and sport competitions will be held to raise fund for the victims.

They include an art programme themed “Justice and the Heart” to be held at the Hanoi Opera House on August 9 which will be live broadcast on the VTV Channel 1.

Also on the agenda is a golf tournament on August 9 and an art exchange night at the Friendship Cultural Palace in Hanoi on August 9, broadcast live by the VTV1 station.

The Hanoi VAVA chapter will mark the event with a meeting on August 10 with municipal and ministry leaders as well as industry executives. The anniversary will culminate in the handover of gifts to 150 victims.

Similar practical celebrations are expected to spread nationwide such as in oil-rich Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, where 215 victims will receive gifts each worth 300,000 VND and a charity gala night will be broadcast on television.

The southern province of Ben Tre will present 1,000 victim families with gifts, including 150 wheel-chairs, and grant scholarships to 17 child victims with high academic records.

The northern mountainous province of Ha Giang will issue charity lottery “In support of Agent Orange Victims” and hold a charity gala night to raise fund for local victims.

Vinh Long province in the Mekong Delta expects to raise between 600 and 800 million VND to help improve victims’ living conditions while the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa will provide free medical check-ups and treatment for over 300 victims.-

Higher fuel price delays Vietjet Air’s flying plan

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm

– Vietnam ’s first private airline – Vietjet Air – said it will postpone its first commercial flight until April 2009 because of high fuel prices.

The airline, which received its license in late December 2007, initially planned to operate the first flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh at the end of this year along with those to Bangkok , Hong Kong and Singapore .

“The price of fuel is a thorny problem for all air carriers, not only Vietjet Air,” Vietjet Air General Director Nguyen Duc Tam said.

“The pressure has forced us to calculate more carefully all expenses. If we maintain our flying plan late this year, we will suffer a heavy loss.”

When the airline made the plan, the price of fuel hovered about 70 USD a barrel. Triggered by higher crude oil prices on the world market, fuel price, which accounts for 65 percent of airlines’ production costs, has increased strongly, sometimes to more than 140 USD a barrel.-

Another 53,000-tonne ship launched

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm

The Ha Long Shipbuilding Company launched a 53,000-tonne ship in northern Quang Ninh province on July 30.

The ship, called AP-DRZIC-HL05, is one of a series of 53,000-tonne ships that the Ha Long Shipbuilding Company has built under a deal it signed with the UK ’s Graig group.

Designed by Carl Bro from Denmark , the ship is 190m long, 32.26m wide, and 17.5m high.

The same day, the Ha Long Shipbuilding Company kicked off the building of the AP DRZIC-HL06.

It recently launched a 12,500-tonne Hong Linh ship it built for the Bien Bac Forwarding Company of Vinalines.-

US electronic group to build factory in Bac Ninh

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm

– The US Tyco Electronics group will invest 35 million USD in the first phase of its electronic equipment and passive electronic component factory in Que Vo industrial zone, northern Bac Ninh province, in early August.

The company was granted an investment license by the local authorities on July 30.

The 6.5ha factory will provide products for Tyco Electronics clients in Vietnam and the region. When operational in 2009, the factory is expected to recruit 2,000 workers.

Tyco Electronics’ major products include automatic machines, equipment for the defense industry and computers.

The group fetched a turnover of 13 billion USD last year. It currently has sale agents in 150 countries and territories.-

Friendship order presented to French Senate President

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong on July 29 presented Vietnam’s Friendship Order to French Senate President Christian Poncelet.

President Poncelet received the Vietnamese State’s noble order for his active contributions to building, consolidating and developing the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and France.

Speaking at the award ceremony, NA Chairman Trong said that the presentation showed the appreciation of the Vietnamese state and people for President Poncelet’s contributions to the two peoples’ friendship.

He expressed his belief that President Poncelet will continue to make practical contributions to fostering the cooperation between the two countries in general and the two parliaments in particular.

For his part, the French Senate President said he wished Vietnam and France to strengthen cooperation for the better future of each nation.-

Ethnic minority students enjoy financial aid

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm

The Central Highlands province of Dak Lak has decided to spend 21.5 billion VND on notebooks and textbooks in support of over 165,000 disadvantaged school pupils on the threshold of the 2008-09 academic year.

Beneficiaries, including ethnic minority children, orphans, disabled children and those living in special difficulty-hit communities, will each receive a complete set of textbooks and up to 12 notebooks before August 30.

New school year in Vietnam often opens on September 5.–