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Social responsibility sharpens corporate competiveness

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:45 pm

– In the context of increasing international integration, local businesses are working to develop corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a new competitive edge alongside improving product pricing and quality.

Recalling a story 20 years ago when Binh Tien Consumer Goods Company (Biti’s) first received requests from major European and American partners to inspect its CSR implementation, the former export director Nguyen Van Toan said the move has brought the company a lot of benefits.

After first feeling confusesd about customer demands to see payrolls, talk directly with workers and examine the canteen, Biti’s leaders eventually understood the importance of these requirements.

Toan said Biti’s successfully sought more large clients because the “good performance of CSR is the best way of advertisement to partners.”

A survey conducted by the Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs at 24 labour-intensive garment and leather shoe enterprises showed that due to the strict execution of CSR, their revenues grow by 25 percent per year and the productivity also increases remarkably.

In addition to economic gains, surveyed businesses have benefited in the long term from building a strong reputation with partners and public alike, alongside attracting workers, particularly skilled ones.

In 2005, the annual “Corporate Responsibility Award” was initiated and has received a positive response from business circles.

More than 60 garment and shoe companies have to date been honoured with the award for social responsibility initiatives that bring better benefits to workers, the society and the environment.

However, CSR has mainly been applied to businesses that produce goods for export to such major markets as the European Union (EU), the United States and Japan.

According to the director of the Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs, Nguyen Huu Dung, Vietnam needs to work out a clear roadmap for the CSR performance for local businesses in line with its economic development and international integration.

Carey Zesiger, project development director of the consulting group Global Standards, said Vietnam’s competitive strength in a number of key industries will be improved strongly if it strictly implements CSR issues.-

Establishment of JS commercial banks suspended

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:45 pm

– The Prime Minister has requested the State Bank of Vietnam to suspend licensing joint stock commercial banks to enable adjusting the criteria for establishing this kind of bank.

The State Bank of Vietnam on August 8 gave the Prime Minister’s guidance to the Committee for Preparatory Establishment of Joint Stock Commercial Banks.

The state bank says it has worked hard to make adjustments of regulations on the establishment of joint stock commercial banks.-

VN, Laos and Cambodia join in promoting tourism

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:44 pm

– Vietnamese, Lao and Cambodian tourism experts met in Central Highlands Gia Lai province on August 8, to find ways to promote tourism between the three countries.

Delegates called for governments to increase infrastructure investment for the tourism sector and encourage both local and foreign companies to invest in the three countries’ economic development triangle.

The triangle area includes Vietnam’s provinces of Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dak Lak and Dak Nong, Lao provinces of Atopu, Sekong, and Salavan, and Cambodian provinces of Stung Treng, Ratanakiri, and Mondunkiri.

At present, Gia Lai and Kon Tum provinces of Vietnam arrange tours to Cambodian and Lao localities through the Bo Y border gate.-

Water treatment plant inaugurated in HCM City

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:44 pm

HCM City (VNA) – A 95-billion-VND water treatment plant was inaugurated in Ho Chi Minh City ’s Can Gio district on August 8.

The plant will treat 5,300 cu.m. of brackish water from the Soai Rap river everyday to provide safe water to more than 15,000 local households.

It is estimated the households demand 6,000 cu.m of safe water a day for daily needs.

People in Can Gio district have been seriously short of safe water, having to transport water by tankers through waterways, causing large expenditure.

The city provided about 2 billion VND in assistance to water transportation a year.-

Religious dignitaries share experiences in fighting crime

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:42 pm

More than 150 religious dignitaries in the northern localities gathered at a conference in Hanoi on August 7 to share their experiences in fighting crime, social evils and HIV/AIDS.

The religious followers’ activities in their localities were a response to the campaign “all people are united to build a cultural life in their residential quarters” launched by the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC).

Talking about his experiences, Superior Bonze Thich Thanh Huan from the Phap Van Pagoda in Hanoi called for HIV carriers’ participation in the fight against the epidemic, saying this is a major factor in the success of the HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities.

Catholic priest Luong Duc Thieu from the Phong Loc Parish in Nam Dinh province called for the community’s sympathy for families with children involved in social evils. He also said it is necessary to facilitate their re-integration into the community.

The VFF CC praised religious followers for their active participation, saying that many religious followers-inhabited areas have become bright spots in fighting crimes, drugs and other social evils.-

Vietnam News Agency presents gifts to AO victims

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:42 pm

The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Fund for Support of Agent Orange/Dioxin Victims has presented gifts to AO/Dioxin victims in 35 provinces and cities for the Day for Agent Orange Victims (August 10).

Former VNA General Director Nguyen Quoc Uy on August 6 presented a house to an AO victim’s family in southern Dong Thap province.

The VNA representative office in Ho Chi Minh City also presented another house to a victim in southern Ben Tre province on August 7.

In central Da Nang City , the VNA representative office and the association of AO/Dioxin victims in the city on August 7 presented gifts, worth 200,000 VND each, to the victims in Thanh Khe precinct.

Deputy General Director Tran Mai Huong, who is in charge of the VNA and also chairman of the management council of the fund, will present gifts and wheelchairs to the victims in Hanoi on Aug. 8.

The VNA Fund for Support of AO/Dioxin Victims, set up in 2006, has extended help to more than 1,000 victims and seven associations and disability centres across the country. The fund has given 1.71 billion VND, wheelchairs and medicines to AO/Dioxin victims.

It has built houses for the victims in Quang Binh, Dong Thap and Ben Tre provinces and published a photo book in 2006 called “easing the AO victims’ pain”.-

PM requests 40-percent profit for rice farmers

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked relevant agencies to take urgent measures to help farmers sell all commercial rice in the summer-fall crop and ensure a profit of 40 percent or more for them.

The PM also requested rice exporters accelerate their rice delivery to finish the shipment of 3.6 million tonnes under signed contracts in August and September, and quickly negotiate new deals with good prices for the year’s remaining volume, which is estimated at 1 million tonnes.

The government leader said taxes on rice export contracts have not been applied.

The PM was chairing a meeting in Hanoi on August 7 to discuss measures to boost the sale of rice from the summer-fall crop in Mekong delta provinces.

The event was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, the Ministers of Finance, Agriculture and Rural Development, the Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam and various government officials.

Vietnamese farmers had earlier enjoyed bumper Winter-Spring and Summer-Autumn crops.-

AO victims get care from society

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:41 pm

The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) has doled out nearly 1 billion VND (roughly 60,000 USD) to support AO victims.

To mark the Day for Agent Orange Victims (August 10), VAVA also presented gifts to AO victims in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Ha Nam and Nam Dinh provinces.

The association will join a number of businesses to hold art performances in the capital city on August 9 evening to raise funds for the victims.

On this occasion, the AO victims in the provinces of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Ben Tre, Ha Giang, Ca Mau, Vinh Long, Ha Tinh and Khanh Hoa were given gifts, scholarships, wheelchairs, medical checks-up and medicines by local funds and businesses.

The Hanoimoi daily in conjunction with the Vincom Joint Stock Company gave gifts worth 500,000 VND each to 52 families of AO victims in Hanoi.-

Vietnam Archaeology Association established

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:40 pm

The first congress of the Vietnam Archaeology Association (VAA) on August 8 elected former State President Tran Duc Luong as its Honorary President and Associate Professor Hoang Xuan Chinh, President.

The congress also elected a 19-member Executive Board.

With almost 300 members nationwide, the association will make annual announcement on new archaeological discoveries and organize talks and training courses to help researchers, teachers and students access new information and findings in the field.

The VAA also provides consultations and assessments for scientific projects and artifacts as well as involves in exploring and excavating work and training in the field for universities and research institutes.-

Baptist church opens first general conference

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:39 pm

– The Baptist Church in Vietnam (Southern) opened its first general conference in Ho Chi Minh City on August 8 as part of its roadmap towards the government’s recognition of its legal status as a religious organisation.

The Baptist Church in Vietnam received a certificate for religious practice on October 2 last year.

During the three-day event, which is attended by more than 500 dignitaries and including those from abroad, the church will pass its charter and elect an executive board for the 2008-2012 term.

The Provisionary President of the Baptist Church in Vietnam (southern), Pastor Nguyen Thong, described the general conference as an event of great significance that will open up a new page in the history of the denomination.

The general conference is being held openly and democratically with assistance from the Government and local authorities, he said.

Pastor David Nelson, one of the 15 Baptist Protestant pastors from the US and the Republic of Korea to attend the event, said Vietnam ’s current religious policy reflects the Government’s goodwill and practical assistance to religious organisations.

Deputy Director of the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs Nguyen Thanh Xuan said he hoped that Baptist Protestants continue to promote unity and make contributions to the country’s stability and prosperity.

The Baptist Churches in Vietnam has more than 18,000 followers and 500 dignitaries, including over 5,000 ethnic ones, practising in 409 congregations in 42 cities and provinces throughout the country.-