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Ajinomoto Vietnam inaugurates second factory in Dong Nai

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2008 at 4:03 pm

HCM City (VNA) – Ajinomoto Vietnam’s second factory manufacturing Aji-ngon flavour seasoning in Long Thanh industrial park, southern Dong Nai province commenced production on Sept. 23.

The company’s first factory is located in Bien Hoa industrial park, also in Dong Nai province.

Construction of the 11 million USD factory began in 2007 and it is equipped with brand-new, state-of-the-art machines, thanks to modern Japanese technology.

The new factory will produce 15,000 tonnes of product per year and create jobs for 240 local workers.

Established in 1991, the wholly Japanese-owned Ajinomoto Vietnam manufactures umami seasoning, flavour seasoning and other types of seasoning.-

CPI shows positive signs in fourth quarter

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The country’s consumer price index (CPI) saw a 0.18 percent increase in September, the lowest rise since the beginning of the year.

This slight rise is considered a positive sign of the macro economic situation in the fourth quarter of the year.

The General Statistics Office (GSO) stated that this trend has been steady since May, apart from a slight increase in August due to the impact of oil price increases.

The low September CPI was attributed to a global decline in prices and the abundant supply of domestic essential products like food, foodstuff, construction materials, fertiliser, gas and electronic goods.

Furthermore, cutting back on public spending and changes in consumers’ habits have also contributed to restricting the CPI increase during September.

Deputy Head of the Finance Ministry’s Market and Price Research Institute Vu Dinh Anh said that it is likely to keep the inflation rate at under 25 percent for the whole year due to the CPI downward trend and the implementation of monetary tightening solutions.

Anh, however, noted that the pressure of the rise in the CPI will remain high in the remaining months of the year as this is the time for businesses to increase their production and investment, resulting in an increase in capital disbursement rates and consumption demand while supply sources are reduced.

Sharing Anh’s view, economic expert Ngo Tri Long said the slow CPI increase over the past months is only the initial positive sign. He emphasised the necessity to maintain current monetary controlling measures.

At talks between the Government and economic experts on Vietnam’s economic situation and prospects last week, many international experts warned Vietnam of the impacts of the second inflation round and complex global economic developments, such as unstable oil prices.

Local experts forecast that the whole year’s CPI will stand at 25 percent while experts from the Standard Chartered Bank predict that Vietnam’s CPI will be 25.5 percent this year and 15 percent in 2009.-

Russian newspaper hails Vietnam’s land and people

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Moscow (VNA) – An article on Vietnam’s land and people was published on a Russian newspaper, praising Vietnamese people and the country’s achievements on socio-economy and tourism.

The article, entitled “Coming to Vietnam a week, wanting to stay there forever”, was published on “ Moscow afternoon” newspaper on September 22 with a series of photographs on military parade, President Ho Chi Minh, rice harvest and roads with bicycles.

The Vietnamese people not only love and are proud of their country but also very hospitable, the newspaper said, adding that Vietnam has potential of tourism as the country boasts a warm year-round climate, beautiful beaches with white sand and many landscapes.

With impressive achievements on socio-economic development, Vietnam is emerging as a tourism destination for international travelers who, once live and travel in Vietnam, will enjoy cheaper service charges than other developing countries in the world and will feel safety and freedom, the newspaper said.-

Project to reduce effects of natural disaster praised

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Quang Ngai (VNA) – A project run by NGOs of Vietnam and Australia to alleviate vulnerabilities caused by natural calamities has been judged as the most effective of its kind in the storm-prone coastal province of Quang Ngai after three years of operation.

The judgements were passed at a workshop held in Quang Ngai province on September 23 to share experiences with experts from foreign non-Governmental organizations and the AusAID office in Vietnam .

The project, based on the Vietnam-Australia Non-Governmental Organisation Cooperation Agreement (VANGOCA), signed in June 2004, has helped almost 2,400 poor families to improve their incomes through animal husbandry, coastal sea products netting, fish sauce production, fish farming, mushroom production, vegetable cultivation and the managing of small-sized businesses.

With assistance from the World Vision-Vietnam, the project has been implemented since May 16, 2005 and has helped 41 villages build a range of infrastructure facilities capable of withstanding storms and floods, such as day – care centres, medical stations, concrete bridges and rural roads. The project has also supplied motor boats, life buoys, electricity generators and early warning systems for targeted communities within the programme.

The total cost of the project is just under 1.2 million USD.–

President calls out for better legal organisation

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – President Nguyen Minh Triet on Sept 22 asked the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuracy to improve their organisation, operation and duty in line with the country’s judicial reform.

Speaking at the 18th meeting on judicial renovation held on Sept 22 in Hanoi, Triet said that the judicial sector needed to be more pro-active in dealing with obstacles arising during the renewal process.

He said the process was slower than expected because of a lack of skilled staff and suggested harnessing more intellectual contributions to complete the work.

The State President applauded an initiative by the Ministry of Justice and the Provincial Bar Associations to establish a lawyers confederation.-

Ha Long Bay returns to top seven in world wonders vote

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay on September 23 jumped 13 places to the 3 rd position in the list of 77 candidates in the online voting for seven new world natural wonders launched by the NewOpenWorld.

The spectacular jump after consecutive drops is attributable to renewed efforts by the local campaigning board and Quang Ninh authorities.

Ha Long Bay is now behind the Philippines’ Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar Beach.-

Khmer people in Tra Vinh prepare for Sene Dolta festival

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm

More than 300,000 ethnic Khmer people in the Mekong delta province of Tra Vinh are preparing for Sene Dolta – one of their largest traditional festivals.

The festival with diverse activities including traditional song and dance performances and games is celebrated annually by Khmer people to give thanks for bumper harvests. This year’s event falls on September 28-30 in Tra Vinh province.

The festive mood is further buoyed as close to 24,000 poor households have moved into new houses built by the local authorities.

Schools have also been built at all villages, bringing the rate of ethnic children going to school in the 2008-2009 academic year to 96 percent.

The provincial radio and television station runs daily programmes in Khmer language and local authorities publish the Tra Vinh weekly along with many other publications in the in the ethnic language for the community.-

Trans-Vietnam walk to protect children and the environment

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – A trans-Vietnam walk along coastal areas entitled “Walk for Children and Environment Protection” will commence on Oct. 1.

The walk is organised in response to a UN appeal towards “Building a World Fit for Children” and the Vietnamese President’s letter to the organising board of “Month of Action for Coastal Children 2007”.
At a press conference on Sept. 23, the organising board said the “trans-Vietnam walk along coastal areas programme” will begin in Nai cape in Kien Giang province on Oct.1 and will continue through 28 coastal localities nationwide, finishing in Ngoc cape in Quang Ninh province on Nov. 18.

Participants in the walk are from a wide range of backgrounds and include social activists, teachers, diplomats, students, journalists and children from coastal localities.

As part of the programme, meetings will be held calling for the protection of children and the environment. The Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs will also announce the UN Secretary-General’s “Study on Violence against Children” summary report in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kien Giang province and Quang Ninh province.

Images and articles documenting the walk will be showcased in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City .

The “trans-Vietnam walk along coastal areas programme”, which is involved by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Central Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union also aims to raise public awareness on the issues of protecting children and the environment.-

Ordinance on ship capture procedures made public

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The ordinance on ship capture procedures was made public following a State President’s instruction, the Presidential office announced on Sept. 23. 

The draft ordinance consists of six chapters with 72 articles on jurisdiction, steps and procedures on ship arrest and ship release.-

Asian-Pacific unionists focus on working environment

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2008 at 3:57 pm

HCM City (VNA)- A harmonious labour relationship and a better working environment for sustainable production growth were the major topics at a workshop sponsored by the Union Network International-Asian & Pacific Regional Office (UNI-Apro) in Ho Chi Minh City on September 23.

The event, which drew over 60 delegates from Japan , Malaysia and Singapore, plus the hosts Vietnam, emphasised the role played by trade unions in maintaining and generating jobs for the workforce.

UNI-Apro Secretary Christopher Ng said labour and professional unions should further promote their role in negotiating and formulating relevant policies in an effort to ensure and generate jobs in companies at the national, regional and international levels.

Ninh Thi Dung from the Labour Union of Industry and Trade said that employment promotion and income improvement for workers would be a key factor in guaranteeing harmonious labour relations in enterprises.

The Vietnam Post Union was admitted to the UNI-Apro at the event.–