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Three provinces on Chinese border finish border marker planting

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Lai Chau (VNA)- The northern border provinces of Lai Chau and Dien Bien held a joint conference on November 6 to review their border marker planting work along a 311 km-long section of the border with China .

The event was attended by representatives from the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, Lai Chau and Dien Bien provinces, and the neighbouring Chinese province of Yunnan .

After seven years of intensive work, Lai Chau officials have demarcated all of the 84 locations required to plant major land border markers and nine locations for the planting of sub-markers.

The province has also planted 118 border markers ahead of schedule.

The fulfillment of the land border marker demarcation and planting scheme in these provinces has helped to clearly define the areas under each country’s management to help maintain border stability and national security and to promote socio-economic development in the region.

These efforts are also expected to contribute to transforming the Vietnam-China border into an area of peace, friendship, cooperation and development, said Deputy Foreign Minister and Chairman of the National Border Committee Vu Dung at the conference.

Dung, who is also Permanent Member of the State Steering Board on Border Marker Demarcation and Planting, presented certificates of merit from the Foreign Minister to the Lai Chau province’s border marker demarcation steering board and taskforces.

To date, three out of seven northern provinces sharing a border with China , namely Lao Cai, Lai Chau and Dien Bien, have completed border marker planting ahead of schedule, fulfilling high-level commitments to complete the task by late 2008.–

APEC ministers discuss economic prospects

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Financial ministers and officials of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum are getting together at a two-day meeting in Trujillo, Peru to discuss the current global financial crisis and economic opportunities for countries in the region.

The 15th APEC Financial Ministerial Meeting, which opened on November 5, has touched on the global economic situations as well as their impacts on the regional economies. The ministers also discussed priorities that should be adopted to improve trade relations among regional countries.

As the host country of this year meeting, Peru has put forth the initiative of a discussion on the public spending improvement.

Ministers are discussing reforms of capital markets and will issue a joint statement at the end of the meeting on November 6.-

Cambodia’s economy to grow slowly next year

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Phnom Penh (VNA) – The Cambodian government has said the country’s economic growth for 2009 would slow to 6.5 percent after years of double-digit expansion.

The global economic crisis has hit exports and investment, already lowering growth over the first nine months of this year to an average of 7 percent, and the downwards trend will continue on into the new year, Finance Minister Keat Chhon said.

The slowdown follows a drop in garment purchase orders from the United States, the principal market for Cambodia’s textile sector, he added.

“The purchasing power of US and EU consumers has declined due to turmoil in the financial markets, and this has caused international trade to slow,” Minister Keat Chhon was quoted by the Phnom Penh Post as saying.

He said that he expects garment production to remain stable, but with manufacturers accepting lower profit margins.

Cambodia has seen economic growth double since 2004, primarily due to robust garment exports, rising tourism and agricultural diversification, according to figures from the Cambodia Institute of Development Study.

Malaysia announces stimulus package to boost economy

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Malaysian government has announced a 7 billion ringgit (about 2 billion USD) stimulus package to reinforce the economy, maintain the country’s economic growth and minimise impacts from the global economic crisis.

The money saved from the fuel subsidy will be channeled to enable more people to own houses, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said when winding up the debate on the 2009 Budget at the parliament.

Of the money, 1.2 billion ringgit has been allocated to build 25,000 units of low-and medium-cost houses; 500 million ringgit to upgrade, repair and maintain police stations, living quarters, army camps and quarters; and 600 million ringgit to minor projects under the public and basic infrastructure project maintenance programme.

Besides, 500 million ringgit has been apportioned to repair and maintain public amenities such as roads, schools and hospitals and another 500 million ringgit to build and upgrade roads in rural areas, villages and agriculture roads, according to the Deputy PM.

Measures pronounced in the package was proof of the government’ s serious concern for the people’s well-being and to stimulate private sector confidence, said Deputy PM Najib Tun Razak, who is also Finance Minister.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would be revised downwards to 3.5 percent for 2009 from 5 percent this year, Najib said.-

Indonesia beefs up security after murder threats

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Jakarta (VNA) – The Indonesian military (TNI) and the national police would intensify security efforts due to reports on murder threats on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, the attorney general and other state officials, according to Antara news agency.

“We will prepare the best security efforts possible starting from planning to implementation,” the Indonesian military (TNI) commander, General Djoko Santoso was cited as saying after a coordination meeting on politics, law and security on November 4.

The commander said he had already ordered the TNI ranks and files including the regional commands to conduct coordination with the regional police commands in their respective regions.

Earlier he mentioned about security rearrangement for the president, the vice president, the presidential and vice presidential candidates ahead of the 2009 general elections and the execution of Bali bombers early this month.

The murder threats earlier found in a website were aimed at state officials who were considered being involved in the Bali bombers’ execution plan.

In response to the threat the government has said it would act firmly against those found to have issued the threat.-

Thailand ready to host ASEAN summit, says PM

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat insisted on November 5 that Thailand is ready to host the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in December, the Thai news agency (TNA) reported.

The summit will be held in the northern province of Chiang Mai instead of Bangkok as originally planned, the prime minister said, adding that this change is “due to differences of ideas in politics” and that Chiang Mai province is ready in terms of travelling, accommodation, and security assurance.

The Chinese prime minister and the president of the Republic of Korea will use this opportunity to make official visits to Thailand, the prime minister added.

The ASEAN summit is scheduled to take place from 15-18 December. ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.-

GMS leaders review human trafficking joint efforts

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Vientiane (VNA) – Senior officials from six Greater Mekong Sub-region countries are meeting in Vientiane , Laos from November 5-6 to review their joint efforts in the fight against human trafficking in the region.

The 6 th Senior Official Meeting (SOM 6) on Human Trafficking drew participation of 30 government officials of Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, representatives of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and international observers from other non-governmental organisations.

The meeting also dealt with progresses in coordination among the regional governments and the remaining shortcomings and upcoming challenges that can hamper their joint efforts.

Starting in 2004, the meeting is considered a forum to exchange information, identify strategies and priorities in the fight against human trafficking.

The forum is part of the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT) – the joint movement that has successfully called on participation of the six member countries and has made significant contribution to the regional combat against the evil.

By the time the 5 th SOM in Beijing was held in 2007, COMMIT members have fulfilled the first two-year Sub-region Plan of Action (SPA 1). They has voiced determination to fight against any type of human trafficking and reached an agreement on SPA2 for the 2008-2010 period.-

Cambodian gov’t presents 2009 budget to parliament

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Phnom Penh (VNA) – The Cambodian government has submitted its budget draft of around 1.9 billion USD for 2009, with 500 million USD going to the military, to the National Assembly ( NA) for approval, local media reported on November 6.

The budget is a big rise from the 1.25 billion USD in 2008, with a reserve part of 224 million USD for emergencies, Cheam Yeap, chairman of the NA Finance Commission, was cited by Cambodia Daily as saying.

The allocated funding for defence also sees a large-margin increase from the 135 million USD in 2008, which “because of the government’s policy to improve the military sector and the existing border dispute with Thailand ,” he added.

Clashes between Cambodian and Thai troops broke out on October 15 at the border area over the issue of sovereignty claims over Preah Vihear temple.-

ASEAN people enjoy one-month visa free travel

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – People from ASEAN countries can now travel to any country in the region for one month without visas, except for Myanmar , said Malaysia ’s Immigration Director-General Mahmood Adam on November 5.

The announcement came following a meeting of ASEAN immigration and consular officials held in Kuala Lumpur on November 4.

“Previously, tourists from ASEAN countries were only allowed to travel not more than 17 or 18 days without visas,” the director general said, adding that the extension was aimed at making travel in the region easier and encouraging tourists to stay longer.

He said ways to increase the functions and concepts of ASEAN passports have also been discussed to set up standards of member countries’ passports as this will help in identifying genuine passports from fakes.-

ASEAN transport ministers meet in Manila

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Transport ministers from the 10-member ASEAN meet in Manila , the Philippines , on November 7 for transport cooperation initiatives which are aimed at broadening the bloc’s internal economic integration and linkages with the global economy.

Addressing the 14th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (ATM), Philippine Secretary of Transportation and Communications Leandro R. Mendoza stressed the important role that an efficient and integrated transport system plays for ASEAN to integrate with the global economy and improve its competitiveness to attain growth within the region.

He said the meeting will be a milestone as various agreements will be signed, such as the ASEAN Framework on the Facilitation of Inter-state Transport, the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Full Liberalisation of Air Freight Services and the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Air Services.

The member-states also agreed to provide facilities for inter-state transport and to ensure that transport shall not be subject to any unnecessary delays. The agreement is for implementation by 2009.

The 14th ATM was preceded by 26th ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) held from November 3- 5.

The STOM is held annually as a forum for ranking officials to discuss policy support measures needed for the development of transport infrastructures and to strengthen the linkages and connectivity to enhance regional integration and competitiveness.

Vietnamese Minister of Transport Ho Nghia Dung is among regional ministers attending the event.-