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Hanoi promotes tourism to the world

In Vietnam Travel on October 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm




Hanoi promotes tourism to the world


QĐND – Monday, October 05, 2009, 20:27 (GMT+7)

PANO – Hanoi has been making a multilingual film to advertise the city’s tourism under the theme “Hanoi Tourism Discovery”.


The city’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism is pushing up activities to celebrate 1,000 years of Hanoi next year. In addition to travel brochures sent to banks, post offices, international organizations and embassies, the city has taken part in various tourism promotion activities abroad, including the “Hanoi Cultural Days” in Paris, and roadshows in Japan, Singapore, the US, and UK.


VietHotel’09, an international exhibition on hotels, restaurants and softdrinks, has been recently launched in Hanoi with the participation of more than 200 foreign businesses. The event introduces different activities such as Vietnamese rice wine contests and Vietnamese coffee contests.


Translated by Hoang Anh


 


Source: QDND

Vietnam to attract more visitors from Britain

In Vietnam Travel on October 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm




Vietnam to attract more visitors from Britain


QĐND – Monday, October 05, 2009, 20:27 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) has launched a campaign called “Charming Vietnam” in London to promote foreigners to visit the country.


Cabs, carrying images of Vietnam’s world heritage site Ha Long Bay, Vietnamese girls in white Ao Dai (long dresses) and information about Vietnam’s economic hub, Ho Chi Minh City, will be seen in the streets of the UK’s capital city over a six-month period.

Speaking at the recent launch ceremony, the Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK, Tran Quang Hoan, said he hoped that this type of advertising would attract residents in London to visit Vietnam.

Advertising by taxi has been used by many other countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand to promoting their tourist industries.


Source: VNA/VOVNews


 


Source: QDND

A series of trade centers to be built in HCM City

In Vietnam Economy on October 5, 2009 at 5:10 pm




A series of trade centers to be built in HCM City


QĐND – Monday, October 05, 2009, 20:27 (GMT+7)

Two plans to implement Decision 17/2009/QĐ-UBND on the development of the market and trade center network in Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City) during the period of 2009-2015 have just been sent to involved agencies by the People’s Committee of District 2.


According to the city’s Architecture and Planning Department, 5 supermarkets and 3 trade centers will be built in 2010 and the numbers will be 7 and 5, respectively in the district.


3 new trade centers, which will be erected in the area during 2009-2010, are named Thao Dien, An Phu-An Khanh and An Phu.


In the period of 2010-2015, 2 Co-marts will be built in An Phuc and An Loc, and a supermarket in Dong Tran Bao urban area. 


At the same time, 2 trade centers are expected to sprout in Thach My Loi and Binh Trung Dong-Cat Lai.


Source: DDDN


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

Competition Law remains something new after four years of enforcement

In Vietnam Economy on October 5, 2009 at 5:10 pm




Competition Law remains something new after four years of enforcement


QĐND – Monday, October 05, 2009, 20:27 (GMT+7)

One year after the Competition Law took effect in 2005, only 30 percent of Vietnamese businesses had heard of it, while 70 percent had not know anything about it, according to Dinh Thi My Moan, Vice President of the Vietnam Retailers’ Association.  


The Competition Law has been in force for four years but businesses’ basic knowledge about it is limited.


To help them gain a better understanding of the law, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in collaboration with the Multilateral Trade Assistance Project has launched a media campaign against uncompetitive acts by holding the five seminars in HCM City, Can Tho, Danang, Hai Phong and Hanoi.


Only 20 violations dealt with in four years
The Competition Law was adopted by the National Assembly on December 3, 2004 and officially came into force on July 1, 2005. With six chapters and 123 articles, the Law is a massive legal document and is of great importance to the development of Vietnam’s market economy.


However, after four years, many Vietnamese businesses have failed to grasp it to protect themselves.


Under the Competition Law, unhealthy competitive acts include misleading   advertisement and promotion activities, production of fake or imitation goods, price gauging and imposition of illegal contracts on other businesses.


In fact, there have been many violations against the Competition Law such as the Steel Association’s decision to fix prices, the Vietnam Insurance Association’s decision to raise insurance fees for customers and businesses’ monopoly in drug and dairy product markets.


Over the past four years, only 20 cases of unhealthy competition have been dealt with under the Law.


Smaller businesses beset with bigger worries
Le Danh Vinh, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade says that the Competition Law has not been fully brought to life because businesses, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are still not quite clear about it. Most of them are reluctant to take legal action, which makes the Competition Law ineffective when it should be a safeguard.


Tran Huu Huynh, head of the Legal Department under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says many businesses know others violate the Competition Law, which affects them but they let the matter drop. The reason is if they lodge a lawsuit they must collect the evidence themselves. It is beyond the ability of most SMEs to gain detailed information from the authorities.


In addition, the fee for lodging a protest against unhealthy competition is just VND10 million, while the cost for a lawsuit against the act of restricting competition is ten times higher. Furthermore, many SMEs do not believe they will be successful as the independent operation of the Competition Department and the Competition Council is still a question mark. Even worse, businesses do not know the names of the Competition Council’s members.


As experts put it, the Competition Law covers all issues related to competition in the market, but to bring it to life the State must take strong action as they did with the Enterprises Law in the past.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Enterprises have free websites to promote brands

In Vietnam Economy on October 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm




Enterprises have free websites to promote brands


QĐND – Monday, October 05, 2009, 20:27 (GMT+7)

The centre for development of Vietnamese brands has launched a programme to offer 10,000 websites free of charge for enterprises nationwide to facilitate their operation and efforts to promote brands.


The information was released at a seminar on IT application which took place in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong on October 3. The event was hosted by the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA).


Through the network of websites, run by VUSTA, Lam Dong’s farm products are expected to become more popular on both domestic and international markets.


Source: VNA/VOVNews


Source: QDND

Dakrong Hydro-power project kicks off

In Social life on October 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm




Dakrong Hydro-power project kicks off


QĐND – Monday, October 05, 2009, 20:27 (GMT+7)

A ceremony to break ground for the Dakrong Hydro-power project will be held on October 10th by Thuong Hai-Quang Tri Joint Stock Company.


The project, with an investment of VND 510 billion, is to build a third-degree hyro-power plant with 3 turbines generating some 80 million kW/h per year.


According to the investors, the project will be wrapped up in 2012.


According to experts, alongside its main function to increase the national power capacity, the project will in part regulate water sources, improve the environment and lay ground for socio-economic development in the area, which is home to poor ethnic minority people.


Dakrong is one of the 61 poorest districts in the country.


Source: DDDN


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

Overpasses for pedestrians to enter into construction on Oct. 10th

In Social life on October 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm




Overpasses for pedestrians to enter into construction on Oct. 10th


QĐND – Monday, October 05, 2009, 20:27 (GMT+7)

A contract on the construction of overpasses for pedestrians has just been signed between the Management Board of Hanoi key urban projects and the Vietnam Machinery and Erection Corporation (Lilama) and Construction and Machinery Corporation (Coma).


The contract will be divided into 2 packages with an aggregate investment of VND 350 billion to build 18 overpasses for pedestrians at busy junctions and roundabouts in the city. Earlier, the Government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) agreed that the capital source for first phase traffic infrastructure development projects in Hanoi funds for the projects.


Under the contract, Lalima will erect 10 overpasses and Coma will assume construction of the remaining eight. The construction is expected to break ground on October 10th, the Liberation Day of Hanoi.


Source: DDDN


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

Taxi driver returns VND 300 million to customer

In Social life on October 5, 2009 at 5:08 pm




Taxi driver returns VND 300 million to customer


QĐND – Monday, October 05, 2009, 20:27 (GMT+7)

On October 4 th, nearly VND 300 million was returned to a customer who forgot the money in a Saigon Sun taxi, a company under the Mai Linh Group.


In the evening of Oct 3rd, driver Nguyen Van Hiep found the money in the car while checking the vehicle. He then called the operation centre to report what happened; he drove to the office to place the money at the company’s Lost Property office.


The owner of the money was identified as a resident in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.


Nguyen Van Hiep was awarded VND 3 million for his act of honesty and integrity by the Mai Linh Group and the company. He, however, donated the funds to flood victims in the central region.


Source: Thanh Nien


Translated by Hoang Anh 


Source: QDND

Typhoon Parma likely to hit Vietnam’s coastline

In Social life on October 5, 2009 at 5:08 pm




Typhoon Parma likely to hit Vietnam’s coastline


QĐND – Monday, October 05, 2009, 20:27 (GMT+7)

By noon on October 5, typhoon Parma had moved west-southwest, directly affecting coastal areas and the northern part of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, and may still threaten the Vietnamese coast in the next few days.


According to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre, on October 4, Parma started to have an impact on the northern part of the East Sea after the typhoon’s centre was located at the north-western part of Luzon island in the Philippines. The weather in the southern part of the East Sea and southern Vietnam turned cloudy.


Le Thanh Hai, Deputy Director of the National Hydro Meteorological Forecast Centre, said that typhoon Parma had suddenly changed direction although the regional weather foresting centre predicted that Parma would have moved to the central part of Luzon island and Taiwan, not affecting the Vietnamese coast much at all.


Experts said that typhoon Parma changed its direction because another powerful storm called Melor has hit the eastern part of the Philippines. Parma is the 10th storm in the East Sea this year.


At present, the winds near the typhoon’s eye are estimated to be force 11 to 12 packing wind of 13 to 14 category. The storm is affecting an area with a 250-km radius from its eye.


The National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control has sent a telegram to the Ministries of National Defence, Police, and Transport and People’s Committees of coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Quang Ngai, asking them to inform fishermen about the position and direction of typhoon Parma so that they can sail back to shore safely.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Floods spark epidemics in central Vietnam

In Social life on October 5, 2009 at 5:07 pm




Floods spark epidemics in central Vietnam


QĐND – Monday, October 05, 2009, 20:27 (GMT+7)

The number of hospitalized patients with flu, diarrhoea, and eye infections has increased tenfold in central Vietnam over the past several days after typhoon Ketsana hit the region.


Many skin diseases such as scabies are also spreading rapidly.


The local people and relevant agencies have collected rubbish and cleaned up the environment following the floods. However, these efforts seem to be less effective than expected because many places are still deep under water and the death of cattle and poultry in the floodwater is causing serious pollution.


The central province of Thua Thien-Hue is in dire need of clean water as 98 percent of its wells have been submerged, sparking various epidemics, including hand, foot, and mouth disease.


Meanwhile, the provincial Quang Ngai Preventive Medical Centre has treated 35,000 out of more than 51,000 submerged wells. The province dispatched medical teams to treat the local inhabitants and provide clinics with disinfectant.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND