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Scheme to track Mekong seafood

In Vietnam Economy on October 6, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Scheme to track Mekong seafood

QĐND – Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 21:2 (GMT+7)

A pilot programme to monitor origins and quality of seafood processed in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces has been undertaken in response to an EU regulation requiring Vietnamese seafood imports to certify the location of the catch, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Under the programme, the ministry, in collaboration with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was monitoring seafood processed in the city of Can Tho and in Dong Thap province from input to output, with both breeding units and suppliers being supplied their own identification numbers and barcodes to identify product origins in the event of a claim of substandard quality.

Nguyen Nhu Tiep, deputy head of the National Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Quality Assurance Department, said the department was prepared to deploy the programme within the month in about 50,000 breeding units in the Delta provinces of An Giang and Ben Tre.

Some 13 different types of information were being tracked, from where and when products are bought and sold, to what and when the fish have been fed, including pharmaceuticals, he said.

Apart from improving food safety, the monitoring would allow problems to be pinpointed and prevent all seafood exporters from bearing responsibility for a single consignment detected as sub-standard, Tiep added.

The main obstacle to implementing the programme, according to Le Chi Binh, vice chairman of An Giang Province’s Aquacultural Association, was training breeders to embed their fish, take notes, and manage required information.

“Farmers will take some time to get familiar with the new control system,” he said. Thieu Ngoc Thai, a pangasius breeder in Can Tho, said the programme would not only tighten control of his breeding but also create more challenges for him.

Vietnamese seafood is exported to 145 countries worldwide, with exports generating 420 million USD in August alone, bringing export value in the first eight months to 2.6 billion USD.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Policemen trained to deal with high-tech criminals

In Vietnam Economy on October 6, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Policemen trained to deal with high-tech criminals

QĐND – Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 21:2 (GMT+7)

PANO – A training course on investigation techniques in fighting against economic criminals and money-laundering by use of high-technology was recently carried out for 20 Vietnamese police officers.

A press released from the French Embassy in Hanoi today said that the course was organized from Sep. 28th to Oct. 2nd by the French Embassy in Hanoi and the Police General Department.

The objectives of the course were to share and improve the ability of the participants with investigation into banking, data copying, phishing and pharming.

Criminal cases, related to the fields, have been alarmingly increasing in many countries together with the rapid development of digital transaction devices via the Internet.

Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Car owners may have to pay road maintenance fee

In Vietnam Economy on October 6, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Car owners may have to pay road maintenance fee

QĐND – Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 21:2 (GMT+7)

Owners of automobiles would pay an annual operator’s fee deposited in a road maintenance fund under a draft proposal by the Ministry of Transport.

Under the proposal, car owners would pay an annual operating fee ranging from 1.2 million VND (67 USD) per car, depending on the car’s engine capacity.

The proposal also calls for new one-time-only registration fees for motorbike owners.

The fees would vary according to engine capacity, with 300,000 VND (17 USD) per motorbike of less than 70-100cc.

For motorbikes of 70-100cc capacity, the fee would be 600,000 VND (34 USD); for 100-175cc capacity, 1 million VND ( 56 USD), and for 175cc capacity, 1.5 million VND (84 USD).

All fees would be used for the road maintenance fund as the state budget can only meet 50-60 percent of the demand, according to Le Manh Hung, deputy minister of transport.

Hung said that each 1 USD used to maintain roads would help save 3 USD for vehicle operations and maintenance.

The money collected from the annual car operating fee is expected to reach 1.4 trillion VND (78.65 million USD), and the amount from newly registered motorbikes 2.1 trillion VND (118.14 million USD).

The ministry has also asked the Government to transfer 50 percent of fuel fees, including those charged on air transport, to the road maintenance fund.

The HCM City and Hanoi authorities are proposing a separate operating fee on authors and motorbikes in an aim to reduce traffic congestion, but reports are unclear whether it would be an annual charge.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Hanoi summarizes youth summer campaign

In Social life on October 6, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Hanoi summarizes youth summer campaign

QĐND – Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 21:2 (GMT+7)

PANO – Hanoi’s Communist Youth Union has summerized the youth summer campaign 2009 and launched a campaign entitled “Hanoi youth in favour of domestic goods”.

The summer campaign 2009 lasted from May to August under theme “Gather together for a 1,000 year-old Hanoi”. The campaign had attracted more than 37,500 volunteers who contributed up to 450,000 work days in total.

Based on the results of the activities, certificates of merit were given to 37 units, four groups and 3 individuals by the union and the People’s Committee of Hanoi.

Translated by Hoang Anh

Source: QDND

Britain pledges continued ODA for Vietnam

In Politics-Society on October 6, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Britain pledges continued ODA for Vietnam

QĐND – Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 21:2 (GMT+7)

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, has affirmed that Britain will continue providing ODA to Vietnam in the coming time, particularly in response to climate change and rising sea levels.

The Prince made the affirmation at his meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Hanoi on October 5 during his fourth visit to Vietnam.

Prince Andrew reasserted the British Government’s support for Vietnam in enhancing all-around cooperation with the European Union, with a primary focus on the economy.

According to the Prince, the UK officially asked the European Commission not to renew its anti-dumping duties against Vietnamese leather shoes exported to the EU.

The Duke of York, who is a special representative of the British Government on trade and international investment, spoke highly of Vietnam’s achievements in socio-economic development in 2009 despite the negative impact of the global economic crisis.

The Prince expressed his delight at the news that the UK continues to be Vietnam’s leading economic partner in the EU and the world, with two-way trade hitting over US$2 billion.

The two countries agreed to raise the value of two-way trade to US$3 billion in the years to come.

Prince Andrew praised the operations of the UK-Vietnam Joint Economic and Trade Committee.

He thanked the Vietnamese Government for agreeing to grant new regulations on the operations of the British Council in Vietnam to enable the two countries to increase educational and cultural cooperation in the coming time.

He pledged to work harder for the promotion of friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries in the future.

PM Dung warmly welcomed the British Prince, saying that it is particularly significant at a time when Vietnam-UK cooperation is growing in a positive and all-sided manner, especially in the fields of politics and diplomacy, trade and investment, as well as cooperation in development and education and training.

PM Dung reaffirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of developing friendship and all-around cooperation with the UK into a partnership for joint development and long-term, mutual benefit in line with the Joint Declaration of the two countries’ Prime Ministers issued in 2008.

He also stressed that Vietnam will provide the best conditions it can for British businesspeople in Vietnam to ensure that benefits can be shared by both sides.

The Vietnamese PM thanked Prince Andrew for conveying the British Government and Royal Family’s sympathy to the families of victims of storm Ketsana in Vietnam.

According to the schedule for his four-day visit, Prince Andrew met with Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai and Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc. He also opened the third meeting of the Vietnam-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee.

Source: VNA/VOVNews

Source: QDND