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2.6 mln USD to for sustainable tourism in Quang Binh

In Vietnam Travel on March 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm

2.6 mln USD to for sustainable tourism in Quang Binh

QĐND – Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

Some 2.6 million USD from the “Greater Mekong Subregion Sustainable Tourism Development” project will be injected into the central province of Quang Binh to preserve and upgrade ecological tourism in the locality.

This is part of a five-year ADB-funded project, starting from 2009, to boost socio-economic development with focus on poverty reduction, infrastructure, heritage preservation in five provinces of Vietnam.

 Of the funding, over 2.1 million USD will be provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the remaining, about 400,000 USD, will be reciprocal capital.

The project will concentrate on the preservation of the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, which is home to two villages living in the core zone and six others in buffer zones, the project’s director, Le The Luc, said, adding that their livelihoods mainly depend on forestry that leads to the degradation of the whole park.

The investment will be spent to upgrade Phong Nha and Tien Son caves, use environmentally friendly materials like composite for making boats to reduce pollution while developing some services serving ecological tourism in other tourist sites.

Apart from setting up a database on local geography, ethnic minority groups and their traditional culture, the project will develop pastoral and community-based tourism to help improve earnings of people in buffer zones. Thus, more than 56,500 people are expected to directly or indirectly benefit from the project.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Parade program to promote tourism

In Vietnam Travel on March 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Parade program to promote tourism

QĐND – Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

PANO – A public ceremony to announce tourism in Thua Thien – Hue province in 2010 and the parade program “For tourism” was held on March 20th.

After the public ceremony, 5,000 local people and a vehicle group of 30 automobiles, 20 motorbikes, 100 cyclos and 250 bicycles participated in the parade for a green, clean, beautiful, attractive Hue city.

In 2010, there will be many events in the province, such as the 35th anniversary of the liberation of Thua Thien Hue, the 50th anniversary of  the establishment of the relationship among the three cities of Hanoi, Hue and Sai Gon and Hue festival. According to local officials, the parade is to open activities and celebrations in the build-up to national and local anniversaries as well as promote public awareness of environmental protection and tourism.

Translated by Thu Nguyen – Phuong Linh

Source: QDND

Rice exports show optimistic signs

In Vietnam Economy on March 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Rice exports show optimistic signs

QĐND – Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The world’s rice market in recent times has shown optimistic signs, announced by Pham Van Bay, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Food Association (VFA) in Ho Chi Minh City on March 22.

As of mid-March, Vietnam has exported nearly 1 million tonnes of rice and earned over US$465 million, down 25.98 percent in volume and 12.87 percent in value year on year.

New export contracts worth over 2 million tonnes of rice have been signed.

According to the VFA, after many years of failure to the Iraqi market, the Vietnam Northern Food Corporation (Vinafood 1) and the Vietnam-Iraq Rice Processing Joint Venture recently won a contract to export 150,000 tonnes of rice.

Currently, as Indonesia has only 1.3 million tonnes of rice in stock, this is a good opportunity for rice exporters.

A new market, South America, has many prospects because of lean harvests. Vietnamese businesses need to keep close watch on the market and actively penetrate.

For many years, the Philippines has been Vietnam’s main export market. Right now it needs to buy more 800,000 tonnes of rice and is scheduled to open bidding for the import of 200,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Islanders in Ly Son reap good profits

In Social life on March 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Islanders in Ly Son reap good profits

QĐND – Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

Thousands of local people in Ly Son district, Quang Ngai province, have earned much money from fishing anchovies and growing garlic.

Good haul of fish

Early in the morning, Ly Son port becomes so busy. Here and there people are trading things. Coracles full of anchovies are moving in and out of the port.

Le Van My, aged 45 of Tay Hamlet, An Vinh Commune, joyfully said, never before had they caught so much anchovy. On average, each coracle fishes 150-200 kg of anchovy per day, while high-capacity boats easily caught tones of anchovies.

Normally, the anchovy crop begins in February or March of Lunar calendar, and fishermen have harvested big crops of the fish over the last few weeks. Local people go fishing at 3 a.m. and their small boats are full of fish at 6 a.m.

“The weather has been fine this year, anchovies gather in large amounts, so what fishermen need is to light up and catch it easily”, said Nguyen Cao, aged 50 in Tay Hamlet, An Vinh Commune.

Another good thing for local fishermen is that traders are ready to buy big quantities of anchovies right at the port at high prices. Locals said that each coracle could earn millions of Vietnamese dongs per night.

Big crop of garlic

Joy also comes to those who chose to farm garlic in Ly Son.

Since the trademark of Ly Son garlic was recognized in the market, local farmers have not worried about the outlet of their garlic. This year, farmers become happier with big crops of garlic and high prices of garlic.

Traders ask to buy garlic while farmers harvest garlic, but many decide not to sell right now as they expect prices of garlic will go up.

Nguyen Thi Kha aged 58 in Dong Hamlet, An Vinh Commune, said that garlic is often planted in early August and harvested five months later.

The output is usually 1 tone per hectare but this year’s productivity has reached over 1.20 tone per hectare in some places.

According to Kha, the price of garlic this year is twice of that last year. Garlic is now sold at VND 12,000 per kg of fresh garlic and 70,000 VND per kg of dried garlic. According to Kha, she may earn some 20 million VND from her 2 ha of garlic farm.

Several local families that have larger farms of garlic could earn hundreds of millions of VND.

Source: TP

Translated by Thu Nguyen – Le Trang

Source: QDND

New rules on car use for representative offices issued

In policies on March 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

New rules on car use for representative offices issued

QĐND – Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese ambassadors, charge d’affaires, and heads of missions to international organisations are allowed to use a car valued at less than 65,000 USD for business purposes, according to a new decision by the Prime Minister.

Those who hold the position of consulate general can use a car valued at no more than 60,000 USD.

A representative office of the country abroad can buy up to 10 cars, depending on specific circumstances and the nature of their work. Each office can buy one car valued at less than 45,000 USD, the remainder costing less than 35,000 USD.

With other Vietnamese offices abroad, those with less than four staff can buy a car, while those with more than four staff can buy two.

Cars for ambassadors, charge d’ affaires, and head of missions can be sold after at least five years of use.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnam-RoK boost investment cooperation

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Vietnam-RoK boost investment cooperation

QĐND – Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

“Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) should focus on investing in technology transfer with a focus on heavy and high-tech industries,” said Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai.  

Mr. Hai made the statement when receiving the RoK Minister of Trade, Kim Jong-Hoon on March 22.

The Deputy PM hailed the practical results of the RoK Ministry’s delegation in Vietnam, especially the promotion of the negotiation process to sign the free trade agreement between the two countries.

For his part, the RoK Minister said that the visits of the RoK President, Lee Mung-Bak, and the RoK Chairman of Parliament, Kim Hong O, last year have opened up great opportinities for trade and investment cooperation between the two states.

“The RoK will give priority to investment in building power plants and cooperating with Vietnam in nuclear power research in the near future,” he said.

 The RoK is among Vietnam’s most important investment partners with more than 2,000 projects worth over US$16 billion and generating half of million jobs. Total two-way trade revenue between Vietnam and the RoK is nearly US$9 billion. The two countries plan to increase the trade volume to US$20 billion by 2015.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

IELTS network extended in Vietnam

In Politics-Society on March 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

IELTS network extended in Vietnam

QĐND – Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

Hanoi University and the Australia’s IDP Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to grant the IELTS certification to the University on March 20.

The extension of this certifiaction, coded as VN104, will create favourable conditions for students to take the test. In addition, IDP has empowered the Hanoi University to organise IELTS training courses at the Australian Centre for Education and Training.

Source: Thanh Nien

Translated by Hoang Anh

Source: QDND

NA Chairman receives senior Chinese legislator

In Politics-Society on March 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

NA Chairman receives senior Chinese legislator

QĐND – Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The legislative bodies of Vietnam and China should maintain regular exchanges of visits to promote bilateral friendship and cooperation, says National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong.  

The agreement was shared at a meeting in Hanoi on March 23 between Chairman Trong and Yan Junqi, Vice Chairwoman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, who is visiting Vietnam.

Mr Trong welcomed Ms Yan’s visit as it is taking place at a time when the two countries are carrying out various activities to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

He noted that the strategic cooperative partnership between Vietnam and China has developed strongly in all areas under the motto of “friendly neighbourliness, comprehensive cooperation, long-term stability and future-oriented vision”, and in the spirit of “Good neighbours, good friends, good comrades and good partners.”

Mr Trong spoke highly of China’s tremendous achievements in implementing its reform and open-door policy and said its development experience is valuable to Vietnam.

The Vietnam National Assembly is making every effort to increase its operational efficiency in legislation, supervision and decision-making in order to successfully build a law-governed socialist State and promote democracy, said Mr Trong.

Ms Yan affirmed that China attaches great importance to developing relations with Vietnam, which were founded by late presidents Mao Zedong of China and Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam. 

As the two countries have many things in common and are both carrying out the open-door policy, they can learn from each other’s development experience, she said.

She echoed Mr Trong saying the two legislative bodies should increase regular exchanges of visits and cooperation, especially in legislation and supervision.

The same day, Ms Yan laid a wreath at President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and visited several historical and cultural relics in Hanoi.   

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Website for handicapped Vietnamese launched

In Politics-Society on March 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Website for handicapped Vietnamese launched

QĐND – Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans (ASVHO) has officially launched their website at on March 23.

Addressing the launching ceremony, Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Dam Huu Dac spoke highly of efforts by the association and the Belgian Embassy’s financial assistance have in the building of the website.

The website plays an important role for Vietnamese who are handicapped or orphans, affirmed Dac, adding that it will be a forum for them to share information and life experiences as well as to learn about their legitimate rights and interests, helping them integrate into the society.

The website includes 13 main sections, covering information about the ASVHO, its organisation and operation, policies and laws relating to the handicapped and orphans, and tips for taking care of the disabled.

Nguyen Dinh Lieu, ASVHO Chairman, said that the website will be continually improved to better serve those in need.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND