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Vietnam hosts the World Tourism Organisation’s 22nd session

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm




Vietnam hosts the World Tourism Organisation’s 22nd session


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:1 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Tourism Administration under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is to host the 22nd session of the Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and Commission for South Asia under the United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and a meeting under the theme “Tourism-Important Dynamic for Socio-Economic Development”.


300 delegates including over 100 from 26 UNWTO’s country members will attend these events, scheduled to take place from May 10th to 12th in Hanoi.


Participants will discuss policies and measures to develop regional tourism.


This is an opportunity for Vietnam to increase its image worldwide and to popularise the country’s culture and tourism potential focusing on promising markets, such as Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Australia and ASEAN.


Vu The Binh, the head of the Travelling Department under the Vietnam Tourism Administration revealed that the first quarter of this year saw an increase of 36% in the number of international travelers to Vietnam but the number of visitors to Hanoi decreased by 7.2%.


Thus, this week, the Vietnam Tourism Administration and the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism is to work out plans to attract more visitors.


Additionally, under the national tourism promotion plan designed for 2010, the Administration will introduce the event of 1,000th year-old Thang Long at 45 subway stations of the Japanese capital of Tokyo; release videos “Let’s visit Hanoi-the 1,000 year-old city” as well as conduct several surveys and sketch out some eco-tours to trade villages throughout Hanoi.


Source: HNM


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

VND 986 billion to develop tourism in Con Co Island

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm




VND 986 billion to develop tourism in Con Co Island


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:1 (GMT+7)

A master plan to develop Con Co Island into a tourist site was introduced at the 20th session of the Quang Tri People’s Council on April 19th.


Con Co Island is 17 nautical miles away from Cua Viet and 15 nautical miles from Cua Tung beaches, which draw an increasing number of domestic and international visitors. With the favorable location, Con Co is seen to have high potential for tourism.


Being isolated from the shore, the island’s forests are almost untouched with a rare ecosystem, which was formed by a volcano a long time ago, and there are coral reefs in good condition lying under the sea around the island.


In fact, Con Co has drawn a large number of tourists over the past few years. Some people arrive in the island to visit the old “bomb bag” from the past war, while others are fascinated by the beauty and myths of the island. 


According to the master plan drawn up by the Provincial People’s Committee, VND 986 billion is needed to invest in the island between now and 2020.


Local officials also said that the project aims to develop tourism on the island on one hand and improve infrastructure and living conditions for the islanders on the other hand.


Source: TT


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

500,000 visitors to attend Ha Long Tourism Festival 2010

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm




500,000 visitors to attend Ha Long Tourism Festival 2010


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

The Ha Long Tourism Festival 2010 will be held in Bai Chay Tourism Area and Ha Long City in Quang Ninh Province from April 29th to May 2nd, said the event’s organising board on April 20th.


The event will include a carnival festival, an international tourism and trade fair, a beauty pageant, a culinary culture festival and traditional games.



As part of the main activities to celebrate 1,000 years of Thang Long-Hanoi, the festival, with the participation of international athletes and art troupes from 12 countries, is expected to attract around 500,000 visitors.


Source: HNM


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

Two Vietnamese to compete in World Pool Masters Final

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm




Two Vietnamese to compete in World Pool Masters Final


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Luong Chi Dung and Do Hoang Quan, Vietnamese billiards and snooker players, have fought off stiff competition from Singaporean, Indonesian and Malaysian competitors to qualify for the Final of the World Pool Masters Tournament, which will be held at Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the USA from May 12th to 16th with the participation of 64 contestants around the world.


The qualifying round, taking place in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, was to select 32 players for the Final.


This is the first time Vietnamese players have competed at the Final of the World Pool Masters, an annual international nine-ball tournament.


Players Luong Chi Dung and Do Hoang Quan brought Vietnam a golde medal at 25th SEA Games in Laos.


Source: TT&VH


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Top pastry chefs battle Asia’s best

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm




Top pastry chefs battle Asia’s best


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:6 (GMT+7)

Sofitel Saigon Plaza pastry chefs Pham Ngoc Hai and Tran Ngo Lam Khanh are taking on Asia’s best in a cake making contest in Singapore that began on April 20.


The three-day “Asian Pastry Cup 2010,” which requires competitors to make four pastries, has also attracted teams from Australia, China, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.


The Sofitel Saigon chefs won the Viet Nam Pastry cup held in Ha Noi last May after beating six other teams.


They represented the nation at the second World Pastry Cup held in Paris last month when they took on teams from Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Japan, France, Ukraine, Russia, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Chinese mainland, Ireland, and Viet Nam.


For their “passion for excellence”, they were rewarded with a special week of training under Stephane Glacier, the 2000 Best Craftsmen of France in Pastry.
Philippe Godard, general manager of Sofitel Saigon Plaza, said: “After the training provided by Mr Glacier, we have more confidence in them, in the strong addition to their skills and new techniques.”


Asian Pastry Cup 2010 is organised by Food&Hotel Asia, a sourcing platform for food and hospitality in Asia.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Petrol import tax cut to 17 percent

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm




Petrol import tax cut to 17 percent


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:1 (GMT+7)

In an effort to help petrol dealers stabilise prices, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) has decided to reduce petrol import tax rates from 20 percent to 17 percent beginning on April 21.


Diesel oil and kerosene, which were previously taxed at 15 percent, will now be subject to a reduced tax rate of 10 percent.


MoF adopted this solution to share in the businesses losses that have resulted from increased world petrol and oil prices.


Prices had reached 90 USD per barrel of petrol and 93 USD per barrel of diesel oil on the Singapore market on April 19.


The reduction also follows the Government’s decision to extend the period of time when retail petrol prices will rise to the end of June.


MoF added that with the rising import prices, petrol firms have lost 1,100 VND (0.06 USD) per litre of petrol.


Petrol dealers received approximately 500 billion VND (26.3 million USD) from the petrol price stabilisation fund in compensation for their losses since the beginning of this month.


However, the money has not helped them fully avoid loss, according to MoF.


The ministry said it is unable to raise retail prices at this time because it could result in a domino effect, with prices for other necessities also going up. It added that it would apply other administrative measures if the world petrol price continues to rise and domestic firms suffer bigger losses.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Global week on education for all launched in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm




Global week on education for all launched in Vietnam


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:6 (GMT+7)

A global action week with a goal of education for all has been launched in Hanoi by the Ministry of Education and Training in collaboration with the Global Campaign for Education.


Themed “Enhancement of investment for education”, the April 19-25 week is to call for more investment for education and for future, for sustainable development, improvement of the quality of the country’s human resources, as well as for national action plan on education for all in 2003-2015.


The Global Campaign for Education is expected this year to gather 72 million signatures in support for 72 million children around the world unable to go to school.


Source: VNA


 


Source: QDND

More rural areas to enjoy clean water

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm




More rural areas to enjoy clean water


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:6 (GMT+7)

As many as 83 percent of the population in rural areas are expected to have access to clean water, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dao Xuan Hoc.


This figure was the target for this year’s national programme on clean water and environmental hygiene in rural areas, which is part of phase 2 that runs from 2006 to 2010. This programme was also part of a larger goal that had aimed to provide clean water and proper sanitation to 100 percent of rural residents by 2010.


If accomplished, the access to clean water would increase by four percent, when compared to figures from last year.


The remaining areas where clean water had not been made availed to people include the remote areas in the northwestern provinces of Ha Giang and Cao Bang and the heavily salinated land in the Mekong Delta, said Nguyen Hong Quan from the ministry’s Department of Water Resources.


Australia, the Netherlands and Denmark were among the largest donors to this programme.


Nguyen Van Thuan, from the Australian Agency for International Development in Vietnam ’s Water Programme Manager said: “The main challenges were with the operation and maintenance activities. In the previous plan for the first phase (2001-2005), there was no funds provided for operations and maintenance costs.”


He said, when reviewing the first phase, in many localities, there were many places where the water supply infrastructure had been finished, yet residents were not interested in applying to get connected to pipeline. This resulted in the degradation of the infrastructure.


“Promoting involvement of more diverse participants, rather than only promoting State agencies, may be a good solution,” Thuan said.


Deputy Minister Hoc said the ministry was establishing mechanisms that ask every economic sectors to take part in the clean water and environmental hygiene investment and development process.


Last year, 2.6 million people in the rural areas gained access to clean water, which brought the total amount of people with access to clean water in the country to 79 percent.


The budget for last year’s programme activities amounted to 5.335 billion VND (270 million USD), with one-fifth of those funds being provided by international aid.


As of now, 59 million out of 83 million that live in the country reside in rural areas.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Ethnic population embrace policy of great national unity

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm




Ethnic population embrace policy of great national unity


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:1 (GMT+7)

Solidarity and unity are the most important characteristics shared by the Vietnamese people, including its ethnic minority populations, said Permanent Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Council of Nationalities Be Truong Thanh at a conference here on April 20.


Speaking at the national workshop entitled “Community of Vietnamese ethnic minorities and the policy of national solidarity”, one of the many activities being held in preparation for the upcoming national congress of ethnic minorities which is slated to take place next month, Thanh said solidarity in building a united community among various ethnic groups has been an age-old tradition practiced in Vietnam.


Ha Van Nui, Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, reiterated his organisation’s commitment to participate in all activities to consolidate the great national unity and solidarity among Vietnamese people.


He promised to supervise the enforcement of laws by government agencies, elected representatives and public servants in mountainous regions, where the majority of the country’s ethnic minority people live, to ensure they will not be marginalised, and to pay more attention to issues in these areas.


Tran Huu Thang, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, said his ministry had always paid due attention to ethnic minorities in its development of national programmes, projects and legal documents.


“We have organised many training courses on state governance, political theories, legal aid and information technology for local officials involved in ethnic minority areas,” said Thang.


Nong Van Luu, Lieutenant General and deputy director general of the Department of Security at the Ministry of Public Security, expressed his appreciation of the important role of the people, including ethnic minorities, in the All People’s Defence movement


“It is important to win trust in Party leadership and the great national unity of the ethnic people,” said Luu.


Five key themes were discussed during the workshop, including the great national unity; economic development and poverty reduction; conservation and enhancement of traditional cultures; education and training; and the building of the All People’s Defence movement and security in mountainous and border regions.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Nation provides for social security

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm




Nation provides for social security


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:6 (GMT+7)

The nation’s social security system will provide conditional and non-conditional social aid, credit assistance, education and job training for millions of people despite the global economic crisis, Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said on April 20 in an online Q&A.


Ngan affirmed that never before had the country approved so many social security policies and programmes, in which 62 of the poorest districts making up 50 per cent of the total poor population – had received pointed focus.


Ngan said that this aimed at shrinking the gap between the rich and poor among regions in the country because the Cuu Long (Mekong) and the Red (Hong) River deltas had low poverty rates, while the northern mountainous areas and Central Highlands were suffering from high poverty rates.


More than 2.4 million people received support for their production, employment and income generation via offering them forest lands to grow timber trees, guiding them to restructure their farms and sending them to work overseas.


Many localities have adopted combined measures to help lift the most needy families out of poverty. Building new houses to replace dilapidated ones was one of the measures introduced.


Nguyen Minh Thang, a resident in northern Yen Bai province, wondered how it could be ensured that the most needy people enjoyed the benefits of these social security projects.


Ngan said that all poor people nationwide would receive support from the Government; however, local authorities responsible for reporting the number of poor households had not obeyed the legal procedures, leading to some miscalculations.


When the new poverty line was introduced next year, local relevant authorities would get more training to make proper reports on poor people to avoid problems. If anyone intentionally put down misleading information, they would be strictly punished, she added.


Ngan said that the existing poverty line 200,000 VND (10.5 USD) per person per month in the countryside and 260,000 VND (13.6 USD) for those living in urban areas – which had been applied for five years, was unsuitable with the current situation. Because of this, many people in need were technically not eligible.


Ngan said that the new poverty line would be approached in a multi-dimensional way so that more people in need of help would be the targets of the country’s social security system.


People should know about this new poverty line to take advantage of their rights. Legal support for poor people should also become more focused, said Ngan.
Nguyen Huy Hoang, a resident in Ha Noi, wondered which people would receive non-conditional social aid.


Nguyen Xuan Lap, deputy head of the ministry’s Social Welfare Department, said that currently more than 1.3 million people, including orphans, elderly without family and those over 80 without a pension, the disabled, HIV-positive people who could not work, families with more than two disabled members and single-parent families under the poverty line would be eligible for monthly non-conditional social aid.


Ngan said that coupled with this financial aid, these people could also get other support, such as free health insurance.


Many expressed worry over the increasing number of unemployed people and increases in labour accidents.


Minister Ngan said that there were more than 133,000 unemployed people last year, which was higher than in previous years, but even with this more than 1.6 million jobs had been created. The unemployment rate was understandable in the global economic crisis.


Ngan said that it was necessary to raise the capabilities of labourers to meet employers’ demands and minimise labour accidents, because currently only 30 percent of labourers had proper qualifications and experience.


Nghiem Trong Tuan, General Deputy Director of the ministry’s General Vocational Training Department, said that to improve the quality of vocational training schools, the Government had approved a five-year project worth 5.5 trillion VND (289 million USD) that was aimed at applying modern teaching and studying methods, reforming training programmes and improving teacher quality.


Tuan said that the vocational training schools that had yet to meet the criteria for teaching and studying activities would surely be shut down.


Nguyen Thi Hai Van, deputy head of the ministry’s Labour and Employment Department, said that a fund for creating jobs worth 4 trillion VND (210 million USD) had been set up to help create jobs.


The processing and trading units and households who were the targets of the fund could borrow up to 500 million VNDs(26,000 USD) for each project. Each year, this fund created up to 300,000 jobs, said Van.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND