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Responsible Tourism Initiatives introduced in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Responsible Tourism Initiatives introduced in Vietnam

QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

40 travel agencies and leaders of the Hanoi, Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Tri provincial Departments for Culture, Sports and Tourism attended a seminar on “the introduction of Responsible Tourism Initiatives in Vietnam” in Hue City on May 4.

The seminar, organized by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), is designed to respond to challenge facing the developing tourism industry.

It is also aimed at providing information on environment management and attracting the participation of poor people in cultural and tourist activities.

A recent SNV survey of five major tourist attractions in Vietnam shows the visitors’ satisfaction at high level, but also their concern about tourist-related problems like garbage dumping in public places, environmental pollution and benefits poor people.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam asks to host 2012 women’s U20 World Cup

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Vietnam asks to host 2012 women’s U20 World Cup

QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has asked for FIFA’s permission to host the 2010 women’s U20 World Cup.  

During the meeting on May 4, FIFA appreciated Vietnam football’s recent efforts, especially, turning the V-League into one of the top 100 best tournaments in the world as well as winning the ASEAN Football Association Cup.

FIFA will make plans to survey the stadiums and other facilities in Vietnam before making its final decision.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

PVFCCo opens representative office in Cambodia

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

PVFCCo opens representative office in Cambodia

QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

The PetroVietnam Fertiliser and Chemicals Company (PVFCCo) on May 5 held a press conference in Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh on the launch of their official representative office in the country.

Speaking at the event, PVFCCo’s General Director Phan Dinh Duc underlined the developing relationship with urea importers and distributors in 2010, adding that he planned to establish a company that specialises in supplying the product in Cambodia and expand the market for other agricultural products.

The company, which is Vietnam’s largest fertiliser producer, has since last December held farming skill programmes in Kampong Cham and Battambang provinces to help Cambodian farmer increase their rice output .

After opening the office, an affiliate of PVFCCo will sign a deal with two distributors in Cambodia.

Source: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Excellent businessmen honoured in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Excellent businessmen honoured in Hanoi

QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

A ceremony was held in Hanoi on May 5 to announce the names of 200 outstanding businesspeople in the first phase of a programme to honour 1,000 businesspeople.

Among the rewardees recognized for their contribution to the country’s socio-economic development were Vo Sy Dong, General Director of the Vietnam Paper Corporation and Nguyen Ngoc Nam, Director of the Tien Giang Food Company.

The “Thang Long Intelligence” programme was launched by the Vietnam Association of Young Scientists and Engineers (VAYSE), the Vietnam Intellectual Property Association, and the Vietnam Culture and Information Jointstock Company to honour business people who have developed their businesses in a sustainable way with a high sense of responsibility for environemental protection and charity work.

In addition, there will be awards for 1,000 excellent enterprises and products. The list of the awardees will be announced in August.

Source: VOV



Source: QDND

Firms collect VND30 billion at promotional fair

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Firms collect VND30 billion at promotional fair

QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

Revenues from the High-Quality Vietnamese Goods Fair reached VND30 billion, organizers announced on May 3.

Saigon Jewelry Company topped the list by raking in VND1.4 billion.

Next were Bien Hoa Sugar Co. with VND780 million, Viet Thang Garment Co. with VND580 million, and Phu Nhuan Jewelry Co. with VND500 million.

The six-day event attracted 350,000 visitors, organizers said, adding that participants agreed on 75 new deals, and signed 117 memorandums of understanding and 28 contracts during the event.

Several programs at the fair aimed to help local firms to extend their domestic market shares as a springboard towards approaching other countries in the region and around the world.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Agricultural officials meet to help salt makers

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Agricultural officials meet to help salt makers

QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Agriculture and Rural Development met May 4 to discuss helping salt makers in Can Gio District who have been hard by cheap imports.

At the meeting, Phan Thanh Thuoc, chairman of Tien Thanh salt cooperative in Can Gio District, said that the cooperative had a bumper crop this year thanks to a new production method in which workers produce salt on nylon canvas instead of directly on the ground.

The new production method has doubled salt output over last year to reach 120 tons per hectare. And the salt grains are much purer, salt farmers said.

However, a kilogram of salt now sells for just around VND700, compared to VND1,700 last year, thanks to a wave of salt imports, many from India.

Though the cooperative had been able to sell its salt – because of it’s higher quality – only 50 hectares in Can Gio are using the nylon canvas method, meaning that 1,500 hectares in the district were employing other farming practices.

Most farmers outside the cooperative still produce salt with traditional methods, which yield lower outputs and fetch lower prices. They can’t compete with cheaper imports.

Mr. Thuoc said that the cooperative had already bought all salt made by its members and a small portion produced outside the group. But it does not have enough money to buy and process more for sale.

According to Government regulations, the cooperative is only allowed to borrow an amount that does not exceed the capital contributed by its members, about VND3 billion (US$158,000).

Although the cooperative is able to consume more salt and its loan projects have been deemed very feasible by the Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development, the cooperative has not been able to take more loans.

Mr. Thuoc said the cooperative built a salt processing plant in 2009 and several food processing companies have bought salt made by the cooperative instead of importing from Thailand, India, and China.

The cooperative’s four warehouses now can accommodate an extra of 4,000 tons of salt but they are empty.

Lack of salt, prices plunge

Tran Quang Phung, chairman and general director of Southern Salt Group, who is also chairman of southern salt association, said Korean companies loved to make kimchi with Can Gio salt.

He said it was because the taste of Can Gio salt was not as sharp as salt from Central Vietnam.

The group exports about 60,000 tons of Can Gio salt to Korea annually, however in recent years, the group could not find enough high quality salt to process this year.

Mr.Phung said that several farmers outside the collective focused only on quantity not quality. As a result, the salt grains are mixed with soil and are slightly yellow in color.

He also said that even though the local supply of salt was short, prices were falling due to import policies that let too much foreign salt into Vietnam.

To help salt makers, Nguyen Trong Liem, official from the Agriculture and Rural Development, said that his department would coordinate with the city’s Agricultural Consultation and Assistance Center to organize a conference of salt processing businesses to discuss buying salt from farmers through preferential-interest loans.

Mr. Liem also said that his sub-department would also assist the Tien Thanh salt cooperative to sell its salt products to supermarkets in the city and other provinces.

The sub-department will also petition the Government to limit salt imports, Liem said.

The southern salt association has said that the Government should discharge quotas granted to businesses and has proposed the common taxes of 50 percent to help domestic salt production.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Vietnam strongly supports Global Partnership’s TB fight

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Vietnam strongly supports Global Partnership’s TB fight

QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese Government will continue to strongly support anti-tuberculosis activities undertaken in Vietnam by the Global Stop Tuberculosis Partnership, a Government leader affirmed.

The Global Stop Tuberculosis Partnership’s Coordinating Board convened its 18th meeting in Hanoi on May 4, drawing the attendance of its Chair Prof. Rifat Atun, Vietnamese Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu, a broad spectrum of representatives of local and international organisations concerned.

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan also called on the Global Stop Tuberculosis Partnership and the international community to provide more support for the fight against TB in Vietnam , which, as according to the World Health Organisation, ranks 12th among 20 countries heavily burdened by TB in the world.

He hailed the inception of the Global Stop Tuberculosis Partnership and its enthusiastic activities as meeting an urgent need of preventing the dangerous disease, helping the people enjoy a fairness in gaining access to healthcare services, and promoting the share of trans-national responsibilities in controlling the disease worldwide.

Nhan highlighted that the anti-TB activities the Global Stop Tuberculosis Partnership have deployed are highly oriented to the community, regardless of social status and eco-political mechanisms of the participants, in the fight.

These activities have created a driving force to promote the adoption of new initiatives, mechanisms and technologies to combat TB, and also spurred sustainable socio-economic development to achieve millennium development goals.

About 150,000 new TB cases are detected annually in Vietnam . Of the figure, 12,000 cases are found to have infected with both TB and HIV virus and nearly 70 percent are tested positive for AFB, mainly in females and in southern provinces.

An epidemiological study showed that the TB prevalence in Vietnam continues to rise, especially among the youngsters, partly due to inadequate monitoring work.

Besides, the increasing number of multi-drug resistant TB imposes a great challenge to the country’s fight against tuberculosis.

Source: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Soldiers help ethnic people

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Soldiers help ethnic people

QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

PANO – Soldiers from Unit H50 of Regiment B61 under the Air Defence and Air Force Service have launched several activities to help people of the Muong and Dao ethnic minorities in Dan Ha district, Hoa Binh province.

Working together with local residents in Dan Ha Commune, Ky Son District, they presented almost 100 sets of warm clothes and blankets to ethnic minority people facing adversity.

In addition, military doctors helped local people to prevent epidemic and provide free check-ups and medicines, worth more than VND 5 million, to poor people.

The activities, launched every year by the unit, help strengthen the relationship between the soldiers and local people.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Firefighters extinguish blaze in Ca Mau forest after three days

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Firefighters extinguish blaze in Ca Mau forest after three days

QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

Firefighters have extinguished a fire that broke out in the U Minh Ha forest in southernmost Ca Mau province’s Thoi Binh District on May 2. About 90ha of trees were destroyed in the three-day blaze.

However, the director of U Minh Ha Forestry C, Tran Thanh Su, said there was a high risk that the hot and dry weather could cause the fire to break out again from smouldering charcoal.

“Authorities have placed firefighters on 24-hour duty to extinguish any new outbreaks,” he said.

“Investigations are being carried out to find out the cause of the fire,” Su said.

According to the Department of Forest Management, eight provinces and cities nationwide have been placed on forest-fire alert because of the prolonged hot and dry weather.

An Giang, Binh Dinh, Binh Thuan, Ca Mau and Ninh Thuan provinces are on the highest fire-alert level.

Source: VNS/VOVNews

Source: QDND

Traditional revolutionary zone coming out of its shell

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Traditional revolutionary zone coming out of its shell

QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

The northern mountainous Tuyen Quang province was a center of radical activism during Vietnam’s revolutionary struggle. Visiting the historical site now, it’s impossible not to notice the area’s strong development, with many construction projects worth hundreds of billion VND in value.

Tuyen Quang is located on the peaceful Lo River 165 kilometers northwest of Ha Noi.

The province is making all efforts to speed up its economic, cultural and social growth alongside neighboring provinces.

Tourism is one of Tuyen Quang’s strong points. Visitors are very interested in many tours to historical, cultural and ecotourism sites likely Tan Trao hamlet, Hong Thai communal house, Na Lua hut and more.

Tan Trao lies in a small valley between the mountains and jungle in Son Duong district and is roughly 200km from Hanoi.

The main places of interest are Tan Trao Communal House, Hong Thai Communal House, and a banyan tree and a hut where Ho Chi Minh lived from June to August 1945.

Tan Trao was used as a resistance base before August 1945 and was the provisional capital of the patriotic forces headed by late President Ho Chi Minh. The Communist Party of Vietnam held several important meetings there, especially in August 1945.

The wild beauty of the forest and mountains surrounding the Na Hang hydroelectric plant, including My Lam Atream, and sacred old pagodas and temples that dot the hills, attract thousands of visitors every year.

Tuyen Quang is also famous for its beautiful women with white complexions, good figures and shy smiles.

People believe that because the province was the capital of the Mac Dynasty (1527-1596), many imperial concubines produced beautiful lineages.

Tuyen Quang’s fresh air also makes for a high quality of life.

The province is also home of several ethnic groups such as Tay, Dao, Cao Lan, Mong, Thai and more.

Tuyen Quang town was recognized as a city in 2002. The city has a strong history of economic, cultural and social development but it still keeps the special cultural beauty of a traditional revolutionary zone.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND