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International yacht festival to kick off

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm

International yacht festival to kick off

QĐND – Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Binh Thuan Provincial Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism has unveiled a plan to organise the International Yacht Festival, under the theme “Yacht, Sea, Sun”, in Mui Ne Bay, Phan Thiet from Oct 21st to 24th, 2010.

In addition to yacht presences by 20 countries and Vietnam, a celebration will be marked by an opening gala, a pop-rock music show “Hello Vietnam’s sea”, and an exhibition of 200 international yachts. Especially, a magnificent show of lighting technology, in combination with visual effects technology, will be demonstrated by the French company, “CrossRoads”. Also, viewers can take part in an outdoor photographic exhibition, entitled “Mui Ne-Binh Thuan-Heaven for you”.

The yacht festival will help promote sea tourism as well as accelerate the development of surfing  in the area.

Translated by Hoang Anh

Source: QDND

64 World Cup 2010 matches to be broadcast live on K plus 1 channel

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm

64 World Cup 2010 matches to be broadcast live on K plus 1 channel

QĐND – Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

PANO – The K plus (K+) satellite digital television will broadcast, live, 64 matches of the World Cup 2010 on its K+1 channel, according to the television channel on June 7th.

Along with live matches, other information related to World Cup 2010, such as match results, assessments, predictions or comments by experts, will be daily updated at 6.50pm at the sports bulletin, “Meeting Place”, on K+1 as well.

In addition, on June 12th, the television will launch its website, so that football supporters can post their video clips or images featuring their unique celebrations for World Cup 2010.

If two matches play simultaneously, the K+1 will broadcast live one match while the other will be replayed right after that.

The match fixtures will be updated daily on

Hoang Tuan Dung, the program director of Vietnam Satellite Digital Television, said that with DTH technology, K+ users throughout the country could watch live football matches during the World Cup 2010 on K+1 channel or via VTV’s channels with Access, Family or Premium channels on the grounds of the satellite digital technology provided by K+.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Green business for Vietnam’s economic renewal

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Green business for Vietnam’s economic renewal

QĐND – Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

PANO – Vietnam is now heading for sustainable development under recent lines of the Government. One of the important ways to reach the target is do develop “green business”, which in fact is operating in several developed economies around the world. According to Nguyen My Lan, Chairwoman of GE Vietnam, green business is a must in the long run development and it would bring potential benefits for the economy.

Vietnam plays an increasingly important role in the Asian and global economy and is proving to be an attractive destination for foreign companies. Even during the global economic crisis Vietnam demonstrated its ability to manage its economy and recover rapidly in comparison with other peers in South East Asia. Now Vietnam is poised for the next stage of development and growth. How it manages that growth will be another important indicator of the long sustainability of the Vietnamese economy.

The COP15 discussions at the end of last year put into sharp focus the challenges that we face as an international economy in delivering growth while at the same time address the environmental challenges that we and future generations will face. Achieving growth is a social and economic imperative but it shouldn’t be done without a focus on the long term competitiveness and long term sustainability of the planet. So that is the challenge for both Government and policy makers but equally for business.

Vietnam is evaluated as one of the countries hardest hit by climate change and rising sea levels, hence, the Vietnamese Government is adamant that socio-economic development must go together with environmental protection. And Vietnam is actively making great efforts to turn itself into a green country in the future. 

If the challenges that Vietnam faces in the fields of energy, water supplies, transportation and construction are not addressed, future generations will suffer from their harmful effects. According to Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai at “Green Biz 2009”, it is now essential to encourage cooperation between Vietnam and foreign partners to conduct research into the development of green technologies.

To achieve the targets, both foreign and local companies in Vietnam need to play their part and address the challenge of becoming green business by striving to minimize environmental impacts from their business activities, as well as introduce to the market the technologies, ideas and measures for doing that.

When thinking about solutions for Vietnam, we at GE are trying to work on “recycling-oriented manufacturing,” “green work-style” and “offering eco-solution using our own expertise”, but initially “minimizing our Carbon emissions in all business processes” which we also call “ enabling low carbon innovation”. Policy certainty and a refocus of funding mechanisms will be key. One example of this is the investment by GE in EU of €340 million in off-shore wind energy projects, creating up to 2,000 new jobs, made possible by the certainty created by EU and supportive national policies. As well as being the right thing to do greening our business makes sound business sense. For example, GE’s China business for its ecomagniation certified products increased 50% year on year to $US656 million for the first three quarters of 2009.  In addition GE’s ecomagination initiative has resulted in savings to the bottom line of over $100million over five years from energy savings and has created approximately 50,000 jobs directly and through its supply chain.

Companies and economies that invest in innovation for green business today will emerge from the recession strongly positioned for growth. That is why we have increased our investment in R&D in new technologies over the past two years of the crisis, rather than cutting it with the total investment of €4 billion a year in this area.

GE in Vietnam hopes to help wind developers exploit and make use of abundant wind source for the cause of promoting renewable energies instead of fossil fuels. GE’s first facility in Hai Phong manufacturing components of wind turbines has set up a foundation for wind development in Vietnam. However, it mostly depends on the government investment policy to attract investors. The legal framework for wind energy development should include specific standards for wind energy development to help investors understand and have investment orientation, and financial incentives for each wind energy unit that will join the power network. The most important thing is that each wind energy policy must be stable for a long time because each wind energy project needs 10-20 years of operation to bring economic profits for investors. 

Overall, we are looking forward to the correct policy and financial frameworks to support the development of green growth. Green business need this certainty to make the investments required even in terms of duty-free imported green products, removing barriers to trade or operation, allowing government incentives to foreign companies, etc.

One such initiative that can be taken on an international level is the introduction of an Environmental Goods and Services Agreement. An Environmental Goods and Services Agreement (EGSA) and the liberalisation of green trade can serve as a catalyst for growth within the green energy space and stimulate the market. An agreement to create open trade for green products and services would represent the most significant step governments can take in the short term to bridge the gap from our present-day reliance on fossil fuels, and a future based on renewable and other clean energy. While the removal of excessive tariffs would also serve to promote growth and unleash the great potential in the sector.

Looking at the EGSA and the current socio-economic context in Vietnam, we would like to deliver a simple message that GE and the wider industry has been investing in developing technologies which can help Vietnam develop green business. We are creating partnerships here, sharing our initiatives which will help address basic community needs of sustainable environmental development by using innovative technologies to address some of the greatest challenges we face. We do that not just because we believe it’s the right thing to do but also because it makes great business sense.

Reported by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Mobile phone subscribers leap nearly 22 percent

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Mobile phone subscribers leap nearly 22 percent

QĐND – Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s telecommunications market is expected to develop rapidly in the upcoming months.

The number of new mobile phone subscribers last month reached 18.5 million, an increase of 21.9 percent over the same period last year.

The development, in part, has intensified due to the advent of new services provided by mobile phone suppliers.

Last month, the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Corporation (VNPT) signed a contract to be the sole broadcaster of the World Cup 2010 for mobile phones.

All 64 football matches can now be directly viewed through Mobile Television, a subsidiary of VNPT’s MobiFone and VinaPhone providers, for 30,000 VND (1.6 USD).

Head of Vinaphone’s Marketing Department Pham Ngoc Tu said the providers planned to add more than 60 value-added services for mobile phone subscribers, which aims to increase the provider’s service quality.

Tu said the services account for 10 percent of their total revenue, but predicted they would eventually increase to 20 percent of the company’s revenue.

S-Fone has announced that it will expand its coverage of 3G-EVDO services to 37 cities and provinces nationwide.

The provider added that it would invest in upgrading the 3G-EVDO in order to ensure the quality of its 3G service and prepare for the arrival of 4G.

Vietnamese mobile phone providers have been rushing to reduce Iphone prices in line with the decreasing prices of the product in the US.

Providers will begin to reduce the phone’s price from 197 USD to 100 USD each.

Last Tuesday, the military-run mobile phone provider, Viettel, reduced the price of its Iphone to 1 million VND (54 USD) in order to increase phone sales.

VinaPhone’s representative Nguyen Thu Hong said the provider had yet to consider reducing the price of its Iphone package.

She said the company had imported approximately 5,000 Iphones and planned to import more soon.

MobiFone, one of the three largest mobile phone providers in the country, does not sell the Iphone.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Government moves to upgrade IT infrastructure

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Government moves to upgrade IT infrastructure

QĐND – Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has requested the Ministry of Information and Communications to complete submissions for a Government strategy to upgrade the country’s information technology (IT) infrastructure by 2020 by this Thursday.

The Ministry of Science and Technology will co-ordinate with the Ministry of Justice and other relevant agencies to draft further submissions to the Prime Minister before June 25.

If successful, the project, designed by the Ministry of Information and Communications, will transform Vietnam into a ‘strong IT nation’ by 2015, lift the country’s information technology rank on the list of the International Telecommunication Union to 70th or higher, and increase total revenue of the IT sector as a percentage of GDP from between 17 to 20 percent.

Longer term, the strategy aims to lift Vietnam to a ranking of 60th or higher in the Union’s list and increase the information communication sector’s contribution to GDP to between 20 and 23 percent.

In response to the strategy, the ministry has outlined six phases of implementation:

To continue developing and improving telecommunications infrastructure; to extend access to telephones, audio-visual equipment and computer systems nationwide; to develop IT applications in State-run agencies; to develop IT solutions that serve the daily needs of the people: to develop an IT-skills base in the labour market: and to support international IT cooperation.

Highlighting the importance of IT in the public sector, Dung emphasised in April: “In this era, the development of IT application for the operation of State-run agencies is a matter of urgency for our country.”

IT applications will enable the smooth and uniform operation of State agencies. This is essential to maintain a harmonious relationship between the people, the business community and state agencies. It is also a necessary component of reforming the Government and State agencies to ensure democracy and transparency, improve effectiveness, and increase efficiency of public administration.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Students campaign for summer

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Students campaign for summer

QĐND – Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Communist Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City organised a meeting to open the fifth “Flame Flowers” campaign for students on June 6th.

With student volunteers to carry out social activities, the month-long campaign already received the participation of nearly 15,000 students this year. In the first phase, they will take part in cultural activities in the city and take care of homeless children.

In the second phase, students will take part in various activities to practice social skills, using their knowledge from study, and help raise funds for poor children.

Translated by Hoang Anh

Source: QDND

NA: Careful consideration is needed before implementing large-scale projects

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm

NA: Careful consideration is needed before implementing large-scale projects

QĐND – Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

At a working session in Hanoi on June 8, many National Assembly (NA) deputies raised concern about financial sources, implementation duration and resettlement for the project to build the Hanoi-HCM City express railway.

The Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City express railway project is a large-scale project that needs a total investment of US$56 billion. It will run as long as 1,570 km across 20 provinces and cities. With a design speed of 300km/h, it will take about five and a half hours to complete the journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.

To proceed with the project, 4,170ha of land will need to be requisited and 9,500 households will need relocating so the project can be completed by 2035.

Most NA deputies agreed to the project, saying it would help to ease traffic congestion, improve the transport network and boost the country’s business operations between regions. However, some also pointed out challenges, such as the huge investment required, resettlement-related issues and the long-term duration of the project’s implementation.

Huge investment

NA delegate Sung Thi Chu from Yen Bai province said the US$56-billion estimated figure is a huge amount as it accounts for up to two third of the nation’s annual GDP. To implement the project, Vietnam will have to borrow massive amounts from foreign countries, and this will increase the country’s debts for decades. Therefore, she added, the NA should consider the project carefully.

Mr Chu’s view was shared by deputy Tran Ngoc Vinh from Hai Phong province, who noted that at present, only 11 countries in the world have an express railway. Some developed countries in the G7 group have not even built an express railway. Vietnam’s State budget is limited, while many other fields still need investment, he said.

Mr Vinh suggested upgrading the current railway network and building high-speed ships as an alternative.

He emphasised that borrowing official development assistance (ODA) loans is not always an advantage because some countries like Thailand and the Philippines have stopped borrowing these loans.

Long duration for implementation

As scheduled, the project will be carried out from 2014 to 2035. This is a long period of time that may affect the effectiveness and quality of the project. According to NA deputy Hoang Van Toan from Vinh Phuc province, it is essential to shorten the project’s duration. Vietnam should apply modern technologies to reduce the duration to 10 years, he said.

Delegate Dao Xuan Nay from Binh Thuan province said the project should be completed more quickly and also be split into several different routes, from Hanoi to Vinh, and from HCM City to Nha Trang.

People’s daily lives need to be ensured

Delegate Sung Thi Chu stressed the need to ensure people’s living conditions in their new resettlement places. The total expenditure for land acquisition and compensation is estimated at more than VND30,000 billion. More than 9,500 households will be relocated, most of them farmers. So, the NA should pay due attention to creating jobs for them and helping them stabilise their lives, she said.

NA deputy Luong Phan Cu from Dak Nong province said it may take more time to implement the project as it affects an additional 16,500 households.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Government members to join question and answer session

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Government members to join question and answer session

QĐND – Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

Standing Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung and Ministers of Finance, Transportation, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Culture, Sports and Tourism are expected to answer National Assembly’s deputies’ questions from June 10-12.

According to Tran Dinh Dan, Head of the NA Office, 160 questions have been sent to the Deputy PM and Ministers.

Although The Minister of Industry and Trade, Vu Huy Hoang, received the largest number of questions, he will not join the session. However, he will give detailed explanations about related issues during the Q&A session.

Deputy PM Nguyen Sinh Hung will focus his answers on the government’s management of the macroeconomy, the sudden increase in prices and the government’s solution to electricity shortage.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat is expected to answer questions related to local policies on lending land to foreigners for reforestation.

Vu Van Ninh, the Minister of Finance will answer questions on inspecting the income of groups and state-owned corporations’ leaders.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh will focus on the overabundance of festivals.

The Minister of Transport, Ho Nghia Dung, will answer questions on Hanoi’s disconnection of junctions.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

August Revolution to be formally celebrated

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm

August Revolution to be formally celebrated

QĐND – Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a project to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and Independence Day (September 2).

According to the project’s detailed programme, the celebration will be held at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Bac Son War Matyrs monument and the National Convention Centre on September 1.

The event is aimed at affirming the great historical value and significance of Vietnam’s August Revolution in the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the leading role of the Communist Party and President Ho Chi Minh in the cause of national liberation, construction, and defence.

The celebration will include paying tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum, and offering incense at the monument.

There will be other activities upholding the spirit of patriotism, and great national unity, and showing gratitude to those who died for the country’s independence.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Surgical aid banned after patients go blind

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

Following a series incidents that left more than a score of people blind, the Ministry of Health has banned the use of trypan blue, a surgical aid used to stain the retinal membrane during cataract surgeries.

A representative of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health (L) visits  a patient who turn blind after eye surgery. ( Photo: Lao Dong)

The ministry decided to ban the drub following reports that twenty-two patients went blind earlier this year after undergoing cataract surgeries at the Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital.

Tests of equipment samples and drugs showed that the blindings were caused by infections that resulted from the Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria (pink-red rods) present in trypan blue made by the Indian Khosla Pharmaceutical Company.

The drug is imported and provided by Viet My Medical Equipment at 572/4 Le Quang Dinh Street , Go Vap District.

The ministry also asked the Indian Khosla Pharmaceutical Company to withdraw all products nationwide as well as cooperate with relevant agencies to verify the cause of the problem and assume responsibility.

In addition, Khosla must report on the quality and quantities of the drug distributed in Vietnam.

The hospital’s director Tran Thi Phuong Thu said three more patients had been discharged from the hospital following intensive treatment after the incidents. However, one or two of those patients are expected to go blind as strong antibiotics have not made their situation any better.

Other patients in the southern provinces of Dong Nai and An Giang have also recently gone blind due to infections from the pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria caught at eye hospitals.

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Source: SGGP