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VND15 billion to promote Vietnam’s tourism on international TV

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm




VND15 billion to promote Vietnam’s tourism on international TV


QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

Promoting Vietnam’s tourism on international television will cost an estimated VND15 billion in 2010, according to the Department of International Cooperation under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


Vietnam’s tourism images will now be shown on one international channel, instead of costly advertising on CNN and BBC, around US$300,000 in 2009.


The International Cooperation Department will submit its plans to the Board of National Tourism Action Programme to choose CNN, BBC, StarSport or Discovery.


In addition, the country is also planning to promote its cultural and tourism features in several international magazines in the near future.


Source: HNM


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

“Trans-Asia Bridge” Festival to take place in Quang Tri

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm




“Trans-Asia Bridge” Festival to take place in Quang Tri


QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

PANO – A cultural festival, titled “Trans-Asia Bridge”, will be held in the central province of Quang Tri from July 23rd to 27th this year, according to the Performance Arts Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


Art troupes from the provinces of Cao Bang, Thai Nguyen, Tuyen Quang, Nghe An, and countries along the East-West Economic Corridor, such as Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and China, will participate in various cultural and sports exchange activities during the event.


This year’s festival is aimed at promoting tourism in Quang Tri province and the central region.


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

Van Phong ideal location for maritime economy

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm




Van Phong ideal location for maritime economy


QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)


Located on Vietnam’s east coast and close to international shipping lanes, the Van Phong economic zone is ideally suited for development of a deepwater port, a container transit port and an international oil transit port. 

The Van Phong bay stretches out 150,000 ha, including 70,000 ha of land and 80,000 ha of water at a depth of between 20-40 metres. It is also convenient for all kinds of transport services including road, rail, air and sea. 
The area is abundant with nature and has a rich ecological diversity, beautiful views and a temperate climate, making it the ideal location for a maritime economic complex. 


The four year-old economic zone has so far attracted 86 investment projects, with a total capital of over US$15.2 billion, of which foreign investors make up 28 percent of the projects and over 87 percent of the investment. 


Despite the global economic crisis, Van Phong has managed to keep its major projects on schedule since late 2009 while ensuring the quality of the projects such as the Ninh Thuy nix treatment plan, the Van Phong bonded petroleum warehouse and the Ninh Thuy cement distribution centre that has an annual output of 500,000 tonnes. 


The Van Phong international transit port, a key infrastructure project with an investment of over VND6.1 trillion (US$323.3 million), is also well on its way to completion. 


In addition, several other projects are taking steps to get their investments licensed such as the Van Phong thermal electricity project capitalised at US$3.8 billion by the Sumitomo Group and the Van Phong oil refinery with an investment of US$4.8 billion by the Petrolimex Group in a joint venture with foreign partners. 


Hoang Dinh Phi, Deputy Head of the Van Phong Economic Zone Management Board, said the Prime Minister has allowed the economic zone to offer more incentives to investors in the years to come, especially those who are interested in developing the local infrastructure.


The management board estimates that the economic zone will need VND15 trillion from now until 2015 to develop its infrastructure, including electricity and water supplies, traffic systems and resettlement of local residents. 


In 2006, the Prime Minister decided that the Van Phong Economic Zone should be developed into a multi-industrial and multi-service economic complex, focusing on industry, tourism, services and aquaculture. Its population is expected to hit 400,000 by 2020, including 275,000 in urban areas.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Highway to link Can Tho and My Thuan Bridge

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm




Highway to link Can Tho and My Thuan Bridge


QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Work on the construction of a highway that links Can Tho City to My Thuan Bridge will be started next year, according to the My Thuan Bridge Management Unit.


The unit announced that the Ministry of Transportation has agreed its plan on the pilot policy framework to invest in the construction of the highway, basing on the private – public partnership model (PPP).


The total construction of the highway is of 32.2 kilometres long. Of which the main highway is of 24.5 kilometres long.


The main highway, which is invested with more than VND 6,000 billion, will have six lanes and 12 bridges.


Construction of the project is due to start in 2011 and be completed in 2016.


Source: Tuoi Tre


Translated by Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

10,000 people to participate in a public walk

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm




10,000 people to participate in a public walk


QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

PANO – A public walk in the run-up to the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Ha Noi is to be held at 6 a.m. on June 13th around Hoan Kiem Lake and streets in the city center by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with local authorities and sponsors.


According to the organising board, some 10,000 people will take part in the walk. Organisers also said that they had invited foreign agencies, organisations and individuals in Hanoi to participate in the event.


According to local officials, the walk is aimed at promoting the grand celebration, raise funds and urge people to keep the city greener, cleaner, more civilised and beautiful.


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

First science festival kicks off in Hue

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm




First science festival kicks off in Hue


QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

PANO – Hue College of Medicine and Pharmacy, in conjunction with the Embassy of Italy, the University of Sassari (Italy), the University of Queensland (Australia), and other organisations such as FAO, WHO, on June 8th, opened the Hue Science Festival 2010.


The five-day festival, held for the first time in Vietnam, under the theme “Medicine for Community Health”, drew the participation of medical professors, academicians and experts, who have presented various projects on cancer prevention and treatment, infection and other common diseases in Vietnam.


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

Quality of NA questioning sessions essential

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm




Quality of NA questioning sessions essential


QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Supervision is one of the National Assembly (NA)’s key functions but ensuring the quality of questioning sessions is always an issue of major public concern.


Prior to the Q&A sessions, more than 170 questions raised by 80 deputies from 40 NA delegations have been sent to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers and Ministers, according to the NA’s Secretariat.


Four ministers who will be involved in the upcoming Q&A session are Minister of Finance Vu Van Ninh, Minister of Transport Ho Nghia Dung, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung will be the last one to take the floor at this questioning session.


Each minister will have 15 minutes to briefly report on results of dealing with issues from the previous sessions.


Minister of Finance Vu Van Ninh will present issues related to the responsibility and measures in implementing the State budget, controlling inflation and market prices, reduction in budget overspending and prevention of risks in Government and national debts.


Minister of Transport Ho Nghia Dung will touch upon issues of limitations as well as weaknesses in State management in carrying out transport projects which have caused wasteful losses.


Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat will address measures to protect the forests and natural resources, biodiversity and other mineral projects.


Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh will respond to questions about the organisation of festivals beyond the limit, wastages in holding ceremonies to break the ground on projects or receive orders or medals, and State management over cultural and historical heritage sites.


On June 10, NA deputies will begin to spend two and a half days on their Q&A sessions.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Prime Minister presents meaningful gifts to Truong Sa

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm




Prime Minister presents meaningful gifts to Truong Sa


QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has decided to present meaningful gifts to the Truong Sa Islands.


In his visit to Myanmar, from April 2nd to 4th, the Prime Minister was presented with two jade Buddhas from the World Buddhist Shangha and a Buddha’s sarira (sariras are relics , though it usually refers to a kind of pearl or crystal – like bead – shaped objects that are purportedly found among the cremated  ashes of Buddhist spiritual masters) from the Council of Shwedagon Pagoda.


The Prime Minister then decided to represent these gifts to Vietnam Buddhist Shangha.


However, the Prime Minister recommended that these two jade Buddhas should be placed at Song Tu Tay and Truong Sa Lon Islands in Truong Sa Archipelago, said Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Head of the Governmental Office yesterday.


“These are meaningful gifts from the World Buddhist Shangha and Myanmar’s Shwedagon Pagoda. The two jade Buddhas, which will be placed in the islands in Truong Sa, are also very meaningful to confirm Vietnam’s sovereignty on the area,” Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.


According to Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also asked Vietnam Buddhist Shangha to help extend his thanks to the World Buddhist Shangha.


Source: Tuoi Tre


Translated by Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

Deputies focus on issues of major public concern

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm




Deputies focus on issues of major public concern


QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

National Assembly (NA) deputies have raised concerns over the Ministry of Finance’s role and responsibility over price controls, capital mobilisation and use for key national projects as well as building trademarks of agricultural products.


During the four-day question time, beginning from June 10, deputies will question four ministers, namely the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Transport, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung will also take part.


NA Deputy Nguyen Huu Nhi from Nghe An said he was concerned over the high salaries of some leaders from State groups and corporations are paid. He said, “I want the Minister of Finance to clarify the regulations on the salaries of senior managers in State groups and corporations while farmers and other workers’ lives still face a lot of difficulties.”


In terms of agriculture and rural development, it is essential to consider the State’s management over the quality of plant varieties, fertilisers, pesticides and the application of advanced technologies in agricultural production, said Mr Nhi.


The Minister of Finance will respond to questions about measures to control inflation and market prices especially when there are increases in the prices of electricity, water, petro and other essential goods, greatly affecting low-income earners and poor farmers.


In the recent past, the collapse of the spans of Can Tho and Thanh Tri bridges made the media headline. The Minister of Transport will have to answer questions about the State’s responsibility for ensuring the quality of capital investment construction and transport projects as well as resolving traffic congestion and reducing traffic accidents.


NA deputy Danh Ut from Kien Giang province said that he was interested in the Ministry of Finance’s role in controlling the prices of petrol, fertiliser, steel and sugarcane.


The Ministry of Finance recently examined 17 businesses, of which 11 had not registered for price controls in a bid to drive up prices up which caused big losses to many farmers.


The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development will then answer NA deputies’ queries about why creating trademarks for agro-fishery products is so slow.


NA deputy Nguyen Thuc Khang from Ba Ria-Vung Tau province underlined the need to discuss the capital sources for key national projects. Such issues should be carefully considered by the NA before approving key national projects, stressed Mr Khang.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Watchdog seeks ways to expose more corruption

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm




Watchdog seeks ways to expose more corruption


QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

The Central Committee for Preventing and Fighting Corruption held a symposium in Hanoi on June 6 to improve the detection and handling of corruption cases.


The Vietnamese Party and State have always given high priority to combating corruption. The Party’s resolution on this and the Law on anti-corruption have paved the way for driving down corruption in recent years.


From 2007 to April 2010, there were 1,070 corruption cases with 2,500 defendants tried, and more than 1,000 cases involving over 2,300 defendants being investigated or awaiting trial.


These cases have revealed many shortcomings and loopholes in economic and staff management as well as in laws and policies. Over the past three years, the inspection sector has discovered many financial violations involving more than VND15 trillion, over US$1.5 million and more than 22.800ha of land. The inspectors have advised the State to confiscate VND9.87 billion, nearly US$ 700,000 and nearly 9,000ha of land. Meanwhile, the State Audit has launched 360 audits, uncovering financial violations totalling as much as VND28.9 trillion.


However, symposium participants said the discovery of these corruption cases mainly came through letters of denunciation and efforts by relevant agencies and the prosecution of some serious cases was stalled or not conducted in a rigorous way.


Representatives from investigative agencies, the Supreme People’s Procuracy, the Supreme People’s Court, the Government Inspectorate, the Hanoi Police and several provinces attributed these difficulties to gaps and inconsistencies in laws and guidelines, which result in different understandings and applications between the procuracy and law enforcement agencies, as well as to poor coordination among them.


The symposium also highlighted the role, responsibility, experience and capacity of the heads of party committees and local governments in dealing with corruption cases.


The participants recommended that the National Assembly revise a number of laws regarding detecting and tackling corruption and that the Justice Ministry implement a project to improve the effectiveness of judicial assessment and judicial translation. They said international cooperation should be strengthened to fight corruption involving foreigners.


Addressing the symposium, Deputy PM Truong Vinh Trong said it’s essential to strongly and effectively strike at corruption, and to increase the severity of penalties for this crime.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND