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National Tourism Year 2011 to be launched in coastal provinces

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm

National Tourism Year 2011 to be launched in coastal provinces

QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

PANO – The National Tourism Year 2011, with the theme “Paradise tours to the Sea and Islands”, will be launched in the coastal provinces of Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Da Nang City.

On August 7th, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in cooperation with the Phu Yen People’s Committee, held a meeting for the Steering Committee of the program to prepare for the event.

Accordingly, the program will be launched nationwide at different times in 2011 by these coastal provinces and other localities.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will launch 9 main activities such as a mountain climbing tournament, a Vietnamese–Korean culture exchange, Vietnam sea and island tourism month program, ASEAN traditional music festival, the 17th Vietnamese Film Festival, to name a few.

Also, Phu Yen Province also launches 9 main programs such as a poetry festival, meeting for the 400th founding anniversary of Phu Yen Province and the opening ceremony of the National Tourism Year 2011. Other coastal provinces will organise 12 main activities in localities.

At the meeting, Hoang Tuan Anh, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, urged Phu Yen Province to improve popularisation tasks to introduce cultural identities and tourism potentials, and prepare good infrastructure to receive domestic and foreign visitors in order to develop Vietnam’s tourism sector.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Vietnam and Indonesia to jointly organise AFF Suzuki Cup 2010

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Vietnam and Indonesia to jointly organise AFF Suzuki Cup 2010

QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

The final round of the ASEAN Football Federation Championship for the Suzuki Cup 2010 (VFF Suzuki Cup 2010) will be co-hosted by Vietnam and Indonesia from December 1st to 29th.

The upcoming tournament, one of the biggest football events in ASEAN, will draw the participation of 8 national teams in the region.

The two best teams will take part in the qualifying round of the event to be held October 22nd to 30th in Laos to compete with 6 other teams of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam at the final round.

The official draw will be held on September 15th in Hanoi to divide the teams into two groups. Semifinal and final matches will be held as homeward and outward trips.

All matches during the event will be broadcast live on ESPN Star Sports channel through regional satellites.

Japan’s Suzuki Group remains the main sponsor of the event.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Ba Ria-Vung Tau urged to become deepwater transit port

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Ba Ria-Vung Tau urged to become deepwater transit port

QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has emphasized the need to turn the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau into a regional deepwater transit port in the next five years.

In his meeting with the provincial authorities on August 9, Mr Dung suggested that the province should take advantage of its seaport to develop high-tech industries and tourist services, and increase added values in agricultural production.

He asked the southern province to cooperate with ministries and relevant agencies to upgrade its port facilities and ensure it is easily accessible and connected to other infrastructure projects.

Mr Dung said the coastal southern province should create major industrial products and improve their hi-tech processing to become competitive in both domestic and international markets.

In the future, he added, Ba Ria-Vung Tau needs to complete its master plan for tourism development.

Ba Ria-Vung Tau has maintained a high economic growth rate since 2006. Its GDP in 2010 is 2.27 times higher than in 2005.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnam to attract Japan’s private investment

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Vietnam to attract Japan’s private investment

QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

Vietnam needs to attract Japan’s private investment capital for its infrastructure development, said Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong. 

Deputy Minister Dong made the statement at his working visit to the country that concluded on August 8. 

Japan has been Vietnam’s traditional economic cooperation partner over the two past decades and will be the nation’s important economic partner in the coming decade, he said. 

The visit was intended to promote public-private partnership (PPP) investment in Vietnam’s large-scaled infrastructure construction projects, attract investment from Japan’s small and medium-sized enterprises and encourage Japan’s indirect investment channel into Vietnam, he added. 

According to Deputy Minister Dong, Vietnam needs at least US$15 billion per year for large-scaled infrastructure development projects in the next ten years. 

He agreed with senior economic experts from Japan’s Daiwa Institute of Research that Vietnam should shift from depending on official development assistance (ODA) capital sources to mobilising capital sources from the private sector to develop infrastructure, including the application of PPP model. 

Mr Dong noted that 50-60 percent of estimated capital sources for Vietnam’s infrastructure development in the coming decade must be mobilised from domestic and foreign private sectors. 

He told the Vietnam-Japan economic seminar in Tokyo on August 3 that Vietnam hopes to mobilise the amount of capital from the private sector only make up almost one percent of Asia’s total of US$8 trillion.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Young people join a national cycling campaign to protect environment

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Young people join a national cycling campaign to protect environment

QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

More than 30 volunteers have taken part in a trans-Vietnam bike tour to protect the environment with the theme” Heritage Preservation in the Climate-Change Period”.

The activity, part of programs to celebrate the 1,000th Anniversary of Thang Long–Hanoi, aims to raise public awareness on preservation and protection of cultural and natural heritages and to demonstrate a more environmentally-friendly life style.

The volunteers start from Ho Chi Minh City to ride through 15 provinces and cities on a route of nearly 2,000 km, and reaching the final destination, Hanoi, on September 10th.

During the tour, they will take part in surveying and studying biological diversity at the Nui Chua National Park in Ninh Thuan Province, the Bach Ma National Forest in Thua Thien–Hue Province and the Cuc Phuong National Forest in Ninh Binh Province. They will also survey heritage preservation in Hoi An Town in Quang Nam Province, and the Imperial City of Hue.

These volunteers will launch a program ‘riding bicycles for the environment’ in Nha Trang, Quy Nhon and Dong Hoi cities, and exchange with young people who are of the same interest in Hanoi.

Source: Ha Noi Moi

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Hanoi’s response to plastic packet-free Sunday

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Hanoi’s response to plastic packet-free Sunday

QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

People from all the 29 precincts and districts of Vietnam ’s capital city poured into the streets on August 8 in response to the “Hanoi-Sunday free from plastic packets” programme. 

The main event was held at West Lake Water Park, along with a large number of environmentally-friendly activities across Hanoi.

Groups of paddlers cycled around main streets with posters for environmental protection, and promotion girls and boys distributed environmentally-friendly packets at markets. As many as 60,000 paper and cloth packets, which are easily disintegrated in the environment, will be distributed free to shoppers on this occasion.  

The Director of the Hanoi Environmental Protection Fund, Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh, said the freshly-concluded pilot programme has shown encouraging results. Leaders in the retail industry such as the Hanoi Trade Corporation and Metro supermarket target assistance towards establishing a habit of using environmentally-friendly packets instead of plastic packets among customers. 

Metro giant even prints a slogan “Joining hands in environmental protection” on the surface of their packets.  

Ms. Thanh emphasized the need to step up information campaigns encouraging people to stop using plastic packets which are harmful to the environment.  

Statistics released by the Hanoi Supermarket Association showed that a housewife uses at least 12 plastic packets a day, putting a huge quantity of such environmental enemy out of control.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Storms and floods warning centre established in Da Nang

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Storms and floods warning centre established in Da Nang

QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

A centre for early warning and management of storms and floods was established in the central city of Da Nang on August 9 to help the city improve its early-warning capacity and minimize damages as the storm season is coming soon.

The US$ 450,000 centre, funded by the US Pacific Command, covers more than 1,000 sq.m and includes a three-storey office block.

Phung Viet Tan, Vice Chairman of the Da Nang People’s Committee, said Da Nang is often hit by natural disasters that cause loss of life and property. The centre will help Da Nang take more initiatives in preventing storms and floods.

US Ambassador to Vietnam Michael Michalak said this is the US Pacific Command’s third charity project in Da Nang.

He said the US will continue providing early-warning equipment to seven central provinces to ensure the centre is operating well.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

VND2 billion raised for AO victims in Hai Phong

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

VND2 billion raised for AO victims in Hai Phong

QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

Individuals and organizations in the northern city of Hai Phong donated nearly VND2 billion in a charity art programme held on the evening of August 8.

Artists expressed their deep sympathy for those veterans affected by AO during the anti-US resistance and called for more assistance from the community.

On the occasion, the Hai Phong Municipal People’s Committee decided to establish a charity fund for AO victims and granted certificates of merit to organizations and individuals for their donations to AO victims in the city.

The programme, in response to AO Victim’s Day, was jointly held by the Hai Phong Association of Victims of Agent Orange and the Provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Political Bureau urges restructuring of Vinashin

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Political Bureau urges restructuring of Vinashin

QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee has decided to set up a steering committee in charge of assisting the country’s largest shipbuilder Vinashin to settle its operation and financial problems as soon as possible.

This was part of the Political Bureau’s conclusion on Vinashin on July 31 after hearing the Party Delegation of the Government reporting the group’s situation and opinions from the Party Central Committee Office, the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission, the National Assembly’s Economics Committee, the Ministry of Public Security and other central ministries and agencies.

The Steering Committee consisting of representatives of relevant ministries, sectors, branches of the Government and a number of Party units, is headed by Nguyen Sinh Hung, a Politburo member and Permanent Deputy Prime Minister.

It is tasked to work out policies and measures to help Vinashin develop its business line after getting stabilised.

In the conclusion, the Political Bureau recognised the wide-ranging and fast developments Vinashin has made since its foundation in 1996.

It cited the group’s important infrastructural facilities that enabled the ship building industry to grow at an annual average growth rate of 35-40 percent during 1996-2006 and its contingent of 70,000 experts and technicians capable of building various types of ships for economic, defence, security purposes and for export.

However, Vinashin is currently facing a lot of difficulties and due to management, weaknesses and some serious wrongdoings, the Political Bureau said.

It referred to the group’s reckless expansion and scattering investment, financial problems that made it end up on the brink of bankruptcy and come to a standstill in business and its investment projects, as well as its internal troubles that caused 17,000 of its workforce to leave the group.

The Political Bureau pointed out objective and subjective reasons behind the Vinashin case, underscoring subjective causes as the main ones.

It said direct responsibility in the case must be held by the group’s Management Board and its leadership, including the Chairman of the Management Board while laying stress on the lack of responsibilities among number of concerned State management agencies at the central and grassroots levels.

To remedy Vinashin’s weaknesses and fix its wrongdoings, the Political Bureau assigned the Party Delegation of the Government to take the lead in instructing such works as follows:

– Promoting what Vinashin has achieved in the past years, continuing to affirm the mechanical engineering industry as the major sector in the national strategy on industrialisation and modernisation and the ship building and repairing industry as the spearhead sector for the development of maritime economy and the country’s sea strategy through 2020 and the following years.

– Quickly restructuring Vinashin to stabilize its production and business and step by step strengthening its trademark to prevent it from going bankruptcy and collapsing as it will have adverse effects on the ship building industry’s development confidence rate and international debt payment as well as the country’s investment environment. 

– Urgently re-evaluating the performance of Vinashin’s parent company, its affiliates, integrated companies and invested projects in an accurate, objective, and honest manner to take specific and appropriate rearrangements.

In dealing with Vinashin’s debts and its increase of charter capital, especially those relating to the State budget, the Political Bureau asked the Government to work out feasible measures in line with Vietnam’s laws and international rules.

It asked the Government to ensure the harmony of interests of concerned parties and not to cause difficulties for other groups, corporations as well as credit organisations.

Besides, the Political Bureau requested that other economic groups and corporations are examined, inspected and evaluated accurately and their financial situation and production and business performance are disclosed publicly and transparently. 

It also urged the Government to promptly keep a close watch on these groups and corporations when they expand their investment into other fields out of their main business line.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

VND 8 billion presented to Vietnam Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

VND 8 billion presented to Vietnam Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin

QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

PANO – As much as VND 8 billion was donated for Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin in the VTV1 live-broadcast programme, entitled “Justice and the Heart” held on August 8.

The programme, co-organised by the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA), Vietnam Television and the Thang Long Culture and Information Joint-stock Company, is to commemorate the annual “Day for Victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam” on August 10th and to honour and express deep gratitude to local individuals and organisations as well as international friends who have been greatly supporting victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin of Vietnam.

“The campaign for raising VND 64 billions designed for building 550 houses, 55 daily care centers, creating 1,100 jobs and providing 1,100 scholarships granted to the victims of Agent Orange launched by the Central Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin in Vietnam from August 2009, has achieved more results than expected”, said the VAVA President, Senior-Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh.

He added that “As of June 2010, the fund already reached VND 50 billions, corresponding to 78% of the plan”.

Addressing the programme, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan wholeheartedly expressed gratitude for all the gestures of golden hearts expressed by comrades, fellow countrymen in the country and abroad and international friends towards the victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

He proudly spoke of the efforts and the extraordinary will of victims of Agent Orange in overcoming all adverse conditions and diseases so that they may integrate themselves into surrounding communities.

The Deputy Prime Minister expected more and more organisations and individuals to be involved in the support to the Agent Orange victims, so that the pain of the victims may be alleviated.

Along with positive signals shared by four Vietnamese participants of the third hearing on the Agent Orange in Vietnam opened by the US Congress July of this year, audiences of the “Justice and the Heart” programme were also entertained with several interesting songs.

Mai Huong

Source: QDND