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Children’s fund looks to $2 million funding for the needy

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

The National Fund for Vietnamese Children has said that it will try to raise VND40 billion (US$2 million) in order to carry out programs and help disable children of Vietnam this year.

 

Representatives from the National Fund for Vietnamese Children offer gifts to disable children in flood-hit region. (Photo:nfvc.org)


The fund will organize three programs which will be broadcast live on television. The event on television hopes to raise money, from various individuals and organisations, in order to help disadvantaged children.


In another ceremony, which will be held at the Presidential Place in Hanoi, 55 outstanding children that have faced extreme hardship, will be honoured.


Furthermore, the fund will offer 2,500 scholarships to children in 63 cities and provinces, and in addition, give away 5,000 lifebuoys to children that live near rivers and waterways.


The fund also hopes to build 10 new projects and provide fresh water in over 10 cities and provinces around Vietnam. The project will also build five new schools and support 70 individuals that need heart operations in Vietnam.


Last year, the fund raised over VND90 billion ($4.5 million) and helped one million poor and disable children across the country.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam warmly greets the fifth million international visitor

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:18 am

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) on December 24 held a ceremony to welcome the fifth million foreign visitor to Vietnam in 2010, at Noi Bai International Airport.

Zhou Ying, a Chinese auditor, is the fifth million foreign visitor to Vietnam on December 24. (Photo:VOH)


Zhou Ying, a Chinese auditor, who flew into Vietnam on flight VN901, from Beijing to Ha Noi, was the lucky visitor. The VNAT also offered a tour for two people from Hue to Hoi An, to the fifth million foreign visitor – Zhou Ying.


Nguyen Van Tuan, the general director of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) said five million is the highest number they have had in 20 years. It also proven that Vietnam has become one of the top destinations in the ASEAN region. This is because of its image as a safe and friendly destination.


The tourism industry sector also offered gifts and campaign medal to the 4,999,999th foreign visitor – a Chinese visitor and the 5,000,001 – also a Chinese visitor. All the lucky visitors flew into Vietnam on flight VN901, from Beijing to Hanoi.


The number of foreign arrivals to Vietnam is 35 per cent higher than compared with last year. Domestic tourists have also risen – by 13 per cent to 28 million. Chinese people were highest number of travellers to Vietnam, followed by South Korea, Japan, the US, Taiwan and Australia.


By 2015, the tourism industry plans to earn $8.9 billion from 12 million foreign visitors and host 28 million domestic travellers, according to a draft on tourism development. A survey has shown that Vietnam is emerging as one of the top destinations because of its distinctive culture, beautiful natural scenery and affordable attractions.

Source: SGGP

Tay Ninh Province reveals the wild beauty of the South

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:16 am




Tay Ninh Province reveals the wild beauty of the South


QĐND – Sunday, January 02, 2011, 20:18 (GMT+7)

Being a citizen of the North, I’ve always been curious about people, life and the countryside in the South, but it wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I had the chance to visit one of the most popular tourism destinations in Tay Ninh Province – Dau Tieng Lake.


The lake, which is located in Phuoc Minh Commune, 20km from the provincial centre, covers 27,000ha and has a capacity of 1.5 billion cu.m, irrigating Tay Ninh Province as well as neighbouring localities. 


Dau Tieng Lake is famous firstly because it is the largest man-made irrigation reservoir in Viet Nam and secondly, given its remote location, for its breathtaking landscape of mountains and mysterious islets. The crystal-like lake provides clean water and a fresh, pure atmosphere that visitors can relax in.


Rising majestically out of the lake, Mount Cau dominates the landscape, covered in a thick primeval forest. Scattered across the lake are a number of islets and the green banks offer inviting camping and fishing spots.


Mt Cau is 198m high and boasts diverse flora and 1,600ha of protected forest. At the top of the mountain stands the Thai Son Pagoda, which attracts many pilgrims at full moon.


Next to the mountain buried deep in the rubber plantation is Cau Nom Lake, where the combination of the clean water and fresh air create a tranquil atmosphere.


In my opinion, the area around the two lakes is a great place for tourists who either want to relax after a hard days work, go camping with family and friends or try out water sports.


However, despite its beauty, a shortage of basic infrastructure such as hotels, restaurants and services mean this is a day trip at most (unless you decide to camp).


From Dau Tieng Lake, my friends and I walked for about 5km through the rubber plantation and reached Truc (small bamboo tree) Stream, which runs down from Mt Cau into Binh Duong Province’s Dau Tieng District. 


The name of the stream originates from its source further up the hill in a small bamboo forest, and my friends and I decided to try and find it.


The first thing I saw were huge flat rocks that nature had arranged into stairs leading to a shelter for a giant, according to a legend told by local residents.


Passing through the huge shelter was like walking through a stone maze, with millions of small stones arranged in all sorts of different shapes.


One friend had the bright idea of stopping there for a picnic lunch, so we made makeshift chairs and a table out of the rocks, and spent a leisurely couple of hours enjoying the peaceful surroundings.


The fresh air and cool atmosphere enhanced by the murmuring stream and twittering birds were like something out of a fairy tale.








Promenade: Dau Tieng Lake is one of Tay Ninh Province’s most well-known locations, although it needs more investment to improve facilities. (Photos: VNS)


Leaving the maze, we reached the giant’s stone bed which covers an area of about 3sq.km. The ‘bed’ is covered with natural wrinkles that local residents say were made by the giant as he tossed and turned in his sleep.


A beautiful staired waterfall was awaiting us ahead, where visitors, including ourselves, did not miss the chance to take photos.


“I have been taking photos here for a long time but it wasn’t until 2003 that the area becoming a popular tourist destination for local residents and those from neighbouring Tay Ninh Province,” said Nguyen Van Den, a photographer.


Den said it was a beautiful setting and it was a shame that not many people from other cities and provinces knew about it. He added that only a small number of visitors were from HCM City and other localities although the number had increased recently.


Den said Truc Stream was a popular destination all year round but it was most beautiful during the sixth to tenth months of the lunar calendar. He said it was because the area had remained relatively untouched by humans that it retained its wild and natural beauty.


Den also showed us one of three small ponds around the stream where he said not many people could refuse the inviting waters on a hot summers day.


“Some of them even enjoy skinny dipping. It looks funny but it feels great to escape the hot weather in the cool water,” Den said and laughed.


Departing the stream at sunset, my friends promised they would return soon when it was a bit quieter, to enjoy a once in a lifetime naturalist experience.

Source: VietNamNet Bridge


Source: QDND

Vietnam hosts the Youth League Asia Pacific Baseball Tournament 2011

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:14 am




Vietnam hosts the Youth League Asia Pacific Baseball Tournament 2011


QĐND – Saturday, January 01, 2011, 21:7 (GMT+7)

The Youth League Asia-Pacific Baseball Tournament 2011 will take place for the first time in Vietnam from January 13th to 16th to select the best teams from the Asian Pacific who will compete in the World Cup Baseball 2011 in Texas, US in August 2011.


The U10 and U12 teams of the Hanoi Baseball Club will join the tournament.


The event is organized by the General Department of Sports and Physical Training; the Vinh Phuc People’s Committee; the Vinh Phuc Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism; and the Hanoi Baseball Club.


Source: VH


Translated by Van Hieu


Source: QDND

Where are Vietnamese goods in the global value chain?

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:12 am




Where are Vietnamese goods in the global value chain?


QĐND – Monday, January 03, 2011, 20:37 (GMT+7)

Vietnam is well known as one of the most powerful exporters of agricultural products in the world. However, Vietnamese farmers and Vietnamese enterprises cannot pocket enough money from their exports.


H’Nu is sitting by the loom in her house in Don Village in EaWer commune, Buon Don District in Dak Lak province. When she does not have to go to the rice field, she stays at home to weave blockade products to sell to tourists. Forty kilometers far away from her house, the Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Transaction Centre is operating, where people trade coffee and earn money from the coffee beans H’Nu and her husband harvest. However, she is neither aware or concerned with this. The only thing H’Nu knows is that her husband sold coffee at 30,000 dong per kilo.


H’Nu’s coffee


Daklak, the most fertile land of the Central Highlands, is reputable for endless coffee fields. However, for many years local farmers have experienced difficulties. Sometimes they suffer from the failures of the coffee crop and they do not earn enough money to make living. However, when they have bountiful crops, they are still not satisfied, because the prices always decrease due to the profuse supply.


Every year after the harvesting H’Nu sells coffee to merchants, who then sell the coffee to processors and exporters. The prices depend on the export prices. If Vietnam’s coffee sells for good prices, she will be able to sell coffee at higher prices, and vice versa. The only source that provides information to H’Nu are the bulletins of the Dak Lak television. “I wish the coffee price would stay firmly at 35,000 dong per kilo or higher. Only with that price can we earn enough money to make a living,” H’Nu said.


Other farmers have worries similar to H’Nu. Vietnam now has 561,000 households growing coffee plants, 46 percent of which are poor households, 30 percent of coffee growers are ethnic minorities and 75 percent of these people are poor people.


Many experts believe that Vietnam has enough advantages and potential to boost coffee exports. However, Vietnam’s coffee products have remained in the lower segment of the global value chain.


H/Nu and other coffee growers once put high hopes on sustainable development models for Vietnam’s coffee. To date, Vietnam has not made any considerable progress in implementing the model.


Vietnamese exporters still cannot earn money from added value


The same situation is occurring  in other agricultural products, such as peppers, cashews, tea, garments and footwear products. In the global value chain, Vietnamese enterprises can only undertake production phases which contain little added value and the phases which generate most of the profit (processing products, increasing brand value and commercializing products) are undertaken by foreign enterprises.


For example, when making garment products, Vietnamese enterprises only make finished products, which generates the lowest value in the value chain, while other phases of the production chain, including material production, and production commercialization are carried out by foreign enterprises.


Currently, the garment and footwear products that Vietnam export under the mode of FOB accounts for just 20 percent of the garment product value chain. As a matter of fact, enterprises cannot pocket all 20 percent because they have to pay for materials, labor and import taxes.


The problem is that Vietnamese enterprises still lacks the ability to design products that fit the tastes of European and US consumers. Vietnamese enterprises can only suggest ideas, while only importers can complete the designs and make decisions about production. Distribution is also a weak point of Vietnamese producers due to the limitations in experience and capital.


Source: Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon


Source: QDND

Forest projects facing the axe

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:11 am




Forest projects facing the axe


QĐND – Monday, January 03, 2011, 20:37 (GMT+7)

A large chunk of Vietnam’s largest foreign forest planter’s six projects will face the chop due to lying in sensitive locations.


Lang Son province Department of Planning and Investment director Ly Vinh Quang said that the province would cut off part of Hong Kong-backed InnovGreen’s $50 million, 63,000 hectare forestation project licenced in February, 2008.


“It is because part of the project is in the country’s sensitive areas. Further examination is now underway,” said Quang.


Those “sensitive areas” are considered important to Vietnam’s strategic defense.


InnovGreen’s project would have covered 49 communes in districts of Van Quan, Trang Dinh, Loc Binh, Chi Lang, Cao Loc, Bac Son and Dinh Lap. Of which Trang Dinh, Loc Binh, Cao Loc and Dinh Lap.


Quang Nam province Department of Planning and Investment director Tran Van Tri echoed Quang’s view.


“Any sensitive area of InnovGreen’s project in Quang Nam will also be cut off,” Tri said.


InnovGreen was in July, 2008 licenced for a $40 million project to plant 30,000ha of forests in central Quang Nam’s nine districts, many of which, Tri claimed, were “sensitive to the national security and defense”.


Since July 2005, InnovGreen has been trying to cultivate its six big forest plantation projects worth $284.2 million and covering 349,000ha in Thanh Hoa, Quang Ninh, Nghe An, Lang Son, Kon Tum and Quang Nam provinces. However, it has been provided with over 8,600ha due to many reasons, which are mostly related to complicated procedures about giving land to foreign investors.


A reliable source familiar with InnovGreen told VIR that all of these six projects had a great part of their sites located in the country’s sensitive areas. “These projects have been halted for further examination.”


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on March 10, 2010 ordered local governments to freeze giving forest land to foreign investors until the ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Planning and Investment (MPI) reviewed the projects. Dung’s iron hand followed public concerns over forest land leased to foreign investors being located in tracts of old-growth forests, in watersheds and in strategically significant border locations.


Last week, InnovGreen said if the land areas given to it by localities were considered to be “sensitive to Vietnam’s security and defense”, it stood ready to return such areas to localities immediately. “But in that case, localities must give us land in other locations with the same size and leasing period, while compensating us for all cost we have already spent opening roads and growing forests,” said InnovGreen Vietnam’s general director Wu Gwo Wei.


Tri of Quang Nam province, however, said that InnovGreen’s requirement could not be met because there would be no more land for the company’s project.


InnovGreen said that provincial authorities would violate their investment commitments if its projects’ areas were withdrawn without compensation, because all the land areas it leased were physically introduced by localities and its land leasing documents had been carefully examined and approved by relevant ministries and agencies under the government’s regulations.


Source: VIR


Source: QDND

Improving the quality of prosecution and supervision

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:07 am




Improving the quality of prosecution and supervision


QĐND – Friday, January 07, 2011, 21:31 (GMT+7)

The Supreme People’s Procuracy of Vietnam (SPPV) has greatly contributed to protecting the Party, State, and people’s legitimate rights and to developing a strategy for judicial reform.


State President Nguyen Minh Triet emphasized this at a conference in Hanoi on January 7 to review the work of the SPPV in 2010 and define tasks for 2011, with the participation of Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu.


In 2010, the SPPV effectively carried out its prosecution and supervision activities, as well as its investigations into criminal and civil cases.


However, there are still shortcomings the SPPV needs to overcome such as slowness in dealing with denunciations and complaints and handling a number of cases.


Deputy Prosecutor General Hoang Nghia Mai said in addition to improving the quality of prosecution and supervision work. In 2011, the SPPV will focus on improving the professional skills and ethics of the staff members.


President Triet insisted that the SPPV work out effective measures to comprehensively carry out judicial reform, strengthen the organizational structure, and improve the quality of prosecution and supervision work.


He expressed his belief that with its 50-year history, the SPPV will well fulfill its new mission in 2011.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam welcoming third investment flow from the U.S

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:30 am




Vietnam welcoming third investment flow from the U.S


QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

“Vietnam is expecting to have the third investment flow from the U.S.A. in the forthcoming time”, said Mrs Jocelyn Tran, Chairwoman of AmCham Vietnam.


According to Ms Tran, American businesses have been successful in doing business in Vietnam. Two-way trade between Vietnam and the U.S rose to around US$18 billion in 2010 from almost US$1 billion in the 1995-2000 period. Several large American companies such as Nike, MAST Industries and Target have made considerable contributions to this trend by increasing the volume of imported goods from Vietnam.


“I am confident to say that in the next ten years, the two countries’ trade turnover will reach US$35 billion and Vietnam will become one of the most important trading partners of the U.S.A. in ASEAN”, Ms Tran added.


However, at present only few big US manufactures are investing in Vietnam?


The U.S. investment in Vietnam can be divided into three main stages. The first stage is from 1995 to 2000, mostly in consumer goods to explore Vietnam’s market. The second stage started from 2001 to 2005 after the two countries had signed the bilateral trade agreement. The investment mostly came from foreign companies that cooperated with the American partners to build factories to manufacture textiles and garments, footwear and wooden furniture for export to the U.S.


The third investment flow, starting from 2006, came from the modern manufacturing industry with the construction of Intel Group’s assembling factory in Vietnam at the cost of  USD1 billion


During the first months of this year, 25 of the biggest companies in the U.S.A. in the list of top 500 Fortune companies with total turnover of around US$675 billion, set up their business in Vietnam, focusing on services,  energy, chemical and auto manufacturing.


Vietnam at present can attract foreign investment in modern manufacturing industries, however it should have more open policies in energy, transportation, telecommunications, retail trade and education.


Source: TTO


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

The first Job Fair in Ninh Binh to be opened

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:28 am




The first Job Fair in Ninh Binh to be opened


QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

PANO- On December 19th, the Ninh Binh’s Department of Labor- Invalids and Social Affairs and the Province’s Centre for Job Introduction opened the first Job Fair 2010.


The fair provides over 11,000 job opportunities for job seekers and over 5,000 vocational training courses from more than 30 businesses in Ninh binh and other provinces. 17 businesses received applicants directly and 30 others received online applications.


The Ninh Binh Job Fair will open seven days a week and peak day is on 20th day of every month at the No. 11 on Le Hong Phong Street, Ninh Binh City and at the website http://www.vieclamninhbinh.vn.


Translated by Van Hieu


Source: QDND

The 6th National Technological Creation contest for teenagers

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm




The 6th National Technological Creation contest for teenagers


QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

On December 14th, Vietnam Fund for Supporting Technological Creations (VIFOTEC) held a ceremony to present prizes to winners of their 6th contest for youths and teenagers.


There was 1 special prize, 4 first, 9 second, 20 third and 40 consolation prizes, out of 321 entries.


The special prize went to Nguyen Văn Binh,17 from Hiep Hoa II High School in Bac Giang, for his “Versatile Robot for Agriculture”.


Apart from VIFOTEC, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) also handed over prizes to Nguyen Van Hoa and Nguyen Thi Quynh Nhu, students from Thuan My Primary School in Chau Thanh District, Long An Province, for their ideas. Quynh Nhu had “Green idea-Ao Dai made of peas”.


Source: HNM


Translated by Tran Hoai


Source: QDND