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Over 58,000 Vietnamese labourers sent to work abroad

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm




Over 58,000 Vietnamese labourers sent to work abroad


QĐND – Friday, October 15, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

As many as 58,710 Vietnamese workers had been sent to work abroad by the end of September this year, reported the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs.


According to the Overseas Labour Management Department, most workers left for traditional markets such as Taiwan, the Republic of Korea and Malaysia. Reportedly, Taiwan ranks the first with 20,621 Vietnamese guest workers, then comes Malaysia (6,113 people), UAE (4,823 people), Laos (4,681) and the Republic of Korea (3,441).


Besides, the Overseas Labour Management Department has allowed six enterprises, including Oleco, Gmas, TTLC, Hoang Long, Sovilaco and Hadico to exploit the Israeli market.


Source: HNM


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

Crises at home sap Obama’s outreach abroad

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

WASHINGTON, Aug 1, 2010 (AFP) – President Barack Obama’s foreign policy of grand gestures has given way in his second White House year to a diplomatic slog in pursuit of elusive but occasionally promising gains.

President Barack Obama is featured on a pirate flag at a souvenir stand at a conservative rally against illegal immigration on July 31, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Obama piled up eyecatching foreign trips in 2009, with a soaring appeal to the Muslim world in Egypt, an online town hall meeting in Shanghai and a starring role at his Nobel peace prize gala in Norway.


But domestic crises have torn at the administration this year, from health care reform to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and Obama has rarely left US soil.


He made a quick trip to Prague, to sign a nuclear deal with Russia — one of his big wins so far — a swift visit to Afghanistan, and spent three days in Canada for the G8 and G20 summits.


But his limited travel has watered down the “biography as foreign policy” approach which saw Obama leverage his exotic background to appeal for a new beginning with Muslims and declare himself the United States’ first “Pacific President.”


Three times, domestic politics forced Obama to postpone a homecoming of sorts to Indonesia, where he spent some years as a child, and no foreign travel is expected before his India, South Korea and Japan trip in November.


So presidential diplomacy has shifted to talks with visiting leaders, bilateral meetings at a nuclear summit in Washington and telephone chats with world leaders.


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden have shouldered the burden as road warriors.


Seeking to showcase success, the administration lists new UN sanctions against Iran, improving ties with Russia, engagement in Asia and a repaired US global image.


Yet for all the hype of Obama’s inauguration, few foreign policy challenges — such as Iran’s nuclear program for instance — have eased fundamentally since he took office.


China, taking a hardnosed view of its interests, has meanwhile more often frustrated Obama than aided him.


Nuclear North Korea is increasingly belligerent and a row over the US base in Okinawa may also sully his second visit to Japan in November.


And the administration rising Islamic militancy in Africa has sparked fears that recent thwarted terror attacks on US soil, may presage a more deadly future strike.


Obama’s political foes lie in wait meanwhile, framing a foreign policy narrative for the 2012 presidential campaign.


Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a possible Republican candidate, accuses Obama of ideological fudging on Islamic extremism.


“These are difficult times.” Gingrich said last week.


“It requires us to think carefully and long about a grand, national strategy. It requires us to recommit ourselves to freedom.”


Obama’s critics say 18 months of work on the Middle East peace process has yielded little but a row with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Still, there are signs Obama’s pressure may soon yield direct Israeli-Palestinian talks — though few analyst predict success.


One region where Obama is objectively making progress, is Asia, and he has committed to annual summits with regional leaders from 2011.


“The Obama Administration is starting to connect the dots in Asia,” said Ernest Bower, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


“Secretary Clinton is leading the way on follow through on early commitments to substantively engage in Asia.”


Bower however warned it was important that foreign policy professionals in the administration secure the precious days of time in Obama’s diary his ambitions in the region require.


Obama’s most fateful decision so far was to surge 30,000 extra troops into Afghanistan in a fundamental change of war strategy.


But with bloodshed rising and progress elusive, Obama faces fierce pressure to demonstrate success, as the war hangs like a cloud over his presidency.


In Iraq though, there is more hope, with Obama set to honor a campaign vow to get all US combat troops out of the country by the end of August.


Another problem area: strategically vital Turkey. Obama spent considerable time — including a visit last year — courting Ankara, but its anti-Israel stance, and bid to block UN sanctions against Iran defied US wishes.


Barely a month went by in 2009 without Obama touching down in Europe.


But spats over economics with weakened European leaders have left some in Europe frustrated and some in Washington seeking scapegoats.


“The United States made some tough decisions to stabilize our financial system and to inject some recovery into their economy,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.


“Europe didn’t do, quite frankly, as much and that has no doubt stunted our growth and stunted world growth.”

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Source: SGGP

President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday celebrated abroad

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm




President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday celebrated abroad


QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

An exhibition and a seminar on President Ho Chi Minh were held at the Pridi Phanomyong Institute in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 16.


The events, which drew the participation of a number of Thai and Vietnamese scholars and researchers on President Ho Chi Minh’s life and cause, highlighted the simple life of Uncle Ho and a great Vietnamese and international culturist.


President of the Thailand-Vietnam Culture Association Lae Dilokvidhyarat and Minister Counsellor of the Vietnamese embassy in Thailand Pham Minh Tuan pointed out the significance of these events, saying that they took place when Vietnam is conducting various activities to celebrate the 120 th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh – a preeminent leader and a great father of the Vietnamese people and a great friend of peace and justice lovers in the world.


At the seminar, a lecturer from Chulalongkorn University and Prof. Dr. Bui Dinh Phong from Social Sciences and Humanities University of Ha Noi National University spoke of Uncle Ho’s simplicity in his daily life and Nguyen Thi Thu Ha from the Ho Chi Minh Museum spoke of Uncle Ho’s sentiments towards Thai country and people.


A film on President Ho Chi Minh’s life was screened and a painting and book exhibitions on President Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam were organised at the exhibition.


The Paxaxon (People) newspaper of Laos on May 14 and 17 printed an article on President Ho Chi Minh’s revolutionary morality written by Munkeo Olabun, a member of the Laos People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and Lao Minister of Information and Culture.


“On the occasion of the President Ho Chi Minh’s 120th birthday, we will study and follow President Ho Chi Minh’s revolutionary moral example and consider the study to be an obligation for all officials and Party members,” said Munkeo Olabun in his article.


Another article on Uncle Ho on the May issue of the Mexican magazine “Attractive news” highlighted Uncle Ho as one of the main figures of the modern world history.


The writer emphasised Uncle Ho’s great contributions to Vietnam’s revolutionary cause and the world’s communist movement which were manifested in national independence and freedom from the French colonialists for Vietnam.


The writer also confirmed that President Ho Chi Minh is not only a brilliant politician but also a great culturist and famous poet.


Meanwhile, in Russia, the Vietnam Days opened in Vladivostok city on May 17 on the occasion of President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday.


President of the Primorie chapter of the Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association Alexander Sokolovski said that Vladivostok city will organise a meeting to mark President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday on May 19.


Within the framework of the Vietnam Days, people in Vladivostok city will have a chance to see paintings, embroideries and porcelains on Vietnam’s culture and history at an exhibition entitled “Exploring Vietnam”, Sokolovski said.


The Daltour travel agency will organise an annual exhibition on Vietnam’s culture and economic development and its landscapes and famous tourism spots, he said.


Sokolovski said the Vietnam Days have been held in Vladivostok city over the past decade. The Far East region also holds a celebration every year to mark the birthday of President Ho Chi Minh who came to the region many times in the 1920s and 1930s.


Source: Nhandan/VNA


Source: QDND

President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday celebrated abroad

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 1:02 am




President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday celebrated abroad


QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:56 (GMT+7)

An exhibition and a seminar on Uncle Ho were held at the Pridi Phanomyong Institute in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 16.


The events, which drew the participation of a number of Thai and Vietnamese scholars and researchers on President Ho Chi Minh’s life and cause, highlighted the simple life of Uncle Ho and a great Vietnamese and international culturist.


President of the Thailand-Vietnam Culture Association Lae Dilokvidhyarat and Minister Counsellor of the Vietnamese embassy in Thailand Pham Minh Tuan pointed out the significance of these events, saying that they took place when Vietnam is conducting various activities to celebrate the 120 th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh – a preeminent leader and a great father of the Vietnamese people and a great friend of peace and justice lovers in the world.


At the seminar, a lecturer from Chulalongkorn University and Prof. Dr. Bui Dinh Phong from Social Sciences and Humanities University of Ha Noi National University spoke of Uncle Ho’s simplicity in his daily life and Nguyen Thi Thu Ha from the Ho Chi Minh Museum spoke of Uncle Ho’s sentiments towards Thai country and people.


A film on President Ho Chi Minh’s life was screened and a painting and book exhibitions on President Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam were organised at the exhibition.


The Paxaxon (People’s) newspaper of Laos on May 14 and 17 printed an article on President Ho Chi Minh’s revolutionary morality written by Munkeo Olabun, a member of the Laos People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and Lao Minister of Information and Culture.


“On the occasion of the President Ho Chi Minh’s 120 th birthday, we will study and follow President Ho Chi Minh’s revolutionary moral example and consider the study to be an obligation for all officials and Party members,” said Munkeo Olabun in his article.


Another article on Uncle Ho on the May issue of the Mexican magazine “Attractive news” highlighted Uncle Ho as one of the main figures of the modern world history.


The writer emphasised Uncle Ho’s great contributions to Vietnam’s revolutionary cause and the world’s communist movement which were manifested in national independence and freedom from the French colonialists for Vietnam .


The writer also confirmed that President Ho Chi Minh is not only a brilliant politician but also a great culturist and famous poet.


Meanwhile, in Russia, the Vietnam Days opened in Vladivostok city on May 17 on the occasion of President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday.


President of the Primorie chapter of the Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association Alexander Sokolovski said that Vladivostok city will organise a meeting to mark President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday on May 19.


Within the framework of the Vietnam Days, people in Vladivostok city will have a chance to see paintings, embroideries and porcelains on Vietnam’s culture and history at an exhibition entitled “Exploring Vietnam”, Sokolovski said.


The Daltour travel agency will organise an annual exhibition on Vietnam’s culture and economic development and its landscapes and famous tourism spots, he said.


Sokolovski said the Vietnam Days have been held in Vladivostok city over the past decade. The Far East region also holds a celebration every year to mark the birthday of President Ho Chi Minh who came to the region many times in the 1920s and 1930s.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

April 30 Victory celebrated abroad

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 3:15 am




April 30 Victory celebrated abroad


QĐND – Saturday, May 01, 2010, 21:36 (GMT+7)

A series of get-togethers have been held by Vietnamese embassies worldwide to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the April 30 Victory.


At a meeting in Moscow, which also marked the 65th anniversary of the victory over fascism (May 9), Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Bui Dinh Dinh echoed President Ho Chi Minh’s praise of the great victory over fascism of the Soviet Union, saying it created an opportunity of liberation for many nations, including the national liberation movement in Vietnam.


Honorary President of the Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association Evgheny Glazunov recalled the Vietnamese people’s struggle in each stage, adding that comprehensive help of the Soviet Union from the first day of the war had contributed to Vietnam’s victory.


The Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association took the opportunity to present honorary medals and insignia of the 65th year of victory over fascism to Ambassador Dinh and a number of staff at the embassy in recognition of their contribution to strengthening and developing friendship and strategic partnership between the people of Vietnam and Russia.


A meeting was also held in Tokyo to mark the 35th anniversary of the liberation of South Vietnam.


Minister-Counsellor at the Vietnamese Embassy Nguyen Minh Ha recalled important events in the struggle for national liberation of the Vietnamese people and reviewed achievements recorded in Vietnam’s Doi moi (renewal) process.


At the meeting in Bangkok, Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Ngo Quang Thang described the April 30 Victory under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and Uncle Ho as a milestone in the cause of national construction and defence of the Vietnamese people.


He called on all Vietnamese people who work, study and live in Thailand, to make contributions to the country’s development.


The anniversary of the liberation of southern Vietnam also received wide press coverage in Laos and Cuba , with articles stressing the historic significance of the victory and hailing the Vietnamese people’s spirit of struggle and determination during the war as well as achievements in the Doi moi process.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

1,000th Thang Long – Hanoi anniversary to be celebrated abroad

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm




1,000th Thang Long – Hanoi anniversary to be celebrated abroad


QĐND – Thursday, April 29, 2010, 22:12 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has been preparing various art and cultural activities to celebrate the 1,000th Thang Long – Hanoi anniversary in 15 foreign countries, including China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, France, Germany, Belgium, Russia, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba and Australia.


Exhibitions and art performances will introduce Hanoi’s history, culture and people to foreigners.


Special cultural identities, such as water puppetry, street vendors, Dong Ho paintings, traditional musical instruments, traditional customs, lacquer and handicrafts, will be showcased.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

1,000 Vietnamese to undertake Ph.D.s abroad

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:06 am

Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) March 10 announced that around 1,000 master’s degree-holders would enroll in Ph.D. programs abroad this year with the help of domestic and foreign financial assistance.








Good university graduates  will have chance to study in abroad in MoET’s plan in 2010

Around 800 of the students will receive funding from the State budget while the rest will receive foreign government scholarships and grants from international organizations.


Candidates will pursue doctoral degrees in the fields of technology, social sciences, economics, arts, sports, medicine, agriculture, forestry and aquatic sectors.


On the same day, MoET released a list of 98 students who will receive funding from the State budget to enroll in universities abroad.


Most are students who have received national or international recognition for demonstrating academic excellence, or who have achieved high scores on university entrance exams.


MoET and other agencies March 10 also launched a campaign titled “Ensuring educational quality” with total capital of US$186 million, of which $127 million was provided through a World Bank loan.


The campaign aims to improve academic quality in primary schools throughout the country.


In addition, the project calls for the construction of an additional 4,650 classrooms and regular pay bonuses for some 2,500 teachers in Vietnam.





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Gov’t tightens budget spending on properties abroad

In Vietnam Economy on March 17, 2010 at 2:47 am




Gov’t tightens budget spending on properties abroad


QĐND – Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

From April 26, 2010, purchases or construction of offices abroad worth 10 million USD upwards that use State budgets have to get a nod from the Prime Minister, decided a new regulation.


The Government decree No.23/2010/ND-CP sets qualifications for agencies to buy properties abroad with State budgets, which are limited to State-run agencies or agencies fed by State budgets.


The beneficiaries include those representative agencies abroad which have not yet owned any office buildings or any kinds of workplaces.


Also eligible are agencies abroad with their office and living space narrower than 70 percent of standards or their offices and accommodations getting degraded seriously.


Relevant properties projects abroad worth 10 million USD upwards also need to receive the Prime Minister’s approval in procedures and proceedings of investments and construction.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Vietnam’s businesses canvass investment chances abroad

In Vietnam Economy on February 28, 2010 at 11:31 am




Vietnam’s businesses canvass investment chances abroad


QĐND – Friday, February 26, 2010, 22:23 (GMT+7)

A number of Vietnamese businesses are expanding their activities in foreign markets that offer promise and less competition.


The Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group plans to invest 200 million USD in minerals and industrial crops in Cambodia.


Meanwhile, the Thu Duc Housing Development Joint Stock Company has spent 6 million USD to buy a number of villas and houses in the US during the downturn in its real estate market. The company has also joined its partner in Tashkent , Uzbekistan , to invest in building a complex in the country.


The Saigon Travel Service Company (Saigontourist) has announced that it has bought a 252-room hotel in San Francisco and that it will develop more hotels bearing Saigontourist trademark in Tokyo , Berlin , Hong Kong and Moscow.


According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Department, Vietnamese businesses are expanding their investment activities in developed markets, including Japan , the US , the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Singapore , instead of pouring their capital into traditional markets like Laos, Cambodia and Russia.


A number of Vietnamese projects have expanded in scale and have focused on hi-tech industries such as aviation, banking, insurance and real estate.


Vietnamese businesses’ investment capital in 50 countries and territories reached a record of 7.2 billion USD in 2009.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Tourism sector launches promotion abroad

In Vietnam Travel on February 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm




Tourism sector launches promotion abroad


QĐND – Thursday, February 25, 2010, 22:11 (GMT+7)

Three tourism promotion programmes will be launched in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia by the National Department of Tourism, in conjunction with more than 20 travel agencies, from February 28th to March 6th.


Activities will take place in Bangkok, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur on March 1st, 3rd and 5th, respectively.


According to Ms Duong Mai Lan from Vietravel Company, one of the organisers, tourism products  will focus on the National Tourism Year of 2010 programme.


The overseas promotion campaign by the tourism sector this time is expected to receive the participation of more than 100 tourism companies and management agencies as well as airlines, newspapers and television stations. 


In 2009, Vietnam received 3.8 million international tourists. In January of 2010 alone, more than 400,000 tourists came to Vietnam, up by 20% compared to that of the same period last year. The country is expecting to host 4.2 million international tourists this year.


Source: Vnexpress


Translated by Hoang Anh


Source: QDND