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Vietnam yields achievements in fight against HIV/AIDS: Misniter

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:01 am

Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu said Vietnam has yielded remarkable achievements in the fight against the pandemic HIV/AIDS.


The minister spoke this at a conference to review 20 years of HIV/AIDS prevention and control in Vietnam held in Hanoi on Dec. 1 by the Ministry of Health and the National Committee for HIV/AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control. He said the country has been successful in containing the rate of HIV infection transmission under 0.3 percent of the population.

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan hands medals to Earmon Murphy and Mitchell Wolfe

The Southeast Asia nation has implemented prevention and control programs, healthcare services and support to HIV infected people.


However, the country still faces some challenges and high risk of outbreak because more people have unsafe sex relations. In addition, the rate of infected women and children has increased.


Speaking at the meeting, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan applauded the efforts and the contributions of relevant agencies, individuals and international organizations in the fight. Doan pointed out the entire machinery of state and people must raise their awareness about the epidemic.


At the meeting, individuals and organizations received Labor certificates and merit certificates of the President and the Prime Minister for their great contributions in the fight. Moreover, on the behalf of Vietnamese government, Ms. Doan  handed the Friendship Medal to Earmon Murphy, Country Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS in Vietnam , and Mitchell Wolfe, Country Director of the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Vietnam.


The country now has 228,680 people infected with HIV/AIDS, including 48,368 people who have died of the disease. Vietnam reports 15,000 new infected HIV people each year. Ho Chi Minh City has high rate of HIV infections in the country.


To prevent the spread of the fatal disease, in 2010, 43 cities and provinces distributed safe syringes and needles and 60 cities and provinces distributed free condoms.

Source: SGGP

Protesters vent anger against China at Japan APEC venue

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 9:54 am

October exports rise against previous month

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 3:24 am

German protesters mobilise against nuclear waste train

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

ADB urges multi-national effort against “Dollarisation”

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm




ADB urges multi-national effort against “Dollarisation”


QĐND – Sunday, October 17, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pointed out a need for regional cooperation in monetary and financial issues, particularly to deal with the issues of multiple currencies within domestic economies.


The region’s biggest development bank made the statement in the latest study, which was published on October 15. 


The study, Dealing with Multiple Currencies in Transitional Economies: the Scope for Cooperation in Cambodia , Laos , and Vietnam , is a pioneering work on the multiple-currency phenomenon with important recommendations for promoting regional monetary and financial cooperation. 


In the three target countries, other countries’ currencies, particulary the US dollar, are found in broad use. The share of foreign currencies ranges from around 20 percent of all currency in circulation in Vietnam , about 50 percent in Laos , and more than 90 percent in Cambodia . 


In this regard, the ADB Country Director for Vietnam , Ayumi Konishi, recognised progress made by the country in de-dollarisation. 


“Yet, authorities, especially the State Bank of Vietnam , are fully aware that administrative measures alone cannot be effective”, said the ADB residential chief. 


He explained that in order to de-dollarise the Vietnamese economy, it is essential to enhance people’s confidence in Vietnamese dong through sustainable and high economic growth, stabilisation of the foreign exchange rate, reforms in monetary policies, and strengthening of the capacity of financial institutions. 


Jayant Menon, Principal Economist in ADB’s Office of Regional Economic Integration, a co-editor of the study, remarked “Dollarisation blunts the tools for macroeconomic stabilisation, especially monetary and exchange rate policy, that a country like Vietnam needs in order to tackle a variety of economic and developmental challenges, such as rising inflation”. 


He warned Vietnam , where the US dollar makes up 20 percent of the total money circulation, for its partial dollarisation which may lead to some limitations especially in deploying policies for macroeconomic stabilisation. 


Solutions such as official dollarisation, compulsory de-dollarisation and mono currency are all infeasible, said the ADB expert. 


Experts recommended three solutions, including the short-term solution which highlights strengthening the momentum for depositing savings in the Vietnamese dong instead of the US dollar or gold. They also urged banks to encourage long-term saving deposits in the Vietnamese dong and reduce sudden changes or any instability in the short-term saving deposit interest rates.


Their recommendations for a medium-term solution included a currency-bound mechanism and reserving the right to mould or print currency. 


For a long-term solution, experts recommended the economy be prepared for the de-dollarisation process, building financial institutions and speeding up reforms in the State-owned enterprise sector for sustainable development. 


The other co-editor of the study, Giovanni Capannelli, Principal Economist in the ADB Institute, urged monetary authorities of Cambodia , Laos and Vietnam to share information and experiences in order to find a solution to the dollarisation issue. 


“The three countries have a lot to gain from closer cooperation, both among themselves and with the rest of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations”, said the ADB expert. 


ADB, based in Manila , is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. 


In 2009, it approved a total of US$16.1 billion in financing operations through loans, grants, guarantees, a trade finance facilitation programme, equity investments, and technical assistance projects. 


Vietnam will host ADB’s 44th annual meeting in Hanoi in May 2011.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

World must unite against hunger: Rwandan president

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 10:25 am

ROME, Oct 15, 2010 (AFP) – Rwandan President Paul Kagame called on Friday for governments to redouble their political will and determination to collectively deliver on their commitments to halve world hunger by 2015.


“With prosperity all around us and significant advances in technology and modern science, we cannot accept the numbers dying in the world for hunger,” Kagame said at a conference in Rome on the eve of World Food Day.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame delivers a speech during the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrations of the World Food Day on October 15, 2010 at the FAO headquarters in Rome. AFP

“It begs the question, what is the missing link? We know hunger kills and deprives people of their dignity, so why are we not doing more to combat it?” Kagame said at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) meeting.


Kagame said there had been “misguided presumptions” that the private sector would take responsibility for tackling the problem of the world’s starving.


He called for governments to focus on food security but warned officials not to bypass small farmers “who must be involved in finding solutions.”


Small farmers and their families represent some 2.5 billion people, more than one-third of the global population.


Kagame has invested heavily in his agricultural infrastructure.


Rwanda has received 50 million dollars (35 million euros) from a multi-donor fund administered by the World Bank to boost agriculture sectors in Africa.

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Source: SGGP

Farmers wavering between asking for compensation and lawsuit against Vedan

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

The Dong Nai Province’s Farmer Association August 16 said it will collect opinions of 5,000 farmers, who were affected by Thi Vai River pollution, about continuing sue Vedan and not accepting its compensation.

 

Thi Vai River has been seriously polluted as a result.

Vedan Vietnam on August 13 agreed to pay farmers in the province VND120 billion (US$ 40 million), however, authorities and farmers is still arguing about the rate of compensation.


The provincial People’s Committee asked the association to work with related departments and the province’s lawyer association to collect farmers’ opinion from August 17.


The opinion polls have to be completed in the end of this month, said a representative from the provincial People’s Committee.


The province’s Long Tho Ward, home to 350 farmers affected by Thi Vai River pollution, submitted lawsuits to sue Vedan demanding compensation of VND350 billion (US$ 175 million) . They said VND120 billion would only compensate a tenth of 5,000 local farmers’ losses.


To date, Long Thanh District’ and Nhon Trach District’s People Courts have received over 3,200 lawsuit files from farmers against Vedan. Over 500 more files are being finalised by lawyers to proceed in court.


 

Source: SGGP

Farmers wavering between asking for compensation and lawsuit against Vedan

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm

The Dong Nai Province’s Farmer Association August 16 said it will collect opinions of 5,000 farmers, who were affected by Thi Vai River pollution, about continuing sue Vedan and not accepting its compensation.

 

Thi Vai River has been seriously polluted as a result.

Vedan Vietnam on August 13 agreed to pay farmers in the province VND120 billion (US$ 40 million), however, authorities and farmers is still arguing about the rate of compensation.


The provincial People’s Committee asked the association to work with related departments and the province’s lawyer association to collect farmers’ opinion from August 17.


The opinion polls have to be completed in the end of this month, said a representative from the provincial People’s Committee.


The province’s Long Tho Ward, home to 350 farmers affected by Thi Vai River pollution, submitted lawsuits to sue Vedan demanding compensation of VND350 billion (US$ 175 million) . They said VND120 billion would only compensate a tenth of 5,000 local farmers’ losses.


To date, Long Thanh District’ and Nhon Trach District’s People Courts have received over 3,200 lawsuit files from farmers against Vedan. Over 500 more files are being finalised by lawyers to proceed in court.


 

Source: SGGP

VN takes firm steps against money laundering

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm




VN takes firm steps against money laundering


QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

The Government has promulgated a National Action Plan on Anti-money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism for the period from August 2010-August 2011.

A decision to this effect coded 1451/QD-TTg was signed on August 12 by Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung on behalf of the Prime Minister.

Accordingly, the Steering Committee for Anti-money Laundering was assigned to instruct and coordinate relevant ministries, sectors and agencies to implement the plan. Relevant ministries, sectors and agencies were assigned to study the practical plan and coordinate with the State Bank of Vietnam to carry out their tasks.

Under the national action plan, the Public Security Ministry will issue a circular to give instructions to relevant ministries and sectors to implement the Penal Code’s Article 251 on anti-money laundering.

The Finance Ministry will create a circular with instructions on the implementation of the Government’s Decree on Anti-money laundering in securities, insurance, rewarded games and entertainment.

The Justice Ministry will submit to jurisdiction levels the ratification of the convention on anti-transnational crimes.

The State Bank of Vietnam will check against limitations on regulations relating to high-risk customers and requirements of beneficiaries.

The Ministry of Information and Communications will disseminate information on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism.

In August 2011, the Justice Ministry will review and make proposals for revising (if necessary) the Penal Code, to be in line with the Article 2 of the international convention on combating financing of terrorism and special recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Source: VNA/Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Vietnam should import vaccine against blue ear: officials

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 11:21 am

At an emergency meeting on August 13, directors of departments of agriculture and rural development in southern provinces proposed to import vaccine to fight against the pandemic in the region as Vietnam has no effective vaccine for the disease in pigs.

Mr. Paht agreed to quickly import Chinese vaccine and then test its effectiveness.


In addition, Deputy Head of the city’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Phuoc Trung said the fight against the epidemic is like fighting against the fire, proposing a suitable compensation for breeders or else breeders would sell diseased pigs at very cheap prices which further spreading of the disease. Farmers are willing to report their ill herds because the government announced to give farmers VND25,000 per kilo of meat lost as compensation.

A pork seller in a market in Dalat City sees no purchase (Photo: SGGP)

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and other officials had pork during break time to encourage residents who feared for the blue ear in pigs in the country to consume safe pork.


Because the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) – also called “Blue Ear” – has heavily hit two highlands provinces of Dak Lak and Lam Dong, residents don’t want to eat pork, the consumption has declined.


The central highlands town of Da Lat has been affected although it is 200 kilometer far from Lam Dong. Pork sellers did nothing but chatting or sleeping because the market was going through a slump. A pork seller, Ms. Nhung, said the sale declined a half in one week.


The situation is the same in the city Nha Trang in the central province of Khanh Hoa. Traders petitioned to stop selling pork in markets, claiming that governments should raise public awareness more as customers turned their back even to safe pork with verifications.

Source: SGGP