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Initiative aims to reduce blindness

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:58 am

Vietnam is striving to reduce blindness to 0.3 percent by 2020 in an effort to complete its commitment to Vision 2020 – a global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness.

A doctor of An Sinh Hospital examines eyes of a poor woman ( Photo: Thanh Binh)

“We have to control the main causes of blindness like cataracts, refractive error and glaucoma by providing surgery for at least 170,000 to 300,000 cataract cases each year and eliminating trachoma by 2013,” said Director of the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO) Do Nhu Hon at the National Conference on Blindness Prevention 2010 on Dec. 11.

The VNIO said that Vietnam has around 370,000 blind people among nearly 2 million visually impaired people, about 0.59 percent of the population, and that around 700,000 cataract cases and 80,000 entropion cases across the country needed surgery as soon as possible.

“Our survey said that more than 30 percent of blind people in Vietnam do not realize that their illness can be treated and around one-third of the blind cannot afford treatment,” stressed Hon.

Authorities will focus activities on establishing an eye care network for children in all key cities and regions of the country along with further strengthening medical facilities and techniques as well as a communication program to raise awareness in communities on eye care and eye disease prevention, according to Hon.

A rapid increase in the refractive error rate to 15 percent of the population in rural areas and 40 percent in urban areas along with a lack of financial resources and inadequate public knowledge are challenges for the ophthalmology sector in Vietnam.

Health sector statistics show that more than 130,000 cataract surgeries were performed during the 2009-10 period, of which 30,000 were carried out by private medical clinics. Vietnam has around 14.5 optometrists per 1 million people and, at the district level, there are only 202 for 692 districts nationwide.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam aims to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Vietnam aims for a strong ICT developer

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:54 am

Vietnam aims for a strong ICT developer

QĐND – Monday, October 11, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung recently adopted a project to make Vietnam a strong developer in information and communication technology (ICT).

Under the project, the ICT sector’s contribution will account for 8-10 percent of the country’s GDP. The PM’s plan could potentially rank Vietnam in the world’s top 10 software and data services providers by 2020.

A Radio Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reporter interviewed Prof. Dr Do Trung Ta, PM Nguyen Tan Dung’s ICT envoy and Chairman of the National Council for Science and Technology Policy, on the issue.

Reporter: To reach the set target of making Vietnam a strong ICT developer, what major issues should Vietnam focus on in the future?

Mr Ta: Among target national projects, the Government regards ICT as a key area for boosting socio-economic development. To reach this goal, Vietnam needs to focus on developing high-quality ICT human resources to meet social requirements to meet the international standard. From now until 2020, Vietnam strives to have around 1 million ICT engineers and workers whom have achieved international standards, and so are capable of having access advanced technologies.

Vietnam also needs 80 percent of ICT university graduates qualified in professional skills and foreign languages in order to engage in the international labour market. Part from human resources development, it is also essential to develop the ICT industry with a capacity for research and designs to gain revenues through original products.

The widening IT application in life is also an important issue that Vietnam should focus on, as it will give fresh impetus for socio-economic development and increasing businesses’ productivity. The use of the Internet at schools will help the IT sector with the training of high-quality human resources, for example.

In addition, creating a good working environment and a healthy competition for ICT businesses is also an issue of major concern for the Government. If the issue is dealt with properly, it will help scientific research institutions and IT businesses make better contributions to the national economy, thus improving people’s living standards.

The working environment is comfortable with laboratories, international standardised technical infrastructure and qualified domestic and foreign experts.

Reporter: Developing the ICT industry sustainably requires close co-operation among businesses which use one technical infrastructure. However, cooperation is far from expectations. How will we promote further co-operation?

Mr Ta: It is necessary to raise awareness of the ICT industry to promote further it. If the State, businesses, organisations and individuals are all looking towards developing technical services people everywhere from urban to rural areas, even remote, mountainous and island areas will be able to use broad-band Internet and enjoy the latest ICT achievements. Thanks to ICT, people will also have more chances to find jobs that increase their income.

No country wants one business to do everything. The Telecommunication Law encourages all businesses to operate under the management of State.

ICT businesses that have experience and good infrastructure and services should help others to develop.

In recent times, linking in ICT businesses which use one common infrastructure to develop ICT products has fallen far below expectations because they do not agree on a common co-operative orientation.

Reporter: Many businesses still compete unnecessarily for profits. What should we do to prevent this?

Mr Ta: Vietnam issued the Competition Law, which refers to market shares for powerful or newly established businesses.

To ensure businesses do not violate the Competition Law, the Ministry of Information and Communications must closely control marketing and advertising programmes to prevent disorder in the ICT market. If the market is in disorder the State budget will fall and the State will suffer losses. For example, the ministry does not allow the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) to establish prices for services, and the VNPT must submit prices to the ministry for approval. This will help other businesses with chances to attract customers to develop.

Instead of unhealthy competition, ICT businesses should improve the quality of technologies, services and customer care.

Reporter: Thank you very much.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Proposed monorail aims at reducing gridlocks in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 4:32 am

Proposed monorail aims at reducing gridlocks in Hanoi

QĐND – Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Construction Import-Export Corporation (Vinaconex) has submitted to the Prime Minister a plan to build a monorail route in Hanoi to deal with traffic jams in the western region.

According to the plan, the monorail will run overhead at the separation line of the road from Hoang Hoa Tham to Van Cao – Nguyen Chi Thanh – Tran Duy Hung to the end of Lang-Hoa Lac highway, totaling 38 kilometers.

Along this route, pillars of 1m in diameter, 45m high, 30m from each others will be built to prop up the monorail. The train can run at 60 to 70km per hour.

This monorail route will have 14 stations, and it can transport around 60,000 passengers a day.

Dang Hoang Huy, general director of Vinaconex Xuan Mai, the project developer, said that monorail is appropriate to cities because it doesn’t require large space. The train can run through buildings by overpasses or underground.

Huy said that the ticket price will be low, affordable by government employees, students, and others. However, the length of time for regaining investment capital will be around several decades.

According to Vinaconex Xuan Mai, the capital required to build one kilometer of monorail is estimated at $8 million compared to $40-50 million for one kilometer of normal rail. However, experts said that monorail capacity is lower than normal rail.

The government has told the Ministry of Transport to make a feasibility report for this project.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

First int’l university aims for top by 2035

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm

First int’l university aims for top by 2035

QĐND – Friday, June 04, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Viet Nam’s first international university, which will be funded through a World Bank loan, should aim to be listed among the world’s top 200 universities within 25 to 30 years, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said.

The $180 million-invested Viet Nam-Germany University (VGU), to be located in Binh Duong Province, will be developed between local and German university partners.

The Prime Minister, in his first public statement about the international university, asked officials who are involved in its development to ensure that the highest training and education standards be maintained.

The Government will fully subsidise the university for 10 years, and then subsidise 40 per cent of costs. The university will have to seek other sources of funding after the 10-year period.

The VGU, which is the first of four international-level universities that will be built by the Government, will receive assistance from 40 German universities, following an agreement between the two countries.

The universities are expected to enrol outstanding high school graduates and others who cannot afford to attend university abroad.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

Source: QDND

Economic restructuring plan aims for sustainable development

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2010 at 11:32 am

As part of an economic restructuring project for the 2011-2020 period, Vietnam aims to improve its economic competitiveness, develop a sustainable economy, and boost income per capita to US$3,000-3,200.

The objective of the plan, which has been submitted by the Ministry of Planning and Investment to the Government for approval, is aimed at removing obstacles to economic development and enhancing quality, efficiency, competitiveness and value of key products and the economy as a whole.


Despite positive signs of recovery in the wake of the global economic downturn, the country still faces many socio-economic challenges.

Workers at the HCMC Hi-Tech Park. Experts warn that the proportion of hi-tech products in the total export turnover has almost unchanged in the past ten years, just six percent. (Photo: 

Average annual growth has tended to decline, economic growth is based mainly on exploiting natural resources, and efficiency in use of capital is low as is productivity. Production costs, meanwhile, have remained high and look to continue increasing. Together, these factors have weakened Vietnam’s economy.

The proportion of hi-tech products included in total export turnover has been almost unchanged in the past 10 years, at just 6 percent.  

Economic strength is also based on cheap domestic labor costs. Exports are mainly outsourced products while locally manufactured items have low added value as they are based on imported materials.

The number of national-brand products is also just a few. Products contributing the most to the country’s GDP and export turnover are not industrial products but come mainly from agriculture, fisheries and mining.

Of Vietnam’s 112 economic branches, only 26 contribute 1 percent each to the country’s GDP, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Truong Gia Binh, chairman of the FPT Management Board, said the country needs to create more groups representing national brands and promote them to the world.

Another weakness is that State-owned enterprises (SOEs) have yet to prove themselves as a driving force of the economy, while the private sector remains small and thus unable to boost economic development.

Meanwhile, the foreign-invested sector has developed vigorously but few technological transfers have been made from this sector to domestic ones. Vietnam is therefore kept reliant on international companies.

In addition, provinces and cities in economic zones have yet to cooperate effectively to promote comparative and competitive advantages of each locality.

Support for SOEs, SMEs

Dr. Cao Si Kiem, chairman of the Vietnam Association of Small and Medium Enterprises and member of the National Financial and Monetary Advisory Council, said, “Like many other countries, Vietnam is restructuring its economy in the post-crisis period to have more sustainable economic growth.

“We must meet what the world market needs and remove all obstacles to economic development. There should be specific solutions, both short and long term, for re-arrangement of SOEs and support for SMEs.”

Workers process rubber at the Long Thanh Rubber Plant in Dong Nai Province. Experts say the products contributing most to the country’s GDP and export turnover are not industrial products but are mainly from agriculture, fisheries and mining. (Photo: SGGP)

Public investment in SOEs accounts for 40 percent of GDP, but the average growth of these enterprises is just 10 percent, far lower than the 19.6 percent growth of the foreign-invested sector and the 43.8 percent growth of the private sector. Therefore, boosting efficiency of State spending on SOEs is an urgent issue to consider, according to experts.

Most SOEs are suffering losses, except around 300 that operate profitably, and the country now has more than 1,500 SOEs subject to equitization. However, this equitization work is being carried out sluggishly, according to the General Statistics Office.

When it comes to economic restructuring, the first thing to do is reorganize the business landscape, said Vu Tien Loc, chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Firstly, State-owned groups and corporations should take a lead in technological renovation and self-reorganization,” he said.

In addition, infrastructural development and human resource training must also be strengthened to facilitate economic restructuring, Mr. Loc added.

The economic restructuring plan comprises three major tasks: first, improving the market economy in conformity to Vietnam’s World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments; developing infrastructure and stepping up administrative reform; and strengthening the training of human resources.

To help boost the competitiveness of the economy, experts say that State-owned corporations or groups should be equitized and operate under market mechanisms so they can play a steering role in a number of leading economic sectors.

The private sector should be developed both in quantity and quality, while the foreign-invested sector should focus on hi-tech products and make technological transfers to other economic sectors, especially the private one. 

To improve the efficiency of the economy, priority should be given to industries with higher competitiveness. In the future, such industries as metallurgy, electronics, oil refinery, IT and tourism services should become spearhead sectors, along with industries like textiles and garments, leather and shoes, and wood processing.

Comprehensive strategies

According to experts, agricultural production and quality of life in rural areas must also be enhanced. A system is needed that connects production, processing, distribution and consumption of key farm products like rice, coffee, pepper, cashews, and rubber in the Central Highlands and Southeastern regions.

The ultimate goal of economic restructuring is to increase productivity, quality, and efficiency of the national economy in each industry and even for each key product, experts said.

Workers at a pen factory of HCMC Thien Long Group. The private sector posts average annual growth of 43.8 percent, far higher than the 10 percent growth of SOEs and 19.6 percent growth of the foreign-invested sector. (Photo: SGGP)

To realize this, the country needs advanced hi-tech industry, agriculture, and services to replace economic results based mainly on natural resource exploitation and outsourcing. As for the service sector, it must create more high value-added services.

Dr. Tran Du Lich, a member of the National Assembly’s Economic Committee, agreed that economic development in Vietnam has been based mainly on the country’s cheap labor advantage, natural resource exploitation, and export outsourcing, which has ultimately had a negative impact on the national economy, he said.

“If these weaknesses are not overcome soon, the country is likely to continue suffering macroeconomic instability,” he said.

According to the Global Competitiveness Report, a yearly report published by the World Economic Forum, the national competitiveness of Vietnam ranks 82 out of 133 major and emerging economies for 2009-2010 – a drop of seven positions from the previous tally, experts said. 

Dr. Nguyen Mai, chairman of the Vietnam Association of Foreign Invested Enterprises, said, “Vietnam will create [more] chances for development if its economy is renovated in the right direction. Solutions to the restructuring the economy must be suitable for both internal and external conditions.” 

The restructuring project has so far launched 11 measures, including steps towards macroeconomic stabilization, restraining inflation, reducing budget deficit, improving market mechanisms, and giving equal support to all economic sectors. 
In addition, the Government will set up a general department for support private enterprise development and an investment guarantee fund for SMEs. It will also require credit institutions to earmark 30 percent of lending for SMEs.

The restructuring project also proposes that a national committee for renovation and development or a ministry of economic development be established to lead the restructuring of the economy.

“To make the project a success, we must determine what is to be done, who is to do it, and how to do it,” Dr. Kiem said.

Source: SGGP

Upcoming MTV concert tour aims to end human trafficking

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 4:58 am

A free concert titled “MTV Exit Live in Hanoi” featuring famous Korean boy-band Super Junior and Australian singer Kate Miller Heidke will be held at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium on March 27.

             The Korean boy band Super Junior
The show will also include top local artists like Ha Anh Tuan, Pham Anh Khoa and Phuong Vy.
MTV Exit (MTV End Exploitation and Trafficking) is a campaign to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking in Europe and Asia.

Since the campaign launched in 2004, MTV Exit has created various programs and activities to inform and empower millions of young people around the globe, helping them take action within their communities to stop human trafficking.

MTV Exit is produced by the MTV Europe Foundation in partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID).

After the Hanoi concert, the tour continues to Halong Bay, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City, striving to educate youth about the dangers of human trafficking.

The second concert will be held on April 3 in Halong Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour then moves on to Can Tho on April 10.

The final event featuring American band The Click Five – recipients of the Knockout Award at the MTV Asia Awards – will be held in HCMC at the Military Zone No.7 Stadium on April 17. The band is an avid supporter of MTV Exits’ initiatives to end human trafficking.

MTV Exit has now held 15 concerts to raise awareness about human trafficking across Asia over the past two years, including events in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Taiwan and the Philippines.

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Bahrain aims for World Cup spot against N. Zealand

In Vietnam Sports on November 13, 2009 at 9:41 am

WELLINGTON, Nov 13, 2009 (AFP) – Footballing minnows Bahrain are bidding to become the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup when they take on New Zealand in a make-or-break qualifier Saturday.

Bahrain’s national squad

The island state fell at the final hurdle on the way to the 2006 World Cup and are desperate to avoid a repeat.

After a scoreless first leg draw in Manama last month, things are evenly poised with New Zealand, who will also be keen to bag a spot at football’s premier event for the first time since 1982.

Bahrain almost made the grade in 2005 when the wealthy Middle East kingdom of 725,000 people drew against Trinidad and Tobago in the away leg of its final qualifier but then lost the decider 1-0 in front of a shocked home crowd.

“We have some players who remember this game and of course they are sad and disappointed because the first game brought a draw in (Trinidad and) Tobago and afterwards they lost everything at home in front of their supporters,” Bahrain coach Milan Macala told a press conference in Wellington Friday.

Now at the same stage of the qualifiers, Bahrain has the opportunity to consign 2005’s disappointment to history.

Macala said even for those players who did not play four years ago, the loss would serve as motivation in the current campaign.

The coach said he was disappointed his team, which finished fifth in the Asian qualifying zone, did not win the first leg after dominating much of the 90 minutes against the Oceania champions.

“I think we were the better team, but here maybe the situation will be a little different.”

Bahrain is 22 places above New Zealand in the world rankings at 61, but Macala was dismissive of their importance, saying he respected the spirit of New Zealand and their strike power up front.

New Zealand needs to win, with a scoring draw as good as a win for their opponents because away goals count for more than those scored at home.

A scoreless draw will see the match go into extra time and — if needed — a penalty shootout.

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert says the All Whites know they need to take a positive approach if they are to make their first World Cup finals appearance for 28 years.

“We will be absolutely on the front foot from the whistle,” Herbert told journalists.

Herbert and his team are in an unaccustomed spotlight in rugby-mad New Zealand as football for once takes centre stage.

Wellington’s stadium — known as the Cake Tin — has been sold out for weeks and the All Whites will have the noisy support of 35,500 fans, the biggest ever football crowd in New Zealand.

“It’s going to be a great place to be on Saturday,” Herbert said.

But he also knows it will take more than crowd support to overcome a Bahrain side he describes as technically good, with plenty of pace.

“I think they’ll keep coming and I think that’s been evident in their away fixtures and in some cases you can argue they’ve been a better team away from home,” he said.

“We’re under no illusion on what the task is going to be tomorrow night.”

For New Zealand, midfielder Simon Elliott is yet to be confirmed fit as he recovers from a hip strain.

Much will depend on strikers Shane Smeltz — the top scorer this year in Australia’s A-League, Rory Fallon of English side Portsmouth and Celtic’s Chris Killen, with teenager Chris Wood of West Bromwich Albion likely to be on the bench.

Captain Ryan Nelsen of English premiership side Blackburn Rovers will be the key figure in defence with his top flight experience.

Bahrain will be without striker Ala’a Hubail, who was injured soon after the first leg and fellow forward Hussail Ali, who is recovering from a knee injury.

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Ca Mau Province aims to limit impact of climate change

In Vietnam Environment on September 11, 2009 at 7:39 am

Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau has chosen to implement two project to minimize the impact of climate change and preserve biological diversity, said Pham Khoi Nguyen, Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment on September 10.

Ca Mau protective forest (Photo: Dat Mui Magazine)

Three sides of the province border the sea, which makes it vulnerable to sea-level rises due to climate change.

Climate change and sea level rises not only effect the environment and socio-economic development, it also impacts biological diversity and natural resources in the province, Mr. Nguyen said.

On the same day, the province’s Center of Environmental Technology presented two projects and hydrometeorology experts from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment contributed their ideas to help the center understand the impacts of sea level rises, possible disasters and flood tides.

The experts also suggested building sea level and natural resource observations to collect data.

Nguyen Xuan Cuong, deputy Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment will direct the two projects in the province and has asked authorities to perfect them soon.

Mr Nguyen said he will continue to work with the Provincial People’s Committee to solve difficulties to help the province better manage natural resources and the environment.

Source: SGGP

Next year’s coal production aims to hit 33.5 million tonnes

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2008 at 7:59 am

Quang Ninh (VNA) – The Coal and Mineral Industrial Group has set itself the target of producing 33.5 million tonnes of coal in 2009.

The total sales target for next year has been set at 36 million tonnes, which includes 2.5 million tonnes stockpiled in reserve stores.

The coal and mineral industry’s 2009 targets, which also include 9,000 tonnes of copper, 6,500 tonnes of tin and 300 kg of gold, were announced at a business conference held in the coal-mining province of Quang Ninh on Dec. 19, where numerous contracts between producers and buyers were signed.

To attain these figures, the group said it would focus on marketing and looking after its workers. The group pledged to implement a range of proactive measures, such as the expansion of its sales network to boost domestic market share, while tightening up the monitoring of coal production to put a stop to illegal exploitation.

Exports were also in the focus at the workshop, with exporters being urged to speed up coal screening and processing procedures, particularly of low-energy coal, in an effort to improve the quality of their products.

The group vowed to increase levels of labour safety through the installation of fire-alarm systems in the coal mines.-