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Vietnam attends Asia-Pacific ministerial meeting on MDGs

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Vietnam attends Asia-Pacific ministerial meeting on MDGs

QĐND – Thursday, August 05, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has voiced the need to have regional and international peace and security for each country with self-mastery in formulating its own development plan and promoting international cooperation effectively to step up the implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The statement was made by Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at a special Asia-Pacific ministerial meeting on MDGs held in Jakarta , Indonesia , on August 3-4.

The meeting brought together 50 delegations from countries and territories inside and outside Asia-Pacific, including UN leaders and representatives of international organisations, to review the achievement of MDGs, sum up successful lessons, renew pledges and work out measures to boost MDGs productivity.

Mr Minh reported Vietnam’s achievements in implementing MDGs, attributing these to the government’s integration of MDGs in the national development strategy, its mobilization of the people, as well as taking advantage of international cooperation in other fields.

The participants adopted the Jakarta Declaration, in which they highlighted good experiences for boosting the implementation of MDGs in the region and the world, including a lesson on enhancing the cooperation model between the UN, the host country and donors as shown to be effective in Vietnam within the framework of one UN initiative.

They agreed that the Asia-Pacific region has recorded many MDG achievements, including reducing the number of poor by nearly 50 percent from 1990, enabling 90 percent of children of school age to attend school, promoting gender equality, and mitigating the spread of HIV/AIDS and other contagious diseases.

However, the region is still facing other challenges due to uneven MDG achievements between countries and even within countries. About 900 million people are still living under the poverty line, more than 60 percent of the regional population do not have access to clean water, and the environment is degrading.

They estimated that the entire Asia-Pacific region will need around US$1,000 billion for achieving all MDGs from now to 2015.

Source: VOVNews/VNA

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Vietnamese film wins Asia-Pacific award

In Vietnam Culture on December 22, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Movie Choi voi (Adrift) directed by Bui Thac Chuyen and produced by Feature Film Studio 1, won the Best Sound Effects award at the 2009 Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. 

      Poster of Adrift

The film earlier received the 16th Vietnamese Film Festival’s Best Director award last week and the Fipresci International Critics’ Prize at the 66th Venice Film Festival in September. It has also screened around the world at other international film fests in Toronto, Busan, London, Fukuoka and Bangkok.

This year the Vietnamese movie industry presented three films including Dung dot (Don’t Burn), Trang noi day gieng (The Moon at the Bottom of the Well), and Choi voi at the 2009 Asia-Pacific Film Festival held from December 17-20.

Two documentaries, Bai ca tren dinh Ta Nung (A song on Ta Nung Mountain) and Loi nguyen cau (Prayer) were also screened, according to the Department of Movies of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The 53rd Asia Pacific Film Festival showcased 58 films in total from 14 member nations and regions.

Highlights of the awards included Indonesian movie “The Rainbow Troops” winning Best Film; Taiwan’s Leon Dai winning Best Director for “No Peudo Vivir Sin Ti”; Hong Kong’s Nick Cheung winning Best Actor for “The Beast Stalker;” Taiwan’s Sandrine Pinna winning Best Actress for “Yang Yang;” Hong Kong film “Accident” winning Best Screenplay; Taiwan’s “Baseball Boys” winning Best Documentary; and Thailand’s “Story of the Noble Warrior” winning Best Animation.

In addition, world-renowned filmmaker John Woo of Hong Kong received a lifetime achievement award.

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Three local films to screen at Asia-Pacific film fest

In Vietnam Culture on December 16, 2009 at 10:39 am

Three Vietnamese films including Dung dot (Don’t Burn), Trang noi day gieng (The Moon at the Bottom of the Well), and Choi voi (Adrift) will be shown at the 2009 Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Kaosiung City, Taiwan  ( China ) from December 17-20.

Poster of the film Trang noi day gieng (The Moon at the Bottom of the Well)
Two documentaries, Bai ca tren dinh Ta Nung (A song on Ta Nung Mountain) and Loi nguyen cau (Prayer) will also screen, according to the Department of Movies of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The movie Dung dot, produced by the Vietnam Cinema Association, won the prestigious Golden Lotus Prize and an award chosen by the judging panel and media at the 16th Vietnam Film Festival last week. It will also represent Vietnam in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010. Written and directed by Dang Nhat Minh, Dung dot tells the story of Dang Thuy Tram, a heroic army doctor who loves her country.

Trang noi day gieng, meanwhile, won the Silver Lotus Prize at the Vietnam Film Festival. In September last year, the film’s star Hong Anh won “Best Actress” at the Asia-Africa Awards during the fifth Dubai International Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates. It was also screened at the 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008 in the Netherlands in February,  and at the
Busan International Film Festival in the Republic of Korea in August 2008.

The film Choi voi, which has been praised by critics for the creativeness shown by young director Bui Thac Chuyen, took the 16th Vietnamese film festival’s “Best Director” award.  It also won the Fipresci International Critics’ Prize at the 66th Venice Film Festival in September and screened around the world at other international film fests in Toronto, Busan, London, Fukuoka and Bangkok.

Director Nguyen Vinh Son and actor Hoang Cao De of the film Trang noi day gieng; and actress Minh Huong who starred in Dung dot, will travel to Taiwan for the 2009 Asia-Pacific Film Festival.

First held in 1954, the event is held annually in an Asian country designated by the Board of Directors of the Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia-Pacific (FPA).

This year’s 53rd international film festival will be attended by 21 FPA member countries.

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Vietnam retailers win Asia-Pacific awards

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Vietnam retailers win Asia-Pacific awards

QĐND – Thursday, October 15, 2009, 20:14 (GMT+7)

Ten Vietnamese businesses have been selected to receive a Retail Asia-Pacific Top 500 Award to be presented on Oct. 15 in Seoul.

The golden prize for Vietnam was awarded to the Sai Gon Union of Trading Cooperatives (Sai Gon Coop Mart) which has 40 super markets in HCM City and southern provinces. Last year, it posted a revenue of more than 6.16 trillion VND (346 million USD).

Silver went to the Sai Gon Jewellery Holding Company (SJC), with a revenue of 4.5 trillion VND (252 million USD), and bronze to the Phu Nhuan Jewellery Joint Stock Company, with a revenue of more than 3.9 trillion VND (219 million USD).

The annual awards, which are selected by Singapore ’s Retail Asia Magazine, have been held since 2004 and are based on surveys conducted by market research group Euromonitor International.

They honour 500 retailers in Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam.

The magazine ranks the top 500 on their numbers of retail outlets and sales, market share and ability to develop. The top companies in each country get gold silver and bronze awards.

Last year, Vietnamese retailers Sai gon Co-op, SJC and Sai Gon-Nguyen Kim Trade Centre received awards.

Vietnam remains among the world’s most attractive retail markets. Last year, retails sales reached 45 billion USD and are expected to exceed 50 billion USD next year.
A recent survey by Grant Thornton Vietnam showed retail remained the most attractive industry in Vietnam in terms of investment and prospects.

Source: VNA

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17 Asia-Pacific airlines meet on aviation safety in Indonesia

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Jakarta (VNA) – The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) is holding Asia Pacific Aviation Safety Seminar 2008 (APASS 2008) at Jimbaran, Bali of Indonesia, on November 20 and 21, to discuss latest developments in aviation safety, the Antara news agency has reported.

Some 150 participants from 17 airlines in Asian and Pacific countries and regions are taking part in the seminar hosted by Garuda Indonesia, said Emirsyah Satar, the Indonesian state-owned carrier Garuda President Director.

Director Satar emphasises that the “Asia Pacific Aviation Safety” seminar was important because it will discuss the most crucial aspect of aviation, namely safety.

Toping the working agenda are ways to improve the airline industries, especially in terms of aviation safety. The two-day seminar also attracted aircraft manufacturers, suppliers, aviation safety experts and academicians.

The outcome of the seminar will be helpful for the government to develop and improve the safety aspect of aviation in Indonesia, the Indonesian official said.-

Indonesia to host Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Meeting

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The Indonesian Broadcasting Agency will host the 45th Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) General Assembly and Associated Meetings in Bali on November 19-25.

“Five hundred top executives in broadcasting agencies throughout the Asia-Pacific region and other parts of the world will get involved in commissioned discussions on sports, technical broadcasting and other programmes,” President of Indonesian state-owned broadcasting agency Parni Hadi was quoted by news agencies as saying.

The technical broadcasting forum will discuss digital technologies and others related to high-tech broadcasting.

It will also set up a development programme to join hands to organise an international broadcasting festival and to establish a news- exchange system called Asiavision.-

Asia-Pacific Francophone University Rectors Conference opens

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Rectors from m ember universities of the Francophone University Agency (AUF) in the Asia-Pacific region convened their eighth conference in Hanoi on Sept. 25.

Some 300 delegates from nearly 80 AUF member universities and educational establishments of Belgium , France and Canada attended the conference to discuss orientations for the AUF operation in the Asia-Pacific region, the situation of international university cooperation and the role of international organisations in the development of tertiary education in the region. They are also expected to consider revisions to the conference’s regulations on admitting new members.

Opening the conference, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Banh Tien Long highlighted the important role the AUF plays in fostering cooperation among French language training establishments, benefiting universities in Vietnam and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole.

The deputy minister said Vietnam ’s universities want to expand their cooperation with Francophone partners, especially in a State-funded programme to train 20,000 people at the doctoral level from now until 2020. According to Long, the country has sent 500 people abroad under this programme so far this year.

Nearly 50 universities and research institutes in Vietnam have become AUF members since the organisation entered the country in 1993.

The conference of Francophone university rectors in the Asia-Pacific, which was organised for the first time in Hanoi in 2000, aims to foster the cooperation between the Asia-Pacific and other regions in the Francophone community through inter-regional cooperation agreements.-