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Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary to become an ecotourism area

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary to become an ecotourism area

QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary, which is home to rare flora and fauna, will become an eco-tourism area, according to a decision by the Bac Lieu Provincial People’s Committee.

A VND100 billion project has been initiated by an investor, the Rong Vietnam Investment and Tourism Joint Stock Company, to build the Bac Lieu Eco-tourism Area on an area of 130 hectares with 12 zones, including a national park and a nature reserve, with some of them expected to be completed before the coming Tet holiday.

All rare flora and fauna as well as landscapes will be preserved and protected while tourists visit the site.

The sanctuary with a rich and diversified biology has attracted 78 species of birds, with many listed in the Red Book of Vietnam, said Mr. Luong Ngoc Lan, Deputy-Director of the Province’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department

Source: Vnexpress

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Ba Ria-Vung Tau urged to become deepwater transit port

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Ba Ria-Vung Tau urged to become deepwater transit port

QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has emphasized the need to turn the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau into a regional deepwater transit port in the next five years.

In his meeting with the provincial authorities on August 9, Mr Dung suggested that the province should take advantage of its seaport to develop high-tech industries and tourist services, and increase added values in agricultural production.

He asked the southern province to cooperate with ministries and relevant agencies to upgrade its port facilities and ensure it is easily accessible and connected to other infrastructure projects.

Mr Dung said the coastal southern province should create major industrial products and improve their hi-tech processing to become competitive in both domestic and international markets.

In the future, he added, Ba Ria-Vung Tau needs to complete its master plan for tourism development.

Ba Ria-Vung Tau has maintained a high economic growth rate since 2006. Its GDP in 2010 is 2.27 times higher than in 2005.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Dalat City likely to become low-carbon model town

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Dalat City likely to become low-carbon model town

QĐND – Monday, July 26, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

The hilly resort city of Dalat in Lam Dong Province will likely be selected as a low-carbon model town by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) community, said an official of Asia Pacific Energy Research Center.

Weerawat Chantanakome, senior team leader of the center, told the Daily on the sidelines of an energy forum held in Dalat on Tuesday that Tianjing City of China will be the first city to be selected as a low-carbon model town by late this year. 

“…and Dalat City in Vietnam also has many characteristics to be possibly selected as one of the low-carbon towns in APEC communities in the future,” he said. 

He explained that an APEC low-carbon model town project is being executed to encourage the creation of low-carbon communities in urban development plans and to share best practices for making such communities a reality. 

Chantanakome said a feasibility study for the project to select low-carbon model towns among APEC is being conducted between 2010 and 2012 with total budget of some US$500,000. Then, the project will be widely implemented within the next five years, 2012 to 2017. 

“We are working to finalize criteria for selecting low-carbon model towns among APEC, and I think Dalat is more possible to become a low-carbon model town because it does not have many skyscrapers, not so many high technologies,” he said. 

APEC has 21 members spanning in four continents, including the most advanced economies like the United States, Japan, and economies in Southeast Asia like Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

He said the low-carbon model town project was mentioned in a declaration of APEC’s energy ministers June this year for the regional cooperation on low-carbon paths to energy security, focusing on cooperative energy solutions for a sustainable community. 

On the sidelines of the energy forum on Tuesday, the Daily also talked to some scientists about the targeted renewable energy development among ASEAN countries in the future. 

Weerawat Chantanakome of the Asia Pacific Energy Research Center said that ASEAN members aimed at using 15% of renewable energy by 2015 compared to the present ratio of around 10%. 

To do so, “we need to increase the ratio by at least one percentage point per year,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Pham Khanh Toan, Head of Vietnam Energy Institute, said that Vietnam still needs more favorable mechanisms to develop renewable energy. 

Although ASEAN aims high for renewable energy, renewable energy in use in Vietnam still accounts for less than 3%, so it should be feasible for Vietnam to reach around 10% by 2015, he said. 

Cao Hung Cuong, manager of CDM Project Department of PetroVietnam Finance Corporation, said that the development of clean energy projects in Vietnam such as hydropower, wind, and solar power among others should be further promoted. 

However, Cuong was concerned that the pricing policy for electricity from CDM projects did not encourage the development of such projects in the country.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT

Source: QDND

Bac Ninh urged to become industrial city

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Hung Yen urged to become Vietnam’s hi-tech hub

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Hung Yen urged to become Vietnam’s hi-tech hub

QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:56 (GMT+7)

The northern province of Hung Yen should take full advantages of its favourable location and human resources to become the country’s hi-tech and industrial centre.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stated this during his visit to the Red River Delta province on May 11.

In addition, the province should develop agriculture and value-added services to develop fast and sustainably in the next five years, the PM told local officials.

In spite of speaking highly of Hung Yen’s achievements in all fields over the past years, Dung still pointed out weaknesses in agricultural and industrial production as well as the environmental pollution issue the province is facing.

Based on the socio-economic development master plan, Hung Yen should design specific plans for its infrastructure, healthcare and education facilities and industrial zones to prevent them from developing uncontrollably, said the PM.

Also, the province needs to bring new technologies into production, added the PM while calling for more investments in the local hi-tech and industrial zones.

Source: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Living standards become top priority

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Living standards become top priority

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:2 (GMT+7)

Macro-economic stability should be made a top priority because it was not only a foundation for reasonable growth this year, but also a prerequisite for long-term sustainable development, policy makers said at a National Assembly Standing Committee meeting yesterday.

Chairman of the National Assembly’s Economics Committee Ha Van Hien pointed out new challenges that the country was facing while striving to reach the target of socio-economic development this year.

Consumer price indices in the first months of the year were high, making it hard for the Government to keep inflation under the target of 7 per cent, Hien said. The price of building materials in February and April rose by 1.75 and 2.51 per cent, respectively, while those of food and drink services in February surged by 3.09 per cent.

Enterprises were finding it difficult to access credit with interest rates as high as 17-18 per cent which would affect growth for the rest of the year, he added.

The circle “Trade deficit-dong devaluation-inflation-pressure to adjust foreign exchange” would continue challenging macro-economic stabilisation, he worried.

To deal with the challenges, Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc highlighted measures to be taken from now until the end of the year. The measures included reining in inflation and ensuring the safety of banking and financial systems.

The Government would also encourage people and enterprises to practise thrift in production and consumption to curb inflation, Phuc added.

Dinh Trinh Hai, deputy head of the NA’s Finance-Budget Committee, said that in 2009, the Government had budgeted for State spending of VND389.9 trillion (US$20.5 billion), but in fact, the actual figure was 8.5 per cent higher.

In April, the total expenditure of the State was VND175 trillion ($9.2 billion), 30 per cent higher than budgeted for.

Hai said that most of the actual figures were higher than those reported to the National Assembly, which would negatively reflect on the assembly’s decisions and policies.

Sharing the same point, chairman of the NA Ombudsmen Committee Tran The Vuong said that the differences between budgets and actual figures were too large. He asked the Government to tackle forecasting errors.

“There are some Government policies that lead to increased expenditure because when the Government makes its estimates, it does not take into account problems that could arise related to them.”

“For example, the Government’s decision to increase compensation for farmers who lose their land makes province leaders confused because if they follow the decision, they cannot attract investors due to higher costs they have to pay,” Vuong said.

Chairman of the NA’s Council of Ethnic Minorities Ksor Phuoc stressed his concerns over estimates and statistical reports.

Phuoc said that this year, the country would hold many festivals which would cost a lot of money.

He suggested that the Government compile detailed reports on the expense of festivals from provincial to central levels. “Whether it is waste or not, it depends on us.”

Hien said that weakness in issuing forecasts would influence decisions to deal with State overspending, on plans for following years and other areas.

Also on the same day, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem and Party Central Committee Secretary Ha Thi Khiet held separate meetings with voters of Da Nang City and Tuyen Quang Province in preparation for the 7th plenum of the 12th National Assembly.

Source: VNS

Source: QDND

Research shows bird flu could become more deadly

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 6:08 am

Recent research shows rapid changes have occurred to the bird flu virus (A/H5N1), which could lead to a more deadly, drug-resistant strain of the disease, the Virus Department of the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology has reported.

Doctors examine patients contracted with A/H1N1 in Bac Kan Hospital. (Photo: VNA)

Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, head of the Preventive Health and Environment Department, said that at least seven antigen groups have appeared in the bird flu virus since it was first detected in Vietnam, and that the virus’s future development would be hard to predict.

She made the announcement on March 12 during a national conference in Hanoi on avian influenza.

However, the ability to transmit the virus from human to human remains low, Dr. Nga said.

She also warned that a bird flu (A/H5N1) epidemic is at high risk of recurrence due to poor pubic awareness of the disease.

Dr. Nguyen Tran Hien, director of the Virus Department of the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology, said that in addition to raising awareness about genetic mutations related to the bird flu virus, people must be educated about how to prevent the disease.

Dr. Nga said that in remote areas, local people still slaughter and eat meat from sick chickens. This may cause the disease to spread further, she added.

The Environment and Preventative Medicine Department has asked people to take strict measures to prevent another outbreak of A/H5N1. The department also stressed the need to tighten control of poultry transport, trading and slaughtering activities.

Anyone who suspects they may have contracted bird flu is advised to seek immediate medical treatment, the department added.

According to experts, the most effective measure to prevent an outbreak of the deadly disease is to promote information dissemination. Public awareness of the virus has remained relatively low since bird flu first broke out in Vietnam seven years ago.

Since the beginning of this year, five people in Vietnam have contracted the A/H5N1 virus, of whom two died.

Bird flu has claimed the lives of 60 people in Vietnam since December 2003.

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China likely to become top global exporter in 2009: govt

In World on December 28, 2009 at 7:46 am

China is likely to overtake Germany as the world’s largest exporter in 2009, despite a sharp fall in shipments as the global downturn took its toll, a high-ranking trade official has said.

A crane loads a vessel with containers at a port in Shanghai.

The country’s share of global trade is expected to exceed nine percent this year, up from 8.86 percent in 2008, Vice Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said at a forum here on Sunday.

“China will probably surpass Germany to become the largest exporting country,” he said, according to a statement posted on the ministry’s website.

However, 2009 was a tough year for the Asian giant with full-year exports predicted to decline by 16 percent on-year, Zhong added — the biggest decline in at least three decades, according to available ministry data.

He blamed the drop on “severely weak international demand” and “rising trade protectionism”, adding the value of trade disputes brought against China in terms of potential losses doubled this year to 12 billion dollars.

The country will face an “even more complicated foreign trade situation and more arduous tasks” in 2010 given ongoing uncertainties in international demand and the stability of the yuan’s exchange rate, Zhong said.

China’s trade is “big but not strong”, and the country must adjust its trade structure and beef up product quality and competitiveness to “realise… improvement in quality from an expansion in quantity”, he said.

In the first 11 months of the year, the country’s exports were down by 18.8 percent from the same period last year to 1.07 trillion dollars, official figures showed.


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Can Tho to become air transportation hub

In Vietnam Travel on October 20, 2009 at 7:59 am

Can Tho to become air transportation hub

QĐND – Monday, October 19, 2009, 20:41 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO) will soon open new air routes to link localities in the Mekong Delta, the company recently announced.

Under its set plan, Can Tho will become an air transportation hub in the region, from which air routes will reach other regional localities.

At present, VASCO is in the process of scheduling 2 new air routes between Can Tho and Phu Quoc island and Con Dao island. The 2 new air routes are expected to be operational next year.

Officials stated the establishment of the new air routes in the region will, in part, boost local socio-economic and tourism development.

Translated by Thu Nguyen

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Heroic couple become billionaires by breeding wild animals

In Vietnam Lifestyle on September 10, 2009 at 8:03 am

Both husband and wife are former soldiers who were permanently injured through fierce Southeastern battles during the war against the US invasion. After the war, they started breeding porcupines and wild boar for meat. The business has become so successful that the married couple, who were very poor in the beginning, have now become billionaires.

Than Quang Vinh and his wife, Pham Thi Bich Ngoc, are residents of Linh Xuan Ward, Thu Duc District, HCM City. They are considered pioneers in breeding wild animals in the city.

Vinh narrated that in late 1980s, some of his comrades came over to his home and gave him a couple of small porcupines as gifts. He put them in a cage. A few days later, the porcupines still looked healthy and ate well. Vinh said to himself, “Why not try to breed them?”

A view of Vinh and Ngoc’s boar breeding farm (Photo: SGGP)

So said so done, Vinh made a big trellis cage for the porcupines. Every day, his wife went to the market to ask for withered turnips and vegetables from stalls to feed them.

After a few months, the female porcupine gave birth to two porcupettes (baby porcupines), which were sold at some ten million dong when they were two weeks of age.

Realizing that rearing porcupines was an easy and lucrative business, Vinh decided to setup a breeding farm. He borrowed money from his friends to buy a one-hectare plot of land where male and female porcupines were reared to be breeders.

The couple earned nearly VND30 million from the sale of their three first pairs of breeders.

Inspired by their initial success, Vinh and his wife decided to start another breeding business with boars. Vinh bought some sows trapped by hunters and then created a new crossbreed by breeding female wild boars with domestic boars.

The crossbreds brought more success to the married couple because the meat became a favorite dish of many gourmets in HCM City.

After twenty years of breeding the first pair of porcupines, Vinh and Ngoc now own seven farms rearing more than 100 female boars, 300 pairs of porcupines, more than 1,000 porcupettes and hundreds of hybrid boars in Cu Chi, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh districts of HCMC and in Binh Phuoc and Dong Nai provinces.

The married couple are now supplying breeding porcupines and boars to many breeding farms in cities and provinces nationwide, including Can Tho, Vinh Long, Long An, Quang Ngai and Hanoi. A kilo of boar meat sells for between VND150,000 and VND180,000 while a kilo of porcupine is sold at between VND 300,000 and 400,000.

After gaining enormous success with the domestic market, Vinh and his wife are now seeking to export their produce to foreign countries.

Vinh said that the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam is considering their application for their porcupines’ brand registration. Once they get the registered brand, they will export their produce to China.

Vinh also revealed that not long ago, after visiting his farms, a delegation from the agricultural sector in Hanoi announced their intention of cooperating with Vinh and his wife in seeking export markets, other than China, for their porcupines and hybrid boars.

Additionally, Vissan, a well-known local meat processing company, has also invited Vinh and his wife to cooperate with them to establish a boar slaughtering and processing line to supply safe and hygienic boar meat to markets in and outside the country.

Wealth and fame do not make Vinh and his wife forget the difficult and challenging days in battle fields and their comrades. They have helped their companions-in-arms escape poverty by supplying breeding porcupine and boars to them free of charge and teaching them breeding techniques.

Money will be refunded to Vinh and his wife only after their comrades have sold their produce. If the breeding fails, Vinh and his wife will incur the loss.

Thanks to experience gained through 20 years of breeding boars and porcupines, Vinh and Ngoc have written and published books about breeding techniques. Such books have been welcomed and used by many farmers and breeding companies as reference books because they are very practical and useful to farming work.  

Source: SGGP