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HCMC’s international food festival attracts 24 countries worldwide

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:50 am

Over 24 countries around the world will take part in an international food festival to be held in the end of the year, announced the City’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism on Tuesday.

The international food festival featuring hundreds of dishes of more than 20 countries will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from December 26 to January 2, 2011. (Photo: KK)The fifth “Taste of the world” festival 2010 will include 60 display booths, which will feature special dishes from around the world. In addition, it will offer a 10-50 percent discount at a certain time of the day (deemed the golden time) which is from 7pm to 9pm on December 31.

On this special night, celebrating the New Year’s Eve, a music performance will be held. 

The event also consists of a cooking contest, giving visitors a chance to taste special dishes from around the world; a display of Vietnamese; a new world record for a giant banh xeo (Vietnamese rice pancake); music shows; folk games and much more.

The opening ceremony will start with a parade and be broadcast live on Ho Chi Minh City Television’s HTV9 channel.

Furthermore, a ceremony welcoming the third million visitors to come the city on December 12 will be held. The tourism sector expects to receive around 3.1 million international tourists this year.

In addition, the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism will cooperate with the Department of Trade and Industry to organize the “Special promotion month” program offering 5-10 percent discount for visitors from December 15 to January 15, 2011.

Source: SGGP

Many countries commit to helping Vietnam in developing low carbon economy

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

Northern Europe countries and Japan had undertaken to choose Vietnam to pilot the programs to develop low carbon economy, the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said at a press conference on December 14.

Norway pledged a support package of US$100 million for the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD) of Vietnam.

Besides, the meeting between high officials in agriculture, food security and climate changes and the chairman of World Bank, Prime Minister of Thailand, and the US Agriculture minister had raised $4.5 billion for REDD program and $6.5 billion for the climate change funds.

The press conference was held to report the activities of Vietnamese delegation at the sixteenth Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 to December 10.

Source: SGGP

More people from poor areas to work in foreign countries

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

Four countries to join Da Nang International Firework Contest 2011

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Four foreign teams from the UK, South Korea, Italia and China will take part in the Da Nang International Firework Contest 2011 from April 29-30, announced the People’s Committee of Da Nang City.

Accordingly, teams including Jubilee Fireworks of the UK, Hanwha of South Korea and the host city of Da Nang will compete with each other in the first night.

The last night will see firework displays by the Parente Fireworks A&C SNC of Italia and Panda Fireworks of China.

The competition themed “Han sparkling river” will be held along the Han River banks in Hai Chau and Son Tra Districts.

Spectators will also have a chance to enjoy music and dance performances and lantern floats during the event.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam – one of top 20 countries for Internet users

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Vietnam – one of top 20 countries for Internet users

QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

Along with six other Asian countries, Vietnam has been listed among the top 20 countries in the world with the highest numbers of Internet users.

This is the result of a survey by Pingdom, which provides website and server supervising services to worldwide organizations and businesses.

According to the survey, “Internet World Status”, though the world’s population exceeds six billion, only 1.8 billion people have Internet access and only 32 countries have over 10 million Internet users.

Notably, the top ten countries account for 65 percent of the world’s total number of Internet users, with 1.17 billion. The Top 20 countries make up 1.47 billion users, or 82 percent.

India ranks second for population in the world and fourth Internet users, but only 6.9 percent use the Internet.

China ranks top worldwide for population and Internet users. This country’s Internet user numbers is double that of the US. The total Internet users of China and the US account for over half of total users in the top 15 countries.

In the top 20 are mainly developed countries like the UK (82.5 percent of population having access to Internet), South Korea (81.1 percent), Germany (79.1 percent), Japan (78.2 percent) and the US (76.3 percent).

Africa also has one representative in the top 20 – Nigeria, which ranks tenth. Asia has six representatives, including Vietnam at 20th, accounting for 35 percent of the world’s Internet users. Europe has five representatives, accounting for 25 percent.

Though English is the most used language on the Internet, there are only three English-speaking countries in the list: the US, the UK and Canada.

According to experts, India, China, Brazil, Vietnam, the Philippines and Russia are “fertile lands” for the development of Internet access in the next 5-10 years.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

VN tourism industry prone to losing position in top five ASEAN countries

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Vietnam’s tourism industry is in danger of falling behind Cambodia and losing its top-five ranking among ASEAN countries, as the tourism sector has developed ploddingly during recent years.

Foreign tourists visit Cai Rang Floating Market in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho (Photo: H.Y)

Cambodia’s tourism rising
While in general, international tourism has been sluggish due to the global economic crisis, Asia-Pacific nations have received many foreign visitors.
With a tourism growth rate of over 30 percent in early months of 2010, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) ranked Vietnam fourth in the world, behind only Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
However, tourism officers are not satisfied with the achievement as they said the sector has yet to develop to its full potential; meanwhile, Cambodia has made great breakthroughs in their tourism industry.
Cambodia received over 2.3 million international tourists in 2009 and has targeted to welcome three million this year.
Vietnamese tourist companies have become anxious, as seemingly the whole world rushes to Cambodia’s Angkor World Heritage Site.
With concrete strategies and effective operation, Cambodia’s tourism sector has grown steadily and may exceed Vietnam’s and usurp its position among ASEAN nations.
A leader of Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism sector said Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia began cooperation four years ago to develop a tourism program called “3 countries – 1 destination.”
Laos and Cambodia implemented proposed plans under the program immediately.
For instance, Cambodia exempted Vietnamese, Malaysian, Singaporean and Filipino people from visa requirements as of June 2008.
The Cambodian Government has lost an estimated US$14 million in revenue due to the visa exemption, but on the other hand, the country has been rewarded with 500,000 ASEAN visitors every year. 
So Mara, an authority from Cambodia’s Tourism Ministry, said during his recent visit to Ho Chi Minh City that there are on average about 100 trips per day transporting travelers between Cambodia and Vietnam.
Cambodia was the top market for Vietnamese tourists in 2009 with an increase of 50 percent in arrivals, while it ranked second in 2008, he added.
Vietnam has become a transit destination for international tourists to Cambodia, as Cambodian air services are still underdeveloped.
Vietnam’s tourism sector should make changes
Though the sector has obtained achievements and made great contributions to the country’s economic development, the sector has not grown further in recent years due to its failure to keep customers.
Philip Kotler, father of modern marketing, has ever said that in business, attracting customers is important, but keeping them is more important.
But the sector has not been successful in adopting this philosophy as the number of foreign tourists who come back to the country is very small.
The sector has estimated Vietnam will receive only 4.2 million six million tourists this year, while it had expected to welcome six million.
Tran The Dung, deputy director of Young Generation Tourism Company, said Vietnam’s tourism will die off if the sector does not adapt basic development measures.
At present, many big tourism projects have been put into operation hastily after only 40-50 percent of state goals have been completed, leading to disappointment from visitors due to untidiness, making them not want to return to Vietnam, he added.
Mr. Dung said the Government should take measures to stop investors from shoddy implementation of programs to attract foreign tourists.
In addition, he said, local restaurants and hotels usually raise prices sharply on holidays.
The Tourism Association should intervene by calling upon its members to boycott and not take visitors to overpriced luxury restaurants and hotels, he added.

Source: SGGP

VN no longer listed among poor countries

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

No longer listed among the poor and backward countries as of this year, Vietnam has become a middle-income country; however, the country’s economic growth is still unsustainable.

Participants discuss issues concerning Vietnam’s economic develoment at a seminar held in Da Nang on July 8

Economists at a seminar agreed to the statement on basic issues concerning Vietnam’s economic development, which was held jointly in Da Nang on July 8 by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Vietnam Asian-Pacific Economic Center.
Dr. Vo Dai Luoc said the growth is not sustainable because it depends heavily on the exportation of natural resources and low labor costs.
The main issue now facing Vietnam is to develop an economic growth model that ensures in-depth development, he added.
Many economists have stated that to become a developed country, Vietnam needs to design long-term and appropriate development strategies.
Such measures would include restructuring the economy, reviewing the operation of State-owned companies, giving the role of the private sector more prominence, reformulating strategies for developing a sea-based economy, ensuring a harmonic relationship between economic growth and environmental protection, and developing strategies to exploit its natural resources.

Source: SGGP

Emerging countries spearhead global rebound

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 8:29 am

PARIS, June 20, 2010 (AFP) – The heads of the G20 developed and developing countries, who gather next weekend in Toronto, will confront a global economy in the midst of a multi-speed recovery, with emerging market nations eclipsing a still convalescent, debt-ridden Europe.

“The recovery is evident everywhere and is going ahead much more rapidly than could have been imagined at the height of the (financial) crisis,” said economist Veronique Riche-Flores of Societe Generale bank.

The International Monetary Fund in April lifted its 2010 global growth projection to 4.2 percent.

But the pace at which the world is emerging from the deepest recession since World War II varies markedly from region to region. While Asia roars ahead, with growth averaging 8.7 percent, powered by a 10 percent pace in China, Europe flounders at 1.0 percent.

The US economy is averaging growth of 3.1 percent, Africa 4.7 percent, and emerging market powerhouses Brazil, 5.5 percent, and India, 8.8 percent.

In such a climate, analysts have argued, Group of 20 leaders will be under pressure to forge a strategy enabling countries to wind down economic stimulus measures according to a schedule that preserves both fragile momentum and financial stability.

The head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss Kahn, has warned European leaders in particular that failure to promote vigorous growth will exacerbate their debt problems.

Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz put it more bluntly. Europe, he has said, would be courting “disaster” if tried to implement a coordinated economic austerity drive.

Europe’s best hope would seem to lie in the weakening euro, which serves to boost exports, and healthy demand that is becoming apparent in fast-growing emerging market economies.

“For the first time, growth in emerging markets is turning out to be a driver of recovery in the industrialised world,” said Riche-Flores.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, in a report issued last week, predicted that developing countries would account for nearly 60 percent of global economic output by 2030, marking a major shift in activity away from traditional industrialised powers.

“The new configuration of global economic and political power means that the affluent countries can no longer set the agenda alone,” the report argued, welcoming the emergence of the Group of 20 developed and developing nations as a shaper of global economic governance.

Experts at credit insurer Euler Hermes have noted that technologically advanced countries now account for “less than half of the world’s industrial production.”

Other analysts have stressed the need for greater balance in the world economy, with export-dependent heavyweights such China, Japan and Germany encouraged to prop up growth through increased domestic consumption.

Source: SGGP

Rich countries to give 4 billion dollars to fight deforestation

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm

ASEAN countries stand by Thai people, government

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2010 at 9:13 pm

ASEAN countries stand by Thai people, government

QĐND – Saturday, May 22, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

ASEAN members have expressed their support and solidarity with the Thai people and government in the search of a peaceful solution to the current situation in the country through dialogue and full respect for democratic principles and rule of law.

In a statement made on May 21 as the chair of the association, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Gia Khiem said
ASEAN countries support the early restoration of laws and orders, national conciliation and the return to normalcy in Thailand in accordance with those aforementioned principles and in line with the interests of the Thai people as well as the vision of an ASEAN Community.

“Peace, stability and development in Thailand are crucial to the advancement of the goal of the ASEAN Community by 2015”, said Khiem.

ASEAN member states believe that the Thai people, with their own strength, will overcome current difficulties, Khiem said, adding that based on principles in the ASEAN Charter, ASEAN stands ready to provide Thailand with any possible supports.

Same day, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajive announced that order has been restored in Bangkok capital and other provinces after a security forces’ campaign to dismiss demonstrations launched by the “Red Shirt” movement.

Speaking on the Thai television, the Prime Minister declared victory in the campaign to restore order in Bangkok but admitted that the kingdom faces “huge challenges”, particularly the divisions that have occurred in this country.

He affirmed that his government would spare no effort to swiftly restore normalcy while pursuing the reconciliation plan with the “Red Shirts” who are still demanding him to resign and hold an early general election.

Korbsak Sabhavasu, Abhisit’s Secretary General, added that it would take four months for the government to reach targets in the reconciliation plan, and then a general election will be held at the point decided by the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, the Thai government’s acting spokesperson, Panitan Wattanayagorn, said the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) would establish a centre to support businesses affected by the recent political unrest and a task force to ensure security in Bangkok .

According to the “Nation”, infrastructure damages in the country alone cost up to 40 billion THB (around 1.2 billion USD). Reportedly, 85 people have died and other 1,900 people have been injured since the Reds launched the demonstrations in mid-March.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND