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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

Vietnam, RoK cooperate in developing social sciences

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 1:52 am

World No. 2 economy ‘still developing’, says China

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 11:22 am

China on Tuesday hailed the country’s economic might after it overtook world number two Japan in the second quarter but said it still had tens of millions of people living in poverty.


Thirty years after opening its doors to the world, China has claimed the titles of world’s biggest exporter, auto market and steelmaker in recent years.


Many expect China will this year become the world’s number two economy, just behind the United States — taking the title Japan has held for 40 years and underscoring its emergence as an economic force.


While China has for years stormed ahead with double-digit expansion in gross domestic product, Japan’s growth rates have been comparatively low.


On Monday, Japanese data showed that while Tokyo stayed ahead of its Asian rival in the first half, its second-quarter GDP was smaller than China’s.

File photo shows workers at a hi-tech factory in Shenzhen, southern China’s Guangdong province.

But a commerce ministry official pointed out that in per capita terms, China lags far behind its rivals, and has a long way to go to becoming a world-class power.


“We should not only care about GDP data but also more importantly should pay attention to the per capita figures,” commerce ministry spokesman Yao Jian told reporters at a regular briefing.


He said China’s per capita GDP was 3,800 dollars, around 105th in the world, and added that 150 million of the country’s 1.3 billion people live below the poverty line, according to UN standards. Japan’s per capita GDP is more than 10 times that of China.


“The quality of China’s economic growth still needs to be improved, no matter whether it is in terms of people’s quality of life or in terms of science, technology and environmental protection,” the spokesman said.


“We still have an enormous gap to make up.”


The country’s newspapers insisted that China, while contributing to global growth and helping to drive the world’s recovery from the financial crisis, was still transforming itself into a world-class economic power.


“China’s economic strength is also still at the level of a developing nation. So the world’s second-largest economy is not the equivalent of the second-largest economic power,” the People’s Daily said in a commentary.


In just three decades, China has leapfrogged Britain, France and Germany on its economic ascent and has won developing countries a bigger say in the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.


However, the official China Daily said in an editorial: “The Chinese economy still has a lot more room to grow and can contribute even more to the global recovery.


“But for those who expect China to assume greater international responsibilities just because of the size of its economy, they should take a hard look at the enormous development challenges that the country still faces.”


A columnist for the People’s Daily, Li Hong, offered an optimistic outlook, claiming China could overtake the United States in 15-25 years.


“Our ultimate goal is, naturally, to reach the pinnacle by surpassing the United States and, once again, becoming the largest economy,” Li wrote in the paper, the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist party.

Source: SGGP

Seminar discusses ways of developing tourism

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm




Seminar discusses ways of developing tourism


QĐND – Thursday, July 01, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Ways of developing Vietnam’s tourism industry during the country’s international integration process topped the agenda of a seminar in Hanoi on June 29.


While addressing the seminar, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan highlighted the tourism industry’s role and the important contribution it has made to the national economy, noting that the sector annually caters for more than 10 million domestic holidaymakers and over 4 million foreign tourists. 


Nhan, who is also Head of the State Steering Committee on Tourism, said that Vietnam has just been listed as one of the top 40 countries and territories in the world to receive the largest numbers of visitors. 


“Vietnam has a lot of advantages in terms of its landscape, culture and history to develop its tourism industry. However, we also need to uphold cultural and family values – the cradle of our nation’s traditions – to enhance the uniqueness and attractiveness of Vietnam’s tourism sector,” he said. 


Regarding solutions to develop tourism as the country is integrating into the global economy, Nhan said that the first measure is to modernise exit and entry procedures and upgrade 50-60 national tourist destinations to meet international standards. 


The deputy PM also pointed out a number of shortcomings that face the industry  in training professional managers to improve the quality and efficiency of tourist services, including a poor transport network, untrained staff, unattractive tourist products and a lack of promotions. 


According to Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Chien Thang, the tourism sector received only 250,000 overseas tourists during its first three decades from 1960-1990. Currently, Vietnam ranks fifth among Southeast Asian countries in terms of the number of foreign visitors and revenues from tourism. 


The tourism industry has created jobs for millions of workers and helped to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty, restore traditional craft villages, revive cultural traditions and foster socio-economic development in many parts of the country. 


Despite the sector’s efforts, the number of overseas holidaymakers to Vietnam remains low as compared with other regional countries such as Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

Source: VOVNews/VNA

Source: QDND

Seminar discusses ways of developing tourism

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 10:30 am




Seminar discusses ways of developing tourism


QĐND – Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

Ways of developing Vietnam ’s tourism industry during the country’s international integration process topped the agenda of a seminar in Hanoi on June 29.


While addressing the seminar, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan highlighted the tourism industry’s role and the important contribution it makes to the national economy, noting that the sector annually caters for more than 10 million domestic holidaymakers and over 4 million foreign tourists.


Nhan, who is also Head of the State Steering Committee on Tourism, said that Vietnam has just been listed as one of the top 40 countries and territories in the world to welcome the largest numbers of visitors.


“Vietnam holds a lot of advantages in terms of its countryside, culture and history to develop its tourism industry. However, we also need to uphold cultural and family values – the cradle of our nation’s traditions – to enhance the uniqueness and attractiveness of Vietnam ’s tourism sector,” he said.


Regarding solutions to develop tourism as the country is integrating into the global economy, Nhan said that the first measure is to modernise exit and entry procedures and upgrade 50-60 national tourist destinations to international standards.


Having emphasised the necessity to train professional managers to improve the quality and efficiency of tourist services, the deputy PM also pointed out a number of shortcomings that face the industry, including a poor transport network, untrained staff, unattractive tourist products and a lack of promotions.


According to Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Chien Thang, the tourism sector had received only 250,000 overseas tourists during its first three decades from 1960-1990. However, Vietnam now ranks fifth among Southeast Asian countries in terms of the number of foreign visitors and revenues from tourism.


The tourism industry has created jobs for millions of workers and helped to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty, restore traditional craft villages, revive cultural traditions and foster socio-economic development in many parts of the country.


Despite the sector’s efforts, the number of overseas holidaymakers to Vietnam remains low when compared with other regional countries such as Thailand , Singapore and Malaysia.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Developing the labour force to meet ASEAN’s demand

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:10 am

Developing orchard tours in Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm




Developing orchard tours in Mekong Delta


QĐND – Monday, May 10, 2010, 22:19 (GMT+7)

With a favorable location, an interlacing river system, a variety of delicious fruits and rich indigenous culture, the Mekong Delta has many advantages to develop orchard tours. But, orchard tour development is still unproportional with the potential due to a number of planning problems


With 269,000 hectares of fruit, the Mekong Delta is the largest fruit growing area in Vietnam, which accounts for 70 percent of the country’s total fruit area. With a diverse range of fruits, which have high economic value such as Lo Ren Vinh Kim star apple, Hoa Loc mango, Cho Gao dragon fruit, Tan Phuoc longan and Cai Be mandarin and attractive tourist sites such as Thoi Son Island, Cai Be floating market…, the Mekong Delta has a lot of advantages to develop tourism. At a Vietnam Fruit Festival which recently took place in Tien Giang province, managers, scientists and businesses discussed weaknesses and suggested solutions to develop the region’s tourism.


According to associate professor, Dr. Luu Thanh Duc Hai, the deputy head of the Economics and Business Administration Department of the Can Tho University, Mekong Delta’s tourism should not only rely on available advantages. The delta needs to invest in infrastructure and technological development, strengthen human resources, diversify its range of tourist offerings, improve service quality, promote advertising and expand the market. In addition, it is necessary to focus on environmental protection based on inter-regional and interdisciplinary cooperation.


In reality, the Mekong Delta has not fully taken its available advantages. Nguyen Ngoc Minh, the director of the Tien Giang Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that the biggest difficulty is the lack of an overall plan for orchard development that pertains to eco-tour development. Especially, the region does not pay proper attention to transport infrastructure system, including roads to orchards. Therefore, it is necessary to have inter-regional cooperation to overcome difficulties and utilize the advantages.


According to Dr. Tran Van Ngoi, the director of the management board of the Mekong Tourism Development Project, the region’s tourism development is still unproportional with the potential. A matter of concern is cooperation among provinces to establish brands for tourist offerings and create development breakthroughs. In addition, it is necessary for the Mekong Delta to invest in infrastructure and human resources and improve tourism services towards professionalism. Unqualified tourism staff and tourist sites, which are facing with the risk of degradation, are creating a lot of obstacles to tourist attraction.


Recently, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism approved the Mekong Delta Tourism Development Project to 2020. According to the project, investment capital in tourism from 2010-2015 is estimated at US$959.6 million, while US$963.7 million being demanded for the 2015-2020 period. The region is striving to attract 7.7 million tourists (including 2.7 million foreign visitors) by 2015 and 10.4 million (including 3.9 million of foreign visitors) by 2020 and create 236,600 jobs for local people. To reach the target, it is important to issue proper development policies and avoid inconsistent investment.


Source: Vietnam Economic News/VNN


 


Source: QDND

Nam Dinh promotes advantages of developing human resources

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm




Nam Dinh promotes advantages of developing human resources


QĐND – Monday, May 10, 2010, 22:19 (GMT+7)

Nam Dinh should promote the advantages of human resources to accelerate the application of advanced technologies in production and quickly develop industry, agriculture and high-quality services.


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement during a working session with Nam Dinh provincial leaders on May 10.


He praised Nam Dinh province’s socio-economic achievements in recent years, such as the annual economic growth rate of 10 percent, industrial and services proportion of more than 70 percent and the number of poor households at 6 percent. This is a significant result but the province should not be selective, Mr Dung said, as its average per capita income and competitiveness are still low and there are no key products.


PM Dung asked provincial leaders to make a breakthrough in the next years. In the initial period, the province must fulfill set socio-economic development targets for 2010, step up industrial and agricultural production and services, and continue to develop handicraft industry. PM Dung said leaders should encourage all economic sectors to invest in industries of high added value, such as electronics, and accelerate disbursement of investment capital as well as better carry out social welfare policies and administrative reform. They should also make careful preparations for organisation of Party congresses at grassroots level.


Also on the same day, PM Dung made fact-finding tours of a project to build a new road linking Nam Dinh and Phu Ly, and a landslide on the Dao River. The province is asking the Government to provide around VND200 billion to build the 8km-embankment of the Dao River.


Source: VOV


 


Source: QDND

Developing orchard tours in Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm




Developing orchard tours in Mekong Delta


QĐND – Saturday, May 08, 2010, 22:30 (GMT+7)

With a favorable location, an interlacing river system, a variety of delicious fruits and rich indigenous culture, the Mekong Delta has many advantages to develop orchard tours. But, orchard tour development is still unproportional with the potential due to a number of planning problems. 


With 269,000 hectares of fruit, the Mekong Delta is the largest fruit growing area in Vietnam, which accounts for 70 percent of the country’s total fruit area. With a diverse range of fruits, which have high economic value such as Lo Ren Vinh Kim star apple, Hoa Loc mango, Cho Gao dragon fruit, Tan Phuoc longan and Cai Be mandarin and attractive tourist sites such as Thoi Son Island, Cai Be floating market…, the Mekong Delta has a lot of advantages to develop tourism. At a Vietnam Fruit Festival which recently took place in Tien Giang province, managers, scientists and businesses discussed weaknesses and suggested solutions to develop the region’s tourism.


According to associate professor, Dr. Luu Thanh Duc Hai, the deputy head of the Economics and Business Administration Department of the Can Tho University, Mekong Delta’s tourism should not only rely on available advantages. The delta needs to invest in infrastructure and technological development, strengthen human resources, diversify its range of tourist offerings, improve service quality, promote advertising and expand the market. In addition, it is necessary to focus on environmental protection based on inter-regional and interdisciplinary cooperation.


In reality, the Mekong Delta has not fully taken its available advantages. Nguyen Ngoc Minh, the director of the Tien Giang Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that the biggest difficulty is the lack of an overall plan for orchard development that pertains to eco-tour development. Especially, the region does not pay proper attention to transport infrastructure system, including roads to orchards. Therefore, it is necessary to have inter-regional cooperation to overcome difficulties and utilize the advantages.


According to Dr. Tran Van Ngoi, the director of the management board of the Mekong Tourism Development Project, the region’s tourism development is still unproportional with the potential. A matter of concern is cooperation among provinces to establish brands for tourist offerings and create development breakthroughs. In addition, it is necessary for the Mekong Delta to invest in infrastructure and human resources and improve tourism services towards professionalism. Unqualified tourism staff and tourist sites, which are facing with the risk of degradation, are creating a lot of obstacles to tourist attraction.


Recently, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism approved the Mekong Delta Tourism Development Project to 2020. According to the project, investment capital in tourism from 2010-2015 is estimated at US$959.6 million, while US$963.7 million being demanded for the 2015-2020 period. The region is striving to attract 7.7 million tourists (including 2.7 million foreign visitors) by 2015 and 10.4 million (including 3.9 million of foreign visitors) by 2020 and create 236,600 jobs for local people. To reach the target, it is important to issue proper development policies and avoid inconsistent investment.


Source: Vietnam Economic News


 


Source: QDND

Vietnam and Cambodia cooperate in developing border trade

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm




Vietnam and Cambodia cooperate in developing border trade


QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

The third conference on trade cooperation and development between Vietnam and Cambodia was held at the conference centre in Tan An City, Long An province, on May 6.


The conference was organised by Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade and Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce.


Among the participants were representatives of businesses and related ministries and departments from Vietnam and Cambodia.


They reviewed results of border trade cooperation since the second conference on March 16, 2009, held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, exchanged ideas on future commitments, agreements, and proposed cooperation measures.


Addressing the event, Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang said that cross-border trade turnover in 2009 exceeded US$1.4 billion despite the global economic crisis.


In the first quarter of 2010, trade turnover reached US$432.47 million, up 127 percent from the same period last year, he noted.


Hoang emphasised that border trade cooperation has contributed to reinforcing friendly relations, boosting economic, culture and social exchange, creating jobs, and strengthening security in border areas.


Leaders from the two countries agreed to strive for US$2 billion in turnover in 2010 and promote measures to further intensify cooperation.


At the close of the conference, a memorandum of understanding between Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade and Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce was signed.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND