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Hanoi focuses on tourism development

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 8:27 am

Hanoi focuses on tourism development

QĐND – Saturday, December 18, 2010, 22:18 (GMT+7)

A seminar on tourism development and investment promotion was held by Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Hanoi on December 17.

Hanoi’s future tourism development was the focus of the event. The capital will diversify its tourism services by making the most out of its natural resources, and cultural and historical heritage. 

The sector also phases to connect tourism development with natural resources and environment protection, and improve its products and services. 

Hanoi is expected to attract more than 11.8-12 million domestic visitors and more than 1.8-2 million foreigners by 2015.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Business forum on sustainable development

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Business forum on sustainable development

QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

A business forum was held in Hanoi on December 17 by Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) to assess the strategy for sustainable development in the past 5 years and approve the plan for the 2011-2020 period.

In the past 5 years, under the strategy, Vietnam has made important progress in hunger elimination and poverty reduction as well as population control, reducing unemployment and increasing access to, and quality of healthcare and education.

As of the end of 2010, more than 8 million people have been provided with jobs and the poverty rate has been reduced by 10 percent. Vietnam human development index (HDI) has continuously increased and is ranked 105 out 177 countries.

The assessment also gave much attention to natural resources and environment protection. The environment quality in some localities has improved which helped to raise people’s living standards.

Nguyen Tien Loc, VCCI Chairman said business development is at the core of sustainable development. “It is necessary for government agencies and research institutes to be involved in this process. The issues of energy, climate change and environment will be the focus in the future”, he said.

In addition, VCCI established the Business Council for Sustainable Development at the forum.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

VN Council for Sustainable Development makes debut

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm

VN Council for Sustainable Development makes debut

QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) officially made its debut in Hanoi on December 17.

The council comprises of 18 founding members, including Holcim Vietnam, BP, Unilever, Rolls-Royce Vietnam International Ltd., Dragon Clean Development, the Hanoi Trade Corporation, the Coal and Minerals Industry Corporation, SaigonTourist Group and the Standard Chartered Bank.

It aims to assist domestic and foreign businesses who try to carry out sustainable development strategy in Vietnam.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Vice President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry Doan Duy Khuong said the council was an important initiative and would open up new opportunities and attract many domestic and foreign businesses. It intends to build a strong and dynamic Vietnamese business community to contribute more to socio-economic development, poverty reduction and hunger eradication and environmental protection.

The council is part of the business forum for sustainable development.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Calling for more investment into agriculture and rural development

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

Calling for more investment into agriculture and rural development

QĐND – Monday, December 06, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a conference in Quang Binh province on December 6 to call for more investment into agriculture and rural development in six north-central provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue.

In recent times, businesses felt reluctant to invest in agriculture in the north-central region, because the area is seriously affected by floods, storms and wind from Laos.

However, the Vietnam Rubber Group affirmed it is still safe to grow rubber there as only a few areas of rubber plantation were destroyed by storms in the region over the past 10 years.

At the conference, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat said the north-central region has great agricultural potential for aquaculture because the region has 670km of coastal line, as well as 23 river mouths and lagoons. There is also has more than 1.6 million ha of forest land. It also has advantages in road, railway, sea and aviation transport, facilitating transportation of goods and abundant human. The region is frequently hit by natural disasters and floods, but it can be dealt with by applying advanced technologies and growing suitable plants, said Mr Phat.

In the 2011-2020period, the six provinces will call on businesses to further invest in rubber plantations, raising cows and developing aquaculture and seafood processing. Investors in these fields will be granted incentives, such as exemption from land tax, financial support of 50-100 percent training fees for workers, 50-70 percent of advertising fees and 50 percent of transportation costs.

At the conference, businesses signed three projects for agriculture in the region. The Vietnam Rubber Group also donated VND500 million to central flood victims.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Giving a boost to rural economic development

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

Giving a boost to rural economic development

QĐND – Saturday, December 11, 2010, 21:8 (GMT+7)

The development of the rural economy is still far from matching its potential. To stimulate their growth, Vietnam needs new practical solutions.

With more than 70 percent of the population living in rural areas, developing the rural economy is considered vital for the country. In recent years, the Party and State have issued many policies to improve the rural economy. The resolution No. 26-NQ/TW on agriculture, farmers and rural areas, enforced 2 years ago, has remarkably changed the structure of economy and labour force providing the basis for building a new model for rural areas.

Despite comprehensive promulgation of the policies, especially those related to bank credit, the imperfect implementation still limits the development of rural economy.

According to Nguyen Phong Quang, a member of the Party Centre Committee and Deputy Head of the Southwestern Steering Committee, it is crucial to have a plan for the rural economic development because it is the fundamental for the region’s sustainable development.

Over the past years, Vietnam has become a large exporter of rice, coffee and aquatic products. However, the farmers still face many problems and remain the poorest group of the society.

The average income of the urban residents remains two times higher than those of rural dwellers. The poverty rate in the countryside is 18.1 percent while it is only 3.1 percent in the urban areas.

Recent surveys show that farmers now want to change their occupations because it brings very low income. How to create jobs for young people in the rural areas is also a thorny issue.

There are several reasons for the problem. Firstly, the amount of agricultural land has been reduced sharply. The country now has 70 million ha of agricultural land but only 4 million ha is used for rice cultivation.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) estimated that every year, about 73,300ha of agricultural land is taken back affecting nearly 2.5 million people. Over the past five years, the amount of agricultural land taken back reached more than 154,000, which means that the land used for rice cultivation has reduced by 7.6 percent.

Meanwhile, the policies for agricultural land have numerous problems and are outdated. MARD Deputy Minister Diep Kinh Tan said that besides these issues, the policies for agriculture development need to focus on transferring new knowledge and technology to farmers. They should also concentrate on how to use the state budget more efficiently to upgrade infrastructure in the rural areas.

At the last conference on comprehensive implementation of solutions to boost rural economy, the organisations and provinces across the country agreed that the ministries, departments, businesses and credit institutions should all engage in carrying out the already enforced policies. They should also join hands to work out new methods to help transform these policies into the reality.

The Minister of Industry and Trade, Vu Huy Hoang, said that the government needs to reorganise the production to meet the current conditions of the rural areas. It should also provide farmers with information on the markets and consumption.

Nguyen Van Giau, Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam, stressed that the conference provides a forum to tackle the problems of rural development.

Conference attendants also discussed ways to increase farmers’ access to banks credit and strengthen the linkage between farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs and bankers. They also debated on the role of the Vietnam Farmers’ Union. Many administrative agencies and economic institutes proposed to expand the outlet and export of agriculture products, minimise risks in production, encourage the farmers to apply new technologies and provide them with training courses.

Also at the conference, the banks, the unions and associations signed 7 cooperation agreements to develop rural economy.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

CLV summit pledges border development

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 1:57 am

APEC looks forwards to sustainable development

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 1:55 am

Socio-economics continue positive development

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Trade union development gets Danish support

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Trade union development gets Danish support

QĐND – Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

A programme supported by Denmark to assist the private business sector to strengthen capacity for trade unions, beginning in 2005, has brought remarkable results, said the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) on October 26.

The VGCL summed up the five-year implementation of the programme’s second component, which has helped trade unions in Nghe An, Khanh Hoa and Lam Dong provinces attract more members and set up grassroots trade unions.

The programme has also helped improve trade unionists’ capacity for negotiating, signing and supervising collective agreements on labour safety and hygiene, and settling disputes.

Up to now, the three provinces’ trade unions have admitted 30,500 members, set up 751 grassroots branches, and signed 238 new collective agreements.

These agreements focus on major issues such as salaries, working time, leave, welfare, bonuses and insurance.

The programme with financial support from the Danish International Development Cooperation Agency (DANIDA), aims to assist the Vietnamese Government, trade unions and employers to improve competitiveness in the business sector.

Source: Vietnamplus

Source: QDND

City in first steps of biological development

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:54 am

Ho Chi Minh City has started construction of a 23 hectare-biotechnology center in District 12 with a total capital of US$100 million, aiming to take the city become the country’s center in the field.

BIMA bio-product made by the HCMC Biotechnology Center (Photo: SGGP)

The HCMC Biotechnology Center will comprise 12 advanced laboratories with estimated cost of US$2 million each. Six of them, for the study in agriculture and seafood fields, will be built by 2012 while construction of the rest, in medicine and environment, is scheduled to complete by 2015.

Equipment for the facility will just be bought if the center has enough skilled researchers to use them, said the center director Duong Hoa Xo, adding several laboratories in HCMC, invested with millions of dollar, now are blanketed due to a lack of human resources.

To operate the laboratories, the center will need 200-300 scientists. Since early 2007, it has appointed 17 staff to study master’s and doctoral degrees abroad. As of the third quarter of 2010, another 6 will come to Canada, Korea and Japan for training.


The center has built and operated three laboratories specializing in molecular biology and technologies of plant cell and microorganism from 2006 to 2009

The three laboratories have generated PCR (polymerase chain reaction) kits, discovering four kinds of diseases on shrimps. The kits have helped the researchers to analyze disease samples with prices half lower than imported items.

The center is now studying to produce Lamp kits, which are cheaper and easier to use, to replace PCR kits.

Besides, the center also has a 2,500-square-meter conservatory for growing orchids and ornamental plants.

Moreover, it has produced BIMA bio-product containing antagonistic fungi Trichoderma which are able to annihilate and prevent fungus harmful to plants.

Source: SGGP