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Public disagrees with new draft on hospital fee increase

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Public concerns, especially among the poor, have been raised as the Ministry of Health has begun collecting opinions from other ministries, departments and residents about the new draft regulations on hospital fees, which are set to increase by 7-10 times over current levels.

A patient undergo a CT scan which cost much. If hospital fees  increase, it would become a burden to the poor (Photo: SGGP)

Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thi Xuyen said that current hospital fee regulations, in effect since 1995, are no longer suitable for the current situation. The income of hospital staff and residents has soared by six times while fees have remained unchanged, making it difficult for hospitals to operate.


Moreover, hospitals have spent considerable funds on state-of-the-art equipment, which has heightened the quality of treatment.


However, questions remain concerning the proposed healthcare cost increase. If the government has covered all activities in medical sector, why must fees increase? Furthermore, when fees go up, will patients have to endure sharing sickbeds with two other people or stay in hospital lobbies?


Though the ministry’s proposal of hospital fee increase has raised the public concerns, the ministry still affirmed that it would not affect many residents since 62 percent of the country’s population has health insurance cards and the number of insured people will continue to rise.


The ministry claimed that the new draft would not affect anyone, but it only took into account families prioritized under social policy, who would continue to receive 100 percent exemption from hospital expenditures.  However, other less affluent groups of people, mostly free laborers, farmers and those suffering from chronic and incurable health conditions, who tend to buy insurance voluntarily, would see their the 20 percent fee they are accustomed to paying skyrocket. 


The ministry should well consider the draft on hospital fee to avoid increasing the burden placed on the disadvantaged segments of society. Moreover, since the government has tried to control prices of essential goods, it is contrary to general policy if the ministry increases hospital fees so dramatically?

According to the draft, the price of clinical exams will rise from VND3, 000 to VND30, 000. Meantime, patients will have to pay VND40,000 and VND100,000-per day for normal or first class sickbeds, as opposed to the current price of just VND3,000 and VND10,000. To have endoscopic surgery, patients only paid VND20,000-VND60,000 while under the new plan, the procedure would cost over VND300,000.

Source: SGGP

US pushes tough Iran sanctions draft at UN

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2010 at 5:05 am

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (centre) alongside Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Michael Mullen (left) and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (right) in Washington, DC.

The United States has introduced a draft resolution at the UN to slap tough new sanctions on Iran, fast on the heels of what it cast as Iran’s bid to stall efforts by signing a nuclear swap deal.


The draft resolution would expand an arms embargo and measures against Iran’s banking sector and ban it from sensitive overseas activities like uranium mining and developing ballistic missiles, a US official said.


“The resolution would establish a comprehensive new framework for cargo inspections, both in states’ ports and on the high seas,” the official told journalists on condition of anonymity.


The draft, which was being debated by the 10 non-permanent members of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, had received the blessing of all the veto-wielding permanent members, including the usual standouts China and Russia, the US said.


“We have reached agreement on a strong draft with the cooperation of both Russia and China,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.


“This announcement is as convincing an answer to the efforts undertaken in Tehran over the last few days as any we could provide,” Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington.


She was referring to Monday’s deal, brokered by emerging powers Brazil and Turkey, in which Tehran agreed to swap much of its stockpile of low enriched uranium (LEU) to Turkey in exchange for fuel for a research reactor.


Beijing’s apparent backing of a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its suspect nuclear activities came despite its earlier support for the swap deal.


“We attach importance to and support this agreement,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said.


Western powers fear that Iran‘s atomic program is a cover for a nuclear weapons drive. Tehran denies this, saying the program is aimed at peaceful energy use, which it insists it has the right to pursue.


Clinton reiterated that Washington had raised “a number of unanswered questions” about the tripartite deal struck on Monday, but welcomed what she called the “sincere efforts of both Turkey and Brazil.”


For Washington, the core issue was that Iran intended to continue enriching uranium.


US President Barack Obama meanwhile met for 90 minutes with Jewish lawmakers in Congress to discuss the draft resolution and brief them on the Iran nuclear issue, as well as on Israel’s security situation and prospects for Mideast peace.


There was no immediate reaction from Tehran and it was unclear what effect the draft resolution would have on Monday’s accord which commits Iran to deposit 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds) of LEU in Turkey in return for fuel for a Tehran research reactor.


Turkey and Brazil are both non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.


Brazil’s Foreign Minister Celso Amorim insisted in Brasilia that the new agreement “creates an opportunity for a peaceful negotiated settlement.”


Amorim did not discuss the US move explicitly but warned that ignoring the new situation “could lead people to grave situations, and trigger escalating reactions.”


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the world community on Tuesday to support the deal, which his foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, warned could be spoiled by talk of sanctions.

But French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose country along with Britain rounds out the Security Council‘s permanent membership, said that while it was a “positive step,” the deal must be accompanied by a halt of Iran’s uranium enrichment.

Tehran said Tuesday that it expects a swift response from world powers on the accord, which a government-owned newspaper boasted had “checkmated” US efforts for new sanctions.

Iran would notify the International Atomic Energy Agency of the accord “in writing, through the usual channels, within a week,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.

In October, the Vienna Group made an offer for Iran to ship most of its LEU out of the country in return for higher grade reactor fuel to be supplied by Russia and France.

Iran stalled on the deal, insisting it wanted a simultaneous swap on its own soil, a proposal world powers rejected.

Tehran, already under three sets of UN sanctions over its defiant nuclear drive, touted the agreement as a goodwill gesture that paves the way for a resumption of talks with world powers.

Iran’s enemy Israel — the Middle East’s sole if undeclared nuclear-armed state — is weighing a formal response to the deal, although a senior official accused Iran of trickery shortly after it was signed.

Source: SGGP

Online games to be prohibited after 10pm, draft proposes

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm




Online games to be prohibited after 10pm, draft proposes


QĐND – Friday, May 14, 2010, 22:30 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese online gamers may not be allowed to play internet games after 10pm, according to contents of a new draft issued by The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) on May 13.


A meeting, comprised of game providers and representatives of relevant agencies, was convened yesterday in Hanoi to discuss drafting regulations for the management of online gaming. 


In addition to the proposed time restrictions, the draft also mandates that online game shops must be at least 200m away from educational facilities.


Deputy Minister Do Quy Doan told the participants it needs to control online gaming, pointing to recent articles, which warn that the effects of online gaming may be responsible for recent waves of violence within the nation’s schools.


Luu Vu Hai, head of the Broadcasting, Television and Electronic Information Management Bureau, said the draft should strengthen the scrutiny of new online games before their founding companies are issued business certificates, as well as the monitoring of these games once they are launched into local markets.


Vietnam has 58 games online, 90% of which have been re-designed to appeal specifically to the tastes of Vietnamese gamers.  The popularity of online games in the country has soared over the past five years.


According to the Vietnam Software Association (Vinasa), the Vietnamese market potential for online gaming is still quite vast. While the country already has 12 million online gamers, statistics compiled by the VietnamInternetCenter shows the country has 22.2 million Internet users (as of October, 2009). 


Additionally, the country has an exceedingly young population and marketing of online games tends to target younger demographics. More than half of Vietnamese Internet users are gamers and it is estimated that the online gaming industry earned $130 million last year, accounting for 70 percent of the country’s earnings within the digital industries.


Vietnam is the single biggest market for computer games in all of Southeast Asia, with nearly 20 game distributors. Online gaming has greatly contributed to increase internet users and has helped to alleviate unemployment, as opportunities to work in internet shops have increased sharply.  Other countries have managed the issues of online gaming skillfully, while still managing to earn substantial profits.


Understanding both sides of the matter, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Posts and Telematics issued a law intended to restrict online gaming back in 2006. However, the law contained loopholes, making it difficult to enforce. 


Consequently, the relevant agencies set out to discuss the creation of new, stricter laws. The draft resulting from yesterday’s meeting will be submitted to the government for approval next month.


At the meeting, some participants said online gaming should be regulated like tobacco, alcohol and relevant agencies should be determined ban games with illicit themes, such as prostitution and gambling.


Representatives of the Communist Union proposed the implementation of written statements which would appear on computer screens, warning consumers of the potential harmful effects of online games much like the warnings issued packages of tobacco.


VinaGame and VTC Intecom, the two largest online gaming providers in the country, said the proposal was unfair to Vietnamese providers, as the government only seeks to control games provided by domestic businesses such as theirs.  Meanwhile gamers would still be allowed to play the games of foreign providers.  Also, while the government would control online gamers who go to internet shops, their counterparts who play at home would merely be supervised by relatives.


Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

Ministry publishes digital draft plan

In Politics-Society on March 3, 2010 at 3:35 am




Ministry publishes digital draft plan


QĐND – Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

A draft plan to digitalise radio and television broadcasts at a cost of roughly 4.4 trillion VND (231.2 million USD) has been published by the Ministry of Information and Communications.


Once the period for expert comment expired, the revised plan would be submitted for approval, the ministry said.


The ministry estimated digital TV would be available nationwide by 2020.


Developing the digital television market would involve the participation of eight enterprises, said deputy director of the ministry’s broadcasting department Nguyen Phong Nha.


The plan would be implemented gradually and would depend on a locality’s socio-economic development and television broadcast situations.


Key targets will be to assist people to buy digital television equipment, investigate methods of using television and improve knowledge about digital television channels.


The expected funds required – 1.3 trillion VND – will come from the State public telecommunications services fund.


Setting up local digital TV will be controlled by licensed agencies.


The department said there were 47 licensed cable TV services providers nationwide who had 2 million subscribers, 20 times more than in 2003.


The number of channels offered by cable TV providers had doubled since 2003, with each offering an average of 45-50 channels, the department said.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

PM orders completion of draft decision on golf course plan

In Vietnam Society on November 19, 2009 at 9:53 am

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on November 17 asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to examine and complete a draft decision on an overall golf course plan through 2020 and said no golf courses should be built on rice-growing land.








The Long Thanh golf course in the southern province of Dong Nai.

PM Dung also said no golf courses should be built on land intended strictly for industrial zones, urban areas and forests, and not to use state budget funds to build the courses.


According to Luu Duc Hai, director of the Department of Urban Development, golf courses in the country cover from 80 to 700 hectares each with most built on farmland.


As well, some investors make use of land for golf courses to develop other projects, and land for the actual golf courses accounts for just a small percentage of the total land needed for the projects, Mr. Hai said.


Land rent for golf courses is lower than that of other property such as villas, houses and trade centers, so many investors have exploited this to recoup their investment faster.


To restrict the number of such cases, PM Dung asked the ministry to make clear in the draft law that no hotels or villas are allowed to be built on land intended for golf courses and the land cannot be sold or transferred.


In regards to granting licenses to build golf courses, it would be the responsibility of the provincial People’s Committees to decide which investors to grant licenses to and revoke licenses in cases where state rules are violated, he said.


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NA brings forward draft laws on Biodiversity, High-Tech

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2008 at 11:24 am

HA NOI — The National Assembly discussed the draft Law on Biodiversity and another draft of the High-Tech Law on Saturday.


Most of the deputies said that the Law on Bio-diversity was necessary to preserve and develop bio-diversity, and identify the rights and duties of organisations, families and individuals.


Nguyen Dinh Quyen from Ha Noi said the draft law only regulates the responsibilities of organisations, households and individuals in the country, as well as overseas Vietnamese, foreign organisations and individuals relevant in preserving and developing bio-diversity in Viet Nam.


It did not refer to the responsibilities of the State. He said it was necessary to identify the State’s responsibilities first, then those of organisations and individuals.


Ha Thanh Toan from Can Tho City said the draft should be more specific to direct People’s Committees of communes to complete their tasks.


Ngo Van Minh from Quang Nam Province said it was necessary to make the terms of the document concrete, so that it would be implemented quickly.


Hoang Van Loi from Bac Giang Province said that many cases of wild animal trafficking were taking place with help by staff of preservation areas, and that the law needed to address this problem.


High-Tech Law


Regarding the draft High-Tech Law, most NA delegates said they agreed with it, and that it could be submitted for approval during this NA session.


They discussed some of the draft’s content including the State policy, development of human resources in relevant fields, application and development, and priority policies.


They said the State’s policies should affirm the key role of high-tech in building the country’s science and technology capability.


Nguyen Thi Mai from Ninh Thuan Province, Nguyen Minh Thuyet from Lang Son Province and some other delegates said that the draft still did not identify goals, tasks, specific measures, and responsibility of the State, organisations and individuals in developing technologies.


Mai said the draft law should establish priority policies to attract overseas Vietnamese to develop high-tech fields.


Today, the NA will continue to discuss the draft Law on Civil Servants, and the draft Law on Road Traffic. —

Experts advise on draft anti-corruption strategy

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

Hanoi (VNA) – Local and foreign experts offered their advices and experiences to the drafting of a national anti-corruption strategy to 2020 at a seminar in Hanoi on September 25.

In an opening speech, Deputy Chief Government Inspector Mai Quoc Binh said the government wants the strategy to put forward long-term and comprehensive objectives and measures as well as a clear and suitable roadmap to push back the problem.

The experts analysed examples of successful anti-corruption models in the world and lessons drawn out from Vietnam ’s previous reforms, focusing on necessary factors to make the new strategy work.

Foreign delegates included Swedish Ambassador Rolf Bergman, UNDP Resident Coordinator John Hendra, World Bank expert James Anderson, UNDP policy adviser Jairo Acuna-Alfaro and Transparency International Advisory Council senior advisor Peter Rooke.-

Draft bill aims to curb import of luxuries

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The Finance Ministry is working on draft revisions to the law on special consumption tax with the aim of curbing the import of luxury goods.

The draft, which will be submitted to the National Assembly for approval in November, will extend the list of 13 luxury items regulated by the present law by adding tobacco products, cars of less than 24 seats, motorbikes of cylinder capacity of 175 cu.cm or higher, and electronic gaming machines.

Among these, cars will be the hardest hit, with the tax level levied on cars of 6-9 seats will be raised from the present 30 percent to 50, 60 and 70 percent, depending on their cylinder capacity.

Finance Minister Vu Van Ninh asserted that the planned tariffs are still in line with Vietnam ’s WTO commitments while helping curb inflation and stabilise consumption trends in the long term.

Pundits said the current tariffs on luxuries, already at a high level, have not been able to constrain the influx of these items into Vietnam over the recent time. In the first seven months of 2008, luxuries imports pushed import turnover to 51.9 billion USD, up nearly 57 percent year-on-year, resulting in a trade deficit of 15 billion USD, up 137.7 percent and equal to 40.7 percent of the country’s export turnover.

The import of CBU (completely-built unit) cars, the focus of the controlling policy, though on a decline as from the second quarter of 2008 due to three consecutive tax rises from 60 percent to 83 percent, still saw increases of 265 percent in value and 290 percent in quantity for the seven-month period.

Other luxury items such as clothing, handbags and perfume of world famous brands are also enjoying an annual growth rate of 30 percent in revenues. For mobile phone, the import turnover this year is forecast to reach a record of around 1.3 billion USD.

Last but not least, gold was imported in a very large quantity in the first six months.

According to the Vietnam Gold Business Association, the first half of 2008 saw 60 tonnes of gold imported while the quota for the year is 73.5 tonnes.

It is forecast that Vietnam will have to spend around 4 billion USD for gold import.-

Draft bill aims to curb import of luxuries

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The Finance Ministry is working on draft revisions to the law on special consumption tax with the aim of curbing the import of luxury goods.

The draft, which will be submitted to the National Assembly for approval in November, will extend the list of 13 luxury items regulated by the present law by adding tobacco products, cars of less than 24 seats, motorbikes of cylinder capacity of 175 cu.cm or higher, and electronic gaming machines.

Among these, cars will be the hardest hit, with the tax level levied on cars of 6-9 seats will be raised from the present 30 percent to 50, 60 and 70 percent, depending on their cylinder capacity.

Finance Minister Vu Van Ninh asserted that the planned tariffs are still in line with Vietnam ’s WTO commitments while helping curb inflation and stabilise consumption trends in the long term.

Pundits said the current tariffs on luxuries, already at a high level, have not been able to constrain the influx of these items into Vietnam over the recent time. In the first seven months of 2008, luxuries imports pushed import turnover to 51.9 billion USD, up nearly 57 percent year-on-year, resulting in a trade deficit of 15 billion USD, up 137.7 percent and equal to 40.7 percent of the country’s export turnover.

The import of CBU (completely-built unit) cars, the focus of the controlling policy, though on a decline as from the second quarter of 2008 due to three consecutive tax rises from 60 percent to 83 percent, still saw increases of 265 percent in value and 290 percent in quantity for the seven-month period.

Other luxury items such as clothing, handbags and perfume of world famous brands are also enjoying an annual growth rate of 30 percent in revenues. For mobile phone, the import turnover this year is forecast to reach a record of around 1.3 billion USD.

Last but not least, gold was imported in a very large quantity in the first six months.

According to the Vietnam Gold Business Association, the first half of 2008 saw 60 tonnes of gold imported while the quota for the year is 73.5 tonnes.

It is forecast that Vietnam will have to spend around 4 billion USD for gold import.-

NA group discusses draft high-tech law

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2008 at 5:24 pm

HA NOI — The National Assembly Standing Committee discussed the draft High-Tech Law at the last session of the 10th meeting of the Standing Committee yesterday.


Most participants said they were worried that the draft law did not clearly identify mechanism and sources for investment, especially financial resource to assure investment in high-tech fields.


The draft law regulates that high-tech fields given priority would be: information technology, bio-technology, new material technology and automation technology.


According to the draft law, the Government has the right to regulate other high-tech fields that require investment if the Government consider these fields as necessary for socio-economic development.


Head of the NA’s Law Committee, Nguyen Van Thuan, said further work on the law was needed.


He said other countries had already developed many of the fields given priority under the draft law, such as new material technology, making it redundant for Viet Nam to invest in studying these field now.


“If we still want to invest in these areas, we need to clearly identify what should be done, and what kinds of products we are able to make. As our financial resources are limited, we should focus on specific areas, rather than invest in too many. Policy-making agencies and management offices should also forecast what we will have in the future,” he said.


NA Deputy Chairman Uong Chu Luu said this draft law was a tough one, as only a few countries have a similar High-Tech Law.


He said it was necessary to have a National High-Tech Programme to be able to identify where to focus investment.


Agreeing with this point, NA Deputy Chairman Nguyen Duc Kien said that science and technology had specific characteristics, so the State should have specific policies and mechanisms to develop the areas rapidly.


Head of the National Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children Dao Trong Thi, also said that these developing areas needed to have new policies to further develop.


Ending the session, NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong asked the draft law compiling board to continue its work based on the opinions expressed by the Standing Committee.


The draft High-Tech Law has six chapters and 34 articles. It will be presented to the NA next month to collect opinions from delegates.


Civil judgement


On Monday afternoon, the Standing Committee had discussed the Law on Civil Judgement Execution.


Participants focused on the ‘socialisation’ of civil judgement execution, essentially allowing private enterprises to execute sentences such as retrieving property. They further discussed how to implement civil judgements, and how to nominate executors.


Tran The Vuong, head of the NA’s Ombudsmen, said it was necessary to identify where to socialise civil judgement execution. Different than other countries, Viet Nam considers civil judgement execution to fall under State jurisdiction, and the draft law affirms that civil judgement execution is part of State justice.


He said it was not necessary to socialise civil judgement execution, but only to socialise some specific elements of civil judgement execution.


Head of the NA’s Law Committee Nguyen Van Thuan agreed with the policy to socialise civil judgement execution, a policy affirmed in the Party’s Resolutions. He noted that only some matters of civil judgement execution could be socialised.


Ha Van Hien, head of the NA’s Economic Committee, said the draft law still did not clearly identify what should be socialised.


“If ‘socialisation’ means to allow individuals to participate in civil judgement execution, this will not be OK,” he said.


He pointed to some examples where private collection agencies had resorted to the “law of the jungle” to collect debts before being caught and prosecuted. Hien said examples like these show why civil judgement execution should not be socialised. —