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Hoi An Town exempts entrance fee

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:17 am

               Hoi An Ancient Town

The Hoi An People’s Committee announced the exemption of entrance fee to Hoi An Ancient Town for Vietnamese Heroic Mothers, wounded soldiers, handicapped people, journalists, children and students below 16 years of age.

The local authorities are also offering a 50 percent discount on entrance fee to students and soldiers.

Town authorities are also further considering reducing the entry fee for diplomatic delegations, scholars and researchers.

Source: SGGP

Exemption of medical fee for quarantined patients

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Patients and medical workers in the quarantine area. Those are kept in quarantine will nto pay hospital fee under a new law

Those who are quarantined because they are contracted an infectious disease, they will enjoy exemption from medical charge, according to a new law issued by Vietnamese government.

Patients who are kept in quarantine in medical clinics will not pay medical fee during 21 days and two days if they are kept in border crossings; however, the new law will not benefit those who are put in quarantine at homes.

In addition, if quarantined patients suffer additional diseases, they must pay examination and treatment charges. But the insurance company will reimburse medical fee for health insurance card holders.

Source: SGGP

Tuition fee not to exceed 5% of household income, minister says

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:04 am

On the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, which started September 4, Education and Training Minister Pham Vu Luan had a talk with Sai Gon Giai Phong about some major issues, including teachers’ salary and allowance, and the new tuition fee at public high schools.

Reporter: Will there be measures to improve the life of teachers in the new school year?  

Mr. Luan: The teachers’ salary issue is a part of the overall salary policy of the State. We have worked with agencies concerned to improve the life of teachers, especially those in remote areas, and possible improvements are being considered. Meanwhile, measures to improve allowance for teachers have been agreed by relevant agencies and thus may be applied soon.

A view of the new school year opening ceremony at the Phan Chu Trinh Primary School in HCM City (Photo: SGGP) 

What will the ministry do to eliminate the uncontrolled organization of extra-classes outside school time for students? What issues do you think will be resolved completely within your term?

Any negative phenomenon in the field of education must be stopped. The ministry will work with schools and local departments of education and training to determine what problems to resolve first in order to build up a healthy educational environment.   

The uncontrolled organization of extra-classes after school has so far occurred in urban areas only. In many rural areas, extra-classes have also been organized but on the free-of-charge basis. I personally knew that many rural teachers not only offered free extra classes to students but also gave other supports to students of poor families.

In my term, I will continue applying the measures that have proved their effectiveness and will make changes to works that have yet to prove effective.

The new tuition fee system will be applied this school year. Will it put any pressures on students and their families?

Based on the general tuition fee system approved by the Government, provinces and cities will build their own policy on tuition fee.   

The Government has carefully considered the new tuition fee system to ensure students, especially those in areas with disadvantageous conditions, will not bear any pressure. In general, the new tuition fee at public high schools will not exceed 5 percent of the average household income.

In areas with extremely disadvantageous conditions, students will be offered free education. In addition, they will also be given State subsidies to buy textbooks and studying implements.

Some major educational projects will be implemented in this school year. They include the per-school education universalization project, which costs 14.6 trillion (US$749 million), and the project for new foreign language training program, which costs 9.74 trillion. Do you have any concerns about such giant projects?   

The National Assembly, the Government, and the ministry have carefully considered these projects. My concern is that the ministry must closely cooperate with other ministries and local authorities to ensure these projects are implemented and controlled effectively.

Many schools, especially those in big cities, such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, have imposed unregulated charges on students. What measures will the ministry take to stop this situation?

The public opinion has long opposed to this situation, but in fact, many parents still readily pay such charges to schools where their children are studying. I hope parents should take right actions. For example, the situation will not exist any longer if no parents agree to pay such charges. 

To stop this practice, it is necessary to build a common action of the entire society, in which there are actions from the ministry, competent agencies, parents, and mass media.

Source: SGGP

Visa fee exempted for tourists visiting Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:59 am

Visa fee exempted for tourists visiting Vietnam

QĐND – Sunday, October 10, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

PANO – International visitors arriving in Vietnam from October 10th to December 31st will be exempted from visa fee, announced Vietnam General Department for Tourism.

The exemption is under a tourism stimulation package namely Vietnam – Your Destination.

Thank to this new policy, citizens from all countries and territories, who enter Vietnam by joining international tours of companies involving in the Vietnam – Your Destination programme, will be eligible to be freed from visa fee.

The information relating to tourism companies in the programme can be found at

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

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

Cars and motorbikes have to pay road maintenance fee

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 8:45 am

In an effort to improve city roads and decrease traffic congestion, The Ministry of Transport has approved plans to establish the Road Maintenance Fund.  Additional fees imposed on motorbikes and cars will fund the project.

Traffic jams in Ho Chi Minh City.

Under the proposed plan, vehicles that use diesel fuel would pay monthly, according to the size and weight of their carloads.  The new operating fees will cost drivers between VND180,000 ($9.5) and VND 1,440,000 ($76) per month. 

Car and motorbike drivers can expect to pay about VND 1,000 more per liter of gasoline, once the program starts.

The new fees imposed on motorbikes and cars is expected to reach VND 2,971 billion (US$156 million), the equivalent of 2,971,000,000 liters of gasoline.  Fees for diesel vehicles is expected to reach VND 2,958 billion ($155 million) per year.

Under the proposal, gasoline companies will collect the fees, and then return the funds to the Road Maintenance Fund within the State Treasury.

The ministry will use the funds to make improvements to the roadways that aim to reduce traffic congestion in future.

Source: SGGP

Visa fee exemptions extended till year-end

In Vietnam Travel on October 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Visa fee exemptions extended till year-end

QĐND – Sunday, October 18, 2009, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Foreign tourists buying package tours to Vietnam under the Impressive Vietnam promotion campaign will enjoy an exemption on visa fees until the end of the year instead of end-September, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

VNAT’s travel department said the Government Office on Monday announced the Prime Minister had agreed to a request of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for the extension in line with the extended tourism promotion.

Vietnam’s tourism agency early this year launched the Impressive Vietnam program offering discounts of 30%-50% for visitors buying package tours from travel agencies in the program.

To help the country’s tourism attract more foreigners, the Government in May agreed to exempt visa fees for foreigners who enter Vietnam on these package tours.

The travel department said more than 20 travel companies had registered for their guests to enjoy free visas.

Despite efforts from the tourism sector, international tourists in Vietnam are still lower than last year.

According to the General Statistics Office, nearly 2.8 million foreigners visited the country in Jan-Sept, down 6.6% year-on-year.

In related news, the Prime Minister issued a regulation to map out and realize the national tourism promotion program for 2009-2010.

Under the regulation, the Prime Minister assigns the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to collect, classify, approve and realize the national tourism promotion program every year. Each program should combine activities to promote tourism, trade, investment and culture.

The regulation stipulates that programs to promote the country’s tourism via local and foreign media, tourism conferences, meetings, events and other activities will receive financial support from the State.

Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, deputy head of the market department of the VNAT, said the budget which the regulation mentions belongs to the Trade, Investment, Tourism Promotion fund. Along with the budget, the country’s tourism is supported by the National Tourism Action Program.

* HCMC-based Fiditourist has signed deals to receive 10,500 local and foreign MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions) tourists this quarter, up 32% year-on-year, a source from Fiditourist said.

Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai, director of the public relations, communications and advertising department of the company, said that around 50% of the guests were from Japan, Singapore, the Philippines and Australia and the others locals.

“The result is better than expected because we’ve received 27,000 MICE guests in the first nine months only,” she said.

Fiditourist welcomed big groups of MICE tourists, like the group of 200 Japanese businessmen and others from South Korea and America and Japanese businessmen living in Vietnam, to the coastal city of Nha Trang October 9-12 to join the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Marathon. Around 60 Singaporean students visited the country from October 5 to 10.

The company will receive another group of 80 MICE tourists from the Philippines this week.

Mai said MICE guests were growing and would account for around 30% of the total tourists of Fiditourist in 2009.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT


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Student teachers to still enjoy tuition fee exemptions

In Politics-Society on October 11, 2009 at 4:17 am

Student teachers to still enjoy tuition fee exemptions

QĐND – Saturday, October 10, 2009, 22:23 (GMT+7)

Students enrolled at schools of pedagogy will still enjoy tuition fee exemptions, according to a new draft amendment published by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET).

MoET drafted a recent amendment of the Education Law.

It proposed to give learners who study at universities of pedagogy preferential credit instead of exempting them from school charges. After they graduate from school, if they work in an educational facility, they would enjoy total exemption.

However, National Assembly deputies at a recent session to discuss the draft were at loggerheads over the new draft, with MoET deciding to delete the credit idea.

Source: VietNamNet/SGGP

Source: QDND

Car owners may have to pay road maintenance fee

In Vietnam Economy on October 6, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Car owners may have to pay road maintenance fee

QĐND – Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 21:2 (GMT+7)

Owners of automobiles would pay an annual operator’s fee deposited in a road maintenance fund under a draft proposal by the Ministry of Transport.

Under the proposal, car owners would pay an annual operating fee ranging from 1.2 million VND (67 USD) per car, depending on the car’s engine capacity.

The proposal also calls for new one-time-only registration fees for motorbike owners.

The fees would vary according to engine capacity, with 300,000 VND (17 USD) per motorbike of less than 70-100cc.

For motorbikes of 70-100cc capacity, the fee would be 600,000 VND (34 USD); for 100-175cc capacity, 1 million VND ( 56 USD), and for 175cc capacity, 1.5 million VND (84 USD).

All fees would be used for the road maintenance fund as the state budget can only meet 50-60 percent of the demand, according to Le Manh Hung, deputy minister of transport.

Hung said that each 1 USD used to maintain roads would help save 3 USD for vehicle operations and maintenance.

The money collected from the annual car operating fee is expected to reach 1.4 trillion VND (78.65 million USD), and the amount from newly registered motorbikes 2.1 trillion VND (118.14 million USD).

The ministry has also asked the Government to transfer 50 percent of fuel fees, including those charged on air transport, to the road maintenance fund.

The HCM City and Hanoi authorities are proposing a separate operating fee on authors and motorbikes in an aim to reduce traffic congestion, but reports are unclear whether it would be an annual charge.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND