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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

Vietnam focuses on diabetes prevention

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 1:54 am

Photographer focuses on traditional puppetry

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Mekong Youth Forum focuses on human trafficking and migration

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 11:52 am

A regional forum on human trafficking and migration will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from October 24-30, aiming to discuss experiences of the problem that becomes a dilemma in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).

The frontpage of the Mekong Youth Forum website:

The objectives of the 3rd Mekong Youth Forum on Human Trafficking and Migration (MYF3) objectives show policy makers and the public the range of vulnerabilities faced by children and youth in the region, and the value of consulting them in decision making

This week-long forum will bring together 30 children and youth from Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The participants will be young advocates who have first-hand migration or trafficking experience, either directly or by a family member. They will use creative arts methodologies to tell their stories, illustrate the situation of children and youth in the region who are vulnerable to trafficking, and put forward recommendations for future action.

Each year, millions of people in the GMS migrate for work, in search of a better life. With long porous borders and socio-economic and demographic disparities, the number of migrants within and from the region is expected to rise. Some children and young people accompany their parents or relatives, while others migrate independently. However, many of these migrants are at risk of abuse and exploitation from unscrupulous brokers, traffickers and employers.
To respond to these abuses, various measures have been taken to protect children, migrants and trafficked persons. In recent years, wide-ranging laws, policies and capacity building programmes have been initiated and implemented to keep migrant children and youth safe. Prevention and protection mechanisms have put thousands of children and young people back into education and training programmes, helped them migrate more safely, withdrawn them from exploitative conditions, and provided assistance for them to return home and reintegrate into society. 
At-risk children and youth, including trafficked persons, have participated in and led programmes focused on awareness-raising on trafficking and safe migration. Organisational capacity to engage children and youth has been enhanced, and platforms have been established for young people to participate in policy dialogue with government officials. 

These contributions reaffirm the capacity of children and young people to create change in matters affecting their lives. It shifts the position of children and youth from beneficiaries to rights holders – who are able to claim these rights, while at the same time having their own duties. Considering children as citizens of society with responsibilities does not depend on their future contribution as adults; children already have the capacity and perspectives required to exercise their rights, responsibilities and to make contributions to society.
Participants of the 3rd Mekong Youth Forum were elected at national level youth forums in the six countries (the national forum and selection guidelines are explained in the Annex). These forums were carried out between June and August 2010, and were organised around the same objectives and guidelines as the regional forum.

The national forums had a working group headed-up by a lead agency, that cooperated closely with co-convenors and other partners concerned with trafficking, migration or child protection issues. Government partners were involved in organising the national forums to the extent possible for future sustainability.

This year, relations were also established with the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children, as well as the ASEAN Migrant Workers Committee.

The event is hosted by the Government of Thailand and co-organised by the International Labour Organization, World Vision, Save the Children UK, and the United Nations Inter-agency Project on Human Trafficking. This forum builds on the Mekong Children’s Forum, 2004 and the Mekong Youth Forum, 2007.         

Source: SGGP

Vietnam International Fashion Fair 2010 focuses on green environment

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm

The annual Vietnam International Fashion Fair 2010 (VIFF 2010) promoting local garment and textile companies to domestic and foreign partners will take place at the Ho Chi Minh City International Exhibition and Convention Center from July 3 to 9.

Vietnam International Fashion Fair 2010 will take place at HCMC Interntional Exhibition and Convention Center from July 3 to 9. 

The cotton tree, which has been regarded as a main material in clothing production for hundreds of years, has been chosen as the subject for the 8th annual event’s theme of “Green environment.”

The week-long fair also aims to present images of the organizers, which include the Vietnam Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex), the Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas) and the Leather and Footwear Association (Lefaso).

The fair is a chance for local garment and textile firms to advertise the quality of their trademarks to local consumers and foreign partners. It also highlights the export potential of Vietnam’s garment and textile industry to world leaders in the garment and textile trade.

150 companies with 350 booths including leading garment makers like Viet Tien, Viet Thang, Phuong Dong, Phong Phu and Nha Be will join the event and will exhibit their high-quality products at nightly fashion shows.

There will be seminars on topics such as 2011 fashion trends, building fashion brands, developing distribution systems in Vietnam and growing cotton.

Source: SGGP

Anti-corruption dialogue focuses on education

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Anti-corruption dialogue focuses on education

QĐND – Saturday, May 29, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

The seventh annual anti-corruption dialogue opened on May 28 in Hanoi, drawing the participation of representatives of government agencies, the international donor community and development partners.

Addressing the event, MoET Deputy Minister Tran Quang Quy said the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) considers the fight against corruption a primary task and has carried out various activities to curb its influence in education.

Chief of the Office of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption Vu Tien Chien said the education and training sector has made important achievements, contributing to the country’s development and creating a basis for the sector’s advancement in the 21st century.

However, there still exist shortcomings in the quality of teaching and learning, content and methodology as well as other problems in education, Chien said.

According to Swedish Ambassador Rolf Bergman, corruption in education is a threat to sustainable development.

To create a knowledge-based economy, freedom in thinking and new ideas are necessary. However, this cannot be achieved unless enrolment is decided based only on academic merit. It is student performance alone that should determine enrolment, he stressed.

During two discussion sessions, “Advancements in ant-corruption in Vietnam” and “Anti-corruption in Education,” participants heard reports on developments since the sixth dialogue last November and the implementation of the national anti-corruption strategy until 2020, the UN anti-corruption convention and the project on fighting corruption in education and training.

A UNDP representative stressed that education is inextricably linked to development as it helps improve each individual’s capacity and their opportunities for advancement.

Corruption is a major obstacle to development and especially education, which is considered particularly vulnerable to it.

Representatives of the US and UK embassies and the UN agreed on the necessity of setting up a system to access corruption in education and training and identify other vulnerable sectors.

Delegates from the Asia Development Bank (ADB) and the Danish embassy highlighted the role of transparency, access to information and the media in anti-corruption effects.

A representative from the Australian embassy recommended that Vietnam pass a law on access to information and a stricter mechanism to prevent corruption.

Meanwhile a Swiss embassy representative suggested that the country soon promulgate regulations on the protection of whistle-blowers.

The education sector currently covers 40,000 educational establishments, from the pre-school to tertiary education level, with over one million staff and teachers and 23 million students.

Source: VNA/VOVNews

Source: QDND

Expo focuses on efficient energy use

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm

NA focuses on economy, social affairs, and budget

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Month of Action for Children 2010 focuses on equality

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 8:41 am

The Month of Action for Children 2010 theme “ Creating a Chance for Children to Develop Equally”  was held in the northern province of Ninh Binh on May 8, attended by Vice Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong.

Children at the Center Care for Disadvantage Children in Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre.

Speaking at the ceremony, Trong said a range of targets in terms of health care, physical and educational training have been achieved after almost 10 years of implementing the campaign “For the future of children,” (2001-2010). However, in many areas, especially in remote and mountain areas, children are still facing difficulties, lacking entertainment facilities and even suffering sexual and labor abuses, Trong added.

As of now, 4.5 million disadvantage and poor children nationwide have not yet accessed to health, educational, cultural and social services, Trong said.

The number of children needs help from social organizations and government, Trong added.

To improve care for children, Trong asked Party committees, local authorities and social organizations at all levels to make suitable action plans to provide children with the best services, both materially and spiritually.

Trong also asked related departments to make a national program of action for children for the period 2011-2015.

At the ceremony, the United Nations Children’s Fund’s representatives, mass organizations and businesses offered gifts to disadvantaged children.

Xuan Truong Company and Xuan Thanh Construction Company from Ninh Binh Province granted VND1 billion (US$53,000) and VND 200 million ($11,000), respectively, and the Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company and other enterprises donated VND110 million ($5,800) to the National Fund for Vietnamese Children.

Source: SGGP

APEC CSOM focuses on economic crisis

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The Conclusive Senior Officials Meeting (CSOM), a preparatory step for the APEC Peru 2008 Leaders Week taking place in Lima, Peru on November 16-23, was held on November 16 and 17.

Among other issues, the global economic crisis, APEC’s support to the Doha Round Negotiations and regional economic integration are some of the topics on the agenda at the meeting.

Officials from all 21 Member Economies said that APEC should bring into play its role in coping with the effects of the global financial crisis, as well as in boosting economic development.

They agreed to request to APEC economic leaders to make a separate declaration regarding the current global economic situation. They also agreed to urge APEC economic leaders to demonstrate their support for the action plan agreed at the G-20 summit, which was held in the US on November 15.

The meeting approved a cooperative plan aimed at coping with fluctuations in global food prices. A strategy to minimise the risks of natural disasters during 2009-2015 was also approved by the officials.

One of the most noteworthy topics discussed at the meeting was that of regional economic integration through the establishment of an Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area.

Other topics included cooperation in fighting corruption and terrorism, health cooperation, economic and technical assistance, corporate social responsibility, and APEC reforms.

The Vietnamese delegation actively participated at the meeting, particularly in the formulation of a plan regarding food security cooperation.

Vietnam also stressed its priority to regional economic integration and food security, as well as efforts to tackle the financial crisis and deal with natural disasters and emergency situations. –