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Where are Vietnamese goods in the global value chain?

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:12 am

Where are Vietnamese goods in the global value chain?

QĐND – Monday, January 03, 2011, 20:37 (GMT+7)

Vietnam is well known as one of the most powerful exporters of agricultural products in the world. However, Vietnamese farmers and Vietnamese enterprises cannot pocket enough money from their exports.

H’Nu is sitting by the loom in her house in Don Village in EaWer commune, Buon Don District in Dak Lak province. When she does not have to go to the rice field, she stays at home to weave blockade products to sell to tourists. Forty kilometers far away from her house, the Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Transaction Centre is operating, where people trade coffee and earn money from the coffee beans H’Nu and her husband harvest. However, she is neither aware or concerned with this. The only thing H’Nu knows is that her husband sold coffee at 30,000 dong per kilo.

H’Nu’s coffee

Daklak, the most fertile land of the Central Highlands, is reputable for endless coffee fields. However, for many years local farmers have experienced difficulties. Sometimes they suffer from the failures of the coffee crop and they do not earn enough money to make living. However, when they have bountiful crops, they are still not satisfied, because the prices always decrease due to the profuse supply.

Every year after the harvesting H’Nu sells coffee to merchants, who then sell the coffee to processors and exporters. The prices depend on the export prices. If Vietnam’s coffee sells for good prices, she will be able to sell coffee at higher prices, and vice versa. The only source that provides information to H’Nu are the bulletins of the Dak Lak television. “I wish the coffee price would stay firmly at 35,000 dong per kilo or higher. Only with that price can we earn enough money to make a living,” H’Nu said.

Other farmers have worries similar to H’Nu. Vietnam now has 561,000 households growing coffee plants, 46 percent of which are poor households, 30 percent of coffee growers are ethnic minorities and 75 percent of these people are poor people.

Many experts believe that Vietnam has enough advantages and potential to boost coffee exports. However, Vietnam’s coffee products have remained in the lower segment of the global value chain.

H/Nu and other coffee growers once put high hopes on sustainable development models for Vietnam’s coffee. To date, Vietnam has not made any considerable progress in implementing the model.

Vietnamese exporters still cannot earn money from added value

The same situation is occurring  in other agricultural products, such as peppers, cashews, tea, garments and footwear products. In the global value chain, Vietnamese enterprises can only undertake production phases which contain little added value and the phases which generate most of the profit (processing products, increasing brand value and commercializing products) are undertaken by foreign enterprises.

For example, when making garment products, Vietnamese enterprises only make finished products, which generates the lowest value in the value chain, while other phases of the production chain, including material production, and production commercialization are carried out by foreign enterprises.

Currently, the garment and footwear products that Vietnam export under the mode of FOB accounts for just 20 percent of the garment product value chain. As a matter of fact, enterprises cannot pocket all 20 percent because they have to pay for materials, labor and import taxes.

The problem is that Vietnamese enterprises still lacks the ability to design products that fit the tastes of European and US consumers. Vietnamese enterprises can only suggest ideas, while only importers can complete the designs and make decisions about production. Distribution is also a weak point of Vietnamese producers due to the limitations in experience and capital.

Source: Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon

Source: QDND

Vinh Long produces breeding tra fish in Global Gap standard

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:26 am

The Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long has carried out two key projects to enhance tra fish breeds for the catfish development program by 2020.

Farmers harvest tra fish in the Mekong Delta (Photo: SGGP)

Accordingly, the first project is estimated to cost VND300 million (US$15,000) and will produce breeding tra fish in the Global Gap standard, at Vinh Long aquatic breeding farm.

The second is to join the Vinh Long Agriculture Seed Center’s project, which will hand the technology to produce high quality tra fish breeds over to provinces in the delta.

Global Gap is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of production processes of agricultural (including aquaculture) products around the globe.

Source: SGGP

OSEA2010 boosted as global industry outlook points to steady growth

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm

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In Uncategorized on November 13, 2010 at 8:53 am

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In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:54 am

China launches global search for six panda keepers

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

A Chinese panda centre said Tuesday it had launched a global search for six people who would spend a month looking after the endangered animals, as part of an awareness and conservation campaign.

“Project Panda,” launched by the Chengdu Panda Base in the southwestern province of Sichuan and the WWF, aims to give six winners of a global contest a chance to study pandas’ behaviours and provide hands-on assistance.

The keepers will be able to witness the birth of baby pandas and their development, the base said in an email to AFP.

“We hope that through this project more and more people will join our mission to protect pandas and will realise the importance of preserving wild habitats,” said Zhang Zhihe, head of the Chengdu Panda Base.

A giant panda rests at a panda reserve in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province. Pandas are viewed as a national treasure in China

The winners will also trek into the mountains around Chengdu, Sichuan’s capital, to study wild pandas in their natural habitat, and will report on their daily work by blogging to people around the world, the base said.

Over the next six weeks, animal lovers from around the world will be able to log onto a website,, to apply for the position. A panel of experts will select 12 finalists, which they will then whittle down to six.

There are just 1,600 pandas left in the wild and nearly 300 others are in captive-bred programmes worldwide, mainly in China, according to official reports.

After having successfully managed to make the animals mate in captivity, researchers are now looking at ways to send captive-bred pandas into the wild to boost the number of animals roaming free.

Four pregnant pandas bred in captivity were released into an area of Sichuan forest last month to prepare their future cubs for life in the wild, state media reported.

But this task is a difficult one, and so far, the only attempt at releasing a captive-bred panda into nature has ended tragically.

Xiang Xiang, a male cub who was trained to adapt to the wild and released in 2006, was found dead 10 months later, apparently killed by wild pandas native to the area.

Source: SGGP

Miss Vietnam Global 2010 pageant kicks off

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

The final round of Miss Vietnam Global 2010 pageant kicked off with competition for a minor title, “Miss Photo,” at Vinpearl Land Resort and Spa in Nha Trang.


Bich Tram from Dong Nai Province wins Miss Talent title of the Miss Vietnam 2010 with her paper-fan dance. (Photo: Vnexpress)As planed, 42 contestants from around the country and foreign countries will ride bicycles on Tran Phu Street on August 11 to support the program, “For Vietnamese clear blue sea,” and take part in beach clean up activities.

The young women then will compete for other minor titles including Miss Sport on August 12, Miss Talent on 14, Miss Fashion on 16 and Miss Sea on 17.

In related news, Nguyen Thi Loan from the northern province of Thai Binh, won the Miss Sea title, the first sub-competition of the Miss Vietnam 2010 pageant at Tuan Chau resort in Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Province on August 7.

Loan, 1.74m tall, is a student at the Hanoi Commerce University. She was a volleyball player. With this title, Loan will receive a prioritized rank as the first among the top ten beauties due to enter the finale on August 21.

Meanwhile Bich Tram from Dong Nai Province won Miss Talent title with her paper-fan dance on August 9.

Tram, 20, is a student of Lac Hong University and human ambassador of the Ho Chi Minh City Red Cross. She won the silver medal at the HCM City Model Competition 2009 and is presently an amateur model in HCM City.

Tram will receive a cash prize of VND50 million (US$2,500). However, this title does not guarantee Tram entrance to the finals.

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Source: SGGP

Extreme weather fuels debate over global warming

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 11:21 am

(AFP file) A policeman wears a masks to protect himself from smog in Moscow due to forest fires close to the Russian capital.

PARIS (AFP) – As Russia battles wildfires triggered by an unprecedented heatwave, flood waters surge across a drenched Pakistan leaving millions of people homeless, and questions are asked about global warming.

Extreme weather has been a feature of the summer of 2010, with floods in Pakistan, China and Eastern Europe seemingly matched by heatwaves in Western Europe and Russia.

However, experts interviewed by AFP Monday were cautious over offering the events as proof of a changing climate, saying that while they fit with climatic projections in a warming planet, one extremely dry — or wet — summer isn’t sufficient evidence in isolation.

“One cannot conclude 100 percent that nothing like this has happened in the past 200 years, but the suspicion is there. Even if it’s only a suspicion,” said Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, vice-president of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which has tracked the impact of human activity on climate for the past 20 years.

“These are events which reproduce and intensify in a climate disturbed by greenhouse gas pollution,” he said.

“Extreme events are one of the ways in which climatic changes become dramatically visible.”

The planet has never been as hot as it has been in the first half of this year, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a July report.

According to the IPCC, droughts and heatwaves likes those affecting Russia and 18 US states become longer and more intense in a warming planet.

“Whether in frequency or intensity, virtually every year has broken records, and sometimes several times in a week,” said Omar Baddour, who tracks climate change for the World Meteorological Organisation.

“In Russia, the record temperature in Moscow (38.2 degrees Celsius, 100.8 degrees Farenheit in late July) — which had not been seen since records began 130 years ago — was broken again at the start of August. In Pakistan, the magnitude of the floods is unheard of,” he said.

“In both cases, it is an unprecedented situation. The succession of extremes and the acceleration of records conform with IPCC projections. But one must observe the extremes over many years to draw conclusions in terms of climate,” he said.

The floods in Pakistan could be caused by La Nina — the inverse of the El Nino phenomenon, which it generally follows — namely the cooling of surface temperatures in the Pacific ocean, Baddour said.

“In general, El Nino leads to drought in the Indian subcontinent and the Sahel. With La Nina, it is the opposite,” said Baddour.

According to British climatologist Professor Andrew Watson, the high temperatures this summer are linked to last year’s El Nino.

“We know that in a period following El Nino you got a very hot year globally and that is certainly occuring this year,” he said.

Nevertheless, Watson said the extreme events are “fairly consistent with the IPCC reports and what 99 percent of the scientists believe to be happening.”

Watson, who is from the University of East Anglia which was at the centre of last year’s “climategate” scandal over faked data, was reluctant to leap to any conclusions.

“I’m quite sure that the increased frequency of these kind of summers over the last few decades is linked to climate change,” he said

“But you cannot say a single event or a single summer is unequivocally due to climate change — by definition it’s weather, and not climate.”

Source: SGGP

Miss Vietnam Global 2010 to keep billion-VND crown forever

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:19 am

Organizers of the Miss Vietnam Global 2010 pageant announced the winner will receive a crown inlaid with gemstones worth VND1 billion (more than US$50,000) that she will be allowed to keep forever.

The crown is inlaid with more than 600 gemstones worth VND1 billion (over US$50,000)

The crown’s design replicates the image of a blossoming lotus, with each petal shaped like a wave. It sends the message that the beauty queen will rise to a better life, show her talent and always promote Vietnamese traditional beauty and culture around the world.

The crown is inlaid with 606 diamonds and Amethyst of 2-12 carats. A 8×12 carat Amethyst is the crown’s highlighted feature. Skillful jewelers took more than 1,000 hours to finfish the crown by hand.

The winner of Miss Vietnam Global 2010 will also receive a cash prize of VND500 million (US$25,000).

The final round of the Miss Vietnam Global 2010 pageant will be held at Vinpearl Land Resort and Spa in Nha Trang, from August 10 to 22.

Qualifying and semifinal rounds for contestants from Vietnam took place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in May. Beauties from the American region and Europe competed in the U.S and the UK respectively.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese contestants from former Soviet bloc countries gathered in Russia; the Republic of Korea was the venue for Vietnamese contestants in Asian region.

Related article:
World famous group IL Divo to perform in Miss Vietnam Global 2010

Source: SGGP

World famous group IL Divo to perform in Miss Vietnam Global 2010

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 11:18 am

The world famous operatic pop vocal group IL Divo will arrive in Vietnam to perform on the final night of the Miss Vietnam Global 2010 beauty pageant on August 21 at Vinpearl Land Resort in Nha Trang.

Il Divo (“divine male performer” in Italian) is a multinational musical band comprised of four male singers: Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, Swiss tenor Urs Bühler, American tenor David Miller and French pop singer Sébastien Izambard.

The group is produced by manager, executive and reality TV star Simon Cowell.

With a sound basic of classical music and sweet, luxurious voices that harmonize elegantly, the band has become popular throughout the world for their romantic songs performed in English, Italian, Spanish and French.

Their first single album, titled Il Divo and released in 2004, contains a Spanish version of Toni Braxton’s hit “Unbreak My Heart” (Regresa a Mí), which reached the top slot on both and, and was a number-one hit on the UK charts.

Il Divo was named the Most Multinational UK Group with a No.1 Album in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records

The group performed the 2006 FIFA World Cup official song, “The Time of Our Lives,” with R&B singer Toni Braxton.

The finale of Miss Vietnam Global 2010 will be aired live on VTV3 and VTV4 channels.

Source: SGGP