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Policies have key role in attracting investment

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:06 am




Policies have key role in attracting investment


QĐND – Saturday, January 08, 2011, 20:29 (GMT+7)

Since the country began implementing the renewal process, policies encouraging investment in Vietnam have made great contributions to attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).


The remark was made at a seminar held in Hanoi on January 7 to evaluate the role of policies on investment encouragement, the influence of FDI on Vietnam’s economy and future adjustment of those policies.


According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam had 12,213 FDI projects with a combined registered capital of US$192.9 billion in the 2001-2010 period. Of the capital, about US$63 billion has been put into operation.


Dr. Nguyen Tu Anh from the Central Institute for Economic Management said that FDI was an important supplement capital source for Vietnam’s economy and contributed to creating jobs as well as boosting exports and economic development of the country.


However, experts to the seminars said that future policies on investment encouragement should be aligned with practical legal frameworks and focus on transferring technologies to domestic enterprises.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Dangerous chemicals have been used in food for years

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:05 am

After Chinese media stated that their satay might contain a toxic cancer-causing substance, a number of individuals are now feeling sick after eating the satay.

Chemicals found in Kim Bien Market. Chefs have used these chemicals for years in making food (Photo: SGGP)

Chefs at sidewalk restaurants have used additives and chemicals in food for many years, as buying these chemicals are easy and inexpensive.


A Sai Gon Giai Phong journalist toured one of the biggest wholesale markets in Ho Chi Minh City – Kim Bien Market in District 5.


Chemicals including liquids to bleach, chemicals to create coffee foam and colorings, and chemicals to make chicken and goat meat crispier were found in nylon bags and bottles.

One retailer said that chefs should use one spoonful of these chemicals in order to make the food crispier.


At another shop, the owner said chefs have used additives and spices to make pho (Rice noodle soup with beef) and bun bo (Beef rice noodles).


She stated she sells more than 50 liters of beef to eateries in a week. She said that a one-liter bottle of additives priced at VND250, 000 could be used to cook 100 big pots of rice noodle soup or beef rice noodles.


The situation is much the same at Binh Tay Market in District 6. A shop assistant told a journalist that he uses a red powder in varnishing cooked crab rice noodles. She compared the cost of these chemical to only VND50, 000, while food colorings would cost six times more to buy. 


After the news became public, the Food Hygiene Department in Ho Chi Minh City, told the market management boards not authorize any shop to sell Chinese satay and spices for cooking ‘pot-au-feu’.


However, much Vietnamese food is package in nylon, without any clear indication of its origin and no labeling on the food product were available at several of market stores.

Source: SGGP

North Korea may have new atom test to boost heir: South

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 6:26 am

 North Korea could conduct a third atomic test next year to boost the credentials of its leader-in-waiting, while prospects for bilateral talks with Seoul are slim, a South Korean foreign ministry report said on Friday.


The regular report from a ministry research institute was published a day after Pyongyang vowed a nuclear “sacred war” after the South vowed to be “merciless” if attacked, and held a major military drill near the border.

A North Korean Scud-B missile (C) and South Korean Hawk surface-to-air missiles are seen at the Korean War Memorial Museum in Seoul, December 24, 2010.

The North, which carried out nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, has yet to show it has a deliverable weapon as part of its plutonium arms program, but a third test would raise tensions further on the divided peninsula and rattle global markets.


Nuclear experts have also said they expect a third test soon, while South Korean media reported earlier this month that the North was digging a tunnel in preparation for one.


“There is a possibility of North Korea carrying out its third nuclear test to seek improvement in its nuclear weapons production capability, keep the military tension high and promote Kim Jong-un’s status as the next leader,” the report said, referring to Kim Jong-il’s youngest son.


“Tension between the two Koreas will remain high with chances of additional North Korean attacks on the South staying high. Chances of a summit meeting between leaders of the two sides look slim,” the institute said, according to a summary of the report.


The analysis for 2011 was written by the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, run by the Foreign Ministry.


BOASTING TACTIC


Hostilities have escalated to their worst levels since the Korean war in the early 1950s, after a deadly naval clash in March and the North’s shelling of a South Korean island last month.


Still, the risk of an all-out war is low, and the North’s threats of destruction are largely rhetorical.


The North’s tactic of boasting about nuclear advances is a ploy aimed at restarting talks between itself, the South, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, from which it hopes to wring concessions, analysts say.


“Some form of meeting between six-party members could be held during 2011 to discuss North Korea’s uranium enrichment, but chances are very low for any meaningful progress being achieved,” the institute said.


Those involved in the six-party process say they want to resume it, but among them are widely differing starting points.


China, the North’s only major ally and vital financial backer, sees the forum as the best place to begin dialogue, but Seoul, Washington and Tokyo say they first need proof that Pyongyang is committed to dismantling its nuclear work.


“North Korea has displayed national strength and diplomatic skills that exceed its actual capacity. Kim Jong’s mental strength must be exhausted, and it is about time that China loses its patience,” Seoul’s Joongang Daily said in a commentary.


“The time has come for Seoul to strategically manipulate the North Korea-China alliance to encourage estrangement.”

Source: SGGP

Creating advantages for HIV/AIDS children to have normal school lives

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:28 am

A seminar on guaranteeing the right for children, affected by the HIV/AIDS virus, to be able to study, was held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 22.

The seminar was hosted by the Ho Chi Minh City HIV/AIDS Prevention Committee and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).


According to the Legal Aid and Consultancy Center, knowledge of HIV prevention methods and the law on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control have not been widely known. Which means that children living with AIDS virus believed they are stigmatized and discriminated against, especially at kindergartens and primary schools.


The government should launch and support school policies that assist HIV-affected children, most of whom come from poor families.


Statistics show that Vietnam has more than 5,000 school-aged HIV-positive carriers (0-15 years old) and thousands of HIV-affected children.


In related news, the Thi Nghe Center for Orphans and Disabled Children now has more than 2,300 students, since its establishment in 1975. Most of them have physical, intellectually and communication problems to deal with.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam strives to have one million of IT officers with int’l qualifications

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:23 am




Vietnam strives to have one million of IT officers with int’l qualifications


QĐND – Thursday, December 23, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

Vietnam strives to be one of the world’s top 40 nations whose Information Technology (IT) students meet international qualifications by 2015.


This is one of the focal issues debated by delegates at a seminar on training IT human resources in Hanoi on December 23.


Nguyen Nhu Thang, secretary general of the Vietnam Electronic Industries Association said that to fulfill the project’s objectives, Vietnam needs to pay special attention to developing high quality IT staff, who would meet the requirements for international integration. Vietnam now ranks among top five nations in the Asia-Pacific region which have good sources of IT officers.


However, universities and colleges in Vietnam have not achieved good results in training IT human resources. Only one-third of schools meet the requirements in terms of the teaching staff and facilities, said secretary general of the Vietnam Informatics Association, Nguyen Long.


He added that the education sector should call on social organisations to invest in students and help them compete in informatics contests and become international computer programmers.


The Prime Minister has approved a project to promptly turn Vietnam into a power nation in information technology and communications by 2020.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Poor people to have new homes before Tet holiday

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:23 am




Poor people to have new homes before Tet holiday


QĐND – Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 21:9 (GMT+7)

PANO- Permanent Vice-Chairman of The Hanoi People’s Committee, Phi Thai Binh, recently urged investors and entrepreneurs in social housing projects in the locality, to accelerate the implementation.


At a meeting between local authorities and the investors and entrepreneurs, the official asked them to speed up the construction of social housing projects in order to hand over homes to social beneficiaries before the traditional Lunar New Year Holiday.


According to the City Construction Department, there are 8 businesses that are investing in 11 social housing projects with some 16,500 apartments.


The agency estimates that only 1 project has been finished and several others could be wrapped up before the holiday.


Under the schedule, some thousands of low income families in Hanoi can move into their new homes to celebrate the happiest Tet holiday.


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

Over 7,200 public, private hospitals do not have wastewater treatment system

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

Over 7,200 public and private hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City do not have standard wastewater treatment systems, the Department of Health has reported.

These medical clinics have only rudimentary systems at the best and discharged their wastewater into septic tanks, which are then released into the sewerage system.

The old waste water treatment facilities of the Traumatic Orthopedic Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Over 7,200 public and private hospitals do not have wastewater treatment system or the old facilities can’t meet the increase in usage

Approximately 45 central, city and district hospitals and private clinics, have not improved their wastewater treatment systems and the old systems cannot satisfy the increase in usage. The wastewater system is overloaded.

Hospitals said they are short of skill personnel in dealing with the issue, while the relevant agencies have yet to penalize any hospital or clinic that do not meet the requirements of a modern waste treatment system.

However, the city Department of Natural Resources and Environment has fined the Mental Hospital in District 5. The hospital was fined VND6 million and was forced to quickly construct a modern standard wastewater treatment facility.

Hospitals in the city have dumped thousands cubic meters of wastewater into the river environments every day.

Source: SGGP

Pupils of 322 schools in Lam Dong Province now have Internet access

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am




Pupils of 322 schools in Lam Dong Province now have Internet access


QĐND – Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 20:20 (GMT+7)

PANO – 322 out of 326 schools in Lam Dong province have been connected with broadband internet access, achieving 99% of the goal of the program of “Internet for School-Investment for the Future”.


The figure was released in a ceremony to review this program held on December 13th in Dalat City by Viettel Group and the Lam Dong Provincial People’s Committee.


At the ceremony, Pham Quang Da, Director of Viettel’s branch in Lam Dong, said it was very difficult to facilitate internet access in schools in a province where 90% of its territory was forest and mountains. Thus, Viettel needed to bring internet connections to schools into life and make them effective in education and training. Viettel also pledged to ensure free internet access to those schools.


On this occasion, the Director and the Head of Lam Dong Department of Education and Training also signed a minute on completing this three-year program.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Vietnam to have own fleet for flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment by 2015

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm




Vietnam to have own fleet for flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment by 2015


QĐND – Saturday, November 27, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

According to the Vietnam Air Traffic Technical Company (ATTECH), Vietnam will have its own fleet for flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment by 2015.


So far, Vietnam’s aviation industry has been trying to fulfill the goal of its own flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment by 2010, said Mr. Trinh Van Hai, ATTECH’s Director.


Vietnam has been preparing, studying and implementing several practices in flight inspection as well as upgrading it to meet the strict requirements by the aviation industry.


Previously, Vietnam had to commission flight inspection from foreign companies. Because Navaids and Surveillance equipment did not meet ICAO’s standards, causing increases in flight inspection fees, USD 800.000 to 1 million each flight.


Flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment have already been carried out at northern airports, it is projected at airports in central and southern regions in the near future.


Vietnam is expected to have its own fleet of flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment to meet international standards.


Reported by Song Ha/ Photo: vasco.com.vn


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Vietnam to have less than 20 ministries by 2015

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm




Vietnam to have less than 20 ministries by 2015


QĐND – Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 20:29 (GMT+7)

A draft State administrative reform plan has set a target of reducing the number of ministries and ministerial-level agencies to under 20 by 2015.

The number will be further reduced to 15 by 2020, according to the programme that was discussed at a seminar jointly held the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh province on October 12.

The draft aims to define clearly the functions of state administrative agencies in line with the socialist-oriented market mechanism, eliminating the overlapping in function among administrative agencies.

It also targets an annual 10-percent reduction of expenses that organisations and individuals have to pay for administrative procedures.

The one-stop-shop mechanism will be applied in all administrative agencies by 2013 and the rate of satisfaction with services provided by administrative agencies will reach 85 percent of users by 2015, said the programme.

Participants to the seminar, who came from 23 Northern provinces and cities, spoke highly of administrative reform measures put forth by the MoHA. However, they said several objectives in the programme are not feasible such as the goal to have 100 percent of communal cadres receive training.

They also emphasised the lack of suitable salary reform as well as poor investment for the overall administrative reform programme.
Many delegates proposed the building of a supervision mechanism by people and businesses for state administrative agencies. There needs to be regulations on the responsibility of heads of administrative agencies as well as punishments when their staff commit any wrongdoing, they said.

Concluding the seminar, MoHA Deputy Minister Nguyen Tien Dinh said the ministry will continue to revise the draft, taking into account the opinions of local governments, sectors and ministries.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND