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Many countries commit to helping Vietnam in developing low carbon economy

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

Northern Europe countries and Japan had undertaken to choose Vietnam to pilot the programs to develop low carbon economy, the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said at a press conference on December 14.

Norway pledged a support package of US$100 million for the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD) of Vietnam.

Besides, the meeting between high officials in agriculture, food security and climate changes and the chairman of World Bank, Prime Minister of Thailand, and the US Agriculture minister had raised $4.5 billion for REDD program and $6.5 billion for the climate change funds.

The press conference was held to report the activities of Vietnamese delegation at the sixteenth Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 to December 10.

Source: SGGP

Army units active in helping people in flooding

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Lending a helping hand to Agent Orange victims

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Lending a helping hand to Agent Orange victims

QĐND – Monday, April 05, 2010, 21:53 (GMT+7)

A seminar was held in Quang Ngai province on April 5 to discuss the consequences of Agent Orange/Dioxin on the environment and people’s health.

This was part of a project carried out by the Hanoi Public Medicine University in coordination with the Quang Ngai provincial Department for Health to provide assistance to victims of toxic chemicals sprayed by US troops during the war in Vietnam.

In his report, Professor-Doctor Le Ngoc Trong, an adviser in the project, described the US’s chemical warfare in Vietnam was the cruelest in human history.

He said that during the war, the US forces sprayed 72 million litres of toxic chemicals over 2,600 million hectares of land and forest, accounting for more than 10 percent of southern Vietnam.

Participants at the seminar also discussed measures for rehabilitation of Agent Orange victims.

Doctor Tran Trong Hai from the Hanoi Public Medicine University raised a project on functional rehabilitation for Agent Orange victims from 2008 to 2010 in Thai Binh, Quang Ngai and Dong Nai provinces, at a total cost of VND25 billion.

According to recent statistics from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Quang Ngai now has 16,000 people with disabilities suffering Agent Orange infection. The province and relevant agencies have mobilised tens of millions of Vietnam dong, built nearly 300 charity houses and provided free healthcare services for about 5,000 local Agent Orange victims. At present, more than 4,000 families of Agent Orange victims are still living below the poverty line.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Woman devotes life to helping other poor females

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:24 am

Hoang Thi Xuyen, chairwoman of Tam Thon Hiep Commune Women’s Union, has spent more than two decades endeavoring to help poor women in her community. 

The remote Tam Thon Hiep Commune, located in Ho Chi Minh City’s Can Gio District, is extremely poor and has a high rate of illiteracy. Seeing a need to help other women like herself, Ms. Xuyen has devoted most of her life to improving the circumstances of other needy women in the area.
Not only has she helped teach numerous residents to read and write, she has also helped hundreds of women find jobs and start their own businesses. 

Hoang Thi Xuyen (L), chairwoman of Tam Thon Hiep Commune Women’s Union, visits a local resident who opened her own store thanks to a loan provided by the union (Photo: SGGP)

No stranger to hardship
At the age of 20, Ms. Xuyen moved to the commune with her parents and seven brothers and sisters as part of a city-based program that encouraged people to work as farmers in remote areas.
Her family endured much hardship and was unable to adapt to the harsh land, which was contaminated with alum and salt. They struggled daily just to eke out a living.  
One after another, Ms. Xuyen’s family members returned to the inner city to live and work, leaving the young woman and her husband behind. The tenacious couple was determined, however, to struggle to the end.
But sadly, when Ms. Xuyen was just 26, her husband passed away after suffering a terminal illness, leaving her alone to raise their two children in the harsh environment.
To cope with her sadness, Ms. Xuyen threw herself into work and took part in social activities during her free time.
By the time she was 35, Ms. Xuyen was a long-standing and well-respected member of the community. She had earned the trust and admiration of other local farmers and was selected as chairwoman of the commune farmers’ association. Five years later, she was elected chairwoman of the commune women’s union.
In her leadership roles, Ms. Xuyen spent many years working closely with other poor women and their families. Having come from a difficult background herself, she could empathize with them, and wanted to help relieve their struggles.
The women’s union began offering small loans to poor families who wanted to start their own businesses, but as Ms. Xuyen began speaking to people interested in the program, she found that many women were illiterate.
Realizing that the loans would do little to help the women start businesses if they couldn’t read or write, Ms. Xuyen pledged to educate the women first. Once they were literate, then they could focus on finding jobs and starting businesses.  
Each day, she and other union members would go to illiterate women’s houses and encourage them to attend reading and writing classes taught by herself and other women.
Ms. Xuyen said, “At the beginning, it was very difficult to hold classes because the women didn’t want to go and we couldn’t find a teacher.”
“After patiently convincing them, 12 finally agreed to come to the class and all of them eventually learned how to read and write,” she said.
Despite her focus on improving the lives of others, Ms. Xuyen always strived to improve her own knowledge as well. After working and teaching during the day, she would prepare dinner for her children at home before attending a continuing education class in the inner city at night.
At almost 50 years old, Ms. Xuyen completed her education program as well as an intermediate politics program.  

Working with her whole heart
Wanting to do more for poor, unemployed women and their families, Ms. Xuyen decided to launch a zero-interest loan program for 40 women to start their own businesses.
Though the loans are only VND2 million (US$105) each, it has helped many women open small eateries and earn enough money to cover their families’ daily expenses.
“In carrying out the union’s social activities, we have to be patient and have a good heart,” said Ms. Xuyen.
Ms. Xuyen has also found jobs for 250 local women.
She said she hopes her own story will inspire others who have faced hardship to take on similar social work and make a difference in their communities.

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State Bank denies rumor of helping commercial banks

In Vietnam Banking Finance on December 16, 2009 at 10:40 am

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) on December 15 denied a rumor of pumping VND30 trillion into commercial banks to fortify liquidity as it was applying measures to limit credit growth in order to control inflation.

On the stock market, the rumor prompted investors to increase buying. Banking shares hit the ceiling of their regulated daily trading bands with high liquidity.

Governor Nguyen Van Giau said the State Bank encouraged competition among commercial banks, adding that the banks should set interest rates in line with their capabilities.

Earlier, a rumor that SBV would tighten monetary policy, increase compulsory reserves, and issue VND1 million bank notes, caused an immediate slump on Vietnam’s stock market December 2.

Bank officials denied the rumor.

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ADB, Australia continue helping Laos reduce poverty

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Vientiane (VNA) – The Asian Development Bank and the Australian government have decided to extend non-refundable aid worth about 17 million USD to help Laos develop its tourist industry and to reduce poverty in the country.

An agreement underscoring the aid was signed late last week in Vientiane.

Accordingly, the Australian government agreed to inject 10 million AUD (roughly 7 million USD) into the poverty reduction programme, scheduled to be implemented during 2008-2011.

The ADB has contributed 10 million USD to the second phase of a sustainable tourism development programme in the Sub-Mekong region. This phase will be carried out in the Lao capital of Vientiane, as well as the provinces of Bokeo, Luang Namtha and Savannakhet.-