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Hung Yen urged to become Vietnam’s hi-tech hub

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm




Hung Yen urged to become Vietnam’s hi-tech hub


QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:56 (GMT+7)

The northern province of Hung Yen should take full advantages of its favourable location and human resources to become the country’s hi-tech and industrial centre.


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stated this during his visit to the Red River Delta province on May 11.


In addition, the province should develop agriculture and value-added services to develop fast and sustainably in the next five years, the PM told local officials.


In spite of speaking highly of Hung Yen’s achievements in all fields over the past years, Dung still pointed out weaknesses in agricultural and industrial production as well as the environmental pollution issue the province is facing.


Based on the socio-economic development master plan, Hung Yen should design specific plans for its infrastructure, healthcare and education facilities and industrial zones to prevent them from developing uncontrollably, said the PM.


Also, the province needs to bring new technologies into production, added the PM while calling for more investments in the local hi-tech and industrial zones.


Source: Vietnam+


Source: QDND

Thai troops on Bangkok streets to protect financial hub

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:44 am

Hundreds of Thai troops, many of them armed, were deployed on the streets of Bangkok early Monday to protect the city’s financial heart from anti-government rallies, AFP reporters witnessed.


Military and riot police were deployed in the central financial district, known as Silom, close to the Reds’ current rally base in the capital’s commercial heartland.


“If they come up Silom road, we will block the Red Shirts. We will not attack them, we are blocking them,” a soldier said, asking not to be named. The security personnel had stacked uncoiled barbwire at the roadside.

Source: SGGP

Thai protesters skirmish with police in tourist hub

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 9:05 am

Scuffles broke out in Bangkok Tuesday between riot police and thousands of angry protesters, who vowed to “break every checkpoint” in the capital in a bid to topple the government.

Anti-government protesters use barriers to push back riot policemen during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, April 6, 2010.

The red-shirted supporters of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra lobbed plastic bottles and pushed against police barricades, paralysing Bangkok’s shopping and hotel district for a fourth day, despite the threat of arrest.


“We are ready to fight and die here,” Red Shirt leader Nattawut Saikuar said with a raised fist on a rally stage.


“The government put pressure on us, but we are staying put,” he said. “Now we will retaliate with our own offensive.”


Riot police earlier surrounded tens of thousands of Red Shirts who have been rallying in the city’s commercial centre since Saturday, after the government declared it was illegal to gather there and on 11 other routes.


“We will resume our march on the 11 banned roads and break every checkpoint,” Nattawut told the crowd, calling for thousands of protesters to drive the military back to the barracks.


Soon afterwards, a group of red-shirted protesters on motorbikes forced their way past a security checkpoint on one road in the capital, knocking over a policeman, an AFP reporter witnessed.


No injuries were reported following the minor skirmishes.


The Reds, mostly from the Thailand’s poor north, say the Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s government is illegitimate because it came to power through a parliamentary vote in 2008 after a court stripped Thaksin’s allies of power.


“We will not end our demand for house dissolution. I’m not afraid of being arrested,” said Noolah Ungpao, a 50-year-old farmer from the country’s northeast.


The Thai authorities reassured the public that they were not planning to crackdown on the protesters, and later called off the riot police, but said they were ready to enforce the law to clear them from the tourist district.


“There is no crackdown and we will restore normalcy … as soon as possible,” Colonel Sunsern Kaewkumnerd said in a national television address.


Red-clad protesters waving flags swarmed downtown Bangkok on foot, by motorbike and in cars, causing gridlock on major roads and forcing major stores to remain closed.


The military has mounted a heavy security response, deploying 50,000 personnel at one point to try to contain the protests, which drew as many as 100,000 people on the first day on March 14.


As many as 50,000 protesters massed late Monday in the tourist heartland and about 38,000 remained as of midday Tuesday, according to police.


The government wants to avoid a repeat of last April’s clashes with Red Shirts that left two people dead, six months after riot police took on the rival Yellow Shirts in bloody scenes outside parliament.


“We have specifically given instructions to the officers they cannot cause confrontation or use force excessively,” said government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn.


But he said the protesters could be prosecuted if they do not allow traffic to flow through the key commercial area.


The Reds’ gathering in the tourist hub has been banned under a strict security law that could land the protesters with a year in jail.


The authorities will seek arrest warrants for 10 protest leaders Tuesday, said deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who is in charge of security.


“They would be arrested on stage,” he told reporters.


Business chiefs have warned the protests could inflict heavy losses on tourism and other industries.


Thai society is split between the Reds, who accuse Abhisit’s government of being elitist and army-backed, and the Yellow Shirts, supporters of the country’s establishment who accuse Thaksin of gross corruption.


Thaksin, a billionaire former telecoms tycoon, lives abroad to avoid a jail term for graft at home.


 

Source: SGGP

Thai PM calls on Red Shirts to leave Bangkok tourist hub

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2010 at 9:45 am

BANGKOK, April 4, 2010 (AFP) – Thailand’s prime minister Sunday urged anti-government protesters to end a crippling picket in Bangkok’s tourist hub but stopped short of ordering their forced dispersal.


The “Red Shirts”, who are demanding elections to pave the way for the return of fugitive deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra, escalated their three-week rally Saturday, massing in the main shopping and luxury hotel district.

Thai riot-policemen stand guard during anti-government protests by Red Shirts supporters at a tourist hub in Bangkok on April 4, 2010. AFP photo

With businesses and tourism threatened, the government banned the gathering under a strict security law invoked to cover the protests, and threatened protesters with a year in jail.


But thousands of Reds, most of whom have travelled from Thailand’s poorer rural northern provinces, defied the warning and refused to budge overnight.


In a televised address, premier Abhisit Vejjajiva urged the Red Shirts, so called because of the colour of their trademark clothing, to return to their main protest site in the capital’s government quarter.


“The gathering is violating laws. (We) have issued an announcement asking protesters to leave. The announcement does not mean the government will disperse the protest,” said Abhisit.


“(We) know that some people want the government to use tough measures but we are all Thai. The government will use international standards starting with soft measures,” he said.


Abhisit said the government hoped to end the standoff through dialogue but he has refused to rule out invoking emergency rule — which would ban gatherings of more than five people — if the situation worsens.


The Red Shirts, who accuse the government of being elitist and army-backed, insisted they would stay put until Abhisit dissolved the lower house.


“The police can hand us an order but we will continue to stay here to call for our demand to be met,” said protest leader Nattawut Saikuar.


Despite sweltering temperatures, police estimated that about 60,000 people joined Saturday’s protest.


The demonstrations snarled traffic and forced many shopping malls and stores to close, but tourists seemed largely unfazed by the rally, which had a carnival-like atmosphere with dancing and live music in the streets.


Thailand has been wracked in recent years by a string of protests by the Red Shirts and their rival Yellow Shirts, whose campaign in 2008 led to a crippling nine-day blockade of the country’s airports.


The military has mounted a heavy security response involving 50,000 personnel for the protests.


The Reds oppose the coup that toppled Thaksin in 2006 and say Abhisit’s government is undemocratic because it took office through a parliamentary vote after a court stripped Thaksin’s allies of power.


Thaksin, a billionaire former telecoms tycoon who lives abroad to avoid a jail term for graft at home, has regularly addressed the protesters via videolink, urging them not to back down.


“All people in Bangkok as well as the provinces please come out… to fight for equality,” he said in his Saturday speech. “Victory belongs not only to the Red Shirts but the entire Thai nation.”


The Reds have staged a series of dramatic stunts to press their demands, including throwing their own blood at Abhisit’s offices.


They rioted in Bangkok in April last year, leaving two dead and scores injured.

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Source: SGGP

Thai govt tries legal moves to oust Reds from tourist hub

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2010 at 9:28 am

BANGKOK, April 4, 2010 (AFP) – Thailand’s government on Sunday said it would seek a court order to force anti-government protesters, loyal to ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, to end their crippling rally in Bangkok’s tourist hub.


The “Red Shirts”, who are demanding immediate elections to pave the way for the return of fugitive Thaksin, escalated their three-week rally a day earlier, massing in the capital’s main shopping and luxury hotel district.

Red Shirts supporters shout slogans during anti-government protests at a tourist hub in Bangkok on April 4, 2010. AFP photo

With businesses and tourism threatened, the government has banned the gathering under a strict security law invoked to cover the protests, and threatened protesters with a year in jail.


Deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban, in charge of security, said the government would seek a court order to increase pressure on the Reds to leave after the weekend.


“Legal experts are drafting a request to submit to court tomorrow. When we have a court order the government will see what we can do,” said Suthep.


“We will avoid force which risks clashes. But we may have to send authorities to the site.”


Police said about 30,000 Reds, most of whom come from Thailand’s poorer rural northern provinces, have ignored the government’s warning to remain on Sunday.


“I am not afraid of being arrested and put in jail. I am sure I will have many people there with me,” said one defiant protester, Kampa Ngaokor, a 55-year-old farmer from the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum.


In a televised address, premier Abhisit Vejjajiva urged the Red Shirts to return to a protest site in the capital’s government quarter.


“(We) know that some people want the government to use tough measures but we are all Thai. The government will use international standards starting with soft measures,” Abhisit said.


Authorities are seeking to avoid a repeat of last April’s clashes with Red Shirts that left two people dead, six months after riot police took on the Reds’ rival Yellow Shirts in other bloody scenes outside parliament.


Thai society is split between Thaksin’s Reds, who accuse Abhisit’s government of being elitist and army-backed, and the Yellow Shirts, supporters of the country’s establishment who accuse Thaksin of gross corruption.


The Reds continued their demonstrations under sun umbrellas amid sweltering temperatures on Sunday, forcing many shopping malls to close for a second day and seizing up traffic in the district.


“We use our rights (to stay) under the constitution because this is a peaceful protest,” Red Shirt leader Nattawut Saikuar told reporters.


Police said some 60,000 protesters had filled the upmarket shopping area on Saturday, but tourists appeared largely unfazed, with some enjoying the rally’s carnival-like atmosphere with dancing and live music in the streets.


The military has mounted a heavy security response involving 50,000 personnel for the protests.


The Reds oppose the coup that toppled Thaksin in 2006 and say Abhisit’s government is undemocratic because it took office through a parliamentary vote after a court stripped Thaksin’s allies of power.


Thaksin, a billionaire former telecoms tycoon who lives abroad to avoid a jail term for graft at home, has regularly addressed the protesters via videolink, urging them not to back down.


The Reds have staged a series of dramatic stunts to press their demands, including throwing their own blood at Abhisit’s offices.


They rioted in Bangkok in April last year, leaving two dead and scores injured.


The Yellow Shirts’ protests precipitated the 2006 coup that deposed Thaksin, while their 2008 campaign led to a crippling nine-day blockade of the country’s airports.

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Source: SGGP

Can Tho to become air transportation hub

In Vietnam Travel on October 20, 2009 at 7:59 am




Can Tho to become air transportation hub


QĐND – Monday, October 19, 2009, 20:41 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO) will soon open new air routes to link localities in the Mekong Delta, the company recently announced.


Under its set plan, Can Tho will become an air transportation hub in the region, from which air routes will reach other regional localities.


At present, VASCO is in the process of scheduling 2 new air routes between Can Tho and Phu Quoc island and Con Dao island. The 2 new air routes are expected to be operational next year.


Officials stated the establishment of the new air routes in the region will, in part, boost local socio-economic and tourism development.


Translated by Thu Nguyen


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Southern economic hub emerges as nation’s largest IT manufacturer

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2008 at 12:36 pm

The Ho Chi Minh City Computer Association (HCA) has contributed 60 percent to national information technology revenue, making it the largest professional IT organisation in Vietnam .

HCA’s President Chu Tien Dung speaking on November 14 at a ceremony to mark the association’s 20 th anniversary, reported that in 2007, HCA earned 150 million USD from software exports, accounting for 30 percent of the national total.

Dung added that his organisation was the first in the country to successfully establish and run professional clubs such as the Information and Communications Technology Reseller Club and the Open Solutions Club.

The International Data Group (IDG) in Indochina and the Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) said that HCA is an important partner. Jetro’s Vietnam director Kitashima affirmed Jetro’s commitment to maintaining its strategic partnership with the HCA to promote IT trade and investment in Vietnam and human resources development.

HCA members include three major IT centres; the Quang Trung Software Park , the Saigon Software Park (SSP) and the Thua Thien-Hue IT Centre. Up to 28 other foreign IT businesses, including international giants such as Aptech and Cisco, are also its members.

With a total membership of 1,500, the organisation has huge influence on approximately 20,000 people employed in the IT sector.-

From polluted site to commercial hub

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2008 at 4:22 pm

HCM CITY — Dong Nai Province has sought Government approval to close down the factories in Bien Hoa I Industrial Park that are causing pollution and turn it into a services and business centre.


The IP situated in Bien Hoa city, built in 1963, has 94 domestic and foreign plants that were recently found to be seriously polluting the environment, especially the air and water.


The factories discharge 15,000cu.m of wastewater daily but only a fraction of it — 200cu.m — is treated by the park’s 16 wastewater treatment plants. The rest is discharged untreated into the Dong Nai River.


The lead content in the wastewater has been found to be four times the permissible level.


The province has told the Government that the green cover and entertainment facilities for workers in the park too are inadequate.


The plan, if approved, is expected to take five to seven years to implement.


There are 183 IPs in the country, most of them in the south-east, Hong (Red) River Delta, and central region.


Most of them suffer from a dearth of facilities to treat wastewater and gases that are then directly discharged into the environment.


It is estimated they discharge 220,000 tonnes of solid waste and 47.2 million cu.m of wastewater per year. —

Can Tho aims to become southwest’s industrial hub

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2008 at 1:33 pm







Workers at the package production plant of Song Hau Food Co in the southern city of Can Tho. The city has set a goal to become the Mekong Delta’s industrial hub by 2020. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai

CAN THO — Can Tho’s municipal government is giving its all to make the city the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta’s industrial hub by 2020.


The city’s industrial production value till this month may reach up to VND6.2 trillion (US$387.5 million), putting the accumulated value 21 per cent ahead of schedule.


The city has several policies to encourage development, from providing loans to helping local firms update their equipment and expand domestic and foreign markets. Can Tho’s targeted industrial production value this year is VND15.5 trillion ($969 million).


Hundreds of billions of dong have been earmarked for infrastructural development projects, including expansion of the power grids at Cai Rang, Ninh Kieu, Binh Thuy Districts and Tra Noc II Industrial Parks.


The city’s People’s Committee asked the Government to accelerate construction of the Can Tho Bridge and Tra Noc Airport.


The city’s Department of Industry has also requested the Ministry of Industry to finish the O Mon Thermo Power Plant. —

Can Tho urged to become Mekong Delta economic hub

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged the orchard-rich Can Tho city to gear into becoming an industrial hub before 2020 to serve as the economic momentum for the entire Mekong Delta.

The Government leader gave the instruction at a working session with the municipal leadership on July 28, part of his Mekong Delta inspection tour.

Can Tho should take firm measures to achieve its annual targets, especially to increase its GDP growth rate to over 16.5 percent and exports revenues to over 670 million USD, Dung said.

He asked the city to set up human resource development centres for the entire region, where vocational training serves the regional development strategy.

“Can Tho should develop hi-tech industry and expand processing facilities to increase the agricultural production value on the same cultivated land, as well as to develop tourism and services,” the PM said.

He called on the city to take care of the environment, especially in water resources and waste treatment, during economic development.

In support of the city’s development efforts, especially infrastructure, the Government leader instructed the Ministry of Transport to consider investing in dredging its canal system and building the Can Tho and Cai Cui ports, and the Can Tho bridge.

He also earmarked the ministry to support building five highways and upgrading highway No.91, a road in south of Hau river, and a stretch of the Ho Chi Minh Highway .

“The Ministry of Transport should help the city put the Can Tho international airport into operation by December this year,” he said.

Dung also asked the Ministry of Construction to help Can Tho in urban and industrial parks zoning to prevent, as much as possible, the taking of cultivated land.

Founded just four years ago, Can Tho city’s administration is one of few nationwide fulfilling most of its half-year targets – GDP growth reaching 12.66 percent, industrial production up by 16.9 percent and exports revenue by 57.5 percent while its poverty rate fell to less than 8 percent.-