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Vietnam – EU’s important partner

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 1:57 am

Cuba announces date for important party congress

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 6:21 am

U.S.A.–Vietnam relationship is important for the region, says Gates

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:51 am




U.S.A.–Vietnam relationship is important for the region, says Gates


QĐND – Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 20:44 (GMT+7)

PANO – U.S Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates, was welcomed to the Hall of Hanoi National University by hundreds of students of the university and cadets from Military Science Academy.


His first visit to Hanoi as Secretary of Defence coincides with the city’s 1,000 year Anniversary, the 15th anniversary of Vietnam–U.S.A. diplomatic relations and 10 years after U.S President Bill Clinton’s visit to this very university.


The younger generations of the U.S.A. and Vietnam now live in a peaceful environment and better mutual understanding than in the war era and the time U.S.A. imposed economic embargoes on Vietnam.


Gates’ official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart, General Phung Quang Thanh, and his participation in the first ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus, signal the rapid development in the two countries’ diplomatic ties.


ADMM Plus gathers defence ministers and representatives of defence ministers from 10 ASEAN countries and the association’s eight dialogue partners. It is good news as defence heads from 18 countries gather in Hanoi, a city for peace, to discuss peace and cooperation in Asia Pacific.


Gates said that he agreed “right on the spot” when General Thanh invited him to attend the first ADMM Plus, a forum expected to provide opportunities for peace, stability and cooperation.


The U.S.A.–Vietnam relations started after the Vietnam War when the two sides committed to find missing soldiers from the war.


He said that the Vietnamese government returned the remains of some U.S. service members as a gesture of goodwill, said Gates.


“And it was this initial cooperation that led us to where we are today – with a vibrant relationship that now spans a range of issues – trade and investment, education and health, and most relevant to my remarks, security and defence,” said Gates in his speech.


Earlier, in his introduction about Mr. Gates, Vu Minh Giang, Deputy Director of Hanoi National University, mentioned President Clinton’s visit to the education institution. He reminded Gates of Clinton’s regret that Vietnam and U.S. lost many chances to cooperate in the past, solely due to a lack of mutual understanding.


Listing the collaborative efforts of the two sides over the years, Gates held that these would provide invaluable opportunities to build knowledge and trust between the two countries’ defence institutions.


“The growing U.S.A.–Vietnam relationship is not only important for the U.S and Vietnam but also for the region as a whole,” Gates stressed.


He said that Vietnam has been a leader in promoting greater multilateral cooperation.


“It’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year is an excellent example,” said Gates.


“In fact, Vietnam’s vision to push forward on such collaboration is one reason I’m here today,” he added.


When promoting mutual understanding can help promote cooperation, peace and Vietnam–U.S.A. relationship, ADMM Plus is a cornerstone forum that lays foundation for cooperation in a sensitive area of security and defence.


“This meeting represents a historic and very welcome move to a higher level of regional security dialogue, with defence ministers formally coming together for the first time to build tangible coopreation on range of security issues,” Gates stressed in his speech to the students.


He said that, by allowing defence ministers to more exchange of views and by developing the operational infrastructure for future efforts, this forum will build trust and transparency in the whole region.


While ADMM Plus can build those, it is reasonable to believe that not only the youth in Vietnam and U.S.A., but also in the region, can live in their tomorrows, a future of peace and prosperity.


Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

City’s important historical site in danger of falling into oblivion

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

While the Cu Chi Tunnels has long been one of hottest attractions for both local and international tourists, another historical underground site, the Phu Tho Hoa Tunnels, has not achieved popularity among the people of Ho Chi Minh City.

                              Phu Tho Hoa Tunnel

Located at 139 Phu Tho Hoa Street in the Tan Phu District, the tunnel was built in 1947 and is more than one km long.

There, army troops concealed themselves during the nation’s two resistance wars against the French and the Americans.

The tunnel was recognized as a “National historical site” by the Ministry of Culture and Information (former name of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism) in 1996.

Now, however, the important historical site has been all but deserted. Rarely, meetings of veterans have been organized at the site, and sometimes schools in the district take students there on field trips, in the hopes imparting knowledge of revolutionary traditions to the younger generation.

“The tunnel with very few scattered objects has been damaged by the weather and time,” said Mr. Ngo Van Chung, head of Tan Phu District’s traditional department.

Municipal and local authorities should focus on commemorating the memories of martyrs of the revolutionary period, building steel reinforcements in order to display for future generations, how these tunnels functioned.

In addition to restoring and preserving the Phu Tho Hoa Tunnel, efforts must be made in advertising, to bring sufficient attention to the tunnel, so that the cultural historical site may become a destination for future visitors, as well as upcoming generations of Vietnamese people.


 

Source: SGGP

Protecting Dong Nai River crucially important: conference

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:37 am

A meeting was held January 29 in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss measures to protect the Dong Nai River Basin in Dong Nai Province next to the city.


Participants stressed that it is crucially important to save the river from alarming levels of pollution.








A section of the Dong Nai River (Photo: SGGP)

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held the convention with participation from the HCM City People’s Committee and representatives from 12 provinces and cities along the Dong Nai River.

The latest inspection of the river showed the water was heavily contaminated, while the most polluted section near the Cam Ly waterfall in Lam Dong Province spreads to the northern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, the ministry said.

Bui Cach Tuyen, deputy head of the Department of Environment under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said provinces along the river have the most developed industries, services and urbanization in the country, accounting for 58 percent of Vietnam’s GDP. 

In the past two years, these provinces have achieved a growth rate of over 10 percent and are the most populated areas in the country accounting for 15 million residents. The continually growing populace, especially in urban areas, has only worsened pollution in the river.

Much of the vegetation around the riverhead has also been destroyed in the quest to exploit the area’s natural resources. As a result, the river valley’s former bio-diversity has decreased immensely.
Several industrial parks and businesses have not invested in waste treatment systems, or if they have installed them, fail to operate them properly. Since 2007, some 900 firms in Binh Duong, over 200 in HCM City, and 116 in the southern province of Binh Phuoc have been penalized for breaching environmental regulations.


In 2008, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung set up the Committee for the Protection of the Environment of Dong Nai River Valley following years of warnings from scientists that the river was in serious danger.

But according to Mr. Tuyen of the environment ministry, the committee has not been effective because members are provincial officials who are too busy with other work to pay sufficient attention to the problem.


A lack of funding has also plagued the committee’s operations, said Mr. Tuyen.

To date, only the Mekong Delta province of Long An has set up its own committee to carry out river protection projects while the Government has not provided any funding.

Low public awareness of the river’s pollution also needs to be addressed, said Mr. Tuyen.


The environment ministry asked 12 provincial managers at the meeting to make concerted efforts to protect the river. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Pham Khoi Nguyen ordered cities and provinces along the river, including HCM City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, and Tay Ninh, to use all available resources and official development assistance (ODA) capital to construct waste treatment plants. 

Enterprises must also install monitoring systems and carry out environmental quality analyses as well as oversee waste discharge from industrial zones by 2020.

HCM City Chairman Le Hoang Quan directed the Department of Environment to liaise with the 12 provinces to report on infrastructure including industrial parks, golf courses, and water resources; to enhance the oversight of environmental protection activities at industrial processing zones; to raise public awareness about environmental degradation; and to call for the public’s help in cracking down on environmental violations.

The city chairman also proposed that the Ministry of Finance allow the provinces to use capital from preferential loans, environmental funds, enterprises and ODA to carry out more river protection projects.





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Vietnamese women play increasingly important role

In Social life on March 9, 2010 at 8:49 am




Vietnamese women play increasingly important role


QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)


PANO – A solemn meeting to commemorate 1970 years of the Hai Ba Trung (Trung Sisters) Uprising and 100 years of the International Women’s Day was held on March 7th in Hanoi by the Vietnam Women’s Union.

Present at the meeting were Mrs. Ha Thi Khiet, Chief of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation; Mrs. Tong Thi Phong, Vice-chairwoman of the National Assembly, Tong Thi Phong; State Vice-president Nguyen Thi Doan; Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, Huynh Dam; and nearly 700 outstanding women delegates representing heroic mothers, people’s armed women heroes and heroic women labourers.


Addressing the meeting, Mrs. Ha Thi Khiet highly valued the outstanding examples of Vietnamese women, who had made great contribution to the Vietnamese heroic revolutionary traditions in the previous national liberation cause as well as present economic development, while preserving the traditional beautiful features of Vietnamese women.


Today, the Women’s Union plays a major role in society. Under the leadership of the Party, Vietnamese women enjoy equal opportunities, conditions and rights as men in all areas of life. In fact, contributions by the Vietnamese women to politics, society and economy are enormous and enduring.


On the occasion, the Women’s Union Central Committee granted savings books worth VND 5million each to women with difficulties.

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND