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Ophthalmologic experts meet in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:59 am

The annual meeting on prevention of blindness opened in Hanoi on December 11. Attracting more than 600 doctors, surgeons and technological experts from eyes centres and hospitals from 63 Vietnamese provinces and cities along with many international experts, the ophthalmologic sector discussed its progress over the years.

The annual meeting on prevention of blindness opened in Hanoi on December 11. (

The meeting provided an opportunity for ophthalmologic doctors at home and abroad to exchange ideas and discuss various advances made in the latest research projects. 81 topics relating to the Ophthalmologic sector were discussed at the meeting.

The meeting also reviewed the results of  preventive measures taken in Vietnam and plans for future applicable measures to be taken in the coming years.

According to statistics, the number of blind cases in Vietnam had decreased from 0.63 percent in 2002 to 0.5 percent in 2010.  However, the Vietnam Ophthalmologic sector still faced many challenges and focused on targets set to achieve by 2020.

As of now, Vietnam has more than 373,000 people who faced total blindness due to cataract. Many cataract patients faced great difficulty in their daily lives and were also unable to meet the cost of treatment. Furthermore, over 3 million teenaged children suffered impairment of their sight due to refractive errors.

Apart from the meeting, an exhibition was held to introduce new advanced ophthalmologic methods and achievements in Vietnam and other parts of the world.


Source: SGGP

EU finance ministers to meet on Irish aid plan Sunday

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm

European Union finance ministers are to meet in Brussels on Sunday to discuss the EU aid plan for debt-ravaged Ireland, a French source said Saturday.

The source familiar with the issue said French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde had called for a meeting of her colleagues from eurozone countries, to be joined afterwards by ministers from the rest of the EU.

Originally it had been planned for them to communicate simply by telephone to approve the package worth 85 billion euros (113 billion dollars) and its conditions, the source added.


Source: SGGP

Russia’s Medvedev to meet Japan’s PM: spokeswoman

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 5:23 am

HCM City students meet former MU footballer

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 at 6:23 am

ASEAN economic senior officials meet in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 1:39 am

ASEAN economic senior officials meet in Hanoi

QĐND – Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

ASEAN economic senior officials gathered in Hanoi on October 27 to review procedures and documents for the ASEAN Economic Community Council Meeting on October 28.

They discussed measures to strengthen the ASEAN economic community in 2015 and the methods members could achieve their own economic goals.

They also discussed a document that will be signed to strengthen economic co-operation between ASEAN and its partners. Inner bloc co-operation will present two important documents: a Protocol to Provide Special Consideration for Rice and Sugar and a Protocol to Implement the Eighth Package of Commitments. They will also review a document between ASEAN and China to facilitate trade and grant certificates of origin.

Officials also evaluated some ASEAN co-operation activities to create the best conditions for businesses to operate.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Currency frictions as G20 powers meet

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 7:56 am

The world’s top finance officials convene in South Korea Friday, stalked by currency disputes that threaten to destabilise a fragile recovery from the global economic crisis.

G20 finance ministers and central bankers were to start a two-day meeting at 0645 GMT in preparation for a Seoul summit next month grouping leaders of nations at the heart of the forex row, including the US and Chinese presidents.

Ministers from the G7 industrialised nations were gathering in the southern city of Gyeongju, facing warnings that failure to rectify skewed patterns of economic growth could ignite trade protectionism.

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said this week he planned to use the meetings to promote efforts to “rebalance” the world economy so it is less reliant on US consumers, who are still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis.

The United States wants to establish “norms” on exchange-rate policy, and persuade other nations that it does not aim to devalue its way back to prosperity, he told the Wall Street Journal.

Japanese Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C) speaks during a media briefing at a hotel before the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Gyeongju on October 22, 2010

With a super-loose US monetary policy weakening the dollar, major emerging G20 economies such as South Korea, Brazil and Indonesia have intervened in recent weeks to curb their own currencies and protect exporters.

But for the United States, which is in the full throes of election season, China lies at the root of the problem owing to its policy of keeping a firm lid on the yuan’s value to safeguard its humming export machine.

The verbal sparring has sparked warnings that the world could degenerate into an all-out “currency war” as rich powers and big emerging economies resort to unilateral action — undermining multilateral bodies such as the G20.

Japan’s Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Friday that the G20 must “reaffirm” the need for more flexibility in emerging countries’ currencies during the talks in South Korea.

Apparently signalling they want a temporary truce, the G20 ministers will pledge to “refrain from competitive undervaluation” of their currencies, according to a draft statement obtained by Dow Jones Newswires.

The Group of 20 will “move towards (a) more market-determined exchange rate system”, the draft said, without spelling out how.

But the group would also minimise “adverse effects of excess volatility and disorderly movements in exchange rates” — apparently reflecting concerns of Asian and other export-reliant nations about rapid rises in their currencies.

“The only solution is dialogue: we should search together for coordinated measures to resume a more balanced global growth that encourages internal demand in some countries and brakes it in others,” French central bank chief Christian Noyer said in an interview with business daily Les Echos.

“There is agreement within the G7 for the greatest possible stability on the currency markets,” he was quoted as saying.

One idea pushed by the US administration is for exporting powerhouses such as China to limit their overall current-account surpluses, as a backdoor way of making them appreciate their currencies.

China this week surprised markets by raising interest rates to rein in accelerating inflation, but has shown little appetite for coordinated action to unshackle the yuan for fearing of driving exporting companies out of business.

And the US suggestion to target the current account appears to be getting short shrift from other G20 members, with Japan’s Noda calling it “not realistic”.

G20 ministers will also discuss reforms to give emerging nations more say at the International Monetary Fund, which is working on its own proposals to reform the global currency system.

The South Korean hosts are pushing for a global financial safety net to safeguard countries from the effect of sudden damaging capital flows, which have surged as the dollar has declined.

Also on the agenda are talks about tighter controls over mega-banks and finance firms blamed for triggering the world crisis.

The draft G20 statement said cooperation is essential to maintain a global recovery that is “moving ahead, albeit in a fragile and uneven way”.

Source: SGGP

GMS senior officials to meet in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:18 pm

GMS senior officials to meet in Hanoi

QĐND – Monday, August 02, 2010, 23:28 (GMT+7)

Ministers from six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries will meet in Hanoi on August 20 to discuss the GMS long-term strategy for the next 10 years.

According to a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on August 2, representatives from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as ADB officials will agree on plans to improve transport and commercial activities in the GMS. The plans aim to boost economic growth in the post-crisis era.

Since 1992, these six GMS countries have joined a comprehensive programme on various areas of economic co-operation, including transport, energy, telecommunications, and human resources development with support from ADB and other partners.

The General Director of the ADB’s Southeast Asian Department, Kunio Senga said in one generation, Mekong region countries have turned from mutual disagreement to economic co-operation and achieved significant results in poverty reduction. In the next decade, GMS countries will develop co-operative programmes into a new height, he said.

Mr Kunio expressed his hope that GMS will devise additional measures to improve infrastructure, and business environment, better organise trans-national transactions, and protect their social environment.

As a regional bank, ADB helps to promote co-operation among GMS countries through building roads, ports, railways, electric generation equipment, sanitation services and safe water according to international standards. ADB also supports the development of “soft areas”, including trade agreements and transport and measures to protect the environment, safe energy solutions, and efforts to deal with climate change.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Ecuador urges meet to calm Colombia-Venezuela row

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:18 am

Ecuador has called for a presidential summit of the Unasur group of South American nations to deal with the diplomatic breakdown between Bogota and Caracas over Colombian rebels allegedly operating in Venezuela.

“We invite the heads of state to meet so they can directly take on and deal with the issues we’ve addressed in this meeting,” Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said after four hours of closed-door discussions with his Unasur colleagues.

A leadership summit of the Union of South American Nations, he added, “will be very useful to Colombia and Venezuela in paving the road” to a peaceful resolution of their diplomatic crisis.

The Unasur foreign ministers meeting was the latest step in a diplomatic row stemming from Colombia’s claim that some 1,500 guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and National Liberation Army (ELN) — both of which have been fighting Bogota for decades — are now operating from Venezuela.

A guard of honour stands next to the coffins of nine navy soldiers during their funeral in Bogota, Colombia after they were killed by Marxist FARC rebels in the south of the country.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said his government had requested the meeting to respond to the “grave threats and grave attacks” on it by the government of President Alvaro Uribe of neighboring Colombia.

While accusing the Uribe government of “slander, manipulation, lies” against Venezuela and its President Hugo Chavez, Maduro said he would propose ways “we can retake the path of peace.”

Colombia’s Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez said he would appeal to his South American colleagues for help in preventing Colombian rebel forces from taking refuge in Venezuela, or elsewhere.

“Colombia comes with a clear willingness to ask for an efficient cooperation mechanism so that neither the FARC nor the ELN, nor any criminal group can be present in Venezuelan territory, with the collusion of the authorities, or in any part of the world,” Bermudez said.

However, he said he did not have high expectations for the Unasur meeting.

Chavez broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia after denouncing its charges as a pretext for “armed aggression.”

Bermudez said his country “has lots of evidence, lots of information” on the guerrilla presence in Venezuela.

Meanwhile, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced he would travel to Caracas and Bogota on August 6 for talks with Chavez and Uribe as well as with Colombia’s president-elect Juan Manuel Santos, who takes office August 7.

Uribe, however, complained that Lula was approaching the crisis as if it were merely a conflict of personalities.

The Brazilian leader is “ignoring the threat for Colombia and the continent that the presence of FARC terrorists in (Venezuela) represents,” he said Thursday in a statement.

“The only solution that Colombia accepts is to not allow the presence of the terrorists… on Venezuelan territory,” Uribe said.

Separately, the head of US Southern Command urged Venezuela to investigate charges that leftist guerrilla leaders operate from its territory.

“There is no reason to assume that it is not valid,” General Douglas Fraser said in a talk Thursday at a Washington think-tank.

Fraser, who is responsible for all US military activities in Latin America, said the United States was looking at the evidence, saying it was “an allegation that needs to be treated seriously.”

Unasur was set up in May 2008 to foster regional cooperation on security issues. It includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam and Uruguay.

In November of last year, the group met on an earlier diplomatic rupture between Colombia and Venezuela, this time over a US-Colombian military base agreement that Chavez complained was destabilizing the region

Source: SGGP

World leaders meet to thrash out recovery plans

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

The leaders of the world’s most powerful countries were to pursue talks Sunday on settling their differences over how to nurse the fragile world economy back to health.

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama, right, reach out to shake hands during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Toronto, Saturday, June 26, 2010

The G20 nations convened in the eastern Canadian city of Toronto on the heels of a tough-talking G8 summit, in which the world’s major industrialized powers laid down the law to rogue operators Iran and North Korea.

US officials called on leading economies to focus on a return to growth, in a move set to pit the world’s top economy against European nations some of whom have ordered spending cuts to slash back public deficits.

“This summit must be fundamentally about growth, and our challenge, as the G20, is that we all need to act to strengthen the prospects for growth,” US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told reporters.

He took a swipe at powers like Germany, Britain and Japan that he fears have moved too quickly towards budget cuts.

“It’s fair to say that I don’t think that you’ve seen from those countries yet a set of policies that would, again, give everybody confidence that you’re going to see stronger domestic demand growth,” he said.

The G20 talks opened late Saturday with battle lines being drawn as members disagreed over the balance to be struck between reducing budget deficits and encouraging growth and spending.

“If it sounds like everyone is rushing to the exit it might cause problems,” a senior G20 official told AFP, summarizing the concerns of the United States and many emerging powers that Europe’s new parsimony could stifle growth.

Brazil warned Europe’s plans to radically cut government spending would hurt emerging economies, comments echoed by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

“If the cuts take place in advanced countries it is worse, because instead of stimulating growth they pay more attention to fiscal adjustments, and if they are exporters they will be reforming at our cost,” said Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega.

Ban also warned the G20 working dinner that the challenge facing the group had changed from when it first came together in Pittsburgh in September.

“Let me emphasize this evening that, under any circumstances we must not balance budgets on the backs of the world’s poorest people,” he said.

He called for greater investment in agriculture and the green economy which could help fuel jobs.

France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy stuck up for Europe, insisting there was no deep trans-Atlantic rift on the deficit issue.

“I’ve heard Obama say how important it is to support sustainable policies, including for the United States, he has indicated quite clearly the risk posed by deficits and debt,” he told reporters.

Signs also emerged that the US position may not be as firm as it seems.

The New York Times on Sunday cited US administration officials as saying that despite the Obama administration’s public pitches for more stimulus measures, the United States will go along with other leaders who are more concerned about rising debt and join in a commitment to cut their governments’ deficits in half by 2013.

At the end of two days of talks in an exclusive resort north of Toronto, the leaders of the Group of Eight richest nations acknowledged in their final statement that economic recovery remained “fragile.”

The leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States also took a tough stand on pressing international problems.

They demanded Iran reveal the extent of its nuclear program in transparent talks, condemned North Korea’s alleged torpedo attack on a South Korean warship and urged Afghanistan to boost efforts to take charge of its security.

In bilateral talks US President Barack Obama concentrated on ties with Asia, meeting China’s Hu Jintao and assuring his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-Bak that Washington would stand “foursquare behind” Seoul in its standoff with the north.

Security remained tight, and the G20 leaders’ arrival in Toronto was marred by clashes between so-called “black bloc” anarchist protesters and vandals, who broke away from a large, peaceful protest.

At least three police cars were set ablaze and riot officers arrested 75 people, resorting to tear gas to protect the steel and concrete barricade shielding the downtown conference venue.

Canada spent more than a billion dollars to secure this week’s back-to-back G8 and G20 summits, hoping to avoid the serious street battles that have marred recent gatherings of such global forums.

Source: SGGP

World’s top bankers meet in Vienna

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 10:31 am

AFP photo

VIENNA, June 8, 2010 (AFP) – Top international bankers and investors head to Vienna this week for roundtable discussions on European financial integration and Europe’s role in the global economy.

Top figures such as European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, Austrian central bank governor Ewald Nowotny and billionaire financier George Soros are all to give keynote speeches at the regular meeting of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) being held in the Austrian capital from Wednesday through Friday.

The meeting will be chaired by IIF chief Josef Ackermann, head of Germany’s largest bank Deutsche Bank, with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban, Austrian President Heinz Fischer and Austrian Finance Minister Josef Proell on the guest list.

The list of top bankers expected to attend include the head of British bank HSBC, Stephen King; Jiang Jianqing of China’s Industrial and Chemical Bank (ICBC); Jes Staley of JP Morgan; and Oswald Grübel of Swiss banking giant UBS.

On the agenda are the financial crisis and possible global responses, as well as financial market reforms.

IIF is based in Washington and represents 400 banks in more than 70 countriees.

Source: SGGP