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Plastics industry needs long-term strategy

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:11 am

Plastics industry needs long-term strategy

QĐND – Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 20:42 (GMT+7)

Although the fledgling plastics industry has recorded remarkable growth over the recent period, it still faces many difficulties and it is essential to devise a long-term development strategy, experts have said.

This conclusion was drawn at a conference to discuss a draft plan for the development of the plastics industry until 2020 held in Hanoi on Jan. 2.

The industry posted 1 billion USD in export turnover last year, 21 percent up against the previous year. It is expected that the sector will retain an annual growth rate of 18-20 percent by 2020.

The industry currently exports products to 41 countries, including the US , the EU, Japan and the Philippines.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the country now has more than 1,000 plastics companies, located mainly in HCM City and the southern provinces of Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Long An, generating about 118,000 jobs.

Le Quang Doanh, chairman of the Vietnam Plastics Association (VPA) said the sector needs restructuring to raise the proportion of value-added products such as packing and construction materials by 2015.

Ho Thi Kim Thoa, deputy minister of MoIT, affirmed the sector has great potential for the domestic sale of household products.

In terms of technical products made for electronics, construction and other manufacturing sectors, Vietnamese products were greatly appreciated by importers, she said.

“To sharpen the competitive edge of local producers, manufacturers need to further improve the quality of their products, diversify designs and expand their distribution networks,” she said.

Doanh recommended the Government and relevant State bodies develop systems to collect waste plastics more systematically, as the resources would help ease pressure to import raw materials for local production in the face of a global price hikes.

“This will not only help Vietnam protect environment, but also save foreign currency spent on imports,” he said.

Vietnam currently needs about 2.2 million tonnes of raw materials such as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and hundreds of other chemical accessories, whereas local sources can only provide 450,000 tonnes.

Dao Duy Kha, deputy general director of the Vietnam Plastics Company, pointed out deficiencies in the sector, particularly in design and products that lacked the qualifications necessary to meet standards set by international importers, with export value only accounting for a tiny 0.02 percent of the total global export value.

Experts have urged companies to apply modern technologies to improve product quality and cut costs.

Truong Thi Huyen Nga, an official from the MoIT’s financing department said that to encourage local companies to produce materials, the Government should offer preferential interest rate loans for a duration of 10-15 years.

Corporate income tax should be reduced to 10 percent from the current rate at 25 percent in the first five years of operation since it makes profit, and to 15 percent in the next five years, she suggested.

Nga also urged firms to conduct further market in existing markets and explore new opportunities.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

NZealand rescue possible, but needs to be quick: experts

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:04 am

Vietnam needs more skilled workers

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 1:53 pm

My Thuan-Can Tho highway needs over VND 6 trillion

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 1:49 am

HCM City needs more programs to protect environment

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Issues of environmental protection have moved from being the private affair of experts and specialized agencies to being a burning concern for any concerned citizen, particularly in developing countries as in Vietnam. These issues are creasing numerous environmental concerns which have been out of control.

A young volunteer is clearing a lamp post on Pham Ngoc Thach Street in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo:SGGP)

Ho Chi Minh City leads socio-economic development in the country. However, the city currently is one the most polluted cities in the world.
Especially, pollution in Saigon River, the main water source for the city and 12 provinces in southern, has become more and more complicated, said Professor Lam Minh Triet from Vietnam National University – HCM City’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Faced with the situation, the city People’s Committee has recently held two meetings to bring out measures to protect Saigon River.

With an aim to protect the environment, the city implemented some measures as strengthening to inspect and punish enterprises that damaged the environment.

Although most industrial zones and factories are built and operated waste and wastewater treatment systems discharged into the rivers, many are still discharging untreated wastewater and smoke.

Phap Luat newspaper reported that the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Pham Khoi Nguyen, said that many of the parks, especially in the south eastern region, which had had wastewater treatment systems were not operating them properly.

In addition, to restore the city’s environment, doing well environmental protection is not enough. Most citizens need to be more aware of the need to protect the environment.

Experts called for improving awareness of environmental protection through higher education and contributed various ways to bring idea into action.

The city also launched several campaigns to promote healthy lifestyle and pure environment.

Two activities targeted by the campaign – the burning and throwing of votive papers, as well as the selling of food outside school gates – had been reduced, Pro. Triet said.

The task of garbage collection in the night had been done well, making the city cleaner, he said.

Therefore, to maintain and suitable development, it is essential to promote the dissemination of information on environmental protection and encourage the participation of all citizens in this work.

Protecting the environment is an urgent task that plays a decisive role in ensuring sustainable development and political security and stability for the nation, he said.


Source: SGGP

Rubber-growing project in the northwest needs a boost

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Rubber-growing project in the northwest needs a boost

QĐND – Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 21:13 (GMT+7)

Rubber plantation which started in the northwestern provinces in 2007 has helped to change the region’s economic structure.

Over the past three years, rubber plantations in Dien Bien, Son La, and Lai Chau have continued to thrive, creating more jobs for local people.

As the project is still in its early stage, the local authorities and the Vietnam Rubber Association (VRA) need to have a long-term cooperation.

New model to reduce poverty

To promote the rubber development plan in the northwestern region, central and local governments and the VRA have introduced a variety of policies to encourage farmers to use their land to plant rubber trees. In return, farmers are being employed by rubber companies and receive a stock dividend corresponding to their area of land and levels of production.

In addition, each province also has their own policies to help farmers and rubber companies.

The total rubber plantation areas in the northwestern region have been expanded to 15,000 ha and most of the rubber trees are growing very well, according to VRA member businesses.

There has been a very close cooperation between local party executives with the authorities, between central and local governments, and between localities and businesses.

The new working model for businesses and farmers proves to be both creative and effective with clear regulations about each party’s duties and responsibilities.

The plan has also created more jobs, helping farmers increase their incomes. In provinces like Lai Chau, Dien Bien, and Son La, along with relocation and resettlement for the Son La Hydroelectric Power project and other programmes, the rubber-developing plan has helped to reduce poverty and provide stable employment.

More support is needed

However, there still remain some shortcomings in the implementation of the project. The sudden change in the form of investment has put many Lai Chau businesses in difficult position to go through complicated administrative procedures and solve other problems arising from land acquisition and compensation too slowly. Furthermore, the incomes of rubber workers in Dien Bien and Son La provinces are very low so they do not want to get involved in the project.

In Son La, the unemployment rate is rising, resulting in a poorer standard of living. Lo Van Khat, a resident of Bo Muoi commune, says that his family has ten members but only one of them has a job. Farmers can hardly earn enough from growing rubber trees for their living as it normally takes seven years before they reap a profit, he added.

For this reason, many farmers in Dien Bien cut down their rubber trees. Lau A So, from Thanh Nua commune, Dien Bien district, said: “Local farmers support rubber growing, but we need more financial support and commitment from the State.”

On June 3, 2009, the Government issued Decision No.750 on drawing up a rubber development plan until 2015 with a vision to 2020. Under the plan, the area under rubber trees will be expanded to about 50,000 hectares in the north-western region by 2020. The key task for the region is to plant rubber trees while ensuring food security and reducing the poverty rate in a sustainable manner.

A conference was held in Dien Bien province on August 18 to review the results of the ongoing rubber growing project in the north-western region.

The conference, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong, was attended by representatives from several ministries, central agencies and local authorities in the region.

The participants in the event evaluated rubber growing projects in Son La, Lao Chau, Dien Bien, Yen Bai, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Giang and Phu Tho provinces. They pointed out the shortcomings in many of these projects over the past three years and discussed more effective measures to boost the shift of economic restructuring and sustainable poverty reduction in the north-western region.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Tourism sector needs to improve workforce quality: deputy PM

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 11:21 am

It is necessary to raise the quality of the tourism workforce to maintain the sector’s growth rate and ensure the sustainable development of the country’s tourism, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan (L) at the tourism exhibition in Hanoi on August 17. (Photo:

With a long coastline and many beautiful beaches, Vietnam has rich potential to develop tourism, but the lack of professionalism of the industry as well as poor workforce have restrained the sector’s development, said Deputy PM Nhan at the second National Conference on Tourism Human Resource Training on August 17 in Hanoi.

According a report from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, 30 % of the industry workforce has not yet graduated from senior high school. Only 43% of the people in the sector were trained professionally while 57% were trained in non-tourism fields.

The number of staff in the sector knowing at least one foreign language is greater than other sectors, at 48%, but the ratio is not high since it is an everyday thing to use foreign languages to serve international travellers.

Most Vietnamese tour guides mainly know English but for other languages, there is a minority of people having a good command of them.
Mai Tien Dung, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said 45 percent of tour guides fail to meet the requirements of tour operations and standard in English.

The same situation also occurred in Ho Chi Minh City, which attracts 65 percent of total international tourism and holds 24 percent of the industry workforce nationwide.

Despite improvements in quality and quantity, the tourism industry workforce has not met the requirements of the market economy, especially in terms of professionalism and command of foreign languages, said Dung.

According to Can Tho Province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, of 17,000 laborers working in the industry, nearly 900 laborers have bachelor and master’s degrees.

Deputy PM Nhan said that to improve workforce quality, it is necessary to enhance training quality as well as strengthen cooperation between tourist agencies and schools. Schools provide basic knowledge, so tour guides have to improve themselves through practices in tourist agencies, he added.

La Quoc Khanh, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said laborers need to be trained both schools and tourist agencies.

Deputy PM Nhan suggested that each tourist agency needs to own at least one training center to help training and job skills improvement.

The country now has over 284 tourism training schools including 62 universities, 80 junior colleges and 117 vocational schools. Tourism schools mostly provide training in cooking and hotel room, table, bar and reception services, while tourism colleges have developed in recent years with teachers mostly coming from other subjects.

Expert forecasted that the tourism industry needs 1.5 to 2 million laborers by 2015. Hotel services alone need 185,632 people by 2010 and 250,000 by 2015 compared to 115,050 in 2005. Meanwhile, travel and transport services need several tens of thousands of laborers.

Between 2011 and 2015, tourism centers will be upgraded to meet international standards and international schools will be allowed to provide tourism training services in Vietnam.

However, experts said the strategy should be detailed to make it effective and suited to conditions in Vietnam.


Source: SGGP

City needs a theater for the youth

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Ho Chi Minh City needs a theater for the youth to strengthen, activate and stabilize the development of the spiritual lives of the people, especially the younger generation.

Artists perform on the stage of the Youth Theater in Hanoi that is very successful in appealing young people.

The city with its many industrial and economic zones, universities with a great number of young workers and students lacks a theater for amusement.

The theater would provide wholesome performances and orient aestheticism judiciously.

The Youth Theater in Hanoi is very successful in appealing young people. Why does Vietnam’s largest city not a stage like that?

Performances reflecting burning issues of the day such as traffic jams, illegal night races, peddling wares and more, and exciting music shows would meet young people’s demand for wholesome amusement.

The theater would not only promote traditional moral standards, it would also draw upon foreign cultural values that serve the city’s youth, especially its remote districts and neighboring areas.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam needs tsunami preparation measures

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 10:20 am

Vietnam needs tsunami preparation measures

QĐND – Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

Scientists from the Institute of Global Physics on June 29 warned that Vietnam could probably be hit by a tsunami, thus the country needs to prepare itself for emergency scenarios.

Speaking at an online nationwide conference about tsunami and earthquake prevention measures, Nguyen Hong Phuong, deputy director of the Institute’s Tsunami Warning and Earthquake Information Centre, said that so far, Vietnam had not any tsunami observation and measurement system created.

The institute has created 25 scenarios to prepare for tsunamis in Vietnam . The scenarios address regions that are prone to tsunamis, and take into consideration that risks and damage that can be caused by this natural calamity, Phuong said.

The institute also defined areas that are potentially at risk to experience an earthquake, which include the north-western mountainous provinces, the Ca river-valley in the central province of Nghe An and the offshore area in the south of the country, he said.

Vietnam had set up 24 earthquake observation centres nationwide, Phuong added.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said that to limit damage and ensure sustainable development and socio-economic planning, provinces that could potentially hit by tsunamis must be prepared for such events.

According to statistics, since 1914, Vietnam has been hit by 1,650 earthquakes, of which 95 percent occurred in Dien Bien Province.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Delta needs shield of mangroves to cope with climate change

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Using mangrove forests as a hedge against rising sea levels, floods and salinization is one of many key strategies needed to help the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s granary, deal with climate change.

Consolidating dykes in the Mekong Delta town of Go Cong, Tien Giang Province (Photo: SGGP)

The measure was proposed by an expert at a seminar on measures to cope with climate change in the Mekong Delta held in Kien Giang Province June 24
At the seminar, local and foreign scientists and researchers provided a comprehensive assessment of the environmental situation in the region and proposed some specific ways to prevent and alleviate natural disasters and adapt to climate change.
Every year, an area of nearly two million hectares in northern Mekong Delta is inundated, 1.4 million hectares of coastal land is covered by salt, 1.2 million hectares of depression areas are heavily contaminated with alum, and 2.1 million heaters of remote areas lack freshwater, they said. 
If climate change pushes the sea to rise one meter, nearly 40 percent of the Mekong Delta will be submerged and 70 percent of the region will be salinized, destroying two million hectares of land used for growing rice.
The provinces of Ben Tre, Long An, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang and Vinh Long will flood, losing 40-50 percent of their areas each on average.
Dr. Le Anh Tuan from the Institute of Climate Change Research at Can Tho University, said people in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have begun adapting to climate change by adjusting their farming schedules, choosing sapling varieties that can stand bad weather, growing plants around houses, recycling rubbish and wastewater, saving water, and changing the architecture of their homes. 
Tree cover
Jean Henry Laboyrie, project director at Dutch consulting company Royal Haskoning, said rising sea levels and changes of river flows called for more visionary plans.
He said protecting and maintaining coastal salt water-covered mangrove forests was the best way to prevent water from flowing too far inland in the Mekong Delta.
Protecting and/or planting mangrove forests has long been considered an effective and all-natural way to reduce the threats of climate change.
Dr. Geoffrey Blate, Climate Change Coordinator of the World Wildlife Fund’s Greater Mekong Program, said the region’s biodiversity, which helps increase the capacity to fight the impacts of climate change and reduce the risks from volatile weather, needs to be protected.
Koos Neefjes, Policy Advisor on Climate Change of the United Nations Development Program, said international organizations could provide Vietnam with US$500 million-2 billion annually to deal with climate change.
Therefore, he said, there must be a concrete strategy to cope with the problem
On the same day, a ceremony was held in Kien Giang province to inaugurate a new world biosphere reserve zone and receive its UNESCO certificate. 

The Kien Giang World Biosphere Reserve was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on October 27, 2006. 

The biosphere covers more than one thousand ha of sea, islands and land, including the national parks of U Minh Thuong and Phu Quoc, as well as the Kien Luong-Ha Tien protected forest and other mangrove forests. 

The area is home to various ecosystems with 1,480 species of flora and 860 species of fauna, and 38 historical-cultural sites. 

The Mekong Delta is known as Vietnam’s largest granary and seafood depot with its rice and seafood output accounting for 53 percent and 60 percent of the country’s respective totals.
Global warming has been proven worldwide to have negative impacts on biodiversity, especially in the Mekong Delta.

The region is a hub of biodiversity in the Asia Pacific region, known for its large number of endangered species in recent years and 1,000 new species discovered during the last decade.

Source: SGGP