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Hoi An to launch new tourist products

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

Hoi An to launch new tourist products

QĐND – Saturday, January 08, 2011, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Some new and interesting tourist products have been launched by Hoi An City from the beginning of this year in order to improve tourism promotion and attract more visitors to the famous tourist site in Central Vietnam.

The city also continues to improve the quality of tourism services and products, such as eco-tourism in villages, islands, scuba diving, yachting, and others. In particular, the city will introduce a new kind of tourism, “boating on the streets during flooding”, in the coming time.

This year, the city will also erect information kiosks to help visitors learn more about and explore local tourist sites.

During the first days of 2011, thousands of domestic and foreign tourists rushed to Hoi An to celebrate the new year. At present, the weather in the city is fine.

Source: TT

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Taiwanese IT products received high marks

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Potential for Vietnamese plastic products in UK

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Vietnamese products make a foray in rural market

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

Promoting domestic products: long-term plan needed

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Promoting domestic products: long-term plan needed

QĐND – Sunday, October 17, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese businesses have responded well to the “Vietnamese Using Vietnamese Products” campaign since its was launched a year ago and they have achieved significant results.

The sales of domestic products such as garments and textiles, food, and confectioneries have seen sharp increases and consumers now have more options.

In the second phase of the campaign, most domestic businesses hope they will enjoy an even sharper growth rate of about 13.6 percent, twice as much as in 2010.

More than 60 million people live in rural area in Vietnam which is a great potential market and consumers have had more chances to buy high-quality products through campaigns to bring Vietnamese goods to rural areas. It has created impetus for businesses to improve their products to meet consumer demands.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, there have been 68 campaigns to bring Vietnamese goods to rural areas with the participation of 857 businesses and they have attracted 4.7 million customers with a turnover of VND1,500 billion.

Pham Duc Tien, Deputy of the Hanoi municipal Department of Industry and Trade (DoIT), said in addition to promotions, the city recently held two campaigns to bring domestic products to 31 trade fairs in seven suburban districts.

Many manufacturers have also opened retailers in rural areas, said Tien.

Representatives of many provincial DoIT agree there should be a long-term policy to ensure further success.

Tran Vinh Nhung, Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City DoIT, said his department is working closely with other DoIT in the southern key economic region to create a supply of Vietnamese products to meet consumer demands and stabilise prices.

Ho Chi Minh City will focus on establishing a network of retail outlets and commercial centres in high-demand areas like industrial parks and suburbs, Nhung said.

Binh Duong DoIT Director Nguyen Thi Dien said although the province has held 17 trade fairs in rural areas and industrial parks, each with a turnover of more than VND1 billion, they have not met all consumer demands. Therefore, businesses should work with the DoIT to make the campaign more effective.

Dien also suggested promoting a “Vietnamese Product Week” to support local campaigns.

Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang said his ministry has agreed with the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance on a pilot programme to encourage agricultural cooperatives to become distributors for businesses.

If successful, the model will then be expanded nationwide, Hoang said.

Dinh Thi My Loan, Secretary General of the Vietnam Retailers Association, said as traditional retail models still hold the lion share of the market in Vietnam, her association will try to expand in different directions.

Imports are another factor that stands in the way of domestic production and the effectiveness of the campaign. Modernising the technology to improve the quality of domestic products is necessary to improve the competitiveness of Vietnamese businesses.

Truong Quang Hoai Nam, Director of the MoIT’s Domestic Market Department, said the MoIT is designing the nation’s 2011 trade promotion programme in which associations and businesses will cooperate to provide customers with more information and minimize unfair competition.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Mekong delta’s distinctive tourist products lure visitors

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

Mekong delta’s distinctive tourist products lure visitors

QĐND – Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

Each province in the Mekong delta is urged to invest more in developing its own tourist product and make it a draw to invite more visitors to the region.

The opinion was raised at a recent meeting of the Mekong delta’s tourism officials in Kien Giang province to seek ways to boost tourism in the area in the second half of the year.

While developing their own products, the localities are called to step up their partnerships to promote images of the region’s distinctive geographical features to tourists inside and outside the country.

According to Pham Phuoc Nhu, Chairman of the Mekong Delta Tourism Association, opinions will be garnered for the naming of typical destinations of the Mekong delta and local coordination will be boosted to spread images of these interesting places within and beyond the country to lure more tourists.

The association was advised to work out specific projects integrating tourism in the region and increasing collaboration with neighbouring localities like Ho Chi Minh City and the central region to shore up the development of the region’s tourism industry.

Director of Kien Giang province’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department Le Minh Hoang suggested the Mekong delta tourism sector strengthen relationship with its counterparts in the neighbouring countries of Thailand and Cambodia and learn from their experiences in the field.

In the first half of this year, the Mekong delta welcomed nearly 10 million tourist arrivals, an increase of 8.7 percent compared with the same period last year, including 730,000 foreign arrivals, which represented a 18.7 percent rise year on year.

The region earned over 1.52 trillion VND in tourism revenue, a rise of 27.8 percent year on year.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Tax cut for many products from Republic of Korea

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:36 am

Tax cut for many products from Republic of Korea

QĐND – Friday, June 11, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Finance has issued circular 77/2010/TT-BTC to instruct the application of preferential tariffs on goods imported to Vietnam according to the Free Trade Agreement between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea from 2010 to 2011.

Accordingly, taxes on many imported goods from the Republic of Korea like lamb, beef and pork are reduced by 7 to 10%. Dairy products will only be taxed at 10 to 15%.

The Ministry of Finance said that only goods that are imported directly to Vietnam from the other nine member states of ASEAN can enjoy this tariff from July 3rd, 2010.

Source: HanoiMoi

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Food awards honor ‘clean, delicious’ products

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

The Delicious Food Vietnam Awards honors hundreds of winners amid food scandals

Winners receive certificates at the Mon Ngon Viet Nam (Vietnamese Delicious Food) awards ceremony on April 19 (Photo: Truong Son)Nearly 300 food products produced by 128 local business, and 40 dishes prepared by 40 local restaurants, were bestowed with Delicious Food Vietnam Awards on April 19 for their makers’ outstanding commitment to food safety and quality.

The list of winners, most of which were large companies and restaurants, with few small businesses making the list, had to satisfy the three requirements of nutrition, cleanliness and deliciousness, said organizers from the  magazine Mon Ngon Viet Nam (Delicious Foods Vietnam), published by the Ministry of Labor – Invalids and Social Affairs

From now on, the winning products will be labeled with the award’s logo. 

The voting took place from June 1, 2009 to Oct 31,2009, on the magazine’s website.

Mr. Nguyen Tien Linh, chairman of the Mon Ngon Viet Nam Co., Ltd., told the ceremony that the awards aimed to help families navigate the vast food market in Vietnam, where several cases of unsafe food have been exposed recently.

The magazine plans to hld the wards next year as well, with voting to start this June on three media channels, including directly with Mon ngon Viet Nam and Gia dinh vao bep (Family Cooking) magazines, as well as Mon ngon’s website and direct surveys with customers in public places.

Source: SGGP

Dairy products being checked for safety

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 at 10:35 am

Throughout March, health inspectors have been conducting an investigation into the safety of dairy products in Hanoi and several provinces, a health official said.

Health inspectors will check milk quality in March

Nguyen Van Nhien, inspection chief of the Vietnam Food Administrator – a subdivision of the Ministry of Health – said that each month in 2010, investigators will carry out inspections on a particular group of essential foods.

Milk-product quality was tested this month after inspectors took samples of both imported and domestically made powdered and liquid milk.

The samples were taken from Hanoi and northern Bac Ninh, Thai Nguyen, Lang Son and Ha Nam provinces. In April, investigators will check dairy products in three other provinces.

Head of the Vietnam Food Administrator, Nguyen Cong Khan, said milk quality is not the same for all Vietnamese brands because many small companies produce their own products, especially in Ho Chi Minh City.

Mr. Khan added that a draft measure on Food Hygiene and Safety has proposed to shut down food manufacturers that have committed four or more violations.

Truong Quoc Cuong, head of the Drug Administration of Vietnam, said March 28 that a check of drug prices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is also planned to be conducted from March 29 to April 15.

Supervisors will investigate pharmaceutical companies and foreign representative companies in Vietnam following reports that the US’s SP Pharmaceutical Company was encouraging doctors to promote two kinds of drugs to treat viral hepatitis and giving them up to VND500 million (US$26,300) monthly as commission. 

The administration has also ordered the pharmaceutical company to provide a report on the issue.

Source: SGGP

6,000 unsafe milk products still for sale: VFA

In Vietnam Health on November 30, 2009 at 4:12 am

An advertisement for Dutch Lady Vivinal GOS milk

FrieslandCampina Vietnam has recalled around 96 percent of its Dutch Lady Vivinal GOS milk which reportedly caused allergic reactions in some children who consumed the product, said the Vietnam Food Administration (VFA). However, some 6,000 products remain in the market.

The VFA recently ordered the company to withdraw the remaining products and publicize warnings about the milk in the media.

Vivinal GOS is advertised as containing GOS (Galacto Oligosacharide), a natural fiber in dairy that helps enhance absorption of nutrients and stimulate healthy growth.

Some 21 toddlers in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi were hospitalized in recent weeks with rashes, breathing problems, and stomach upset, allegedly after drinking Dutch Lady Vivinal GOS milk.

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