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ITE set for bigger comeback in late September

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm

The annual Vietnamese national tourism event, International Travel Expo, is set to launch from Sep 30 to Oct 2 in Ho Chi Minh City, aimed to speed up the tourism of three countries, including the host Vietnam and two others as Cambodia and Lao.

Main poster of ITE 2010 (Photo: Courtesy of ITE)On its sixth comeback, the ITE 2010 is confirmed to take place at the district 7’s Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center with the participation of 155 buyers from 35 countries and 170 sellers from three operating countries. In addition, this year exhibition also welcomes Thailand and Myanmar with their showcase of unique tourism’s beauty.   
The 2010 expo remains its concept: “Three countries One Destination”
As host country, Vietnam will have ten official representatives as tourism developing offices from local provinces and cities, including An Giang, Binh Thuan, Can Tho, Dong Nai, Hoi An, Khanh Hoa, Lam Dong, Quang Ninh, Tien Giang, and Vung Tau.
The organizer also explained reason of venue change this year, as the Ministry already chose the event as three of biggest national event in 2010 and then the organizer needed to find bigger place to attract more buyers and sellers. As proof to this explanation, the organizer emphasized a 47-percent increase of buyers and 30-percent increase in general, in comparison with last year.
There is no wonder that the bigger event needs bigger venue as the 4,500-square-meter SECC.
As usual, the event has selected a beauty to represent its every appearance. This year, the selector is the second runner-up of the Miss Vietnam Global 2010, Nguyen Ngoc Kieu Khanh. She will work her job as Miss ITE 2010 during eight days from Sep 28.
Some highlighted activities are ASEAN Tourism Investment Forum (9am to 5pm, Sep 29 at SECC) featuring discussions about cooperative investment policies; and Conference of four Tourism Ministers from four countries Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar (10.30am to 12pm, Sep 30 at SECC)
Other cultural activities showcasing cultural beauty of some countries will also run up together, including Amazing Thailand (12pm, Sep 30 at SECC), Vietnam Night (5.30 pm, Sep 30 at Rex Hotel), and Cambodian Night (6.30pm, Oct 1 at Caravelle Hotel)

Buyers met sellers at ITE 2009 (Photo: Courtesy of ITE)Among promotions that sellers will bring to the expo, the promotion by Vietnam Airline is the most-anticipated one. Besides the huge discount of 85 percents applied to all routes by the airline, VNA also plans to introduce some new European tour packages with impressive prices and destinations for the Christmas and New Year vacations.
A very surprising adjustment to this year event is the big chance for the small to average sellers to join the show. Despite of paying fully as big sellers, the small companies can pay only VND15 million (US$750), about one-third of the full fee, to enjoy one smaller display area but full seller rights.

Two first opening days, Sep 30 to Oct 1, are for trade visitors. Daily visiting time is from 9am to 5pm. General visitors can take free tour at the expo from 1pm to 5pm Oct 1 and from 9am to 5pm Oct 2.
The sixth International Travel Expo is co-held by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vietnam Trade Fair & Advertising Jsc. and IIR Exhibitions Pte. Ltd.

The event is mainly supported by Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and HCMC People’s Committee; and co-supported by Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism and Lao National Tourism Administration.

Source: SGGP

September CPI likely to increase by one percent

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:51 am

Vietnam’s consumer price index (CPI) of September will rise by one percent above August, according to the prediction of statistics experts.

Shoppers at a supermarket in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

CPI in the two biggest cities saw a month-on-month increase in this month, with Ho Chi Minh City’s CPI inched up by 0.96 percent while Hanoi saw it rose by 0.97 percent.

The increase has been the result of recent price hikes in rice, foods, steel and school fees.

Increased purchase of rice by local exporters has pushed up the price of rice in southern provinces.
The domestic steel price has climbed by VND150-300 per kilogram due to a hike in the global steel ingot price. 
The increase has also been attributed to a 2.09 percent downward adjustment of the dong/dollar exchange rate by the State Bank of Vietnam in August.
Following the new rate, many gas, steel and drug stores have raised their prices.
However, the biggest price increase has been seen in education, soaring 5.57 percent and 7.17 percent in HCMC and Hanoi respectively as all schools reopen after the summer vacation, pushing demands for books, stationary and clothes.

Source: SGGP

Obama hopes for direct Mideast peace talks by September

In Uncategorized on July 7, 2010 at 4:14 am

 US President Barack Obama said Tuesday he hoped for direct Middle East peace talks to start before the end of September, as he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied reports of a rift.

The two leaders sat close together in the Oval Office and staged a prolonged handshake for the cameras, seeking to put to rest a tense, behind closed-doors White House encounter in March.

“I believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu wants peace. I think he’s willing to take risks for peace,” Obama said, and strongly disputed a question which suggested the bond between Israel and the United States had frayed.

“The fact of the matter is, is that I’ve trusted Prime Minister Netanyahu since I met him before I was elected president and have said so both publicly and privately.”

The talks went ahead amid intense interest on a partial Israeli freeze on settlement building which is due to expire at the end of September.

US President Barack Obama (R) addresses the press alongside Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during meetings in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC

Obama finessed the issue by saying he hoped progress towards direct negotiations from indirect US-brokered proximity talks between Israelis and Palestinians would render that deadline irrelevant.

“My hope is that once direct talks have begun, well before the moratorium has expired, that that will create a climate in which everybody feels a greater investment in success,” he said.

Netanyahu says he is ready to meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas at any time, but the Palestinians have yet to commit to direct talks, accusing Israel of undermining the atmosphere with continuing settlement activity.

He said he and Obama had discussed “concrete” steps that could be taken now.

“When I say ‘the next few weeks,’ that’s what I mean. The president means that too.”

The challenge now will be to get the Palestinians to accept the time frame that Obama has in mind. The initial reaction from the Palestinians hinted at the difficulty of an ambitious timeline.

Abbas “insists on the necessity of progress in indirect negotiations on core issues (borders, security) before going to direct negotiations,” his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP by telephone.

The Israeli leader is under extreme pressure from his right-wing coalition not to cave in to any US pressure to extend the moratorium, announced in November after Obama pushed for concessions to the Palestinians.

Obama’s comments may be a sign he has concluded that Netanyahu’s tricky political position will prevent an extension.

Netanyahu warned that the prime threat facing Israel was Iran’s nuclear program, and praised new US sanctions against Tehran as having “teeth” while calling for “much tougher” action from other nations.

And he said suggestions that Israel and the United States were drifting apart were not just “premature” but “flat wrong.”

Obama also reassured Netanyahu that his administration had made “no change” to its policy regarding Israel’s undeclared nuclear arsenal, amid concern among Israelis over his campaign for a nuclear free world.

Obama and Netanyahu appeared friendly towards one another, but their stern expressions at times reflected the grave nature of their talks. Both sides however seemed to want to put their spat into the past.

Netanyahu said it was “about time” that Obama visited Israel. “I’m ready,” Obama said, without mentioning a date.

In March, Netanyahu was denied even a photo-op with Obama as a row raged over settlement expansion. This time, reporters were invited to watch the US leader see the premier to his limousine and give him a wave goodbye.

Cementing the friendly tone, US First Lady Michelle Obama invited Netanyahu’s wife Sara for afternoon tea.

Obama and Netanyahu were meeting for the first time since Israel’s raid on an aid flotilla headed for Gaza in May, which killed nine Turks, and triggered a regional diplomatic crisis.

Israel on Monday gave the go-ahead for the international community to import construction materials into Gaza for projects under international supervision.

Obama commended Netanyahu for the move.

“We’ve seen real progress on the ground. I think it’s been acknowledged that it has moved more quickly and more effectively than many people anticipated.”

Both sides appeared to have decided to keep any disputes behind closed doors.

“There are going to be times where, you know, he and I are having robust discussions about what kind of choices need to be made,” Obama said.

“But the underlying approach never changes, and that is, the United States is committed to Israel’s security.”

Source: SGGP

Farmers begin final round of football tourney in September

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Farmers begin final round of football tourney in September

QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

Amateur footballers will compete in the final round of the National Farmers Football Championship in the southern province of Long An from September 15-25, organizers announced on May 19.

The event, organised by Nong Thon Ngay Nay (Countryside Today) newspaper, will see 28 teams from around the nation competing in seven groups at the qualifiers in Tien Giang’s My Tho Stadium in August.

Hosts Long An and the seven other qualifying teams will battle for their spot in the final round, which will see the winners walk away with a 100 million VND (5,100 USD) cash-prize.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Thai PM says to dissolve parliament in September

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:36 am

Thailand’s embattled premier Abhisit Vejjajiva said Thursday the lower house of parliament will be dissolved in September, paving the way for November polls in a bid to end a crippling political crisis.

Anti-goverment demonstrator from Chonburi, Thailand, wearing slogans that proclaim ‘I am not afraid’ looks on from near his encampment at Lumpini Park Thursday, May 6, 2010, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AFP Photo)

Thailand’s anti-government “Red Shirts”, who have been waging a campaign of protests to force snap elections, have signed up to Abhisit’s reconciliation “roadmap” which envisages holding national polls on November 14.

But after a long and bitter standoff, marred by outbreaks of violence that left 27 dead and hundreds injured last month, they remain suspicious and want more details before leaving their vast protest encampment in central Bangkok.

“Everybody can calculate the date,” Abhisit said when asked to specify the timing of the dissolution, which the Reds are demanding before they end the rallies that have paralysed the retail heart of the capital.

Asked whether it would happen during the September 15-30 timeframe given by one of his allies, Abhisit replied: “Yes”.

Lawmakers from his ruling Democrat Party were holding talks in parliament Thursday to refine the reconciliation process and discuss the dissolution date.

Top Red Shirts have voiced optimism that the end is in sight for their supporters at the encampment, which is fortified behind makeshift barricades made of piles of kerosene-soaked tyres, razor wire and bamboo stakes.

One Reds leader, Weng Tojirakarn, told supporters to remain on their guard, accusing the Democrats of having backtracked on promises in the past.

“But it doesn’t mean that we won’t join the reconciliation roadmap. That’s the resolution we have made by consensus and we will definitely take part,” Weng told protesters Thursday.

“But we do not trust the Democrats and Abhisit,” he said.

Crowds at the vast Reds camp — mostly rural poor from Thailand’s impoverished north, or urban working class — have swelled to as high as 100,000 in the past, but numbers have steadily fallen.

Many protesters, however, remain resolute despite the mounting piles of garbage, and the start of the rainy season which has made life hard for those sleeping rough under flimsy shelters.

The Reds, mostly supporters of billionaire former premier Thaksin Shinawatra who was unseated in a 2006 coup, have been campaigning for snap elections to unseat Abhisit’s government.

They condemn the administration as undemocratic because it was appointed with the backing of the army in a 2008 parliamentary vote, after a court ruling ousted Thaksin’s elected allies.

Abhisit said in a national address Monday that he was ready to hold elections on November 14 if all parties accepted his reconciliation plan and dropped their demand for immediate polls.

Sirichoke Sopa, a Democrats lawmaker seen as close to the premier, accused the Reds of nit-picking by insisting on a dissolution date and said that security forces remained on standby to clear the rally by force if necessary.

He said Wednesday that the dissolution would fall between September 15-30, under laws that mandate a 45-60 day election campaign.

The Reds have said the government is intent on clinging to power until September to ensure the new army leadership line-up is appointed and the national budget is approved in parliament before it holds elections.

Thaksin, a telecoms tycoon-turned-politician who lives overseas to avoid a jail term for corruption, had at one point been galvanising the Reds nightly by video addresses, but has now called on the rivals to settle their differences.


Source: SGGP

Thai inflation drops to 6 percent in September

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Thailand’s inflation rate dropped to 6 percent in September as compared to 6.4 percent in the previous month as oil prices cool, according to Thai Commerce Ministry.

Inflation soared to a 10-year-high of 9.2 percent in July, prompting the Bank of Thailand to cut interest rates by 25 basis points to 3.75 percent in August, news agencies reported, adding that inflation in August was up 6.4 percent on the previous year.

The decline of the inflation rate in September was due mainly to a decline in oil prices, Siripol Yodmaungcharoen, permanent secretary of the Commerce Ministry, said. Inflation in the first nine months of the year averaged 6.5 percent, while fuel prices were at 30.9 percent, he added.

The Commerce Ministry forecasts inflation in Thailand over the year at between 6.5 percent and 6.9 percent.-

Techmart Hanoi 2008 to open in September

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2008 at 7:27 am

Hanoi (VNA) – The Hanoi Technology and Equipment Fair 2008, scheduled for opening on Sept. 18, hopes to strengthen the cooperation among management agencies, scientists and manufacturers, said one of its organisers.

Techmart Hanoi 2008, the third of its kind, will be jointly held by the Hanoi Department of Science and Technology, the National Assembly’s Committee of Science, Technology and Environment and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The four-day event will have 307 booths of 271 exhibitors, including the departments of science and technology of six other provinces and seven foreign businesses.

Apart from information technology, automation and bio-technology, Techmart Hanoi will also feature urban architectural planning, public transport, energy saving and environment solutions and traditional crafts.-