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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

NATO opens summit on Afghan exit strategy

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Long-term strategy to cope with climate change

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Obama vows to cut HIV cases with new AIDS strategy

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that any new case of HIV/AIDS was one too many, as he rolled out a new national strategy to cut infections and improve care for those with the disease.

The White House displays a large red ribbon for World AIDS day in 2009. (AFP file)

Thirty years after the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) burst to global attention, the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy will demand action from federal, state and tribal governments and medical and scientific communities.

It envisages cutting the annual number of new domestic infections by 25 percent over five years.

“The question is not whether we know what to do, but whether we will do it?” Obama said, as he officially unveiled the new strategy at a reception for HIV/AIDS activists at the White House.

“We are here because we believe that while HIV transmission rates in this country are not as high as they once were, every new case is one case too many.

“We are here because we believe in an America where those living with HIV/AIDS are not viewed with suspicion but treated with respect, where they are provided the medications and the healthcare they need.”

In a vision statement, Obama’s strategy says “the United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare.”

Those who are infected, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic level, will get “unfettered access to high-quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.”

The HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States has claimed nearly 600,000 lives, although the disease has faded from the headlines in recent years, as new life-extending anti-retroviral drug therapies have emerged.

But around 56,000 people still become infected with HIV every year.

There are currently 1.1 million Americans living with HIV, according to US government figures.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the new strategy represented a turning point for US government policy.

“Either we could chose to get used to HIV and AIDS and accept that it was a permanent feature of US society … or we could chose to double down and refocus our efforts,” she said.

“We refuse to accept a stalemate — to dig in and just hold the disease at bay.”

The new Obama strategy has three goals: to reduce the number of new infections; to increase access to care for those with HIV; and to reduce HIV-related health disparities.

The new strategy recognizes the tight fiscal straitjacket under which the administration is operating, after the worst financial crisis in decades.

It states that better results should be possible to achieve within existing funding levels and says the case for additional investments where they are required should be highlighted.

The plan includes more than 100 specific directives to federal agencies to develop standards for prevention programs and other steps to meet the new goals.

The plan is designed to intensify HIV prevention efforts in most at risk communities, including gay and bisexual men, African-American men and women, the Latino community, addicts and drug users.

It also envisages improving the education of all Americans about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent the spread of the disease.

The administration also plans to use the new Obama health care reform plan passed this year as a platform for expanding treatment of HIV/AIDS for the most vulnerable communities.

During the event, in the ornate East Room of the White House, Obama was interrupted by one guest who shouted “Mr President!”

Obama closed down the man’s protest by saying he would chat to the man after his speech: “That’s why I invited you here, right? So you don’t have to yell.”

Obama’s plan drew mainly praise from groups fighting AIDS. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, called the new strategy “a lifesaving public health intervention.”

Jennifer Kates of the Kaiser Family Foundation said more efforts are needed to fight AIDS.

“People are just not as concerned about HIV,” Kates said. “There is a sense we have treatments, that HIV doesn’t seem as bad as it used to. … There is more complacency.”

Obama announced in October that his administration would end a ban on people with HIV/AIDS traveling to the United States, which rights groups had branded discriminatory and harmful.

The measure came into force in January.

The United States has also contributed tens of billions of dollars for HIV/AIDS relief around the world, with the President’s Plan for Emergency AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) — one of the most lauded legacy achievements of former president George W. Bush.

Source: SGGP

JICA helps Da Nang map out development strategy

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:37 am

JICA helps Da Nang map out development strategy

QĐND – Thursday, June 17, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has helped the central city of Da Nang design an integrated development strategy for the city and its neighbouring areas.

The Steering Committee of the Integrated Development Strategy for Da Nang City and its Neighbouring Areas (Dacriss) held its 6th meeting in Da Nang on June 16 to hear reports by Dacriss research group.

Dacriss, a technical project under the Japanese Government’s official development assistance programme, gave out potential and opportunities of economic development strategy for the city and its nearby areas.

It also includes visions for the central region’s key economic area to become the environmental technology zone on the basis of economic development, ecological balance and national harmonisation.

The project also proposes Da Nang emerge as a safe, secure and non-polluted city. It aims to ensure ecological stability, living condition improvement, poverty reduction, strong economic growth and cultural value and human resources development in Da Nang.

The project has been carried out since July 2008 with research focusing on Da Nang and its neighbouring provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh.

Addressing the meeting, head of the Dacriss research group, Dr. Iwata Shizuo, said it was necessary to define the competitive and supplementary role of the central region’s key economic area in the national development strategy and increase its direct access to the international community and coordination with neighbouring localities in order to effectively develop its potential and reduce risks.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Cashew industry discusses development strategy through 2020

In Vietnam Economy on March 22, 2010 at 2:44 am

Cashew industry discusses development strategy through 2020

QĐND – Sunday, March 21, 2010, 21:34 (GMT+7)

More than 400 domestic and foreign delegates discussed ways to develop Vietnam’s cashew industry through 2020 at a workshop in the southern province of Binh Phuoc on March 21.

Speakers examined the current production, processing and sales of cashew products and made recommendations to increase production efficiency and growers’ incomes, and sharpen the competitive edge of Vietnamese cashew products in the global market.

They heard growers and processors talk about their difficulties concerning varieties of cashews, capital, technology transfer, sales and the building of brand names, as well as proposals to managers. 

“We need financial and technical support from the government and scientists to maintain production and fight new types of insects which have appeared recently because of the unusual weather,” said Nguyen Van Thi, a cashew farmer in Tan Hung commune. “In addition, the government should control market prices to ensure farmers make a profit.”

Scientists put forward proposals for mechanisms and policies to help the cashew industry meet its target of earning US$1 billion from exports this year and maintaining its position as the No1 cashew exporter in the world.

To this end, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan said the industry should apply modern scientific and technological advances to farming, and modernise production lines. He also proposed that the government offer incentives to farmers, because cashew trees are mostly cultivated in the highland and remote areas.

Currently, Vietnam has approximately 400,000ha of cashew, mostly grown in south-eastern, central highland and south-central coastal provinces. 

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Obama orders Afghan strategy into force

In World on December 1, 2009 at 4:56 am

President Barack Obama has given fateful orders likely to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan in a political gamble meant to forge an eventual US exit from a costly and gruelling war.

US Marines of 2nd Battalion 2 Marines of 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade search for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Mian Poshteh in Helmand Province in Afghanistan on November 27. (AFP Photo)

“The commander in chief has issued the orders,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday, as Obama briefed world leaders of his new Afghan strategy, a day before making a major televised address to the American people.

The plan emerged from an exhaustive policy review amid extreme weariness of the war among Americans, and as supporters warned Obama could be risking his presidency by deploying thousands more men to a Vietnam-style quagmire.

Obama is expected to order between 30,000 and 35,000 more troops to bolster the US effort to repel a resurgent Taliban, secure major cities and fast-track training for Afghan security forces, alongside a separate civilian aid surge.

The president will also assure Americans and regional leaders he will not underwrite an indefinite and costly stay in Afghanistan for US troops.

“This is not an open-ended commitment,” Gibbs said, painting the plan as an eventual pathway for US troops to come home.

“We are there to partner with the Afghans, to train the Afghan national security forces, the army and the police, so that they can provide security for their country and wage a battle against an unpopular insurgency.”

The White House said Obama delivered orders marking the most crucial leadership test of his presidency in the Oval Office so far, on Sunday, after telling top aides of his final decision.

He met generals and top security aides in the Oval Office.

He then spoke directly by secure video-link to Afghan war commander General Stanley McChrystal, who warned earlier this year the conflict would be lost without more troops — and US ambassador to Kabul Karl Eikenberry.

Obama will address Americans in a major televised speech to cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point at 8:00 pm Tuesday (0100 GMT Wednesday).

He will tell a nation weary of years of conflict and humbled by the worst economic crisis in generations, why it must risk yet more lives and wealth in a war launched after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

His message will be compelling listening for voters, lawmakers and soldiers, US allies, leaders in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Taliban and Al-Qaeda insurgents battling Washington in a bloody eight-year war.

Many of Obama’s core political supporters, and key Democrats worried about ballooning budget deficits, are wary of more troop deployments. Republicans have however demanded the president answer the generals’ calls for more help.

As he launched a public relations offensive to market the new strategy, Obama called French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday.

A secure video link-up with Gordon Brown was also planned, after the British prime minister announced he would increase British regular troop numbers by 500 to 9,500 in December.

Obama will also talk to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who both will be key players in the new strategy.

Asked why Obama was informing world leaders of his plans before telling the American people, Gibbs said that the president would not go into specifics on troop numbers but needed to consult valued US foreign partners.

Intense consultations with key players in Congress, where some majority Democrats have expressed skepticism about new troop deployments, were taking place on Monday and Tuesday, Gibbs said.

Some 35,000 American soldiers were fighting the Taliban-led insurgency when Obama took office. After an initial boost in February there are now about 68,000.

More than 900 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan and October was the deadliest month since the start of the war in 2001 with 74 US soldiers killed.

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost 768.8 billion dollars and by the end of this fiscal year (October 2010) the price tag will approach one trillion.

Obama Sunday spoke to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by telephone, then met Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; General James Cartwright, the vice chairman of the joint chiefs; White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and General David Petraeus, head of US central command.

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Experts advise on draft anti-corruption strategy

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Local and foreign experts offered their advices and experiences to the drafting of a national anti-corruption strategy to 2020 at a seminar in Hanoi on September 25.

In an opening speech, Deputy Chief Government Inspector Mai Quoc Binh said the government wants the strategy to put forward long-term and comprehensive objectives and measures as well as a clear and suitable roadmap to push back the problem.

The experts analysed examples of successful anti-corruption models in the world and lessons drawn out from Vietnam ’s previous reforms, focusing on necessary factors to make the new strategy work.

Foreign delegates included Swedish Ambassador Rolf Bergman, UNDP Resident Coordinator John Hendra, World Bank expert James Anderson, UNDP policy adviser Jairo Acuna-Alfaro and Transparency International Advisory Council senior advisor Peter Rooke.-

Vietnam – Italy’s key economic strategy

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2008 at 3:08 pm

– Vietnam is on a list that Italy attaches importance to economic development, both Italy’s Foreign Minister and head of the largest employers’ association have stressed.

Together with other countries like Israel, Russia, Ukraine, the United States, Japan and Serbia, Vietnam is considered part of Italy’s economic strategy, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini and President of the Confederation of Italian Industry (Confindustria) Emma Marcegaglia affirmed in a meeting on July 31.

The Italian government would continue assist businesses’ operations and investment through embassies, consulates, chambers of commerce and industry, the Italian Economic Development Ministry and Confindustria’s trade offices, Foreign Minister Frattini said.

The previous government of Prime Minister Romano Prodi added Vietnam into its list of Asian countries playing a key economic role for Italy and placed the Southeast Asian nation as a strategic point on trade and investment for Italian businesses till 2020.

Confindustria is the leading organisation representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy.-