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24,650 people in rural areas buy Vietnamese goods

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:07 am

24,650 people in rural areas buy Vietnamese goods

QĐND – Monday, January 10, 2011, 20:26 (GMT+7)

The first fair of Vietnamese goods in rural areas this year was held in Lap Vo district, Dong Thap province from January 7-9.

The event drew the participation of 46 businesses in the fields of electronics, cosmetics, food, garment and textile and pharmaceutical products.

The fair attracted 24,650 visitors to buy Vietnamese goods at reasonable prices, with a total turnover of VND1.45 billion.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

8,000 Vietnamese laborers worked in Korea in 2010

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

In 2010, Vietnam sent more than 8,000 laborers to work in Korea under the EPS program. This is an increase of 1.7 times, as compared with 2009, said Phan Van Minh, director of Overseas Workers centre.

File photo shows that laborers are learning Korean at an employment agency to prepare for the examination.

Vietnamese young people are now able to find high-income jobs while working abroad. South Korea has become an attractive destination for many rural laborers, as it has a stable working environment and preferential policies.

In addition, 66,000 laborers registered to join the Korean language program and 29,400 candidates passed the examinations.

Under the EPS program, foreign workers are allowed to change jobs up to three times, within a three-year period. The workers also enjoy basic salary entitlements that are permitted under South Korean law. They are also protected by work related insurance policies, and salary and repatriation expenditure insurance. Finally, when their contracts finish, they may be re-employed by other Korean businesses.

To work in South Korea, workers must pass a Korean language test and meet specific criteria’s. Individuals, who can apply for the EPS program, are those who have just finished military service, students from vocational secondary schools and workers.

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese folk music blog attracts many visitors

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:21 am

A blog of don ca tai tu (Southern amateur music) by Professor Tran Quang Hai has attracted a large number of visitors with over 330 articles, since its establishment in August.

              Professor Tran Quang Hai (Photo:Sggp)

The blog gives Vietnamese music lovers, fundamentals of don ca tai tu, cai luong (a traditional southern folk opera). Highlight information is that the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has asked the National Music Institute to build a file about southern music for submission to UNESCO. This is in order to gain recognition that this type of music is an intangible part of the Vietnamese cultural heritage.

The internet site also presents more than 100 photos and video clips of various activities about folk music.

Born in 1944, Professor Tran Quang Hai is a talented and renowned musician. His family has a history of musical talents over five generations. His father is Professor Tran Van Khe, the great master of traditional Vietnamese music.

He has studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Saigon before moving to France in 1961. While in France, he studied the theory and the practical application of Oriental music with his father.

He can play more than 15 different types of musical instruments, most are from Vietnam, China, India, Iran, Indonesia and Europe.

Professor Tran Quang Hai is also interested in musical research. He has improved the technique of spoon playing and of the Jewish harp. In 1970, he found a technique in overtone singing and is considered an expert in this field.  He has written numerous articles on Vietnamese and Asian music and composed hundreds of popular songs.

Professor Tran Quang Hai has received many prestigious international music awards.

Related article:
Promoting and preserving Southern amateur music

Source: SGGP

Where are Vietnamese goods in the global value chain?

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:12 am

Where are Vietnamese goods in the global value chain?

QĐND – Monday, January 03, 2011, 20:37 (GMT+7)

Vietnam is well known as one of the most powerful exporters of agricultural products in the world. However, Vietnamese farmers and Vietnamese enterprises cannot pocket enough money from their exports.

H’Nu is sitting by the loom in her house in Don Village in EaWer commune, Buon Don District in Dak Lak province. When she does not have to go to the rice field, she stays at home to weave blockade products to sell to tourists. Forty kilometers far away from her house, the Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Transaction Centre is operating, where people trade coffee and earn money from the coffee beans H’Nu and her husband harvest. However, she is neither aware or concerned with this. The only thing H’Nu knows is that her husband sold coffee at 30,000 dong per kilo.

H’Nu’s coffee

Daklak, the most fertile land of the Central Highlands, is reputable for endless coffee fields. However, for many years local farmers have experienced difficulties. Sometimes they suffer from the failures of the coffee crop and they do not earn enough money to make living. However, when they have bountiful crops, they are still not satisfied, because the prices always decrease due to the profuse supply.

Every year after the harvesting H’Nu sells coffee to merchants, who then sell the coffee to processors and exporters. The prices depend on the export prices. If Vietnam’s coffee sells for good prices, she will be able to sell coffee at higher prices, and vice versa. The only source that provides information to H’Nu are the bulletins of the Dak Lak television. “I wish the coffee price would stay firmly at 35,000 dong per kilo or higher. Only with that price can we earn enough money to make a living,” H’Nu said.

Other farmers have worries similar to H’Nu. Vietnam now has 561,000 households growing coffee plants, 46 percent of which are poor households, 30 percent of coffee growers are ethnic minorities and 75 percent of these people are poor people.

Many experts believe that Vietnam has enough advantages and potential to boost coffee exports. However, Vietnam’s coffee products have remained in the lower segment of the global value chain.

H/Nu and other coffee growers once put high hopes on sustainable development models for Vietnam’s coffee. To date, Vietnam has not made any considerable progress in implementing the model.

Vietnamese exporters still cannot earn money from added value

The same situation is occurring  in other agricultural products, such as peppers, cashews, tea, garments and footwear products. In the global value chain, Vietnamese enterprises can only undertake production phases which contain little added value and the phases which generate most of the profit (processing products, increasing brand value and commercializing products) are undertaken by foreign enterprises.

For example, when making garment products, Vietnamese enterprises only make finished products, which generates the lowest value in the value chain, while other phases of the production chain, including material production, and production commercialization are carried out by foreign enterprises.

Currently, the garment and footwear products that Vietnam export under the mode of FOB accounts for just 20 percent of the garment product value chain. As a matter of fact, enterprises cannot pocket all 20 percent because they have to pay for materials, labor and import taxes.

The problem is that Vietnamese enterprises still lacks the ability to design products that fit the tastes of European and US consumers. Vietnamese enterprises can only suggest ideas, while only importers can complete the designs and make decisions about production. Distribution is also a weak point of Vietnamese producers due to the limitations in experience and capital.

Source: Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon

Source: QDND

Exporting Vietnamese Tet

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

Exporting Vietnamese Tet

QĐND – Thursday, January 06, 2011, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Pickled onions, egg plants, green square cakes etc. were exported to Europe, Japan, and the U.S etc. bringing traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) to overseas Vietnamese.

And such Vietnamese foods are become annual export goods.

Businesses working in this special export industry say that these goods have found their firm positions in supermarkets and shops, instead of small bazaars for only the Vietnamese, as was previously the case.

30 tonnes of square cakes from Tran Gia Square Cake Manufacturer have been exported to France and the U.S.A. to serve the Tet demand of overseas Vietnamese there. Mr. Tran Thanh Toan, Tran Gia owner said that the order this year doubled compared to last year. Moreover, the order must be made a month in advance so that the business can have time to prepare.

As the Lunar New Year is coming, the two workshops of the company in Bien Hoa City and Vinh Cuu District, Dong Nai Province, have to mobilise 500 workers to meet the demand.

To keep the original and special flavours of the cakes, every step in the process has been carefully done, from choosing the leaves, rice and meat. Thanks to the good quality of the products, Tran Gia also coordinates with confectionery shops to export candies and jams.

Not only square cakes, jams and other Tet specialties from all walks of life in Vietnam have been exported overseas, but also things like flapjacks, pickled shrimps, pickled garlic etc. have also been exported to markets in the U.S.A., Japan and European countries.

Mrs. Pham Thi Ngoc Lien, owner of Ngoc Lien Food Processing Company in Ho Chi Minh City, which specialises in producing sweet and sour foods, said that her company has exported three containers of the above foods to the U.S.A. She also revealed that the demand for the foods in this season is high and her company is working at full capacity to meet the demand.

 Many other Vietnamese companies are also operating at their best to serve the demand of the overseas Vietnamese as Tet is coming.

Vietnamese people, from every place in the world, usually celebrate Tet with foods which bear special traditional flavours of their origin country.

Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

US to help Vietnamese farmers in growing subsidiary crops

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:03 am

The US Embassy has said that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will grant US$500,000 for implementing a cooperative program on the growing of subsidiary crops in both Vietnam and Cambodia.

A research group from California University in coordination with Hanoi University of Agriculture, and the Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry will conduct the program.

The program will run until 2013 and will help farmers improve the growing of subsidiary crops. The program will also assist in conducting market research and post-harvest activities in both Vietnam and Cambodia.

Farmers will be involved in courses about production procedures, in order to limit post-harvest losses. The training course will also help improve food and hygiene safety, increase market access, and increase farmers’ income.

The program is part of five projects, funded by USAID in 15 developing countries, aiming to help develop a new method of growing subsidiary crops, which is based on research activities.

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese pharmaceutical firm faces patent lawsuit

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:37 am

A Vietnamese company based in Ho Chi Minh City which makes drugs for the cure of Hepatitis B, has for the first time in Vietnam produced a drug for Hepatitis C in an injection form.

Hepatitis drug made by Nanogen Company, whose amount is the same with foreign’s but much cheaper (Photo: Tuoi tre)

However, the Vietnamese company Nanogen Biopharmaceutical Ltd faces a lawsuit after the new medication was recently registered by authorities.

Freshview Intellectual Property Law Company in Hanoi, a representative of F.Hoffmann-La Roche AG in Vietnam has filed a complaint in a letter to the Nanogen Biopharmaceutical Ltd Company accusing the company of violating the patent protection law under which Roche is sole owner of Peginterferon alfa 2a the drug they have patented in Vietnam.

Roche claims the patent No. 2611 for the mentioned drug was granted by the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam in 2002 and is valid until May 2017. Therefore no company in Vietnam can manufacture the interferon compound without permission from Roche.

Roche affirmed that the Nanogen Company was violating their  patent rights and requested the company to immediately stop producing, marketing and advertising its Pegnano drug from December 30.

Roche also demanded the registration of Pegnano drugs be revoked by the relevant authorities.

On September 30, Truong Quoc Cuong, head of the Drug Administration of Vietnam, a division of the Ministry of Health turned down Nanogen’s request to register and sell its Pegnano drug after Roche protested.

However, Cao Minh Quang, deputy health minister, authorized the registration of three products on December 8 as Nanogen Company assured him that it had not violated the patent law.
In a talk with Tuoi Tre newspaper, Ho Nhan the Nanogen Company director denied that the company had violated the patent law stating that he had respected all intellectual property rights.

According to Mr. Nhan, Pegnano is a hi tech product which the Vietnamese government had encouraged and supported.

Workers are making hepatitis B at Nanogen Company’s factory (Photo: Tuoi tre)

Moreover, the company had dedicated 9 years to making the drug accessible and within reach for poor Vietnamese hepatitis patients. Pegnano is sold for VND1.5 million-1.9 million per 180mcg (USD77) compared to Roche’s selling price of VND4.3 million for the same amount.

Mr. Nhan cited article 7 of the Vietnamese Intellectual Property Law which was revised in 2009 where it is clearly stated that the government can ban or limit the exercise of intellectual rights in cases where such rights harm national defense, welfare of the people or affects other crucial national interests.

Dr. Tran Tinh Hien, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City based Tropical Disease Hospital supported Pegnano manufacture in Vietnam as he believed that many countries would be willing to revoke intellectual patent rights in order to have cheap HIV medicine.
Hoang Huu Doan, former director of the state-run Central Pharmaceutical Factory No. 1 has also backed Pegnano as he believed that drug manufacturing monopoly must end.

Source: SGGP

Average life expectancy of Vietnamese people 72.8 years

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:28 am

The average life expectancy of a Vietnamese person is now 72.8 years, Dr. Duong Quoc Trong, Director of the General Department of Population and Family Planning announced at a meeting in Hanoi on December 20.

The average life expectancy of a Vietnamese person is now 72.8 years, but the age that most people experience a healthy life is only up to 66

He said this at the meeting held to mark Vietnam’s Population Day, which is December 26.

Although the life span rose to 72.8 years old, the age that most people experience a healthy life is only up to 66. Vietnam is rank 116 over 182 nations in the world in the field.

However, most of the population is still faced with many challenges, such as low quality living and the imbalance of gender issues. During the year, 1.24 million babies were born, 4 percent less than in the same period last year.

In addition, the gender ratio in Vietnam was 106 boys per 103 girls. But now this has changed to 111 boys per 103 girls.

The number of the third child was 122,600, which is a 6 per cent decrease over the same period last year. Nevertheless, only nine provinces reported a third child, meanwhile 40 over 63 provinces, state that the newly born babies have decreased dramatically.

The factors that determine whether a population grows or falls includes rates of reproduction and survival of people and the longevity of the citizens.

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese students bag first gold medals at AUG-15

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Vietnamese students bag first gold medals at AUG-15

QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese students won their first medals on Dec. 16 at the on-going 15th ASEAN University Games (AUG-15) in Chiangmai, Thailand.

In the first day of competition, karatedo martial artists bagged two golds in the kata (performance) events for single women and men’s team and two silvers in the same events for single men and women’s team.

Also in the day, the table-tennis team surpassed Malaysian and Myanmar rivals in the qualifying round to berth a place in the next round and the beach volleyball team defeated Singaporean team 2-nil.

The Vietnamese team with two golds and two silvers is standing first in the medal tally, while Indonesia and Laos are runners-up. The host Thailand is ranked fourth with two bronzes, followed by Malaysia.

The AUG-15 will last until Dec. 23. The Vietnamese team competes in eight out of 17 sporting events, including athletics, pencak silat, football, swimming, table tennis, Taekwondo, karatedo and beach volleyball.

Besides sports competition, the students will also join in exchanges and tours to boost the mutual understanding between students of ASEAN countries.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Around 40 percent of Vietnamese poor not receive any medical treatment

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

Recent scientific researches have pointed out that around 40 percent needy medical patients have not received any treatment due to several reasons, said an official in the health sector at a Vietnam International Health Economics (HEA) Conference.


Patients wait for their turn to pay medical fee at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Around 40 percent of needy medical patietns have not received any treament due to financial reason, said Dr. Ly Ngoc Kinh (Photo: Anh Quan)

According to Ly Ngoc Kinh, former director of the Department of Health Examination and Treatment Management, the main reason is that many face financial difficulties. He said, “Approximately 42 percent of poor people received treatment in district clinics, while only 16.9 percent of wealthy patients did”.

Duong Huy Lieu, HEA’s chairperson, said, “Around 52.5 percent of health-care costs are paid out-of-pocket by households in 2008, while 44 percent of the population in Vietnam have joined up with medical insurance companies.

Mr. Lieu said, “Health insurance only paid 17.6 percent of the medical costs of any patient and that the patients he interviewed, 33 percent said their illness has dramatically reduced their incomes.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Phuong, a World Health Organization expert in Vietnam, said “Out-of-pocket health payments exacerbate poverty and approximately 3.7 percent households fall into poverty, due to medical costs in 2008”.

She also went on to say, “Poverty line families and the old are the most vulnerable with extra medical costs”.

The Vietnam International Health Economics (HEA) Conference, the first of its kind, which was jointly organized by the Vietnam Health Economics Association (VHEA) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, was held in Hanoi on December 7-8.

Also, in attendance to this meeting were eminent experts from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Children’s Fund, WHO and a number of non-governmental organizations.

Source: SGGP