Art & Entertainment Highlights for December 2

Photo exhibition on Vietnamese women opens in ParisA photo exhibition on Vietnamese women, past and present, opened in Paris on November 30 to mark the exchange year (2013-2014) between the two countries.The photo collections were taken by two French friends named Philippe Chaplain, President of France's National Heritage Federation and photographer Daniel Frydman, who spent many years and have great sentiments twowards Vietnam.Around 50 photos and postcards were taken in the early 20th century recording evocative images of Vietnamese women in two distinct historical eras.In separate speeches two French authors spoke of  their travels around Vietnam, describing the country as a beautiful land with hospitable people, inspiring them to return several times to organise photo exhibitions and publish books on Vietnam.Collector Philippe Chaplain said that the old photographs are hugely significant in reflecting the fascinating history and traditions of Vietnam. He also expressed his wish to … [Read more...]

Experts suggest more fruit cultivation

Experts suggest more fruit cultivation (21-07-2009) A farmer harvests mandarin oranges in Lai Vung District of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Dong Thap. — VNA/VNS Photo Van Tri HCM CITY — Dedicating large areas to growing certain special varieties of fruit trees will help Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces exploit the massive global demand for fruits, experts have said. The Cultivation Department expects the global demand for fruit to grow 24 per cent in the next decade from around 2.9 million tonnes now. The US and the EU are expected to remain the biggest importers, consuming around 70 per cent. It says Viet Nam harvests around 6.5 million tonnes of fruit annually, 46 per cent of which is grown in the delta, including many special varieties that are highly popular in the domestic and overseas markets. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has already nominated nine of the special varieties for development in the delta for export. Five of them — Nam … [Read more...]

Regulation stagnates state-funded film productions

Cinema film producers have not been able to produce any new films in recent years, as they have yet to get state funding due to the lack of a circular on cinema film auction. Cat Nong or Hot Sand, a film using state funds criticised by the public as "boring" Nguyen Thi Hong Ngat, former Deputy Director of the Cinema Department said the government has set aside VND93 billion (USD4.4 million) for film production including VND48 billion (USD2.27 million) for 2012 and VND45 billion (USD2.13 million) for 2013. "To date, none of the funding has been disbursed even though three films about history, political leaders and contemporary times were approved as of late 2011 and the Ministry of Finance has allotted funding for each film since August," Ngat said. She blamed the situation on the lack of a circular to guide the auctioning process using state funding. Now several film producers have become idle as they do not have their own funding sources. Nguyen Thi Minh, Deputy Minister of … [Read more...]

Hanoi hosts “One Day with Doraemon” exhibition

The "One Day with Doraemon" painting exhibition, organised by Kim Dong Publishing House, launched in Hanoi on November 30. The 80 displayed paintings were selected from the "One Day with Doraemon" contest open to Vietnamese school students aged 6-12 in October. Doraemon's robotic cat protagonist is imagined visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, harvesting, and participating in carnival festivals. Doraemon Education Fund Director Le Phuong Lien said the character is immensely popular with Vietnamese children because of its enrapturing blend of "imagination and reality". Doraemon is a Japanese manga series created by Fujiko F Fujio. Fujiko Fujio contributed 1 billion VND to the books' first Vietnamese publishing and established the "Doraemon Education Fund" to support Vietnamese children. The series tells the story of the titular character, an intelligent robotic cat who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a young boy named Nobita Nobi. Most Doraemon episodes are comedies … [Read more...]

“One Day with Doraemon” exhibition opens in Hanoi

(VOV) -The "One Day with Doraemon" painting exhibition, organised by Kim Dong Publishing House, launched in Hanoi on November 30. Japanese Katazome paintings displayed in HCM City Vietnamese folk paintings exhibited in France Japanese paintings exhibited in Da Lat The exhibition's 80 displayed paintings were selected from October's "One Day with Doraemon" contest open to Vietnamese school students aged 6-12. Doraemon's robotic cat protagonist is imagined visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, harvesting, and participating in carnival festivals. Doraemon Education Fund Director Le Phuong Lien said the character is immensely popular with Vietnamese children because of its enrapturing blend of "imagination and reality". Doraemon is a Japanese manga series created by Fujiko F Fujio. Fujiko Fujio contributed VND1 billion to the books' first Vietnamese publishing and established the "Doraemon Education Fund" to support Vietnamese children. The series tells the story of the titular … [Read more...]

Archaeological institute celebrates successes

The Institute of Archaeology under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology has contributed remarkably to the research of national history, sovereignty and traditional cultural values. Most worthy of note is the institute's trace of Vietnamese people's ancestry, said the institute's Director Tong Trung Tin at a ceremony to mark its 45 th founding anniversary in Hanoi on November 29. According to Tin, the institute has proven the existence of Hung Kings, who had been believed as legendry founders of Vietnam , thus helping to shed light on an unknown period of time in the country's history. Together with the country's archeological sector in general, the institute has outlined a vivid picture of Vietnam in its early days of national construction and protection, he added. Acknowledging the important role archaeology plays in studying national history and protecting the country's sovereignty, the institute has conducted research in Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, the Central … [Read more...]

Vietnamese game developers form federation

Hanoi, January 20 (VNA) - The Vietnam Game Developers Federation (VGDF) has been recently established by the Vietnam Digital Communication Association and five local game companies. The local companies are eMobi Game, Digital Fish, DigiWave and GrepGame, besides Tofu. VGDF Chairman is Nguyen Lam Thanh, who is also vice chairman-cum-general secretary of the association. The federation aims to support and boost sustainable and creative development of the Vietnamese game industry, increasing its competitiveness in the world. It will act as a community of Vietnamese game developers to raise game-related issues such as taxes, preferential policies and issuance management. The federation will represent the Vietnamese game community in organising and participating in national and international game fairs and conferences. It will also act as a bridge between local game studios and international game publishers. The VGDF will share its experience in producing, publishing and … [Read more...]

E-commerce – inevitable and vital for retail industry

The Hanoitimes - E-commerce is both very new and indispensable at the same time. Since it first started gaining traction in the 1990s nearly every brick and mortar business in developed countries have developed an online sales strategy. However, many retailers with physical shops in Vietnam have either not implemented or fully tapped into it either in terms of establishing a sales channel or a marketing channel. Vu Vinh Phu, president of the Hanoi Supermarket Association says online shopping has provided consumers with useful alternative methods of shopping for and buying goods and services. However, the veracity of some online retailers is questionable, he adds. Therefore, he has asked retail businesses to enhance their prestige to improve product quality and customer care services. He says he is convinced those businesses that maintain their prestige and heighten their responsibilities will reap success. Regarding customer shopping behaviours, Nguyen Lam Thanh, Vietnam Digital … [Read more...]

Promoting the image of the country with “Vietnam’s moment”

A photo joining the contest(CPV) - The photo contest themed "Vietnam's moment" aims to build and promote the image of a beautiful, dynamic and high potential country to younger generations in Vietnam, as well as to international friends. The contest was launched by the Vietnam Digital Communications Association and the Vietnam Internet Association with a message "Every citizen, every photo shows love for family, homeland and country". The contest is divided into three themes of Land and people; innovation of Vietnam; and sea, island and border. The contest takes place from November 1, 2013 - November 30, 2014 with total award of nearly VND500 million. This is an annual activity to promote the landscapes, country, people, customs, and specialities of the nation and of provinces and cities, to promote the development of tourism and attract investment. Additionally, the contest also aims to build a digital database of 10 million of the best moments about Vietnam - the country - people. … [Read more...]

E-Government Development: Driving Collaboration, Transparency and Citizen Engagement

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The satisfaction of citizens and businesses is one of the most critical measures that reflect how e-government is being developed. Therefore, during this period, the focus of e-government development is shifted from improving the management function in public entities to serving the society. This is the overarching theme of the 11th Vietnam E-Government Symposium organised by International Data Group (IDG Vietnam) and CEO&CIO Club upon the approval of Office of National Steering Committee on Information and Communications. Mr Le Thanh Tam, CEO of IDG, said cumbersome and non-transparent legal procedures, heavily bureaucratic administrative procedures, and laggard approval of projects and policies are major barriers to foreign enterprises when they invest in Vietnam. He cited evidence in IDG's satisfaction survey into foreign-invested businesses in Vietnam conducted since February with more than 1,500 respondents. Accordingly, 43 percent of foreign-invested enterprises in Vietnam … [Read more...]

VCW Expo 2013 Opens in HCM City

Vietnam Consumer Digital World Expo 2013 (VCW 2013) recently took place at Riverside Palace Convention Centre, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City. The event was organised by the International Data Group (IDG ASEAN) in collaboration with the Vietnam Digital Communications Association, the Vietnam Internet Association, the Ho Chi Minh City Information Processing Association, and the CEO & CIO Club. The exhibition consisted of nearly 200 booths for over 100 Vietnamese and foreign exhibitors. Exhibits included hardware, office equipment, digital audio equipment, digital imaging equipment, mobile telecommunications equipment. Specially, at VCW 2013, IDG ASEAN introduced its operating model, ASEAN DEMO, in the world in 22 years, which was brought to Vietnam for the first time. At DEMO ASEAN, start-up companies based on technology platform will introduce new products, services and applications to serve the needs of consumers, businesses, and government organisations. Thu Ha … [Read more...]

Experts share experience on digital content development

Nhan Dan Online - Media experts from both Vietnam and abroad gathered at a workshop in Hanoi on December 3 to share their views and experience aiming to help local firms increase their revenues from their digital content. Over the past years, digital content has seen impressive growth, ranging from content on the web and on mobile phones to programmes produced for digital television channels, said Le Doan Hop, former Minister of Information and Communications and Chairman of the Vietnam Digital Communications Association. Nevertheless, the sector is facing big challenges in defining its role as an important growth driver within in the economy, said Pham Duc Tien, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade, host of the workshop. Le Hong Minh, CEO of VNG Corporation, noted that domestic digital content producers are put under mounting competitive pressure from global firms, say Google, when users tend to visit the search engine first when they want to look for a … [Read more...]

Beautiful moments of “Things Everlasting” Concert

VietNamNet Bridge - At 2pm of the National Day (September 2), the fourth VietNamNet concert "Things Everlasting" began at the Hanoi Opera House, by the national anthem as usual, played by the National Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Le Phi Phi. Following the national anthem was famous instrumental music works, by Vietnamese composers. Besides the National Symphony Orchestra, the show had the participation of famous instrumentalists like violist Xuan Huy, pianist Tuan Nam and pianist Huynh Son Thuc Anh. After four years, the VietNamNet concert has become a prestigious event, which is warmly welcomed by music fans. This year, the concert not only had interest from music specialists, but also intellectuals. Below are beautiful moments of the concert: VietNamNet chief editor Bui Sy Hoa welcomed guests at the drawing-room of the Hanoi Opera House. Well-known translator Duong Tuong (left) was among the first guests. Conductor Le Phi Phi conducted the orchestra … [Read more...]

VietnamNet chief leaves office tomorrow

After 14 years devoting himself to VietnamNet, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, 49, Editor-in-Chief of the e-newspaper, will quit his job tomorrow, April 1. Nguyen Anh Tuan (R) and Rahul Bajar, chairman of India's Bajar Group, at a meeting of the Harvard Business School Advisory Council in 2008 Photo: VietnamNet He confirmed this in a good-bye letter to readers published on VietnamNet this morning.Earlier, on March 2, he submitted his resignation as Editor-in-Chief to the Ministry of Information and Communications, and later the same day, he was elected to the post of Deputy Chairman of the Vietnam Digital Communications Association."During the past 14 years, I have always received valuable support and help from readers, collaborators, colleagues, and all staff members who have worked with me at VietnamNet," Mr. Tuan wrote."I would like to express my deep gratefulness to the invaluable and generous support, which I will keep in mind forever." He said since the establishment of VietnamNet until … [Read more...]

VietNamNet Editor elected VN Digital Communications Association’s Vice Chair

VietNamNet Newspaper Editor-in-chief Nguyen Anh Tuan was appointed Vice Chair of the Vietnam Digital Communications Association (VDTA) which was set up in Hanoi on March 2. Minister of Information and Telecommunications Le Doan Hop was elected as Chairman of the association. The association also elected its executive board with 25 members. The association was founded by voluntary individuals and organizations in the digital telecommunications field to promote research and application of electronic data for the country's industrialization and modernization. Addressing the event, Nguyen Thanh Hung, Deputy Minister of Information and Telecommunications underlined that the establishment of the association contributed to achieving the development goals of the information technology and communications sector in Vietnam. The association's leaders committed to quickly stabilize the organization and to have a detailed action plan. Thuy Chung … [Read more...]

VDT Association makes its debut

The Vietnam Digital Communications Association (VDTA) was set up in Hanoi on March 2. Minister of Information and Telecommunications Le Doan Hop was elected as Chairman of the association and Nguyen Anh Tuan, editor-in-chief of the online newspaper Vietnamnet as Deputy Chairman. The VDT Association was founded by voluntary individuals and organisations in the digital telecommunications field to promote research and application of electronic data for the country's industrialisation and modernisation. Addressing the event, Nguyen Thanh Hung, Deputy Minister of Information and Telecommunications underlined that the establishment of the VDT will contribute to achieving the development goals of the information technology and communications sector in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

VDT Association makes debut

The Vietnam Digital Communications Association (VDTA) was set up in Hanoi on March 2. Minister of Information and Telecommunications, Le Doan Hop, was elected as Chairman of the association and Nguyen Anh Tuan, editor-in-chief of the online newspaper Vietnamnet was elected as Deputy Chairman. VDT Association was founded by voluntary individuals and organisations in the digital telecommunications field to promote research and application of electronic data for the country's industrialisation and modernisation. Addressing the event, Nguyen Thanh Hung, Deputy Minister of Information and Telecommunications underlined that the establishment of the VDT Association contributed to achieving the development goals of the information technology and communications sector in Vietnam./. … [Read more...]

Int’l Art Photography Exhibition opens in Hanoi

An awards ceremony and an opening ceremony of the International Art Photography Exhibition were held at Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam in Hanoi on morning of December 1. In three months since the launch of the contest, the organizers received 15,360 beautiful photos from 1,427 photographers from 51 countries and territories. Participating entry photos had to cover four main topics, namely, nature, portrait, tourist destination and freedom. The organizers selected 663 of the best photos and eight album photos to award prizes. 25 Vietnamese photographers won gold medals and many consolation prizes, including photographer Dang Van No for 'Co Tu Kid' photo and photographer Ngo Thanh Binh for 'Song in the Rain' photo. They were awarded two gold medals by the Federation of International Art Photography. The contest was sponsored by the Federation of International Art Photography (FIAP) and organized by the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA). This contest was one of six largest … [Read more...]

International Art Photography Contest winners announced

The photo 'Fishing in the rain' by Ngo Thanh Binh Nhan Dan - The Vietnamese Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA) held an awards ceremony yesterday at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi to honour 48 outstanding images from the 7th International Art Photography Contest. The photos were selected from 15,360 entries submitted by 1,430 photographers from 51 cities and provinces across the country. The VAPA presented four gold, four silver and four bronze medals, as well as 12 consolation prizes. The Federation of International Art Photography (FIAP) also presented four gold, four silver and four bronze medals, and 12 certificates. Three Vietnamese photographers received gold prizes. Dang Van No won a FIAP gold medal for the photo 'Co Tu Kid'. Nguyen A and Ngo Thanh Binh won VAPA gold medals for 'Dong Ky - My Hometown Festival' and 'Fishing in the rain'. The VAPA also opened the 2013 International Art Photography Exhibition, which exhibits 250 of the most outstanding photos … [Read more...]

Int’l artistic photo contest celebrates talents in Hanoi

Hanoi hosted an award ceremony on December 1 to honour 48 outstanding images chosen by the seventh International Artistic Photo Competition. An entry in Nature category (Source: vapa.org.vn) Launched in late May by the Vietnam Artistic Photographers' Association (VAPA) with the sponsorship of the International Federation of Artistic Photography (FIAP), the contest attracted 1,430 professional photographers from 51 countries and territories, who submitted 15,360 photos to vie in four categories, including Portrait, Tourism, Nature and Freestyle. Speaking at the ceremony at the Temple of Literature, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vuong Duy Bien said the biennial contest has confirmed the prestigious position of Vietnamese photography throughout the world. "The photos have vividly reflected the life, culture, and customs of different countries, helping to promote the image of each country and its people, thus strengthening the relationship and understanding between … [Read more...]