PM Dung to enter chatrooms, answer public questions online

Outlook (09-02-2007) PM Dung to enter chatrooms, answer public questions online by Pham Thanh Long Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will today spend two and a half hours chatting online with the public for the first time. The event, which has attracted the attention of the public and the media both inside and outside the country, is being jointly organised by Bao Dien Tu Dang Cong San Viet Nam (the online newspaper of the Viet Nam Communist Party), the Government website, Viet Nam Television and the online VietnamNet e-paper. The organisers said that they had received nearly 16,000 questions. According to the organisers, the PM would answer some 113 questions selected by them while the rest would be answered later because of the time limit. Other than the public, the online chat has attracted the attention of the global media, including news agencies such as the BBC and AFP. The event shows the active desire of the country's leaders to interact with the people and engage … [Read more...]

PM to Field Questions Online From the Public

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will spend two and a half hours answering questions from the public during an online question-and-answer session on February 9. It's the first time a Vietnamese PM will have participated in such an event. Questions from both local citizens and overseas Vietnamese will be answered. PM Dung will field questions online from the public for the first time on February 9 Editor in chief of the Bao Dien Tu Dang Cong San Viet Nam (online version of the Viet Nam Communist Party newspaper), Dao Duy Quat, said the PM will address a wide range of issues. "I believe the PM will be answering as many questions as he can," said Quat at a press conference announcing the event. The Party's paper is working with the Government website, the Viet Nam Television and the online newspaper VietnamNet to organize the session. Mr.Quat, also the Deputy Director of the Central Committee for Culture and Ideology, said online question and answer periods represent a new form of … [Read more...]

Water colour display at Fine Arts Museum

A hundred and five years ago, the famous artist Tran Van Can was born. His work is now on display at the Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum. The pictures on show were painted using water colour. One of his pictures is of his wife holding a baby. His wife is still alive and was pleased to see the display. Images from the past: One of the sketches by Tran Van Can on display at an exhibition at the Viet Nam Fire Arts Museum in Ha Noi to mark his 105th birthday. HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum is showing a collection of watercolour sketches to mark the 105th birth anniversary of master artist Tran Van Can (1910-2015). The exhibition features 80 watercolour sketches selected from the museum's own collection. These include Tran Van Can's paintings on four themes — portraits, landscapes, productive labour, and national defence – which he did during his trips to various parts of Viet Nam between 1955 and 1979. "I'm very moved because the exhibition is like a video … [Read more...]

Work starts on $450mn infrastructure development for Hanoi hi-tech hub

Hanoi’s hi-tech hub will have its infrastructure developed under a US$450 million project that broke ground on Friday. The project, consisting of five contract units, will develop the traffic, telecom, water supply and drainage, and power systems for the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park. Japan’s official assistance development loans account for $400 million of the sum, where the Vietnamese side covers the remaining. All of the five contract packages will be implemented this year and are slated for completion late 2018, after 37 months of construction. Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park was established in 1998 as a hub of research and development, personnel training, production and business incubation. By the end of May 2015, the hi-tech park was home to more than 10,000 engineers and students, with 70 licensed projects with a total registered capital of more than VND56.8 trillion ($2.61 billion). Hoa Lac focuses on such sectors as software production, information and communications … [Read more...]

Hoa Lac science and technology city development project package CP1A kicked off

(CPV) - Package CP1A for Hoa Lac science and technology city development project kicked off on June 26th in Thach That district, Hanoi’s outskirts. Package CP1A, the biggest in value and largest in scope of work, among 5 packages of Japan ODA under JPY loan scheme, is scheduled to be completed within 37 months, covering major infrastructure of road, water supply system, drainage, and power supply and telecommunication system. The construction of major infrastructure is expected to ignite the comprehensive development of Hoa Lac, turning this hi-tech park not only a hub of science and technology but also a city harmonizing between Industry-Academia-Government collaboration. This will encourage research and education institutions to link together, to promote private investment, forming "the first anchor for science and technology" in Vietnam. Japanese Government has continuously supported to develop Hoa Lac hi-tech park since 1998 with a wide range of master plan, feasibility … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Australia share lessons on aviation

(CPV) - The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Brisbane Airport Corporation and six leading Australian aviation technology, services and training organizers organized an aviation workshop from June 24th-26th in Ho Chi Minh city to share their knowledge and expertise with their Vietnamese counterparts. The aviation industry in Vietnam makes an important contribution to the Vietnamese economy but as it continues to grow, will also exert extra pressure on airport, air traffic control infrastructure and the highly specialized aviation labor force. "We are confident that through the sharing of information and collaboration, Vietnam’s key aviation stakeholders will gain a better understanding of the Australian aviation industry and consider Australia as their preferred country for aviation technologies, services, education and training," said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Mr Hugh Borrowman. According to a press release issued by the Australian Embassy in Hanoi, … [Read more...]

PM receives Japanese envoy ahead of summit

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hosted a reception for Japanese Ambassador to Viet Nam Hiroshi Fukada in Ha Noi yesterday, on the threshold of his working visit to Japan to attend the 7th Mekong – Japan Summit. The PM said the event was of great importance for both Japan and Mekong countries, reflecting the increasing role played by Japan in the region. Viet Nam attached special importance to the summit and believed that the event would open up new opportunities and potentials for co-operation between Japan and the Mekong Sub-region, he said. Dung also affirmed that Viet Nam wanted to work closely with Japan in effectively implementing agreements reached by the two Governments. He said that he expected to discuss both bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual concern during talks with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. Ambassador Hiroshi informed the host about Japan's preparations for the summit as well as for bilateral meetings between PM … [Read more...]

Mega upgrade for hi-tech park

A groundbreaking ceremony for package CP1A, a major infrastructure work under the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park Development Project, was held in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday issued an order on the groundbreaking ceremony of package CP1A – a major infrastructure work under the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park Development Project. Package CP1A is the largest in value and scope of work among five packages of Japan's official development assistance (ODA) programme under a loan scheme for the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park Development Project. The package is scheduled to be completed in 2018, covering major infrastructures such as roads, water supply systems, drainage pipelines, power supply, and telecommunication systems. PM Dung said the project received great investments from the ODA of the Japanese Government, US$400 million, and a fund of $50 million from State budget. The project's main aim is to contribute to the … [Read more...]

Vietnam-EU FTA talks on track

The Saigon Times Daily Hoang was quoted by Vietnam News Agency as saying during his Europe trip this week that the two sides are close to concluding the FTA talks in accordance with an agreement signed by leaders of Vietnam and the European Commission during Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Europe in October 2014. Hoang said at his meeting with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström in Brussels on Tuesday the two sides affirmed the possibility of concluding their talks. Vietnam and the EU have completed 13 official rounds of negotiations and interim sessions since the two sides announced to launch negotiations in June 2012. Hoang said there are few differences remaining and that the ministry would work harder to help local enterprises benefit from the trade agreement. The comprehensive FTA with the EU will cover trade in goods and services, investment, intellectual property rights, government procurement and other areas. Hoang said it is … [Read more...]

Prime Minister kicks off Hoa Lac Hi-Tech infrastructure development project

(VOVworld) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for a 450-million-USD project to develop an infrastructure system in Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park on the outskirts of Hanoi. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung speaks at the event (Photo: VNA) The project, which was approved by the Government in 2010, is being funded through a 400 million USD from Japan’s official development assistance (ODA) and the balance from the Vietnamese Government. The project is expected to be completed in 2018 with all five contract packages scheduled to commence this year. Addressing the ceremony, the Government leader said high-quality human resources and advanced science and technology were among the key factors for sustainable and rapid growth in the current context of globalization, international integration and fierce market competition. He expects the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park will become a smart urban area serving science and technology research, appliance, creation and … [Read more...]

Prime Minister receives Japanese Ambassador

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hosted a reception for Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Hiroshi Fukada in Hanoi on June 26 (Photo:VNA) Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hosted a reception for Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Hiroshi Fukada in Hanoi on June 26, on the threshold of his working visit to Japan to attend the 7 th Mekong–Japan Summit. During the reception, the PM thanked his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe’s invitation to attend the summit, highlighting that the event is of great importance for both Japan and Mekong countries while reflecting the increasing position played by Japan in the region. Vietnam attaches special importance to the Summit and believes that the event will open up new opportunities and potential for cooperation between Japan and Mekong Sub-region countries, he said. PM Dung affirmed that Vietnam wants to work closer with Japan to effectively implement agreements reached by the two Governments, for long-lasting and sustainable cooperation … [Read more...]

Vietnam removes foreign ownership caps on most equities

Photo: Diep Duc Minh Vietnam has approved removing foreign ownership caps on most listed companies, its finance minister confirmed on Friday, scrapping a 49 percent limit in one of its most liberal economic reforms yet. The government is stepping up reforms to the $184 billion economy after years of delay that have frustrated foreign investors keen to tap the potential of its private sector, with future Pacific and European Union free trade pacts adding to the allure. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had signed an amendment to the rules, Finance Minister Dinh Tien Dung said in a text message after the Vietnam TV (VTV) reported the decree's approval without saying when the change would come into effect. VTV said the rules would not apply to certain firms or sectors in which the state needed to retain controls, without elaborating. The amended decree has not been made public. Long criticised for protectionism, Vietnam has eased foreign restrictions in areas such as banking and … [Read more...]

Work starts on infrastructure project for Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park

The ground-breaking ceremony of the infrastructure project for the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park (Credit: VGP) NDO - Construction has begun on a project to build infrastructure for the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park, about 30 kilometres west of central Hanoi. The ground-breaking ceremony on June 26 was attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu and former Deputy PM Pham Gia Khiem. The project will include the building of roads, drainage systems, telecommunications cables, power supply stations and a sewage treatment plant. The total cost for the project, scheduled for completion in 2018, is estimated at US$450 million, of which US$400 million is being funded by official development assistance (ODA) from Japan. In March 2012, Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance signed an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency to borrow more than JPY15.2 billion - another loan worth JPY30 billion is expected to be secured next year. Speaking at the … [Read more...]

Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park’s groundbreaking ceremony held

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung gives a speech at the ground breaking ceremony for the infrastructure work under the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park Development Project. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung today morning issued an order on the groundbreaking ceremony of package CP1A – a major infrastructure work under the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park Development Project. Package CP1A is the largest in value and scope of work among five packages of Japan's official development assistance (ODA) programme under a loan scheme for the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park Development Project. The package is scheduled to be completed in 2018, covering major infrastructures such as roads, water supply systems, drainage pipelines, power supply, and telecommunication systems. PM Dung highly appreciated the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ha Noi People's Committee, and other ministries and agencies concerned for their efforts toward the groundbreaking ceremony … [Read more...]

PM kicks off Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park infrastructure development project

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung speaks at the event (Photo: VNA) Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended a groundbreaking ceremony on June 26 for a 450-million-USD project to develop an infrastructure system in Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park on the outskirts of Hanoi. The project, which was approved by the Government in 2010, is funded through 400 million USD from Japan ’s official development assistance (ODA) and the balance from the Vietnamese Government. In March 2012, the Ministry of Finance and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement worth over 15.2 billion JPY (123.2 million USD) for the project. The second deal valued at 30 billion JPY (243.1 million USD) is scheduled to be signed in 2016. The project is expected to be completed in 2018 with all five contract packages scheduled to commence this year. Addressing the ceremony, the Government leader stressed the significance of the project for the development of the park. He said he hopes … [Read more...]

Vietnam premier to attend Mekong-Japan Summit next month

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will lead a Vietnamese delegation to attend the seventh Mekong-Japan Summit that is scheduled to open on July 2 in Tokyo, focusing on orientations for bilateral cooperation in 2016-18. PM Dung’s attendance in the three-day event follows the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, said Le Hai Binh, the Vietnamese foreign ministry spokesman. The annual summit will bring together leaders from Japan and the five countries in the Mekong River Sub-Region, namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The conference will also review Mekong-Japan cooperation in the past, especially the implementation of the Mekong-Japan action plan during the 2013-15 period. PM Dung’s participation in the event is also aimed at strengthening relations between Vietnam and the other four countries in the sub-region as well as deepening the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan, Binh said. The Vietnamese government leader is … [Read more...]

Forestlands illegally occupied, traded on Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island

Those who illegally occupy forestlands on Phu Quoc Island, off southern Vietnam, and sell them to investors and speculators need nothing more than a simple agreement to complete transactions. With the pieces of land illicitly claimed, the so-called land owners do not have any valid papers for the property, but buyers are still willing to open their pockets, as the island is witnessing what is considered the strongest "land fever" in a decade. Phu Quoc, a district administered by Kien Giang Province, is expected to be covered by 7,038 hectares of protected forests – those intended to protect water sources and land and prevent erosion and desertification – by 2030. In 2012 the first 12,000 hectares of protected forests were grown, but the area has since narrowed to only 6,870. The blatant deforestation is caused by a number of people from the mainland, who grow other trees on the cleared pieces of land to turn forestlands into ‘gardens,' and put them up for … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – June 26

Have a hearty breakfast, readers! Politics -- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will attend the seventh Mekong-Japan Summit from July 2 to 4 in Tokyo at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. -- The Vietnamese Embassy in China continues to demand the host country unconditionally return a Vietnamese fishing vessel Beijing has illegally seized, Le Hai Binh, the Vietnamese foreign ministry’s spokesman, said at a regular press conference in Hanoi on Thursday. The China Coast Guard has informed that it had seized 17 fishermen and two fishing ships from the central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh, QB93694TS and QB93480TS, on June 19. Society -- Ho Chi Minh City is seeking approval from the central government to build an overpass and a tunnel to ease chronic traffic congestion on a major road leading to Cat Lai Port in District 2, according to a document the municipal administration submitted to the … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman: Chinese construction of islands in Truong Sa illegal

(VOVworld) - Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman has told the press about Vietnam’s response to recent Chinese Foreign Ministry announcement that China’s construction activities on the islands and reefs in the East Sea fall within the scope of China's sovereignty, which are "lawful, reasonable and justified." Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the land reclamation project of China's construction on some stationed islands and reefs of the Spratly islands, as planned, will be completed in the upcoming days. Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh rejects the announcement: "China’s large scale construction and reclamation of islands and reefs in Spratly archipelago are illegal and cannot change the fact that Vietnam has sufficient legal ground and historical evidence confirming its national sovereignty over Spratly archipelago. Vietnam asks China to immediately stop these activities, while … [Read more...]

Vietnam lambastes China for fishermen harassment, island building

Vietnamese troops stand at attention while listening to Philippine military officials before the start of their Friendship Games at Northeast Cay in the disputed East Sea on May 27, 2015. Vietnamese and Philippine troops played soccer and sang karaoke on an East Sea island in May in a sign of the growing security ties between the two Southeast Asian nations most at odds with Beijing over the contested waterway. Photo: Reuters Vietnam said on Thursday that China had detained 17 Vietnamese fishermen and their two fishing boats, but so far has only released the crews and one vessel. "Vietnam demands that China immediately and unconditionally release the [other] fishing vessel," Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said at a press briefing Thursday. The Vietnamese embassy in China said June 19 that China had confirmed the arrest of 17 fishermen and two fishing vessels hailing from the north-central province of Quang Binh. Four Chinese vessels, including a navy one, on June … [Read more...]