OCS joining hands with Vietnamese Hop Nhat Company

A partnership agreement has been signed by OCS (Japanese Oversea Courier Service Company) and the Hop Nhat Joint-Stock Company, Vietnam. Under the agreement, Hop Nhat will officially become Vietnam's first and sole private company responsible for issuing Japanese language newspapers and other publications in the country, and OCS's local representative for postal and goods express delivery services. According to OCS representatives, the Vietnamese company will provide convenient services for its clients as the company is a member of City Link (Malaysia) and Courier Link (Singapore) and functions as an agent for several other express deliverers, like DHL, Fedex, and TNT among others. From now on, Hop Nhat will serve all of OCS's clients in Vietnam in delivering postal goods between Vietnam and Japan, as well as from Vietnam to other countries within OCS's network. Source: DDDN Translated by Thu Nguyen … [Read more...]

Wonderbuy sells in American style, goes bankrupted in Vietnamese style

VietNamNet Bridge - For the first time in Vietnam, a Vietnamese American-styled retailer--Wonderbuy, has filed for bankruptcy. The story of Wonderbuy should be seen as a good lesson for home appliance retailers.A miss is as good… Wonderbuy supermarket, belonging to Hop Nhat Joint Stock Company, made debut one year ago. At that time, a lot of people, including reporters, once raised a question that why Wonderbuy decided to set up the retail premises at the crossroads of Nguyen Dinh Chieu-Dinh Tien Hoang, which both are one-way roads and located on the left side. It is obvious that the disadvantageous position of the retail premises has badly affected the retailer's business. There is not much traffic on Nguyen Dinh Chieu road, so it would be not too difficult to drop into the supermarket. However, the number of people going on the road and dropping into the supermarket was modest. It would be a big problem for the people going on Dinh Tien Hoang road to drop into the supermarket, … [Read more...]

Central post enterprises fined for violations

The watchdog of the Ministry of Information and Communications has decided to fine five central post companies VND49 million (US$2,950) in total for wrongdoings in conducting post delivery operations. Authorities said the enterprises are from the central provinces of Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Ngai, and Da Nang City. Thanh Tin and Central Hop Nhat Joint Stock companies were discovered charging customers wrong prices and using poor-quality scales. EPS, T.I.M Express and An Duong Trading Import Export Joint Stock companies have been found operating without a license. Reported by Huu Tra … [Read more...]

Vietnam grows with firm steps

PANO - A number of foreigners, who have not recently visited Vietnam, tend to refer it to a war-devastated country, and they fail to see the reality of Vietnam as it has strongly emerged from the past severe wars, the Italian famous financial daily, "The Sun 24 Hours" revealed in a multistory feature. Especially, it added, since the country started the renewal process (Doi Moi) in 1986, it has become one of the most dynamic economies in the Asia Pacific region. The story about Vietnam's success is not new. In fact, the country has been a focus of international media for years, and 2014 is not an exception. Newspapers across the world consider the country a rising Asian Tiger. The Sun 24 Hours even recommends Italian people and businessmen to come to Vietnam and views it as one of the worthiest places to live and do business. According to the newspaper's article, despite the global economic recession, Vietnam still enjoyed a GDP growth rate of 5.2% in 2013 and the economy is on the … [Read more...]

Evil schemes under the cover of the “press freedom”

PANO - Recently, a number of intellectuals who make use of the press freedom and other human rights to undermine the Party and nationwide unity. It leads to a question of how to handle the situation. The following talk between the People's Army Newspaper (PAN)'s reporters and Mr. Le Dinh Luyen, Head of the Standing Office of the Governmental Human Rights Steering Board gives an answer to the question. Reporter: Could you clarify the major plots and schemes of hostile forces, who make use of the press freedom in order to sabotage the Party and State over the past years? Mr. Luyen: Over the past few years, hostile forces often raise the question of press freedom, calumniating Vietnam's breach of human rights in an attempt to promote their "Peace Evolution" strategy, cause riots and finally overturn the political system. Evidently, they use foreign media and the internet to propagandize false arguments and distorted information about Vietnam in order to undermine people's trust in the … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Chief of the General Staff visits USA and France

PANO - Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army and Deputy Defence Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, leading a high-ranking Vietnamese military delegation left Hanoi on June 15th to begin a visit to the USA and France. Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty. The Vietnamese delegation visits the USA from June 17th to 22nd at the invitation of Chairman of the US Joint Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey and then visits France from June 23rd to 26th at the invitation of Chief of the French Joint Staff, Admiral Edouard Guillaud. The Vietnamese delegation includes Commander of the Vietnam People's Air Defence and Air Force, Lieutenant General Truong Minh Hoa; Deputy Chief of General Department 2, Lieutenant General Pham Ngoc Hung; Deputy Commander of the Vietnam People's Navy, Rear Admiral Nguyen Van Ninh; Chief of the Office of the General Staff, Major General Pham Huu Manh; and Chief of the Defence External Affairs Department, Major General Vu Chien Thang. The visits … [Read more...]

Contest “Volunteer youths for civilized and modern city” launched

ANO - The Ho Chi Minh City Volunteer Youth Organization on June 16th launched a mobilization to create literary and artistic pieces to celebrate 40 years of the building and development of the City's Volunteer Youth Force, the 40th anniversary of the Force's Traditional Day (March 28th, 1976 - March 28th, 2016). Under the topic "Volunteer youths for a civilized and modern city", literary and artistic pieces are required to reflect activities of volunteer youth organizations, lives, work and growth of local volunteer youths in periods; the support of Volunteer Youth organizations for drug addicts to reintegrate into the community; social support activities of volunteer youths and organizations; volunteer youths in managing, maintaining and exploiting the East-West Road System; and volunteer youths in rubber plantations in Laos. According to the organizers, all people can participate in the movement, composing literary and artistic pieces and sending them to the organizing panel. … [Read more...]

Youth organizations urged to boost sea and islands dissemination

PANO - A conference to summarize sea and island dissemination and other related activities over the past 3 years was held on June 14th in Naval Brigade 171 by the Command of Naval Zone 2 and leaders of the Youth Union organizations of the 7 cities and provinces in Eastern South. Leaders of the Naval Zone 2 Command, leaders of the Youth Union organizations of the 7 cities and provinces and 70 delegates participated in the meeting. According to reports, the naval zone and Youth Union organizations launched 132 dissemination drives on sea and islands for 157,000 local students, gave 5,500 leaflets on sea, islands and instructions needed for working activities at sea and organized many meetings, demonstrations, forums on the programs "Contributing stones to build Truong Sa", "Spring of Sea and Islands" and "Journey for the Homeland's Sea and Islands". At the meeting, delegates gave a number of proposals to augment the quality and effectiveness of sea and island dissemination activities, … [Read more...]

General Staff inspects Nghe An border guards

PANO - A working delegation of the General Staff led by Deputy Chief of the General Staff paid a working visit on June 13th to check all respects of the task performance of the Nghe An Provincial Border Guard Command. Photo: baonghean.vn Commander of the Nghe An Border Guard force, Colonel Dinh Ngoc Van briefed the delegation on the unit's situation and implementation of its major tasks of protecting national border sovereignty and security and supporting local people in developing local economy and socio-cultural life, consolidating defence and security and building the whole-people border defence posture over the past time. The Provincial Border Guard Command also gave the Deputy Chief of the General Staff and working delegation some proposals on issues related to staff organization, equipment and implementation of combat readiness tasks. Concluding the meeting, the Deputy Chief of the General Staff applauded the achievements of the provincial border guard force and noted that … [Read more...]

Vietnam-US defence ties contribute to regional peace and security

PANO - Since Vietnam and the United States normalized relations in 1995, bilateral defence ties have grown in width and depth, agreeing with the developments in relations between the two nations. Over the past time, defence ties between Vietnam and the USA continued to see effective developments. On August 17th, 2010, the two sides held the first Annual Dialogue on Defence Policies at the deputy-defence minister level in Hanoi. At the second Annual Dialogue on Defence Policies in September 2011 in Washington D.C, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding on boosting defence cooperation. Additionally, since 2008, the two sides have held annual dialogues on security, defence and diplomacy at the deputy-foreign-minister level, focusing political and defence ties between the two countries as well as international security issues of mutual concern. Vietnamese Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh (right) welcoming US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on his visit to Vietnam in 2012. … [Read more...]

First Vietnamese deaf person receives US scholarship

A 29-year-old woman named Nguyen Tran Thuy Tien has become the first-ever Vietnamese deaf person to receive a scholarship to study in the USA. On June 12th, the US Gallaudet University in Dong Nai granted the World Deaf Leadership scholarship to Ms Nguyen Tran Thuy Tien, a graduate of primary education of Dong Nai University. Accordingly, she will take an English course for one year to reach the required TOEFL level before enrolling in a master degree programme in US-standard sign language course for the next 2 years in the USA. Thuy Tien said that she hopes to become a teacher to teach sign language to Vietnamese deaf after completing the master degree course in the USA. According to the Director of the project on education of deaf people in Vietnam, Gallaudet is the first university in the world granting scholarship to deaf people. Since 1993, it has offered scholarships to 190 students in 50 countries around the world. Source: DanViet Translated by Thu Nguyen … [Read more...]

Vietnam to enjoy 5.3% growth in 2013: WB

The World Bank (WB) on June 12th officially announced the Report on Global Economic Prospects 2013 (GEF). Photo for illustration. In the report, WB forecast that Vietnam would reach a GDP growth rate of 5.3 percent in 2013, up from its January prediction of 5.2 percent. However, it lowered Vietnam's GDP growth rate in the 2014-2015 period to 5.4 percent from its earlier forecasts of 5.5 percent for 2014 and 6 percent for 2015. It also revised the growth rate of the Asia-Pacific region to 7.3 percent from 7.5 percent, due to the Chinese economy being in low gear. According to this institution, Japanese multi-national companies will focus investment in Vietnam and Laos. However, it also warned that Asia-Pacific nations, including Vietnam, are vulnerable to international economic and financial shocks; therefore they should prepare resources to address those risks. Source: Dan Viet Translated by Thu Nguyen … [Read more...]

UK businesses seek investment opportunity in infrastructure

UK businesses are seeking opportunities to invest in the Vietnamese market, according to UK Minister of Trade and Investment Lord Freen in a meeting with Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Le Hoang Quan on June 11th. He stressed that infrastructure is a potential area for both domestic and international investors in Vietnam, and that UK businesses are keen on this area. He also said that his visit to Vietnam this time aimed to boost trade and investment ties between the UK and Vietnam in the future. During the meeting, UK businesses showed interest in urban railways, Thu Thiem town and Long Thanh Airport. Additionally, UK businesses shared their experience in building some sport projects, since Vietnam as the host country is preparing for the Asian Games 2019 (ASIAD 2019). Source: TBKT Translated by Thu Nguyen … [Read more...]

Old and rare rabbit found in Thua Thien-Hue

An individual streaky rabbit was found by chance in the Sao La sanctuary, Thua Thien-Hue province, by officials of the Sao La Sanctuary Management Agency. On June 12th, Director of the Sao La Sanctuary Management Agency, Le Ngoc Tuan, said that the rabbit is an old and rare species and is listed in the World Red Book. Earlier, officials of Sao La Sanctuary Management Agency had released a brown-leg douc langur, scientific name Pygathrix nemaeus, weighing some 7kg, from a trap of local hunters. Source: LD Translated by Thu Nguyen … [Read more...]

TCIE Vietnam’s Nissan Sunny introduced in Vietnam

The TCIE Vietnam automobile assembly plant, invested by TCIE Ltd. Vietnam, an affiliate of Malaysia-based Tan Chong MotorAn automobile assembly plant, named TCIE Vietnam and invested by TCIE Ltd. Vietnam, an affiliate of Malaysia-based Tan Chong Mhas just been officially inaugurated. TCIE Vietnam, located in the Hoa Khanh Industrial Park in Da Nang City, has become the latest automobile plant in Vietnam. Costing US$ 40 million and covering an area of 129,500 square meters, TCIE Vietnam focuses on assembling the Nissan Sunny sedansedan Nissan Sunny for the Vietnamese market. According to the investor, the plant will make 6,500 cars per year, but it can raise its production capacity when domestic market demandimprove its production capacity when the demand of the domestic market is higher. On June 11th, the first Nissan Sunny made by the plant wassmall-size Nissan Sunny made by the plant was first introduced in the Vietnamese market. Source: VnEconomy Translated by Thu Nguyen … [Read more...]

“Green home-country” contest launched

PANO - The Central Committee of the Vietnam Veterans' Association, in collaboration with the General Department of Environment under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, initiated a written contest on Vietnamese veterans participating in environmental protection on June 11th in Hanoi. Addressing the contest named "Green home-country", Deputy President of the Vietnam Veterans' Association and head of the organizing board of the contest, Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Dan underlined that the contest aims to find out, encourage and compliment individuals and organizations of veterans with large contributions to environmental protection; improve public awareness, especially veterans' awareness of environmental protection; and multiply good examples of veterans in environmental protection. All Vietnamese citizens can participate in the contest and the organizing board receives written pieces from June 11th to October 30th, 2013. Translated by Thu Nguyen … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Thailand cooperate in defence policy and military medicine

PANO - Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh received visiting Director of the Policy and Strategy Department under the General Department of Policy and Planning of the Thai Defence Ministry, Major General Naretrak Thitathan, on the afternoon of June 10 at the Headquarters of the Vietnamese Defence Ministry. The Thai Director of the Policy and Strategy Department was on a working visit to Vietnam. At the reception, General Vinh highlighted recent good developments of defence ties between the two armies and relations between the two countries in general. He proposed that the two sides should continue to cooperate in different areas in order to deepen bilateral defence ties, contributing to ensuring peace, stability and security in the region. General Vinh also suggested that the two sides consider exchanging yearly visits at the deputy defence minister level. He appreciated the visit of the Thai defence official and underlined the importance of … [Read more...]

Young Vietnamese and Indian officers contribute to friendly ties

PANO - Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army on June 10th received a delegation of young Indian officers, paying a courtesy call to the Vietnamese defence leadership. The delegation of young Indian officers is on a visit to Vietnam from June 9th to 15th to exchange with local officers. At the reception, General Tuan underlined the importance and significance of exchanges between Vietnamese and Indian young officers, and said that such activities would contribute to boosting friendship, cooperation, mutual understanding and trust between the two armies. He hoped that each young officer would serve as a friendly bridge between the two armies and peoples of Vietnam and India in the future. Translated by Thu Nguyen … [Read more...]

Vietnam and WB join hands in anti-corruption

PANO - The programme "Vietnam anti-corruption initiatives 2013" (VACI 2013) was launched on June 11th in Hanoi by the Vietnamese Governmental Inspection agency and the World Bank (WB). The organizing board said that the programme would focus on the topic: Enhancing transparency, uprightness and responsibility, reducing corruption. Over two days, examiners were expected to select excellent, creative and feasible projects. The selected will then be funded and implemented at local-level agencies. According to the Vietnamese Governmental Inspection, with the VACI programme Vietnam reaffirms its resolve to combat corruption and continue to implement the national strategy on anti-corruption to 2020, contributing to improving people's awareness and participation in the current corruption prevention process. The organizing board said that it would also hold a seminar on IT application and communication in anti-corruption. The seminar will focus on sharing Indian experiences in IT application … [Read more...]

Signal and Communications Corps honour good examples

PANO - A meeting to honour outstanding individuals and organisations in the movement "Learning and following President Ho Chi Minh's moral example" in the 2011-2013 period was held on June 11th in Hanoi by the Signal and Communications Corps. Reports at the meeting affirmed that learning and following President Ho Chi Minh's moral example is a special political task of every individual and organization and an important content in the emulation movement of the corps. Over the past 2 years, the implementation of Decree 03 issued by the Politburo has contributed to improving troops' awareness, attitude and responsibility. Troops in units of the corps were always ready to overcome difficulties, take on any task assigned by their commanders, successfully fulfil their tasks, renovate their working manners and actively contribute to building their units and the corps as a whole. Additionally, the movement helped troops and units effectively economize and prevent waste. During the past two … [Read more...]