Promoting innovation in the development of sustainable tourism

Local residents in Duong Lam village use straw to design souvenirs. NDO - Rain, winds, storms, floods, and even garbage are things that seem like troubles for human. However, in a number of projects initiated by architect Nguyen Thu Hanh, PhD., Chairwoman of the Scientific Union for Sustainable Tourism Development (STDe) and her partners, disadvantages are turned into advantages in order to develop tourism in a sustainable manner in Vietnam. Changing thinking in exploiting natural resources Vietnam has significant potential to develop tourism, especially maritime tourism thanks to its long coastline. With more than 3,000km of coastline – including hundreds of islands and beautiful beaches – Vietnam should be one of Asia’s top tourism destinations. However, compared to other countries in the region, sea and island tourism in Vietnam is underdeveloped as only a small part of sea and island resources are being utilised. In addition, tourism services in Vietnam … [Read more...]

Northern and central regions face heat wave

Temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius will affect the northern and central regions until June 6 according to the National Meteorology and Hydrology Centre’s forecast. The heat wave poses a high risk of forest fire for a number of provinces, including Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Binh Dinh and Long An. On May 28, a fire started in the protection forest in Trieu Loc, Chau Loc and Hoang Khanh communes in northern Thanh Hoa province, the second within two days. Almost 2,000 people were mobilised to extinguish the fire, Nhan Dan newspaper reported. In northern Tuyen Quang province, low water levels in local reservoirs have led to 128 hectares of spring paddy fields drying out. Meanwhile, Da Lat city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong is suffering from heavy rains and high humidity, which have fuelled the spread of crop diseases.-VNA … [Read more...]

Men burn forest gathering honey

Police in southern Ca Mau Province have arrested two local men for allegedly burning 10ha of Lower U Minh forest while gathering honey. Several areas in Vietnam at high risk of fire in dry season Vo Hoang Ni, 26, and Pham Quoc Tinh, 41, from Nguyen Phich Commune in U Minh District, were hired on May 14 to chop down cajeput at a plantation in the forest in Khanh Binh Tay Commune in Tran Van Thoi District. When they arrived in the forest they saw bees and decided to gather their honey. They started a fire to chase away the bees, but the flames spread quickly. After being arrested, Ni and Tinh allegedly said they tried to put out the fire themselves, but ran away after it got out of control. Local police continue to investigate into the case. … [Read more...]

Fire claims 12 ha of forest in Ca Mau

A fire stemming from prolonged intense heat engulfed 12 hectares of the U Minh Ha forest in the southernmost province of Ca Mau at 12 am on May 14. The nine-year-old cajuput forest is located in Khanh Binh Tay commune, Tran Van Thoi district. This is the first fire in the province in the 2015 dry season. The case is under further investigation. According to the the Forest Management Department, 19,000 of nearly 38,500 hectares of cajuput forest are facing extremely high fire risks as prolonged dry weather diminishes the supply of water available for fire fighters to extinguish blazes. To cope with the situation, the provincial People’s Committee has requested the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development cooperate with authorised bodies and local governments to encourage local households to protect forests and prevent fire during the drought. Ca Mau has also implemented a number of precautionary programmes, including around-the-clock patrols, fire drills and … [Read more...]

Chau Doc recognised as a class two city under An Giang province

Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Phan Van Sau (R) presents the prime minister’s decision recognising Chau Doc as a class two city. (Credit: NDO – An Giang province held a ceremony on April 25 to mark the 40th anniversary of southern liberation and national reunification as well as to announce the prime minister’s decision recognising Chau Doc as a class two city under An Giang. Beginning as a small town, Chau Doc was acknowledged by the Construction Ministry as a class three city in 2007 before being approved as a city under An Giang province on July 19, 2013 by the prime minister. After nearly two years since the upgrade, Chau Doc city has contributed to making An Giang the first Mekong Delta province to have two class two cities, including Chau Doc and Long Xuyen. Chau Doc has a population of 158,000 and an urbanisation rate of over 92%. The city recorded an average income of more than VND60.3 million per capita in 2014 and total … [Read more...]

Hustle and bustle of fish markets

(VOV) - The border gate in An Giang province has been lively, boisterous, colourful, smelly and gritty with an electric atmosphere during the early months of the year, full of Cambodian traders travelling to Vietnam to buy fish, shrimp and prawns. At the crossing there is a lot of talk that Cambodia once a powerhouse in the Southeast Asian region for fish exports has transformed into just the reverse, a lucrative export market for the Vietnamese aquaculture industry. Cambodia has been transitioning into a large prosperous fish market for Vietnamese farmers said Lam The Gioi Customs Department head at the Tinh Bien border gate. Since the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, exports of seafood have been on the uptick with hundreds of tonnes of seafood having made its way into Cambodia via the border crossing. The selection has been quite varied including snake head catfish, white carp, common carp, grass carp, bighead carp, Spanish mackerel, short body mackerel, salmon, prawn, shrimp, crab, … [Read more...]

City singers to organize music show to raise funds for ‘border kids’

Iconic singers including Dam Vinh Hung and Quang Dung will take part in a charity music show at Dong Dao Bar on February 3 to raise funds for gifts to be given to children in the border areas of Vietnam to celebrate the lunar New Year (Tet), which arrives in two weeks. It is part of the campaign entitled ‘Tet for border school children’ which was launched by Tuoi Tre Newspaper and has attracted donations from a large amount of individuals and enterprises. On behalf of Tuoi Tre, singer Dam Vinh Hung has invited many others to join the event, including Duong Trieu Vu, Giang Hong Ngoc, Trong Khuong, Khanh Binh, Ngoc Tram and Han Thai Tu. Dong Dao Bar -- located at 164 Pasteur, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City – is contributing to the event by not charging for the organization of the show and making banners and designing the background of the stage. Nguyen Thanh Lam, the manager of Dong Dao, said he will donate all proceeds from the show to the … [Read more...]

An Giang aims to tap huge potential

The Mekong Delta province of An Giang, which shares nearly 100 kilometres of its border with Cambodia, has enormous potential for socio-economic development, the Vietnam Investment Review (VIR) reported. With two international border gates - Tinh Bien and Vinh Xuong, and two national border gates - Khanh Binh and Vinh Hoi Dong, the province is regarded as a major economic and trade hub, connecting the three major cities of Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho and Phnom Penh and serves as an important gateway for trade exchanges among localities in the delta region and Cambodia and other ASEAN member countries. An Giang border gate economic zone covers 256.8 square kilometres, and is divided into three functional zones: 99 Vinh Xuong border economic zone (EZ), 92 Tinh Bien border EZ, and 74 Khanh Binh border EZ. In the previous years, the province has concentrated on calling for investment into infrastructure to help fostering tourism and border economic development. … [Read more...]

Cultural activities mark Teachers Day

HCM CITY (VNS) - A cultural festival and a concert featuring music, dance and fashion shows teachers are among the events being held in HCM City to mark Teachers' Day, November 20. The five-day festival begins today at the Youth Cultural House with more than 300 teachers and students from secondary schools taking part in games and sports. A Thu Phap (calligraphy) contest will begin tomorrow, featuring students aged 7 to 15. Music and song programmes and fashion shows by young performers, mostly from local universities and colleges, will be performed nightly. The music concert titled Thay Va Tro (Teachers and Students) performed by artists of the city's Music Conservatory will be staged on November 19. More than 50 veteran and young musicians will play famous works in jazz, rock symphony, flamenco acoustic music. Music teacher Hoang Diep will conduct the orchestra, and the event will be aired on HTV9. Among other events that will begin tomorrow at the Dam Sen Park is a music gala … [Read more...]

Workshop discusses private sector engagement in pro-poor value chain development

Country Director of SDC in Vietnam Samuel Waelty speaks at the workshop. Nhan Dan Online - The Market Access for the Rural Poor (MARP) Programme, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC), organised a workshop in Hanoi on July 3 to discuss how to engage the private sector in pro-poor value chain development. Engaging the private sector in working with the poor is crucial for increasing their income, said Country Director of SDC in Vietnam, Samuel Waelty, adding that with higher risks and transaction costs in the rural areas, and a lack of stable market linkages, it remained a strong challenge to mobilise private sector resources for sustainable pro-poor growth. The workshop was a forum to learn from and share international and Vietnamese examples and experience, in order to find solutions for working with the private sector to achieve sustainable income both for the rural poor and the private sector, he noted. In his presentation at the workshop, … [Read more...]

UN report highlights importance of midwifery in saving lives of women and newborns

Deputy Minister Nguyen Viet Tien speaks at the launch. Nhan Dan Online - The 2014 United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report on the state of the world's midwifery has revealed that having midwives at the bedside of each pregnant woman in the world can save millions of lives. Addressing the launch ceremony for the State of the World's Midwifery Report 2014 entitled 'A Universal Pathway. A Woman's Right to Heath' in Hanoi on July 2, Deputy Minister of Health, Nguyen Viet Tien said midwifery played a crucial role in Vietnam's maternal and newborn health care system. A skilled midwifery workforce with high competency, motivated and supported by the health care system, was a key to successfully reducing maternal and newborn mortality and contributed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals of decreased child death and increased maternal health and universal access to reproductive health, he said. The Deputy Minister also spoke highly of the UNFPA initiative to recruit and … [Read more...]

Can Tho unveils new tours

The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta city of Can Tho has launched five new tours of up to two days that take in popular destinations, food, culture, and other entertainment. They take visitors to the Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets, Sau Hoai rice noodle factory, Southern Truc Lam zen monastery, My Khanh tourism village, Giao Duong orchard and Binh Thuy traditional house. Cai Rang, a speciality market around 4km from Ninh Kieu wharf, sells mostly fruits and other agricultural produce. Hundreds of people in boats begin selling their goods early in the morning and end by 8-9am. - VNS … [Read more...]

Smuggling continues unabated across Vietnamese-Cambodian border

VietNamNet Bridge - Smuggling from Cambodia to Vietnam occurs at border gates in southwestern provinces, with the common products being sugar, tobacco, petrol and cattle. At the border gates in An Giang province, cigarettes are smuggled from Cambodia to Vietnam. The smugglers tie hundreds of "Hero" labeled cigarette packs around their bodies to cross the border into Vietnam. This scene is very common at the Vinh Suong border gate in Tan Chau town, An Giang province. Every day, there are dozens of motorcycles transporting smuggled cigarettes on National Highway 91 from Chau Doc to Long Xuyen (An Giang). According to An Giang authorities, they have detected 835 cases of smuggled goods worth over VND17.4 billion ($870,000) in January-April this year, including over 278,000 packs of cigarette. Destruction of thousands of packets of smuggled cigarettes In An Giang. Thai sugar is smuggled through the border. Every day, trucks - each carrying 600-900 sugar bags - run … [Read more...]

New habits prevent outbreaks

by Gia Loc HCM CITY (VNS) — The number of measles and dengue fever cases has subsided as a result of local citizens' increased awareness of the need for vaccinations and preventive hygienic measures. General Department of Preventive Medicine said that measles cases had hit a peak in February but had fallen in the last few weeks. As of May 29, at least 96.3 per cent of people had received the necessary two measles shots, compared to 57.5 per cent as of April 19. Binh Phuoc Province, where only 8.21 per cent of children had received shots as of April 19, was included on the department's list of provinces that had achieved a 95 per cent rate or above as of May 29. Since the beginning of the year, the country has recorded 4,950 incidences of measles. Of those, 87 per cent did not get measles vaccinations. Many parents thought that getting measles was not life-threatening, so they were not especially concerned about taking their children to get vaccinations. Dr Truong Huu Khanh, head … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 20/5

Deputy PM: Don't get trapped by bad elements Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam late last week called for the public, particularly patriotic workers at industrial parks, to stay vigilant against ill-intentioned elements. "The people of Vietnam should be vigilant and carefully consider when and where they need to express patriotism to produce the best results," he told scientists at the Ministry of Science and Technology office in Hanoi on Saturday. "We should help workers and other ordinary people understand that they might get trapped by bad elements. Public order and safety must be guaranteed when they display their patriotism and more importantly, the image of a peace-loving country like Vietnam must be protected." Over the past week a number of improvised protests against China's illegal placement of an oilrig well within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf have happened in some provinces but many protestors have violated laws as incited by malevolent … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City wins National Team Tennis Championships

Phi Khanh (pictured) and her teammate Tam Hao help HCM City safeguard the women's championship title. Nhan Dan Online - Few surprises were seen in the 2014 National Team Tennis Championships - Vietravel Cup, which concluded on April 17, as Ho Chi Minh City successfully defended its crowns in both the men's and women's events for the third consecutive year. The women's finals on April 16 saw HCM City overwhelm the Army team 2-0, thanks to sparkling performances by national team members Huynh Phi Khanh and Tran Thi Tam Hao. Phi Khanh cleared her Army opponent Tran Thi Thuy Linh in two straight sets of 6/4 and 6/1 before Tam Hao rallied past Tu Thi Kim Ngan 6/2, 6/0 to seal their team's aggregate triumph. Regarding the men's side, HCM City, served by Pham Huu Vinh, Nguyen Hoang Thien and Le Quoc Khanh, clawed back to overcome Ca Mau 2-1 in the April 17 finals to complete their double of titles in this year's competition. The six-day event took place in … [Read more...]

Trade fair helps boost commerce with Cambodia

As many as 100 businesses from the Mekong Delta are featuring their products at a border trade fair underway in southern An Giang province, seeking trade opportunities with Cambodian partners. The week-long Khanh Binh border gate fair attracted some 10,000 residents living along the border between An Giang and the Cambodian province of Kandal on its first day on April 9. A wide range of consumer products, handicrafts, and goods for agricultural production are on display at 100 pavilions. Co-organised by the An Giang Trade and Investment Promotion Centre and the Saigon Investment Promotion and Cultural Development Company (Saigon IPC), the event aims to fully exploit the economic potential of the Khanh Binh border gate. At the beginning of this year, the two Governments kick-started the construction of a 40 million USD bridge to connect An Giang with Kandal. Once finished, the work will help further enhance economic development in border areas and two-way trade.-VNA … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Cambodia promote border trade

(VOV) - An estimated 10,000 visitors, organizers and exhibitors from bordering areas of Vietnam and Cambodia gathered on the opening day of a trade fair in Long Binh town, An Giang province on April 9. Promoting border trade between Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia Kien Giang promotes border trade with Cambodia Vietnam, Cambodia strengthen cross border trade The annual fair, which takes place from April 9-14, has attracted roughly 100 businesses from An Giang, the Mekong Delta region and Ho Chi Minh City, who have carefully set up stalls showcasing their wares, including consumer products, agricultural machines, plant varieties, utensils, electronics, and handicrafts. The fair provides a chance for businesses from both countries to tout their wares and seek opportunities to promote transborder trade and investment, especially tourism, to fully exploit the economic potential of the region surrounding the Khanh Binh national Border Gate. This year's event is taking … [Read more...]

New street named after famous journalist inaugurated

Editor-in-chief of Nhan Dan Newspaper Thuan Huu speaks at the ceremony (Photo: Dang Khoa) Nhan Dan Online - Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper in co-ordination with the Long Bien District People's Committee in Hanoi held a ceremony to inaugurate a new street named after well-known journalist from Nhan Dan Newspaper, Thep Moi. Speaking at the ceremony, Editor-in-chief of Nhan Dan Newspaper Thuan Huu emphasised that the event shows the appreciation and recognition of the Party, administration and people of Hanoi, for Thep Moi's contributions to the revolutionary press. He also said that it is a great honour and a source of pride for Nhan Dan Newspaper's staff as well as journalists from across the country. Late Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Nhan Dan Newspaper, Thep Moi (1925-1991), whose real name is Ha Van Loc, played an important role in the Vietnamese revolutionary press. He was famous for his feature writing and editorials but also as a translator. The journalist … [Read more...]

Winners of rural writing contest named

At the press briefing in Hanoi on March 7. Nhan Dan Online - Twenty outstanding press works were announced winners of a writing contest discussing agriculture, farmers and rural areas on March 7. Over 900 articles and reports by journalists, academics and writers from across the country, on the above issues, were entered into. The contest was themed by one of the country's major development initiatives, 'Build New-Style Rural Areas', and in the entries were many interesting new concepts and advanced models for agricultural production, as well as for the mobilisation of social resources to build new-style rural areas, Nhan Dan Newspaper's Deputy Editor-in-chief, Thinh Giang said. This is also a good chance to honour collectives and individuals who have helped in promoting effective scientific applications and techniques in rural and agricultural development, he added. The Deputy Editor-in-chief also emphasised that since its first competition in 2011, … [Read more...]