Musical show for patients to be broadcast live

PANO - The 70th "Bringing music to hospitals" program, to take place at the Central Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, will be broadcast live on VTV6 channel at noon on March 21st. This program will be organized simultaneously at the studio 14 (S14) of Vietnam Television and the institute. MC Cong To, singers Thai Thuy Linh and Bui Anh Tuan will be at S14 while two young singers Minh Chuyen and Viet Tu, musician Nguyen Tuan, 3 child singers namely Mai Chi Cong, Bich Hang and Vu Thai An and MC Tuan Tu, will join doctors and patients at the institute. Notably, FPT's Strategic Director Nguyen Huu Thai Hoa will perform some immortal songs by late composer Trinh Cong Son. As part of this program, 10 patients with adversity will receive gifts in both kind and cash from donors, including the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV). The program, launched 3 years ago, is co-organized by the Tim Hong (Red Heart) … [Read more...]

Whole-army blood transfusion safety workshop opens

PANO - Major General Vu Quoc Binh, Director of the Military Medical Department, on March 20th chaired the 2014 Whole-Army Blood Transfusion Safety Workshop in the central city of Da Nang. The two-day workshop reviews blood transfusion safety in the army over the past time and is working out orientations for the time to come. Officials in charge of blood test and transfusion of military hospitals will be provided with new circulars and regulations on blood transfusion of the Health Ministry, as well as discuss blood transfusion safety with other experts in the army, the Health Ministry and from the US. Under statistics from the Central Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, about 10 per cent of the annually donated blood contains contagious germs, including HIV. Besides, some medical equipment and shortage of regulations on blood transfusion badly impact blood transfusion safety. The workshop, jointly organized the Military Medical Department under … [Read more...]

Voluntary blood donation spell in 2013-2014 school year launched

The education and training sector is expected to mobilize officials, teachers, etc. to donate blood with the aim of collecting around 1,440 blood units.The provincial Red Cross Society on the afternoon of 2 December, in coordination with the Department of Education and Training, deployed the voluntary blood donation spell in the 2013-2014 school year.The education and training sector is expected to mobilize officials, teachers, and laborers in preschools, primary schools, and junior high schools across the province to donate blood from 10 December 2013 to 10 January 2014 with the aim of collecting around 1,440 blood units (about 120 blood units per district, provincial town, or city).The Central Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion and the provincial General Hospital will directly take and receive blood.The blood donation spell was organized to overcome the shortage of blood for emergency aid during the Lunar New Year when students and pupils return home for the … [Read more...]

Hai Duong Gyno-obstetrics Hospital saves parturient woman with rare blood group

Hai Duong Gyno-obstetrics Hospital has timely saved the life of Bui Thi Hoan, a parturient woman with postpartum haemorrhage.Patient Bui Thi Hoan is on the way to recoveryHai Duong Gyno-obstetrics Hospital has timely saved the life of Bui Thi Hoan in Lai Vu commune (Kim Thanh, Hai Duong), a parturient woman with postpartum haemorrhage.This was a special case as patient Hoan, with rare blood group AB, needed transfusion of up to 17 blood units.Patient Bui Thi Hoan, who had been transferred from Kim Thanh district General Hospital to Hai Duong Gyno-obstetrics Hospital, had signs of premature delivery at 11:20 pm on 5 July. At that time, she was just 26 weeks pregnant.Previously, Ms. Hoan had underwent the first Caesarean (in 2000), a cervical polypectomy (in 1998), and a miscarriage after one month of pregnancy in need of emergency aid because of excessive bleeding (in 2010).At 5 am on 6 July, Ms. Hoan gave a natural birth to a 0.9-kg baby girl, who was immediately rushed to "For 15 … [Read more...]

Thousands of young people join “Red Sunday” campaign


(VOV) - Over 3,000 young people braved the chilly weather to participate in the fifth "Red Sunday" campaign on January 20, donating blood at Hanoi National University. Blood Donation Festival due on Sunday Blood donation festival launched in Hanoi Blood donation festival for cancer patients Speaking at the event, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said she hopes the campaign would develop into a valuable, reliable source of blood donations for patients in need. The campaign is expected to collect around 800-1,000 units of blood. According to the organising board, the number of young people who registered to donate blood greatly exceeded expectations. It demonstrates the young generation's sympathy for the disadvantaged and their willingness to share the burden of social security responsibilities. "Red Sunday", co-organised by the Central Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion and the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper, was launched in 2009 and has collected more than … [Read more...]

Social News 22/5

Jetstar Pacific offers 7,000 cheap tickets Budget airline Jetstar Pacific will offer 7,000 tickets at only VND7,000 a ticket on its international and domestic routes, from 11am to 12:59pm on July 22. Tickets (excluding tax and other additional fees) are available on the airline’s website at The promotion is being launched to celebrate Jetstar Pacific’s seventh anniversary. The airline will also kick off two other promotions from May 27: "Everyday Low Fare" and "Super Promotion Weekend". Vietnam Airlines started selling Jetstar Pacific’s tickets on its ticket booking system as of May 21. The co-operation between Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific aims to offer the best service to passengers. General Director of Jetstar Pacific Le Hong Ha has expressed his hope that Jetstar Pacific can change passengers’ experience of using a budget airline. Mekong Delta province prosecute 40 for cigarette smuggling Authorities in the Mekong Delta's … [Read more...]

Banks use profits for risk provision

Large-sized commercial banks had to set aside nearly half of their profits for credit risk provision in the first months of the year. Customers conduct transactions at the BIDV branch in Dong Da District , Ha Noi. The move had been in accordance with the State Bank of Vietnam's debt classification regulations. Circular 02, which came into effect early this year, strictly regulates asset classifications, the levels and methods of risk provisioning, and the use of provisions to handle risks in the operation of credit institutions and the branches of foreign banks. According to banks' statistics, 10 of them had to use nearly VND7.6 trillion (US$350.23 million) as risk provision funds, accounting for 46 percent of their pre-provision profits, in the first quarter. The ratio has been higher than that of the first quarter of last year, when risk provision often accounted for roughly 35 percent of banks' profits. However, it remained lower than that of the fourth quarter of last year, … [Read more...]

Quang Binh fishermen given shipbuilding loans

A branch of the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) based in the central coastal province of Quang Binh will offer shipbuilding and upgrading loans worth over 33.7 billion VND (1.6 million USD) to two local fishermen and one company. Each credit contract is equivalent to a maximum 95 percent of the costs required to build or renovate ships. The BIDV branch has so far signed credit contracts worth more than 40.7 billion VND (1.9 million USD) with four out of 16 clients approved by the provincial People’s Committee. The lending is prompted by the government’s Decree 67 which stipulates provisions for fisheries development, including supporting fishermen in building high-capacity, iron-covered ships designed for offshore fishing, a practice that could earn them higher incomes. Commercial banks nationwide have pledged about 14 trillion VND (658 million USD) in loans for organisations and individuals wishing to build new ships or upgrade their existing … [Read more...]

More Quang Binh fishermen given preferential loans to build fishing boats

At the signing ceremony in Quang Binh on May 21 (photo: Truong Quang Nam) NDO - Three more fishermen in Quang Binh province will be granted preferential loans worth VND33.7 billion (US$1.55 million) to build new fishing boats in accordance with the Government Decree No.67 on fisheries development policies. A signing ceremony to this effect took place between Quang Binh-based Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and three fishermen in Quang Binh on the morning of May 21. Of the total loans, VND14.9 billion will be given to Ho Dang Hien in Bo Trach district to build a steel-hulled boat worth over VND15.7 billion, VND5.1 billion will be granted to Nguyen Van Cung in Bo Trach district to build a wood-hulled boat worth VND9.1 billion and over VND13.6 billion will be given to a client of Hong Cong company based in Dong Hoi City to build a steel-hulled boat worth VND14.4 billion. Earlier, Quang Binh-based BIDV signed a deal to lend VND7 billion to Nguyen Van Duong in … [Read more...]

VOV, BIDV sign comprehensive cooperation agreement

(VOV) - Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement in the 2015-2020 period on May 19. At the signing ceremony, BIDV and VOV leaders affirmed that both sides will elevate their relationship to strategic partnership level in order to ensure long-term and sustainable cooperation, fully tap their potential, accelerate growth, diversify business activities and improve competitive edge. Chairman of the Management Board of BIDV, Tran Bac Ha said VOV’s information has always been authoritative, reliable and effective. Meanwhile, VOV General Director Nguyen Dang Tien emphasised that with four forms of media including broadcasting, television, printed and online, VOV has strived to become the leading multimedia agency in Vietnam to disseminate in-depth information to people of all social strata. They affirmed that the event offered a good opportunity for VOV and BIDV to promote their … [Read more...]

VAMC buys VND40-trillion bad debts in January-May

Hong Phuc The sum accounts for half of VAMC’s target to buy around VND80 trillion in bad debts on book value this year. "VAMC’s debt purchases have gone smoothly," Hung said and added the company has issued over VND10 trillion worth of special bonds for bad debt purchases since the beginning of this year. Only seven credit institutions sold around VND6 trillion of bad debts to VAMC in the first quarter of this year, but all banks have offered to sell debts to the company. Over 90% of the debts VAMC has bought are guaranteed by properties. VAMC has recovered more than VND3 trillion of debt since early this year, taking the total it has settled since mid-2013 to VND8 trillion. "We aim to collect VND10 trillion of bad debts in 2015," Hung said. VAMC looks to buy bad debts totaling around VND170 trillion from the local banking system by the end of May. It sees the target for total bad debt purchases of around VND200 trillion at the end of this year as realizable. … [Read more...]

VOV inaugurates memorial to Uncle Ho

(VOV) - A stone monument dedicated to late President Ho Chi Minh was launched by Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) on May 18 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his last visit to VOV headquarters. The inauguration ceremony was timed to coincide with the occasion of President Ho’s 125th birth anniversary. In total, Uncle Ho visited VOV six times including the unexpected last visit in 1955. Seventy years ago, VOV was founded at the climax time of the August Revolution. Under a directive issued by President Ho Chi Minh, VOV was established five days after the nation declared independence on September 2, 1945. With financial support from the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), the memorial aims to memorialize the historical meeting with the late President. At the ceremony, VOV General Director Nguyen Dang Tien fondly recounted the details of the visit and said the monument reflects the gratitude of generations of VOV reporters and staff to the late President, … [Read more...]

Central Highlands attracts further US$ 768 million in FDI

Central Highlands Steering Committee in collaboration with the State Bank of Vietnam and the People’s Committee of Lam Dong province yesterday organized the third conference on investment promotion in Da Lat city. Central Highland provinces sign an investment agreement. (Photo:SGGP) Politburo member, Minister of Public Security and Head of Central Highlands Steering Committee General Tran Dai Quang chaired the conference. Central Highlands has a special important strategic position in economic and social development, defense and security, and ecological environment. The region has many potentialities in mine ores industry, hydroelectric power, tourist and industrial tree planting such as coffee, rubber, green tea, pepper and others. Thanks to the attention of the Party and Government, provinces of Central Highlands have attracted additional investment projects. In the period of 2011- 2015, the region has attracted official development assistance (ODA) source to invest … [Read more...]

61 billion dongs invested in constructing BIDV Head office in Phu Yen

Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) has recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Phu Yen BIDV Head office. Participants performing etiquette to commence the construction of Phu Yen BIDV Head office Phu Yen BIDV Head office is built at 287 Nguyen Hue, Ward 5, Tuy Hoa city with the level-3 construction scale, the total investment of 61 billion dongs. The building has 31,65m height (approximately 7 storeys), with the construction area of ​​452m², 3,210m2 gross floor area, invested by BIDV, contructing partners include C.I.I.D-Tan Thuan- Thanh Nien-Ngoc Tien, expectedly to complete by the end of 2016. At the groundbreaking ceremony, Deputy PPC Chairman Nguyen Ngoc, said, "The construction of new office building of Phu Yen BIDV marked the unit's development; simultaneously confirming its position, the brand of a reputable commercial bank in the locality; giving confidence to customers when delivering transaction. The building … [Read more...]

State President’s Europe visit achieves set goals

State President Truong Tan Sang and Russian President Vladimir Putin State President Truong Tan Sang’s trip to Russia, the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan from May 8-15 has achieved its goal of improving political trust to form a basis for economic, trade and investment ties. The visit came on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties with Russia and the Czech Republic and major celebrations during this year, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh told the Vietnam News Agency in an interview reviewing the President’s tour. Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the Vietnamese President’s attendance in a ceremony celebrating the 70 th anniversary of the Russian victory in the Great Patriotic War as a manifestation of the Vietnamese Party and people’s substantial support for the Soviet Red Army and people in the fight against fascism that ended the Second World War and motivated independence struggles across Asia, … [Read more...]

3 more fishermen contracted for loans to have vessels newly-built and renovated

Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV)-Phu Yen branch has recently held a signing ceremony for the loan-credit agreement of new-building offshore vessels under the Decree 67/2014 / ND-CP of the Government. BIDV Phu Yen representative signing credit agreement for 2 fishermen to get loans for newly-building and transforming offshore fishing vessels This phase, BIDV Phu Yen contracted for 2 fishermen of Vo Van Lanh and Le Thai Binh (both in Ward 6, Tuy Hoa city) to get loans for 800CV-capacity wood-hull vessel built with investment capital of more than 12 billion dongs for each vessel; of which, the equity capital of each fisherman is 3,615 billion dongs, the bank lends 8,435 billion dongs per vessel, accounting for 70% of vessel. The Bank also signed a contract for fishermen Phan Thuan (Ward 6, Tuy Hoa city) to lend transformation and upgrading vessels with a total investment value of 2.7 billion dongs per vessel; of which, the equity capital of 1.2 … [Read more...]

3 Vietnamese banks among Forbes list of world’s largest companies

Vietcombank's headquarter in Hanoi. Photo: AFP Forbes magazine has released its new list of 2,000 largest companies in the world, which includes three banks from Vietnam. The 13th annual Global 2000 ranks the world’s most powerful public companies based on revenues, profits, assets and market value. Vietinbank, the country’s largest bank with $30.9 billion worth of assets, entered the list for the fourth consecutive year. It dropped 48 spots from last year, ranking at number 1,902. The other Vietnamese banks made the list for the first time. Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), ranking 1,913th, has its assets valued at $30.4 billion. Vietcombank places at number 1,985, with assets of $26.9 billion. It however has the highest market value among the three lenders, estimated at $4.4 billion. Last year, Petro Vietnam Gas entered the list at number 1,651 but dropped out this year. This year’s Global 2000 companies come from 61 economies and have … [Read more...]

President Sang’s activities in Czech Republic

PANO – Continuing his official visit to the Czech Republic, State President Truong Tan Sang met with the Governor of Karlovy Vary Region and Mayor of Karlovy Vary City on May 12th. At the working sessions, the Vietnamese leader highly applauded Karlovy Vary City's achievements in urban development and socio-economic growth, and suggested leaders of the region and the city should establish partnership with Vietnamese provinces and cities. Visiting Moser Glass Factory, the Vietnamese President held that the Vietnamese people for long have been familiar with the well-known crystal and glass products and the arts of glass-making of the former Czecho-Slovakia and today the Czech Republic. President Truong Tan Sang visiting Karlovy Vary City. Photo: VNA However, prices of the products in Vietnam are still high because of transportation costs. Hence, the factory should consider building a branch in Vietnam in the time to come, in order to not only reduce prices of Czech crystal … [Read more...]

SCB increases capital to VND14 trillion

Tran Thu The move consolidates SCB as the fourth biggest local commercial joint stock bank in Vietnam by chartered capital after the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and the Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank). SCB said the chartered capital rise was part of its development plan approved by the State Bank of Vietnam and its shareholders at a recent annual general meeting. The plan would enable the lender to enhance performance, diversify products and services, and expand operations. SCB reported profit of VND121.5 billion in 2014, up 103% year-on-year and 1% higher than that year’s target. However, the bank decided not to pay dividend and used profit to strengthen its financial position. The central bank approved the establishment and operation of SCB from the start of 2012 after the merger of three commercial banks – De Nhat, Vietnam Tin Nghia and Saigon. … [Read more...]

Social News 13/5

HCMC opens first drug treatment center with Suboxone A drug treatment center, which prescribes Suboxone to treat drug addiction, today opened in Ho Chi Minh City’s Go Vap District. This is the first of its kinds in Vietnam and marks an important progress of the city in treating drug addiction. Currently, the world is making good progress in treating drug addition. Along with Methadone, additional medications including Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Naloxone, Suboxone can be used for treating drug addiction. Among them, Suboxone are the most prominent and preeminent as it is safe for patients; accordingly, it is widely used in many countries in the world. After the approval of Ministry of Health the Viet Nam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control and HCMC authority have implemented pilot drug addition treatment with Suboxone in Go Vap District with the financial support of many organizations. For years, HCMC has adopted many measures to help drug addicts to rehabilitate and integrate … [Read more...]