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

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(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...]

US billionaire amazed at Vietnam’s economic change

VietNamNet Bridge - Foreign investors see Vietnam as a safe country and an attractive destination of international capital flows, especially in the field of manufacturing and real estate. The conference. Speaking at an investment promotion conference themed "My Vietnam- your investment destination", held in New York on July 1, billionaire Wilbur L. Ross said Vietnam is an attractive destination of international capital flows. "I went to Vietnam for the first time in 2001. At that time, many families still drove bicycles. Recently, I visited Vietnam and I saw them owning cars and even big hotels. Obviously, Vietnam has had impressive economic growth and I personally think that this is the safest country in the world," he said. This investor has assets of about $3 billion and is the 603rd richest person in the world, according to Forbes. He praised the business environment in Vietnam, for its efforts to reform the economy, including tax policy reform and the loosening of … [Read more...]

Quang Binh finding investors for major tourism projects

Tu Giang Adventurers are seen inside Son Doong, the world’s largest cave - PHOTO: NGUYEN TAM The province introduced the projects to potential investors at a meeting in Hanoi on Tuesday as part of its preparations for an investment and tourism conference scheduled to take place in Dong Hoi City on August 5. Nguyen Huu Hoai, chairman of Quang Binh, said a number of investors are surveying locations in the province to carry out big-ticket tourism projects. Sun Group is seeking to invest in Phong Nha-Ke Bang Park area and Bao Ninh-Hai Ninh seaside golf course while An Viet plans a tourism, resort and golf course complex. Foreign companies from Korea and India want to pour money into tourism sites in the province, which also has the world’s largest cave, Son Doong, in addition to the World Heritage-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang Park. "Many economic experts have told us that Quang Binh will take off in the next five years and we believe so," Hoai said. "We expect Quang … [Read more...]

Nghe An Boosting Investment Attraction, Creating Growth Driver

In 2014, Nghe An granted and revised investment certificates to 187 projects with total registered capital of VND55,663 billion (US$2.5 billion), including 145 newly licensed projects with a total registered capital of VND43,892 billion. To date, the province has 776 investment projects in operation, including 733 domestic investment projects with VND164,937 billion and 43 FDI projects with over US$1.6 billion. Big projects consist of TH-Truemilk, Saigon - Song Lam Beer, Hanoi - Nghe An Beer, Ban Ve hydropower plant, Hua Na hydropower plant, MDF wood board plant, garment and textile plants, electronic component assembly plants invested by South Korean and Japanese investors. In 2015, Nghe An targets to attract at least 100 projects with aggregate registered capital of VND10,000-20,000 billion, and create new jobs for 10,000-12,000 people. To learn more about current investment results and plans to realise future targets of Nghe An province, Vietnam Business Forum interviewed Mr Nguyen … [Read more...]

Quang Binh seeks US$1 billion for 35 projects

Central province Quang Binh will call for investments worth VND23.4 trillion (US$1.08 billion) in 35 key projects in the commerce and tourism sectors at an investment promotion conference in August. Speaking at a meeting held in Hanoi on June 30, Tran Bac Ha, Chairman of the management board of Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), said the event is aimed at drawing investors' attention to attractive and highly competitive fields such as infrastructures, industrial zones, industrial production, agriculture, as well as culture, healthcare, and education. In addition, preferential mechanism and policies will also be introduced at the conference. Ha said an investment of over VND45 trillion (US$2.08 billion) was committed for the locality during last year's conference. "The BIDV initiated the conference in 2005 as a model to connect the Government, investors and banks in investment promotion. The model had proved effective during previous conferences in the … [Read more...]

Quang Binh seeks 1 billion USD for 35 projects

Investors at the conference. (Photo: VNA) Central province Quang Binh will call for investments worth 23.4 trillion VND (1.08 billion USD) in 35 key projects in the commerce and tourism sectors at an investment promotion conference in August. Speaking at a meeting held in Hanoi on June 30, Tran Bac Ha, Chairman of the management board of Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), said the event is aimed at drawing investors' attention to attractive and highly competitive fields such as infrastructures, industrial zones, industrial production, agriculture, as well as culture, healthcare, and education. In addition, preferential mechanism and policies will also be introduced at the conference. Ha said an investment of over 45 trillion VND (2.08 billion USD) was committed for the locality during last year's conference. "The BIDV initiated the conference in 2005 as a model to connect the Government, investors and banks in investment promotion. The model had proved … [Read more...]

More foreign bankers to set foot in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge - The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), in which member countries will open up to 70 percent of their banks to foreign investors, is believed to pave the way for more and more bankers to seek business opportunities in Vietnam. Dr. Can Van Luc from the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) believes that many new banks will join the Vietnamese market by the end of 2015 or early 2016. Vietnam, a member of AEC, will have to accept foreign ownership ratio of up to 70 percent in Vietnamese banks, much higher than the ceiling foreign ownership ratio of 30 percent applied to bankers from other regions. The foreign ownership ratio will be a maximum of 49 percent in insurance and securities companies. "This is why I strongly believe that more foreign banks will come to Vietnam in 2016," Luc said. The Vietnamese finance & banking market received one more foreign member when Public Bank Berhard (PBB) from Malaysia, a joint venture bank with BIDV, shifted … [Read more...]

Vietnam bank BIDV plans foreign stake sales in 2016

Vietnamese lender BIDV, the country's biggest partly private bank by assets, said it could sell stakes to foreign strategic partners next year, as the Southeast Asian nation further opens up its economy to outsiders. Hanoi-based BIDV may sell a 15-20 percent stake to a long-term foreign investor in the banking sector, and 10 percent to another overseas investor, while state ownership would be kept at 65 percent, chairman Tran Bac Ha told a news conference on Wednesday. Ha did not name any investors BIDV has been in talks with due to confidentiality or say by when in 2016 the stake sales would be done, saying it depends on the performances of Vietnam's stock market and BIDV shares. Vietnam's limits on foreign ownership in the banking sector remains unchanged even after the government announced last week that it will lift the foreign ownership cap in many listed firms from Sept. 1, 2015. Vietnamese banks are now permitted to have a foreign shareholding of up to 30 percent, with a … [Read more...]

Danish energy efficiency investments to benefit SMEs

The Danish Embassy last week signed agreements with three leading Vietnamese banks to support energy efficiency investments among small and medium-sized enterprises in Vietnam. Under the agreements, the three lenders, namely the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), Sai Gon Joint Stock Commercial Bank (SCB) and Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank), will provide loans for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the brick, ceramic and food processing industries to carry out energy efficiency initiatives with support from the Danish Green Investment Fund (GIF). Addressing the signing ceremony, Danish Ambassador to Vietnam John Nielsen stated that taking the lead in the global promotion of green growth, Denmark is eager to assist Vietnam in dealing with its current challenges related to energy efficiency. "We see a big demand for funds for energy efficiency among SMEs and we hope that our support … [Read more...]

Summits pave the way for regional progress

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung highlighted a range of initiatives to further cement co-operation between Vietnam and its neighbours at two summits last week. The regional leaders discussed new measures for increased cooperation Last week, Dung led a Vietnamese delegation to Myanmar to attend the seventh Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Summit (CLMV 7), and the sixth Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Co-operation Strategy Summit (AMECS 6) from June 22-23. At the CLMV 7 on June 22, Dung underlined the need for the four nations to further solidify co-operation by strengthening connectivity on policies and infrastructure, facilitating travel and trade, constructing joint commercial service centres, and fostering the best conditions for investment. He also stressed that the countries needed to focus on improving the quality of human resources for further industrialisation and improving regional supply chains. Efforts also needed to be made on disseminating information about the … [Read more...]

Markets fall for third day in a row

HA NOI (VNS) — The VN Index yesterday fell below 590 points, marking the third consecutive decline. Total market liquidity decreased against Wednesday and traders put a strong selling pressure on blue chips. Overall, the national stock market traded a total of 162 million shares, worth VND2.25 trillion (US$104.3 million), a decrease of 18 per cent over Wednesday. On the HCM City Stock Exchange, VN-Index was down 0.34 per cent to 587.99 points. Declining shares outnumbered gainers by 138 to 58 while 108 others remained unchanged. Bank shares either declined or remained flat, except the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BID). It made a slight gain of 0.44 per cent to reach VND22,700 per share.Bank shares also had high market liquidity. While gas shares showed no improvement in market value, securities shares stayed positive. HCM City Securities Corporation (HCM) gained 1.43 per cent when Saigon Securities Incorporation (SSI) and Agribank Securities JSC (AGR) rose … [Read more...]

Construction of flag pole started on Hon La Island

PANO – The Central Committee of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Students’ Association and the Quang Binh provincial Youth Union Committee in association with the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) on June 23rd began the construction of a national flag pole on Hon La island in Quang Binh province. At the ground-breaking ceremony. The project was funded by BIDV at a cost of approximately VND 1.2 billion. It is part of the project to build 7 flag poles on frontier islands, namely Tran Island (Quang Ninh province), Bach Long Vi Island (Hai Phong city), Hon La Island (Quang Binh province), Cu Lao Xanh Island (Binh Dinh province), Phu Quy Island (Binh Thuan province), Con Son Island (Ba Ria-Vung Tau province), and Tho Chu Island (Kien Giang province). These constructions have been entirely sponsored by BIDV. Standing at the highest point of the island (110 meters above sea level) with a 9sq.m concrete foundation, … [Read more...]

Deposit interest rates rebound

After keeping deposit interest rates at low levels for a long time, commercial banks have simultaneously raised rates for long terms by 0.1 to 0.5 percent since June this year. HDBank has increased deposit interest rate from 6.5 percent to 7 percent per year for one year term (Photo: SGGP) Tien Phong Commercial Bank is one of lenders who offer high interest rates with rates for one to two month terms at 5 percent per annum, for three to nine month terms at 5.9 percent, and for 12-month term at 7.45 percent per annum. Even, Ocean Bank, which recently was bought by the State Bank of Vietnam at a price of zero Vietnamese dong, also raised its rates for nine to eleven month terms to 7 percent per annum. Noticeably, state-owned lenders, such as Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank), Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), and Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank) have also participated in this interest rate … [Read more...]

HAGL opens commercial complex in Myanmar

Hai Ly The opening ceremony of the HAGL Myanmar Center in Myanmar on June 23 - PHOTO: BIDV With a total investment of US$440 million, the HAGL Myanmar Center is the biggest foreign-invested property project in Myanmar so far. HAGL put into use two 27-storey buildings of offices for lease with total floor space of nearly 162,000 square meters and a five-star hotel of 429 rooms under the Melia Yangon brand. Tenants have leased the entire ground floor. According to the Association of Vietnamese Investors in Myanmar, the foreign country had granted business certificates to 73 Vietnamese businesses in the sectors of manufacturing, trade, mining and tourism for projects with a combined investment of US$688.5 million as of May. Bilateral trade between Vietnam and Myanmar has declined over the first six months of this year. Notably, Vietnam’s imports from Myanmar have plunged 70% in the first half of this year against the same period last year. Tran Bac Ha, chairman of the … [Read more...]

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Students enjoy wildlife summer camp Nearly 40 university students from HCM City, Ha Noi, Can Tho and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province attended the Wildlife Summer Camp 2015 which ended yesterday (June 22) at Wildlife At Risk's (WAR) Hon Me Wildlife Rescue Station. The camp is an annual programme, launched by WAR in June 2013 that calls on youth to conserve and protect wildlife. It raises awareness and skills about conservation, and creates opportunities for students to contribute to wildlife conservation. The students worked with WAR staff to prepare food for rescued wildlife, including the yellow-cheeked crested gibbon, loris, moon bear and Siamese crocodile. They also painted enclosures, cleared grass and grew over 100 wildlife food plants including banana and papaya. They also learned skills related to wildlife conservation jobs, such as surveying in the forest, setting up a camera trap, taking photos and creating a video clip about wildlife protection. Typhoon brings rain, saving … [Read more...]

Regional connectivity for sustainable development

PM Nguyen Tan Dung at the 7th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) Summit (Photo: VNA) NDO - The high-ranking Vietnamese delegation led by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar to attend the seventh Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV 7) and the sixth Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Co-operation Strategy Summit (ACMECS 6) received a warm reception, according to the recap by Nhan Dan reporter Ha Thanh Giang. At the CLMV 7, senior leaders reached a strong consensus on facilitating trade and investment through bilateral and multilateral agreements and on expanding the implementation of the 'one-stop-shop' model at border gates between countries. They also agreed to utilise the potential of transnational economic corridors such as the East-West Economic Corridor and the South Economic Corridor. Leaders also encouraged investment in agriculture, industry, and energy and expressed their expectations for building the Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam region into a … [Read more...]