Thai Nguyen tea fest draws the crowds

For a Vietnamese couple living overseas for many years, the Tea Festival in Dai Tu District in the northern province of Thai Nguyen was an unforgettable experience. Young women present tea to delegates at the Tea Festival held in Thai Nguyen Province. Mathilde Tuyet Tran and her husband, who live in France, said they enjoyed the festive atmosphere and learning more about the Vietnamese tea drinking culture. The three-day festival, which ended yesterday, promoted the tea growing and drinking culture of the Vietnamese people. It attracted many visitors. Organised as a cultural festival and trade fair, the event presented 200 booths introducing tea products and handicrafts from villages in Dai Tu. There was a competition to honour tea makers and to exchange the technology used in tea processing by businesses, co-operatives, villages and households. Tourists also enjoyed singing, a typical music genre of the Tay, Nung and Thai ethnic groups who reside in Thai Nguyen. Songs were … [Read more...]

Multi-storey workshop buildings to go up in HCM City

The entrance to Tan Thuan EPZ in HCMC’s District 7. This is one of the venues where multi-storey workshop buildings will be built for lease. (Photo: The Saigon Times Daily) Developers of infrastructure for industrial parks (IP) and export processing zones (EPZ) in HCMC are piloting schemes to construct multi-storey workshop buildings for small and medium manufacturers, according to The Saigon Times Daily. Tran Viet Ha, head of the investment department at the HCMC Export Processing Zone and Industrial Park Authority (Hepza), said construction of the multi-storey workshop facilities will help enterprises, especially those in supporting industries, have small space for production. In the initial stage, the multi-storey workshop buildings will be up and running at the Dong Nam and Hiep Phuoc IPs and the Linh Trung and Tan Thuan EPZs. These structures will have three to eight stories and total floor space of 10,000-40,000 square meters each. The multi-storey workshop model … [Read more...]

Social News 25/1

Authorities bust traffickers for transporting firecrackers Several individuals were caught transporting forbidden commodities over the past few days, alerting authorities to the worsening problem of trafficking during the days approaching Tet (lunar new year). In Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long City yesterday, a team of economic and traffic police caught container driver Tran Van Dang transporting 17kg of made-in-China firecrackers. The Hai Duong Province resident said he purchased the goods in Mong Cai City for VND800,000 (US$37) and intended to resell them for profit. City police are completing the necessary documents to charge Dang with transport of forbidden goods. On Wednesday, the General Department of Viet Nam Customs's Department of Investigation and Anti-Smuggling and Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai Border Gate customs officers dispatched forces to watch for firecracker smugglers. Although the smugglers escaped, they left behind four jute bags containing 30 strings of … [Read more...]

ADB financing improvement of education and infrastructure in most disadvantaged and rural areas

(CPV) -ADB and the Government of Viet Nam signed two loan agreements totaling USD165 million on January 23rd 2015 for improving lower secondary education of ethnic minorities in the Viet Nam’s poorest regions, and for additional financing to scale up investments in rural infrastructure in the six selected provinces in the Central Region. On behalf of the Government, Mr. Nguyen Van Binh, Governor of the State Bank of Viet Nam has signed the agreement with Mr. Tomoyuki Kimura, Country Director for Viet Nam, on behalf of the ADB. "Built on the implementation experiences and lessons learned from the 1st phase of the projects, ADB provides further support to the Government’s efforts to continue delivering lower secondary education of ethnic minority in the poorest regions, and addressing the rural infrastructure constraints, said Mr. Kimura. "This is ADB’s timely response to the Government’s priorities in lower secondary education for the most disadvantaged areas … [Read more...]

New Zealand students gain Vietnam insights

VietNamNet Bridge – A collective cheer went up from the young students as a large school of fish surfaced in a pond in Can Tho City, rushing to eat the feed scattered by a farm worker. Education vacation: Most students said visiting Phu Thuan Farm gave them a greater understanding of Viet Nam's development process, particularly that of the aquaculture sector. But it was not all fun and games for the young visitors from New Zealand. Minutes earlier, they'd peppered staff of the 20ha farm with questions on business operations, revenue, markets, jobs and salaries. Maintained by the Phu Thuan Fisheries Company, the farm is one of several dozen in the city that meet GlobalGAP standards, the students learnt. They'd visited the pangasius catfish farm after a tour of the Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho, which was also an eyeopener. "It was a wonderful experience," said Josh van Veen, 25, a graduate of Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Currently working on … [Read more...]

ADB, Viet Nam government to improve education, infrastructure

A rural road in Binh Thuan Province. The province is one of the selected ones to get financial support for the improvement and expansion of irrigation infrastructure. — Photo TTXVN HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Viet Nam Government have signed two loan agreements worth US$165 million for improving lower secondary education for ethnic minorities in country's poorest regions. The agreements, signed on January 23, will also provide additional financing for scaling up investments in rural infrastructure in the six selected provinces of the Central Region. The Governor of the State Bank of Viet Nam Nguyen Van Binh and the Country Director for Viet Nam signed the agreement on behalf of ADB's Tomoyuki Kimura. The first $80 million loan agreement will be allocated for the Second Lower Secondary Education for the Most Disadvantaged Areas Project, a continuation of the Lower Secondary Education for the Most Disadvantaged Regions, which was executed … [Read more...]

Vietnam signs cooperative agreements to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes with 9 countries

The 3rd Asian Nuclear Power Briefing 2015 in Hanoi. Photo: Ngoc Ha/Vietnam News Agency (VOVworld) – Vietnam has signed cooperative agreements with 9 countries regarding the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, according to statistics announced at the 3rd Asian Nuclear Power Briefing that opened in Hanoi on Thursday. Vietnam has also participated in many international legal documents relating to this matter. Vietnam is upgrading its infrastructure in preparation for the construction and operation of nuclear power plants including that in Ninh Thuan province, said Tran Viet Thanh, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology: "The briefing is a great venue for participants to share information and expertise in the field, seek cooperative opportunities, and promote mutual understanding. This will help newcomers, including Vietnam, to implement their nuclear power programs effectively to ensure energy security, boost socio-economic development, and reduce gas emissions." … [Read more...]

Nuclear power is on the agenda in Hanoi

(VOV) -The 3rd Asian Nuclear Power Briefing 2015 has gotten underway in Hanoi with key stakeholders from the East Asia region’s government’s agencies and utilities in attendance. The two day briefing on January 22-23 aims to provide an overall picture of the challenges that are associated with nuclear and how countries in the region are addressing key issues such as climate change, financing, safety, transparency and infrastructure development. Vietnam has the 2nd largest market, after China for nuclear power development in East Asia in what is a US$10 billion market today and expected to grow into a US$50 billion market by the year 2030. Speaking at the briefing, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Viet Thanh said Vietnam intends to develop up to 10,000 MW of nuclear energy capacity by 2030, with the first reactors starting construction soon. Thanh added that it is anticipated by 2050, 25% of Vietnam's energy needs will be met by nuclear power. Vietnam has … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/1

Photos of wild birds on show Saturday Wildlife At Risk (WAR) will join hands with the Youth Cultural Center to open a photo exhibition called "Chim rung mua ket ban" (wild birds in mating time) by local artist Tang A Pau from January 24 to 28. It is expected around 130 photos featuring wild birds like red-head crane, white-neck crane and babbler in nature will be on display at the Youth Cultural Center in HCMC’s District 1. Author Tang A Pau has traveled around the country to capture lively moments of birds, especially birds in the mating season. Some photos will be put on sale at the show to raise funds for wildlife protection and a shelter for kids in the Central Highlands. "This is a collection with many rare and precious photos of birds which are in danger of extinction, and hardly found in nature. There are many species that I have never seen or just seen once or twice in my life. I’m calling on people to let wild birds live in the natural environment if we wish … [Read more...]

Social News 22/1

Students stable after anaphylactic shock The 35 students who experienced anaphylactic shock after being vaccinated in a secondary school in southern Hau Giang Province are now in stable condition, according to the provincial Preventive Health Centre. On Monday, 35 students at Vinh Vien A Secondary School experienced difficulty breathing, headache, vomiting and fever after getting the measles-rubella vaccination. Ten were in serious condition and taken to the provincial general hospital. Doctors said these students were possibly in anaphylactic shock. The rest of the vaccines were revoked for testing. Head of the centre Nguyen Van Muoi said all the students would be discharged from the hospital and resume their studies soon. Under the measles and rubella vaccination campaign launched by the provincial health sector, children between 1 and 14 years old are being vaccinated from October to the end of this month. Hanoi increases treatment for mental health patients Ha Noi treated … [Read more...]

HCM City to build multi-story workshops in industrial zones

VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City, the largest commercial hub in Vietnam, plans to built multi-story workshops in industrial zones (IZs) in an effort to lure small- and medium-sized investors who need space at "reasonable costs". Tran Viet Ha, head of the Investment Division of the HCM City IZ and Export Processing Zone (EPZ) Board of Management (Hepza), said that multistory workshops would be built in four IZs and EPZs -- Dong Nam, Hiep Phuoc, Tan Thuan and Linh Trung. The workshops would have a floor area of 10,000-40,000 square meters and three to eight stories. Ha said this kind of workshop is popular in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The multi-story workshops, which have not been used in Vietnam’s IZs, would allow savings on land fund, which is at a premium in HCM City, at lower costs. An analyst said that multi-story workshops would be suitable to enterprises which make light products. Thus, they would target the enterprises in high technology or support … [Read more...]

Multi-storey workshop buildings to go up in city

Hung Le The entrance to Tan Thuan EPZ in HCMC’s District 7. This is one of the venues where multi-storey workshop buildings will be built for lease - PHOTO: HUNG LE Tran Viet Ha, head of the investment department at the HCMC Export Processing Zone and Industrial Park Authority (Hepza), said construction of the multi-storey workshop facilities would help enterprises, especially those in supporting industries, have small space for production. In the initial stage, the multi-storey workshop buildings will be up and running at Dong Nam and Hiep Phuoc IPs and Linh Trung and Tan Thuan EPZs. These structures will have three to eight stories and total floor space of 10,000-40,000 square meters each. The multi-storey workshop model is popular in Korea, Japan and Taiwan but new in Vietnam. This model will be deployed in HCMC to make full use of limited land for production activity at IPs and EPZs. Ha said multi-storey workshop buildings are appropriate for producers of items … [Read more...]

VN Steel Corp to withdraw from non-core sectors

According to the corporation, it consumed 2.97 million tonnes of steel last year, 4.2 per cent higher than 2013, but saw a 7.1 per cent drop in revenue last year to VND24.9 trillion (US$1.19 billion), due to lower selling prices. — Photo infornet HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The Viet Nam Steel Corporation plans to withdraw capital from non-core businesses as part of an approved restructuring plan, according to a corporation official. The corporation's Deputy General Director Vu Ba On said it would give priority to withdrawing capital from companies that had reported a low operational efficiency and losses, as well as firms in the non-core business sectors. Last year, the corporation gradually withdrew capital from companies with low operational efficiency and losses as scheduled, including from the Bac Thai Metallic, the Tan Thuan Steel and Vnsteel Thang Long companies. Meanwhile, it did not withdraw its capital from some sectors, such as finance, cement and property, as … [Read more...]

International research offers insight into lives of Vietnamese children

Young Lives, an international study of childhood poverty, unveiled its latest findings after a 15-year research in Vietnam on January 19. Children in Bat Xat district, Lao Cai Province receive blankets from a charity group in January 2015. Photo by Dan Viet. Data was collected on both children from infancy through 12 years of age and on eight to 19 years old, based on different categories of poverty levels, rural or urban location, and gender. Chosen study areas included Da Nang city, Lao Cai, Hung Yen, Phu Yen, and Ben Tre province. Overall, it is evident that positive changes are taking place for children and young adults in the country. However, significant and comprehensive inequalities remain between socio-economic demographics. In terms of education and learning, parents’ education levels have measurable impact on their children’s learning process. Young adults with high-educated parents from the middle class are more likely to pursue higher education while … [Read more...]

Forest inventory, supervision project added more capital

VGP – The PM has agreed to supplement VND319.699 billion to launch a forest inventory and supervision project in 25 provinces in the 2014-2015 phase. Illustration photo Of which, VND200 billion will be allocated from the State budget in 2014 for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) (VND30.778 billion), the Ministry of Public Security (VND1.784 billion) and 21 provinces of Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La, Hoa Binh, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Cao Bang, Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Bac Giang, Hai Duong, Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Binh Thuan (VND167.438 billion). VND119.699 billion will be arranged from the State budget in 2015 for the MARD. The PM also decided to allocate VND495.5 billion for the Ministry of Health and other localities from the expenditure of the EU Health Sector Policy Support Program to help mountainous and disadvantaged areas to improve criteria in the five-year-plan of the health … [Read more...]

Weekly digest – January 12-18

PM highlights role of social network PM Nguyen Tan Dung asked for updating formal information on social networks such as Facebook in the context of booming new technology and people’s increasing demands for information and news. Currently, millions of Vietnamese are using social networks, said the PM, adding that these sites or the Internet are regarded as sharper communication tools than conventional methods. Proactively providing formal, updated and transparent information is an effective measure to reject wrongful information, he stressed. Functional agencies should make full use of social networking services and the Internet to effectively direct and monitor their activities, added PM Dung. Gov’t calls for raising poverty threshold Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh has called for raising the national poverty line in accordance with international standards in the years to come during a recent meeting of the Central Steering Committee for Sustainable Reduction. The … [Read more...]

City targets $700m in IZ investment

The zones attracted $752 million in investment in 2014, up 23 per cent year-on-year. — Photo Bizlive HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — HCM City aims to lure US$700 million in investment into its industrial zones and export processing zones in 2015, according to the management board of the city's Export Processing and Industrial Zone Authority (Hepza). According to the Head of Hepza Investment Management Office Tran Viet Ha, the zones attracted $752 million in investment in 2014, up 23 per cent year-on-year. He predicted that Viet Nam would see a new wave of investment in the time ahead, citing the expected conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TTP) and forecasts that the global garment and textile market would expand by 3.5 per cent this year. The official noted that several foreign investors had poured money into major garment and textile projects in anticipation of the TPP, such as the $300 million Worldon Vietnam plant. Hepza plans to start work on the … [Read more...]

HCM City targets USD700 mln in investment in IZs

HCM City is targeting to lure USD700 million of investment into its industrial zones and export processing zones in 2015, said the management board of the city’s Export Processing and Industrial Zone Authority (Hepza). Photo: hepza.hochiminhcity.gov.vn According to the Head of Hepza Investment Management Office Tran Viet Ha, the zones attracted a total of USD752 million of investment in 2014, up 23 percent compared to 2013. Vietnam will see a new investment wave in the time ahead, he predicted, citing forecast that the global garment and textile market will expand by 3.5 percent this year and the expected conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TTP). The official noted that several foreign investors have poured money into major garment and textile projects in anticipation of the TPP, such as the USD300 million plant of Worldon Vietnam. Hepza plans to start work on the construction of high-storey workshops in four industrial zones namely Dong Nam, Hiep … [Read more...]

HCM City targets US$700 mln in investment in IZs

HCM City is targeting to lure US$700 million of investment into its industrial zones and export processing zones in 2015, said the management board of the city’s Export Processing and Industrial Zone Authority (Hepza). According to the Head of Hepza Investment Management Office Tran Viet Ha, the zones attracted a total of US$752 million of investment in 2014, up 23% compared to 2013. Vietnam will see a new investment wave in the time ahead, he predicted, citing forecast that the global garment and textile market will expand by 3.5% this year and the expected conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TTP). The official noted that several foreign investors have poured money into major garment and textile projects in anticipation of the TPP, such as the US$300 million plant of Worldon Vietnam. Hepza plans to start work on the construction of high-storey workshops in four industrial zones namely Dong Nam, Hiep Phuoc, Linh Trung, Tan Thuan to accommodate more … [Read more...]