Nationwide raids commence with VND13.5 billion of unlicensed software found

Following the conclusion of a World IP Day awareness campaign that was launched on March 31, 2015. Since the conclusion of the month-long campaign, a total of 8 raids have been conducted against enterprises, netting illegal software valued at more than VND 13.5 billion. The companies involved in this mission are Chin Chen Fuh Viet Nam Molds MFG Co., Ltd. (Long Dinh IZ, Long Dinh commune, Can Duoc district, Long An province; Asia Pacific Plastic Co., Ltd( D-01, Street No. 5, Duc Hoa 1 Industrial Zone, Duc Hoa Dong commune, Duc Hoa district, Long An Province) ; Zongshen Motor Vietnam Co, Ltd(Lot 39G1, Quang Minh industrial zone, Me Linh District, Hanoi) and others. World IP Day awareness campaign that was launched on March 31, 2015 by Vice Minister Tran Viet Thanh of the Ministry of Science and Technology Mr Tran Van Minh, the Deputy Chief Inspector of MOCST, said: "A huge number of illegal software was found during raids against eight big foreign-owned companies. Over a thousand … [Read more...]

Vietnam needs 30 bln USD for climate change response

Forest planting (Source: VNA) Vietnam needs a total of 30 billion USD for climate change response through green growth, said a report released at a meeting in Hanoi on May 21. Climate change related disasters have caused annual average cost in damages of 2-6 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to the Climate Public Expenditure and Investment Review announced by the Ministry of Planning and Investment under the support of the World Bank (WB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The report showed that the Vietnamese Government spent a limited amount of its own resources for climate change mitigation, including low-carbon energy generation (about 4 billion VND equal to 183,000 USD) and energy efficiency measures (about 76 billion VND equal to 348,000 USD). In the meantime, the report said about 88 percent of the total budget for climate-change response during 2010-13 (14.9 trillion VND) was spent for direct activities, such as … [Read more...]

A new-style rural commune recognized in Long An

PANO – The province of Long An on May 20th announced the recognition of An Vinh Ngai (Tan An city) as a commune meeting the criteria of the new-style rural area program. Certificate of new-style rural area presented to An Vinh Ngai commune Since the advent of the program, An Vinh Ngai commune has been funded with nearly VND 130 billion, VND 52.8 billion of which are funds from the state budget, for the construction and development of rural infrastructure, schools, production, housing, etc. Income per capita of the commune has been increasing ever since, with the current figure standing at VND 30 million per year. The number of poor households has also been reduced to 33. Translated by Huu Duong … [Read more...]

Social News 21/5

Dong Nai residents face eviction for airport Authorities in Dong Nai Province have asked the central Government to allow it to evict residents and resettle them to make way for a project to build Long Thanh airport. At a working session on Tuesday, Dong Nai People's Committee and a work panel for handling the resettlement, said it was important to hear comments from affected residents. Tran Van Vinh, vice-chairman of the committee, appointed the provincial Department of Natural Resources and the Environment as the focal point. It is supposed to work with other departments and agencies to complete a blueprint of the project and submit it to the committee this month. The committee will consider it and and forward it on to other relevant agencies next month. Vinh also asked the Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs to collect input from concerned departments and agencies on a vocational training scheme tailored for the affected residents. This is hoped to help … [Read more...]

Petrol prices jump VND 1,200 per liter

Domestic businesses have increased retailed petrol prices by VND1,200 per liter from last night as per instruction by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Finance. Gasoline prices were raised by 1,200 VND (six cents) per litre in the wake of increasing global fuel prices (Photo: vietq) A liter of Ron 92 now costs VND 20,436 while ethanol gasoline is priced VND 20,106. Diesel and mazut prices went up VND 500 to VND 16,383 a liter and VND 13,153 a kilogram. Kerosene price reaches VND15,751 after sliding VND 64 a liter. The two ministries have also cut import tariff rates from 12 percent to 10 percent on diesel, from 20 percent to 13 percent for kerosene and from 13 percent to 10 percent for mazut. Businesses are ordered to keep contribution level to the price subsidization fund unchanged. The fund’s use level is VND1,054 a liter of traditional gasoline, VND889 a liter of ethanol gasoline, VND328 a liter of diesel and VND324 a kilogram of mazut. According to … [Read more...]

Expenditures for science, technology projects in 2015 approved

VGP – The PM has decided to allocate VND 572.59 billion from the State budget in 2015 for ministries and agencies to launch projects and programs in science and technology. The recipients include the Ministry of Science and Technology (VND459.9 billion), the Ministry of Industry and Trade (VND38.13 billion), the Viet Nam Academy of Science and Technology (VND1.2 billion), the Ministry of Education and Training (VND6.48 billion), the Ministry of National Defense (VND6 billion), the Viet Nam National University in Ha Noi (VND2.75 billion), the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (VND2.6 billion), the Ministry of Transport (VND3.4 billion), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (VND1.69 billion), theVietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City (VND32.1 billion), the Ministry of Health (VND1.1 billion) and the Ministry of Finance (VND15 billion). The Ministry of Science and Technology will be responsible for allocating and launching the science and … [Read more...]

VND 54.7 billion allocated to implement the Resolution 30a

The PPC Chairman has just decided to allocate more than VND 54.7 billion in 2015 for the districts of Ba To, Minh Long, Son Ha, Son Tay, Tay Tra, Tra Bong and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs, the Employment Service Centre to perform the Resolution 30a in the province. ​ The Chairman requested DPCs of six districts and relevant agencies to implement works as scheduled and regulated. Reportedly, in the period of 2009 - 2014, the central Government supported over VND 1,444 billion for 6 poor mountainous districts of the province to implement the Resolution 30a. Through the program implementation, the average poverty rate fell on 6.3% (in the period of 2009-2014). As reported, the poverty rate in six poor districts of the province fell 34.8% (as statistics in early 2015). The program of Resolution No. 30a aimed to step up speedy and sustainable poverty reduction for 61 poor districts of 20 provinces in Vietnam with … [Read more...]

To inaugurate Tra Bong cinnamon oil producing factory

The Quang Ngai Cinnamon Essential Oil JSC on May 16 inaugurated the Tra Bong cinnamon oil producing plant. Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Le Viet Chu attended the ceremony. ​ The Plant locates on an area of 35,800m2 in Tra Xuan town, Tra Bong district with the total investment capital of VND 69 billion. The plant is capable to produce 80 tons of oil each year, requiring 10,000 tons of materials including the tree's leaves and twigs. The materials are purchased from farmers through the company's agencies. After the oil-extracting process, discarded matter will be used to make organic fertilizers and incense powder, preventing unnecessary waste. The cinnamon oil will be exported to Japan, Korea, China, United States, etc. Minh Thien ​ … [Read more...]

Monument of national hero N’Trang Long built in Dak Nong

People’s Committee of Dak Nong province yesterday held a groundbreaking ceremony for erecting a statue of the national hero N’Trang Long in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong. Monument of national hero N' Trang Long and soldiers is located in Dak Nong province. (Photo:SGGP) The statue reached a height of 18.5 meters and width of 25 meters, locating in Dak Nur hill, Nghia Duc ward, Gia Nghia town, Dak Nong province. The construction is built at total cost of VND 67 billion, funding from financial source of resident and enterprises all over country. It was designed by two sculpture works of Pham Thi Mai Hoa and Lam Quang Noi. The construction aims to commemorate great contribution of national hero N’Trang Long, who gathered M’ Nong ethnic minority people to resist French colonialists in the 1912- 1936 period. At the ceremony, Deputy Chairwoman of the provincial People’s Committee of Dak Nong Nguyen Thi Ngoc Le stressed that the construction … [Read more...]

Airline to increase flights to Taipei

Photo: PANO – The budget airline Vietjet Air will increase flights on the Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei (Taiwan) route from five to seven per week from June 18th. The return fare is from just VND 210,000 (about US$10). Accordingly, flights will depart from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City at 2:30pm (local time) while return flights will be at 8pm (local time). Each flight will take around three hours and 25 minutes. Further information is available at its website, and ticket offices nationwide. At present, the carrier is operating 24 A320s and A321s with 150 flights per day on both international and domestic routes. Source: cand Translated by Viet Anh … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City to launch first electric buses

Photo for illustration. Source: PANO - Ho Chi Minh City will launch its first electric bus service in June, announced the city’s Department of Transport. During the trial period, the ten 12-seat buses will operate routes through downtown tourist destinations, running from the September 23 Park to the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden with 29 stops along the way on Ton Duc Thang, Nguyen Hue, Hai Ba Trung and Le Duan Streets. They will operate daily from 8am to 6pm, with departures every 10 minutes. Tickets will cost from VND 6,000, while an entire vehicle can be rented for VND 100,000 per hour. Source: TTO Translated by Viet Anh … [Read more...]

Memorial site for late Prof. Tran Dai Nghia unveiled

Delegates at the memorial house in the site PANO - The memorial site for late Prof., Academician, Major General Tran Dai Nghia was inaugurated at a ceremony on May 18th in Tuong Loc commune, Tam Binh district, Vinh Long province, in the presence of Politburo Member and Permanent Member of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat Le Hong Anh. The site, including a memorial house, an exhibition centre and a library, was built from late 2013 on an area of 16,200sq.m at a cost of approximately VND 51 billion. Politburo Member Le Hong Anh reaffirmed that Prof. Tran Dai Nghia has always been a bright example for his revolutionary morals and an excellent student of President Ho Chi Minh. The Party official urged the province's authorities and people to continue bringing into play their revolutionary traditions by learning and following the professor's example, contributing to fulfilling tasks of the local party congresses at all levels for a strong province. In addition, he suggested … [Read more...]

Work begins on national heroic monument in Central Highlands

NDO/VNA - Construction of a monument for the national hero N’Trang Long kicked off in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong on May 19. During the resistance war against the French occupiers from 1912-1936, N’ Trang Long gathered ethnic minority groups in the Central Highlands to forge the struggle for independence in the region Constructed on an area of nearly 6 hectares on Dak Nur hill, the monument includes a statue of the hero with engravings of ethnic minority people who joined in the uprising at its base. The monument will be 18.5 metres high and 25 metres wide. The first phase of construction, creating the foundation and lighting protection system, will be built at a total cost of over VND 67 billion (US$ 3.1 million), sourced mainly from the financial support of the residents in the region. … [Read more...]

Sugar firms face bitter competition in region

Sugar firms are now resorting to diverse means to grow more sustainably amid a currently tough business climate. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department for Agro-forestry-fishery Processing and Salt Industry, as of mid-April this year stockpiled volumes at sugar factories have surpassed 560,000 tonnes. Meanwhile, sugar export is heavily dependent on the Chinese market, and local businesses have to compete with lower-cost products from Thailand and India. "Low-cost sugar from Thailand has caused serious headaches for local sugar firms, which are well-protected in Thailand. They can sell redundant sugar volumes cheaply through cross-border transactions," said Nguyen Hai, general secretary of Vietnam Sugar Association. "The sugar price hovers around VND8,000 (US37 cents) per kg at Thai factories," Hai added. Meanwhile, in Vietnam, first grade sugar currently fetches around VND12,000-VND12,200 (56cents) per kg. As a result of declining … [Read more...]

New building unveiled for needy students in Lao Cai province

PANO - Sakura Montessori International School on May 17th inaugurated a new building for Sang Ma Sao Primary School in Sang Ma Sao commune, Bat Xat district, Lao Cai province. Sakura Montessori International School presenting gifts to students of Sang Ma Sao Primary School in Lao Cai province The five classrooms for primary students in the most disavantaged area of the province can accommodate a total number of 86 students. The construction cost of VND 86 million was sponsored by Sakura Montessori International School. At the inauguration ceremony, the organizing board presented 86 school bags, 860 notebooks and many other essential tools to needy students. Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]

More investment in the Central Highlands

PANO – The Central Highlands Steering Committee on May 17th collaborated with the State Bank of Vietnam and Lam Dong provincial People’s Committee to hold the 3rd conference to promote investment and social security in the Central Highlands. Investment licences granted to investors According to the steering committee, since 2011, the region has attracted an investment of VND 147,000 billion to improve the region’s infrastructure, irrigation system, health and education sectors and to facilitate locals in production. The investment has at the same time contributed to the region’s socio-economic development, defence and security maintenance and improvement of local people's material and spiritual life. However, the investment remains modest compared to the region’s potential and has yet to meet its development requirements. As a result the Central Highlands now contributes only 4.5% to the national GDP and still lags behind other localities in various … [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...]

Tuna price falling, fishermen changing their business way

Despite being the main season for tuna fishing, many tuna-fishing-ship owners in Phu Yen province have switched exploiting flying-fish, thanks to its higher economic efficiency. Fishermen in ward 6 move flying-fish ashore According to ships’ owners, compared with the one-month tuna-fishing trip lasting at a cost of hundreds of million dongs, the voyage for flying-fish only lasts about 20 days, the cost at VND 60 million to VND 70 million. On the other hand, the fishing ground for flying fish is large; with the abundant source and the stable price at from VND 17,000 to VND 20,000/kg has brought a high economic effectiveness. Fisherman Nguyen Van Long in Phu Dong ward, Tuy Hoa city has turned to exploit flying fish for over one month. For the work, he purchased the net of more than VND 200 million. After two fishing trips, his ship exploited 8 tonnes of fish/shipment; with the selling price of VND 20,000/kg, he has got a 100-million-dong interest after deducting expenses. … [Read more...]

Once trafficked, now a trafficker: 2 women charged for selling 21 others to Chinese

Prosecutors in the southern province of An Giang have charged two local women for trafficking 21 women to China. According to the indictment released by the prosecutors, Nguyen Thi Huong, 50, and Nguyen Thi Hong Phuong, 40, trafficked the women, all belonging to the southern provinces of Hau Giang, Kien Giang, and An Giang between November 2012 and December 2013. In July 2012 Huong had sold Phuong for VND35 million (US$1,750) to another woman in An Giang, who took her to China and sold her for VND 160 million ($8,000). After two months in China, Phuong returned to Vietnam, looking for other women to traffic to China. She met Huong and asked her to look for gullible victims, offering her VND50 – 55 million ($2,500-2,750) for each woman aged between 18 and 29 and VND40 million for those above 30. Ten other intermediaries reportedly helped the traffickers get in touch with the 21 women, who were soon sent to China, authorities said, adding that some of the mediators were close … [Read more...]