(VEN) - Hanoi is strengthening support of craft villages to improve the competitiveness of handicraft products, especially in the design of practical and artistic patterns to meet market demand. Introducing handicraft product designs Lack of modern pattern designers Le Duc Ke, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bat Trang Trading Service and Tourism Joint Stock Company said the Bat Trang Ceramic Village lacks designers of modern patterns who identify trends and customer tastes. Artisans here are merely skilled craftsmen, but they’re not designers. Therefore, Bat Trang’s ceramic products are less competitive on the world market compared with foreign products of the same kind. The Phu Vinh Village (Phu Nghia Commune, Chuong My District) is the cradle of Vietnamese bamboo and rattan traditional craft with more than 400 years of development. Nguyen Van Trung, a local craftsman, said the skillful crafts people and artisans have attached importance to … [Read more...] about Foreign expert provides advice for Hanoi craft designers
The Hanoitimes - The country has developed more than 20GW over the past 15 years to feed the country`s double-digit annual power demand growth. Vietnam’s electricity sector projected to be bigger than Britain’s by mid-2020s Vietnam’s installed power capacity currently hits 53,000MW, ranking second among Southeast Asia countries, behind Indonesia and the 31st all over the world. Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh at the inauguration of Vinh Tan 4 Thermal Power Plant. Photo: Petrotimes The figure was revealed by Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh at the inauguration ceremony of Vinh Tan 4 Thermal Power Plant in the central province of Binh Thuan, local media reported. Vietnam has put into operation more than 40 power plants capacity more than 20,000MW over the past 15 years, Binh said on Saturday [September 21]. Vinh Tan 4 thermal power project Costing an investment of VND36 trillion (US$1.56 billion), Vinh Tan 4 is … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s power capacity reaches 53GW, 2nd biggest in SE Asia
Thailand’s Gulf Energy Development PCL has submitted a power generation plan to the Government of Việt Nam to develop a gas-fired power plant with an initial capacity of 6,000 megawatts (MW), according to the Bangkok Post. Gulf plans to import liquefied natural gas as fuel for the project in Việt Nam — Photo courtesy of Gulf According to Ratthaphol Cheunsomchit, deputy chief executive of Gulf, the firm plans to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel for the project in Việt Nam. Besides Việt Nam, Gulf also wants to develop a power plant in Laos. For Laos, Gulf plans to develop a hydroelectric power plant with a Chinese company to distribute electricity to the State-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand. The project in Laos is forecast to have a capacity of 2,500MW, of which Gulf plans to have a 30-35 per cent stake. "A final decision will be made on the two new power plants sometime in 2020," Ratthaphol said. The two … [Read more...] about Thai firm to expand power plants to Vietnam
The Hanoitimes - An expert from IEEFA said the vision for solar power in Vietnam remains positive when attracting a number of foreign investors. Vietnam has installed roughly 4,460MW of solar power within a very short period of time, beating all expectations of developing renewable energy in the country where fossil fuel has played a crucial role for decades. Vietnam Rewewable Energy Week draws the participation of many local and international experts. Photo: GreenID The impressive surge in solar capacity has been recorded after developers rushed to complete their solar farms prior to June 30, 2019 – the deadline for which the solar power makers will benefit the government’s solar feed-in-tariff (FiT) of US$0.09 per kWh for 20 years. As a result, the Vietnamese renewable policymakers have been rewarded for their steady management of the solar FiT program, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has said. The IEEFA … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s solar program beats expectations: IEEFA
The Hanoitimes - The government has issued a series of policies aiming to eliminate single-use plastic bags nationwide by 2025. The government of Vietnam has been aware of negative environmental impacts of plastic waste and released a number of regulations cope with this challenging issue such as banning single-used plastic bags in all stores, supermarkets, and markets by 2021 in across the country by 2025. Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc launches nationwide anti-plastic waste movement in May 2019. Photo: Baotainguyenmoitruong Let’s see how strong the country’s determination is through a report by Ipsos – the world’s 3rd largest market research company, being present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people. Government’s regulations In terms of policies, the government since 2011 has issued a series of documents targeting the reduction of plastic products. In 2012, the issue of Resolution No.1269/2011 … [Read more...] about What are Vietnam’s moves to minimize plastic waste?