By Bich Quyen – Translated by Kim Khanh
Bird nest making
|Dr. Jaipal Tuttle (center) performs on the stage|
Smitten by the country, he decided to stay on, learn the language and delve into the quintessential encapsulation of Vietnamese culture – The Tale of Kieu (Truyện Kiều). Researching the literary classic is a far cry from his life as an academic in the United States, but Tuttle has not looked back.
|Dr. Jaipal Tuttle has made Vietnam his home for the last 23 years|
His interest in the epic, written in verse, was piqued when he found that all the Vietnamese that he had learnt till then was not enough to read and understand it, because it had been written in a language and script no longer in vogue. This set Tuttle on researching the classic for at least 15 years and his passion for Vietnamese culture has only deepened since.
“Con Sáo,” as he is fondly known in Vietnam now, has developed a deep understanding of Vietnamese history and passion for several art forms including the operatic Cải Lương and Vọng Cổ , another southern Vietnamese music tradition.
Over the decades he has spent in Vietnam, “Con Sáo” has become a researcher, a musician, a model and a performer. He likes to sing anytime and anywhere, in music videos, stage performances, or connecting with people at “sing together” cafes in the Mekong Delta. His expanding interests include the works of artists like Tuấn Ngọc, Minh Cảnh, Vũ Linh, and Út Trà Ôn.
His undimmed passion for all things Vietnamese currently has him spend four hours a week on learning the correct Vietnamese pronunciation and accent of the people in the Mekong Delta region. He is also reading and learning more about Cải Lương, listening to famous artists to improve his pronunciation and histrionic skills.
Tuttle also spends time visiting schools, meeting artists and poets. In the future, he hopes to take his immersion in Vietnamese culture to the next level. He wants to write some short excerpts of Vọng Cổ on his own and also make videos showcasing his distinct style.
The General Statistics Office of Vietnam (GSO) launched the 2021 Economic Census across the nation on March 1.
Production inside a firm in Vietnam (Photo: VNA)
According to GSO Deputy Director General Nguyen Trung Tien, results of the census are part of the foundation for the compilation of targets on gross domestic product (GDP), gross regional domestic product (GRDP), and many other statistical indicators.
Objectives of the census are production and business enterprises and cooperatives; production and business establishments under administrative agencies and productive agencies; branches and representative offices of foreign enterprises and foreign non-governmental organisations; religious and belief establishments; and individual non-agricultural, fishery and forestry business and production establishments.
The census will collect information about production and business types; forms of operation, labour and labourers’ income, production and business outcomes and costs, information technology application, and access to loans and international economic integration.
The census aims to serve the assessment of the country’s socio-economic development, thus helping the Party and State with making development plans and policies.
The preliminary data will be released in December 2021, while the official results are expected to be announced in January 2022.
Results of the 2017 Economic Census showed that there were more than 5.86 million economic units in the country as of July 1, 2017, including over 517,900 enterprises, which employed 26.9 million employees and more than 14 million labourers respectively, up 13.7 percent and 18.6 percent as compared to 2012.
The census also revealed several shortcomings of the local enterprises, including employment downsizing and ineffective application of information technology at State-owned agencies./. VNA
Demand for workers in HCM City and other manufacturing hubs in the south has been high and rising after the Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays driven by a business recovery as COVID-19 recedes.
|A company in the southern province of Binh Duong advertises job openings. Photo laodong.vn|
Companies in the city’s industrial parks and export processing zones need around 12,000 workers, including 2,540 with a university degree, according to the HCM City Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority (HEPZA).
Another 4,700 jobs are available for applicants with college and vocational education, and the rest are for manual workers, Hung Hua Quoc Hung, head of HEPZA, said.
The textile and footwear sectors have the largest demand, he added.
The HCM City Centre for Forecasting Manpower Needs and Labour Market Information said the city overall is expected to need 30,000 workers after the Tet holiday.
Do Thanh Van, deputy director of the centre, said trade, services, textile and footwear, food processing, logistics, IT, plastics, and chemicals are among the industries with the highest recruitment demand.
PouYuen Việt Nam Co. Ltd in Tan Binh District, one of the companies with the largest demand, needs more than 2,000 workers for various positions such as IT technicians, office and purchase staff, secretaries, quality management staff, and manual workers.
Le Minh Tan, director of the city Department of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs, said all businesses have resumed operations after Tet with around 96 per cent of workers returning to work.
In Binh Duong Province, a manufacturing hub, more than 95 per cent of workers have returned, according to its Federation of Labour.
The federation also said 916 enterprises require 95,983 workers after Tet.
Dong Nai Province, another manufacturing hub, too needs thousands of workers to meet the expected increase in production this year.
Cao Duy Thai, head of the wage office at the province Department of Labour, Invalid, and Social Affairs, said the worker turnover rate during Tet this year is unusually low since more and more enterprises are offering benefits to retain workers, making it a tough to hire new staff.
Positive hiring outlook
According to ManpowerGroup Vietnam’s 2021 Employment Outlook survey, employers in various industries are expecting hiring to recover and grow in the first half of 2021 despite the continuing pandemic.
The survey polled 442 human resources and talent acquisition executives in 16 industries.
While 36.4 per cent said their businesses were slightly impacted by the pandemic, nearly 50 per cent said they still operate normally.
Some 56 per cent anticipated a payroll expansion while 37 per cent said they would maintain the headcount.
Only 6.6 per cent plan to lay off workers.
Two-thirds expect hiring to increase within the next three months, and 22 per cent foresee an expansion in the next six months.
The biggest recruitment plans in the period are in manufacturing, construction, wholesale, retail and trading, and transport and logistics.
The construction sector saw a revival thanks to economic growth, and accounts for a fifth of all companies planning to hire, the same as manufacturing.
Nguyen Thu Trang, country head of permanent recruitment, executive search and consulting services at ManpowerGroup Vietnam, said: “Thanks to the effective control measurements and the strong anti-epidemic compliance of the Vietnamese, the economy is showing signs of positive recovery. In addition, foreign investment continues to flow into Vietnam, creating more business and job opportunities. VNS
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made these remarks whilst chairing a meeting on the adjustment of the city’s master planning to 2030 with a vision towards 2045.
Upon appreciating the quality of the central city’s master plan adjustment project, PM Phuc noted that in the near future, Da Nang is destined to become a special Vietnamese city, joining the likes of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Therefore, the planning, adjustment, and implementation of the master planning must be fully oriented towards local people, serving national development interests, while not allowing corruption or group interests to occur.
The master plan for the city towards 2030, with a vision ahead to 2045, was first adopted back in 2013. After seven years of implementing the project, Da Nang city has seen fast development. However, as a means of implementing the Politburo’s Resolution No. 43 dated January 24, 2019, on the construction and development of Da Nang to 2030, with a vision to 2045, and to meet relevant development needs, the PM has agreed to allow the city to adjust the master plan project.
Upon addressing the meeting, the municipal leader said that Da Nang has hired a professional company from Singapore to advise the project on adjusting the master plan towards developing the central city into a modern, green, and eco-friendly place in response to the request from the Politburo’s Resolution 43. The city has also organised an array of seminars and meetings to collect opinions of specialised agencies, individuals, and businesses.
Ministry of Construction representatives, along with those from other relevant ministries and agencies in charge of the project appraisal, said that to adjust general planning, the central city has calculated socio-economic statistics, and provided a thorough assessment of natural conditions. This is in addition to looking at the environment and development orientation in an effort to enable Da Nang to become a centre for tourism and services, along with the regional marine-based economy.
The cabinet leader outlined that the adjusted master plan deals with the limitations of the original 2013 scheme, while paying close attention to green development alongside orientations for space planning and modern infrastructure, contributing to creating an economic hub in the nation’s central regions.
The Government leader also asked the city to deal with the local wastewater problem without causing pollution to the marine environment, a very important factor in protecting nature in Da Nang. Along with this, greater attention should be paid to tackling the issue of climate change, along with clarifying the relationship of Da Nang with localities such as Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue, and Quang Binh. This should be done whilst clarifying the position of national defence and security, thereby striving to achieve the concept of making Da Nang both a vibrant and safe city.
In relation to the city’s development in the long term, the PM has stated that Da Nang must focus on developing many fields, rather than just services. Indeed, the city should adopt a policy to attract technology and industry projects to minimise environmental damage and ensure sustainable development, while also avoiding negative growth in case of fluctuations.
Along with general planning and detailed plans which will be deployed by the city in the near future, PM Phuc has stated the need to combat group interests when implementing and adjusting planning, especially with regard to detailed plans. He also underlined the need to stamp out corruption, and other negative phenomena when focusing on master planning adjustment and the implementation of detailed planning.
The Government leader has therefore assigned the municipal Party Committee, the People’s Council, and the municipal administration to develop a public and transparent management mechanism to monitor master planning. The Ministry of Construction and other agencies will periodically supervise the implementation of the master plan, while other ministries and agencies must create favourable conditions for Da Nang to develop infrastructure, including seaports and airports, PM Phuc emphasized.
The most common way for international tourists to get to Vietnam is by plane.
The country currently has 22 conveniently-located airports, 11 of which offer international services.
The three main gateways are Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang — located in northern, southern, and central Vietnam, respectively.
The other eight international airports include Van Don in Quang Ninh Province, Cat Bi in Hai Phong City, Vinh in Nghe An Province, Phu Bai in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Cam Ranh in Khanh Hoa Province, Phu Quoc on Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province, Lien Khuong in Lam Dong Province, and Can Tho in Can Tho City.
Most Asian countries have direct flights to and from Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. Travelers can also fly directly into Da Nang from destinations around the region, according to the VNAT.
Travelers from neighboring countries, including China, Laos, and Cambodia, can also enter Vietnam by train or bus. However, they are required to prepare their visa beforehand, as there are no visas on arrival at land crossings within Vietnam.
In addition, a boat trip from Cambodia through the Mekong Delta makes for a scenic entry into southern Vietnam.
Visitors can book such a trip from tour agencies in Phnom Penh and Vietnam.
No matter by which way visitors arrive in Vietnam, they are assured of a unique and unforgettable experience.