The planning of ecotourism development and forest lease at the Con Dao National Park by 2030. (Photo: Ngoc Son) HCM City (VNA) – The southeastern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has promoted eco-tourism to bring new experiences to its visitors, towards green and environmentally friendly tourism. Utilising strengths Based on local strengths, Ba Ria-Vung Tau has taken a range of solutions to develop eco-tourism and community-based tourism in combination with landscape conservation. Director of the provincial Department of Tourism Trinh Hang said tourism is an economic pillar and eco-tourism is among the eight tourist types targeted by the province in 2020-2025. The province is blessed with primeval forests, mangroves, the Con Dao National Park - a Ramsar site of wetlands of international importance, rivers and sea, which has supported eco-tourism. Ba Ria and Vung Tau cities have brought into play their potential and strengths, along with existing maritime tourism products … [Read more...] about Ba Ria-Vung Tau: eco-tourism goes with environmental protection
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Donkeys are transported long distances in trucks to slaughter The report Biosecurity Risks and Implications for Human & Animal Health on a Global Scale contains the findings of donkey skin testing conducted by The Donkey Sanctuary and the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya (ILRI). This testing identified multiple specimens contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus (S.aureus) and African horse sickness (AHS). In the case of S.aureus contaminated skins, 44 of 108 tested were found to be carrying the drug-resistant MRSA variant, and three of the positive samples were carrying the PVL-toxin – known to cause invasive necrotising diseases in humans. Although there hasn’t been any official data on the status of donkey skin imports in Vietnam, through numerous reports and investigations from global transporters and animal welfare organizations, it can be seen that Vietnam is currently one of the destinations for donkey skin consumption and an intermediary point … [Read more...] about Donkey skin trade poses serious risk to international biosecurity
Hanoi will continue economic restructuring efforts, promote new growth drivers, and strengthen its self-reliance and resilience to external shocks. Hanoi's regional gross domestic product (GDP) is projected to grow by 7% by 2023, above the country's target of 6.5%. Overview of the session. Photos: Thanh Hai Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Ha Minh Hai made this forecast today [December 8] at the 10th session of the municipal People's Council. According to Hai, such a prediction is based on anticipation of the complicated global situation and the country’s GDP forecast at 6.5%. “Out of the three scenarios, the 7% growth target – a 1.08-fold higher than the national average- is deemed suitable to the situation,” Hai said. Faced with growing concern from businesses, especially the lack of access to working capital, Hai said Hanoi would continue to create policies to support economic activities while closely monitoring the global and domestic … [Read more...] about Hanoi eyes GRDP growth of 7% for 2023
Infographic by HSBC Since the advent of US-China trade tensions, Viet Nam has been one of the biggest beneficiaries in terms of both trade and FDI diversion, boosting its export share in the US market in particular. As a result, Viet Nam has become increasingly vulnerable to a US economic slowdown. In its recent 'Vietnam at a glance' report, HSBC said Viet Nam has been hit hard by a global trade slowdown, seeing the first meaningful year-on-year decline in its exports in two years. In particular, the decline has been led by an economic slowdown in the US, Viet Nam’s largest export destination. After over two years of booming trade, the “pay-back” time has come. Global orders have been falling sharply, taking a toll on Asian exporters. Viet Nam is no exception, and it has been on the front line in terms of feeling the pain. In November, the country saw the first meaningful year-on-year decline in its exports in two years, with broad-based weakness. In particular, shipments of … [Read more...] about HSBC: Is an export winter approaching?