I am Delia Catacutan, the country representative of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Viet Nam. We are a leading international research organisation that seeks to generate knowledge on the role of trees in enhancing livelihoods and the environment, and use this knowledge to improve policy and practice. The article “PM pushes forest recovery” published in the June 21 issue of your newspaper was very moving for the World Agroforestry Centre. The loss of forest coverage in the Central Highlands is jarring, to say the least, and I could not agree more with the Prime Minister’s decision to prohibit further commercial projects in the area. Certainly, enforcing bans on deforestation is an effective way to sustain forest coverage; however, in addition, there are supplementary practices that would accomplish the key political tasks of reducing poverty and environmental protection that PM Phuc emphasised at the conference in Dak Lak. The practice of agroforestry, the … [Read more...] about Letter to the Editor!
Letter to the prime minister
French Professor of Physics Pierre Darriulat has recently sent a letter to the Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training, pointing out shortcomings in doctorate training in Vietnam. Nuclear Research said that after a decade working in Vietnam, he has "witnessed a number of such flaws in our system that tend to be source of paralysis and sclerosis and prevent progress." He added that "emblematic of such dysfunctions is the regulation that governs the award[ing] of a PhD degree to young postgraduate students." He said that he has had opportunities to supervise and assess PhD theses in many European and American countries but never met regulations nearing those of Vietnam in complexity, after listing five main steps for a postgraduate student to get a PhD degree and expressing his wonder at why the Southeast Asian country has followed such a complicated procedure for years. According to Dr. Pham Ngoc Diep from the Hanoi-based Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Prof. … [Read more...] about French Prof sends letter to Vietnam education minister over doctoral training flaws
VietNamNet Bridge - With VND600 billion (nearly $30 million) of debt, Chairman of the Xuan Kien Automobile JSC (Vinaxuki) has sent a 12-page letter to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to ask for the government's assistance to the auto industry. In the letter, Mr. Bui Ngoc Huyen proposed solutions to remove difficulties for the automobile industry. According to Hien, to development this industry, Vietnam needs to develop small vans of less than 5 tons and passenger cars of less than 1300cc as strategic products to meet the need of the local market. The goal of the industry is to manufacture models of good quality and cheap to serve the local market and to export to Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. To compete with other countries, the auto industry should receive preferential treatment in the first 10 years. He wrote that local auto manufacturers did not dare to invest in components and spare parts because it is too costly and they could not have … [Read more...] about Vinaxuki auto group’s Chair asks for the Prime Minister’s help
CPV: On October 2nd, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Jonathan M. Aloisi sent a letter to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, expressed his condolences and concern to Vietnamese victims of Typhoon Xangsane. His message follows: "I was saddened to learn of the damage, injury and loss of life from Typhoon Xangsane. On behalf of the people of the United States of America, please accept my condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, and we hope for the quick recovery of those who remain missing. We will never forget the kindness and generosity of the people of Vietnam in responding to the United States in our own time of need following Hurricane Katrina. The United States stands prepared to offer assistance to help Vietnam overcome the negative effects of this natural disaster". BTA … [Read more...] about US Chargé d’Affaires sent condolences message letter to Vietnamese victims of Typhoon Xangsane
HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung sent his condolences yesterday to Prime Minister of Nepal Madhav Kumar Nepal after former Prime Minister of Nepal Girija Prasad Koirala died. Koirala passed away on Saturday at the age of 86. New rules on car use for representative offices issued HA NOI — Vietnamese ambassadors, charge d'affaires, and heads of missions to international organisations are allowed to use a car valued at less than US$65,000 for business purposes, according to a new decision by the Prime Minister. Those who hold the position of consulate general can use a car valued at no more than $60,000. A representative office of the country abroad can buy up to 10 cars, depending on specific circumstances and the nature of their work. Each office can buy one car valued at less than $45,000, the remainder costing less than $35,000. With other Vietnamese offices abroad, those with less than four staff can buy a car, while those with more than four staff can buy two. … [Read more...] about Condolence letter sent to Nepali Prime Minister