PM Phuc: No 99-year land lease in SEZsLan Nhi Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks to the local media on the sidelines of the National Assembly meeting in Hanoi City on June 7 - PHOTO: CAPTURED FROM NGUOI LAO DONG NEWSPAPER VIDEO HANOI – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, speaking to the local media on the sidelines of the National Assembly meeting in Hanoi City on June 7, said the Government would shorten the maximum land lease in special economic zones (SEZ) from the proposed 99 years. The draft Law on Special Administrative and Economic Units, prepared by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, allows for a maximum land lease of 99 years, which has sparked widespread public concern over the possibility of the country’s sovereignty and security being compromised in the long run. Van Don in the northern province of Quang Ninh, Bac Van Phong in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, and Phu Quoc Island off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang would become the … [Read more...] about PM Phuc: No 99-year land lease in SEZs
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Proposal on SEZ land lease period meets stiff objectionSGT Daily staff The aerial photo shows a section of Van Don in Quang Ninh Province, which has been chosen for a special economic zone. A proposal on leasing land for up to 99 years has faced fierce public opposition - PHOTO: VGP HANOI – A proposal contained in the draft law on special economic zones (SEZs) to lease land for up to 99 years has faced fierce public opposition, with many National Assembly deputies asserting the public opinions need to be taken into account, according to local media. The proposal has heated the ongoing National Assembly (NA) sitting. Under the draft law, Van Don, Bac Van Phong and Phu Quoc are chosen as the sites for such zones, with the first two zoned for developing hi-tech sectors and Phu Quoc mainly for tourism. Potential investors may have the privilege to lease land there for almost a century, which sparks widespread concerns. Deputy Truong Trong Nghia from HCMC vehemently objected … [Read more...] about Proposal on SEZ land lease period meets stiff objection
At a recent workshop on prospects for the Vietnamese economy in 2018 and to 2020, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said the country will benefit from the recovery of the world economy this year and there are many reasons to be optimistic about domestic economic growth from now to 2020. Participants at the workshop The advisory group to the Prime Minister on economic affairs said economic development in the recent past was driven by reform efforts with drastic measures, which improved the business and investment environment, along with flexible and coordinated macro-economic policies and the effect of new policies such as developing the private sector. The group devised three scenarios for Vietnam’s economic growth in 2018-2020, which envision annual average GDP growth rate at 6.7 percent, 6.83 percent and 7.47 percent, respectively. The group also proposed the target of an average annual growth of 6.85 percent for the next three years (2018 to … [Read more...] about Experts warn of challenges to Vietnam economy despite good prospects
VietNamNet Bridge - Educators agree that Vietnam’s universities need to be accredited, but they have not reached a consensus on how it should be done. There are 16 university ranking organizations, including the four most prestigious – THE (Times High Education), QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities), and Webometrics (Webometrics Ranking of World Universities). According to Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc, none of the rankings is ‘perfect’ and Vietnam needs to use the one suited to it. ARWU, for example, attaches importance to scientific articles published in international journals. QS doesn’t put much emphasis on articles, but pays attention to comments by experts and society. Agreeing with Phuc, deputy director of the Hanoi National University Nguyen Huu Duc said that ARWU and THE are not suited to most universities in Asia and developing countries. The weak point of Vietnamese … [Read more...] about University accreditation: ‘a game of the rich’?
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc offered incense to commemorate national founders, Hung Kings, at the Hung Kings Temple Relic Site on Nghia Linh Mountain in the northern midland province of Phu Tho on April 25. PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc offers incense to commemorate Hung Kings at the Hung Kings Temple Relic Site on Nghia Linh Mountain in the northern province of Phu Tho on April 25, 2018. Photo: VOV Ruling the country through 18 generations (2879–258 BC), the Hung Kings taught locals how to grow wet rice. They chose Nghia Linh Mountain, the highest in the region, to perform rituals devoted to rice and sun deities to pray for lush crops. The worshipping rituals of the Hung Kings are closely related to the ancestral worship traditions of most Vietnamese families, an important part of people's spiritual life. It was recognised as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012. Viet Tri city, which was the first capital of Viet Nam under the Van Lang administration, still owns many … [Read more...] about PM offers incense to Hung Kings