This has been PM Phuc’s first visit to New Zealand since he took office. For the Vietnamese side, the visit aims to implement the foreign policy set by the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, to promote multilateral and diversified relations and international integration. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Photo: VNA Vietnam-New Zealand two-way trade has grown positively over the last decade. It was only US$300 million in 2009, and rose to US$750 million in 2013, an annual increase of around 20 percent. Last year, it reached over US$900 million. To date, New Zealand is the 31st largest trade partner of Vietnam and Vietnam ranks the 17th among New Zealand’s trade partners. The Southwestern Pacific island country now has 28 projects with the total registered capital of US$ 101.94 million, ranking 41st out of the 120 countries and territories investing in Vietnam. Meanwhile, Vietnam has six joint-venture projects, focusing on processing, … [Read more...] about Creating momentum for Vietnam-New Zealand comprehensive partnership
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The world had 10 times as many obese children and teenagers last year than in 1975, but underweight kids still outnumbered them, a study said Wednesday. Warning of a "double burden" of malnutrition, researchers said the rate of increase in obesity far outstripped the decline in under-nutrition. "If post-2000 trends continue, child and adolescent obesity is expected to surpass moderate and severe underweight by 2022," researchers wrote in The Lancet medical journal. The team found that there were 74 million obese boys aged 5-19 in 2016, up from six million four decades earlier. For girls, the tally swelled from five million to 50 million. By comparison, there were 117 million underweight boys and 75 million underweight girls last year after the number peaked around the year 2000, the study said. Almost two thirds of the underweight children lived in south Asia. Obesity ballooned in every region in the world, while the number of underweight children slowly decreased … [Read more...] about Child obesity grows tenfold since 1975: study
Ha Quoc Huy, a Year 13 student at British International School (BIS) Hanoi, is one of the two Vietnamese students who have received an offer from the renowned Columbia University in New York City. He’s happy to share his experience in successfully applying to one of the most prestigious Ivy League universities. Ivy League is a term commonly used to refer to a group of eight private, East-Coast colleges and universities in the United States renowned for providing an excellent education and significant history. Quoc Huy decided to apply to Columbia University for several reasons. The university has an excellent ‘Core Curriculum’ which allows him to try out a lot of different courses like Philosophy, Literature, History, Music or Art. It’s really a good fit as Huy believes that a scientist also needs to know many other things about the world. In addition, being located in New York City, Columbia … [Read more...] about Ticket to top U.S. university: Experience of a BIS Hanoi student
The latest Student and Exchange Visitor Information System or SEVIS update – which contains basic information on the more than 1.2 million international students studying in the United States at all levels – is out, and many of the results, while not encouraging, are not surprising. Among the top 10 places of origin, seven recorded decreases, ranging from -2.2% (China) to -11.5% (Mexico). Other countries with declining student populations in the US from autumn 2016 to this spring were South Korea (-2.68%), Saudi Arabia (-7.3%), Canada (-3.35%), Japan (-8.1%) and Taiwan (-3.5%). The downward trend is a harbinger of a significant shift away from the US that is currently occurring in many countries to the benefit of friendly competitor nations like Australia and Canada. Since these figures are for the spring semester and are based on applications submitted before or shortly after the US presidential election, the real proof in the statistical pudding will be in the … [Read more...] about Can Vietnam buck the Trump effect on recruitment?
Development gap hinders linkages in APEC auto industry Addressing the opening ceremony of the 26th APEC Automotive Dialogue (AD26) in Hanoi on May 11, Le Huu Phuc, Director of the MoIT's Department of International Relations, said that APEC should give priority to assisting developing economies in boosting the auto industry. He called for APEC member economies to cooperate effectively in capacity building to study auto industry policies, focusing on priority areas such as market access, human resources and infrastructure, technology incentives as well as environment standards for sustainable development. Regarding the fourth industrial revolution, Phuc said it will lead to the restructuring of the global manufacturing system, not only in technology but also in management and placing of new business models. New technology trends may disrupt value chains, possibly shifting a significant part of global production from developing to developed countries, he said, adding that access to … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS 15/5