German investments boost VN national development, says M

Vietnam's dynamically growing economy is in need of investments worth billions of USD in infrastructure, renewable energy, transportation, seaport development and other areas, which provides a great opportunity for foreign investors, including Germans, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said. The PM addressed the 14th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK) which took place in Ho Chi Minh City on November 20-21, the most important event of the German business network, with the aim of promoting trade and exchange between regional partners, economists and politicians. … [Read more...]

Chinese tourists step up for Abe as Japanese shoppers falter

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A tour guide holds a flag while leading a group of Chinese tourists wearing rental kimonos at the Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto, Japan. … [Read more...]

The youth do business in collective models

The land mergence, plot change, and field arrangement in Thong Nhat commune (Gia Loc) are mostly undertaken by Thong Nhat Agricultural Machinery Service Cooperation Group

In the past years, some of cooperative and cooperation group models have been formed in Hai Duong province to attract youngsters to production development. New direction … [Read more...]

HCM City to have centre for HIV-addiction treatment technology transfer

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Vietnam TV fined for airing cartoon considered to insult teachers before their day

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National broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) has been fined VND30 million (US$1,412) for airing a cartoon regarded as offending teachers who are highly respected in Vietnamese society right ahead of Teachers' Day. "> … [Read more...]

Official emphasizes seriousness of technical failure at southern airport

The incident at the Ho Chi Minh City Area Control Centre (AACC Ho Chi Minh) at Tan Son Nhat Airport on Nov. 20 is an extremely serious technical failure that has never occurred before in the history of the Vietnamese aviation history, an official affirmed at a press conference on November 21. According to Head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) Lai Xuan Thanh, the power outage, which took place from 11:05 am to 11:40 am and disabled the radar system controlling air traffic, affected at least 54 flights that were within the city's flight information region (FIR) at that time. … [Read more...]

Vietnam expects 100,000 Indian tourist arrivals

Vietnam expects to welcome 100,000 Indian tourist arrivals in the near future as the two countries hold huge potential to develop bilateral ties in this field, stated Nguyen Quoc Hung, deputy head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). To that end, a conference to promote Vietnam-India tourism and aviation collaboration will be held in Hanoi on November 29 with the participation of 22 Indian leading tourism agencies and journalists, Hung said at a press conference on November 21. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s culture highlighted in Ukraine

Vietnam's land, culture, and people were highlighted at an exchange in    Kremenchuk in Ukraine's Poltava

(VOVworld) - Vietnam's land, culture, and people were highlighted at an exchange on Thursday with 50 teachers and students in Kremenchuk in Ukraine's Poltava. This was part of activities conducted by the Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine to promote Vietnamese culture. Vietnamese Ambassador to Ukraine Nguyen Minh Tri said the exchange deepened mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries and peoples. During the program, embassy staff introduced the history, culture, education, customs, and landscapes of Vietnam to local teachers and students who in return shared stories about their homeland and performed Ukrainian folk dances. … [Read more...]

Revised Investment Law to help lure more FDI: experts

Fundamental changes in the draft revised Investment Law as well as reforms of foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction policy, especially tax incentives, will help Vietnam lure more FDI, experts said at a conference held by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hanoi on November 20. The listing of sectors and areas forbidden from investment and business or allowed for investment and business with certain conditions is one of the most important new points in the draft revised Investment Law, said Quach Ngoc Tuan, deputy head of the Legal Department at the Ministry of Planning and Investment. According to the draft, six sectors are listed as banned from investment and 272 areas specified as conditional investment domains, a remarkable reduction from the current 51 prohibited investment domains and 386 conditional investment fields as prescribed in the current law, he noted. The draft law also provides in great details the forms of investment incentives, the principles, … [Read more...]

‘Non-confidence’ should be added to confidence vote in Vietnam: lawmakers

>> Vietnam confidence vote reflects level of satisfaction

Many Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) deputies have pressed for an NA confidence vote in which voters can say they do not trust a particular top official, instead of an all-confidence ballot as at present. The NA deputies voiced their proposition at a session on Thursday organized to discuss proposed amendments to the law-making body's resolution on confidence votes. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese talents and initiatives honored

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(VOVworld) - The Vietnamese Talents Awards ceremony took place in Hanoi on Thursday to honor talents in the fields of IT, science, healthcare and the environment. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Party Secretary’s Russia visit is a milestone in bilateral ties

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (Photo: VNA)

(VOVworld) - Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong's upcoming visit to Russia marks a milestone in bilateral ties, demonstrating the two states and people's aspirations to lift their traditional friendship to a bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, said Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Nguyen Thanh Son. He made the remark in an interview with VOV correspondents in Russia prior to Trong's visit scheduled for Sunday, adding that Vietnam-Russia relations have been consolidated by agreements on bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership and by the mutual understanding between the two peoples. … [Read more...]

Vietnam to host Asia-Pacific Disability Forum Conference

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(VOVworld) - The 2014 Asia & Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) General Conference will open in Hanoi next Wednesday. The 3-day event will promote the rights of the disabled in the Asia-Pacific region and raise social awareness about this issue. More than 500 disabled people from 42 countries will take part in the event. Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi on Friday, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD) Dang Quynh Mai said the biennial event was intended to review progress made on the realization of the rights of people with disabilities, as set out in a strategy reached at the first APDF in Incheon in the Republic of Korea in 2012. Vietnam will use this occasion to promote its image to international friends and help them learn more about the Party and State's attention to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, including the Law on Persons with Disabilities. A number of side events will also be organized, including a walking tour of Hanoi, a … [Read more...]

PM receives German Vice Chancellor

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(VOVworld) - Vietnam always welcomes and creates favorable conditions for German businesses to invest in Vietnam. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the commitment at Friday reception for German Vice Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, who is in Vietnam to attend the 14th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business in HCM City. He expressed his hope that Germany will support an early approval of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and signing of the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the EU. Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel thanked the relevant Vietnamese agencies for their close cooperation with German partners in organizing the event. He said that Germany attaches much importance to fostering cooperation with Vietnam, especially in economics, trade, investment, culture, education and tourism. Gabriel said that Germany had expressed its concerns over recent developments in the East Sea, as it is an important maritime route, carrying … [Read more...]

PM attends 14th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung speaks at the conference.   Photo: VNA

(VOV) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hailed the organization of the 14th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business in Ho Chi Minh City which reflects the trust of German and Asia-Pacific businesses in Vietnam's development prospects. Prime Minister Dung made the remarks in his opening speech at the conference on Friday. He believed that Vietnam's reform efforts and its participation in several high standard free trade agreements will definitely improve its legal and business environment in future, adding this will help Vietnam connect with many global economic blocs and partners. He said both domestic and foreign businesses in Vietnam will have opportunities to export their products and services to Vietnam's partner countries at low tax rates and without technical barriers in accordance with free trade agreements that Vietnam will sign. German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told the conference that Germany always welcomes and creates favorable conditions, including building a … [Read more...]

Hanoi to host Vietnam-Indian conference on tourism, aviation

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam (VOVworld) - Representatives from 22 of India's leading travel agencies and the media will gather in Hanoi on November 29 to attend a tourism and aviation cooperation conference between Vietnam and India, said a press conference held in Hanoi on Friday. Under the framework of the Fam Tour program scheduled for next week, Indian travel agents and journalists will also visit Vietnam's famous tourism sites in Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta region, Hanoi and Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province. They are expected to meet leading Vietnamese travel agents to discuss cooperation opportunities. India has become the fastest developing outbound tourism market with the number of Indian tourists expected to reach to 50 million by 2020 from the current number of 15 million. … [Read more...]

OV commission marks 55th founding anniversary

The State Commission on Overseas Vietnamese (SCOV) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs celebrated its 55th founding anniversary (November 23, 1959) in Hanoi on November 21. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh highlighted the SCOV's efforts to overcome difficulties and make crucial contributions to issues relating to overseas Vietnamese (OV) in particular and external affairs in general. SCOV Chairman Vu Hong Nam, who also serves as Deputy Foreign Minister, said the commission, established under the Prime Minister's Decision No.416-TTg dated November 23, 1959, was initially assigned to receive OVs returning home after peace was restored in northern Vietnam in 1954. It was also tasked to provide assistance and protection for Vietnamese nationals living abroad. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 20-30 (daily updated)

Piano - Tuồng "Fire" by Pho An My and Dang Tue Nguyen Sat 29 Nov 2014, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội "Fire" is a project conceived 8 years ago by two artists Pho An My and Dang Tue Nguyen. Sharing the desire of creating a new theatre language as combination between piano and Tuồng, My and musician Dang Tue Nguyen has collaborated to generate "Fire" based on Tuồng script by poet Luong Tu Duc. The beauty and philosophical depth of Tuồng (traditional opera) has once again given pianist Phó An My and composer Đặng Tuệ Nguyên inspiration for a new and unique creative collaboration: a "post-contemporary" work of chamber music written for the piano using the musical language and the dramaturgical materials of Tuồng, in which a modern instrument, the piano, and an ancient art, Tuồng, exist in parallel and independently, but at the same time complement and interact with each other. … [Read more...]