CAAV, Boeing clinch cooperation deal

Tu Giang Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong and U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius witnessed the signing by representatives of CAAV and Boeing. Under the deal, Boeing will help CAAV work through the Corrective Action Plan and assist CAAV in personnel training. Once the FAA Category 1 status is achieved, Vietnamese commercial airlines can launch direct passenger and cargo services between the two countries. According to Ralph Boyce, president of Boeing Southeast Asia, Category 1 will allow CAAV to oversee airlines based in Vietnam to ensure they comply with international operational standards and practices, including the strict regulatory requirements that airlines must satisfy to provide passenger and cargo services on long-haul flights to and from the U.S. Lai Xuan Thanh, director general of CAAV, said at the signing ceremony that Vietnam Airlines and other airlines expect the authority to attain Category 1 approval so that they can fly direct to … [Read more...]

Saltwater intrusion threatens southern region

Van Nam The Southern Regional Hydro-meteorological Center predicted the level of seawater in a number of rivers in HCMC, Long An, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Soc Trang will reach its highest during the first days of the week and then remain higher than the same period last year in these localities. Salinity rose significantly last week in the Hau River with a maximum of 20.8 grams per liter, followed by the Dong Dien River with 14 grams a liter, the Co Chien River with 11.1 grams a liter, the Ham Luong River with 9.4 grams a liter and the Cua Tieu River with over 5.3 grams a liter. According to the center, rainfalls in the southern region during the first months of this year will be lower than the average of many years. The rainy season is likely to start later than usual, probably from mid-May. Seawater intrusion is predicted to spread while salinity at estuaries is likely to be higher in this year’s dry season due to weak water flows to the Mekong Delta. Particularly, … [Read more...]

Ministry wants to publicize transport firms slow in fee cuts

Coaches are seen at Mien Dong Coach Station. Over half of the transport firms at the station have registered to lower charges by 2-14% - PHOTO: LE ANH

Le Anh and Minh Tam The department’s head Nguyen Anh Tuan was quoted by Tuoi Tre newspaper as saying that publicizing the firms slow in transport charge reductions is an effective measure to protect the interests of consumers. Tuan said inspectors of the ministries and finance and transport have fanned out to provinces to check transport firms and fine those not complying. Inspections of the two ministries have brought some results, as the ministry said transport enterprises in 43 out of 63 provinces and cities have adjusted down charges by 1-25%. The ministry said 57 out of 60 transport firms in Haiphong City had cut prices by 1.3-18% as of last week. In Nghe An Province, almost all transport companies had revised down charges by 2-25% as of last week, and many of them had made the second round of cuts. As for airfares, reductions have been applied to the air routes only operated by Vietnam Airlines or its subsidiary Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO). For … [Read more...]

Co Tu party member helps locals improve living standard

Party member Dinh Van Tri encouraging locals to build up the village

PANO - Party member Dinh Van Tri, a Co Tu ethnic minority person, turning 72 this year, daily comes to each local household to encourage them to eliminate unsound customs and build up cultural life. He instructs them on cultivating wet-rice and taking care of local forests. The elderly lives in Phu Tuc village, Hoa Phu commune, Hoa Phu district, Da Nang city. Having returned home from the Vietnam War, Tri found out that his village was in poverty while the locals, mostly ethnic minority people, were illiterate. Tri wondered why his home village remained poor and how to help them get out of poverty. With a sense of his responsibility, Tri spent time in persuading each local to give up bad habits and to reclaim uncultivated land to plant maize and cassava. However, unsound custom are deep-rooted in the locals’ mind. Tri tried another way. He started clearing the land, turning uncultivated land into fields of maize and cassava. With this practical model, he succeeded in … [Read more...]

Tourism village promotes images

"Green fence" in Triem Tay

PANO - A competition titled "Green fence" and an initiative named "Family’s photographic corner" have been launched at the Triem Tay Community Tourism Village with the aim to attract more tourists to the village. The newly-launched program, co-organized by Quang Nam province’s Dien Ban district, the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), has seen the participation of more than 50 households in the village. The program’s criteria are "green, clean, beautiful and friendly". Each participating household will be given VND 1-1.5 million to beautify their house with fences full of trees and flowers, and design their own corner for photography with available materials, ensuring a friendly environment. The handover ceremony will be on July 10th. * Meanwhile, free admission to relics under the Hue heritage system will be applied to domestic visitors from the first to the third day of the first … [Read more...]

Scholarships granted to needy children

Viettel Gia Lai presenting gifts to students in Chu Prong

PANO – The Gia Lai Viettel branch on January 26th granted the "For children keen on learning" scholarships to 20 needy students with good academic records at four secondary and high schools in the border district of Chu Prong, Gia Lai province. That activity was part of the comprehensive cooperation agreement between the Viettel Group and the Ministry of Education and Training. Over ten years of the program, the local branch will grant 770 scholarships, worth VND one million each, to needy students in 77 communes of 14 districts in the province. The group also promises to grant another 26,000 scholarships, worth VND 26 billion in total, to needy students across the country this year. Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]

Various activities held to mark CPV’s 85th founding anniversary

A scene in the film "Thau Chin o Xiem" (Ho Chi Minh in Thailand) to be shown in the film week to celebrate the CPV's anniversary. Photo: dangcongsan.vn

PANO – The Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union will organize various events in Hanoi and the provinces of Binh Phuoc and Ha Tinh from January 27th to February 3rd to mark the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV). According to the committee’s instructions, all local youth unions will hold the forum "The Party with the youth, and the youth with the Party," and other dialogues and activities on special themes on this occasion. * From January 30th to February 5th, a film week celebrating the Party’s foundation will be held in cinemas nationwide, announced the Department of Cinema under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The movie "Thau Chin o Xiem" (Ho Chi Minh in Thailand) will be shown during the film week opening. * In order to carry out practical activities to mark the CPV’s 85th founding anniversary and welcome Party congresses at all levels, the defence labor union's organizations have focused … [Read more...]

Military Zone 3 asked to improve defence-security education quality

Sr. Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty addressing the meeting

PANO - Military Zone 3 should focus on strengthening the defence-security education boards at all levels, raising the quality of providing defence-secuirty knowledge and promoting the popularization of defence-security mission among locals, especially those living in border areas, on islands and key defence-security areas. The request was made by Sr. Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, Deputy Minister of National Defence and head of the Standing Committee of the National Defence-Security Education Central Council, on January 26th in Ha Long city when he was directing the zone’s meeting to review the defence-security education work in 2014 and map out missions for 2015. Last year, the unit and the local defence-security education boards at all levels opened courses providing knowledge of defence-security for thousands of people at different levels. Besides, more than 550 students in the locality learnt defence-security knowledge. … [Read more...]

Military Political Chief extends Tet greetings to units in Da Nang city

Sr. Lt. Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich visiting Da Nang Municipal Military Command

PANO – Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, on January 26th inspected army units stationed in Da Nang city. After inspections, the General at the meetings with the units valued their achievements in closely cooperating with local authorities in carrying out military and defence tasks, building strong defensive areas, and strengthening the whole-people defence posture. They also followed instructions and resolutions of higher commands, promoted training quality and combat readiness, teamed with relevant agencies to ensure social order, firmly protected national sovereignty over the seas and islands, effectively do business, and improved troops and defence employees’ standard of living. The General requested the units to continue heightening their revolutionary vigilance and combat readiness to successfully tackle all issues in any circumstances, augment troops’ abilities, … [Read more...]

Defence businesses urged to give top priority to country’s interest

General Phung Quang Thanh addressing the conference

PANO – A conference to review last year’s performance of defence-run economic companies and discuss their 2015 business targets was held in Hanoi on January 26th under the chair of General Phung Quang Thanh, Minister of National Defence. In 2014, military firms thoroughly grasped and seriously implemented instructions by the Central Military Commission, Ministry of National Defence and other competent organs to fulfil their missions, overcoming difficulties. Accordingly, they achieved the revenue of VND 292 trillion and profit of VND 46 trillion, contributed nearly VND 41 trillion to the State budget, and reached an average per capita income of VND 10.7 million per month, a year-on-year increase of 18, 15, 12 and 4.2 per cent, respectively. The military-run telecom group Viettel continued taking the lead among defence busnesses with a turnover of VND 197 trillion, up by 20 per cent from the same period last year, and a net profit of over VND 42 trillion. Meanwhile, … [Read more...]

Boosting administrative reforms in military and defence work

Sr. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Thanh Cung addressing the conference

PANO – Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Cung, Deputy Minister of National Defence, on January 26th chaired a conference to discuss operational regulations for the Ministry’s Steering Board for the reform of administrative procedures. The board was established under Decision No.4789/QD-BQP on November 17th 2014 by the Minister of National Defence. After that, it built up drafts for the Board’s operational regulations and tasks for 2015. At the conference, the participants thoroughly discussed the drafts. General Cung held that promoting administrative reforms in military and defence affairs is to contribute to strengthening the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and the militia force, helping build the VPA as a revolutionary, regular, elite, and modern army. The General asked relevant units to accomplish plans and action programs of the Steering Board for 2015 and the Defence Ministry’s administrative reform project as scheduled. Translated by Pham … [Read more...]

Vietnam is not a war; it’s a country: Ambassador Pete Peterson

Former US Ambassador to Vietnam Pete Peterson

PANO - On the sidelines of the bilateral conference "Vietnam-US relationship: For 20 more successful years" held on January 26th in Hanoi, Former US Ambassador to Vietnam Pete Peterson told the press, "Vietnam is not a war; it’s a country, and a very nice country!" On this important event marking 20years of Vietnam-US diplomatic ties, the People’s Army Newspaper Online would like to present an interview with former US Ambassador. - Reporter:Can you please elaborate on the difficulties in the initial stage of the normalization? - Ambassador Peterson: Vietnam and the United States held different views in various fields. Both sides found it difficult to lay the common ground for cooperation then. However, the two sides managed to overcome the obstacles and built up the firm relations that we see today. - Reporter: As the first US ambassador to Vietnam since the normalization, what was the biggest obstacle to you? - Ambassador Peterson: What I found most difficult was to … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City signs business support credit package

Participants at the signing ceremony

PANO - The credit support package for businesses in 2015, worth VND128 trillion, was signed by 19 commercial banks and the State Bank of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City branch at a conference to review the bank-business connection program held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 26th. In 2014, the program provided loans for 1,143 businesses, worth over VND40 trillion (twice as much as expected), making important contributions to helping businesses improve financial capacity, overcome adversity, and recover business operation. In 2015, the State Bank of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City branch focuses on supporting businesses by implementing lending priorities, holding bank-business dialogues, and removing credit difficulties. In addition, commercial banks will expand the program to cooperatives, economic households, competent small business households, etc. The program is one of the effective solutions to effectively implement the Government’s Resolution 02 on removing … [Read more...]

Vietnam-US trade relations progress rapidly; TPP conclusion in sight

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Bilateral relations between Vietnam and the U.S. have grown quickly in recent years, particularly in the field of trade and investment, experts said Monday at a conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the normalization of the two countries’ diplomatic ties. Merchandise exports from Vietnam to the United States have helped the poor in the Southeast Asian country very much because the process of making those goods used local laborers and created jobs, said Dr. Cu Chi Loi, director of the Institute of American Studies under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. Dr. Loi also called for the U.S. to recognize Vietnam's market economy status at the discussion session on "Economic Relations: Existing Situation and Future Direction," a part of the "Vietnam-U.S. Relationship: For 20 More Successful Years" conference in Hanoi. In 2014, the U.S. overtook the EU to become Vietnam’s biggest export market, a position the European bloc had held since 2012, according to the … [Read more...]

Transport sector requested to increase technology application

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called for applying more scientific and technological solutions in transportation management and traffic control in order to better ensure traffic safety and order. At a teleconference on January 27, Deputy PM Phuc, who is Chairman of the National Committee for Traffic Safety, commended 10 localities which recorded a decrease of over 20 percent in traffic accident fatalities, namely Quang Ninh, Ha Giang, Bac Kan, Ninh Thuan, Cao Bang, Nam Dinh, Ca Mau, Bac Giang, Da Nang and Lang Son. Five others, including Quang Tri, Kon Tum, Vinh Long, Kien Giang and Ben Tre, were criticised for failing to reduce fatalities, as they suffered a traffic death rise by more than 10 percent. The official asked for joint efforts to reduce the numbers of traffic accidents, fatalities, and injuries by 5-10 percent against 2014, and improve traffic jams at major cities. He also requested ministries, sectors, and localities to work to ensure traffic safety and … [Read more...]

Russia-Phu Quoc air route suspended

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Phu Quoc welcomed 586,000 tourists arrivals in 2014 (Photo:VNA) The international flight route between Russia and Phu Quoc will be suspended until May 2015, according to Deputy Chairman of People’s Committee of the Phu Quoc island district, southern Kien Giang province,Huynh Quang Hung. In late 2014 and early 2015, the number of Russian tourists to Phu Quoc Island plummeted due to economic difficulties in Russia. Jointly organised by the Pegas Tourist Company of Turkey and the Anh Duong Tourist Company in Ho Chi Minh City, the direct service from Russia to Phu Quoc Island, starting in mid-February, 2014 ran as often as 2 or 3 times weekly during the high season. Phu Quoc welcomed 586,000 tourists arrivals in 2014, including over 124,500 foreigners. As many as 250,000 Russians visited Vietnam in 2013, a 71 percent increase from 2012, reported the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. Russian tourists are attracted to Vietnam’s warm climate, charming beaches, … [Read more...]

The Japanese woman who changed cancer for Vietnamese children

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Kazuyo Watanabe (2nd from R) taking care of a little patient with cancer in the Hue Central Hospital. Photo: N.Hien Kazuyo Watanabe may be the only non-celebrity to consistently draw crowds to Da Nang Airport. Her well-wishers have traveled dozens of kilometers from the neighboring provinces of Quang Ngai and Quang Nam just to wave and give their thanks to the woman who has fought so hard for their cancer-stricken children. Most of them are farmers from remote areas in the central region who come just to say hello to "mother Nhat" before she heads to Hue – or give thanks to the woman who helped keep hundreds of severely ill children in treatment at Hue Central Hospital. Nhat, a nickname bestowed by the young recipients of her kindness and care, means "Japan." The slender, energetic 48-year-old works from early morning to midnight at the hospital doling out everything from small bars of soap to a system of modern medical equipment. "Almost everything here, from the electric … [Read more...]

Inspection work enhanced ahead of National Party Congress

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Politburo member Le Hong Anh at the conference (Photo:VNA) Enhancing inspections and examinations to serve the party congresses is the key 2015 task in preparation for the 12 th National Party Congress, Politburo member Le Hong Anh said at a conference in Hanoi on January 27. The inspection committees at central and local levels must fulfil their responsibility to strengthen the Party leadership, solidarity and democracy, as well as preventing degrading political awareness, ideology, ethics and lifestyle, continued Anh, who is also standing member of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee. The committees must evaluate observance of the Party and State’s guidance, resolutions, instructions and policies; work against corruption and waste; direct the implementation of administrative and judicial reforms; and promptly handle pressing social issues, he added. Any issues arising ahead of the congress must be detected and resolved in a timely manner, he stressed. He … [Read more...]

Deputy Defence Minister welcomes former US Ambassador

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Photo:VNA The Deputy Minister of Defence, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, welcomed Michael Michalak, the former United States Ambassador to Vietnam, at the Ministry of Defence’s headquarters in Hanoi on January 27. Host and guest agreed that 2015 is an important milestone from which the two countries would continue the trust-building process towards a better future relationship. In the year, the two countries are celebrating the 20 th anniversary of the normalisation of their diplomatic relations. They appreciated the growing comprehensive partnership between the two countries, especially defence cooperation, which is more and more effective. The two sides also expressed wish to work together to implement cooperation contents from the Memorandum on Bilateral Defence Cooperation, which was signed in 2011. They also touched on other cooperation activities such as addressing post-war outcomes. Michael Michalak was the US Ambassador to Vietnam between August … [Read more...]

PM welcomes new Omani Ambassador

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hosted a reception for the new Omani Ambassador, Sultan Saif Hilal Al Mahruqi (Photo:VNA) Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hosted a reception for the new Omani Ambassador, Sultan Saif Hilal Al Mahruqi in Hanoi on January 27. At the meeting, the PM expressed his hope that the ambassador will coordinate closely with Vietnamese ministries and agencies to further enhance bilateral ties. Both sides should tighten political and diplomatic affairs, enhance collaboration in economics, trade, investment, tourism and labour, and continue supporting each other at international forums, he said. He also emphasised the need to promote the inter-governmental committee’s mechanism and speed up the implementation of agreements signed at the committee’s second meeting in January 2014. The diplomat suggested Vietnam open an embassy in Oman and intensify delegation exchanges with his country. With its important voice in the Gulf Cooperation Council, Oman … [Read more...]