President Tran Dai Quang (R) and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during the latter's State visit to Vietnam in September 2017 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Delegation exchanges at the highest level between Vietnam and Egypt will create a solid foundation for bilateral cooperation to develop, said Vietnamese Ambassador to the African nation Do Hoang Long. He made the remark in an interview with Vietnam News Agency ahead of a trip to Egypt from August 25 to 29 by President Tran Dai Quang. This will be the first State visit by a Vietnamese head of State to Egypt since the countries set up diplomatic ties in 1963. Ambassador Long underlined the importance of this tour as it is not only a reciprocal visit after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to Vietnam in September 2017 but will also reiterate the commitments both sides made last year and strengthen bilateral connections in all aspects such as politics, economy, trade, investment, culture and … [Read more...] about High level visits to shape basis for stronger Vietnam-Egypt ties
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The spring festival is held as part of activities to kick off the Vietnamese Culture Year in Ukraine. (Photo: VNA) Moscow (VNA) – The beauty of Vietnamese people and natural landscapes are under spotlight at the spring festival which is taking place in Odessa city, Ukraine, as part of activities to kick off the Vietnamese Culture Year in the East European nation. The event is jointly held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine, Ho Chi Minh City, Odessa city and the Vietnamese community in Odessa. At the opening ceremony on February 22, Vietnamese Ambassador to Ukraine Nguyen Anh Tuan noted that the festival is designed to help Ukrainian people understand more about Vietnam as well as the Vietnamese community in the country, who are integrating into and becoming a part of the host nation. They have served as a bridge for the friendship between Vietnam and Ukraine. He also took the occasion to thank the Ukrainian government and Odessa authorities for creating favourable … [Read more...] about Spring festival kicks off Vietnamese culture year in Ukraine
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh (R) and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong (C) at the conference on the EVFTA held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21 (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Overcoming tariff barriers doesn’t mean Vietnamese good and services can easily enter the European Union (EU), but they still have to satisfy strict non-tariff requirements of what is one of the world’s most demanding markets, according to Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh. The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) was signed in Hanoi on June 30. Once taking effect, it will eliminate 99 percent of the import tariff lines between the two sides in 7-10 years. This is the highest commitment level Vietnam has received among the FTAs it has inked. Notably, many commodities will benefit from the zero-percent tariffs immediately after the deal becomes effective such as coffee, peppercorn, honey and aquatic products. At a conference … [Read more...] about Tariff removal doesn’t mean easy entrance into EU market: minister
Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Bangladesh Tran Van Khoa said local people’s respect and admiration for the late leader inspired the embassy’s collaboration with the Turongomi repertory dance theater in Dhaka to arrange the show. At the concert He said the joint project is an effective way to popularize Ho Chi Minh’s thoughts among Bangladeshi people and helps strengthen the two nations’ friendship. Pooja Sengupta, director and choreographer of the 40-minute art performance, said her parents told her about Ho Chi Minh when she was a child. Her admiration for the man, her visit to Vietnam in 2017 and Khoa’s encouragement led to the start of the project, she added. Najmul Sheikh, a university lecturer in Dhaka, said he was moved by the show, while Vu Thi Khanh Ly, a Vietnamese expatriate in the country, said the event taught her that Ho Chi Minh is a source of pride for not only Vietnam but also international friends. Ho … [Read more...] about Bangladeshi artists bring Ho Chi Minh’s life to stage