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?
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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
Vietnamese products are introduced at the forum in Maputo on June 26 (Photo: VNA) Maputo (VNA) – Over 100 representatives of Vietnamese and Mozambican businesses gathered at a forum in Maputo on June 26 to seek stronger links in trade, investment and tourism between the two countries. Vietnamese Ambassador to Mozambique Le Huy Hoang said the Vietnamese Government is committed to continued support of the two countries’ businesses to reinforce partnership and capitalise on their potential and advantages. Meanwhile, Director of the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade Le Hong Thang introduced advantages of the Vietnamese capital city, including favourable policies, transport infrastructure and human resources. He also highlighted the municipal authorities’ resolve to assist foreign enterprises to engage in economic, investment and trade cooperation. Mozambican Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Julio Joao Pio reviewed the recent strides in bilateral … [Read more...] about Vietnam, Mozambique seek to enhance trade, investment, tourism ties
Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Phung Quoc Hien (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - A high-level delegation of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA), led by its Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien, on March 23 began a three-day working visit to Madagascar. The same day, NA Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien met with Speaker of the Parliament of Madagascar Jean Max Rakotomamonjy in the capital city of Antananarivo. Rakotomamonjy affirmed the fruitful relations between Vietnam and Madagascar, and expressed his hope that the multifaceted cooperation between the two countries would be enhanced, including the exchange of delegations. He also mentioned several measures to strengthen relations between the two parliaments, including the establishment of friendship parliamentary groups. Regarding economic aspect, the Malagasy Parliament leader hailed Vietnam’s achievements, adding that Vietnam and Madagascar have many similarities in natural conditions, therefore the two sides can increase their … [Read more...] about National Assembly Vice Chairman visits Madagascar
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and President of the East Asian Community Institute of Japan Hatoyama Yukio (Photo: VNA) At a reception for the Japanese guest in Hanoi on November 12, PM Phuc extolled the growing Vietnam-Japan strategic partnership across multiple fields, particularly economic, trade and investment cooperation. He thanked Hatoyama for his contributions to boosting Vietnam-Japan ties, saying that the former Japanese PM paid great attention to developing the relationship between the two nations in a wide range of fields. Hatoyama attended many forums and workshops on Vietnam’s technology development, launched numerous charity programmes presenting wheelchairs to people with disabilities in the Southeast Asian nation. The Vietnamese cabinet leader expressed his appreciation for Hatoyama Yukio's continued interest and ideas to step up cooperation in a multitude of fields such as human resource training and infrastructure development, in which the two … [Read more...] about Contributions to Vietnam-Japan ties by East Asian Community Institute President praised