Vietnam wins bronze medal at WorldSkills 2017Vietnamese contestant Nguyen Ba Thuoc has won a bronze medal in the information technology software solutions for business category at the 44th WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi, the UAE. Meanwhile, certificates in achieving excellence in five vocational skills were presented to Nguyen Van Tuan in the category of CAD, Nguyen Tat Toai in Industrial Control, Tong Tho Hoa in Bricklaying, Chu Van Tuoi in Electrical Installations, and Vu Hoang Trinh in Cooking. This year, Vietnam sent 13 contestants to compete at 12 out of total 49 main skills and two performance skills. The competition took place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on October 8-20 involving 1,250 contestants from 58 countries and territories. At the WorldSkills 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nguyen Duy Thanh won a bronze medal in the information technology software solutions for business category, the highest achievement since Vietnam joined the competition.
October 20, 2017 10:18 UTC
Vietnamese-Spanish expect cooperation in cinemaVietnamese filmmakers hope to reach an agreement with Spanish filmmakers to promote cooperation in filmmaking in the future, Ngo Phuong Lan, head of the Viet Nam Cinema Department, said at a discussion on Tuesday. Spanish filmmakers shared their experiences of Việt Nam while making Thị Mai -- the first Spanish movie shot in Việt Nam. "Việt Nam will have to compete with other countries in the region which have experience in filmmaking cooperation. We also hope that Spanish filmmakers will popularise the image of Việt Nam as a potential destination for shooting and inspire other filmmakers." The agreements include cooperation in professional know-how exchange to educate employees, production techniques and distribution, as well as cooperation for future film co-productions.
October 20, 2017 10:07 UTC
Salt price doubles, middlemen benefitAccording to Bac Lieu Province’s Agriculture and Rural Developemt Department, the price of salt has doubled in comparison with early this year. The price of salt has risen this year but middlemen, rather than farmers, have benefited. However, farmers are not enjoying profits from the price increase because 43,000 tonnes of salt are being kept at dealers’ stores. Nguyen Van Khoi, a salt maker in Dien Hai Commune, Dong Hai District said: “Dealers bought all the salt right after harvesting. In Ninh Thuan, salt makers can produce 50 tonnes for each hectare if the weather is favourable.
October 20, 2017 09:56 UTC
Forbes has named Ms Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao in the world’s ultra-rich billionaire list. Ms. Thao is the cofounder and chairman of Sovico Holdings with total assets amounting to US$1.81 billion until October 5, 2017. Ms. Thai Huong, President of TH Group. Ms. Nguyen Thi Nga is considered one of Vietnam’s most powerful entrepreneurs. Ms. Nguyen Thi Mai Thanh is the President and CEO of REE.
October 20, 2017 09:45 UTC
Inflation in 2017 likely to stay below 4 percent: expertsVietnam’s consumer price index (CPI) in September rose 0.59 percent, the highest level in 10 months except for August due to increasing tuition fees. However, experts said that inflation in the whole year will stand below 4 percent as such administrative changes that can be controlled. Meanwhile, two thirds of localities are likely to raise health care prices this year depending on inflation. Of which, medicine and health care services price rose 21.76 percent, while that of education increased 7.06 percent. SSI experts said that keeping inflation below 4 percent in 2017 is feasible as food and foodstuff prices will fluctuate less thanks to stable supply.
October 20, 2017 09:22 UTC
Vietnam, Australia sign MoU on financial cooperationVietnam’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) and The Treasury of Australia will step up financial cooperation as per stipulated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked by Minister Dinh Tien Dung and Treasurer Scott John Morrison. Accordingly, the MoU will create a framework for the two sides to carry out cooperation between the two agencies. It will help them review and evaluate cooperation so as to make adjustments and further enhance the efficiency of collaboration. Dung lauded the initiative to organise the summit, affirming that this is a significant progress step to diversify cooperation channels between Australia and ASEAN member states, including Vietnam. Through the summit, Australia and ASEAN nations will tighten cooperation in the fields of mutual interests, especially regional and global issues, Dung added.
October 20, 2017 09:22 UTC
South Korean investors heading for VietnamVietNamNet Bridge - The stable economic development in Vietnam, a large market with high potential, and the political conflicts with North Korea and China are attracting South Korean investment to Vietnam. Analysts reported a string of M&A deals made by South Korean investors just in the third quarter of the year alone. Both of them declined to reveal the name of the buyer, but sources said it is a South Korean conglomerate. The stable economic development in Vietnam, a large market with high potential, and the political conflicts with North Korea and China are attracting South Korean investment to Vietnam. In the first eight months of the year, South Korean investors registered FDI capital of $6 billion, staying the biggest foreign direct investor in Vietnam.
October 20, 2017 09:00 UTC
Polish cuisine comes to HanoiVietNamNet Bridge – Author Magdalena Bolalek released the book Polish Culinary Paths yesterday in Ha Noi under the sponsorship of Polish Embassy in Viet Nam. Exchange: Author Magdalena Bolalek shows Vietnamese how to cook some popular Polish dishes in Ha Noi. The book is an invitation to journey through Polish culinary paths. It introduces the history of Polish cuisine, recipes, spices and ingredients to cook Polish dishes. Polish Culinary Paths won prizes at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Magellan Award (Polish Book Award), Prix de la Littérature Gastronomique (from the Académie Internationale de la Gastronomie) and the Chinese Xinzhuyi Award.
October 20, 2017 08:26 UTC
Asian Science Park Association meeting set to open in HCM CityVietNamNet Bridge – Around 400 delegates will gather in HCM City for the 21st annual conference of the Asian Science Park Association (ASPA), which opens today. A press conference was held to introduce the annual Asian Science Park Association conference to be held in HCM City from today. Tran Vinh Tuyen, deputy chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee, said: “HCM City pays much attention to bringing science and technology into practice. It has 148 members, including three from Viet Nam: the Sai Gon Hi-Tech Park, Da Nang Hi-Tech Park and Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park. HCM City had hosted the 16th ASPA annual conference in 2012.
October 20, 2017 08:26 UTC
APEC 2017 Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting kicks offThe latest updates on the implementation of the Cebu Action Plan (CAP) and activities of the APEC economic committee as well as financial cooperation progress will be the highlight of the APEC 2017 Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting, which opened in the central coastal province of Quang Nam on October 20. APEC finance and bank deputies agreed on four priorities at the APEC Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting (FCBDM) held in Nha Trang in February, including Long-term Investment in Infrastructure, Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance and Financial Inclusion, Ha said. Delegates will give their opinions to the draft Joint Ministerial Statement which was discussed among finance officials from 21 APEC economies on October 19 to submit the final one to the APEC Finance Ministers’ meeting on October 21. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is the Asia-Pacific region’s premier economic forum. Its primary goal is to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
October 20, 2017 08:15 UTC
Vietnam, Indonesia to further defence strategy studies cooperationDeputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Nguyen Phuong Nam hosted a reception in Hanoi on October 19 for Colonel Weddy Widya, Deputy Director of the Strategic Study Centre of the Indonesian National Armed Forces. Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Nguyen Phuong Nam (R) welcomes Colonel Weddy Widya (Source: en.qdnd.vn)Senior Lieutenant General Nam spoke highly of the increasing development of the Vietnam-Indonesia traditional friendship. Particularly, recent visits to Indonesia of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich contributed significantly to tightening the bilateral relations, including defence cooperation. Colonel Widya underlined that the two countries have enjoyed a sound bilateral relationship over recent times and informed the Vietnamese host of the results of his meeting with the Institute for Defence Strategy of Vietnam under the Ministry of National Defence. General Nam highly valued those outcomes and emphasized that leaders of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army will create favorable conditions for the Institute for Defence Strategy of Vietnam and the Strategic Study Centre of the Indonesian National Armed Forces to further boost their cooperation.
October 20, 2017 08:15 UTC
Prime Minister lays out tasks for FTA implementationPrime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has set facilitating business and export activities as an urgent task to realise free trade agreements (FTAs) Vietnam has signed. It is also necessary to simplify administrative procedures and develop the “one-stop-shop” mechanism to shorten licensing duration, cut export costs and accelerate customs clearance, he said. The outcomes will serve as a basis to roll out activities helping Vietnamese enterprises take deeper steps into regional value chains. He also suggested the ministry intensify, renovate and diversify trade promotion activities, update product and market information, and expand distribution channels, with attention paid to FTA members. People’s Committees of cities and provinces need to raise awareness of local firms about international economic integration in general and FTAs in particular.
October 20, 2017 08:03 UTC
Da Nang hosts 20th Vietnam Film FestivalThe 20th Vietnam Film Festival will take place in the central coastal city of Da Nang from November 24-28, heard a conference on October 19. Vietnamese movie stars pose at the 19th Vietnam Film Festival in 2015. It is part of the activities to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The festival affirms the role played by the cinema industry in promoting images and culture of the country, traditional friendship and cooperation among the ASEAN member nations via the Film ASEAN Awards initiated by Vietnam. Various activities will be held during the event, including seminars featuring the development of the Vietnam and ASEAN film industry, film screening week, an exhibition on the Vietnamese cinema, and art exchanges.
October 20, 2017 07:52 UTC
HCMC Inte'l University researcher wins $ASEAN-US Science Prize for WomenThe US Mission to ASEAN and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) announced Dr. Nguyen Thi Hiep as the winner of the third annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women, sponsored by ASEAN, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and UL. She was honored at an Award Ceremony in the presence of ASEAN Science and Technology Ministers and Senior Officials in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma. The United States partners with ASEAN to support economic integration, expand maritime cooperation, cultivate emerging leaders, promote opportunity for women and address transnational challenges. Through USAID’s cooperation with ASEAN, the United States addresses the root causes of poverty and instability and strengthens the foundation for prosperity and security. The United States and ASEAN are celebrating 40 years of partnership in 2017.
October 20, 2017 07:52 UTC
Dirty cars accused of polluting HanoiNguyen Trong Dong, director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, announced on October 19 that cars will have to be washed before entering Hanoi city centre in order to prevent pollution. Cars will have to be washed before entering Hanoi city centreThe news was announced during the conference with theme Air Quality Monitoring and Management in Hanoi: Experience, Challenges, and Future Directions. "We have plans to build automatic car washes on streets leading to the city centre. In the most recent move, Hanoi authorities will install automatic car wash stations to limit the amount of dust in the inner city. Previously, a number of car wash stations were also set up in Tu Liem District but the results were poor.
October 20, 2017 07:18 UTC