HÀ NỘI — Domestic and international experts in the sugarcane industry gathered at the fifth TTC annual international sugarcane conference in Phan Thiết City in Bình Thuận Province to discuss ways to help the Vietnamese sugarcane industry develop sustainably. The conference, under the main theme “The restructuring of Việt Nam’s sugarcane industry”, was co-organised by the Việt Nam Sugarcane and Sugar Association (VSSA) and TTC Group on Thursday and Friday. However, as many difficulties and problems still exist, the Vietnamese sugar industry needs radical solutions to be able to grow. Domestic speakers provided an overview of policies for the Vietnamese sugarcane industry; its current status and orientations for new sugarcane cultivation in Việt Nam by 2020 with a vision to 2030. It is also a chance for businesses to propose effective production plans, as well as support sugarcane farmers in approaching advanced information and technology from around the world.
August 19, 2017 02:03 UTC
ĐỒNG NAI -- The People’s Committee of Đồng Nai Province has suspended the licensing of construction projects in residential areas around the planned Long Thành International Airport in an effort to prevent speculation and higher land prices. The Ministry of Planning and Investment will assess the feasibility study and submit it to the Government before sending it to the National Assembly for approval. A spokesman from the Đồng Nai Province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment said the feasibility study would be submitted to the Government by the end of August. Around 15,000 Đồng Nai residents will be affected by the airport project, 70 per cent of them farmers, with others working at rubber plantations or other jobs, according to the Đồng Nai Province’s People’s Committee. Compensation for site clearance to households is estimated to total VNĐ23 trillion, including VNĐ5 trillion approved by the National Assembly for site clearance between 2016 and 2020.
August 19, 2017 02:03 UTC
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese archers Nguyễn Tiến Cương and Châu Kiều Oanh brought home a bronze medal and broke a Southeast Asian (SEA) Games’ record in the mixed doubles 70m three-stringed bow event at the Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday. In the bronze medal match, the Vietnamese pair defeated Paul Marton Dela Cruz and Amaya Amparo Cojuangco of the Philippines 159-155. According to coach Cáp Mạnh Tân, Việt Nam’s score of 159 points was recognised as a new SEA Games record, beating the old record of 157 points. It is also a new Vietnamese record. Eye on the ball: Việt Nam vs Thailand in the women’s futsal match at the SEA Games yesterday.
August 19, 2017 00:56 UTC
HCM CITY —Eliminating illegal timber from supply chains and the global timber trade requires the use of best practices and tools that can precisely identify illegal products, experts said at a two-day workshop held during the third APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-3), which began yesterday in HCM City. Made-in-Việt Nam timber and wood products are available in more than 90 countries and territories, meeting strict standards and technical requirements of importing countries, especially for legal timber and timber products, he added. As an economy that both imports and exports timber and timber products, the Government attaches great importance to prevention of illegal timber trade, Hà said. APEC Economies account for around 53 per cent of the world’s forests, 60 per cent of global production of timber products, and 80 per cent of global trade in timber products. However, illegal timber trade accounted for 10 to 30 per cent of global timber trade, with an annual value of $100 billion-$300 billion.
August 19, 2017 00:00 UTC
Speaking at its opening, Dr Hong-Sang Jung, executive director of the APCC, said "food security is one of the most central concerns of the 21st century." "Food security is one of the top concerns in APEC as it contributes 55 per cent of global agricultural produce. Food security is also listed as the second goal in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." This event would improve understanding of weather and climate information to effectively utilise it to enhance food security and sustainable development, he added. The Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group (ATCWG) will hold a workshop on “Food losses and waste reduction for a sustainable APEC food system”.
August 19, 2017 00:00 UTC
Nearly 50,000 books at upcoming fairVietNamNet Bridge – The sixth Viet Nam International Book Fair will take place at Ha Noi’s Thong Nhat Park from August 23 to 27 with the participation of nearly 100 domestic and foreign book companies and publishing houses. Book lovers: Readers gather at the previous International Book Fair. “The international book fair has gained prestige and fame so that this year, we will have the participation of more foreign agencies than the previous event,” he added. The book fair will expose readers to 40,000 titles in Vietnamese and 7,500 titles in foreign languages. The books on display including awarded books, e-books, books on sea and islands and national sovereignty, books on ASEAN community and books printed with new materials and technology.
August 18, 2017 23:15 UTC
ĐÀ NẴNG — The property developer VinaCapital Group has introduced its Ocean Estates show village, the last remaining residential beachfront project of the Ocean Resort on the central city’s pristine beach. Construction on the Ocean Estates commenced in 2016 on an area of 7.5ha with total investment capital of VNĐ650 billion (nearly US$30 million). According to Vinacapital, the Ocean Estates is the last residential project that will be developed within the beachfront parcel of the Ocean Resort, the largest resort complex in the central region which was named ‘Best Golf Development’ on numerous occasions at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2011-16. Matthew Koziora, Director of Transactions at VinaCapital said: “The Ocean Estates and the Ocean Resort are further supported by Đà Nẵng’s emergence as one of the hottest new destinations on the Asian golf and tourism trail. The site is surrounded by a series of golf courses including a Greg Norman-designed golf course, separate beach club and is a short distance from the Sheraton Hotel – a selected accommodation site for the Asian Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit in Đà Nẵng on November 5-11.
August 18, 2017 19:18 UTC
PM Phuc meets with Thai leadersPrime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on August 18 met with President of Thailand’s Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda and President of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly Pornpetch Wichitcholchai as part of his ongoing visit to Thailand. At the meeting with President of Thailand’s Privy Council Tinsulanonda, PM Phuc hailed the Thai Royal Family’s contribution to the development of friendship and co-operation with Vietnam in recent years, and thanked the Royal Family for supporting the Vietnamese community in the country.Tinsulanonda said that the Thai Royal Family and Government treasures ties with Vietnam, considering Vietnam an important partner in the region, noting that Vietnam is the only strategic partner of Thailand in ASEAN.He expressed delight at the signing of many co-operation agreements on the occasion of PM Phuc’s visit, saying he believes the visit will deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries.He also noted that the Vietnamese community had contributed to the development of Thailand as well as the growth of the partnership between the two countries.At the meeting with President of the Thai National Legislative Assembly Wichitcholchai, PM Phuc congratulated Thailand on its new Constitution, adding he believes Thailand will successfully hold upcoming elections.He suggested that legislative bodies of both sides maintain delegations exchanges to increase information sharing and mutual understanding, while co-ordinating closely in building the ASEAN Community through different channels, including the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.The PM also proposed that the Thai side open its door wider for Vietnamese goods and encourage Thai investors to invest in Vietnam.For his part, Wichitcholchai said that the Vietnamese Government leader’s visit would create new momentum for the development of the strategic partnership between the two countries, especially in economics, trade and investment.He agreed to beef up ties between the two legislative bodies through promoting the role of the two countries’ friendship parliamentarian groups.VNS
August 18, 2017 16:41 UTC
James Nachipo of the international security division, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who chaired the Counter Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) Meeting, said: “The meeting this morning was discussing and developing a new plan which will commence in 2018 and go up to 2022. Now the importance and significance of the plan itself is that it will map out and identify paradigms for APEC, for our working group to focus on an area of terrorism. “No country is immune from terrorism, and we welcome Việt Nam’s participation in the working group. “We are committed to counter the spread of radicalisation conducive to terrorism, terrorist propaganda, including the use of the internet and social media for terrorism-related purposes, as well as acts of public justification of terrorism intended to incite terrorist acts. “APEC economies will continue to take co-ordinated actions, exchange information and share best practices to effectively respond to the terrorist challenges in the region.” – VNS
August 18, 2017 15:00 UTC
HCM CITY – Greater convergence among APEC members’regulatory systems for medical products is expected to improve public safety and patient access to life-enhancing medical products, experts said at a forum at the APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-3) held in HCM City on Friday. A strategic framework for regulatory convergence for medical products by 2020 is expected to achieve greater uniformity within APEC. It would facilitate exchange of information among regulators to improve safety and efficacy of medical products, create more efficient regulatory processes, and align regulatory requirements to promote public health and innovation. Each economy will determine the level of convergence it desires, develop specific strategies to promote regulatory convergence, and set a timetable in the context of its own regulatory system and socio-cultural objectives. While each economy may adopt each phase in its own timeframe, the ultimate aim is for APEC economies to achieve maximum regulatory convergence by 2020.
August 18, 2017 14:03 UTC
Liem beats Garry Kasparov in US chess tourneyVietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese grandmaster Le Quang Liem beat legendary chess player Garry Kasparov in the blitz category in the ongoing St Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament in the US on Thursday. — Photo tinmoi.vnLiem, who has an Elo rating of 2739, beat the Russian-Croatian former world chess champion (Elo 2812) after 31 moves in the fifth round. On August 16, he had lost to 54-year-old Kasparov in the rapid category. “I am very happy as I beat Kasparov although I held the black pawns,” Liem said after the match. Liem also defeated Fabiano Caruano of the US (Elo rating 2807) in the first round of the blitz category.
August 18, 2017 11:15 UTC
APEC meetings begin in HCM CityVietNamNet Bridge – The first of the third APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) and related meetings began in HCM City today. The meeting also reviewed outcomes of the previous workshop on restructuring of shipping and port industry that took place in HCM City on August 15-16. Medical productsThe Regulatory Harmonisation Steering Committee (RHSC) today unveils the Strategic Framework Regulatory Convergence for Medical Products by 2020. Each economy will determine the level of convergence it desires, develop specific strategies to promote regulatory convergence and set its timetable in the context of its own regulatory system and socio-cultural objectives. While each economy may adopt each phase in its own timeframe, the ultimate aim is for APEC economies to achieve the maximum regulatory convergence possible by 2020.
August 18, 2017 11:15 UTC
Former Ocean Bank executives to be tried again on August 28VietNamNet Bridge – The first-instance hearing for Ha Van Tham, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ocean Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Ocean Bank), and his accomplices will be reopened on August 28, according to the Hanoi People’s Court. Ha Van Tham, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ocean Bank (Source: laodong.com.vn)The trial for the case was first held on February 27. According to the court’s verdict, when working as Ocean Bank’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tham and his accomplices, who are other former leaders and employees of the bank, made a lot of credit-related violations causing losses for the bank and seriously affecting the State’s monetary policies. Their violations resulted in losses of nearly 2 trillion VND (88 million USD) for Ocean Bank. He had directed the bank’s staff to pay interest rates outside of the mobilising deposit contracts for customers.
August 18, 2017 09:56 UTC
HÀ NỘI — Nam Kim Steel Joint Stock Company has approved a report on the pre-feasibility study, conducted for setting up a steel sheet factory in the southern province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu. As per the plan, the plant will require an investment capital of VNĐ2.2 trillion (US$97 million) and have the capacity to produce 800,000 tonnes per year. The factory will produce galvanised steel sheets, galvanised aluminium sheets, zinc-coated aluminium-coated sheets, zinc-coated sheets, steel pipes, steel boxes, sections and products from steel coil, cold-rolled steel, galvanised steel, black steel tape and galvanised steel tape. In the first six months of 2017, Nam Kim Steel posted an output of 380,000 tonnes, a year-on-year increase of 7 per cent. Specifically, its output of iron and steel products went up by 21 per cent compared to the same period last year.
August 18, 2017 09:55 UTC
HÀ NỘI – Vietnamese grandmaster Lê Quang Liêm beat legendary chess player Garry Kasparov in the blitz category in the ongoing St Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament in the US on Thursday. Liêm, who has an Elo rating of 2739, beat the Russian-Croatian former world chess champion (Elo 2812) after 31 moves in the fifth round. “I am very happy as I beat Kasparov although I held the black pawns,” Liêm said after the match. Liêm also defeated Fabiano Caruano of the US (Elo rating 2807) in the first round of the blitz category. The Vietnamese player concluded nine blitz games with two wins and four draws, ranking the sixth place in the tournament.
August 18, 2017 09:53 UTC