The bidding mechanism aims to reduce medicine prices by 10-15 per cent, especially medicines whose patents have expired. Out of 8,400 products, 600 generic drugs were bought for a total of VNĐ7.3 trillion ($321 million). However, due to a lack of alternative drugs present in the bidding process, generic drugs were bought at high prices. Earlier this year, a national centralised drug procurement centre was established under the MoH. The national centralised drug procurement bidding aims to enhance the effectiveness of using health insurance funds for medical check-ups and treatment.
August 18, 2017 03:00 UTC
Why are foreigners’ house purchases proceeding at a sluggish rate? A report shows that foreigners spent $153 billion to buy real estate in the US in 2016, including $3.06 billion spent by Vietnamese. In the past, expats in Vietnam could only buy houses if they lived in Vietnam for more than one year. But now, foreigners can buy houses in Vietnam if they are allowed to enter the country. RELATED NEWS Foreigners buy houses in Vietnam as green light turns on Foreigners eager to buy houses in VietnamKim ChiThe 2014 Housing Law allowed more foreigners to buy houses in Vietnam.
August 18, 2017 03:00 UTC
Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng will pay an official visit to Indonesia from August 22-24 at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo. — VNA/VNS Photo Trí DũngHÀ NỘI — Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng will pay an official visit to Indonesia from August 22-24 at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo. The visit aims to deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries, reinforce political trust and friendship, and speed up pragmatic co-operation towards ushering bilateral relations into a new phase of development. After Indonesia, Trọng will make a State visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from August 24-26 as guest of Myanmar President Htin Kyaw. This visit will aim at defining a framework for bilateral relations with new milestones and catalysing impulses across many sectors.
August 18, 2017 03:00 UTC
GolfMIAMI — Matt Every surged into an early lead at the Wyndham Championship on Thursday, firing a nine-under-par 61 to launch his bid for only the third win of his career. The journeyman world number 751 carded seven birdies and an eagle to move clear in the clubhouse at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Stenson, of Gothenburg, made a late-day charge to post 62, marking his best round on the PGA Tour. Every didn’t qualify for the PGA Championship last week, something that irked him as he watched on television from home. "I don’t go to bed at night saying there’s 144 guys better than me that (played in the PGA Championship)," Every said.
August 18, 2017 02:26 UTC
HÀ NỘI — The Hội An International Marathon 2017 will be held on September 17, the event’s organising board has announced. The marathon is expected to attract around 1,500 runners, mostly foreigners, who will compete in the 5km, 10km and 42km categories. Participants will receive souvenir cups, medals, T-shirts and bags at the Centre for Culture and Sports, Hội An City, in the central province of Quảng Nam. Index Creative Village, Bangkok Airways, Greenhat, and FabMotion are event sponsors.
HCM CITY — Instead of lending to large companies, more and more banks have started to lend to small businesses to hedge their risks. At several conferences on credit for enterprises, experts have said that helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access bank loans is very important. Small businesses like Hương’s are caught in a vicious circle: they are too small for banks to lend, but they cannot get any bigger without bank loans. Đào Gia Hưng, deputy director of the Việt Nam Prosperity Bank’s SMEs Division, said “Small businesses are often new in the market, and banks only want to lend to big businesses which have been around for several years. Small businesses that have expanded within six months after starting as household businesses can also apply for loans.
HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Education and Training will regulate specific floor marks for teacher training colleges and universities from 2018 as part of measures to improve teacher training quality. The new regulation was revealed by Minister of Education and Training Phùng Xuân Nhạ at a working session with rectors of teacher training institutions nationwide on Wednesday. Admitting shortcomings in teacher training, Minister Nhạ stressed that resolute measures were needed to improve training quality, focusing on quality of students at teacher training institutions. He said the ministry would increase inspection of training quality of teacher training institutions and speed up reorganisation of the network of teacher training facilities. Once the plan is implemented, problems relating to pass marks at teacher training institutions could be resolved, he said.
ĐÀ NẴNG — All 63 provinces and close to 9,000 staff have been coached since the country launched the early essential newborn care (EENC) programme in 2015. In addition, around 78 per cent of term babies receive skin-to-skin contact and are exclusively breastfed in the immediate newborn period. The results were announced at the second biennial meeting on accelerating progress in early essential newborn care in Đà Nẵng on Thursday. “We really ensure that newborn babies have a peaceful sleep on their mothers’ breast, while mothers ease their physical pain with a lovely embracing of babies,” she said. Lợi also said the hospital, the first private heath service in Đà Nẵng, has offered non-profit maternity service in central Việt Nam.
The seamstresses in Thạch Thất Commune of the capital’s Quốc Oai District are not like most garment sector workers in Việt Nam. In addition to her sewing work she heads up the Club of Women with Disabilities in Quốc Oai District. Sewing was not her first choice but she had to learn it after failing to pass the university entrance exams. The intention to help people with disabilities work prompted her to expand the scale of her enterprise. By that time her workshop was growing and providing stable jobs with incomes from VNĐ3 to 5 million a month for women with disabilities.
August 18, 2017 01:30 UTC
RIYADH — Qatari hajj pilgrims began crossing into Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Saudi media reported, after Riyadh reopened the border in a move that Doha welcomed but saw as "politically motivated" as regional tensions simmer. Around 120 Qataris entered Saudi territory on Thursday through the Salwa border, also known as Abu Samrah, Saudi state television reported, after King Salman called for the border to be opened for pilgrims without electronic permits. The government separately allocated seven flights of the Saudi national carrier to bring pilgrims from Doha at the monarch’s expense, state news agency SPA announced. The kingdom’s decision to reopen the frontier came shortly after its powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Qatari envoy Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassim al-Thani, a member of Qatar’s ruling dynasty. The Qatari foreign minister, however, said that Sheikh Abdullah had acted on a "personal initiative" and not on behalf of the Doha government.
August 18, 2017 01:30 UTC
4G services: users complain about speed, accessibilityVietNamNet Bridge - Though network operators repeatedly affirm the outstanding quality of 4G services, surveys have found that access is poor to average. VinaPhone, MobiFone and Viettel, the three biggest mobile network operators, are the ‘warring parties’ in the 4G service market. Though network operators repeatedly affirm the outstanding quality of 4G services, surveys have found that access is poor to average. Customers also complain that the capacity runs out vquickly when using 4G service packages. Analysts say that since network operators have not publicized data about their BTS (base transceiver stations), customers do not know where 4G services are available.
August 18, 2017 01:18 UTC
A Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources’ (MONRE) report found that the total volume of solid waste in Vietnam is about 28.5 million tons a year, including 19 million tons from domestic waste. Even if we sorted it, the cleaners would put it all together,” she said.Nguyen Ngoc, a waste collector, confirmed that residents don’t sort waste. People sorted waste but gave up after realizing that waste collectors were putting all kinds of waste together. A pilot project on sorting domestic waste at source funded by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) kicked off some years ago, but it has fallen into oblivion. Experts repeatedly mention the importance of the work of sorting waste at source, as 50-70 percent of waste contains compounds which can be recycled to create new sources of energy.Hoang Duong Tung from the General Directorate of Environment said environmental service companies must sort waste, especially hazardous waste, from domestic waste.
August 18, 2017 01:18 UTC
PM Phúc began a three-day visit to Thailand on Thursday. The two Government leaders agreed to support each other in drawing investment and trade to their countries, easing access for their products in each other’s markets and promoting co-operation in rice production and trade. Plans include a bus route linking Thailand, Laos and Việt Nam; a transport route along the coast of Thailand, Cambodia and Việt Nam; and new air routes between Việt Nam and Thailand. PM Phúc praised Thailand, one of the founding countries of the grouping, for maintaining its active role in strategic security and development issues of the ASEAN Community. PM Chan-o-cha stressed the increasingly dynamic, proactive and responsible role of Việt Nam in ASEAN.
August 18, 2017 00:55 UTC
Poorly qualified teachers: the double trap for Vietnamese educationVietNamNet Bridge - Students only need a 3 score on one entrance exam subject to be admitted to pedagogy training schools, while university lecturers at the schools rarely conduct research. There are 3,388 lecturers at pedagogical junior colleges (3-year training), including 115 lecturers with doctorate and 2,187 with master’s degrees. While medical schools set sky-high minimum scores this year because of easy exam questions, pedagogical schools required surprisingly low scores to attract more students. I dare not imagine how the consequences would be serious if 35 generations of students are trained by bad teachers,” he said. RELATED NEWSPedagogy schools offer English training to more studentsWhen will Vietnam eliminate junior pedagogical colleges?
August 18, 2017 00:33 UTC
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese top chess player Lê Quang Liêm lost to legendary chess player Russian-Croatian Garry Kasparov in the rapid category at the ongoing St. Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament in the United States on August 16. Kasparov, former world chess champion and among the best players of the game, has come out of retirement and returned to competitive chess. Fifty four-year-old Kasparov, who has Elo rating of 2812, beat Liêm (Elo 2739) after 41 moves on the third day of competition. Earlier, Liêm, world No. 26 with Elo rating of 2737, after 68 moves.
August 17, 2017 23:48 UTC