Frenchman wins award for cultural museum in Hoi AnFrench photographer Réhahn, based in Hoi An ancient town in the central province of Quang Nam, won the Trophées des Francais de l’étranger in recognition of his art gallery and museum in Hoi An, in a ceremony in Quai d’Orsay, Paris, this week. Réhahn’s Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum project, at 26 Phan Boi Chau in Hoi An city, was selected as the winner among nine nominees for Trophées des Francais de l’étranger this year. “I’m very honoured to win the award for my project after a seven-year course seeking photos of ethnic groups and their fashion collections for exhibition in Hoi An,” Réhahn said in a statement. Réhahn has met almost all 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam in his time living and working in Hoi An town, an UNESCO-recognised world heritage site. He has also been building a Co Tu Museum in Tay Giang district of Quang Nam province.
March 16, 2018 05:15 UTC
Muong Lo rice granary in danger because of lack of waterVietNamNet Bridge - The Muong Lo field in Yen Bai province, the rice granary in the northwest, is withering as it has not received enough water from hydropower plants during the dry season. It now faces a water shortage as hydropower plants refuse to discharge water to save crops. As a result, 17.36 hectares of the Muong Lo field in Sang Han hamlet in Nghia Loi commune and a part of Nghia Lo are suffering from drought. It now faces a water shortage as hydropower plants refuse to discharge water to save crops. In the dry season, hydropower plants all try to store water and refuse to discharge water.
March 16, 2018 04:52 UTC
About startups in the field of blockchain have registered their headquarters in VietnamCharles Hoskinson, the co-founder of Ethereum and Cardano, which participated in Vietnam Blockchain Week on March 7, said the blockchain field was entering a boom period like the internet in 1990s. Another challenge for blockchain technology in Vietnam is the lack of a legal framework. Junya Yamamoto, CEO of Infinity Blockchain Lab, said that Vietnam has great potential to develop technology and blockchain. Ta Viet Dung from the Ministry of Science & Technology (MST) said that Vietnam has talent in the field of blockchain technology. RELATED NEWSVietnamese PhD in blockchain technology predicts big year for cryptocurrencyGlobal experts attend blockchain event in HCM CityThanh Mai
March 16, 2018 04:52 UTC
Co-operation needed to safeguard East Sea fisheries: expertsThe South China Sea (the East Sea) is one of the richest seas in the world, but its resources are being depleted quickly. According to experts at the second Ocean Dialogue, themed fisheries co-operation, held yesterday in Hanoi, stakeholders in the sea, including coastal countries and international agencies, must collaborate on safeguarding fisheries. In remarks opening the dialogue, Vice President of the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam Le Hai Binh said for regional countries, fishing in the South China Sea brings about more than simple economic benefits. Wang Guan, a research fellow from China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies Haikou, said at the meeting that China categorised the South China Sea issues into three main perspectives: politics, petroleum, and protein, with the last one referring to the fact that fish is currently the second source of protein for Chinese population (just after pork). It was held for the first time in late 2017 with the theme of governance strategy in the South China Sea.
University students’ plagiarism at a “terrible” level: educatorsVietNamNet Bridge - Only a small percentage of university students and postgraduates in Vietnam are able to write essays that meet ethical academic standards, educators say. Nearly all university students admit that they refer to theses on the same topics written by older students when doing their own work. Ngo Quy Nham, a lecturer at the Hanoi University of Foreign Trade, said that plagiarism is at a ‘terrible’ level. “At primary, middle and high schools, students are given sample essays so they can create similar work. “Many students copy other authors’ works verbatim, with no words being changed,” she said.
PM wants building permits granted fasterAs part of efforts to improve the investment and business environment, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered ministries, sector and localities to grant construction permits and perform related procedures faster. People are fulfilling formalities for getting construction permits in Hanoi. According to a direction issued on Tuesday, the time limit for granting construction permits and related procedures should be reduced from 166 days to 120 days. The time limit to handle procedures to supply electricity and water and connect water drainage systems will be seven days, instead of 14 days. State bodies involved in the process were also asked to increase co-operation to simultaneously carry out related administrative procedures to speed up the process.
Regional leaders to meet in HanoiVietNamNet Bridge – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his regional counterparts are expected to gather in Hanoi this month to attend two development summits, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday. Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Dang Dinh Quy speaks at a press conference on Thursday in Hanoi. Early this week, the Asian Development Bank’s Division of Regional Co-operation and Operations Coordination in Southeast Asia director Alfredo Perdiguero told the media that an agreement for regional development worth of US$66 billion is to be signed at the GMS Summit. Business forumQuy highlighted the organisation of the GMS Business Forum, being held for the first time during the 25-year history of the GMS. The forum aims to create an opportunity for businesses seeking co-operation to meet up and connect.
Hanoi among top 13 destinations in March: Business InsiderHanoi has been named one of top 13 destinations for travellers in March by the US-based Business Insider magazine. A view of Tran Quoc Pagoda on West Lake in HanoiThe list is made based on analysis of airfare trends, climate data, and peak travel times. Last year, Time ranked Hanoi at No.1 on its list of Best International Destinations in terms of value for money. In early 2017, Britain’s Daily Telegraph listed Hanoi as one of the top 10 cities for street food. TripAdvisor, the world's popular travel guide and review website, also named Vietnam’s capital in the top 10 destinations for 2017, as voted for by its users.-VNA
GMS countries meet to facilitate cross-border transportThe Joint Committee for the Greater Mekong Sub-region Cross-Border Transport Facilitation Agreement (GMS-CBTA) convened its 6th meeting in Hanoi on March 15, attracting the participation of the six GMS countries. Transport connectivity is a leading priority in the GMS programme, he noted, adding that the GMS Transport Strategy recommends expanding the regional connectivity of hard infrastructure, including roads and railways. Notably, the GMS countries pledged to implement the GMS-CBTA through applying policies facilitating the cross-border transportation of people and goods, thus fostering economic cooperation and development, The noted. At the meeting, GMS ministers discussed the development of transport infrastructure, focusing on promoting connection corridors. They also looked into ways to turn the corridors into economic corridors so as to boost trade and tourism.
Nha Trang to host Vietnam Renewable Energy Summit 2018The Viet Nam Renewable Energy Summit 2018 (VRES 2018) will take place on March 26 to 28 in InterContinental Nha Trang in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa’s Nha Trang City. VRES 2018 will be a match-making platform for key stakeholders in Viet Nam’s renewable energy sector to source potential partnership in renewable sectors. VRES 2018 is organised by Neoventure Corporation, an energy advisory firm which helps international investors identify investment opportunities in the energy sector of emerging markets. The event will be a match-making platform for key stakeholders in Viet Nam’s renewable energy sector to source partnerships in renewable sectors. VRES 2018 can provide topical sessions to understand market intelligence and to get connected with key local developers with approved renewable projects open for investment.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc expects new waves of investments from AustraliaPrime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he believes a new wave of investments, both direct and indirect, from Australia, will land in Vietnam for win-win benefits, following the freshly-established Strategic Partnership. He made these remarks at a working session with leading groups and investors of both Australia and Vietnam on the afternoon of March 16 in Sydney during his on-going official visit to Australia. He hailed the PM for working actively to draw businesses and investment to Vietnam. PM Phuc welcomed the Australian groups’ interests in Vietnam and spoke highly of the organization of the session by VinaCapital and Macquarie. “Vietnam is concentrating on developing a sustainable and healthy finance market that is friendly to investors,” he noted.
March 16, 2018 03:56 UTC
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc's busy schedule on Australia visitPrime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a busy day meeting with Australian leaders and other activities on his second day of the visit to Australia from March 14-16. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) pays a courtesy visit to Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove on March 15. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull chair a press conference after the welcoming ceremony and their talks. (Photo: VNA) Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) pays a courtesy visit to Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove on March 15. (Photo: VNA) Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull chair a press conference after the welcoming ceremony and their talks.
March 16, 2018 03:56 UTC
Business Forum a highlight of GMS-6The first-ever GMS Business Forum will be a highlight of the sixth Greater Mekong Sub-region Summit (GMS-6) to be held in Vietnam later this month, heard an international press conference in Hanoi on March 15. The GMS cooperation was launched in 1992 as an initiative of the ADB. The GMS Economic Cooperation Programme is the most complete cooperation programme that involves Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and China’s Yunnan and Guangxi provinces. The GMS is expected to receive 66 billion USD in investment to strengthen regional economic cooperation in the next five years. Since its inception, the GMS Programme has mobilised 21 billion USD for the region.-VNA
March 16, 2018 03:22 UTC
At least four dead in Florida university bridge collapseAt least four people are dead and 10 others are injured after a bridge collapsed near Florida International University in Miami, officials say. Witnesses told local media vehicles were stopped at a traffic light when the structure collapsed at around 1330 local time (1730 GMT). We look outside... we thought something had fallen but it was the bridge that collapsed. President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday night he was monitoring "the heartbreaking bridge collapse". Munilla Construction company (MCM), a family-owned contractor that helped build the bridge, tweeted "thoughts and prayers" for those affected by the tragedy.
March 16, 2018 02:26 UTC
Seminar talks fruit, veg exportsViet Nam’s fruit and vegetable exports are expected to top US$4.5 billion by 2020, with fruits accounting for $3.6 billion, according to the Crop Production Department. Viet Nam’s fruit and vegetable exports are expected to top US$4.5 billion by 2020. Fruit and vegetable exports increased from $151.5 million in 2003 to $1.07 billion in 2013 and $3.52 billion last year, with fruit export accounting for 80 per cent of total export. “A lack of diversity in fruit exports (dragon fruit accounts for 60 per cent of fruit exports) and a reliance on the Chinese market is another problem,” he said. The country’s fruit and vegetable exports accounted for less than 1 per cent of the global trade in them, meaning there was great potential to increase their exports, he said.
March 16, 2018 01:41 UTC