East Vietnam Sea issue brought up during ASEAN defense minister meeting

ASEAN member nations should continue intensifying cooperation, sharing information about the sea situation, and abiding by international law

​East Vietnam Sea issue brought up during ASEAN defense minister meeting
Top diplomats meet at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM Retreat) in Singapore on February 6, 2018. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam has mentioned the situation in the East Vietnam Sea during a special meeting between ASEAN officials in Singapore this week.

The ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Retreat was organized in the city-state on Tuesday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Authorized by General Ngo Xuan Lich, Vietnam’s Minister of National Defense, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, his deputy, led a delegation of high-ranking officials to attend the meeting. Continue reading “East Vietnam Sea issue brought up during ASEAN defense minister meeting”

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China to boost non-refundable aid for Vietnam

Deputy foreign ministers of the two countries met and discussed bilateral relationships

 

​China to boost non-refundable aid for Vietnam
Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung (R) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Kong Xuanyou in Guangzhou on February 5, 2018. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

China has promised to boost its non-refundable aid for Vietnam during a regular meeting between the two countries’ foreign ministries.

The annual Vietnam-China deputy foreign ministers’ meeting was held in Guangzhou Province on February 5 and 6, aimed at reviewing the bilateral ties in 2017 and discussing cooperation plans between the two parties in 2018.

During the gathering, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung and his Chinese counterpart Kong Xuanyou agreed that the two nations’ relationship had achieved positive development over the past year. Continue reading “China to boost non-refundable aid for Vietnam”

Man jailed for social disturbances – Vietnam jails environmental blogger for 14 years

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Hoàng Đức Bình at the court. – VNA/VNS Photo Bích Huệ

NGHỆ AN – The People’s Court of Diễn Châu District in the central province of Nghệ An yesterday sentenced 35-year-old Hoàng Đức Bình to seven years in prison on the charge of “resisting on-duty officials” and another seven years for “abusing the rights to democracy and freedom to infringe on the interests of the State and rights and interests of organisations and citizens.”

During a trial on Tuesday, Binh’s accomplice, Nguyễn Nam Phong, 38, from Sơn Hải commune, Quỳnh Lưu District, Nghệ An Province received a two-year prison term on the charge of “resisting on-duty officials.” Continue reading “Man jailed for social disturbances – Vietnam jails environmental blogger for 14 years”

68 million girls and women could face female genital mutilation by 2030, UN chief warns

The procedure has serious consequences including excessive bleeding and childbirth complications.

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In a bid to accelerate efforts to abolish female genital mutilation (FGM) – the practice involving removal of the external female genitalia – the United Nations has released some chilling figures. According to UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, the number of girls and women subjected to genital mutilation could be as high as 68 million by 2030 unless serious action is taken. Continue reading “68 million girls and women could face female genital mutilation by 2030, UN chief warns”

$100m ADB Loan for China Everbright Waste to Energy Projects in Viet Nam

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China Everbright International Limited has secured a $100 million loan from the Asian Development Bank to develop a series of waste to energy plants in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

Deputy Director General of ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department Christopher Thieme (left) and China Everbright CEO Wang Tianyi (right) after the signing. Continue reading “$100m ADB Loan for China Everbright Waste to Energy Projects in Viet Nam”

Female scientist to make drugs to support cancer treatment

Last update 07:33 | 05/02/2018
VietNamNet Bridge – Of the 102 medicinal plants used by Pako-Van Kieu ethnic people in the Central Region to treat diseases, Dr. Nguyen Thi Hoai has found 30 species containing antioxidants with the ability to kill cancer cells.

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Dr Nguyen Thi Hoai has found 30 species with anti-cancer and anti-oxidant features

“I have been hearing for a long time that ethnic minority herbalists have useful folk remedies to treat cancer and other diseases. I found patients whose illness eased thanks to remedies and I decided that I needed to find the elements of medicinal plants and discover their capability in supporting cancer treatment,” Hoai said. Continue reading “Female scientist to make drugs to support cancer treatment”

Quang Binh plans to build world’s longest zip-line system

Last update 19:33 | 06/02/2018

The People’s Committee of central Quang Binh province has approved a detailed planning scheme to develop the world’s longest zip-line system in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.

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The zip-line system, alongside a world-class tourism service complex, will be built in a mountainous area of 350,000 sqm in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, which is home to Son Doong Cave.

It will run over Chay River to the entrance of Toi (Darkness) Cave to offer travellers a magnificent view of the nature and wildlife there.

The zip-line and the complex will be capable of serving 1,000 tourists per day.

It is part of the province’s efforts to develop tourism, a key industry expected to fuel Quang Binh’s socio-economic development.-VNA

How big is Vietnam’s informal economic sector?

Last update 12:00 | 06/02/2018
VietNamNet Bridge – Fulbright University estimates that Vietnam’s informal economic sector makes up 25-30 percent of total GDP and has 57 percent of total number of workers, but the General Statistics Office (GSO) believes that the informal sector is not that large.

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How big is Vietnam’s informal economic sector?

Nguyen Bich Lam, Director General GSO at a conference to review the activities of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) on January 15 said MPI will submit a scheme on informal economic statistics to the Prime Minister for approval this year. The operation of the informal business sector contributed to the economy, but it was not yet accounted for in calculating GDP. Continue reading “How big is Vietnam’s informal economic sector?”

Vietnam at regional bottom in global economic freedom ranking

Last update 06:20 | 07/02/2018

Vietnam takes the bottom position in the region in the newest Index of Economic Freedom just announced by the U.S.-based Heritage Foundation, which uses data from global institutions like the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund to compile the rankings.

According to the 2018 report released last Friday, Vietnam ranks 141st in the 2018 Index although the country’s economic freedom score does inch up by 0.7 point to 53.1. Vietnam’s score lags behind all regional economies. Continue reading “Vietnam at regional bottom in global economic freedom ranking”

Vietnam needs $10.2 billion for clean water supply projects

Last update 07:38 | 07/11/2017

Vietnam needs up to US$10.2 billion to invest in new water supply and sewerage projects to meet increasing clean water demand, which will approximate 10 million cubic meters a day by 2020.

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Residents use tap water in Phuoc Kien commune, Nha Be district, HCMC

According to Technical Infrastructure Bureau under the Ministry of Construction, Vietnam now has nearly 800 urban areas with clean water supply capacity totaling 7.4 million cubic meters a day, up 1.6 times over ten years ago.

By 2020, the number of urban residents is forecast to reach 44 million people and clean water demand will increase to 9.6-10 million cubic meters a day.

So the country needs $3.3 billion to build new water plants and improve the existing water supply systems and other works. Investment need in urban household wastewater treatment facilities will reach $6.9 billion in the next five years Continue reading “Vietnam needs $10.2 billion for clean water supply projects”

Overseas Vietnamese say complicated procedures make it difficult to buy houses

Last update 16:00 | 08/11/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Many overseas Vietnamese, or Viet Kieu, have given up the plan to buy houses iand settle down here because they cannot meet required procedures.vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, viet kieu, land use right certificate

Huynh Dang Hai, a Viet Kieu in France, said soon after the government released the decision allowing Viet Kieu to buy houses in Vietnam, he returned to Vietnam to purchase a villa.

However, he could not obtain house ownership certificate because he could not prove he was born in Vietnam. Some relatives and neighbors met the local authority officials and acted as witnesses for Hai. However, this was not enough. Continue reading “Overseas Vietnamese say complicated procedures make it difficult to buy houses”