The ‘Chinese quarters’ in central coastal provinces

Last update 16:00 | 10/03/2018
VietNamNet Bridge – More and more Chinese have been flocking to coastal provinces and cities in the central region, from Da Nang City to Khanh Hoa province, where they buy land, build hotels, and run restaurants. 

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Travelers to the sea city of Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa can see shop signboards with Chinese words in many areas.

Khanh Hoa provincial authorities have been alerted about the massive arrival of Chinese who buy land, build houses, reside and set up businesses.

The director of the provincial planning and investment department, Tran Hoa Nam, said his department is checking 173 Vietnamese businesses which have had changes in shareholders’ structure as the owners have transferred shares to foreigners. Continue reading “The ‘Chinese quarters’ in central coastal provinces”

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The quiet night glow of Bai Dinh pagoda

Last update 12:18 | 10/03/2018

Bai Dinh pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh has been attracting many pilgrims during early days of the lunar New Year due to its remarkable Buddhist architectural structures and for the tranquil atmosphere and stunning beauty at night.

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Bai Dinh is Vietnam’s largest pagoda. It is open to 9pm daily for visitors and is accessible around the clock during the festival. Continue reading “The quiet night glow of Bai Dinh pagoda”

Spring in remote Si Ma Cai mesmerises

Last update 12:50 | 10/03/2018

Si Ma Cai district in Lao Cai is often called the twin sister of Sa Pa.

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Visiting a local market is a great way to explore the culture of Si Ma Cai.

While Sa Pa is a well known tourism destination, its sister Si Ma Cai is a hidden beauty that still retains its serenity and originality.

Si Ma Cai district sits in the northwest province of Lao Cai. It is about 95km from Lao Cai city, at the elevation of 1,600 metres above sea level. Continue reading “Spring in remote Si Ma Cai mesmerises”

Dao San Market: Panorama of Lai Chau life

Last update 18:17 | 09/03/2018

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VietNamNet Bridge – Dao San, a market located in the northern mountains at an elevation of 1,500m, is not only a rendezvous for local  people to meet each other, trade agricultural products and make friends, but also an exciting destination for visitors to the province of Lai Chau.

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Basket case: Traditional products made from rattan and bamboo are for sale in Dao San Market.

Located around 50 kilometres from the centre of Lai Chau Province, the market gathers many people from the ethnic minority groups of Mong, Ha Nhi, Dao and Thai who come from the province’s Phong Tho District.

The two-hour drive from Lai Chau City to Dao San Market allows visitors to contemplate the stunning peaceful scenes of the province. They may pass by spectacular terraced fields, romantic bridges suspended over Nam Cung Stream that lead to pretty villages or evergreen gardens of bananas and corns. Continue reading “Dao San Market: Panorama of Lai Chau life”

Cai Rang Floating Market to be strong tourism brand of Can Tho

Last update 12:47 | 10/03/2018

Authorities of Can Tho gathered on March 9 to discuss measures to boost local tourism, especially Cai Rang Floating Market which will be built into a strong tourism brand of the Mekong Delta city.

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An aerial view of Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho

Director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Viet Phuong said to turn tourism into a spearhead sector of the city by 2020, local departments and sectors need to coordinate strongly to take synchronous solutions. Continue reading “Cai Rang Floating Market to be strong tourism brand of Can Tho”

Project 911 on PhD training ‘dies’, new plan proposed

Last update 07:10 | 23/11/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Project 911 on producing 20,000 PhDs in the 2010-2020 period has not succeeded because of unreasonable financial policies.

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According to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), after five years of implementation (2012-2016), only 3,800 PhD students have been trained under Project 911, a small figure compared with the target of 20,000 PhDs.

A budget of VND14 trillion was allocated to implement Project 911, of which 64 percent was for overseas training, 20 percent for domestic training and 14 percent for both domestic and overseas training. In addition, 2 percent was reserved for foreign language training and other skills training in Vietnam. The state spent 94 percent of the total expenses. Continue reading “Project 911 on PhD training ‘dies’, new plan proposed”

CP TPP trade deal officially inked in Chile

Last update 10:23 | 09/03/2018

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CP TPP) was officially inked at a ceremony chaired by Chilean President Micelle Bachelet in Santiago de Chile on March 8.

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The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CP TPP) was officially inked in Chile on March 8. 

Trade ministers of 11 countries participating in the trade pact, namely Australia, Brunei, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, attended the event.

Vietnam was represented by Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh.

The ambitious deal came after the US pulled out the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement last year. The content of CP TPP was basically unchanged from the original TPP with 8,000 pages, except for the suspended implementation of 22 provisions mainly related to intellectual property. It sets high criteria in numerous fields, including labour, the environment, intellectual property, digital economy and cyber security. Continue reading “CP TPP trade deal officially inked in Chile”

Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long: Làm sao phát triển giao thông thủy?

 

Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long có tiềm năng phát triển vận tải thủy nội địa tính kinh tế cao, an toàn, ít ô nhiễm, nhưng những khó khăn thời gian qua đang hạn chế thế mạnh vốn có này. Làm sao phát triển xứng tầm đang là câu hỏi đặt ra đối với các bộ ngành, đặc biệt là các địa phương…

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Thời gian qua, mạng giao thông thủy nội địa ở khu vực ĐBSCL được hình thành trên cơ sở các sông tự nhiên thuộc hệ thống sông Đồng Nai, Cửu Long và các kênh rạch ngang. Hiện có hơn 13.000km sử dụng được cho vận tải, trong đó khoảng 7.000km được đưa vào cấp quản lý. Các tuyến chính gồm 4 trục dọc nối Đông-Tây Nam bộ, 3 trục ngang và các tuyến tránh. Toàn vùng có gần 230.000 phương tiện thủy nội địa được đăng ký, chủng loại phong phú… Hàng hóa được vận tải bằng đường thủy vẫn là chủ yếu. Hàng năm, lượng hàng hóa vận chuyển phương tiện thủy nội địa qua khu vực ĐBSCL đạt 51,5 triệu tấn, chiếm 30% cả nước; chủ yếu là lúa gạo, phân bón, vật liệu xây dựng, mía đường…

Continue reading “Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long: Làm sao phát triển giao thông thủy?”

Commercial Transportation on the Mekong River

The Mekong River has provided a means of transportation for thousands of years. Recent efforts have focused on improving the commercial navigability of the water course, led to a large extent by China in the river’s upper reaches, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the lower Mekong. The ADB-backed Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program, the China-Thai FTA and the proposed ASEAN-China FTA are all major factors contributing to efforts aimed at increasing navigability. Modern transportation infrastructure is essential for economic growth, yet incredibly precarious if hastily implemented. Continue reading “Commercial Transportation on the Mekong River”

Mekong River Transport

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For hundreds of years, the Mekong River has been a vital passageway for people and goods. Today, the Mekong is still an essential means of transportation for many of the people living in the region and plays an increasingly important role in international trade and tourism. For example in Viet Nam, roughly 73% of cargo tonnage and about 27% of passengers travel by water annually.

Within the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB), the Mekong River and its major tributaries are navigable during the high-water season (about eight months of the year), with the exception of a 14-km section just north of the border between Cambodia and the Lao PDR – the impassable Khone Falls.

The river in the fast lane
North of the Khone Falls, narrow and turbulent sections of the river as well as large annual water level variations present a challenge to the development of trade and transportation. Despite these difficulties, the river provides an important link between China and lower Mekong countries. Port infrastructure is being expanded to accommodate expected growth, with new facilities planned for the Chiang Saen port, located in the “Golden Triangle” where the borders of Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam converge. Continue reading “Mekong River Transport”