News in Brief: May 22, 2017

Within the framework of Vietnam’s Belarusian Cultural Days in 2017 and to mark the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Belarus, Vietnamese audiences will have the chance to enjoy interesting arts performances by 23 artists from Belarus. Specifically, free performances will be held at 8pm at Hanoi Opera House on May 25, and at Lao Cai City Convention Centre on May 27.

News in brief: May 22, 2017

The Hanoi Promotion Agency on May 21 held a meeting with a Fam Trip delegation including 17 travel and press agencies from Australia to promote tourism in Hanoi and the northern provinces of Ninh Binh, Quang Ninh and Lao Cai to the Australian market.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has passed a decision to allocate investment capital sourced from the central budget in 2017 (phase 2) worth VND2.98 trillion to central ministries and agencies and VND11 trillion to localities for investment in projects in 2017, according to the Government Decision No.580/QĐ-TTg on the allocation of investment capital from the central budget.

News in brief: May 20, 2017

Effective from 3pm, May 20, petrol prices have dropped from VND197-343 per litre, depending on each product. Accordingly, RON92 prices have decreased by VND211 to no higher than VND17,063 per litre, prices for E5 down by VND197 per litre to no higher than VND16,871 a litre, and diesel by VND343 per litre to no higher than VND13,260 per litre.

Viet Uc Group has kick started construction for a high-tech shrimp breeding, farming and seafood processing complex in Dam Ha District, Quang Ninh province with a total investment of over VND500 billion. The 187.8 ha project consists of a shrimp breeding ground, a feeding mill, greenhouse areas for super-intensive shrimp farming and a processing factory. It is expected to produce 8 billion shrimp seeds per year and generate commercial shrimp productivity at about 100-300 tonnes/ha/year, equivalent to 5,800-17,400 tonnes per year.

Construction of the first international standard garment factory in the southern most province of Ca Mau has commenced in Ly Van Lam Commune of Ca Mau City. The VND153 billion facility covers an area of over 16,000m2 and is expected to create jobs for around 5,000 local workers.

News in brief: May 19, 2017

The soon to be finished La Khe Station under the Cat Linh-Ha Dong Route of the Hanoi Metro Railway System will be opened for public observation from May 20. The station will be open for visitors to learn about the project over the period of a month, from May 20 to June 20. Tickets are free on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and every Saturday, from 9-11am and 2-4pm on weekdays and 9am to 3pm on Saturday. The remaining days in the week are reserved for cleanup and maintenance.

Nha Be Garment JSC has commenced construction of a new factory in Soc Trang Province with total investment of VND300 billion. The facility is expected to commence operation by February 2018, creating jobs for nearly 4,000 workers and generating export value at US$90-100 million a year. Last year, the company recorded export turnover at US$729 million and the figure in 2017 is expected to hit US$820 million.

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will work with the Vietnam Air Service Company (VASCO) to operate two daily return flights connecting Hanoi and the central province of Quang Binh from May 29. The flights, serviced by Airbus A321s, will take off at 6:30 from Hanoi and 8:30 from Dong Hoi city. Meanwhile, passengers on ATR72 aircrafts will depart Hanoi at 14:30 and Dong Hoi at 16:30. Promotional air fares on the route, priced from VND299,000 (US$13.18), are available for flights departing between May 29, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

A new MILO production factory of the Nestlé Vietnam Group has opened in Thang Long II Industrial Park in the northern province of Hung Yen. The factory will create more than 200 new jobs in addition to many indirect jobs for locals while enabling the firm to develop new innovations and nutritional beverages for Vietnamese consumers. Nestlé operates six factories with more than 2,000 employees nationwide with a total investment of US$520 million.

News in Brief: May 17, 2017

The Da Nang municipal People’s Committee hosted a ceremony to congratulate Nguyen Do Huyen Vi, an eighth grader from Tay Son Junior High School, who won the first prize at the 46th UPU International Letter Writing Contest in Vietnam. Vi’s letter will be translated into French and English to compete at the 46th UPU International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People in Switzerland.

News in brief: May 16, 2017

A cooperation plan between the State Records and Archives Department of Vietnam and the Laos National Archives Department for 2018 was reached between both sides on May 15. The new cooperation’s key content includes the revision of French archives relating to the history of the two countries, which are currently preserved at the Laos National Archives Department, towards building and exchanging lists and documents pertaining to the two countries’ history, in addition to staff training, document exchange and discussion of the next cooperation plans.

The 2017 Banking Vietnam Conference and Expo will take place from May 18-19 in Ho Chi Minh City focusing on digital technology, according to the State Bank of Vietnam. As the biggest annual information and communication technology banking conference and expo in the country, Banking Vietnam will introduce new initiatives and implementations of digital technology to broaden and enhance accessibility, availability and services of the banking sector in Vietnam.

News in brief: May 15, 2017

The Z.com brand of Japan’s GMO Internet Group has been announced as the main sponsor for Vietnam’s men and women’s national teams as well as the U23 squad in 2017. This is the second consecutive year Z.com has accompanied Vietnamese football. Promising football star Nguyen Cong Phuong has been chosen as the image ambassador of Z.com.

An internet-based TV product called Viet Media Box has been introduced in Berlin, Germany, giving overseas Vietnamese in Germany access to around 50 domestic TV channels. The service is launched by MC Media Corporation and Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT).

The military-run telecom group Viettel reported 15,900 new subscribers to 4G services per day since it was rolled out on April 18. The number of daily new subscribers represents an increase of 50% compared to the pilot run of the service. In April alone, the group recorded about 400,000 new 4G subscribers, bringing the total number of 4G service users to 3 million.

News in brief: May 13, 2017

The Political Academy, under the Ministry of Defence, held a ceremony to present PhD degree certificates to General Neang Phat and General Phorn Nara, high-ranking officers of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, in Hanoi on May 12. Vietnam’s Ministry of Defence provided training courses for some 17,000 Cambodian officers from 1980 and 2016. In 2017, it welcomed 300 Cambodian officers for long-term training in addition to another 1,000 for short-term courses.

News in brief: May 12, 2017

The Hai Phong People’s Committee launched its official portal on May 11, offering access to online administrative procedures in the northern city. Built in 2016, the site – www.dichvucong.haiphong.gov.vn – assists users with 173 public services. Document processing progress now can also be checked online.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on May 12 launched a contest to design the logo for Vietnam’s national rice brand, with a cash prize of VND100 million to be awarded to the first-prize winner. The deadline for submissions is June 26.

Five telecom operators, including Viettel, VNPT, MobiFone, G Tel Mobile and Vietnamobile, on May 11 signed a commitment to working together to prevent spam messages, under the witness of the Ministry of Information and Communications.