News in brief: March 17, 2018

The Consulate General of Vietnam in Battambang, Cambodia inaugurated a floating school built for children of overseas Vietnamese living on Tonlé Sap Lake in Pursat province on March 16. The wooden facility consists of two classrooms which can accommodate about 100 pupils.

The construction of storm-resistant houses for disadvantaged families in Quang Nam province whose homes were severely damaged by Storm Damrey in late 2017 started on March 16. The project is part of an aid package from the Republic of Korea to assist families affected by the typhoon in Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen and Quang Nam to rebuild 300 houses.

News in brief: March 15, 2018

The Thai Products’ Week is underway in the northern port city of Hai Phong from March 15-18, attracting 50 Vietnamese and Thai exhibitors.

Vietnamese agro-forestry-fishery and handicraft products have been introduced at the 51st Cairo International Fair that opened on March 14 in Egypt’s capital city, drawing visitors and businesses, especially those from the Middle East and North Africa.

News in brief: March 14, 2018

22-year-old master Le Tuan Minh defeated Russian Grandmaster Gordievsky Dmitry at the HDBank International Chess Open Tournament’s sixth-round match in Hanoi on March 13 to replace his rival at the top position.

US$66 billion is expected to invest in the Greater Mekong Sub-region to strengthen regional economic cooperation in the next five years which is upped by US$2 billion compared to the 2018-2022 period.

News in brief: March 13, 2018

On March 12, Vietnamese mobile giant Vinaphone launched “The Band by VinaPhone” contest for bands in Vietnam and abroad, targeting young musicians with the ability to compose, sing, and perform. As well as the contest's biggest prize worth VND150 million in cash, winning contestants will be supported in the release of their first album.

Ba Ria-Vung Tau University was presented with the Excellent in Quality Award by London Summit of Leaders 2018. The head of the University, Prof. Hoang Van Kiem, was also honoured as The Manager of the Year in science and education by the prestigious forum for international business and professional communications.

An exchange on the Vietnamese traditional Ao dai (long dress) was held across five high schools in Ho Chi Minh City on March 12. The event featured Ao dai performances and exchanges with 2018 Ao dai ambassadors to encourage students to wear Ao dai in schools.

In 2018, the northern mountainous Lao Cai province is set to mobilise social investment capital worth VND43.5 trillion, with VND7.1 trillion coming from the State budget and VND36.4 trillion from non-budgetary resources.

The winners of the 2017- 18 national science and technology competition for high school students in the northern region were announced on March 13. The organisers awarded 13 first, 26 second, 38 third, and 47 fourth place prizes after the contest of 249 projects by 475 students from 34 localities in the North.

Nguyen Thi That finished second in the 16th Grand Prix of Chambéry bicycle race on March 11 in the district of Chambéry-le-Vieux in Savoie, France. That raced under the jersey of the World Cycling Centre in Switzerland, where she is taking part in a short training course.

The Ban (Bauhinia) Flower Festival 2018 will take place in Dien Bien from March 17-19, featuring a number of activities, including art performances and exhibitions on local tourism products to attract visitors to the northern mountainous province.

News in brief: March 12, 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has raised the target of new-style rural area ratio among communes nationwide from 37% to 39% in 2018.

The Xuan Hong (Red Spring) festival collected more than 10,200 units of blood from donors in Hanoi by March 11. From March 9-11, the event attracted 11,000 participants.

News in brief: March 11, 2018

The Bank of Thailand (BoT) and Japan’s Finance Ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation to promote the use of their local currencies in order to settle bilateral trade and investment.

Malaysia sends a strong signal of the country’s commitment towards an open and liberal trading system following the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in Chile on March 8.

More than 2,000 youngsters in Ho Chi Minh City gathered at a ceremony in the city on March 10 to launch the Earth Hour Campaign 2018.

News in brief: March 10, 2018

An arts programme, themed ‘Spring in Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago’, was held in Hanoi by the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Online Newspaper, to honour soldiers who have made sacrifices to protect the country’s sovereignty over territorial seas and islands.

News in brief: March 9, 2018

Two-way trade between Vietnam and Australia surged by 58.9% annually, in the first month of 2018, to reach US$595 million, according to the Vietnam Customs. Of the figure, Vietnam’s exports accounted for US$305 million and its imports from Australia were valued at US$290 million.