News in brief: July 24, 2017

In the first six months of 2017, socio-economic development in the northern province of Tuyen Quang recorded relatively stable development with export value reaching US$45.4 million, up 16.8% over the same period of 2016. During Jan-June, the province granted business registration certificates to an additional 100 enterprises with a total registered capital of VND726.4 billion, bringing the total number of enterprises in the province to 1,281, with a total investment capital of over VND 12 trillion.

The Ho Chi Minh City International Track and Field Championships Open 2017 will held from July 27-28 at the Thong Nhat Stadium, attracting the participation of nearly 500 athletes from seven countries and territories. The participants will compete for 44 sets of medals.

A Vietnamese aquatic products and Tra fish festival will run October 6-8 at the Vietnam Trade Promotion Centre for Agriculture on Hoang Quoc Viet Street, Cau Giay district, Hanoi. Aiming to promote Tra fish in northern Vietnam and foreign markets, especially China, the event, held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, will showcase Tra fish, Tra fish-based products and other Vietnamese aquatic goods at 100 booths.

The Children’s Fund in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on July 23 coordinated with Operation Smile Vietnam to provide free examinations and surgery for 140 disadvantaged people who were born with cleft lip and cleft palate. Eighty children and adults, mainly from remote and ethnic minority regions in Dak Nong, Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, and Lam Dong, are expected to receive surgery free-of-charge under this programme, which runs from July 23-27.

The Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre saved a Chinese sailor who was suffering from a stroke off the southeastern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on July 23. Earlier on July 22, the centre received a request from their Chinese counterparts to provide emergency aid to sailor Zhang Qi, who suffered a stroke when his Hong Kong-Chinese HAI SU 2 ship was sailing from China to Thailand.

News in brief: July 23, 2017

All of the members of the Vietnam student team, with five candidates competing in the International Physics Olympiad 2017 (IPhO 2017), have won medals, including four gold and one silver medal. With this result, the Vietnamese delegation ranked in fifth place, after China, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Singapore. Together with their teammates in the International Mathematical and Chemistry Olympiads, the result is the highest ever achievement recorded by Vietnam in their participation at the IPhO. The 48th IPhO took place in Yogya, Indonesia from July 16-24, attracting 424 contestants from 86 countries and territories worldwide.

Vietnamese Tra fish products, sold at Japanese AEON supermarkets since this June, have been granted with a "Top Valu" certificate – the leading product evaluation standard in Japanese supermarkets. Along with banana, mango, red dragon fruit, Tra fish is considered a strategic product in the increasing trade turnover of Vietnam to Japan. In 2016, the export turnover of Tra fish to Japan reached approximately US$14 million and in the first five months of this year turnover has reached US$ 7 million.

News in brief: July 22, 2017

The Hanoi Police Department has established a Railway Traffic Police Team including 45 policemen who are responsible for ensuring traffic safety on six railways in Hanoi and preventing crimes on trains and at stations.

News in brief: July 21, 2017

Vietnam’s tea sector is aiming to export 150,000 tonnes and earn a turnover of US$250 million in 2017, while aiming to sell 50,000 tonnes of tea for domestic consumption, earning approximately VND10 trillion (US$439.9 million), announced the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Vietnam made it through to the final match of the 2017 AFF U-15 Championship against Thailand after convincingly beating reigning champions Australia with a score of 2-0 in their semifinal clash on July 20.

Hoa Binh provincial leaders answered questions and clarified issues raised by 72 domestic and foreign businesses operating in the province, during a dialogue with local investors on July 20.

News in Brief: July 20, 2017

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27), the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in co-ordination with the Central Documentary Science Film Studion will organise a free screening of documentary films on war and post-war themes. The program is scheduled to be held over three days from July 24-26, at the Central Documentary Science Film Studio, No. 465 Hoang Hoa Tham, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi.

Hanoi’s agro-forestry-aquaculture production value surpassed VND18.6 trillion (US$818.4 million) in the two first quarters of this year, up 2.85% against the same period last year, heard a conference on July 19. The city also performed well in building new-style rural areas, which helps improve the living standards of local people. Average per capita income in rural areas in Hanoi reached VND36 million (US$1,583) per year.

Ho Chi Minh City’s index of industrial production (IIP) in the first six months of this year increased 7.51% compared to the same period last year, reported the municipal Department of Industry and Trade at a conference on July 19. The IIP of four key sectors, including the mechanical manufacturing industry; food processing; chemicals-plastic-rubber; and electronics-information technology, contributing 4.56% points to the growth, rose 10.23%.

The Vietnam Festival in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture (Vietnam Festa) is scheduled to take place in Yokohama city from September 15 to 17, a local press conference was told on July 19. Themed “FEEL Vietnam”, the 2017 Vietnam Festa aims to attract more than 400,000 visitors, an ambitious number that surpasses its 2015 record. The festival will feature a host of cultural activities, including a water puppetry performance, musical concerts, talks about Vietnam and a display of Vietnamese floral paintings and lanterns.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Finance passed a decision to raise retail petrol prices as of 3p.m on July 20. The retail price of RON 92 increased by VND357 to be sold at a maximum of VND16,426 (US$0.72) per litre. The price of E5 bio-fuel rose by VND333 to be traded at the ceiling price of VND16,251 (US$0.71) per litre. Diesel 0.05S will be sold at the maximum price of VND13,329 (US$0.58) per litre and kerosene at VND11,936 (US$0.52) per litre.

News in brief: July 20, 2017

Vietnam ranked fourth with a total of 20 gold medals in the overall medal tally of the ASEAN School Games, which wrapped up in Singapore on July 20. On the last day of the games, Vietnamese athletes pocketed two gold medals. Thailand finished on top with 29, followed by Indonesia with 25 and the host with 24 titles.

Vietnam’s export revenue to Algeria rose 37% annually, up to US$190 million in the first half of the year. Key shipments included nearly 32,000 tonnes of coffee, valued at over US$68 million (up 27%), telephones and spare parts at over US$52 million (up 5%) and almost 26,700 tonnes of rice at US$10 million, quadrupling the export value in the same period last year. Algeria is Vietnam’s second largest importer in Africa, after South Africa.

The Transport Ministry has chosen a lotus-inspired design submitted by Heerim Architects & Planners Co. Ltd from the Republic of Korea for a terminal at Long Thanh international airport, in the southern province of Dong Nai. The decision was made after receiving public feedback in Hanoi, Da Nang, Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City and from the relevant associations. Long Thanh international airport is set to have a total investment of VND336.6 trillion (US$14.8 billion), with construction divided into three phases, the first of which is hoped to be finished by 2025.

Japan International Cooperation Agency has recently signed an ODA loan agreement with the Government of Vietnam for a water resource management project in Ben Tre province, with a total loan amount of JPY24.3 billion. The project will install a new system to prevent saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta province, ensuring low salinity water sources for crop irrigation and helping the province to adapt to climate change. The system is expected to be put into operation by October 2022.