News in Brief: July 21, 2018

The Government has issued Decree No. 100/2018/ NĐ-CP amending, supplementing and abolishing a number of regulations regarding business conditions in the fields of state management under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Construction, related to conditions for granting construction practice certificates.

The Vietnamese Association in Russia held a conference at the headquarters of the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia on July 20 to summarise its activities in the 2015-2018 period and devise its directions for its future operations.

Dr. Nguyen Thi Le Thu, from the Faculty of Materials Technology at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, has developed new materials that can regenerate if they are damaged or scratched. The materials can be used in biomedical implants, coating on cars and cellphone manufacturing.

A friendly exchange was held on the evening of July 20 in Hanoi by the Vietnam-Belgium Friendship Association and the Belgian Embassy in Vietnam to celebrate the 187th anniversary of the National Day of the Kingdom of Belgium and the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Around 150 delegates from State agencies, research institutes, and organisations supporting startups gathered at a conference in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, on July 20, to share their experience in boosting the success of startups.

A programme themed “Dak Nong: Ripe Avocado Season”, the first of its kind, is taking place in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong from July 18-23, to promote the province’s speciality among consumers, fruit processors and exporters.

News in Brief: July 19, 2018

Egyptian Ambassador to Vietnam, Mahmoud Hassan Neyel, held a banquet in Hanoi on July 18, to mark the 66th anniversary of Egyptian National Day with the participation of Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Hong Nam.

The Hanoi Heart Hospital signed a contract with 16 satellite hospitals in provinces across the country on July 18, to make a transfer of cardiovascular technologies in the 2018-2020 period in order to enhance the quality of cardiovascular examinations and treatments at the grassroots levels.

The 38th National TV Festival 2018 is scheduled to take place in Da Lat city in Lam Dong province on December 19-22, during which awards will be presented to the best TV entries in 9 categories as in the previous years, as well as a series of international workshops and exhibitions.

News in Brief: July 18, 2018

The National Youth Basketball Championships opened in Da Nang on July 17, attracting the participation of 18 boys’ and 12 girls’ teams from across the nation. They will compete in two age categories for U17 and U19 events until July 30.

On July 18, at the Hoanh Mo Border Gate, Binh Lieu district (Quang Ninh province), local border guards and the authorities of two communes of Hoanh Mo and Dong Van in Binh Lieu joined Chinese locals in neighbouring Fangchenggang city to clean up the environment along the shared border at border marker No. 1316 (2) +500.

The 19th National Women’s Cycling Tournament - An Giang TV Cup 2018 wrapped up on July 18 with the final stage of the race passing from Vinh Long province to Long Xuyen city (An Giang province). Cyclist Nguyen Thi Thu Mai won the yellow jersey with a total of time of 17:31:40, just five seconds faster than second-placed Nguyen Thi Thi.

Tuyen Quang province’s Business Association has handed over 100 breeding cows worth nearly VND1.5 billion to disadvantaged ethnic minority families in Ham Yen and Yen Son districts, in the aim of helping them to earn a stable income and escape poverty.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has issued a decision to recognise Sam Mountain Tourism Complex in Sam Mountain, Chau Doc city, in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, as a national tourist area.

The first scientific symposium between the Vietnam Military Medical University and the Laos Military Medical University took place in Vientiane, Laos, on July 18, helping to provide the latest science-related knowledge for lecturers at the universities and share experiences in scientific research to better serve healthcare, treatment, and diagnosis for military officers.

Vietnam’s insurance industry achieved high annual growth of 24.35% in the first half of 2018, helping the total revenue to reach more than VND58.65 trillion.

Vietnamese firms that specialise in rice, coffee and spices are taking part in the 2018 Specialty and Fine Food Asia, which opened on July 17 in Singapore. The function has attracted the participation of nearly 200 businesses from 20 countries and territories worldwide.

The Prime Minister has instructed the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai to work with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the relevant agencies to organise the 2018 Gong Cultural Festival, scheduled to take place in the province in mid-November this year.

Foreign investors poured US$20.33 billion into Vietnam between January and June, up 5.7% from a year earlier. Real estate received US$5.54 billion or 27.2% of the capital, becoming the second largest sector in FDI attraction.

Up to 254.8 million tonnes of cargo were handled via seaports during the first half of this year, up 17% annually, including 8.7 million TEUs of freight containers, up 28% against the same period last year.