News in Brief: March 16, 2019

The Development Investment Construction Joint Stock Company held a ground-breaking ceremony for the first phase of the Vi Thanh commercial residential area in Vi Thanh city, Hau Giang province, on March 16. The VND3.5 trillion project is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022.

The number of communes recognised as new-style rural areas reached 4,144 as of the end of February, up 306 from the end of 2018, according to the central steering office of the new-style rural area building programme.

A ceremony was held on March 15 to mark the debut of the Hoi An museum of traditional medicine in Hoi An ancient city, Quang Nam province. The museum displays nearly 200 original and various restored items, as well as documents related to the tradition medicine of Vietnam and Hoi An.

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh had a working session with the leaders of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, on March 15, on the local socio-economic development situation, during which she asked the province to take advantage of development opportunities as the Long Thanh International Airport is put into full operations in the near future.

The first phase of a high-quality grass farming project, Mulato II, was launched in the northern province of Son La on March 15. After being put into exploitation, the project will be capable of providing 100,000 to 125,000 tonnes of raw food annually, meeting the demand for high-quality food for cattle which is currently in short supply in the domestic market.

Vietnam now ranks fourth globally, first in Southeast Asia and second in Asia in terms of exports of seafood and its products are now available in over 170 countries and territories worldwide, announced Deputy Director General of the Directorate of Fisheries, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Tran Dinh Luan, during a press briefing in Hanoi on March 15 on the 60th anniversary of the traditional day of the sector (April 1).

The Ba Ria-Vung Tau provincial People’s Committee has recently given the green light to two companies to build two solar power plants with a total investment of more than VND1.5 trillion (US$64.66 million) in the province.

Hanoi FC have set up a final clash with Hoang Anh Gia Lai at the 2019 National U19 Football Championship following their respective 2-0 semifinal wins against SHB Da Nang and Song Lam Nghe An on March 15.

News in Brief: March 15, 2019

The General Political Department of the Vietnam People’s Army held a ceremony in Hanoi on March 14 to announce and honour ten outstanding young soldiers and 15 promising young faces of the whole army in 2018 in diverse spheres, including training-combat readiness, studying, teaching, scientific research, mass mobilisation, sports, and business production.

Vietnam shipped roughly 720,000 tonnes of crude oil abroad earning US$337.3 million in the first two months of 2019, up 7.1% in volume but down 7.9% in value compared to the same period last year, according to statistics of the General Department of Customs.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on March 14 stated that the State President has issued Decision No. 356/QĐ-CTN on conferring the title of “People’s Artisan” on 62 folk artisans, in recognition of their contributions to preserving and promoting the nation’s intangible cultural heritages.

As part of his ongoing working trip to Cao Bang province, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue offered incense and planted a memorial tree at the Uncle Ho Temple, while visiting Lenin spring and the Kim Dong historical site at the Pac Po special national relic relic in Ha Quang district on March 15.

The Vietnam Artistic Photographers’ Association held a meeting and launched a photo exhibition in Hanoi on March 15, to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the traditional day of Vietnamese photography. Among the event’s highlights was a programme honouring the photographers with over 40 years of devotion to Vietnam’s photography cause.

Politburo member and permanent member of the Secretariat, Tran Quoc Vuong, had a working session with the Tra Vinh provincial Party Committee on March 14 on local socio-economic development and Party building work.

A reported cold spell has affected some places in the northeastern region since the night of March 14. It is forecast to expand to other areas in the North and North Central regions on March 15.

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh presented the first class Labour Order for the Saigontourist Cable Television Company (SCTV) on March 14 for its outstanding achievements from 2013 to 2017.

A meeting has been held in Moscow recently to enhance the ties between small and medium-sized enterprises of Vietnam and Russia. Representatives of around 40 Vietnamese and Russian firms introduced their strengths and demand to partners at the event.

Cross-border e-commerce platform Fado Vietnam and its Chinese counterpart Alibaba signed a cooperation agreement on March 14 to launch a new trade channel supporting Vietnamese firms. Under the cooperation deal, Vietnamese firms will be able to promote their products at international markets through Alibaba via access to the website

The seventh Red Journey blood donation campaign will take place in 39 provinces and cities from June 14 to July 27 this year. The campaign will be the longest running edition to date, attracting the participation of most of the country’s localities.

The Hungarian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on March 14 celebrated Hungary’s national holiday (March 15), which commemorates the nations’ 1848 revolution and the following War of Independence from 1848-1849.