Acting Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan Motoo Hayashi made the statement at a meeting with Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong in HCM City on January 26. He is in Vietnam to attend the fifth Vietnam-Japan friendship festival, scheduled to kick off in HCM City on January 26 evening with a number of special art and culture performances and workshops on trade promotion and sport exchanges. The festival is the first in a string of events in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties in 2018, he said, adding that its success will help reinforce the bilateral friendship and cooperation. At the event The Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians Union will organize numerous cooperation programs with Vietnamese National Assembly deputies to promote the sound collaboration and amity between the two countries, he noted. For his part, Phong said Vietnam, particularly HCM City, is … [Read more...] about Japan ready to support HCM City in development projects
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A man loses around VND400 million ($17,600) from a hotel room and reports the alleged burglary to authorities. By journalistic standards, such an incident is unlikely to warrant a news story even for a local newspaper. But what should have been an otherwise unremarkable occurrence set the Vietnamese press and social media abuzz on Wednesday. For obvious reasons: the victim was a senior government official who by regulations makes less than $5,000 a year; Vietnam’s average annual income is roughly half that amount. The incident has yet again laid bare the public skepticism over how much money public officials are accumulating in a country where the masses remain in the dark about their wealth. It also happened at a crucial moment when officials and observers have acknowledged that Vietnam’s financial disclosure laws have all but failed. Nguyen Xuan Quang, a senior official in charge of overseeing environmental protection at the Ministry of Natural … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, where the public remains in the dark about officials’ wealth, burglars could be helpful
NDO - The project on building Ho Chi Minh City into a smart city will be piloted in several of the city's districts beginning in October this year, according to Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen. Tuyen made the remarks at a working session, on September 25, to review the socio-economic development of Ho Chi Minh City in the first nine months of this year. Tuyen noted that the building of the smart city will focus on four main pillars, including the building of a data centre, an operating centre, a service centre, and an information security centre. The city leader said that the project will be piloted in the Thu Thiem New Urban Area, District 1, as well as District 12, adding that if other districts register for the pilot project, the city will pilot several models in these districts. In addition, Tuyen asked for improved management of capital and human resources, particularly in the area of information technology, in order to support … [Read more...] about HCMC to build pilot smart city in October
Mr. Pascal Lamy, formerly the Director General of the WTO, tells VET that Vietnam is the greatest beneficiary of globalization and needs to take advantage of human resources in the years to come to stay abreast of the fourth industrial revolution. How would you evaluate Vietnam’s international economic integration process since it joined the WTO? Vietnam is the greatest beneficiary of globalization and has been a successful example of integration during its ten years in the WTO. It is already taking advantage of its human resources and benefiting from its comparative advantages in areas where human resources play an important role. Vietnam’s accession into the WTO has been a success and has helped it grow very well compared to countries with high growth rates. In the global economy, we see economic growth in developed countries not being as high as in emerging countries. For example, the US and Japan have growth rates of only 2-3 per cent, and Europe is even lower. I … [Read more...] about Where is Vietnam in the globalization process?
Korean conglomerate Lotte Group got the go-ahead from the HCM City People's Committee on Wednesday to develop the Thu Thiem Eco Smart City in District 2. The 74,420sq.m project in the core of the Thu Thiem New Urban Area will cost VNĐ20.1 trillion (US$884 million) in addition to the compensation to be paid for land. It will feature a trading-financial-banking centre, hotels, an office tower, and serviced and residential buildings on 50,120sq.m. The remaining area will be used for roads and other infrastructure. Construction is expected to take six years and the project is licensed for 50 years. Affiliate companies like Lotte Asset Development Co. Ltd., Lotte Shopping Co. Ltd., Hotel Lotte Co. Ltd., and Lotte Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. will participate in the project. Saigon Times newspaper reported that the chaebol had been pursuing the project for years before getting the green light in 2014 and will start construction as early as next quarter. Lotte has deposited a … [Read more...] about Lotte gets approval for $884m Smart City in HCM City
VietNamNet Bridge - Every year, Vietnam loses 5 percent of GDP due to pollution. Last year, Hanoi topped the list of the most polluted cities in South East Asia. A research study by Yale University found that Vietnam’s PM2.5 index (fine dust with particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers) ranked 170th out of 180 surveyed countries. A report of GreenID, a non-governmental organization, showed that the PM2.5 index in Hanoi is five times higher than the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual average level. The index in HCMC is lower, but is still twice as much as the recommended level.A report of GreenID, a non-governmental organization, showed that the PM2.5 index in Hanoi is five times higher than the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual average level. The sources of air pollution in Vietnam include coal-fired power plants, transport vehicle emissions, industrial emissions, construction activities, waste incineration, household cooking and transboundary … [Read more...] about How serious is air pollution in Vietnam?
The current Lim Festival is very bustling, attracting thousands of visitors. Quan ho is sung everywhere from houses to boats. People, including cultural experts, are optimistic about the development of Quan ho.But it is really difficult to find a real Quan ho show which is organised according to traditional procedures.We came to Dang Village when the Lim Festival was about to end and were welcomed warmly by Mrs. Hai Quynh. At 7pm, we went to the village pagoda. After the incense thurifying ceremony, guests started their performances. They were young ca tru singers from the Thang Long ca tru club and young calligraphers from the Vietnam Cultural Preservation Company.The traditional Quan ho show began at past 8pm. Mrs. Hai Quynh and 6-7 old women, around ten middle-aged women, and some young girls sat down on sedge mats spread out in the pagoda’s yard. There were only four male singers. Listeners stood up around mats.A quan ho researcher, Bui Trong Hien, said ancient Quan ho … [Read more...] about Where is the real Quan Ho?
(Cinet)- HCM City has been listed among the world’s top ten cities of street food destinations according to the USA's Food and Wine Magazine. HCM City's most famous street foods include pho (rice noodles), banh my kep pate (sandwich with pate),and banh xeo (stuffed pancakes). According to Food and Wine, street food has played an important role in the gastronomy of the world. The magazine sent readers to HCM City's Ben Thanh market where food-lovers can discover the beauty of Vietnamese cuisine and enjoy delicious dishes. It also suggested other destinations where tourists could enjoy street food, such as: Bangkok (Thailand ) Bangkok is the ultimate tourist destination for any street-foodie, It boasts thriving markets throughout the city, along with some of the most robustly flavored street snacks from neon-lit Yaowarat Road in Chinatown. Here, makeshift stands offer pork skewered on sugar canes; fragrant fish curries, and sweet bananas deep-fried in rice-flour batter; … [Read more...] about HCM City in the world’s top ten cities of street food destinations
Where to celebrate weekend in townHoang The Phong HCMC as usual is always packed with exhilarating activities for weekend celebrations. Those still pondering where to relax this weekend should check out the following sites in HCMC. CGV Crescent Mall, 3H Nguyen Van Linh Boulevard, District 7 Parents with plans to provide kids with relaxation after stressful school hours could take their children to CGV Crescent Mall on the fifth floor of the Crescent Mall shopping complex in Phu My Hung urban area in District 7 to watch a family-themed animated film “Coco” at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. Since its premiere in late November, the American 3D computer-animated directed by American director and screenwriter Lee Unkrich has heaped praise from movie enthusiasts around the world owing to its humanitarian values and meaningful messages conveyed from the film. The film has recently dominated the North American box office with a solid US$26.1 million at 3,987 locations during a moderate … [Read more...] about Where to celebrate weekend in town
Enchanting city: Kyiv (or Kiev), one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, is known as a green city with two botanical gardens and numerous large and small parks. — Photo courtesy Ukrainian Embassy To mark Ukraine's Independence Day on August 24, the Viet Nam News features an article by the Ukrainian Ambassador to Viet Nam, Oleksiy ShovkopliasEverything here is genuine. Summer gives you sunshine, autumn showers you with rain and in winter the snow covers the ground in a white blanket. Kyiv – is, probably, the "greenest" city in the world.Trees grow in yards, along streets and in huge parks, making it hard to distinguish where they end and the city begins. It is spacious and its people are beautiful and kind. Kyiv is open to all who are interested in it. Kyiv has a soul, and more importantly – it has character. Sometimes it is mysterious and incomprehensible, sometimes - simple and joyous. From the old pre-WW2 streets of the historical districts to the … [Read more...] about Ukraine’s Kiev is ‘greenest city in the world’