Vietnam Latest News on 23/02/2021

Domestic property market sees recovery: ministry

23/02/2021 21:22

The Ministry of Construction (MoC) believes the domestic real estate market has overcome the most difficult period due to positive developments in the market as well as the whole economy in the fourth quarter of 2020.

A view of buildings in Hanoi. In 2020, the real estate sector contributed about 4.42 percent of the national GDP (Photo: vneconomy.vn)

Meanwhile, the property market in Hanoi, HCM City, Quang Ninh and localities with strong urbanisation such as Can Tho, Long An and Dong Nai maintained stable development with a moderate level of apartment inventories./.VNA

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World News in Brief: February 23

23/02/2021 14:38

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called on European parliaments to strive for a global COVID-19 vaccination plan to ensure equal access to vaccines around the world.

* Brazil will begin to produce a COVID-19 vaccine in the first half of 2021, a state-run biological sciences institution said Monday.

* GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi said they had started a new clinical trial of their protein-based vaccine candidate

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National costumes unveiled ahead of Miss Grand International Vietnam

23/02/2021 14:07

Ngoc Thao, Vietnam's representative at Miss Grand International 2020, has released outlines of the outfits she will wear during the upcoming national costume segment of the beauty pageant which will take place in Thailand.

Ngoc Thao will represent the country at the Miss Grand International 2020 pageant in Thailand.

Similar to other participants in the competition, she will be put into isolation for a 14-day period as part of measures against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Indonesia sets conditions for foreign workers

23/02/2021 10:48

Indonesian President Joko Widodo officially issued Government Regulation (PP) No. 34/2021 regarding the use of foreign labourers (TKA).

Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo officially issued Government Regulation (PP) No. 34/2021 regarding the use of foreign labourers (TKA).

According to his calculations, the number of guest workers in the country could increase by 50 percent, from nearly 100,000 to 150,000 by 2025./.

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Thailand extends COVID-19 emergency rule, eases some restrictive measures

23/02/2021 10:43

The Thai government announced Monday to extend the emergency rule against COVID-19 for another month, but ease some restriction measures as the country's daily new caseload fell below 100 in recent days.

The Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) extended the emergency rule until the end of March to effectively stem the domestic pandemic, said CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin.

On Monday, Thailand confirmed 89 new COVID-19 cases, taking its total caseload to 25,504, with a total death toll of 83.

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American experts for MIA affairs arrive in Vietnam amid fresh Covid-19

23/02/2021 12:11

The Hanoitimes - There remains roughly 1,200 Americans unaccounted for in Vietnam from the war.

A group of 56 experts from the US Department of Defense on February 21 arrived in Danang, Vietnam for searching American servicemen missing in action (MIA).

US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink believes that efforts from both sides to solve war legacies could help build trust between the two former war adversaries.

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Vietnam condemns violence against civilians in Somalia: Ambassador

23/02/2021 09:10

NDO/VNA – Vietnamese Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy on February 22 condemned violence and attacks targeting civilians in Somalia during a UN Security Council videoconference on the Somalia situation and activities of the UN Assistance Mission in the African country (UNSOM).

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the UNSOM James Swan, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia and head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Francisco Caetano José Madeira, and Managing Director of the EU’s European External Action Service Rita Laranjinha presented reports at the event. Somali Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud Abubakar also delivered remarks.

The UNSOM was set up in 2013 with a view to assisting the peace and reconciliation process and the capacity building for the Somali Government. Since then, the UN Security has maintained meetings every three months to listen to reports on the mission’s activities.

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Innovation promoted for national development

23/02/2021 09:56

Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Duy Dong speaks about plans to support innovation in Vietnam.

We have heard a lot about the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Taking advantage of the revolution is not only the job of people and enterprises but also the whole society. Is innovation considered the driving force of socio-economic development?

We will make amendments to the law to create a better investment environment so that investors and large investment funds can easily engage in the field of innovation and co-operate with potential Vietnamese enterprises. VNS

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Vietnam ascends global online civility ranking

23/02/2021 09:17

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Vietnam ranked 24th out of 32 surveyed economies in the latest Digital Civility Index (DCI) collated by American tech giant Microsoft with an overall score of 72 percent, an improvement over the previous ranking's 78 percent.

Vietnam’s Cybersecurity Law, which took effect earlier last year, bans internet users from humiliating and seriously offending the honor, prestige and dignity of other people or posting false and untruthful information that damages the legal rights and interests of organizations and individuals.

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Biden administration outlines strategy to contain China in the East Sea

23/02/2021 15:20

On February 19, after a month in office, the Biden administration clearly outlined US policy in the Asia-Pacific, especially in the East Sea.

Joe Biden has not made concessions to China and has not changed the tough line outlined by his predecessor, but only changed the approach.

This proves that the internationalization of the East Sea disputes has become more clearly. The world is paying more attention to and is carefully considering the activities and attitudes of the disputing parties in the East Sea, expecting the parties to restrain and soon settle disputes by peaceful means, in accordance with the UN Charter and UNCLOS.

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How grocery stores can keep their edge over retail chains

23/02/2021 10:46

Despite being on the same street as three convenience stores, the grocery store owned by Nguyen Ngoc Dung on Yen The Street in HCM City’s Tan Binh District is always crowded, especially during peak hours.

Tran Hanh Huong, who lives nearby, says she buys most items her family needs everyday like soap, cooking oil, instant noodles, shampoo, and tissue from this store.

The Government has plans to phase out old bikes as part of efforts to reduce pollution in the two biggest cities. VNS

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Bamboo Airways raises charter capital to 457.3 million USD

23/02/2021 15:33

Bamboo Airways has announced the addition of 3.5 trillion VND to its charter capital, bringing the total amount to 10.5 trillion VND (457.3 million USD).

The adjustment marks the fifth and also the largest addition by the Vietnamese budget carrier to date.

The carrier is currently operating nearly 30 aircraft, including modern Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, A321neo ACFs, and Embraer E195s. Its fleet is expected to reach 50 this year.

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Buddhism festival recognised as National Intangible Heritage

23/02/2021 09:47

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has recognised the annual Quan The Am (Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva) Festival in the central city of Da Nang’s Ngu Hanh Son district as National Intangible Heritage.

The city’s Department of Sports and Culture said the main festival, which falls on the 19th day of the second lunar month, features the procession of an image of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, and a prayer for a year of peace, prosperity and happiness for the nation, drawing at least 10,000 attendees.

The Quan The Am Festival has featured art troupes from Japan, Myanmar, Thailand and India, the Thai Sangha delegation, Buddhism lecture and meditation sessions, and folk performances./.

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Vietnamese Ambassador holds Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN

23/02/2021 12:00

The Hanoitimes - Despite joining the bloc relatively late, Vietnam seems taking a proactive approach in ASEAN.

Vietnam’s Ambassador Tran Duc Binh took office as Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs in mid-February, becoming the 3rd Vietnamese to have taken executive jobs at the 10-member bloc.

As a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Vietnam strongly supported three building-blocks of global security: a commitment to multilateralism centered on the United Nations; an enhanced role for regional organizations, such as ASEAN, and expanded collaboration by ASEAN with the UN and the Security Council; and adherence by all states to the fundamental principles of international law and the UN Charter.

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Ministry announces priority groups in COVID-19 vaccination plan

23/02/2021 10:15

Health care workers, those who join the COVID-19 combat, diplomats, customs and immigration officers are among the priority groups in the country’s vaccination plan.

The Ministry of Health has set forth a plan on the reception, preservation, distribution and use of COVID-19 vaccines during the 2021-2022 period, with the support of the COVAX Facility - the global procurement mechanism of COVAX.

The country also has several other COVID-19 candidate vaccines being developed, by the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals (IVAC), the Company for Vaccine and Biological Production No.1 (VABIOTECH), and the Centre for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biologicals (POLYVAC)./.

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Pushing forward to big goal

23/02/2021 11:09

NDO – The Tet tree-planting festival in the early days of the Lunar Year has become a traditional beauty of the nation.

Following this year’s Tet holiday, many ministries, agencies and localities simultaneously held tree planting festivals to commemorate President Ho Chi Minh and respond to the one billion tree programme during the 2021-2025 period which was launched by the Prime Minister. Accordingly, each ministry, agency and locality has set a target on the coverage rate of bare lands and hills as well as the number of green trees in the next five years. In Hanoi and several localities, many groups of volunteers have planted thousands of green trees annually in many recent years. This is a practical action to raise public awareness of creating green landscapes, protecting the environment and joining hands to adapt to climate change. This is more significant as the task of environmental protection is more essential in the socio-economic development and is one of important condition for the nation’s sustainable development.

The big goal should begin from small activities of each person, household, agency and locality to implement the Government’s programme as well as to realise President Ho Chi Minh’s aspiration to make the country more beautiful.

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Some provinces, enterprises, universities to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations

23/02/2021 10:58

Several provinces, enterprises and universities nationwide will provide free COVID-19 vaccinations to their residents, staff and students in order to share the financial burden for pandemic prevention and control.

The Ministry of Health has approved the import of 30 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, the first COVID-19 vaccine to obtain such authorisation in the country.

The number of registered volunteers in the second phase is nearly 1,000. The phase is expected to last until the end of March and the results will be reported in April.

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Hanoi: lockdown measures lifted in 14 areas

22/02/2021 20:37

Lockdown and social distancing measures were lifted in 14 out of 18 areas in Hanoi, Director of the municipal Department of Health Nguyen Khac Hien reported on February 22.

Addressing a meeting of the municipal Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on the same day, Hien said if there are no more suspected cases of SARS-CoV-2 found this week, the city will remove lockdown measures in the remaining areas.

He asked the committee and local anti-pandemic forces to continue strictly implementing preventive measures, and conducting SARS-CoV-2 testing at hospitals, health facilities, clinics, and concentrated quarantine areas, in order to effectively contain the spread of the pandemic./.

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Hai Duong woman faces criminal charge for flouting pandemic rules, spreading infection

23/02/2021 15:00

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The woman, a resident of provincial capital Hai Duong Town, and confirmed infected with the coronavirus on Feb. 15, is being probed for "spreading dangerous infectious diseases to human," police told press Monday.

All of Hai Duong is undergoing social distancing for 15 days starting Feb. 16 as per a government directive on Covid-19 prevention.

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Red Cross launches campaign to support farmers in COVID-19-hit Hải Dương

23/02/2021 16:45

HÀ NỘI — The Việt Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) launched a campaign to help COVID-19-hit Hải Dương’s farmers sell their agricultural products yesterday.

The campaign, entitled 'Together with people to consume agricultural products', aims to support farmers and overcome difficulties in virus-hit parts of Hải Dương Province.

The programme aims to help farmers in COVID-19 pandemic-hit areas sell their agricultural products and overcome the difficulties of the pandemic by buying and organising sales points for their produce. — VNS

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Bamboo Airways hikes capital by 50 pct

23/02/2021 12:30

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The airline, in which conglomerate FLC owns a 51.29 percent stake, posted a pre-tax profit of over VND400 billion last year, up 34 percent from 2019.

It has a fleet of nearly 30 aircraft and plans to expand it to 50 this year. It has the best on-time performance in the country.

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Nguyen Dynasty’s last palace maid dies at age 102

23/02/2021 10:17

Mrs. Le Thi Dinh, the last imperial maid of Vietnam’s last feudal dynasty, the Nguyen Dynasty, passed away on February 21 in the ancient capital city of Hue at the age of 102.

Mrs. Le Thi Dinh, the last imperial maid of the Nguyen Dynasty

“Mrs. Le Thi Dinh had a thorough understanding of the customs, makeup, rituals and costumes in the court. She was the one who had access to the royal ways of the last feudal dynasty of Vietnam,” Vinh said.

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Thái Bình’s bún bung hoa chuối a hit far and wide

23/02/2021 08:33

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The Red River Delta province of Thái Bình is home to many traditional specialities such as the popular dish bún bung hoa chuối (rice vermicelli soup with pork ribs and banana flowers) that is a favourite of locals and visitors.

“I will never forget the broth's sweetness, the meaty and delicious taste of pig’s trotters and betel leaf rolls and particularly the light tartness and crispiness of banana flowers. Although the dish is simple its rich characteristics and aromatic flavour have made many people, particularly those who live far from their Thái Bình homeland, miss it so much,” said Huấn. — VNS

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HCM City: Korean bank proposes investment study for Metro Line No. 5

23/02/2021 09:19

The Export-Import Bank of the Republic of Korea (KEXIM) has asked Ho Chi Minh City’s authorities for permission to conduct an investment study for Phase 2 of Metro Line No. 5, set to be carried out in the public-private partnership (PPP) format.

In its letter sent to the Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee and the city’s Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR), KEXIM said it will soon provide funding for the update of the project’s pre-feasibility study, which covers technical, financial, and legal aspects, according to the MAUR.

The first one, from the Bay Hien intersection to Sai Gon Bridge, is about 8.8km long and invested with around 1.66 billion USD. It is funded with ODA capital from the Spanish Government, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the German development bank KfW.

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Railroad operators suspend more routes as new Covid-19 wave hits travel demand

23/02/2021 15:22

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Saigon Railway Transport Jsc, the southern operator, has suspended trains from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet, Nha Trang and Da Nang, popular coastal destinations in central Vietnam.

The country has over 3,000 kilometers of railtrack, none of them high speed.

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Vietnamese to get COVID-19 vaccines for free

23/02/2021 15:19

NDO – Vietnamese people will get vaccinated against COVID-19 for free, as announced by the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on February 23.

Members of the Steering Committee gathered to discuss a number of issues related to COVID-19 vaccination in Vietnam as the country has recently approved the import of 30 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, the first vaccine to obtain such authorisation in Vietnam.

In regards to the plan to vaccinate millions of people in a short time, the ministry also affirmed that responding to and handling complications that may occur post-vaccination is completely within the capacity of the domestic health sector as Vietnam has a lot of experience in implementing expanded immunisation programmes in the past.

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Teachers join medics as health ministry unveils priority list for Covid-19 vaccine

23/02/2021 11:50

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Others in the priority list approved by the Ministry of Health Monday are diplomatic personnel, customs and immigration officers, military and police forces, those working in essential services like transport, people aged 65 and above, and those with chronic diseases that make them more vulnerable to the disease.

There have been 803 cases of Covid-19 in 13 localities since the new outbreak began on January 28.

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Vietnam condemns violence against civilians in Somalia: Ambassador

23/02/2021 15:04

Vietnamese Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy yesterday condemned violence and attacks targeting civilians in Somalia during a UN Security Council videoconference on the Somalia situation and activities of the UN Assistance Mission in the African country.

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the UNSOM James Swan, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia and head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Francisco Caetano José Madeira, and Managing Director of the EU’s European External Action Service Rita Laranjinha presented reports at the event. Somali Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud Abubakar also delivered remarks.

Speakers noted that the Government and federal member states of Somalia have made dialogue efforts to resolve disagreements over election processes, but expressed regret that these dialogues haven’t reached any agreements recently. They appealed to relevant sides to soon resume negotiations and hold elections in accordance with the deal secured on September 17, 2020. Some participants also voiced concern over the Al-Shabaab militant group’s terrorist attacks using improvised explosive devices and suicide bombings targeting civilians and security and international forces there. They held that Somalia has continued to face a humanitarian crisis caused by impacts of floods, locusts, and COVID-19, asking the international community to keep assisting its government and people to weather this challenge. In his speech, Ambassador Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, called on the Somalia Government and federal member states to promptly resume talks and set aside differences to achieve a political agreement about the time and plan for elections. The diplomat also showed his concern over and condemned the Al-Shabaab’s violence and attacks against civilians, urging the Somali Government to work closely with AMISOM to carry out security ensuring measures. Quy recommended the UN, as well as regional and international organisations, boost aid for the country via humanitarian programmes and economic development projects, while reiterating Vietnam’s support for Somalia in its efforts towards peace, stability, and development. The UNSOM was set up in 2013 with a view to assisting the peace and reconciliation process and the capacity building for the Somali Government. Since then, the UN Security Council has maintained meetings every three months to listen to reports on the mission’s activities. VNA

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One more industrial park approved in Bac Ninh province

23/02/2021 07:07

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has decided to give in-principle approval to a project to build infrastructure of Yen Phong II-A Industrial Park (IP) in the northern province of Bac Ninh.

Invested by Western Pacific Infrastructure JSC, the IP will cover an area of 151.27 ha in Tam Giang and Hoa Tien communes in Yen Phong district. It is expected to cost 1.83 trillion VND (over 79.5 million USD).

Meanwhile, the investor is required to meet conditions related to land lease and land use purpose change in line with legal regulations.

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Popular snacks get makeover in Vung Tau

23/02/2021 14:46

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Locals have tweaked their sizes, ingredients or cooking methods.

Photo courtesy of Huynh Nhi, @ngochan_lenguyen/Foody, @lequanghuan89/Instagram.

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Toyota recalls Hilux trucks for brake problem

23/02/2021 15:45

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The batch was produced in Thailand between June and December 2018 and imported by Toyota Vietnam.

In the case of Hilux not imported by the company, it will obtain approval from its parent in Japan before carrying out the replacement.

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Hanoi students may return to school from next week

23/02/2021 14:49

The Hanoitimes - Hanoi has gone seven days, from February 16, without confirming any new Covid-19 cases in the community.

Students in Hanoi may return to school on March 1 after a long time stay at home to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic while attendlung online schooling, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh said at a meeting held in Hanoi on February 22.

Hanoi, home to more than eight million people, has recorded 36 infections in the latest community transmission outbreak, which emerged in northern Vietnam in late January and has spread to 13 cities and provinces. The country's total coronavirus carriers currently stand at 2,395.

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Police force launches tree planting festival

23/02/2021 11:18

NDO – Hanoi Police launched a tree planting festival in Soc Son District, Hanoi, on February 22 in the presence of Politburo members: Vuong Dinh Hue, Secretary of the Hanoi Municipal Party Committee, and General To Lam, Minister of Public Security.

In 2021, the city police set the goal to plant and care for 3,000 trees, in an effort to respond to the Government’s programme on planting one billion trees by 2025.

With the spirit of ‘each woman – one green tree’, over 700 women in Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, participated in the festival and planted over 1,000 casuarina trees along the coast of the locality.

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COVID-19 hotspot Hai Duong logs three cases on Feb 23 morning

23/02/2021 08:18

Three more COVID-19 patients were confirmed in the northern province of Hai Duong, the country’s largest COVID-19 hotspot, on February 23 morning, raising the country’s total community infections to 1,496, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

All of the new infections had close contact with previously confirmed patients in the province, and they were put into quarantine. They are now receiving treatment at a COVID-19 hospital located at the Hai Duong Medical Technical University.

In a bid to live safely with the pandemic, people should strictly follow the Ministry of Health’s 5K message: khau trang (facemask), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distance), khong tu tap (no gathering) and khai bao y te (health declaration)./.

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Credendo: Vietnam continues successful economic story

23/02/2021 09:28

Credendo Group’s offices in Germany and Austria have published a study to evaluate the level of risk in Vietnam, which emphasised that the Southeast Asian country is continuing its successful economic story after its good performance in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Berlin (VNA) - Credendo Group’s offices in Germany and Austria have published a study to evaluate the level of risk in Vietnam, which emphasised that the Southeast Asian country is continuing its successful economic story after its good performance in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Credendo is a European credit insurance group with its offices across the world. This group operates in all areas of commercial credit insurance and political risk insurance, as well as provides risk insurance products worldwide./.

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Foxconn to recruit 1,000 workers in Vietnam

23/02/2021 15:30

The Hanoitimes - Vietnam is currently Foxconn’s largest production hub in Southeast Asia.

Taiwan-based Foxconn or Hon Hai Precision Industry, known as a major manufacturing partner of Apple, has announced its plan to recruit 1,000 workers for assembling electronic parts.

Rival companies such as Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Pegatron and contract manufacturer Wistron have also decided to expand into Vietnam, with the latter planning to invest US$1 billion to build a manufacturing complex at the Nam Dinh Vu industrial park in the northern city of Haiphong.

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Thai giant consolidates foreign dominance of Vietnam packaging industry

23/02/2021 11:30

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SCG Packaging Public Company Ltd (SCGP), its subsidiary, recently signed an agreement to buy 70 percent of Duy Tan Plastics, the largest manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging products in Vietnam.

The top paper packaging companies are Japan's Ojitex and Tohoku, Taiwan’s Yuen Foong Yu and Viet Long Packaging and Thailand’s Alcamax and New Asia Industry, while plastic packaging is dominated by South Korea’s Tan Tien Plastic Packaging JSC and J.S Plastic Packaging, Taiwan’s Tong Yuan Packaging and Finland’s Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Vietnam.

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Deputy PM addresses high-level segment of UNHRC’s 46th regular session

23/02/2021 07:40

Vietnam continues to “put emphasis on the protection and promotion of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of our people, even in this most difficult of times,” said Vietnamese Deputy PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh.

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet stressed pandemic response measures should be carried out on the basis of ensuring human rights, the community’s trust and democratic institutions effectively.

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Covid-19 epicenter Hai Duong reports three more cases

23/02/2021 06:59

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All of the new infections are related to previously confirmed patients in the province, where one of the first two cases in Vietnam's ongoing Covid-19 outbreak was detected on January 28, when community transmissions returned to the nation after almost two months.

By Tuesday morning, Vietnam has registered 2,395 Covid-19 cases and 640 are active.

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Ministry tries to remove barriers for agricultural produce in Covid-19 hotspot Hai Duong

23/02/2021 10:14

Purchasing and transporting of agricultural products from Hai Duong province – Vietnam’s largest Covid-19 hotspot – to other localities has been stalled for a few days due to epidemic prevention regulations applied in many neighboring provinces.

Hanoians support sales of agro-products from Covid-19 hotspots.

The Ministry also asked Prime Minister to direct the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to work with the Ministry of Health to issue unified guidance on agricultural, forestry and fishery production processes to ensure disease prevention and sufficient conditions for distribution to domestic and export markets.

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Da Nang grants licences to six investment projects

23/02/2021 21:35

The central city of Da Nang on February 23 granted investment licences to six investment projects in local Hi-Tech Park and industrial parks, including three foreign-invested projects.

The three FDI projects are funded by Japanese and US investors. They are a 110-million-USD semiconductor factory, a 35-million-USD Fujikin Da Nang research-development-production centre, and a 300,000-USD packaging factory. The three domestically-invested projects have a total capital of 73.4 billion VND.

So far, the Da Nang Hi-Tech Park has attracted 24 projects, including 12 domestically-invested projects worth 6.29 trillion VND (273 million USD) and 12 FDI projects worth 545.1 million USD. Meanwhile, Da Nang has lured 496 projects worth nearly 2.9 billion USD in the High-Tech Park and industrial parks./.

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Covid vaccine in Vietnam: First shots to be taken in March

23/02/2021 14:57

The Hanoitimes - Vietnam is negotiating to import around 30 million doses and get another 30 million from the global vaccine-sharing scheme for 2021.

Beneficiaries of the vaccination in the country will be health employees and frontline workers who are those involve in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, staff in quarantine centers, reporters, among others, the Ministry of Health has said.

Vaccine rollouts in advanced economies are largely outpacing those in emerging and developing economies — even in countries with similar death rates. Officials at the World Health Organization have warned that the world is on the brink of “catastrophic moral failure” as poor countries fall behind. Left unchecked, the virus could also mutate into strains that existing vaccines do not protect against.

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Cambodia to impose harsh measures for foreigners flouting COVID-19 rules

23/02/2021 15:40

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has approved the deportation of any foreigners who violate the COVID-19 quarantine rules, escape treatment and refuse cooperation with authorities.

For foreigners, they will be deported from Cambodia and banned from re-entering the country, said a letter signed by Hun Sen on February 23. "For Cambodians, they will face the country's law."

It said the two imported cases were found on Cambodian UN peacekeepers who returned to the country from the Central African Republic./.

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Vietnam calls for stakeholders’ support for political process in Haiti

23/02/2021 15:24

Minister Counsellor Nguyen Phuong Tra, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, has called on the international community, including regional countries, to continue to support the political process in Haiti and to assist Haitian people in overcoming difficulties facing them at present.

New York (VNA) – Minister Counsellor Nguyen Phuong Tra, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, has called on the international community, including regional countries, to continue to support the political process in Haiti and to assist Haitian people in overcoming difficulties facing them at present.

Established in 2019, the BINUH is responsible for advising the Government of Haiti in promoting and enhancing political stability as well as many other areas. The UNSC holds regular meetings every 4 months to hear reports on the office’s operation./.

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HCMC begins random Covid-19 tests in restaurants

23/02/2021 15:00

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On Monday evening diners at a restaurant on Phan Van Tri Street in HCMC's Binh Thanh District were asked to give samples for random testing for Covid-19 and their address and phone number.

The latest wave, which began in the northern Hai Duong and Quang Ninh provinces, has spread to 13 cities and provinces.

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Lockdown on 14 Hanoi's Covid-19-hit areas removed

23/02/2021 14:43

The Hanoitimes - If no suspected cases of the novel coronavirus are found this week, Hanoi will remove lockdown in the remaining Covid-19-hit areas.

Lockdown and social distancing measures have been lifted in 14 out of 18 Covid-19-hit areas in Hanoi, Director of the municipal Department of Health Nguyen Khac Hien reported at a meeting on February 22.

At the time of writing, Hanoi has recorded 36 infections in the latest community transmission outbreak, in eight districts including Nam Tu Liem, Dong Anh, Cau Giay, Me Linh, Hai Ba Trung, Dong Da, Ba Dinh and Tay Ho. The disease situation in Hanoi has been basically put under control.

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COVID-19: Three further community infections recorded in Hai Duong

23/02/2021 07:54

A further three community cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed on February 23 morning in Hai Duong, Vietnam’s biggest coronavirus hotbed, raising the national count of local transmissions to 1,496.

Measurement of body temperature is necessary to prevent the pandemic

The national infection tally has gone up to 2,395 so far, including 1,496 local infections, 899 imported cases, and 1,717 recoveries.

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Vietnam 5G smartphones go on sales in US

23/02/2021 15:24

The Hanoitimes - A subsidiary of Vingroup has gradually materialized its goal of expanding business in the global market.

Three Vietnamese smartphone models produced by VinSmart, a subsidiary of the conglomerate Vingroup, has gone on sales at the wireless carrier AT&T’s retail systems in the US.

VinSmart was at the fifth position with a 11% market share in terms of smartphone sale in the last quarter of 2020 in Vietnam, according to the latest report of the smartphone market in Q4 by Canlays, a Singaporean market share company.

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Vietnam included in Covax vaccine compensation program

23/02/2021 18:00

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The compensation program, said by World Health Organization (WHO) to be the first and only vaccine injury compensation mechanism operating on an international scale, will offer eligible individuals a fast, fair, robust and transparent process to receive compensation for rare but serious adverse events associated with Covax-distributed vaccines until June 30, 2022, according to a WHO press release Monday.

Vietnam has recorded 2,395 Covid-19 cases, with 639 active.

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Actress wins award at 2021 Paris International Film Festival

23/02/2021 18:35

Vietnamese actress Hoang Thi Bich Phuong has won the best actress award at the 2021 Paris International Film Festival for her role in “Invisible Love” (Tinh yeu vo hinh).

Vietnamese actress Hoang Thi Bich Phuong has won the best actress award at the 2021 Paris International Film Festival for her role in “Invisible Love” (Tinh yeu vo hinh). The movie tells the tale of a beautiful and strong-willed Vietnamese nurse Nguyen Thi Hoa (starring Phuong) in the 1930s who faces various ups and downs, and sorrows. It is the first one that the young actress has ever starred in.

The film was co-directed by Xiang Guo of China and Nguyen Minh Phuong, with Bill Einreinhofer being its executive producer. Last year, Phuong played a role in a feature entitled “Along the sea” jointly produced by Japan and Vietnam, which bagged an award for Best Film dealing with Human Trafficking Issues at the 2020 Cairo International Film Festival. VNA

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