Vietnam Latest News on 11/06/2021

Manufacturing and processing sector playing key role in FDI attraction

11/06/2021 16:13

The manufacturing and processing sector has taken the lead in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) since the beginning of this year, pulling in 6.1 billion USD, or over 43 percent of the total.

Of the 613 foreign-invested projects in 18 sectors licensed this year, electricity production and distribution ranked second in terms of FDI attraction with more than 5.4 billion USD, or over 38 percent of the total, followed by real estate with over 1 billion USD.

The MoPI also announced 65 new administrative procedures in investment from the central to provincial levels, creating favourable conditions for investors./.

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Petrol prices rise in latest adjustment

11/06/2021 16:10

Retail petrol prices were up by over 600 VND per litre from 3pm on June 11 following the latest review by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Finance.

The retail price of E5RON92 bio-fuel rose 622 VND to 19,048 VND (0.83 USD) per litre at maximum and that of RON 95 increased 633 VND to 20,164 VND per litre.

The two ministries review fuel prices every 15 days to ensure domestic prices are in keeping with the global market./.

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Vietnam reports 82 new COVID-19 infections

11/06/2021 14:36

Vietnam recorded 82 new cases of COVID-19 in the past six hours to 12pm on June 11, including one imported case that was quarantined right upon arrival in Tay Ninh province, pushing the national count to 9,917.

Of the domestic cases, 45 were found in Bac Giang, 18 in Ho Chi Minh City, nine in Bac Ninh, five in Hanoi, and four in Ha Tinh, the Ministry of Health said.

Currently, 188,678 people who had had close contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients or entered Vietnam from pandemic-hit regions are under quarantine nationwide./.

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Indonesia, France cooperate in building environmentally friendly fishing ports

11/06/2021 19:52

Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry (KKP) has said it will develop environmentally friendly fishing ports in the country in cooperation with the French Development Agency (AFD).

Jakarta (VNA) - Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry (KKP) has said it will develop environmentally friendly fishing ports in the country in cooperation with the French Development Agency (AFD).

"I am very happy to be able to visit Indonesia to see its fishery activities. I appreciate Indonesia's steps to eradicate illegal fishing because the preservation of marine ecosystems is important for us to keep it sustainable," she said./.

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Vegetable and fruit exports hit $1.77 billion during Jan-May

11/06/2021 07:54

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s export turnover of fruits and vegetables hit US$1.77 billion in the first five months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 18 per cent, reported the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

In May alone, fruit and vegetable exports raked in $400 million, a surge of 48.3 per cent compared to the same period last year.

To boost the export of fruits and vegetables, the ministry assigned the Director of the Plant Protection Department to negotiate to open 19 markets for 20 types of products, assist in handling, negotiating and removing technical difficulties arising in the export process, co-ordinate with localities to build codes for growing areas and export establishments to ensure traceability and meet requirements of major importers. — VNS

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Vietnamese universities enter top 1000 of QS global rankings

11/06/2021 06:43

This marks the fourth consecutive year the two Vietnam's national universities have made it into the top 1,000.

The Vietnam National University in Hanoi and its sister institution in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) have entered the 801 to 1000 band of the 2022 rankings compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British firm specializing in overseas education, and released on June 9.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more commonly known globally as MIT, topped the 2022 QS University World Rankings, followed by Stanford and Harvard, all of which are US institutions.

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Viet Solutions contest promotes national digital transformation

11/06/2021 10:30

NDO - The third Viet Solutions Contest (2021) was officially launched in Hanoi on June 10 by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) and Viettel Group, aiming to seek solutions to promote national digital transformation.

With the message of "resonance to create a digital society”, the contest is open to individuals and organisations who are living, studying and working in all countries around the world.

After two years, nearly 600 projects have been submitted to the contest, with the total value of signed contracts reaching up to VND20 billion (over US$871,497).

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Vietnam capable of achieving twin targets: ADB Country Director

11/06/2021 11:11

Vietnam has sufficient conditions to achieve the twin targets of curbing the COVID-19 pandemic and securing economic growth in 2021, according to Country Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Andrew Jeffries.

Talking to the Vietnam News Agency about the recovery capability of Vietnam’s economy amid the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, he expressed his optimism about the country’s economic outlook, given the positive economic statistics recorded in April and May.

The only way to help push back the pandemic, ensure long-term safety for people, and create conditions for economic development is to step up COVID-19 vaccination, he added./.

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Disease-free zones key to exporting animal products

11/06/2021 08:47

HÀ NỘI — Forming more disease-free farming zones is seen as critical to exporting livestock products as few such zones in Việt Nam meet the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) standards.

The country exported 2,150 tonnes of meat and related products worth US$6.95 million in April, up 27.1 per cent in volume and 3.7 per cent in value compared to March, with Hong Kong (China), mainland China, and Thailand among the main destinations, data from the General Department of Việt Nam Customs showed.

Long recommended cities and provinces devise plans to form and maintain disease-free animal farming zones while paying attention to animal husbandry. — VNS

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LIVE: Vietnam play Malaysia at World Cup qualifiers

11/06/2021 23:26

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Vietnam enter the game in traditional red color, while Malaysia also wear the traditional yellow jersey.

Malaysia: Farizal, Davies, Cools, Aidil Zafuan, Safawi Rasid, Sumareh, Syamer Kutty, Brendan Gan, Lucrecio, Syafiq Ahmad, Corbin Ong.

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Firms violating COVID-19 prevention rules must be suspended: Deputy PM

11/06/2021 21:27

Businesses that have failed to meet COVID-19 prevention and control requirements must be suspended, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said at a meeting in Hanoi on June 11.

Dam, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, asked enterprises to arrange work shifts to make it easier for quarantine in case of infections.

Le Anh Duong, Chairwoman of the neighbouring province of Bac Giang, also stricken by the pandemic, pointed out major causes of transmission at industrial parks, and suggested other localities prepare on-the-spot plans, especially improving testing capacity./.

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Việt Nam ready to face Malaysia in World Cup qualifier

11/06/2021 08:08

Football

HÀ NỘI — Buoyed by the 4-0 victory over Indonesia on Monday night, Việt Nam go into their World Cup qualifier against Malaysia tonight full of confidence.

"Obviously, Hải has a large influence on the Vietnamese team's play. He can link play and transform situations. At this time, the quality of Vietnamese players is relatively even. Hải's gap with the rest of the players is not great. Each of them has their own characteristics to help the Vietnamese team. Therefore, Hải’s absence is a loss, but we still have other options to meet our needs,” said Tùng. — VNS

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Cut VAT by half for lower prices, HCMC proposes

11/06/2021 19:45

HCMC’s Department of Planning and Investment has proposed the government reduces value added tax from 10 percent to 5 percent in 2021 to help businesses lower the price of goods. -

Department director Le Thi Huynh Mai made the proposal as part of increasing the government’s financial support for enterprises.

The city had recorded 590 Covid-19 cases as of Friday morning since fourth Covid-19 wave began on April 27.

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Cần Thơ to build embankment on Trà Nóc River to prevent erosion

11/06/2021 15:40

CẦN THƠ – Cần Thơ plans to build an embankment to prevent erosion along the Trà Nóc River at the Trà Nóc Bridge – Xẻo Mây Bridge section at an estimated cost of VNĐ531 billion (US$53.2 million).

After inspecting erosion that occurred recently along the river in Bình Thuỷ District’s Trà An Ward on Wednesday, Nguyễn Ngọc Hè, deputy chairman of the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta city People’s Committee, said the embankment should be built soon to safeguard local people and their property and infrastructure.

Last month the city began building a 950m embankment on the right bank of the Ô Môn River in Ô Môn District at a cost of VNĐ114.5 billion ($4.96 million). – VNS

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Hà Nội prepares for high school entrance exams amid virus resurgence

11/06/2021 09:06

HÀ NỘI — More than 93,000 students in Hà Nội are set to take the high school entrance exams this weekend and measures are in place to ensure COVID-19 safety, according to officials.

Speaking at an online conference yesterday, chairman of the city's People Committee Chu Ngọc Anh said the virus situation is largely under control and city officials are confident in the safety of the students taking the exams.

City authorities have asked all students to finish their health declaration forms online before Friday. VNS

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World Bicycle Day encourages cycling

11/06/2021 07:55

With a view to honouring practical benefits, flexibility and sustainable values of cycling, the United Nations declares June 3 as World Bicycle Day, through which the organisation calls on its members to encourage cycling in their countries to improve health, protect the environment and spur socio-economic growth.

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Stop illegal drills off Truong Sa Islands, Vietnam tells Taiwan

11/06/2021 14:28

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang affirmed Friday that Taiwan’s drills in waters off Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands are a violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty and should not be repeated. -

"The fact that Taiwan performs live fire drills in sea areas around Truong Sa Archipelago’s Ba Binh (Itu Aba) Island is a serious violation of Vietnam’s territorial sovereignty over this islands, threatening peace, stability, safety and maritime security by escalating and complicating the East Sea situation," Hang said in a Friday press release.

Taiwan illegally occupies the Ba Binh Island, which is the largest natural area on the Spratly Archipelago. In 2000, Taiwan deployed a unit of Coast Guard in Ba Binh, replacing a marine unit. The new one is equipped with different kinds of arms such as machine guns and long-range mortars. Consequently, the territory regularly conducts illegal live-fire drills on the island.

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Hanoi well prepared for safe 10th grade entrance exams

10/06/2021 10:37

NDO – As special exams are taking place in an unusual context due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, Hanoi is well-prepared for safe high school entrance exams to be kick-started in a couple of days.

>>> Hanoi: Rehearsal held for 10th grade entrance exams amid COVID-19

Local authorities need to pay attention to the prevention and control of the epidemic, ensuring security and order, reviewing the facilities serving the exams, while preparing backup plans to ensure all safety conditions for the exams are ensured.

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Textile-garment enterprises investing in materials to take advantage of FTAs

11/06/2021 17:37

Despite COVID-19 cutting into demand for textiles and garments, enterprises have poured investment into materials to improve production capacity, completing the supply chain and taking advantage of new generation free trade agreements (FTAs) that have come into effect.

Hanoi (VNA) - Despite COVID-19 cutting into demand for textiles and garments, enterprises have poured investment into materials to improve production capacity, completing the supply chain and taking advantage of new generation free trade agreements (FTAs) that have come into effect.

“Vietnam has become an important link in the global textile and garment supply chain, so businesses will continue to pour capital into increasing production capacity and take advantage of market opportunities from FTAs,” Vu Duc Giang, President of the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas), was quoted by the Dau tu (Investment) newspaper as saying./.

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Vietnam play Malaysia at World Cup qualifiers

11/06/2021 23:26

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Vietnam will move one step closer to the final qualifying round if they beat Malaysia.

Malaysia: Farizal, Davies, Cools, Aidil Zafuan, Safawi Rasid, Sumareh, Syamer Kutty, Brendan Gan, Lucrecio, Syafiq Ahmad, Corbin Ong.

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Ninh Thuận protects marine bio-diversity

11/06/2021 08:18

NINH THUẬN – The south - central province of Ninh Thuận is stepping up efforts to conserve marine bio-diversity and seafood resources, which play an important part in its socio- economic development.

With its coastline of 105 kilometres, the province boasts a diverse range of high-value marine species such as fish, crustaceans, molluscs and corals.

The province is developing polices and mechanisms to attract resources for enhancing marine conservation.– VNS

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Home-grown Nano Covax vaccine enters third-phase trial

11/06/2021 19:34

The third-phase clinical trial of Vietnam’s first home-grown COVID-19 vaccine, Nano Covax, began on June 10. Being developed by the Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC based on recombinant DNA/protein technology, the vaccine has undergone two trial phases and proved to be effective against the UK and South African variants.

More than 6,000 volunteers have registered for the third phase of the human trials of Nano Covax. The vaccine will be tested on around 13,000 volunteers aged between 18 and 74 in many localities nationwide.

Results from the previous two trials show that Nano Covax is completely safe. All of the vaccinated volunteers developed antibodies against the UK and South African variants. However, more studies on phase three are needed to clarify how effective it is against the Indian variant, which is wreaking havoc across northern localities in Vietnam now./.

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Market retreats, VN-Index loses more than 9 points

11/06/2021 08:41

HÀ NỘI — Shares plunged on Thursday as selling pressure continued to weigh on market sentiment.

The market benchmark VN-Index on the Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE) inched down 9.32 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 1,323.58 points. The index rose nearly 1 per cent yesterday afternoon after falling for two straight sessions.

Of which, they net bought a value of VNĐ250.25 billion (US$10.9 million) on HoSE and a value of VNĐ22.62 billion (US$983,226) on UPCOM, while net they sold a value of VNĐ62.98 billion (US$2.7 million) on HNX. — VNS

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Dossier completed for national treasure to seek documentary heritage recognition

11/06/2021 11:08

NDO/VNA – The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre has completed the compilation of a dossier for the national treasure of “Cuu dinh” (Nine Dynastic Urns) to seek recognition as a world documentary heritage, said Dr Le Thi An Hoa from the centre.

The dossiers will be submitted to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for consideration and recommendations before seeking UNESCO’s recognition.

According to experts, the urns were casted by the best craftsmen at the time. Their moulds were destroyed upon the completion to avoid counterfeits, making them the only one of the kind.

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Vietnam adds 81 to local Covid tally

11/06/2021 13:04

The Health Ministry confirmed another 81 Covid-19 patients Friday noon, sending the domestic count of Vietnam's fourth wave to 6,718 in over six weeks. -

The new cases were recorded in HCMC, Hanoi, Bac Giang and Bac Ninh provinces in the north, and central Ha Tinh Province.

Bac Giang continues to have the highest infections, at 3,764, followed by its neighbor Bac Ninh with 1,240 cases and HCMC with 590.

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World Cup qualifiers - Preview: Vietnam look to repeat win against Malaysia

11/06/2021 09:13

NDO – Vietnam are looking to extend their unbeaten run in the second round of the 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers to seven games as they take on Malaysia in the penultimate game of Group G at Dubai’s Al-Maktoum Stadium (UAE) on June 11.

The Golden Star Warriors will head into the survival game with the Malayan Tigers tonight knowing that a victory will give them a solid chance of securing their maiden progression into the last round ahead of the closing game against UAE four days later.

With psychology strongly boosted following a fairy-tale unbeaten run, especially their emphatic 4-0 rout of Indonesia on Monday, Vietnamese fans are hoping Park Hang-seo’s Golden Star Warriors will push for another brilliant display against Malaysia tonight, thus widely opening the door to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers.

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Hanoi targets raising ratio of trained workers to 80 percent by 2030

10/06/2021 17:54

Hanoi targets increasing the proportion of trained workers in the city to 75-80 percent by 2030 under a strategy on labour market development built by the municipal People’s Committee.

The strategy aims to provide a strong premise for developing a stable labour market, effectively mobilising and utilising human resources to boost socio-economic growth.

Hanoi's authorities will also support the development of a labour market information system, introducing solutions to digitise and update employee data and sharing the database on population, business registration, and social insurance./.

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Food, medical supplies presented to border forces in Lao province

10/06/2021 22:21

NDO/VNA - The Border Guard Command of central Quang Nam province presented food and medical supplies to border protection forces in Sekong province of Laos to help them fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Six tonnes of rice and other food, together with medical supplies such as body thermometers, disinfectant sprayers, antiseptic liquid, and medical gloves, were handed over to the Lao side at Nam Giang International Border Gate on June 10.

Colonel Nguyen Ba Thong, Commander of the Quang Nam Border Guard Command, said more donations of food and medical supplies will be delivered to border forces in Sekong province.

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Vietnamese women in China fear cost of raising more than one child

11/06/2021 20:30

Vietnamese women living in China do not plan to oblige the government, which wants families to have three children, saying having more than one is unaffordable. -

Living in Beijing, Doan Thi Quynh spends around 6,000 yuan ($938) a month for her son’s school tuitions.

Last year it estimated the population would peak in 2027, but demographers believe China's population will start declining even earlier.

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World Cup qualifiers live blog: Việt Nam-Malaysia

11/06/2021 20:00

Việt Nam take on Malaysia tonight in the UAE in a mouthwatering World Cup qualifiers match between these two Southeast Asian rivals.

Victory would put coach Park Hang-seo’s men on the precipice of qualification for the third round for the first time in history.

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Bringing artwork into digital space

11/06/2021 15:28

NDO - In order to meet the increasingly diverse needs of the public and contribute to exploiting the potential of various art forms, a group of artists, cultural experts and technology engineers have collaborated to implement the project "Sky Gate" which provides a platform to confirm and transfer the digital ownership of artwork. After the launch ceremonies in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, the project received the attention and cooperation of many artists and art lovers.

"Sky Gate" started with fine art and photography. The project aims at the more long-term goal of bringing music, literature, cinema, and theater into the digital world. The project uses NFT (Non-Fungible Token) technology to digitize artworks with unique authenticity and ownership, co-existing alongside the original work.

"Sky Gate" is also strengthening its coordination with the Ho Chi Minh CityFine Arts Association, the IDECAF Institute, the Recording Industry Association of Vietnam and many great collectors or heirs of expensive art works, to implement the process of digitizing and preserving the valuable art works of Vietnam, including those from famous names such as Le Pho and To Ngoc Van. Along with that, there are rich artistic activities such as a digital drawing contest and a community project named the "Sounds of painting", to support hearing-impaired artists.

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Artists help sell agricultural products

11/06/2021 08:19

HÀ NỘI — Tonnes of agricultural products like lychee, plum and wax gourd were sold out within an hour by actor Nguyễn Xuân Bắc via a programme livestreamed on the Beatvn Facebook page on Tuesday.

The programme, entitled 'Connecting Agricultural Products - Sharing Love - Joining Hands to Overcome the Pandemic', was initiated by the Central Committee of the Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union in co-ordination with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Việt Nam Women's Union and the Việt Nam Farmers' Union.

Recently, singer Thái Thùy Linh also supported farmers in pandemic hotspot Bắc Giang Province by selling melons on her social media pages. About 500 kilos were sold within hours. VNS

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ECB lifts recovery outlook but keeps "steady hand" on stimulus

10/06/2021 21:39

The European Central Bank raised its growth and inflation outlooks on Thursday but promised to keep ample stimulus flowing, fearing that a retreat now would accelerate a worrisome rise in borrowing costs and choke off recovery.

ECB President Christine Lagarde said policymakers agreed to make further emergency purchases over the next quarter "at a significantly higher pace" than during the first months of the year" but gave no further detail about the expected levels.

Data released Thursday showed the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nearly 15 months, while consumer prices increased further in May as domestic demand rose.

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Vietnam offers vaccination to foreign diplomats

11/06/2021 10:13

Foreign diplomats and UN representatives are among the first to get vaccinated in Vietnam.

Covid-19 vaccines were administered to more than 600 members of foreign missions and UN bodies in Vietnam on June 9-10.

In a survey conducted on May 21-22 by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Hanoi, 88% of respondents said they or their company would pay to receive Covid-19 vaccination here.

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President praises elderly man for charitable activities

11/06/2021 19:54

NDO/VNA – State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has commended a 98-year-old man for his charitable activities in support of thousands of underprivileged people.

In a letter sent to Tran Cang from Phu Tam commune in Chau Thanh district in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang, the President lauded his efforts in mobilising more than VND17 billion (US$740,145) and his coordination with relevant agencies and local authorities to assist 4,582 people in need.

His deeds have helped strengthen the great national unity bloc and promote the image of Vietnam’s elderly, while setting a bright example for the younger generations, he said.

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Vietnam’s protective equipment production rises six-fold

11/06/2021 09:36

Vietnam’s production of personal protective equipment (PPE) rose six-fold last year, according to the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC).

The IFC said on June 9 that it is helping developing countries, including Vietnam, with PPE production, with an aim to provide front-line medical staff with quality and trustworthy products and curb COVID-19 spread.

The corporation added that the global demand for PPE such as medical masks, gloves, glasses, protective shoes, protective suits and respirators soared 3-4 fold during 2019-2020, which is expected to keep rising by 6-9 percent annually till at least 2025./.

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Vietnamese in Czech Republic support COVID-19 vaccine fund

11/06/2021 18:32

The Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic has contributed 500 million VND (21,760 USD) to the COVID-19 vaccine fund in the homeland.

Hanoi (VNA) - The Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic has contributed 500 million VND (21,760 USD) to the COVID-19 vaccine fund in the homeland.

Managed by the Ministry of Finance, the not-for-profit fund will use the capital mobilised for the right purposes and in line with legal regulations, ensuring publicity, transparency, and efficiency. It is subject to examination, inspection, and auditing by relevant State agencies and to supervision by the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the community./.

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Vietnam Airlines cleared for 12 repatriation flights from US

11/06/2021 08:15

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has received permission from U.S. authorities to conduct 12 repatriation flights this year, the first of which is scheduled for this month. -

The first flight will leave Hanoi on June 22 for Washington D.C. with a stop in Alaska before returning to Vietnam on June 24.

Last year, it conducted 20 flights between Vietnam and the U.S. to serve Vietnamese citizens and U.S. experts, and to transport goods.

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Sorry seems to be the hardest word

11/06/2021 12:17

By Nguyễn Mỹ Hà

Next week will mark the 30th anniversary of this newspaper, the Việt Nam News, born out of the need to inform the Hà Nội-based press and diplomatic corps on what's going on locally on a daily basis in 1991, shortly before the end of the Cold War.

To survive in this demanding craft, you need not only a warm heart with empathy, but you also need a logical, reasonable, rational, calm, and thoughtful head, so as to keep reporting only the truth, nothing but the truth, most of the time devastating, but not buffed or faked to be the truth.

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Methamphetamine use on the rise in Việt Nam: UNODC

11/06/2021 08:00

BANGKOK — The number of methamphetamine users in Việt Nam increased by nine times from 2016 to 2020, a new report has found.

The UN report also found the COVID-19 pandemic has failed to slow down the regional synthetic drug market, with production and trafficking surging last year.

He also noted that “safe disposal of seized drugs and chemicals is a growing challenge that also needs attention – the impact in drug-producing areas is profound.” — VNS

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PV Gas among Forbes Vietnam’s list of top 50 listed firms for 9th year

11/06/2021 19:43

The PetroVietnam Gas Joint Stock Corporation (PV GAS) has been named among the top 50 listed companies 2021 by Forbes Vietnam for the 9th consecutive year.

Forbes Vietnam said despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the companies included in the list have sought business opportunities, achieved good results and contributed to the country’s economic development.

Other firms in the oil and gas sector were also named in the list, including PetroVietnam Power Corporation, PetroVietnam Technical Services Corporation, PetroVietnam Drilling and Well Service Corporation, and PetroVietnam Ca Mau Fertiliser JSC./.

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Vietnam capable of achieving twin targets: ADB Country Director

11/06/2021 09:18

NDO/VNA – Vietnam has sufficient conditions to achieve the twin targets of curbing the COVID-19 pandemic and securing economic growth in 2021, according to Country Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Andrew Jeffries.

Talking about the recovery capability of Vietnam’s economy amid the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, he expressed his optimism about the country’s economic outlook, given the positive economic statistics recorded in April and May.

The only way to help push back the pandemic, ensure long-term safety for people, and create conditions for economic development is to step up COVID-19 vaccination, he added.

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Chile shuts capital Santiago once more as vaccines fail to quell rampant cases

11/06/2021 07:41

Chilean health authorities announced a blanket lockdown across the capital Santiago on Thursday following some of the worst COVID-19 case numbers since the pandemic began, despite having fully vaccinated more than half its population.

The development, which will alarm authorities elsewhere who are debating how fast to reopen as vaccination campaigns gather steam, comes as Chile's confirmed daily caseload surged 17% in the past two weeks nationwide and 25% in the Metropolitan region that includes Santiago and is home to half the country's population.

"Around 10% of people, even if they are vaccinated, will not be protected against serious illness. That's hundreds of thousands of people going to ICUs," he said. "And when our health system is strained to the limit as it is now, that percentage alone is enough to overwhelm them."

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E-commerce clears the way for Vietnamese goods to reach global market

11/06/2021 17:06

NDO - E-commerce has not only become an effective tool to help enterprises overcome obstacles posed by the pandemic but is also expected to act as a key to clearing the way for Vietnamese goods to make further inroads into the global market.

E-commerce in Vietnam is being expanded with many models and players, and supply chains are gradually being modernised with the assistance of digitisation and information technology.

IDEA is also building an e-commerce credit platform as a tool to evaluate those doing business in the online space and credit ratings will be widely announced to consumers.

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63 more COVID-19 cases added to national tally

11/06/2021 20:11

NDO/VNA – Vietnam posted another 63 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the past six hours to 6pm on June 11, pushing the national count to 9,980, according to the Ministry of Health.

Of the domestic cases, 27 were found in Bac Giang, 20 in Ho Chi Minh City, 15 in Bac Ninh, and one in Hanoi. Fifty-six of them were detected in quarantine or blocked sites.

Seventeen provinces have gone through 14 consecutive days without new cases. They are Yen Bai, Quang Ngai, Dong Nai, Nghe An, Quang Ninh, Quang Nam, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Dak Lak, Nam Dinh, Hoa Binh, Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Son La, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa and Hung Yen.

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Firms violating COVID-19 prevention rules must be suspended: Deputy PM

11/06/2021 22:27

NDO/VNA – Businesses that have failed to meet COVID-19 prevention and control requirements must be suspended, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said at a meeting in Hanoi on June 11.

Dam, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, asked enterprises to arrange work shifts to make it easier for quarantine in case of infections.

Le Anh Duong, Chairwoman of the neighbouring province of Bac Giang, also stricken by the pandemic, pointed out major causes of transmission at industrial parks, and suggested other localities prepare on-the-spot plans, especially improving testing capacity.

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South Korean footwear maker suspends 3,500 workers over Covid-19 cases

11/06/2021 20:29

HCMC-based Vietnam Samho Co., Ltd has temporarily suspended 3,500 employees after three workers were detected with Covid-19. -

Local authorities have taken the three coronavirus positive workers, along with 84 others who came in close contact with them, to a centralized quarantine facility. With 10,000 employees, the South Korean company temporarily shut down one workshop on Wednesday, and another two on Thursday.

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Vietnam sees 6-fold increase in number of synthetic drug users: UN report

11/06/2021 16:45

The number of synthetic drug users in Vietnam has jumped six-fold since 2017, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime has said in a report. -

‘Synthetic Drugs in East and Southeast Asia: latest developments and challenges 2021’, released Thursday, estimated the figure at nearly 190,000 last year.

"The drop in the price of methamphetamine in Southeast Asia is a serious problem, clearly showing supply reduction strategies have not worked as intended," Inshik Sim, UNODC regional coordinator, said.

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Hue reopens tourist destinations after nearly a month of closure

11/06/2021 16:45

Authorities in Thua Thien-Hue Province, home to famous tourist town Hue, allowed popular attractions and historical sites to reopen Friday though swimming remains banned. -

The move came after the central province experienced 28 days without new community transmissions of Covid-19. Provincial authorities are still yet to allow visitors from other localities amid the complicated development of the pandemic.

With the pandemic situation under control, many famous tourist hotspots like Hoi An, Da Nang and Ha Long have reopened tourist destinations and lifted the swimming ban with safeguards.

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Stock brokerages bring back order cancelation, modification functions

11/06/2021 12:24

Leading stock brokerages like VPS, Mirae Asset, VNDirect, HSC, and FPTS have announced that the cancelation and modification options could be again used except during peak trading hours. -

The Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE)’s 20-year-old system has been overloaded in recent weeks due to a huge influx of new retail investors, slowed down to a crawl and required trading to be halted on June 1 that brokerages had told clients not to cancel or modify their orders.

The daily trading value has increased from VND21-22 trillion (US$905.2-948.3 million) last month to VND28-30 trillion now. But many investors believe that the suspension of the modification and cancellation functions caused huge problems by distorting supply and demand, which led them to choose more risky trading approaches.

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