Vietnam Latest News on 15/09/2021

Party leader emphasises many important issues in building socialism

14/09/2021 17:44

NDO – With his noble revolutionary spirit and concern for the country's destiny and the people's prosperity and happiness, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong emphasised many important issues in the building of socialism and premises towards socialism.

He noted that the success or failure depends firstly on the correctness of the guidelines, political courage, leadership capacity and fighting strength of the Party.

The article has been likened to a textbook of high scientific value, orienting the activities of thinkers, theorists, revolutionary soldiers, cadres and Party members in the countries following the path of socialism. It is also an important document that will be propagated and studied at the Laos’ National Academy of Politics and Administration. I firmly believe that under the leadership of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, the profound and accurate theoretical guidance will be demonstrated in practice, leading Vietnam towards the chosen goal of socialism.

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Hà Nội allows reopening of delivery-only food and drink venues in districts with no community COVID-19

15/09/2021 17:58

HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội on Wednesday allowed restaurants and food and drink establishments to reopen for delivery, starting 12:00 noon Thursday, but only in districts that have recorded no community COVID-19 cases since September 3.

This is part of the urgent document regulating COVID-19 prevention and control measures in the capital city signed by the Chairman of Hà Nội People’s Committee Chu Ngọc Anh.

The remaining 18 districts and townships – Ba Đình, Ba Vì, Bắc Từ Liêm, Cầu Giấy, Đan Phượng, Gia Lâm, Hoài Đức, Long Biên, Mê Linh, Mỹ Đức, Nam Từ Liêm, Phú Xuyên, Phúc Thọ, Quốc Oai, Sóc Sơn, Sơn Tây, Thanh Oai, Ứng Hoà – are at a ‘new normal’ level, or recording no community cases since September 3. — VNS

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When work becomes a chore: professionals begin to explore gap year

15/09/2021 15:46

Though he still gets up at Ha Manh has not had to grapple with meeting deadlines for the last four months. -

He says: "There's no more pressure. But if you're not strict with yourself, time off from work won't mean anything."

Huong says: "A year off gives us confidence and maturity. Now I can deal with anything that comes without fear."

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Vietnam News Agency – Flow of mainstream news that never stops

15/09/2021 07:58

Over the course of its 76 years, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reporters and editors have immersed themselves in every change of the nation. Generations of journalists have been present in the fiercest battlefields, important political events as well as hotspots of diseases and natural disasters, thereby contributing to keeping news flowing.

Joining the national protection, construction and development causes is a vivid illustration for the VNA staff’s responsibility for the Party and State. They feel a glow of pride when providing the flow of mainstream news for the public.

From a small group of communications officials and patriotic intellectuals at the information department under the communications ministry of the then Provisional Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, the VNA today boasts more than 2,200 staff members, including cadres, reporters, editors, technicians and other staff members, and has a presence in Vietnam’s all 63 cities and provinces and 30 countries and territories on all five continents. It is currently a partner of more than 40 news and press agencies around the world./.

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HCM City's Củ Chi District, District 7 find effective ways to control the outbreak

15/09/2021 07:58

HCM CITY — Củ Chi District and District 7 in HCM City have kept the COVID-19 outbreak under control thanks to strict and early management of infected cases, timely emergency care and an increase in the number of treatment beds.

Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee Nguyễn Văn Nên said a pilot "new normal” scheme for HCM City after September 15 will first operate in the two districts.

In order to share the burden with the city, a hospital offering COVID-19 treatment in District 7 has installed a 32-tonne oxygen tank to provide healthcare for hundreds of patients, instead of having to change hundreds of bottles of oxygen every day.

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World News in Brief: September 15

15/09/2021 18:57

India is considering resuming exports of vaccines soon, mainly to Africa, as it has partly immunised a majority of its adults and supplies have surged, a source said.

* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reshuffle his cabinet of senior ministers on Wednesday as he seeks to refocus the government on raising living standards after the COVID-19 pandemic, a source in his Downing Street office said.

* Passenger flights between Iran and Afghanistan resumed on Wednesday, Iran's state-run al-Alam TV channel reported.

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Hà Nội picks design for $395m Trần Hưng Đạo Bridge

15/09/2021 13:22

HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội People’s Committee has chosen a design for the Trần Hưng Đạo Bridge, which will cross the Hồng (Red) River.

Experts from the committee said that the plan encapsulated the idea of connecting present and future, connecting historical landmarks in the south of the Red River with the central development area north of the river. The plan has a 'classic' look, which is a reminder of ancient beauty and features of a colourful and lively Indochina.

The whole project is estimated to cost nearly VNĐ9 trillion (US$395.6 million) and is expected to be carried out between 2022-25 under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model. — VNS

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Vietnam receives 1.48 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from France and Italy

14/09/2021 14:35

NDO – Vietnam received a donation of 672,000 doses of Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the Government of France and 812,060 doses of Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the Government of Italy, both through the COVAX Facility, at a ceremony held in Hanoi on September 14.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung expressed his appreciation for the donations from the Governments of France and Italy as well as for the support of COVAX in ensuring the equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

With the delivery of vaccines donated by the Government of France and Italy, Vietnam has received 11,725,630 doses of COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX Facility. The COVAX Facility is co-led by WHO, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI), and GAVI - the Vaccine Alliance, with UNICEF as a key delivery partner.

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ASEAN economic ministers hold consultation meetings with partners

14/09/2021 21:42

NDO/VNA – A Vietnamese delegation led by Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien attended economic ministerial-level consultation meetings between ASEAN and its partners - the US, Hong Kong (China), India, the European Union and Russia - held via video conference in the framework of the 53rd ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting on September 14.

At the ASEAN-US consultation, Vietnam and ASEAN member states thanked the US Government for its donation of COVID-19 vaccines and other anti-pandemic assistance. They also hailed the US as the second largest trade partner of the bloc with a total trade of US$309 billion last year, up 4.6% annually.

At the consultation meetings, the ministers also spent time to talk with representatives of the ASEAN-US, ASEAN-India, ASEAN-EU and ASEAN-Russia Business Councils to grasp recommendations of the private sector regarding trade facilitation in the region.

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Reference exchange rate down 13 VND

15/09/2021 09:00

The State Bank of Vietnam set the daily reference exchange rate at 23,117 VND/USD on September 15, down 13 VND from the previous day.

With the current trading band of +/-3 percent, the ceiling rate applicable to commercial banks during the day is 23,810 VND/USD and the floor rate 22,423 VND/USD.

Both rates at BIDV were also kept unchanged at 22,665 VND/USD (buying) and 22,865 VND/USD (selling)./.

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HCM City to pilot COVID-19 green cards in three districts

15/09/2021 19:12

Ho Chi Minh City is planning to pilot COVID-19 green cards in districts 7, Can Gio and Cu Chi, where the pandemic has basically been controlled.

When it is approved by the Government, it would be put into use in districts 7, Can Gio and Cu Chi, he added.

The green cards will be issued to people who are vaccinated after a minimum of two weeks from the time they get their second shots of Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Sinopharm, or Sputnik V vaccines or one shot of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine or if they have fully recovered after contracting COVID.

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Foreign investors maintain confidence in Vietnam’s economy

15/09/2021 18:32

Vietnam attracted 14 billion USD in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first eight months of this year, only 2 percent lower than the same period last year, showing foreign investors’ confidence in Vietnam’s economic scenario in mid-and long terms.

Of the investment capital, up to 11.7 percent has been disbursed, up 2 percent as compared with the corresponding time last year.

It suggested the government employ more measures to boost domestic demand and speed up public investment disbursement and the implementation of supportive packages for people, enterprises and household businesses./.

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Internal affairs bodies 'sharp sword and solid shield’ to protect the country and people: Party chief

15/09/2021 16:42

HÀ NỘI — Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng on Wednesday chaired a national conference of agencies in charge of internal affairs across the country to implement the 13th National Party Congress's Resolution.

The conference, which is held in both in-person and online forms, was also attended by Politburo members: President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính, National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ and Permanent member of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat Võ Văn Thưởng.

To realise this, they must focus on six main goals: studying and proposing improvements on policies and orientations to internal affairs works; doing better in national security efforts to create a peaceful and stable environment for national development; increasing inspections, supervision, auditing, and tightening disciplines to be more effective in their State management roles; continuing with anti-corruption efforts; building a professional, modern, fair and just judiciary sector to serve the nation and the people; consolidating the organisational apparatus, and boosting international cooperation. — VNS

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Vietnam thanks Guangxi for presenting vaccine against COVID-19

15/09/2021 09:51

NDO/VNA – Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son talked on the phone with Party Secretary of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Lu Xinshe on September 14, congratulating Guangxi on its achievements in recent years, especially in controlling the pandemic and maintaining socio-economic development momentum, as well as its successful organisation of the 18th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO).

FM Son thanked Guangxi for its decision to grant 800,000 doses of SinoPharm vaccine and medical equipment and supplies in support of Vietnam’s pandemic prevention and control.

Guangxi will make efforts to improve the efficiency of customs clearance of goods at railway and road border gates, facilitate the import of Vietnamese products, and well implement common perceptions of high-ranking leaders of the two parties and two countries, and strengthen friendship exchanges and substantive cooperation with Vietnamese localities, especially those along the borderline, thus contributing to consolidating the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

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Vietnamese Embassy in Singapore receives first batch of aid from Temasek Foundation

15/09/2021 16:24

The Vietnamese embassy in Singapore on September 15 received the first batch of medical supplies donated by Singapore's Temasek Foundation to help Vietnam deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The batch, comprising 16 ventilators, 10,000 protective suits, 50,000 BYD KN95 masks, 4,500 sets of gloves and 5,000 protective glasses, is expected to be transported to Vietnam on a flight of Vietnam Airlines on September 17.

Founded in 2007, Temasek Foundation is a non-profit organisation that has operated many projects in Vietnam in capacity improvement and training in health care, education and public administration./.

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HCM City to build new reservoir to ensure clean water supply

14/09/2021 21:48

HCM CITY - HCM City plans to build a new reservoir to cope with the shortage of clean water and ensure residents' quality of life.

The city's water supply industry has submitted a plan to build a reservoir with a capacity of 5 million m3, which could provide clean water to the people of HCM City within seven days.

Meanwhile, in HCM City, experts are worried about saline intrusion, flooding and pollutant discharge, which affect clean water supply. Together with irregular rainfall caused by climate change, the city will soon face water shortages similar to what Bangkok has been experiencing.

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Vietnam's Covid infection tally rises by 10,496

14/09/2021 19:37

The Health Ministry confirmed 10,496 new local Covid-19 patients in 33 cities and provinces on Tuesday, down 672 against Monday's tally. -

Among the new patients, Ho Chi Minh City recorded 6,312 cases, followed by its neighboring provinces of Binh Duong (2,178), Dong Nai (777), and Long An (379).

The nation of 96 million has vaccinated more than 24.72 million against the new coronavirus, with more than 5.62 million having two doses.

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Vietnam's GDP growth may reach 3.5-4% in 2021 if pandemic well controlled in September

15/09/2021 22:12

NDO/VNA – If the COVID-19 pandemic is put under good control in September, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth may reach 3.5-4% in the whole year, said Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung.

The minister held that although the predicted result is lower than the set target, it requires greater efforts of the whole political system and localities.

Besides, localities should increase meetings and dialogues with local businesses to create a more favourable investment environment for them, while ensuring social security, supporting pandemic-hit people, and actively building their own economic recovery plans.

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Vietnamese Students’ Association built up in Europe

15/09/2021 10:10

The association will sustainably link young Vietnamese and those of Vietnamese origin in Europe, as well as carry out practical activities to support their fatherland.

The Vietnamese Students’ Association has been recently set up in Europe to gather Vietnamese youths and students from 11 nations including Belgium, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Rumania, Spain, Italia and Finland.

Dieu Linh underlined the association’s care for the Vietnamese youth in Europe, adding that the association will connect and form a network to help young Vietnamese to integrate into European society and job seeking, contributing to nurturing Vietnamese intellectuals in Europe.

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Hanoi's authorities ease Covid-19 restrictions from September 16

15/09/2021 20:53

Restaurants in Hanoi are allowed to resume operations with precautionary measures in place.

Hanoi authorities will ease Covid-19 restrictions as of 12:00 pm on September 16 for Covid-19 free districts, the municipal People's Committee said in a document issued today [September 15].

The capital city has recorded 4,088 community cases of Covid-19 since the fourth wave began late April and it has applied a series of social distancing measures to curb the coronavirus spread.

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Two supporting industry exhibitions open online

15/09/2021 11:56

NDO/VNA – The ninth Vietnam - Japan Supporting Industries Exhibition (SIE) and the Vietnam Manufacturing Expo (VME) opened via videoconference on September 14.

The events are jointly held by the Reed Tradex Vietnam, the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) under the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoIT) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

Exhibitors from more than 10 countries and territories have brought over 100 brands of famous technology and machinery to the SIE and VME, which will run online until September 17 via VME website (

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Remarkable efforts made on sustainable poverty reduction in ethnic minority areas

15/09/2021 17:19

NDO – Thanks to the Party and State’s guidelines and policies on ethnic minorities, many localities and ethnic minority areas have made breakthroughs in socio-economic development in recent years, helping improve people's living conditions. Reality is also posing many new challenges that require further effort, and more synchronous and scientific solutions to develop ethnic minority areas.

Ethnic minorities account for more than 66% of the population of Lao Cai province. Thw Muong Khuong upland and border district is on the list of 56 poorest districts in the country. Five years ago, the rate of poor and near-poor households in the district accounted for over 65%. In the past three years, the Muong Khuong District Party Committee has identified four major projects, focusing on developing commodity agriculture, with a strong focus on sustainable poverty reduction.

Although many remarkable results have been achieved, ethnic minority and mountainous areas are still the most difficult areas of the country to live in. Policies should continue to focus strongly on sustainable development goals for these areas in association with ensuring resources for policy implementation. Valuable experience drawn from Party committees and authorities in many localities must be thoroughly grasped, deployed and creatively applied alongside the guidelines and policies of the Party and State, associated with promoting the responsibilities of all levels of Party committees, authorities and political system, arousing the will to be self-reliant and to rise out of poverty, improving the quality of life in the community. It is also necessary to focus on human resource training and building a contingent of ethnic minority cadres to meet all requirements in the new situation.

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First Vietnamese student among 50 finalists of Global Student Prize 2021

15/09/2021 11:29

NDO/VNA - Dong Ngoc Ha, a biological science student at the Hanoi University of Science (Vietnam National University), has been named among the Top 50 Finalists for the Global Student Prize 2021.

The finalists shortlisted for this year’s prize have been selected from over 3,500 nominations and applications from 94 countries and territories around the world.

In 2019, he founded the Biology For All Vietnam project which was the first pro-bono scheme of its kind for gifted students in Vietnam. The project brought together a team of seven lecturers to teach National Biology Olympiad teams in 10 localities across the country.

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Apartment prices rise in HCMC, Hanoi despite falling demand

15/09/2021 12:25

Apartment prices rose by 9 percent year-on-year in August in HCMC and by 8 percent in Hanoi despite falling demand, according to a popular real estate listing website. - said in a report that searches on it for apartments in HCMC fell by 23 percent during the month and in Hanoi by 43 percent, indicating dwindling interest in this segment.

Limited land supply, rising land prices, delays in obtaining licenses, and a supply shortage are the reasons for the increase, she added.

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HCMC eateries find conditions for reopening too tough

15/09/2021 09:57

Eateries have been allowed to reopen in Ho Chi Minh City, but many are finding the attendant conditions too difficult to fulfill. -

Since September 7 food and beverage businesses have been operating from 6am to 6pm every day but are permitted only takeout and delivery and not dine-in customers.

They want bank loans at a maximum interest rate of 4 percent for two years, and existing loans to be frozen and restructured.

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Temple of Literature looks to become creative cultural space

15/09/2021 06:55

Hanoi has become a member of UNESCO’s Network of Creative Cities. Over recent years, thanks to its rich cultural tradition, Vietnam’s capital has become an incubator of initiatives and creative spaces. Among them is the Temple of Literature, which has organised new activities so that its cultural values are better conveyed to visitors.

The exhibition was like a picture scroll taking visitors back to a time more than six centuries before.

According to a representative from the UNESCO office in Vietnam, the Temple of Literature can be promoted as a creative educational space, a playground for young people to show their talent to build the site into a cultural rendezvous point./.

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HCMC relaxes shopping restrictions in three districts

15/09/2021 20:57

HCMC will let residents of districts 7, Cu Chi and Can Gio go shopping once a week starting Thursday as part of a gradual reopening. -

Residents in other districts will have to continue to rely on military personnel and municipal authorities to do their groceries shopping for them until the end of the month, city authorities announced Wednesday.

HCMC has recorded 309,700 Covid-19 cases in the fourth wave, nearly half of Vietnam’s total. To date, it has undergone over 100 days of social distancing at a various levels.

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Van Hau to miss rest of World Cup Qualifiers due to injury

15/09/2021 14:46

National team defender Doan Van Hau has been ruled out of the remaining World Cup qualifiers through injury.

His club, Hanoi FC, said he has had a recurrence of a knee injury and requires surgery. He is expected to be unavailable for the next five months.

The two teams will meet in the UAE as China is not prioritised by the government in terms of isolation time, leading the match to be play at a neutral venue./.

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Cooperation is needed to ensure effective response to COVID-19: Diplomat

15/09/2021 16:07

NDO/VNA – Minister Counselor Nguyen Phuong Anh, deputy head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN), World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other international organisations in Geneva, underlined the need for countries to strengthen solidarity and close cooperation to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially ensuring timely and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and treatment for all.

She made the statement on September 14 at a dialogue on human rights all over the world, which was held virtually as part of the UN Human Rights Council’s ongoing 48th session.

As many as six thematic discussions and 37 dialogues are expected to be organised during the session. The Council is scheduled to consider and approve the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report of 15 countries and the appointment of special procedure mandate holders as well as 25 draft resolutions.

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Vietnam boosts high-tech industry

15/09/2021 19:12

Vietnam has targeted mastering a number of high technologies to form an ecosystem of enterprises producing high-tech products, and put them into production to increase the export value of high-tech products by 2030.

The decision aims to firm up the objectives and contents of the Prime Minister's decision on national hi-tech development programme by 2030.

To effectively implement these goals, the ministry would organise activities to support economic groups, corporations and enterprises in key economic sectors to research, develop and master core and key technologies of the fourth industrial revolution./.

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Deputy PM urges acceleration of projects in localities least-impacted by COVID-19

14/09/2021 22:05

NDO/VNA - Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh on September 14 chaired a meeting of the PM's special working group on removing bottlenecks and promoting the implementation of investment projects across the country.

At the event, participants said that one of the reasons why capital disbursement in the first eight months lagged behind the pace in the same period last year is that 2021 is the first year of the mid-term public investment plan for the 2021-2025.

The Deputy PM also ordered management agencies of national target programmes to quickly finish their investment dossiers to submit to the PM for approval.

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China, Singapore enhance cooperation in pandemic fight, digital economy

14/09/2021 11:34

China and Singapore have agreed to strengthen cooperation in COVID-19 prevention and control and digital economic development.

The consensus was reached during a meeting between Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Singapore on September 13.

They also exchanged views on regional and international developments, including ways to deepen cooperation between ASEAN and China, in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-China dialogue relations this year./.

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Containing Covid-19 outbreak to fuel Vietnam’s economic recovery

15/09/2021 21:45

Vietnam’s GDP growth may reach 3.5-4% this year in case the pandemic is contained in September.

Once the pandemic is contained, Vietnam’s economy would soon recovery thanks to the solid economic performance in the first half of 2021, said World Bank’s Senior Economist Dorsati Madani.

Meanwhile, LG Display has just received approval for an additional investment of $1.4 billion in its Hai Phong plant, aiming to boost its monthly OLED display output from 9.6-10 million to 13-14 million units.

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HCM City sees decrease in COVID fatalities thanks to improved home treatment

15/09/2021 07:57

Gia Lộc

HCM CITY — The number of fatalities due to COVID-19 was down by 30 per cent in HCM City last week thanks to the improvement in treatment of patients especially at home.

The Department of Health expects the number of discharged patients to be equal to or higher than the number of those hospitalised in the coming time. — VNS

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Vietnam always finds way to overcome obstacles, challenges: HSBC Vietnam CEO

15/09/2021 15:57

Vietnam always finds a way to overcome obstacles and challenges, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HSBC Vietnam Tim Evans said when giving comments on Vietnam’s economy and its GDP growth prospects.

“As a bank that has been in Vietnam for 151 years, we have been through ups and downs together with this country but we also know that Vietnam always finds a way to overcome obstacles and challenges. The national traits of perseverance and resilience will ensure this once again. Vietnam will prevail and the good times will return,” Evans said.

Strong foreign currency reserves coupled with a stable currency, inflation being under-control, continued strong FDI inflows with an emphasis on the manufacturing sector all position Vietnam will for the future. As a result, HSBC is forecasting GDP growth of 6.8 percent for the country in 2022 with a bullish outlook for the mid and long term./.

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Cambodian students return to school on September 15

15/09/2021 16:09

Hundreds of high schools in many provinces and cities of Cambodia officially reopened on September 15 after nearly six months of closure due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

In Phnom Penh, the launch of the new school year was marked with simple ceremonies at 227 high schools - including 68 public schools and 159 private educational institutions - with pandemic prevention measures strictly observed.

Teachers, students and staffs are required to wear masks at all time before entering the school. Each school needs to prepare bins for discarded masks. Food sales on and off campus are prohibited until further notice./.

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Cát Linh-Hà Đông railway needs extra $7.8m for supervision and consulting

14/09/2021 21:47

HÀ NỘI — The long-delayed Cát Linh - Hà Đông urban railway project needs an additional US$7.8 million for supervision and consulting costs, according to the Ministry of Transport.

In a recent document sent to the Ministry of Finance, the transport ministry said that the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract of the project could not be completed on schedule, causing delays and increasing the supervision and consulting cost by US$7.83 million.

The system is designed to have a main elevated line of more than 13km, 12 stations, and 13 trains. Each train, with a designed speed of up to 80km per hour, has four carriages capable of carrying more than 900 passengers. —VNS

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Government to build action plan on sci-tech development: PM

15/09/2021 22:20

NDO/VNA – The Government will build an action plan on developing science and technology that involves digital transformation, digital economy, and digital society to help improve people’s living standards, said Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at a nationwide teleconference held on September 15.

With a theme on Vietnamese sci-tech intellectuals’ implementation of the 13th National Party Congress’s Resolution, the event gathered more than 1,500 leaders of ministries, sectors and localilities, the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), and sci-tech organisations and firms.

At the conference, participants briefed outstanding activities of the intellectual group in the past time, proposed solutions to science and technology development, and introduced a number of development models and sci-tech applications.

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BIDV donates 25 billion VND to provide telecoms services, computers to students

15/09/2021 09:41

The Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) has contributed 25 billion VND (1.09 million USD) to a programme aimed to provide computers and telecommunications services for students and pupils with difficult circumstances, especially those living in COVID-19 pandemic-hit areas.

The bank's contribution to the programme aims to help needy students, especially those in localities applying social distancing measures under the Prime Minister’s Directive 16 to access sufficient conditions for their smooth and effective online studying.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Education and Training, as of September 12, online teaching and learning has been deployed in 26 out of 63 provinces and cities across the country. The total number of students joining online studying is estimated at 7.35 million, of them 1.5 million do not have computers./.

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E-pharmacy startup Medigo raises $1 million

15/09/2021 15:53

E-pharmacy startup Medigo has received a $1 million investment from venture capital firm Touchstone Partners. -

The med-tech company, which helps users order medicine from pharmacies in the comfort of their homes, plans to expand its offerings to telemedicine and other healthcare services amid growing healthcare spending in Vietnam.

Speaking of the investment, co-founder of the firm Ngo Thuy Ngoc Tu said that amid the pandemic, Medigo has offered sustainable solutions to help Vietnamese access healthcare services at reasonable costs.

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Biden says in Colorado that extreme weather will cost US over US$100 bln this year

15/09/2021 08:25

President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that extreme weather events would cost the United States over US$100 billion this year, as he visited Colorado to highlight drought conditions and raging wildfires in the US West.

Colorado was his last stop on a three-state western swing in which he also visited California and Idaho to demonstrate how global warming has scorched the region's landscape even as states in other parts of the country battle hurricanes and storms that have caused flash floods and killed dozens.

Democrats who hold narrow majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate are hoping to pass the spending plan with only Democratic votes, a difficult balancing act in chambers rife with competing interests.

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Vietnam receives 1.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from France, Italy

14/09/2021 18:29

Vietnam has so far received nearly 12 million vaccine doses via the COVAX Facility.

Vietnam today received through the COVAX Facility a combined 1.48 million AstraZeneca doses donated by France and Italy, including 672,000 doses by the Government of France and 812,060 doses from the Government of Italy.

To date, over 30 million vaccine doses have been administered in Vietnam, with more than 5.5 million fully inoculated. The additional vaccines will help the Ministry of Health to expand coverage and reach more people from priority groups, including the elderly and those with underlying conditions, contributing to attaining the country’s target of vaccinating more than 70% of the population by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

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Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee agrees on plan to realise dual goals

15/09/2021 09:11

NDO – The Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee held its eighth expanded session on September 14, in an online format, under the chair of Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen.

Within the session, reports were heard on the outstanding results of epidemic prevention and control along with Report No.301 of the Party Committee of the City People's Committee on the plan for COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control and economic recovery in Ho Chi Minh City after September 15, 2021.

This forms the legal basis for the city to transition to the new normal and realise its dual goals, he noted.

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Dak Lak farmer plants cannabis to survive Covid

15/09/2021 16:22

A farmer in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak that switched to growing cannabis due to the pandemic was detained Tuesday. -

Ho Long Phung, 39, is being probed for the alleged illegal storing of narcotic substances, Dak Lak police said.

Certain areas around the world have legalized medical or recreational use of marijuana, including several states in the U.S.

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Hanoi to allow takeaways, other shops to reopen in safe districts

15/09/2021 20:27

Hanoi districts without new Covid-19 community transmission cases since September 6 will be allowed to reopen food and beverage establishments and other businesses from Thursday noon. -

According to a desision issued by municipal Chairman Chu Ngoc Anh Wednesday, districts that have not recorded any coronavirus community transmission since September 6 would be allowed to reopen food and beverage places.

The capital has recorded 3,856 local Covid-19 cases since the fourth wave hit Vietnam in late April.

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Memorable milestones over 76 years of Vietnam News Agency

15/09/2021 08:54

On Sept. 15, 1945, the Việt Nam Thông Tấn Xã (now Thông Tấn Xã Việt Nam or Vietnam News Agency) officially broadcast to the world the Declaration of Independence and the list of members of the Provisional Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in Vietnamese, French, and English. Sept. 15 then became the traditional day of the Vietnam News Agency.

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Hanoi on track to meet adult vaccination target

14/09/2021 16:32

NDO - Hanoi is expected to fulfil its target of inoculating residents aged 18 and above against COVID-19 with at least one dose of vaccine on September 15, municipal Party Secretary Dinh Tien Dung has confirmed.

He told the media that as of 6:30pm on September 13, Hanoi had administered 4.3 million doses of the 5.3 million allocated to the capital city.

For its part, the health department was directed to get shots into arms as soon as the vaccines are available in order to fulfil the target as scheduled.

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Vietnam confirms 10,583 new Covid-19 cases

15/09/2021 19:35

Health authorities confirmed 10,583 new Covid-19 cases Wednesday, down 87 from Tuesday. -

Ho Chi Minh City led with 5,301 new cases, followed by Binh Duong (3,228) and Dong Nai (808).

Starting 12 p.m. Thursday, Hanoi will ease restrictions on some businesses and allow takeaway services from eateries and coffee shops in 22 districts.

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FM holds phone talks with party chief of Guangxi’s Zhuang autonomous region

15/09/2021 09:39

VGP – Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son held phone talks with Secretary of tge Party Committee of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Lu Xinshe during which he thanked Guangxi for donating 800,000 doses of SinoPharm vaccine and medical supplies to Viet Nam.

The minister congratulated Guangxi on its achievements in recent years, especially in controlling the pandemic and maintaining socio-economic development momentum, and successful organization of the 18th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO).

Earlier, on September 11, at the Meeting of the Vite Nam-China Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation, Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi announced that his country will aid Viet Nam with three million COVID-19 vaccine doses this year, raising the total vaccine donations to 5.7 million./.

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Vietnam’s consumer markets expected to grow by 130 billion USD over next 10 years

15/09/2021 09:24

Consumption in Vietnam could grow by 130 billion USD over the next decade as Asia continues to be the world’s consumption growth engine, a new report from McKinsey has revealed.

Scale continues to be a key characteristic of the region’s consumption story, but a new chapter is being written based on the increasing diversity of the region’s consumer markets. Companies need to get to know the distinct segments of consumers who are set to drive growth and redraw their map of consumption for Vietnam and for Asia as a whole.

Jeongmin Seong, an MGI partner in Shanghai, said: “In order to capture new and evolving sources of growth, companies need to refresh the growth map in Asia. The map can help business executives to make effective decisions on a range of corporate activity, from resource allocation to what kind of ecosystem to operate in.”/.

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