Vietnam Latest News on 14/10/2021

Vietnam, Japan sign MoU on low-carbon growth

14/10/2021 21:50

NDO/VNA – Vietnam and Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Joint Credit Mechanism - JCM at a ceremony held in both virtual and in-person forms on October 14.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha and Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio represented the two Governments to sign the MoU, while Japanese Environment Minister Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi Michael and Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Vu Hong Nam witnessed the signing and exchange of the MoU from Tokyo.

He said he was confident that the signed MoU would help the two countries promote cooperation in realizing commitments on responding to climate change, mitigating greenhouse emissions and actively contributing to Vietnam's goal of a carbon-neutral economy.

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Failing to overcome 1,400 threshold, VN-Index puts an end to 7-day rising streak

14/10/2021 05:25

HÀ NỘI — Failing to overcome the psychological threshold of 1,400 points on Wednesday, the VN-Index dropped slightly, putting an end to its seven-day rising streak.

On the Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange, the VN-Index edged down 0.21 per cent to close at 1,391.91 points. The southern market’s index had climbed more than 4.4 per cent in the past seven sessions.

“Overall, the VN-Index is still in a positive trend in the short term,” they said, suggesting investors take advantage of the situation to restructure the portfolio and look for new opportunities in stocks that have a positive accumulation. — VNS

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Vietnam Airlines transports COVID-19 vaccine home from Europe

14/10/2021 18:01

A flight from Budapest, Hungary, operated by Vietnam Airlines carrying COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies provided by several European countries landed at Hanoi’s Noi Bai international airport on October 14.

The goods consist of 560,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, including 100,000 and 60,000 doses donated by the Slovak and Croatian Governments, respectively, while 400,000 doses were resold to Vietnam by the Hungarian Government under a non-profit mechanism.

As the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines plays a key role in transporting COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies serving the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. With its fleet and extensive network of routes, the airline has transported more than 250 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies free of charge./.

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Webinar held on utilising Vietnamese living overseas to promote local goods

14/10/2021 18:41

HÀ NỘI — A webinar in Hà Nội on Wednesday discussed how Vietnamese people living overseas (OV) can help promote Vietnamese goods on the international stage.

The event follows the Prime Minister’s Decision No 1797/QĐ-TTg, a project which encourages the OVs’ involvement in the introduction, consumption and development of Vietnamese goods abroad.

The event was co-hosted by the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HCM City's Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency on the 17th anniversary of the Vietnam Entrepreneurs’ Day on October 13. — VNS

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VND8 billion allocated to support returnees from pandemic-hit areas

14/10/2021 12:10

NDO - The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee has decided to allocate VND8 billion to support people returning from pandemic-hit areas to their home provinces in Soc Trang, An Giang, Dong Thap, Kien Giang and Binh Dinh.

Under the decision, VND2 billion will be distributed to each Soc Trang, An Giang, and Kien Giang Province, while Dong Thap and Binh Dinh will receive VND1 billion each.

Previously, given the fact that a significant number of migrant workers in Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces have returned to their hometowns since social distancing has been relaxed, the VFF proposed that when allocating COVID-19 vaccines, the Government and local authorities should give priority to the provinces that have the most people returning from pandemic-hit areas, as well as support the returnees regarding the quarantine fees.

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560,000 vaccine doses shared by European countries arrive in Hà Nội

14/10/2021 16:25

HÀ NỘI — 560,000 doses of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines shared by three European countries to Việt Nam have arrived in Hà Nội today.

The flight, conducted by the national carrier Vietnam Airlines with its Airbus A350 craft, departed from Hungary’s capital city of Budapest late Wednesday (local time) and landed at Nội Bài International Airport Thursday afternoon.

Vaccines and medical supplies need strict storage requirements, so the whole process of reception and transport has been carried out urgently in line with the requirements so that the quality is not compromised when they arrive in Việt Nam. — VNS

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Ministerial roundtable discusses public services for digital transformation

14/10/2021 21:25

A ministerial roundtable with its theme highlighting the importance of public services for promoting digital transformation took place on October 14 as part of the ongoing International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Digital World 2021.

In addition, they said there is a risk of a new digital gap in society, where vulnerable groups without digital devices and skills, such as the elderly, cannot access essential health care and information services.

The global digital conference and exhibition ITU Digital World 2021 is co-organised by Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communication and the ITU./.

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PM thanks RoK for donation of 1.1 million vaccine shots, treasures strategic cooperative partnership

13/10/2021 09:01

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam always attaches importance to the Strategic Cooperative Partnership with the Republic of Korea (RoK) and is ready to work closely with the RoK to optimise existing mechanisms between the two countries to elevate bilateral cooperation, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính told RoK Ambassador to Việt Nam Park Noh-wan during a reception in Hà Nội on Tuesday.

The Vietnamese Government leader suggested the two sides maintain the exchange of delegations and high-level meetings in flexible forms, and promote people-to-people diplomacy for better mutual understanding and trust.

He took the occasion to convey the RoK Prime Minister's invitation to visit the RoK to PM Chính and the Vietnamese leader gladly accepted the invitation, saying that the trip will be arranged through diplomatic channels. — VNS

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Singapore: Undersea cable to facilitate power import from Indonesia

13/10/2021 14:20

Singapore’s energy provider SP Group and EDF Group of France said on October 12 that an undersea cable will be developed to import renewable electricity from Indonesia to Singapore.

One day earlier, SP and EDF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in this project.

The country also planned to import energy from Australia via a 740-km submarine cable line. Last month, Singapore announced its plan to start importing power from Laos via Thailand and Malaysia./.

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Hanoi preparing for resumption of road transport services

13/10/2021 15:44

The Hanoi Department of Transport has asked road passenger transport service providers to set forth specific operational plans and submit them to the department and bus stations for approval of the service resumption.

The department said on October 13 that it has issued a document on the implementation of the Transport Minister’s Decision No. 1777/QD-BGTVT piloting the resumption of inter-provincial road passenger transport activities from October 13 – 20, ensuring safe and flexible response to and effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The director of the department will send relevant reports to the Directorate for Road of Vietnam before 3pm every day, and to the municipal People’s Committee and the transport ministry./.

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Bình Thuận set to develop night-time economy to attract tourists

14/10/2021 13:11

HCM CITY – Its tourist attractions, unique culinary culture and pleasant night weather are great assets that will enable Bình Thuận Province to develop its night-time economy, experts have said.

They were referring to the Government’s recent approval of a project to develop the province’s night-time economy from now through 2030, focusing on culture, entertainment, food and beverage services, and travel.

But the experts said specific planning is necessary to develop the night-time economy, and in the early stages only large investors and high-quality services should be allowed. – VNS

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Live Fully in Viet Nam campaign to kick-off inbound tourism

13/10/2021 17:12

The tourism authority and Vietnamese diplomatic missions abroad are boosting a plan for welcoming international visitors.

Vietnam will carry out a campaign themed “Live Fully in Viet Nam" to promote the tourism recovery in the 2021-2022 period, said Ha Van Sieu, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

Previously, the VNAT stated the reopening regime of inbound tourism will conduct based on the "Safety is first" rule and the Covid-19 developments. The authority has cooperated with relevant agencies and localities to boost promotion activities for welcoming international visitors in the new normalcy.

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Spanish designer Diego Chula passes away in Hà Nội

14/10/2021 18:17

HÀ NỘI — The famous Spanish designer Diego Chula passed away on Wednesday at the age of 49.

According to Chula's relatives, for the past year he has had cardiovascular disease. On the evening of October 13, Chula was admitted to hospital and suffered a stroke.

His collections have regularly featured at the Việt Nam Fashion Week since the early 2010s, making him the international designer with the most displays. VNS

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More subjects of Ho Chi Minh City National University enter rankings

14/10/2021 11:32

NDO – More subjects of the Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City have been added into the Times Higher Education (THE) - World University Rankings 2022 by subject.

Accordingly, the Social Sciences and Business and Economics fields of the Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City have been ranked in the group 601+ in the world. Meanwhile, the Social Sciences field entered the ranking for the first time.

Up to now, THE has announced the ranking results of 10/11 scientific groups. Of which, the Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City occupies six major groups on this ranking. Those are the groups of Social Sciences and Business - Economics with the same position as the group 601+; Life Sciences, Computer Science in the group 601-800; Physical Sciences and Engineering in the group 801-1,000.

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Travel firms fashion new normal tour packages to revive tourism

14/10/2021 13:31

Travel agencies in tourism hotspots have begun launching new tour package programs incorporating strict pandemic restrictions to welcome domestic tourists and recover from Covid blows. -

With the country shifting from a 'zero-Covid' strategy to living safely with the pandemic and most localities easing Covid restrictions and reopening tourism activities, several travel agencies have been looking for ways to bring back tourists by launching tour packages that cater to new normal requirements.

"I hope the launching of these tour package programs will help people feel safe about traveling again after a long time of social distancing and give a boost to the tourism industry.

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Central HCMC real estate remains alluring

14/10/2021 17:00

Real estate products, located in the financial and economic centers of big cities, own unique advantages and intangible values that generate long-lasting appeal. -

Real estate in downtown areas has long been in the favored portfolio of experienced investors. The ranking of the most expensive housing markets in the world, published by Savills in March, was led by big cities that play the role of economic and financial centers like Hong Kong, New York, Tokyo, Geneva, Shanghai, London, and Sydney.

While the central real estate market lacks new supply, The Grand Manhattan is seen as a sustainable settlement option, seizing opportunities ahead of real estate market recovery.

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Vaccination against COVID-19 sped up nationwide

14/10/2021 17:46

NDO – According to the Ministry of Health, a large number of COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in Vietnam from now until the end of 2021; therefore, localities should prepare the human resources, infrastructure and essential conditions necessary to speed vaccination coverage, towards controlling the pandemic as soon as possible and safely adapting to the epidemic.

According to a report by the Department of Preventive Medicine and National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, as of October 10, Vietnam had received over 87 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine and conducted 57 distributions with a total of 81.7 million doses t, including 21.5 million in the past seven days. By October 12, more than 56.3 million doses of vaccine had been administered to people aged 18 years and older, with nearly 16.5 million people now fully inoculated and nearly 40 million receiving their first shot.

The National Expanded Programme for Immunisation has been also developing documents related to training in the vaccination against COVID-19 for children. The specialised agencies have been discussing the methods of vaccination (in schools or localities) for children. The Ministry of Health will soon issue guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination for children and adolescents aged 12-18 years so that vaccines will be administered as soon as available.

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Mass vaccination boosted in Mekong Delta

14/10/2021 07:31

Mekong Delta localities are accelerating Covid-19 immunization now they have access to more vaccines. -

On Tuesday, Can Tho City allocated 500,000 Sinopharm and 40,000 Pfizer doses to its nine districts for mass vaccination.

Nationwide, around 55.2 million people have got one shot while 16 million have been fully vaccinated.

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Saline intrusion may occur earlier in Mekong Delta

14/10/2021 08:42

MEKONG DELTA – The saline intrusion in the Cửu Long (Mekong Delta) region during this year’s dry season would occur earlier and be worse than previous years, warned the Department of Water Resources Management under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The level of saltwater intrusion may be approximately at the level of 2015-2016, which saw historic salinity and drought in the region.

The localities that are not directly affected by saline intrusion, should still prepare preventive measures for drought and water shortage due to insufficient rainfall and low water resources from upstream, the department said. VNS

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FPT Group wins big at Top 10 Vietnam ICT Companies awards

13/10/2021 16:01

FPT Group was honoured seven times at a recent ceremony announcing awards of the Top 10 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Companies of Vietnam in 2021 hosted by the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA).

The corporation and its affiliates earned recognition in all three core fields of information technology, digital transformation and new technologies, being named among the leading 10 firms in digital transformation platform, e-Government and smart cities solutions providers, among others.

Launched in 2014, the Top 10 ICT awards aim to honour businesses with big contribution to the country’s ICT industry./.

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Storm Kompasu weakens into tropical depression

14/10/2021 10:44

Typhoon Kompasu, the eighth storm hitting the East Sea so far this year, has weakened into a tropical depression, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

At 10am on October 14, the centre of what used to be the storm lay 154km from Thanh Hoa, 172km from Nghe An and 168km from Ha Tinh provinces with winds of 40-60km a hour.

Strong winds are predicted in coastal areas from Quang Tri to Thua Thien-Hue provinces on October 14 and 15./.

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Vietnam's first debt trading platform to start operation on October 15

14/10/2021 16:28

The move aims to help the country's banking sector resolve bad debts that need a debt market and qualified investors.

Vietnam’s first debt trading platform is scheduled to become operational on October 15, according to Nguyen Trong Du, deputy chief inspector of the Banking Inspection and Supervision Agency under the State Bank of Vietnam.

The Covid-19 pandemic, however, has significantly impacted VAMC’s capabilities in recouping debts. This year, the VAMC and credit institutions resolved over VND46 trillion (US$2 billion) of bad debts and recouped over VND14 trillion (US$607 million) of debts from guaranteed bonds.

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Young sticky rice flakes, taste of autumn in Hanoi

14/10/2021 18:38

Hanoi’s autumn is also the season for com or young sticky rice flakes. Not only Hanoians but also travelers to the capital city always remember and love the special taste of this very good green sticky rice.

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More support needed to help poor, disconnected students with distance learning

14/10/2021 08:06

HÀ NỘI – More than a month after the start of the new school year in early September, many students living in disadvantaged and border areas are still struggling with online learning due to poor internet connections and a lack of equipment.

In the border area of Lâm Thủy Commune in central Quảng Bình Province’s Lệ Thủy District, students have stopped going to school as usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the committee has received support from enterprises and individuals in supplying devices for disadvantaged students, so children would be able to study at home. VNS

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GDP growth target is hard to reach: MPI

14/10/2021 08:11

HÀ NỘI — Minister of Planning and Investment (MPI) Nguyễn Chí Dũng calculated economic growth in the whole of 2021 at between 3 and 3.5 per cent, but also said such a target will be difficult to reach.

At the 4th session of the National Assembly Standing Committee meeting in Hà Nội yesterday, Dũng said four out of 12 socio-economic targets have not yet reached the set plan due to the pandemic.

It also said the country need plans to fully exploit the advantages of new-generation FTAs ​​to promote domestic economic reform efforts, effectively using and allocating resources and ensuring green growth to link economic growth with emphasis on environmental protection and effective response to climate change. — VNS

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Bamboo Airways opens Hanoi- Dien Bien route

14/10/2021 18:46

The first Bamboo Airways flight from Hanoi landed in Dien Bien Phu airport in the northern border province of Dien Bien on October 14, marking the official launch of Bamboo Airways' Hanoi-Dien Bien route.

The airline operates three return flights a week on the route using Embraer 190 aircraft. The flight frequency will gradually increase depending on actual travel demand.

Le Thanh Do, Chairman of the Dien Bien People’s Committee, expected the new air route will help open up opportunities for the province to develop tourism and attract investors./.

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German investors choose Vietnam for their supply chain

14/10/2021 21:39

The pandemic has revealed the limitations of the current global supply chains.

Vietnam will stay attractive for foreign investors including those from Germany in their pursuit of diversifying supply chains, said Florian Feyerabend, Resident Representative of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS).

Many delegates at the seminar also gave recommendations about the new approach and thinking on supply chain issues, building plans and scenarios for development as the disease situation is improving as well as the rapid and comprehensive implementation of measures to support post-pandemic recovery.

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Indices gain on back of some pillar stocks

13/10/2021 07:08

HÀ NỘI — The market firmed on Tuesday despite losses in many large-cap stocks, while foreign investors net sold on both main exchanges again.

The benchmark VN-Index on the Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE) closed the trading session at 1,394.8 points, up 0.71 points, or 0.05 per cent. The index gained slightly despite the negative market breadth. Accordingly, 175 stocks climbed yesterday, while 228 stocks decreased.

Meanwhile, foreign investors were net sellers on both main exchanges, with a total value of VNĐ53.66 billion. Of which, they net sold a value of VNĐ41.35 billion on HoSE, and a value of VNĐ12.31 billion on the northern bourse. — VNS

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HCM City travel agencies start to roll out new tours

14/10/2021 08:39

HCM CITY — HCM City’s tourism industry is implementing a recovery roadmap and building tourism products that can be deployed immediately.

At a recent meeting between authorities and travel agencies, Deputy Chairman of HCM City People’s Committee Phan Thị Thắng stressed the importance of safe and suitable tourism products to be introduced at the moment.

The tours are helping restore economic activities and providing travel agencies with valuable insights to launch quality tourism products in the next stages, an expert said. — VNS

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Việt Nam, Singapore hold 12th defence policy dialogue

13/10/2021 15:32

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam and Singapore sought ways to strengthen their defence ties at the 12th defence policy dialogue held via videoconference on Tuesday.

The event was co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Hoàng Xuân Chiến, and Singapore’s Permanent Secretary for Defence Chan Heng Kee.

Chiến suggested the Singaporean defence ministry help its Vietnamese counterpart with COVID-19 vaccines, treatment drugs and other medical supplies to serve the pandemic combat. — VNS

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Vietnam makes efforts to maintain agricultural growth momentum

14/10/2021 17:37

NDO - The agricultural, forestry and fishery sector expanded by 2.74% in the first nine months of 2021, contributing 23.52% to the overall growth of the economy and playing a key role in the national economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the General Statistics Office.

Director of the Planning Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Van Viet said that the agricultural sector faced many difficulties in the first nine months of this year due to the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused disruptions to supply-consumption chains.

However, maintaining the growth momentum of the agricultural sector in the last months of 2021 is still a great challenge. Therefore, the agriculture sector needs to receive supports from the Government and the relevant ministries and sectors regarding issues such as: prioritising vaccination for the workforce in the field, providing support for farmers in plant and animal varieties, farming techniques and capital to restore production in addition to supporting businesses in terms of capital, interest rates, and the transportation of materials and products and to help the whole agricultural sector grasp opportunities for recovery and growth in the future.

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Vietnam prioritizes digital infrastructure development

14/10/2021 17:09

The Covid-19 pandemic remains a catalyst to accelerate the digitalization process, which is an inevitable trend for countries around the world.

Vietnam prioritizes investing in digital infrastructure that is seen as a foundation to ensure overall socio-economic development.

He expressed his belief the 5G technology would bring significant transformation to the world and changed people’s lives for the better.

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Da Nang to pilot welcoming foreign visitors from November

14/10/2021 18:40

The central city of Da Nang will pilot its plan to welcome international visitors in November, according to the municipal Department of Tourism.

In the short term, the municipal Department of Tourism has submitted to the municipal People's Committee two plans to reopen to tourists.

The third phase will be implemented as the Government allows resuming all activities in the new normal nationwide./.

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Vietnam to spend $10-11.5 bln a year on power sector

14/10/2021 08:15

Vietnam looks to spend $10-11.5 billion a year between 2021 and 2030 on electricity generation and transmission, according to the latest draft Power Development Master Plan VIII. -

The draft recently submitted to the government by the Ministry of Industry and Trade estimates that the country would need $99.32-115.96 billion for developing electricity generation and transmission in the ten-year period. On average, $8.57- 10.15 billion a year would be needed for power generation and $1.36-1.44 billion a year for grid development.

Accordingly, Vietnam will have total electricity capacity of 130,371 megawatts by 2030 and 261,951 megawatts by 2045; or 143,839 megawatts by 2030 and 329,610 megawatts by 2045.

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Vietnam calls for joint efforts to support women in Covid-19

14/10/2021 05:44

Vietnam highlights the role of women in ensuring global security, economic growth, social progress, and overcoming the adverse consequences of the pandemic.

Countries and stakeholders should join hands to protect people from health emergencies and help them overcome the impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam’s Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan told international leaders on Oct 13.

The forum has gained wide recognition as an effective mechanism of interaction and dialogue for women who are influencing social, political, and economic decisions. It facilitates the growing participation of women’s movements in resolving the global challenges of our time.

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Vietnamese artworks on display at prestigious exhibition in Australia

14/10/2021 09:34

HÀ NỘI — A video by Vietnamese artist Phương Linh is one of four pieces from Việt Nam that has been chosen for display at a prestigious art exhibition in Queensland, Australia, starting on December 4.

The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) will feature Linh's art video, titled "The Head", which lasts for 4 minutes 45 seconds and has attracted the attention of an international audience.

The international exhibition will bring audiences workshops, performances and virtual chats, along with artworks ranging from sculptures, textiles, paintings, photography and videos. — VNS

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Many localities in Vietnam allow students back to school

14/10/2021 22:08

Online learning will continue to be a support tool for students even after schools reopen.

A total of 23 provinces and cities across Vietnam have allowed students to return to school, according to the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET).

It is also counting the number of children from 3 to 11 years old while seeking access to vaccine sources and consulting experts and scientists on vaccination for the group, Tuyen added.

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Saline intrusion may occur earlier in Mekong Delta

14/10/2021 09:14

The saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta region during this year’s dry season would occur earlier and be worse than previous years, warned the Department of Water Resources Management under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The level of saltwater intrusion may be approximately at the level of 2015-2016, which saw historic salinity and drought in the region.

The localities that are not directly affected by saline intrusion, should still prepare preventive measures for drought and water shortage due to insufficient rainfall and low water resources from upstream, the department said./.

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EVFTA to further increase FDI to Vietnam in mid-and long-term

14/10/2021 17:32

European investors have diversified investments in Vietnam to new fields, including telecommunications, finance, office leasing, retail, hi-tech farming, and pharmacy.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to high-quality projects are set to keep increasing to Vietnam in the mid-and long-term thanks to the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

The EVFTA was signed between Vietnam and the EU on June 30, 2019. After both sides ratified the deal, it became effective on August 1, 2020.

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Vietnam records 4,151 more local Covid cases

14/10/2021 19:36

Vietnam on Thursday added 4,151 Covid-19 cases to its database, bringing the total coronavirus tally in the new wave to 849,198. -

The three localities with the highest numbers of new infections were Ho Chi Minh City with 909 cases, Dong Nai with 647 cases and Binh Duong with 483 cases.

Vietnam has vaccinated over 40.6 million people with at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot. Over 16.8 million people have been fully vaccinated.

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WB lowers forecast for Việt Nam’s 2021 GDP growth to 2-2.5%

14/10/2021 13:52

HÀ NỘI — World Bank continued to lower Việt Nam’s GDP growth forecast for this year to 2-2.5 per cent in its October 2021 Việt Nam Macro Monitoring.

Việt Nam's GDP in the third quarter of 2021 decreased by 6.17 per cent from the same period last year, the sharpest decline since Việt Nam announced its quarterly GDP in 2006.

The authorities should also adopt a more expansionary fiscal policy and use the various fiscal tools available to support the economic rebound, including easing procedural rigidities in the budget to spend the planned current budget, accelerating the implementation of planned public investment, and expanding social protection to households and to formal and informal workers, it said. — VNS

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Localities asked to revise plans on fighting IUU fishing

14/10/2021 10:52

NDO/VNA – Coastal cities and provinces have been requested to review, amend and supplement their plans on implementing measures against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in line with their specific situation, towards the goal of ending violations of foreign waters by fishermen by the end of this year.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) made the request in a document sent to Chairpersons of People’s Committees of the 28 coastal cities and provinces, regarding the realisation of the Prime Minister’s conclusions on combating IUU fishing and removing the European Commission (EC)’s “yellow card.”

Fishermen should be prioritised in vaccination to make them feel secure in fishing and ensure the growth of the fisheries sector, the ministry said.

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Storm Kompasu approaches Gulf of Tonkin

13/10/2021 14:50

Storm Kompasu is expected to enter the Gulf of Tonkin between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, before weakening. -

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, the storm was in the eastern sea regions of Hainan Island, about 600 km away from Thanh Hoa, 610 km away from Nghe An and 540 km away from Ha Tinh.

Storm Kompasu has killed at least nine and rendered 11 missing in the Philippines on Tuesday due to flooding and landslides, Reuters cited the national disaster agency as saying.

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Ministers meet to talk actions towards drug-free ASEAN

14/10/2021 21:53

NDO/VNA – The 7th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters (AMMD) officially opened and convened the plenary session via videoconference on October 14 under the chair of Cambodia.

Participants got updates about the development in ASEAN and listened to speeches on drug-related issues by heads of delegations. They looked into reports on the outcomes of the 41st and 42nd ASEAN senior officials’ meetings on drug matters, along with a mid-term review report on the ASEAN Work Plan on Securing Communities Against Illicit Drugs 2016 - 2025 and the ASEAN Cooperation Plan to Tackle Illicit Drug Production and Trafficking in the Golden Triangle.

Vietnam took part in the AMMDs held by Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It hosted the 6th meeting in Hanoi in 2018.

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Việt Nam reports 3,092 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

14/10/2021 19:14

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health reported 3,092 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the national tally to 853,842.

There were also 81 more virus-related fatalities throughout the country on Thursday. The death toll now stands at 20,950.

In addition, 719 patients were declared coronavirus-free on Thursday, taking to the total number of recoveries to 788,005.

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HDBank achieves 82% of full-year plan in 9 months

13/10/2021 14:41

HCM CITY — The Ho Chi Minh City Development JSC Bank (HDBank) has announced its preliminary business results for the first nine months of 2021, with positive growth and a standalone non-performing loan ratio of less than 1 per cent.

Its total assets as of September 30 were worth over VNĐ346 trillion (US$15.2 billion), up 26.7 per cent from a year earlier.

Overcoming the impact of the pandemic, HDBank continued to make steady progress, giving it the confidence to achieve and even go past its 2021 targets. — VNS

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70 percent of workers rent rooms

14/10/2021 18:32

Over 1.7 million workers in Vietnam are living in boarding houses in an average space per capita of less than three square meters. -

Industrial hubs across the country, especially Ho Chi Minh City, its neighbor Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces, Hanoi and its neighbors Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces, have in recent years attracted millions of migrant workers.

Ngo Duy Hieu, deputy chairman of the labor general confederation, said it is not easy to lure workers back to industrial hubs, posing a threat of labor shortage now Vietnam is gradually reopening socio-economic activities post lockdown.

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Vietnam evacuates some 250,000 residents as storm Kompasu nears

13/10/2021 15:04

Storm Kompasu is the eighth one to enter Vietnam's waters so far this year, which will move very fast and directly affect north-central region of Vietnam.

Vietnam’s central coastal provinces have made plans to evacuate 65,000 families with some 250,000 residents from flood-prone areas as storm Kompasu threatens is forecast to make landfall on October 14, according to the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

* The NCHMF forecast that due to the influence of the tropical convergence zone and the strong southwest monsoon, the Central Highlands and the Southern region will face heavy rain and thunderstorms, even very heavy rain in some places in the afternoon and evening.

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Typhoon Kompasu weakens, warnings on torrential rain, flash floods, landslides remain in place

14/10/2021 14:50

HÀ NỘI — Typhoon Kompasu weakened into a tropical low-pressure system on Thursday morning before making landfall in central provinces from Thanh Hoá to Hà Tĩnh.

However, warnings of torrential rain, flash floods and landslides remain in place for the northern region as well as provinces from Thanh Hoá to Quảng Bình.

The centre forecast that the cold spell would intensify on Saturday, causing temperatures to fall further. — VNS

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Indonesia's special economic zones attract over 4.5 billion USD

14/10/2021 11:20

Nineteen operating Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Indonesia have attracted a combined investment of 64.4 trillion rupiah (4.53 billion USD) and provided jobs for 23,000 workers, according to Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto.

Hartarto was quoted by Antara news agency at the groundbreaking of PT Freeport Indonesia's smelter at Gresik SEZ, East Java, on October 12 as saying that 150 companies in the SEZs have earned 3.8 trillion rupiah from exports since the beginning of the year.

In order to promote the development of the SEZs, Indonesia has recently issued a decree which sets a target of attracting over 50 billion USD of investment in the zones in the next decade./.

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