Vietnam morning news for December 20

Vietnam morning news for December 20

Vietnam morning news

Vietnam, third largest rubber exporter, imports $1 billion of synthetic rubber yearly
Vietnam takes pride as one of the world’s biggest natural rubber exporter, but it still has to spend nearly $1 billion a year to import mostly synthetic rubber products to satisfy domestic production.
— Viet Nam Net

Vietnam considers auctioning solar energy prices: Deputy Minister
Over the past years, the number of solar power projects has been on the rise thanks to the government’s favorable policies and increasing demand.
— Hanoi Times

Vietnam: Ben Tre province attracts investment in high-tech agriculture
Vietnam’s Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre is striving to attract more investment in high-tech agriculture, given that it boasts nearly 100,000 ha of coconut trees, specialty fruits and nearly 10 million ornamental plants.
— Fresh Plaza

France’s Total considers US$1.2-billion LNG-power complex project in Vietnam
Total is expected to team up with other partners, including Siemens (Germany), Novatek (Russia) and Vietnam’s A&A Technology and Investment Company for the project with a total power-generating capacity of 4,500 MW.
— Hanoi Times

Current coal supply policy: cause of coal-power crisis
Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), the biggest electricity generator in the country, has complained to the government about the oversupply of coal, but at other times, the shortage of coal.
— Viet Nam Net

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Vietnam needs strategy to promote local trade
Vietnam lacks an overall strategy to promote the sustainable development of domestic trade in the context of deep international integration, heard a conference held in Hanoi on December 18.

Local cashew industry to face challenges next year
The domestic cashew industry would continue to face difficulties processing and trading cashew nuts next year, according to the Việt Nam Cashew Association (Vinacas).
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam-Vatican Joint Working Group convenes seventh meeting
Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Under Secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States Antoine Camilleri co-chaired the seventh meeting of the Vietnam-Vatican Joint Working Group in Hanoi on December 19.

First Bamboo Airways aircraft to arrive in Việt Nam next month
The first Airbus A321neo aircraft of Bamboo Airways, owned by property developer FLC Group, is expected to arrive in Việt Nam on January 10th, 2019.
— Viet Nam News

Six million Vietnamese rise above poverty line in five years
About six million Vietnamese people escaped from poverty between 2012-2016, with the poverty ratio dropping from 15.9 to 9.1 percent during the period, according to a report released on December 19.

How much does it cost to convert magnetic into chip cards?
With 80 million magnetic cards in circulation, commercial banks would have to spend trillions of dong to convert them into chip cards to ensure security.
— Viet Nam Net

Feature: Long Jiang Industrial Park, a miracle growing out of pineapple fields in Vietnam
“There was hardly any road, all you could see were pineapples, pineapples, and more pineapples. We took a car, then a motorbike, and finally walked to get there,” Weng Mingzhao, board chairman of Long Jiang Industrial Park Development Company in Vietnam, recalled the time he first set foot on the park’s venue 12 years ago.
— Xinhua

Vietnam moves to develop responsible fishery industry
Considerable efforts have been made by the entire political system, sectors and localities to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as required by the European Commission.
— Viet Nam Net

Top legislator extends Xmas greetings to Catholics in HCM City
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on December 19 visited and extended Christmas greetings to Auxiliary Bishop of Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese Do Manh Hung and local Catholic dignitaries and followers.

Vietnam’s Hoang Lien Son mountain range listed among best trips for 2019
Vietnam’s Hoang Lien Son mountain range has been listed among the world’s most exciting destinations for the year ahead, according to the acclaimed US-based National Geographic Magazine.
— Nhan Dan online

Localities should continue improving ethnic boarding schools: Minister
Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha has suggested localities continuously improve the system of boarding schools for ethnic minority students.

Vietnamese tourism: milestone of breakthroughs
Vietnamese tourism sector held a ceremony at Ha LongInternational Cruise Port on December 19 to welcome the 15 millionth foreign visitor to the country in 2018.
— Nhan Dan online

Vietnamese student wins at Russian music festival
Vietnamese student Cao Dinh Thang recently won a third prize at a music festival in Russia for wind instruments.

Vietnam, China to reinforce ties in border gate management
Vietnam and China agreed to enhance cooperation in the management of border gates along their border at a conference held in Hanoi on December 18.
— Viet Nam Net

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Vietnam to contribute more to international trade law: official
Vietnam’s membership of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) will help the country contribute to maintaining international trade law while ensuring its interests, said Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung.

Viet Nam’s rice trademark unveiled at festival
Viett Nam’s rice brand logo was unveiled on Tuesday night during the opening ceremony of the third Viett Nam Rice Festival held in Tân An City in the Cá­u Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Long An.
— Viet Nam News

Forestry contributions to economic development analysed
The forestry sector is playing an increasingly important role in Vietnam’s economy, according to a forestry expert.

Remnants of ancient Buddhist pagoda found in central province
Scientists have gathered more evidence of a 14th-century Buddhism centre in an excavation at Am Các Pagoda, Tĩnh Gia District in the central province of Thanh Hóa.
— Viet Nam News

Chess masters bring home Asian bronzes
Vietnam picked up two bronze medals at the Asian Continental Chess Championship, which closed on December 18 in Manila, the Philippines.

Apparatus streamlining takes time: Party chief
Streamlining the Party’s structure is a difficult, sensitive, and complex task that takes time, said Party General Secretary, President Nguyá»…n Phú Trọng.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnamese paintings exhibited in Netherlands
Paintings portraying the landscapes of two cities, Hanoi and Kampen, by Ha Hoang Tung are being shown in an ongoing exhibition entitled Hanoi – Hoang Ha Tung – Kampen in Kampen, Netherlands.

Miss Vietnam wins Filipinos hearts with her Cinderella story
The attention may be on Catriona Gray winning the Miss Universe 2018 but another contestant in the pageant captured the hearts of Filipinos with her Cinderella story.
— PhilStar

Former civil medical board honoured for excellent performance in wartime
The “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces” title was bestowed upon the civil medical board of the former Central Office for South Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City on December 19.
— Vietnam+

Third national workshop on East Sea held in Quang Ninh
The third national workshop on the East Sea took place in Ha Long city in the northern province of Quang Ninh on December 19.

Vietnam arrests former CEO of state oil firm
Do Van Khanh was allegedly involved in siphoning VND4 billion ($171,541) in interest earned from the company’s account with domestic lender OceanBank from 2012 to 2014, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
— VN Express

Torpedo removed from sea off Khanh Hoa province
A torpedo discovered in the waters off the coast of An Hai commune, Tuy An district, central Phu Yen province as brought ashore safely on December 19 morning by competent forces.

Wagyu beef to be launched in VN
Huy Long An Limited Company will launch Wagyu beef in the Vietnamese market next March under the FOHLA WAGYU brand.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam finish second at World Pencak Silat champs
Vietnam finished second out of 60 countries and territories at the 18th World Pencak Silat Championship, which concluded in Singapore on December 17. ​

VN remains reliant on machinery and equipment from China
As Việt Nam heavily imported machinery and equipment from China, experts worried that Việt Nam might become a landfill of outdated technologies, urging measures to tighten the import of second-hand machinery and equipment.
— Viet Nam News

More young doctors volunteer to work in disadvantaged areas
A ceremony was held in Hanoi on December 18 to see off 14 freshly-graduated doctors of the Hanoi Medical University (HMU) to work in Vietnam’s mountainous and remote areas.
— Nhan Dan online

VN faces high risk of online child sexual exploitation
Online sexual exploitation of children has been increasing in Việt Nam in recent years.
— Viet Nam News

Quang Ninh hosts 15 millionth foreign tourist to Vietnam
James Kopenec, an US citizen, has become the 15 millionth foreign tourist visiting Vietnam, as he arrived in Ha Long City, the northern province of Quang Ninh, on December 19.

Mekong Beauty Show, Vietbeauty to merge
Mekong Beauty Show and Vietbeauty will combine to become the largest beauty trade expo in Việt Nam and will be held in August next year in HCM City.
— Viet Nam News

Third Vietnam Rice Festival kicks off
The third Vietnam Rice Festival kicked off in the Mekong Delta province of Long An on December 18.


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