News in brief: August 16, 2017

LG Electronics Vietnam showcased the “wallpaper” thin LG Signature OLED W Television for the first time in HCM City on August 15, announcing its 2.57mm-thin panel as the thinnest in Vietnam. The super-light flat-screen model is available in Vietnam in 65 and 77 inch sizes, featuring a sound bar-style speaker system, webOS 3.5 – the latest version of LG’s smart TV platform, and a wide variety of 4K programming.

The northern province of Bac Giang plans to invest VND1.5 trillion (US$66 million) to develop high-technology agriculture regions in order to promote the locality’s strong products, such as vegetables, flowers, mushrooms, tea, lychee, citrus fruits, chickens and pigs. Accordingly, a total of 35 hi-tech farms will be constructed, with the aim of raising the hi-tech agricultural product value to 30-32% of the total value of the agriculture sector by 2030.

News in brief: August 12, 2017

Ninh Kieu Lantern Night Festival will be hosted at Khai Luong channel, Ninh Kieu wharf, in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho from August 19-21. Around 50-60 flower garlands and coloured lanterns will be released along the Khai Luong canal, along with various artistic performances, sporting events and cuisine. The festival is expected to bring a highlight to tourism development in Can Tho and will welcome several Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) events hosted by the city later this month.

The Kohler Bold. Art. Exhibition under the theme of "Multiculturalism" was unveiled at the Exhibition House, No. 93 Dinh Tien Hoang street in Hanoi on August 11, featuring art works by 13 young artists from countries of the Asian Pacific and Middle East. Artists recount stories of multiculturalism in their countries through sculptural works using materials from the Kohler Company. The event is open free of charge for visitors until August 17.

The Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City established its branch in Ben Tre province on August 11. It is the first branch of the national university to be established across the country, aimed at meeting the demand for the training of high quality human resources for the South West region, while facilitating scientific research and technology transfer suitable to the needs of local socio-economic development.

A new innovation space, aimed at supporting the development of startup ecosystems in Vietnam, opened in Da Nang on August 11 under the sponsorship of the US Agency for International Development. Running for five years, the project provides an experimental space for local students and lecturers to design, innovate and develop the necessary skills to meet their immediate needs in their courses and promote the creation of a startup culture.

Seven State-owned enterprises had their equitisation plans approved in July, increasing the number for the first seven months of the year to 26. The total real value of the 26 enterprises is VND71.88 trillion (US$3.16 billion), of which over VND18.3 trillion (US$808.2 million) belongs to the State.

News in brief: August 9, 2017

The Animals Asia Foundation successfully rescued one Tibetan bear in Sin Ho Town, Lai Chau. The bear was voluntarily transferred to the State by it’s owners following ten years of being kept as a pet.

Writer Nguyen Thi Thu Hue has been elected as Chairwoman of the Hanoi Writers' Association for the 2015-2020 tenure. The eight-member executive committee has three vice chairmen: Nguyen Si Dai, Tran Quang Quy and Nguyen Viet Chien.

Vietnam Television and the Vietnam Bicycle–Motor Sports Federation announced on September 9 that the VTV international cycling tournament, Ton Hoa Sen Cup 2017, will take place from September 2 to 17. The bicycle race consists of 14 stages from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. The tournament will attract the participation of 84 cyclists, from 12 domestic and international teams. The organising board will also present 46,000 gifts and 200 bicycles to poor students overcoming difficulties during the bicycle race.

Hanoi’s Dan Phuong and Dong Anh districts have been recognised as new-style rural areas, the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development reported on August 8. According to the department Tranh Tri and Hoai Duc districts have also submitted dossiers for the recognition of their new-style rural area title.

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has announced plans to launch its largest "Golden Autumn" promotion programme to offer tickets with discounted prices for departure between August 15, 2017 and March 31, 2018. The prices will be offered at VND299,000 for one-way domestic routes and from VND669,000 for a round trip international journey. Tickets will be sold between August 15-31.

According to the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, as of September 1, 2017, the new price to visit the Hue Imperial Citadel, for both domestic and foreign visitors, will stand at VND150,000/person/visit. Previously, ticket prices for visiting the UNESCO-recognised relic stood at VND150,000 per pax for international visitors and VND120,000 for Vietnamese tourists. Locals in Thua Thien-Hue will be exempted from 50% of the ticket price, when visiting monuments belonging to the vestiges of the Hue Imperial Citadel, from next month.

The museum of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, on August 8, opened a photo exhibition in celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of the ASEAN. The exhibition, which will run until September 30, features 120 photos introducing the establishment and development of the association, along with the socio-economic achievements obtained by the member states, as well as the national cultural identity of Vietnam within the ASEAN community.

Vietjet Air will launch a five-day promotion from August 9-13, 2017, within a two hour period from 12 am to 2pm, offering 200,000 super-promotional air tickets priced from only US$0. The promotion is applied for all of Vietjet’s international routes with departure being between September 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. Meanwhile, Vietjet is continuing to increase flight frequency on many international routes.

News in brief: August 7, 2017

The southern province of Dong Nai posted a trade surplus of US$700 million in the first seven months of 2017. Its total export turnover in the January-July period reached US$9.5 billion, an annual rise of 13%. Meanwhile, the province imported US$8.8 billion worth of goods, in the reviewed period.

For the first time in 15 years, the Ho Chi Minh City circus team, under the Southern Arts Theatre, will perform in Hanoi, from August 10-13, at the Vietnam Circus with seven performances. During the tour, the delegation will perform excerpts from their "Southern Land" programme, reproducing the lives of the first people to turn the U Minh wilderness into the developed southern region it is today. There are also typical swing, acrobatics and cycling performances.

Over 80 scientists from 17 different countries and territories, along with 30 Vietnamese students, are gathering at a workshop in the central city of Quy Nhon to talk about the formation of stars, as part of the Meeting Vietnam programme. The conference, which lasts until August 12, not only explores the formation of stars in the galaxy but also in different environments, including distant stars where telescopes cannot reach.

According to the General Statistics Office, over the past seven months, arrivals from Asian countries to Vietnam reached more than 5.3 million, up 33.4% over the same period in 2016, with most major markets all recording an upward trend. A good example is China reaching over 2.2 million, up 51%; the Republic of Korea nearly 1.3 million visitors, up 46.8%; and Japan over 437,000, up 5.9%.

More than 5,000 athletes, both professional and amateur, from 44 countries and territories, participated in the Da Nang International Marathon 2017 in central coastal Da Nang city on August 6. This event is the fifth of its kind and included four categories: full marathon (42-km run), half marathon (21-km run), 10-km run and 4-km run. The tournament also offered a 5-km fun run for locals and tourists.