News in brief: January 13, 2018

Doan Thanh Tung, Director of the Vietnam’s Lighthouse Social Enterprise, will represent Vietnam to join 15 young leaders at the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Programme 2018, which will take place in Australia for three months from early March.

The leather and footwear sector targets US$20 billion in export revenue in 2018, up 10% from 2017. The sector is also expected to grow 5% from last year, with the localisation rate reaching 55%.

Popular Vietnamese singers at home and abroad will join a live concert in Da Nang city on January 19, aiming to raise US$22,000 for five underprivileged children with cancer in the city.

News in brief: January 12, 2018

The Saigon Innovation Hub (SiHub) officially launched a startup exchange programme between Vietnam and other technologically advanced countries on January 11. Accordingly, SiHub will partner with countries’ startup organisations and ecosystems to select foreign startups for market research and trade exchange in Vietnam, and bring Vietnamese startups to the world.

VietinBank has cut its interest rates by 0.5% percentage point for short, medium and long term loans in Vietnamese dong to firms operating in agriculture-rural development, export production and business, small and medium-sized enterprises, the support industry and hi-tech production, starting from January 11.

Imported chemicals will be declared via the national one-stop-shop portal from January 11, 2018, following the launch of the service by the Departments of Chemicals, and E-commerce and Digital Economy under the Ministry of Industry in Hanoi, on January 11.

A total of 27 wild animals, including nine monkeys, 12 turtles, pythons, civets and iguanas, among others, were released into their natural habitat by the Wildlife Rescue and Protection Centre at the Chu Mom Ray National Park in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum on January 11.

News in brief: January 8, 2018

The central coastal city of Da Nang has decided to support 50% of expenses for each project invested in hi-tech agriculture, aiming to form large-scale projects producing quality agricultural products with high competitiveness. Of which, support for site clearance shall not exceed VND3 billion each; investing in the production of infrastructure not exceeding VND2 billion; and investing in vegetables, flowers and fruit cultivation not exceeding VND1 billion.

A 3.9-magnitude earthquake hit the northwestern province of Dien Bien at 3:14am on January 8. The earthquake’s centre was at a depth of 10km in Dien Bien Dong district, with shocks lasting around three seconds. However, it caused no damage to houses or buildings. Last year, the province was struck by seven earthquakes with the magnitude ranging from 2.1 to 3.9 on the Richter scale.

V-League Club Ho Chi Minh City have signed a contract with former Manchester United midfielder Rodrigo Pereira Possebon. Earlier, HCM City signed a two-year contract with 54-year-old Japanese coach Toshiya Miura, who was the manager of both the national and U23 squads from Vietnam in 2014-16.

News in brief: December 19, 2017

Construction started on a VND200 billion facility in Moc Chau, in the northern province of Son La, on December 19, aimed at processing passion fruit and vegetables for exports to Europe. Invested in by the Nafoods Group with modern equipment, the 2ha facility has a processing capacity of 120 tonnes of passion fruit and vegetables every day. The plant will come into operation by September next year.

Vietnamese martial artists returned home on December 18 with four gold medals won at the first Wushu Sanda Asian Cup held in China. The winners are Chu Thi Thuy Hang in the women’s 55kg, Nguyen Thi Trang in the women’s 60kg, Ngo Tien Tuan in the men’s 48kg and To Van Bau in the men’s 56kg. The three-day event attracted martial artists competing in 11weight categories for men and six divisions for women.

Nineteen photos on the theme of environmental protection have won prizes at a photo contest launched by the Vietnam Environment Administration and Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists. Themed “The aspirations of nature,” the contest attracted over 2,600 works, featuring positive and typical images of environmental protection models in Vietnam, while condemning acts that pollute the environment.

The Ministry of Finance and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development signed a loan agreement on December 19 to develop the infrastructure in coastal areas in Thai Thuy district, in the northern province of Thai Binh, one of the localities in Vietnam that bears the brunt of climate change. The over US$9 million project is expected to help the province to increase its business production.

News in brief: December 18, 2017

Sanest Khanh Hoa and VTV Binh Dien Long An were crowned as the respective men’s and women’s overall champions at the National Volleyball Championships 2017, which concluded in Dak Lak province on December 17.

Huy Long An Co., Ltd (Vietnam) and the Sawai Ranch Company (Japan) signed a cooperation agreement on the cultivation of Wagyu cattle on December 17. Accordingly, Wagyu cultivation will be implemented at the Vietnamese company’s farms following a close procedure from selecting breeds, diets and care, to butchering, in line with Japanese standards.

News in brief: December 17, 2017

Vietnam won the top Grand Prize worth US$10,000 at the WhiteHat Grand Prix 2017 that wrapped up in Hanoi on December 17. Under the theme of "Vietnam Heritages," the 24-hour cyber security contest attracted over 450 leading network security and software teams from 60 countries and territories around the world. The teams completed 40 questions in the Jeopardy Online format with challenges covering Web Exploits, Reverse, Pwnable, Forensics and Crypto. The competition was co-hosted by the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications and Bkav Internet Security Company, aimed at strengthening cooperation, research and network & cyber security training.

Photos depicting the beautiful seascapes and islands of Vietnam, islanders’ daily life and marine economic activities are featured in an exhibition entitled "Homeland’s Sea and Islands" in Hanoi, featuring 150 photos from the archives of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Vietsovpetro, a joint venture between Vietnam and Russia. The exhibition will run until December 20 at the VNA headquarters, No. 5 Ly Thuong Kiet street, Hanoi.

The first waste treatment plant in the South Central Coast province of Binh Thuan was put into operation in La Gi town on December 16. The 30ha project was invested by the Da Loc Investment Construction Company with a total capital of over VND272 billion. It is capable of treating 195 tonnes of domestic waste and over 255 tonnes of industrial waste per day. Since its pilot run from last April, the facility has treated approximately 14,000 tonnes of garbage in La Gi.

The 2017 Camellia sasanqua Festival opened in Binh Lieu district, the northern province of Quang Ninh on December 16, with a range of typical art performances and folk games by local ethnic minorities. Hosted for the first time in December 2015 during the blooming of Camellia sasanquas, the annual festival aims to promote and introduce the cultural values and natural beauty of Binh Lieu – the land of white Camellia sasanquas – to domestic and foreign tourists.