News in brief: October 19, 2018

The Keo Pagoda Festival 2018 officially opened in Duy Nhat commune, Vu Thu district, Thai Binh province on October 18. Keo Pagoda was recognised as a special national relic in 2012, while the Keo Pagoda Festival was recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage and also a national tourist site five years later.

The Ho Chi Minh City chapter of Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) and Ho Chi Minh City Television raised a total of nearly VND40 billion (US$1.73 million) in support of “For the Poor” Fund during a music show on October 18.

Tra fish exports are expected to earn Vietnam US$2.1 billion in 2018, up 22% against the previous year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

News in Brief: October 19, 2018

The 2018 Food and Nutrition Fair opened at the Nguyen Du Gymnasium in Ho Chi Minh City on October 18, featuring more than 150 booths with food stuff and nutritional products being introduced to customers until October 21.

On October 18, the Ministry of Education and Training and Toyota Vietnam presented 115 scholarships worth VND690 million to university students in the northern and southern regions.

On October 27 and 28, the Flood-Resistant Housing Project in collaboration with the National Volunteer Centre and VTV6 will organise the Green Happiness Programme to plant 5,000 willow trees in Hoi An city and 1,240 shade trees in Hanoi.

A group of 18 doctors from Chung-Ang University, the Republic of Korea, are providing free health checkups and medicines to people in the central province of Quang Ngai from October 15-19. The event is expected to be attended by about 2,350 locals, bringing the total number of people benefiting from the event over the past 10 years to 23,800.

Vietnamese player Nguyen Van Phuong has reached the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles at the World Super Junior Tennis Championships in Japan with his partner Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune from Denmark. After this event, Phuong will stay in Japan to compete in the Dunlop Srixon Japan Open Junior Championships scheduled to take place from October 23-28.

The Vietnam International Industry Fair 2018 is scheduled to take place at the Hanoi International Exhibition Centre from October 23-26, drawing more than 250 domestic and foreign firms to introduce modern tools and equipment in precise mechanics, automation and supporting industry.

The Club of Chief Financial Officers will convene its 48th World Congress in Ho Chi Minh City from November 15-16, focusing on the economic prospects of Vietnam and Asia and the role of financial technology for the financial sector in the future.

The France-Vietnam Days of Innovation opened in Ho Chi Minh City on October 18 as a joint effort of the Consulate General of France and the city’s French Institute to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

The southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau popularised its investment opportunities and attraction policies at the Republic of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency in Seoul on October 18, with the participation of about 200 delegates.

Vietnam earned over US$6.7 billion from exporting its main forestry products in the first nine months of 2018, up 15.91% year-on-year, accounting for 23.17% of the total export turnover of the agricultural sector.

News in brief: October 17, 2018

The fourth Asian - Australian Dairy Goat Conference opened in Tra Vinh on October 17, gathering 200 domestic and foreign delegates who focused their discussions on keeping goats in adaption to climate change.

World Vision International in Vietnam and Da Nang municipal Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs signed a cooperation agreement on a project to protect children and teenagers from the risk of sexual abuse through network environment. It will be implemented in Hai Chau, Son Tra and Cam Le districts from 2018 to 2021 with a total of US$728,351 funded by UNICEF.

Thua Thien – Hue province’s ‘Fund for the Poor’ received a total support of over VND6.4 billion (nearly US$274,000) from October 2017 to September 2018.

Hai Phuc kindergarten, which has an investment of VND5 billion (nearly US$214,000) from Vietnam Electricity, was inaugurated in Hai Phuc commune, Dakrong district, Quang Tri province to help local children be safe during the flood and rainy season.

A seminar themed ‘Green transformation for energy and water resource security in the Mekong Sub-region’ was held in Quang Ninh province. Delegates from the Republic of Korea, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam shared their experience on sustainable development.

Dinh Vu – Quang Binh dry-dock port, which has a total investment of over VND400 billion (US$17.1 million), was officially opened at Dinh Vu industrial park in Hai Phong city. Once completed, the port will have a capacity of 100,000 tonnes per year.

News in brief: October 16, 2018

The World Health Organisation has confirmed that Vietnam has successfully eliminated lymphatic filariasis from community health issues.