News in Brief: February 26, 2020

Vietnam’s national men’s football coach Park Hang-seo has set three goals for the next two years: defending the AFF Cup title, winning the 31st Sea Games gold medal, and getting through to the next phase of World Cup qualifications.

Hanoi welcomed more than 360,000 foreign tourists in February, down 28% year-on-year, due to a slump in Chinese visitors resulting from the Covid-19 outbreak, but arrivals from many European countries and Australia rose by more than 10%.

A man in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long found a bronze drum while fishing on Co Chien River on February 7. The artefact has been handed over to the provincial museum for storage and research.

Seventeen commercial banks in Vietnam have announced fee elimination or cuts of up to 90% for inter-bank wire transfers of less than VND500,000 (US$21.5) conducted through the NAPAS payment system, starting from February 25.

News in Brief: February 25, 2020

A total of 28 outstanding young doctors in Ho Chi Minh City were presented with the noble Pham Ngoc Thach Award 2020 by the city’s Youth Union on February 24, in recognition of their outstanding working achievements and initiatives for the people’s health as well as their enthusiastic participation in social activities.

The International Women’s Cycling Tournament 2020 will kick off in the southern province of Binh Duong on February 28, attracting around 200 cyclists from local and foreign teams. The contestants will compete at 10 stages, racing a total length of 1,051km.

Truong Hai Auto Corporation, or THACO, has exported 40 Kia Grand Carnival cars to Thailand. The vehicles, which have 2.2L diesel engines, were manufactured at the THACO Kia Plant in the THACO Chu Lai Industry Park in Quang Nam province. This is THACO’s first shipment to the market, the first step in its goal to export more than 1,600 vehicles for US$ 50 million this year.

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has increased the frequency of flights linking Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho with Con Dao to 17 flights per day in order to lure more tourist to the island. Flight tickets to Con Dao are being sold at attractive prices from VND 2,499,000 for a one-way ticket (taxes and fees excluded).

The National Futsal HDBank Championships 2020 will kick off on March 21 in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, with the participation of 11 teams, announced the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) on February 24. The tournaments are organised by the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) and VFF under the sponsor of HD Bank.

The Vietnam Women’s Publishing House launched an online book fair on February 24 on its Facebook fanpage at, offering book lovers with discounts of up to 60% on the book prices. The promotional programme, which will last until March 8, is also observed at the publishing house’s bookstores nationwide.

News in Brief: February 24, 2020

The Southern Institute of Social Sciences’ Centre for Archeological Studies has recently discovered vestiges of an ancient temple architecture dating back to over 1,000 years ago at Ben Dinh historical and cultural relic site in Tay Ninh province’s Ben Cau district. After excavating six holes at the core of the relic site, archeologists found traces of a long house, daily life, broken ceramics and refined brick pieces, and other items with exquisite patterns, which are believed to date back to the 8th-9th century in the post-Oc Eo period.

The Nghe An Provincial Border Guard on February 23 night successfully rescued a fishing boat coded NA – 90438 TS with six people on board which broke down and had its compartment damaged by strong waves while fishing offshore 90 nautical miles to the east of Hon Ngu Island.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a document requesting heads of its affiliates to organise the implementation of the Government’s direction according to the content of the Government Office’s Dispatch No. 775/VPCP-KSTT on the list of electronic documents not enclosed with paper copies, asking the units to use digital signatures, approve dossiers and electronic documents, while handling affairs in the network environment as regulated.

News in Brief: February 23, 2020

Vietnamese national football team will play an international friendly match against Kyrgyzstan at Go Dau Stadium in Binh Duong province on March 26, as a part of their plan to prepare for the second round of the FIFA World Cup 2022 AFC qualifiers.

A training course to teach the Khmer language and provide knowledge of culture, history and law of Cambodia for people of Vietnamese origin in Cambodia who wish to get Cambodian citizenship was opened in Takeo province of Cambodia on February 22. The pilot course will last three months with 36 learners, aiming to help the learners meet basic conditions, thus helping them better integrate into local society.

The Lunet Art Development and Sponsorship Centre, a non-profit social organisation, has been officially launched with the aim to promote art development and preserve the cultural characteristics of Vietnam.

On February 22, Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee hosted a dialogue between the city’s leaders and local real estate enterprises. This year, the city will issue policies to support enterprises, especially real estate companies, with a registered capital of more than VND100 billion to assist the development of a complete ecosystem in the city.

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has signed a decision to recognise Kien Xuong district in Thai Binh province to have met the new rural area development standards in 2019. In the 2011-2019 period, the district mobilised more than VND2 trillion to implement its new rural construction programme.

Within the framework of Vietnam - Hungary Education Cooperation, the Tempus Public Foundation has announced a research scholarship programme in Hungary for Vietnamese graduates, lecturers and researchers who have a Master's degree. Applicants should apply online to the Public Foundation before 23:00 on February 27 according to Hungarian time.

News in Brief: February 22, 2020

The Hanoi Youth Union has launched a free eight-day training course with the participation of many experts to provide young people with fundamental skills as part of a programme to support start-up businesses during the 2017-2022 period.