News in Brief: September 18, 2019

A delegation of Vietnamese painters is attending the Yogyakarta International Art Festival and the Borobudur International Arts and Performance Festival, which is taking place in Central Java, Indonesia from September 9-18. In addition to displaying their artworks, the Vietnamese painters also took the occasion to learn and share experience with local and international artists.

The An Giang provincial People’s Committee held a ceremony on September 18 to present the ‘Vietnamese heroic mother’ title to local women in recognition of their dedication to the cause of national construction and defence. Families of war fallen soldiers were also awarded with the Independence Order to acknowledge their service to the country on the occasion.

A workshop entitled ‘EU - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA): Opportunities and Challenges for the Vietnamese Workforce’ was organised in Hanoi on September 17 by with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and Manpower Group Vietnam. The event aimed to update participants on the impact of new regulations on workforce planning and skills development as well as the implications of Vietnam’s revised Labor Code in the context of increased international integration.

Vietnam Airlines announced on September 17 that it will launch two new routes connecting Ho Chi Minh City to Indonesia’s Bali resort island and Thailand’s Phuket island from October 27 to meeting increasing travel demands. Additionally, the national flag carrier will re-operate the Da Nang city- Bangkok route from October 27.

The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (VAVA) held an arts programme in Hanoi on September 17 to honour outstanding donors for their generous support to AO/dioxin victims and call for joint efforts to improve the livelihood of the victims.

The General Department of Vietnam Customs topped the list of five departments under the Ministry of Finance regarding administrative reforms in 2018 which was followed by the State Treasury, the General Department of Taxation, the State Security Commission of Vietnam, and the General Department of State Reserves.

The Regiment 600 under the High Command of Guard held a ceremony on September 18 to mark the 65th anniversary of its establishment and receive a Certificate of Merit from the Government in the presence of Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh.

Viettel branch in Kon Tum province presented 540 scholarships to needy students with outstanding academic results in the province on September 17. Over the past five years, Viettel Kon Tum has granted 2,700 scholarships, worth VND2.7 billion, to disadvantaged students in the locality.

"Developing the fishery industry in a modern, sustainable and harmonious manner" is the theme of the Hanoi Seafood Products Fair 2019, which is scheduled to be held at No.489 Hoang Quoc Viet Street, Cau Giay district, Hanoi, from October 8 – 13.

The Directorate of Fisheries and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Soc Trang province held a seminar on September 17 to discuss advanced technology and measures to boost the effective farming of brackish shrimp in the Mekong Delta region.

News in Brief: September 17, 2019

Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee held an international seminar on ‘housing solutions in response to the population increase of 1 million people in the City for 2021-2035 period’. The event was attended by over 200 researchers, experts and delegates from state management agencies.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport will stop broadcasting flight information at its domestic terminal from October 2019, following its halt of broadcasts at its international terminal in July 2019. Vietnam Airlines has devised a scheme to deploy a new method of announcement at the airport.

The 2019 International Agriculture Trade Fair (AgroViet) and an aquatic product fair will be held in Hanoi in the coming weeks, featuring around 250 booths of nearly 200 firms from Vietnam and several foreign countries.

Meritorious artist Bui Cong Duy will perform the concerto for violin and orchestra by Mendelssohn at a concert on September 28 in Ho Chi Minh City, under the conduction of Polish conductor Wojciech Czepiel.

The northern region will welcome a weak cold air on September 21-22, which will bring a fresh atmosphere. In addition, a cold air is expected to flow to the country in the last ten days of September, causing rains in the Central Highlands and Southern regions.

Two districts of Quoc Oai and Gia Lam in the capital city of Hanoi have been officially recognised as new-style rural areas for their recent achievements.

India has officially announced an initiative to sponsor 1,000 PhD scholarships to ASEAN students who are studying in 23 information and technology institutes in the country from January 2020.

The retail prices of petrol have been adjusted down as of 15:00 on September 16. Specifically, the price of E5 RON92 dropped VND109 to VND19,114 per litre at the highest, and the price of RON95-III also decreased VND92 to VND20,143 per litre.

On September 16, the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) raised VND1.2 trillion worth of the government-guaranteed bonds issued by the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies. Since the beginning of 2019, the Social Policy Bank has mobilised a total of over VND1.82 trillion of government-guaranteed bonds on the HNX at the success rate of 72.8%.

Hung Yen Province put its Public Administration Service Centre into operation on September 16, featuring 50 civil servants and officials from 15 local specialised agencies.