April 9-15: Non Nuoc Cao Bang named second UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark in Vietnam

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A view of Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark, the second UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark in Vietnam
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

NA Standing Committee convenes 23rd session

The National Assembly Standing Committee convened its 23rd session in Hanoi on April 10, led by NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

During the nine-day session, the legislators have spent the majority of their time mulling over an array of laws and adjustments to the draft revised Law on Anti-corruption and continued to give their opinions on the contentious contents of the draft Law on Special Administrative-Economic Units.

The lawmakers have also discussed the preparations for the fifth meeting of the NA, the supervision programmes of the NA and its Standing Committee and the law and ordinance building programme in 2019, as well as revising the Government’s report on thrift practice and wastefulness in 2017.

Vietnam steps up regulations on digital currency

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has signed a directive calling for stronger measures to rein in Bitcoin and other digital currencies as it is feared that they could destabilise the financial market and hurt traders.

Under the decree, credit institutions are not allowed to carry out digital currency-related transactions and must swiftly report any suspicious activities. Public companies, brokerages, fund management companies and investment funds are banned from any illegal activities related to digital currencies and are required to comply with the anti-money laundering rules.

The Government leader also asked the authorities concerned to restrict the import of coin mining hardware and double down their efforts to prevent fraudulent activities concerning digital currencies.

Vietnam Expo 2018 kicks off in Hanoi

The 28th Vietnam International Trade Fair (Vietnam Expo 2018) opened at the International Exhibition Centre in Hanoi on April 11, featuring over 500 booths of 450 businesses from 24 foreign countries and territories.

Themed “Vietnam Expo - Enhancing Regional and Global Economic Links”, the four-day event attracted enterprises from 16 provinces and cities from across Vietnam and 23 foreign countries and territories, including Russia, the Republic of Korea, China, Nepal, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Cuba, Laos, Cambodia, Taiwan and Hong Kong (China), and Mongolia.

On the side-lines of the fair, there were also promotional activities, including export promotion forums, specialised seminars, contract signings, and field trips to industrial parks.

Vietnamese protein product made from crickets wins first at Mekong Agritech Challenge

CricketOne wins the first prize of the 2018 MATCh Agritech Challenge

CricketOne, a sustainable and affordable protein product made from crickets by Vietnamese youngsters, won first prize at the 2018 Mekong Agritech Challenge (MATCh), as announced by the organisers on April 13.

The Vietnamese start-up team shared the first prize with their Australian colleagues – the AgUnity team – a blockchain platform that helps farmers to share resources.

Two second and two third prizes were also presented by the organising boards.

Winners of Vietnam Property Awards honoured

Around 54 winners of the Vietnam National Property Awards were honoured at a ceremony held by the Vietnam Real Estate Association (VNREA) in Hanoi on April 14.

The Vietnam National Property Awards aims to honour outstanding individuals, organisations and projects that have contributed to the rapid, sustainable and transparent development of the realty market amidst industrialisation, modernisation and integration, thereby encouraging domestic property firms to improve their competitiveness and trademarks to meet international practices.

Participants competed in eight categories, including prestigious real estate developer, largest urban area, best resort development, best office building for rent and shopping malls, best residential area, best green building, best real estate transaction floor and best social housing project.

Vietnam’s archaeological treasures on display in Hanoi

An antique from the Champa Kingdom from the 12th-13th century.

Nearly 300 ancient artefacts are on display at an exhibition that opened at the Vietnam National Museum of History from April 12, under the theme “Vietnam’s archaeological treasures

Running until July, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey back to three different periods in history: prehistoric archeology; archaeological treasures of the metal age and historical archaeological treasures.

Also on display are antiques from the Champa Kingdom (192-1471) and the My Son World Cultural Heritage site, as well as the Oc Eo- Phu Nam Culture in the Mekong Delta region from the 1st to the 7th century, and the contact and exchange of Vietnam with the Occident, anti-war movements in Vietnam and images of Vietnam in innovation and integration.

Vietnam’s Cao Bang Park declared UNESCO Global Geopark

Vietnam’s Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark in the northern province of Cao Bang has recently been declared a new member of the UNESCO Global Network of National Geoparks, making it the second Vietnamese geopark to be awarded the title, following the recognition of Dong Van Karst Plateau in Ha Giang province in December 2010.

The decision was made under a resolution approved by the UNESCO Executive Board during its 204th session held in Paris, France, on April 12 (local time).

Covering a total area of more than 3,270 square kilometres and spanning nine districts of Cao Bang province, Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark occupies an exceptional territory with various classic karst landforms, subterranean and surface rivers, lake systems, pillow basalts, and ultramafic and granitic intrusions.

The Geopark is known as a land of beautiful tourist sites, as well as cultural and historical vestiges, but was also a cradle of the Vietnamese revolution during the national resistance war against the French.

Vietnam up ten places, closer to top 100 in latest FIFA rankings

Vietnam is among the best movers in the FIFA rankings for April.

Vietnam moved up ten places, from 113th to 103rd position, in the latest FIFA men’s world rankings that were released on April 12.

It is the highest world ranking that Vietnam have achieved since 2012, which has helped the team to edge closer to the goal of breaking into the FIFA top 100, as committed to by the Republic of Korea tactician Park Hang-seo when assuming the role as Vietnam’s head coach.

With 331 points, Vietnam went on to defend top spot in the Southeast Asian standings this month, ahead of the Philippines (world no. 113, 289 points), Thailand (world no. 122, 253 points), and Myanmar (world no. 135, 227 points).

Vietnamese star swimmer wins gold in Pro Swim Series

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien won gold in the Pro Swim Series Mesa tournament in Arizona, United States, on April 12.

The Vietnamese swimmer took gold in the women’s 400m individual medley (IM) with a time of 4:44.68.

Connie Dean of England finished second clocking 4:46.63, while Ilektra Lebl from Greece was third with 4:49.68.

The Pro Swim Series is an American swimming competition. The winner of each category will receive five points for his/her world ranking and a bonus of US$1,000.