Sovereignty evidence over Hoang Sa, Truong Sa on display

23:13 | 02/07/2014

VGP – Evidence proving Viet Nam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes are on display at an exhibition in Ly Son island, the central Quang Ngai province.

The event, jointly organized by the Ministry of Information and Communications and the local authorities, aims to introduce to the public 80 maps and 50 documents collected from Viet Nam and other countries, including China.

Collecting, verifying and publicizing evidence proving the country’s sovereignty over the two archipelagoes is of significant importance, said Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan.

Since early May this year, China illegally placed the oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 in Viet Nam’s exclusive economic zone, threatening peace in Southeast Asia and the world as a whole, according to an Argentine professor.

For this move, China created a crisis of international law, he said.

Viet Nam’s consistent stance is to resolutely demands China immediately withdraw the drilling rig as well as its escort ships from Viet Nam’s waters, Vietnamese leaders have affirmed.

Talking with voters in Hai Phong on Wednesday, PM Nguyen Tan Dung said he urged the Vietnamese competent agencies are preparing dossiers which will be submitted to the high-ranking leaders for considering a legal action against China in conformity with international law./.

By Huong Giang

Press Releases: On Retirement of Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, James Dobbins, and Appointment of Special Representative Daniel Feldman


I was just weeks into my time as Secretary when Bill Burns, Tom Donilon, and I sat down with the President to think about the right person to lead this effort during what we knew would be a year of big decisions for Afghanistan and Pakistan. We quickly decided that Jim Dobbins would be the right person if we could lure him out of retirement from the Foreign Service. Jim cut his teeth as a young Foreign Service officer working the Paris Peace Talks during the Vietnam War, played a vital role in the Balkans, and is forever known as the guy who raised the first flag over our Embassy in Kabul after the fall of the Taliban. He is simply one of the finest foreign service officers of his generation, a man who has dedicated his life to public service and earned respect throughout the region and in Washington. He has been at the forefront of our work in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has played an outsized role on the ground negotiating the BSA, making preparations for historic elections, growing our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan, and planning for a transition for the Afghan people after more than a decade of progress.

Last year when we asked Jim to come back to the Department take on this role, I asked him to give us a year of service. He agreed. And because he’s who he is, he gave us more than that both in the quality and the longevity of his commitment. He’s got a lot to be proud of. His relationship with President Karzai was invaluable, particularly at difficult moments, and he departs at a time when both of Afghanistan’s presidential candidates have been unwavering in their commitment to sign the BSA. I am grateful for his service and look forward to his counsel in the months ahead.

I am equally confident in the public servant we have asked to serve as the next Special Representative, Daniel Feldman. I’ve known Dan since 2003 when he joined my presidential campaign in its earliest days, and my respect for him only deepened during the years I served as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee when Dan often traveled with me to Afghanistan and Pakistan. My friend Richard Holbrooke thought so highly of Dan that he quickly made him his Deputy in 2009, and for the last five years, Dan has been not just a mainstay of our diplomatic engagement with Afghanistan and Pakistan, but one of its most thoughtful architects. He has also played a particularly central role in strengthening our relationship with Pakistan. Now Dan is charged him with the same mandate as his esteemed predecessors: to align, focus, and implement policies and programs that support our national security interests in a secure, stable and prosperous Afghanistan and Pakistan. To this important effort, he brings not only continuity and vital institutional muscle memory, but creativity and leadership at a critical moment. I am absolutely confident Dan will help us build on the gains we have made.

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Remarks by the President at Nomination of Robert McDonald as Secretary of Veterans Affairs

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

June 30, 2014

Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, D.C.

4:34 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Please be seated.  Let me start by thanking Acting Secretary Gibson for welcoming us here today.  I am pleased to be joined by our Vice President, Joe Biden, from leaders across this department, and our many partners, particularly representatives from our incredible veterans and military family service organizations.

I want to begin by making a basic point:  Those of you who serve here at the VA do absolutely vital work every single day for our veterans and their families.  I know how deeply you care about our veterans.  Many of you are veterans yourselves — veterans serving veterans.  You help them transition to civilian life, go to college, buy their first home, start a new business.  You have some of the best doctors and nurses in the country and provide some of the best specialized health care.  At our national cemeteries, you lay our veterans to rest with dignity and compassion.  I know that millions of veterans are profoundly grateful for the good work that you do.  And I am grateful, as well.

But we’re here today because of problems that have outraged us all.  That includes the inexcusable conduct that we’ve seen at too many VA health care facilities.  So I’m here for two reasons — to update you and the American people on how we’re fixing these problems, and to announce my choice for the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs to help move us forward. 

The first thing everyone should know is that those responsible for manipulating or falsifying records at the VA — and those who tolerated it — are being held accountable.  Some officials have already been relieved of their duties.  Investigations are continuing.  And as I’ve said, where we find misconduct, it will be punished.  And I’ve made it clear that I expect the VA’s full cooperation with all the ongoing investigations into wrongdoing.

Second, we’ve reached out to 135,000 veterans so far to get them off those wait lists and into clinics.  We’ve added more staff, sent mobile medical units, and we’re making it easier for veterans to use hospitals and clinics outside the VA.  And we’re going to keep at it until every one of our veterans is off a wait list and they receive the care that they have earned.

Third, we’re moving ahead with urgent reforms at the Veterans Health Administration.  That 14-day scheduling goal has been removed from employee evaluations so there is absolutely no incentive to engage in inappropriate behavior.  Providing the highest quality care when our veterans need it — that’s your incentive.  There will be new measures of patient satisfaction from the veteran’s perspective.  And today’s outdated VA scheduling system is going to be overhauled with the latest technology.  

More broadly, the review that Rob Nabors conducted of the VHA found — and I’m quoting — “significant and chronic systemic failures,” including too little responsiveness, transparency and accountability.  And that is totally unacceptable.  It recommends that the VHA be “restructured and reformed” with stronger management, leadership and oversight, as well as more doctors and staff.  And I totally agree, and we’re going to make that happen. 

I’ve asked Rob to remain at the VA for now to help move these reforms forward.  Hiring of new VWA [sic] leaders has been frozen — VHA leaders has been frozen to make sure the new team we’re putting in place is the right one.  And based on the recommendations of our panel of experts, I will be nominating the next leader of the VHA.  I want to get the best leader on the job and get going on these reforms.  And we’re going to work with Congress to make sure that the VHA has more of the doctors and resources it needs to deliver the care that our veterans deserve.

Fourth, we’re instituting a new culture of accountability.  The very idea that senior VHA executives would receive bonuses this year rightly appalled many Americans.  And those bonuses have already been cancelled.  A review is now underway to make sure that when employees speak up about a problem, action is taken -— not to intimidate or retaliate against the employee, but actually to fix the problem.  Everyone is going to be held accountable for doing better.  And Congress can help by giving the Secretary more authority to remove senior leaders.

Finally, we’re rebuilding our leadership team here at the VA.  I want to thank Sloan and others here who have stepped up to serve in new roles during this critical time.

And I have to say, Sloan, you have been an outstanding driving force behind the reforms that are now underway.  We’ll be relying on your steady hand during this period of transition and through your continued service as Deputy Secretary.  And I know all of you will have an outstanding partner and Secretary in my choice to lead the VA going forward -— one of our nation’s most accomplished business leaders and managers, Robert McDonald. 

Now, I’ve gotten to know Bob a bit over the years.  He’s come to the White House to share his perspectives as we’ve worked through complicated issues.  He’s no-nonsense.  He’s pragmatic.  He does not seek the limelight.  He repeats a Japanese saying -— he worked and lived in Japan for six years while at Procter & Gamble.  The saying goes:  “He who climbs Mount Fuji is a wise man; he who climbs it twice is a fool.”  (Laughter.)  Now, Bob actually climbed Mount Fuji -— once.  (Laughter.)  Bob is a wise man.  (Laughter.)  And if you need any more evidence that he’s wise, you need to meet Diane and his family who are here today, because they are a wonderful family, and obviously they’ve served along with him in the past. 

For Bob and his family, the mission of caring for our veterans is deeply personal.  His father served in the Army Air Corps after World War II.  Diane’s father was a POW.  Her uncle was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam and still receives treatment from the VA.  So this is not an abstract mission for them.

Bob is a veteran himself.  He graduated from West Point, where he and Sloan were classmates, so this is a bit of a reunion.  Bob served as an Army Ranger in the 82nd Airborne Division.  Back home in Cincinnati, he and Diane have teamed up with the USO to honor our veterans.  

But what especially makes Bob the right choice to lead the VA now is his three decades of experience in building and managing one of the world’s most recognized companies, Procter & Gamble.  The VA is not a business, but it is one of our largest departments -— some 340,000 employees working in more than 1,700 facilities, serving nearly 9 million veterans.  And the workload at the VHA alone is enormous -— some 85 million appointments a year and some 25 million consultations.  

As CEO of Procter & Gamble, Bob oversaw more than 120,000 employees, with operations around the world, selling products in more than 180 countries, in more than 2 million stores, reaching some 5 billion customers.  In other words, he knows the key to any successful enterprise is staying focused on the people you’re trying to serve.  He’s renowned for his operational excellence.  He started his career out in the field and worked his way up, serving at virtually every level of Procter & Gamble.  He understands that grand plans are not enough.  What matters is the operations that you put in place and getting the job done.

Bob is an expert at making organizations better.  In his career he’s taken over struggling business units.  He knows how to roll up his sleeves and gets to work -— putting an end to what doesn’t work; adopting the best practices that do; restructuring, introducing innovations, making operations more efficient and effective.  In short, he’s about delivering better results.

He also knows the importance of building what he calls a “high-performance team” -— putting the right people in the right jobs, rewarding them when they do well, and holding them accountable when they do not.

And, finally, Bob is known for his integrity.  He’s still guided by that cadet prayer from West Point:  “Choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.”  He served our country in uniform.  He’s now prepared to answer the call once more.

So let me state the obvious — this is not going to be an easy assignment.  Bob knows that.  But like any Army Airborne Ranger, Bob has a reputation for being ready, jumping into tough situations, taking charge, and going “all the way.”  So Bob, on behalf of all of us — to you, to Diane and your family, thank you for your readiness to serve again.

My bottom line is this:  We’ve got to change the way VA does business.  Over the past five years, this agency has done some excellent work in dealing with a whole range of real difficult challenges.  And I don’t want people to forget that.  We have had a huge influx of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.  We have had — I think had to manage what was a good decision to make sure that folks who previously had difficulty accessing VA services were finally admitted, whether it was because they had PTSD, or folks with cases previously of Agent Orange, all of which meant more people coming into the system.  We have had to get up and running, and it’s now — we’re doing quite effectively work in terms of the Post-9/11 GI Bill to make sure that our young people are able to get the training they need after they leave our military.

So across the board, there’s been some terrific work, but there’s a lot more that has to be done.  We’ve got to fix some things that are broken.  And Sloan has started that process, but we’re going to have to keep in driving until we get it done.

We’ve got to regain the trust of our veterans with a VA that is more effective, more efficient, and that truly puts veterans first.  Bob is the manager we need to help get this done.  So I urge the Senate to confirm him as soon as possible.

I also urge the Senate to finally confirm my nominee for CFO, Helen Tierney; my nominee for Assistant Secretary for Policy, Linda Schwartz; my nominee to lead the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, Constance Tobias.  They have all been waiting and waiting and waiting for a vote — in Constance’s case, for more than a year.  We need them on the job now, and Congress needs to act and help us do right by our veterans.

And we’ve got to do right by veterans like Corporal Kyle Carpenter.  Some of you may have seen the story of Kyle.  I recently had the privilege of presenting Kyle with the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan where he used his body to shield his best friend from a grenade blast.  Kyle spent two and half years in the hospital.  He endured nearly 40 surgeries to rebuild his body and his face, and he’s gone through excruciating rehab.  And to see him standing in the White House, strong and proud, receiving his Medal of Honor, was something I will never forget.  It was an inspiration. 

Today, Kyle is medically retired, so part of his journey of recovery has involved the VA.  On the one hand, he’s now in college and with the help of his VA educational benefits.  And it’s an example of the good work that the VA has done.  On the other hand, his experience with VA health care has often been frustrating.  He said it was okay that I share this with you today, so I just want to use Kyle as an example.  He is an American hero — by any definition.  Sometimes we use that word too loosely.  This guy is a hero and deserves everything we can do.

But like other veterans, Kyle sometimes had trouble just making an appointment, or had to wait a month to see his doctor, only to be referred to another doctor and wait another two months for that appointment.  He often felt like a number, he said, being passed between doctors, who sometimes didn’t know his situation or why he needed a certain medication.  He’s relied on the help of a patient advocate.  But at so many steps along the way, it’s just been a lot harder than it should have been.  As his advocate said, it “shouldn’t be this way.” 

So the VA does many things well — like delivering Kyle’s educational benefits.  And we need all of you to keep doing that important work, like reducing the disability claims backlog, and improving care for post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, building on the good work that’s already been done in reducing homelessness among our veterans, helping veterans get their education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and helping find new civilian jobs so they can enjoy the American Dream they help to defend.  And it’s a good time to mention the great work that the VA has done with Jill Biden and Michelle in partnering with the private sector so that that transition from military to civilian life is a lot easier for our veterans.

But when it comes to delivering timely, quality health care, we have to do better.  We have to do better for Kyle.  We have to do better for all our wounded warriors.  We have to do better for all our veterans, from all our wars.  They’re looking for us to fulfill Lincoln’s pledge — to care for those who have borne the battle and for their families and survivors.  I’m confident we can do that.  And so long as I am President, we’re going to keep doing everything in our power to uphold what is a sacred obligation.   

With that, I want to invite Bob to say a few words.  Thank you so much, Bob, for taking on this assignment.  (Applause.) 

MR. MCDONALD:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Mr. President, thank you for your confidence in me that this nomination demonstrates.  It would indeed be an honor and a privilege, if confirmed by the Senate, to serve as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to improve the lives of our country’s veterans and to help change the way the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does business.

Mr. President, in your remarks just now, you’ve made it clear what you expect — a VA that is more effective, more efficient, and that truly puts our veterans first.  If confirmed by the Senate, my priority would be to lead that transformation.

My life’s purpose has been to improve the lives of others.  I went to West Point to be an officer in the Army to try to help free people who were living in non-free societies.  I became an Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division because I wanted to be on the front line in leading that change.  I joined the Procter & Gamble Company 34 years ago because of its purpose, which is to improve the lives of the world’s consumers.

Mr. President, thank you for mentioning my father, Diane’s father and uncle.  Yes, for our family, taking care of our veterans is very personal.  We need to put care for the veteran at the center of everything that we do at Veterans Affairs.  At Procter & Gamble, we always focus on our customer.  At the VA, the veteran is our customer, and we must all focus — all day, every day — on getting them the benefits and the care that they’ve so earned.  That’s the only reason we’re here.  I look forward to working with the dedicated men and women of the Veterans Affairs to accomplish this mission. 

I’d like to thank my family for supporting me throughout my life, but especially during this next chapter.  My wife, Diane; my daughter, Jenny; my son-in-law, Scott; and my son, Rob are all here today.  My parents and Diane’s mother could not attend today, but thank you for your love and support.

Thank you again, Mr. President.  I look forward to working with you to transform Veterans Affairs to better serve our country’s veterans. 

Thank you.  (Applause.)

END
4:51 P.M. EDT

Exports record year-on-year increase of 14.9%

08:34 | 01/07/2014

VGP – The total export turnover in the first half of 2014 reached US$70.9 billion, increased 14.9% from the same period in 2013.

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The sum gathered the monthly average figure of US$11.8 billion, US$1.5 billion higher than the same period in 2013.

Thirteen items have joined the US$1 billion export club. It is expected that 22 items will be listed in the club this year, one more from 2013. It is the first time phones and garments have exceeded the turnover of US$20 billion.

Over the past five months, Thai Nguyen province attained more than US$1 billion in exports. This year, 20 provinces and cities nationwide are expected to record a turnover of over US$1 billion.

Viet Nam’s total export turnover is estimated to reach US$ 150 billion this year.

The nation enjoyed a trade imbalance of US$1.3 billion over the past six months.

By Thuy Dung

VN’s economy shows impetus in first half

08:27 | 01/07/2014

VGP – Viet Nam continued seeing signs of economic recovery with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the first half of this year reaching 5.18 % despite a number of difficulties and challenges.

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Viet Nam’s economy expanded by 5.25% in Q2, up from the 5.09% rate in Q1.

The service sector made the biggest contribution to the first-half growth with 2.57 percentage points, followed by industry, which contributed 2.06 percentage points.

FDI disbursement slightly increases

The total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) disbursement in the first half of 2014 reached US$5.75 billion, a year-on-year increase of 0.9%.

The total registered capital of foreign investors in Viet Nam hit US$6.85 billion over the past six months of the year, equal to 64.7% of the same period last year.

Some 219 projects were added a total capital of US$1.99 billion, equal to 37%.

Processing and manufacturing remained the most attractive to foreign investors in the reviewed period with 326 projects, contributing US$4.8 billion to the total capital, accounting for 70.2%.

The Republic of Korea was Viet Nam’s biggest investor with nearly US$1.55 billion, accounting for 22.6%.

Ho Chi Minh City took the lead in attracting FDI in the period with US$886.3 million, followed by Binh Duong Province US$876.05 million and Dong Nai Province US$688.37 million.

Exports record year-on-year increase of 14.9%

The total export turnover in the first half of 2014 reached US$70.9 billion, increased 14.9% from the same period in 2013.

Thirteen items have joined the US$1 billion export club. It is expected that 22 items will be listed in the club this year, one more from 2013.

Viet Nam’s total export turnover is estimated to reach US$ 150 billion this year.

The nation enjoyed a trade imbalance of US$1.3 billion over the past six months.

Agricultural sector enjoys US$ 4.5 bln trade surplus

The agro-forestry-fishery sector earned around US$ 14.88 billion in export turnover in the first half of 2014, representing a year-on-year increase of 12.7%.

In the January-June period, exports of key agricultural products are estimated at US$ 7.17 billion (up 6.9%), aquatic items at US$ 3.57 billion (up 28.6%) and forestry products at US$ 2.93 billion (up 12%).

Overall the sector enjoyed a trade surplus of US$4.5 billion in the first half of 2014.

Aquatic exports hit US$3.45 billion 

In June, Viet Nam earned US$536 million, bringing the total aquatic export turnover to US$3.45 billion in the first half of the year, up 24.2% compared to the same period last year.

The exports of the products to the US over the past five months attained US$671.86 million, up 45.83%.

Other markets witnessed sharp increases such as Japan up 8.36%, the Republic of Korea up 45.92% and China up 51.74%.

The EU is among the three largest importers of Viet Nam’s aquatic products, making up nearly 18% of the total, reaching more than US$1.18 billion.

Positive signs in industrial production

The Industrial Production Index is expected to post a year-on-year increase of 5.8% over the past six months of this year.

The processing and manufacturing sector is forecast to record a year-on-year growth of 7.8%, contributing 5.5 percentage point of the general growth. 

The electricity production and distribution is to contribute 0.7 percentage point, while the water supply, sewage and waste management sector made up 0.1 percentage point.

Foreign visitors to VN increase by 21% 

Viet Nam has received nearly 4.3 million foreign travelers during the first six months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 21.11%.

Most of source markets recorded positive growth was Hong Kong rising 140.61%, German 115.87%, Laos 38.83%, China 37.45%, Cambodia 30.09%, Russia 25.95%, and Spain 25.73%.

By Thuy Dung

Journalists demand China immediately stop provocative acts

17:08 | 29/06/2014

VGP – The Viet Nam Journalists Association (VJA) once again protests China’s provocative acts in Viet Nam’s waters and demands China respect international law.

The association also demands China immediately withdraw the illicit oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 and stop all acts of violating Viet Nam’s marine sovereignty and acts of threatening the life of Vietnamese fishermen and law enforcement staff.

China must also stop acts of escalating tensions in the region, threatening maritime security and safety in the East Viet Nam Sea.

VJA called on the international journalists, including Chinese ones to fully and precisely understand China’s ongoing provocative acts in the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Viet Nam.

Earlier on May 10, the VJA Chairman also sent a letter to his Chinese counterpart to lodge strong protests against China’s acts of violating Viet Nam’s sovereignty, sovereign right and jurisdiction. 

It has been nearly two months since China illegally placed its drilling rig in Viet Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, China – a member of the United Nations Security Council – has kept on increasing perverse and provocative acts regardless of international condemnation./.

By Kim Anh

Agricultural sector enjoys US$ 4.5 bln trade surplus

15:28 | 29/06/2014

VGP – The agro-forestry-fishery sector earned around US$ 14.88 billion in export turnover in the first half of 2014, representing a year-on-year increase of 12.7%, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

In the January-June period, exports of key agricultural products are estimated at US$ 7.17 billion (up 6.9%), aquaculture at US$ 3.57 billion (up 28.6%) and forestry products at US$ 2.93 billion (up 12%).

Overall the sector enjoyed a trade surplus of US$4.5 billion in the first half of 2014.

In the first six months, the combined production value in the sector also rose by 3.4%, signaling agricultural growth has improved significantly, MARD reports.

However, the MARD reported that due to tensions in the East Sea since early May, the shipment of agricultural products between Viet Nam and China has encountered difficulties and exports have seen a significant decline.

Agriculture and Rural Development Deputy Minister Ha Cong Tuan said some Vietnamese agricultural products are overly dependent on the Chinese market, primarily citing rice and rubber, which China imports 40% of total export volume.

Additionally, 80-90% of dragon fruit and cassava are shipped to China, he said.

The MARD has directed relevant agencies to devise measures to diversify and open up new markets./.

By Kim Anh  

 

Economic growth quickens in Q2

15:13 | 29/06/2014

VGP – Viet Nam’s economy expanded by 5.25% in Q2, up from the growth rate of 5.09% in Q1 according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

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Total economic output in the first half of 2014 rose by an estimated by 5.18% over the same period last year.

A breakdown of economic sectors shows that the service sector made the biggest contribution to first-half growth with 2.57 percentage points, followed by industry, which contributed 2.06 percentage points.

Agriculture, forestry and fishing made a small contribution of 0.55% to GDP growth in the first six months of 2014.

Industrial production in Q2 surged by 5.8% against the same period last year, primarily driven by a 7.8% increase in manufacturing and 10.9% rise in power generation and distribution.

Earlier, the GSO also reported that CPI accelerated slightly to 4.98% in June in which medicine and healthcare costs saw the biggest one-month increase of 0.74%.

In the first half of 2014, Viet Nam recorded a trade surplus of US$1.3 billion with exports and imports estimated at US$70.9 billion and US$69.6 billion./.

By Khanh Phuong

Foreign visitors to VN increase by 21% in six months

19:12 | 27/06/2014

VGP – Viet Nam has received nearly 4.3 million foreign travelers during the first six months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 21.11%, according to the the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

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Most of source markets recorded positive growth was Hong Kong rising 140.61%, German 115.87%, Laos 38.83%, China 37.45%, Cambodia 30.09%, Russia 25.95%, and Spain 25.73%.

However, the number of foreign tourists to Viet Nam in June decreased 19.94% compared to the previous month and 4.85% against the same period last year.

In the first half of the year, Ha Noi capital welcomed more than 1.39 million visitors, representing a 17.4% increase year on year.

The number of Chinese holidaymakers to the capital city went up 30% in the first four months.

Now, the city plans to intensify tourism promotions in Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia and some other East European nations.

The domestic tourists hit 23.4 million in the six-month period, 6.9% higher than the same period last year. Total tourism revenue reached VND125 trillion, up 34.28% year on year.

                                                                                                                By Vien Nhu

Vietnamese Goods Days in Germany

13:13 | 27/06/2014

VGP – The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and Metro Cash & Carry launched Vietnamese Goods Days in Germany on June 26 aiming to promote and intensify the direct export of Vietnamese products to European consumers and distribution systems.

The program is part of a project to increase the profile of Vietnamese goods and services in the European market, and establish links with supermarket retail chains in the EU.

At the opening of the event, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang said that Viet Nam and Germany relations have been elevated to strategic partnership with two-way turnover increasing to nearly US$7.7 billion in 2013.

He expressed hope that Vietnamese producers can learn about European consumers’ tastes through the event and improve their product quality and design to increase Vietnamese goods’ market appeal through Metro systems.

He also highlighted Metro distribution system’s activities in the Vietnamese market, saying that up to 80% of Metro’s goods are produced domestically and Metro’s activities have made an important contribution to to boosting the economic, trade and investment ties between Viet Nam and Germany.

Addressing the working session with the MoIT’s delegation, Michael Wiedmann, Vice President and Head of Corporate Public Policy under the Metro Group spoke highly of Vietnamese goods’ potential.

He asked the Vietnamese side to continue support for Metro’s activities and expressed belief that more Vietnamese goods will secure firm foothold in the German and European markets.
 
Metro now has 752 distribution centers in over 29 countries and territories around the globe including 19 ones in 14 Vietnamese provinces and cities.

                                                                                                                        By Ngoc Van