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USAID continues to support climate resilient urban planning

16:49 | 25/07/2014

VGP – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Viet Nam Institute for Urban-Rural Planning (VIUP) under the Ministry of Construction jointly held a workshop on July 24 to introduce a new urban planning tool that protects communities and critical infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.

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The Climate Impacts Decision Support Tool (CIMPACT-DST) was developed to help reduce disaster risks, forecast climate change impacts and suggest responsive solutions via urban planning.

By bringing together information about the impacts of climate change into one place, the tool helps cities avoid infrastructure development in most at-risk areas and make better decisions about which areas are safe to develop more intensively as the population grows.

“By integrating climate change into the urban planning process, Viet Nam will be able to influence how cities develop and ultimately create resilient communities that are better protected from the impacts of climate change,” said USAID Viet Nam Mission Director Joakim Parker.

With USAID’s support, the tool was customized for the flood-prone city of Hue, which allowed the Hue Planning Institute to develop three new climate-resilient urban master plans for the city.

With information about how climate change will affect the severity and frequency of flooding, and which sites will be most vulnerable, city officials are now able to decide which parts of the city and surrounding areas are safe to develop.

The tool is currently being deployed in Can Tho city and Ba Ria-Vung Tau province and it is expected to be rolled out throughout all 63 provinces and cities of the country.

USAID has identified Viet Nam as a priority country for climate change assistance. Beside the ongoing climate change, Viet Nam is increasingly at risk for flooding, extreme heat and sea level rise.  These disasters can disrupt homes, businesses and agriculture, impacting the livelihoods of many Vietnamese.

USAID’s climate change initiatives in Viet Nam follow the framework provided in the USAID’s Global Climate Change and Development Strategy, released in January 2012.

                                                                                                                                  By Vien Nhu

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How to Negotiate a Gaza Ceasefire

As the conflict in Gaza drags on there’s a renewed diplomatic effort to secure a ceasefire. I speak with Michael Hanna of the Century Foundation about the complex diplomatic efforts underway, the critical role that Egypt is playing, and why things may get bloodier before they get better. Hanna also offers one possible solution in which both sides can save face as they lay down their arms.

Have a listen. This is an important and timely conversation.

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National July CPI only increases 0.23%

14:57 | 24/07/2014

VGP – The national Consumer Price Index (CPI) in July increased 0.23% against the previous month and 4.94% year on year.

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Of the 11 commodities used to calculate the CPI, prices of traffic reported the highest price hike rising by 0.44%, followed by housing and construction materials 0.43%, food services and restaurants up 0.26%, beverage and tobacco, garments, hats and footwear group up 0.2%.

The post and telecom services were the only category to see a price reduction of 4.55%.

Food prices decreased 0.63% while foodstuff increased by 0.58%.

The CPI in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City only rose 0.18% and 0.12%, respectively.

By Thuy Dung

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Trade surplus touches US$ 1.39 bln

10:49 | 23/07/2014

VGP – As of mid July, Viet Nam ran a trade surplus of nearly US$ 1.39 billion, according to the Viet Nam Customs.

In the first half of July, total trade turnover valued nearly US$ 11.91 billion, down 8.5% or US$ 1.11 billion lower than the second half of June.

As of mid July, exports touched US$ 76.75 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 14.7%.

Total trade turnover reached nearly US$ 152.12 billion, up 13% against the same period last year./.

By Kim Anh

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VN, France sign PPP assistance projects

08:42 | 23/07/2014

VGP – The French Technical Assistance Agency (Adetef), the French engineering group (Egis), and the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI) on July 22 in Ha Noi inked a technical and development assistance contract to support the development of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model in Viet Nam.

The signing ceremony

Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Tourism Promotion and French Nationals Abroad of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Fleur Pellerin and Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh witnessed the signing.

Accordingly, the US$ 3.5 million contract, funded by the Asian Development Bank and the French Development Agency, will support the deployment of PPP form in infrastructure development projects.

Adetef and Egis are in charge of consulting the MoPI about strategy, regulations, finance, environmental and social issues./.

By Kim Anh  

 

 

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Australian Bank sets up representative office in VN

16:06 | 22/07/2014

VGP – The Governor of the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) has issued a license No. 56/GP-NHNN authorising National Australia Bank (NAB) to sets up a representative office in Ha Noi.

Accordingly, the National Australia Bank is allowed to carry out a variety of non-profit trade promotion activities in line with Viet Nam’s law for a period of five years.

One of the key functions of the representative office will be to monitor the progress of its funded projects in Viet Nam.

The National Australia Bank is headquartered at Level 1, 800 Bourke street, Docklands Vic 3008, Australia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   By Vien Nhu

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CBSA initiates investigations into the dumping and subsidizing of certain oil country tubular goods

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that it is initiating investigations into the alleged injurious dumping of certain oil country tubular goods originating in or exported from Chinese Taipei, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam and the alleged injurious subsidizing of certain oil country tubular goods originating in or exported from India, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam.

The investigations follow a complaint filed by Tenaris Canada of Calgary, Alberta, and Evraz North America Inc. of Regina, Saskatchewan (“the complainants”). The complainants allege that the dumping and subsidizing of these goods are harming Canadian production by causing the following: price depression and price suppression, lost sales and market share, loss of employment, reduced profits, reduced capacity utilization, and negative effects on capital investments.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the Tribunal) will begin a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers and will issue a decision by September 19, 2014. While the Tribunal is examining the question of injury, the CBSA will investigate whether the imports are being dumped and/or subsidized, and will make preliminary decisions by October 20, 2014.

Should the CBSA make a preliminary determination of dumping and/or subsidizing, the investigations will be continued for the purpose of making a final decision within 90 days after the date of the preliminary determination. If the CBSA’s investigations reveal that imports of the subject goods have not been dumped or subsidized, that the margin of dumping or amount of subsidy is insignificant or that the actual and potential volume of dumped or subsidized goods is negligible, the investigations will be terminated.

Although duties to counteract the dumping and subsidizing are normally only applied to goods released on or after the date of the CBSA’s preliminary determination(s), if the Tribunal determines that an unusually large increase in harmful imports has occurred prior to the CBSA’s decision and that the retroactive application of anti-dumping or countervailing duty is therefore justified, duty could be levied on the goods brought into Canada as of today.

A copy of the Statement of Reasons, which provides more details about these investigations, will be available on the CBSA’s Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca/sima-lmsi within 15 days.

Quick Facts

  • Dumping occurs when goods are sold to importers in Canada at prices that are less than their selling prices in the exporter’s domestic market or at unprofitable prices.
  • Subsidizing occurs when goods imported into Canada benefit from foreign government financial assistance.
  • The Special Import Measures Act protects Canadian producers from the damaging effects of such unfair trade.
  • As of June 30, 2014, 43 such measures are in force, covering a wide variety of industrial and consumer products. These measures have directly helped to protect more than 37,000 Canadian jobs and over $7 billion in Canadian production.

 

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Episode 26: Helene Gayle

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The CEO of CARE, USA Helene Gayle is on the line this week. The medical doctor from upstate New York tells me how she became the head of one of the largest international humanitarian relief NGOs on the planet. And prior to her work at CARE, Dr. Gayle had a twenty-year career at the Centers for Disease Control where was at the front line of the fight against AIDS since the 1980s. She discusses how the fight against AIDS has changed over time and describes the origins of US policy to tackle AIDS internationally.

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Int’l Chemistry Olympiad opens

21:29 | 21/07/2014

VGP –  The 46th annual International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) opened in Ha Noi on July 21 with 291 high school students from 77 countries and territories worldwide taking part.

Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan, in his opening speech, assured contestants the best conditions to show off their talents.

Chairman of the IChO’s Steering Committee Peter Wothers hailed Viet Nam’s achievements of chemical studies, citing high rankings in the 1996 competition that the country joined for the first time.

Foreign delegates will also have a chance to tour capital attractions and Ha Long Bay.

On July 23, contestants will sit for a five-hour practice test.

At the 45th ICHO held in Russia from July 15-23, 2013, all four students of the Vietnamese team won medals – one gold and three silvers./. VNA

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Exports hit US$5.82 bln in 15 days of July

17:31 | 21/07/2014

VGP – Viet Nam’s export and import turnover reached US$11.9 billion over the past 15 days of July.

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Of which, the exports and imports attained US$5.82 billion and US$6.08 billion, or year-on-year increases of 11% and 20.8%, respectively.

As of July 15, the nation gained nearly US$76.8 billion, up 14.7% from exporting. Viet Nam enjoyed a trade surplus of US$1.39 billion.

According to the Viet Nam Customs, 14 items have joined the US$1 billion export club including phones and accessories, garment, footwear, computers, electronics, oil and gas and aquatic.

Meanwhile, 17 items have made an import turnover of more than US$1 billion.

By Thuy Dung

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