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Plan on trade development on VN-Cambodia borderline adopted

18:24 | 12/08/2014

VGP – The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has approved a master plan to develop industry and trade along the shared borderline between Viet Nam and Cambodia to 2020, with a vision to 2030.

The Moc Bai International Border Gate in Tay Ninh province

The plan aims to stimulate the industrial and commercial development, creating a momentus for local economic development with an appropriate growth model and economic structure to promote strengths in natural resources and trade.

Accordingly, the industrial and trade sector will focus on extracting and processing several mineral resources while improving the capacity of processing facilities.

The plan also states investment in building material production and expansion of the market network along the shared borderlines and at border gates, particularly small-scale supermarkets and department stores in towns, districts’ centers and border gates.

In addition, businesses’ advertisements and marketing for exports will be supported.

To realize the plan, the MOIT suggests several key measures, including investment in infrastructural development, adjustments to ensure development space and avoid wasteful investment, and preferential policies to attract investment.

                                                                                                                    By Ngoc Van

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Actor Robin Williams dead from suspected suicide

Actor Robin Williams dead from suspected suicide
Tue 12 Aug 2014 at 10:11

NNA – Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, has died from suspected suicide after a battle with depression, triggering an outpouring of grief and tributes for one of…

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Australia supports economic reforms

15:32 | 12/08/2014

VGP – Australia has provided AUD3.1 million to help Viet Nam implement a project on restructuring for a more competitive Viet Nam (RCV).

The project is being implemented between the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, aims to increase national economic competitiveness, accelerate growth in labour productivity, employment and incomes, improve transparency in business regulations and reduce corruption.

The Australian government recently announced a new aid policy which focuses on the role of aid for trade and private sector development in raising the living standards of the most vulnerable in the region.

The RCV project aligns well with Australian strategic priorities in Viet Nam, including Australia’s advocacy for rule-based global trade, state enterprise reform, competition policy reform and private sector development.

At ceremony, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong deemed economic restructuring and growth model shifting essential and urgent, requiring a proper roadmap for Vietnam to basically form an economic growth model that ensures the quality of growth, and improves economic efficiency and competitiveness. Viet Nam needs support from the international community.

Mr. Hugh Borrowman, Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam confirmed his nation’s willingness to support Viet Nam’s important reform process.

If reforms are implemented effectively Viet Nam will grow comprehensively, he added.

The initial phase of the project is 2014-2016. Concrete results achieved from this phase and priorities of the new Social Economic Development Plan 2016-2020 will determine the possibility of a new phase beyond 2016.

                                                                                                                        By Vien Nhu

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Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting

Thank you very much, Mr. Minister, and again, we all thank you for your hospitality in convening us here and for your leadership. And we particularly are grateful for the efforts of your meeting through ASEAN as well as your efforts with the Lower Meko…

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184 more workers return to HN from Libya

14:30 | 11/08/2014

VGP – An additional 184 Vietnamese workers landed at Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi on August 10, bringing the total number of Vietnamese workers returning from Libya to 453.

Photo: VOV

Among the returnees, 29 were working in Tripoli and Benghazi cities where fierce clashes have erupted for the past few weeks.

The 184 returnees are out of 682 workers that the Viet Nam Manpower Supply and Commercial Joint Stock Company (Vinamex) supplied to Huyndai Amco contractor of the Republic of Korea.

These workers expected to take Egyptian and Viet Nam Airlines flights to fly home from August 7-10, however, difficulty in Libya’s flying procedures had affected the evacuation plan.

A Vinamex representative said the company would provide each returnee with VND1 million worth of financial aid to come home.

A Huyndai Amco representative said the company would prioritize recruiting these workers to work for its projects in Egypt and several other countries in the future.

The evacuation plan for the 682 Vietnamese workers was jointly implemented by Huyndai Amco, Viet Nam Airlines, Vinamex and the Vietnamese embassy in Egypt.

These Vietnamese nationals were working for the ‘2.000 Housing Project’ in Al-Qubbah town of Al-Beida city, east of Libya, about 200km from Benghazi city.

On August 9, two Libyan Airlines charter flights left Misrata airport for Cairo international airport in Egypt, carrying 182 workers.

Libyan Airlines plans to conduct 4 flights on August 10 and another 2 on August 11 to bring the remaining number of Vietnamese workers to Cairo.

Viet Nam Airlines will mobilize Airbus 330-200 and Boeing 777-200 aircraft to take the workers directly to Hanoi from Cairo on August 10-11./VOV./.


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Press Releases: Remarks at the Friends of the Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting

Thank you very much, Mr. Co-Chair, I appreciate it very much. And again, I repeat we all appreciate your leadership and particularly hosting us here now. And I want to welcome the ASEAN Secretary General Minh. Thank you very much for being here with us…

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Address by Minister Baird at the Opening of the ASEAN-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference

August 9, 2014 – Naypyidaw, Burma

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Distinguished colleagues and friends, I am very pleased to be with you again.

This is now my fourth consecutive ASEAN-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference. Over the last year, I can confidently and proudly say that we have made more progress in building our partnership than in any other year.

So as we begin this session, I would like to give you a brief update on this progress and set out where I see our next steps.

Canada is, unequivocally, a Pacific nation. We are deeply integrated with Asia-Pacific historically, geographically, demographically and economically.

We are also increasingly deepening that integration politically. I don’t just say that as a politician trying to please an audience. In Canada we have a saying that you “vote with your feet,” and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing in Southeast Asia.

I arrived in Yangon [Burma] yesterday after two weeks of meetings across the region. I had the opportunity to meet with president-elect Joko Widodo and, of course, our colleague Marty in Jakarta.

In Singapore, I gave a lecture about supporting stability in Asia and, of course, met with our esteemed co-chair, Minister Shanmugam [Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law]. I also had the opportunity to visit the young country of Timor-Leste, which, as you know, is keen to join ASEAN in the near future.

This trip builds on numerous others. In fact, when visiting Vientiane last year, I had the distinct pleasure of becoming the first Canadian minister to visit every ASEAN member state.

My friend and colleague Ed Fast, the minister of international trade, will soon be able to say the same, ahead of the Canada-ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting.

This focus is also shared by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. For example, in 2012 he became the first Canadian prime minister to visit the Philippines in over a decade. Last year, he visited Malaysia—again, this was the first Canadian head-of-government visit to Kuala Lumpur in decades. And this was followed by Indonesia, for the APEC Summit.

Two months ago, Canada welcomed the ASEAN economic ministers for a five-day “road show” to expand trade and investment linkages: another first for Canada, in receiving such a high-level delegation from ASEAN.

We have met your leaders and seen first-hand the impressive development in the region, including ASEAN’s efforts to strengthen its community and reinforce its central role in regional architecture.

I see ASEAN as a vitally important institution in the region and a key vehicle for our support to the region.

More importantly, we are more engaged with you than we ever have been in the past. We are present, we are active, and we are here for the long term.

On Tuesday I had the honour of meeting [ASEAN] Secretary-General [Le Luong] Minh at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta—another first for a Canadian foreign minister. I advised the Secretary-General that Canada will establish a dedicated, stand-alone mission to ASEAN headed by a new ambassador.

And just yesterday, in Yangon, I had the honour of opening Canada’s newest diplomatic mission. This too was a historic first for Canada: we have long had diplomatic relations with ASEAN’s current chair, but never a resident representative in-country.

I am also pleased to announce today that the Government of Canada is further expanding its diplomatic footprint in Southeast Asia. We will be establishing on-the-ground Canadian diplomatic presence in both Cambodia and Laos.

With these new resources, Canada will have a diplomatic presence in all 10 ASEAN member states—again, a historic first for Canada.

We commit to having the expanded Canadian diplomatic footprint in ASEAN in place within a year. But this isn’t about the bricks and mortar of diplomatic buildings, it’s about our commitment to democracy and prosperity in ASEAN member states.

Our relationship with ASEAN is of strategic importance to both sides. Canada has been increasing our engagement across the full spectrum of common interests.

During the past several years, we have taken specific and concrete steps to enhance our partnership. These steps are consistent with, and responsive to, ASEAN priorities in the lead-up to the establishment of the ASEAN Community in 2015.

Two years ago in Phnom Penh [Cambodia], I committed Canada to a contribution of $10 million over three years for ASEAN initiatives. I followed that up at the last post-ministerial conference in Brunei, where I outlined specific new projects for ASEAN and for Southeast Asia in excess of $30 million.

Canada has delivered on those commitments.

We have worked with ASEAN member states and the Secretariat to move forward on projects announced last year in Brunei, of which I would highlight three:

First, a $6.5-million project in support of the Mitigation of Biological Threats in ASEAN, funded at the request of ASEAN health ministers.

The second project, $3 million, is focused on Improving Counter-Terrorism Investigation and International Collaboration in ASEAN.

The third project is Financial Regulations Capacity Building in ASEAN—2 million.

Colleagues, I am happy to report that not only did we meet our commitment of $10 million in funding, we have exceeded it.

Our current cooperation covers all three ASEAN pillars: political-security, economic and socio-cultural.

Today, I am furthering this cooperation by announcing additional funding in the amount of $14 million to help address security issues of shared concern in Southeast Asia and to enhance the ASEAN connectivity agenda.

We’ll work to mitigate biological and nuclear threats, disrupt illicit flows while protecting legitimate trade, combat human smuggling activities and improve regional cyber-security tools, and we’ll work with our ASEAN partners to address the phenomenon of “foreign fighters” and “radicalization.” Another key focus of this new Canadian programming will be to bolster border management capacities, particularly in ASEAN’s CMLV states [Cambodia, Burma, Laos and Vietnam]. Taken together, these projects will complement those of ASEAN to improve regional connectivity, whether through information technology or the safe and secure movement of people and goods across borders by sea, air or land.

Also in the political-security sphere, in addition to the projects mentioned above, Canada’s Deputy Minister of National Defence was recently in Singapore for the Shangri-La Dialogue, accompanied by my own deputy minister. Both reiterated Canada’s commitment to expanding our contribution to regional security initiatives in ASEAN, including through the ASEAN Regional Forum, but also our specific interest in becoming a member of ADMM+ [ASEAN Defence Ministers Plus].

On the economic pillar, Canada has developed an impressive set of projects to enhance our economic cooperation. Some of the key activities in the coming year include:

  1. The Canada-ASEAN Business Council [CABC] will organize the second Canada-ASEAN Business Forum in March 2015.
  2. The CABC will work with the ASEAN Corporate Social Responsibility [CSR] Network and the Government of Canada to organize an ASEAN-Canada CSR forum in Bali in November 2014.
  3. Canada and Singapore will co-host an ASEAN-Canada Clean Energy Seminar in October in Singapore.

Finally, on the socio-cultural pillar, I am pleased to announce that through Grand Challenges Canada, we will be funding seven new health projects in ASEAN member countries this year: in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

This funding, totalling $784,000, will support scientific, technical, social and business innovation to solve the most pressing regional and global health challenges. Over the past three years, through Grand Challenges Canada, we have invested $12.8 million to support the development of 57 innovations now being implemented to the near-term benefit of the health of the people of the ASEAN region.

Canada has been clear in outlining our vision for the future of ASEAN-Canada relations. It is a relationship in which Canada is now engaged in all three pillars of ASEAN community building and has truly enhanced our cooperation exponentially over the past three years.

To fully achieve our vision, Canada and ASEAN should engage regularly—and with ASEAN’s regional neighbours—at the highest level. That’s why Canada’s Prime Minister asked in 2012 that Canada be welcomed as a member of the East Asia Summit [EAS]. Engagement at the leaders’ level is essential to fully realize the potential of the ASEAN-Canada partnership. I will be contacting you all directly to request your active support for Canada’s EAS membership.

We have been an interested partner of ASEAN for 37 years. Over the last few years, I hope it is obvious that we have taken this up a gear, with sustained, high-level and practical engagement.

Not only has our long relationship been mutually beneficial, but our recent deepening of cooperation in areas that are priorities for ASEAN has been in direct response to your counsel and commitment.

I believe we have a lot more to contribute, and I look forward to taking this partnership to the next level.


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More workers return home from Libya

18:34 | 09/08/2014

VGP – Twenty-five guest workers returned home Saturday from Libya’s Benghazi, according to the Viet Nam News Agency.

This is part of the plan to evacuate all Vietnamese guest workers from Libya.

Earlier on Thursday, 216 Vietnamese workers returned home safe while 50 others left Libya, according to the Department for Overseas Labor Management under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.

The Ministry said it expects to complete the plan in August.

The Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and Vietnamese representative agencies in Libya, Turkey, Egypt and Algeria are closely working with companies in charge of these workers to launch measures and plans to ensure safety for Vietnamese laborers in Libya.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had sent diplomatic notes to the Embassies of the Philippines and Thailand in Viet Nam asking them to help remove Vietnamese citizens out of dangerous areas.

Vietnamese representative agencies in Turkey, Egypt and Algeria have worked with local agencies on conditions to facilitate Vietnamese workers’ return. In the coming time, Vietnamese laborers will go home by air./

By Huong Giang

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Air passengers from Ebola-hit countries to be screened

17:18 | 09/08/2014

VGP – Passengers from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone will be screed carefully before entering Viet Nam, according to the latest Directive of the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam.

The move aims to prevent the Ebola outbreak which has appeared in the four countries and killed more than 960 people.

Passengers suspected of contracting Ebola will be isolated and hospitalized, the Authority said.

Airlines must request passengers to fill the medical declaration forms.

The Directive also bans transport of unquarantined and sick animals and plants.

The Authority has tasked international airports and airlines to coordinate with the centers for international health quarantine to strictly implement regulations on prevention spread of communicable diseases by air travel.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung on Saturday also called for effective measures to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

At least, 1,711 infected cases of Ebola have been reported this year, according to the World Health Organization which declared an international health emergency on Friday./.

By Huong Giang

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WB helps VN set up modern social assistance system

17:29 | 07/08/2014

VGP – A launching ceremony of the WB-assisted Social Assistance System Strengthening Project (SASSP) was held on August 7 by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).

Photo: VGP/Thu Cuc

With a preferential loan of more than US$62 million from the World Bank (WB), the project is expected to establish a management system and realize social assistance programs to ensure the minimum livelihood for everyone and contribute to sustainable poverty reduction.

The objective of the project is to support the Government in strengthening the social assistance system by developing innovations in management and service delivery nationwide, and by piloting these innovations in the four project provinces, including Ha Giang, Quang Nam, Lam Dong and Tra Vinh from 2014-2018.

WB Country Director Victoria Kwakwa revealed that the project will create a better and more simply social assistance system for Viet Nam to reduce poverty sustainably.

By Thuy Dung

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