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).
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
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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
10:39 | 27/06/2014
VGP- Viet Nam and Japan held their first high-level dialogue on agricultural development cooperation in Ha Noi on June 26.
The event aims to reach a consensus on the Viet Nam-Japan cooperative programme on developing Viet Nam’s agricultural sector in a comprehensive manner in the long and medium terms as well as devising concrete actions for the 2015-2019 period.
Addressing the conference, Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Hayashi Yoshimasa said Viet Nam has great potential for developing agriculture with favourable conditions in human resources, land and climate.
He noted that over the past time, many Japanese businesses have seen effective investment in this field in Viet Nam.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat thanked the Japanese Government for its active support to Viet Nam’s agricultural development in recent times through technical support projects and research programmes.
Agricultural cooperation with Japan is of great significance for Viet Nam where nearly 70% of its population earn their living from agricultural production.
In the future, the two sides agreed to cooperate in science and technology, the application of new technologies in agricultural production, biology, processing and post-harvest preservation, especially in improving the value chain on food production,Phat emphasized.
By Vien Nhu
10:19 | 27/06/2014
VGP – Chinese ships of various kinds on June 26 formed a line coming threateningly close to restrain Vietnamese ships from undertaking their normal law enforcement missions in Viet Nam’s waters, reported the Viet Nam Fisheries Surveillance Department.
About 40 Chinese fishing vessels, supported by two coast guard ships coded 46102 and 46106, continued to stop Vietnamese fishing boats from fishing in the area near the Chinese Haiyang Shiyou-981 drilling rig which is illegally standing in Viet Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf
According to the department, on the day, China maintained about 117-121 ships of different kinds, including coast guard, cargo and military ships, tugboats and fishing vessels, to defend the rig. They simultaneously speeded up, sounded their horns, and were ready to ram against Viet Nam’s law enforcement vessels, which were operating 11-12 nautical miles from the rig.
In the morning, a reconnaissance aircraft and two fighter jets were seen flying at the height of 500-1500m above the rig and Vietnamese ships.
However, Vietnamese fisheries surveillance ships tried to approach the rig at a distance of 9.5-10.5 nautical miles to continue performing their missions in the area, demanding China immediately remove its rig and ships out of Vietnam’s waters.
Meanwhile, Viet Nam’s fishing vessels still conducted their normal operations at their traditional fishing grounds, said the department.
At the beginning of May 2014, China illegally dispatched the rig as well as a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft to Vietnam’s waters and positioned the rig at 15 degrees 29 minutes 58 seconds north latitude and 111 degrees 12 minutes 06 seconds east longitude, 80 miles deep into Viet Nam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.
Despite Viet Nam’s protest, China expanded its scale of operation and moved the rig to 15 degrees 33 minutes 36 seconds north latitude and 111 degrees 34 minutes 11 seconds east longitude, 60 nautical miles deep inside Viet Nam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.
Ever since the tensions began, Viet Nam has exercised the utmost restraint, shown every gesture of goodwill and exhausted all dialogue channels to communicate with Chinese authorities of different levels in order to express protest and demand China immediately withdraw its rig and armed and military vessels from Viet Nam’s waters.
Nevertheless, up to now, China has failed to respond to Viet Nam’s legitimate demand. On the contrary, it has been slandering and blaming Vietnam while continuing to escalate the use of force and violations in an increasingly dangerous and serious manner.
By encircling, chasing, ramming and firing water cannons at Vietnamese boats, they have injured many sailors and fishermen, threatening their safety.-VNA
08:57 | 27/06/2014
VGP – Providing logistic services for offshore fishing is a new line of business in Nui Thanh District of central Quang Nam Province. It has also proven to be profitable, hence attracting investment from the local fishermen.
The area for building, repairing and maintaining boats in Tam Quang Commune
Investment in logistic services is seen as the largest part necessary among those for whom offshore fishing is the way to make their living. We were told that by Nguyen Huu Dinh, who is in charge of Tam Quang Commune’s agricultural sector in Nui Thanh District, central Quang Nam Province, when we paid a visit to a local fisherman and his family in An Hai Dong Village.
Pham Hoai Nhon, a fisherman, is among the first in his village who has successfully deployed the business of providing logistic services to the local fishermen. Now, just under 30 years old, Nhon already owns a lot of equipment and facilities in services of offshore fishing, including boats of a big-sized capacity and a wharf for boats to anchor and get maintenance.
When still a little boy, Nhon joined his parents in supplying logistic services for offshore fishing, a business that was handed down from his grandparents. In early 2000, after joining several offshore fishing trips, Nhon realized the fact that the fishermen had to cope with many difficulties while fishing offshore.
“Many fishermen go fishing offshore overnight, and if they have to return to the mainland to unload the catch, they will not have enough time to get back out on the sea. This made me think about some way to supply them with necessities so that they can continue their trip,” Nhon recalled the first days when he started running his business.
Nhon said, he took several “survey” trips before deciding to invest in facilities and all the necessities that the fishermen may require for their fishing trip offshore.
“To maintain a relationship with the fishermen and their families so as to supply them in a timely fashion with all that they need is not easy,” Nhon confided.
To do that, he said he had to grant loans to the needy families, each around VND 50-70 million (roughly US$ 2,000-3,500), to repair or maintain their boats, or buy new fishing nets, all aimed at helping them catch more fish.
Many boats are built in the area of providing logistic services for offshore fishing.
A station provides petrol and fuel for offshore boats in Tam Quang Commune.
Boats purchasing seafood anchor at the wharf in Tam Quang
Classifying fish on boats which are used to purchase sea products offshore
At present, Nhon has workshops to purchase and preserve sea food, a wharf for boats to anchor, and two boats each with more than 200CV capacity, which are used to purchase sea products offshore. Besides, he also supplies petrol, foodstuff, ice and other necessities for a fishing trip. With this, Nhon can purchase around 15-17 tonnes of fish in-shore and 14-15 tonnes of fish offshore during one trip.
In Nui Thanh District, there are fishermen who put their fishing boats into groups, which they call “mother-children fishing group”, like Huynh Van Tao in Sam Linh Dong Village who owns three boats each with 550 CV capacity, and Pham Xuan Le in Sam Linh Tay Village, who has one boat of 450 CV and another of 500 CV capacity. This joint-venture works as an effective bridge connecting the fishermen with the market, and helps in stabilizing the products’ prices while ensuring more profits for the fishermen.
According to Nguyen Dinh Son, head of Nui Thanh District’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department, a logistic services business offshore not only helps the fishermen spend more time fishing, save money on fishing trips and avoid the loss of their catch, but also ensures the quality and quantity of the sea food for the processing factories.
“Compared to fishing offshore, providing logistic services for fishing trips requires much more investment,” said the district’s agricultural official, adding that the district’s relevant agencies would support the local people in running this kind of business and for its sustainable development.
Accordingly, in the past three years, the State granted financial support for construction of the An Hoa fishing port and a new wharf for boat anchorage and repair. This is seen as a prime foundation for local fishermen to develop their fishing and logistics services business.
The establishment and development of logistic services for offshore fishing in Nui Thanh District in particular, and in central coastal localities in general, is of extreme importance. It is because the fishing ground in the central region is diverse, stretching both in width and length, hundreds of nautical miles. To support and invest in logistic services for offshore fishing can be said as the best way to reduce production costs, improve the products’ quality and expand the time for fishing, thus contributing in a practical way to securing and defending the country’s sovereignty over its sea and islands./.
03:22 | 27/06/2014
VGP – A seminar was held in Seoul on June 26, attended by a Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai, discussing cooperation in the food processing industry.
About 100 Korean businesses operating in the food processing attended the seminar.
Addressing the event, Vietnamese ambassador to the RoK Pham Huu Chi highlighted the attractiveness of Viet Nam as an investment destination with its dynamic young highly educated workforce.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai reiterated the Vietnamese Government’s commitments of creating all possible conditions for foreign investors, including those from the Republic of Korea (RoK) in the country.
After the event, the Vietnamese guests will continue promotion activities in other localities across the Republic of Korea.
As of June 2014, the RoK ranked second among foreign investors in Viet Nam with 3.827 projects capitalised at US$31.2 billion, primarily concentrated (58.7%) in the manufacturing and processing sectors.
By Vien Nhu
Turkish foreign policy is always a fascinating case study. As the sunni insurgency in Iraq is gaining steam, how are Turkish foreign policy elites responding? What are Turkey’s near term strategic goals for Iraq and Syria? And how does this impact Turkey’s sometimes hostile view of Kurdish nationalism? I speak with professor Louis Fishman who answers these questions and more.
Episode 22: Live from the UN, 2014 (Vol 1); A special edition, featuring the President of the General Assembly, the UN Ambassadors from Vietnam and Jamaica, the head of the UN Association, and more!
Episode 21: Thomas Pickering, former Ambassador to the UN, Israel, Jordan, Russia, India and more.
Episode 20: Jessica Tuchman Matthews, foreign policy trendsetter
Episode 19: Louise Arbour, human rights pioneer.
Episode 18: Zalmay Khalizad, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the UN.
Episode 17: Gov Bill Richardson, he frees hostages.
Episode 16: Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children
Episode: 15 Laura Turner Seydel, philanthropist
Episode 14: Douglas Ollivant, Iraq expert
Episode 13: Gary Bass, historian
Episode 12: Mark Montgomery, demographer
Episode 11: Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watcher
Episode 9: Mia Farrow, humanitarian activist and Goodwill Ambassador
Episode 8: Suzanne Nossel, Big Thinker
Episode 6: PJ Crowley, former State Department Spokesperson
Episode 5: Octavia Nasr, reporter
Episode 4: Arsalan Iftikhar, “The Muslim Guy”
Episode 3: Dodge Billingsley, filmmaker.
Episode 2: Laura Seay, @TexasinAfrica
Episode 1: Heather Hurlburt, national security wonk
16:52 | 26/06/2014
VGP – The US still maintains its position as the largest importer of Viet Nam’s aquatic items, accounting for 23% of the Southeast Asian country’s total export of the products, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
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.
The shrimp and tra fish exports to the EU hit US$409 million and US$385.4 million, respectively.
By Thuy Dung
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