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Vu Nhom to face trial next month: DongA Bank case

Drug trafficker arrested in Quang Tri province, Laguna Lang Co named among Robb Report’s top resorts in Vietnam, Vietnam hosts Colombo Plan’s meeting on gender equality, Workshop talks lessons from China’s reform, opening-up

Tran Phuong Binh (L), former general director and vice chairman of HCMC-based DongA Bank, and Phan Van Anh Vu (R), former chairman of Danang-based Bac Nam 79 Construction JSC 

Phan Van Anh Vu, alias Vu Nhom, is expected to stand trial late next month for causing a hefty loss of more than VND200 billion (US$8.5 million) for DongA Commercial Joint Stock Bank (DongA Bank).

A source from the HCMC People’s Court told Tuoi Tre newspaper that Vu Nhom, 43, former chairman of Danang-based Bac Nam 79 Construction JSC, and Tran Phuong Binh, 59, former general director and vice chairman of HCMC-based DongA Bank, will go on trial from November 27 to December 25.

The other defendants are 20 former senior executives of DongA Bank and four borrowers from the bank involved in the case.

They have all been charged with abuse of power to misappropriate assets; deliberate violations of State regulations on economic management; and negligence, resulting in serious consequences for the bank.

The investigators found that Binh, who was also the chairman of the credit council at DongA Bank, owned 10.25% of the bank’s charter capital, while his family members held a further 7.7%. He was also in charge of its budget and investment division at the time.

His illegal activities include illicit funding and investment activities leading the bank to incur an accumulated loss of VND31 trillion (US$1.3 billion) and negative equity of more than VND25 trillion (US$1.09 billion), as of late 2015.

Binh was also found to have illegally created favorable conditions, even directing his staff to falsify documents to help Vu purchase 63 million shares of DongA Bank. The duo caused the bank losses of some VND203 billion.

The court plans to summon 27 organizations and 306 individuals with rights and obligations relevant to the high-profile case. Binh’s wife, Cao Thi Ngoc Dung, who is the chairwoman and general director of Phu Nhuan Jewelry, will appear as a witness.

Binh and Vu have returned VND4 billion and VND13 billion, respectively. More than 125 million DongA Bank shares owned by the duo, three other defendants and 17 relevant individuals have been distrained, according to the indictment.

In another development, Phan Van Vinh, 63, former head of the General Police Department, and Nguyen Thanh Hoa, 60, ex-director of the High-tech Crime Division (C50) – both under the Ministry of Public Security – are expected to face trial on November 12 for their alleged involvement in a multimillion-dollar online gambling ring.

Ngo To Dung, Chief Justice of the People’s Court of Phu Tho Province, told Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper today, October 29, that the court would put the duo and 90 other defendants on trial for one or more counts of gambling, organizing gambling, illegally trading invoices, laundering money, using the Internet to misappropriate assets and abusing their power.

The provincial police uncovered the gambling ring while investigating a fraud case involving mobile phone top-up cards in May 2017. The scammer told investigators that he had redeemed all the cards for virtual currencies used in an online gambling card game.

While investigating this claim, police discovered the extensive online gambling ring run by Phan Sao Nam, 39, former chairman of local online game firm VTC Online, and Nguyen Van Duong, 43, ex-chairman of Hi-Tech Security Development and Investment Co., Ltd (CNC).

On the websites and, players were able to gamble with virtual money and convert their winnings to real money. Players could obtain virtual money by redeeming mobile phone top-up cards or CNC’s prepaid cards or by paying the tech companies through bank transfers.

Investigators found that the portals had started operating in April 2015, drawing some 14 million players, with bets worth roughly VND9.6 trillion (US$415 million) in circulation. The two masterminds – Nam and Duong – had gained some VND3.2 trillion (US$138 million) from the ring, making it the largest and most profitable gambling network to be uncovered in the country.

C50’s then-director Hoa allegedly provided protection for this gambling ring, rather than prosecuting those responsible. While serving as the national police chief between December 2014 and April last year, Vinh was also aware of the existence of the online gambling ring but took no action.

According to prosecutors, the violations are extremely serious because they erode public trust and confidence in the police force.

Workshop talks lessons from China’s reform, opening-up

 Drug trafficker arrested in Quang Tri province, Laguna Lang Co named among Robb Report’s top resorts in Vietnam, Vietnam hosts Colombo Plan’s meeting on gender equality, Workshop talks lessons from China’s reform, opening-up

A riverside view of Shanghai city. After 40 years of reform and opening-up, China has become the world’s second biggest economy. (Photo:

A workshop, focusing on China’s 40 years of reform and opening-up and lessons for Vietnam was held in Hanoi on October 30. 

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan, President of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, said Vietnam and China have gained great achievements in their processes of reform, opening-up, and renewal; which have also significantly impacted economic development in each country. 

However, both are facing difficulties and challenges in seeking new driving force and methods to spur economic growth, he said, noting his hope that the two countries will step up efforts to cope with and adapt to changes in the regional and global situation in a timely and flexible manner. 

Yin Haihong, from the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam, stressed that after 40 years of reform and opening-up, China has become the world’s second biggest economy, contributing more than 30 percent to the global economy. 

More than 700 million Chinese families have successfully escaped from poverty and the living standards of Chinese people have been improved remarkably, she added. 

Yin said China has been consistent in conducting reforms towards market orientations, opening-up, and integration, while also addressing issues regarding links between reform and stable development; the relations among the State, the market, and society; economy, politics, and society; and state and non-state affairs. 

She also suggested that Vietnam and China exchange experience in reform and renewal, thus contributing to boosting bilateral cooperation during the process of integration and reform. 

Dr. Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Director of the Institute for Chinese Studies, described reform and opening-up as a vital force for development and progress in China, and the renewal cause as an important step for Vietnam to catch up with the era’s progress. 

The two countries should scale up these efforts by applying viewpoints on reform and opening-up, he said.

Vietnam hosts Colombo Plan’s meeting on gender equality

Drug trafficker arrested in Quang Tri province, Laguna Lang Co named among Robb Report’s top resorts in Vietnam, Vietnam hosts Colombo Plan’s meeting on gender equality, Workshop talks lessons from China’s reform, opening-up

At the meeting (Source:

The 46th Consultative Committee Meeting of the Colombo Plan (CCM46) kicked off in Hanoi on October 30. This is the first time Vietnam has hosted the Colombo Plan’s important session, which this year is being held to focus on gender equality. 

The two-day events brings together nearly 100 delegates from 23 member nations, representatives from the Colombo Plan Secretariat and many of Vietnam’s ministries and agencies, as well as observers. 

In his opening speech, Minister of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung highlighted the importance of the meeting, which occurs every two years, saying that the Colombo Plan’s top priority meet up aims to address shortcomings and set out orientations for cooperation among member countries over the next two years.

Minister Dung appreciated the valuable cooperation that the Colombo Plan has given Vietnam, especially in helping the country train more than 500 staff in various fields such as drug prevention, public administration, environmental protection, private economic development, and gender equality.

He stressed that Vietnam has selected the topic of gender equality for this meeting because it is an area of special concern that has been integrated into all socio-economic development programmes of the country. 

Vietnam has achieved remarkable results in terms of gender equality measures, and is one of the countries with the best gender equality index, ranking second in the ASEAN region, he said.

The minister noted, however, that Vietnam still faces many challenges such as new requirements from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, domestic violence, violence against young girls, and women trafficking. He said it is important to strengthen close cooperation among member countries in sharing experiences, implementing gender equality programmes and courses, as well as continuing programmes in drug prevention and detoxification, especially synthetic drugs. 

He emphasised Vietnam’s increasingly active participation in managing Colombo Plan activities, such as its successful candidacy for the position of Director of the Drug Advisory Programme in 2009-2011, and the General Secretary of the Colombo Plan for the 2018-2022 term.

Addressing the event as Chairman of the CCM46, Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung highlighted some of the positive effects from the training courses provided by the Colombo Plan to Vietnam during its national development.

He said the meeting offers a good opportunity for member countries to re-evaluate objectives and proposals that have been implemented in the last two years, and map out appropriate directions for the Colombo Plan in the time to come, towards improving its role and influence.

General Secretary of the Colombo Plan Phan Kieu Thu presented the target programme during her term, especially those goals for the next two years.

Participants also heard the annual report on the operation of the Colombo Plan’s Secretariat, as well as those on training and capacity building programmes.

They also discussed and agreed on orientations and activities of the Colombo Plan for the next two years, as well as commitments of each member country.

The Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific was conceived at the Commonwealth Conference on Foreign Affairs held in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in January 1950 and was launched on July 1, 1951, as a cooperative venture for the economic and social advancement of the peoples of South and Southeast Asia. 

It is based on the partnership concept for self-help and mutual help in the development process, with the focal areas being human resources development and south-south cooperation.

With 27 official members, the Colombo Plan is a forum for discussing development needs, sharing experience, implementing programmes for stronger socio-economic development, and supporting less developed countries in the region. 

The Colombo Plan mainly operates through organising training courses and helping its member nations develop human resources. It now runs four training programmes including the Drug Advisory Programme (DAP), the Programme for Public Administration and Environment (PPA&ENV), the Programme for Private Sector Development (PPSD), and the Long-Term Scholarships Programme (LTSP). 

Since it officially began its membership with the organisation in 2003, Vietnam has sent nearly 400 officials to attend training courses within the Colombo Plan’s cooperation programmes in the fields of drug prevention, public administration, reproductive health, and environmental protection. 

Innovative Technopreneurs Contest kicks off

Drug trafficker arrested in Quang Tri province, Laguna Lang Co named among Robb Report’s top resorts in Vietnam, Vietnam hosts Colombo Plan’s meeting on gender equality, Workshop talks lessons from China’s reform, opening-up

A booth showcasing a sprout-growing device at Techfest 2017. - Photo

The Innovative Technopreneurs Contest, an annual event for the Vietnamese start-up community, is officially open for registration from now until November 5.

The contest is held within the framework of Techfest 2018, a national festival for innovative start-ups, hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The 2018 Innovative Technopreneurs contest will have three rounds – the elimination round, semi finals and final, with the participation of notable startups from seven fields: Agritech, Edtech, Medtech, Tourism, Fintech, 4.0 Technology and Impact Technology.

Innovative entrepreneurial groups and individuals can sign up to participate in the contest as individuals or in groups of three people maximum. Prospective participants can register on the Techfest website

The 10 teams with the highest results in the semi-finals will be chosen to advance to the final round which will be held on December 1. Each team will have five minutes to pitch in English and three minutes to answer questions from the judging panel.

The winners will be granted trips to the US or Korea for investment matching and connecting to global innovative ecosystems. 

From the first small-scale contest hosted in 2015 up until now, the Innovative Technopreneurs Contest has drawn the participation of 500 startups (300 of which participated in the 2017 contest). Since 2015, the top 10 startups from these competitions have managed to secure investments worth millions of dollars and also connect with local and international startup ecosystems.

Techfest 2018 is scheduled to take place from November 25 to 29 in the central city of Đà Nẵng. It is expected to welcome 4,500 participants with a series of activities to connect investors with enterprises.

A highlight of this year’s event is a journey themed ‘Youth with innovative start-ups,’ which takes place from November 18 to 29.

One hundred start-ups with the best ideas will take part in the start-up journey, which will go through 11 cities and provinces including Hà Nội, Hải Phòng, Nghệ An, Quảng Bình, Thừa Thiên-Huế, Đà Nẵng, Bình Định, Quảng Nam, Lâm Đồng, HCM City and Cần Thơ. 

Laguna Lang Co named among Robb Report’s top resorts in Vietnam

Laguna Lang Co Resort has just been named as one of the top four luxury resorts in Vietnam by Robb Report.

The six-time Major winner, Sir Nick Faldo, plays golf at Laguna Lang Co Resort  Being recognized for its quality by such a prestigious journal is testament to the Banyan Tree Group’s commitment to deliver Vietnam’s most desired golf experience.

The complex is comprised of the Banyan Tree Hotel, the beachfront Angsana Hotel, two Banyan Tree and Angsana branded spas, and luxury residences, including Banyan Tree Residences and Laguna Park residences which decorate an 18-hole golf course, designed by Sir Nick Faldo.

All rooms at Banyan Tree Lang Co are villas with private pools, located by the beach, surrounding a lagoon or on a hill overlooking the bay, with each property providing absolute privacy and tranquility to visitors.

The villas in their equally spectacular backdrops are currently available for purchase, with long term golf memberships being reserved for property owners only.

Furthermore, members of the resort can enjoy reciprocals with IMG Prestige, providing opportunities for property owners to play golf at some of the world’s best golf courses.

Laguna Lang Co’s reputation has been growing rapidly over the past five years, with a steady increase in avid golfers visiting the complex in search of a unique golf experience.

This reflects the combination of a great championship course that is impeccably maintained with world-class service and facilities.

Drug trafficker arrested in Quang Tri province

Drug trafficker arrested in Quang Tri province, Laguna Lang Co named among Robb Report’s top resorts in Vietnam, Vietnam hosts Colombo Plan’s meeting on gender equality, Workshop talks lessons from China’s reform, opening-up

Hien at the police station

Quang Tri police on October 29 arrested a man for smuggling drugs in Dong Ha City.

Trinh Phuong Hien, born in 1986, residing at District 1, Dong Ha City, Quang Tri province, was caught red-handed while attempting to store and smuggle 98 pink pills.

Hien told police that the tablets he was carrying were labeled WY, which is the logo for a drug that combines caffeine with methamphetamines.

The drug trafficker also confessed that he bought the drugs to use and sell.

In addition to drugs, the authorities also seized a mobile phone, syringes, cash, and relevant papers.

The case is under further investigation.

NAMA Project contributes to Vietnam's ambitious climate change response

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A summary workshop of the “Creation of an Overarching Framework for NAMAs and MRV in Vietnam” (NAMA) Project was held in Hanoi on October 30 under the co-chair of Le Cong Thanh, Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, and Jörg Rüger, First Secretary of German Embassy in Vietnam.

The project implementers presented their major achievements to a large audience composed of national and international climate change experts. The project’s most significant achievements involve its support for the development of Vietnam´s contribution to international climate change efforts in the form of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement.

Following the successful submission of Vietnam’s NDC in 2015, the project supported preparations for the implementation of the NDC at national level through the development of a national action plan. In addition, Vietnam’s negotiating teams at the international climate conferences received extensive technical training and assistance.

“Vietnam has set itself ambitious climate targets to appropriately contribute to the global Paris Climate Agreement that we ratified in 2016,” said Le Cong Thanh, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. “The NAMA Project was vital to us in formulating these targets and respective policies, and prepared us for their implementation. The continued support enabled us to strengthen Vietnam´s position in international climate policy.”

“The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) has achieved important milestones in climate policy over the last years,” said Jörg Rüger, First Secretary for the Environment at the German Embassy.

“In particular, we would like to congratulate MONRE on the successful submission of Vietnam´s Nationally Determined Contribution in 2015 and to the Action Plan to implement the Paris Agreement in Vietnam issued in 2016. We are very glad that the Vietnamese-German NAMA project could substantially support MONRE in these achievements. Germany looks forward to continue the fruitful cooperation with Vietnam, as two ambitious partners, united in the common goal to stop climate change as agreed in the Paris Agreement.”

Another crucial outcome of the NAMA Project is the successful establishment of a monitoring framework that allows the tracking of achievements in climate policy cross sectors and ministries.

“This tool empowers Vietnam to systematically track progress on their national climate change targets and polices. It also enables an effective inter-ministerial coordination,” said Anna Pia Schreyögg, Chief Technical Advisor of the NAMA Project.    

Another major project achievement is the development of two concrete climate actions that aim at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The first Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)  targets the development of a climate-friendly bus infrastructure for big cities. The second focuses on the application of energy efficiency measures and solar power in the textile industry.

Together, these two climate actions have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 Million tonnes of CO2 by 2030. They also have the potential to increase competitiveness, create jobs, ensure energy security and resource efficiency, and reduce environmental pollution in Vietnam.

In the near future, GIZ will launch the project “Support to Vietnam for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement”, or SIPA for short. Under the SIPA project, GIZ will continue its support to MONRE in formulating and implementing an ambitious climate policy.

The NAMA project was jointly implemented by the Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change (IMHEN) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

It was implemented from 2014 to 2018 through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Security with a budget of EUR4.6 million. 

Nghệ An to scrap hydropower projects

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Bản Vẽ hydropower plant in Nghệ An Province. 

Local authorities in central Nghệ An Province have decided to stop granting licences to new hydropower projects in the province, highlighting the damage caused by the plants.

During rainy season, water discharged from the plants along with flooding from upstream inundate a number of areas, causing landslides, sweeping away homes and bridges, and damaging roads.

Local residents have complained about the issue and proposed authorised agencies stop granting licences to hydropower projects.

In August and September, Nghệ An was one of the localities most affected by heavy flooding, with thousands of houses inundated. Many mountainous areas in the province suffered huge losses after water was released from hydropower plants.

After the incidents, hydropower plants paid compensation to affected residents but according to local authorities, the financial support paled in comparison to the damage they suffered.

There are 32 approved hydropower plants in Nghệ An Province with total capacity of more than 1,300 MW. Three of the biggest are in Bản Vẽ, Khe Bố and Hủa Na. Other small plants are mostly located close to rivers and streams in remote areas.

Many provinces in the Central Highlands which have seen serious loss of forest cover in recent years have also scrapped plans for hydropower plants and stopped the operations of others because of their adverse effects on forests and the environment.

According to the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, this along with climate change has seriously affected local people’s lives and the environment and hit socio-economic development. 

Year end, the best time to visit Đà Lạt

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Than Thở (Lament) Lake in Đà Lạt. 

The resort town of Đà Lạt is well-known at home and abroad thanks to its year-round cool climate, green pine forests, misty landscape, and resplendent architectural gems dating back to the colonial era.

Nicknamed ‘Little Paris’, Đà Lạt, the city of eternal spring, flowers and love, has gained popularity as a romantic place for couples to enjoy their honeymoon.

The town, situated 1,500 metres above sea level, has repeatedly been praised by the media and travel websites around the world.

The New York Times named Đà Lạt among the world’s 52 must-visit places in 2016 while TripAdvisor readers ranked it in the top 10 list of rising destinations in Asia.

Local travellers are recommended to plan a holiday in Đà Lạt during the year end.

According to Nhân Dân newspaper, the town welcomed 3.38 million visitors in the first six months of this year, including 245,000 foreigners. 

Vietnam - UK Higher Education Forum held

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The British Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) organized the second Vietnam - UK Higher Education Forum themed “Global landscape in internationalizing higher education - standing in favour of quality to quantity” in Hanoi on October 30.

The forum was attended by Deputy Minister of Education and Training Associate Professor Nguyen Van Phuc and Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education in the Welsh Government, together with about 150 delegates who are higher education leaders and national experts from MoET, more than 60 UK and Vietnamese universities and organizations, and news agencies.

In Vietnam, Resolution No. 29-NQ/TW on fundamental and comprehensive innovation in education and training during the international integration period has created the platform for international collaboration and development in education. With developing countries like Vietnam, internationalizing higher education (IHE) acts as a driver to enhance the quality of human capital and, as a result, enhance the competitive advantage for the economy, learn from the experience of others to speed up education reform, and establish excellent universities.

For higher education institutions, IHE helps enhance capacity in teaching and research, renovate curriculum, and promote student employability and student exchange. IHE brings benefits not only to developing countries but also developed countries.

In 2015, the British Council in Vietnam worked closely with MoET and the Embassy of Vietnam in the UK to successfully organize the first Vietnam - UK higher education collaboration forum, “Connecting opportunities for sustainable education partnerships”, in London. In 2018, the second Vietnam - UK Higher Education forum is being organized in Hanoi on the occasion of 45 years of diplomatic relations between the UK and Vietnam and on the occasion of the British Council’s 25 years in Vietnam.

As a country with one of the most developed education systems in the world, the UK also has one of the most “internationalized” education systems. With a mission to promote knowledge and friendly understanding between the people of the UK and other countries around the world, the British Council is a pioneer in promoting IHE.

“IHE plays a crucial role in developing international cultural and diplomatic relations,” said Ms. Williams. “Through the British Council in Vietnam, we are very glad to have the opportunity to work in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Training to organize the second Vietnam - UK higher education collaboration forum today. I am delighted that the relationship between Wales and Vietnam, our governments, universities and students, is going from strength to strength. The Welsh Government is committed to working with the British Council, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Training, to address the challenges of the global landscape in the internationalization of higher education.”

Vietnam is recognized as one of the countries with an “openness” to international education rated as “Very high” and “High” in terms of government support for international student mobility, joint training programs, and research. However, in order to establish a position in the regional or international higher education sector, the government considers quality the top priority and this needs to be balanced with rapid development in quantity.

Opening the forum, Deputy Minister Phuc said it being organized on the occasion of the UK and Vietnam celebrating 45 years of diplomatic relations brings a very important message about the future of education collaboration between the two countries. The forum will connect higher education leaders from the UK, the region and Vietnam, debate national, regional and international issues and challenges in IHE, and share new trends in IHE, with quality assurance being the driving force to move higher education to a new stage.

At the forum, the Vietnam - UK Higher Education Network will officially launch ten collaborative projects in line with the four objectives above and the main priorities in IHE. The network consists of 56 universities and businesses from both Vietnam and the UK. The British Council commits to supporting Vietnam in its efforts to internationalize education, science and innovation and promote higher education cooperation between the UK and Vietnam.

Ms. Donna McGowan, Country Director of the British Council in Vietnam, told the forum that higher education partnerships are a vitally important means of promoting inter-cultural cooperation, dialogue, engagement, and shared understanding between the UK and Vietnam. Internationalizing higher education is defined as one of the strategies to enhance the quality of higher education in terms of teaching, learning, research and innovation.

The British Council has been working with Vietnam since 1993 and is marking its 25th anniversary this year with a series of events celebrating cultural relations and exchange between the UK and Vietnam.

Vietnam Art Photo Exhibition 2018 opens in Quang Ninh

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A photo in the "Dao people in border marker 1327" photo set displayed at Vietnam Art Photo Exhibition 2018 (Source: organising board)

As many as 245 artistic photos by 192 photographers throughout the country are being displayed at the Vietnam Art Photo Exhibition, which kicked off in the northern province of Quang Ninh on October 30.

The exhibition, which is a highlight of a series of cultural activities in the National Tourism Year 2018 – Ha Long- Quang Ninh, is jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists, and authorities of Quang Ninh province.

The biennial event aims to introduce to the public, both locally and internationally, outstanding works of Vietnamese photographers.

With the main topic of “Ha Long – Quang Ninh – From New Angles” and free topics, the exhibition received entries from May 2 to July 31. After nearly three months, nearly 10,200 single photos and photo sets by 1,436 professional and amateur photographers were sent to the organising board.

The organising board presented awards to 22 short-listed works in the two categories.

The exhibition, which will remain open to the public until November 8 at Sun World Playground in Ha Long city, is expected to provide visitors with an insight into the land and people of Ha Long – Quang Ninh in particular and Vietnam in general.

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