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Workshop discusses Lima Action Plan in Vietnam

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

A view of Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve. (Photo: VTC)


The Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO held a workshop in the southern province of Dong Nai on November 28 to review its work in 2018 and plan for the implementation of the Lima Action Plan and eco-labelling in world biosphere reserves in Vietnam.

The Lima Action Plan for UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves (2016 – 2025) was adopted by the MAB International Coordinating Council (MAB ICC) at its 28th session in Lima, Peru, in March 2016. It contains actions to ensure the effective implementation of the MAB Strategy 2015 – 2025.

Its objective is to create thriving societies in harmony with the biosphere for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, through global dissemination of sustainability models developed in biosphere reserves. 

This year, Vietnam has seen progress in implementing the Lima Action Plan. The Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve in Hai Phong was the first in Vietnam to draw up a plan for the implementation of the Lima Action Plan, adopted by the local authority, while Lang Biang Biosphere Reserve in Lam Dong has developed a model for community-based management of the reserve which has facilitated local development. 

The world biosphere reserve of Cu Lao Cham – Hoi An in Quang Nam has launched an egg-hatching project to rebuild sea turtle population in central Vietnam. Hundreds of eggs laid by sea turtles in Con Dao National Park were carried to Bai Bac (north beach) of Cu Lao Cham where they hatched in September 2017. This success, alongside improved environmental protection practices, has brought greater prospects for the restoration and conservation of sea turtles and biodiversity of the Cu Lao Cham MPA. 

Last year, more than 860 baby turtles were born from 900 eggs using the ex-situ conservation method, and all were later released to the sea. It is expected some extra 900 eggs will be hatched in June and August this year. It is expected, by 2020, sea turtles will return to shore around Cu Lao Cham to nest.

Speaking at the workshop, directors of biosphere reserves in Vietnam suggested that local governments where biosphere reserves are located must focus on forest protection and improve livelihoods for people who manage the forests. At the same time, biosphere reserves in Vietnam need to step up cooperation with their peers from other countries; accelerate communication campaigns to promote the biosphere reserves among people; and raise public awareness of environmental protection. 

Project to reduce impact of heat waves on vulnerable groups in Hanoi

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

At the conference 


A project to minimise the impact of heat waves on vulnerable groups in Hanoi by the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) was launched at a conference in the capital city in November 28. 

The project aims to seek measures and early actions based on environmental impact forecasts to reduce negative impacts on outdoor workers and the elderly. 

Funded by the Germany Red Cross (GRC) and supported by the Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IMHEN), the project, which uses “forecast-based financing” (FbF), is hoped to improve the VRCS’s capacity in applying models to adapt to natural disasters. 

According to Vice Chairman of the VRCS Tran Quoc Hung, Vietnam is one of the countries most susceptible to natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region.

The country is also among the five countries hardest hit by disasters and climate change in the world. The country suffers between 10-15 tropical storms and many floods each year. 

Vietnam is forecast to face increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters, Hung said. 

The average temperature in recent years has increased due to climate change and urbanisation, especially in big cities and crowded residential areas.  

The pilot project aims to develop early actions to respond to high temperatures, towards safeguarding locals from disasters, and helping the VRCS build early action plans for other natural disasters in Vietnam.

Participants also discussed the forecast-based financing model, risks of heat to the health of the community, opportunities for cooperation and concerns and commitments of  parties involved in the project.

The FbF was firstly launched by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in 2013. The model has been expanded to 22 countries, including three in the Asia Pacific, namely the Philippines, Bangladesh and Vietnam.

AO consequence settlement discussed at European Parliament

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

Efforts to deal with consequences of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin should focus on environmental improvement and long-term support for AO victims along with dioxin remediation activities, heard a seminar held at the European Parliament (EP)’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on November 28. 

The event was co-organised by the Vietnam-EU Parliamentary Friendship Group in the EP and the US’s Aspen Institute, with the participation of representatives from some foreign embassies in Belgium and EP agencies. 

Chris Keyskens, president of the international AO victims’ Belgium chapter, said Vietnamese AO victims need support to have better lives. 

According to her, as of late 2017, the Belgium chapter had presented 18,414 EUR to the victims, and the association aims to help disabled AO child victims to go to school and provide capital for families of AO victims  in Hoi An city, Vietnam’s central province of Quang Nam, to promote their own production activities. 

Dr. Charles Bailey, former Director of the Aspen Institute Agent Orange in Vietnam Programme, introduced the book titled “From Enemies to Partners – Vietnam, the US and Agent Orange” that he co-wrote with Dr. Le Ke Son, former Vice Director-General of the Vietnam Environmental Administration. 

In the book, the authors pointed out severe consequences of dioxin on Vietnamese people as well as local environment over the past half century. 

Since 2007, Vietnam and the US have begun to join hands in addressing the consequences.

During the 2007-2018 period, the US Government has allocated a total of 136 million USD to the work. The money has been used to remediate dioxin-polluted soil at Da Nang, Bien Hoa and Phu Cat airports, and fund health care services for victims in seriously-contaminated zones, he added. 

Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and head of the Vietnamese Mission to the EU Vu Anh Quang said the seminar is one of the major events of the EU-Vietnam relations this year, helping improve public awareness of AO/dioxin and seek solutions to address its consequences.

The US army sprayed some 80 million litres of toxic chemicals in Vietnam during the war, 61 percent of which was Agent Orange, containing 366kg of dioxin. As a result, more than 3 million ha of forested land was destroyed, while basic water and food sources for millions of people were contaminated.

Preliminary statistics showed that 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin. Tens of thousands of people died from exposure, while millions of others went on to suffer from cancer and other incurable diseases. Children and grand children of many victims have been affected with widespread birth deformities.

Vocational training programme opens in Bắc Kạn

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

Trainees work in groups as part of the programme. — Photo Courtesy of the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Project VIE/034.


As many as 50 leaders from 23 vocational schools in the northern region of Việt Nam are gathering in a training programme in Bắc Kạn Province to harness and share their management experience.

The five-day training progamme on “Management of Vocational Education and Training (VET) Colleges” was launched in the northern province of Bắc Kạn.

The event, which will end on Friday, is organised with support from VET-Toolbox, Bắc Kạn Vocational College and the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Project VIE/034.

The objective of the training is to help VET colleges improve their knowledge and management skills and assess the actions necessary to respond to the labour market’s changing demands.

The training is composed of thirteen modules such as strategies and policies, vocational pedagogy, quality assurance, curriculum development, models of excellence in management, customers and society, finances and budgeting, private-public partnerships, Industry 4.0 and business plans.

The training will be conducted by international experts selected by VET Toolbox, a demand-based facility that provides practical support to selected countries implementing VET and labour market reform.

LuxDev Project VIE/034 - Bắc Kạn Vocational Education and Training Phase two has been implemented in the province since 2016 with the goal of improving the management capacity of the province and providing training programmes that meet market needs.

448,000 toddlers to receive high-dose vitamin A in Hà Nội

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

A child receives vitamin A at a hospital in Hà Nội. 


Some 480,000 children aged from 6-36 months will receive high-dose vitamin A supplements on November 30 and December 1 in Hà Nội.

The activity is part of a national campaign to provide free vitamins for children twice a year. 

The first round of distribution took place in June.

Hoàng Đức Hạnh, deputy director of the city’s health department, on Tuesday asked all health centres in the city perform a thorough review of the number of children eligible for the supplements, especially homeless kids living in old apartment blocks, hospitals and social service centres.

Time slots should be arranged to avoid overcrowding, and distribution points should be easily accessible, he added.

The Hà Nội Centre for Disease Control has been assigned to monitor the distribution.

Children less than six months old that can’t receive breast milk and those aged from 36-60 months at high risk of vitamin A deficiency are also eligible for the distribution. 

There are about 7.5 million children under five years old in Việt Nam, and one million of them suffer from pre-clinical vitamin A deficiency, according to the National Institute of Nutrition. 

Toolkit released to combat HIV-related stigma and discrimination

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

Participants attends a ceremory to launch a toolkit on combating stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV on the ocassion of the World AIDS Day (December 1). — Photo courtesy of HAIVN


A toolkit to help eliminate stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV (PLHIV), was launched today as part of activities to celebrate World AIDS Day (December 1) in Việt Nam.

The event was organised by the Hà Nội Medical University in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Partnership for Health Advancement in Việt Nam (HAIVN).

The toolkit is based on the idea K=K – (Không phát hiện = Không lây truyền) or U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable in English) – with the core message: “I’m positive, he/she will never be.”

The toolkit includes a K=K logo, posters, videos, infographics and handbook for sharing in print and through social media.

The U=U statement has been recognised or endorsed by more than 782 medical and community-based organisations in more than 95 countries. The statement builds on evidence-based research demonstrating that HIV treatment is highly effective in reducing forward HIV transmission and that people living with HIV on ARV (antiretroviral) treatment with an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexual transmission.

“This is a truly transformational message which will change the lives of people living with HIV around the world. The K=K toolkit is expected to be shared widely among the community and be effective in combatting HIV-related stigma and discrimination,” said Dr Todd Pollack, Country Director of HAIVN.

“We’ve long known that with effective treatment, people living with HIV can live full, healthy productive lives. We now know—conclusively—that daily adherence to this therapy means that HIV cannot be transmitted to sexual partners. This is joyful, life-altering information for persons with HIV, their sexual partners, and their families,” said Dr John Blandford, Country Director of CDC in Việt Nam.

The toolkit will be shared among PLHIV, the LGBTQI community, public health and community-based agencies, and through clinics, medical centres and social media channels to raise awareness. 

Viet Nam, Japan co-operate to promote financial services for women

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

Delegates from JICA Việt Nam and Việt Nam Women’s Union at the signing ceremony in Hà Nội on Wednesday. — Photo courtesy of JICA


JICA Vietnam Office and the Việt Nam Women’s Union (VWU) signed a record of discussions on Wednesday for the “project of promoting gender responsive financial inclusion through the Việt Nam Women’s Union.”

The technical co-operation project is expected to be implemented from March 2019 to March 2021. It aims at improving VWU’s capacity to promote development and delivery of financial and non-financial services responding to the needs of local women.

Under the project, JICA and VWU will work side by side to provide training to financial service providers such as microfinance organisations and commercial banks on the basis of gender-responsive financial inclusion and good practices from other countries.

At the same time, the project will support selected financial service providers to develop new products which respond to the diversified needs of women at different stages of life.

Lessons learnt and hands-on experiences from the project will be shared with Vietnamese policymakers as references for advocacy in promoting financial inclusion.

In Việt Nam, only 31 per cent of adults have bank accounts. As few as 14 per cent of adults have savings deposits at a financial institution and 21 per cent borrowed money from formal financial institutions.

Although the majority of customers of microfinance services are women, the types of financial products available to them are quite limited.

International experiences have shown women’s financial inclusion generates benefits for society in addition to improvements in the wellbeing of women.

To encourage financial service providers to offer women-friendly products, an enabling policy environment is necessary and thus gender-responsiveness needs to be integrated into national financial inclusion policy.

To address these issues, in 2016, the Government of Việt Nam asked the Government of Japan for technical co-operation to promote gender responsive financial inclusion. 

For JICA, promoting gender equality and empowerment of women is crucial to achieve the “inclusive development” goal. 

Journey of start-up experience and aspiration

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

Young people set out on their start-up journey in Hà Nội on November 18. 


When Đặng Hoài Linh registered to take part in a start-up journey across Việt Nam, he never expected to walk away with a prize for his idea.

The idea Linh and his friends came up with looks to develop raw materials and commercial zones for artichoke products in the Mekong Delta Province of An Giang. They won the first prize at a mini start-up game held in the journey.

Linh and 99 other young Vietnamese entrepreneurs have gathered in Đà Nẵng City this week after finishing their ten-day start-up journey across Việt Nam.

Aiming to inspire young people and encourage them to come up with innovative ideas, the journey was entitled I Love My Homeland, and was organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Việt Nam Youth Federation and Việt Nam’s Young Entrepreneur Association.

The participants were divided into two groups and departed from Hà Nội in the north and Cần Thơ City in the south on November 18, going through Hải Phòng, Nghệ An, Quảng Bình, Thừa Thiên-Huế, Quảng Nam, Phú Yên, Lâm Đồng, HCM City and finally Đà Nẵng, where a series of events at the national innovative start-up festival Techfest 2018 are taking place this week.

During the journey, participants attended workshops and listened to experts and investors, as well as incubators on innovation in e-commerce, high-tech agriculture and tourism.

They also visited enterprises and learned from outstanding local start-up models.

A networking session between the young start-up entrepreneurs and investors was held yesterday as part of Techfest.

For the first time at Techfest, the Government has focused on the important role of the youth in the innovative start-up eco-system.

Nguyễn Thị Thu Vân, permanent vice president of the Việt Nam Youth Federation, said the journey was expected to equip young people with knowledge and networking opportunities to become successful managers.

“The young entrepreneurs will be helped to access funds, connect with investors and apply what they have learned to start up new businesses,” she said

During the ten-day journey, participants experienced the different cultures that are spread across the country to learn the advantages and weaknesses of different areas so they could develop products that meet local demand, she said.

Nguyễn Văn Kỷ, one of the young businesspeople who took part in the trip, said he had been given the chance to exchange opportunities with fellow young entrepreneurs, incubators and investors in an important journey that helped inspire young people like him to be innovative and start practical business models.

“Having met and talked with entrepreneurs who have formed successful start-up models, I understand that starting a business is not an easy journey and full of challenges. Every place we visited taught us lessons about starting up sustainable business models,” Linh said.

The group will today take part in a policy dialogue to seek breakthrough measures for innovative start-ups in Việt Nam during which they will have the opportunity to submit their proposals to the Government on how to improve the Vietnamese start-up ecosystem. 

Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

The “Undetectable = Untransmittable” (U=U) campaign was officially launched in Hanoi on November 28 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day (December 1).

The campaign aims to persuade people living with HIV to take antiretroviral (ARV) drugs as prescribed by doctors to reduce the virus load in their body to undetectable levels so that they do not transmit it to their sexual partners.

The campaign also seeks to improve public awareness of early HIV testing and ARV therapy, and to reduce discrimination against people with HIV.

The campaign is jointly held by the Hanoi Medical University and the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Vietnam to disseminate the campaign’s message to the community.

The university has provided support for 10 community organisations in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, and the northern province of Dien Bien to carry out initiatives.

Undetectable means untransmittable is the message of a new UNAIDS Explainer. With 20 years of evidence demonstrating that HIV treatment is highly effective in reducing the transmission of HIV, the evidence is now clear that people living with HIV with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV sexually.

The message has been so far recognised by 782 health organisations in nearly 100 nations and territories.

Three men receive years in prison for drug trafficking

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

Defendants Đỗ Trọng Tường, Nguyễn Văn Xá and Trương Xuân Hùng at the court. — Photo vov.vn



Quảng Nam People’s Court has sentenced three people to long prison terms on charges of drug trafficking.

Đỗ Trọng Tường, 42, from Tiên Phước District, was sentenced to eight years in prison while Nguyễn Văn Xá, 50, also from Tiên Phước District, received 20 years, Voice of Việt Nam reported.

A 19 year sentence was handed down to Trương Xuân Hùng, 54, from Tam Kỳ District.

According to the indictment, on February 5, on the section of national highway 1A that runs through Bình Phục Commune in Thăng Bình District, the police and provincial border guard checked a bus and found Hùng transporting two bricks of heroin weighing more than 700g and 190 drug tablets.

At the investigation agency, Hùng confessed that from 2015 he has suffered from drug addiction.

In 2016, Hùng worked at a gold mine in Nam Giang District and met Nguyễn Văn Xá.

They borrowed more than VNĐ280 million (US$12,170) and Hùng went to Nghệ An Province to buy drugs.

He was arrested on the way back and Xá was also arrested for illegal drug trading.

Xá claimed he had sold heroin to drug addicts working at most of the gold mines in Quảng Nam Province.

Đỗ Trọng Tường helped Xá deliver drugs to addicts.

At the first instance, the People’s Court also imposed a fine of VNĐ90 million. 

180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

A corner of Da Lat city 


The People’s Committee of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has recently approved a pilot project to develop a 180-ha green urban village in Tho Xuan commune, Da Lat city.

The project will have an estimated investment of more than 943 billion VND (40.24 million USD).

The project will lay the foundation in scaling models of green urban villages and satellite urban areas in Da Lat in line with the city’s planning for 2030 with a vision to 2050. The green urban village is expected to accommodate 1,500-2,500 residents by 2030.

The village will have different zones, including a central area and those for residential buildings, agricultural production, and tourism and services.

To implement the project, the Lam Dong People’s Committee assigned the Department of Construction as the project’s key investor, while the People’s Committee of Da Lat will be responsible for investment preparation.

Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

Second secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam Chuman Ai 


A delegation of the Japanese Embassy to Vietnam and the Japan Student Services Organisation (JASSO) in Vietnam had an exchange with administrators and students of Quy Nhon University in the central province of Binh Dinh on November 28. 

The exchange focused on issues related to Vietnamese students studying in Japan and the prospect of promoting cooperation between the two countries in the field. 

It attracted the participation of over 1,000 students, parents, and lecturers from universities, colleges, and high schools in the locality. 

Quy Nhon University trains a large number of human resources in biotechnology, electronics, construction, and software each year. 

At the same time, vocational schools and colleges in Binh Dinh province also train many medical staff, nurses, and mechanical workers – occupations in which Japan is in great demand for.

According to the second secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam Chuman Ai, who led the delegation, JASSO – under the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – is the leading support organisation for students, especially in providing loans and scholarships for international students.

Vice Rector of Quy Nhon University and Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Dinh Hien took the occasion to ask the embassy to provide support for the university’s Japanese Language and Culture Centre, particularly books and native teachers.

At present, the centre organises several Japanese language training courses and short-term vocational training courses, as well as activities to promote Japanese culture in Quy Nhon, contributing to attracting investment from Japan to the locality and promoting labour exports to Japan. 

Solutions to end sexual harassment against women, girls in public

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

At the event 


The White Ribbon Breakfast 2018 and safe orange bus journey were launched in Ho Chi Minh City on November 28 in response to the Action Month for Gender Equality and prevention of gender-based violence and the 16-day global campaign on ending violence against women and girls. 

According to the municipal Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the report “Safe cities for women and girls” showed that 18.5 percent of women have been sexually abused while 11.7 percent of men admitted sexual harassment against women and girls in public places in the past 12 months. 

Tran Ngoc Son, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and deputy head of the municipal Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality, said the White Ribbon Breakfast ot only looks toward raising public awareness of promoting women empowerment but also highlights the importance of ending gender discrimination and preventing sexual harassment against women and girls, towards building gender-sensitive socio-economic policies to ensure that women and girls could fully tap their potentials and enjoy fair opportunities. 

Over the past years, the municipal Management and Operation Centre for Public Transport has improved infrastructure, services quality to ensure safety for women and girls on 12 bus routes, installed cameras on more than 2,300 buses to limit sexual harassment against women and girl commuters. 

Ha Le An, Deputy Director of the centre, said it also upgraded bus stops and toilets to meet demand for women, children, the elderly and the disabled, towards building friendly, safe and civilised buses. 

In collaboration with the department and the United Nations Women and Action Aid, the centre staff pasted the message “For safe city for women and girls” on 26 bus routes and bus stops. 

The People’s Committees of districts 1 and 10 debuted five clubs “Men lead the way in promoting gender equality” with over 150 members. 

Statistics from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Family Department showed that 64 women and 10 children suffered from domestic violence each day from 2011-2015. Among 157,859 domestic violence cases found during the period, women victims aged 16-59 accounted for 74.24 percent. 

The Action Aid Vietnam reported that 87 percent of female respondents in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City said they experienced sexual harassment in public places in 2014.

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

At the meeting (Source: congthuong.vn)

The capital city of Hanoi has met and surpassed all 20 socio-economic development targets, said Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai during a local meeting on November 28. 

He said Hanoi has led the nation in foreign direct investment attraction, and has 30 communes more having met new rural development criteria, raising the total to 324 out of 386 ones, as well as four districts basically meeting the status. 

Farmers’ lives have improved with an average income per capita of 46 million VND (2,000 USD). The rate of poor households in rural areas is forecast to be reduced to 1.6 percent in 2018 from 2.57 percent in 2017. 

The State management in information technology, posts and telecommunication, press and publishing has been strengthened while administrative reform and legal enforcement have improved. National defence-security and social safety and order have been ensured, he said. 

As the year 2019 is important to fulfill targets during 2016-2020, Hai urged the municipal Party Committee, authorities, agencies, socio-economic organisations to continue improving the business climate with a focus on planning, investment, land, construction, business licensing, start-up ecosystem, innovation promotion, economic restructuring, innovation-based industrial development and deeper integration to the global value chain. 

Next year, the city will strive to raise the gross regional domestic product to 7.5 percent and above, including 7.1-7.3 percent in services, 8.5-8.7 percent in industry-construction, and 2.5-3 percent in agriculture. 

The total social investment is expected to increase by 10.5-11 percent while export will grow by 7.5-8 percent.

Vietnam needs tighter control of domestic food market

Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy

At the 7th International Food Safety Forum 


Vietnamese consumers are becoming more concerned about the food they eat and have pressing needs for safe food, heard a forum in Ho Chi Minh City.

At the 7th International Food Safety Forum held by the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation on November 28-29, World Bank Country Director for Vietnam Osmane Dione said Vietnam needs to control the domestic food market more strictly.

Unsafe food cost Vietnam around 700 million USD a year and left effects on consumers’ health and lives, though the country earned 18 billion USD from exporting farm produce in 2017, according to the official.

He suggested the Vietnamese Government adopt policies to encourage the sustainable production and trade of safe food in the coming time.

Meanwhile, Gabor Fluid, Regional Director of Royal De Heus Asia, said Vietnam needs better control of food safety standards, and policies to encourage businesses and its partners to join in safe food production chains.

New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam Wendy Matthews shared hat in her country, food safety has been built into a culture and responsibility for all people, from firms, farmers to consumers. If there is a food safety incident, the suppliers have to accept all responsibility, and face heavy fine.

She described legal regulations and science as the importance for managers to build brand names for local food, and control food safety.

The forum, themed “Better Food Safety, Better Business”, brought together key food industry insiders from around the world. 

How to invest in food safety and develop food safety culture is the highlight of the event. 

Participants get involved in discussions and seek solutions to promoting tougher standards for food supply chain. 

The event is held for the first time in Vietnam, where the food industry witnesses a flourishing average growth of 15 percent, among the strongest growers in Asia.


Hanoi surpasses 2018 socio-economic targets, Japanese embassy holds exchange with Quy Nhon university students, 180-ha green urban village to be developed in Da Lat, Campaign encourages HIV patients to use antiretroviral therapy
 
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