Daily Archives: December 31, 2018

Sequa Petroleum N.V. Annual Report 2017 and Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

The Sequa Petroleum N.V. (the Company) Annual Report 2017 is now available to download.

Sequa Petroleum has also published the agenda of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) to be held on 8 February 2019, at 11:00 a.m. hours CET.

A copy of all documentation is available on the Company’s website at www.sequa-petroleum.com

Gender equality at firms in Tay Ninh province examined

Tay Ninh (VNA) � The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour and the CARE International organisation have surveyed the gender equality situation at businesses in economic zones of Tay Ninh, a province in the southern key economic region.

The survey aimed to improve workers’ awareness of gender equality. It was also part of activities to prepare for the amendment of the 2012 Labour Code so that legal regulations could better ensure equal pay, equal job opportunities, equal sharing of family responsibilities, and prevention of sexual harassment at the workplace.

Wong Ting Chun, Chairman of the First Team Vietnam Garment Co. Ltd in Thanh Thanh Cong Industrial Park in Trang Bang district, reported that his business is employing about 8,000 workers, over 80 percent of whom are women with an average income of 7 � 9 million VND (300 � 390 USD) per month. The female workers’ average monthly income is about 1 million VND higher than their male colleagues’ since they are in charge of the steps that need more skills.

He said the draft revisions on priorities for female workers, especially those with small children, to the Labour Code are reasonable. Although these regulations haven’t been enforced, his company has applied appropriate support policies for pregnant women and those with small children.

A 19-year-old worker at the company said she has received good treatment since she began working in the company in 2016. She added workers should be allowed to decide on their overtime hours, depending on their family and health condition, because overtime pay is necessary for them to better support their lives.

During the fact-finding tour on December 29, Vice President of the general confederation Ngo Duy Hieu said ensuring workplace gender equality is one of the important solutions to protect labourers’ rights and legitimate interests.

He noted female workers need to know regulations on the retirement age, prevention of workplace sexual harassment, equality of job opportunities, and equal pay for equal work between men and women, so that they can protect their rights and interests. �VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Royal Thai Navy frigate visits Da Nang

Hanoi (VNA) � Frigate H.T.M.S. TACHIN (FFG 471) of the Royal Thai Navy arrived at Da Nang port in the central city of Da Nang on December 31, starting a four-day visit to Vietnam.

The Thai delegation is led by the vessel’s captain Colonel Smitnat Kunnavatana.

While in Da Nang, the ship’s crew will pay a courtesy visit to the High Command of Naval Region 3 and make sightseeing trips to several scenic areas and historical relics in the city. -VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Leaders send congratulations to Cuba on 60th Liberation Day

Hanoi (VNA) � Vietnamese leaders have extended congratulations to their Cuban counterparts on the 60th Liberation Day (January 1, 1959) of the Caribbean nation.

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent the messages to First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee Raul Castro Ruz, and President of the Cuban Council of State and Council of Ministers Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez.

The messages read that generations of Vietnamese leaders and people are proud to be the witnesses of the achievements that the Cuban people have obtained over the 60 years of defending and constructing the socialist Cuba � the symbol of the revolutionary heroism in the western hemisphere.

They re-affirmed the Vietnamese State, Government and people’s consistent unity with the glorious and just revolutionary cause of the Cuban people, voicing their belief that the Cuban State, Government and people will continue to attain more successes in the national construction and defence.

On this occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also offered congratulations to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. �VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency

2018 – Successful year for Vietnam’s tourism industry

Hanoi (VNA) � The arrival of the 15 millionth foreign visitor of 2018 in Ha Long city, in the northern province of Quang Ninh, marks a successful year for the tourism industry.

This year, the country is estimated to serve some 15.5 million-15.6 million foreign tourists and 80 million domestic travellers, generating 620 trillion VND (26.66 billion USD) in tourism revenue.

The number of international tourist arrivals surged three-fold from 5 million in 2010 to over 15 million in 2018. The remarkable growth reflects the great efforts made by all players in the sector, particularly the large network of local travel agencies and strategic tourism investors nationwide.

The success has also been attributed to the large-scale and intensified efforts of tourism authorities to promote the country overseas. To aid such efforts, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has adopted a system of indicators to evaluate a destination and a tourism code of conduct; designed various plans to strengthen the management of travel agencies and tour guides; and raised awareness of the importance of quality among tourism service providers, local administrations, and tourism authorities.

According to the VNAT, to meet the demands of visitors from different markets, Vietnam has developed a diverse range of tourism products that make use of the country’s advantages, including cultural tours, sea-based tours, eco-tours, adventure tours, luxurious resort vacations, and more.

In recent years, a range of popular holiday destinations like Ha Long, Phu Quoc, and Da Nang have helped develop the popular imagery of Vietnam, promoting the national tourism among international visitors and becoming the main drivers of the industry’s growth.

Also this year, the country has won a series of international awards, recognising it as a safe and friendly destination. Vietnam was named the Asia’s Leading Destination for the first time at the 2018 World Travel Awards in Hong Kong this September. Two months later, it was honoured with the title of Asia’s best golf destination in 2018 at the Golf World Travel Awards.

In 2019, Vietnam expects to welcome some 103 million visitors, including around 18 million foreigners and 85 million domestic travellers, up 15 percent and 6 percent, respectively, from 2018.

Early December, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved the establishment of a state-run tourism development fund, worth about 300 billion VND (12.9 million USD), which will be used for building plans, financing tourism promotion activities, and boosting the tourism growth.

The PM has also given nod to a project which looks to restructure the industry in an attempt to turn it into a spearhead economic sector and make Vietnam one of the most developed tourism nations in Southeast Asia.

The project has set a target of 45 billion USD in tourism revenue by 2025, with exports through tourism reaching 27 billion USD.

The sector is hoped to contribute more than 10 percent to GDP and create 6 million jobs, including 2 million direct jobs. At the same time, it expects to serve 32 million foreign tourists and more than 130 million domestic visitors in 2025. �VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Ceremony marks 99th birthday of Hoa Hao Buddhism’s founder

An Giang (VNA) � The Central Executive Board of the Hoa Hao Buddhist Sangha held a ceremony in southern An Giang province on December 31 to mark the 99th birth anniversary of the Hoa Hao Buddhism’s founder � Huynh Phu So.

At the event held at An Hoa Tu Pagoda in Phu My town of Phu Tan district, deputy head of the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs Tran Tan Hung congratulated Hoa Hao followers on the founder’s birthday (the 25th day of the 11th lunar month, 1920).

Since the Hoa Hao Buddhism came into being 79 years ago, followers have always adhered to its guidelines, upheld the traditional patriotism and solidarity, and contributed to the nation.

Hung added their social and charitable activities have helped affirm the Hoa Hao sect’s national unity spirit, which is also part of the teaching of its founder Huynh Phu So.

Nguyen Tiec Hung, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in An Giang, appreciated Hoa Hao Buddhists’ patriotism, solidarity and support of national development.

He noted that in 2018, the sect’s dignitaries and followers have involved in many charity activities, including building bridges and roads in rural areas, reducing poverty, and raising education promotion funds. Hoa Hao followers in the province have donated over 100 billion VND (4.3 million USD) to charity work, thereby helping with local development.

There are more than 2 million Hoa Hao Buddhist followers across Vietnam at present, with An Giang home to the biggest number of the followers. -VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Victims in Egypt bomb attack to return home soon: embassy

Cairo (VNA) � The Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt and Ho Chi Minh City will coordinate with competent agencies in the host country to send home eight Vietnamese victims of the December 28 bomb attack who are in good health or suffer from only light injuries.

At a December 30 working session with a delegation of HCM City, including representatives of Saigon Tourist which operated the tour, Ambassador Tran Thanh Cong said those victims would be able to return home in the next one or two days.

The embassy and the HCM City delegation will coordinate with local authorities to complete necessary procedures to repatriate the bodies of the three dead victims, while three others with serious injuries will have to wait for permission from doctors.

Representatives from the embassy and the delegation then met with families of the victims.

The same day, a delegation of the Egyptian parliament led by Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Karim A.Darwish, and some Egyptians visited the Vietnamese Embassy to express their sympathy over the incident.

According to the embassy, the three seriously-wounded victims have received surgeries, four with light injuries are recovering and five others suffering from scratches now can move around normally.

The Egyptian Embassy in Vietnam has granted urgent visas for relatives of the victims to travel to Egypt.

Countries such as the US, the UK, Russia, Kuwait, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Saudi Arabia have strongly condemned the bomb attack and extended their deepest sympathy to the victims and their families.

A bus carrying 15 Vietnamese tourists was hit by a bomb at 18:15 on December 28 (local time). The tourists were on their way to the airport to return home after a trip to Giza pyramids. Three Vietnamese tourists and one Egyptian guide were killed in the bombing.-VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency