Daily Archives: May 3, 2020

PM Phuc attends launching ceremony to protect to preserve historical relic

Prime Minister Nguyen XuanPhuc on May 3 attended a launching ceremony for a project to preserve a historical relic in Cao Quy village, Lien Khe commune, Thuy Nguyen district, the northern port city of HaiPhong.

The project, which also include the construction of a 3.5-km road linking a highway to the 30,700-sq.-m relic site, totally costs 427 billion VND (18.6 million USD). The site will house an exhibition centre with many historical objects locally unearthed to be put on show.

Speaking at the ceremony, PM Phuc recalled the three glorious military victories against foreign invaders on the Bach Dang river section which runs through the locality. He described the one in 1288 against the Yuan-Mongol army as representing the power of the people’s war, heroism, staunch will and solidarity of the Vietnamese nation.

The Cao Quy relic, together with others related to the Tran dynasty in nearby QuangNinh and Hai Duong provinces, serves as a source of invaluable material for deeper research into Vietnam’s history, the leader said.

He also spoke highly of the important role and work by historians and archaeologists for their discovery of the site and studies into the part of history which it relates to.

The site was recently discovered with many trunks planted on the bed inclined to the upper reaches of the river. Historians believe this is the tactic of the Tran dynasty to defeat the fleet of the invading Yuan-Mongol army.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Deputy PM Binh extends greetings to Buddhist followers

 The Party and the State always respect the right to religions and believes of the people while ensuring that religious activities are in line with the law, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong HoaBinh reiterated on May 3.

Speaking at a Buddhist pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, the official, who is a Politburo member, also extended greetings to leading figures and followers of the religion of the occasion of the Buddha birthday, expressing his belief that they will continue the nation’s path in the motto of “religion, nation and socialism”.

He thanked them for their contributions to the nation, especially during the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and called on them to take an active part in social activities for national construction and defence.

Thanking the attention and facilitation by the Party and State, representatives of the Buddhist officials and followers in the country highlighted that over the past two millennia, the religion has been going along with the nation for national interests, towards the building of a peaceful and happy society.

In the time to come, they pledged to continue upholding the tradition of patriotism, taking an active part in charity activities, fulfilling citizens’ obligations and respecting the law.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Drug trafficker arrested in Nghe An

 A man was caught for transporting a huge amount of synthetic drug pills and heroin into Vietnam for consumption, said the Border Guard Command of the central province of Nghe An.

On May 2, Kha Van Choi, born in 1975 and residing in Ta Ca commune of the province’s Ky Son district, was caught red-handed by the border guard force at the Nam Can international border gate together with police of the district.

A total of 198 meth pills and five grams of heroin were seized.

The case is being further investigated.

Three drug cases were earlier discovered in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong and the northern province of Nam Dinh, with 1.4kg of heroin and 4,000 synthetic drug pills seized.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Campaign helps generate jobs for nearly 10,500 young people affected by COVID-19

Close to 10,500 people have found a job through a non-profit campaign held in Hanoi for students and young people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign was carried out from April 10 – 30 by the Hanoi chapter of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU), the Hanoi Students’ Association, and the Hanoi Youth Federation, in cooperation with Global Shapers Hanoi, Global Shapers HCM City, Canavi, Accesstrade, and the G.A.P Institute.

It aimed to offer 10,000 jobs for students and young people whose employment is particularly vulnerable during the pandemic. Many have already lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet, as thousands of small- and medium-sized enterprises and household businesses in the city have suspended operation.

The campaign helped connect them with recruiters offering seasonal and work-from-home jobs as well as employment after the pandemic ends.

It has so far attracted 963 recruiters and job agencies such as SieuViet, Vietnamworks and FreelancerViet. As many as 17,291 candidates are waiting for job interviews or opportunities.

More than 1,000 people have taken part in interviewing skill and Microsoft Excel training courses held by Canavi.

Vice Secretary of the HCYU’s Hanoi chapter Tran Quang Hung said the first phase of the campaign has ended with positive outcomes.

In the second phase, which will take place from May 4 – 31, the HCYU’s Hanoi chapter will cooperate with Canavi to organise more workshops at major universities across the city to provide career counseling and job matching services for fresh graduates, he said.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Special mechanism needed for HaiPhong to reach further

 Prime Minister Nguyen XuanPhuc on May 3 agreed that there should be a special mechanism for the northern port city of HaiPhong to reach further in its development.

At a working session with leading officials in the city, he assigned ministries and authorities to study and help the Government work out such a mechanism at an early date.

The PM highlighted that HaiPhong achieved the highest Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) growth in Vietnam with 14.9 percent while that of the whole country was only 3.82 percent. He also spoke highly of the city’s creative and resolute measures in the COVID-19 fight.

The leader also stressed that authorities must not be subjective in the fight which must be carried out along with the socio-economic development.

About strategic development strategies for HaiPhong, PM Phuc pointed out that sea-based economy, high-level industry and tourism must be the three strategic pillars of the city from now to 2045, adding that it must become a smart and modern city.

As for the tasks for the city in the rest of this year, the leader said HaiPhong must shoulder the heavy responsibility of the pioneer and an important growth extreme of the country. The city’s development goals are not changed even in the context of the pandemic, he stressed.

PM Phuc recommended that HaiPhong implement concerted measures so as to create a more favourable business environment and push up the private economic sector. He also expressed his belief that with its firm determination and creativeness, HaiPhong will achieve the goal of fighting the COVID-19 and boosting socio-economic develoment at the same time.

The city should also pay attention to the organisation of the Party congresses at various levels towards the 13th National Congress of the Party, he leader concluded.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Enterprises face shortage of workers after easing of social distancing measures

 Enterprises in southern provinces that have resumed operation after the end of the social distancing period are facing a shortage of workers.

Pham Oanh, whose hometown is in ThuaThien-Hue province, has been a construction worker in the southern provinces for about 10 years. Normally, he returns to work in the southern provinces after Tet (Lunar New Year).

However, after the COVID-19 outbreak, he decided to look for a job in his hometown and is now working at a cement company in the province.

Pham Kim Yen, who lives in ThuaThien-Hue province and works for a garment export foreign company in Binh Duong province, said that her company had to temporarily close for a few months.

“I had to look for another job and now I work for a local garment company. The income is lower than when I worked in Binh Duong. However, I don’t have to pay rent for a house and the living cost in Binh Duong is higher than in ThuaThien-Hue.”

Truong ThiThuy Lien, director of a leather and footwear export company in Binh Duong, said that many workers who had returned home for the Tet holiday did not return to work because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “My company is constantly recruiting but it is not enough. Estimated shortage is about 15 percent.”

Le NhatTuong, chairman of Pousung Vietnam Ltd in Dong Nai province, said the company had built more factories and planned to recruit about 10,000 workers in 2020. However, since the beginning of the year, only 1,000 new employees have been recruited, and the recruitment plan has been suspended.

In addition to adding more workers when there is a need to expand production, Pousung Company annually recruits new employees to supplement workers and ‘job skippers’, Tuong said.

The food service sector also faces a shortage of workers. Many restaurants, cafes, and commercial services in Ho Chi Minh City have had to scale down or close because of the shortage of workers.

Le ThanhNhan, owner of a large restaurant in HCM City’s District 1, said that of his 100 workers, “more than half are from central provinces and they have not returned because the COVID-19 pandemic is not fully under control”.

Lien’s footwear company has decided to outsource some stages of production when there are too many orders.

For Pousung Company, the company will invest in technology to reduce manual labour, continue its annual recruitment and training plans for employees, and provide incentive policies for new employees, according to Tuong.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

2019 provincial competitiveness index to be announced soon

 The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will jointly publicise the 2019 provincial competitiveness index (PCI) at a ceremony in Hanoi on May 5.

According to the organising board, the 2019 PCI is the 15th consecutive yearly publication jointly compiled by the two offices with the participation of nearly 12,500 domestic and foreign enterprises. It evaluates and rates the business environment as well as the quality of the economic governance of the localities throughout the country, thus helping accelerate the development of the private economic sector.

A special point of the latest edition is that this is the first time it analysed the trend of automation and digitisation in the production and services by Vietnamese firms, as well as forecast the impact of the trend on labour and employment in the time to come.

Built on the basis of the data collected from surveys of enterprises, the PCI can be described as “the common voice” of the business community on the level of reforms in various fields, with many criteria.

Source: Vietnam News Agency