Daily Archives: May 9, 2020

Vietnamese supports Myanmar region in COVID-19 battle

The Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar, Vietnamese entrepreneurs and people living in the country have presented 7.5 million Kyat (5,380 USD) and medical supplies to Yangon region to support its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at the handover ceremony on May 8, Vietnamese Ambassador to Myanmar Ly Quoc Tuan said that Vietnam is always willing to share difficulties with Myanmar in general and Yangon region in particular amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Appreciating the local authorities’ efforts in the fight, Tuan said that the gifts showed the solidarity between the Vietnamese and Myanmar people, thus helping to develop the two countries’ friendship and cooperation.

Governor of Yangon region Phyo Min Thein thanked the Vietnamese Embassy, the Vietnam Business Club in Myanmar, and the Vietnamese community for their donations, adding that the gifts are practical when the region is striving to finish the construction of a 1,000-bed hospital in Yangon city.

The donation campaign was organised by the embassy and the club from April 23-30.

Talking to the Vietnam News Agency’s reporter on May 8, Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Ta Van Thong said that the embassy has popularised disease prevention measures as well as Vietnam’s policies to the Vietnamese community in New Zealand.

The Vietnamese Embassy had held online meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on citizen protection measures and with the host country’s Education Ministry on issues related to the learning and lives of Vietnamese students.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

AnGiang province aims for lower poverty rate

The Mekong Delta province of An Giang plans to reduce its poverty rate from 2.63 percent to less than 2 percent by the end of this year, according to the provincial People’s Committee.

Poverty measurements are based on the national multidimensional approach which includes per capita income and access to basic social services such as education, health care, housing, clean water, hygiene condition and information.

To meet poverty reduction targets this year, An Giang will spend more than 1.13 trillion VND (38.2 million USD) for the national target programme on sustainable poverty reduction.

The money will be from the central Government’s budget, the province’s budget, loans from the Bank for Social Policy, the Fund for the Poor, and other sources.

This year, the province will focus on improving living conditions and access to social basic services for the poor and near poor.

The policies include soft loans, health care, education, housing, electricity, jobs, vocational skills and legal issues.

In the health care sector, the province will invest more in facilities and human resources at the grassroots level and ensure that all poor people are provided free health insurance cards this year.

The province will help 1,088 poor households rebuild dilapidated houses this year.

Le Van Phuoc, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said this is the last year of the province’s five-year socio-economic development plan (2016–2020), so it will tighten measures to meet the targets of the national target programme on sustainable poverty reduction.

AnGiang will build roads, schools, medical stations, small irrigation projects and clean water projects, especially in ethnic, mountainous and border communes, this year.

Of the 29 ethnic minorities in the province, Khmer, Hoa and Cham are the three major ethnic groups.

This year, the province will implement projects that will help the poor develop agricultural production, diversify livelihoods and expand effective poverty reduction models.

Located at the upstream areas of the Tien and Hau rivers, which are two tributaries of the Mekong River, An Giang has favourable conditions for developing agriculture, tourism and trade, and services.

In the past, many poor households in the province escaped poverty after they were provided soft loans and other assistance.

In Phu Tan, an agrarian district, authorities have given instructions on animal breeding, vegetable cultivation and small trade to poor and near-poor households, and helped them access soft loans.

Giap Tam Hiep’s family, which used to be a near-poor household in Phu Tan’s Phu Long commune, received a soft loan for breeding eels and then breeding cows for meat.

His family escaped their near-poor situation two years ago and now have a stable life as they breed 10 cows and his wife sells fish at the market, he said.

“My family can now save 10 million VND (42 USD) a month. I no longer need to go to the city to find a job,” he said.

Vo Thanh Tung, head of the Phu Tan Division of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the district has helped more than 8,000 poor and near-poor households to access soft loans worth a total of more than 130 billion VND (5.5 million USD) since 2015.

About 90 percent of the households have used soft loans effectively and have achieved sustainable incomes, he said.

The district had 1,164 poor households at the end of last year, accounting for 2.2 percent of its total households.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Suspected drug traffickers arrested in An Giang province

Border guards in the southern province of An Giang have arrested two men who were transporting 40kg of white crystal suspected to be crystal meth from Cambodia to Vietnam.

The men are An Ngoc Ha, 35, residing in Nguyen Ly commune, Ly Nhan district, northern Ha Nam province, and Nguyen Van Tai, 20, in Dong Phuong commune, KienThuy district, the northern port city of HaiPhong.

They, together with the 53-year-old driver, Vo Van Beo, from An Phuoc commune, An Phu district, An Giang province, were caught in Quoc Thai commune, An Phu district on May 8 night.

Ha and Tai confessed that they came to Cambodia on May 6 to transport the drugs to get a total payment of 65 million VND (2,800 USD).

Competent agencies are completing procedures for further investigation and legal proceedings for the case.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

University enrolment regulations for 2020 declared

University enrolment regulations for the 2020 intake will be adjusted to improve limitations in the university entrance exam last year, the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) declared in a conference on May 8 in Hanoi.

The regulations will be applied for all university and college admission and this year, institutions will not enrol for the intermediate training level like before and will concentrate on the college and university training level only.

The regulations this year also added that students studying a foreign curriculum at high schools in Vietnam will be allowed to take the university and college entrance exam if the curriculum is recognised by their local country and at the same level as the curriculum in Vietnam.

Foreign candidates who wish to study at Vietnamese universities and colleges can apply and principals of the schools will consider their high school and Vietnamese language studying results.

All schools must publicise their plans for enrollment on their website 15 days before students start to register.

Also under the new regulations, if universities want a specific exam, they need a specific task force for the exam. The task force, including people making exam questions, marking exam papers and technicians, must have good qualifications and management ability.

As usual, the MoET will set the threshold to ensure quality of candidates using their high school graduation exam scores to join the university enrolment for the education and health care sector.

If candidates register for education, medicine, traditional medicine and pharmacy, their school report marks must be at least 8.0. If they register for nursing, preventive medicine, midwifery, or technicians, their school report marks must be at least 6.5.

Other majors will regulate their threshold and are responsible for reporting the threshold to management offices and candidates.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam brings home 276 citizens from Canada

As many as 276 Vietnamese citizens were flown home from Vancouver, Canada, on May 8 and 9.

The passengers included those under 18 years old, elderly and sick people, stranded tourists and students who did not have accommodations due to dormitory closures.

This was a joint effort of Vietnamese competent agencies at home and representative agencies in Canada, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, and competent agencies of the host country.

The Vietnamese Consulate General in Vancouver sent officials to the airport to help the citizens with necessary procedures.

Upon their arrival at Van Don airport in the northern province of QuangNinh, the passengers were kept under quarantine and had medical checks-up in line with regulations.

Earlier, Vietnamese competent agencies had coordinated with the Canadian Embassy in Vietnam to bring home a number of Canadian citizens.

In the coming days, more flights will be arranged to bring back Vietnamese citizens home from other countries depending on the pandemic’s developments, quarantine capacity of Vietnamese localities, and demand of Vietnamese citizens living overseas.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Tourism stimulus programme launched in Sa Pa

The People’s Committee of Sa Pa township in northern Lao Cai province has cooperated with the Sa Pa Tourism Association and the Fansipan Cable Car Service Co. Ltd. to kick off a tourism stimulus programme.

This is the first large-scale tourism stimulus programme in the North to help the local tourism industry resume after a period of suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This programme is scheduled to run in May and June.

Hotels, homestays, tour operators and tourism destinations in Sa Pa township would reduce service prices by between 30 percent and 60 percent.

To Ba Hieu, Vice Chairman of the Sa Pa Tourism Association, said those businesses have been asked to work together to attract tourists. Besides that, they must still implement strict measures on control and prevention of the pandemic.

Of which, there are businesses to cut room prices by 50 percent, such as Legend Hotel, HuongSen, Retreat Sa Pa, Rong Sa Pa Hotel, Sa Pa Green hotel and Rex homestay.

The Sun World Fansipan Legend tourist resort has a discount of up to 60 percent on Fansipan cable car tickets for travellers of six northwestern provinces including Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Yen Bai and HoaBinh.

The Sa Pa tourism market has been mostly suspended due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The number of visitors to Sa Pa dropped by 50 percent in March and 100 percent in April.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Deputy PM attends UNSC video meeting celebrating end of World War II

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh on May 8 attended the United Nations Security Council’s high-level video meeting with the theme “75 years from the end of the Second World War on European Soil – lessons learned for preventing future atrocities, responsibility of the Security Council”.

Minh’s attendance at the session was made at the invitation of Foreign Minister UrmasReinsalu of Estonia which holds the presidency of the United Nations Security Council in May 2020. The session also saw the participation of 48 foreign ministers and representatives of UN member nations.

In his speech, Minh said 75 years ago, the deadliest war in human history ended, but only after having caused untold suffering to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

The defeat of the fascists and aggressors in the Second World War, and indeed in all wars and conflicts, proved that actions driven by expansionism, militarism and the thirst for conquest and dominance can never bend the will of nations to fight for their independence and freedom, he said.

It also demonstrated that no force can triumph over the burning desire of nations for peace and the shared values of humanity.

“For Vietnam, the end of World War II helped bring a new beginning, as the nation emerged independent, after nearly a century under colonialism,” Minh stressed.

According to the official, rising from the ashes of World War II, nations have come together to rebuild a more peaceful, stable and prosperous world.

At the center of these efforts emerged a collective security system anchored in the UN Charter and international law.

He went on to say that: “Unfortunately, the end of the Second World War did not mean that peace was guaranteed. Colonialism and aggression continued to wreak havoc on nations. Vietnam, for one, suffered decades of devastating wars before our final victory in gaining independence, unification and peace.”

“Therefore, given the lessons learnt from the World War II and from our own history, Vietnam believes strongly that upholding international law, strengthened solidarity, cooperation and mutual trust on a global scale must underline our efforts to preserve the hard-won peace and stability in all parts of the world.”

The principles of the Charter, particularly those of sovereign equality, territorial integrity, non-use of force and peaceful settlement of disputes, have proven to be pivotal in preventing another disastrous world war and maintaining sustainable peace, he said

This was echoed at the Security Council earlier this year, as the Council itself “reaffirmed its commitment to an international order based on international law as the indispensable foundation of a more peaceful, prosperous and just world,” Minh said.

In Asia, the success of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in turning Southeast Asia from a war-torn and deeply divided region into a region of friendship and cooperation is a powerful example, he said, adding that it also highlights the crucial role of regional organizations in maintaining peace, security and stability in the region and beyond.

On this occasion, Minh paid tribute to those who fought and sacrificed in Europe, Asia and Africa, and the people of the former Soviet Union.

He also quoted President Ho Chi Minh’s words as saying that: “The people everywhere love peace, and they hate wars. People everywhere wants to live in independence and freedom.”

“We continue to believe that our common human aspiration for peace, freedom and justice, and our determination to defend our independence, sovereignty and territory, will prevail over confrontation, the use of force and attempts for domination and conquest,” Minh concluded.

Source: Vietnam News Agency