Daily Archives: May 15, 2020

Four detained to serve investigation of deadly wall collapse in Dong Nai

The police has detained four people to serve investigations into the deadly accident in GiangDien Industrial Park, the southern province of Dong Nai, that killed 10 and injured 14 others on May 14, according to deputy director of Dong Nai police department Colonel Nguyen Van Kim.


The four included the director and a deputy director of the Ha HaiNgacompany which is the contractor for the construction. The two remaining persons are from the units responsible for construction and supervision.


The investigation agency conducted an examination of the site of the accident on May 15.


The accident occurred at around 15:00 on May 14, when dozens of workers were working at the construction site of a factory of AV Healthcare company. A 10m high wall collapsed on the workers, burying them under the debris.


Immediately after the accident, the Prime Minister sent a dispatch to the Dong Nai Provincial People’s Committee ordering quick investigation into the cause and strict punishment of any found violations.


The AV Healthcare company of the Republic of Korea has leased more than 21,000 sq.m in the GiangDien IP to build a factory producing diapers, milk feeding bottles and sanitary napkins.


Source: Vietnam News Agency


QuangNinh approves tourism stimulus package worth nearly 8.6 million USD

The People’s Council of the northeastern province of QuangNinh approved a tourism promotion incentive for 2020 worth about 200 billion VND (nearly 8.6 million USD), during a meeting on May 14.


Under the incentive, starting from May 15, ticket fees will be exempted for all visitors, both Vietnamese and foreigners, to Ha Long Bay, QuangNinh Museum and the complex of Yen Tu monuments and landscapes until the end of the month and upcoming holidays.


In addition, passengers going through the Van Don International Airport will receive free round-trip bus rides to Ha Long and Uong Bi cities until the year’s end.


Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of the People’s Council of QuangNinh Nguyen XuanKy underlined that the impact of the COVID-19 on the tourism sector has forced the province to adapt and devise suitable measures and mechanisms in an attempt to support the sector and its workers.


The package is part of the efforts to facilitate tourism development, which is a top priority for the province’s economic recovery.


It is hoped to attract more domestic tourists to QuangNinh and create stable jobs for local people, ensuring social welfare and maintaining economic growth after the pandemic.


Tourist arrivals until July are projected to be 80 percent of the same period last year.


QuangNinh welcomed only 1.54 million holidaymakers in the first four months, a year-on-year decline of 77 percent, earning 2.76 trillion VND.


Local firms operating in the tourism sector recently agreed to reduce costs of services by 30-50 percent and present new products to lure tourists to the province.


At the same time, they are advised to maintain quality of services to promote the images of local tourism.


An alliance in charge of promoting QuangNinh tourism has been set up. It is tasked with devising and carrying out stimulus programmes to attract visitors, offsetting the impact of COVID-19 and fostering tourism growth in the post-pandemic period.


The organisation is expected to play an important role in connecting the provincial tourism sector with domestic and foreign holidaymakers.


The provincial People’s Committee announced that the Ha Long Carnival and the 2020 Ha Long – QuangNinh Tourism Week will take place on Vietnam’s National Day (September 2) if the pandemic is brought under control.


The annual carnival, first organised in 2007, features the typical cultural and tourism attractions of the province.


QuangNinh is endowed with natural advantages for sea and island tourism. It has a coastline of more than 250 kilometres and more than 2,000 islands and islets which account for two-thirds of the total number in Vietnam.


It is home to popular destinations such as Ha Long Bay, BaiTu Long, Ha Long Bay National Park and some islands.


In particular, Ha Long Bay was twice recognised as a World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994 and 2000. The bay spans 1,553 square kilometres and includes 1,969 islands of various sizes.


It features thousands of limestone karsts and islets in various shapes and sizes. The limestone in the bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments.


The site welcomed 4.4 million holidaymakers throughout 2019, including 2.9 million foreigners, and raked in 1.23 trillion VND from tourism.


Located 80 km from the mainland, Co To island is another attraction in QuangNinh. The island district comprises Co To Lon (large Co To island), Co To Be (small Co To island) and 15 smaller islands.


Besides enchanting beaches, the island has natural forests, lighthouses, parks, wharves, fishing villages, bays and a rock garden.


Located in BaiTu Long Bay, QuanLan Island in Van Don district has become an ideal destination in summer holidays thanks to its pristine beauty, clear blue seawater and fine white sand bank stretching along the green rows of casuarinas.


Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam now clear of community transmission of COVID-19: PM

Vietnam is currently clear of any community transmission of COVID-19, Prime Minister Nguyen XuanPhuc has affirmed, and this is an important condition for the country to attract investment and development resources.


He made the comment while chairing a meeting of permanent Government members on May 15 to look into the prevention and control of the pandemic.


The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control reported that Vietnam hasn’t seen any new community infections for 28 days and transmission risks in the community are “very low” yet still latent.


The pandemic remains unpredictable in many countries in the region and the world. The risk of transmission from elsewhere will grow as international flights gradually resume, more flights are conducted to repatriate Vietnamese from overseas, and investors and experts from COVID-19-hit countries come to Vietnam.


In particular, it is quite difficult to radically control travel over border crossings, so the risk of imported cases that may then cause community infections always exist, according to the committee.


Addressing the meeting, PM Phuc said that for the past month or so, measures to fight COVID-19 while promoting production, business, and social security have been carried out in an effective manner and prevented domestic economic disruption.


Applauding the efforts of the health sector and others and authorities at all levels in COVID-19 prevention, control, and treatment, the PM said the repatriation of Vietnamese people stranded overseas has led to an increase in coronavirus infections but relevant agencies have coordinated well to quarantine these people and prevent community transmission.


He also took the occasion to tell overseas Vietnamese to remain calm, comply with the host countries’ health policies, and avoid rushing home, which may create an unsafe environment and difficulties for local anti-COVID-19 efforts.


Repeating the need to stay vigilant as there is still no vaccine, the PM said that to reach the dual targets of economic development and fighting the pandemic means measures must stay in place to prevent the disease from spreading from other countries, including maintaining the suspension of the entry of foreigners and requiring foreign experts and those arriving for official purposes be quarantined under the supervision of the health sector.


The Ministry of National Defence must further tighten the management of border residents’ travel over border crossings, and the health sector and relevant agencies need to step up IT application in prevention and control and maintain rapid response teams to quickly detect infections and seal off affected areas.


Factories, businesses, and individuals should boost production, foreign trade, and domestic tourism while preparing to reopen the country to foreign tourists, initially those from countries that have controlled the pandemic well, the PM said.


It is also necessary to create the necessary conditions for foreign experts, skilled workers, and students to come to Vietnam, while fostering exports, especially of medical face masks and COVID-19 test kits made in Vietnam, and developing a vaccine and a treatment regimen.


Source: Vietnam News Agency

Hanoi discusses developing economy after COVID-19

A range of important issues were on the agenda at the 14th session of the 15th Hanoi People’s Council on May 15, aimed at boosting the capital’s socio-economic development after the COVID-19 is fully brought under control.


Chairwoman Nguyen ThiBich Ngoc said that, during the pandemic, Hanoi and other localities nationwide implemented Party and Government policies and orientations, including the dual tasks of preventing the spread of the virus while developing the socio-economy, and maintaining social order and safety and political stability and security.


Hanoi will consider adjusting investment in major projects to develop economic infrastructure, transportation, irrigation, and education and training, Ngoc said, adding that the city will also provide more support for those affected by the pandemic.


The Council adopted a resolution stipulating certain regulations and expenditure for COVID-19 prevention and control and another on adjusting investment policies for some projects using local budget funds.


Source: Vietnam News Agency


Museum of Vietnam Fatherland Front inaugurated

A museum of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) was inaugurated at a ceremony was held in Hanoi on May 15.


Addressing the ceremony, President of the VFF Central Committee Tran Thanh Man said the museum is a tribute to the work and the aspiration of many generations of VFF leaders and cadres, which provides a deep insight into the glorious traditions of the VFF.


The museum is hoped to meet the needs in research and study of the public, he said.


The VFF leader called on organizations and individuals to contribute artifacts and documents to the museum.


On the occasion, the museum received 318 documents and objects, adding to the nearly 1,000 exhibits it has collected until the inaugural.


Source: Vietnam News Agency

WB-funded rural sanitation, water supply programme to continue in DakNong

The Result-based Scaling up Rural Sanitation and Water Supply Programme will continue to be implemented in the Central Highlands province of DakNong this year.


Approval for the continuation came from Vice Chairman of the DakNong Provincial People’s Committee Truong Thanh Tung.


The province will upgrade or build six water supply projects to provide clean water to over 7,600 rural households, upgrade or build sanitation facilities at 15 schools in the province, and improve local capacity to raise awareness about and monitor and assess the programme.


More than 94 billion VND (4 million USD) has been earmarked for the programme this year.


Funded by the World Bank, the programme is being carried out in DakNong from 2016 to 2020 at a total cost of over 200 billion VND, of which over 184 billion VND is from WB loans and the remainder from the local budget.


It aims to provide access to clean water to more than 45,000 rural households and build 24 water supply facilities and hygienic toilets at schools and medical stations in the province.


Some 43 billion VND was disbursed for the programme last year.


Source: Vietnam News Agency


President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday celebrated in HCM City

A ceremony was held by the Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City on May 15 to mark the 130th birthday of late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19).


In his remarks, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen ThienNhan recalled President Ho Chi Minh’s life and revolutionary cause, which, he said, has given younger generations the strength and mettle to overcome all difficulties and challenges.


His thoughts, bright moral example, and lifestyle will forever be an invaluable asset of the Vietnamese Party, army, and people, and a light leading the nation to new victories and a bright future, Nhan stressed.


Named after the late President, HCM City has made great efforts to become a major centre of economics, culture, education and training, and science and technology, an engine of the national economy, and a gateway for international integration, he went on.


On this occasion the city honoured 149 collectives and 233 individuals for outstanding performance in studying and following the President’s thoughts, morality, and lifestyle in the 2019-2020 period.


Nhan called for more such role models to build Vietnam into a modern industrialised country with a high-income status.


Source: Vietnam News Agency