19:14 | 20/02/2019 VGP – Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong will pay an official visit to Laos from February 24-25 at the invitation of his Lao counterpart Bounnhang Vorachith, the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Affairs announced Wednesday. Trong will also make State visit to Cambodia from February 25-26 at the invitation of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni./.
World Bank Vice President for Infrastructure Makhtar Diop While in Viet Nam, Makhtar Diop is expected to meet with senior leaders of the country and of various ministries and agencies, and local authorities to confirm the World Bank’s continuous support to Viet Nam, seek to deepen the trusted partnership between Viet Nam and the World Bank, and discuss Viet Nam’s infrastructure agenda, with focuses on energy, transport, digital development, and Public-Private Partnership. As part of the visit, Makhtar Diop will also be on a field trip to Hai Phong City to witness first-hand results from the World Bank-financed projects in infrastructure development, and to understand the infrastructure needs of emerging cities in Viet Nam. Makhtar Diop is the World Bank’s Vice President for Infrastructure since July 1st, 2018. The Infrastructure Vice Presidency comprises Energy & Extractives, Transport, Digital Development, Infrastructure Finance and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)./.
Australian police on Wednesday resumed the search two backpackers missing for three days near a beach with rough surf, as hopes dimmed for their rescue. New South Wales Police said the two men, named as 20-year-old Hugo Palmer from England and 21-year-old Erwan Ferrieux from France, went missing near a picturesque strand north of Sydney. “A search has resumed,” police said in a statement asking the public for assistance. Items of property belong to the men were found at Shelly Beach on Australia’s eastern central coast in the early hours of Monday, along with a silver Commodore car they rented. “Police divers from Sydney joined the search yesterday and will continue assisting today,” police said, raising fears that rescue efforts may soon give way to recovery.
The Ministry of Finance recently proposed eliminating the 5 percent tariff to “take away difficulties faced by businesses” that import crude oil. It had earlier received a petition from state oil firm PetroVietnam to scrap the tariff. The country’s first oil refinery, Dung Quat, is not running at full capacity due to a shortage of crude oil, the ministry said. Saying non-renewable resources in the country are low, it pointed to a need to import minerals and ores to serve the growing demand from the manufacturing sector. Mining output was down 2 percent last year, while crude oil production fell by 11.3 percent, according to the General Statistics Office. The country imported $2.75 billion worth of crude oil last year, 5.7 times that of 2017, according to Vietnam Customs.
Robots using Italian technology will be used for the implementation of the Nhon-Hanoi Station metro project. According to the Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board (MRB), the robots named Tunnel Boring Machine will be brought to Vietnam and will be used for digging tunnels from the end of this year. Nhon-Hanoi Station metro project The machines will operate at a depth of 21-22 metres. The machines have also been used for Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro project in HCM City. Nhon-Hanoi Station metro project which is 12 kilometres long has 12 stations, including four underground. The project’s total investment capital has been raised to VND36 trillion (USD1.57 billion). Kicked off in 2010, the project has been rescheduled for being completed in 2022 after failing to meet its previous 2017 deadline. Le Trung Hieu, deputy director of MRB, said that bomb and mine clearance work had been finished to prepare for the implementation of underground facilities.
Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung suggested Viet Nam and Laos soon establish a mechanism to ensure close supervision of investment, construction, quality and safety of irrigation, dams and hydroelectric projects at border areas and along downstream flowing to Viet Nam. Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung (R) receives Lao Minister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthirath in Ha Noi on February 18, 2019 – Photo: VGP/Nhat Bac He made that statement at his meeting with Lao Minister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthirath in Ha Noi on February 18. At the meeting, the Vietnamese leader supposed that energy cooperation is playing a key role, not only bringing economic benefits but also manifesting mutual sharing and support. Mr. Dung spoke highly of the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines’ active negotiations of contents in the Agreement on the development of hydroelectric, renewable energy and mining projects. Viet Nam resolutely does not advocate the development of energy projects which affect to the environment, he confirmed. Lao Minister Khammany Inthirath said that he held working sessions with leaders of the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam Electricity and the Viet Nam Oil and Gas Group on the implementation of agreements between the two Governments on the development of hydroelectric power projects in Laos and connecting electric systems and purchasing electricity between the two sides. He affirmed to create favorable conditions for the two sides’ enterprises to enhance close and effective cooperation in the future, especially… [Read full story]
The Hanoi Transport and Services Corporation (Transerco) has launched two bus routes running from Gia Lâm Coach Station and Kim Mã Street to carry visitors to the Hương (Perfume) Pagoda festival in Hương Sơn Commune, Mỹ Đức District. Transerco has launched two bus routes running from Gia Lâm Coach Station and Kim Mã Street to carry visitors to Hương (Perfume) Pagoda Festival in Hương Sơn Commune, Mỹ Đức District. – Photo tuoitre.vn The buses run from February 16 until March 15. Six buses are departing every day from Gia Lâm Station to Đục Khê Coach Station in Mỹ Đức District with another six buses running from No 1 Kim Mã Street to Đục Khê Station. Each bus has 60 seats and runs every 30 to 60 minutes from 4am. Tickets cost VNĐ9,000 (US$0.4). Transerco has increased the number of buses running on route 103A from Mỹ Đình Coach Station to Hương Sơn and route 103B from Mỹ Đình Station to Hồng Quang, Ứng Hòa to 90 trips per day on each route. Located about 60km from Hanoi’s downtown, Hương Pagoda is one of the most famous cultural and spiritual tourism destinations in the north. The pagoda’s festival, the biggest and longest annual festival in Vietnam, lasts three months from the sixth day of the Lunar New Year (which fell on February 10 this year) until the lunar month of March. Every year it welcomes a large number of pilgrims and tourists. On the morning of the first festival day this… [Read full story]
Illustration photo The Ministry of National Defense on February 18 in Ha Noi convened a meeting of the Steering Committee on UN peacekeeping mission. The Ministry of National Defense implemented the project on UN peacekeeping mission in the 2014-2020 period. So far, the Ministry sent 29 military officers and delployed one field hospital to South Sudan and Central African Republic. Earlier, the Political Bureau approved of a plan of the Ministry of National Defense to replace the UK team of soldiers by 2020. The UN is examining the competence of the Vietnamese team of soldiers. Viet Nam is negotiating with the UN and the UK to send the Vietnamese team to South Sudan in February, 2020. So far, five candidates are seeking the position including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Viet Nam, China, and Croatia./. By Kim Anh
The HCM City Department of Transport aims to have 75 per cent of the new buses running on clean fuel by the end of 2020. Under a plan to buy 1,680 new buses for the 2018-20 period, the city expects to have more than 1,000 of the buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG) by the end of 2020. However, the plan has faced insufficient subsidies, lack of financial support from the city, and setbacks in building CNG fueling stations, according to the department. Because of the lack of investment in CNG fueling stations and attractive subsidy incentives, only 428 CNG buses were operating as of the end of last year. CNG vehicles cost 20 per cent more than normal buses, according to bus companies. For instance, the price of an 80-seat bus using gasoline is about VNĐ2.4 billion (US$103,437), while a CNG bus of the same size costs VNĐ2.75 billion. The city has yet to implement a subsidy incentive for environmentally friendly vehicles. Nguyễn Văn Thảo, director of Transport Cooperative No 15, said the subsidy level for CNG buses was the same as that of gasoline-fueled vehicles. To cut costs, most transport firms and cooperatives are buying diesel-fueled and gasoline-powered buses instead of CNG buses, he said. In addition, the city’s four CNG filling stations are all located far from the city centre (in Thủ Đức, Tân Bình, Bình Chánh districts, and District 12), leading to increased operational costs for bus operators and more time for bus refueling. In… [Read full story]
Qatar wants to build a $20 billion sports industry by 2022 as it seeks to develop new markets amid regional political tensions, an economic official in the emirate said Sunday. Officials of the Qatar contingent at the lobby of the Swissotel The Stamford for the 2009 Asian Youth Olympics in Singapore.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN Yousuf Mohamed al-Jaida, chief executive of the Qatar Financial Centre, said he expected the target to be reached within three years — without specifying how the figure was reached or giving its current value. Jaida said there would be “a major expansion of sports in terms of targets and in terms of focus”. Although well-known for hosting sporting events — and Qatar is likely to bid again to host the Olympics — Jaida said the new approach would go further. The development of the industry would focus not only on hosting, but increased use of Qatari sporting medical and training facilities considered among the best in the world. One of the ways, he added, would be to cash in on the growing international reputation of the country’s expensive sports’ training centre, the Aspire Academy, who had officials present at the launch Sunday. Aspire is used by an increasing number of teams — including Bayern Munich and Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain — and is a hothouse for many of the local players who recently helped Qatar win the Asian Cup. “We’re doing this in coordination with Aspire and if you look at the infrastructure that they put together it’s… [Read full story]