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Building a Climate-Smart Vietnam

USAID Energy/Infrastructure

January/February 2014
Southern downtown section of HueSouthern downtown section of Hue
Spencer Reeder, Cascadia Consulting

New urban planning tool protects communities and critical infrastructure across Southeast Asian nation.

The 340,000 residents of the coastal city of Hue in central Vietnam enjoy a slower pace when compared to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Hue holds both cultural and economic significance, and is home to the imperial grounds and residences of the Nguyen Dynasty, a major tourist attraction and UNESCO World Heritage Site. To be continue

A slogan for sustainable agriculture: ‘Mot Phai, Nam Giam’ rice production – “Một phải, năm giảm” – khẩu hiệu sản xuất nông nghiệp bền vững

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A woman measures greenhouse gas emissions on a rice farm in Vietnam.

A woman measures greenhouse gas emissions on a rice farm in Vietnam.

WB – Successful slogans can make a world of difference. In Vietnam, a catchphrase for a climate-smart way to produce rice has shown small farmers how they can boost rice profitability, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading A slogan for sustainable agriculture: ‘Mot Phai, Nam Giam’ rice production – “Một phải, năm giảm” – khẩu hiệu sản xuất nông nghiệp bền vững

Roadblocks litter the path of the ‘disabled’

Increased mobility: A three-wheel motorbike driver (left) from the DRP centre serves his passenger, who uses a wheel chair, with a cheap ride in a street in downtown HCM City. — Photos Courtesy DRP centre

VNS – Since most public infrastructure facilities are designed without the needs of people with disabilities in mind, their difficulties in traversing big city streets, entering buildings and enjoying outdoor recreational areas are magnified. Thankfully, some new initiatives are helping them navigate their home cities with greater ease. Le Huong reports. Đọc tiếp

Plastic bag pollution continues unabated in Vietnam

By Thuy Vi, TNN

HO CHI MINH CITY – Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:30

Women carry plastic bags from a morning shopping in Ho Chi Minh City in April 2015. Photo: Thuy Vi
Women carry plastic bags from a morning shopping in Ho Chi Minh City in April 2015. Photo: Thuy Vi

One of the perks of shopping at a convenience store right in your apartment block is you do not often need a bag to carry stuff upstairs.

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Vietnam changes university admission process; schools, students, parents in trouble

TTN – UPDATED : 08/20/2015 13:26 GMT + 7

Students wait to withdraw their papers at the Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City. Tuoi Tre

If you have walked by colleges around Ho Chi Minh City recently, it is not hard to see long lines of students and parents tiredly waiting to withdraw their profiles.

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Vietnam national anthem gets under copyright protection

By Ngoc An, TNN

Friday, August 21, 2015 13:56


An undated photo of students singing the national anthem in a school in Hanoi. Photo: Ngoc Thang

Vietnam’s national anthem “Tien quan ca” (Marching song), composed by late musician Van Cao, has come under copyright protection.

The Vietnam Center for Protection of Music Copyright announced recently that from now on any public performance of the song, including political and free art shows, and commercial use of it would be subject to royalty. Continue reading Vietnam national anthem gets under copyright protection

Why Vietnam is the most investor-friendly country in Southeast Asia

By Oliver Massmann, TNN

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 10:26

A footwear factory in Hanoi. Photo: Reuters
A footwear factory in Hanoi. Photo: Reuters

Vietnam is the most investment worthy place in ASEAN – this is a common response of many foreign investors when being asked about their investment plan in the upcoming years.

This is not an exaggeration about Vietnam’s current investment environment as well as its potentiality but is in fact based on valid and practical grounds, where improved economic diversification, international integration, reformed investment legislation and good economic policy must be counted.

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Thai goods silently penetrating Vietnamese market ahead of regional economic bloc establishment

Vietnamese visitors scramble to buy a Thai canned food product with money in their hands at a trade fair showcasing Thai products at the Tan Binh Exhibition and Convention Center in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, in July 2015. Thoai Tran/Tuoi Tre News

TTN – UPDATED : 08/18/2015 20:03 GMT + 7

It was 10:00 pm on August 9, and the atmosphere at the Tan Binh Exhibition and Convention Center in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, was still bustling, as local customers were busy packaging goods they had bought from an exhibition of Thai goods there to bring them home. Continue reading Thai goods silently penetrating Vietnamese market ahead of regional economic bloc establishment

Chicken war with U.S. shows free trade threat to Vietnam farmers

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Monday, August 17, 2015 00:06

Chicken war with U.S. shows free trade threat to Vietnam farmers

Hanoi chicken farmer Nguyen Huu Tuyen blames inexpensive poultry imported from the U.S. for the loss of almost $14,000 this year.

Farmers such as Tuyen say the only way American companies can undercut Vietnamese poultry prices is if they export chicken at artificially low prices or ship damaged meat to the Southeast Asian country. Continue reading Chicken war with U.S. shows free trade threat to Vietnam farmers

Penniless billionaires on Vietnam’s tourism haven of Phu Quoc

TTN – UPDATED : 08/16/2015 17:57 GMT + 7

Fisherman Cao Ngoc An in Ham Ninh returns to go fishing at sea after selling land and experiencing a luxurious lifestyle for a short time. Tuoi Tre

After suddenly owning a very big sum of money through selling land when land fever swept through Phu Quoc Island, many farmers and fishermen could only enjoy the rich life for a short time due to their lack of skills in managing cash.

Some recalled that the wealth flashed to them as quickly as a dream. Continue reading Penniless billionaires on Vietnam’s tourism haven of Phu Quoc

Youths act as free tour guides for foreigners in Vietnam’s popular locations

TTN – UPDATED : 06/11/2015 12:22 GMT + 7

Members of the “Sa Dec Flower Village Young Tour Guides” Club (in blue uniform shirts) are seen giving information on a flower variety to a group of young tourists. Tuoi Tre

In recent years, more young people have volunteered to offer free guidance to tourists, particularly foreigners, in several touristy cities in Vietnam, which helps create a friendlier image for the country’s tourism sector.

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The cheery young volunteers, mostly students from local universities, have celebrated their passion for tourism and love for the cities where they are living by launching groups or clubs offering free-of-charge tourist guidelines. Continue reading Youths act as free tour guides for foreigners in Vietnam’s popular locations

Farmers in Da Lat grow greens in water

TTN – UPDATED : 08/13/2015 10:40 GMT + 7
A grower is seen harvesting her hydroponically produced veggies. – Tuoi Tre

In recent years, a number of farming businesses in the resort town of Da Lat and its neighboring areas have turned to hydroponics, or cultivation of plants in a nutrient liquid with or without a supporting medium, in a bid to produce safe, quality greens.

Under the hydroponic model, vegetables, mostly leafy ones, are grown in nutrient-filled water pipes. Continue reading Farmers in Da Lat grow greens in water

Vietnamese enterprises to reap huge benefits after signing of EU trade pact

TTN – UPDATED : 08/12/2015 14:12 GMT + 7

Vietnamese workers make garments that will be exported to the European market at Garmex Saigon JSC. – Tuoi Tre

The Vietnam-EU free trade agreement, which will be reached soon following the conclusion of final negotiations between the two parties, will bring benefits worth billions of U.S. dollars to Vietnamese firms, a senior state official told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper in an interviewed published Tuesday. Continue reading Vietnamese enterprises to reap huge benefits after signing of EU trade pact

Weaker Chinese yuan to take toll on Vietnamese exporters

TTN – UPDATED : 08/12/2015 16:55 GMT + 7

People push a trolley full of goods at the Lao Cai border gate between China and Vietnam on August 11, 2015. – Tuoi Tre

With the devaluation of the Chinese yuan on Tuesday sparking fears of a global currency war, Vietnamese exporters also face immediate concerns as their goods are now more expensive in China, their major exporting market.

The People’s Bank of China devalued the yuan by 1.9 percent against the U.S. dollar, sending the currency to a four-year low, in a move to boost exports following a run of poor economic data, according to Reuters. Continue reading Weaker Chinese yuan to take toll on Vietnamese exporters

In Vietnam, sports federations’ progress obstructed by government officials

TTN -UPDATED : 08/05/2015 14:44 GMT + 7
Nguyen Danh Thai is now the chairman of the Vietnam Tennis Federation after he retired from the post of deputy sports minister in 2010. Tuoi Tre

The development of national sports federations in Vietnam has been stuck in a Catch-22 situation for a long time, with the direct involvement of sports officials from the central government.

Outdated regulations result in ineffective outcomes of the organizations, and consequently they cannot attract the contributions of qualified people. Continue reading In Vietnam, sports federations’ progress obstructed by government officials