Sunday, November 29, 2009



Labour export website unveiled to public The Overseas Labour Management Department, under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs held a press conference on November 27 to unveil its new website at

The website implements the government’s policy of computerizing state management activities, while providing information to workers who want to know more about exported labour.

Through the website, workers can find information about markets recruiting foreign workers, businesses dealing in exported labour and procedures for working abroad.

The Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan says the website will make a positive contribution to labour exports, connecting jobs with workers and furthering hunger eradication and poverty reduction programmes.

11 students receive Prudence Foundation scholarships The Prudence Foundation, under the global Prudential Corporation, has delivered 11 information technology scholarships, each worth US$2,400 (equivalent to VND42.4 million).

The delivery took place in Hanoi on November 27 in coordination with the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee.

Each scholarship recipient had a demonstrated financial need, graduated from high school with good or excellent marks and passed an exam given by the Prudence Foundation.

The students will attend a 2-year course to earn an international computer programming certificate awarded by the India Aptech Group.

In 2009, the Prudence Foundation granted 40 scholarships, worth VND2 billion in total, to students in Hanoi, Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue and Nghe An.

The scholarship programme is part of a commitment between the Prudence Foundation and the HCM Communist Youth Union Central Committee to award 120 IT scholarships between 2008 and 2010.

Lessons drawn from flood prevention efforts in central region The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a seminar in Da Nang city on November 27 to draw lessons from flood prevention efforts in the central region over the past 10 years.

Participants shared their experiences in flood prevention and rescue work. They also discussed the negative impact of climate change and worked out preventive measures against natural calamities.

They emphasised the need to protect primary forests, promote afforestation and increase the accuracy of weather forecasting, calling it essential to have a plan for evacuating people from low areas to higher areas and to develop an irrigation network and dyke system to deal with flooding.

Agencies were requested to invest more in hydro-meteorological facilities and weather forecast equipment and increase the capacity of local emergency and rescue workers.

During the past ten years, the central region has been hit by many powerful tropical storms and floods, causing enormous material and human losses.

Workshop on preservation and sustainable use of microorganism A workshop on preservation and sustainable use of microorganism in Asia was held in Hanoi on November 27 by the Institute of Microorganism and Bio-technology and the Hanoi National University.

State Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan praised the initiative to organize the annual workshop with the aim of preserving and sustainably exploiting microorganism genres. She emphasised that Vietnam considers biotechnology as a priority in the scientific and technological development strategy and highly values international co-operation in this field, especially with Asian countries.

Mrs Doan said that for sustainable development in the past-crisis period, the world needs to strengthen technological renovation, restructure economy based on using environmentally friendly technology and accelerate using bio-energy, wind and solar energy.

The workshop attracted a number of scientists from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and the host Vietnam. It provided a good chance for domestic and foreign scientists to share experiences in preserving and exploiting genres, exchange genres, update information and cooperate in human resource training.

Belgium to fund $10.4 mln for Mekong countries’ river navigation

The Belgian government has agreed to increase its support to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) with a US$ 10.4 million contribution over the next four years to improve river navigation, the Mekong body announced Friday.

Improving river transport infrastructure could be a means for boosting trade and staving off economic downturn, says the MRC.

“Improving the safety of navigation in the Mekong Basin is vital for the economic development of the region,” said Jeremy Bird, CEO of the MRC, the inter-government organization that helps Mekong Basin countries manage their water resources.

He added, “It is essential that Mekong countries improve the quality of waterborne transport. By using rivers in a more efficient manner, export potential can improve and this will, in turn, help the region achieve its poverty alleviation goals.”

US$6 million of the Belgian funding will be earmarked for the further improvement of properly marked navigation channels in priority stretches of the river, which the MRC says will help make Mekong travel less precarious.

The remaining US$ 4.4 million will go towards helping Mekong countries, including Vietnam, assess sustainable forms of hydropower that balance environment, social and economic considerations to utilize the renewable energy sources in the region, according to the Mekong body.

The US$10.4 million contribution to both the Navigation and Sustainable Hydropower Programs of the MRC will make Belgium one of the organization’s most significant development partners.

More than 60 million people in the lower Mekong basin depend on the river system for food, transport and economic activity.

The four MRC members are Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

Stock company to give away scholarships to 52 university students

The Wall Street Securities has announced its annual scholarships worth VND3-5 million for 52 university students studying finance, banking, and securities.

The scholarship would also be given to students of other faculties in future, a group official said.

This year the scholarships will be awarded at a ceremony organized jointly with the Vietnamese Students ' Central Association at the Cultural Friendship Palace in Hanoi on November 29.

HCM City health inspectors close down fried onion suppliers

Inspectors from the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health have shut down five onion frying units they found operating without food hygiene and safety certificates. When the inspectors checked the five establishments at Tan Phu Trung Commune, Cu Chi District on November 23, they found the five units processing the onions in unhygienic conditions.

The frying was done on the ground next to toilets and the fried onions were dried in washing machines.

The workers also used chemicals to erase the traces of colors in the oil so that it could be used many times.

Each establishment produces 200 to 300 kilograms of fried onion daily and distributes them to many markets around the city.

Four of the units did not even have licenses.

83 percent of laborers leave central region to seek work

More than 83 percent of laborers in the central region move to work in other provinces and foreign countries because of a reduction of jobs in local agricultural areas, heard a conference November 21 in Quang Tri Province's Dong Ha City.

Reasons for migration included limited support policies regarding capital and technology, along with recent natural disasters which left many people homeless.

According to the latest research, of the 83 percent of laborers, 46 percent are farmers and 23 percent are students who drop out of school.

The Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities held the conference on central region migration patterns, with the Hue University of Sciences in association with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

Two arrested in Binh Phuoc with fake currency

Binh Phuoc police on Wednesday formally detained two people to investigate further their involvement in hoarding and circulating fake money.

In the southern province’s Dong Xoai Town not far from Ho Chi Minh City, local police had earlier found fake polymer notes totaling VND12 million (US$678) at a café belonging to Le Tran Manh Duy, one of the detained. The notes were in VND200,000, VND100,000 and VND50,000 dominations and hidden in Duy’s shoe soles and his bedroom.

Duy has released many VND50,000 fake notes to the market, police said.

Also this week, the police caught Lai Hai Tuan, a local resident, carrying fake polymer notes worth VND29.6 million in total.

Tuan said he bought the notes, which were in VND200,000 and VND100,000 denominations, from some people in Hanoi, paying VND12 million for VND40 million worth of fake notes.

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