VN responds to US Human Rights Reports
The US Department of State’s Human Rights Reports for 2016 still cover some prejudiced remarks and fail to provide an accurate overview of human rights in Viet Nam, according to Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh.
Binh made the statement on Monday in response to reporters’ query on Viet Nam’s reaction to the aforesaid Reports.
VN objects Chinese illegal tours of Hoang Sa archipelagos
Viet Nam has full legal evidence and historic foundation to claim its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh.
Spokesman Binh made the point on March 13 in response to China's organization of an illegal tour of Hoang Sa and a Chinese marine surveillance vessel's activity of chasing a Vietnamese fishing boat coded QNg 95215 TS.
Central Highlands aims for over US$ 10 bln in investment in 2016-2020
The Central Highlands region is expected to attract more than VND 230 trillion (US$10.1 billion) worth of investment in the period of 2016-2020.
Of the figure, 51,000 billion VND will come from the State budget, 7,500 billion VND from Government bonds and the remaining from domestic and foreign businesses, according to the Steering Committee for the region.
Vinamilk opens first European-standard dairy farm in VN
The European-standard dairy farm Vinamilk Organic Da Lat was inaugurated in Tu Tra commune, Don Duong district, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.
Construction of the 70-hectare facility began in 2014 with an investment of VND 200 billion (US$8.7 million). In October 2016, it had 500 organic cows and was certified by the Control Union, a Dutch global network of inspection operations, as the first organic dairy farm in Viet Nam adhering to the European standard.
Control Union representative Richard De Boer said the standard consists of three criteria – no growth hormone, no antibiotics and no pesticides.
VN earns 27.3 bln USD from export in two months
Viet Nam’s total export earnings hit US$ 13 billion in February, raising the total in the first two months of this year to US$ 27.3 billion, up 15.4% annually, said the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).
Of the two-month figure, US$ 19.7 billion was contributed by the foreign investment sector, including crude oil, marking a 16.8 percent increase while the remaining was from the domestic sector, up 12.2%.
The MoIT’s statistics showed that agro-forestry-fisheries earnedUS$ 3.2 billion in February, or 9.9% rise year-on-year, accounting for 11.4% of the total.
Industrial growth slow, labor productivity low: Party official
Viet Nam’s industry is developing too slowly and is still reliant on many foreign-invested enterprises, said Nguyen Van Binh, head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Economic Affairs.
He was speaking at a conference held in Ha Noi late last week on national industrial development policies until 2025 with a vision to 2035.
Between 2006 and 2015, the country’s total industrial production value rose 3.42 times, while the industrial portion of the GDP remained stable at 31-32%.
Vietnamese tea firms eye US market
Representatives from Viet Nam’s tea-growing localities and famous tea firms took part in a recent seminar in New York, to seek opportunities to enter the US market.
During the event, experts highlighted the potential for Viet Nam’s tea products to access the US market thanks to the country’s long-lasting history of tea growing.
According to Peter Goggi, President of the US Tea Association, the US is a potential market for Vietnam’s tea products, but it requires high standards of quality and food safety.
USAID supports VN to fight wildlife smuggling
The United States Agency of International Development will provide non-refundable aid of US$10 million for Viet Nam to tackle wildlife smuggling from 2017 – 2021.
The project, just approved by the Prime Minister, has counterpart capital of VND11.125 billion (nearly US$500,000) funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development./.