Taking place ten years ago at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME), the exhibition entitled ‘Life in Hanoi in the Subsidy Period, 1975-1986’ was once the spotlight of nearly 50 articles at home and abroad. Behind the journey to make the exhibition happen and to bring it to the public at that time, is a long story. “We had received different opposing viewpoints on the exhibition up to the opening,” said Associate Professor Nguyen Van Huy. “Some people questioned us on why our museum praised the subsidy – a model from the past that was eliminated. Others wondered if - although the theme was a significant time in history and thus an inevitable choice - whether we were too strict to host such an exhibition about it,” Huy recalled. At that time, Huy was the VME Director. Eight years after its establishment in 1997, the museum has been praised for its modern thinking in hosting exhibitions. However, bringing social feedback to an exhibition was an … [Read more...] about Nhandan Newspaper – First exhibition on subsidy period: It is not just a tale
The industrial park will be expanded by 314 hectares at a cost of VND3 trillion (US$135 million), raising its total area to over 658 hectares. The project is expected to transform Bac Ninh into a hub of electronics, telecommunication and green industries in Vietnam, said Tran Anh Tuan, Director of the Viglacera Infrastructure Investment Development Company. The Viglacera Corporation, which owns the company, began building the industrial park in 2005. The park is considered as an attractive destination for investors from the Republic of Korea, Japan and other countries with a number of major businesses operating there such as Samsung, Orion, Flexcom, Dongsin, Mobase, Dawon Vina and Hansol. Yen Phong 1 has drawn nearly US$8 billion of investment capital so far, including US$7.2 billion of foreign direct investment. Notably, Samsung allocated an additional US$3 billion for investment in the park last year. Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung said it is one of the industrial … [Read more...] about Nhandan Newspaper – Bac Ninh’s major industrial park expanded
Even grow in all sectors Over the past two months, growth has been seen in agriculture, industry and services. Despite severe cold weather in the north, drought and seawater intrusion in the central and southern regions, the year-on-year rice cultivation for the winter-spring crop reached 100.2% nationwide while the number of cows, pigs and poultry increased by 0.5-1%, 3-3.5% and 8-8.5% respectively. The only fall of 0.2% was seen in the number of buffalos. The fisheries yield climbed by 3.1% (aquaculture grew by 2.2% and fishing extraction rose by 3.8%). Tra fish raising continued to face difficulties due to sharp decreases of offspring prices which were the lowest since 2010. The country’s rice export over the past two months and in the first half of the year was forecast to rise (in January rice export increased by 56.7% in volume and 46% in value) thanks to rising demand from the Philippines, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Africa, while Thailand cut down rice production to … [Read more...] about Nhandan Newspaper – Economic highlights in February
This was the main theme of a recently held round-table discussion with the attendance of former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan, Dr Tran Dinh Thien, director of the Vietnam Institute of Economics and Professor Vu Trong Phuc, former director of the Institute of Party History under the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics. Reform is a continuous process Question: After 30 years of Doi Moi, what does Vietnam need to do to move the country forwards on the path of rapid and sustainable development? VU KHOAN: Some people say that it is time for a second round of reform. But I think reform is a continuous process - what was appropriate yesterday may not be relevant today. This is even truer with domestic and global contexts changing rapidly. The Doi Moi reform launched during the 1980s began with a breach of regulations in agriculture seen in the secret allocation of land to farmers. That act was later approved by the Central Committee, which helped change the life of farmers and … [Read more...] about Nhandan Newspaper – What’s next for Vietnam after 30 years of Doi Moi?
Addressing a regular Government meeting in Hanoi on February 29, the PM highlighted the GDP growth rate of 6.68% as the most noted achievement last year. The figure represents the highest increase since 2008, even higher than the number reported to the National Assembly (about 6.5%) and the set target of 6.2%. Regarding the country’s socio-economic development in the first two months of this year, the leader said the nine-day Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday has not affected sectors’ performances. However, he said, investment procedures remained inconsistent and complicated. He urged agencies and localities to pay more attention to administrative reform in order to create an optimal environment for investors while making the best use of trade agreements Vietnam has signed to bring in more investment. Stressing US$22 billion in official development assistance (ODA) committed by donors, PM Nguyen Tan Dung called for greater efforts to speed up ODA disbursements and maximise … [Read more...] about Nhandan Newspaper – Cabinet meeting: GDP growth rate projected at 7% in 2016