After a challenging year with many trials and tribulations, Viet Nam ended 2012 with a quiet sense of optimism. President Truong Tan Sang discussed Viet Nam’s economic prospects for the next twelve months. In 2012, Viet Nam further upheld new and important foreign policy undertakings, which provided not only economic integration but also a more extensive and comprehensive international political integration for Viet Nam. Despite many difficulties in our economy in the past year, as well as complex developments in the region and the world, our friends around the globe continue to put their confidence in us and support our cause of national construction and defence, thanks to our correct foreign policy. In general, ODA did not shrink against the previous year's figure. Although the amount of registered FDI looks lower, the disbursement rate remains the same. Thus we have maintained growth despite the difficulties, hence our firm international position and role. In the past year, … [Read more...] about VN seeks to send growth skywards in 2013
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The Hanoitimes - After a challenging year with many trials and tribulations, Vietnam ended 2012 with a quiet sense of optimism. As the nation prepares for the Year of the Snake, President Truong Tan Sang discussed Vietnam’s economic prospects for the next twelve months. Reporter: Mr President, last year, the Vietnamese diplomatic sector conducted a series of bilateral and multilateral co-operation activities. How did they turn out? President Sang: In 2012, Vietnam further upheld new and important foreign policy undertakings, which provided not only economic integration but also a more extensive and comprehensive international political integration for Vietnam. Despite many difficulties in our economy in the past year, as well as complex developments in the region and the world, our friends around the globe continue to put their confidence in us and support our cause of national construction and defence, thanks to our correct foreign policy. In general, ODA did not … [Read more...] about Vietnam seeks to send growth skywards in 2013
Professor Le Huy Ham, director general of the Agricultural Genetics Institute in Ha Noi, talks about the potential of cassava, Viet Nam's third most important export crop throughout the last decade. What is going on with cassava in Viet Nam? Professor Le Huy Ham. — Photo hanoimoi In Viet Nam in recent years, cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is in growing demand as an industrial and food crop. The export value of cassava is about US$1.3-1.5 billion annually, making cassava Viet Nam's third largest export crop, after rice and coffee. Thanks to its wide adaptability, cassava can be grown across all ecological regions in Viet Nam, even in areas where soil is poor and few other crops grow, contributing significantly to improved income for poor farmers. Cassava production has changed dramatically. Between 1975 and 2000, cassava yields ranged from 6 to 8 tonnes per ha, and the crop was grown mainly as food and animal feed. Then, in collaboration with the International Centre … [Read more...] about Growing demand sparks cassava boom in VN
Readers give Viet Nam News their views on the optimism Vietnamese people express about the country's prospects in the coming years in recent polls. William Ribbing, American, Florida You asked, published every Tuesday, gives readers an opportunity to ask – and Viet Nam News to answer – questions from visitors or expatriates. Your Say, published on Fridays, enables readers to express opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor. Next Week: As Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday approaches, a warm spirit pervades the city. Are you staying in Viet Nam for the holiday? Tour operators and travel agencies have designed tour packages to attract foreign visitors to explore traditional festivals during Tet. Tourists will be able to visit a local household that specialises in floriculture, have a traditional meal with the family and learn to cook traditional foods. – Have you experienced tour packages in Viet Nam? If so, could you share your experience and memories of it? - … [Read more...] about Growth and the power of positive thinking
Opinion is divided on whether the common man will benefit if the government licenses these gambling houses; analysts are skeptical even about tourism benefits The massive integrated resort is the sixth casino to be licensed in Vietnam. Elsewhere, in tourism-haven Phu Quoc Island, local leaders have been looking for investors for a casino planned since 2007. Ha Giang and Quang Binh provinces have apparently never jettisoned plans to build casinos on a rocky UNESCO geo-park and next to a natural reserve named in UNESCO's world heritage list. RELATED CONTENT Vietnam province sticks to casino, golf plans for UNESCO geoparkVietnam licenses Las Vegas-style casino They are all part of an intended casino-building spree across Vietnam, where entry barriers for foreign investors are much higher than in neighboring countries, as the government looks to significantly boost tourism and tax revenues amid the economic crisis. But analysts raise two important questions: What role will … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s casino rush in the offing, but will it be a silver bullet?