Economic growth rates of 6.7% in the second quarter.

Government members gathered in Hanoi on October 2 and 3 at a regular meeting to discuss socio-economic development plans for 2001, the State budget for 2000, the State budget balance for 1999, issues relating to the universalisation of education at junior secondary school level, a draft ordinance on plant protection and quarantine, and a draft ordinance on advertising.

They also heard reports on floods in Mekong delta provinces and discussed ways to remedy or mitigate the effects of the floods.

A new oild field discovered off-shore southeast Viet Nam

Ha Noi, Oct. 8 (VNA) -- A new oild field was discovered on Oct.6 at lot 15.1, off-shore southeast Viet Nam, 144 km east from Ba Ria-Vung Tau province.

The exploration contract has been conducted by PETROVIETNAM Supervision Company (PVSC) for Product Sharing Contracts (holding 50 percent of the contract), the United State's CONOCO Limited (23.25 percent), the Republic of Korea's KNDC (14.25 percent), and SK (9 percent) and France's GEOPETROL (3,5 percent).

Child malnutrition reduced significantly

Ha Noi, October 6, (VNA) -- The Ministry of Public Health has announced a week entitled "For the Children's Futures: Rapid Reduction of the Child Malnutrition Rate" from Oct. 16 to 23, aimed at bringing the malnutrition rate among kids under five years old down from 36.7 percent last year to less than 34 percent by the end of this year.

190 new FDI projects licensed in last 9 months


Ha Noi, Oct. 6 (VNA) -- In the first nine months of this year, 190 foreign invested projects capitalized at more than USD 512 million were licensed for operation across the country.

With an additional investment of USD 210 million registered by on-going projects involving foreign direct investment (FDI), the total FDI flowing into the country in the first nine months reached more than USD 722 million.

Cultural activities for the 990th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi

Cultural activities for Thang Long - Hanoi

Dragon and fireworks performances at West Lake.

Folk culture festival at Hoan Kiem lake.

Many cultural activities have taken place nationwide to celebrate the 990th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi.

A seminar on Thang Long - Hanoi

Vietnam respects Yugoslavian people's right to self-determination

Vietnam respects Yugoslavian people's right to self-determination

On October 6, Spokeswoman for the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, Ms.Phan Thuy Thanh, while answering questions from foreign correspondents about Vietnam's comments on the latest developments in Yugoslavia said: "Vietnam respects the right of the Yugoslavian people to self-determination."

She noted that the issue was an internal affair for Yugoslavia.

MFA Spokesman on comments from California based Hoa Hao Church

On Sept. 26, MFA's Spokesman anwsered questions from Reuters to comment a press release from California based council of Hoa Hao Buddist, saying that "five church members were tried and a demonstration by hundreds of Hoa Hao believers and one woman suicide in protest":


President Tran Duc Luong Speech at the Millennium Summit on Sept, 6th, 2000

President Tran Duc Luong calls for UN efforts for peace

Vietnam - ASEAN relations

Five years ago on July 28 1995, Vietnam officially joined the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). This is an important political event, vividly manifesting the foreign policy of openness, multilateralisation, diversification and initiative in regional and international integration of Vietnam. The process of joining ASEAN not only helps raise considerably Vietnam

Spokeswoman on Human Rights Watch comments

"It is regrettable that though recognising Vietnam's achievements in the recent past and welcoming the Vietnamese Government's decision to release tens of thousands of prisoners from detention camps, the Human Rights Watch report gave biased comments on what is going on in Vietnam," said the spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, Ms Phan Thuy Thanh.