Vietnam Heads APEC Business Advisory Council

With Vietnam named host of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2006, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry assumes the position of APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) on Monday. The council has given top priority to working towards a successful conclusion to the Doha Development Agenda, trade facilitation and liberalization in 2006.

Young Vietnamese Scientist Shines Abroad

A Vietnamese IT graduate working on a doctorate at Stanford University in the US has been selected to present his research at an international conference in Japan in May.

Vu Duy Thuc, 24, will take center stage at AAMAS 2006, the 5th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, in Hakodate, Japan from May 8-12.

Thuc will present “Learning against Multiple Opponents”, research Thuc carried out together with Dr. Yoav Shoham and Rob Powers at Stanford.

It’s merry Christmas in Vietnam

The bells have yet to peal for Christmas Eve but Tran Xuan Tinh’s family has been ready to celebrate the birth of Christ for a week.

A nativity scene solemnly adorns the altar of their house in Ha Noi’s Ham Long Street with a tall, colourful Christmas tree nearby.

"We are very joyful as Christmas nears," said Tinh.chris.jpg

"It’s the most hallowed and important festival to us Catholics."

Vietnam Film Week Draw Large Vietnamese and American Audience in Washington D.C.

"vuabairac.jpgView of Vietnam" Film Week came to conclusion Sunday night with screening of the Pham Nhue Giang's Deserted Valley (Thung Lung Hoang Vang) and a director-audience Q&A session.

Vietnamese Beauty Enters Miss World Final With Poise

huonggiangs.jpgVu Huong Giang will represent Vietnam at the Miss World 2005 Final, due to kick off at Sanya on China’s Hainan Island this evening.
One of the 15 most talented beauties selected by the Miss World 2005 organizers, Giang enters the competition hoping to represent her country as a finalist.

Vietnam A New Tiger Of Tourism In Asia: Tourism Official

HANOI, Dec 12 Asia Pulse - Vietnam could be considered as a new tiger of tourism in Asia, said Xu Jing, a representative of the World Tourism Organisation, on the sidelines of an international forum on poverty reduction through tourism held in Hanoi on Dec. 8-9.

Xu Jing told a Vietnam News Agency reporter that Vietnam is emerging as an attractive destination making great strides and progress in tourism promotion and development.

Cardinal’s Visit Improves VN-Vatican Relationship

A Vatican Cardinal has said that his visit to Viet Nam contributes to consolidating relations between the Vatican and the country.

Deputy PM Meets Vatican Cardinal

vukhoan-hongy-333-05_1.gifDeputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan Monday received visiting Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, Minister of the Vatican Missionary Works in Hanoi.
Also present were Bishop Nguyen Van Hoa, President of the Vietnam Episcopal Council; Arch-bishop Ngo Quang Kiet, Head of the Hanoi Church; and Bishop Hoang Van Tiem, President of the Priests Committee of the Vietnam Episcopal Council.

A New Diocese Was Established In The Southern Vietnam

A new diocese has been established in the southern Vietnam province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau at the request of the Vietnam Catholic Church.
The Ba Ria diocese, which covers the administrative area of the province, is the 26th of the Vietnam Catholic Church.

The province was originally included in the Xuan Loc diocese. The Church requested that this diocese be split up into Xuan Loc and Ba Ria dioceses.

The Vietnamese government and the Vatican have reached an agreement on the division recently.

Work On Vietnam’s First Refinery To Begin Finally

Construction will begin on the much-delayed Dung Quat oil refinery – at US$2.5 billion, Vietnam’s largest-ever project – in the central Quang Nam province November 28, an oil official announced.

The project, which included, besides the refinery, a port, storage facilities, and pipelines, was designed to process 6.5 million tons of crude oil annually, or 130,000 barrels per day, Vu Khanh Truong of state owned oil and gas giant Petro Vietnam said.