Congress Of Solidarity Of Ethnic Groups in the Central Highlands kicks off

The first Congress of Solidarity of Ethnic Groups in the Central Highlands officially kicked off in Pleiku city, Gia Lai province, on March 28, with the participation of State President Tran Duc Luong and nearly 500 representatives from various social strata and religious sects in the Central Highlands and some southern provinces.

Vietnam's Negotiations For WTO Accession Enters Final Stage

The Working Group for Vietnam's WTO Accession in Geneva said that Vietnam has entered the final stage of its negotiations for WTO accession, according to the National Committee for International Economic Co-operation.WTO_Vietnam_024_06.jpg

US Tour Operators Eye Central Vietnam Beaches

viewanh_n.gifRepresentatives of Famtrip, a US travel group, arrived in Binh Thuan province Wednesday for a two-day trip to survey the tourism setup there.

Accompanying the 15-strong delegation are Kenny Chen, assistant to the director of EVA Airways, and a member of the US travel agency PTA Vacation.

Vietnam Wraps Up WTO Entry Talks With Canada

Vietnam concluded bilateral talks with Canada Wednesday on its entry into the World Trade WTO_Vietnam_024_06.jpgOrganization (WTO).

A Memorandum of Understanding to this effect was signed in Geneva, Switzerland, between vice trade minister Luong Van Tu, head of the Vietnamese mission, and Don Stephenson, head of the Canadian delegation at the WTO.

Star Cruises Back To Vietnam

Star Cruises, the leading cruise line operator in the Asia Pacific, is set to reemerge in Vietnamese waters early next month after shunning Southeast Asia due to the SARS and bird flu epidemics in the past three years. Super_Star_Gemini_081_06.gif
It would bring 12,000 tourists by the end of this year, Suresh Abraham, its international relations deputy manager recently wrote in an email to Thanh Nien.

Vietnam Regulates Agency Observing WTO Requirement

Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology issued Monday a statute regulating the administration and activities of a newly-established agency on issues concerning WTO standardization and technical barriers.
Under the statute, the Inter-ministerial Committee on Technical Barriers is responsible for counseling the science and technology ministry on measures to ensure conformity to the WTO (World Trade Organization) agreement on technical barriers to trade (TBT agreement).

Hoa Hao Americans Impressed With Home Welcome

A Vietnamese American couple that follows Hoa Hao Buddhism expressed wishes to revisit their homeland following a warm welcome by authorities during their first return after 30 years abroad.

Vietnam, US Discuss Web Program To Boost Global Business

Vietnamese and US officials met Monday to discuss the launch of the Global Trade and Investment Management (GTIM) network in Vietnam, easing local business access to the global economy.
The network, a business promotion instrument that will provide information for global trade and investment, will be first launched in the central Vietnam city of Da Nang.

US Ambassador Optimistic About WTO Deal With Vietnam

The US Ambassador to Vietnam has expressed his optimism about the progress expected during the upcoming round of Vietnam-US negotiations on Vietnam’s bid to join the World Trade Organization.
Speaking to the media in Hanoi Thursday, Michael Marine stressed both Vietnam and the United States had narrowed the gap during their previous meeting in January.

Since then negotiators on both sides had maintained close relations and exchanged views on the phone or via email to prepare for the upcoming bilateral negotiation scheduled for March 27, he added.

Investors Discuss Opportunities In Vietnam, WTO Member

A meeting to discuss investment opportunities in Vietnam post-WTO membership was attended by 1,300 business and financial executives from Vietnam and 22 foreign countries.vk.jpg
Addressing the opening ceremony of the two-day forum in Hanoi Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan said Vietnam was working hard to improve its business and investment environment and bolster its legal system to suit World Trade Organization needs.