“Narrower gaps” in Vietnam’s WTO talks

In past talks over Vietnam’s entry to the World Trade Organization this year, partners like Japan have shown their support by reducing demands for the country to open up its market, said a deputy trade minister.

“Many partners said the gap between them and Vietnam in negotiations for the country’s integration into the World Trade Organization has been narrowed,” said Deputy Trade Minister Luong Van Tu.

Legal load for WTO entry

The National Assembly (NA) is drafting 30 legal documents concerning negotiations on Vietnam's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The documents, 26 laws and codes and four ordinances, are being drafted or revised and supplemented to carry out duties which will arise during bilateral and multilateral WTO negotiations.

Minister of Trade Truong Dinh Tuyen said that Vietnam's law building programme has drawn due concern from major partners, including the US, who consider it one of Vietnam's top priorities for admission.

Vietnam’s seafood exports increase in first quarter

Vietnam’s seafood exports remained strong in the first quarter of this year although the industry encountered problems over anti-dumping tariffs in the U.S. market, according to official figures.
In the first three months of 2005, the country’s seafood exports reached 445 million USD, up roughly 15.27 per cent over last year’s same period, the Ministry of Planning and Investment said.

Overseas Vietnamese singers ready to pay Vietnam taxes

Vietnamese artists living overseas recently said they were ready and willing to pay taxes for performing in Vietnam in accordance with the country’s new income tax regulations.
Singer Duy Quang said he had received a personal tax code from the Ho Chi Minh City Tax Department recently and that he would pay his taxes by the end of the year.

Vocalist and composer Duc Huy said he was not aware of the new regulation. But, he said he already paid 10 per cent of his earnings each time he performed a show in Vietnam and was happy to pay taxes in his home country.

Tay Nguyen 30 years later: a vehicle for its own success

HA NOI — In the three decades since its liberation in 1975, the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) region has enjoyed major socio-economic improvement thanks to the leadership of the Party and the resilience and unity of the 47 local ethnic minority groups.

A vast plateau laying at the southern end of the Truong Son Mountain range, Tay Nguyen is best known for its people’s strong-heartedness and unyielding nature during the nation’s resistance wars. Physically, the region is full of jungles, idyllic waterfalls and breathtaking mountain landscapes.

More kids attend kindergarten

HA NOI — The number of children in poverty stricken areas going to kindergarten have increased sharply following a Prime Minister’s decision to provide education to children residing in poor communes.

According to the Ministry of Education and Training, except for six communes, all others nationwide have kindergartens, and nearly 80 per cent of the five-year-old children have gone to kindergarten.

Nation recommits to software protection

HA NOI — Policy makers have reiterated the Government’s commitment to protect software intellectual property (IP) rights as the country moves toward joining the World Trade Organisation.

Concluding a roundtable yesterday in Ha Noi, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui Manh Hai called for co-operation with countries and agencies with relevant knowledge.

Viet Nam touts energy potential

 HA NOI — Ministry of Industry (MoI) officials were busy promoting Viet Nam to foreign investors as a possible destination to invest in energy projects at a forum held on Tuesday.

Deputy Industry Minister Do Huu Hao, said that Viet Nam boasts primary energy reserves including 3.88 billion tonnes of coal, 2.3 billion tonnes of oil, and 1,300 billion cu.m of gas.

The Deputy Minister however stressed that the country will face a shortage of energy in the near future due to the increasing demands of the national economy.

“Miss Vietnam in U.S. should speak Vietnamese”; crowned winner

The chosen winner of Miss Vietnam of northern California should be fluent in writing and speaking Vietnamese, said the newly-crowned winner recently.

On March 4, Huynh Nguyen Thanh An, 21, was selected among dozens of contestants at the Miss Vietnam Tet Pageant of North California to wear the crown.

After her victory, she spoke to Thanh Nien about the pageant and her future plans, clearly demonstrating she had met the language criteria that she felt so firmly about.

US Veteran Fund leader: Vietnam’s religious practices “very open”

An American Veteran who has lived in Vietnam for nearly 10 years said that he saw no problem with the tolerance for religious practices in the country, in a recent interview.

"Religious practices in Vietnam are very open and are thriving", stressed Chuck Searcy, Vice President of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF).