Prime Minister Approves Spending of US$ 3.92 billion for Poor Households

Viet Nam News, September 13, 2005

HA NOI — Prime Minister Phan Van Khai has approved the spending of VND 60-62 trillion (about US$ 3.92 billion) to provide poorer households with better access to farming and commercial land during the next five years.

Vietnam Responds to US Catfish Ban

Viet Nam News, September 1, 2005

Well-off Vietnamese Receiving Medical Treatment Overseas on the Rise

The country’s remarkable economic growth has seen an increasing number of Vietnamese patients go abroad for medical treatment.

Vu Huu Dong, of Thailand Bangkok Hospital’s representative office in Ho Chi Minh City, confirmed the trend saying since opening in 2000, his office had sent hundreds of patients to Thailand.

He said while the number this year alone was 135, those seeking medical consultation rose 2-3 times.

Flag Designer Urban Myths Squelched

Viet Nam News, August 28, 2008

Through devoted and persistent research, writer Son Tung proved unequivocally who designed the National Flag, enabling the State to honor him 40 years after his death.

Since the solemn ceremony to recognize the National Flag’s designer, 26 years have passed, but writer Son Tung’s memories of the occasion remain fresh, and his research into the designer’s life remains unequivocally important to revolutionary history.

Vietnam to Release 21 Foreigners on Amnesty

Twenty-one foreigners are among 10,428 inmates to receives pardons Vietnam’s President Tran Duc Luong in the largest-ever amnesty to mark the 60th Sept. 2 National Day, an official announced Monday.

The foreigners to be freed include two Chinese, four Americans, five Cambodians, three Malaysians, four Taiwanese, one South Korean, a Laotian and a Cameroonian, said Nguyen Van Bich, deputy director of the Presidential Office at a press conference in Hanoi.

Expat Vietnamese Donates $10,000 to Orphans in Mekong Delta

A Vietnamese-American philanthropist handed over Friday US$10,000 to charity in the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho.

Tang Minh Trieu, a businessman from Los Angeles, California, presented the sum to the Can Tho Charity Fund to aid orphans of the Street Children Club, Huong Duong orphanage and the Pediatrics Hospital in the provincial capital, Can Tho city.

“I want to help disadvantaged Vietnamese children realize their dreams out of my love for them and my home country,” Trieu said.

Vietnam to Free up Aviation Sector: Report

Vietnam plans to open up its state-controlled aviation sector to outside investors, including foreigners, allowing them to set up airlines and build more airports, local media quoted a government minister as saying.

"Our policy is to open wide the door to all economic sectors, including foreigners, to develop airports, airlines and all other aviation-related services," Transport Minister Dao Dinh Binh was quoted as saying in a report published on Friday.

Vietnam to Speed up Private Investment in Education

Semi-private high schools and universities in Vietnam are to become private as part of efforts to boost investment in education, a seminar in Ho Chi Minh City heard.

The issue had been discussed at several earlier workshops, with many educationists suggesting abolition of the semi-private system.

Overseas Vietnamese Asked to Help IT Development

HCM CITY (August 22, 2005) — Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem has urged overseas Vietnamese to make greater contributions to the development of the country’s information and communication technologies.

Speaking at a weekend meeting with 140 overseas Vietnamese at the Reunification Hall, Khiem said ICT had been recognized by the Vietnamese Government as one of the most important factors needed for the country’s sustainable development.” It should now be the major tool in turning Viet Nam into an industrialized country by 2020," Khiem said.

Vietnam's Top Banks Kick off New Net Services

Vietnam's three leading commercial banks said beginning on August 15 they will offer a series of e-banking services in a bid to attract more customers.

The East Asian Bank (EAB) said starting today it would provide internet banking services at, enabling customers to access account balance and transaction information.

In the near future, the services would include online transactions and utilities payments, the bank said.