Vietnam Sees Human Development Gains

Vietnam has displayed great gains in human development, but not all is a bed of roses, according to a major United Nations (UN) report.

luat_giaoduc_055.jpgVietnam has established a strong balance between its economic growth and human development, the 2005 UN Human Development Report says.

Vietnam Gives Visa Exemptions to Foreigners at Resort Island

Vietnam will lift visa requirements for foreign visitors to the southern resort island of Phu Quoc, which the government wants to develop into a leading ecological tourist site, media and officials said Tuesday.

Foreigners and overseas Vietnamese will no longer require visas if they spend less than 15 days on the island, known for its white sandy beaches, Tuoi Tre newspaper said. The new rule is to take effect Oct. 1, it said.

VASEP Supports Hurricane Victims

Viet Nam News, September 6, 2005

HA NOI — The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) is calling for its business members and Vietnamese fishermen to give material and spiritual support to Hurricane Katrina victims.

Red Cross Vietnam Calls on Nation to Aid Victims of Katrina

Viet Nam News, September 10, 2005

HA NOI — Dr Nguyen Van Thuong, Chairman of Vietnam’s Red Cross Society (VNRC), called for all VNRC members and people nationwide to raise money and collect goods to donate to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the United States of America.

At the launching ceremony, Dr Thuong handed over a check worth US$ 20,000 to a representative of the US Ambassador yesterday in Ha Noi.

Nation’s Human Development Index Shows Sustained Growth

Viet Nam News, September 13, 2005

HA NOI — Vietnam has continued to improve its place on the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index, HDI.

This year’s index shows that sustained economic growth has propelled Vietnam’s human development ranking to 108 out of the 177 countries listed.It was at 112 in 2004.

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.