Factsheets about Vietnam as of April 2004


I/. Progresses in the exercise of Human Rights in Vietnam

1. Basics

INFORMATION ON THE RECENT SITUATION IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

INFORMATION ON THE RECENT SITUATION IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

04/19/2004

Some facts about the Montagnard Foundation and its founder


1. Tracing the roots of the Montagnard Foundation:

The Montagnard Foundation is the latest incarnation of the Fulro Separatist Insurgency. “Fulro” first made a name for itself as a militant group in September 1964 when it organized a rebellion among 3,000 Montagnard combatants in five US special force camps in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.” It has been known as a separatist group, advocating and using violent means.

Vietnam's social development achievements in recent years

- According to UNDP Human Development Report, Vietnam’s HDI has grown relatively rapid from 0.560 in 1995 to 0.688 at present; Vietnam’s HDI position as compared to that of the countries in the region, in Asia, and in the world has moved from 7/10, 32/50, 122/201 in 1995 to 6/10; 28/50 and 109/201 in 2000 respectively; With regard to GDP per capital, Vietnam is in the bottom group of the developing countries while its HDI position is above the average of the developing countries.

Joint Press Release on Shrimp Case

(As of January 6, 2004)

On December 31st, 2003, the Ad Hoc Shrimp Trade Action Committee on behalf of the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) filed an Anti-dumping (AD) petition on shrimp imports from Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand, and Vietnam. Under this circumstance the exporting countries would like to express their grave and profound concern over the decision of certain U.S. shrimpers to seek trade remedy measures against shrimp exporting countries.

Observed Vietnamese and US Holidays in 2004

The Office of the Embassy will be closed in observance of the following Vietnamese and US holidays in 2004:

Thursday, January 01, 2004 - New Year’s Day
Monday, January 19, 2004 - Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - Vietnamese Lunar New Year Holidays
Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - Vietnamese Lunar New Year Holidays
Thursday, January 22, 2004 - Vietnamese Lunar New Year Holidays
Friday, January 23, 2004 - Vietnamese Lunar New Year Holidays
Monday, February 16, 2004 - U.S. President’s Day

SARS UNDER CONTROL IN VIETNAM

In acknowledgment of Vietnam’s success in containing the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the World Health Organization (WHO) has lifted its advisory against traveling to Vietnam, effectively taking Vietnam out of the list of SARS-stricken countries. Other countries, which previously issued travel warnings, have also withdrawn theirs.

Closed days for Office of the Embassy in 2003

The Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam hereby informs that the Office of the Embassy will be closed on the following dates in the year of 2003 in observance of the indicated holidays:

Wednesday, January 01, 2003 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 20, 2003 Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
Friday, January 31, 2003 Vietnamese Lunar New Year Holidays
Monday, February 03, 2003 Vietnamese Lunar New Year Holidays
Tuesday, February 04, 2003 Vietnamese Lunar New Year Holidays

Vietnam Trade Office Launches New Website


The Vietnam Trade Office in the US, located in Washington, DC, has recently launched a new website http://www.vietnam-ustrade.org aimed at introducing the business environment and business opportunities in Vietnam. The website includes, among other things, the following sections:

Major Exports - data on Vietnam’s major exports of textiles and apparel, footwear and leather, electronics and computers, furnishings and giftware, seafood, etc.

Biorgraphy of H.E Mr. Nguyen Dy Nien, Minister of Foreign Affairs

H.E Mr. Nguyen Dy Nien was born on December 9th, 1935 in Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam.

8/2002: Appointed by Prime Minister and confirmed by the National Assembly as Minster for foreign Affairs.

5/2002: Elected Member of National Assembly (NA)

1/2000: Appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs.

1995: Appointed President of the National Committee for Overseas Vietnamese.

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