The fight against drug trafficking in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov.16, (VNA) -- Viet Nam has declared a war against drug trafficking and other social evils at a seminar jointly held here today by the National Committee for AIDS, Drug and Prostitution Control and the daily Nhan Dan.

Fighting drug trafficking and addiction is extremely difficult and requiring more efforts from all government offices as well as relevant organizations, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem told the seminar, stressing this should be considered a regular task with a view to wiping it out of the people's life.

Activities of NGOs in Vietnam

Nov. 14 (VNA) -- More than 100 officials from Ho Chi Minh City's agencies in charge of receiving aid from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been provided with skills on aid mobilization and management.

Vietnam contributes initiatives to APEC Agenda

Nov. 13 (VNA) -- All three initiatives of Viet Nam have been included in the agenda of the 12th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on Nov. 12 and 13.

The country is being represented by a delegation led by Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien at the meeting of foreign and economic ministers from 21 APEC member countries.

Vietnam improves investment environment

Ha Noi , Nov. 14 (VNA) - Viet Nam has always done its best to create a favourable environment for foreign investors and businessmen, President of the Japanese Business Association in Vietnam Otani Yasuo told a reporter from Nhan Dan newspaper in a recent interview.

The "Safe Kids Day" launched in Vietnam with UNICEF's assistance

Ha Noi, Nov. 14 (VNA) -- The Nguyen Du Primary School of Ha Noi was the first school chosen as a model of the "Safe Kids Day" launched in Ha Noi on Nov. 13 under UNICEF's traffic safety programme.

The "Safe Kids Day", jointly organized by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Viet Nam, the Committee for Protection and Care of Children, and the U.S Embassy in Ha Noi, aims to promote child safety helmet use to prevent road fatalities and injuries.

Vietnam wins UN award for natural disaster control

Ha Noi, Nov. 14 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's efforts in natural disaster control has won the country the UN special certificate of merit.

The Central Flood and Storm Control Committee (CFSCC) was presented the UN Sasakawa certificate for its achievements in tackling the various calamities which have hit Viet Nam this year.

Foreign investment of 608 million in 10 months


Ha Noi, Nov. 11 (VNA) -- Investment licenses were granted to 245 more foreign-invested projects capitalized at USD 608 million in the first ten months of this year, says the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI).

Photo Exhibition on Agent Orange effects in Vietnam on display

Ha Noi, Nov. 11 (VNA) -- Images of Vietnamese Agent Orange victims, taken 25 years after the American war which blighted their lives, are now on display in a European centre.

A photo exhibition of these long-suffering people is being held in the city of Luxembourg, co-sponsored by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg's Ministry of Co-operation and Charitable Activities and Switzerland's Caritas Fund, in co-operation with the Luxembourg Red Cross.

Life changes in rural areas in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov. 11 (VNA) -- Major changes have been seen in Viet Nam's rural areas where monthly per-capita income increased by 6.2 percent year on year in the 1996-1999 period, paid income share per head rose from 14.9 percent to 16.6 percent. Industrial income rose from 4.7 percent to 5 percent, while spendings on daily life jumped by 4.4 percent annually.

Biggest Exhibition on Vietnam to be held in Europe

Ha Noi, Nov. 11 (VNA) -- The Museum of Ethnology and the Embassy of Austria are preparing for a comprehensive exhibition on Viet Nam to be held in some European countries in 2002.

Christian Schickgruber, who is in charge of the Southeast Asian and Himalaya region of the Austrian Museum of Ethnology, stressed that he and his colleagues in Austria wanted to introduce Viet Nam's comprehensive culture and its 4,000-year history to the European public, who now know about Viet Nam only through its wars.