Vietnam and Thailan boost tourism cooperation



Ha Noi, Nov. 6 (VNA) -- Minutes of a session to discuss measures to boost Viet Nam-Thailand tourism cooperation were signed in Ha Noi on Nov. 5 by the General Director of the Viet Nam Tourism Administration (VTA) and the President of the Tourism Administration of Thailand (TAT) Adisai Bodharamik.

The signing followed the talks between VTA General Director Vo Thi Thang and TAT President Adisai Bodharamik who was on a working visit to Viet Nam.

Vietnam and India Foreign Ministers hold talks


Ha Noi, Nov. 6(VNA) -- Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien held talks in Ha Noi this afternoon, Nov. 6, with his Indian counterpart, Jaswant Singh, who arrived in Ha Noi earlier the day for an official visit made at the invitation of FM Nien.

The two FMs briefed each other of the situation in each country and discussed orientations and measures to boost the two countries' cooperation as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern.

1 million new jobs in 10 months of 2000



Ha Noi, Nov. 6, (VNA) -- One million workhands have been provided with jobs so far this year, a year-on-year increase of 100,000 people.

The National Employment Promotion Fund alone has helped generate 250,000 jobs through provision of VND 580 billion (USD 40 million) in loans to labour-intensive projects.

Overseas labour markets have shown signs of healthy recovery, receiving 22,000 Vietnamese guest workers in the first ten months of the year. Additional 8,000 others are expected to go abroad in the remaining two months.

Vietnam poverty classification levels adjusted



Ha Noi, Nov. 5 (VNA) -- The Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) has announced adjustments to poverty classification levels for next year.

The levels will be increased by 1.5 times as from Jan. 1, 2001, under which households in mountainous and island areas with per-head monthly incomes lower than VND 80,000 (USD 5.7) will be classified as poor. The levels will be set at VND 100,000 (USD 7.1) for households in rural areas and VND 150,000 (USD 10.7) in urban areas.

Garment and textile industry export value this year



Ha Noi, Nov. 5 (VNA) -- The garment and textile industry will earn USD 1.9 billion from exports in 2000, an increase of 8.7 percent over 1999.

Exports to quota markets such as the European Union (EU), Canada and Turkey will contribute USD 720-730 million, or a year-on-year increase of 15 percent. This figure will amount to 39 percent of the industry's total export turnover. Meanwhile, exports to off-quota markets including Japan and the United States are expected to rise 17 percent over 1999.

Third round of talks on Vietnam -Cambodia border issue concludes


Ha Noi, Nov. 5 (VNA) -- The third round of negotiations on the border issue between Viet Nam and Cambodia ended in Ha Noi today, Nov. 5, after eight days' sitting.

The Vietnamese delegation to the Viet Nam-Cambodia Joint Committee on Border Affairs was led by Tran Cong Truc, Head of the Government Border Committee, and the Cambodian delegation, by Var Kim Hong, advisor to the Royal Government on Border Affairs.

The two sides reached important consensus on most of the issues raised for discussion.

Industrial sector increase in 10 months



Ha Noi, Nov. 5 (VNA)-- The national industrial production output recorded a year-on-year increase of 15.54 percent with the turnover of VND 165,944 billion (USD 11.85 billion) in the last 10 months.

The turnover represented an increase of at least 4.5 percent over the yearly target for 2000 of 9.5-11 percent set by the National Assembly.

Foreign Investors in Agricultural projects



Ha Noi, Nov. 6 (VNA) --

*Agricultural Sector Draws in 340 FDI Projects

As many as 340 foreign-invested projects with a combined capital of USD 2,272 million have been granted licenses to operate in the agricultural sector since 1988 when the country's foreign investment law was promulgated.

The figures represent 12 percent of the country' licensed FDI projects and 6 percent in terms of investment capital.

President Tran Duc Luong thanks Christina Noble



Ha Noi, Nov. 6 (VNA) -- President Tran Duc Luong has formally thanked Christina Noble, a British citizen who founded the Christina Noble's Children Foundation (CNCF).

The President said Christina had helped hundreds of Vietnamese children and needy people overcome difficulties to integrate into the community or re-unite with their families.

"I commend her honourable work and hope that she will soon successfully realise more of her beautiful dreams," he said.

Development investment to rise by 16% in 2001


Ha Noi, Nov. 6 (VNA) -- Viet Nam will see its development investment rise by 16 percent in 2001 to make up nearly 29 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), reports the Ministry of Investment and Planning.

Domestic financial sources will contribute 65 percent, consisting of 21 percent from the State budget, 16 percent from State credits, 17.5 percent from the State-owned enterprises, and 25 percent from the population.

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