Vietnam position on the anti - drug struggle


AFP: In a letter by President Bill Clinton to US Congress, it is written that Viet Nam is in the list of drug producing or major drug-transit countries. What is Viet Nam's reaction thereto?


Viet Nam is not a country that produces or transits narcotic drugs and other psychotropic substances but a country that has to bear with bad effects of this scourge.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam will attend the APEC Summit


Itar-Tass correspondent:

- Who will lead the Vietnamese delegation to attend the APEC Summit in Brunei?
- Could you please let me know what questions Vietnam wants to discuss at this Summit?
- During the Summit, does the Vietnamese delegation have meetings with the Russian delegation?


Vietnam for US lifting embargo against Cuba

Ha Noi, Nov. 10 (VNA) -- Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Chau, Head of Viet Nam's Permanent Mission to the United Nations, has expressed Viet Nam's deep concern over the losses and sufferings caused to the Cuban people by the US embargo. He was speaking at the 55th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Nov. 9.

Vietnam and Ganga-Mekong Cooperation Ministerial Conference

Nov. 10 (VNA) -- A Vietnamese delegation led by Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien joined five other delegations from Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand in the first Ganga-Mekong Cooperation Ministerial Conference held in Vientiane, Laos, this morning, Nov. 10.

Viet Nam's fisheries sector in 10 months of this year

Ha Noi, NOv. 8 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's fisheries sector caught more than 1.73 million tonnes of aquatic products in the past ten months of this year, a 13 percent year-on-year increase, according to the Ministry of Fisheries.

Of the figure, nearly 1.16 million tonnes were sea products, a year-on-year increase of 12 percent, and 570,000 tonnes were cultivated aquatic produce, meeting 80 percent of the yearly plan due to adverse weather conditions in the Mekong delta and central provinces.

Viet Nam's garment and textile plans to earn 1 billion USD

Ha Noi, Nov. 8 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's garment and textile industry plans to earn around USD 1 billion per year from exports to the United States in the first year after the Viet Nam-US trade agreement comes into effect.

The industry obtained an export turnover of USD 60 million from the export of garments and textiles to the US this year.

According to garments and textile exporters, the US market has a high demand for imported garments and textiles. However, Viet Nam has exported its products to the US market through sub-contracts.

Vietnam-China joint working group on demarcation of Tonkin Gulf

Ha Noi, Nov. 8 (VNA) -- Members of the Vietnamese-Chinese joint working group on the demarcation of the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf have affirmed their determination to fulfil their task this year as agreed upon by top leaders of the two countries.

Both sides, during their 16th meeting in Beijing, China, from Oct. 30-Nov. 4, continued their discussions on the contents and technical aspect of the delineation, and agreed to exert more joint efforts to reach the goal.

US Fund for UNICEF visits Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov. 8 (VNA) -- A delegation of the US Fund for UNICEF co-headed by its Deputy President in charge of marketing and development Diana Whitty and Internet Director Lori Sehroter started a three-day working visit to Viet Nam on Nov. 8 to inspect child protection and care in Viet Nam.

The visit aims to raise funds for the UNICEF-Viet Nam cooperation programme in the 2001-2005 period.

Tran Thi Thanh Thanh, Minister-Chairwoman of the State Committee for Protection and Care of Children (SCPCC), received the delegation in Ha Noi.

Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien on Vietnam-US relations

Ha Noi, Nov. 8 (VNA) -- Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien has granted an interview to Viet Nam News Agency on the development of Viet Nam-U.S. relations.

Following is the full text of the interview:

Question: Could you please tell us how you evaluate the developments in Viet Nam-U.S. relations over the recent past?

Answer: Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and the U.S. in 1995, the relations between the two countries have made inspiring progress in many fields.

FPT to export software to US

(Nhan Dan Nov.7)--The Corporation for Financing & Promoting Technology (FPT) has launched a promotion campaign of software export to realise the FPT's development strategy until 2008.