Artifacts off the coast of Hoi An in auction in USA

Nov. 1 (VNA)-- A number of artifacts discovered off the coast of Viet Nam's Hoi An old town, a commercial hub in central Viet Nam in the 14th century, have been bought by museums in the US, the UK and Australia, and overseas Vietnamese in a recent auction in the United States.

Donation to victims in flood-stricken provinces of Mekong delta

Ha Noi, Nov. 1 (VNA) -- Intel, the world's largest chip maker, today, Nov. 1, announced a USD 150,000 donation to assist victims in flood-stricken provinces in the Mekong delta of Viet Nam.

The donation, which will be channeled through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Viet Nam Fatherland Front, will help provide the provision of two medical clinics, a school and 700 fishing boats and nets for victims in flooded areas.

10,000 businesses set up under new Enterprise Law

Ha Noi, Oct. 30 (VNA) -- The Water and Development Joint Stock Company in Ho Chi Minh City became the 10,000th business set up under the revised Enterprise Law on Oct. 10.
The company, with a registered capital of VND 15 billion (USD 1.07 million) will be involved in the exploitation, treatment and trade of safe water, civil engineering, water supply and drainage projects, forest and industrial tree planting projects.

Vietnam Airlines opens new route to Laos and Cambodia

Oct. 29 (VNA) -- A ceremony to inaugurate a new air route from Ha Noi via Vientiane and Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City was held at Wattay International Airport, Vientiane city, on Oct. 29 by Vientiane-based branch of the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines.

The first regular flight on the new route Ha Noi (Viet Nam)-Vientiane (Laos)-Phnome Penh (Cambodia)-Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam) and vice versa was implemented by Vietnam Airlines under an agreement on air transport cooperation

Vietnam supports UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

Oct. 27 (VNA) -- Ambassador Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Permanant representative of Viet Nam to United Nations expressed appreciation and satisfaction for the tremendous efforts and valuable contribution made by the Division of Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (the Office of Legal Affairs), other international institutions relating to the question of "Oceans and the Law of the Sea" this year.

Speaking at the plenary meeting of the 55th General Assembly, Agenda 34 "Oceans and the Law of the Sea" on Oct. 26, 2000, he said:

Economic growth rate 7-7,5% for 2001

Ha Noi, October 27 (VNA) -- Viet Nam has set the economic growth rate between 7 - 7.5 percent for the next year (2001), Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Xuan Gia said on Oct. 26.

Several economic targets set for 2001 will be submitted to the National Assembly, including an increase of 13 and

Vietnam wants to boost relations with Chile

The Chilean Deputy Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz is on a three-day visit to Viet Nam from Oct. 24, made in futherance of the two foreign ministries' agreement on political consultation. On Oct. 25 he was received by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam.

Deputy PM Nguyen Manh Cam said he considered the visit a new development in the two countries' friendship and cooperation, and expressed his pleasure at the further development of the two countries' relations

686,000 tonnes of coffee export in 1999-2000 crop

Ha Noi, Oct. 25 (VNA) - Viet Nam has exported 689,000 tonnes of coffee in the 1999-2000 crop (lasting from October, 1999 to September, 2000), 69 percent more than was exported from the previous crop.

This was announced at a conference to review coffee production and exports in the 1999-2000 crop and to work out strategies for the 2000-2001 crop and years to come. The conference was held in Ha Noi on Oct. 24 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Ministry of Trade and the Viet Nam Coffee and Cacao Association.

Viet Nam thanks the United Nations and its agencies

Oct. 24 (VNA) -- Viet Nam thanks the United Nations and its agencies for their close and effective cooperation in assisting Viet Nam's integration into the international community.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam told representatives of the UN agencies at a meeting in Ha Noi on Oct. 23 that the Vietnamese Government and people would continue the vigorious pursuit of the renovation process, aiming to make their ambitious modernization and industrialization programme a complete success.

US Investors' Association delegation in Vietnam


Ha Noi, Oct. 23 (VNA) -- Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam received in Ha Noi this afternoon, Oct. 23, a delegation of the US Investors' Association led by its President George Russell, who is in Viet Nam for a visit.