Vietnam supports draft resolution on nuclear disarmament

Oct. 24 (VNA) -- Mr. Hoang Chi Trung, Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Viet Nam to the United Nations on behalf of ASEAN countries at the First Committee of 55th UNGA, expressed full support for two draft resolutions under consideration by the First Committee, namely "Nuclear Disarmament" and "Follow-up to the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons".

FM Spokeswomen on significance of visit of President Clinton

Ha Noi, Oct. 24 (VNA) -- Answering a correspondent from Los Angeles Times newspaper on the significance of the upcoming visit to Viet Nam by US President Bill Clinton towards the Viet Nam-US relationship, the spokeswomen for the Foreign Ministry, Ms. Phan Thuy Thanh said:

" Viet Nam's foreign policy is one of independence, sovereignty, diversification and multilateralization of relations in the spirit of Viet Nam wants to become friends and trustworthy partner with all countries in the international community.

FM Spokeswoman: Vietnam protests interference

Ha Noi, Oct. 23 (VNA) -- Viet Nam is now in cooperation with the US to prepare for the first visit to Viet Nam by the US President so as the visit would bring about positive result. Viet Nam resolutely protests against acts of interference into its internal affairs and acts that do not contribute to the acceleration of the bilateral ties.

Vietnam delegation in 15th Conference of Int'l Lawyers

Oct. 21 (VNA)-- The International Association of Democratic Lawyers held its 15th conference in Havana, Cuba, in the presence of nearly 1,000 representatives of 50 countries. The five-day conference ended on Oct.20 with the release of resolutions on various issues, including the demand that US authorities compensate Viet Nam.

Viet Nam was represented at the conference by a delegation headed by Luu Van Dat, Vice President and General Secretary of the Viet Nam Lawyers' Association.

350,000 employees in foreign- invested sector

Ha Noi, Oct. 23 (VNA) -- As many as 349,000 people are working in the foreign-invested sector in Viet Nam, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Labourers working for Taiwanese, Hongkong, Korean, and Japanese-invested projects make up 71 percent of the total labour force in the foreign-invested sector.

In the first nine months of this year, 190 foreign-invested projects capitalized at more than USD 512 million
were licensed for operation across the country.

US $16.5 billion foreign capital was implemented by October, 2000

The Ministry of Planning and Investment said that by October this year, about US $16.5 billion of foreign invested capital was implemented, meaning 46.5% of committed capital of 2,541 valid projects.

The top position in implementing projects came to Japanese investors with US $2.356 billion followed by Taiwanese investors, nearly US $2 billion while Korean investors came third with US $1.837 billion. The fourth and fifth in the list are Singapore and Hong Kong with US $1.8 billion and US $1.333 billion, respectively.

Six million new jobs created during 1996-2000

Six million one hundred thousand new jobs were created during the 1996-2000 period. The number of employed people in 2000 is 40.7 million while that number for 1995 was 34.6 million.

There are 23.5 million people working in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors. These sectors have created nearly two million new jobs in the past five years. The industry, handicraft and construction sectors created 2.2 million new jobs while the service sector created 2.3 to 2.4 million new jobs.

Fine Art exports to Eastern Europe increace soon

Ha Noi, Oct.19 (VNA) -- With the legal breakthrough in exportation to once-booming East European markets made during Prime Minister Phan Van Khai's recent trip, Viet Nam hoped to record USD 1 billion in fine art export turnover by 2005, compared to the USD 350 million expected this year.

In the '70s and '80s, East Europe was the major market for Vietnamese fine art articles. It accounted for 53.4 percent of the nation's total sales abroad.

The first US life insurrance company in Vietnam

American International Assurance (AIA) has made new inroads into Viet Nam's emerging life insurance market, inaugurating a fully-fledged subsidiary to step up AIA's operations nationwide.

AIA Viet Nam, the first life insurance business formed by a US company in the country, is headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City but will also run an office in Ha Noi.

Vietnam called for an end to violence in the Middle East


Oct. 21 (VNA) -- Vietnamese Ambassador to the United Nations Pham Binh Minh has called for an immediate end to violence in the Middle East.

He made the demand at an emergency session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Oct. 20 which was attended by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and representatives from 50 countries.