Construction of Vietnam's biggest sofware center is underway

Construction Quang Trung Software Park, the biggest centre for software production and services in southern Vietnam, started on October 5 in Ho Chi Minh City.

For the first phase of the project, to finish by the end of 2001, Ho Chi Minh City has invested VND 190 billion (US $13.6 million) in upgrading seven buildings in the former Quang Trung Fair and Exhibition Centre and the transport system around and in the park and in building electricity, drainage and waste treatment systems.

A new oild field discovered off-shore southeast Viet Nam

Ha Noi, Oct. 8 (VNA) -- A new oild field was discovered on Oct.6 at lot 15.1, off-shore southeast Viet Nam, 144 km east from Ba Ria-Vung Tau province.

The exploration contract has been conducted by PETROVIETNAM Supervision Company (PVSC) for Product Sharing Contracts (holding 50 percent of the contract), the United State's CONOCO Limited (23.25 percent), the Republic of Korea's KNDC (14.25 percent), and SK (9 percent) and France's GEOPETROL (3,5 percent).

190 new FDI projects licensed in last 9 months


Ha Noi, Oct. 6 (VNA) -- 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.

With an additional investment of USD 210 million registered by on-going projects involving foreign direct investment (FDI), the total FDI flowing into the country in the first nine months reached more than USD 722 million.

Vietnam respects Yugoslavian people's right to self-determination

Vietnam respects Yugoslavian people's right to self-determination

On October 6, Spokeswoman for the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, Ms.Phan Thuy Thanh, while answering questions from foreign correspondents about Vietnam's comments on the latest developments in Yugoslavia said: "Vietnam respects the right of the Yugoslavian people to self-determination."

She noted that the issue was an internal affair for Yugoslavia.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Dy Nien visits the United States

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Dy Nien visits the United States from Sept. 20,2000.

During his four-day visit that ended on September 24, Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien met on separate occasions with Secretary of State Madeline Albright, National Security Deputy Advisor General Donal Kerrick, Senators John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, members of the House of Representatives Lane Evans and Philip Crane, representatives of the US business circles and General Secretary of the Organisation of American States (OAS) Cesar Gaviria.

MFA Spokeswoman on remarks of US Trade Representative Barshefsky

On September 21, 2000, MOFA's Spokeswoman Phan Thuy Thanh answered to question of Reuters on remarks made by US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky and Republican Representative Illeana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida at the testimony before the House Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs and House Subcommittee on International economic policy and trade


Vietnam welcomes President Clinton's official visit

On September 15, 2000, replied to the question of correspondent on coming visit of President Clinton, Spokesman of Foreign Affairs Ministry said :

"Viet Nam welcomes US President William Clinton

President Tran Duc Luong Speech at the Millennium Summit on Sept, 6th, 2000

President Tran Duc Luong calls for UN efforts for peace

Vietnam - ASEAN relations

Five years ago on July 28 1995, Vietnam officially joined the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). This is an important political event, vividly manifesting the foreign policy of openness, multilateralisation, diversification and initiative in regional and international integration of Vietnam. The process of joining ASEAN not only helps raise considerably Vietnam

Spokeswoman on Congressional Resolution 295

Ha Noi, May 4 -- Spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry Mme Phan Thuy Thanh, referring to the House's May 3 resolution calling for the release of all religious and political prisoners in Viet Nam and a removal of the 4th provision of the country's Constitution, said the US House of Representatives made an impudent interference into Viet Nam's internal affairs and a violation of international law.

Answering a relevant question raised by Radio The Voice of Viet Nam, she stressed: