Seminar on implementation of Customs valuation

Ha Noi, Dec. 19 (VNA) -- A seminar was held in Ha Noi on Dec. 18 to discuss the Agreement on Implementation of Article 7 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (Customs Valuation) - one of the annexes to the Uruguay Round Final Act.

The content of the agreement and its impact on the integration, business and customs were presented for discussion. The seminar also touched on how to apply the import-export duties in accordance with the agreement, as well as cooperation between relevant agencies in the preventation of illegal trade.

Japan and Denmark help Vietnam's healthcare and water supply

Ha Noi, Dec. 19 (VNA) --
* Japan Grants More than USD 67,000 to Upgrade Hospital in Bac Can Province

The Japanese Government will grant USD 67,357 as non-refundable aid to upgrade a hospital in Na Ry commune in the northern mountainous province of Bac Can.

Under an agreement for the project signed in Ha Noi on Dec. 18, the donation will be used to buy surgical equipment and instruments for the hospital.

Minimum wage to be increase from Jan. 1, 2001

Ha Noi, Dec. 19 (VNA) -- The minimum wage will be raised to VND 210,000 from the current VND 180,000 as from Jan. 1, 2001 for those receiving salaries and allowances from the State budget, according to Decree 72/2000/ND-CP issued by the Government on Dec. 15.

The rise in monthly benefits will be applied to pensioners and other social allowance beneficiaries as well as to both working and retired officials of the commune/ward and township level administration.

Vaccine and biological products company inaugurated

Ha Noi, Dec. 18 (VNA) -- Vaccines and Biological Products Company No 1 was inaugurated in Ha Noi on Dec. 18.

The company, with capital of VND 16 billion, USD 1.1
million, will make vaccines against encephalitis, hepatitis B, cholera and rabies. Its office has been built on the premises of the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology.

The company will make two million doses of encephalitis and hepatitis B vaccines and more than one million doses of cholera vaccine in its first year.

Vietnam's military attache office opens in Seoul

Dec.18 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's embassy in the Republic of Korea, RoK, opened its military attache office in Seoul 's Dec. 18.

The inauguration was marked by a reception hosted by Ambassador Nguyen Van Xuong, and attended by, among others, director of the RoK's national intelligence service (NIS), Lt. Gen. Hong Sun-ho.

Vietnam-ROK to promote military exchange

Ha Noi, Dec. 18 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's Defence Minister Pham Van Tra and his Republic of Korea, RoK, counterpart, Cho Seong Tae, have agreed to promote military exchange and co-operation between their countries.

Mr. Cho, who arrived in Ha Noi this morning, Dec. 18, for an official visit, briefed Viet Nam's Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam at a reception this afternoon about the results of his talks with Minister Tra soon after his arrival.

1,4 million jobs to be generated in 2001

Ha Noi, Dec. 18 (VNA) -- About 1.4 million jobs are expected to be created in 2001, says the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA).

It says the National Fund for Job Creation alone will help about 350,000 people find jobs and send 40,000-45,000 guest workers and experts abroad.

Symposium on VN's resistance wars & anti-war movement in Europe

Dec. 17 (VNA) -- A symposium titled "Resistance Wars of Viet Nam and Anti-war Movement in Northwestern Europe" was held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from Dec. 15 and 16.

The symposium was held by the 21st Century History Association and the History Institute of Utrecht University.

Many professors and doctors in history and politics from the U.S., the U.K., France and northwest European countries attended the event.

Construction of the Tien Son Industrial Zone

Ha Noi, Dec. 17 (VNA) -- Work on the construction of the Tien Son Industrial Zone in northern Bac Ninh province started today, Dec. 17.

Infrastructure construction of the 134 hectare project will cost VND 267.5 billion (about USD 18.6 million). The zone will have 4 areas specializing in producing traditional handicrafts, textile and garment; electronics assessories; construction material; and processed farm produce.

Denmark grants US 3.5 million to support farmers

Ha Noi, Dec. 17 (VNA) -- Denmark will provide a grant of USD 3.5 million to establish a fund to guarantee farmers' loans.

A framework agreement to this effect was signed in Ha Noi on Dec. 15 between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).