Top ten cultural events of 2000 in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Jan. 6 (VNA) -- Journalists and reporters of nearly 30 press sources and news agencies have chosen the 10 most memorable cultural events of 2000.

1. Celebrations of Viet Nam's Major Anniversaries

Traing job center for street children

Ha Noi, Jan. 6 (VNA) -- The Ha Noi Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (DoLISA) has submitted a plan for the building of a vocational-training centre to provide vocational training and create jobs for between 300 and 350 street children to the Municipal People's Committee.

Construction of the centre, at an estimated cost of VND 4.9 billion, is expected to start this year.

The centre will teach the children rattan weaving, tailoring, carpentry, embroidery and animal husbandry.

Turnover of Garment and textile industry

Ha Noi, Jan. 5 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's garment and textile industry plans to earn USD 2.3 billion from export products in 2001.

The industry has registered an average annual growth rate of more than 10 percent in recent years. It posted an export value of USD 1.87 million in 2000, an increase of 6 percent over 1999.

Currently, the industry is focusing its efforts on overcoming difficulties and challenges to integrate into the regional and international economies.

Photo Exhibition for Agent Orange victims

Jan. 6 (VNA) -- A photo exhibition showing the effects of Agent Orange sprayed U.S. aircraft during the American War was opened at the war-evidence museum in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday, Jan. 5.

The collection of about 100 photos, all taken by Japanese photographer Goro Nakamura, reflects the sufferings of Vietnamese, American and South Korean victims of Agent Orange.

Health check-up for Agent Orange victims

Ha Noi, Jan. 8 (VNA) -- The Public Health Ministry has issued a document for the making of dossiers for victims of Agent Orange sprayed by the U.S. during the Viet Nam war.

The document makes the Labour, War Invalids and Social Welfare services of cities, provinces and branches responsible for completing files of those affected by toxic chemicals, especially Agent Orange, sprayed by the U.S. during their war in Viet Nam.

ADB helps Vietnam to rehabilitate disaster damaged infrastructure

Ha Noi, Jan. 8 (VNA) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved aid worth USD 58.5 million to help Viet Nam rehabilitate their disaster-damaged infrastructure in the Mekong delta and the northern central region.

The amount is part of a USD 73.5 million project for restoring schools, medical stations, roads and bridges in the regions. The Vietnamese Government will supply the remainder.

Fisheries sector in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Jan. 5 (VNA) -- The fisheries sector plans to earn USD 1.6 billion from exports in 2001.

The Fisheries Ministry held a conference in Ha Noi on Jan. 5 to review the implementation of its target set for the year 2000 and discuss measures to conduct its socio-economic development plan in 2001.

Participants in the conference pointed to the outstanding issues in 2000, including low efficiency of offshore fishing, credit payment, marketing, processing and services, and discussed measures to obtain the target set for 2001.

Tourists visit Da Nang city in 2000

Jan. 5 (VNA) -- The central city of Da Nang welcomed more than 393,700 tourists in 2000, a year-on-year increase of 29 percent.

Of these 185,230 were international tourists, mostly from China, France and the U.S., an 87-percent increase.

Da Nang City Tourism-Service turnover for the year was VND 255.63 billion (USD 18 million), almost 36.5 percent higher than the previous year.

FM on treaties of demarcation of Tokin Gulf and Fishery in TG


Radio Voice of Vietnam: Please provide your assessment on the Treaties on the Demarcation of the Tonkin Gulf and Fishery Cooperation in the Tonkin Gulf which were signed in Beijing during State President Tran Duc Luong's official friendship visit to China?