Vietnam attend informal ASEAN foreign and economic meetings

Nov. 23 (VNA) -- Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien and Trade Minister Vu Khoan attended the informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM) and the informal ASEAN Economic Minister (AEM) Meeting, respectively, in Singapore on Nov. 23.

At the informal AMM, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien and Foreign Ministers of other ASEAN member countries heard the ASEAN's Eminent Persons Group (EPG) reporting on ASEAN Vision 2020 and the contents of the ASEAN+Japan Consultation Meeting on the Ha Noi Plan of Action.

Viet Nam's tourism sector attracted 5 billion foreign investment

Ha Noi, Nov. 23 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's tourism sector has so far attracted 157 foreign-invested projects with a combined capital of more than USD 5 billion, according to the Tourism Administration.

Most of projects have set up hotel and travel services.

Japan has emerged as the biggest investor in the sector, with 20 hotel projects having a combined capital of USD 434 million. The runner-up is the Republic of Korea, with five projects capitalized at USD 192 million.

Prime Minister Phan Van Khai attends informal summit of ASEAN

Ha Noi, Nov. 23 (VNA) -- Prime Minister Phan Van Khai arrived in Singapore today, Nov. 23, to attend the fourth informal summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

He is accompanied by Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien, Trade Minister Vu Khoan, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Tam Chien, Deputy Finance Minister Le Thi Bang Tam, and Deputy Director of the Government Office Van Trong Ly.

Foreign organizations provide humanitarian aid to Vietnam

Nov. 20 (VNA) -- * World Vision Pledges USD 181,000 to Da Nang City

The World Vision has pledged USD 181,000 to projects on eyes care, street children and household economic development in the central city of Da Nang from 2001-2003.

The project on community-based eyes care will receive USD 25,000 while the project to help street children will be provided with USD 6,000. The USD 150,000 project to develop household economy will be carried out in four mountainous communes in Hoa Vang district.

Vietnam supports increase in membership of UN Security Council

Nov. 17 (VNA) -- Viet Nam strongly supports the increase in both permanent and non-permanent categories of the membership of the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Chau, Vietnamese Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has said.

Mr. Chau expressed Viet Nam's support for the reform and expansion of the Security Council at the 55th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York on Nov. 16.

Australia - funded medical boat to help flood areas

Ha Noi, Nov. 15 (VNA) -- A medical boat built with fund from the Australian Government was launched in the Mekong delta province of Dong Thap today, Nov. 15, after three months of building.

The boat, built at a cost of VND 684 million, including USD 34,000 (equivalent to VND 479 million) in aid from the Australian Government, will provide medical services to more than 100,000 people in remote areas of Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds).

Vietnam called on ASEAN members to push for more investment

Nov. 15 (VNA) -- Prior to the eighth Summit of APEC, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam has called on ASEAN member countries to jointly push for more investment from developed countries for sustainable development of the whole Asian-Pacific region.

Deputy Prime Minister stresses ecotech cooperation in APEC

Ha Noi, Nov. 16 (VNA) -- Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam stressed the importance and role of ecotech cooperation among APEC at the 8th APEC Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

Deputy PM Cam on Nov. 16 exchanged views with other APEC member countries' leaders on the negative impacts of the rapid development of the information technology revolution, the emergence and development of a new economy and e-commerce on traditional branches of production and business.

Vietnam supports for UN special session on Children

Nov. 16 (VNA) -- Viet Nam supports the draft resolution to be adopted by the UN General Assembly this year under item 42 relating to preparations for a Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Children in Sept., 2001, Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Chau has said.

Mr. Chau affirmed Viet Nam's strong support for and full commitment to making the Special Session a great success at the UN General Assembly in New York on Nov. 15.

The fight against drug trafficking in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov.16, (VNA) -- Viet Nam has declared a war against drug trafficking and other social evils at a seminar jointly held here today by the National Committee for AIDS, Drug and Prostitution Control and the daily Nhan Dan.

Fighting drug trafficking and addiction is extremely difficult and requiring more efforts from all government offices as well as relevant organizations, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem told the seminar, stressing this should be considered a regular task with a view to wiping it out of the people's life.