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.

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.

Preparation for a Congress of Protestant General Confederation

Oct. 21 (VNA) -- At a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on Oct. 21 the Government Board for Religious Affairs released a communique on the establishment of a mobilization board in preparation for a congress of the Protestant General Confederation of the Viet Nam Protestant Church in the south.

Present at the ceremony were Le Quang Vinh, Director of

Vietnam attaches importance to Asia-Europe cooperation

Oct. 23 (VNA) -- Viet Nam attaches importance to Asia-Europe cooperation, in line with its external policies of independence, sovereignty, diversification, multilateralization and world integration.

So said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam in an interview with the national daily Nhan Dan on Oct. 23 on the outcome of the third Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM III) in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, from Oct. 19-21, which he attended as head of the Vietnamese delegation.

The Vietnamese Women's Union Founding day

Ha Noi, Oct. 19 (VNA) -- The Vietnamese Women's Union (VWU) held in Ha Noi today, Oct. 19, a meeting to mark its 70th founding anniversary (Oct. 20) and to receive the State's Independence Order, first class.

Prominent among participants were Nguyen Thi Binh, Vice State President; Nong Duc Manh, National Assembly Chairman; Pham The Duyet, member of the Standing Board of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee's Political Bureau; Pham Gia Khiem, Deputy Prime Minister; and other Party and State officials.

3.2 million tonnes of rice for export in 10 months

Ha Noi, Oct. 20 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's rice export is estimated to reach 3.2 million tonnes by the end of October this year.
In the first days of October, the whole country shipped abroad 150 tonnes of rice, bringing the total quantity of rice export in the year to 3.1 million tonnes.

Enterprises nationwide have to date purchased nearly 6.78 million tonnes of paddy, equal to 76.3 percent of that purchased in the same period last year.


The Viet Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) urged the entire people to help support the poor in Ha Noi on Oct. 17. It announced that Oct. 17 is from now on officially the "Day for the Poor".

The Day has been set up to promote national unity, particularly in the eradication of poverty and hunger.

Prominent among those at the launching ceremony were Advisor to the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee Do Muoi, President Tran Duc Luong, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, VFF President Pham The Duyet, and other senior officials.

Healthcare system and health index in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Oct. 19 (VNA)-- Viet Nam's healthcare system has undergone great changes over the past decades. Almost non-existent just 10 years ago, Viet Nam's healthcare system now boasts a health index higher than those of other developing nations with the same per-capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Vietnam Airlines carry flood supplies free of charge

Ha Noi, Oct. 18 (VNA) -- Viet Nam Airlines has announced its decision to carry supplies free of charge to flood victims on both domestic and international routes.

The policy, coming into force on Oct. 17, gives priority to medicines, medical aid and other urgent supplies.

Vietnam position on the work of UN Security Council


Oct. 18 (VNA) -- Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Chau, permanent representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations, addressed the 55th session of the UN General Assembly on Oct. 17, discussing the "Report of the Security Council".

The ambassador underlined the positive developments in the work of the council in the period from 16th June 1999 to 15th June 2000. He said: