Role of Foreign-invested enterprises in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov. 2 (VNA) -- Foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) in the country have posted an industrial output value of VND 6,648 billion in October, an increase of 20.1 percent over same period last year.

This brings the total in the first ten months to VND 59,763 billion, up by 17.5 percent over last year, and accounts for 36 percent of the country's total industrial output. The oil and gas sector made up VND 18,378 billion of the total output.

Direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Tokyo since Nov. 1st 2000

Ha Noi, Nov. 2 (VNA) -- The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, in coordination with Japan Airlines, held a ceremony in the Japanese capital of Tokyo on Nov. 1 to inaugurate a direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Tokyo.

Under a code-sharing agreement between the two airlines, both airlines will operate non-stop flights at maximum capacity for the new route and they will conduct four flights a week.

American Express donation to historical site conservation

Ha Noi, Nov. 2 (VNA) -- American Express has pledged USD 50,000 for conservation of Bi Dinh (stele) pavilion in the Minh Mang tomb in the former imperial city of Hue.

The donation is an additional sum to the grant of USD 80,000 that American Express has made to restoration of the Minh Mang tomb three years ago.

Earlier in 1995, American Express gave USD 75,000 to a project on restoration of Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) in Ha Noi.

General Vo Nguyen Giap and foreign veterans

Ha Noi, Nov. 2 (VNA) -- General Vo Nguyen Giap has expressed sincere thanks to members of the Viet Nam Friendship Village International Committee (VFVIC) for their contributions to build friendship villages in Viet Nam.

War veterans from France, Germany, Japan, the US and the UK took part in the 8th Conference of the Friendship Village International Committee under the Viet Nam War Veterans' Association (VWVA) held in Ha Noi on Oct. 30.

Vietnam and Cambodia to resolve border issue this year

Ha Noi, Nov. 2 (VNA) -- On the basis of mutual respect and understanding and with goodwill and efforts, Viet Nam and Cambodia will solve the land border issue satisfactorily within this year, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam has affirmed.

Vietnam creates favorable environment for human rights

Ha Noi, Oct. 31 (VNA) -- Nguyen Thanh Ha, Representative of Viet Nam at the Third Committee on human rights issues delivered a statement at its session in New York on Oct. 30, 2000.

Vietnam and UN draft resolution on the Korean Peninsula

Nov. 1 (VNA) -- Viet Nam underlines that the adoption of the draft resolution on "Peace, Security and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula" by the United Nations General Assembly is of special significance for the question of peace and security in North East Asia as well as the world over, said Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Chau, Permanent Representative to the UN.

Speaking at the 55th session, On Agenda Item 183: "Peace, Security and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula" of the UN General Assembly in New York on Oct. 30, 2000, Mr. Chau said:

3,1 million telephone subscribers in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov. 1 (VNA) -- Viet Nam now has nearly 3.1 million telephone subscribers and 90,000 Internet subscribers, according to the Viet Nam Post and Telecommunications Corporation (VNPT).

As many as 2.4 million are regular telephone subscribers and the remainder use mobile phones.

The VNPT has so far this year installed 637,000 telephones, up 37,000 from the target for 2000. Of these, there were 340,000 pre-paid mobile phones.

Artifacts off the coast of Hoi An in auction in USA

Nov. 1 (VNA)-- A number of artifacts discovered off the coast of Viet Nam's Hoi An old town, a commercial hub in central Viet Nam in the 14th century, have been bought by museums in the US, the UK and Australia, and overseas Vietnamese in a recent auction in the United States.

Donation to victims in flood-stricken provinces of Mekong delta

Ha Noi, Nov. 1 (VNA) -- Intel, the world's largest chip maker, today, Nov. 1, announced a USD 150,000 donation to assist victims in flood-stricken provinces in the Mekong delta of Viet Nam.

The donation, which will be channeled through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Viet Nam Fatherland Front, will help provide the provision of two medical clinics, a school and 700 fishing boats and nets for victims in flooded areas.