Marking 20 years of APEC successes Whilst making his TV show, The Airport Economist, Tim Harcourt visited over 60 economies during the past seven years. One country in particular that has always stood out to him is the enchanting land of Vietnam, one of the emerging ‘second generation’ tiger economies of Asia. Vietnam, with a young and vibrant population, is the latest poster child for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), and has been developing the much needed infrastructure that is required to get the economy moving. Harcourt, who is also an economist, told VIR that Vietnam is considered a ‘transition tiger’ economy, moving from a planned economy to one that is more open and market orientated. The economy has grown at an annual average rate of above 6 per cent over the past decade. In addition to strong economic growth, inflation and unemployment have both remained at a low level. “Vietnam has positively changed itself thanks to joining a … [Read more...] about Marking 20 years of APEC successes
20 years ago today
Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen, Let me warmly welcome you all to our Conference on “Viet Nam and APEC: A Journey of 20 Years and the Path Ahead”. Exactly 20 years ago, in November 1998, Viet Nam was honored to become a member of APEC. This strategic decision is a major step taken by our country to implement the foreign policy of openness, multi-lateralization and diversification of our international relations and economic integration, giving fresh impetus to Viet Nam’s reform and international integration. During 20 years of APEC membership, Viet Nam has also made great strides on the path of development and integration. - Viet Nam has transformed itself from one of the poorest in the world into a lower middle-income country, with per capita income increasing 7 times from US$350 to nearly US$2,400. - Viet Nam today is an active and responsible member of regional and global cooperation mechanisms and an important link in key economic integration … [Read more...] about Keynote address by Deputy PM, FM Minh at conference reviewing 20-year participation in APEC
Located in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai province, Tan Van pottery village has been known for its black clay pottery for centuries. The 300-year-old village has sometimes fallen into relative obscurity, but its dedicated potters have done their best to keep their black clay pottery craft alive. A pottery kiln in Tan Van village Tan Van was founded about 300 years ago on the Dong Nai River near what is now Bien Hoa City. From the first pottery village, satellite pottery villages sprang up in neighboring Binh Duong province and Ho Chi Minh City. Hong Van Chinh is one of the last remaining “modelers” of Kim Lan pottery kiln in Tan Van. Inheriting the 4-generation family craft when he was in his 20s, Chinh has become the village’s most talented modeler. His deft hands have turned handfuls of clay into jars and jugs weighing hundreds of kilos and decorated with intricate designs without using any kinds of molds or tools. Chinh said today there are few modelers left … [Read more...] about 300-year old pottery village in Dong Nai
Residents of Xuan Hoa ward in Phuc Yen, a city in Vinh Phuc province, almost had a chance to share in the joy as the capital city celebrates its expansion. The legacy of a time several decades ago when Xuan Hoa was part of Hanoi can still be seen in the name of Hanoi Education University II, which is located here. Later generations might ask why a Hanoi college is situated in Vinh Phuc province. The answer is simple: the ward where the institution is located used to be a part of the capital city. Ten years after the geographical boundary expansion came into effect, Hanoi has recorded many social and economic achievements. To date, many still cast doubt over the decision but clearly there are many positives. Had Ha Tay province not been merged into Hanoi, would progress on the Thang Long Boulevard and National Highway have been expedited so that they became main arteries connecting the city centre to its western areas as they are today? The communities of ethnic minority people in Ba Vi … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for Hanoi in the next ten years?
Viet Nam News LOS ANGELES — Twenty years ago, a bathrobe-wearing stoner and his two buddies entrenched themselves in the public consciousness with a strange little movie about bowling, White Russians and a ruined rug. Ethan and Joel Coen’s idiosyncratic, hopelessly complex The Big Lebowski distilled the unfussy, slacker spirit of 1990s Los Angeles into a Raymond Chandleresque crime caper. It received no Oscar recognition and pretty lukewarm reviews for a byzantine plot which the Coens themselves admitted never really mattered – but it has proven its staying power. Today it is nothing less than a cultural phenomenon, with its own religion, Dudeism, boasting 450,000 "ordained priests". Bathrobe-clad fans gather at the annual Lebowski Fest, which comes to Los Angeles in two weeks, to celebrate Jeffrey The Dude Lebowski, played by Jeff Bridges when he could still get away with board shorts. "I’m so proud of being part of this movie. It’s just a good … [Read more...] about The Dude abides: ‘The Big Lebowski’ at 20