The Government in the 2016-2020 term is making every effort to boost economic growth together with sustainable development and to help businesses address difficulties, by reducing production costs and improving their competitiveness and effectiveness, according to Nguyen The Phuong, Planning and Investment Deputy Minister. Changes in the laws on investment and enterprises effective a year ago and dozens of guiding decrees that recently took effect and regulations on doing business are now more transparent and are providing favourable conditions for investment and trading. The Government is speeding up the restructure and equitisation of State-owned enterprises to improve performance and allow them to sell more of their stakes to investors. Joining free trade agreements with the ASEAN, the Republic of Korea, the EU and the expected Trans-Pacific Partnership as well as the formation of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has given an impetus for Vietnam to speed up improvement of its … [Read more...] about New developments aid merger & acquisition activities
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She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
At the meeting, VAVA Chairman Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Rinh briefed the delegation on affairs related to Agent Orange/dioxin in Vietnam. According to Rinh, the US army sprayed some 80 million liters of toxic chemicals in Vietnam during the war, 61 percent of which was Agent Orange, containing 366kg of dioxin. As a result, more than 3 million ha of forested land was destroyed, while basic water and food sources for millions of people were contaminated. Scene at the meeting Preliminary statistics showed that 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin. Tens of thousands of people died from exposure, while millions of others went on to suffer from cancer and other incurable diseases. Children and grandchildren of many victims have been affected with widespread birth deformities. Rinh said the toxic chemical still remains across 28 sites in Vietnam to date. Most recently, Da Nang airport, one of these spots, saw all of its dioxin-polluted area … [Read more...] about German left-wing party delegation learn about plight of Vietnamese AO/dioxin victims
The information was released at a working session between representatives of the association and the municipal People’s Committee, which took place on May 3. As heard at the function, during the period, the sum was used to build and upgrade 20 charity houses, aid five families with capital to set up businesses, and present over 4,000 gifts to the victims. The association also organised free health checkup events and granted scholarships in support of the group. A ceremony to hand over a charity house to a family of AO/dioxin victims in Can Tho (Photo: baocantho.com.vn) To date, nearly 4,000 AO/Dioxin victims, or 90 percent of the total living in Can Tho, have been benefiting from the Government’s preferential policies. In the coming time, the association said it will step up survey activities toward the group to come up with suitable assistance plans annually. It will mobilise all social resources to increase the total municipal fund for the group to … [Read more...] about Can Tho spends over 3 billion VND on caring for AO/dioxin victims