The EU’s newly-accredited Ambassador to Vietnam Giorgio Aliberti (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam is one of the potential partners of the European Union (EU) in various fields, said the EU’s newly-accredited Ambassador to Vietnam Giorgio Aliberti. Aliberti made the statement at a press conference in Hanoi on November 12 after he officially assumed a 4-year term of office in Vietnam. The ambassador said he was glad to witness the strong development of EU-Vietnam cooperative ties in recent years. The EU attaches great importance to cooperation with Vietnam, he said, adding that the bilateral relations have been demonstrated through the recent signing of many important agreements. He expressed his good impression for the country and its people, and shared his main priorities during the working tenure in Vietnam. The diplomat said the EU highly appreciated Vietnam’s efforts in environmental protection as well as prevention and reduction of climate … [Read more...] about New ambassador describes Vietnam as EU’s potential partner
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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?
Illustrative image (Photo: bangkokpost) Bangkok (VNA) – The Energy Ministry of Thailand has set a time frame to transition to gasohol E20 as the primary petrol grade by early next year to boost the value of commodity crops used in biofuel production. Speaking to the press, Thai Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said the country will use agricultural commodities like palm oil, sugar and cassava to produce biofuel. Gasohol is a biofuel made from cassava and sugar blended with unleaded petrol in proportions of 10 percent, 20 percent or 85 percent. It was introduced to Thai motorists for commercial sale in 2008, followed by E20 and E85 a few years later. Thailand has five categories of petrol: gasohol 91 E10, gasohol 95 E10, gasohol E20, gasohol E85 and premium ULG 95 petrol. The government aims to cut down to just three or four types of petrol. The Energy Business Department is studying how to mandate E20 to be available nationwide, as well as considering how to deal … [Read more...] about Thailand promotes use of biofuel to support agriculture
Eight years ago, Tra Linh Commune suffered extreme poverty, with many locals unable to buy or build decent homes. Ngoc Linh ginseng gets to the root of expansion Local woman proud owner of Ngoc Linh ginseng garden Quang Nam man digs up 100-year-old Ngoc Linh ginseng A view of the Tắk Lang billionaire village. Photo thanhnien.vn Thanks to Ngoc Linh ginseng, farmers have seen profits explode and the area is now covered with new residential developments. By the end of last year, members of the commune’s Sedang ethnic minority had saved hundreds of billions of dong. Tắk Lang Village is a hub for growing Ngoc Linh ginseng. Several years ago, it took half a day to travel from the centre of Nam Tra My District to the village. Now, wide roads have been built. Local residents consider Tắk Lang Village to be the first billionaire village of the Sedang people, Thanh Niên newspaper reports. Ho Van Du is a village patriarch in Tra Linh Commune. Three years ago, … [Read more...] about Poor residents enrich themselves thanks to ginseng
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the forum (Photo:news.un.org) Paris (VNA) – A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung attended the second Paris Peace Forum that opened on November 12 under the chair of French President Emmanuel Macron. The event attracted 30 heads of State, leaders of countries and major international organisations, experts and businesspeople. Deputy FM Trung attended and delivered a speech at a session on the 70th anniversary of Geneva Conventions. Speaking at the event, President Macron said extreme nationalism, war and non-cooperation will destroy all that humans have built over the past years. Europe is the place where the price of non-cooperation is best known, he said. In order to cope with challenges amid changing world order and difficulties in multilateralism, the forum called on entities to make commitments and promote specific solutions to global governance. The event is part … [Read more...] about Vietnam attends second Paris Peace Forum