At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
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Pursuant to regulations on the National External Information Service Awards 2018, the Council for National External Information Service Awards in 2018 calls for submissions from media and publishing agencies, Vietnamese and foreigners. I. AWARDING CRITERIA: 1. Content: The entries must be timely, unbiased, standardised and scientific; influential nationally and internationally; and appreciated by the public. Submitted works must contribute to Vietnam’s external information service in at least one of the following four ways: - Give accurate, timely and vivid information of domestic reality, the Party’s guidelines, the State’s policies, law and the Vietnamese stance on regional and international issues; reflecting the country’s achievements during the cause of national reform, stability, development and international integration. - Promote a positive image of the country as well as Vietnamese culture, history and people to the world; counter fabricated … [Read more...] about ANNOUNCEMENT: National External Information Service Awards 2018
At the meeting At the meeting, participants agreed that relevant units and agencies have fulfilled the external information dissemination mission assigned by the Party and State with encouraging results. Awareness of the mission in the new period among Party committees, authorities at all levels and people of all walks of life has been improved. The system of agencies which specialize in external information service has been better revamped and relevant documents have been completed. However, there still remain shortcomings that need fixing, including the low level of awareness of the work, the failure to fully bring into play the synergy of the whole political system, the shortage of information and the lack of suitable dissemination methods. Delivering a speech at the meeting, Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, Deputy Chief of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, highlighted detailed … [Read more...] about Implementation of external information service reviewed
VietNamNet Bridge - The translation service market appears quiet, but it could generate $100 million in revenue a year. A graduate of a foreign language college, Le Linh Duy opened Openland, a language service company in 2004. At that time, when foreign investors flocked to Vietnam to seek investment opportunities, the demand for translation of contracts and documents was so high that Openland was always busy and had to recruit new translators every week. The heyday of translation firms like Openland is over, but analysts believe that the market has potential. Vietnam has signed and is going to sign a series of free trade agreements, paving the way for more foreign investors to come to the country. Therefore, the high demand for translation services is expected. According to Common Sense Advisory, the Vietnamese translation service market, with 800 operational companies, is worth $100 million a year and has stable growth of 30 percent per annum. As the number of … [Read more...] about Translation service market: very promising with $100 million value
Foreign ministers at the ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Meeting as part of the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and related meetings (Photo: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – The 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting issued a Joint communiqué in Vientiane on July 24. The following is the full text of the joint communiqué. “JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 49th ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING VIENTIANE, 24 JULY 2016 ‘TURNING VISION INTO REALITY FOR A DYNAMIC ASEAN COMMUNITY’ We, the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), met on 24 July 2016 at the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, under the theme “Turning Vision into Reality for a Dynamic ASEAN Community”. His Excellency Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR, chaired the Meeting. ASEAN COMMUNITY BUILDING ASEAN Community Vision 2025 1. With the formal establishment of the ASEAN Community … [Read more...] about Joint Communiqué of the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting