VN-US issue joint statement as PM continues visit (27-06-2008) Washington — The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the United States of America issued a joint statement on the occasion of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to the US. The following is the full text of the joint statement: President George W. Bush welcomed Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to the United States of America and to the White House today for the fourth bilateral meeting between leaders of our two countries in as many years. The President and the Prime Minister discussed the progress made since they last met in Viet Nam in 2006 and committed to specific efforts to carry this increasingly-robust bilateral relationship forward. The two leaders agreed the relationship is based on a positive, growing friendship, mutual respect, and a shared commitment to pursuing constructive and multi-faceted cooperation on a wide range of issues that will contribute to the development of the depth of the … [Read more...] about VN-US issue joint statement as PM continues visit
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Several new trade pacts will help Vietnam attract more foreign investors next year as the country will become more open and better connected to some of the world's largest markets, economists say. Among the free trade agreements (FTAs), the pact with the EU and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are expected to bring the biggest opportunities for Vietnam in luring foreign investment, said economist Vo Tri Thanh. Investors in Vietnam could benefit from low tariffs and boost exports to top markets, including the EU, the US, Japan and Australia, he said. The newly-signed FTA with the EU, for instance, will remove more than 99 percent of tariffs on goods traded between the two economies over a period of seven years. Meanwhile, the TPP is expected to boost shipments within the bloc of 12 Pacific-rim nations, which accounts for 40 percent of the global economy. Negotiations on the deal have been recently completed and it is now pending the approval of the countries' legislatures. But … [Read more...] about Expect even stronger investment flows from EU, US in 2016: economists
Dong Khoi St is Saigon's historic main street. It's witnessed the city's changing fortunes since being carved out by French colonials in the 19th century. Throughout the decades of political strife that engulfed Vietnam after World War II, the physical character of Dong Khoi St barely changed. A visitor to Saigon in 1990 or even 2000 could walk a street barely altered in architectural terms since 1960. But that's now changing rapidly as the demolition of historic buildings threatens to rob Dong Khoi St of its unique architectural heritage and character. Each of Saigon's post World War II political shifts has been marked by a name change to the city's main street, now known as Dong Khoi St. The French colonial elite inaugurated the street as the Rue Catinat, a strip of upscale boutiques and cafés named after a naval ship that besieged Da Nang in the 19th century. In the 1950s, at the start of the brief, two decade existence of US-backed South Vietnam, Rue Catinat became Tu … [Read more...] about A bland future for Saigon’s main street?
The American Tourism Society (ATS) announced today that online registration is now open at www.AmericanTourismSociety.org for its Fall 2010 Annual Conference, which will take place in Kosovo, October 25-29 2010. ETurboNews is a proud media sponsor for the event. Situated as it is in the heart of the Balkans, this small, newly-independent country is generating a great deal of interest among tourists and tourism industry professionals alike. The ATS Fall Conference will showcase three of Kosovo's largest cities - Pristina, the capital and venue for the opening meetings; Peja, perhaps the nation's most picturesque city and the location for this year's ATS Tourism College and ATS Tourism Cares programs; and Prizren, offering an eclectic mix of Albanian, Ottoman, and Serbian cultural heritage. An optional post-conference tour to the neighboring nation of Albania will follow from October 29-31. Jan Rudomina, ATS vice president and member of the executive committee, who is the ATS 2010 … [Read more...] about American Tourism Society opens registration for its annual fall conference in Kosovo
Two photographers from very different cultures are sharing their visions of Ha Noi’s Janus faces – history and development – at a new exhibition which opened on February 12 in Ha Noi. The Ha Noi - Yesterday and Today exhibition is showcasing 38 photographs by Vietnamese and American photographers. — VNS Photo Minh Thu The show Ha Noi - Hom Qua va Hom Nay (Ha Noi - Yesterday and Today) includes 38 photos by Vietnamese photographer Tran Quoc Khanh and Lawrence Dattilio from the US. Khanh’s photos are in black and white and Dattilio’s in colour. All were taken over the past year. The show captures images of the past alongside driving modernisation in the capital, one visitor, a foreign student at the NationalUniversity says. "The pace of change going on in Ha Noi is clear in these photos," he says. Along with different styles and perspectives, the two artists choose different scenes to express how they feel about the changing cityscape. In … [Read more...] about Ha Noi photos show past, future