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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Deputy PM Phạm Gia Khiêm receives Hong Kong Sunwah Group delegation

(08/05/2007-07:24:00 AM)
VNGOP – Deputy PM, Foreign Minister Phạm Gia Khiêm had a reception on May 07 to Mr. Jonathan CHI Koon-shum, President of the Hong Kong-based Sunwah Group, who is conducting a survey visit in Vietnam to seek for chances of business and investment. The Sunwah Group mainly engages in real asset, infrastructure, hi-technologies, agricultural development and eco-tourism.

Photo: VNGOP

The Deputy PM highly spoke of the Group's efforts and contributions in Vietnam over the past years. He lauded and encouraged the Group to expand its operation in Vietnam, functioning as the bridge for Hong Kong businesses and others to cooperate with Vietnamese partners.
During his visit to Vietnam, the Sunwah Group President has worked with many provinces, including Hanoi, Vĩnh Phúc, Huế and Hồ Chí Minh City as well as with the Ministries of Planning and Investment, and Finance. He also paid a visit to the Láng-Hòa Lạc Hi-tech Park.
Founded in 1957, Sunwah is an international group engaging in six fields of food processing, real estate, financial services, infrastructure, technology, and telecommunication.
Sunwah started its activities in Vietnam in 1970. At present, its major investment projects include the Sunwah Tower in Hồ Chí Minh City and the 10-ha Saigon Pearl Complex worth of US$ 400 million. It is also a main shareholder in the VinaCapital Investment Fund.
By Nguyên Hồ

APEC opens a seminar on bird flu in Hanoi
(08/05/2007-07:01:00 AM)
VNGOP - A workshop on the implementation of APEC’s action plan to prevent and fight against bird flu: progress review and building capacity for future work was opened in Hanoi on May 7.

The workshop is Vietnam's initiative within the APEC Health Task Force. It was attended by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the APEC Health Task Force, representatives of 21 APEC member economies and international organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the UN Development Program (UNDP), Hệ thống Điều phối Liên hiệp quốc về cúm gia cầm (UNIS).
The workshop aims to review the realization of APEC's action plan on avian flu approved by the APEC Ministerial Meeting held in Đà Nẵng in 2006, and give recommendations on capacity building and promoting cooperation in the fight against bird flu in the region. The workshop is expected to be the foundation for the APEC Health Task Force to make report which will be submitted to the 3rd APEC Senior Leaders' Meeting scheduled on June 22-July 3, 2007 and the APEC Health Ministers' Meeting on June 7-8, 2007. This is a significant diplomatic activity to fruitfully realize the Vietnam APEC Year 2006, improving Vietnam's status after the APEC Year 2006.
By Xuân Hoàng

Hải Phòng City to become a modern industrial and service center
(07/05/2007-07:01:00 AM)
VNGOP - PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng and the Government delegation paid a working visit to Hải Phòng City on May 06 to discuss the agenda on the city's socio-economic development in 2007 and the following years.

PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng and his entourage inspect the Đình Vũ–Cát Hải Economic Zone
Photo: VNGOP

Over the past years, Hải Phòng has actively collaborated with various ministries and sectors in realizing 18 projects on financial regime, planning the development of transport infrastructure, national defense, and marine economy… The City is building Bạch Long Vĩ Island a fishery service and processing center, Cát Bà Island and Đồ Sơn Beach the country's tourist attractions.

PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng works with leaders of Hải Phòng
Photo: VNGOP

Praising Hải Phòng's efforts and achievements in various fields, PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng said that the city's development is not really corresponding to its potentialities. The Government leader pointed out what the city should do to obtain a fast and sustainable development, becoming a modern industrial center prior to 2020.
The PM stressed the need to build Hải Phòng a big service and industrial center and the country's major gateway for international and regional trade. It is necessary to focus on such industries as shipbuilding, steel rolling, supportive industries, financial service, banking, and seaport, he suggested.
With the city's advantages and in the favorable conditions of the country, the city government should renew their way of thinking to mobilize investment capitals from the whole society rather than rely on State budget. The PM asked the city's agencies and bodies to seriously consider and find out the reasons of ineffective attraction of direct investment. According to the PM, it is important to promote administrative reform, especially administrative procedures, which is a vital measure to increase foreign investment. Attention should be paid to education, vocational training, and job generation, he added.
By Xuân Hồng