Tree planting campaign launched to grow Vietnam’s green, sustainable development

Hanoi: The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on February 21 launched a tree planting campaign at the Tay Yen Tu spiritual and ecological tourism complex in Son Dong district, the northern province of Bac Giang.

On this occasion, organisers planted 100 perennial and rare trees with high economic value.

Addressing the launching ceremony, Minister Dang Quoc Khanh noted that since it was initiated by late President Ho Chi Minh in 1959, the tree planting campaign has become a fine tradition in Vietnam every spring.

Responding to the beloved President’s appeal, the Party and the State have issued many specific programmes and plans on forest protection and development, and environmental protection, he added, referring to a project to plant one billion trees during the 2021-2025 period approved by the Prime Minister.

The campaign contributes to demonstrating Vietnam’s strong resolve to reach its target of net zero emissions by 2050 and respond to the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (202
1-2030) – a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature, the minister continued.

He called on agencies, localities, people and international organisations in Vietnam to join the campaign, for a green and safe Vietnam with rapid, sustainable development.

Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Bac Giang province Le O Pich said the locality has so far planted 19 million scattered trees and 30,000 hectares of concentrated forests, with the forest coverage rate standing at 37.8%.

Nearly 770 million trees have been planted nationwide under the above-said project./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Nearly 42 million USD raised to bring warm Tet to disadvantaged people

Hanoi: The Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) said that its ‘Tet Nhan Ai’ (Humane Tet) campaign raised over 1.03 trillion VND (nearly 42 million USD) to support 1.52 million disadvantaged people across the nation on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival 2024.

The VRCS Central Committee allocated as much as 13.32 billion VND in cash and 1.98 billion VND worth of essential items to the needy in 34 cities and provinces.

Besides the gifts, there were Tet fairs held as part of the campaign.

President of the VRCS Central Committee Bui Thi Hoa said thanks to the effective communications work, the event received enthusiastic response from the society, adding it was rolled out with an array of practical activities./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam, Thailand strengthen education cooperation

Bangkok: A conference to bolster education collaboration between Vietnam and Thailand was held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand, the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association (TVFA) in Bangkok on February 21.

The event drew the participation of representatives from the Thai universities, Thai enterprises who are operating in Vietnam, as well as Vietnamese and Thai students.

In his speech, Vietnamese Ambassador Phan Chi Thanh laid stress on the necessity to discuss bilateral cooperation across education and human resources training in preparation for the increasingly developing Vietnam – Thailand ties.

He expressed his belief that there will be more Vietnamese students pursuing study in Thailand after they get more information on Thai education establishments, adding both sides should enhance cooperation to increase the number of Vietnamese students in Thailand to 5,000 in the future.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and President of the TVFA Sanan Ang
ubolkul affirmed education has an important role to play in each country’s growth and development.

He said the conference not only promoted academic cooperation but also offered an opportunity for enterprises of both sides to strengthen their bonds.

According to Thai Ambassador to Vietnam Nikorndej Balankura, who engaged in the conference via video, the Thai Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, and many universities present several scholarships to excellent Vietnamese students every year.

Vietnam graduates have numerous chances to get employment at international and Thai enterprises, he added.

Participants at the event shared information on Vietnam’s education market, Thai corporations’ labour demand as well as studying life in Thailand.

Vice Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Director Manager of Bangkok Bank in Vietnam Tharabodee Serng-Adichaiwit told the Vietnam News Agency said as Thai businesses have plans to expand their operations in Vietnam, they are in need of
Vietnamese labourers, especially those who have a deep understanding of the Thai culture.

HR Director at Thai SCG Chemicals Napit Teparak spoke highly of the Vietnamese labourers for their talent and willingness to learn to improve themselves, describing the qualities as the strength of the Vietnamese manpower.

According to data from the Thai Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Vietnam ranks fifth among foreign student communities in Thailand, following China, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Visit Vietnam Year – Dien Bien 2024 promises endless experiences

Hanoi: In association with the 70th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory (May 7, 1954 – 2024), Visit Vietnam Year – Dien Bien 2024 is expected to bring endless experiences to tourists, heard a press conference in Hanoi on February 21.

There will be 169 programmes and events throughout the year, comprising 13 national ones to be held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and other agencies, 28 by host Dien Bien province, and 128 by 33 other provinces and centrally-run cities, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Trinh Thi Thuy said.

Organisers believed that Visit Vietnam Year – Dien Bien 2024 will help promote tourism values and potential of Dien Bien province, the northwestern region and Vietnam at large, thus helping to turn tourism into a spearhead economic sector, she noted.

Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dien Bien province Vu A Bang said the locality expects to welcome 1.3 million tourists this year, and earn some 2.2 trillion VND (89.66 million USD) from tourism.

2023, Dien Bien served a record number of more than 1 million visitors, up nearly 25% year-on-year, surpassing the yearly plan by 7%, with 7,500 international holidaymakers, according to the official.

A highlight of Visit Vietnam Year – Dien Bien 2024 is the Ban Flower Festival, set to open on March 14 in coincidence with the opening ceremony of the year. There will be also a special art programme and a high-altitude fireworks display on May 6 evening and a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory on May 7./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency