Thua Thien Hue strives to become centrally run city by 2025


Hanoi: Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha has signed a decision approving a plan to turn Thua Thien Hue into a centrally run city by 2025 and a typical heritage city of Vietnam by 2030.

To realise the goal, Thua Thien Hue will develop synchronous and modern infrastructure, especially in the fields of transportation, smart urban areas, and natural disaster prevention.

The province will promote its potential and strategic location – the gateway to the East – West economic corridor with unique culture and history, focusing on tangible and intangible cultural heritage recognised by UNESCO while tapping diverse natural resources of the Huong River, Ngu Mountain, and Tam Giang – Cau Hai Lagoon.

Thua Thien Hue has identified breakthrough stages including developing a heritage urban system combining modern, smart urban areas on the basis of preserving and promoting heritage values. The city will also take advantage of coastal urban areas and implement high economic competitiveness, and adaptation to climate change
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Another focus is building Thua Thien Hue into a strong marine economic centre in the country, accelerating the growth of processing, manufacturing and electricity production industries from green energy sources. The province also prioritises attracting large high-tech projects with high value-added potential.

According to the plan, Thua Thien Hue will have three urban centres, including the city of Hue, the northwest region and the southeast region. In particular, the city of Hue is divided into the northern and southern districts on either side of the Huong River.

The urban area in the northwest includes Phong Dien town, Quang Dien and A Luoi districts, of which Phong Dien serves as a central urban area associated with Dien Loc Port and Phong Dien Industrial Park. Industrial urban development is the driving force in the north of the province, and a gateway to Quang Tri, Quang Binh provinces and countries in the Mekong sub-region.

The southeast urban area comprises Phu Vang district, Phu Loc district, N
am Dong district, developing Chan May area into a tier-3 urban area – a smart, modern city associated with Chan May – Lang Co Economic Zone.

The province will focus on three growth drivers, namely the Complex of Hue Monuments, the Chan May-Lang Co Economic Zone and the Phong Dien Industrial Park.

Thua Thien Hue aims to have an average economic growth rate of up to 10% a year by 2030 and an average GRDP per capita of 6,000 USD, along with an urbanisation rate of 70%. The province also strives to lead the country in the Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI), and the Administrative Reform Index (PAR Index)./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

World largest Clipper Race sailors to race in Ha Long Bay


Quang Ninh: The iconic Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is coming to Ha Long Bay, Vietnam’s northeastern province of Quang Ninh, for the first time in its history on February 21 with the dramatic arrival of the world’s largest matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racing yachts.

The UNESCO world heritage bay has been selected as one of the ports on the competition’s epic 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation which gathers over 700 crew members.

The 2023-24 race began in late summer 2023. The route is divided into eight legs and 16 individual races including six ocean crossings. Sailors can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select one or multiple legs.

Yachts left the Coral Sea Marina Resort in Queensland, Australia on February 14 and are due to arrive at Ha Long Bay on February 21 before departing for Jiuzhou Port in Guangdong, China on March 2.

Entitled Endless Discovery in Ha Long Bay, the Vietnamese destination is on the fifth leg within the Asia-Pacific Challenge, where sailors will take part
in the race and different activities during the 10-day event.

Among participants, skipper Josh Stickland will guide team Ha Long Bay – Vietnam into its home port amidst the stunning backdrop of Ha Long Bay.

A clipper was named ‘Ha Long Bay – Vietnam’ at a ceremony held in London following a cooperation agreement between the Quang Ninh provincial People’s Committee and Clipper Ventures on August 29, 2019.

The host crew gathers about 60 members of different nationalities from 27 to 73 years old. They will take turns to compete in different legs.

‘We’re reaching the midway point, and it’s been five years in the making for me to get to Vietnam. So, I just hope we finish in a good position and do the partner justice,” Stickland said.

‘As a team we have had a lot of ups and downs which has shown in our results, the team have grown and become self-sufficient at running the boat, which is all I can ask for. I’m really happy with where they are and how they are managing the boat, so hopefully we can show that in
the results.”

After four legs, Ha Long Bay – Vietnam placed sixth with 40 points.

Supporters and tourists can follow the event by visiting the Clipper Race Fanzone, where they can learn about this incredible adventure and how they can get involved.

The fanzone will also feature the Quang Ninh Tourism and Agriculture Products Exhibition, where visitors can discover the rich culture and natural beauty of this province, sample local delicacies such as seafood, honey, tea and wine, as well as learn about the various travel programmes that Quang Ninh offers.

They are also suggested to bring family to step on board a Clipper 70 stripped down ocean racing yacht; and take an above and below deck tour with the crew that will call these yachts home for the next seven months.

On deck, they can test their skills on one of the eleven winches that hoist the sails up the 29m mast and explore the Nav Station, galley, bunks and stowage to see where the 20 race crew members live when off watch.

On land, visitors can imme
rse themselves in the local culture, join in a spectacular dance display, witness the vibrant colours, rhythms and traditions of this beautiful region, as well as learn about the provincial history and people.

The Clipper Race was first organised in 1996 in the UK. Since then, almost 6,000 race crew from all walks of life and more than 60 nations have trained and raced in the race.

The Clipper Race is the only competition in the world where the organisers supply a fleet of identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper and first mate to safely guide the crew. Crews complete four levels of intense ocean racer training before they compete.

It is considered one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Two Vietnamese referees to officiate at 2024 AFC U20 Women’s Asian Cup finals


Hanoi: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has appointed two female referees of Vietnam to the final round of the 2024 AFC U20 Women’s Asian Cup in Uzbekistan, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) said on February 16.

Le Thi Ly from Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Thi Phuong from the northern city of Hai Phuong will work as main referee and referee assistant of the matches, to take place in Tashkent city from February 28 to March 17.

In January, Ly and Phuong were also appointed by the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) to officiate the match between the women’s national football teams of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Japan scheduled for February 24 in Pyongyang, the DPRK.

Ly is one of the three female referees acknowledged by FIFA in Vietnam and she concurrently serves as senior referee of the AFC.

In 2023, she was appointed to officiate in various football events, including the first qualifying round of AFC U20 Women’s Asian Cup from March 6 -13 in Thailand, the
32nd SEA Games in Cambodia, the second qualifying round of AFC U20 Women’s Asian Cup in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian U19 Football Championship in Indonesia, Asian Games 19 in Wenzhou (China), the second qualifying round of the 2024 Paris Olympics in China, and the AFC Women’s Club Championship in Chonburi, Thailand./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

New vitality in border land of Cao Bang after 1979 northern border defence war


Cao Bang: The 1979 northern border defence war ended a long time ago but the memory of this event has never faded in the minds of locals and veterans who fought to protect the northern border in Cao Bang province.

During the war, Cao Bang’s economic infrastructure was severely damaged. However, the officers, soldiers and people of Cao Bang have overcome difficulties and united to build a province of peace and prosperity.

Thanks to the attention and investment of the Party and the State, Cao Bang has got a facelift. The provincial authorities have made efforts to promote socio-economic development and improve people’s living standards. The locality has effectively implemented national target programmes, focusing on agro-forestry development, promoting economic restructuring and poverty reduction.

Cao Bang aims for the development of the border economy and the tourism economy as spearheads. The province’s foreign trade reached nearly 700 million USD in 2023, up 10% year-on-year. The number of tourists coming
to Cao Bang was estimated at 1.9 million, 12% higher than its annual plan and an increase of 23% from pre-COVID-19 period in 2019. Among them, 34,000 were foreign tourists.

According to Hoang Xuan Anh, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, Cao Bang has focused on improving its transport infrastructure to accelerate its socio-economic development and facilitate its exchanges with other localities in the region.

He said that attention has also been paid to the development of the border economy. Since 2021, it has granted licences to nine projects in the border economic zone with a total registered capital of more than 437 billion VND (1.78 million USD).

Now the province has 64 domestic and foreign investment projects capitalised at 9.6 trillion VND, of which 43 are operational./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Cloudy skies, isolated rains across PH on SaturdayVietnamese, Chinese localities work to promote cooperation

MANILA: Most parts of the country, including Metro Manila, will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms caused by the easterlies, the weather bureau said Saturday.

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon affecting extreme Northern Luzon will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over Batanes and the Babuyan Islands, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 4 a.m. bulletin.

Moderate to strong winds and moderate to rough coastal waters will continue to prevail over the eastern sections of the country, while the rest of the archipelago will have light to moderate winds and slight to moderate seas.

The temperature in Metro Manila will range from 23°C to 32°C; Baguio City, 16°C to 24°C; Laoag City, 21°C to 32°C; Legazpi City, 24°C to 31°C; Metro Cebu, 25°C to 32°C; Puerto Princesa City, 25°C to 32°C; and Metro Davao, 24°C to 31°C.

Source: Philippines News Agency

Hanoi: Over the past years, the northern province of Lang Son has actively promoted the effectiveness of friendly exchanges, and cooperation programmes and mechanisms with China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Agencies and localities of both sides have maintained regular exchanges and concretised cooperation contents.

Lang Son shares a 231.7km borderline with China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It is also an important gateway in exchange activities between Vietnam and China, as well as between the ASEAN region and China, not only in economy and trade but also in culture.

Lang Son and Guangxi have effectively coordinated in preventing and combating the COVID-19 pandemic as a basis for maintaining customs clearance activities, stepping up economic cooperation, upgrading border gates, and promoting import and export of goods, border management and collaboration in combating crime and illegal immigration across the border, thus building a border area of peace, friendship, cooperation and development.

The two sides have maintained regular exchanges and meetings between their senior leaders, and directed border districts and towns to increase contacts and promote cooperation.

Existing mechanisms and activities have been promoted such as the spring meeting between the Secretaries of the Party Committees of Vietnam’s Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Cao Bang and Ha Giang provinces and the Secretary of Guangxi province’s Party Committee, the Joint Committee mechanism between the four border provinces of Vietnam and China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and periodic meetings and talks between departments, agencies, organisations, competent forces, districts and cities of the two sides.

The two sides create favourable conditions for people in border areas to enhance traditional neighbourliness, visit relatives, boost business cooperation and goods exchanges, and establish friendly relations between residential clusters.

Five border districts and Lang Son city of the province have established international friendly di
strict/town relations and 12 Lang Son villages have signed “village friendship” agreements with their counterparts in Guangxi. Cultural-sports and youth exchange activities have been maintained. In addition, the two sides have also actively implemented effective external relations activities and international cooperation in the fields of tourism, education and training, labour, agro-forestry, science-technology, and finance.

Last year, the Party Committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee and agencies of Lang Son province signed 12 agreements and memoranda of understanding with partners from Guangxi, creating a foundation for restoring comprehensive cooperation between agencies and sectors of the two sides in various fields after the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Lang Son’s Department of Foreign Affairs, in the coming time, the two sides will continue to effectively implement the common perceptions reached by the two countries’ high-ranking Party and State leaders, as well as to enhance exchanges and
cooperation between their agencies and localities in various fields./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam’s publications introduced at Cuban International Book Fair


Havana: The Vietnamese pavilion at the 32nd Havana International Book Fair has displayed about 100 books and publications about President Ho Chi Minh, the revolutionary cause and renewal process Vietnam as well as its country and people.

Among those, there are many publications from the Vietnam News Agency.

The Vietnamese space is expected to help Cuban and international friends understand more about the country, people, culture, innovation and development of the Southeast Asian nation.

The fair, the island’s biggest festival and the most attended event in Cuba, opened on February 16, attracting literature lovers from 45 countries and territories, including Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Argentina and Palestine, among others.

The 10-day event welcomes domestic and international readers, authors, publishers, librarians, and celebrities who seek to experience the unique identity of this fair, which has no comparison with events of this kind in other latitudes.

In this 32nd edition, more than 1,000 titles – both
printed and digital – will be placed in the hands of the public. More than three million copies will be available to the public throughout Cuba. Digital books may be downloaded free of charge in their presentations.

First held in 1982, the annual fair is an opportunity to popularise reading culture, particularly among youngsters./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency