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New bridge over Sài Gòn River opens to traffic

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A view of the newly opened Thủ Thiêm 2 Bridge in HCM City. — VNA/ Photo Tiến Lực

HCM CITY — The Thủ Thiêm 2 Bridge that spans the Sài Gòn River, connecting District 1 and Thủ Đức City, officially opened to traffic on Thursday.

The 1.5-km, six-lane bridge links the city’s downtown area with the Thủ Thiêm New Urban Area, designated as the new financial and innovative hub of the city. After seven years of construction, the bridge is open to use by all vehicles except container trucks.

Speaking at the bridge’s inauguration ceremony, HCM City Chairman Phan Văn Mãi said the project will complete the city’s main traffic axis and attract investments needed to fully develop the new urban area before 2030.

“The completion of Thủ Thiêm 2 Bridge is meaningful, especially at a time that HCM City is trying to recover from the impacts of COVID-19,” he said.

Lauding the efforts of the city and investors who have overcome difficulties caused by the pandemic to complete the project, Deputy Prime Minister Lê Minh Khái said that in the near future, the Central Government will focus investments on strengthening the region’s transport infrastructure with major projects such as Ring Road 3, HCM City – Chơn Thành expressway and other significant works connecting with the Mekong Delta region.

At VNĐ3.1 trillion (US$134.54 million), the bridge is easily the most expensive of all bridges that have been constructed in the city in recent years.

The build-operate project starts at the Tôn Đức Thắng – Lê Duẩn intersection in District 1, crosses the Sài Gòn River and connects with the Arc Boulevard (route R1) in the Thủ Thiêm New Urban Area.

On the District 1 side, vehicles can go straight in the direction of Tôn Đức Thắng onto Thủ Thiêm 2 Bridge from Lê Duẩn Street. From Đồng Khởi Street, they can follow Tôn Đức Thắng Street, turn to Võ Văn Kiệt, go under Khánh Hội Bridge and turn back to Tôn Đức Thắng before following N2 branch to the new bridge.

On the Thủ Thiêm side, cars and other vehicles will go on Mai Chí Thọ Street, cross Tố Hữu Street to the R12 line to get to the Thủ Thiêm 2 bridge. From the direction of the Thủ Thiêm 1 bridge, vehicles will go straight from Nguyễn Cơ Thạch Street to Tố Hữu Street and then turn into R12 street.

HCM City has approved plans for a total of four bridges, besides the existing tunnel under the river, to further connect its downtown with the Thủ Thiêm Area. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1176704/new-bridge-over-sai-gon-river-opens-to-traffic.html

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UNESCO recognizes pottery art of Vietnam’s Cham ethnic group

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The pottery art of Vietnam’s Cham ethnic group has been included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.

This is one of the main items on the agenda of the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week.

This year, four traditions were added to the list.

As for Vietnam, this is the first Vietnamese traditional craft to be honored on the UNESCO list.

However, the Cham people’s pottery is the 15th intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam to be included in such a list, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO of the 2003 Convention in the Kingdom of Morocco. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

Vietnam attended the conference as a state member of the committee, which was elected by state parties gathered in the general assembly according to the principles of equitable geographical representation and rotation. 

This is the second time in the last ten years that Vietnam has become a member of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention. The Southeast Asian country’s term lasts from 2022 to 2027.

According to the resolution adopted at the conference, the UNESCO committee classified the pottery art of the Cham people in Vietnam as intangible world cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

In addition, three other traditions have been honored, including the black pottery art of Chile’s Quinchamali and Santa Cruz de Cuca, the traditional stonework of the Ahlat in Turkey, and the Xhubleta, or skills, crafts, and forms of use from Albania that relate to an Albanian traditional costume. 

According to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Vietnamese documents on the pottery art of the Cham ethnic group show that the tradition meets the standards set by the committee for intangible cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

Cham pottery art is cultivated by women who make pottery without a potter’s wheel and decorate it with enamel.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine, Bau Truc Street, Phuoc Dan City, Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery art.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of the pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine in Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam is shown in this photo, provided the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

Practicing and passing on the art of pottery helps Cham women play a more important role in modern society.

In addition, the tradition helps to preserve the art of traditional folklore performance and communication, including the special ritual in honor of the first founder of the craft Po Klaong Can.

Currently, there are only a few craftsmen, potters, and apprentices left in two Cham villages.

Although many efforts have been made to preserve and maintain the pottery craft, the Cham tradition is threatened with extinction for various reasons.

One of the challenges is urbanization, which has a tremendous impact on the space and landscape of traditional craft villages. 

There is still no planning strategy for an area where pottery is produced, and the cost of raw materials is still high.

What is more, the oldest craftsmen are gradually dying out and there are few young people who want to continue the traditional crafts of their ancestors.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo provided by the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

UNESCO’s decision to include Vietnamese pottery in the list of intangible cultural heritage in urgent need of protection shows that the United Nations recognizes the diversity of cultural characteristics of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.

The listing also promotes the role of women in modern society and respect for the diversity of cultural expressions, which is in line with the goals and principles that UNESCO has always upheld.

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The pottery art of Vietnam’s Cham ethnic group has been included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.

This is one of the main items on the agenda of the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week.

This year, four traditions were added to the list.

As for Vietnam, this is the first Vietnamese traditional craft to be honored on the UNESCO list.

However, the Cham people’s pottery is the 15th intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam to be included in such a list, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO of the 2003 Convention in the Kingdom of Morocco. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

The Vietnamese delegation attends the 17th Conference of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention in the Moroccan capital of Rabat last week. Photo: Dinh Van Hanh / Tien Phong

Vietnam attended the conference as a state member of the committee, which was elected by state parties gathered in the general assembly according to the principles of equitable geographical representation and rotation. 

This is the second time in the last ten years that Vietnam has become a member of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention. The Southeast Asian country’s term lasts from 2022 to 2027.

According to the resolution adopted at the conference, the UNESCO committee classified the pottery art of the Cham people in Vietnam as intangible world cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

In addition, three other traditions have been honored, including the black pottery art of Chile’s Quinchamali and Santa Cruz de Cuca, the traditional stonework of the Ahlat in Turkey, and the Xhubleta, or skills, crafts, and forms of use from Albania that relate to an Albanian traditional costume. 

According to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Vietnamese documents on the pottery art of the Cham ethnic group show that the tradition meets the standards set by the committee for intangible cultural heritage that needs urgent protection.

Cham pottery art is cultivated by women who make pottery without a potter’s wheel and decorate it with enamel.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine, Bau Truc Street, Phuoc Dan City, Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery art.

The ritual to honor the ancestors of the pottery art at Po Klaong Can Shrine in Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam is shown in this photo, provided the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

Practicing and passing on the art of pottery helps Cham women play a more important role in modern society.

In addition, the tradition helps to preserve the art of traditional folklore performance and communication, including the special ritual in honor of the first founder of the craft Po Klaong Can.

Currently, there are only a few craftsmen, potters, and apprentices left in two Cham villages.

Although many efforts have been made to preserve and maintain the pottery craft, the Cham tradition is threatened with extinction for various reasons.

One of the challenges is urbanization, which has a tremendous impact on the space and landscape of traditional craft villages. 

There is still no planning strategy for an area where pottery is produced, and the cost of raw materials is still high.

What is more, the oldest craftsmen are gradually dying out and there are few young people who want to continue the traditional crafts of their ancestors.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo of the panel preparing the documents on Cham pottery.

Children learn to make pottery in the village of Bau Truc in a photo provided by the panel preparing the documents on the Cham pottery art.

UNESCO’s decision to include Vietnamese pottery in the list of intangible cultural heritage in urgent need of protection shows that the United Nations recognizes the diversity of cultural characteristics of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.

The listing also promotes the role of women in modern society and respect for the diversity of cultural expressions, which is in line with the goals and principles that UNESCO has always upheld.

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Vietnam, Singapore join hands to support firms in Vietnam in industrial digital transformation

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The National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development under the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with Becamex IDC Corporation, which represents Vietnamese and Singaporean partners, to develop a start-up ecosystem and support industrial digital transformation in Vietnam.

The signing ceremony was part of the framework of the on-going Techfest Vietnam 2022, a national innovation start-up fest taking place between December 2 and 4 in the southern province of Binh Duong.

It was witnessed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, leaders of ministries, agencies and Binh Duong Province, and Singaporean partners.

The cooperation is aimed at building specific programs to support start-ups to turn their ideas into reality, innovate their production models to increase the value added of their products, and boost connectivity among enterprises as well as the innovative start-up ecosystem.

An innovation center will be established in Binh Duong by Becamex IDC, Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) Joint Venture Co. Ltd., Eastern International University, and Singaporean partners, including Singapore Polytechnic and the Smart i4.0 Transformation Alliance.

The center will include labs and equipment to support innovators and enterprises in research and innovation.

In addition, with the support of experienced partners from Singapore, the center will help enterprises improve and renovate their production with existing machines and production lines to increase governance efficiency, labor productivity, and value added.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Chinh applauded the efforts of the Ministries of Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs, the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province, as well as other relevant agencies for holding a festival to connect and motivate youngsters, enterprises, experts, managers, and policymakers.

He said after the government issued a plan to support the national innovative start-up ecosystem until 2025, most cities and provinces have drawn up action plans and set up innovative centers, and many of them have done the job well, such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Binh Duong.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province Vo Van Minh said as the province is a bright spot in attracting foreign investment in Vietnam, it is now home to more than 4,000 foreign direct investment projects and over 50,000 firms.

Binh Duong has a plan to boost the cooperation of the state, schools, and enterprises to overcome the middle-income trap, a situation in which a locality or a country attains a certain income and gets stuck at that level, while improving production and the competitiveness of Vietnamese enterprises in global value chains.

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The National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development under the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with Becamex IDC Corporation, which represents Vietnamese and Singaporean partners, to develop a start-up ecosystem and support industrial digital transformation in Vietnam.

The signing ceremony was part of the framework of the on-going Techfest Vietnam 2022, a national innovation start-up fest taking place between December 2 and 4 in the southern province of Binh Duong.

It was witnessed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, leaders of ministries, agencies and Binh Duong Province, and Singaporean partners.

The cooperation is aimed at building specific programs to support start-ups to turn their ideas into reality, innovate their production models to increase the value added of their products, and boost connectivity among enterprises as well as the innovative start-up ecosystem.

An innovation center will be established in Binh Duong by Becamex IDC, Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) Joint Venture Co. Ltd., Eastern International University, and Singaporean partners, including Singapore Polytechnic and the Smart i4.0 Transformation Alliance.

The center will include labs and equipment to support innovators and enterprises in research and innovation.

In addition, with the support of experienced partners from Singapore, the center will help enterprises improve and renovate their production with existing machines and production lines to increase governance efficiency, labor productivity, and value added.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Chinh applauded the efforts of the Ministries of Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs, the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province, as well as other relevant agencies for holding a festival to connect and motivate youngsters, enterprises, experts, managers, and policymakers.

He said after the government issued a plan to support the national innovative start-up ecosystem until 2025, most cities and provinces have drawn up action plans and set up innovative centers, and many of them have done the job well, such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Binh Duong.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province Vo Van Minh said as the province is a bright spot in attracting foreign investment in Vietnam, it is now home to more than 4,000 foreign direct investment projects and over 50,000 firms.

Binh Duong has a plan to boost the cooperation of the state, schools, and enterprises to overcome the middle-income trap, a situation in which a locality or a country attains a certain income and gets stuck at that level, while improving production and the competitiveness of Vietnamese enterprises in global value chains.

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Vietnamese 12th grader dies while taking part in 200m run at school

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A twelfth grader from Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam died while taking part in a 200-meter run organized by his school last weekend, authorities confirmed on Sunday.

The deceased student is L.A.T., who studied in class 12A1 at Phu Cat 3 High School in Cat Hung Commune, Phu Cat District, according to Dao Duc Tuan, director of the provincial Department of Education and Training.

T. was a member of the school’s team for students who have talent for running.

On November 27, Phu Cat 3 High School organized a 200-meter run to prepare for the upcoming province-level sports competition.

T. was running when he suddenly fainted.

The school’s medical staff gave the student first aid before taking him to the commune’s medical station.

T. was given oxygen before being transferred to Binh Dinh General Hospital for emergency treatment, but he did not make it.

The local forensic agency and procuracy requested an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

However, the family believed that T. had died from a stroke and requested that no autopsy be carried out.

T.’s body was then taken home for funeral rites.

“Through external examinations, doctors concluded that T. was not affected by external forces during the run,” Tuan elaborated, adding that he did not collide with any other student.

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A twelfth grader from Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam died while taking part in a 200-meter run organized by his school last weekend, authorities confirmed on Sunday.

The deceased student is L.A.T., who studied in class 12A1 at Phu Cat 3 High School in Cat Hung Commune, Phu Cat District, according to Dao Duc Tuan, director of the provincial Department of Education and Training.

T. was a member of the school’s team for students who have talent for running.

On November 27, Phu Cat 3 High School organized a 200-meter run to prepare for the upcoming province-level sports competition.

T. was running when he suddenly fainted.

The school’s medical staff gave the student first aid before taking him to the commune’s medical station.

T. was given oxygen before being transferred to Binh Dinh General Hospital for emergency treatment, but he did not make it.

The local forensic agency and procuracy requested an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

However, the family believed that T. had died from a stroke and requested that no autopsy be carried out.

T.’s body was then taken home for funeral rites.

“Through external examinations, doctors concluded that T. was not affected by external forces during the run,” Tuan elaborated, adding that he did not collide with any other student.

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