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Phu Quoc authorities order removal of illegal constructions in protected maritime areas

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Authorities on Phu Quoc, a popular tourist island off the coast of southern Vietnam’s Kien Giang Province, have ordered the removal of illegal constructions in the island’s protected maritime areas following the report of Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper last week.

On Tuesday, Phu Quoc leaders inspected the illegal works in protected maritime areas in the southern and eastern parts of the island.

At Roi Islet, the delegation examined barges used to raise ornamental fish owned by Ngoc Trai Ngoc Hien Phu Quoc Company.

Ho Phi Thuy, the firm’s director, admitted that his company had operated the barges, as well as renovated the seabed, for tourism purposes without obtaining a license from local authorities.

Thuy expressed his wish that the authorities would provide guidance so that his company could operate in accordance with regulations.

The officials also inspected SEAWORLD – an old ferry that is currently used as a restaurant. The SEAWORLD owner was not present during the inspection.

After identifying that the restaurant was situated above a coral reef, Phung Quang Hung, chairman of the Phu Quoc People’s Committee ordered relevant authorities to shut down both the restaurant and coral-watching services in the area.

Businesses will only be allowed to resume operations once they obtain legitimate permits and are able to ensure safety for tourists, the chairman stressed.

Officials inspect a floating restaurant docked above a coral reef on Phu Quoc Island off southern Vietnam, August 16, 2022. Photo: Son Lam / Tien Phong

Officials inspect a floating restaurant docked above a coral reef on Phu Quoc Island off southern Vietnam, August 16, 2022. Photo: Son Lam / Tien Phong

At May Rut Trong Islet, the delegation examined a footbridge that was being constructed by Minh Huy Phu Quoc Tourism & Trade Company.

Diep Nguyen Quoc, the company’s director, admitted that the construction was illegal and said he would have it removed.

Secretary of the Phu Quoc Party Committee Tong Phuoc Truong also ordered the dismantling of illegal over-water bungalows off Ham Ninh Commune.

“If the businesses fail to dismantle these constructions within the given period, we’ll do it ourselves,” Truong asserted.

According to chairman Hung, the number of visitors to Phu Quoc Island soared over 160 percent following the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in rapid tourism development and prompting various challenges for the island, including environmental pollution and unlawful construction.

Several gangs have also taken advantage of the situation and started ‘protection’ rackets, creating a serious threat to social order and security.

Another major obstacle for Phu Quoc is traffic congestion caused by weekend visitors, while authorities are also facing difficulties in ensuring sufficient electricity and water supply for the island.  

“We have proposed that the central government adjust its development plan for Phu Quoc until 2040 in order to attract more investors and allow for a level of development on the island that aligns with tourism needs,” the official stated.

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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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Reclamation of land for Ho Chi Minh City airport’s new terminal proposed

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed the municipal People’s Committee take back 14.7 hectares of military land in Tan Binh District to accommodate the new T3 terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

In particular, the department made a proposal to reclaim the land in Wards 4, 12, and 15 of Tan Binh District from Division 370 and Brigade 918 of the Air Defense and Air Force Service under the Ministry of National Defense.

The proposal was made pursuant to Article 62(2)(c) of the 2013 Land Law, stipulating the reclamation of land for the development of national traffic infrastructure projects.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment also suggested chairs of Wards 4, 12, and 15 send decisions to take back the land to Division 370 and Brigade 918.

Meanwhile, the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District will have to adopt compensation policies and hold a ceremony to receive the land and hand it over to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) to build the terminal.

In addition, Division 370 and Brigade 918 should hand over the land to the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District in line with the law.

The municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment will also submit a plan to hand over the land to the Southern Airports Authority to the municipal People’s Committee for consideration and approval.

The land reclamation decision will be uploaded on the portal of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee after being issued.

The T3 terminal project at Tan Son Nhat International Airport was approved in 2020 with an estimated price tag of nearly VND11 trillion (US$450 million), funded by the ACV.

Obstacles in the handover of the military land has slowed the execution of the project.

In July this year, the government issued a resolution to remove the obstacles, asking the Ministry of National Defense to hand over 16.05 hectares of land for the project in two phases.

In the first phase, some 14.7 hectares of land would be handed over right after the issuance of the resolution. Meanwhile, the remainder would be taken back after the settlement of Vietstar Airlines Multirole Corporation’s assets.

The city and relevant agencies planned to hold a ceremony to hand over the land in the first phase on October 19 but failed due to the Air Defense and Air Force Service’s disagreement.

To promptly conduct the terminal project as required by the prime minister, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on October 26 proposed that the General Staff of the Ministry of National Defense hand over the land in the first phase so that the ACV can execute the project.

The T3 terminal project is designed to have an annual capacity of 20 million passengers. Once completed, the terminal together with the T1 and T2 terminals can serve 50 million passengers per year.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee will approve the compensation and site clearance plan for the project soon.

Work on the terminal project is expected to start on December 15-25 if the site clearance work is favorable.

In July this year, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh required the Ministry of Transport to direct relevant agencies to complete procedures to kick off the project in the third quarter of this year and complete it in September 2024, Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported.

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed the municipal People’s Committee take back 14.7 hectares of military land in Tan Binh District to accommodate the new T3 terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

In particular, the department made a proposal to reclaim the land in Wards 4, 12, and 15 of Tan Binh District from Division 370 and Brigade 918 of the Air Defense and Air Force Service under the Ministry of National Defense.

The proposal was made pursuant to Article 62(2)(c) of the 2013 Land Law, stipulating the reclamation of land for the development of national traffic infrastructure projects.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment also suggested chairs of Wards 4, 12, and 15 send decisions to take back the land to Division 370 and Brigade 918.

Meanwhile, the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District will have to adopt compensation policies and hold a ceremony to receive the land and hand it over to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) to build the terminal.

In addition, Division 370 and Brigade 918 should hand over the land to the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District in line with the law.

The municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment will also submit a plan to hand over the land to the Southern Airports Authority to the municipal People’s Committee for consideration and approval.

The land reclamation decision will be uploaded on the portal of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee after being issued.

The T3 terminal project at Tan Son Nhat International Airport was approved in 2020 with an estimated price tag of nearly VND11 trillion (US$450 million), funded by the ACV.

Obstacles in the handover of the military land has slowed the execution of the project.

In July this year, the government issued a resolution to remove the obstacles, asking the Ministry of National Defense to hand over 16.05 hectares of land for the project in two phases.

In the first phase, some 14.7 hectares of land would be handed over right after the issuance of the resolution. Meanwhile, the remainder would be taken back after the settlement of Vietstar Airlines Multirole Corporation’s assets.

The city and relevant agencies planned to hold a ceremony to hand over the land in the first phase on October 19 but failed due to the Air Defense and Air Force Service’s disagreement.

To promptly conduct the terminal project as required by the prime minister, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on October 26 proposed that the General Staff of the Ministry of National Defense hand over the land in the first phase so that the ACV can execute the project.

The T3 terminal project is designed to have an annual capacity of 20 million passengers. Once completed, the terminal together with the T1 and T2 terminals can serve 50 million passengers per year.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee will approve the compensation and site clearance plan for the project soon.

Work on the terminal project is expected to start on December 15-25 if the site clearance work is favorable.

In July this year, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh required the Ministry of Transport to direct relevant agencies to complete procedures to kick off the project in the third quarter of this year and complete it in September 2024, Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported.

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