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Quang Binh intensifies measures against IUU fishing



The coastal central province of Quang Binh has been taking many measures to fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Quang Binh intensifies measures against IUU fishing hinh anh 1Up to 96% of the total offshore fishing vessels of Quang Binh province have installed vessel monitoring system (VMS) equipment. (Photo: VNA)

Quang Binh – The coastal
central province of Quang Binh has been taking many measures
to fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Together with the Government, ministries,
branches, agencies, and other localities in the effort to have the European
Commission’s “yellow card” warning against Vietnamese seafood removed, Quang
Binh has implemented the directives of the Government, issued guiding documents, and organised inspections on the fight.

In the first nine months of this year, nearly
70 conferences with about 4,700 participants were held in
the province. Nearly 5,000 ship owners and captains signed a
commitment not to violate fishing regulations. The province also distributed about
14,000 leaflets and materials on the issue.

Doan Ngoc Lam, Standing Vice Chairman of the
provincial People’s Committee, said departments, agencies and localities in the
province keep paying attention to deploying measures to prevent
and combat illegal fishing.

At the same time, units allocate resources to reorganise
fisheries exploitation activities in a sustainable and effective direction,
improving people’s lives.

The locality focuses on promoting offshore
fishing associated with strict implementation of regulations against IUU

The province also requests fishermen to
strictly comply with legal regulations in fisheries exploitation.

Leaders of localities, units and agencies are
urged to raise their roles and responsibility in the fight. Those who fail to fulfil their assignment will be strictly
disciplined and punished while those with good performance will get proper

Quang Binh province is one of the localities
with a strongly developed fishing fleet in Vietnam. More than 3,600 fishing
vessels, each with a length of 6 metres or more, have installed vessel monitoring system
(VMS) equipment, accounting for 96% of its total.

In 2022, the province’s seafood production
reached nearly 93,000 tonnes. It’s expected to increase to nearly 97,700 tonnes
this year./.



World’s best rice title cements Vietnamese rice quality: official



The title of the world’s best rice that Vietnam has recently claimed at the 15th world’s best rice competition held in the Philippines has proved the quality of the country’s grain in the international market, Nguyen Nhu Cuong, head of the Department of Crop Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper.

Cuong informed that three Vietnamese enterprises brought six rice varieties to the competition, specifically Ho Quang Tri private business with ST24 and ST25 rice, Loc Troi Group with LT28 rice and Nang Hoa 9, and Thai Binh Seeds with TBR39-1 rice and A Sao glutinous rice.

Cuong shared that three Vietnamese enterprises participated in the competition, showcasing six distinct rice varieties, including Ho Quang Tri private business’ ST24 and ST25 rice, Loc Troi Group’s LT28 rice and Nang Hoa 9, and Thai Binh Seeds’ TBR39-1 rice and A Sao glutinous rice. 

Among the showcased rice varieties, ST25 had previously emerged victorious in the competition in 2019.

The outcome of the competition is expected to have a notably positive impact on Vietnam’s rice exports, particularly for high-quality rice.

Cuong emphasized that this achievement serves as a motivating force for localities, enterprises, and farmers to further invest in the production of high-quality rice. 

He added that the organizer of this year’s competition did not attribute the best rice title to a specific rice variety. Instead, they awarded the recognition to the country as a whole, pursuant to the organizer’s rules amended in 2022.   

In 2022, Cambodia was the winner.

Vietnam won the title in 2023 and was followed by Cambodia and India.

Cuong said the Department of Crop Production would propose that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development honor the enterprises that participated in the competition and played a crucial role in securing Vietnam’s highest award.

The competition was part of the World Rice Conference Summit organized by the Rice Trader, a publication providing in-depth analysis of the global rice industry, in the Philippines between Monday and Friday this week.

Vietnam shipped US$4.41 billion worth of rice in January-November this year, up 36 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Many rice varieties of Vietnam have seen their prices reach record highs.

In particular, five-percent broken rice is currently priced at $663 per metric ton, 25-percent broken rice at $643, and Jasmine rice at $748.

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Festival held to forge Vietnam-India friendship



The 11th Vietnam – India People’s Friendship Festival opened in Chennai, the capital of India’s Tamil Nadu state, on December 2 evening, aiming to strengthening the friendship at all levels within the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

Festival held to forge Vietnam-India friendship hinh anh 1An art performance at the festival. (Photo: VNA)

New Delhi –
The 11th Vietnam –
India People’s Friendship Festival opened in Chennai, the capital of India’s Tamil
Nadu state, on December 2 evening, aiming to strengthening the friendship at
all levels within the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

The festival is co-organised by the All India Peace
and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO) and Tamil Nadu’s authorities, with a 25-member
Vietnamese delegation to the event led by Vice Chairman and Secretary General
of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association (VIFA) Ha Minh Hue.

In his remarks, Hue emphasised the traditional
friendship between Vietnam and India, and expressed his delight at the great
achievements they have recorded since the establishment of the bilateral
strategic partnership in 2007, and the comprehensive strategic partnership in

These achievements have helped promote the cooperation
in a more substantive manner in all the five pillars of politics-diplomacy,
national defence-security, economy-trade, science-technology, and
education-training and people-to-people exchange, he went on.

The festival, which brings together delegates
representing people from all walks of life, is expected to contribute to
enhancing the friendship in the new situation, he said.

Pallab Sengupta, Secretary of the Communist Party of
India (CPI) Central Committee, President of the World Peace Council, and presidium
member of the AIPSO, reviewed the Vietnam-India solidarity and mutual support,
and stressed the importance of people-to-people exchanges.

This year’s event featured special art performances by
Vietnamese and Indian artists.

Earlier the same day, the Vietnamese delegation paid
a courtesy visit to AIPSO leaders, and had meetings with representatives of the
CPI and the Communist Party of India –Marxist in Chennai./.


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Int’l experts make recommendations at COP28 to help Vietnam reach net-zero emissions



Many international experts and investors put forward a slew of suggestions to help Vietnam achieve net-zero emissions at some events on the sidelines of the ongoing 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28), which lasts until December 12, in the United Arab Emirates.

Addressing the COP28 climate summit on Saturday, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh reiterated Vietnam’s net-zero emissions goal.

Vietnam is steadfast in its commitment to achieving a net-zero emission target by 2050, he said, adding that the nation’s determination underscores its pivotal role in fostering trust among nations during the collective effort to address climate change.

Ben Backwell, CEO of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), told the Vietnam Business Forum, themed ‘Mobilizing Resources for the Green Transition,’ jointly held alongside the COP28 by the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Vietnamese Embassy in the UAE and the GWEC on Saturday, that many of the council’s wind power firms had worked with Vietnamese agencies and showed their interest in building a sustainable wind power industry in the Souheast Asian country.

“Offshore wind is a cost-effective and price-predictable renewable energy solution for countries planning their energy transition,” said Backwell.

“GWEC recognizes wind power’s pivotal role in tackling climate change and energy security and we applaud Vietnam’s commitment to prioritize wind energy for sustainable economic growth and large-scale renewable energy generation.”

Anders Opedal, CEO at Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor, said at a meeting with PM Chinh in the UAE on the same day that his firm had set up a representative office in Hanoi, and expected to boost cooperation with state-run oil and gas group PetroVietnam (PVN) in the offshore wind power field.

Opedal recommended that Vietnam promptly establish comprehensive mechanisms to facilitate the growth of renewable energy, ensuring that investments in the sector yield maximum effectiveness.

Jannicke Nilsson, executive vice president at Equinor, suggested that the Vietnamese government build a detailed legal framework and complete marine space planning to facilitate the exploitation of maritime resources.

Vietnam should put together an inter-ministerial team to speed up work associated with simplifying procedures for wind power investment, she recommended.

John Rockhold, the leader of an energy-focused working team at the forum, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper the importance of creating an appealing electricity purchase contract to attract foreign investors. Additionally, he highlighted the need to foster the development of a local supply chain.

Dao Xuan Lai, head of the Climate Change and Environment Unit of the United Nations Development Program in Vietnam, said that to achieve net-zero emissions, Vietnam should remove obstacles to investment capital mobilization.

Transitioning toward a green economy, embracing circular practices, and reducing carbon emissions will incur substantial costs, he said. 

Lai suggested Vietnam should concentrate on instigating institutional reforms and building a transparent investment climate to raise high-quality capital inflows.

Another of his recommendation was that the country should accelerate technology transfer, while bolstering international cooperation in offshore wind power, solar power, and smart electricity transmission development.

In response to these suggestions, Prime Minister Chinh affirmed that Vietnam is placing a priority on green and digital transitions, along with a focus on the circular economy and innovation.

In addition to supporting and facilitating favorable conditions for investors, the Vietnamese government leader affirmed a commitment to addressing legal procedure obstacles and refining pricing frameworks to cultivate a robust investment environment.

PM Chinh arrived in the UAE early Friday morning (Vietnam time) to attend the COP28 and other activities at the invitation of the UAE government.

His trip was scheduled to wrap up on Sunday.

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