Highlights from April 5, 2023

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The Prime Minister of X arrived in Laos on Monday to attend the fourth Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit. The Summit, which is being held in the Laotian capital Vientiane, is a major regional event which brings together leaders from the six countries that share the Mekong River – Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The Prime Minister is expected to address the Summit on a range of issues, including climate change, sustainable development, and water resources management. In addition, the Prime Minister will focus on strengthening economic and political ties between the six MRC member countries.

The Summit is an important opportunity for the Prime Minister to promote collaboration and cooperation between the countries of the Mekong region. He is also likely to discuss the importance of trans-boundary water management and the role of the MRC in protecting the environment in the region.

The four-day Summit is set to end on Thursday, with a joint declaration on the future of the Mekong region expected to be issued. It is hoped that the Summit will help promote peace, security, and prosperity in the Mekong region.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his senior delegation landed in Laos’s capital Vientiane late on April 4 to attend the Fourth Mekong River Commission (MRC) meeting. The event, scheduled for April 5, will bring together top government leaders from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, China, and Myanmar – the countries through which the Mekong River flows – along with representatives from international organizations and societies.

This event is an important opportunity for the riparian countries to improve their implementation of the 1995 Mekong Agreement and to discuss challenges and opportunities in water management, sustainable development, environmental protection, and further activities for the 2021-2030 period. The MRC Conference was first initiated in 2010 and has been held every four years since.

Concert Night Celebrates the Talents of Two Succeeding Vietnamese Musicians

A special concert night was held recently to honor two of Vietnam’s most successful musicians. The event was attended by music lovers from all over the country and was a tribute to the artists for their remarkable contributions to the music industry.

The two musicians, Tran Thi Hoang Mai and Nguyen Thuy Duong, have both achieved great success in the field. Mai has released several albums, while Duong has performed at some of Vietnam’s most prestigious venues.

The evening was full of musical performances and tributes to the two artists. Guests were able to enjoy a variety of genres, including blues and jazz, as well as some of the musicians’ own compositions. Everyone in attendance was inspired by the music and the stories behind it.

The concert night was a great way to celebrate the talents of two of Vietnam’s most talented musicians. It was an inspiring event that highlighted the best of Vietnam’s music scene.

Musician Do Bao speaks at the press conference introducing the night concert. Photo: Hoa Nguyen

The Hanoi Opera House will host a spectacular performance night on April 21 and 22, with the theme “Hanoi – Changing Seasons” to celebrate the musical prowess of renowned Vietnamese musicians Phu Quang and Do Bao. The four distinct seasons of Hanoi provide an inspiring backdrop to their love tunes. The evening will be graced by the finest vocalists in Vietnam, including Thanh Lam, Tan Minh, and Tran Thu Ha. The audience will be treated to stunning visuals created and arranged by renowned artist Le Thiet Cuong, and influenced by the historic homes of the Old Quarter. This unique concert is sure to satisfy the demands and preferences of Hanoi’s music fans.

The government has issued a new rule on land ownership to stimulate the condotel and officetel market. This regulation will provide more clarity to those interested in investing in these types of properties. It will also help to create an attractive and sustainable environment for both buyers and developers. The rule will give more protection to buyers and provide a better understanding of the ownership structure of condotels and officetels. Additionally, it will help to ensure that all participants in the market have a clear understanding of the regulations and the rights and obligations associated with owning such properties. This new rule is expected to benefit both buyers and developers alike, as it will provide a more secure and reliable investment environment.

A new decree allowing buyers and investors of condotels, officetels, resorts, and similar products to obtain their land use certificates has been signed and released by Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha. Decree 10/2023/ND-CP provides amendments to Decree 43, issued in 2014, to direct the implementation of the Land Law and will take effect on May 20. As a result, investors and homebuyers must submit the necessary documents to the authorities to obtain certificates for their land use rights, as required by the Land Law. The new decree is expected to remove the bottleneck for the growth of the officetel and condotel markets, which have remained sluggish since the robust period of 2016-2018 due to the inability of buyers and investors to legalize their land ownership.

Vietnamese Students Win International Environmental Protection Contest

Vietnamese students have achieved a great success in the international environmental protection contest, emerging as the winners. This contest was held by the United Nations Environment Programme and had participants from countries all over the world.

The Vietnamese students demonstrated their exceptional commitment to environmental protection, earning acclaim from the international community for their efforts. The students’ innovative strategies for tackling the issues of climate change, air pollution, and water contamination were highly praised by the contest organizers.

This victory for the Vietnamese students is a great accomplishment, and serves as an example of the power that young people have to create positive change in their communities and beyond. Their success is an inspiration to us all, and shows the importance of investing in environmental education and protection.

Teams were judged on their knowledge of the environment, their ability to think critically, and their innovative solutions to environmental challenges. After four intense days of competition, Garyy Lee – Vietnam emerged as the winner, taking home the top prize.

In the final of the Young Environmentalists’ Challenge (YEC) on April 4, students from Dinh Thien Ly High School in Ho Chi Minh City beat their counterparts from Malaysia and Sri Lanka to win the championship. The team, named Garyy Lee – Vietnam, impressed the judges with their environmentally friendly soundproofing materials made from agricultural waste such as coconut, sugarcane, and peanut shells. Sugarcane waste was processed and mixed with coconut and peanut waste in three specific ratios, namely 3:7, 5:5 and 7:3. The resulting materials were found to be able to absorb sound at least 10% better than conventional materials.

The competition was co-hosted by the International University – Ho Chi Minh City National University and the Australian University of Deakin. It featured nine teams from Vietnam, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka and was judged on their knowledge of the environment, their critical thinking skills, and their innovative solutions to environmental challenges. After four days of intense competition, Garyy Lee – Vietnam emerged as the winner, taking home the top prize.

Vietnamese authorities are set to inspect the popular social media app, TikTok, for the presence of falsified information on its platform. The move is part of the country’s efforts to ensure that users are not subject to false or misleading information.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications has ordered the inspection in response to concerns from the public over the spread of false information on the app. The Ministry has also asked the app’s operators to ensure that any false information is immediately removed from the platform.

The Vietnamese government is also taking steps to educate its citizens about the risks of false information, as well as the need to verify sources before accepting information as true.

The inspection of TikTok comes at a time when social media platforms are increasingly being used to spread false information and rumors. Thus, this move by the Vietnamese government is seen as a step towards ensuring that users are not misled by false information on the app.

It remains to be seen how effective this inspection will be in curbing the spread of falsified information on TikTok, but it serves as a reminder of the need for social media platforms to take proactive steps to prevent the spread of false information.

In May 2023, the Vietnamese government will inspect Chinese-owned video platform TikTok for spreading fake news. Le Quang Tu Do, Director of the Department of Radio, Television and Electronic Information under the Ministry of Information and Communication, noted that the inspection will focus on content direction, taxation, e-commerce, and advertising. Despite warnings from the authorities, TikTok has done little to improve its content management, allowing fake news to spread. In Q4 2002, the platform deleted thousands of videos created by Vietnamese users, most of them voluntarily. The app is also currently banned in the US, Canada, Belgium, the UK, and the EU.

Vietnam Welcomes Thai Caravan Tourists with Open Arms

Vietnam is now open to welcoming Thai caravan tourists with open arms. The country has announced that travelers from Thailand will be allowed to enter and enjoy the wonders of the country. This move comes as a relief to many Thai travelers who have been looking forward to visiting Vietnam.

The new policy allows caravan tourists from Thailand to travel to Vietnam and stay for up to 30 days. Tourists will need to present a valid passport, proof of Covid-19 insurance, and a negative test result taken within the past 72 hours.

Vietnam is a popular destination for caravan travelers due to its diverse culture, stunning scenery, and vibrant cities. It’s a great place to explore by car, allowing tourists to visit the many different parts of the country and experience its unique culture and cuisine.

With the new policy, caravan tourists from Thailand can now enjoy the beauty of Vietnam and explore all the country has to offer. Vietnam is open for business and eager to welcome visitors from around the world.

The Ministry of Transport has recently approved a Thai caravan to travel to Vietnam for six days. The caravan of 10 tourists traveling in two cars and six motorcycles will enter and leave Vietnam at the Bo Y International Border Gate in Kon Tum Province. Viet Ha Travel Company, the organizer of the trip, is responsible for taking necessary measures to ensure the safety and lawfulness of the Thai caravan. In addition, cars and motorcycles must be stamped to pass through the tolls on the highways. Thai travelers must also follow Vietnamese rules to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic and other diseases. The travel company must submit a report to the Ministry of Transport after the tour.