International media reflects success of Vietnam’s renewal process

Thursday, 13/10/2022 17:30
Vietnam is one of the countries that are successful in hunger eradication and poverty alleviation, achieving many economic achievements thanks to the application of private property rights and free-market reforms, Vietnam News Agency quoted an article posted on US’s news website washingtonexaminer.com on October 11.
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 Illustrative image. (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam was one of the poorest countries in the world in 1990 with per capita gross domestic product of 98 USD. As late as 1993, 79.7% of the Vietnamese population was trapped in poverty but the rate dropped to 50.6% by 2006 and 5% by 2020. This achievement is a testament to the success of the country’s poverty alleviation, it said.

The article emphasised that the Sixth National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam in December 1986 adopted the far-reaching reforms known as "Doi Moi" (Renewal), which laid the foundations for the positive change that was achieved in Vietnam in the years that followed. A new investment law was passed in 1987, opening its doors to foreign investors. For the first time, Vietnam allowed investments that were 100% owned by foreign capital and guaranteed that foreign investors’ capital and property would be safe.

According to the article, Vietnam is now one of the world’s most dynamic emerging countries and offers opportunities for hardworking people and entrepreneurs. Its gross domestic product has increased six folds since the launch of the reforms.

From a country that could not produce enough rice to feed its own people, Vietnam has become one of the world’s largest rice producers and a major exporter of electronic goods, it said.

Quang Ninh province welcomes first cruise ship this year

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 French-flagged cruise ship Le Lape'rouse with over 100 foreign holidaymakers aboard docked at Ha Long International Cruise Port on October 13. (Photo: VNA)

French-flagged cruise ship Le Lape'rouse with over 100 foreign holidaymakers aboard docked at Ha Long International Cruise Port in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh on October 13, reported Vietnam News Agency.

This is the first of its kind to visit the port after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During their stay in Ha Long city, the visitors will tour the city, world famous Ha Long Bay and Quang Ninh Museum, and enjoy entertainment services.

Le Lapérouse is a leading cruise ship of the fleet of Ponant Explorers that consists of six members managed by the Ponant cruise carrier.

The tour to discover the coast and famous sightseeing places of Vietnam, lasting from 8 to 11 days, is a new journey of Ponant in Asia.

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During their stay in Ha Long city, the visitors will tour the city, world famous Ha Long Bay and Quang Ninh Museum, and enjoy entertainment services.(Photo: VNA) 

Ha Long is the last leg of the journey in the country. Earlier, the cruise ship anchored at Con Dao in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa province, Quy Nhon in Binh Dinh, Tien Sa in Da Nang city, Chan May in Thua Thien-Hue province and Hon La in Quang Binh.

Nguyen Thuy Yen, deputy director of Quang Ninh province’s Department of Tourism, said the arrival of the cruise ship reflects a positive sign in its efforts to recover tourism in the post-pandemic period.

Vietjet opens Vietnam – Kazakhstan direct air route

Budget carrier Vietjet Air has announced plans to open direct flight routes between Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, and Khanh Hoa province in central Vietnam, as part of activities to celebrate 30 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries, reported VOV News.

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Vietjet Air announces its plan to open direct flight routes between Almaty city of Kazakhstan and the south-central province of Khanh Hoa. (Photo: nhandan.vn) 

The plan will see the Vietnamese airline operate two weekly flights from the end of this month with a flight time of just over nine hours between the two cities.

The first flight is scheduled to depart on October 25 from Cam Ranh International Airport before landing at Almaty International Airport. The return journey from Kazakhstan will take place the following day.

According to Chu Viet Cuong, member of Vietjet’s board of directors, each flight will transport approximately 180 to 200 passengers via an Airbus A-330.

Vietjet believes the opening of this direct route will contribute to promoting bilateral co-operation especially in the fields of transportation, trade, investment and tourism between Vietnam and Kazakhstan, as well as other countries in the region, said Cuong.

Tourists from the Central Asian country will be able to vacation in Khanh Hoa for between one and four weeks, go shopping, and take a city tour, among other activities.

Statistics compiled by the General Department of Vietnam Customs indicate that trade turnover between Vietnam and Kazakhstan reached 615.5 million USD in 2021, an annual increase of 72.4%.

Of the figure, Vietnam raked in 549.7 million USD from exports, up 72.8% year on year, and spent 65.8 million USD on imports, an annual rise of 69.5%.

Bilateral trade exchanges in the first half of this year alone rose by 57% to reach 303 million USD.

Vietnam among most searched tourist destinations on Google by Australians

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Vietnam earned some 394.2 trillion VND (16.05 billion USD) from tourism in the first nine months of this year. (Photo: VNA) 

Vietnam ranks fourth in the list of most Googled tourist destinations by Australians over the past 20 years, according to Google, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Japan took the lead in the ranking, followed by New Zealand and Thailand, Google said.

In July, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) also revealed that Vietnam was among the top 10 most popular destinations for Australian travelers in July, with more than 18,500 Australians visiting the Southeast Asian country in the month.

Before the COVID-19 broke out in 2019, Australia was the ninth biggest source of tourists to Vietnam, with about 383,000.

After both countries reopened their borders, the number of Australian visitors to Vietnam has risen considerably.

Vietnam earned some 394.2 trillion VND (16.05 billion USD) from tourism in the first nine months of this year, equivalent to 78% of the figure recorded in 2019.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said the country welcomed over 1.8 million foreign tourists in the nine-month period, of which 1.2 million were recorded in the third quarter of this year, 2.5 times the figure in the previous quarter./.

 

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