Some monuments in the My Son Sanctuary

It covers more than 1,160ha of land, including over 1,100ha of natural forests, in Duy Phu and Duy Hoa communes of Duy Xuyen district.

Forests in this zone are currently home to 37 mammal species, including some listed in the Vietnam Red Data Book like the Sunda slow loris, the Sunda pangolin, the wildcat, and the small Indian civet.

They also habour 238 plant species, including critically endangered ones such as “cho den” (Parashorea stellata), “gien trang” (Xylopia pierrei), “thanh nganh nam” (Cratoxylum cochinchinense), and “thanh nganh dep” (Cratoxylum formosum).

As approved by the Quang Nam People’s Committee, this zone will be used for eco-tourism, house mammal and plant conservation models, and serve as a basis for developing landscape protection and relic preservation projects.

My Son sanctuary, comprising of eight groups of 71 monuments built between the 7th and the 13th century, was recognized as a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 1999./.

21 localities to join Hanoi Agriculture Fair 2020

A fair to promote agricultural trade and OCOP (One Commune One Product) products of Hanoi (Hanoi Agriculture Fair 2020) will be organized from November 5 to 9 at AEON Mall Long Bien and from November 19 to 23 at AEON Mall Ha Dong.


A kiosk to promote OCOP products. (Photo: congthuong.vn)

Each location will have a scale of about 80-100 booths, said the organizers.

Deputy Director of the Hanoi Promotion Agency Nguyen Thi Mai Anh said that the fair will offer opportunities for businesses to access the distribution system to become suppliers for AEON, thus opening export potential.

During the fair, the Hanoi Promotion Agency will organize many activities to assist businesses to access the Japanese retail system, such as: displaying, promoting and introducing products; seminars on EVFTA and organic agriculture; tea cuisine performance; and trial experience of agricultural products.

The organizers will closely coordinate with businesses to provide transparent information about products, share programs and activities of businesses, thereby creating opportunities for organizations and enterprises of all economic sectors to improve competitiveness and boost production and business activities.

So far, the organizers have received registration for the participation of 21 provinces and cities nationwide.

Deputy Director of the Hanoi Promotion Center said that the organization of the fair aims to realize a memorandum of understanding between the city People’s Committee and Japan’s AEON group. Under the deal, the two sides agreed to achieve USD500 million worth of Vietnam’s export turnover through the AEON system in 2020 and USD1 billion in 2025.

Cai Mep int’l terminal to receive Ultra-large container ship


Margrethe Maersk ship. (Photo: vesselfinder.com)

Margrethe Maersk, one of the world’s largest container ships, is set to arrive at Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on October 26, according to Vietnam News Agency.

The 214,121-DWT vessel, operated by the 2M Alliance led by Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), is able to carry over 18,300 twenty-foot equivalent units and stretches nearly 400m in length and 59m in width, according to the Vietnam Maritime Corporation (VIMC).

With the ship’s call, CMIT will become one of about 20 major ports worldwide capable of receiving vessels of this size, therefore affirming its position on the global navigation map.

The VIMC said the port’s eligibility to handle such huge container ships would benefit Vietnam’s imports and exports as the country has signed several free trade deals such as the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Vietnam’s goods will be directly shipped to many large markets like Europe and the US without transiting ports in Singapore or Malaysia, helping to save logistics costs and reduce transport time./.

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