Presenting L’Oréal-UNESCO International Rising Talent Award to Vietnamese scientist Ho Thi Thanh Van

Thursday, 23/06/2022 19:00
The Jury of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the L’Oréal Foundation on June 22 presented the L’Oréal-UNESCO International Rising Talent Award in 2022 to Dr. Ho Thi Thanh Van, a chemicals scientist who is working at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources and Environment.
Dr. Ho Thi Thanh Van (Photo: VNA) 

According to VNA, with her research in developing new materials to the production of green hydrogen, Dr. Van has become one of the 15 young women scientists representing the five continents in the world to receive the award.

Since 2000, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has highlighted the achievements of younger women who are in the early stages of their scientific careers. Each year, the International rising talents programme selects the 15 most promising women scientists among the more than 250 national and regional young talents of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme.

The 15 International Rising Talents, selected by an international Selection committee, receive an additional endowment of 15,000 EUR (15,840 USD). In addition to this financial support and international recognition, these young women also benefit from a leadership training that is complementary to their academic background and essential to fight discrimination. This programme is exclusively dedicated to the national and regional Young Talents.

Speaking to Vietnam News Agency after receiving the award, Dr. Van expressed her hope that more Vietnamese women will pursue a career in science, thus making more contributions to community as well as the development of science in Vietnam and the world.

Ambassador Le Thi Hong Van, Head of the Permanent Mission of Vietnam to UNESCO, said since 2015, three Vietnamese scientists have been honoured with the L’Oréal-UNESCO International Rising Talent.

Over the past 24 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has honoured 122 women scientists and supported more than 3,800 others from 110 countries to make outstanding achievements and contribute to making the world better.

Swiss enterprises keen to invest in Vietnam

The Vietnamese Embassy in Switzerland, in collaboration with the Lugano administration, Fidiman Group, and Bellecapital Group, organised trade promotion activities for Swiss firms seeking to do business in Vietnam.

Representatives from Swiss businesses share their viewpoints at the event ( 

VOV reported that Vietnamese Ambassador to Switzerland Phung The Long highlighted a range of significant achievements in the relationship between the two countries across multiple fields, noting 2021 marked 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Currently, Switzerland makes up Vietnam’s sixth largest European investor and ranks 20th among foreign investors in Vietnam, Ambassador Long said.

The diplomat also briefed Swiss businesses on the important policies introduced by the Vietnamese Government as it seeks to continue promoting comprehensive international economic integration and encouraging investment in priority fields, including high technology, information technology, supporting industries, smart agriculture, environmental protection, and renewable energy.

Ambassador Long called on Swiss businesses to further invest in Vietnam, affirming the Vietnamese Embassy in Switzerland is willing to support Swiss firms in exploring the Vietnamese market.

Representatives from Sonova Holding AG, a leading provider of hearing care solutions, shared its successful experience in investment in Vietnam, revealing that the firm has established additional hearing aid centres as it seeks to support language development for hearing-impaired people in the country.

Meanwhile, leaders of Bellecapital Group expressed their great appreciation for Vietnamese investment policies, saying that Galileo - Vietnam Fund, operated by Bellecapital, has been operating effectively in the country over the past decade.

At an investment promotion forum held in the Swiss city of Lugano, Fidiman Group provided useful information on Vietnamese incentive policies and legal procedures related to the opening of companies, branches, representative offices in the country.

According to representatives of Fidiman Group, Vietnam remains an ideally alternative market for businesses seeking lower production costs aimed at ensuring connectivity of supply chains, infrastructure, and logistics services of neighbouring markets.

During a separate meeting with Ambassador Long, Mayor of Lugano Michele Foletti expressed his wish to continue working closely alongside the Vietnamese Embassy to promote ties of friendship and co-operation between Lugano and Vietnamese localities moving forward.

RoK airlines re-operates direct flights to Da Nang

Korean Air - the biggest airlines of the Republic of Korea (RoK) - reopened its direct air route from Incheon to the central city of Da Nang on June 22, reported VNA.

Flight KE9463 with over 200 passengers on board from Incheon International Airport lands at Da Nang International Airport on the same day (Photo: VNA) 

Flight KE9463 of the carrier with over 200 passengers on board from Incheon International Airport landed at Da Nang International Airport on the same day.

After travel restrictions between Vietnam and the RoK were lifted, Korean Air began operating charter flights with a frequency of two flights per week to Da Nang on Wednesdays and Saturdays to meet the increasing needs of tourists.

The firm plans to operate one regular flight per day from July 27, 2022.

Direct working sessions between Da Nang’s leaders and representatives of major international airlines within the framework of the Asia Routes Development Forum 2022 have a positive impact on the resumption of flights to the central city, said Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Tourism Nguyen Xuan Binh.

Korean Air was one of the first two Korean airlines to come to Da Nang, creating a breakthrough for the market, Binh said, expressing his belief that the return of the Korean Air will have a positive impact on the recovery of the leading tourist market of Da Nang.

Chung Eui-seock - Chief Representative of Korean Air in Da Nang - said after restarting charter flights, Korean Air plans to fly daily to Da Nang from July 27, 2022.

Da Nang is an attractive destination for Korean tourists, so the firm expects flights to be at maximum capacity, he said, adding that Korean Air, with 5-star flights, will offer interesting and memorable journeys to Da Nang.

The number of foreign visitors to Da Nang has shown signs of strong growth after the success of the Asia Routes Development Forum 2022 with the opening of flight routes by foreign airlines to the city such as Malaysia Airlines, Air Seoul, and Bangkok Airways.

Since March 2022, as many as 35,000 foreign passengers have arrived in Da Nang on 286 flights, including 71 flights from the RoK.

Australia, Vietnam seek to promote trade and investment ties

The Australia - Vietnam Business Council (AVBC) hosted a conference in Sydney on June 22 - 23 aimed at promoting greater trade and investment opportunities between Australia and Vietnam through the implementation of an enhanced economic engagement strategy, reported VOV.

Addressing roughly 100 firms of the two countries at the conference, Kiem Dinh, chairman of the AVBC, noted that the Vietnam – Australia enhanced economic engagement strategy signed in late 2021 demonstrates the desire of both sides to promote relations across various fields towards sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

Speakers share experience in investing in Vietnam at the conference. (Photo: VNA) 

This year, Dinh noted that the AVBC and its member businesses will primarily focus on implementing the strategy, including enhancing two-way trade and investment between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Consul General of Vietnam in Sydney Nguyen Dang Thang agreed that mutual relations are developing vigorously on the basis of mutual respect, common interests, and similar views on international issues.

In terms of economic affairs, both countries are fully committed to an open international trading system and have therefore become members of many regional free trade agreements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Last November witnessed the Prime Ministers of the two countries holding a meeting on the sidelines of the UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in the UK where they signed an enhanced economic engagement strategy. Under the strategy, both sides have set a target of becoming each other’s top 10 trading partners, and doubling two-way investment.

Photo for illustration (Source: VOV) 

This strategy identifies eight key areas where the two have particular strengths as they seek to develop further trade and investment ties, including in education, skills, and training, resources and energy, agro-forestry-fishery, manufacturing, travel, science, technology and innovation, and digital economy.

Briefing delegates on bilateral trade and investment ties over recent times, Consul General Thang assessed that the opening five months of the year saw two-way trade reach a record of AUD9 billion, equal to US$6.22 billion, up 32.18% over the same period from last year. It can be viewed as noteworthy that this impressive figure was recorded amid global trade and supply chains enduring unprecedented disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Furthermore, two-way investment between Vietnam and Australia is currently hovering at over AUD3.5 billion, equal to US$2.45 billion, with three fourths coming from Australia. This marks the highest figure ever, thereby making Australia in the top 20 largest investors in Vietnam, although it remains modest compared to the potential of the two countries.

Australian investment in Vietnam remains modest, near nearly US$2 billion. (Illustrative by

Consul General Thang suggested that both sides strive to further increase trade turnover by not only trading in traditional items such as seafood, agricultural products, minerals, garments, footwear, and construction materials, but also by expanding to other products to focus on items which the two countries boast a comparative advantage in the global market.

He expressed his strong belief that Vietnam, with socio-political stability, a favourable legal framework, continuously improving infrastructure, and a populous market of nearly 100 million consumers, will soon become a key investment destination for Australian financiers.

Representatives of participating firms agreed that this represents the most appropriate time in which to explore and promote business and investment opportunities in each country, with respect to the enforcement of the enhanced economic engagement strategy.

Both sides boast great potential for enhancing co-operation in various fields, from agriculture, construction, and finance - banking to environmental and health services, by fully tapping into each other’s strengths and reaching out to the global market./.

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