Vietnam exports sweet potatoes and salangane nests to China

Friday, 11/11/2022 22:12
The General Department of Customs China (GACC) has signed a protocol allowing the official import of sweet potatoes and salangane nests from Vietnam into the neighbouring country, reported the Voice of Vietnam.

The move comes after the Vietnamese Embassy in China has received a protocol on November 9 signed by the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the GACC regarding phytosanitary requirements for Vietnam's salangane and sweet potato exports to Chinese market.

Accordingly, since the beginning of the year, the MARD and the Vietnamese Embassy in China have intensified numerous activities to accelerate the export of Vietnamese agricultural products to China.

Up to now, both sides have finalized the opening of the market for durian and are conducting a pilot export of passion fruit to the Chinese market.

Most recently, China signed a protocol on phytosanitary requirements for fresh bananas, thereby creating favorable conditions for Vietnamese fresh bananas to be officially exported to the northern neighbour market.

According to information from the MARD’s Plant Protection Department, sweet potato and salangane nests will be Vietnam’s 12th and 13th agricultural products to be officially exported to the Chinese market.

Earlier, 11 local fresh fruit have entered the market including dragon fruit, longan, rambutan, mango, jackfruit, watermelon, banana, mangosteen, lychee and durian.

With regard to passion fruit, the GACC has agreed upon the pilot import of Vietnamese passion fruit starting in July via China's Guangxi border gate.

After sweet potatoes and salangane nests, the Plant Protection Department will continue speeding up the procedures regarding the export of fresh pomelos and coconuts to the Chinese market in the time ahead.

Vietnam ranks 76/193 countries in online service index

Vietnam ranks 76th over 193 countries in terms of the online service index in the United Nations’ assessment, up five places compared to 2020, reported Vietnam News Agency.

A resident conducts administrative procedures in HCM City. (Photo: VNA) 

The latest statistics of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) revealed that all ministries and branches have issued resolutions, programmes, plans or action plans on digital transformation.

All ministries, branches and localities have consolidated and established their own steering committees on digital transformation.

To date, the percentage of eligible public services delivered online at level 4 is 97.3%; the rate of online public services generating dossiers is 67.8%, twice as much as in the same period in 2021.

The online processing rate was 43.2%, up 14.57% over the same period.

In addition, the development of digital platforms is considered a breakthrough solution to accelerate the digital transformation process.

To date, more than 50 digital technology platforms have been launched to serve the national digital transformation on all three pillars of digital government, digital economy and digital society.

The Ministry of Information and Communications has also proactively provided direct support to localities to provide full online public services.

Statistics recorded from the automatic monitoring and measurement system of the Ministry of Information and Communications show that the three ministries of Industry and Trade, Education and Training, and Information and Communications lead in the percentage of online public services, with 100%, 100% and 97.67%, respectively, from the beginning of this year to the end of August.

Regarding the percentage of applications processed online, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Education and Training, and the Ministry of Finance have the highest online processing rate, reaching 99.99 %, 99.58 % and 91.41%, respectively.

In the group of localities, Long An, Hai Duong, Tien Giang, Hoa Binh and Bac Giang are the provinces with the highest percentage of online public services, ranging from over 90% to 96.47%.

Petrol prices surge in latest adjustment

The retail price of RON 95-III bio-fuel almost reached 24,000 VND (0.97 USD) per litre from 3pm on November 11, reported Vietnam News Agency following the latest adjustment by the Ministries of Industry and Trade, and Finance.

Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)

Specifically, the retail price of RON 95-III increased by 1,110 VND to 23,860 VND per litre, and that of E5 RON 92 climbed to 22,710 VND per litre, up 840 VND.

Diesel 0.05S is now sold at 24,980 VND per litre, down 90 VND, while the price of kerosene and mazut rose by 960 VND and 680 VND to 24,740 VND per litre and 14,760 VND per kilogramme, respectively.

The two ministries also decided to extract 200 VND per litre, and 300 VND per litre from petrol and mazut prices for the petrol price stabilisation fund.

VinFast to showcase four EV models at Los Angeles Auto Show 2022

Vietnamese automaker VinFast has announced that it will participate in Los Angeles Auto Show 2022 (LAAS 2022) scheduled to take place from November 17 – 28, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Illustrative image. (Photo: VNA) 

At the show, VinFast will display four all-electric SUV models, VF 6, VF 7, VF 8, and VF 9 which represent the most popular segments B-C-D-E. For the first time, US customers will experience the interior and exterior design details of the VF 6 and VF 7 models crafted by Torino Design.

Those in California will also be able to experience a VF 8 ride-along at the test track area at LAAS 2022. The activity affirms VinFast's rapid development of the VF 8 model when it debuted as a show car at LAAS 2021.

Vingroup Vice Chairwoman and VinFast Chairwoman Le Thi Thu Thuy said returning to LAAS 2022 one year after revealing its EV brand, VinFast wants to show global audiences that the future of mobility is about to become a reality, and VF 8 vehicles are about to be delivered to customers all over the world.

“With four electric SUVs across all segments, flexible sales policies – with batteries included or with a battery subscription – VinFast offers diverse options to consumers, helping them easily access high-quality electric vehicles, reasonable prices and excellent services to move toward a greener and more sustainable future," she said.

A year after revealing the global EV brand, VinFast has received the support of customers around the world with more than 65,000 reservations for the VF 8 and VF 9 to date. It began delivering VF 8 vehicles to customers in Vietnam in September 2022 and is about to ship thousands of vehicles to international markets which are anticipated to arrive by the end of this year.

Vietnam tops ranking at 30th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet

Vietnam ranked first at the 30th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM-30), which wrapped up in Hanoi on November 11, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Vietnam tops ranking at 30th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (Photo: VNA) 

Vietnamese shooters won 17 gold medals, 15 silvers and 10 bronzes. They were followed by Indonesia with 13 golds, 13 silvers, and eight bronzes; and the Philippines with 12 gold, 13 silver, and eight bronze medals.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Nghia, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army (VPA), affirmed the tournament offered a good chance for the militaries of ASEAN to exchange and promote cooperation, contributing to maintaining peace, stability and common development in the region and the world.

He highlighted the significance of the event, saying that the participation of all ASEAN army delegations is the clearest proof of the commitment to ASEAN's common goals, and demonstrates the spirit of solidarity and friendship among the regional militaries.

The official praised the efforts and achievements of all teams at the event, especially the spirit of responsibility and sportsmanship shown throughout the tournament, adding that through sports exchanges and cultural visits, international friends had the opportunity to understand more about the country, people and the People's Army of Vietnam.

AARM-30 brought together ten teams of 420 shooters competing in the five categories of machine guns, rifles, cabin guns, men's pistols, and women's pistols.

It took place at the same time with the 23rd ASEAN Chiefs of Army Multilateral Meeting (ACAMM-23) and the 10th Conference of ASEAN Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (ASMAM-10).

The Vietnamese team came third at the 29th AARM-29, which was held in Bandung, Indonesia. The first and second places went to Thailand and Indonesia, respectively.

Thailand will be the host of the next event in 2023./.

Compiled by BTA