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The photo, themed “Cham con”, came first in the nature category and is set to be showcased in an exhibition in the near future, said the Voice of Vietnam.

The photo contest, held from October 14 to October 23, attracted 2,304 entries from 144 photographers from 24 countries and territories globally.

Vietnamese photographer Phuc submitted a total of 16 entries to the event. In addition to the gold medal, the Tra Vinh-born photographer received an honourable mention for three artworks in the travel, open colour, and open monochord categories.

His eight artworks were duly selected to be part of an exhibition in Guatemala.

The photo contest under the sponsorship of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) is held annually. During the event, a total of 233 awards are handed out in four categories, including nature, travel, open colour, and open monochord.

Phu Quoc Airport granted Airport Health Accreditation

Phu Quoc International Airport in the southern province of Kien Giang was granted the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) by the Airports Council International (ACI) for maintaining safety and prevention measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The certificate recognises the airport’s commitment to prioritising health and safety measures in accordance with the ICAO Council Aviation Restart Task Force (CART) recommendations and in alignment with the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and industry best practice, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The ACI Airport Health Accreditation is designed to help airports around the world prove to passengers, their employees, regulators, and governments that they continue to place the health and safety of passengers as their top priority via the establishment of specific safeguard measures in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be certified by the ACI, airports are assessed across a number of categories including cleanliness and disinfection, physical distancing, staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications and passenger facilities.

Airports achieving this certification also take a step closer to opening their doors to international passengers through the "Vaccine Passport" programme which will be piloted in Phu Quoc in the coming time.

Phu Quoc is the fifth Vietnamese international airport receiving the AHA, after Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Da Nang and Cam Ranh. It is expected that by October 28, when Phu Quoc city completes vaccination against COVID-19 for its whole population, Phu Quoc International Airport will also achieve 99.8 percent of its staffs being fully vaccinated.

The success reflects the airport has committed to providing services in accordance with global standards and prioritised the health and interests of passengers, its staff and the community.

Enterprises in Dong Nai province to resume full production in November

Enterprises in the southern province of Dong Nai are expected to resume full and stable operation in November.

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According to the province's management board of industrial parks (IPs), nearly 1,600 enterprises with 500,000 workers in local IPs have returned to production as of October 25, accounting for 92 percent of the total number of firms.

The province is home to 31 IPs with over 1,700 firms and 615,000 workers, said Le Van Danh, deputy head of the provincial management board. He said the board continued to receive enterprises' requests for reopening.

Most electronic firms have resumed operations with many are operating at their full capacity including On Semiconductor Vietnam Co.Ltd, Tokin Electronics Vietnam Co.Ltd and Fujitsu Computer Products of Vietnam Inc which employ more than 1,500 labourers each, Danh said.

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The rate of workers returning to work at garment and footwear enterprises has reached nearly 80 percent.

Currently, enterprises in IPs in the province are boosting production to fill export orders, Danh said, adding that some have made plans to coordinate with relevant agencies to bring 6,000 workers, who returned to their hometowns during the lockdown period, back to work.

Pangasius exports reach over US$1 billion during nine-month period

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnamese Tra fish (pangasius) exports hit US$1.07 billion in the opening nine months of the year, up 3.2% compared to the same period from last year.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) reports that China and Hong Kong (China) continue to represent the largest export markets for Vietnamese Tra fish, but their imports fell 19.9% to US$279 million.

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Meanwhile, nine-month tra fish exports to the United States, the second largest pangasius consumer, rose by 42.8% to US$248 million.

Elsewhere, Pangasius exports to Brazil also witnessed a sharp increase, climbing from US$28 million in the first nine months of last year to US$45 million in the same period this year.

Exports to markets within the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the European Union also slightly dropped to US$144 million and US$78 million, respectively./.