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FOSTERING AGRO-INDUSTRY: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

   12/11/2014

ISG Plenary Meeting 2014 on 09th December 2014

ISG Plenary Meeting 2014 with the theme: “Fostering Agro-Industry: Opportunities and Challenges” was organized and co-chaired by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, Chairman of Dong Thap PPC Nguyen Van Duong, and IFAD Country Programme Manager Henning Pedersen. The aim of the Meeting  was to exchange and share information on the current agricultural products processing industry, policy dialogue, and the environment of investment in agricultural products processing industry towards increasing added value of Vietnamese agricultural products.

Some 150 participants, who were representatives of development partners, embassies, international organization, leader representatives from the Government, ministries, provinces, associations, businesses, research institutes, and mass-media, attended the Meeting.

Delivering the speech at the Meeting, Minister Cao Duc Phat stressed that ISG Plenary Meeting had been known as a high-level policy dialogue forum since 1998 organized under an initiative of donor community, international organizations, and it had been maintained to open dialogue for pressing and important issues of the agricultural sector.

ISG Plenary meeting aimed at fostering agricultural product processing industry in order to increase the added value of Vietnamese agricultural products, improve current situation of Vietnamese agricultural products, which are mainly exported with raw materials, low price, poor packaging, unavailable brandname, etc., In fact, the lower price of Vietnamese agricultural products, normally some 15%-50% compared to the same products in other countries Vietnam derives from its small-scale processing industry with out-of-date equipment.

Agreed with the view of the Minister Cao Duc Phat, Mr. Nguyen Van Duong, Chairman of Dong Thap People’s Committee expressed that Dong Thap had strong advantages of agricultural production, however Dong Thap’s agricultural products value were still low, and fostering agricultural product processing industry was really necessary for increasing its added value, creating more jobs, and increasing workers’ income. Dong Thap province was ready to pilot the agricultural sector restructuring policies, create a good environment for fostering the investment and economic development of the province.

Mr. Henning Pedersen, IFAD’s Country Programme Manager, shared that we were facing with global difficulties, building infrastructure, concentrating on increasing the added value of agricultural products, providing suitable policies for rural development were the critical issues that Vietnam needed to pay more attention. At present, providing a favorable investment environment should be considered as one of the priorities of the local authority, which had been successfully implemented in the Mekong River Delta, whereas other provinces still confused and struggled with. Further to the support policies provided by the Government, local management agencies should be provided with capacity building, knowledge, evaluation ability, technical assistance, farmers’ capacity in rural areas should be strengthened as well.

From discussion session, participants’ comments showed that, over last 10 years, Vietnam’s trade on agricultural products was developed significantly with strong involvement and contribution of private sector and businesses in the process. However, in order to overcome the foreseen challenges, take the opportunities for fostering the processing industry, have accessibility to domestic and international market, it needs a significant improvement of the whole system with the most applicable policies, the respect of technical regulation, quality standards and the market rules. The State’s supporting roles in terms of making policy, training, fundamental research should be integrated with market driven mechanisms, new approaches, and new thinking way.

As conclusion, Minister Cao Duc Phat confirmed that the Meeting had achieved a high consensus on the necessity of investment in the agricultural product processing industry and relying on businesses, particularly the private sector was necessary for further development. With the view of that market was the starting point for promoting and adjusting the allocation of resources in the agricultural production activities, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development encouraged businesses to make more intensive investment in the segment, where required higher added value, such as processing and trading in the agricultural product value chains.

Minister Cao Duc Phat reaffirmed that the agricultural sector restructuring process needed the participation of all economic sectors of the whole society, of which businesses played the role as “Stimulator” in linking production-processing with market. The State would have strong supports through providing breakthrough policies, smooth and favorable investment environment. The development of processing industry could be understood as the way to encourage businesses, especially the domestic and international private businesses to invest in the agricultural sector. In the other hands, fostering the processing industry also meant to create favorable investment environment for smooth operation of businesses in the agricultural sector.

Implementing the Prime Minister’s direction, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was quickly reviewing mechanisms and policies for improving investment environment in the agricultural sector. The most important measures were (1) continuously develop and improve policies on: tax, land, human resources capacity building and training, etc. to bring better conditions, transparency, and equality to all economic sectors.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development had determined the two key issues to be focused on in the process of the agricultural sector development, that were (i) develop science and technology research and technology transfer; and (ii) improve the investment environment, and encourage the proactive participation of all sectors in the agriculture and rural development.

Through ISG Plenary Meeting 2014, Minister Cao Duc Phat expressed his sincere thanks to donor community and international organizations for having been providing financial and technical assistance, supporting in the development of policies, which helped the agricultural and rural development sector achieve significant outcomes. The Minister also highly appreciated further support from donor community and international organizations for the agriculture and rural development of Vietnam.

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Investment attraction - Key measures for promoting agricultural sector restructuring

   11/27/2014

Workshop on “Technical assistance and investment promotion for agriculture restructure in Dong Thap province” aiming at opening dialogue, sharing information, seeking cooperation opportunities, technical assistance, investment promotion for agricultural sector was organized by Dong Thap Provincial People’s Committee on 25th November 2014 in Hanoi. Participants of the workshop included Leader of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Leader representatives of central agencies, and many local and international investment organizations.


Vietnam - Ireland Cooperation in the agricultural development

   11/20/2014

Delivering the speech at the signing ceremony, Minister Cao Duc Phat stressed that exchanging experience and promoting cooperation in the field of agriculture was needed for contributing to support the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the process of the agricultural sector restructuring towards better added value and sustainable development.


The 1st meeting of Vietnam - Iran Joint Working Group on Trade

   11/20/2014

The first meeting of Vietnam – Iran Joint Working Group on Trade in the framework of the Joint-Committee on Economics and Trade Cooperation between the Government of Vietnam and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran was held in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran during 13-14 October 2014.


The 5th session of Vietnam-Russia Joint Committee for Fisheries

   11/20/2014

The Vietnam-Russia Joint Committee for Fisheries held the 5th session in Hanoi during 20- 31 October 2014, the Committee adopted the working agenda, and agreed on the information sharing related to the cooperation in the field of fisheries in the next stage; Draft Protocol, which revised and amended the Agreement dated 16th June 1994 and the Committee’s Operational Regulations; Orientation for the next cooperation considering the results of Vietnam-Russia Science and Technology Cooperation Meeting held in Nha Trang in May 2012.


The 2nd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM 2) and Relevant Meetings

   11/10/2014

The AMMDM 2 and relevant meetings were held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam from 12-16 October 2014. Vietnamese delegates were led by Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang.


The 42nd International Pepper Session and Meetings

   10/28/2014

In the Openning Speech by Dr. Le Quoc Doanh, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam at The 42nd International Pepper Session and Meetings were held in Ho Chi Minh city from 27 – 30 October 2014, mentioned that “The pepper production industry was expected to have significant growthwith a high added value, generating many benefits for producers, processors and exporters, contributing to stable national employment and sustainable national economic development”.


The important role of ASEP in the sustainable agricultural development

   10/17/2014

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat attended the 8th Asia-Europe Parliament Partnership (ASEP) Meeting from 6-7 October 2014 in Italy and played as one of the key speakers in concurred with the Italian Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies during the discussion session on “sustainable growth and food security”.


Vietnam and Japan strengthen agricultural cooperation ties

   10/15/2014

Strengthening cooperation in agriculture between the provinces and cities of Vietnam and Ibarak prefecture of Japan - the province has the most developed agriculture in Japan - will foster the motivation from the central level to local level to promote Vietnam agriculture sector growth towards "Medium-to-long-term vision for agricultural sector cooperation between the two countries.”


Restructuring Action Plans of Crop Production, Livestock and Fisheries sub-sectors

   10/10/2014

On 29 August 2014, the International Cooperation Department, International Support Group (ISG), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held the Launching workshop on 03 restructuring action plans of crop production, livestock and fisheries sub-sectors within the framework of technical assistance funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and called for the international community to continue their support for Viet Nam agricultural sector restructuring towards greater added value and sustainable development.


Viet Nam Participated in the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

   10/7/2014

The Inaugural Meeting of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture - ACSA was organized under the initiatives the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit with the participation of over 100 leaders, from government, business, farmer union, civil society, production organization, research institutions, and inter-government organization.


The 36th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) and relevant Meetings

   10/2/2014

The 36th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) and relevant Meetings, including 14th AMAF+3 (P.R. China, Japan, Republic of Korea), 4th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers - China on quality control, inspection and quarantine was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Vietnamese delegation was led by Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh to participate in the meetings.


AFD financed 20 million EUROS to Support Program to Respond to Climate Change (SPRCC)

   10/1/2014

Agence Française de Développement - AFD signed a Credit Agreement worth 20 million Euros to provide the 4th grant for the Support Programme to Respond to Climate Change (SPRCC). At the signing ceremony, Ambassador Jean - Noel Poirier said: "Climate change is a common concern of all countries in the world. This area has been effectively implemented since the project started. The French government will continuously provide support to Vietnam in the efforts of responding to climate change”.


Awarding the medal “For the cause of the agriculture and rural development” to Mr. Sugatani Susumu

   9/29/2014

On 26th September 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development awarded the medal "For the cause of agriculture and rural development" to Mr. Sugatani Susumu, long-term expert of JICA working in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) for his productive contribution to the development of Viet Nam agriculture sector and cooperation between Japan and Vietnam. The medal is presented to express the appreciation of MARD to his contributions during his tenure in Vietnam from October 2010 to 30th September 2014.


The 4th APEC ocean-related ministerial meeting

   9/9/2014

On 28 August 2014, in Xiamen city, Fujian province, China, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam attended the 4th APEC Ocean-Related Ministerial Meeting. The meeting saw the participation of the ministers and minister-equivalent officials of 19/21 APEC economies. The APEC Ocean-Related Ministerial Meeting adopted the Xiamen Declaration on the theme "Towards New Partnership through Ocean Cooperation in Asia Pacific Region" with 4 priority areas: coastal and marine ecosystem conservation and disaster resilience; the role of the ocean on food security and food-related trade; marine science, technology and innovation; and blue economy.


Strengthening Vietnam – Norway Cooperation in Fisheries

   9/6/2014

At the invitation of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries of Norway and Embassy of Norway in Hanoi, Vice Minister Vu Van Tam led the mission of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development during the visit to the Kingdom of Norway from 19 to 23 August, 2014.

At the bilateral meeting, the two Vice Ministers signed the minutes of cooperation in science and technology, animal health, training and trade promotion.


The German government will continue to support Vietnam's forestry sector

   9/4/2014

In the closing event of Viet Nam - Germany Forestry Programme on 19 August 2014 in Hanoi, Ms. Annette Frick confirmed that the Government of Germany would continue to support Viet Nam's forestry sector, with focuses on biodiversity protection and climate issues.


Promoting mechanization for agricultural development

   8/21/2014

The Prime Minister has approved the Action Plan for agricultural machinery development for the implementation of Industrialization Strategy of Viet Nam in the framework of Vietnam-Japan cooperation until 2020 and with vision to 2030 at Decision 1342/QD-TTg dated 12 August 2014. Accordingly, the development of areas of agricultural machinery; processing of agricultural and fisheries products; shipbuilding; environment and energy-saving will be given priority with the aim of supporting the promotion of agricultural development towards greater added value, international competitiveness and sustainable development (Decision 1043/QD-TTg).


Socio-economic Development Plan in 5 years (2016-2020)

   8/18/2014

Striving for an average GDP growth rate at 6.5 - 7%/year and an average decline in the proportion of poor households of 1.5%/year in 2016 - 2020 is the important task of the Socio-economic Development Plan in 5 years from 2016-2020 of the Government proposed in Directive 22/CT-TTg dated 5 August 2014.


Action Plan for improvement of the implementation of ODA projects

   8/18/2014

The Prime Minister approved the "Action Plan for improvement of the implementation of programs and projects funded by ODA and concessional loans for period 2014 - 2015" at Decision 1257/QD-TTg dated 25 July 2014, with 6 main tasks to enhance ODA efficiency.


Remote sensing application for food security

   8/18/2014

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), held the workshop "Remote sensing application for food security" on 30 July 2014 in Hanoi, with the presence of nearly 100 participants including scientists, management officials and representatives of domestic and foreign enterprises. The application of remote sensing technology will contribute to the implementation of agriculture sector restructuring scheme, including crop restructuring in Mekong Delta, Red River Delta and Northern Mountain.


Partners’ meeting for establishing an Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture | The Hague | 9 – 11 July 2014

   8/13/2014

From July 9th – 11th 2014 a meeting between Partners of Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) was held in The Hague, Netherlands to discuss on the formation of a Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture.  The meeting was hosted by the Netherlands Government and co-chaired by Dr Hans Hoogeveen, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Mr. David Nabarro, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition, United Nations. 


Awarding the medal "For the cause of agriculture and rural development" to Ms. Daphne Dernison

   8/8/2014

On 29 July 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development awarded the medal "For the cause of agriculture and rural development" to Ms. Daphne Dernison, Agricultural Counsellor, Embassy of the Netherlands in Vietnam due to her positive support for the development of Viet Nam agriculture sector and cooperation between the Netherlands and Vietnam. The medal is a tribute to her contributions during her working term in Vietnam from July 2010 to July 2014.


Public investment expansion in production development and new rural development

   8/8/2014

This is one of the key tasks that the Prime Minister has assigned to relevant ministries and units in Directive 18/CT-TTg dated 15July 2014 on strengthening the implementation direction of the National Target Program on New Rural Development.


New prospects for Viet Nam-Israel agricultural cooperation

   7/28/2014

On July 14th 2014, the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel in Viet Nam, held the "Viet Nam – Israel Agricultural Enterprises Forum" in Hanoi. This is a new opportunity and prospect for agricultural development and cooperation of the two countries.


Support for enterprises to participate In sector-linking clusters

   7/21/2014

This is one of the tasks outlined for the ministries, ministerial-level agencies, government-attached agencies and People's Committees of provinces and municipalities and relevant units in the Action Plan of the Government to continue the implementation of the Resolution of the 4th Party Central Committee X on a number of key policies for economic growth and sustainability upon Viet Nam's membership of the World Trade Organization, issued with Resolution 49/NQ-CP dated July 10th 2014.


1st Dialogue on Viet Nam - Japan Agricultural Cooperation for the development of Viet Nam agriculture

   7/9/2014

At the first high-level dialogue meeting on Viet Nam - Japan agricultural cooperation,  the two sides have agreed on the outline proposal for the medium-term and long-term vision for comprehensive agriculture development in Viet Nam. Accordingly, specific activities will be identified for the period 2015-2019 and later phases in Viet Nam.


Rice sector restructuring in Mekong Delta: A strategic option

   7/4/2014

Direction of rice sector restructuring:

(i) To assure national food security;(ii) To raise rice farmers' income;(iii) sustainable development: sustainable farming, reduction in production costs, water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and post-harvest losses, enhancement of refined processing and by-product processing.


Consultative meeting on Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA)

   6/25/2014

The Governments of Viet Nam, South Africa and the Netherlands co-organized a Consultative meeting, with support from the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), FAO, CGIAR/CCAFS, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Italy, for establishing an Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture.


The medal "For the cause of agriculture and rural development" awarded to the WB expert

   6/24/2014

On June 17th 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has awarded the medal"For the cause of agriculture and rural development" to Ms. Jennifer Sara, Sector Manager of the Sustainable Development Department of the World Bank (WB) in Viet Nam on the occasion of the completion of her working term in Viet Nam.


Vietnam and Argentina strengthen cooperation in agriculture

   6/24/2014

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on "Food Safety Control", a significant legal framework to promote export and import of agricultural products between the two countries.


Viet Nam – the Netherlands strengthen cooperation in agriculture

   6/24/2014

"Agriculture in Viet Nam and the Netherlands have similarities in both advantages and challenges. Therefore, the two countries have recently provided effective support for the agricultural sector, especially in terms of food security. Also, the two countries have officially established a strategic partnership for agriculture. This will be a great opportunity for agricultural cooperation between the two countries with the goal of making Vietnam become the Netherlands of Asia", the Minister of Agriculture of the Netherlands – Ms. Sharon Dijksma said at the talks.


Denmark pledges 90 million USD in ODA to Vietnam

   6/17/2014

According to the Danish Ambassador to Vietnam, Denmark will disburse 90 million USD in ODA grants to Vietnam in the period 2014-2015. The main focus areas include: green growth; climate change; economic development for private sector; water and sanitation; culture and public governance activities. Denmark pledged to support Vietnam in the fight to reduce poverty and the development a more sustainable economy.


Approval of the project to assure food safety in livestock

   6/17/2014

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved the project "Food safety assurance in the transport and slaughter of livestock and poultry for period 2014-2020". The project aims to control the slaughter and transport of livestock and poultry in the whole country in accordance with the characteristics of each region, assure food safety for domestic consumption and exports and contribute to disease spread prevention and ecological environment protection.


Discussing solutions to overcome difficulties and promote export of agricultural and fishery products

   6/12/2014

At the meeting to discuss solutions to overcome difficulties and promote export of agricultural and fishery products held by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on June 3th 2014, the two Ministries and other relevant ministries and commodity associations identified the challenges in the consumption of this commodity group and agreed on 5 general solutions to overcome difficulties and promote export of this commodity group.


Japan supports Vietnam in disaster recovery equipment

   6/10/2014

On May 30th 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a ceremony to receive equipment of "Non-project aid for disaster prevention and recovery of areas affected by floods in Vietnam in 2011" funded by the Government of Japan, with total value of 600 million yen.


The Second meeting of Asean plus three emergency rice reserve (apterr) council

   6/6/2014

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development hosted The Second Meeting of APTERR Council between May 29th - 30th 2014, with the aim of discussing necessary amendments for financial management rules and procedures of APTERR, identifying a number of fundamental issues of coordination mechanism between ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework and APTERR Fund, and agreeing on the work plan for 2014-2015.


Memorandum of understanding for the project "New rural development associated with agricultural value chain development in Ninh Thuan"

   6/6/2014

On May 27th, the signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Cheil Jedang (CJ) Corporation - South Korea, Ninh Thuan Provincial People's Committee and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on the implementation of the project "New rural development associated with agricultural value chain development in Ninh Thuan" was held in the city of Phan Ranh, Ninh Thuan province.


Further promotion of the implementation of Central Resolution 7 (X) on Tam Nong

   6/6/2014

The Politburo has issued Conclusion No. 97-KL/TW on a number of policies and solutions to implement Central Resolution 7 (X) on agriculture, farmers and rural areas. 

Accordingly, the strategic and innovative Central Resolution 7 (X) on agriculture, farmers and rural areas will be widely implemented in a uniform and serious manner, with the participation of the political system and the people.


Emulation movement "The whole agriculture and rural development sector puts joint effort into sector restructuring and new rural development"

   6/4/2014

To achieve the goals of the Sector restructuring scheme and promote the emulationmovement "The whole country puts joint efforts into new rural development",on behalf of the Official Section of the Communist Party, the ministerial leaders and Emulation and Rewards Council of the Ministry, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development has launched the movement"The whole agriculture and rural development sector puts joint efforts into sector restructuring and new rural development"in the period 2014 - 2015 and until 2020, with 5 main contents.


The Government issued the Action Programme for international integration

   5/23/2014

The Government has issued Resolution 31/NQ-CP, dated May 13th 2014, on the Action Programme by the Government for the implementation of Resolution 22-NQ/TW, dated April 10th 2013, of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam on international integration.


Strengthening foreign direct investment attraction in agriculture

   5/23/2014

On May 19th 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development organized a consultation workshop on the draft scheme "Strengthening management and attraction of foreign direct investment in agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the period 2015-2020, with directions to 2030". Minister Cao Duc Phat emphasized that the workshop is a great opportunity for the ministry to listen to the discussion of experts, regulators, domestic and foreign enterprises and international organizations, pointing out the real cause for the "poor" condition of FDI attraction in agriculture and proposing solutions to exploit the full potential, increase farmers' income and bring long-term benefits for investors in agriculture in the future.


Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam in the United States in April 20-26, 2014

   5/14/2014

The mission led by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam including representatives of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Industry and Trade and Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers, arrived in Washington, D.C, the United States


Supporting small and mediumrural enterprises in developing linking clusters

   5/14/2014

The Prime Minister issued Decision 644/QD-TTg, dated May 5th 2014, approving the Scheme "Supporting small and medium enterprises indeveloping sectoral linking clusters in the value chain of agricultural and rural sector",implemented in2014-2018.


Green growth - a principal goal in the industrialization-modernization process

   5/7/2014

The National Action Plan on Green Growth was approved by the Prime Minister in Decision 403/QD-TTG, dated March 20th 2014. International donors highly appreciate this Plan and stress that green growth is a huge step of economic restructuring in Vietnam. This is an impressive triumph of Vietnam in the roadmap of response to climate change, making a tremendous impact on socioeconomic development and an important goal in the industrialization and modernization process of the country.


Irrigation Restructuring Scheme approved

   5/7/2014

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved the "Restructuring scheme of irrigation sector" in Decision 794/QD-BNN-TCTL dated April 21st 2014 with the objectives: improving efficiency of irrigation sector to contribute to agricultural restructuring towards greater added value and sustainable development; meeting the development requirements of socioeconomic sectors; building capacity for disaster prevention and response to climate change; contributing to modernization of agricultural and rural infrastructure and new rural development.


World Bank supports 390 million USD for 3 projects of the Government of Vietnam

   4/29/2014

The State Bank of Vietnam and the World Bank(WB) has signed financing agreements andrelated legal documents with a total budget of 390 million USD for 3 projects including: Central Highlands Poverty Reduction Project (150 million USD), Irrigated Agriculture Improvement Project (180 million USD) and Social Assistance System Strengthening Project (60 million USD).


The Prime Minister serves as the Head of the National Steering Committee for international integration

   4/29/2014

The Prime Minister has signed Decision No. 596/QD-TTg, dated April 23th 2014,on the establishment of the National Steering Committee forinternational integration.The Headof the National Steering Committee forinternational integration is Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.The Deputy Headof the National Steering Committee arethe Deputy Prime Ministers:Vu Van Ninh, Vu Duc Dam, Pham Binh Minh.


Results of the first meeting of Vietnam - Sudan Joint Committee

   4/26/2014

The inter-ministerial mission led by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam, Chairman of the Sub-Committee of the Joint Committee attended the first meeting of Vietnam - Sudan Joint Committee in Khartoum, Sudan in April 14th – 16th of 2014. Vietnamese Ambassador to Egypt and Sudan concurrently also attended the meeting.


Principles of assignment of state management on food fafety

   4/26/2014

On April 9th 2014, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Ministry of Industry and Trade issued Joint Circular No. 13/2014/TTLT-BYT-BNNPTNT-BCT guiding the assignment and coordination in state management on food safety, which stipulates that each product or each production facility or each business establishment is only managed by 01 state agency.


Vietnam and Bulgaria promote agricultural cooperation

   4/17/2014

During the official visit to Vietnam of the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, on April 7th 2014, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and the Minister of Agriculture and Food of Bulgaria Dimitar Grekov signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.


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