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Vietnamese ambassador elected WIPO General Assembly chairman

Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and other international organizations in Geneva, has been elected chairman of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assembly for the 2018-2019 tenure.

The election was announced after votes by representatives of all 188 WIPO member countries at the WIPO General Assembly’s 57th session that opened in Geneva, Switzerland on October 2.

According to VnExpress newspaper, this is the first time a Vietnamese representative is named chairperson of the WIPO General Assembly, marking a remarkable milestone in the country’s diplomatic history.

Founded in 1967, WIPO takes responsibility for promoting innovation and creativity for the economic, social and cultural development of all countries, through a balanced and effective international intellectual property system.

Saigon Times Group to organize conference on handling media crisis

The Saigon Times Group in coordination with the 2030 Businessmen Club will organize a conference aimed at sharing experiences in dealing with media crisis at its head office, 35 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1, HCMC at 8:30 a.m. on October 10, 2017. 

Hosted by Duong Thu Huong, director of Public Relations at IDG Ventures Vietnam and CEO of Interactive Co.Ltd., Forbes Vietnam, the conference will focus on behaviors towards related parties during the crisis, including the public, media partners, relevant agencies and internal employees, as well as solutions to the possible consequences.

For registration, contact Xuan Bach, secretary of the 2030 Businessmen Club, on 0913853139.

Natural disasters cause losses of VND21.5 trillion

Data of the General Statistics Office of Vietnam shows that natural disasters this year to date have left 169 people dead or missing, 232 people injured, 1,600 houses collapsed, 233,000 houses partly damaged, and over 110,000 hectares of rice and other crops damaged. The total damage was estimated at nearly VND21.5 trillion (US$945.9 million).

According to Nhan Dan newspaper, localities suffering the largest losses included Quang Binh, Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Tri and Yen Bai.

The total amount of cash relief given to localities affected by natural disasters in the year to date has amounted to VND551 billion.

In September alone, natural disasters killed 29 people and injured 97 others, and caused damages estimated at VND16.7 trillion.

Motorbikes allowed on Hang Xanh overpass

To reduce congestion at Hang Xanh Crossroad, Binh Thanh District, the HCMC Department of Transport will allow motorbikes to travel on Hang Xanh overpass from 9 a.m., October 21.

The left lane will be for autos with total weight under 10 tons, while the right lane for motorbikes. The overpass allows a maximum speed of 50 kilometers per hour.

According to the department, the car-only overpass is often deserted while underneath roads are overwhelmed with vehicles.

To ensure safety for the commuters while traveling on the overpass, the department has installed higher fences, lane dividers and cameras.

Gia Hoet Lake dam partially collapses

A 20-meter-long part of Gia Hoet Lake dam in Chau Duc District, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province has broken after the water level in the lake rose to 137.5 meters on Monday, Tuoi Tre newspaper reports.

The district had to immediately evacuate 39 households living near the dam. About 20 houses and 20 hectares of crops have been damaged by the incident but no casualties were reported.

According to local authorities, a heavy rain on September 30 made water level in the lake, which has storage capacity of 4 million cubic meters of water, exceed the maximum allowable level and breached the dam.

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