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Exhibition on COVID-19 to open in Đà Nẵng City


COVID-19 check and control activities, an oil painting by Mai Thị Kiều Liên, will be displayed at an exhibition in Đà Nẵng. Photo courtesy Đà Nẵng Fine Arts Museum

ĐÀ NẴNG — A collection of 120 paintings and photos on the fights against COVID-19 will be displayed at an exhibition at the central city’s Fine Arts Museum on October 19-25.

The museum said the exhibition includes works from 106 painters and photographers from 11 cities and provinces, featuring activities and efforts by local people and doctors in the fight against COVID-19.

According to the organisers, two first prizes, four runner-up awards with six third prizes will be presented for artists at the exhibition. Selected paintings and photos will also receive 10 encouragement prizes from the exhibition


Da Nang-based Multi Vietnam wins Asia Pacific Social Innovation Partnership Award


The Da Nang-based Multi Vietnam Joint Stock Company whose domestically and internationally-renowned product is MultiGlass has recently won the ‘Inclusive Business’, one of the categories in the Asia Pacific Social Innovation Partnership Award (APSIPA).

Developed by Founder and CEO of Multi Vietnam Le Hoang Anh, a former student of the Da Nang University of Education, MultiGlass consists of 3 separate versions based on main technology platforms, namely IoT, iris recognition, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Multi Vietnam, over recent times, has risen to fame for creating a highly positive social impact in the current context of the thriving Industry 4.0. A large number of MultiGlass products have been sold, whereby the company records a considerably high average annual revenue growth.

Multi Vietnam-developed MultiGlass won the first prizes at the Pitching Competition – SURF 2019 and the national innovative entrepreneurship day Techfest 2019. Besides, the product won a second prize at the National Entrepreneurship Awards 2017, and it was also listed in the ‘Viet Nam Golden Book of Creativity 2016”.
Apart from Multi Vietnam, the Journey of the Senses, a group of premium restaurants and creative services that provide the unique experience of being served by and interacting with the disability in Viet Nam, also brought home the ‘Inclusive Business’ award.

Hosted by the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs, the APSIPA aims to explore dynamic social innovation models in the Asia Pacific and to motivate more change-makers to contribute to social innovation, discovering and celebrating social innovation partnerships that connect diverse stakeholders and make significant social impacts.
Partnership cases are required to set the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) as their core value.

The award sets motivating social innovation partnerships as its purpose, integrating 17 SDGs sorted into three categories, namely ‘Biosphere Sustainability’, ‘Inclusive Business’ and ‘Social Prosperity’. Three winners were chosen from each category and there was one Special Jury Prize chosen by the judging panel.
This year’s competition attracted a combined total of 95 entries from 16 countries and territories worldwide.

By P.LAN – Translated by A.T


Ideas for making Da Nang eco-friendly collected


Ideas for developing Da Nang into one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in Viet Nam during the 2021-2030 period were highlighted at a one-day scientific seminar in Da Nang on 17 October.
Hosted by the Da Nang People’s Committee, the event was attended by experts from the Japan Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), along with scientists and environmental managers in Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

Also present at this event was Deputy Minister of the Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan.
Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Head of the Faculty of Architecture of the Da Nang University of Science and Technology, highlighted the importance of developing sustainable urban planning solutions in Da Nang, and launching new scheme to generate more green space in the city in a bid to meet national and global evaluation criteria for an environmentally friendly city.

Mr Nguyen Xuan Minh, Secretary of the Viet Nam Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, suggested that Da Nang government should focus on effective steps to reduce the emissions from road traffic in order to realise Da Nang goals of cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr Naoki Mori, the Technical and Communication Director of IGES, underlined a must-do for Da Nang to drive the circular and low-carbon economy, and deploy Industry 4.0 technologies in environmental quality monitoring and control, to ensure its sustainable growth.

Deputy Minister Nhan commended Da Nang for its efforts in turning itself one of the most environmentally-friendly city in Viet Nam by 2025.

By HOANG HIEP – Translated by M.D


Da Nang, Vietnam Plans for Smart City Development


Vietnam’s central city of Da Nang announced that its smart city project is a key driver of socio-economic development in the future, in addition to a transition to technology-based city management.

According to media reports, the statement was made by Da Nang’s Chairman, Huynh Duc Tho, at the Smart City Summit 2019, which took place in the city on October 23. He said that Da Nang already approved a smart city development plan for 2018-2025 and expects it to be completed around 2030. The city mayor added that the Summit is a good opportunity for the city’s agencies and domestic and foreign experts to discuss the models, solutions, technologies, and policies to successfully build a smart city.

In addition to Da Nang’s development plan, the participants at the summit reported on smart city trends in ASEAN, Malaysia’s experience in smart city building, and public-private partnership in smart city building.
There was also an in-depth discussion session on leaders’ visions in smart city development and the core components of building, developing, and operating a smart city.

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