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Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia,HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province,Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US,Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia, HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province, Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US, Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US

Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia, HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province, Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US, Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

A senior official of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) has reiterated Vietnam’s consistent policy of treasuring the friendly and cooperative ties with the US based on the framework for bilateral relations set up by the two sides in recent years.

Truong Thi Mai, head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation, made the affirmation while meeting with Congressman Ted Yoho, who is also Chairman of the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee under the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US House of Representatives, in Washington DC on November 30.

She said that both sides should increase trust building work to allow bilateral ties to develop in a stable, practical and sustainable manner, for the interests of the two peoples.

Expressing his delight over the sound development of the bilateral relations, Yoho said that the US stands ready to bolster comprehensive collaboration with Vietnam, and it will continue to join hands with the Southeast Asian country to remove bottlenecks in the ties.

The US attaches importance to Vietnam’s position and role in the ASEAN and considers the country an important partner of the US in the region, he added.

During her stay in the US from November 29 to December 1, Mai and her entourage had meetings with the Deputy Assistant to the President, the White House Communications Director and officials from the US Department of State and Department of Labour. She also joined a round-table discussion about gender equality, women in politics, and the Vietnam-US relations with several US researchers, and had talks with the President of the Communist Party USA.

At the meetings, both sides talked in-depth about measures to enhance the bilateral relations, stressing that the two nations should continue exchanges at all levels, including through the party channel, while promoting existing cooperation mechanisms. Collaboration should focus on the fields of their interests, including labour relations and law amendment, while continuing to boost trade and investment as the foundation and driving force for bilateral ties.

The two sides also agreed to continue priotising joint efforts to address war consequences and humanitarian assistance. 

They noted that the two sides should enhance cooperation at regional and multilateral mechanisms and forums.

The CPV official also urged the US to recognise Vietnam’s market economy.

Regarding regional and global issues, the two sides agreed that disputes in the East Sea must be settled by peaceful means in accordance with international laws, particularly the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and peace and freedom of aviation and navigation in the waters must be ensured.

The US appreciated Vietnam’s cooperation in implementing the United Nations’ resolutions in the past time as well as the country’s efforts to reduce conflicts and advocate denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula.

Congratulations to Laos on National Day

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and President Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on December 1 sent a message of congratulations to Lao leaders on the occasion of Laos’ 43rd National Day (December 2). 

Their message was addressed to General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President Bounnhang Vorachith, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and National Assembly Chairwoman Pany Yathotou. 

In the message, the Vietnamese leaders expressed joy at the great achievements that the Lao people have recorded in their cause of national construction and defence under the clear-sighted leadership of the LPRP. 

They noted that after nearly three years implementing the resolution of the 10th National Congress of the LPRP, the socio-political situation in Laos has been kept stable, national defence and security has been maintained, the Lao economy has continued to grow and social, cultural and educational affairs have made progress, while the Lao people’s living conditions have constantly been improved and the country’s prestige and position in the international and regional arena have been enhanced. 

“Congratulations on your important accomplishments. We wish the Lao people, under the clear-sighted leadership of the LPRP headed by General Secretary and President Bounnhang Vorachith, greater achievements in implementing the Resolution of the 10th National Congress of the LPRP and the 8th Five-year Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2016-2020, and in preparing for the successful organisation of Party congresses at all levels towards the 11th Party National Congress,” the message read. 

The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh extended his greetings to Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith. 

Head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan also sent a congratulatory message to his Lao counterpart Sunthon Xayachack.

HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province

Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia, HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province, Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US, Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong (R) and Secretary of the Party Committee of China's Hunan province Du Jiahao 

Ho Chi Minh City wants to enhance delegation exchanges and step up cooperative relations with China’s Hunan province, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong has said.

Hosting a reception for Secretary of the Party Committee of Hunan province Du Jiahao on December 1, Phong said that both sides have huge potential for cooperation in tourism, trade and investment, contributing to socio-economic development in each nation.

On the basis of the thriving Vietnam-China relations, Ho Chi Minh City has promoted the exchange of delegations and partnership in trade, investment and tourism with eight localities in China, he underlined.

Phong expressed his hope that the Hunan leader’s visit will serve as a catalyst for Ho Chi Minh City and Hunan to further their cooperative ties.

Du, for his part, said that his visit aims to concretise cooperation agreements reached between General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President Xi Jinping during Xi’s visit to Vietnam in 2017.

Hunan will join hands with other Chinese localities to intensify cooperation with Vietnamese partners, helping branch out the friendship and cooperation between the two Parties, States and peoples.

Congratulating Ho Chi Minh City for its socio-economic achievements in the past time, Du said he expects the city will become an economic, financial, trade and logistic hub not only of Vietnam but also of the region.

Hunan hopes to enhance cooperation with the Vietnamese city in the fields of both sides’ strengths like tourism, infrastructure development, information and electronics.

Chinese investors have poured 157 million USD in 225 projects in Ho Chi Minh City, ranking 19th among 100 countries and territories having investment in the city. Last year, HCM City’s trade with China stood at 16 billion USD. China is one of the five biggest sources of visitors to Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam-Cuba Inter-Governmental Committee concludes 36th meeting

 Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia, HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province, Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US, Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz and Vietnamese Construction Minister Pham Hong Ha (sitting, left) sign the meeting’s minutes 

The 36th meeting of the Vietnam-Cuba Inter-Governmental Committee concluded in Havana, Cuba on November 30.

Addressing the closing ceremony, Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz said that the two sides agreed on a number of measures to enhance the efficiency of the committee, continue boosting trade growth and create favourable conditions for Vietnam’s investment in Cuba.

The minister, who is chairman of the Cuba sub-committee, said that the measures also aim to implement agreements reached between the two countries during the visit to Cuba by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong in March 2018 as well as the visit to Vietnam by President Miguel Diaz Canel Bermudez last October.

Meanwhile, chairman of the Vietnam sub-committee and Construction Minister Pham Hong Ha noted the new contents in the meeting’s minutes, which he said are in line with the specific orientations given by leaders of both sides as well as the development demands in each country.

At the closing ceremony, representatives of the Vietnam Institute for Urban and Rural Planning and the Cuba Physical Planning Institute signed an agreement on cooperation in implementing a protocol on measures for construction planning and planning management to optimise development resources of coastal economic zones.

During his stay in Cuba, Minister Ha and the Vietnamese delegation paid a courtesy call to President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel. They also had a working session with Secretary of the Party Committee of Havana Luis Antonio Torres Iribar and Cuban Minister of Transport Adel Yzquierdo Rodríguez.

Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia

Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia, HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province, Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US, Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

An overview of the meeting between Saint Petersburg Acting Governor Alexander Beglov and Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh 

Saint Petersburg city has taken the lead in launching activities to mark the Vietnam Year in Russia and Russia Year in Vietnam in 2019 by hosting the first Russia-Vietnam Youth Forum and is planning a wide range of activities for the whole year, stated Acting Governor of the city Alexander Beglov.

At a meeting with Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh on the sidelines of the forum, which opened on November 30, Beglov said that the partnership between Saint Petersburg and Vietnamese localities has been fruitful.

Along with speeding up preparations for the Vietnam Year in Russia and Russia Year in Vietnam in 2019, the city has kept close coordination with the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia and its twin partners in Vietnam to build an extensive programme throughout the year, he said.

The key event in summer 2019 will be a conference on President Ho Chi Minh’s spiritual heritage on the occasion of the 50th death anniversary of the late leader, said Beglov.

In April 2019, the second largest city of Russia will organise an exhibition on Vietnam’s struggle for independence and freedom, and in May, it will hold another exhibition featuring Vietnam’s ancient culture at the State Hermitage Museum, he revealed.

In particular, there will be a conference on one of the issues of Vietnam’s great concern, security in East Sea, which will be held by Ho Chi Minh Institute at Saint Petersburg State University, he said. 

The Governor added that the local media will run articles on the Russia-Vietnam relationship throughout the year, and the city will invite many Vietnamese delegations to visit.

For his part, Ambassador Ngo Duc Manh lauded the plan of Saint Petersburg and pledged to support all the activities.

He proposed strengthening tourism partnership between the city and Vietnam, saying that more tourists travelling will encourage airlines to open direct air routes linking Saint Petersburg and Vietnam.

The two sides also expressed support of a proposal to launch a culture-business centre of Ho Chi Minh City in Saint Petersburg.

The decision on organising the Vietnam Year in Russia and Russia Year in Vietnam was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 3, 2018, aiming to further promote the bilateral relationship.

Prime Minister attends Tay Nguyen Gong Festival in Gia Lai

Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia, HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province, Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US, Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

At the opening ceremony of the Tay Nguyen Gong Culture Festival 2018 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged the administrations and people of Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) localities to work harder to preserve and promote the value of their gong culture as well as other traditional practices and religious rituals.

Addressing the opening of the Tay Nguyen Gong Culture Festival 2018 in Pleiku city of Gia Lai province on November 30, the PM said that the gong culture is a treasure in the cultural heritage of the Vietnamese people and humankind as a whole.

The Party and State entrust the local communities of Tay Nguyen with the task of preserving the natural environment, the ecosystem and cultural values of the region, which is also a condition for the existence and development of the gong culture, he said.

The PM highlighted the development vision for Tay Nguyen to become a hub of organic agriculture with biodiversity and rich culture tradition.

Tay Nguyen must become a symbol of Vietnam’s tourism with its mysterious charm in the 21st century, he stressed.

The festival draws nearly 1,200 artisans from five regional provinces - Kon Tum, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Lam Dong, and Gia Lai.

The two-day event aims to honour the unique value of Tay Nguyen gong cultural space as well as the diversity of traditional cultures of ethnic minorities in Tay Nguyen.

Visitors to the event will have chance to enjoy street coffee festival and signature dishes of Tay Nguyen.

The Cultural Space of Gong of Tay Nguyen was recognised by the UNESCO as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of the humanity in 2005. It is closely linked to the daily life of local people. Their belief systems form a mystical world where the gongs produce a privileged language between men, divinities and the supernatural world.

Currently, Tay Nguyen has more than 10,000 sets of gongs, over one half of which are kept in Gia Lai province.

Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia, HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province, Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US, Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Doan Xuan Hung hosted a get-together for Vietnamese intellectuals working and studying in the country in Berlin on November 30.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Doan Xuan Hung hosted a get-together for Vietnamese intellectuals working and studying in the country in Berlin on November 30.

Speaking to the many Vietnamese professors, doctors, scientists and students from various universities, research centres and top companies of Germany and other German-speaking countries who participated in the event, Ambassador Hung proposed a series of topics for them to discuss, focusing on ways through which they can intensify their contributions to their homeland.

The Party and State always pay attention to, call on and create the best conditions for intellectuals living in foreign countries to contribute to the national development of Vietnam, the diplomat reiterated.

Participating scientists held that many Vietnamese have become successful in Germany and gained rich experiences in sciences and realities. This is a “soft power” of the Vietnamese in Germany, and the question now is how to further mobilize this valuable resource to the development of Vietnam in the new context, they stressed.

At the event, many scientists shared their experiences in finding financial resources for scientific research and application projects for Vietnam. Participants also agreed on the establishment of a board taking charge of the preparations for the coming into being of the Vietnamese Intellectuals’ Association in Germany.

Symposium seeks orientations for ASEAN future path

Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia, HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province, Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US, Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

Overview of the symposium 

Over half a century, ASEAN has brought great benefits to Southeast Asian and Asian-Pacific countries by providing a peaceful and stable environment for development, and an open cooperation space, stated Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung.

Addressing the “ASEAN Post 50 and Vietnam” symposium in Hanoi on November 30, Dung, who is head of the ASEAN SOM of Vietnam, said that 2018 is the first year of the next 50 years of the bloc.

The way ahead of the association will not be smooth as its surrounding regions and global environment are changing fast in an unpredictable manner, and especially when its community has been formed just three years, he said.

Dung expressed his hope that participants will have an overview of the grouping’s new path, point out its urgent issues, and define development orientations and proper steps in the future.

The event is also an important preparatory step for Vietnam to assume the ASEAN Chair in 2020, he added.

Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan, ASEAN Deputy General Secretary for Political and Security Community said that in order to firmly maintain its central role and deal with challenges from the world’s powers as well as effects from the US-China trade tension, ASEAN should focus on building a single voice when facing regional and global matters, and strengthening its self-reliance.

Ambassador Nguyen Nguyet Nga, Vice Chair of the Vietnam National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, asserted that peace, stability, cooperation and connection are the major trend amidst the increasing geopolitical transformation.

Ambassador Nga underlined the need for ASEAN to become one of the pioneering mechanisms to promote multilateral partnership, global governance, and the implementation of sustainable development goals.

Vietnam should continue making contributions to affirming the role of the grouping, especially its position as a major political motivation for the new evolving architecture in the Asia-Pacific region, she said.

Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia congratulates Laos on National Day

Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia, HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province, Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US, Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

Ambassador Le Quy Quynh (centre, L) presents a flower basket to representatives of the Lao Embassy 

Ambassador Le Quy Quynh led a delegation of the embassy and representative agencies of Vietnam in Malaysia to visit the Lao Embassy in the country on November 30 to congratulate Laos on its 43rd National Day (December 2, 1975 - 2018).

At the meeting, Quynh sent his best wishes to the Lao Party, State and people on the occasion. 

He said over the past 43 years, under the sound leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, Laos has attained significant achievements in all spheres, particularly in 2018 when it kept stable politics-security and socio-economic growth despite difficulties caused by natural disasters.

For his part, Lao Ambassador to Malaysia Houmdaophone Soukhaseum thanked the Vietnamese Party, Stat and people for their support given to his country in the past struggle for independence as well as today development.    

Both ambassadors agreed Vietnam – Laos special relationship is a valuable asset fostered by generations of the two countries’ leaders and people.

They stressed the two embassies will do their utmost to enhance the bilateral friendship.

Gia Lai needs to increase forest coverage: PM

Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia, HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province, Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US, Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) addresses the working session with Gia Lai's officials on November 30 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has instructed the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai to continue increasing its forest coverage and protecting its ecosystem and distinctive cultural identity, saying these are strategic orientations for the locality’s development.

He had a working session on November 30 with the province that ranks first in the Central Highlands and third in the country in terms of forest coverage and forms part of the Central Highlands Gong Cultural Space, the Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The province is projected to accomplish all its set targets, with its GDP growth to reach 8 percent, and GRDP per capita, 45.36 million VND this year.   

It, however, is dealing with declining prices of key farm produce, low human resources quality, and complicated political security and social order.

PM Phuc said the province has built some hi-tech productive production models and achieved encouraging outcomes in constructing new rural areas, generating jobs, and taking care of people’s health and policy beneficiaries.

However, the poverty rate in the province remains high, especially among ethnic minority people. There are some villages where all households are classified as poor, he said.

The province has yet fully tapped potential and advantages of some sectors, such as agriculture while its 4,900 businesses are operating mainly as small and medium-sized ones, he said.

He instructed competent ministries and sector, including the Ministry of Finance, to work with the province in assisting over 100 ethnic households living in landslide and flooding-prone areas in Krong Pa district to move to safer places.

“This is an important work that needs to be promptly done to ensure the life of people living here,” he said.

While approving the province’s goal of balancing its budget, he suggested the locality to focus on high-tech farm and forestry processing; tourism service; and developing a selected industry based on its comparative advantage like wind and solar energy or processing industry for its future socio-economic development.

He asked the province to drastically improve its business environment, sharpen its competitiveness, and assist business development. “Each office, district, and commune needs to work harder, especially in tackling difficulties to make it easier for businesses to promote production and tap the province’s strengths.”

He also asked the locality to continue reforming administrative procedures, and tapping its land resources and position as the centre of the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam development triangle. 

Gia Lai needs to draw high-tech projects into agriculture and make the best use of its advantageous tourism features to create jobs for local people, he said.

Deputy PM hosts APEC Vision Group Chair

Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia, HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province, Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US, Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) receives Chair of APEC Vision Group Allan Wagner 

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on November 30 welcomed Allan Wagner, who is Chair of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Vision Group and former Foreign Minister of Peru, who is in Hanoi to attend a conference on Vietnam’s 20-year APEC membership.

Minh expressed his delight at the positive development in Vietnam-Peru relations over the past few years, affirming that Vietnam attaches great importance to intensifying and expanding its comprehensive cooperation with Peru, especially in terms of economics, trade, and investment.

Appreciating the role of Peru and Allan Wagner as the APEC Vision Group’s Chair, he suggested that both sides continue coordinating closely in building new orientations for APEC cooperation after 2020.

Wagner spoke of Vietnam’s role in and contributions to the forum over the past two decades, particularly the success of the APEC Year 2017.

He agreed to continue boosting the two countries’ relations and maintaining their coordination at multilateral forums, especially the United Nations and the APEC, as well as in implementing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Wagner also committed to fostering the collaboration between Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with Latin American nations.

He appreciated the role of Vietnam in initiating the establishment of the APEC Vision Group at the 2017 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, as well as the country’s contributions as the group’s Vice Chair.

Both sides reached a consensus on close coordination to build a new APEC vision to boost free and open trade and investment, alongside regional economic linkages and maintaining the role of the Asia-Pacific region as a driving force for global economic growth and connectivity. 

Vietnam-Cuba Inter-Governmental Committee convenes meeting

 Saint Petersburg plans big for Vietnam Year in Russia, HCM City wants to bolster ties with China’s Hunan province, Party official reiterates importance of cooperation with US, Vietnamese intellectuals in Germany urged to further help homeland

Vietnamese Construction Minister Pham Hong Ha (R) shakes hands with Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz 

 

The Vietnam-Cuba Inter-Governmental Committee convened its 36th meeting in Havana on November 29 with the determination to continue strengthening and diversifying bilateral economic and trade ties. 

The event was co-chaired by Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz and Vietnamese Construction Minister Pham Hong Ha. 

Speaking at the event, Minister Diaz said both sides are working hard to update their economic-trade cooperation roadmap for 2019. 

He added that with their special political relations as a foundation, reflected by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to Cuba in March 2018 and President Miguel Diaz Canel Bermudez’s visit to Vietnam in October 2018, both sides are looking to lift two-way trade to 500 million USD in the coming years. 

Minister Ha highlighted healthcare and agricultural cooperation as promising fields that need to be tapped in order to tighten bilateral economic and trade links. 

He called for measures to create favourable conditions for investors who are keen to launch projects in Cuba, including Vietnam’s projects in the Mariel Special Development Zone. 

The same day, Ha held a working session with Cuban Vice President of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz. Both sides highlighted the progress made in bilateral ties in recent years, notably the new trade agreement signed during Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel’s visit to Vietnam and various agriculture projects of note. 

 

Source: VNN - Bridge

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