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HCM City People’s Council convenes 12th session,Prince Andrew’s visit gives boost to Vietnam-UK ties: Deputy PM,PM asks Lotte Group to support Vietnamese start-ups,Belarusian Deputy FM: Vietnam is a special partner of Belarus

HCM City People’s Council convenes 12th session, Prince Andrew’s visit gives boost to Vietnam-UK ties: Deputy PM, PM asks Lotte Group to support Vietnamese start-ups, Belarusian Deputy FM: Vietnam is a special partner of Belarus

Vietnam, Cambodia enjoy flourishing relations

Vietnam and Cambodia are enjoying flourishing friendship and cooperation, which have been nurtured by generations of the two countries’ leaders and people.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) welcomes his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi last September 

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen will pay an official visit to Vietnam from December 6 to 8 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

This will be the first official trip to Vietnam by PM Hun Sen since Cambodia set up its sixth-tenure Government last September. It is also on the threshold of the 40th anniversary of the victory over the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime (January 7, 1979), which Cambodia won with Vietnam’s support.

The visit will help Vietnam reiterate its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance and diversification and multilateralisation of foreign relations, with a focus on developing relations with Cambodia.

With diplomatic ties established on June 24, 1967, the two countries have maintained mutual high-ranking visits as well as delegation exchanges between their ministries, sectors and localities.

The two prime ministers have also discussed bilateral cooperation at many events, including the 10th Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Summit on Development Triangle Area in Hanoi in April, the 27th World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi in September and the ASEAN leaders’ gathering in Indonesia’s Bali in October 2018.

In the Friendship Year 2017, the countries worked together to repair and inaugurate 13 monuments to the Vietnam-Cambodia friendship. They also organised activities marking 50 years of their diplomatic relations last year.

Cooperation between ministries, sectors and localities, along with people-to-people exchange have been promoted. The two sides have coordinated in sharing information, resolving incidents along their border and stepping up joint patrols at sea. 

The countries have been consistent in the principle of not allowing hostile forces to use one country’s territory to sabotage the other’s security and stability. They have also worked closely to search for and repatriate remains of Vietnam’s soldiers who died in Cambodia during wartime.

While realising their foreign policies of multilateralising and diversifying foreign relations, Vietnam and Cambodia have coordinated at international and regional mechanisms like the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Development Triangle Area, the Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Cooperation, the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting and the United Nations, thereby helping to improve each country’s stature in the region and the world.

Encouraging outcomes have also been recorded in bilateral economic links.

Two-way trade reached 3.8 billion USD in 2017, up 30 percent year on year. The figure topped 3.8 billion USD in the first 10 months of 2018, up 21 percent from a year earlier.

Vietnam has invested in 206 projects worth 3.02 billion USD in Cambodia, making it one of the five biggest foreign direct investors in the latter. Meanwhile, Cambodian investment in Vietnam has also been rising, with 18 projects worth 58.12 million USD.

Investment and business activities of Vietnamese firms have been highly valued by Cambodian leaders, and they have helped with local social welfare and development.

In 2017, more than 835,000 Vietnamese visited Cambodia, making Vietnam the country’s second largest source of foreign tourists.

 

Hanoi, Minsk work to sign cooperation pact for 2019 – 2020

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Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen The Hung (R) and Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Dapkiunas met in Hanoi on December 4 (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)

 

Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Dapkiunas asked Hanoi and Belarusian capital Minsk to step up discussions for their cooperation agreement for 2019 – 2020.

He made the request at a meeting with Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen The Hung on December 4 as part of his visit to Vietnam.

The official stated Belarus considers cooperation with Vietnam a priority of its diplomacy in Asia, noting that bilateral ties in many fields are still short of their potential.

He praised Hanoi authorities’ support for Belarusian firms operating in the city. He hoped collaboration between Vietnam and his country as well as between Hanoi and Minsk would improve in the future. 

Agreeing with his guest, Hung highlighted potential for bilateral engagements between the two capitals and said Hanoi will soon send a delegation to Minsk to discuss the cooperation pact. The agreement is expected to be signed in May or June next year, he added.

The official took the occasion to praise the performance of 32 made-in-Belarus buses in Hanoi, asking the Belarusian side to continue its involvement in the development of the local bus system and public transport management.

Hanoi put the 32 buses produced by the Belarusian Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ) into use last year. The vehicles have proved better quality compared to others operated in the city.

 

Prime Minister hails businesses’ entrepreneurial spirit

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (standing) addresses the Vietnam Business Forum 

 

The entrepreneurial spirit of businesses is a stimulus for the Government to act more drastically and innovatively, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the annual Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) 2018 in Hanoi on December 4.

The PM highlighted the forum as an important dialogue channel between the Government and the business community.

He noted all constructive opinions of enterprises and appreciated their enthusiasm and aspirations to make more contributions to the country’s development.

The Government leader believed that businesses can find a lot of cooperation opportunities despite strong impacts from the global trade issues.

He underlined Vietnam’s significant economic accomplishments over the past time, noting that the national economic growth is projected at 7 percent in 2018, the highest level over the past decade and much higher than that of other countries in the region.

Along with the achievements, Vietnam has become a “big workshop” of the world and a “fulcrum” for many transnational corporations providing competitive products and services in the region and the globe, he said.

The presence of leading groups in Vietnam such as Samsung, Intel, Canon, Fujitsu, Toyota, Honda, Nike, and Vinacapital as well as thousands of foreign direct investment (FDI) enterprises is a guarantee of the quality of the investment environment and growth prospects of Vietnam, he said.

The strong growth of private economic groups indicates that the business climate in Vietnam could give birth to large internationally competitive enterprises, the PM added.

Vietnam now has more than 20 export items worth over one billion USD, he said, adding that agricultural products such as rice, pepper, coffee, and basa fish are leading the global market. Fruits like dragon fruit, mango, longan, lychee, rambutan, and grapefruit are exported to such choosy markets as the US, Europe, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Australia.

The PM emphasised on the country’s consistency in the trade liberalisation and economic integration with the signing of and negotiations on 16 free trade agreements (FTA) which enable Vietnam’s access to more than 60 economies including 15 countries in G20 and offer opportunities to engage more deeply in the global value chains and production networks.

He suggested businesses promote their strengths to increase competitiveness instead of depending on the Government’s support.

He called on international groups and foreign firms to adopt more open supply policies as well as create more opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to join deeply in the global value chains. 

The Government is determined to maintain socio-political stability and macro-economic foundation, he said.

“The Government is committed to stepping up structural reform and improving institutional quality and State governance at both central and local levels in addition to reforming State businesses and the financial system, handling bad debts, and bettering public debt management...It will work harder to unlock bottlenecks for faster and more sustainable growth,” he said.

He added that the Government will speed up efforts to improve the business environment and increase national competitiveness. 

VBF serves as a dialogue mechanism between the Government of Vietnam and the national and international business communities to improve business conditions necessary to foster the development of private enterprises, facilitate the investment environment, and contribute to Vietnam’s sustainable economic growth.

 

PM asks Lotte Group to support Vietnamese start-ups

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) hosted Chairman of Lotte Group Shin Dong-bin in Hanoi on December 4 

 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Lotte Group of the Republic of Korea (RoK) to foster the growth of Vietnamese start-ups by setting up a fund to support young business hopefuls.

The Vietnamese PM made the suggestion while hosting Chairman of Lotte Group Shin Dong-bin in Hanoi on December 4. He informed his guest that Vietnam is encouraging the development of start-ups and to date, up to 3,000 projects, including 100 innovative ideas, have received financial support from foreign investors. 

Speaking highly of Lotte Group’s various ongoing projects in Vietnam over the years, PM Phuc urged the conglomerate to invest in manufacturing projects in Vietnam, and persuade RoK leaders to bolster the import of Vietnamese goods, especially farm produce.

He voiced his hope that cooperation and investment between the two countries’ firms in Vietnam, including Lotte Group, will deepen the Vietnam-RoK strategic cooperative partnership.

In response, Shin pledged that he will work to realise the Vietnamese PM’s idea of a start-up fund for Vietnamese youths in the near future.  

He reported that during more than 20 years operating in Vietnam, Lotte Group has injected 40 trillion VND (1.71 billion USD) in its projects in Vietnam and created around 20,000 jobs for local workers

All projects run by Lotte Group in Vietnam apply advanced technologies and are environmentally friendly, he affirmed.

Regarding the import of Vietnam’s goods, he said that since 2011, Lotte has continuously organised fairs of Vietnamese products in the RoK, and will continue to partner with the Vietnamese side to sustain the event.

According to Shin, Lotte Group is also paying heed to talent development and is investing in several start-up projects in Vietnam. 

 

Japan honours late Vietnamese Party leader Đỗ Mười

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The Embassy of Japan in Hà Nội held a ceremony on December 4 to posthumously present the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun to the late General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam Central Committee (CPVCC) Đỗ Mười

 

The Embassy of Japan in Hà Nội held a ceremony on December 4 to posthumously present the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun to the late General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam Central Committee (CPVCC) Đỗ Mười.

Guests at the ceremony included Phạm Minh Chính, member of the CPVCC Politburo, Secretary of the CPVCC, head of the CPVCC’s Commission for Organisation and President of the Việt Nam-Japan Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group, and representatives from the family of the late Party leader.

The Government of Japan on November 9, 2018 announced a decision dated October 1, 2018 on the conferment of the noble decoration to late Party General Secretary Đỗ Mười.

The decision noted that after Japan resumed aid to Việt Nam in 1992, Đỗ Mười, who was then Chairman of the Council of Ministers (now Prime Minister) and General Secretary of the CPV from 1988 to 1997, paid the first State visit to Japan as General Secretary of the CPV, thus laying the foundation for Japan-Việt Nam ties.

Between 1996-2001, the late Party leader dedicated himself to the study on the Economic Development Policy in the Transition toward a Market-oriented Economy in Việt Nam (the Ishikawa Project), contributing to promoting economic ties between the two countries and laying a firm foundation for the Japan-Việt Nam economic partnership later on.

Đỗ Mười, born on February 2, 1917, passed away on October 1, 2018.

 

HCM City economy expected to grow by 8.3% this year: People’s Council

 

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Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan addresses the session 

 

The HCM City economy is projected to grow by 8.3 per cent this year to top VNĐ1,300 trillion (about US$57 billion), lawmakers heard at a People’s Council session on Tuesday

According to chairwoman of the council, Nguyễn Thị Quyết Tâm, the city’s investment and business environment has improved and economic restructuring is proceeding well.

The administration has made great efforts to resolve urgent issues affecting the public and complaints related to recovery of land and delay in implementation of development projects.

This year the council has closely been monitoring a number of things, including the city’s revenues and expenditures and urban planning and renovation, she said.

The public and the business community have expressed support for efforts to speed up the administrative reforms launched by the city authorities.

But they have complained about the failure to make the reforms wide-ranging and the irresponsible conduct of many government officials, which caused them inconvenience and annoyance.

The recent flooding caused damage and difficulties to residents, who also face pollution and traffic problems.

During this 12th session, the People’s Council is set to review implementation of the resolution on socio-economic development this year and plans for 2019.

It will draw up a balance sheet of the city’s finances in 2017 and make decisions on next year’s budget.

It will discuss socio-economic development plans for the next three years and the achievements after one year of implementing the National Assembly’s Resolution No 54 on the city’s financial autonomy.

Members will also question the chairman and deputy chairpersons and the heads of government agencies about fulfilling the promises they had made in the 2016 – 18 period.

“This is a necessary action,” Tâm said.

Chairman Nguyễn Thành Phong is expected to speak about authorities efforts to address the issues raised by people in the Thủ Thiêm residential area in District 2.

Nguyễn Thiện Nhân, Secretary of the Party Committee, was among the attendees at the opening session.

The session will go on for four days. 

 

Vietnam proactively integrates into global economy: Deputy PM

The Government of Vietnam persistently pursues the policy of comprehensive integration, with a focus on international economic integration in a proactive, pragmatic and politic manner, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue affirmed at a forum held in Hanoi on December 4.

The official further said trade protectionism is now on the rise and seriously threatening the process of trade liberalisation and global economic integration. 

The wider and deeper integration into the global economy means Vietnam will face with more impact from regional and global economic development trends, and that is why the country needs a proactive and flexible approach to cope with this issue, he added.

Sudhir Shetty, Chief Economist for the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank, said Vietnam should enhance its macroeconomic response to international financial and trade turbulences while strengthening national competitiveness with trade facilitation policies, improving the business environment, and strengthening the connectivity between foreign investment and domestic suppliers.

Furthermore, Vietnam also needs extensive reform of trade and investment, including the simplification of non-tariff measures that distort trade as well as promote trade in services, deepen regional and global integration, and increase commitments to supporting the reform of the global trading system.

Over the past time, Vietnam has made progress in preparing for the new-generation free trade agreements (FTAs), including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) which was signed in March and ratified by the National Assembly in November to come into force in January 2019.

Vietnam and the European Union announced the conclusion of the legal revision of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and agreed to keep the Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) separate from the FTA in June in preparation for the signing of the deal.

Vietnam has achieved certain outcomes in international economic integration, contributing to the national socio-economic development. The total import-export turnover in 2018 is estimated at 475 billion USD, of which exports are expected to reach 239 billion USD, a year-on-year rise of 11.2 percent.

The country also sought to increase goods exports to traditional markets and find new ones. Exports to countries having FTAs with Vietnam in 2018 have seen high growth compared to 2017 with preferential rates reaching about 40 percent, a surge from 35 percent in previous years, indicating that Vietnamese firms are increasingly focusing on optimising opportunities from the implementation of free trade deals.

 

Thailand’s National Day marked in HCM City

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Participants at the ceremony (Source: VOH)

 

The Thai Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City held a ceremony on December 4 to mark the National Day of Thailand and celebrate the 91st birthday anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Addressing the ceremony, Ureerat Ratanaprukse, Thai Consul General in the city highlighted sound economic and political partnership between Vietnam and Thailand.

In 2019, Thailand taking in the role of the ASEAN Chair will continue reinforcing the sustainable and comprehensive partnership with Vietnam for the development of both countries and their deeper regional and international economic integration, she said.

The diplomat hailed the role of Ho Chi Minh City in boosting ties between the two countries, becoming a top destination of Thai tourists and a place hosting the majority of Thai firms in Vietnam.

The Thai Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City hopes to continue receiving support of the city to better perform its task of fostering ties between Thailand and the city as well as other southern localities of Vietnam, contributing to reinforcing the long-standing friendship between the two peoples.

Meanwhile, Huynh Cach Mang, Vice Chairman of the city People’s Committee noted that with regular exchange of high-level delegations, the economic and trade partnership between Vietnam and Thailand has been expanded, along with closer cooperation in culture, tourism and education.

Facilitated by the sound relationship between the two countries, the partnership between Ho Chi Minh City and Thailand has grown strongly, especially in economy, trade and tourism, he said.

Various cultural, education and tourism exchange activities have been held, including the Friendship Ambassador Programme and the eastern cultural festival 2018, which has contributed to strengthening mutual understanding and friendship between the two nations, he added.

Currently, Thailand is operating 195 projects worth 358 million USD in Ho Chi Minh City, ranking 12th out of 100 foreign investors in the city.

In the first 10 months of 2018, trade between the two sides reached nearly 2.6 billion USD, up 8.5 percent year on year. In the first eight months of this year, the city welcomed nearly 130,000 Thai tourists. 

 

Australian volunteers contribute to Vietnam’s development

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Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick 

 

Australian volunteers have contributed not only to the success of organisations in Vietnam but also the common growth of the country, said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick. 

During a meeting in Hanoi on December 4 with Australian volunteers and partners on the occasion of International Volunteer Day (December 5), Chittick hailed them as goodwill ambassadors who have fostered bilateral ties. 

Pham Thi Thanh Tam – Executive Director of the REACH Centre which specialises in providing vocational training, career advice, and job placement services for poor young people, a partner of the Australian Volunteers Programme – said that as a non-profit organisation founded in 2008, REACH has since become more well-known globally, which is a result of thousands of volunteer hours. 

Australian volunteers play an important role in REACH’s development support activities and in improving lives of poor Vietnamese youths. 

Since 1973, over 1,000 Australian volunteers have worked in Vietnam, mostly in education and training, community development, the private sector, agriculture, gender equality, and healthcare. 

The new Australian Volunteers Programme was launched in February 2018. Vietnam is the fifth largest recipient of volunteers under the programme. Over 40 Australian volunteers travel to Vietnam for work each year.

 

Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung busy with meetings in RoK

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Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung (R) meets with  head of the EDCF Kim Tae-soo

 

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung met with the head of the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF), the President of the Republic of Korea (RoK)-Vietnam Friendship Association and leaders of several major RoK corporations in Seoul on December 4. 

The Deputy PM is paying a visit to the East Asian nation from December 2-6.

During his meeting with Kim Tae-soo, head of the EDCF, Dung affirmed that the RoK is a leading partner of Vietnam, noting that it is the largest investor in, and second biggest provider of official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam. 

He spoke highly of the role of the EDCF in cooperating with Vietnam to effectively implement ODA projects, especially in infrastructure development, bringing practical results and contributing to Vietnam’s socio-economic growth. 

He asked the EDCF to continue working closely with the Vietnamese side to implement the assistance funds, worth 1.5 billion USD, over the 2016-2020 period.

In response, the EDCF leader said the fund will push for the provision of preferential loans for Vietnamese and RoK firms to carry out public-private partnership projects in Vietnam. 

At the meeting with President of the RoK-Vietnam Friendship Association Choi Young-joo, Deputy PM Dung hailed the organisation’s contributions to the countries’ friendship and cooperation, as well as its efficient partnership with the Vietnam-RoK Friendship Association.

He urged Choi Young-joo, who is also a successful entrepreneur in Vietnam, to encourage RoK firms to seek investment opportunities in agriculture and new spheres of potential in Vietnam. 

Dung also proposed that the association continue to support the Vietnamese community in the RoK, and particularly Vietnamese brides. 

At the reception for leaders of Hyundai Motor, Lotte, CJ, and Hyosung, the Vietnamese Deputy PM affirmed that the Vietnamese Government will further improve the business climate and create optimal conditions for foreign investors, including those from the RoK. 

Dung expressed his hope that RoK businesses will expand investment in fields that Vietnam has demand for and that the RoK boasts strength in, thus balancing trade relations.

The RoK firms appreciated the Vietnamese Government’s efforts to improve the investment environment and vowed to boost investment in Vietnam in the coming time, notably in infrastructure development, logistics, manufacturing, automobile, agriculture and food processing, and biotechnology. 

 

Belarusian Deputy FM: Vietnam is a special partner of Belarus

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Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son (R) shakes hands with his Belarusian counterpart Andrei Dapkyunas (Photo: baoquocte.vn)

 

Vietnam is a special partner of Belarus as it is the first country signing a free trade agreement with the Eurasia Economic Union, said Belarusian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Dapkyunas.

Meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son in Hanoi on December 4, he expressed his wish that the agreement will be implemented effectively.

Andrei Dapkyunas, who is in Vietnam to attend the 16th Vietnam International Trade Fair (Vietnam Expo 2018) as a guest of honour, affirmed his government will create conditions for the two countries to strengthen cooperation in order to boost bilateral economic-trade ties on par with political relations.

Belarus will continue to support and closely coordinate with Vietnam at international forums, he noted.

For his part, Son asserted that Vietnam treasures its ties with Belarus and thanked the European country for supporting Vietnam in the national construction and development.

He stressed that the two countries’ foreign ministries should continue playing a leading role in fostering bilateral cooperation in all fields.

At the meeting, both sides exchanged measures to promote economic-trade collaboration between Vietnam and Belarus. 

Deputy FM Son applauded Belarusian businesses for paying attention to the Vietnamese market, which is reflected through the participation of many leading firms from Belarus in the Vietnam Expo 2018, saying this is a positive signal and a basis for the two countries to achieve their goal of raising two-way trade to 500 million USD.

 

Party official pays working visit to Mozambique

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 Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Tran Quoc Vuong 

 

Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Tran Quoc Vuong is on a working visit to Mozambique from December 3-5. 

He met with President of the Frelimo Party and President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi, Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho Rosario, and First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Antonio Jose Amelia; held talks with Politburo member and Secretary General of the Frelimo Party Roque Silva; and held working sessions with Minister of Justice, Constitutional, and Religious Affairs Abdurremane Lino de Almeida and Minister of Transport and Communications Carlos Mesquita. 

Vuong also witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Frelimo Party for the 2018-2022 period, a bilateral judicial assistance agreement; and held a working session with Movitel, a joint-venture with Vietnam’s military-run telecom provider Viettel. 

During the meetings, Mozambican leaders hailed the visit as an important event in ties between the two parties and countries. They spoke highly of Vietnam’s stature in the region and the world and the business efficiency of Movitel, considering it a model of successful cooperation between the two nations. 

They wished that Vietnam would continue assisting Mozambique in national development, especially in economic growth and poverty reduction. 

They asked the CPV to continue sharing its experience in Party building and personnel training. 

Vuong affirmed that the Party, State, and people of Vietnam have always treasured and want to foster their solidarity, traditional friendship, and collaboration with Mozambique. He also suggested measures to develop ties between the two parties and nations in the near future. 

Both sides agreed that the two parties need to reinforce traditional ties via the exchange of all-level visits; personnel training; outlining specific ways to facilitate economic, trade, investment, and cultural ties, especially in fields of high demand such as agriculture, education-training, telecommunications, and oil and gas. 

The two legislatures will strengthen the exchange of high-level visits and specialised units, working closely together at regional and global multilateral forums, serving as bridges to extend relations with political parties in the region.

 

Vietnamese, Chinese armies boost political cooperation

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The talks between Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Trong Nghia of Vietnam and Lieut. Gen. Liu Dewei of China in Beijing on December 3 

 

Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Trong Nghia, Deputy Director of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA)’s General Department of Politics held talks on December 3 with Lieut. Gen. Liu Dewei, Vice Chairman of the Department of Political Work under China's Central Military Commission (CMC).

The talks formed part of activities of Nghia’s working visit to China from December 2-7. 

During the talks, Liu appreciated the visit, saying that it will contribute to strengthening the traditional friendship between the two countries’ armies and people, thus further stepping up the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. 

For his part, Nghia highlighted the stable and fruitful development of bilateral relations, adding that the two sides’ leaders have always created favourable conditions for the armies to boost cooperation. 

The two countries have been active in implementing the joint vision declaration on defence cooperation by 2025 between their defence ministries, Nghia said, adding that the cooperation in Party and political work has significantly contributed to the relations between the two parties, states, and armies. 

The two sides shared experience and discussed solutions for promoting political and ideological education in the army in order to contribute to building a strong army in terms of politics and ideology. 

They also proposed orientations to expand cooperation between the VPA’s General Department of Politics and the CMC’s Department of Political Work in the time to come. 

On the same day’s morning, the Vietnamese delegation paid a courtesy visit to Sen. Lieut. Gen. Miao Hua, Chairman of the CMC’s Department of Political Work. 

 

First class order bestowed upon Japanese national health centre

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At the event 

 

The Vietnamese Embassy in Japan presented the President’s first-class Labour Order to the National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM) in Japan at a ceremony on December 4.

The order was given in recognition of the centre’s excellent contributions to caring for the well-being of Vietnamese people and high-ranking leaders. Also on the occasion, three individuals working at the NCGM received second-class Labour Orders and six others obtained third-class Labour Orders.

Speaking at the ceremony, head of the NCGM Norihiko Kokudo said that it is a great honour for the establishment to receive such a title.

He stated that during their nearly three decades of cooperation, the centre has always considered Vietnam its most important international partner. The NCGM plans to push for comprehensive collaboration with the Vietnamese side in more fields outside of healthcare.

Since 1990, the NCGM, under the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, has supported Vietnam via programmes funded by the ministry and other projects of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the World Health Organisation. It has sent 810 experts to Vietnam and received 648 Vietnamese for education and research purposes. The centre signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation with Bach Mai hospital in Hanoi and Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as with the healthcare committee for state officials. 

 

Dong Thap strengthens trade, investment partnership with Lao localities

The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap held a conference in its Cao Lanh city on December 4 to seek ways to boost trade and investment partnership with Champasak, Salavan provinces and Vientiane city of Laos.

Addressing the event, part of the ongoing Dong Thap trade and investment fair 2018, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Chau Hong Phuc highlighted the sound solidarity and friendship between Vietnam and Laos, as well as between Dong Thap and the three Lao localities in particular.

Along with various exchange activities, Champasak has presented many scholarships to Dong Thap officials to study the Lao language, while Dong Thap has received 27 Lao students to study at the province’s Medical College and Community College, he noted.

However, Phuc held that trade and investment activities between the two sides have yet to be effective, as only few businesses of Dong Thap are investing in and conducting trade activities with Salavan, Champasak and Vientiane while Dong Thap has yet to host any Lao firm.

At the conference, leaders of Dong Thap, Salavan, Champasak and Vientiane briefed each other of the potential and strengths of their localities, along with exchanging in-depth information on incentives and investment policies as well as goods transport, logistics, and import-export activities at border gates.

They sought ways to foster cooperation in several areas, especially aquatic product processing, pharmaceuticals and food, and agreed to continue strengthening trade and investment partnership as well as experience sharing in various fields.

On the occasion, the delegations from the three Lao localities made a field trip to a number of aquatic and agricultural farms of Dong Thap.

 

Hanoi People’s Council opens seventh session

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The 15th People’s Council of Hanoi convened its seventh session on December 4. 

 

The 15th People’s Council of Hanoi convened its seventh session on December 4 to review the city’s performance in socio-economic development and national defence and security in 2018, and set forth solutions for 2019. 

Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong and Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai attended the opening ceremony. 

In her remarks, Phong applauded efforts of the municipal Party Committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee and Fatherland Front, organisations and people in Hanoi over the past time. 

She urged the People’s Council to point out the city’s advantages and disadvantages and their causes, especially subjective reasons, and responsibility of heads of agencies for the shortcomings. 

Each member of the council should promote their role and responsibility to represent the will, aspirations, rights and interests of people, Phong said. 

She asked Hanoi to closely coordinate with ministries and centrally-run agencies to implement specific mechanisms and policies on Hanoi’s development in line with the Law on Capital City towards the implementation of the project on urban authority. 

Addressing the opening ceremony, Hai highlighted the significance of the meeting and asked the delegates to carry forward the spirit of objectivity and democracy as well as the sense of responsibility during discussions. 

The People’s Council should promptly and synchronously pass mechanisms and policies, especially those contributing to the rapid and effective use of the city’s potential and advantages, while reasonably allocating resources, he said. 

Besides, the council needs to improve its performance in inspection, supervision, and question and answer activities in order to ensure the serious and effective implementation of its resolutions, mechanisms and policies on socio-economic development, he added. 

During the meeting, the People’s Council will conduct a vote of confidence on officials holding positions elected by the council, he said, urging the delegates to raise the sense of responsibility and justice to complete the important work. 

In the afternoon, the municipal People’s Committee submitted Hanoi’s State budget balance sheet in 2017 to the council for approval, along with adjustments to the city’s mid-term public investment plan for 2016-2020. 

The delegate also looked into the 2019-2021 finance-budget plan, local budget and budget estimate in 2019, and projects on land reclamation in 2019, among others.

 

Source: VNS - Bridge

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