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Public security forces urged to uphold core role in national security maintenance,Kien Giang intensifies connections with Cambodian localities,Deputy PM urges promoting role of elderly

Public security forces urged to uphold core role in national security maintenance, Kien Giang intensifies connections with Cambodian localities, Deputy PM urges promoting role of elderly

Deputy PM receives UK Minister of State

Public security forces urged to uphold core role in national security maintenance, Kien Giang intensifies connections with Cambodian localities, Deputy PM urges promoting role of elderly

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hosted a reception for Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific of the Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain and North Ireland Mark Field in Hanoi on January 2.

The UK official is in Vietnam to attend the Vietnam-UK deputy foreign minister-level political consultation. 

Deputy PM and FM Minh applauded the outcomes of the consultation between Vietnamese Deputy FM Bui Thanh Son and Mark Field, as well as the recent positive development of the Vietnam-UK Strategic Partnership in many important fields such as politics-diplomacy, trade-investment, education-training, defence-security, climate change adaptation, and UN peacekeeping operation. 

Minh suggested the UK Government hurry the European Union (EU) to early sign and approve the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), while appreciating the UK side’s proposals to boost trade and investment cooperation between the two countries after the UK officially leaves the EU. 

He spoke highly of the UK’s role in security and development issues in the world, and agreed that the two sides will work closely at multilateral forums, thus contributing to ensuring peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world. 

For his part, Mark Field highly valued Vietnam’s socio-economic development and international integration achievements made recently, as well as the fruitful development of the bilateral relations in recent times. 

He affirmed that the UK Government continuously gives priority to developing its relations with Vietnam – a country which has the increasingly important voice in ASEAN and in the Asia Pacific region.

 

Leaders send condolences to Philippines over storm losses

Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc have cabled messages of condolences to Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte over human and property losses caused by storm Usman.

In their letters, the Vietnamese leaders expressed their belief that Philippine people will swiftly overcome the disaster consequences and soon stabilise their lives. 

The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also sent his sympathies to Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Lopez Locsin. 

The death toll from landslides and devastating floods in the central Philippines triggered by storm Usman climbed to 85, and 20 people were missing as rescuers slowly reached cut-off communities, officials said on January 2. 

The casualties, including young children, were mostly killed when their homes collapsed in landslides after days of heavy rain in several provinces in the central Philippines, said Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the national disaster agency.

 If the rescue forces do not recover the missing or find them dead, the number of deaths will be 105, Jalad said.

Usman swept through the central Philippine islands on December 29, bringing heavy rains that triggered landslides and flooding in the Bicol and eastern Visayas regions.

Bicol, with a population of 5.8 million, was the hardest hit, with 68 killed in intense rains and landslides. Damage to agriculture in Bicol, which produces rice and corn, was estimated at 342 million pesos (6.5 million USD).

Philippine officials put three provinces under a “state of calamity” to give them access to emergency funds.

 

Deputy PM urges promoting role of elderly

Public security forces urged to uphold core role in national security maintenance, Kien Giang intensifies connections with Cambodian localities, Deputy PM urges promoting role of elderly

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaks at the working session. 

 

The role of the elderly should continue to be promoted strongly in every aspect of life, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has said.

Speaking at a session of the Vietnam National Committee for Elderly in Hanoi on January 2, he said over the past time, old people have actively participated in social movements to help boost production and improve living conditions.

“The role of the elderly has been particularly shown in learning promotion activities and we need to continue upholding this role if we want to build a ‘learning society’ in which the old people will not only encourage younger generations to study but also join themselves in learning activities,” he stressed.

They should play a greater role in cultural life, leading civilised lifestyles and in Party building activities in their localities, he noted.

Regarding tasks to take care of the elderly, the Deputy PM said localities should strive to have all old people holding health insurance cards and work to improve health care services for them, he said.

Apart from health care activities, attention should also be paid to programmes to entertain the elderly, he added.  

Participants at the meeting discussed shortcomings hindering efforts to take care of the elderly such as low awareness of authorities in some localities about their responsibilities relating to the elderly, poor implementation of tasks related to old people, and a lack of mechanisms and policies encouraging the private sector to invest in establishments taking care of the elderly.

Financial shortages and a lack of land for health care services and cultural and sport activities for the elderly also remain challenges, they noted.

Deputy PM Dam asked ministries, agencies and localities to establish funds to take care of the elderly and promote their role in society.

They were also asked to review tasks relating to elderly people within their jurisdiction to ensure the tasks are fulfilled effectively.

Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung said supervision and inspection should be strengthened to ensure the effectiveness of activities for elderly people.

The ministry is compiling a draft law on social activities which considers the establishment of the model of the social security fund to help tackle financial shortages for social activities at localities, according to Dung. The fund will target the elderly, children and the poor.

As of 2018, Vietnam has more than 11.3 million elderly people, accounting for nearly 12 percent of the country’s total population. Of the figure, nearly 2 million are more than 80 years old.

As many as 3.1 million elderly people get retirement pension and social insurance allowance, while some 1.6 million others get monthly social allowance and more than 10.8 million old people hold health insurance cards.

 

Kien Giang intensifies connections with Cambodian localities

Public security forces urged to uphold core role in national security maintenance, Kien Giang intensifies connections with Cambodian localities, Deputy PM urges promoting role of elderly

Border guards of the Ha Tien International Border Gate of Kien Giang meet with their Cambodian counterparts at the location of a Vietnamese border marker

 

The cooperation between the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang and Cambodian localities has been enhanced in recent years thanks to the Vietnamese side carrying out more diplomatic activities.

According to the local administration, Kien Giang has promoted the friendship with Cambodian provinces and cities, especially border ones, to help build a border of peace, friendship and development.

Director of the provincial Department of External Relations Van Cong Dau said the two sides have regularly held meetings to discuss common issues and paired Kien Giang’s border villages with Cambodian peers to support each other, maintain security and order in border areas and strengthen neighbourliness.

Notably, the provincial Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee has worked with the committees of the Solidarity Front for the Development of the Cambodian Motherland in Kampot and Kep provinces to step up communications and raise awareness of the need for a border of peace and friendship.

Ha Tien city and Giang Thanh district of Kien Giang signed cooperation agreements with Kampong Trach and Banteay Meas districts of Kampot to hold friendship activities. Six pairs of their residential areas have been formed to tighten connections in social and cultural aspects, along with the fight against sabotage schemes targeting border security.

Dau noted that the Kien Giang Women’s Union and the Cambodian Women for Peace and Development committees of Kampot, Kep and Preah Sihanouk provinces also inked cooperation deals for 2015-2020. 

They have helped each other organise activities and educate their members and local residents on the two countries’ traditional solidarity. Mutual visits, meetings to share experience in healthcare, crime prevention and poverty reduction, and cultural activities have also been held during the countries’ traditional festivals.

Additionally, the Vietnam Youth Federation Committee of Kien Giang has also maintained ties with the youth organisations of Kampot, Kep, Preah Sihanouk and Koh Kong provinces through various activities, including experience sharing, cultural and sports exchanges, presentation of gifts to disadvantaged families, caring for orphans and HIV patients and providing free medicine for poor people.

Kien Giang authorities said they will keep fostering external activities with border provinces of Cambodia.

 

Public security forces urged to uphold core role in national security maintenance

Public security forces urged to uphold core role in national security maintenance, Kien Giang intensifies connections with Cambodian localities, Deputy PM urges promoting role of elderly

Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at the 74th national public security conference. 

 

The public security sector must carry forward its core role in maintaining national security and social order and safety in any situation, said Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong. 

This is one of the key tasks that the leader assigned to the sector while addressing the 74th national public security conference in Hanoi on January 3.  

Other tasks include effectively implementing targets set in the resolution adopted at the 12th National Party Congress and the sixth congress of the Central Public Security Party Organisation. 

The public security forces should identify risks and threats to national interests, political security and social order and safety, and timely provide consultations for the Party and the State in major strategic policies, guidelines and solutions to deal with issues regarding security and safety, he said. 

The leader also urged the sector to renovate its operation, and take a proactive approach in preventing and countering sabotage schemes and activities of hostile forces and terrorists. The sector must be prepared to effectively combat non-traditional security threats as well as complex emerging issues relating to security and order. 

He required the sector to coordinate with competent agencies in the fight against “self-evolution” and “self-transformation,” and step up international cooperation.  

The Party and State leader applauded the great efforts and contributions of the sector to national achievements, and honoured officers and soldiers who have surmounted difficulties to outstandingly complete their assigned tasks. 

In 2018 and during the 2016-2018 period, the public security forces have well performed their role in protecting national security and social order and safety, ensuring peaceful life for the people and making Vietnam a safe destination for international friends, he said. 

The forces have played an increasing role in addressing international crime-related issues and participated more deeply in regional and global security cooperation mechanisms, contributing to realising the external policies of the Party and the State and building a peaceful and stable environment in the region and the world at large, the leader stressed. 

He, however, pointed out shortcomings in the sector, including the weak capacity of police in some localities in keeping track of situation and handling emerging problems, the poor performance in combating economic crimes and corruption in several localities, limitations in firefighting and rescue, and negative phenomena in personnel management. 

Speaking at the conference, Minister of Public Security To Lam asked the participants to pool their ideas to analyse the favourable conditions and challenges in carrying out the task of protecting national security and social order and safety. He said the conference should work out directions and solutions to fulfill targets and tasks set for 2019 and the years to come.

 

Top legislator expresses sympathy over death of Fiji Parliament Speaker

Public security forces urged to uphold core role in national security maintenance, Kien Giang intensifies connections with Cambodian localities, Deputy PM urges promoting role of elderly

Fiji Parliament Speaker Jiko Fatafehi Luveni (Source: parliament.gov.fj)

 

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has sent a message of condolences to the Parliament and people of the Republic of Fiji over the death of the Parliament’s Speaker Jiko Fatafehi Luveni. 

The Office of the Secretary-General to the Parliament announced the passing of the Speaker on December 22. 

Jiko Fatafehi Luveni visited Vietnam in January 2018 to attend the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) in Hanoi. 

During her meeting with NA Chairwoman Ngan, she expressed her wish that the two countries and their parliaments will increase cooperation and continue with their mutual support at international forums and organisations, while promoting people-to-people exchange. 

 

Source: VNA - Bridge

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