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The event was meant to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the signing of Treaty of Amity and Cooperation and the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties. An exchange highlighting the special ties between Vietnam and Laos held in Son La province in July 2017. Photo: baogialai.com.vn Speaking at the event, former Lao Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavath reviewed milestones in bilateral ties and support that Vietnam has provided for Laos in the fields of politics, education, economy, transport, national defense and security. He lauded the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation for bringing benefits to Laos, helping the country stay on track of stability and development until now. The former leader asked students and lecturers to bear in mind the tradition of Laos-Vietnam special ties and continue fostering bilateral relationship. Lao Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Kongsy Sengmany said the Laos - Vietnam, Vietnam - Laos special relationship is a decisive factor for the victory of the two countries’ revolutions and a foundation for their strong development at present. In an interview granted to Vietnam News Agency correspondents in Laos, Sengmany said over the past years, the Lao and Vietnamese Party and government have stepped up popularizing the tradition of bilateral special ties among Party members and walks of life, particularly young generations. In the near future, the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports will continue partnering with educational establishments nationwide to hold similar talks and exchanges with students on the occasion of…... [read more]

NDO - Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung conveyed the Prime Minister's criticism of ministers and chairmen from People's Committees of 13 ministries and provinces in relation to the slow disbursement of public investment in 2017. Minister Dung, who led the PM Working Group to meet with heads of 13 ministries, provinces and cities on July 25, named the list of ministries and localities reporting slow disbursement including the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, and the cities of Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, among others. The report showed that over VND357 trillion (US$15.71 billion) was to be allocated for development investment purposes in 2017 including VND307 trillion (US$13.5 billion) sourced from the State budget and VND50 trillion (US$2.2 billion) from Government bonds. However, only VND85 trillion (US$3.74 billion) had been disbursed by June 15, equivalent to 23.9% of the year's plan and 27.6% of the plan set by the National Assembly and the Prime Minister. In particular, 13 ministries, agencies and localities have disbursed less than 20% of the set plan, namely the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the State Bank of Vietnam, the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, Vietnam News Agency, the Veterans Association of Vietnam, and the cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, and Tay Ninh. The PM Working Group said that…... [read more]

Le Ha of Hanoi, who has been selling clothes on Facebook, is stressed and worried after receiving a message from tax authorities inviting her to come and declare her income. Ha is one of over 13,400 Facebook account holders in Hanoi who’ve been identified by the Hanoi Taxation Department as online traders. “I have been selling clothes through Facebook for years, getting about 10 orders each day with maximum daily sales of around VND5 million (US$220),” Ha told Vietnam News, admitting that unlike other shop owners, she doesn’t have to declare her business or pay taxes. She was satisfied with her earnings and not having to bother about any intervention from State management agencies. The promise of attractive profits has prompted many people to jump on the bandwagon, catching the attention of authorities trying to reduce tax losses from State budget collection. A tax administration project for e-commerce business has been drawn up, with the two taxation departments of Hanoi and HCM City functioning as pioneers in bringing business owners selling merchandise on social media, especially Facebook, into the tax bracket. Vien Viet Hung, deputy director of Hanoi Taxation Department, told Vietnam News that the department had collected information on the identity and telephone numbers of the 13,422 Facebook traders. Since late June, the department has been sending SMS messages to these traders, encouraging and instructing them to voluntarily register their operations, declare income and pay taxes. However, after sending messages twice, only 1,000 of the 13,422 phone numbers have…... [read more]

NDO – Storm Sonca, the fourth large-scale storm to hit the East Sea this year, made landfall in the northern part of the central province of Quang Tri on July 25 afternoon and downgraded to a tropical depression, according to the latest information from the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF). >>> Localities brace for fourth storm in East Sea As of 4pm on Tuesday, the storm’s centre was located at approximately 17 degrees north latitude and 106.8 degrees east longitude, right on the areas of Quang Binh-Quang Tri provinces, with strongest winds in the eye of the storm recorded at 50-60kph. The State meteorological agency forecast that in the next 12 hours, the typhoon will move mainly to the west-north west at about 15kph and weaken into a tropical depression. By 1am on July 26, the tropical depression will be centred at about 17.5 degrees north latitude and 105.3 degrees east longitude, in Central Laos. The strongest wind of the tropical low pressure will be at about 40-50kph. To deal with the storm, the Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control this morning held an online meeting with six central provinces, including Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, to discuss specific measures. At the meeting, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, who is also head of the Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control, proposed mobilising all forces to respond to Sonca and…... [read more]

Ha is one of over 13,400 Facebook account holders in Hanoi who’ve been identified by the Hanoià Nội Taxation Department as online traders. “I have been selling clothes through Facebook for years, getting about 10 orders each day with maximum daily sales of around VND5 million (US$220),” Ha told Vietnam News, admitting that unlike other shop owners, she doesn’t have to declare her business or pay taxes. She was satisfied with her earnings and not having to bother about any intervention from State management agencies. The promise of attractive profits has prompted many people to jump on the bandwagon, catching the attention of authorities trying to reduce tax losses from State budget collection. A tax administration project for e-commerce business has been drawn up, with the two taxation departments of Hanoi and HCM City functioning as pioneers in bringing business owners selling merchandise on social media, especially Facebook, into the tax bracket. Vien Viet Hung, deputy director of Hanoi Taxation Department, told Vietnam News that the department had collected information on the identity and telephone numbers of the 13,422 Facebook traders. Since late June, the department has been sending SMS messages to these traders, encouraging and instructing them to voluntarily register their operations, declare income and pay taxes. However, after sending messages twice, only 1,000 of the 13,422 phone numbers have replied, and only around 500 have approached the department on their own to register to pay taxes, Hung said. In…... [read more]

At the event (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The State-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) held a ceremony in Hanoi on July 24 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Day of Invalids and Martyrs (July 27). Speaking at the event, member of the Party Central Committee and VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi said since its establishment on September 15, 1945, the VNA has always been loyal to the Party and people’s revolutionary cause. During the national liberation and construction, the agency’s correspondents and technicians were present at the most fierce battlefields to cover victories of the army and people across the country and expose crimes and plots by enemies. More than 260 VNA journalists and martyrs lost their lives to the war, which was a great loss but also a pride of the VNA - the first press agency awarded the titles of the hero of the people’s armed forces and the labour hero during the renewal period. The nation, people and the VNA forever bear in mind the sacrifices of martyrs and invalids for national liberation and the cause of the VNA, Loi said, adding that the news agency’s Party Committee and leaders always pay special attention to invalid-martyr work, considering it a responsibility and gratitude for their families. On the occasion, General Director Nguyen Duc Loi and heads of VNA representative offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang presented 60 saving books worth 180 million VND…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Lao Ministry of Education and Sports hosted a talk with students from various schools and the National University of Laos on the special ties between Laos and Vietnam on July 24. The event was meant to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the signing of Treaty of Amity and Cooperation and the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties. Speaking at the event, former Lao Deputy Prime Minister SomsavatLengsavath reviewed milestones in bilateral ties and support that Vietnam has provided for Laos in the fields of politics, education, economy, transport, national defence and security. He lauded the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation for bringing benefits to Laos, helping the country stay on track in pursuit of stability and development. The former leader asked students and lecturers to bear in mind the tradition of special ties between Laos and Vietnam while continuing to foster the bilateral relationship. Lao Deputy Minister of Education and Sports KongsySengmany said the special relationship shared between both countries has been a decisive factor for invictory of the two countries’ revolutions and a foundation for their strong development at present. In an interview granted to Vietnam News Agency correspondents in Laos, Sengmany said over the past years, the Lao and Vietnamese Party and government have worked to enhance the tradition of bilateral special ties among Party members and people from all walks of life, particularly among younger generations. In the near future, the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports will continue partnering with educational establishments nationwide…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Lao Ministry of Education and Sports hosted a talk with students from various schools and the National University of Laos on the special ties between Laos and Vietnam on July 24. The event was meant to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the signing of Treaty of Amity and Cooperation and the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties. Speaking at the event, former Lao Deputy Prime Minister SomsavatLengsavath reviewed milestones in bilateral ties and support that Vietnam has provided for Laos in the fields of politics, education, economy, transport, national defence and security. He lauded the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation for bringing benefits to Laos, helping the country stay on track in pursuit of stability and development. The former leader asked students and lecturers to bear in mind the tradition of special ties between Laos and Vietnam while continuing to foster the bilateral relationship. Lao Deputy Minister of Education and Sports KongsySengmany said the special relationship shared between both countries has been a decisive factor for invictory of the two countries’ revolutions and a foundation for their strong development at present. In an interview granted to Vietnam News Agency correspondents in Laos, Sengmany said over the past years, the Lao and Vietnamese Party and government have worked to enhance the tradition of bilateral special ties among Party members and people from all walks of life, particularly among younger generations. In the near future, the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports will continue partnering with educational establishments nationwide…... [read more]

The US Department of State on November 13 removed Vietnam from the list of “Countries of Particular Concern “(CPC) in recognition of the country’s constant efforts to improve its religious affairs. John Hanford, ambassador-at-large for religious freedom of the US Department of State said, “Vietnam has made significant improvements toward advancing religious freedom.” This is a recognition of the stark reality in Vietnam which has deliberately been denied for a long time by some hostile forces in the US. Re-visiting Vietnam recently, former US Ambassador to Vietnam Pete Peterson affirmed that all religions are recognised in Vietnam and that religious people are free to go to churches and pagodas to do religious activities. During a recent visit to the Central Highlands provinces, Prof. Bobby Gene Jv, member of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE)said religious activities in the Central Highlands region in general and in Gia Lai in particular are conducted in a democratic manner. All local people are equally treated and are entitled to decide whether or not to follow a certain religion. They really enjoy living a free and happy life in great unity and seeing churches re-built or refurbished beautifully. US Ambassador to Vietnam Michael W.Marine noted that the US Government has highly praised religious freedom in Vietnam. There is no denying that apart from making great strides in socio-economic development, the Vietnamese Party and State has spared no effort to create favourable conditions for people to exercise freedom of belief and religion. Regrettably, in recent times,…... [read more]

In a recent interview granted to Vietnam News Agency, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem said the EWEC is one of the five economic corridors in the Greater Sub-Mekong Region (GMS), which was approved at the eighth GMS Ministerial Meeting in October 1998. With funding from the Asian Development Bank and the Japanese Government, major transport infrastructure facilities lying along the corridor have been upgraded, including Tien Sa and Da Nang ports, Hai Van tunnel and National Highway No 9 inside Vietnam. Notably, the second international bridge spanning the Mekong River was open to traffic in late 2006, linking Thailand's seven northeastern provinces, Laos' Savannakhet province and Vietnam's three central provinces. In addition to developing transport infrastructure facilities, relevant countries have coordinated closely in simplifying procedures, facilitating cross-border travel, enhancing cooperation in tourism and human resource development, and attracting investment for the sake of steady economic development and sustainable poverty reduction. The western part of the corridor, which runs from Thailand to Myanmar, will be under construction soon to turn the EWEC into an inland corridor connecting the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Once completed, the EWEC project will help millions of people living in the four countries escape poverty, narrow the development gap and strengthen linkages between the EWEC and other regions in Southeast Asia and the world. The project will enable the four countries to better tap their natural resources and potential, and expand their markets. It will also help them expand external economic ties, promote…... [read more]




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