Deputy Prime Minister visits New Zealand

NDO/VNA - Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue arrived in the capital city of Wellington on July 26, starting his three-day official visit to New Zealand at the invitation of his counterpart Paula Bennett. During a working session with New Zealand Finance Minister Steven Joyce in the afternoon, Hue said Vietnam is accelerating economic restructuring in credit organisations, commercial banks and State-owned enterprises, adding that the country is also working to refine market economy mechanisms, improve competitiveness and the business climate. He asked New Zealand to share experience and encourage its enterprises to join the restructuring process in the country. Hue highly valued development support that New Zealand has provided for Vietnam and asked for the early signing of a bilateral financial deal. Joyce, for his part, hailed Vietnam as a significant partner of New Zealand in ASEAN and spoke highly of Vietnam’s successful hosting of important events in its capacity as Chair of ASEAN 2017. He affirmed that New Zealand would assist Vietnam in the restructuring of finance-banking, bad debts, business equitisation and the securities market as well as continue facilitating Vietnamese agro-fisheries’ access to the Pacific country’s distribution and supermarket chains. Both sides agreed to further enhance cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment, services, education-training, connectivity and information technology, towards raising two-way trade to 1.7 billion USD by 2020. Visiting the Vietnamese embassy in New Zealand, Hue said his visit is to further promote bilateral ties, particularly in trade, education…... [read more]

NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong and his entourage on March 20 left the Kyoto Imperial Palace, concluding their official visit to Japan at the invitation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Witnessing with their own eyes the development of Japan, all members of the delegation shared the same view that Japan is a modern and civilised country and that its people are considerate, enthusiastic and hospitable. In reply to a Voice of Vietnam Radio reporter’s question about the relationship between Vietnam and Japan, Mrs Atoshi, a Tokyo citizen said, “ As far as I know Vietnam is a nation whose people have been very courageous in the past struggle for national defence as well as in the present Doi Moi (Renewal) process. Japan-Vietnam relations continue to develop well, especially in economics and trade as more and more Japanese investors are considering Vietnam a destination for long-term investment.” Over recent years, Vietnam and Japan have made substantial progress in developing their relationship into a strategic partnership for peace and stability in Asia. This year, the two countries focus on practical activities such as launching Japan’s Cultural Week in Vietnam and Vietnam’s Cultural Week in Japan to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties. Through the exchange of high-ranking visits on the occasion, the two countries will have more opportunities to get a better mutual understanding of each other and foster their time-honoured relationship. Following Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and State President Nguyen Minh Triet’s…... [read more]

Smith made the remarks upon visiting the Vietnamese pavilion at the International Furniture Fair Singapore 2013 on March 9. He said his company has imported Vietnamese wood products for ten years. Brothers Furniture Co. Ltd supplies him with 7–8 containers annually. Pham Van Sau, Director of the Binh Duong-based Brothers Furniture Co. Ltd, said Midway Tasmania is among his firm’s ten regular customers—mostly comprising timber importers in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, EU, and Africa. Sau said he will depart the international fair in Singapore having received numerous orders worth millions of US dollars. “All my company’s exhibited items were already purchased by this year’s opening ceremony,” he said. French Luke Import Company Executive Director Kwanruen Ah Tun also values Vietnamese handicraft products. Her firm has been an import customer for nearly two decades. Luke Import will buy about 10 containers of handicraft products in 2013. “Our import volume is likely to increase. The products exhibited by Vietnam’s Grass Co. at this year’s trade fair were especially exciting,” she said. The ongoing fair in Singapore coincides with the 30th ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS), attracting 466 exhibitors from 26 countries, including 27 from Vietnam. Vietnam is currently Southeast Asia’s largest timber exporter, the second biggest in Asia, amongst the world’s top 10. Last year the country earned US$4.5 billion from wood exports, a 19 percent increase on 2011. Vietnam ships its timber products to around 120 countries. The major US, EU, Japanese, and Chinese markets constituted more than 70 percent…... [read more]

Four businesses namely Vinamilk, Trung Nguyen Coffee, Trung Thanh Food and HOGANO are showcasing their products in four pavilions. ViNa Gourmet Ville – Vietnam’s exclusive distributor of genuine savory food products in the Philippines is also displaying their products in six pavilions. Vietnamese businesses introduced the Filipino and international visitors to Vietnam’s typical and unique products such as dairy and nutritional products, fruit juice, coffee, processed food including tomato, fish sauce, and supplementary food. Master Chef Vietnam 2014 Hoang Minh Nhat joined the event and prepared Vietnamese dishes to serve visitors. After visiting the Vietnamese pavilions, Vietnamese ambassador in the Philippines Truong Trieu Duong affirmed that the Vietnamese embassy in the Philippines will further help Vietnamese businesses survey the Philippine market and taste of local consumers to improve their product quality. The four-day event was organised by the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to mark APEC 2015 Philippines.... [read more]

The cooperative agreement was signed during a working visit to France from April 22-25 by a Vietnamese delegation led by Ho Duc Viet, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Personnel Commission. At a working session with France’s National School of Administration (ENA), the two sides agreed to provide Vietnamese officials with short-term training courses in France for and fact-finding tours in Europe. The French side will also receive Vietnamese civil servants for long-term courses at the ENA and send experts to Vietnam to train management officials. On this occasion, the Vietnamese delegation worked with the French Communist Party and visited the Vietnamese Embassy and other Vietnamese representative agencies in France.... [read more]

The delegation was led by the Most Venerable Thich Bao Nghiem, deputy head of the VBS executive board, who affirmed the active contributions of the VBS in the cause of national construction and defence. The Most Venerable Thich Bao Nghiem called on Buddhist dignitaries and followers to strengthen their belief, overcome difficulties and jointly build a better life for all during the lead-up to the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi and the 6th Buddhist Summit to be held in Vietnam next November. On the occasion, the Buddhist delegation also visited the Vietnamese Embassy in Berlin and met with Buddhists in Germany.... [read more]

The delegation, led by Vu Trong Kim, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the VFF Central Committee, visited the Vietnamese Consulate General in Sydney and overseas Vietnamese people living in the suburbs of Paramatta and Cabramatta. At the meeting, Kim said the contributions made by overseas Vietnamese in Australia to their homeland are highly valued. They are, he added, also recognized for their great sense of solidarity and mutual support. Some 300,000 Vietnamese people live in Australia. So far, the Vietnamese community has secured a firm foothold in Australian society and has made significant donations to support their fellow countrymen hit by natural disasters back home. Earlier on April 25, the delegation visited the Vietnamese Embassy in Canberra. At the meeting, Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia Hoang Vinh Thanh presented a certificate of merit to the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Australia and an insignia to its chairman Tran Ba Phuc, who is also member of the VFF Central Committee. VNA... [read more]

Two silver medals went to Nguyen Duc Binh from Lam Son High School in Thanh Hoa province and Luu Nguyen Hong Quang from the Gift High School under the Ho Chi Minh City University of Science. Mai Thu from Nguyen Trai High School in Hai Duong province and Le Anh Tuan from Tran Phu High School in Hai Phong City, also earned two bronze medals. Dr. Do Quy Son, head of the Vietnamese team at IChO 42, said it was an encouraging result when all the students won prizes. China led this year’s event with 4 golds, followed by Thailand and the Republic of Korea with 3 golds, and Japan with 2 golds. IChO 43 will be held in Turkey in 2011 while Vietnam is scheduled to host the event in 2014. On July 28, the team visited the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan where Ambassador Nguyen Phu Binh congratulated them on their achievements and granted them gifts.... [read more]

They aim to share their experience and seek out opportunities for cooperation in management, teaching and scientific research with several French universities and their partners. Earlier on November 29, the delegation visited Cachan Teachers’ University, one of the biggest of France’s 86 universities which has maintained links in tertiary and post graduate education with Vietnam since 1985. In April 2010, Cachan and the Material Science Institute under the Vietnam Institute of Science and Technology signed a cooperation agreement for the 2010-2015 period. Around 30 Vietnamese students and post graduates are studying subjects of physics and construction at the university. During their visit, the Vietnamese delegation also met with various research institutes and the French Ministry of Education and Research to discuss ways of promoting inter-sector cooperation between Vietnamese and French universities, expanding tertiary and postgraduate training, especially the training of Doctorate and MA degree holders.... [read more]

Those deals were signed in India during a working visit from December 20 to 26 by a delegation from the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology. Accordingly, the two countries will cooperate in designing and developing aerial technology for 3G and 4G wireless services as well as photoelectric cell technology for turning solar power into electricity. They will team up in developing Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques to spot areas vulnerable to droughts in service of agriculture and forestry and extracting substances from starfish in service of the pharmaceutical industry. Vietnam and India have also agreed to boost cooperation in the training of experts on atomic energy and radiation and study possibilities of using biotechnology to create varieties of salt and drought-resistant rice, utilize post-harvest straws and turn cassava into bio-energy. During the visit, the Vietnamese officials attended the eighth meeting of the Vietnam-India Sub-committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation and worked with officials from the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology’s Scientific and Technological Department.... [read more]

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