HCM City delegation visits Laos to boost partnership

NDO/ VNA – Vietnam wishes to strengthen partnership with Russia in an extensive and effective manner to bring benefits to both countries, stated President Tran Dai Quang at a reception for visiting Secretary of the Security Council of Russia General Nikolai Patrushev in Hanoi on July 25. The President said that during his visit to Russia on June this year, leaders of the two sides discussed major orientations and specific measures to beef up bilateral affiliation in the future, including fostering coordination in ensuring national security and coping with non-traditional security challenges. He stressed that Vietnam highly values partnership with Russia in defence and security on the foundation of signed agreements as well as existing mechanisms such as cooperation deals between the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Defence of Vietnam and Russia’s Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Defence, and Security Council. He affirmed that Vietnam lauds the role of Russia in the Asian-Pacific region, as well as the country’s support for Russia’s enhanced role at regional security forums such as the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Regional Forum, the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus. Vietnam is also willing to coordinate closely with Russia at these forums, he added. President Quang also stated that Vietnam hopes to strengthen cooperation with Russia in UN peacekeeping, while holding that the constructive engagement of Russia in the maintenance of peace, stability in the region as well as maritime security cooperation activities is important. He proposed that…... [read more]

 The 38th ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting on Drug Matters Vietnam has actively joined ASEAN efforts to deal with complicated issues related to drug matters and related crimes, he said, adding that the country has proposed many feasible initiatives and ideas to promote intra-bloc cooperation and linkage as well as external relations. The deputy minister reported that Vietnam has taken synchronous measures to reduce drug demand and supply, while improving the legal framework in the field and raising public awareness of illicit drug’s danger and diversifying detoxification models. He expressed belief that the conference will contribute to delivering on ASEAN’s high-level commitments in the anti-drug fight for 2016-2025 towards the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters slated for 2018 in Vietnam. The East Asian and Southeast Asian region is now home to more than 3 million heroin users and more than 5 million methamphetamine abusers. The emergence of new narcotics and their increasing use since 2009 have posed great challenges to ASEAN member states. The Golden Triangle area remains a hotspot of poppy tree cultivation and methamphetamine production. The region also faces the comeback of drug-contained tree cultivation. Last year, the ASEAN Community adopted the Plan of Action on drug prevention and control for 2016-2025. The ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting on Drug Matters will last till July 27. Source: VNA... [read more]

NDO – The ninth conference between the National Assembly (NA) Offices of Vietnam and Laos officially kicked off in the central city of Da Nang on July 25, aiming to share experience in assisting the two legislatures. The opening ceremony was attended by permanent Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese NA Tong Thi Phong; Secretary of the Da Nang city Party Committee, Chairman of the city People’s Council Nguyen Xuan Anh; General Secretary of the Vietnamese NA and head of its Office Nguyen Hanh Phuc, who led the Vietnamese delegates and Secretary General of the Lao NA Suansavanh Vigaket, who led the Lao delegates. Addressing the event, permanent Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese NA Tong Thi Phong highly appreciated close cooperation between the two offices over the past years. Aiming to maintain the efficiency of the annual conference, the permanent Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese NA suggested the offices select specific topics to discuss as well as intensify the sharing of experience to assist the two legislative bodies, especially in helping the Chairperson, the NA Standing Committee and NA agencies carry out external relations work. According to Nguyen Hanh Phuc, General Secretary of the Vietnamese NA and head of its Office, following up the outcomes of the two NA’s conference in Son La in early July, this conference focuses on discussing the coordination between the NA Office and the provincial People’s Council Office in serving operations of the NA and the People’s Council, as well as the implementation…... [read more]

ASEAN enjoys half century of dynamic, comprehensive development (Source: asean.org) Hanoi (VNA) – After 50 years of development, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been internationally recognised as a comprehensive regional cooperative organisation and a cohesive and dynamic political-economic entity that contributes to global connectivity. The association has an important role and position in the Southeast Asian and Asian-Pacific regions with profound political, economic, cultural and social influences.  A spirit of solidarity, consensus and mutual support and respect, along with harmonious combination of national and community interests have helped enhance the association’s position. Over the past half century, ASEAN has proved itself a leading factor in ensuring a peaceful environment, security and cooperation for regional development, illustrated through the bloc’s efforts to cooperate in politics and security and build codes of conduct to increase mutual understanding and prevent conflicts in the region. ASEAN has also established collaboration with important partners in the world, while initiating and playing a key role in several regional cooperation frameworks, especially the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) – the only mechanism for dialogues and cooperation in political and security matters in Asia-Pacific. The association has created favourable conditions for important partners outside Southeast Asia to contribute to the settlement of common security challenges, helping reinforce peace and security in the region.   [Sport event celebrates ASEAN’s founding anniversary] More countries around the world have shown interest in Southeast Asia. The Treaty of Amity and Cooperation initiated by …... [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 – Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue held working sessions with a number of Australian officials, on July 24, to seek measures to further foster the partnership between the two countries. At a meeting with Treasurer Scott Morrison, Deputy PM Hue, who is on a visit to Australia from July 23-25, highly valued Australia’s commitment to continue providing development assistance to Vietnam, in various fields such as environment, the improvement of livelihoods in mountainous and rural areas, climate change response and gender equality. Morrison lauded Vietnam’s role as the host of the APEC 2017 with many important meetings. Vietnam has also devised the agenda for the event, which received high approval from the member economies, he said. He affirmed Australia’s policy of giving top priority to cooperation with the ASEAN and the country’s wish to help promote ASEAN’s solidarity, self-reliance, prosperity and central role within the region. The two sides agreed that their bilateral partnership is experiencing a solid period, with strong collaboration in economy, trade and investment. They lauded the close ties between the Ministry of Finance of Vietnam and Australia’s Treasury, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in 2012. The two sides are also discussing the signing of another deal for the new period until 2020, aiming to share experience in finance-budget, state budget allocation and the management of bad debt and public debt of joint stock commercial banks, and maintaining the stability of the macro economy. Both…... [read more]

NDO/VNA - Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury left Hanoi on July 24, successfully concluding her five-day official visit to Vietnam, made at the invitation of National Assembly Chairwoman, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. During her stay, she held talks with NA Chairwoman Ngan, and paid courtesy visits to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Tran Dai Quang. She also paid tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and laid wreaths at the Monument to War Heroes and Martyrs. During her discussions, both sides agreed that the two countries’ traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation have developed continuously since they first established their diplomatic ties 44 years ago. The political relations between the two countries have been tightened through regular visits and meetings. The two countries have always supported each other in their national building and safeguarding and economic development, as well as closely coordinating at regional and international forums. Both sides also reached a consensus that Vietnam and Bangladesh should intensify experience sharing, to help each other in gender equality and poverty reduction, and to cooperate in the fields of defence, aquaculture, education-training, culture and tourism. To achieve the goal of US$1 billion in two-way trade, the two countries will intensify trade and investment promotion, whilst creating favourable conditions for businesses to take part in fairs and exhibitions held in each country. Regarding the two legislatures’ relations, they agreed to maintain high-level delegation exchanges to share…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has hailed the ongoing visit by Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury as a significant contribution to bilateral ties. At a reception for the top Bangladeshi legislator on July 23, the Party chief expressed his hope that the relationship between the two countries would thrive, meeting the practical needs of both countries and their people. “The Communist Party of Vietnam and Vietnamese people always attach much importance to the traditional friendship and cooperation with Bangladesh,” he stressed. “On the basis of such a fine relationship and other similarities, both sides should take concrete measures to implement more effectively our signed agreements, especially strengthening economic cooperation to bring it in line with sound political ties,” he suggested. Applauding Bangladesh’s achievements, General Secretary Trong said he was convinced that the Bangladeshi Government and people would reap further success in building a country of peace, development and prosperity, contributing to regional and international peace, stability and development. Speaker Chaudhury said she hoped Vietnam continues its robust growth, adding that Bangladesh has always treasured the promotion of sound traditional friendship and cooperation with Vietnam. Bangladesh is ready to share experience with Vietnam in the fields of its strength, and reinforce cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation in all areas, she said. The top parliamentary official extended an invitation to Party General Secretary Trong to visit Bangladesh at a convenient time.... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has sent a message to Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni, expressing his thanks for the warm welcome given to him by the King, the country’s leaders and people. In his message, the Vietnamese Party chief said he believes after his State visit to Cambodia from July 20-22, the bilateral traditional friendship, neighbourliness, and comprehensive, sustainable and long-term cooperation will develop to a new height for the sake of their people as well as peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and beyond. He hoped Cambodia will reap more significant achievements in the cause of national building and defense.   [Party leader encourages Vietnam-Cambodia local-level cooperation] Hoang Binh Quan, member of the Party Central Committee and head of the Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, told the press that the visit to Cambodia by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong is an important historical milestone in the bilateral relations as it took place in the year the two countries are celebrating 50 years of their diplomatic ties. Furthermore, in the context of regional and global complicated developments, the visit demonstrates the sound neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive, sustainable and long-term cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia, he said. The two countries are aware that assistance during the past years is invaluable that should be preserved and promoted, he said. Built on the solid and broad cooperative foundation forged over the past 50 years, the two sides agreed to…... [read more]

The correct viewpoint of the Party and State, institutionalised in the ordinance, has helped facilitate religious activities. The implementation of the ordinance and decree has basically met the demand for the legitimate religious activities of religious followers and organisations. According to religious reports from 35 cities and provinces, 711 dignitaries have been ordained and appointed, including 161 Buddhists, 143 Catholics, 94 Protestants, 218 Cao Daists and 95 Hoa Hao Buddhists. Local administrations have created favourable conditions for religions to be established, split and move into new worship places. All conferences and congresses of religious organisations have been held lawfully. All chapters of the Vietnam Catholic Church in the plains have organised congresses. Thirty-seven chapters in Central Highlands provinces and southern Binh Phuoc province have established councils. The Central Highlands province of Gia Lai allowed five chapters with more than 2,000 followers to organise its congress in June 2005, bringing the total number Protestant chapters recognised in the region to 42 chapters. All religious schools have increased the number of training courses and students. The Bible Theological Seminary of the Southern Protestant Church recruited 100 students for the second academic year - 50 more than last year. It also opened a course for untrained pastors and missionaries from Central Highlands provinces. In total these religious schools and classes attracted thousands of followers. Religious admittances to sects were carried out voluntarily. Worship places were built to meet the increasing demand for followers’ practices. Several localities have granted land use right certificates to…... [read more]

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