HCM City, Vientiane agree to foster cooperation

Hoang Van Dung, Chairman of ABAC Vietnam. (Source: VNA) Ottawa (VNA) – The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) needs to become an open, innovative and inclusive region with a long-term vision to create sustainable and inclusive growth, heard the third APEC Business Advisory Council meeting (ABAC III) in Toronto, Canada. In a press release issued after the conference, which was held from July 24-28, ABAC members highlighted four priority fields of intensifying integration and trade liberalisation, speeding up the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises, developing science and technology, and bettering human resources training. They also stressed the need for APEC economies to take action toward the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area based on the results of ambitious regional agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and the Pacific Alliance. Talking to Vietnam News Agency correspondents, APEC Executive Director Alan Bollard said that as ABAC III was a meeting of enterprises, delegates discussed a series of issues related to trade and investment and on how to maintain dynamic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. New issues, including e-commerce, development of small enterprises and the role of women in the economy, were also put on table, he added. Chairman of the ABAC Vietnam Hoang Van Dung emphasised the importance of science and technology in the digital era, especially for such developing countries as Vietnam. Within the framework of the conference, a representative from the Vietnamese delegation informed the participants of…... [read more]

Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has requested Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry to investigate and clarify reports that an Indonesian naval ship shot and wounded two Vietnamese fishermen last week. Minh made the request during a phone call with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Friday, underlining that the shooting was a serious incident that did not match the current soundly-developing strategic partnership between the two countries. The Vietnamese deputy premier said Vietnam is deeply concerned about this incident and called on the Indonesian side to promptly verify and investigate the case. Indonesia should also inform Vietnam about the investigation result and avoid repeating similar actions in the future, Minh pressed. The Vietnamese fishing boat in question is coded BD 31153 TS, registered in the south-central province of Binh Dinh. The Consular Department under the Vietnamese foreign ministry said on July 25 that the BD 31153 TS was pursued and shot at by a foreign ship while they was docking in Con Dao Port in southern Vietnam on July 23, according to the Vietnam News Agency. The shooting left two Vietnamese fishermen wounded. Both of them have been taken to hospital for treatment, the Vietnam News Agency said. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! ... [read more]

The Ministry of Information and Communications is developing a draft circular on mobile telecommunication network information services, reported the Vietnam News Agency.— Photo vietnamplus.vn The Ministry of Information and Communications is developing a draft circular on mobile telecommunication network information services, reported the Vietnam News Agency. The circular, which amends Circular No 17/2016/TT-BTTTT, aims to tighten management over services that charge customers periodically. Specifically, the draft circular only allows network operators to provide services when receiving confirmation by SMS from customers. The Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) said that the requirement was reasonable and would ensure whether customers want to use the services or not. In this regard, VCCI said that operators should send notifications to users each time they renew their services. The notifications must include information on how to cancel the service so that users may cancel. Dau Anh Tuan, Head of the VCCI’s Legal Department, also suggested the drafting agency consider and amend the circular to require providers to send messages to users via SMS each time services are renewed or charges are made. “The SMS must include the full content of the services, especially instructions of how to cancel the service,” he emphasised. The chamber also said that confirmation by SMS for only periodic services is not enough; the regulation should be applied to other services such as those charging according to Internet data packages. The chamber mentioned controversial services such as…... [read more]

The Ministry of Information and Communications is developing a draft circular on mobile telecommunication network information services, reported the Vietnam News Agency. The Ministry of Information and Communications is developing a draft circular on mobile telecommunication network information services, reported the Vietnam News Agency.-Photo vietnamplus.vn The circular, which amends Circular No 17/2016/TT-BTTTT, aims to tighten management over services that charge customers periodically. Specifically, the draft circular only allows network operators to provide services when receiving confirmation by SMS from customers. The Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) said that the requirement was reasonable and would ensure whether customers want to use the services or not. In this regard, VCCI said that operators should send notifications to users each time they renew their services. The notifications must include information on how to cancel the service so that users may cancel. Đậu Anh Tuấn, Head of the VCCI’s Legal Department, also suggested the drafting agency consider and amend the circular to require providers to send messages to users via SMS each time services are renewed or charges are made. “The SMS must include the full content of the services, especially instructions of how to cancel the service,” he emphasised. The chamber also said that confirmation by SMS for only periodic services is not enough; the regulation should be applied to other services such as those charging according to Internet data packages. …... [read more]

Vietnam and Israel have agreed to strengthen their cooperation during the second meeting of the Vietnam-Israel inter-governmental committee for cooperation in economy, science, technology and other areas. Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh (left) and Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen. The information was released by Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh, who co-chaired the meeting, during an interview with Vietnam News Agency’s correspondent in Tel Aviv, Israel, on the sidelines of the event. The two sides noted with satisfaction the already fruitful cooperation between the two countries, with two-way trade increasing significantly during 2010-2016, he said. They also began negotiations for a free trade agreement with three meetings and are preparing for the next round, he said, noting Israel has recognised Vietnam’s market economic status. Both agreed that Vietnam and Israel hold a lot of potential for cooperation as the two economies are reciprocal. At the meeting, they agreed to work together to raise bilateral trade to 3 billion USD as agreed by the two countries’ leaders and accelerate the signing of the trade deal, while seeking an agreement on labour cooperation.   The two sides also set forth measures to implement a financial protocol. Israel said the country stands ready to share its experience in launching and promoting start-ups. They also agreed on measures to step up cooperation in technology, agriculture, navigation and development. Anh said Vietnam and Israel will mark the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2018 and…... [read more]

The information was released by Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh, who co-chaired the meeting, during an interview with Vietnam News Agency’s correspondent in Tel Aviv, Israel, on the sidelines of the event. The two sides noted with satisfaction the already fruitful cooperation between the two countries, with two-way trade increasing significantly during 2010-2016, he said. They also began negotiations for a free trade agreement with three meetings and are preparing for the next round, he said, noting Israel has recognised Vietnam’s market economic status. Both agreed that Vietnam and Israel hold a lot of potential for cooperation as the two economies are reciprocal. At the meeting, they agreed to work together to raise bilateral trade to US$3 billion as agreed by the two countries’ leaders and accelerate the signing of the trade deal, while seeking an agreement on labour cooperation.   The two sides also set forth measures to implement a financial protocol. Israel said the country stands ready to share its experience in launching and promoting start-ups. They also agreed on measures to step up cooperation in technology, agriculture, navigation and development. Anh said Vietnam and Israel will mark the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2018 and the two sides will coordinate to implement cooperation programmes for the interests of each side. According to the minister, during his trip to Israel, the two countries’ ministries of science and technology signed a memorandum…... [read more]

Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh (left) and Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen. (Photo: VNA) Tel Aviv (VNA) - Vietnam and Israel have agreed to strengthen their cooperation during the second meeting of the Vietnam-Israel inter-governmental committee for cooperation in economy, science, technology and other areas. The information was released by Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh, who co-chaired the meeting, during an interview with Vietnam News Agency’s correspondent in Tel Aviv, Israel, on the sidelines of the event. The two sides noted with satisfaction the already fruitful cooperation between the two countries, with two-way trade increasing significantly during 2010-2016, he said. They also began negotiations for a free trade agreement with three meetings and are preparing for the next round, he said, noting Israel has recognised Vietnam’s market economic status. Both agreed that Vietnam and Israel hold a lot of potential for cooperation as the two economies are reciprocal. At the meeting, they agreed to work together to raise bilateral trade to 3 billion USD as agreed by the two countries’ leaders and accelerate the signing of the trade deal, while seeking an agreement on labour cooperation.   The two sides also set forth measures to implement a financial protocol. Israel said the country stands ready to share its experience in launching and promoting start-ups. They also agreed on measures to step up cooperation in technology, agriculture, navigation and development. Anh said…... [read more]

The information was released by Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh, who co-chaired the meeting, during an interview with Vietnam News Agency’s correspondent in Tel Aviv, Israel, on the sidelines of the event. Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh (left) and Israeli Ministerof Economy and Industry Eli Cohen. The two sides noted with satisfaction the already fruitful cooperation between the two countries, with two-way trade increasing significantly during 2010-2016, he said. They also began negotiations for a free trade agreement with three meetings and are preparing for the next round, he said, noting Israel has recognized Vietnam’s market economic status. Both agreed that Vietnam and Israel hold a lot of potential for cooperation as the two economies are reciprocal. At the meeting, they agreed to work together to raise bilateral trade to 3 billion USD as agreed by the two countries’ leaders and accelerate the signing of the trade deal, while seeking an agreement on labor cooperation. The two sides also set forth measures to implement a financial protocol. Israel said the country stands ready to share its experience in launching and promoting start-ups. They also agreed on measures to step up cooperation in technology, agriculture, navigation and development. Anh said Vietnam and Israel will mark the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2018 and the two sides will coordinate to implement cooperation programs for the interests of each side. According to…... [read more]

NDO – As a result of the unpredictable and complex development of dengue fever, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a directive urging for strengthened prevention and control of the dangerous disease. The document stated that since the beginning of 2017, more than 58,000 patients nationwide have been diagnosed with dengue fever, including over 49,000 hospitalised and 17 fatalities. Compared with the same period in 2016, the number of hospital admissions has increased by 11.2%, while the number of fatalities has risen by three. A large number of provinces and cities are experiencing a high morbidity rate and are at high risk of disease outbreak, especially Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Binh Thuan, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, An Giang, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau, Tay Ninh, Soc Trang, Tien Giang and Nam Dinh. To proactively prevent the spread of dengue fever, the PM asked the People's Committees of provinces and cities to direct their concerned authorities at all levels to provide information to and mobilise people to deploy campaigns to eradicate mosquitoes and mosquito larvae in residential areas, while assigning specific tasks to authorities at all levels on disease prevention and control. Local authorities were requested to closely monitor the epidemic situation for early detection and comprehensively deal with outbreaks as soon as they are detected, in addition to organising emergency medical treatment for patients, strengthening inspection and supervision over areas with high risk and allocating adequate funds for disease prevention and control. The chairpersons…... [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]




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