Vietnamese, Lao NA offices bolster cooperation

Madame Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee’s Office was nominated for the post of Vice State President to replace Nguyen Thi Doan. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh was born in 1959 in central Quang Nam province. She was an official member of the Party Central Member in the 11th and 12 tenures and NA deputy in the 11th and 13th tenures. Thinh has assumed different positions: Permanent Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam Women Union, Deputy Secretary of the Vinh Long provincial Party Committee, Secretary of the Vinh Long provincial Party Committee and Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee’s Office. Mr Nguyen Hoa Binh, member of the Party Central Committee in the 12th tenure, NA deputy in the 13th was recommended for the post of the Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court to replace Truong Hoa Binh. Mr Le Minh Tri, Deputy Head of the Party Central Internal Affairs Committee was the candidate for the position of Prosecutor General of the Supreme People’s Procuracy. After group discussions, On April 8 lawmakers will vote to approve the nomination list and conduct a secret ballot on electing the above mentioned positions.... [read more]

2030 Businessmen Club hosts charitable caravan, chooses new management Tuong Nguyen and Kieu Giang By Tuong Nguyen and Kieu Giang in HCMC The 2030 Businessmen Club under the Saigon Times Club will donate 300 bicycles plus scholarships and gifts worth a combined VND450 million to ethnic school children in Ea R’Bin Commune, Lak District, Daklak Province during its forthcoming charitable caravan tour. Speaking at a press conference yesterday on the April 30-May 4 tour, Nguyen Hai Nguyen, member of the club and chief organizer of the ninth caravan journey, said the theme of the event is about love for the Central Highlands. The tour will depart from HCMC and take in Gia Nghia, Buon Ma Thuot, Da Lat and Phan Thiet. Children at Ngo Gia Tu elementary school in Ea R’Bin Commune will benefit from the club’s donations. Ha Xuan Anh of the 2030 club said the caravan will offer necessities and school supplies to remote areas in need of help from this year. “Those school children benefiting from this program may continue their schooling if they have a bicycle,” he noted. Organizers of this year’s event expect to have 120 participants, including members of the 2030 Businessman Club, and their companions and family traveling in 40 cars. Participation fee is VND7.5 million for adults and children over 12 years old, VND3.75 million for kids aged 6 to 12, and free for those under 6. The club has held a number of trips over the past nine years in many…... [read more]

National Citizen Bank gets new general director Hong Phuc By Hong Phuc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - National Citizen Bank (NCB) has announced Dao Trong Khanh as its new general director, replacing his predecessor Tran Hai Anh who still serves as the bank’s permanent vice chairwoman. Born in 1977, Khanh earned a Master’s degree in financial economics from the National University of Singapore. Prior to NCB, he had held top positions at a number of foreign and local banks such as general director and board member at TienPhong Commercial Bank and vice chairman of Maritime Commercial Bank. NCB, formerly known as Song Kien Rural Commercial Bank, has total chartered capital of VND3 trillion (US$135.6 million). The bank was established in 1995 and was transformed into Nam Viet Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Navibank). Before 2014, Navibank was one of the ailing banks to undergo restructuring as required by the State Bank of Vietnam. With a new group of shareholders, the bank was renamed as NCB last year, relocated its headquarters from HCMC to Hanoi and committed to faster restructuring so as to become a healthy bank. NCB said in a statement last Friday that by the end of November its deposits and loans had grown by 76.48% and 54.51% respectively versus the end of 2013 and bad debt was controlled at 2.08% of outstanding loans. By the end of last year, the bank posted profit of VND59 billion (US$2.67 million) and total assets growth of 26.8% to over VND…... [read more]

On April 7, President Tran Dai Quang summited a proposal on electing the positions of Vice State President, Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court and the Head of the Supreme People's Procuracy. Ms. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh Ms. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee’s Office was nominated for the post of Vice State President to replace Nguyen Thi Doan. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh was born in 1959 in central Quang Nam province. She was an official member of the Party Central Member in the 11th and 12 tenures and NA deputy in the 11th and 13th tenures. Thinh has assumed different positions: Permanent Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam Women Union, Deputy Secretary of the Vinh Long provincial Party Committee, Secretary of the Vinh Long provincial Party Committee and Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee’s Office. Mr Nguyen Hoa Binh, member of the Party Central Committee in the 12th tenure, NA deputy in the 13th was recommended for the post of the Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court to replace Truong Hoa Binh. Mr Le Minh Tri, Deputy Head of the Party Central Internal Affairs Committee was the candidate for the position of the Head of the Supreme People's Procuracy. After group discussions, On April 8 lawmakers will vote to approve the nomination list and conduct a secret ballot on electing the above mentioned positions. VOV... [read more]

(CPV) - Hanoi City Union of Friendship Organizations, held a meeting on the people's diplomatic affairs and the implementation of activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the capitals liberation (Oct.10) and 15 years of being recognized as city for peace by UNESCO. In the third quarter 2014, the Hanoi City Union of Friendship Organizations coordinated with relevant agencies to organize the contest to study Hanoi - the 'City for Peace' with the participation of nearly 1.3 million entries; an exhibition about Hanoi - the City for Peace; a contest to support the fund for the homeland sea and islands; a seminar on Hanoi - the City for Peace; and Peace Signature Collection for the East Sea. In the forth quarter of 2014, the union will coordinate with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations and other relevant agencies to organize a range of activities to mark the capitals celebrations, including the 41st Open Hanoi Moi Newsapaper-Run, Tournament for Peace in 2014; an art performance to mark the 20th founding anniversary of ASEAN; a cultural day for peace; a run for children 2014; and the forth America-Latin music night. Permanent Vice Chairwoman, of the Hanoi City Union of Friendship Organizations, Vu Thi Hai, hoped that the success of people's diplomatic activities across the city will contribute to consolidate and expand ties, mutual understandings and development cooperation between Vietnamese people, Hanoians and peoples of different countries in the world./.... [read more]

Learners at a swimming class funded by Oxfam Hongkong in central Quang Tri Province. More attention should be placed on protecting children's rights and welfare. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau HA NOI — More attention should be placed on protecting children's rights and welfare, said Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep. At a workshop yesterday in Ha Noi on child-injury prevention for the 2011 - 2015, Craig Burgess, from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), expressed concerns about the alarming rate of child injuries in Viet Nam. In Viet Nam, there is a 20 per cent rate of death from injury in under 19-year-olds and 30,000 deaths each year - 12 per cent of all deaths, according to Nguyen Hai Huu, director of the ministry's Department of Children Protection and Care. The cost of treating injuries is estimated at VND30 trillion (US$1.4 billion) annually - 35 per cent of which involves people under 19 years old. Huu said the leading cause of childhood death was drowning (50 per cent) followed by traffic accidents. The national child-safety programme has a budget of US$111.7 million. Ngo Thi Minh, permanent vice chairwoman of the National Assembly's Committee for Culture, Education, Youth, and Children, said ministries and organisations should focus on mobilising public support for the programme. Child-injury prevention should be given top priority, she said. Injury is a global issue, which threatens the very fabric of society. A noticeable feature is that 95 per cent of childhood deaths…... [read more]

ASEAN embassies raise funds for Japanese victims The embassies of ASEAN member countries in Germany hosted a culinary festival on May 3 to raise money for Japanese victims of the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The festival introduced a wide range of traditional specialties from the 10 ASEAN countries. Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Do Hoa Binh said the event was a chance for the ASEAN nations to show off their culinary cultures as well as expressing their sentiments and close relations with Japan. Organisers handed over more than 12,000 EUR collected at the festival to the Japanese Ambassador in Germany, Takahiro Shinyo. ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 44th ADB Annual Meeting of the Board of ADB Governors opens in Hanoi The 44th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of ADB- the most important event in a series of seminars and conferences of the 44th Annual Meeting- officially opened in Hanoi on May 5, attracting 3,600 Vietnamese and international delegates. This is the first time Vietnam has hosted the ADB Annual Meeting- one of major international events. The meeting involves Prime Ministers, Deputy Prime Ministers, Financial Ministers, Bank Governors and representatives from major economic and banking groups in the world, non-governmental organisations and scientists. ADB governors will focus their discussions on issues related to economic development, inflation, efforts to cope with global climate change and build a prosperous Asia on sustainable growth. Vietnam, South Africa to increase two-way trade Vietnam…... [read more]

Northern Dien Bien province has been told to speed up dissemination of information on the upcoming NA election in ethnic minority languages to help local people understand the significance of the event and exercise their rights. National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong told Dien Bien, where H'Mong, Dao and Thai ethnic minorities live, while inspecting its preparations for the elections to the 13 th National Assembly and the People's Council at all levels for the 2011-2016 term on May 3 and 4. She urged the province to place importance to the training of the staff in service of the elections, especially those in remote and extremely disadvantaged areas, and ensure social security during the elections. Also the Permanent Vice Chairwoman of the Election Council, Phong praised Dien Bien for proactively carrying out necessary works for the elections in accordance with law, underlining its proficient preparation of personnel for these people-elected organs. Dien Bien has 10 candidates to run for seats at the National Assembly, including two nominated by central agencies, and 77 candidates for the provincial People's Council. Source: VNA... [read more]

A preliminary list of 183 candidates for the 13th National Assembly, recommended by centrally run agencies, organisations and units, has been endorsed. This was the result of the second consultation conference organised by the Standing Board of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC) in Hanoi on March 22. Prominent at the conference were Tong Thi Phong, Politburo member, Vice Chairwoman of the NA and Permanent Vice Chairwoman of the Election Council, and Ha Thi Khiet, Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Mass Mobilisation. Reports delivered at the conference indicated that VFFCC has received the recommendations of 183 candidates, their summarized biographies and assets inventories. The candidates include 11 recommended by Party bodies, three by the State President's agency, 20 by the Government, two by justice agencies, 16 by armed forces and 31 others by VFF and its member organisations. Participants all expressed belief in the recommendations of the centrally run agencies as well as the nominees. However, many of them raised concern about the age of full-time deputies, to ensure the rate of re-elected deputies, the proportion of elected deputies and candidates to have more choice, and the rate of non-Party members and ethnic minority people in the parliament. V.N.P... [read more]

The approaching general and local elections offer a key opportunity for Vietnamese voters to exercise their right to select the best candidates for National Assembly and People's Councils at various levels, Nguyen Phu Trong, Party Secretary General, NA Chairman and Chairman of the Election Council, told participants at a meeting in the capital city yesterday. "The election - which is scheduled to take place on Sunday May 22, is a key event this year, following the National Party Congress in January," said Trong. He asked party committees and administrations at all levels, as well as the Viet Nam Fatherland Front, to ensure the elections would be a success. It is important that all party members, people and armed forces thoroughly understand the special significance of the elections, of the roles, positions and functions of the National Assembly and the People's Councils, said Trong. "This is an occasion for the Vietnamese people to display their patriotism and to exercise their civil right and obligation to building and consolidating the socialist state ruled by law," Trong emphasised. He urged the participants to do their best to make sure the election would take place in a democratic and fair atmosphere. "We'll not tolerate any plot to undermine the Party's guidelines and the country's laws." Tong Thi Phong, permanent vice chairwoman of the Election Council and a politburo member asked all party committees nation-wide to develop plans to make the polling day a truly festive event. "In your plans, you have to arrange consultation…... [read more]




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