APEC members share experience in emergency preparedness

NDO/VNA – Member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have exchanged experience in emergency preparedness at a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City. The 12th meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group, from August 21-22, is part of the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3). Addressing the opening ceremony, Tran Quang Hoai, head of the General Department for Natural Disasters Prevention and Control, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said since the beginning of this year, the APEC region has faced abnormal natural disasters, as well as challenges due to global climate change. Many types of natural disasters are posing threats to most countries worldwide, he said, noting that such natural disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity, causing great losses and affecting production and business activities as well as public health. Therefore, it is necessary to intensify information exchange and take more drastic actions in order to minimise the occurrence of natural disasters within the region, he said. The official noted that natural disasters kill 300 people and cause losses worth more than US$1 billion each year in Vietnam, which has been listed as one of the countries worst affected by climate change. Many regions in Vietnam have faced serious riverbank and coastal landslides, and mountainous localities in the country have been hit by flooding, he said, stressing that natural disasters have left 100 people dead so far this year. Hoai called on the APEC economies to review regulations, work together to build a…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have exchanged experience in emergency preparedness at a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City. The 12th meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group, from August 21-22, is part of the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3). Addressing the opening ceremony, Tran Quang Hoai, head of the General Department for Natural Disasters Prevention and Control, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said since the beginning of this year, the APEC region has faced abnormal natural disasters, as well as challenges due to global climate change. Many types of natural disasters are posing threats to most countries worldwide, he said, noting that such natural disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity, causing great losses and affecting production and business activities as well as public health. Therefore, it is necessary to intensify information exchange and take more drastic actions in order to minimise the occurrence of natural disasters within the region, he said. The official noted that natural disasters kill 300 people and cause losses worth more than US$1 billion each year in Vietnam, which has been listed as one of the countries worst affected by climate change. Many regions in Vietnam have faced serious riverbank and coastal landslides, and mountainous localities in the country have been hit by flooding, he said, stressing that natural disasters have left 100 people dead so far this year. Hoai called on the APEC economies to review regulations, work together to build a…... [read more]

The 12th meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group, from August 21-22, is part of the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3). Addressing the opening ceremony, Tran Quang Hoai, head of the General Department for Natural Disasters Prevention and Control under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said since the beginning of this year, the APEC region has faced abnormal natural disasters as well as global climate change challenges. An overview of the meeting  Many types of natural disasters are posing threats to most of countries worldwide, he said, noting that such natural disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity, causing great losses and affecting production and business activities as well as public health. Therefore, it is a must to intensify information exchange and take more drastic actions in order to minimize the occurrence of natural disasters in the region, he said. The official noted that natural disasters kill 300 people and cause losses worth more than 1 billion USD each year in Vietnam, which has been listed as one of the countries worst affected by climate change. Many regions in Vietnam have faced serious riverbank and coastal landslides, and mountainous localities in the country have been hit by flooding, he said, stressing that natural disasters so far this year have left 100 people dead.  Hoai called on the APEC economies to review regulations, work together to build a common mechanism and reach consensus on emergency…... [read more]

The 12th meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group, from August 21-22, is part of the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3). Addressing the opening ceremony, Tran Quang Hoai, head of the General Department for Natural Disasters Prevention and Control under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said since the beginning of this year, the APEC region has faced abnormal natural disasters as well as global climate change challenges. An overview of the meeting  Many types of natural disasters are posing threats to most of countries worldwide, he said, noting that such natural disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity, causing great losses and affecting production and business activities as well as public health. Therefore, it is a must to intensify information exchange and take more drastic actions in order to minimize the occurrence of natural disasters in the region, he said. The official noted that natural disasters kill 300 people and cause losses worth more than 1 billion USD each year in Vietnam, which has been listed as one of the countries worst affected by climate change. Many regions in Vietnam have faced serious riverbank and coastal landslides, and mountainous localities in the country have been hit by flooding, he said, stressing that natural disasters so far this year have left 100 people dead.  Hoai called on the APEC economies to review regulations, work together to build a common mechanism and reach consensus on emergency…... [read more]

The investigation into and trial of many major cases monitored by the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption must be accelerated in the remaining months of 2017 as directed by the committee at its 12th meeting in Hanoi on July 31. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at the 12th meeting of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption on July 31 The committee pointed out seven focal task groups for the rest of the year, including the continued leadership over and direction of the implementation of the Party and the State’s regulations on anti-corruption, and making stronger changes in this work, especially at the grassroots level. It will order more examination, inspection and auditing, particularly in corruption-prone fields. The committee required prompt inspection, clarification of the cause and responsibility, and strict handling of organisations and individuals with violations at nine big loss-making projects. It also ordered faster inspection of the purchase of 95 percent of the shares at the AVG Audiovisual Joint Stock Company by the MobiFone Telecommunications Corporation, and the equitisation of Quy Nhon Port in Binh Dinh province. It also requested relevant agencies to speed up the investigation and settlement of several cases monitored by the steering committee, such as the cases at the PetroVietnam Construction Joint Stock Corporation, the Dong A Joint Stock Commercial Bank, and the projects on building the ethanol Phu Tho and Dung Quat factories. The central anti-corruption steering committee also demanded investigation, prosecution and trial of serious corruption and economic rules violating cases…... [read more]

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at the 12th meeting of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption on July 31 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The investigation into and trial of many major cases monitored by the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption must be accelerated in the remaining months of 2017 as directed by the committee at its 12th meeting in Hanoi on July 31. The committee pointed out seven focal task groups for the rest of the year, including the continued leadership over and direction of the implementation of the Party and the State’s regulations on anti-corruption, and making stronger changes in this work, especially at the grassroots level. It will order more examination, inspection and auditing, particularly in corruption-prone fields. The committee required prompt inspection, clarification of the cause and responsibility, and strict handling of organisations and individuals with violations at nine big loss-making projects. It also ordered faster inspection of the purchase of 95 percent of the shares at the AVG Audiovisual Joint Stock Company by the MobiFone Telecommunications Corporation, and the equitisation of Quy Nhon Port in Binh Dinh province. It also requested relevant agencies to speed up the investigation and settlement of several cases monitored by the steering committee, such as the cases at the PetroVietnam Construction Joint Stock Corporation, the Dong A Joint Stock Commercial Bank, and the projects on building the ethanol Phu Tho and Dung Quat factories. The central anti-corruption steering committee also demanded investigation, prosecution and…... [read more]

NDO – The corruption prevention and combating efforts must be continuously strengthened in a more drastic and effective fashion, without any hindrance or pressure, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has said. The Party leader made the request while presiding over the 12th meeting of the Central Steering Committee for Corruption Prevention and Control in Hanoi on July 31. He noted that adequate attention has been paid to anti-corruption work in the past few months, manifested through the passing of the revised Penal Code; the Politburo and Secretariat’s issuance of documents on inspection, supervision and asset declaration; and the focus on inspecting, auditing and strictly punishing any organisations and individuals who have committed violations. He also pointed out the shortcomings that remain in the steps of detection, examination, investigation and trial, adding that the step of property recovery has been noticed, but the volume of recovered assets remains small. Regarding the remainder of the year, General Secretary Trong insisted on the realisation of the directions and tasks set out by the Steering Committee and the strict implementation of the revised Penal Code, as well as other documents, decisions and regulations on the inspection, supervision and declaration of assets. Efforts should be made to address the limitations in detecting, examining and recovering property, whilst ensuring the association between law enforcement and the completion of the legal system, he noticed. The Party chief stressed the significant role played by communication work in the fight against corruption, highlighting…... [read more]

The 1954 Battle of Dien Bien Phu marked the end of the Vietnamese people’s victorious anti-French resistance war. After the signing of the Geneva Agreement, our country was temporarily divided into two. The northern part was liberated and the people began to restore their economy and build socialism. Meanwhile, the southern people continued their national people’s democratic revolution in the cause of national liberation and reunification. The US imperialists replaced the French colonialists and realised a neo-colonialist regime in southern Vietnam through the Ngo Dinh Diem’s fascist and dictatorial administration. However, the southern people were not subdued by the US and their puppet regime’s brutal rule. Realising Resolution 15 of the 2nd Party Central Committee, a general uprising was officially launched in Mo Cay district, Ben Tre province on January 17, 1960 before spreading to all parts of southern Vietnam. The southern revolution switched from the defensive onto the offensive with people’s armed forces developing in rural areas. From 1961 to 1964, regiments of local and regional liberation armed forces were established as the core of the people’s resistance war against the US and its puppets. The liberation army won resounding victories on all battle fields, such as Ap Bac, Binh Gia, Ba Gia and Dong Xoai. The enemy were worn out and annihilated, and their weapons and technical equipment were destroyed and captured. The US “armoured personnel carrier” and “helicoper transport” tactics and the “special war” strategy were left bankrupt. The southern Vietnamese people gained the upper hand by…... [read more]

At their 12th meeting in Hanoi on January 8, the ministers assigned ASEAN tourism officials to work closely with the private sector to develop competitive package tours for travellers within the bloc and its key markets such as China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. They reaffirmed their commitment to speeding up the regional integration process in 2009 and adopted an initiative aimed at drawing up an ASEAN tourism strategy for the 2011-2015 period introduced by heads of national tourism organisations (NTOs) from ASEAN countries. They appreciated the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for granting its technical assistance to the ASEAN Competitiveness Enhancement (ACE) Project to increase the competitive capacity of the tourism sector in the integration process. The ministers welcomed the effective cooperation between the tourism and transport sectors in facilitating cross-border travel by bus and a project to install common ASEAN tourism signposts. They adopted the mutual recognition agreement (MRA) on tourism to improve the quality of human resources and create favourable conditions for the shifting of employees within the sector. In 2008, ASEAN received more than 54 million foreign arrivals in 2008, an increase of 7 percent from a year earlier. ASEAN tourism ministers described the growth as an encouraging result, given the negative impact of the global financial crisis and political instability in several member countries. ASEAN countries expanded cooperation with potential markets by organising an ASEAN-India seminar on Buddhist pilgrimage tourism in Myanmar in August 2008 and the 3rd ASEAN Tourism Investment Forum in…... [read more]

The agreements cover maritime transportation, cooperation in industry, mining and energy, criminal extradition, labour cooperation and legal support. The accords were reached at the 11th meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee for Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technological Cooperation in Cambodia’s Preah Sihanouk province on December 3-4. Under the co-chairmanship of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hor Nam Hong, the officials also agreed to address changes in visa exemptions for holders of ordinary passports in the near future. Additionally, they unanimously agreed to boost cooperation, help each other in developing human resources, and to facilitate trade and investment. They reaffirmed that the two countries will work harder to raise bilateral trade to 2 billion USD in 2010. The officials pledged to encourage businesspeople to enhance ties, deploy licensed projects more effectively, and expand investment in the areas of oil and gas production, mining, energy, telecommunications, aviation, finance, banking, agriculture, food processing, fertilizer and animal feed. They vowed to boost cooperation in agriculture, transport and communication infrastructure development, healthcare, labour issues, sports and physical training, culture and tourism in addition to speeding up border demarcation to complete the work prior to the end of 2012 as previously agreed. At this meeting, pledges were made for pressing ahead with collaboration in security and defence and the fight against cross-border crimes, and coordinating within sub-regional cooperation frameworks. Reviewing the results of implementating the agreements reached at…... [read more]




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