APEC Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures meets in HCM City

Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan was speaking at the 11th meeting of the city’s Party Organisation (10th tenure) on August 18. He highlighted the significance of the event as it is a time to evaluate the implementation of the Resolution adopted at the 10th Congress of the municipal Party Organisation as well as seek solutions to fuel economic growth. The city will map out three detailed plans to realise three resolutions on economy approved at the fifth plenary meeting of the 12th Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee from now to the year’s end, he said. Besides achievements over the past five years, HCM City needs to address some shortcomings in economic growth and infrastructure development, he added. During the two-day conference, participants will discuss a project building HCM City into a smart city in 2017-2020, with a vision to 2025 and hear reports on developing private economies, improving the institution of the socialist-oriented market economy, and restructuring, reforming and improving the operational efficiency of State businesses. In the 2015-2020 period, the municipal Party Organisation will roll out 12 key measures and seven breakthrough programmes, including those to improve growth quality and competitiveness, develop sustainable urban areas, build synchronous infrastructure, maintain political stability and ensure social order and safety.Vietnamplus... [read more]

Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan was speaking at the 11th meeting of the city’s Party Organisation (10th tenure) on August 18. He highlighted the significance of the event as it is a time to evaluate the implementation of the Resolution adopted at the 10th Congress of the municipal Party Organisation as well as seek solutions to fuel economic growth. The city will map out three detailed plans to realise three resolutions on economy approved at the fifth plenary meeting of the 12th Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee from now to the year’s end, he said. Besides achievements over the past five years, HCM City needs to address some shortcomings in economic growth and infrastructure development, he added. During the two-day conference, participants will discuss a project building HCM City into a smart city in 2017-2020, with a vision to 2025 and hear reports on developing private economies, improving the institution of the socialist-oriented market economy, and restructuring, reforming and improving the operational efficiency of State businesses. In the 2015-2020 period, the municipal Party Organisation will roll out 12 key measures and seven breakthrough programmes, including those to improve growth quality and competitiveness, develop sustainable urban areas, build synchronous infrastructure, maintain political stability and ensure social order and safety.Vietnamplus... [read more]

NDO – Leaders of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee and Vietnam Fatherland Front, on August 19, paid tribute to late President Ton Duc Thang at his Museum in District 1, on the occasion of the 129th anniversary of the leader’s birth (August 20-1888-2017). The delegation was led by Politburo member and Secretary of the City’s Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan. The delegates remembered the great contributions made by late President Ton Duc Thang to the nation’s revolutionary cause. Following the incense offering ceremony, the delegates visited the exhibition themed ’15 years in Con Dao prison’ where the late President was detained. Comrade Ton Duc Thang was born in An Giang province on August 20, 1888, to a family with a rich tradition of patriotism. He joined the patriotic struggle when he was very young and soon became one of the pioneers of the working class and national liberation movements, significantly contributing to worker’s movements throughout the world. During his 15 years in Con Dao prison (1930-1945), he became a spiritual leader to the political prisoners at the prison. After the success of the August Revolution in 1945, he was released from the prison and comrade Ton Duc Thang joined hands with the Party, people and army to build a people’s democratic administration in order to complete the cause of national liberation. He was the State President from 1969 to 1980. On the same day, a large number of agencies,…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Governor of Nakhon Pathom province of Thailand Somchai Witdamrong have agreed to foster the cooperative ties between Nakhon Pathom and Vietnam’s border provinces to enhance road, seaway and aviation connectivity, thereby bringing practical benefits to these localities and the people of both nations. During a working session in Nakhon Pathom on August 18, within the framework of PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visit to Thailand, the Vietnamese PM shared his sympathy with Witdamrong over the losses caused by recent floods in the province, believing that the local residents will soon overcome any difficulties and settle into their normal lives. He thanked the provincial administration for creating favourable conditions for 10,000 Vietnamese nationals to stabilise their lives in the province, as well as for the construction of a memorial site dedicated to late President Ho Chi Minh. Witdamrong, for his part, affirmed that the provincial authorities will always create favourable conditions for Vietnamese-Thai people residing and conducting business in Nakhon Pathom. The host said that Nakhon Pathom is working closely with Vietnam’s central localities, including forming twin relations with Ha Tinh province. He pledged to preserve and promote tourism at common heritages of the Thai and Vietnamese people, such as the Friendship Village, the Nakhon Pathom – Hanoi Vietnamese language teaching centre and the Clock Tower. ... [read more]

Quang Ninh Province aims to develop Van Don into a dynamic economic centre with a focus on services, high-end tourism and high-tech industries. — Photo bnews.vn The northern province of Quang Ninh plans to turn Van Don special administrative-economic zone into a smart and green island urban area, Nguyen Van Doc, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said. The zone, located in Van Don District, has a total land area of 581.13sqkm, a sea area of 1,620sqkm and a population of around 46,000. The district lies in a politically and economically important region, on the strategic transit route from East Asia to Southeast Asia and from ASEAN to China, in the Viet Nam-China “two corridors, one belt” co-operation area, in the Nanning-Singapore economic corridor, and in the extended Tonkin Gulf inter-regional co-operation area. Van Don is one of the three special administrative-economic zones designated by a government-approved plan; the other two are Van Phong in the central province of Khanh Hoa and Phu Quoc in the southern province of Kien Giang. These zones will pilot key new economic and administrative policies before they are applied nationwide, to develop the maritime economy. Quang Ninh is working on a master plan of Van Don zone as well as specific laws for it. The province aims to develop Van Don into a dynamic economic centre with focus on services, high-end tourism and high-tech industries. The zone is expected to become a centre for start-ups, innovation…... [read more]

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump parted ways with his controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday (Aug 18) as the White House reels from the fallout over the president's response to a violent white supremacist rally. White House strategist Steve Bannon. (Photo: AFP/Mandel Ngan) But the 63-year-old Bannon - a hero of the so-called "alt right" but bete noire of centrists whose departure caps one of the most disastrous weeks of the young presidency - vowed to keep fighting for Trump's agenda from outside the White House. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Bannon made clear he remained fully committed to the nationalist-populist policies that carried Trump to power. "If there's any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I'm leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents - on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America," said the far-right firebrand. Within hours of his departure, Breitbart News - the provocative right-wing outlet which Bannon headed before joining Trump's team - announced he had returned to his former home, as executive chairman. "The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today," declared Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow. Bannon's presence at the White House had been contested from the start, and with Trump under fire for insisting anti-racism protesters were equally to blame for violence at a weekend rally by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia,…... [read more]

Credit rating agency Fitch on Friday upgraded Greece's debt by a notch, citing what it called an improving outlook and amid expectations the country's debt sustainability will steadily improve. A month after Athens returned to credit markets with a bond issue for the first time in three years, Fitch boosted the debt rating to B- from CCC, with a positive outlook, which indicates the possibility of further upgrades. "Fitch believes that general government debt sustainability will steadily improve, underpinned by ongoing compliance with the terms of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) program," the agency said. It also cited "reduced political risk, sustained GDP growth and additional fiscal measures legislated to take effect through 2020." "The successful completion of the second review of Greece's ESM program reduces risks that the economic recovery will be undermined by a hit to confidence or by the government building up arrears with the private sector." The upgrade is good news for the crisis-beset country that came close to default. Early last month, eurozone finance ministers approved the latest 8.5 billion euro ($9.9 billion) disbursement of the bailout, just in time for Athens to meet major debt repayments. The ESM will keep feeding the country with low interest rate loans until the end of the bailout program in July 2018. The Greek economy nearly collapsed in 2010 under a mountain of debt and it had to be bailed out by its eurozone partners three times to prevent it bringing down the single currency bloc. And…... [read more]

NDO – Seventy-two years ago, on August 19, 1945, under the leadership of the Party, the entire nation, with great determination, rose up in a revolt that overthrew feudalism and broke the chains of colonialist slavery, marking the dawn of a new era of national independence and socialism. With that resounding victory, the Vietnamese working class and people and the working classes and oppressed nations around the world could be proud. It was the first time in the revolutionary history of the colonial and semi-colonial nations that a 15-year-old party with over 5,000 members successfully led a revolution to seize power, giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam) – the first ever people's democratic State in Southeast Asia. This great event was a glorious milestone in the history of national construction and defence. The great victory of the August Revolution was a victory of strength of national unity and the Vietnamese people’s patriotism, bravery, wisdom and will, which were inherited and promoted to new heights under the effective leadership of the Party. It was also the success of the appropriate revolutionary line, the wise leadership and strategic vision, as well as the acumen to seize opportunities and the art of combining national strength with the era's opportunities created by the Party and the great President Ho Chi Minh. The rich reality of the Vietnamese revolution has proved that the Party's wise and ingenious leadership was the crucial factor in every…... [read more]

NDO - Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue had working session with leaders of the northern province of Hoa Binh on August 18. At the meeting, the Deputy PM expressed his appreciation for the efforts and achievements of Hoa Binh province, such as developing fruit trees, purple sugarcane, safe vegetables and highly effective economic models, in addition to their industrial development and developing services and tourism. In the first six months of 2017, the province’s economic indices were high when compared to the rest of the country. The locality has attracted many investment projects, contributing significantly to the development of the province. However, the Deputy PM also noted that the rate of poor and near poor households in the province is high in comparison to the national average. The province’s competitiveness index is also limited and the number of enterprises per capita remains low (approx. 315 people / business). He called on the province to focus on fulfilling its economic and budgetary obligations in 2017, whilst, at the same time, it is necessary to soon implement the recovery plan in 2018, with more effective solutions, in addition to strengthening the political system, streamlining staffing and consolidating the grassroots government system. The province should also continue to improve the business investment environment, improve competitiveness, develop more businesses, restructure the agricultural sector, apply science and technology to agricultural production and focus on villages to develop new countryside. On the same day, Deputy Prime Minister…... [read more]

Slowly but steadily: The demise of print media in Vietnam The reason becomes obvious when you look at how much the few remaining newspaper vendors are struggling. Guess how many people are jamming into Saigon? Hint: It's as bad as Tokyo The city leader is blaming its rapidly rising population, far outstripping the 2025 projection, for exacerbating traffic chaos. Vietnam fires vice trade minister as corruption probe widens She is accused of financial malfeasance at a former state firm and the illegal appointment of a runaway bigwig. Vietnam tells officials to avoid graft and live modestly They must display 'no corruption or opportunism... and be determined to push back against the degeneration in political ideology.' Disgruntled drivers force new toll station to close on Vietnam highway Staff abandoned the station after more than 50 drivers tried to pay using stacks of small change, causing a massive tailback. Wading into the battle to make Saigon rainproof Take a look at how the city is trying to stop its streets from turning into rivers. Another 100 trees will fall in Saigon as city wants to clear traffic near airport Saws will be brought out this month as the city wants to increase road capacity for traffic to and from its international airport. Yet another cable car planned in Vietnam, this time through biodiverse national park A local official claims the system will not harm the environment in a country where construction of cable cars remains controversial. Walking zones send land prices…... [read more]




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