Archives Centre praised for preserving Nguyen dynasty’s woodblocks

The selection was made at the closing session of the 16th CIRTEF General Assembly in Hanoi on April 19. He said that the plan of action adopted at the three-day meeting will help CIRTEF member countries to promote bilateral and multilateral cooperation. “With French being our common asset, joint efforts will make the radio and television broadcasting industry become one of the most effective means of communications to meet the CIRTEF’s goals and, at the same time, help member countries overcome difficulties and challenges arising from the global economic recession for the sake of lasting peace and prosperity of all nations,” said Mr Hien. At a press briefing held shortly after the closing ceremony, CIRTEF General Secretary Guila Thiam, said that the general assembly was successful as it examined many issues concerning the CIRTEF itself and the world in general. During discussions, he said many delegates proposed measures to promote North-South and South-South cooperation as well as mutual understanding through the exchange of visits and radio and television outputs. Newly-elected CIRTEF Chairman Vu Van Hien said that Vietnam will do its utmost to fulfil the tasks assigned by the organisation. He suggested that CIRTEF member countries cooperate closely in producing and broadcasting radio and television programmes on issues of global concern such as financial crisis, poverty reduction, environmental protection and the fight against gender inequality. He underlined the need to pay due attention to on-the-spot training in countries in the southern hemisphere, through regional training centres and with financial and…... [read more]

The seminar was held by the State Records and Archives Department of Vietnam and the International Association of Archives in French-speaking (Francophone) countries (AIAF) within the framework of the second international archives week taking place from November 20-26. The seminar offers a good chance for Vietnamese archivists to learn from the experience of international experts and access distance learning programmes via the AIAF website. It will also help AIAF members strengthen cooperation with each other and with other international archives associations. During the seminar, there was a training course for archivists from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia on how to use the AIAF portal, and a fact-finding tour of national and provincial archive centres.... [read more]

The event, held by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), is part of a visit to Vietnam by State Duma deputies from October 28-November 2, aimed at strengthening the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership. Strozaeva Lubov Viktorovna from the Centre for Strategic Cooperation under the State Duma said new initiatives that has been unveiled during the visit will be undertaken in Vietnam to bring real benefits to its people and businesses. She expressed hope that the RCSC’s Archive Centre will be built shortly to serve as a further bridge between the two nations. Dr. Nguyen Trong Tinh, Head of the Vietnam Institute for Applied Physics and Scientific Instrument, said the State Duma visit opens up new investment opportunities and helps his Institute learn more about Russia’s advancements in science and technology. A symposium between Vietnam and the Commonwealth of Independent States in late 2013 will further boost bilateral high-tech cooperation, he added.... [read more]

Digitizing historical texts, objects, specimens, personal letters, war journals and the like will make them readily accessible for study to a wide audience over the internet and opens up endless opportunity for research and study. A VOV correspondent stationed in France recently sat down with Olivia Pelltier, an archive specialist in charge of the project, for an interview to find out more about this fascinating project. Following are translated excerpts capturing the gist of the interview: VOV: The ANOM archives centre has preserved a large volume of important historical items related to the life of the late President Ho Chi Minh. Could you tell us more about the collection? Mrs Pelltier: The ANOM has preserved eight boxes of items covering the life of the late president and his life in France, Indochina and China containing an estimated 8,000 documents, artefacts and the like. The collection is vitally important to understanding the life of the late president and his intellectual honesty and philosophy— that’s why we decided to undertake the project and make the information easily accessible. VOV: How is the work progressing? Mrs Pelltier: We started earlier this year and expect to finish before year’s end. We are organizing the documents according to the timeline of when they occurred and then numbering the pages carefully and indexing by subject matter. It is a meticulous and time consuming process. It takes a considerably long time to digitalise the items as we sometimes stop and take additional time to repair or restore…... [read more]

National Assembly (NA) deputies on May 23 heard a report from Chairman of the NA Commission for Science, Technology and Environment on readjustments to the draft Law on Information and Technology (IT) The draft law consisting of six chapters and 79 articles stipulates activities relating to IT application and development, measures to ensure IT application and development and the rights and obligations of agencies, organisations and individuals engaging in IT activities. Most NA deputies agreed upon the content of the draft law. However, some emphasised the need to clarify regulations on encouraging investment in IT application and development, State budget allocation for this key area and other priotised areas involved. Deputy Nguyen Lan Dzung from the central highlands province of Dak Nong said IT is an area of primary importance to national development. Therefore, the IT Law should define how IT will contribute to increasing the country’s GDP. For example, Taiwan focuses on producing computers to provide for Japan, the US and India while the Republic of Korea targets the development of software production. Deputy Nguyen Van Phat from the northern province of Thanh Hoa commented on the State management responsibility for activities relating to IT application and development. To make the management more effective, it is imperative to reinforce the management of local administrations at all levels such as People’s Committees and People’s Councils, Mr Phat noted. Deputy Mai Anh from central Khanh Hoa province spoke of IT application in State agencies which he described as a movement but…... [read more]

Mr Dung said that as more and more Vietnamese businesses are investing in Laos, relevant agencies of the two countries should meet regularly to iron out snags regarding investment procedures aimed at promoting investment and trade cooperation between Vietnam and Laos. The Lao Deputy Prime Minister asked Vietnam to provide assistance to help Laos solve its oil and gas problems. He also asked the Vietnamese Government to create favourable conditions for the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group to implement a hydro-electric power plant project worth US$1.7 billion in Luang Prabang. The same day, the Lao Deputy PM met with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Gia Khiem who thanked Laos for supporting Vietnam’s successful bid for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council. They expressed delight at the close coordination between the two foreign ministries and the two countries at regional and international forums such as the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy, the Greater Mekong Subregion and the recent 13th ASEAN Summit.Archival deal signed The Vietnamese and Lao archive departments on November 28 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperative projects in 2008. Signatories to the MoU were Head of the State Department for Records and Archive Tran Hoang and Head of the Lao National Archive Department Oun Kham L. Southivong.They agreed to regularly exchange information and experience in operation and training. Vietnam pledged to help Laos build the National Archive Centre in Vientiane with non-refundable aid from the Vietnamese government.The two departments said they will ask their governments for permission…... [read more]

A seminar to examine VOV’s roadmap for digitization took place in Hanoi on May 7 attended by VOV officials and their counterparts from Lao National Radio (LNR). VOV Deputy Director General Doan Viet Trung described the seminar as providing an overview of the digitization of programme production at VOV and a venue for VOV and LNR to share their experiences in applying digital technologies. To achieve its target of digitization, Mr Trung said, VOV needs coordination and professional and financial support from technologically advanced countries and international organizations, as well as from LNR. For his part, the Vice Director General of LNR, Phosy Keomanivong, urged close cooperation and knowledge exchanges between VOV and LNR and proposed that the two organizations frequently exchange experts and staff to learn from each other. Technicians from VOV’s Audio Archive Centre told seminar participants about VOV’s efforts to store audio and video recordings in digital form and transmit signals via the satellite VINASAT-1. VOV has already undertaken a number of projects to digitize audio archives, upgrade its News Centre to meet modern standards of radio broadcasting, cover the East Sea with VOV’s broadcast signal, and air high-definition radio and TV programmes. VOV’s studios are considered on a par with other regional and international broadcasters. They are equipped with facilities to transmit via satellite, microwave repeaters, and optical fibre. VOV’s transmitters are spread throughout the country and now reach 99 percent of the country’s population.... [read more]

At the meeting, Mr Tuan expressed his delight with his visit to Laos when the country has been organising a variety of great national events and praised its renewal achievements. He briefed the Lao PM on the results of talks with the Lao General Department of Administration and Civil Servant Management and the inauguration of the Lao National Archive Centre. Mr Bouphavanh applauded the visit by the Vietnamese Home Affairs Ministry delegation and the cooperation between Vietnam’s Ministry of Home Affairs and the Lao General Department of Administration and Civil Servant Management that has been implemented over the past five years. He also expressed his belief that the two sides would continue to cooperate in the future. The Lao PM thanked the Vietnamese Government and its people for providing support for Laos in various fields. He pledged to direct relevant agencies to effectively exploit and preserve the newly-opened National Archive Centre to serve the Lao Party and State during the renewal process.... [read more]

The Laotian Deputy Prime Minister Somsavath Lengsavad, Vietnam’s Minister of Home Affairs Tran Van Tuan, the Vietnamese ambassador to Laos Ta Minh Chau, and the Head of Vietnam State Records Management and Archives Department Vu Thi Minh Huong attended the ceremony. The centre was built with non-refundable aid from Vietnam to Laos for the 2007-2010 period and is located in the area of the Laotian PM’s Palace. Started last December, it will include an archive, an administration area and other associated facilities. It will also be a cultural and historical building for Lao and signifies the special friendship between the two countries.... [read more]

Exhibits are divided into three parts, with the first looking at the historical background of the Vietnamese resistance war against US aggression, the second dwelling on the Paris conference in 1973, and the third on the Great Victory of the Ho Chi Minh Campaign in April 1975. Heavy losses in Southern Vietnam in the late 1960s forced the US to negotiate a peace agreement with the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam. However, the US sought by all means to delay and not sign the agreement. Negotiations had to last for several years, and bitter defeat in both northern and southern fronts, especially its plan to bombard Hanoi in late 1972, prompted the US to sit down at the negotiating table and sign the agreement in Paris on January 27, 1973, putting an end to the war in Vietnam and restoring peace in the country. The Paris agreement was a big diplomatic victory of Vietnam, marking a turning point in the national revolutionary cause, said Nguyen Xuan Huong, head of the National Archives Centre III, at the opening ceremony of the exhibition on December 27. After the signing, the US withdrew its troops from southern Vietnam, creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese people to reinforce the struggle liberating the south and unifying the entire nation in 1975.... [read more]




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