ASEAN Golden Festival opens in Hanoi

NDO/VNA – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held a meeting with representatives of leading enterprises of Vietnam and Myanmar, in Yangon on August 26, as part of his State visit to Myanmar. Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, who is accompanying the Party chief, highlighted the success of the Party General Secretary’s visit, including the establishment of a comprehensive cooperative partnership, thus creating new opportunities for bilateral cooperation, especially in the fields of economy, trade and investment. The Deputy PM noted that Vietnam has become the ninth largest trade partner and seventh largest foreign investor of Myanmar, with 59 projects worth US$1.42 billion in Myanmar. The direct air routes between the two countries have also helped to facilitate trade and tourism ties between the two sides. However, he pointed out that two-way trade has reached just US$500 million, failing to match the two countries’ potential and strengths. Deputy PM Minh stressed that Vietnam is working hard to reform its administrative procedures in order to create an optimal legal framework and infrastructure system for foreign investors, including those from Myanmar. He held that the newly-established partnership between the two countries provides a basis for the formation of effective collaboration mechanisms, thus boosting bilateral investment ties. Also on August 26, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Myanmar Vice President U Myint Swe cut the ribbon to inaugurate the headquarters of Telecom International Myanmar (MyTel) in Yangon, a joint venture…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held a meeting with representatives of leading enterprises of Vietnam and Myanmar, in Yangon on August 26, as part of his State visit to Myanmar. Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, who is accompanying the Party chief, highlighted the success of the Party General Secretary’s visit, including the establishment of a comprehensive cooperative partnership, thus creating new opportunities for bilateral cooperation, especially in the fields of economy, trade and investment. The Deputy PM noted that Vietnam has become the ninth largest trade partner and seventh largest foreign investor of Myanmar, with 59 projects worth US$1.42 billion in Myanmar. The direct air routes between the two countries have also helped to facilitate trade and tourism ties between the two sides. However, he pointed out that two-way trade has reached just US$500 million, failing to match the two countries’ potential and strengths. Deputy PM Minh stressed that Vietnam is working hard to reform its administrative procedures in order to create an optimal legal framework and infrastructure system for foreign investors, including those from Myanmar. He held that the newly-established partnership between the two countries provides a basis for the formation of effective collaboration mechanisms, thus boosting bilateral investment ties. Also on August 26, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Myanmar Vice President U Myint Swe cut the ribbon to inaugurate the headquarters of Telecom International Myanmar (MyTel) in Yangon, a joint venture…... [read more]

NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue had a working session, on August 25, with the Quang Ninh provincial authorities concerning the local socio-economic performance, the implementation of salary and social insurance policies and the building of the project to establish the Van Don Special Administrative – Economic Zone. Politburo member Hue spoke highly of the significant achievements attained by Quang Ninh over the past seven months. The province’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) increased by 9.6%, the highest in five years, while its budget revenues reached over VND21 trillion (US$924 million), meeting over 67% of the year’s plan, with domestic collection accounting for 73%, the fourth largest in the country. In order to execute the tasks set for the remainder of 2017, he urged the province to continue reviewing all spheres in order to apply the most appropriate measures. Quang Ninh should strengthen the application of high technologies in the fields of its strength, such as tourism and marine economy, whilst supporting the Vietnam Coal and Minerals Industries Holding Corporation to restructure the coal industry and tightening State management over tourism, land, natural resources and the environment, the deputy PM said. He stated that the Government has planned to submit to the National Assembly a solution of an administrative committee without the people’s council for the Van Don Special Administrative – Economic Zone, and supplement the provincial-level supervisory regulation over the head of the special zone. He requested that Quang Ninh continues contributing…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh on Monday called on continued close supervision on the operation of the Taiwan-invested steel company – Formosa Ha Tinh – to avoid any violations. Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh chairs the ninth session of the Steering Committee for marine incident recovery in Ha Noi on Monday. — Photo: VNA/VNS  The company was responsible for the marine environment incident in Viet Nam’s four central provinces last year. Binh, who is head of the steering committee in charge of dealing with the Formosa incident’s aftermath, emphasised that if any new violation was detected, Viet Nam would deliver strict punishment. The company has essentially addressed its 52 violations and implemented measures to monitor proper waste water treatment. It has also started producing steel for export. The deputy PM also applauded efforts made by the four affected provinces – Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue – in the aftermath of the incident and their efforts towards social welfare of the affected people. “Compensation to the affected people must be given on the principle of transparency and equality,” he said. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam said that until August 18, localities had disbursed compensation of over VND5.9 trillion (US$260 million) to eligible people, accounting for almost 95 per cent of total compensation. The remaining 5 per cent of the compensation was not disbursed because recipients were not at home, including those working overseas or in other…... [read more]

Hanoi, August 22 (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has urged that compensation for four central coastal provinces hit by marine incident must ensure openness, transparency and democracy.  Chairing the ninth session of the Steering Committee for marine incident recovery in Hanoi on August 21, Binh said Taiwan’s Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh steel company, which accepted responsibility for causing last year’s mass fish deaths in four central provinces, basically fixed 52 flaws, restored production and joined social activities.  He demanded that its manufacturing activities continue to be closely monitored to prevent violations.  On compensation for rising fisheries inventories, provincial authorities and the Ministry of Industry and Trade were asked to inspect the situation to report to him this month, adding that the origin of seafood must be clear when it comes to seeking compensation.  Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam reported that as of August 18, as much as 5.95 trillion VND in compensation was provided for victims, or 94.3 percent of total damages.  The remaining amount was due to the absence of victims from their residence or pending appeals from victims.  According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the four provinces are asking for additional compensation worth 563.17 billion VND (24.48 million USD).  Meanwhile, the total seafood in stock has so far amounted to 11,751 tonnes, or a 2.2-fold increase compared from 5,369 tonnes reported by the Health Ministry. Localities have…... [read more]

At the meeting (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has urged that compensation for four central coastal provinces hit by marine incident must ensure openness, transparency and democracy.  Chairing the ninth session of the Steering Committee for marine incident recovery in Hanoi on August 21, Binh said Taiwan’s Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh steel company, which accepted responsibility for causing last year’s mass fish deaths in four central provinces, basically fixed 52 flaws, restored production and joined social activities. He demanded that its manufacturing activities continue to be closely monitored to prevent violations. On compensation for rising fisheries inventories, provincial authorities and the Ministry of Industry and Trade were asked to inspect the situation to report to him this month, adding that the origin of seafood must be clear when it comes to seeking compensation. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam reported that as of August 18, as much as 5.95 trillion VND in compensation was provided for victims, or 94.3 percent of total damages. The remaining amount was due to the absence of victims from their residence or pending appeals from victims. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the four provinces are asking for additional compensation worth 563.17 billion VND (24.48 million USD). Meanwhile, the total seafood in stock has so far amounted to 11,751 tonnes, or a 2.2-fold increase compared from 5,369…... [read more]

NDO - The Hanoi-based Central Hospital of Tropical Diseases should improve the efficiency of dengue fever examination and treatment, regularly update, exchange experiences and transfer new techniques in dengue fever examination and treatment to lower-level hospitals, especially in regards to the process of classifying patients. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam made the statement while working with the Hanoi-based Central Hospital of Tropical Diseases under Ministry of Health on August 21. Since the beginning of this year, the hospital has examined, treated more than 17, 000 patients. The number of hospitalized dengue fever patients is 2,903, in which more than 300 people were moved up from the lower-level hospitals. According to the Deputy PM, the number of dengue-infected patients has decreased, in recent days. However, the leader asked all-level authorities nationwide to continue to mobilise all available resources in dengue fever prevention and control in order to achieve the highest effectiveness. On the same day, according to Nguyen Van Thiep, Director of Preventive Medicine Centre of Tinh Gia district, Thanh Hoa province, facing the situation of dengue fever in Hai Binh commune, in Hai Binh commune, the officials and employees of the commune medical station sprayed mosquito-killing chemicals for 961 families in five villages. In addition, they also sprayed mosquito-killing chemical 4,100 square metres of market, medical station, Hai Binh commune’s office and over 100 classrooms of three schools in the commune. The authorities of Hai Binh Commune mobilized resources in environmental sanitation campaign. * According to the report of…... [read more]

NDO - Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh asked once more for inspection of the marine environment in the four central provinces affected by the Formosa incident last year, at a working session of the steering committee in charge of overcoming the incident’s aftermath in Hanoi on August 21. He requested immediate restoration of the marine environment in any area that has not been regenerated or being regenerated. By August 18, four central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue have basically completed compensation for affected people worth nearly VND6 trillion (US$264 million). About 5% of the compensation and has yet to be paid due to the absence of the beneficiaries. Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh, who is head of the steering committee in charge of overcoming the incident’s aftermath, asked local authorities to give due attention to the affected people and fishermen while guiding them to effectively use the financial support from the State. He noted that the marine environment was declared to be safe for aquaculture, recreational swimming and water sports. However, Binh emphasised that "We continue to closely monitor Formosa's activities and will resolutely confront any violation if any occur". The Depty PM also stated that all activities related to compensation or that of monitoring the Formosa's operations and marine environment will be transparent to avoid corruption and mistakes.... [read more]

During talks, the two PMs vowed to lift bilateral trade to 20 billion US Dollars before 2020 by helping each other become regional trade hub and encouraging Thai investment in tourism, support industry, finance-banking, science-technology, agro-fisheries. PM Chan-o-cha affirmed that he will encourage Thai businesses to increase investment in fields critical to Vietnam’s development such as tourism, support industries, finance, banking, science-technology, and agro-fisheries. They reiterated the importance of maintaining peace, security, and stability as well as navigation safety and freedom in the East Sea. They stressed that parties concerned need to fully and efficiently implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC); build, preserve and improve mutual trust; respect the principles of exercising self-restraint and banning the use of force; address differences and disputes by peaceful means in compliance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The leaders also reaffirmed their support for ASEAN and China to soon have a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-ocha review the guards of honour. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-ocha at the reception ceremony. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA   PM  Phuc and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-ocha held talks in Bangkok following a welcome ceremony for the Vietnamese government leader the same day. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA On…... [read more]

NDO - It is crucial to remove any rigid regulations that are no longer effective and suitable with the current situation, in order to innovate education and training, particularly in state management. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam made the statement at a national online conference, on August 21 in Hanoi, to review the 2016-2017 academic year and launch the tasks for 2017-2018. Addressing the conference, the Deputy PM lauded the prominent activities of the education sector, particulary the universalisation of preschool education for children of 5 years old. The education sector has developed a curriculum for students at three levels of general education, as well as succesfully completing and reforming the 2017 national high school examination, he added. He also highlighted that university autonomy has been gradually implemented, while educational management has been improved as unnecessary activities and exams have been eliminated. Deputy PM Dam also pointed out five inadequate issues of the sector, including the unsuitable regulations in State management and governance in universities, schools and preschools, in addition to the slow implementation of the textbook innovation programme. He stressed that the sector has not paid significant attention to comprehensive teaching methods; the settlement of the problem of excess teachers in secondary and high schools and the lack of preschool teachers; and continuing education. The Deputy PM called for a strong and practical enhancement of education for the people, particularly students at the general level. In addition, the universities’ self-reliance should…... [read more]




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