ASEAN+3 Song Contest fosters cultural exchange

Visitors to the Imperial Citadel in Hue city (Photo: VNA) Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The Thua Thien-Hue provincial People’s Committee and national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines signed on August 11 a cooperation agreement on promoting tourism development in the Hue ancient imperial city. Accordingly, the provincial administration and Vietnam Airlines will increase promotion activities for Hue on their respective communication channels and collaborate to organise national and international tourism, cultural and sports events in Hue city. They are set to work together to support Hue’s investment and tourism promotion activities at travel fairs in Vietnam and other countries. They will also consider raising the frequency of flights, opening new air routes to Hue, and creating mechanisms to support new air routes in their initial stage to increase the number of passengers. Thua Thien-Hue and Vietnam Airlines are going to organise trips for reporters and travel companies from Europe, Northeast Asia and Oceania to learn about local tourism potential and investment climate. [Hue targets leading tourism destination in Southeast Asia] Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Cao said aviation helps shorten distance and make destinations closer, thus helping to attract more tourists to the former imperial city of Hue.  This cooperation programme will help foster tourism and investment attraction activities as well as cultural exchange between Thua Thien-Hue and other regions of Vietnam and countries around the world, he added. Vietnam Airlines is operating several direct flights linking Hue with…... [read more]

A high-ranking delegation from Hanoi led by Vice Secretary of its Party Committee Dao Duc Toan has paid a working tour starting July 31 to Belarus, Latvia and Croatia to seek ways to boost the city’s friendship and cooperation with their capitals. Vice Secretary of Hanoi's Party Committee Dao Duc Toan (R) and Chairman of Minsk's Executive Committee Andrei Victorovich Shorets In Belarus’s Minsk city, Vice Secretary Toan held talks with Chairman of the municipal Executive Committee Andrei Victorovich Shorets, during which he affirmed that Hanoi attaches importance to developing its relations with capitals, major cities and countries that are Vietnam’s traditional friends, including Minsk, reported Ha Noi Moi daily. Shorets emphasised that the relationship between the two capital cities holds an important role in the two countries’ ties. He believed that the delegation’s visit will help foster the cities’ comprehensive cooperation in the time to come. They agreed on contents of a draft cooperation programme proposed by Minsk, with a focus on boosting collaboration in urban transport, healthcare, tourism and culture. The Hanoi leader expressed his hope to receive Belarus’s experience in building, managing and using an international-standard library system. In Riga capital of Latvia, Toan had a working session with Mayor and Chairman of the City Council Nils Usakovs who introduced him to the city’s experience in managing old quarters, resident management and tourism development. Toan said he hopes to cooperate with Riga in numerous areas and strengthen friendship and cultural exchange between the two peoples. He suggested…... [read more]

Hanoi, August 11 (VNA) – A high-ranking delegation from Hanoi led by Vice Secretary of its Party Committee Dao Duc Toan has paid a working tour starting July 31 to Belarus, Latvia and Croatia to seek ways to boost the city’s friendship and cooperation with their capitals. In Belarus’s Minsk city, Vice Secretary Toan held talks with Chairman of the municipal Executive Committee Andrei Viktorovich Shorets, during which he affirmed that Hanoi attaches importance to developing its relations with capitals, major cities and countries that are Vietnam’s traditional friends, including Minsk, reported Ha Noi Moi daily. Shorets emphasised that the relationship between the two capital cities holds an important role in the two countries’ ties. He believed that the delegation’s visit will help foster the cities’ comprehensive cooperation in the time to come. They agreed on contents of a draft cooperation programme proposed by Minsk, with a focus on boosting collaboration in urban transport, healthcare, tourism and culture. The Hanoi leader expressed his hope to receive Belarus’s experience in building, managing and using an international-standard library system. In Riga capital of Latvia, Toan had a working session with Mayor and Chairman of the City Council Nils Usakovs who introduced him to the city’s experience in managing old quarters, resident management and tourism development. Toan said he hopes to cooperate with Riga in numerous areas and strengthen friendship and cultural exchange between the two peoples. He suggested the two cities boost collaboration in…... [read more]

Vice Secretary of Hanoi's Party Committee Dao Duc Toan (R) and Chairman of Minsk's Executive Committee Andrei Victorovich Shorets (Source: kinhtedothi) Hanoi (VNA) – A high-ranking delegation from Hanoi led by Vice Secretary of its Party Committee Dao Duc Toan has paid a working tour starting July 31 to Belarus, Latvia and Croatia to seek ways to boost the city’s friendship and cooperation with their capitals. In Belarus’s Minsk city, Vice Secretary Toan held talks with Chairman of the municipal Executive Committee Andrei Victorovich Shorets, during which he affirmed that Hanoi attaches importance to developing its relations with capitals, major cities and countries that are Vietnam’s traditional friends, including Minsk, reported Ha Noi Moi daily. Shorets emphasised that the relationship between the two capital cities holds an important role in the two countries’ ties. He believed that the delegation’s visit will help foster the cities’ comprehensive cooperation in the time to come. They agreed on contents of a draft cooperation programme proposed by Minsk, with a focus on boosting collaboration in urban transport, healthcare, tourism and culture. The Hanoi leader expressed his hope to receive Belarus’s experience in building, managing and using an international-standard library system. In Riga capital of Latvia, Toan had a working session with Mayor and Chairman of the City Council Nils Usakovs who introduced him to the city’s experience in managing old quarters, resident management and tourism development. Toan said he hopes to cooperate with Riga in numerous areas…... [read more]

NDO - Nhan Dan is introducing interviews with diplomats concerning the role of ASEAN and relations between ASEAN and its partners on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Hong Xiaoyong: Bringing China-ASEAN relations to a new level Over the past 50 years, ASEAN has pursued independent, neutral and non-aligned foreign policy and has endeavoured to strengthen intra-regional solidarity and resolve regional disputes. ASEAN has sought to promote the Southeast Asia region from instability to stability, from antagonism to cooperation, from poverty to prosperity, thus becoming a model of cohesion and self-reliance among nations not of the same social regime and developmental status. In addition, the ASEAN Community was officially established in 2015. Amid the slow global economic recovery and the stronger "subterranean wave" of anti-globalisation, the strong development of ASEAN brings about positive energy to the process of regional integration and globalisation. ASEAN has established its central role in East Asian regional cooperation. ASEAN countries, China and other international and regional organisations have established dialogue partnerships and gradually formed a network of East Asian cooperation with the nucleus of ASEAN. Many regional cooperation mechanisms such as ASEAN+3, East Asia Summit, ASEAN Regional Forum and others have developed strongly and have promoted each other. As an important member of ASEAN, Vietnam has great development prospects. China always supports the process of building and connecting the ASEAN Community and hopes that the Vietnamese side will make positive and constructive…... [read more]

At the talks (Source: VNA) Thua Thien – Hue (VNA) – Leaders of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue and the Lao province of Sekong signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in various fields during their talks in Hue city on August 9.  Accordingly, the two sides will facilitate the exchange of regular high-level visits. In the near future, Thua Thien-Hue province will help Sekong with short-term training courses on Party building and share its operation experience of the People’s Council. They will continue raising public awareness of strictly implementing an agreement on Vietnam-Laos land border and border gate management regulations, and a Protocol on Vietnam-Laos borderline and border markers. Thua Thien-Hue and Sekong provinces will continue effectively deploy a model of village-village twinning relations in border areas and assisting local firms in trade promotion activities held in each locality. The two provinces will jointly hold cultural exchanges and boost educational and health cooperation, under which Thua Thien-Hue will provide 10 full scholarships each year for Sekong students and offering health checks-up to residents in border areas. Sekong will help Thua Thien-Hue enterprises seek business opportunities in Ka Lum district. Over the past years, Thua Thien-Hue and Sekong have regularly held friendly visits, unearthed and repatriated remains of Vietnamese soldiers, experts and voluntary soldiers who sacrificed in Laos during the war. Since 2002, Thua Thien-Hue has created favourable conditions for 110 Lao students to study…... [read more]

Tomato plants reach a height of 4 meters at a greenhouse in Tomakomai, Hokkaido.​ HCM City wants to enhance cooperation with businesses in Hokkaido in agriculture, fishing and high-tech development (Photo: asia.nikkei.com) HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City wants to enhance cooperation with businesses in Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture in agriculture, fishing and high-tech development, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem said. He made the statement while receiving Governor of Hokkaido prefecture Takahashi Harumi in Ho Chi Minh City on August 8. Ho Chi Minh City will be a gateway for Hokkaido’s firms to enter other markets in Southeast Asia, he said, pledging to create favourable conditions for Japanese firms to trade in the city. The move will help enhance cultural and economic exchanges between the two localities. Harumi said that cooperation between Vietnam and Hokkaido began in oil exploitation. The Japanese prefecture and Vietnam currently cooperate in agriculture, fishing, technology, education and culture through businesses from both countries. She affirmed that Vietnam is an important partner of Hokkaido. A conference to popularise Hokkaido in Ho Chi Minh City will be a good opportunity for businesses from the two localities to strengthen cultural exchange as well as tourism and economic collaboration, she said.-VNA ... [read more]

Radio Voice of Vietnam (VOV) will host an ASEAN regional song competition August 18-21 at the FLC Sam Son Resort in the northern central coastal province of Thanh Hoa. The event is organized as part of the activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN and the 72nd anniversary since the formation of VOV (September 7, 1945-2017). This is the first time for VOV to host a such competition for ASEAN contestants specialized in pop music. According to Director of VOV International Cooperation Department Nguyen Thuy Hoa who is also a representative of the organizing board, the pop music competition with the participation of young singers will contribute to promoting cross-cultural exchanges among ASEAN countries. In his remarks at a press briefing on the contest in Hanoi on August 7, VOV Vice President Vu Hai said apart from creating a cultural playing field through music, the “ASEAN+3 Song Contest” will become a highlight of VOV's activities underlining the importance and great contributions of a national media organization to boosting cooperative relations between Vietnam and other countries in the region and in the world. VOV believes strongly the event serves as a platform for young singers to both showcase and nurture their talent as well as contributes to more peaceful, stable and secure relations among ASEAN +3 member countries.... [read more]

Pop singers from ASEAN countries and China, South Korea and Japan will attend the ASEAN+3 Song Contest which will take place from August 19-20 in Thanh Hoa Province. Singer Wu Jiang from China will take part in the ASEAN+3 Song Contest. Voice of Viet Nam (VOV) will act as host for the cultural exchange event on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN. A number of young performers will take to the stage, including Thu Lan, Tien Manh and Kien Trung from Viet Nam; The Ball from Japan; Bilyana Lathisya from Indonesia; Aung Htet and Ni Ni Khin Zaw from Myanmar; and Wu Jiang from China. “We want to strengthen friendship and co-operation among countries, promote cultural co-operation and exchange among ASEAN countries through music, help the people in the region and all over the world to better understand the cultural values of each ASEAN member, and promote artistic creativity and musical talent in the ASEAN community,” said Vu Hai, deputy diretor of VOV. “We strongly believe the event will serve as a platform for young singers to both showcase and nurture their talents as well as contribute to peaceful, stable and secure relations among ASEAN+3 countries.”   The finale will be broadcast live on VOV’s radio and TV channels. The jury includes veteran musicians and singers from Viet Nam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Contestants are allowed to perform in their mother tongues or in English.   Prior to the grand finale, the contestants will…... [read more]

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Dinh Quy and his Bangladeshi counterpart Md. Shahidul Haque co-chaired the first political consultation between Vietnam and Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on August 6. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Dinh Quy On the political ties, the two sides agreed to speed up the exchange of high-level visits and the Bangladeshi side expressed their wish to soon welcome President Tran Dai Quang’s official visit. On the economic and investment sphere, they agreed to continuously facilitate their businesses’ market research and investment promotion, towards achieving the set two-way trade turnover goal of 1 billion USD. They pledged to speed up the implementation of the rice commercial deal in 2017-2022 and explore the possibility of cooperation in manufacturing and assembling motorbikes. Bangladesh suggested Vietnam consider importing its medicines and potatoes.  They affirmed that they will push for negotiations for the extension of the memorandum of understanding on agriculture cooperation inked in 2014 and share experience in agriculture and animal and fish farming. Regarding security-defence, Bangladesh proposed the two sides enhance the exchange of information related to anti-terrorism, share experience in maintenance of aircraft while agreeing with Vietnam’s proposal on sharing experience in participating in the United Nation peacekeeping missions. In addition to that, the two sides agreed to step up education cooperation, share experience in development and poverty reduction and sign a new cultural exchange programme, and study the opening of a direct flight route or share fight hops, aimed at boosting trade-investment cooperation and people’s…... [read more]




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