Friendship Order offered to Prof. Odon Vallet

The French-born Vallet was honored in recognition of his contributions to bringing study opportunities to Vietnamese pupils and students through the Vallet Scholarship Program as well as promoting Vietnam-France relations. Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh (R) congratulating History Professor Odon Vallet on the reception of Friendship Order  She said Vallet scholarships have become a source of encouragement to Vietnamese students in the past years and expected the French professor to further his support for Vietnam in education development and children healthcare and protection. Expressing his honor to receive Vietnam’s noble order for foreigners, Odon Vallet underlined that he will continue to present scholarships in fields of science-technology, mathematics, chemistry and biology to Vietnamese disadvantaged pupils and students in mountainous, remote, border and island areas.  Many of the Vallet scholarship recipients have received the world’s scientific awards, he added. From 1990, through the Aid to the Children of Vietnam (AEVN) in France, Odon Vallet made financial contributions to repairing and upgrading SOS Children’s Village in Lam Dong, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Binh and Nghe An. In 1999, he set up the Vallet Scholarship fund for high-achieving students in France, Vietnam and Bennin (Germany). The fund is drawn from the professor’s personal inheritance from his father, once a poor laborer who made his fortune from the insurance business. To date, nearly 30,000 scholarships have been given to Vietnamese students with total money mounting to 150 billion VND (6.6 million USD). Source: VNA... [read more]

Japanese director Masako Sakata (L) and Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong (Source:VNA) Tokyo (VNA) – The embassy of Vietnam in Japan and the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) held a ceremony in Tokyo on August 10 to present the Friendship Order to Masako Sakata in recognition of her dedication to the campaign “Actions for Vietnamese AO victims”. Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong lauded Masako for directing two documentaries about Vietnamese AO victims and launching the fund “Seed of Hope” that provided scholarships for more than 100 Vietnamese students who are AO victims. Masako said the death of her American cameraman husband from AO effects after fighting in Vietnam prompted her to travel to Vietnam in 2004 to make the first film about the topic. She hoped that her two documentaries, which will be screened in France in this October, will attract more viewers, thereby raising their awareness of the AO’s consequences. At the event, she also presented financial aid to VAVA on behalf of the “Seed of Hope” fund. Her documentary film “AO – A Personal Requiem” was completed in 2007 while the other “A Vietnamese Father’s Journey to the Battlefield” was made in 2011. Both of them were screened in many countries and won Japanese and international prizes. The “Seed of Hope” fund has so far granted scholarships worth nearly 2.3 billion VND to 113…... [read more]

Overview of the conference (Photo: VNA) Son La (VNA) – Vietnam’s northwestern province of Son La and northern provinces of Laos held a conference in Son La on July 30 to discuss measures to intensify their cooperation in personnel training. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee of Son La Pham Van Thuy said that the province is currently hosting more than 1,000 Lao students from northern Lao provinces. Son La has offered support to the students, including assistance in dormitory with study equipment and good living conditions, he said, adding that the Lao students have quickly integrated into local society and show good performances. Meanwhile, representatives of the Lao localities pointed out some difficulties facing Lao students, including those in choosing majors and Vietnamese language. Chomsilath Thanapan, Vice Governor of Bokeo province, proposed Son La’s  training establishments specify their training programmes and inform the Lao side through its Department of Foreign Affairs, while enhancing the quality of Vietnamese language teaching for Laos students. Hoang Tien Duc, Director of the Son La Department of Education and Training, said that Son La will continue building its training plans with priority on areas of Lao northern localities’ demand. At the conference, the two sides also drew lessons in the field and put forth solutions to enhance the effectiveness of their cooperation in the future. Within the event, a ceremony was held to present Friendship Orders of the Lao President to the People’s Committee,…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Vietnam’s northwestern province of Son La and northern provinces of Laos held a conference in Son La on July 30 to discuss measures concerning the intensification of their cooperation in personnel training. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee of Son La Pham Van Thuy stated that the province is currently hosting more than 1,000 Lao students from northern Lao provinces. Son La has offered support to these students, including assistance in dormitory, study equipment, and good living conditions, he also added that the Lao students have quickly integrated into local society and show good performances. Meanwhile, representatives of the Lao localities pointed out some difficulties facing Lao students, including challenges in choosing majors and difficulty with the Vietnamese language. Chomsilath Thanapan, Vice Governor of Bokeo province, proposed to Son La’s training establishments to specify their training programmes and inform the Lao side through its Department of Foreign Affairs, while also enhancing the quality of Vietnamese language teaching for Laos students. Hoang Tien Duc, Director of the Son La Department of Education and Training, said that Son La would continue building its training plans with priority on areas of Lao northern localities’ demand. At the conference, the two sides put forth solutions to enhance the effectiveness of their cooperation in the future. Within the event, a ceremony was held to present Friendship Orders of the Lao President to the People’s Committee, the Military Command, and the Public Security Department of Son La,…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Vietnam’s northwestern province of Son La and northern provinces of Laos held a conference in Son La on July 30 to discuss measures concerning the intensification of their cooperation in personnel training. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee of Son La Pham Van Thuy stated that the province is currently hosting more than 1,000 Lao students from northern Lao provinces. Son La has offered support to these students, including assistance in dormitory, study equipment, and good living conditions, he also added that the Lao students have quickly integrated into local society and show good performances. Meanwhile, representatives of the Lao localities pointed out some difficulties facing Lao students, including challenges in choosing majors and difficulty with the Vietnamese language. Chomsilath Thanapan, Vice Governor of Bokeo province, proposed to Son La’s training establishments to specify their training programmes and inform the Lao side through its Department of Foreign Affairs, while also enhancing the quality of Vietnamese language teaching for Laos students. Hoang Tien Duc, Director of the Son La Department of Education and Training, said that Son La would continue building its training plans with priority on areas of Lao northern localities’ demand. At the conference, the two sides put forth solutions to enhance the effectiveness of their cooperation in the future. Within the event, a ceremony was held to present Friendship Orders of the Lao President to the People’s Committee, the Military Command, and the Public Security Department of Son La,…... [read more]

The Cambodian government conferred the Friendship Order, Senna class, to Nguyen Phuc Quoc, Nguyen Van Binh and Nguyen Van Hoang Dao from the Military Hospital 175 and Tran Thi Phuong Thu from Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital, at a ceremony in Phnom Penh on April 5. It also presented six Friendship Orders, Assarat class, to other doctors from the two hospitals and Le Hong Lam, Director of the Vietnam Development Co. Ltd, which was a major donor for humanitarian healthcare activities in Cambodia. Since 2007, the Military Hospital 175 and Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital of Vietnam have sent several doctor groups to Cambodia to provide healthcare checks-up and treatment to Cambodian poor patients, under their cooperation with the Preah Kat Mealea Military Hospital of Cambodia. The programme has so far brought light to over 700 eye patients and provided medicine and treatment to almost 1,000 others. On April 3 and 4, doctors from the two Vietnamese hospitals provided health checks-up and medicine to 300 local people and eye surgeries to 134 others.... [read more]

When addressing the RVFA’s recent meeting, Buyanov reviewed the association’s operations over the past 50 years, highlighting its achievements and the awards that the Vietnamese State has bestowed upon it, especially the Friendship Order presented by State President Nguyen Minh Triet last year. He said that the RVFA has many exciting plans in the pipeline to mark Vietnam’s 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties with Russia, the 120th anniversary of Ho Chi Minh’s birthday, Thang Long/Hanoi’s millennium anniversary and the 35th anniversary of the liberation of southern Vietnam. The chairman said he believed that all these events will help to increase the RVFA’s membership. Nikolai Kolesnik, chairman of the Russian Veterans Military Experts Association, who is also a RVFA member, said that his association has produced a number of TV documentaries and published three books on Vietnam and has also provided the Russian media with articles on the level of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The RVFA has also decided to establish a club that celebrates Vietnam’s tea culture, and pledged to make more efforts to spotlight Vietnam in the Russian media.... [read more]

The recipients included Archem Garibyan, Vice Director General of Russian oil group Zarubezhneft, Mikhail Sobolev, Vice Director General of the Vietnam-Russia Oil and Gas Enterprise (Vietsovpetro), Valery Klinchev, Director General of joint venture Rusvietpetro, Valery Petrenko, Director General of joint venture Vietgazprom, Vasyl Slabous, Vice Director General of this company, and Sergey Mikhailenko, another director of the same company. At the ceremony held in Moscow, the director general of the PetroVietnam Construction Joint Stock Corporation (PVC) and his counterpart from Russia’s Zarubezhneftstroimontazh signed an agreement on future cooperation. Meanwhile, the PetroVietnam Insurance Joint Stock Corporation and Russia’s gas insurance group Sogaz signed a framework agreement on insurance cooperation.... [read more]

This year, the VUFO will focus on diplomatic activities such as the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia People Friendship Meeting, the Vietnam-China People Forum, the first Vietnam-China People Friendship Festival and activities in response to the Vietnam-China Friendship Year 2010. The union will pay attention to consolidating its relations with mass organisations of ASEAN countries and strategic partners. It will map out specific plans to effectively implement activities celebrating the country’s festivals and speed up the implementation of a national programme on promoting foreign non-governmental aid for poverty reduction and socio-economic development. In 2009, many friendship activities with neighbouring countries were organised, particularly a welcome to a Chinese delegation of former advisors and war veterans, a friendship festival between Vietnamese and Chinese border people in Fangcheng city of China’s Guangxi province and Mong Cai of Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province. Friendship exchanges with Laos and Cambodia were also enhanced at both central and local levels. In 2009, the VUFO presented the “For Peace and Friendship among Nations” insignia to 112 foreign organisations and individuals and asked the State to grant friendship orders and medals to one organisation and three individuals overseas for their great contributions to the country. According to the union, around US$250 million in foreign non-governmental aid was disbursed in 2009 through 2,500 programmes and projects in all 63 provinces and cities nationwide. The union raised US$8.2 million from 24 non-governmental organizations in support of flood victims in Central and Central Highland provinces.... [read more]

The awards ceremony was held in Phnom Penh on January 21 and co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Defence, Sen. Lieu. Gen. Nguyen Van Duoc and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Tea Banh. Deputy Minister Duoc expressed his deep gratitude to the State, government, army and people of Cambodia for their role in locating, collecting and repatriating the remains of volunteer soldiers who laid down their lives in Cambodia during wartime. He read the State President’s decision to present the Friendship Order to 31 collectives and 10 individuals, and the Friendship Medal to 192 individuals. He also introduced the Prime Minister’s decision to confer the Certificate of Merit on 38 collectives and 379 individuals, and the Minister of Defence’s decision to grant the Certificate of Merit to eight individuals. For his part, Deputy PM and Defence Minister Tea Banh praised the effective cooperation between Cambodia and Vietnam in implementing a governmental-level agreement on locating and repatriating the remains of heroic Vietnamese martyrs. Effective and mutual assistance during difficult times has become an honoured tradition of the two nations, said Mr Tea Banh. He thanked the Vietnamese government and Ministry of Defence for providing regular assistance to the Cambodian Royal Army and people and expressed his belief that their traditional friendship, solidarity and cooperation will grow even stronger in the future. The remains of more than 12,000 Vietnamese soldiers have been repatriated during the past 10 years. Specialists from the two countries are searching for another 8,000 remains…... [read more]




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