Government announces 20 goods, services under state monopoly

Draft pricing rule seen unnerving business By Thai Hang - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - A draft circular on price controls will go before the Ministry of Finance for a final review next week before its passage, but it has already caused anxiety in the business circle. Nguyen Tien Thoa, head of the Price Management Department of the Finance Ministry, told the Daily on Thursday that the new draft circular which would guide the implementation of Government Decree 170 of December 25, 2003 on the Price Ordinance was in its final stages. The draft circular, which will replace Circular 104 issued on November 13, 2008 by the ministry, specifies that only enterprises with State capital accounting for over 50% of chartered capital must register prices of 16 items subject to price stabilization. In the new draft circular, private enterprises will also have to register prices. Price registration will be applied to enterprises who conduct both wholesale and retail business, who are simultaneously importers and (or) exclusive distributors and sales agents. The matter led to the joint letter dated January 26, 2010 of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and the European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham). The letter was sent to the Finance Ministry and the Government Office requesting the attention of Vietnamese authorities over the draft circular because "member companies, their business partners and all enterprises and consumers in Vietnam will suffer if the circular goes into effect." Thoa said that he and a high-ranking official would work in…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The National Assembly Standing Committee (NASC) opened its 13th session in Ha Noi yesterday with a debate on the revised law on national defence. The National Assembly Standing Committee (NASC) opened its 13th session in Ha Noi yesterday with a debate on the revised law on national defence. The discussion included the stipulations in the existing law on announcing and abolishing the state of war and curfew, and the use of land assets for national defense. Authorised by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and on behalf of the Minister of Defense, Deputy Minister Phan Van Giang presented the revised law on national defence. Giang noted that law had been in effect since January 2006.   “After more than 10 years of implementation, important accomplishments have been achieved in national defence. The law has made a great contribution to the maintenance of national independence, sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity and security. “It also helps boost the fight against crimes, ensure social order and safety and create favorable conditions for cultural and socio economic development,” said Giang.  However, many new policies of the Party, and new regulations of the 2013 Constitution related to national defence have not been incorporated into the law, according to Giang. Moreover, Giang added, the implementation of the national defence law 2005 exposed many inadequacies and was found to be incompatible with the requirements and tasks of national defence activities at the current time. Vo Trong Viet, Chairman of the National Defence and Security Standing Committee, agreed…... [read more]

NDO – The 13th session of the National Assembly Standing Committee (NASC) opened in Hanoi on August 10 and will run for seven days. NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan stated that during the session, the NA Standing Committee will give opinions on some debatable issues of the four draft laws that deputies commented at the NA’s third session, namely the revised laws on forest protection and development, fisheries, public debt management and denunciations. The committee will also scrutinize five bills scheduled to be submitted to the NA for consideration at the upcoming fourth session, including the amended law on national defense, the law on the protection of State secrets, the law on amendments and supplements in regards to articles of the law on Vietnam’s overseas representative agencies, the law on amendments and supplements to some articles of the law on judicial records, and the law on public administration. It is set to look into the outcomes of piloting the costume of judges at People’s Courts and the outcomes of the NA’s supervision of the implementation of policies and laws on state administrative apparatus reforms between 2011 and 2016. The establishment of the People’s Court and People’s Procuracy of Sam Son city, Thanh Hoa province, along with the use of the central budget in 2016 and 2017 will also come under discussion. According to the NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, the NA Standing Committee will supervise the implementation of policies and laws on investing and using BOT transport projects…... [read more]

The two-day exchange is attended by experts from military hospitals of the US and the UK, along with officers of the VPC and the Ministry of National Defense of Vietnam. The subject-matter expert exchange held on August 8-9 to make final planning on level-two field hospital equipment practical training It aims to share expertise and experience among relevant parties so as to make a plan on practical training with level-two field hospital equipment. That will help Vietnam stand ready to send its force to UN peacekeeping missions when requested. VPC Director, Senior Colonel Hoang Kim Phung thanked the US and UK experts for their assistance and affirmed the importance of experience sharing to ensure practical training with level-two field hospital equipment. At the exchange, participants were briefed upon Vietnam’s preparations for the level-two field hospital, the UK’s deployment of a field hospital at the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, and the goals of the level-two field hospital equipment practical training. They also worked on logistics and administration works for the practical training, simulations to be used during the training, and the operation of the level-two field hospital at the practical training area. The field hospital practical training is scheduled to be organized in September this year. Source: VNA... [read more]

Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang (standing) at the event  Lieutenant General Giang, member of the Party Central Committee, permanent member of the Central Military Commission, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army and Deputy Defense Minister, made that requirement while leading a mission of the Ministry of National Defense to inspect the academy on August 1. At a meeting with the academy, Gen. Giang was briefed on its outstanding achievements on task performance in the 2016-2017 academic year. They included advancement in training and combat readiness, active grasp and settlement of emerging problems, and scientific research results that exceeded requirements. Notably, the academy has always been proactive in bettering the building and development of a contingent of instructors and educational managers to further meet requirements on training and scientific research. Currently, all the academy’s instructors hold university degrees, more than 65 per cent of whom hold post-graduate degrees. Hailing the academy’s good outcomes over the past time, Gen. Giang emphasized the academy’s coming missions as addressing shortcomings, especially in training programs and in combining training at the academy with the real combat training and maintenance of combat readiness of the naval force. The staff and trainees at the academy are to strictly observe military discipline and the State’s law. Translated by Mai Huong... [read more]

Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, made the statement during talks with the Lao officer in Hanoi on August 2. Cuong hailed the two countries’ advisory bodies for proactively implementing activities to celebrate the Vietnam-Laos and Laos-Vietnam Year of Solidarity and Friendship 2017, especially the successful organisation of meetings in Laos for ex-Lao military trainees in Vietnam, a military youth festival in the north-western province of Dien Bien, a culture-art campaign on the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia fighting solidarity, and a border friendship exchange programme. Such activities are politically significant as they help increase mutual trust and educate young generations on the traditional friendship and special solidarity between the Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States and people, he added. Lakhamphong expressed his belief that sound bilateral military relations will contribute to reinforcing trust and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries’ Parties, States, peoples and armies as well as the maintenance of peace, stability and development in each nation. The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in Party, political work, and protecting internal politics, while stepping up communications about the long-standing amity, special solidarity and all-around collaboration between Vietnamese and Lao people and armies, and promoting the bilateral coordination in training, regarding this as a long-term strategy. They also concurred to speed up the search for and repatriation of the remains of Vietnamese voluntary…... [read more]

Lao senior military officer visits Vietnam to boost defense partnership (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The ongoing official visit to Vietnam by Director of the General Department of Politics of the Lao People’s Army Vilay Lakhamphong will contribute to enhancing the special relations between the two countries, particularly the bilateral defense cooperation, for the benefits of their people. Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, made the statement during talks with the Lao officer in Hanoi on August 2. Cuong hailed the two countries’ advisory bodies for proactively implementing activities to celebrate the Vietnam-Laos and Laos-Vietnam Year of Solidarity and Friendship 2017, especially the successful organisation of meetings in Laos for ex-Lao military trainees in Vietnam, a military youth festival in the north-western province of Dien Bien, a culture-art campaign on the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia fighting solidarity, and a border friendship exchange programme. Such activities are politically significant as they help increase mutual trust and educate young generations on the traditional friendship and special solidarity between the Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States and people, he added. [Vietnam, Laos strengthen coordination to promote renovation] Lakhamphong expressed his belief that sound bilateral military relations will contribute to reinforcing trust and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries’ Parties, States, peoples and armies as well as the maintenance of peace, stability and development in each nation. The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in…... [read more]

NDO/ VNA – The on-going official visit to Vietnam by Director of the General Department of Politics of the Lao People’s Army Vilay Lakhamphong will contribute to enhancing the special relations between the two countries, particularly in terms of the bilateral defence cooperation, for the benefits of their people. Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, made the statement during talks with the Lao officer in Hanoi on August 2. Cuong hailed the two countries’ advisory bodies for proactively implementing the activities to celebrate the Vietnam-Laos and Laos-Vietnam Year of Solidarity and Friendship 2017, especially the successful organisation of the meetings in Laos for ex-Lao military trainees in Vietnam, a military youth festival in the north-western province of Dien Bien, a culture-art campaign on the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia fighting solidarity and a border friendship exchange programme. Such activities are politically significant as they help to increase mutual trust and educate younger generations on the traditional friendship and special solidarity that exists between the Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States and people, he added. Lakhamphong expressed his belief that the sound bilateral military relations will contribute to reinforcing the trust and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries’ Parties, States, peoples and armies, as well as helping to maintain the peace, stability and development in each nation. The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in Party, political work, and protecting internal politics, while stepping up communications…... [read more]

The results are in from this year's university entrance exams, and nearly 150 institutions across Vietnam have set their benchmark scores for admission, with some surprising results.  Forget medical and engineering schools, it is the armed forces that are demanding the highest grades. Vietnamese 12th graders took the national exam in June with separate tests in math, literature, English and science. Their combined scores are used to determine what school, if any, they will be accepted by. While most schools are demanding higher scores than they did last year, which education experts blame on easier tests, police and military schools are proving to be the hardest to get into. Officials from the education ministry said that these schools are asking for a minimum score of at least 29 out of 30. The People’s Security Academy in Hanoi, which trains forces such as police officers, security agents and inspectors, is asking for up to 30.5 points (students from remote areas or who come from revolutionary families can receive up to 3.5 bonus points.)  The University of Fire Fighting and Prevention in the southern province of Dong Nai is also asking for a score of up to 30.25. Students vying for the Military Technical Academy and the Vietnam Military Medical University, both in Hanoi, need a score of up to 30 to secure a place. Medical schools, usually the hardest to get into, are asking for a score of up to 29.25 this year, while economics and science institutions have set their…... [read more]

Thai Binh Economic Zone is scheduled to be finished by 2030. — Photo thaibinhtourism.com.vn Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Saturday signed Decision 36/2017/QĐ-TTg on the establishment of Thai Binh Economic Zone in the northern province of Thai Binh. Under the decision, Thai Binh Economic Zone is a coastal economic zone consisting of 30 communes and one town in Thai Thuy, Tien Hai district and its adjacent coastal area. Located on a 30,583ha natural site, the economic zone includes functional areas such as Thai Binh power centre, industrial zones, port and port services, resort and entertainment complexes, the distribution area of ​​aquaculture and coastal protection forests, residential areas, urban areas and an administrative hub. The main development objective of Thai Binh Economic Zone is to maximize the advantages of natural conditions and location in connecting labour, goods and services with neighboring areas, narrowing the gap between the province and other parts of the country. In addition, the zone is designed to closely combine investment attraction and economic development with the maintenance of national defense and security, preserving and promoting the values ​​of the marine eco-systems, historical and cultural relics in the region. According to the plan, Thai Binh economic zone is targeted to become a synthetic and multi-sector economic area. It prioritises the development of industries that can take advantages of the region’s potential for natural gas and raw materials sources, linking developed economic zones and industrial parks in the Red River…... [read more]




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