HCMC deepens further relationship with Lao localities

Nhan made the remark while meeting with a visiting LPRP delegation led by Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune, Head of the LPRP Central Committee’s Commission for Propaganda and Training. Mr. Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune (L) presents a gift to Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan. Photo: qdnd.vn  He said the visit is made amidst the 55th anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties and 40 years since the singing of the countries’ Treaty of Amity and Cooperation. Their traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation, including those between Ho Chi Minh City and Lao localities, have been nurtured by the two countries’ leaders and people and developing sustainably, he noted. Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune expressed his delight at the flourishing bilateral relationship, adding that cooperation is becoming more and more substantive in all fields and has generated significant outcomes. He voiced his belief that the Laos-Vietnam great amity, special solidarity and all-faceted partnership will continually thrive. Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune also informed the host official about the content of his delegation’s working visit to Vietnam, along with the outcomes of the fifth theoretical workshop on rapid and sustainable development recently held in Kien Giang province between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the LPRP. He said at the workshop, the two Parties’ officials shared much useful information in terms of both theory and practice, helping to fine-tune their respective Parties’ guidelines and policies. During their stay, the LPRP delegation also visited the Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company (Vinamilk), headquartered…... [read more]

The first one refutes a southward terminal expansion project which the Ministry of Transport submitted to the Government earlier. The second project will not enlarge Tan Son Nhat but adjust traffic in the airport and improve air traffic control ability to reduce landing and takeoff time from five minutes to two minutes. The third project will widen the airport to the north, build new terminal, apron, taxiways and works to connect the airport with the north and increase the airport's capacity to 50 million passengers a year. The forth project will expand Tan Son Nhat to the north with items like the third one and build a new runway to increase the capacity to 70-90 million passengers a year. At present, experts are studying the current capacity of runways, taxiways, aprons and terminals at Tan Son Nhat Airport; technical means and air traffic control ability; the need of airport expansion to increase capacity; urban traffic connectivity with the airport at present and in the future and drainage problem. HCMC is expected to fully work out the projects and report them to the Prime Minister early September and propose to attend a meeting between the Government and agencies on the airport's upgrading and enlargement. Previously, secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan established a group of experts to study the airport plan adjustment headed by associate professor Dr. Nguyen Thien Tong, former chairman of the aviation technique subject of HCMC University of Technology. Other members include experts in…... [read more]

The first one refutes a southward terminal expansion project which the Ministry of Transport submitted to the Government earlier. The second project will not enlarge Tan Son Nhat but adjust traffic in the airport and improve air traffic control ability to reduce landing and takeoff time from five minutes to two minutes. The third project will widen the airport to the north, build new terminal, apron, taxiways and works to connect the airport with the north and increase the airport's capacity to 50 million passengers a year. The forth project will expand Tan Son Nhat to the north with items like the third one and build a new runway to increase the capacity to 70-90 million passengers a year. At present, experts are studying the current capacity of runways, taxiways, aprons and terminals at Tan Son Nhat Airport; technical means and air traffic control ability; the need of airport expansion to increase capacity; urban traffic connectivity with the airport at present and in the future and drainage problem. HCMC is expected to fully work out the projects and report them to the Prime Minister early September and propose to attend a meeting between the Government and agencies on the airport's upgrading and enlargement. Previously, secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan established a group of experts to study the airport plan adjustment headed by associate professor Dr. Nguyen Thien Tong, former chairman of the aviation technique subject of HCMC University of Technology. Other members include experts in…... [read more]

The Ministry of Education and Training organised a conference in HCMCity this week to review the 2005-2006 school year and work out key tasks for the new academic year. Participants spent much time discussing effective measures for the education sector to overcome shortcomings. Over the past years, the fight against negative phenomena in the education sector, particularly in exams and achievement figures, has been raised at many workshops and conferences. But no effective measures have been taken to remedy the situation. In several cases teachers bravely denounced the phenomena to suffer immediate retaliation and intimidation. In other cases, some educators and teachers compromised or ignored negative phenomena. The practice of giving bribes to enter top-notch schools or to fabricate higher graduate rates in exams was widespread among teachers, students and their parents. Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan pointed out the four major types of waste as a result of such practices: the wasting of time, (for students), money (for parents), educational contributions (for teachers) and for society in general. Phan Van Be, director of the Central Highlands Dak Nong province’s Department of Education and Training, welcomed the education sectors’ determination to fight these negative phenomena, because previously the sector had failed to stamp out such pratices as the “buying” of certificates to aid promotion. He said the fight should begin with the ministry and educators, and then continue with student parents and local administrations. Nguyen Khac Hao, director of northern Hung Yen province’s Department of Education and…... [read more]

The visit takes place at a time when Vietnam and Australia are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their diplomatic ties. It creates a chance for the two countries to discuss measures to boost bilateral cooperation, particularly in economics, trade, investment, agriculture, industry, science and technology, education and training, tourism and health care, as well as encouraging the Vietnamese community in Australia to make further contributions to their native land. Since the two countries established their diplomatic ties on February 26, 1973, bilateral relations have developed well through the exchange of high-level visits. They included visits to Australia by Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet in 1993, Party General Secretary Do Muoi in 1995, National Assembly Chairman Nong Duc Manh in 1998, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai in 1999 and 2005, Vice President Truong My Hoa in 2006, Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Foreign Minister Nguyen Manh Cam in 1995, 1997, 2000, State President Nguyen Minh Triet and Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Foreign Minister in 2007, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan in 2008, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong in 2008 and Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong in 2008. Meanwhile, Vietnam has welcomed Prime Minister Paul Keating in 1994, Governor General Bill Hayden in 1995, Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Trade Minister Tom Fisher in 1996, Foreign Minster Alexander Downer in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003, Prime Minister John Howard in 2006 and Foreign Minister Stephen Smith in 2008. Most recently, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd phoned Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in June 2008 and met…... [read more]

Traditionally, Vietnamese people try to have a happy Tet no matter how hard their lives are during the preceding year. First of all, a tray of dishes must be prepared to offer to their ancestors on New Year’s Eve, and then children are given new toys and the elderly are provided with new clothes. With the Government’s decision, the poor will have the chance to enjoy a proper Tet celebration. Under the decision, each of the poor will receive VND200,000 in financial assistance, or on average each household will receive VND1 million, and total funding will amount to VND3,800 billion. It will benefit those living in mountainous and island areas and areas inhabited by ethnic minority groups, workers laid off as a result of scaled-down production, and poor households in rural and urban areas alike. Earlier, in his open letter, the Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Education and Training, Nguyen Thien Nhan, emphasised the need to ensure a happy Tet for teachers at pre- and primary schools. This fits in with the Government’s goal of giving priority to ensuring social welfare, showing how the Party and State have taken care of the poor who are facing countless difficulties as a consequence of global financial turmoil, natural disasters and epidemics. A host of practical measures have been adopted to carry out the Government’s programme to support poverty reduction in a rapid and sustainable manner, bringing direct benefit to millions of poor people in 61 districts across the country. Accordingly, households…... [read more]

The visit reaffirms Vietnam and Russia’s special traditional relationship, which has steadily developed during the past 60 years. It also reiterates Vietnam’s consistent policy of attaching importance to strengthening relation with Russia. The two countries have built on a firm foundation for cooperation. The valuable support of the Russian Party, State and people has greatly contributed to Vietnam’s success in its past struggle for national liberation and unification, as well as its current cause of national construction and defence. Russia has taken the mantle of the former Soviet Union in developing international relations, including the relationship with Vietnam. The two sides signed an agreement on basic principles for Vietnam-Russia relations in 1994, opening a new phase in the development of bilateral ties. Bilateral relations in the 21st century have been formalised by the signing of a joint statement on a comprehensive strategic partnership during Russian President V. Putin’s visit to Vietnam in 2001. During his talks with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Moscow in September 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that 2009 witnessed the strong development of Vietnam-Russia ties. Despite the negative impact of the global economic crisis, two-way trade turnover between Vietnam and Russia reached more than US$1.7 billion last year. Both sides have agreed to boost trade and investment promotion and complete negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement to help them achieve a two-way trade turnover of US$10 billion in the future. Currently, Russian companies are taking part in 60 projects in Vietnam, with…... [read more]

VOV and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) have jointly organised the AMS8 in Hanoi from May 21-26. International delegates expressed their delight at visiting Vietnam’s thousand-year-old capital city of Hanoi, recognised as the city of peace. Many urgent regional issue related to broadcasting development were discussed. The AMS initiated by the AIBD, is one of the most important and prestigious media events in the region. It provides a useful forum for leaders and experts from radio and television agencies and organisations around the world to share information and experiences in the broadcasting field. With the theme “Digital Media Everywhere: Repositioning Broadcasting”, the AMS8 attracted 600 Vietnamese and foreign delegates. During the summit, 11 media seminars were held by the world’s leading broadcasting organisations such as AIBD/CFI (France), ITU/AIBD/ABU/FES and AIBD/UNESCO/FES, with a focus on developing digital broadcasting, strategies for training and managing human resources and copyrights. Following AMS8, AMS9 will be held in Thailand in May next year. AMS8- an event imprinted with the stamp of the digital technology era, officially opened in Hanoi on May 24. This was the first time such an event has been held by VOV in collaboration with the AIBD and other ministries and sectors. The 60 minute opening ceremony was broadcast live on VOVTV, VTC, VOVNews and the AIBD website. The opening session included speeches by VOV General Director Vu Van Hien, AIBD President Hoyvib Mohamed Waheed, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and AIBD Director Yang Binynan. AMS8 also covered important…... [read more]

At the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan praised the three provinces’ efforts in promoting tourism and said their cooperation provides a good example for others to follow. He said he hopes the programme will create more tourism products and give all three provinces a facelift for developing tourism. Over the six years of the programme, Phu Tho, Yen Bai and Lao Cai provinces have invested thousands of billions of VND in tourism infrastructure. With nearly 1,000 accommodation facilities, including at least one four – star hotels, more than 500 hotels and 260 restaurants, the three provinces have met the increasing demands of both domestic and foreign tourists, even in the high season. Since the programme’s implementation, the three provinces have received more than 25 million tourists, including 2 million in 2010, and earned more than VND1,000 billion. They aim to receive more than 5.5 million visitors in 2011, including about 400,000 foreigners and earn more than VND1,200 billion. The programme attracted over 60 travel agents to conduct tours. Now that the 2011 programme has been officially launched, the provinces will host a wide range of activities, such as the Hung Kings Festival in Phu Tho, a cultural week to promote Thac Ba Lake in Yen Bai, the Thuong Temple Festival, on the cloud festival in Sapa, and a horse race in Bac Ha, Lao Cai province.... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan made the statement at a reception for Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Chen Jian in Hanoi on April 22. He said he was delighted to see bilateral trade turnover growing considerably since the seventh session of the Vietnam-China Joint Economic and Trade Cooperation Committee to more than US$41 billion last year. He said China is now Vietnam’s largest trade partner, and the two countries are set to bring bilateral turnover to more than US$60 billion by 2015. The Deputy PM highlighted China’s investment in building some food quarantine stations to prevent the spread of diseases and violations of food and hygiene safety in the border areas between the two countries. He also extended deep sympathy for Chinese victims of the earthquake on April 20. For his part, Vice Minister of Commerce Chen Jian briefed the host on the working session between the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, which resulted in the signing of a memorandum of understanding in the field of farm produce, aimed at promoting trade exchange between the two countries.... [read more]




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