HCMC to welcome 11 million of int’l arrivals by 2020

Secretary of the Lao Party Central Committee, Head of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee’s Commission for Propaganda and Training, and President of the Lao National Council for Social Sciences Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune led the delegation to visit Ho Chi Minh City within the framework of a working visit in Vietnam. City Party chief Nguyen Thien Nhan stressed that the visit took place on the occasion of the 55th establishment anniversary of diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962- 2017) and the 40th anniversary since Vietnam and Laos co-signed Friendship and Cooperation Treaty (July 18, 1977-2017). The fifth theoretical workshop between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Lao People's Revolutionary Party under theme of “Rapid and sustainable development” has just been organized in Kien Giang province that was considered as a favorable opportunity to strengthen mutual understanding and learning about political theory.  The secretary said that traditional friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos in general and Ho Chi Minh City and Lao localities in particular developed sustainably under assistances of the nations’ leaders and people in previous years.  Party, authority and people of Ho Chi Minh City are ready for sharing experience, boosting multifaceted cooperation with Lao localities, contributing to deepen further Vietnam- Laos traditional friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation. Secretary of the Lao Party Central Committee Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune thanked for the friendly welcome of HCMC Party Committee Secretary; and he pleasured good development of the traditional friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation…... [read more]

Secretary of the Lao Party Central Committee, Head of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee’s Commission for Propaganda and Training, and President of the Lao National Council for Social Sciences Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune led the delegation to visit Ho Chi Minh City within the framework of a working visit in Vietnam. City Party chief Nguyen Thien Nhan stressed that the visit took place on the occasion of the 55th establishment anniversary of diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962- 2017) and the 40th anniversary since Vietnam and Laos co-signed Friendship and Cooperation Treaty (July 18, 1977-2017). The fifth theoretical workshop between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Lao People's Revolutionary Party under theme of “Rapid and sustainable development” has just been organized in Kien Giang province that was considered as a favorable opportunity to strengthen mutual understanding and learning about political theory.  The secretary said that traditional friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos in general and Ho Chi Minh City and Lao localities in particular developed sustainably under assistances of the nations’ leaders and people in previous years.  Party, authority and people of Ho Chi Minh City are ready for sharing experience, boosting multifaceted cooperation with Lao localities, contributing to deepen further Vietnam- Laos traditional friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation. Secretary of the Lao Party Central Committee Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune thanked for the friendly welcome of HCMC Party Committee Secretary; and he pleasured good development of the traditional friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation…... [read more]

AIA Vietnam has entered a partnership with DongA Bank in early August, marking the insurer’s third bancassurance deal in the past three months. AIA continues to strike bancassurance partnerships in Vietnam, this time with the retail-focused DongA Bank As part of the collaboration, AIA will deliver innovative products and a digitally-driven insurance experience through DongA Bank’s extensive network of 235 branches across Vietnam. Customers can use their DongA Bank account to pay their AIA insurance premiums quickly and conveniently. All of AIA’s specialists at DongA Bank will be equipped with AIA’s interactive point-of-sale tool. Consumers can obtain on-the-spot financial consultancy, sample quotation and financial illustration, as well as access to their electronic insurance policy and claims statuses. AIA also offers DongA Bank customers a new value added proposition called AIA Vitality, a wellness programme that motivates customers to make healthy choices every day. This is the third bancassurance partnership of AIA with a Vietnam-based bank in the past three months. The Hong Kong-based insurer previously announced deals with Shinhan Vietnam in July and HSBC Vietnam in May. “AIA will deliver our leading products and services powered by digital technology, user-friendly access, and new customer propositions to the banks’ fast growing customer base,” said Wayne Besant, CEO of AIA Vietnam. For DongA Bank, the deal also marks the first time that the Vietnamese bank shook hands with an insurer. CEO Nguyen…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A retired professor has opened a book stall in Ha Noi, inviting passers-by to read books and newspapers for free. Drinking water, electricity, and reading glasses are also available.  Passion for reading: Retired professor Pham Thi Huyen Dung opens her book stall at 6.30am every day. — Photos: Bach Lien/VNS Every day at 6am, an old woman carries huge piles of books and newspapers from her house to a modest book stall in front of her house on Dang Tien Dong Street. The mini library is free for passers-by and neighbours to peruse and enjoy. The woman, Pham Thi Huyen Dung, is well-known among the local residents. At 72 years old, she retired from her job as a lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics. In February this year, she took advantage of the vacant land in front of her house and set up a stall where she displays old books and newspapers that can be read for free by everyone. The book stall is located just behind the Dong Da Mound on Dong Da Street, in front of her house at 56 Dang Tien Dong Street. It often attracts significant attention from people walking past. Readers of all ages come to the library to find books they want, or maybe some surprising items. Waste not, want not The idea came to her a few months ago. February marked 50 years since she became a member of the Communist Party of Viet Nam. Every…... [read more]

While receiving Chief Representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Youssouf Abdel-Jelil in Hanoi on August 4, Thinh asked the UNICEF to continue its support to Vietnam in preventing child abuse, protecting children from injuries, and aiding children of disadvantaged families, especially in remote, border, sea and island areas, in addition to reducing the proportion of children with disabilities and congenital heart disease. ​Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh (R) receives Chief Representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Youssouf Abdel-Jelil. The Vice President also proposed the UNICEF share more experience in caring, protecting and supporting children, while coordinating with the Southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City to build a child-friendly city and expand this model to other localities. She took this occasion to thank the UNICEF for its assistance to and cooperation with Vietnam over the past four decades, thus bringing practical benefits to Vietnamese children, especially disadvantaged kids. For his part, Abdel-Jelil expressed his hope that sound cooperative ties between Vietnam and the UNICEF would further develop in the time ahead. The official hailed the Vietnamese Government’s adoption and enforcement of the Law on Children, describing the move as a significant achievement of the country. The UNICEF is willing to support and cooperate with Vietnam to promote activities to take care of and protect children, he said. The organization will strengthen coordination with the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs to build a comprehensive…... [read more]

Trinh Xuan Thanh makes public appearance on TVThe Saigon Times Daily An image of Trinh Xuan Thanh captured from VTV's news broadcast last night - PHOTO: HCMC – Trinh Xuan Thanh, former general director of PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC), made his first public appearance in the prime-time evening news program broadcast last night by Vietnam Television (VTV), admitting he had voluntarily turned himself in to police. National television station VTV’s footage showed Thanh’s handwritten letter admitting his wrongdoing. He said he turned himself in to the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security due to his unstable life overseas as well as his anxiety and regret over his wrongdoing at PVC when hiding abroad. “I decided to leave the country and hide in Germany without careful thought. My family, relatives and friends encouraged me to come back to Vietnam to plead for leniency,” Thanh’s letter wrote. He also took his responsibility for the huge losses at PVC and its subsidiaries. On Wednesday, the German foreign ministry accused Vietnam of kidnapping Trinh Xuan Thanh, who it said was seeking asylum in Berlin, and of taking him home to face accusations of corruption. Germany also ordered an officer at the Vietnamese Embassy to leave Germany within 48 hours, according to local media reports. On the same day, the German foreign ministry asked the Vietnamese Government to send Thanh back to Germany immediately and would examine the Vietnamese side’s request for his extradition and Thanh’s asylum application. At a regular press conference on August 3,…... [read more]

Euromonitor, a provider of strategic market research, surveyed a sample of 150 Vietnamese to analyse the online travel landscape as well as browsing and purchase behaviours. Commissioned by performance marketing firm Criteo, the survey was conducted to help travel businesses and online travel agents identify and adopt digital strategies that will attract customers. “Travel expenditures in Vietnam will rise rapidly due to increasing disposable incomes and growing middle-class affluence," said Alban Villani, general manager of Criteo Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. "Vietnam is a mobile-first society, and for 2017, the number of smart phone users in the country is expected to reach 28.5 million, and 37.8 million by 2020." Last year, Vietnamese took 6.9 million international trips and 52.8 million domestic trips, while expenditures on leisure and recreation from now to 2020 are expected to grow at a 7.7 percent CAGR. In the 2011-16 period, online travel sales grew at an 18.3 percent CAGR and totalled over 27 million USD in earnings in 2016. Mobile travel sales, which outpaced the growth of online travel sales, are expected to see a 22.4 percent CAGR from now to 2020. Villani said that travel websites and online travel agents should focus on providing a user-friendly mobile experience that is easy to navigate with add-on features and secure payment methods. To drive transactions, they need to engage with shoppers during the discovery, search and booking phases, and re-engage them across all devices after they leave websites, he added. …... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has reaffirmed Vietnam’s strong commitments to implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the country’s Law on Children. While receiving Chief Representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Youssouf Abdel-Jelil in Hanoi on August 4, Vice President Thinh asked the UNICEF to continue its support to Vietnam in preventing child abuse, protecting children from injuries, and aiding children of disadvantaged families, especially in remote, border, sea and island areas, in addition to reducing the proportion of children with disabilities and congenital heart disease. The Vice President also proposed the UNICEF share more experience in caring, protecting and supporting children, while coordinating with the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City to build a child-friendly city and expand this model to other localities. She took this occasion to thank the UNICEF for its assistance to and cooperation with Vietnam over the past four decades, thus bringing practical benefits to Vietnamese children, especially disadvantaged kids. For his part, Abdel-Jelil expressed his hoped that sound cooperative ties between Vietnam and the UNICEF would further develop in the time ahead. The official hailed the Vietnamese Government’s adoption and enforcement of the Law on Children, describing the move as a significant achievement of the country. The UNICEF is willing to support and cooperate with Vietnam to promote activities to take care of and protect children, he said. The organisation will strengthen coordination with the Ministry…... [read more]

Addressing the congress, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh highlighted recent developments of the Vietnam-China relationship, including regular exchanges of meetings. The two sides have also reached agreements on enhancing mutual political trust, and improving cooperation and settling disputes to deepen ties between the two Parties and States in a stable manner, he added.  The official also commented on close collaboration between Vietnamese and Chinese ministries, agencies, localities and people, as well as strides made in economic and trade cooperation, benefiting the two countries’ peoples.  Stressing the contributions of the VCFA to the relationship during 2012-2017, Deputy PM Minh said the association has diversified its activities, serving as an important bridge between the two nations.  To strengthen bilateral relations, he urged the association to step up their friendly exchanges, improve its organisation quality and promote friendship among people from all social strata, especially youths.  The Deputy PM noted his belief that the association will attain more achievements in the 2017-2022 term, contributing to increasing mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation between Vietnamese and Chinese people.  Nguyen Van Tho, VCFA Vice President for the fifth tenure, said with branches in 30 cities and provinces, the association carried out many activities such as meetings, delegation exchanges and seminars, along with cultural and humanitarian activities.  Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Hong Xiaoyong emphasised that preserving and promoting China-Vietnam friendship is a responsibility shared by both sides.  The Chinese Embassy in Vietnam wishes to closely partner with…... [read more]

Hanoi, August 4 (VNA) – The National Congress of the Vietnam-China Friendship Association (VCFA) for the sixth tenure (2017-2022) convened in Hanoi on August 3.  Addressing the congress, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh highlighted recent developments of the Vietnam-China relationship, including regular exchanges of meetings.  The two sides have also reached agreements on enhancing mutual political trust, and improving cooperation and settling disputes to deepen ties between the two Parties and States in a stable manner, he added.  The official also commented on close collaboration between Vietnamese and Chinese ministries, agencies, localities and people, as well as strides made in economic and trade cooperation, benefitting the two countries’ peoples.  Stressing the contributions of the VCFA to the relationship during 2012-2017, Deputy PM Minh said the association has diversified its activities, serving as an important bridge between the two nations.  To strengthen bilateral relations, he urged the association to step up their friendly exchanges, improve its organisation quality and promote friendship among people from all social strata, especially youths.  The Deputy PM noted his belief that the association will attain more achievements in the 2017-2022 term, contributing to increasing mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation between Vietnamese and Chinese people.  Nguyen Van Tho, VCFA Vice President for the fifth tenure, said with branches in 30 cities and provinces, the association carried out many activities such as meetings, delegation exchanges and seminars, along with cultural and humanitarian activities.  Chinese…... [read more]




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