Japan funds construction of drainage system in Bien Hoa

At the meeting (Source: VNA) Tokyo (VNA) – Politburo member Pham Minh Chinh met Chairman of the House of Councillors of Japan Date Chuichi and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Tokyo on August 30, the last day of his working visit to Japan. Chinh, who is also Head of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission and Chairman of the Vietnam – Japan Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group, said Vietnam will continue pushing forward administrative reform and improving business climate to create favourable conditions for foreign investors in Vietnam, including those from Japan. He asked Japan to continue providing Vietnam with official development assistance (ODA) in the near future. Date Chuichi said the Japanese House of Councillors will continue to support bilateral ties and increase exchanges between the two countries’ parliamentarians and people to further bolster trust and mutual understanding between the two nations. Taro Kono, for his part, expressed wish to further develop the bilateral extensive strategic partnership. He committed to working closely with Vietnam in regional and global issues to maintain peace, stability and development in the region and the world. The Japanese side vowed to assist Vietnam in projects regarding infrastructure, administrative reform and high-quality workforce training funded by Japanese ODA. They underscored Japan’s full support for Vietnam to fulfill its role as host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2017. The two sides promised to effectively work together to celebrate…... [read more]

  Illustrative photo (Source: AFP)   Khanh Hoa (VNA) – The 5th Vietnam-Japan defence policy dialogue took place in the south central province of Khanh Hoa’s Nha Trang city on August 30 under the co-chair of Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh and his Japanese counterpart Manabe Ro. At the dialogue, the two sides discussed world and regional issues of mutual concern and reviewed the outcomes of implementing cooperation contents reached at the previous event in Tokyo in November 2016. Both sides expressed their pleasure at progress in defence cooperation in the recent time as well as the activeness of Vietnamese and Japanese relevant agencies in deploying the agreed contents. In the coming time, the two sides agreed to continue strengthening partnership in various fields such as exchange of delegations at all levels, personnel training and sharing experience in UN peacekeeping activities and overcoming war aftermaths, including bomb and mine clearance and dioxin detoxification. They also agreed to work closely in cyber security, maritime security, defence industry and technology transfer. In addition, the officers also consented to create favourable conditions for defence units to conduct cooperation activities in the spheres of rescue, military medicine and exchange of information among strategic research agencies of the two defence ministries. Vinh stressed that the Party, State and People’s Army of Vietnam have paid great attention to dealing with the war consequences and are calling for support from the international community. Vietnam expected that…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has just approved the budget for grassroots healthcare from 2016-20, a programme that includes funding for constructing health facilities, supporting traditional medicine, and providing healthcare in remote areas. The Target Programme on the development of grassroots healthcare in the 2016-20 period forecasts a total investment for the programme of VNĐ19.829 trillion (US$872 million), and this figure could be adjusted to rise but will not exceed VNĐ22.5 trillion ($989.8 million). Nearly half of the total investment - about VNĐ10 trillion ($444 million) - comes from local budgets and the national lottery. The central budget contributes VNĐ2.4 trillion ($105 million). This figure could nearly double to VNĐ 5.06 trillion, but only when “more capital sources are available.” VNĐ4.94 trillion is sourced from official development assistance (ODA) funds and other aids. The programme comprises three different component projects, targeting different areas of healthcare. Component project 1 provides VNĐ16.6 trillion as investment into modern health facilities, with the goal of easing patient overload on hospitals from 2013-20.  The project aims to reach the target of 26.5 patient beds for every 10,000 people, minimising instances in which patients must share beds with others.  In addition, resources will be focused on the completion of 64 projects begun in 2011-15 period that remain unfinished due to lack of capital, plus the implementation of at least 28 new projects in the 2016-20 period. Component project 2, with a total budget of VNĐ1.63 trillion, aims to give a boost to traditional medicine health facilities,…... [read more]

Tan Vu-Lach Huyen bridge, the country’s longest cross-sea bridge, will be opened to traffic on National Day. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Tan Vu-Lach Huyen Highway in the northern port city of Hai Phong, which includes the country’s longest cross-sea bridge, will be opened to traffic on National Day (September 2),  according to the Project Management Board 2 under the Ministry of Transport. The 5.4 kilometre bridge is part of the Tan Vu-Lach Huyen Highway project which connects developing areas in the east of Hai Phong city with Lach Huyen International Port in the island district of Cat Hai and the Hanoi-Hai Phong Expressway. Once the bridge becomes operational, travelling from Hai Phong city to Cat Hai Island will take about five minutes, compared to hours on ferries. The highway, 15.63 kilometres in length, had total investment of about 11.85 trillion VND (525.3 million USD), with the majority from Japanese official development assistance. The project is expected to form a complete transport network facilitating transportation to Lach Huyen International Port, thereby attracting more investment to Hai Phong city. Pham Hong Son, Director of the Project Management Board 2, said that after seeing the road meet quality requirements, the State Council for Pre-Acceptance Test of Construction Works approved the road opening to traffic on September 2.-VNA... [read more]

Head of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission Pham Minh Chinh and President of the Japanese House of Councillors Oshima Tadamori (Source: VNA)  Tokyo (VNA) – Japan will continue working closely with Vietnam to effectively conduct projects funded by Japan’s official development assistance (ODA), especially in high-quality workforce development and administrative reform, said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. During a reception in Tokyo on August 29 for Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission Pham Minh Chinh, who is also Chairman of the Vietnam – Japan Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group, Abe said Japan supports Vietnam in successfully holding the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting 2017 and wishes to increase bilateral ties in regional and global issues. Chinh asked Abe and the Japanese government to further promote bilateral comprehensive partnership, especially in ODA provision, and the development of infrastructure, high technology, and quality human resources, as well as share experience in administrative reform and public health care. The same day, Chinh met President of the Japanese House of Councillors Oshima Tadamori, Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan cum President of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Nikai Toshihiro and head of the LDP’s Policy Research Council Fumio Kishida. Oshima expressed his strong support for continuing ODA supply to Vietnam, and enhancing ties between the two legislatures and the friendship parliamentarians’ groups of the two countries. He pledged to assist Vietnam in administrative reform projects…... [read more]

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang (R) and Austria’s outgoing Ambassador to Vietnam Thomas Loidl (Photo: VNA)   Hanoi (VNA) – State President Tran Dai Quang hailed Austria’s outgoing Ambassador to Vietnam Thomas Loidl for his efforts to step up bilateral ties and introduce many Austrian businesses to Vietnam during his reception for the diplomat in Hanoi on August 29. He congratulated the diplomat on his very successful working term in Vietnam and wished that in any future positions, he would always be a close friend and work to foster the cooperation between Austria and Vietnam. The President was delighted at positive cooperation between the two countries across politics, diplomacy, trade-investment, development cooperation, education-training, healthcare and education. He cited the 2016 two-way trade value of 2.8 billion USD, which is 10 percent more than 2015’s figure. Austria is the sixth largest European exporter of Vietnam. It is running 28 projects with a total registered capital of 138 million USD in Vietnam, ranking 39th among 116 countries and territories investing in the country. He took the occasion to thank the Austrian Government for providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the fields of railways, healthcare and vocational training. Austria-funded programmes and projects have been productively contributing to Vietnam’s socio-economic development and international integration efforts. He suggested the two sides boosting visit exchanges, especially high-level ones, together with cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and coordinating in celebrations of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties to further the bilateral ties. …... [read more]

NDO/VNA – State President Tran Dai Quang hailed Austria’s outgoing Ambassador to Vietnam Thomas Loidl for his efforts to step up bilateral ties and introduce many Austrian businesses to Vietnam during his reception for the diplomat in Hanoi on August 29. He congratulated the diplomat on his very successful working term in Vietnam and wished that in any future positions, he would always be a close friend and work to foster the cooperation between Austria and Vietnam. The President was delighted at positive cooperation between the two countries across politics, diplomacy, trade-investment, development cooperation, education-training, healthcare and education. He cited the 2016 two-way trade value of US$2.8 billion, which is 10 percent more than 2015’s figure. Austria is the sixth largest European exporter of Vietnam. It is running 28 projects with a total registered capital of US$138 million in Vietnam, ranking 39th among 116 countries and territories investing in the country. He took the occasion to thank the Austrian Government for providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the fields of railways, healthcare and vocational training. Austria-funded programmes and projects have been productively contributing to Vietnam’s socio-economic development and international integration efforts. He suggested the two sides boosting visit exchanges, especially high-level ones, together with cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and coordinating in celebrations of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties to further the bilateral ties. He asked the diplomat to convey his invitation to visit Vietnam to President Alexander Van der Bellen.…... [read more]

Assigned to manage, operate and utilise technical infrastructure works in environment, drainage, green space and public lighting, Soc Trang Public Works One Member Limited Company always fulfils its roles and responsibility and to shape clean, lovely and green urban areas for Soc Trang province. Well-decorated streets, roadside trees, and busy parks all create a lively picture of modern, dynamic and lively Soc Trang City - are the outcomes of a continuous urbanisation process of Soc Trang province. This is a continuous process of Soc Trang province in planning and embellishing urban areas and infrastructure works. This is a great source of motivation for economic growth and public service. A significant contribution has been made by Soc Trang Public Works One Member Limited Company, which always tries its best to improve the urban space for Soc Trang City, the capital of Soc Trang province. As a manager, operator and user of technical infrastructure works in environment, drainage, greenery and public lighting, the corporation always completes its assigned tasks by carrying out important urbanisation investment projects in Soc Trang City. Particularly, Soc Trang City water drainage and treatment system construction investment project restored and upgraded 11.5km of sewers in Soc Trang City and built a wastewater treatment plant with a daily capacity of 13,180 cubic metres. Operated since 2013, the first-phase cost some EUR6 million from official development assistance (ODA), funded by KfW Development Bank (Germany) and domestic counterpart sources. Besides, the company was assigned to…... [read more]

The massive stimulus package of VNĐ30 trillion (US$1.32 billion), introduced in 2013 to encourage social housing development in Việt Nam and revitalise the listless real estate sector, has been entirely disbursed. However, with the expiry of the attractive interest rates, many businesses are contemplating pulling out of the social housing market while the demands show no signs of flagging. A view of a social housing building in Gia Lâm District in Hà Nội. - VNA/VNS Photo Tuấn Anh In a recent conference on measures to kick-start the real estate market towards the end of 2017, Vũ Văn Phấn, deputy head of the Ministry of Construction’s Housing and Real Estate Market Management Department, admitted that there have been cases where businesses asked to withdraw from social housing projects. In April, the National Assembly allocated VNĐ2 trillion ($87.9 million) to the construction of houses for contributors to the revolutionary cause as well as social housing projects, with more than half of the figure (VNĐ1.160 trillion) reserved for the latter purpose meant to be the continuation of the now expired stimulus package, but this amount is “still too little and not enough,” Phấn said. He also added that the construction ministry is asking the government for more financial support for social housing businesses as well as homebuyers, but that remains a distant vision. Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc signed a decision dictating the interest rate for social housing…... [read more]

Chairman of the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Pham Minh Chinh receives a delegation from the Youth Division of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Chairman of the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Pham Minh Chinh proposed increasing exchanges between Vietnamese and Japanese young legislators at a reception for a delegation from the Youth Division of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party led by its head Keisuke Suzuki in Hanoi on August 22. Chinh also suggested organising activities to promote cooperation in economy, investment and trade, as well as encourage more Japanese businesses to invest in Vietnam in the fields of support industry, manufacturing, energy, and hi-tech agriculture. He expressed his pleasure with the strong, comprehensive and intensive development of the extensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan for peace and prosperity in Asia. He affirmed that Vietnam always considers Japan one of the top priorities in its foreign policy.  Chinh thanked the Japanese Government for providing official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam to boost socio-economic development, reduce poverty, cope with climate change and develop infrastructure, energy and agriculture. For his part, Keisuke Suzuki said 2017 was a busy year for the two countries with a series of visits by their leaders. Among those were the Vietnam trips by the Japanese Emperor and Empress and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and most recently the visit to Japan by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, which created new developments for the bilateral relations. He called on…... [read more]




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