Lao delegation to fifth theoretical workshop greeted in Kien Giang

NDO/ VNA – Vietnam’s Party and Government always create the best possible conditions for the Vietnamese and Lao defence ministries to promote cooperation for political stability, social order and safety in both nations, said Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. The Party chief made the statement when receiving the Director of the General Department of Politics of the Lao People’s Army Vilay Lakhamphong, in Hanoi on August 2. Trong hailed the growing engagements between the two armies over recent times and the outcomes of the talks between their senior officials. Highlighting the achievements secured in their bilateral defence cooperation, a pillar in the Vietnam – Laos relations, he urged the two armies to expand their joint work in order to fulfill their political missions. For his part, Vilay Lakhamphong informed his host on recent affairs in Laos, the cooperation outcomes between the two defence ministries and the results of his talks with the officials of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army. He stated that in any circumstances, the Lao Defence Ministry will always work closely with its Vietnamese counterpart to carry out their cooperation plans and agreements sealed by high-ranking officials from both nations. The Lao Party, Government and army will do its upmost to cement their special friendship with Vietnam for the benefit of both peoples and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and in the world. ... [read more]

NDO/ VNA – The Committees for External Relations of the National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam convened their sixth meeting in Vientiane, on August 2, to discuss how to intensify the legislatures’ supervision over the cooperation initiatives in the development triangle region. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Lao NA Sengnuan Xayalath stressed that this conference is of significance for the three legislative bodies as they supervise the enforcement of a Development Initiative in the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Development Triangle. To realise the development-related treaties and initiatives signed by the governments, participants at the meeting need to study the issues and contribute ideas on each issue to find out the suitable directions and solutions to be submitted to the governments. The participants must also disseminate the investment policies in the region to foreign investors, through parliamentary mechanisms and regional and global parliamentary offices. Nguyen Van Giau, head of the Vietnamese NA’s Committee for External Relations, said that with their role and responsibility, the three committees have helped the legislative bodies to promote their role in boosting development and cooperation in the region and building the borderline of peace, stability, solidarity and development. He expressed his hope that the three Governments will promptly sign an action plan that will connect the three economies by 2030. This plan is expected to help the countries focus development resources in the fields of transport, energy, trade and telecommunications, scientifically and synchronously in order to gain practical results for the CLV development…... [read more]

NDO – It is necessary to continue renewing the content of external information dissemination, whilst diversifying the forms of propaganda to enhance the efficiency of external information service work. The requirement was made by Politburo member and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Information and Education Commission, Vo Van Thuong, at a conference, held in Hanoi on August 2, to review the five-year implementation of Conclusion No. 16 by the Politburo (11th tenure) and Directive No. 26 by the Secretariat (10th tenure) on external information work. Hosted by the Party Central Committee’s Information and Education Commission and the Central Steering Committee for External Information, the event gathered nearly 500 delegates from the relevant ministries, agencies and localities, as well as socio-political organisations and press agencies from across the nation. As a crucial part in information dissemination, the Party and the State pay regular attention to external information. On September 10, 2008, the Secretariat issued Directive No. 26-CT/TW on “Continuing the renovation and enhancement of external information in the new period.” Then on February 14, 2012, the 11th Politburo issued Conclusion No.16-KL/TW on the "Strategy for external information development during 2011-2020." This is the first strategy in the field of external information, which is an important basis for all departments, ministries and localities in carrying out comprehensive and effective external information activities. Deputy Head of the Central Information and Education Commission, Pham Van Linh, said that after five years of implementing the Party’s documents, the forces engaged in external information work…... [read more]

NDO/ VNA – Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh held a working session, in Hanoi on August 2, with Vice Minister for Agriculture and Food Security of Mozambique Luisa Caetano Meque, in order to discuss promoting agricultural ties. Doanh said that Vietnam is willing to share experience with Mozambique in rice and soybean production and has partnered with several African countries to successfully develop agriculture. He also suggested that the two countries seek funding from third parties for their projects. Meque, for her part, spoke highly of the joint projects on growing agricultural plants in Mozambique, saying that Vietnamese rice varieties grown in the African country have generated yields beyond expectations. Mozambique wants to work with scientists in studying short-season varieties of rice that are resistant to drought, pests and salinity and partner with Vietnam in building a cashew nut processing plant, using Vietnamese technology, in the African country, she said. She added that Mozambique has a robust cotton cultivation industry with a total capacity of 80,000 tonnes per year and invited Vietnamese fibre plants to get involved. The guest said that Mozambique will also cooperate with Vietnam in the fisheries sector in the near future. According to Meque, agriculture is one of the four important areas for development set by the Mozambican government. She expressed her wish that more Vietnamese firms will invest in agriculture in the country.... [read more]

Head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to ASEAN and  Ambassador Nguyen Hoanh Nam (Source: VNA) Jakarta (VNA) – Head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to ASEAN Ambassador Nguyen Hoanh Nam highlighted the bloc’s achievements and Vietnam’s role in the process during an interview recently granted to Vietnam News Agency.  Nam said since its birth 50 years ago, ASEAN now groups 10 member states and plays an increasingly important role in maintaining peace and stability in the region. ASEAN is considered one of the vibrant and fast-growing economies in the world, with the ASEAN Economic Community being the third largest in Asia and the sixth largest in the world. Its gross domestic product neared 2.55 trillion USD. The bloc is playing a guiding and central role in regional mechanisms and highly appreciated by major countries and international organisations. Since its entry to ASEAN 22 years ago, Vietnam has actively and proactively joined the grouping’s activities, including accelerating the admission of Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia, launching strategic policies and orientations to the bloc’s cooperation. Vietnam has also actively contributed to fostering solidarity and upholding ASEAN’s central role in maintaining peace and security in the region, including the East Sea issue, he said, adding that Vietnam is one of the first countries to take actions in the bloc’s plans and programmes to contribute to the formation of the ASEAN Community today. In order to achieve goals set in the ASEAN Vision 2025, Nam said…... [read more]

NDO – On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN establishment (August 8, 1967 – 2017), Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh published an article, emphasising the important contributions of Vietnam to the building of a strong ASEAN Community. Fifty years ago, with ‘the aspiration of building a solid foundation for a joint action to promote the regional cooperation in Southeast Asia in the spirit of equality and partnership and contributing to the peace and progress of the region’, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was officially established. During the long and difficult process which was full of many milestones, Vietnam has been proud to be an essential component which has contributed greatly to ASEAN today. The half-century road of ASEAN and historical milestones On August 8, 1967, Foreign Ministers of five Southeast Asian countries signed the Bangkok Declaration which gave birth to ASEAN. The organisation started with only five members including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Phillipines. Brunei was added to ASEANin 1984; meanwhile Vietnam was admitted in 1995, Lao and Myanmar in 1997 and Cambodia in 1999, finally realising the dream of an ASEAN consisting of all ten Southeast Asian countries. The first ASEAN Summit was held in 1976, demonstrating greater interest and stronger political commitment for ASEAN cooperation. The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) was established in 1992 as a fruit of the first 25 years of ASEAN economic cooperation, laying out an important foundation…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Mozambique’s Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario led a delegation to visit the National Steering Committee for response to incidents, natural disasters and search and rescues in Hanoi on July 31. >>> Accelerating cooperative relations between Vietnam and Mozambique He stated that Mozambique has long been impacted by natural disasters and climate change and expressed his hope that the Committee will share its experience and skills in adapting to natural disasters and mining incidents on the basis of friendship between the two nations. Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, and Vice Head of the Steering Committee, noted that the Government of Vietnam has paid due attention to responding to incidents, natural disasters and search and rescues. Over the past 10 years, the Committee has warned more than 3.5 million vehicles, with nearly 18 million people on board, in regards to the progress of tropical low pressure systems and storms. Some 2.1 million people have been mobilized in the effort to respond to incidents, natural disasters, thus rescuing 34,000 people. Minh commented that round-the-clock local resources have been deployed to tackle natural disasters. During their stay, the delegation visited the Committee’s Vietnam Search and Rescue Coordination Centre.... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Vietnamese leaders are always willing to back stronger trade and economic ties with the US and have vowed to create a transparent and favourable business climate for foreign firms, including those from the US, said a top lawmaker. While receiving President of Ford ASEAN Mark Kaufman in Hanoi on July 31, National Assembly Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien congratulated Ford Motor Company and Ford Vietnam on their recent achievements, adding that Ford products have become more popular on the Vietnamese market. Hien believed that the recent success would create momentum for co-operation prospects between Vietnam and the US, particularly in economic and trade partnership. For his part, Kaufman spoke highly of Vietnamese leaders’ attention and assistance given to businesses through preferential policies with a view to developing a sustainable automobile industry. Kaufman said the local automobile industry will undergo a drastic change in 2018, when Vietnam opens its market in conjunction with the ASEAN Free Trade Area. The opening of the market will culminate in higher competition pressure for car manufacturers, including Ford, he added. Kaufman asked Vietnamese authorities to consider special consumption taxes on pickup trucks as well as tariffs on auto components imported from outside the ASEAN region so as to ensure the healthy development of the automobile market. ... [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 Ho Chi Minh City and the Lao capital city of Vientiane have agreed to foster and expand their cooperation in the time ahead and to also approve cooperation orientations for the 2017-2020 period. The agreement was reached at the talks in Vientiane on July 29 between a high-ranking delegation of Vientiane and a high-ranking delegation of Ho Chi Minh City, which was led by the permanent Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang. The two sides agreed to increase the exchange of high-level delegations, thus speeding up the implementation of a project to raise beeves in Vientiane and also considering the provision of aid to buy equipment for a project on improving the budget collection system of Vientiane’s Finance Department and Tax Department. The two sides also vowed to consider the possibility of constructing their trade and tourism centres in Ho Chi Minh City and Vientiane. Ho Chi Minh City pledged to help Vientiane organise agricultural, trade and tourism promotion programmes in the Vietnamese city, provide 17 scholarships for Lao students and postgraduates, and assist Vientiane in hosting the Laos Tourism Year of 2018 and a tourism conference of Mekong River Sub-region cities. Earlier in the same day, the Ho Chi Minh City delegation was received by permanent member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Phankham Viphavan and Secretary of the Party Committee and Mayor of Vientiane Sinlavong Khoutphaythoun. At these meetings, the Lao leaders spoke…... [read more]

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