Lao senior military officer visits Vietnam to boost defense partnership

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]

At the invitation of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong led a high-level delegation to visit the Kingdom of Cambodia from July 20 to 22, 2017. The visit marked a historic milestone as it took place on exactly the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, opening a new stage for a new, better and more reliable bilateral relationship. Economic cooperation is a bright spot in Vietnam-Cambodia relationship. According to statistics, the two-way trade value was only US$130-150 million a year from 1997 to 1999. The value climbed 30-40 per cent a year in the 2005 - 2009 period and 18.5 per cent in the 2010 - 2015 phase. The bilateral trade turnover totalled US$3 billion in 2016 and reached US$1.686 billion in the first five months of 2017. At the 15th Meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Commission held in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) in March, the two countries agreed to increase bilateral trade value to US$5 billion in the coming time. Vietnam’s key exports to Cambodia include garments and textiles, petroleum products, building materials, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs and consumer goods. Meanwhile, Vietnam imports agricultural products, rubber, raw materials for garment, textile and leather production, timber and gold from Cambodia. In investment, Vietnam is the fifth largest investor among 50 countries and territories investing in Cambodia, with 183 projects with a total registered capital of US$2.86 billion. Vietnamese investors mainly…... [read more]

Vietnam’s National Assembly supports stronger economic ties with US (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam always backs stronger economic and trade cooperation with the US and facilitates the adoption of legal regulations to create a transparent and favourable business environment for foreign businesses, including those from the US. NA Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien made the statement at a reception for Calin Dragan, Region Director ASEAN & Middle East for Bottling Investment Group at the Coca-Cola Company, in Hanoi on August 1. The comprehensive cooperative partnership between Vietnam and the US has seen positive developments, he said, adding that the US is one of the leading trade partners and a major investor in Vietnam. He congratulated the company on its accomplishments in Vietnam over the past 20 years, noting Coca-Cola products have become popular among Vietnamese customers. The legislator expressed his belief that the success of the group will boost the cooperation prospects between the two countries, especially in the fields of trade and economy. The Vietnamese government has offered a lot of incentives to the group since its operation in the Southeast Asian country. In 2014, Coca-Cola started reporting its profits and paying tax to the Vietnamese State budget.  This not only illustrates the company’s legal responsibility and business ethics but also reinforce customers’ trust, Hien said. He hoped the company would continue making more contributions to the State budget and social activities…... [read more]

Scene at the event (Photo: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – “Ho Chi Minh City’s Days in Vientiane” kicked off in the capital city of Laos on July 29. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, Secretary of the Party Committee and Mayor of Vientiane, said that the event takes place at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 55th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties and 40 years since the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation. It will help tighten the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the Parties, States and people of Laos and Vietnam in general, and between Ho Chi Minh City and Vientiane in particular. In recent years, Ho Chi Minh City have supported Vientiane in building two friendship high schools, upgrading one secondary school, building a financial information centre and training human resources, he said. In the time to come, the two cities will intensify collaboration within the framework of their twinning city agreement and cooperation minutes, while increasing delegation exchanges and intensifying cooperation in economy, trade, culture and tourism, he added. Permanent Vice Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang affirmed that the city always pays attention to its twinning relations with Vientiane and other Lao localities. The “Ho Chi Minh City’s Days in Vientiane” event is a manifestation for the city’s determination to develop its partnership with Vientiane, thus contributing to nurturing Vietnam-Laos special relations, Cang stressed. …... [read more]

NDO – The 2017 Ho Chi Minh City Days in Vientianne, themed ‘Forever green and forever sustainable friendship between Vietnam and Laos’, officially opened in the Lao capital on July 29. The event was attended by Deputy Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang; Lao Politburo member, Secretary of Secretary of the Party Committee and Mayor of Vientiane Sinlavong Khouphaythoune; and Vietnamese Ambassador in Laos Nguyen Ba Hung. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang emphasised that Ho Chi Minh City always pay special attention to enhancing the relationship with Laos in general and Vientiane in particular. Regular visits made by leaders of the two cities and the cooperation projects have been successfully implemented, contributing to the prosperous development and fine relations between Ho Chi Minh City and Vientiane, he added. At the ceremony, Mayor of Vientiane Sinlavong Khouphaythoune affirmed that the ‘Ho Chi Minh City Days in Vientiane’ programme will significantly contribute to tightening the friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Vietnam, particularly the two cities. After the opening ceremony, the delegates visited an exhibition entitled ‘Forever green and forever sustainable friendship between Vietnam and Laos’. On display are photos featuring the support and cooperation activities for socio-economic development between Ho Chi Minh City and Vientiane as well as highlighting Ho Chi Minh City’s achievements in the cause of building and developing the southern city. The exhibition…... [read more]

Over the past 22 years, Vietnam has consistently considered ASEAN a foundation and one of top priorities of its foreign policy. Vietnam has worked closely with other ASEAN members to boost integration and internal solidarity.  50 years after its establishment, ASEAN has become a strong community with a growing role and stature globally. Since joining ASEAN in 1995, Vietnam has contributed to ASEAN’s successes, including the adoption of the 2007 ASEAN Charter, the Hanoi Declaration on ASEAN Vision 2020, the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, and Master Plans implementing the 3 pillars of politics-security, economics, and culture-society.  ASEAN membership, a historic decision  Vietnam’s ASEAN membership opened a new period of integration in the region. Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung said: “It was the right decision to join ASEAN in 1995, when we were in dire need of socio-economic development and expansion of relations with other countries. ASEAN membership enabled Vietnam to expand ties with the EU and normalize relations with the US and China. As an ASEAN member, Vietnam has engaged deeply in ASEAN activities in line with its integration policy.” In ASEAN Vietnam has enjoyed a favorable environment for forging closer ties with its neighbors and resolving long-standing issues, and has contributed to regional cooperative mechanisms that further its national interests. ASEAN helps amplify Vietnam’s voice worldwide and create cooperative opportunities.  ASEAN’s Secretary General Le Luong Minh: “Vietnam’s economic development has benefited from ASEAN membership. During the course of…... [read more]

Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) and Vietnam Railways (VNR) will strengthen cooperation in investment and business activities in the future. Petrolimex, VNR signed comprehensive cooperation agreement Petrolimex and VNR signed an agreement today to comprehensively boost cooperation and fully exploit their existing advantages. Under the agreement, VNR will prioritise using Petrolimex's petrol products. Regarding transportation services, the two sides will study the possibilities of connecting railway routes and petroleum storages. VNR and Petrolimex also agreed to study the former's infrastructure system and select reasonable locations for investment and the development of petroleum stations. The two companies will also cooperate in banking and financial services, insurance, and the promotion of brand names, among others. "With specific cooperation projects and support from the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the cooperation will bring fruitful results," Petrolimex chairman Bui Ngoc Bao said. "The comprehensive cooperation between VNR and Petrolimex will help the two sides to tap into their own potential and advantages, thus increasing added value and developing each other," added VNR chairman Vu Anh Minh. At the event, units of VNR and Petrolimex signed cooperation agreements, including one between Petrolimex Paints Company Limited and Railway Transport and Trade Joint Stock Company (Ratraco), and another between Petrolimex Hanoi Co., Ltd. and Ratraco. Additionally, PG Bank also signed agreements with Saigon Railway Transport Company and Hanoi Railway Transport Joint Stock…... [read more]

Prime Minister Phan Van Khai began his first official visit to Indonesia from February 22-24 at the invitation of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno. The visit takes place at a time when the friendly and multi-faceted cooperative ties between Vietnam and Indonesia have seen fine developments.During the visit, the two sides will concretise the implementation of the "Declaration on the Framework of Friendly and Comprehensive Cooperation Entering the 21st Century" and seek measures to boost multi-faceted co-operation for mutual benefit, especially in the areas of economics, trade and investment to match up to the fine political relations between the two countries.The two countries signed the "Declaration on the Framework of Friendly and Comprehensive Cooperation Entering the 21st Century" during President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s visit to Vietnam in June 2003. The framework is considered an important legal foundation for further promoting all-round cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia.During President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno’s visit to Vietnam in May 2005, the two countries agreed to turn bilateral relations into strategic partnership in the region. President Susilo affirmed that Indonesia wants its ties with Vietnam to become "an important pillar" of relationship in Southeast Asia.The Foreign Ministries of Vietnam and Indonesia held their first Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) on August 13-14, 2005, to issue a memorandum of understanding on bilateral consultation. They discussed the establishment of a ministerial-level consultative mechanism for strategic issues and agreed to accelerate discussions for the signing of a Plan of Action as early as possible to implement the "Declaration on the…... [read more]

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh’s visit to Cambodia in March 2005 several months after Mr Shihamoni was crowned King, and the agreements reached during the visit, created favorable conditions for the two countries to promote bilateral relations and all-round co-operation. The two sides agreed to develop their relationship under the motto "good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and durable stability". During the visit to Vietnam by Prime Minister Hun Sen in October 2005, the two countries signed a supplementary treaty to the 1985 Treaty on the Delimitation of State Borders. The signing of agreements on bilateral co-operation during the recent visit to Cambodia by Prime Minister Phan Van Khai contributed to taking relations between the two countries to a higher plane. Bilateral co-operation in security and national defence in recent times has been further strengthened as the two countries agreed to conduct joint sea patrol activities. The first and second conferences on co-operation and the development of Vietnam-Cambodia border provinces built a new mechanism of co-operation among border provinces to ensurecommon border security. The two countries have made great strides in economic, trade and cultural co-operation after a joint commission for co-operation in economics, culture and science and technology was established in April, 1994. Seven sessions of the commission have been held so far. At each session, the two sides reviewed the implementation of co-operation agreements and devised new plans for the coming years. The two countries have also seen progress in their trade and investment cooperation, with two-way…... [read more]

Located in the northern part of South America, Venezuela has a total area of 912,050 square kilometres, with a population of 26 million. Endowed with plentiful natural resources, including oil, gas, iron, bauxite, gold, zinc and coal ores, Venezuela has become one of the powerful economies in South America, with oil exploitation emerging as the spearhead of the economy. Currently, Venezuela is the fifth largest oil exporter in the world, with oil revenue making up 70 percent of the country’s total export value. As part of a national economic development plan, Venezuela has decided to nationalise its oil industry, and has successfully implemented many social welfare programmes, including anti-illiteracy and expanded education programmes for young people, and free primary healthcare services for poor people. Vietnam and Venezuela established diplomatic relations on December 18, 1989, but Venezuelan people demonstrated their support and solidarity with the Vietnamese people’s struggle against US aggressors in the 1960’s and 70’s. Venezuelan soldiers kidnapped a US Major Colonel to negotiate with the US for an exchange of Vietnamese hero Nguyen Van Troi. The development of bilateral ties was marked by an official visit to Venezuela by Chairman of Vietnam National Assembly Nguyen Van An last March and a reciprocal visit to Vietnam by Deputy Foreign Minister R. Rivero last May. On this occasion, the Vietnamese Embassy in Caracas and the Venezuelan Embassy in Hanoi were established. The two sides also signed several important documents to bolster bilateral cooperation. In a recent interview with VOV, Venezuela Ambassador…... [read more]

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