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NDO/VNA – Vietnam always treasures and wants to consolidate and further enhance traditional their relations with Mongolia, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Uong Chu Luu said. Luu made the statement during his reception in Hanoi, on August 18, for Secretary General of the Mongolian Parliament Office Tsend Tsolmon, who has been on a five-day working visit to Vietnam. He highlighted that the achievements in bilateral relations over the past six decades will lay a foundation for the two sides to promote cooperation in a more practical and effective manner. The leader hoped that the two countries will maintain high-level meetings and visits in order to enhance the friendship and mutual understanding between the Vietnamese and Mongolian people, increase political trust and expand cooperation. Vietnam and Mongolia should coordinate closely in issues of common concern and support each other at regional and international forums, he said. For his part, Tsend Tsolmon expressed his delight at the positive development and close coordination between the two countries over the past few years. He wished that the National Assembly Office of Vietnam and the Mongolian Parliament Secretariat will strengthen cooperation, focusing on sharing experience, application of information and technology, as well as increasing communications for parliamentary activities. ... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on August 18 met with officials of the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand and the Vietnamese community in Bangkok, during which he lauded the community’s solidarity and mutual support to integrate into local society and contribute to the motherland’s development. >>> PM urges Thai firms to grasp opportunities in Vietnam He affirmed that the Party and State always pay close attention to overseas Vietnamese in general, and the Vietnamese community in Thailand in particular, while expressing delight at the growth of the community. Regarding the outcomes of his talks and meetings with the Thai leaders, the PM said that both sides shared their delight at the strong growth of cooperation between the two countries over the past 40 years, especially since the two sides set up a strategic partnership in 2013. PM Phuc said that he asked Thailand to continue creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community and issue passports to elderly Vietnamese citizens. Earlier the same day, the Government leader hosted a reception for President of the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association Prachuap Chaiyasan. Lauding the practical activities that the association has held, over the past few years, to boost the traditional friendship between the two countries, the PM said that Vietnam always attaches great importance to people-to-people diplomacy. He said he hopes the association will continue its efforts to strengthen tourism collaboration between the two countries, while helping connecting investors of both sides. Prachuap Chaiyasan hailed…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The cooperation between the Vietnamese and Mexican legislative bodies has contributed to the overall development of bilateral relations, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. He made the remark while receiving Gabriela Cuevas Barron, Chair of the Mexican Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee, in Hanoi on August 18. Minh said the Vietnamese Government offers full support to increasing parliamentary affiliations with Mexico. He asked the law-making agencies from both sides to continue backing the two governments’ measures to enhance their partnership, particularly in completing and implementing relevant legal frameworks and cooperation mechanisms. Praising the robust growth of Vietnam – Mexico relations in politics and trade, and their cooperation at international organisations and multilateral forums, the Deputy PM asked Mexico to help with expanding the ties, which would contribute to the success of the APEC Year 2017 and the Economic Leaders' Week in Vietnam. For her part, Gabriela Cuevas Barron expressed her admiration for Vietnam’s reform achievements over the past three decades. She stressed that the Mexican leaders and Senate value and want to bolster their comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam. Host and guest discussed in detail measures to boost bilateral ties at international organisations and multilateral forums, Vietnam’s candidacy for the position of UNESCO director general for the 2017-2021 tenure, and Mexico’s bid to become IPU’s President for 2017-2020. ... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Vietnam and Mexico need to promote the cooperation between their Parliamentary Friendship Groups, National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong said, while receiving Chairwoman of the Mexican Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee Gabriela Cuevas Barron, in Hanoi on August 18. Expressing her delight at the fruitful development of their bilateral relations in the fields of economy, politics, culture and society, Phong affirmed that Mexico is Vietnam’s leading trade partner in the region. She noted with pleasure the mutual support and close cooperation between the two countries at multilateral organisations and thanked the country for the support it gave to Vietnam in the past struggle for national liberation, as well as in the current cause of national construction and development. While lauding Senator Barron’s candidacy for the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Phong believed that with her experience, competence and leadership capacity, she will receive great advocacy from the IPU’s member parliaments. For her part, the Mexican Senator said that she has been impressed by the Vietnamese people and their achievements in national construction and development, during her three visits to the Southeast Asian country. This visit will create opportunities for both sides to exchange views on bilateral and multilateral issues, she said, adding that Mexico expects Vietnam to back its candidacy for IPU chairmanship for the 2017-2020 tenure. She also hoped that the two countries will enhance their collaboration in IPU’s activities in the near future. ... [read more]

NDO – The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security was honourably presented with the noble Award of the Lao People's Democratic Republic at a ceremony held in Hanoi on August 18. Senior Lieutenant General To Lam, Politburo member and Minister of Public Security and Lieutenant General Somkeo Silavong, Lao Minister of Security, co-chaired the event. At the ceremony, under the authorisation of the Lao President, Lieutenant General Somkeo Silavong presented the Medal of Development (first class) to the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security. He also presented a Labour Medal (second class) to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Public Security, Senior General Bui Van Nam for his achievements in coordinating with Laos to ensure the security and safety for political events staged in Laos in 2016, particularly the 28th-29th ASEAN Summit. Addressing the event, on behalf of the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security, Minister To Lam expressed his deep gratitude to the Lao Party and State. He also affirmed that the noble awards are recognition of the great contributions made by the Vietnamese ministry in building and enhancing the traditional solidarity, friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. On the same day, the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security held a meeting for senior leaders of the ministry from past generations, as well as outstanding young members of the people’s public security force, on the occasion of 72nd anniversary of Vietnam People’s Public Security (August 19, 1945-2017). ... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies (ACT-NET) held a workshop on intensifying cooperation in revoking corruption assets among law enforcement agencies, on August 18 in Ho Chi Minh City. The workshop, held within the framework of the APEC 2017 third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3), attracted the participation of many experienced speakers in the anti-corruption field, from both the public and private sectors. The event provided a chance for the member economies to discuss and share their experience and information concerning any difficulties and challenges, as well as cooperation between law enforcement agencies in taking back the assets related to corruption cases. Vietnam’s Deputy Inspectorate General Nguyen Van Thanh said that corruption is causing the country to lose resources, reducing the efficiency of public investment, eroding the trust of investors and weakening national competitiveness and businesses. Therefore, the recovery of corruption assets is an important factor in assessing the success of the fight against corruption and one of the main purposes of the work, he added. The outcomes of the workshop are expected to facilitate the ACT-NET and the APEC Anti-corruption and Transparency Working Group to carry out the directions and commitments to increasing the effectiveness of anti-corruption work in general and asset recovery in particular. ... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Nearly 100 delegates from 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) discussed best practices, sharing of standards and conformity assessment in the development of smart cities within the APEC region, at a workshop held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 18. The workshop is an activity of the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) within the framework of the APEC 2017 third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3) and other related meetings. In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Van Tung said that the promotion of a digital economy is considered as an important issue of the APEC 2017. One of SCSC 2017 priorities this year is “Development and promotion of standards and conformance to support the digital economy”, in that the APEC region needs to work together to share best practices, identify opportunities and challenges, and boost cooperation, the harmonisation of standards and conformity assessment that directly contribute to the achievement of the Bogor Goals, he said. The workshop focused on the development directions for international standards (ISO, IEC) in smart cities. The participating, developing economies shared their experience in creating policies on developing smart cities, as well as development directions suitable with the standards set by the UN. The delegates also discussed the standardisation on the basis of scientific and technological advances in smart transport and buildings, water resources management, energy-efficient new-generation means of transport, information-technology infrastructure and smart applications used in daily life. The workshop offers a good…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha expressed their satisfaction at the strong development of Vietnam-Thailand cooperation over the past 41 years since they established diplomatic ties in August 1976, during their talks in Bangkok on August 17. >>> Deepening Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership The two PMs recognised that the bilateral relations have been stable and developed in all fields from politics and security to economy and socio-culture, especially after Vietnam and Thailand established a strategic partnership in 2013. To further the relationship in the coming time, they agreed to enhance all-level delegation exchanges and effectively implement cooperation mechanisms in addition to soon organising the third meeting of the joint committee on bilateral cooperation, the third foreign minister-level meeting, the third meeting of the joint committee on trade, and particularly the fourth joint cabinet meeting. Both sides vowed efforts to raise bilateral trade to US$20 billion by 2020 and support each other to become centres for investment and trade in the region. They agreed to foster rice-related cooperation and provide favourable conditions for Vietnamese and Thai rice to access each other’s market. PM Chan-o-cha affirmed that he will encourage Thai businesses to increase investment in fields critical to Vietnam’s development such as tourism, support industries, finance, banking, science-technology, and agro-fisheries. Both leaders stressed that security-defence cooperation is one of the pillar of the Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership. The two countries will step up sharing defence-related viewpoints and policies while boosting collaboration…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – A Vietnam-Cambodia military youth gala night was held on August 16 in Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year 2017 and the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries. Attending the event was Major General Le Hien Van, Vice Chairman of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People’s Army, Major General Du Truong Giang, Vice Commander of Military Zone 7, Im Hen, Cambodia’s Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, and nearly 3,000 young soldiers and officials from Military Zone 7, Youth Union of HCM City’s District 12. Addressing the event, Major General Le Hien Van stated that Vietnam and Cambodia, sharing the Mekong River, have enjoyed close neighbourliness. Through ups and downs in history, the two countries have always stood shoulder to shoulder and shared both hardship and success in fighting common enemies for national independence, and overthrowing the Pol Pot genocidal regime, as well as national building and development. Major General Van stressed that the gala night aims to educate the young generations of both sides on the need to treasure, inherit and promote the Vietnam-Cambodia traditional friendship and solidarity. Participants at the event enjoyed special art performances featuring the close relationship between the two countries.... [read more]

NDO – Vietnam consistently fosters solidarity, close bonds and comprehensive cooperation with the Lao Party, State, Government and people, aiming to further accelerate bilateral cooperative relations between the two countries, for the benefits of their peoples, thus contributing actively to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and around the world, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has stated. Addressing a reception for Lao Minister of Public Security Somkeo Silavong in Hanoi on August 17, the PM warmly welcomed the Lao guest to officially visit Vietnam and attend exchange activities with the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security, on the occasion of the Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year 2017. He congratulated the Lao Party, Government and people on their significant achievements attained over the past few years, whilst affirming that Vietnam always treasures the fine sentiments and support offered by Laos towards Vietnam during the country’s past struggle for national independence and its current cause of national construction and development. Vietnam values and wishes to strengthen the friendly relations and solidarity between the three Indochinese countries, including Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, he stated, hailing the Vietnam-Laos relations as being special, and rare in the world. The PM suggested that the two public security forces must work together to thwart all plots by hostile forces to undermine the special Vietnam-Laos solidarity, calling for joint efforts to fight crime and build a shared borderline of peace, friendship, stability and comprehensive development. Lao Minister of Public Security Somkeo Silavong stated that his visit…... [read more]

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