NA leader: Vietnam treasures relations with Mongolia

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 – 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]

Delivery relief aids to flood-hit locals in Nam Pam commune of Son La (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Party Central Committee’s Office on August 8 raised 421 million VND (18,519 USD) to support locals in northern mountainous localities that have been hit by torrential rains and floods. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, former Party General Secretaries Le Kha Phieu and Nong Duc Manh, as well as other former Party and State leaders and officials of the Party Central Committee’s Office donated at least one-day salary to the fund. The same day, the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee also called on State officials and public servants to contribute at least one-day salary to a fund as aid to the flood-hit localities. During the day, the VFF raised 105 million VND (4,618 USD), while receiving 50 million VND (2,199 USD) from the National Assembly Office and 450 million VND (19,795 USD) from the Ministry of Information and Communications for the fund. Hanoi has also offered 4.5 billion VND (197,955 USD) to assist the northern mountainous provinces. Recent heavy rains and flash floods have taken the lives of 26 people and left 15 others missing and 27 injured in northern mountainous provinces, mostly Yen Bai, Son La, Lai Chau, Dien Bien and Cao Bang, according to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. Son La province had the highest number of fatalities with 12 while Yen Bai had…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Party Central Committee’s Office on August 8 raised VND421 million (US$18,519) to support locals in northern mountainous localities that have been hit by torrential rains and floods. >>> Joint efforts made to support flood victims Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, former Party General Secretaries Le Kha Phieu and Nong Duc Manh, as well as other former Party and State leaders and officials of the Party Central Committee’s Office donated at least a one-day salary to the fund. The same day, the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee also called on State officials and public servants to contribute at least one-day salary to a fund as aid to the flood-hit localities. During this day, the VFF raised VND105 million (US$4,618), while receiving VND50 million (US$2,199) from the National Assembly Office and VND450 million (US$19,795) from the Ministry of Information and Communications for the fund. Hanoi has also offered VND4.5 billion (US$197,955) to assist the northern mountainous provinces. Recent heavy rains and flash floods have taken the lives of 26 people and left 15 others missing and 27 injured in northern mountainous provinces, mostly Yen Bai, Son La, Lai Chau, Dien Bien and Cao Bang, according to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. Son La province had the highest number of fatalities with 12 while Yen Bai had the highest number of missing persons with 13. Torrential rains and floods also swept away and collapsed 231 houses,…... [read more]

The fact is that Vietnam has obtained comprehensive and tremendous achievements during the past 20 years of implementing the Renewal process. Thanks to the process, Vietnam has escaped from a socio-economic crisis, secured high economic growth, upgraded infrastructure facilities and improved people’s well-being. “The most impressive thing is that everyone enjoys the fruits of the Renewal process,” said Dr Nguyen Si Dzung, Vice President of the National Assembly Office. The Renewal process, which was launched during the 6th National Party Congress in December 1986, has changed almost all aspects of life. Since its launch there have been numerous drastic changes in production, consumption, investment, monetary and foreign trade policies. The process has created a big source of encouragement for millions of Vietnamese people in production and emulation movements, and has resulted in a high economic growth rate of more than 7 percent annually from 1987. With 25 million people escaping hunger and poverty, Vietnam has been recognised as the most successful nation in the world in reducing hunger and poverty rates. According to Mr Dzung, there have been four major economic gains in the past 20 years. First, the Renewal process helped transform Vietnam’s economy from being centrally planned to the current socialist-oriented market economy – a multi-sectoral and multi-ownership economy. In this new mechanism, the State economy maintains the key role, while the collective and private economies are encouraged to develop without restrictions.Second, from a closed economy based on a self-sufficient mechanism and relying on imports, Vietnam has developed…... [read more]

Dancing to HRW’s tunes, several western online newspapers even invented stories saying that local police used force to disperse the petitioners, injuring many of them. These media agencies considered it a proof of the Vietnamese Government’s violations of its people’s fundamental human rights, including the right to freedom of speech. The fact is that there were no demonstrations against the State and Government in Ho Chi Minh City and other localities as reported by the HRW and other western media agencies. Only in HCM City, people from several localities gathered in front of the National Assembly Office, southern branch, in mid July petitioning for the settlement of land-related issues. They returned to their homes after being persuaded by hundreds of women and young volunteers from HCM City and other localities. The underlying cause of the gathering is that local administrations did not pay due attention to settling people’s concern regarding land use and compensation. In addition, several elements made use of the situation to incite the people into making illegal petitions. The Government ordered relevant ministries and localities to take measures to resolve the issue. Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong asked Party committees, administrations and mass organisations to pay special attention to meeting with people and tackling their petitions in a timely, democratic and orderly manner. Mr Trong stressed that people’s requirements should be met if their claims are correct. If individuals and organisations err, they should be strictly dealt with to regain the people’s trust. The Deputy PM…... [read more]

As part of a Danish-funded project, participants had the chance to share experiences in journalism and opinions on the rights of the press and issues of concern to readers. The course’s chief lecturer, Anya Schiffrin, from the Columbia New York press college said that 10 years ago, the communications industry in Vietnam was poor, and foreigners in Vietnam found it difficult to access information. Currently, however, the press is much improved, though information availability is still poor and unattractive, she pointed out. Schiffrin highlighted that improving communications is a necessary strategy for foreigners to better understand the Vietnamese people and their country in the Internet age. Le Van Nghiem, Head of the External Information Department of the Information and Communications Ministry, explained that in mid-2007, the government promulgated a regulation stipulating that each state agency has a press spokesman. In fact, only a few agencies have paid due attention to this, while the abuse of ‘secret information’ is posing a big challenge to reporters and journalists. The Danish-funded project to assist Vietnam with legislative and legal reform in the 2006-2009 period costs about US$2 million. Beneficiaries of the project include the National Assembly Office, the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuracy, and the Ministry of Justice.... [read more]

Ngo Quang Huong, head of the Commission for Internal Affairs of the Party Committee of Kien Giang Province recently said that the commission has issued a statute on buying corruption-related information from home and abroad. Accordingly, all individuals and organizations, both in Vietnam and foreign countries, are encouraged to report, directly or indirectly, to the commission useful information, materials, and evidence related to corrupt acts that are recorded in the province and committed by people in positions of power. Such information can be sent to the commission via [email protected] or reported over the phone at (+84) 919 166 442. “Depending on the quality and value of the information, we will determine how much its provider will be paid. Corruption whistleblowers will also be commended and rewarded, and their identification will be kept secret,” Huong said. This commission is a local unit of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Internal Affairs, which is assigned to make recommendations on legislative work, especially in the fields of internal affairs and corruption fighting and prevention. The central commission is also tasked with guiding, monitoring, examining, supervising, and accelerating the implementation of the policies of the Party and State in internal affairs and anti-corruption. Last month, the Government Inspectorate and the Ministry of Home Affairs issued Joint Circular 01 stipulating that people who denounce corruption and help the government of Vietnam recover from a corruption case an amount over 600 times the common minimum wage will get a reward of up to 3,000 times the…... [read more]

Addressing the meeting, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An praised the NA Office staff's achievements in their work to help the legislature effectively play the role of the people's highest representative agency, which on behalf of the people, exercises constitutional and law-making power, and decide matters of national significance. Mr An also stressed that in the current renewal and integration process, the National Assembly Office should focus on theoretical research and practical reviews, continue to complete organisation work and improve its working style, as well as propose measures to increase the effectiveness of National Assembly’s activities. Chairman An also asked the NA Office to continue with its reforms to better assist the National Assembly in improving preparations for the approval of draft laws and perfecting the process of implementing supervising activities.... [read more]

Mr Dung thanked the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) and people for their solidarity and support for Vietnam during the struggle for national independence in the past and national construction and development at present. The Government leader hailed the results of earlier talks between Vietnamese Party leader Nong Duc Manh and JCP leader Shii. For his part, Mr Shii spoke highly of the Doi Moi (Renewal) process initiated and led by the Communist Party of Vietnam and expressed his elation at the fruitful development of the friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and Japan in recent years. The same day, Hanoi Party Committee Secretary Pham Quang Nghi received Mr Shii and his entourage. The Japanese delegation also visited HanoiUniversity and other economic and cultural establishments in the capital city. Meanwhile, Vietnamese and Japanese legal experts exchanged experience in developing the two countries' law making at a two-day seminar which ended in Hanoi on January 11. Sutomu Onishi, head of a research agency under the Secretariat of the Japanese House of Representatives, spoke of the role of research agencies in preparing materials for drafting laws and providing feedback on parliamentary activities. Dr. Ngo Duc Manh, Director of the Information-Library-Scientific Research Centre of the National Assembly Office said the seminar helped provide useful information for the Vietnam National Assembly's renovation. VOVNews/VNS... [read more]




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