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With Japan’s assistance in design, the construction of the US$400-million centre will start this year in Hanoi’s Hoa Lac Hi-tech Zone. Once completed in 2018, the centre will entail a satellite assembly, integration and test facility, a satellite signal transmission station, a research center, a space museum and an observatory. In the future, the centre will undertake technological transfer to self-manufacture earth-observing satellites, which are able to watch over the country’s sovereign territory in any weather condition. The National Space Centre is the cornerstone of the “Strategy on Research and Application of Space Technology to 2020” approved by the Government in 2006. The strategy aims to lay out a national policy and a legal framework for research and application of space technology alongside policies to ensure the provision of human resources and investment for the work. It also sets the target to develop initial infrastructural facilities for space technology, including a station to receive and process satellite images, and a network of satellite-based positioning stations. Additionally, the strategy looks forward to accepting the transfer of technologies relating to small-sized satellites and building corresponding ground control stations. Vietnam has begun applying space technology since the 70s and 80s, particularly in hydro meteorology, communications, and remote sensing and gained productive results. To boost space technology research and application, experts suggested that the State establish an agency in charge of all related activities, including training a contingent of qualified staff, building technical infrastructure, and provide mechanisms and incentives to invite local and foreign…... [read more]

Foreign NGOs renew commitment to Vietnam Int’l NGOs support Vietnam's health care NGOs pledge $165.5 million in aid for Vietnam The new decree will take effect as from June 1, 2012, replacing the older version issued in 1996. It was first compiled in 2007 after the release of ministerial, industry and locality reports on NGO operations, said Don Tuan Phong, director of the People's Aid Co-ordinating Committee (PACCOM) run by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO). As part of new proceedings, administrative procedures in issuing operating licences for NGOs will be simplified, Phong added, saying such licences will be valid for three years instead of the initial one year. Organizations will be able to apply for operating licences by directly submitting paperwork to the Committee for Foreign Non-governmental Organization Affairs, who will reply within 45 days. NGOs will be encouraged to implement long-term projects of at least five years, in terms of humanitarian and development initiatives, Phong said, adding that organizations will be allowed to set up representative offices in the three big cities of Hanoi, HCM City and Danang. Organisations will be prohibited from conducting political or religious activities and such operations deemed unsuitable to national security, defence and solidarity.... [read more]

Delegates discussed sustainable health development, society’s contributions to healthy population, and health priorities in scenarios of demographic and epidemiological transition. They also examined the role of science and technology in improved health, universal health care, and new approaches to global public health and medical education. Tien and her Lao and Thai counterparts co-chaired a plenary session on January 27, focusing on the macro trends in healthcare development, solutions for narrowing the digital technology gap between developed and developing countries, and financial challenges. They looked at challenges for all-people health care, especially for the elderly and sufferers of chronic and mental illnesses. Leading health leaders and experts suggested Vietnam’s healthcare system increase international cooperation, accelerate global integration, and join regional health development initiatives.... [read more]

This year’s forum, the sixth of its kind, delivers a message of independent thinking among young people to make a difference. More than 30 young people, who have excelled in study and social performance at home and abroad, will share their opinions and experiences, to contribute to communal development during the five-day forum. Embarking on a new idea of sharing and connectivity, a group of secondary school students in Hanoi and some Vietnamese students abroad jointly held a youth forum in 2008. It has trained and developed projects to equip its members with necessary tools to undertake communal and social development initiatives. Dinh Thao Linh, a third-year student from Hanoi Foreign Trade University, said joining the programme will provide her a good chance to introduce Vietnam’s beauty to more people. The Vietnam Youth Forum has received support from UNESCO Vietnam, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the US Embassy.... [read more]

The Minister made the announcement on December 16 toward the end of her three-day visit to Vietnam. Canada’s partnership with Développement International Desjardins (DID) will help strengthen Vietnam’s banking system and contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. It will help more families access financial services, stimulate the local economy and benefit from the cooperative model. While in Vietnam, Minister Bibeau visited a Canadian-funded agriculture-development initiative in Ha Tinh province that is helping tea, pork and rice farmers not only increase their incomes and productivity but also ensure greater participation in and benefits from their agricultural value chains. She also toured a tuberculosis lab within Hanoi’s National Lung Hospital and an HIV health clinic, which are supported through Canada’s contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and to TB REACH. The Minister met with patients and health workers to get a better understanding of the issues related to the two diseases in Vietnam and the innovative approaches put in place to achieve better results. Throughout her visit, Minister Bibeauengaged in bilateral meetings with senior Vietnamese officials, notably the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh. During these meetings, the Minister and the government officials discussed bilateral issues, regional affairs and the protection and promotion of human rights. Minister Bibeaualso reaffirmed the importance Canada places on helping Vietnam fight the effects of climate change, especially given its impact on the poorest and most vulnerable people. She also met with the Minister of…... [read more]

Vietnam-Chile Joint Statement 1. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nong Duc Manh paid an official State visit to Chile from May 25 to 27 at the invitation of Chilean President Michelle Bachelle Heria. The two leaders emphasized the significance of the visit and affirmed the two countries’ determination to strengthen their ties of bilateral cooperation for each country’s prosperous development. 2. The two sides expressed their delight at the fine development of diplomatic ties and affirmed their determination to cooperate in international issues of mutual concern. The fine relationship has been reflected through Chilean President Ricard Lagos Escoba’s State visit to Vietnam in October 2003, Vietnamese State President Tran Duc Luong’s State visit to Chile in November 2004, Chilean President Michelle Bachelle Heria’s State visit to Vietnam in November 2006 and Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh’s State visit to Chile this time. 3. The two sides were glad to see that bilateral economic ties are developing strongly in the field of trade and investment, and that the two countries are at an appropriate time to build new mechanisms for comprehensive cooperation on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and mutual assistance for mutual development. 4. During talks, Party leader Manh and President Michel Bachelet affirmed their determination to boost the exchange of free trade and strengthen investments between the two countries. 5. The two leaders expressed their pleasure at the first meeting of the joint study group to assess the feasibility of the free…... [read more]

The 12th ASEAN Financial Ministers Meeting opened in Central Da Nang City on April 4 with the participation of 10 financial ministers, the ASEAN Secretary General, World Bank Managing Director Juan Jose Daboub, Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kurroda and bank governors of Thailand, Vietnam and Brunei. Addressing the meeting, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung affirmed that over the past 10 years, ASEAN has been developing strongly and considered a dynamic economic region. Despite being affected by the 1997 financial crisis, natural disasters and epidemics, member countries have overcome difficulties to rehabilitate and develop their economies. With great efforts, they have made significant progress in economic development, social security, poverty reduction and job generation. Mr Hung spoke of challenges in the current globalization process, saying the biggest challenge is big development gap among ASEAN member countries. Bridging the gap is one of the targets of the ASEAN Economic Community’s plan, said Mr Hung adding that this task has been implemented through the Initiative for ASEAN Integration and other development initiatives. Based on firm foundation and commitments for common benefits, Vietnam believes that ASEAN will integrate deeper into the world economy to narrow development gaps and to achieve an open, equitable and globally competitive multilateral trading system, said the Vietnamese leader. At the meeting, ASEAN ministers reviewed the implementation of the financial and monetary integration roadmap approved in 2003 and other ASEAN cooperative programmes. They discussed expanding cooperation with the three East Asian partners of Japan, China and the…... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem expressed this desire on April 2 while receiving participants of the first two-day Vietnam-China People’s Forum, which took place in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh on March 31-April 1. Deputy PM called on people’s organisations and individuals from both countries to continue to actively develop initiatives and increase exchange programmes, contributing to boosting mutual understanding, friendship, and relations of trust and cooperation. As part of activities to mark the Vietnam-China Friendship Year, the first Vietnam-China People’s Forum was jointly held by the Vietnam Union of Friendship organisations and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. The event is aimed at creating favourable conditions for participants to hold unofficial discussions on the status of two-way ties and measures to develop relations organically and constructively. At the function, participants, including distinguished citizens, scholars, former diplomats, soldiers and entrepreneurs, also focused on the meaning and significance of Vietnam-China relations to the development of each country while appraising the achievements of both sides as well as shortcomings that need to be surmounted to boost relations in future.... [read more]

The 28th AMEM was attended by 600 delegates and government officials from 10 ASEAN and partner countries and representatives from various Vietnamese ministries and sectors. In his speech, PM Dung pointed out that climate change, natural disasters and epidemics are continuing to have a greater negative impact on every country, therefore, more effort is required to deal with these issues in the region as well as the world in general. Mr Dung praised the meeting's theme “Energy and Climate Change” as a clear indication of ASEAN’s close cooperation in their joint effort to develop initiatives and draw up energy development programmes as ASEAN uses increasing amounts of energy. There are also unpredictable fluctuations in the prices of fuels and materials and dwindling supplies. The focus of the meeting will be on initiatives and measures to ensure energy security and to cope with climate change which are major challenges for the global community and especially ASEAN member countries. Therefore, cooperation and research in developing energy resources and copying with climate change to reduce the greenhouse effect need to be integrated into solutions to ensure energy security within ASEAN and between the bloc and its partner countries. PM Dung also proposed a score of measures to promote regional cooperation in this field such as speeding up projects to connect the region’s electric system, the trans-ASEAN gas pipeline, implementing the ASEAN Oil and Gas Agreement, saving and using energy more efficiently to ensure energy security and a cleaner environment. He also underlined the…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the commitment while addressing a ceremony in Hanoi on August 7 to mark the 43rd anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Mr Dung said despite many upheavals, ASEAN has become a close-knit and dynamic cooperation organisation of 10 Southeast Asian nations, with an increasing role internationally for the sake of peace, stability, mutual understanding and trust. Results of cooperation within the bloc as well as between it and its dialogue partners have created an important material prerequisite for ASEAN to expand integration in the future, and increase its international role and status, testifying to the bloc’s sustainability and vitality. Reviewing ASEAN achievements over the past four decades, the PM noted that ASEAN is the key factor in ensuring the peaceful environment, security and cooperation for development in the region. It has exerted efforts in boosting political-security cooperation, building codes of conduct to promote mutual understanding and trust, and prevent disputes among its member countries. He said ASEAN has already completed its idea of forming a 10-member bloc, encouraging member countries to overcome historical barriers and differences to build and live under the same roof, for the sake of peace, stability and prosperity in the region. At the same time, ASEAN has built relations of all-round cooperation with many key powers in the world, developed initiatives and taken the leading role in several cooperation frameworks, including the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). Through this, ASEAN has created conditions for key partners outside Southeast…... [read more]

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