PM asks each sector to ensure its growth target achievement

VietNamNet Bridge – Doan Mau Diep, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, speaks to Nhan Dan (The People) newspaper about his ministry’s resolve to protect the rights of Vietnamese guest workers abroad. Doan Mau Diep What should labour export enterprises do to help the guest workers understand their basic legal rights while working in foreign countries? All enterprises involved in sending guest workers abroad have to organise training courses for their guest workers about their legal rights and responsibilities in accordance with Vietnamese and host laws. During training, enterprises must give lectures on the guest workers’ and the hosts’ rights and responsibilities in observing their signed contracts. In addition, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has developed a few booklets with tips for workers before and while they work abroad. We have also organised special training courses for the exporting companies about their obligations to take actions to prevent and limit risks that might occur to the guest workers while they work abroad. Will you please further elaborate on the MOLISA’s rules requiring labour exporting enterprises to abide by legal documents on sending guest workers abroad? Under the Law on Vietnamese Guest Workers and other legal documents, sending guest workers abroad is a conditional business. That is why only enterprises that have met all the country’s legal requirements will be granted licences to send guest workers abroad. However, some special markets like Japan, Taiwan and others have their own conditions regulating that only Vietnamese Labour Export…... [read more]

Tough talks over pay raiseThuy Dung HANOI – While employers seek to cap the minimum wage increase for next year at less than 5%, employees are pushing for an 8-10% pay raise, and the wide difference requires another round of negotiations on August 7. The current salary level, according to experts, meets around 90% of the minimum living demand for laborers, said Hoang Quang Phong, vice president of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) at a meeting of the National Wage Council last Friday. Pay rise to erode competitiveness Meanwhile, local companies want to achieve sustainable growth because any sharp rise in the minimum wage will force them to restructure production, resulting in staff layoffs and creating other social problems, said Phong of VCCI, which represents employers. Phong said the business performance of local enterprises has slightly improved. However, those active in textile-garment, leather-footwear, seafood, and electronics sectors will face adverse effects upon any strong hike in the minimum wage. A report shows there are around 54.4 million employees nationwide, but those having signed labor agreements with enterprises and cooperatives account for a mere 17%. As such, if the minimum wage is adjusted up strongly, other social factors will follow suit – lives of laborers subject to the adjustment and those working in the informal sector will be impacted. Nguyen Duc Thuan, chairman of the Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association, said enterprises always regard their employees as a cornerstone to fuel their growth. However, Thuan said, if…... [read more]

NDO - In the context of the difficult socio-economic situation at present, the task of State Budget collection from now until the end of the year will not be easy and more efforts and effective measures should be devised in order to achieve the set targets. According to General Director of Taxation Bui Van Nam, in the first six months of this year, the proceeds from the sale of state-owned shares in enterprises reached just 16.7% of the estimates, equivalent to the same period of 2016; the revenue from dividends and the profits of state-owned corporations account for 29.8% of the estimates, up 5.2%; collection of land use fees is estimated at 80.7% of the estimates, up 36.6%; and the remaining domestic revenues achieved 45.5%, up 10.5%. In 2017, in accordance with the revised State Budget Law, additional revenue from lotteries was estimated at 67.4% of the budget, up 9.8%. Revenue from crude oil was estimated at VND23 trillion, equivalent to 60.1% of the estimates, up 15.6% over the same period in 2016. Meanwhile, revenue from import-export activities managed by customs offices was estimated at VND141 trillion, equivalent to 49.4% of the estimates, up 9.4% over the same period last year. In the first six months of this year, import and export activities have continued to grow, contributing to the increase in State budget revenue. After reimbursing the value added tax (VND52.5 trillion), the State budget revenue from import-export activities reached VND88.5 trillion, 49.2% of the estimate, an…... [read more]

The 9th Party Central Committee, in the report on documents of the 10th National Party Congress, affirmed, “Our Party has always considered ethnic issues and ethnic unity a strategic, fundamental and long-term concern of our revolution.”Vietnam consists of many ethnic groups. In thousands of years of national construction and defence, they have stood shoulder to shoulder in the common struggle against foreign invaders and natural calamities to work towards national construction. Ethnic groups in Vietnam constitute a richly diverse but unified Vietnamese civilisation. Ethnic unity is the guideline that our Party adhered to immediately after its establishment and throughout the revolutionary process. This assessment proceeded from a profound analysis of major characteristics of all ethnic groups in Vietnam: (1) Ethnic groups in Vietnam have experienced a long-term history together in the national building and defence process. (2) Ethnic groups nationwide have mingled with each other, and most of minority people live in mountainous, highland and border areas, which have political, economic and defensive importance. (3) The historical development process has created a socio-economic development gap among ethnic groups. (4) Although the size of ethnic groups is not equal, their unique cultural identities have added to the diversity of the Vietnamese culture. (5) Ethnic groups have shared a national history, and are closely connected to the establishment and development of a unified Vietnam.Early in the 20th century, ethnic issues in Vietnam emerged from different ideologies. After the Can Vuong movement, patriotic scholars launched a struggle against colonialist rule to wrest back…... [read more]

First of all, we can affirm that in 2006 Vietnam successfully made a breakthrough to gain momentum for further development.The 10th National Party Congress held at the end of April defined orientations for Party activity and key tasks for national development, namely to improve the Party’s leadership capacity and fighting spirit, promote the national comprehensive Renewal process and to lift Vietnam out of its underdeveloped country status. Afterwards, the 9th session of the 11th National Assembly (NA) adopted the five-year plan for socio-economic development (2006-2010) to successfully realise the Resolutions of the 10th Party Congress. The NA also elected the State President, the NA Chairman and the Prime Minister.The Party Congress’s realistic and creative views and guidelines and NA decisions were supported by the entire Party and people to win major achievements in 2006. Vietnam’s socio-economic situation in 2006 was prominently featured as follows: First, the economy obtained a rather high growth rate of 8.2 percent, exceeding the set target of 8 percent and the average growth rate of the previous five years. Second, the State budget, investment and international payment was kept balanced and stable to improve the macro economic environment. Third, progress was made in poverty reduction and employment activities. The rate of poor households based on the new poverty line dropped from 22 percent in 2005 to 19 percent in 2006, even beyond expectations. Fourth, external economic activities reached a record level. Newly registered and additional foreign direct investment (FDI) totaled US$10.2 billion with more than US$3.7…... [read more]

During the session, NA deputies reached a high consensus on the content of the key-note speech given by Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and discussed important issues such as assessing the results of the election of NA deputies for the 12th legislature, gathering opinions from voters, deciding on the organisation of State apparatus and approving State budget for 2005. They also discussed the socio-economic situation in the first half of this year, solutions for pushing up socio-economic development for the remaining months, amendments and supplements to some articles of the anti-Corruption Law, amendments to the ordinance-making process for 2007 and the decision to shorten the 12th NA term. NA deputies praised the results of the election of the 12th NA deputies as a great success, ensuring the election was conducted in a democratic, safe and lawful manner and reached the highest ever number of voters. This great success showed that the political awareness, civil responsibility and democratic activities of the entire population have been significantly improved, testifying to the people’s implicit trust in the Party and State. The NA adopted the list of 493 competent and qualified NA deputies: -473 deputies achieve tertiary education and more (95.94 percent), of whom 164 have MA degrees (33.27 percent) -deputies from ethnic minorities: 87 (17.65 percent) -women deputies: 127 (25.76 percent) -non-Party member deputies: 43 (8.72 percent) -religious deputies: 14 (2.84 percent) -young deputies (under 40 years old): 68 (13.79 percent) -deputies from enterprises: 21 (4.26 percent) -re-elected deputies: 136 (27.5 percent)…... [read more]

Judging from the socio-economic situation in 2007 and prospects for 2008, Vietnam is smoothly implementing targets and tasks set by the National Assembly for 2007. However, the national economy will continue to grapple with unfavorable factors, which require relevant agencies, localities and enterprises to make concentrated efforts to reach the set targets. One of the key solutions is to boost administrative reform, create a favourable environment for investment and business activities of enterprises in different economic sectors. NA deputies as well as voters across the country have highlighted the government’s efforts in administrative reform, and affirmed the government’s determination to fulfill the targets. Nguyen Thi Nguyet Huong, a NA deputy from Hanoi said the government’s new apparatus has been operating well since the first session of the 12th NA in July 2007. After the session, ministries have improved their mandates and organizational structure to help 64 cities and provinces in the country operate smoothly. With such initial results, the government can fulfill its set socio-economic goals. Regarding local voters’ aspirations a NA deputy from central Nghe An province said voters are concerned about the current high consumer price index (CPI) which has a great impact on their lives. Despite the government’s recent efforts, the CPI keeps rising at a alarming rate. Voters have recommended the government to take effective measures to control price increases, especially in production materials. In the context of soaring consumer prices, the government has tried to reduce the volume of cash in circulation in an effort…... [read more]

Local authorities briefed Thai journalists on Ben Tre’s socio-economic situation and potential, as well as its investment incentives given to foreign investors. According to local officials, Thailand is now the largest foreign investor in Ben Tre province, where big Thai businesses, including the CP Group and the Alliance One, have invested in many production projects. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, Nguyen Van Hieu, expressed his hoped that the Thai media would help to introduce the province’s potential to regional countries and encourage Thai companies to increase the inflow of investment into Ben Tre. During their trip, which was made at the invitation of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association, Thai journalists called at the Dong Khoi newspaper office, the provincial Television and Radio Station and a number of historical relic sites.... [read more]

At the two-day meeting, Vietnamese and Argentinean officials informed each other of their socio-economic situations and discussed specific measures to promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of economics, trade, culture, education, science and technology as well as energy, oil and gas, agriculture and tourism. The two sides agreed that the committee would hold regular conferences to boost the implementation of the signed agreements and to work out solutions for strengthening relations between the two countries. Vietnam and Argentina’s two-way trade has risen 13 times over the past ten years, recording a turnover of US$424 million last year. Both countries are committed to boosting trade cooperation. This year, Argentina agreed to hold numerous trade promotion activities in Vietnam including an Argentinean week in Hanoi, and various delegations going to Vietnam to seek cooperation opportunities. Meanwhile, Vietnam will also send its trade promotion delegations to the South American country. The two sides plan to hold many cultural activities to celebrate the millennium anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi and the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Argentina. At the meeting, the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Argentinean Ministry of Federal Planning, Public Investment and Services signed a memorandum of understanding to promote cooperation in exploring and exploiting oil and gas and renewable energies. They also agreed to open their third session in Hanoi by 2011.... [read more]

Vice President of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour Nguyen Van Ngang made this statement at a reception for Amgalanbaatar Khayankhyarvaa, Vice President of the Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions in Hanoi on March 15. He underlined that through the exchange of visits between the two sides last year, bilateral relations would be further promoted in the near future. Vice President Khayankhyarvaa said that with many similarities in organisation and policies, the trade union organisations could support each other for the benefit of mutual development. He said he hoped that the two sides would continue to cooperate in research and information exchange, in ways that contribute to strengthening bilateral ties. During the talks, the two sides exchanged information on socio-economic situations, trade union activities and workers’ movements in the two countries and also discussed issues of mutual concern.... [read more]

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