PM calls for stronger security ties with Laos

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]

 Delegates in a joint photo Present at the party were Hong Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam; Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong,  member of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee, permanent member of the Central Military Commission and Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army; other representatives from Vietnamese ministries, departments; and representatives from friendship organizations. Addressing the event, Senior Colonel Luobin, Defense, Military, Naval, Air Attaché of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam reviewed the Chinese PLA’s building and development and the relationship between Vietnam and China, two neighboring countries. The Chinese attaché emphasized the ties between the two militaries as an important pillar of the two countries’ relationship. He stressed that the visits of senior leaders of Vietnam and China to each country over the past time have strengthened the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership. He also noted enhanced exchanges of high-ranking military delegations, defense strategic dialogues, effective cooperation in cadre-training and United Nations peacekeeping operations. He hoped that in the coming time, the bilateral defense cooperation would further develop. On behalf of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense’s leadership, Sr. Lt. Gen. Luong Cuong congratulated the Chinese PLA’s personnel on the important day. The Vietnamese officer underscored the long-lasting relationship between the two countries, stressing that it is a valuable treasure that the two Parties, States and peoples should inherit, preserve and develop. Gen. Cuong also laid stress on the comprehensive…... [read more]

Annually, Vietnam spends around US$8-10 billion on logistics of which maritime transport costs account for nearly 60 percent. However, this falls into the pockets of foreign shipping companies. What is the reason for that? Poor development Currently, the global logistics market is developing by leaps and bounds with the volume of containers increasing from 36 million TEU (1 TEU is equivalent to 1/20 foot container) to 244 million TEU and this figure is predicted to reach 620 million TEU by 2015. Over the past seven years (1993-2000) the number of container ships in Vietnam has also increased from 12 with a total capacity of 52,613 TEU to 236 with a total capacity of 1.1 million TEU. In the next two years, the figure is likely to amount to more than 400 with a total capacity of over 2 million TEU. Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Sea Port Association Nguyen Thu said that the world’s sea ports will be expand and modernize in the next ten years to enable them to carry “super post panamax” container ships which are 400 meters long, capable of carrying 14,500 TEU (Currently, biggest containership has a tonnage of less than 10,000 TEU). Furthermore, the current division of the maritime transport services market in Southeast Asia is crucial as the region server as a hub for transporting cargos from Europe to America and vice versa. Seizing this opportunity, Singapore and Hong Kong have spared no efforts in becoming the world’ biggest maritime transport centres in a…... [read more]

Vietnam mainly exports footwear, garments, coffee, rice, gemstones, precious metals, wood and timber products to South Africa while it imports steel, metal, wood and timber products, chemicals, plastic materials, cotton, fibre and fertilisers. Focusing on tourism cooperation in 2015 Last year marked the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between South Africa and Vietnam. In connection therewith, the South African Embassy and Consulate General held a number of seminars and exchanges between the two countries’ businesses to introduce South Africa to the Vietnamese people. This year the embassy is continuing to promote its land and people to Vietnam through tourism promotion campaigns and conferences. At a conference on tourism promotion in HCM City on March 19, South African Ambassador to Vietnam Kgomotso Ruth Magau emphasized that similarity of culture, people and history has laid a firm foundation for fine and comprehensive development of bilateral cooperative relations. The conference provided a good chance for travel firms from the two countries to exchange information and seek new tours to boost tourism cooperation, the ambassador said. Vice Chairwoman of the HCM City Tourism Association Nguyen Thi Khanh said last year HCM City received 4.4 million tourists. In addition, she said that the number of HCM City residents that spent holidays abroad was high, accounting for 60-70% of the country’s outbound visitors. Do Thi Kim Lien, South Africa honourable consul in HCM City, revealed that last year her office successfully assisted South African firms in seeking partners to distribute four kinds of red wine –…... [read more]

“Though special population programmes were set up for minority groups, there hasn’t been a marked increase in the populations of these groups,” said Trinh Hoa Binh, from the Institute of Sociology on December 22 at a workshop on measures for improving the lives of ethnic minority groups in Vietnam. At the workshop, participants agreed that long-term programmes focusing on research, education, training and knowledge dissemination should be set up to minimise the gap between those groups and more developed groups. A population policy should permit each couple in groups of less than 1,000 people to have a maximum of three children, and to receive support with reproductive health and family planning. The National Assembly’s Nationalities Council has implemented projects on comprehensive development of five minority groups with populations of less than 1,000, including the Pu Peo, Si La, O Du, Ro Mam and Brau, with the aim of helping them integrate with the majority by 2010. Solving social issues in ethnic minority areas, especially reducing poverty and improving intellectual standards, played an important role in the socio-economic development cause of these areas, said Nguyen Lam Thanh from the Nationalities Council.... [read more]

This year’s days will be held in all provinces and cities nationwide. Provincial Departments of Health, centres for preventive medicine, and Mother and Children health protection Centres will provide children with high doses of vitamin A and carry out communication activities to raise public awareness of nutrition, and advise mothers to provide proper nutrition from different sources for comprehensive development. The country’s child malnutrition rates have decreased from 38.7 percent in 1999 to 18.9 percent in 2009, reaching the target two years earlier than scheduled. However, Vietnam is still facing malnutrition and shortages of micro-nutrition in children, increasing the risks of diseases and fatality. Le Thi Hop, Director of the National Institute of Nutrition, said people needed more effective intervention in the community to further prevent malnutrition.... [read more]

In the document, the ministers also stressed the need for social security policies suitable for each country’s priorities and condition, enhance labour safety and hygiene and the improvement of corporate’ social responsibilities. Delegates to the fourth ASEM Labour and Employment Ministers’ Conference agreed that ASEM has potentials of cooperation which need to be explored. ASEM should increase dialogues and comprehensive cooperation between government agencies as well as with social partners in the building and implementation of policies and programmes on job creation, social security, labour safety and hygiene for sustainable and comprehensive development. Discussions at the conference showed all the ASEM members shared an aspiration to build a peaceful, equal and better world for all people and a goodwill of cooperation and mutual respect. The outcomes of discussions and the Hanoi Declaration will be reported to the ninth ASEM Summit which is slated for November 5-6 in Vientiane, Laos. Vietnamese Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Welfare Pham Thi Hai Chuyen told the press following the conference that the event is a good chance for member states to exchange experience on job creation for young people and disadvantaged groups. In Vietnam, the unemployment rate among young people is 3.8 percent, Chuyen noted, adding that the ministry’s most important tasks are to consult the Government for the early implementation of the vocational training strategy and submit to the National Assembly an employment bill.... [read more]

The Integrated Coastal and Mangrove Protection/Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems Programme (ICMP/CCCEP) operating in the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam, costing a total of EUR20 million, will be implemented in An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Kien Giang and Soc Trang provinces over the next 36 months. Juergen Hess from the German International Cooperation (GIZ) said the aim of ICMP/CCCEP is to assist Vietnam to manage coastal ecosystems, enhance resilience and reduce the risk of injury to fauna, protect the Mekong River Delta, increase awareness of the environment and create sustainable livelihoods for local people. Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan notes that the programme complements the Vietnamese Government’s strategies for comprehensive development and poverty reduction by 2020. The integration of climate change into socio-economic development is a suitable method of approach for the Mekong River Delta, Tuan says. Vietnam is one of a number of countries greatly affected by climate change, with the Mekong River Delta expected to suffer from severe flooding caused rising sea levels and storms.... [read more]

KOICA Vice President Jang Hyun Sik told Tien Phong news wire that together with humanitarian and poverty reduction campaigns, KOICA will focus on long-term objectives, including developing human resources for the information technology sector, enhancing judicial and medical capabilities, and developing a land-related information management system. During President Park’s visit in September 2013, both countries agreed to step up the “Vietnam Happiness Programme”, a US$25 million non-refundable aid initiative to comprehensively develop Vietnam’s underdeveloped areas in line with the Republic of Korea’s New Villages Movement. A pilot project was implemented in Vietnam ten years ago with KOICA support, and a memorandum of understanding was signed recently between KOICA and Quang Tri and Lao Cai provinces to undertake this initiative. The two countries also signed an agreement to establish the Vietnam – Korea Institute of Science and Technology (V-KIST), using US$35 million non-refundable aid from KOICA. Since its establishment in April 1991, KOICA has developed 44 offices around the world and sent approximately 4,500 volunteers abroad annually. Its major goal is to support sustainable development and become involved in poverty reduction and humanitarian aid programmes in developing nations.... [read more]

Water is the foundation of poverty reduction, economic growth, and environmental sustainability, Hai stressed, adding that it impacts not only food security, energy, health and environmental protection, but also contributes to improving social welfare, comprehensive development and livelihoods. Vietnam’s water reserves are depleting, especially in the context of increasing demand, severe pollution and exhaust, and excessive and wasteful exploitation. For these reasons, it is necessary to design policies to enhance cooperation among relevant sectors to ensure sustainable water resource development, Hai noted. The Deputy PM urged localities, sectors, organisations and individuals to effectively manage and use water, thereby contributing to promoting poverty reduction and economic growth towards reaching the millennium development goal on protecting the environment. Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang voiced that water resources play a major and indispensable role in sustainable development and are an urgent requirement for humankind’s existence. Themed “Water is at the core of sustainable development”, the 2015 World Water Day aims to raise public awareness of the relationship between water and sustainable development as well as promote dialogues to solve related issues. A workshop spotlighting the importance of water for sustainable development was held in Bac Giang on March 19 as part of activities in response to 2015 World Water Day. Reports presented at the event focused on analysing the current context of water resources in Vietnam and seeking measures to manage and sustainably develop water resources to serve the country’s socio-economic targets. The event offered an opportunity for managers,…... [read more]




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