Top Thai legislator wraps up official visit to Vietnam

NDO – The high-level delegation of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand, led by its President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai and his wife, left Hanoi on August 16, successfully concluding their official visit to Vietnam, which took place from August 13 to 16, at the invitation of Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. >>> Prime Minister welcomes Thailand’s top legislator >>> Vietnam, Thailand should keep mutual support at int’l parliamentary forums >>> Parliamentary friendship group hopes for stronger Vietnam-Thailand ties During his stay in Vietnam, Wichitcholchai held talks with NA Chairwoman Ngan, paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and met with the Vietnam-Thailand Parliamentary Friendship Group. At the meetings, both sides agreed that the relations between Vietnam and Thailand have been growing exceptionally over the past few years, manifested through the regular exchange of high-level delegations. They suggested that the specialised agencies of the two countries’ legislative bodies regularly supervise the implementation of the cooperative agreements reached by the two Governments, whilst maintaining the exchange of delegations at all levels. The two parliamentary friendship groups of both countries should strengthen their collaboration, the leaders stated, recommending that both sides support each other on issues of mutual concern at international and regional inter-parliamentary forums, thus contributing to peace, stability and development in the Asia-Pacific region. The two sides agreed to create more favourable conditions for the business communities of both countries to enhance exchanges towards boosting trade and investment, as well as to accelerate bilateral cooperation…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives visiting President of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The official visit to Thailand by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc from August 17-19 is expected to deepen the two countries’ relations in various fields such as politics, security, defence, economics and trade. Vietnam and Thailand established diplomatic ties in 1976. Since 1991, the bilateral rapports have strongly developed, especially after Vietnam’s engagement in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1995. Particularly, Vietnam and Thailand elevated their relations to “strategic partnership” during the visit to Thailand by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in June 2013, becoming the first two nations in ASEAN to set up “strategic partnership”.   [Prime Minister welcomes Thailand’s top legislator] The two countries later signed an action programme to implement their strategic partnership in the 2014-2018 period on the occasion of the official visit to Vietnam by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in November 2014. Through regular delegation exchanges, Vietnam and Thailand have approved and carried out a number of bilateral cooperation mechanisms, notably the joint cabinet meeting, the joint committee on bilateral cooperation, and the deputy foreign ministerial-level political consultation. Given the establishment of the ASEAN Community in December 2015, the countries’ leaders agreed to enhance coordination to strengthen ASEAN solidarity and cooperation as well as promote the central role of the bloc in addressing regional and global issues. Trade and investment…... [read more]

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) receives Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man on August 14 (Photo: VNA) Phnom Penh (VNA) – Leaders of Cambodia hailed their country’s relations with Vietnam during separate meetings with Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man in Phnom Penh on August 14. President of the Cambodian Senate and Vice President of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) Sai Chhum said amid the 50th founding anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties, Man’s official visit to Cambodia from August 13 to 17 is a great contribution to their good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-term sustainability. On behalf of the Cambodian people, he thanked Vietnam for helping his country to re-gain peace and justice in different stages of history during which the cooperation between the Solidarity Front for Development of Cambodian Motherland (SFDCM) and the VFF helped promote the two nations’ unity and mutual support. The connection and active cooperation between the Cambodian and Vietnamese governments and people have helped ensure peace and stability in their respective countries while building peace in the region and the world, he noted. Sai Chhum stressed that the Cambodian Senate and Government always support the completion of the two countries’ border demarcation and border marker planting, 84 percent of which has finished. The completion will leave precious heritages for generations of Vietnamese and Cambodian people. At another meeting, President of the National Assembly of…... [read more]

Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) welcomes President of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai on August 14 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Lawmakers of Vietnam and Thailand should continue to share common viewpoints and support each other in issues of common concern at international and regional inter-parliamentary forums, thus contributing to peace, stability and development in Asia-Pacific. The remark was made during talks in Hanoi on August 14 between Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, who is on an official visit to Vietnam from August 13 to 16. The two sides noted the soundly developing relations between the countries, which can be seen through regular mutual visits by high-ranking delegations. Chairwoman Ngan affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of prioritising the strategic partnership with Thailand. She asked both sides to work more closely to effectively carry out the plan of action to implement their strategic partnership between 2014 and 2018, as well as important cooperation mechanisms such as the joint cabinet meeting, the political consultation, the high-level dialogue on security, and the dialogue on defence policy. The officials said to optimise the countries’ cooperation potential, specialised agencies of the two parliaments should closely supervise the Governments’ cooperation agreements and maintain delegation exchanges at all levels. The two parliamentary friendship groups also need to increase connections. Highlighting thriving trade…... [read more]

NDO - A Nhan Dan Online selection of notable events that made headlines over the past week. National Assembly Standing Committee convenes 13th session The 13th session of the National Assembly Standing Committee (NASC) opened in Hanoi on August 10 and will run for seven days. NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan stated that during this session, the NA Standing Committee will give opinions in regards to controversial issues of the four draft laws. Deputies commented at the NA’s third session in regards to the revised laws on forest protection and development and fisheries. The Standing Committee also discussed public debt management, along with denunciations at the convention. The committee will scrutinize five bills scheduled to be submitted to the NA for consideration at the upcoming fourth session. First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena visits Vietnam Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Nay Pena, Chairman of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) Central Committee’s Inspection Commission and First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate (Source: VNA) First Vice-President of the Cambodian Senate, Ney Pena paid a visit to Vietnam from August 8 to 11. The visit was hailed as a significant event which marked 50 years of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic ties (June 24, 1967-2017), contributing to strengthening the friendly and neighbourly relations between the two countries. During his stay in Vietnam, First Vice-President Ney Pena was received by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong; Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc;…... [read more]

Increased merger and acquisition (M&A) activities can spur infrastructure development in Vietnam, a current growth imperative, Planning and Investment Minister Nguyen Chí Dung said yesterday. Le Trong Minh, Editor in Chief of the Vietnam Investment Review, speaks at the annual Vietnam M&A Forum on August 10, 2017 in HCM City. He told an M&A forum in Hanoi that the sector has entered a new chapter in the 2014 to 2018 period, riding what experts have called the second wave of investment. The capital inflow from foreign investors during this period is expected to reach US$20 billion, 25 per cent of which could happen this year. This is largely driven by equitisation commitments of major State owned enterprises, the rise of private sector and steady investment from foreign economic entities. The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has concluded that in order to catalyse growth, investment in the form of M&As in the infrastructure sector needs to increase and expand across many branches of the economy. The projects would include upgrading roads, railways, airports and seaports to global standards, as well as establishing a stable network of real estate and retail conglomerates. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had also emphasised this during his official visit to the US and Japan last June, informing hosts that Viet Nam was pushing for M&A activities involving divestments in key sectors of the economy such as construction, retail, tourism or communications by State owned enterprises. Le Trong Minh, Editor in Chief of the Vietnam Investment…... [read more]

​Le Trong Minh, Editor in Chief of the Vietnam Investment Review, speaks at the annual Vietnam M&A Forum on August 10, 2017 in HCM City (Photo: tinnhanhchungkhoan.vn) Hanoi (VNA) - Increased merger and acquisition (M&A) activities can spur infrastructure development in Vietnam, a current growth imperative, Planning and Investment Minister Nguyen Chi Dung said on August 10. He told an M&A forum in Hanoi that the sector has entered a new chapter in the 2014 to 2018 period, riding what experts have called the second wave of investment. The capital inflow from foreign investors during this period is expected to reach 20 billion USD, 25 percent of which could happen this year. This is largely driven by equitisation commitments of major State owned enterprises, the rise of private sector and steady investment from foreign economic entities. The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has concluded that in order to catalyse growth, investment in the form of M&As in the infrastructure sector needs to increase and expand across many branches of the economy. The projects would include upgrading roads, railways, airports and seaports to global standards, as well as establishing a stable network of real estate and retail conglomerates. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also emphasised this during his official visit to the US and Japan last June, informing hosts that Vietnam was pushing for M&A activities involving divestments in key sectors of the economy such as construction, retail, tourism or communications by…... [read more]

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov (Source: frontnews.eu) Bangkok (VNA/NNT) – Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov paid an official visit to Thailand on August 9-10. On August 10, Minister Lavrov had a bilateral meeting with his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai, followed by a joint press conference by both ministers and a viewing of an exhibition on the history of Thai – Russian relations on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of Thai – Russian diplomatic relations held at the Ministry. Lavrov then paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha at the Government House and later signed the book of condolences in remembrance of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace. In both the meetings between the Russian minister and the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister of Thailand, apart from following up on the outcome of the Prime Minister’s official visit to the Russian Federation last May, both sides also had fruitful discussion on important issues of mutual interests, such as increasing bilateral trade by five fold by 2020 from 2 billion USD to 10 billion USD, Russia’s purchase of more Thai agricultural products, enhanced cooperation in energy, science, technology and security, promotion of Russian investment in Thailand’s S-Curve industries in areas of Russian expertise, for example, aerospace, digital and robotics, in support of Thailand 4.0 policy, especially Russian investment in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project. Russia was invited to fully utilise…... [read more]

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) welcomes First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam will work closely with the NA and the Senate of Cambodia to promote cooperation between the two countries’ Governments and peoples, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has said. She made the remarks while receiving First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9. She welcomed Nay Pena’s official visit to Vietnam when the two countries are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties (June 24, 1967). She congratulated Cambodia on the successful communal elections last June, voicing her belief that the elections’ results will be an important prerequisite for the success of the general election in 2018. The NA and people of Vietnam are very happy with the big and comprehensive attainments the Cambodian people have obtained over the past years, she added. Applauding the outcomes of the talks between Senate First Vice President Nay Pena and Vietnam’s NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, Chairwoman Ngan affirmed that the Vietnamese parliament always prioritises reinforcing the two countries’ traditional friendship and all-round cooperation. She also asked her guest and the Cambodian Senate to continue assisting Vietnamese expatriates to settle down in the country and integrate into the local society so that they can serve as a friendship bridge linking the two nations. Nay Pena once again…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam will work closely with the NA and the Senate of Cambodia to promote cooperation between the Governments and peoples of the two countries, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has said. She made the remarks while receiving First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9. She welcomed Nay Pena’s official visit to Vietnam as the two countries are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties (June 24, 1967). She congratulated Cambodia on the successful communal elections last June, voicing her belief that the results of the elections will be an important prerequisite for the success of the general election in 2018. The NA and the people of Vietnam are very happy with the significant and comprehensive attainments the Cambodian people have obtained over the past few years, she added. Applauding the outcomes of the talks between Senate First Vice President Nay Pena and Vietnam’s NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, Chairwoman Ngan affirmed that the Vietnamese parliament always prioritises the reinforcement of the two countries’ traditional friendship and all-round cooperation. She also asked her guest and the Cambodian Senate to continue assisting Vietnamese expatriates to settle in the country and integrate into local society so that they may serve as a friendship bridge linking the two nations. Nay Pena once again thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for helping the Cambodian people free themselves from the Pol Pot genocidal regime. …... [read more]




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