Vice President urges promoting prestige of village seniors

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung speaks at the event (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung asked local authorities and people to fully grasp disaster and incident situation to stay ready for response while chairing a meeting of the National Committee on Incident, Disaster Response and Search and Rescue in Hanoi on August 4. In the near future, he urged the committee to instruct ministries, agencies and localities to continue revising and supplementing solutions to disaster risks such as flash flood, landslides and tsunami. At the same time, they should raise public awareness of disaster response and search and rescue, and increase supervision over the effort. According to him, search and rescue forces should enhance international cooperation, bilaterally and multilaterally to share meteorological and hydrological data, while improving forecasting capacity and learning from experience in incident and disaster prevention and search and rescue. He requested continuing to negotiate search and rescue areas at sea between Vietnam and regional countries in line with the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue 1979 (Convention SAR79) approved by the Prime Minister. Dung expressed his concern that among 499 disaster warnings last year, 119 were fake. Meanwhile, search and rescue equipment are insufficient, especially those used for underground works and firefighting. From early this year to July 30, 2017, there were 1,768 disasters, incidents and accidents nationwide, down 203 cases year-on-year. However, the death toll amounted to…... [read more]

Tourism managerial agencies and travel companies suggested measures to attract more foreign tourists to Vietnam at a meeting in Hanoi on August 3. Terraced rapeseed fields in Che Cu Nha commune of Mu Cang Chai district, the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai  Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu said Vietnam has recorded vigorous tourism growth in recent years and is shifting its focus to the industry’s quality, efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability so as to turn tourism into a spearhead sector. The country welcomed more than 10 million foreign tourists in 2016, rising by 26 percent from 2015 and double the figure of 2010. It recorded 417 trillion VND (18.3 million USD) in tourism revenue from foreign tourists last year. About 7.25 million foreigners visited Vietnam in the first seven months of 2017, up 28.8 percent year-on-year. Sieu said the tourism sector aims to raise the numbers of foreign and domestic tourists by 30 percent and 12 percent, respectively, this year. Tourism promotion has been expanded both at home and abroad. It is also being enhanced online, he noted, adding that millions have accessed the country’s tourism websites. Travel agencies have also made use of major events such as APEC Year 2017, 2016 Asian Beach Games, the UPU letter writing competition, Da Nang International Fireworks Festival and Hue Festival to popularise Vietnam. However, the official also admitted shortcomings in tourism promotion, especially coordination among domestic and foreign parties. Poor communications activities, simple tourism publications…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has reaffirmed Vietnam’s strong commitments to implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the country’s Law on Children. While receiving Chief Representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Youssouf Abdel-Jelil in Hanoi on August 4, Vice President Thinh asked the UNICEF to continue its support to Vietnam in preventing child abuse, protecting children from injuries, and aiding children of disadvantaged families, especially in remote, border, sea and island areas, in addition to reducing the proportion of children with disabilities and congenital heart disease. The Vice President also proposed the UNICEF share more experience in caring, protecting and supporting children, while coordinating with the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City to build a child-friendly city and expand this model to other localities. She took this occasion to thank the UNICEF for its assistance to and cooperation with Vietnam over the past four decades, thus bringing practical benefits to Vietnamese children, especially disadvantaged kids. For his part, Abdel-Jelil expressed his hoped that sound cooperative ties between Vietnam and the UNICEF would further develop in the time ahead. The official hailed the Vietnamese Government’s adoption and enforcement of the Law on Children, describing the move as a significant achievement of the country. The UNICEF is willing to support and cooperate with Vietnam to promote activities to take care of and protect children, he said. The organisation will strengthen coordination with the Ministry…... [read more]

Terraced rapeseed fields in Che Cu Nha commune of Mu Cang Chai district, the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Tourism managerial agencies and travel companies suggested measures to attract more foreign tourists to Vietnam at a meeting in Hanoi on August 3. Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu said Vietnam has recorded vigorous tourism growth in recent years and is shifting its focus to the industry’s quality, efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability so as to turn tourism into a spearhead sector. The country welcomed more than 10 million foreign tourists in 2016, rising by 26 percent from 2015 and double the figure of 2010. It recorded 417 trillion VND (18.3 million USD) in tourism revenue from foreign tourists last year. About 7.25 million foreigners visited Vietnam in the first seven months of 2017, up 28.8 percent year-on-year. Sieu said the tourism sector aims to raise the numbers of foreign and domestic tourists by 30 percent and 12 percent, respectively, this year. Tourism promotion has been expanded both at home and abroad. It is also being enhanced online, he noted, adding that millions have accessed the country’s tourism websites. Travel agencies have also made use of major events such as APEC Year 2017, 2016 Asian Beach Games, the UPU letter writing competition, Da Nang International Fireworks Festival and Hue Festival to popularise Vietnam. However, the official also admitted shortcomings in tourism…... [read more]

Hanoi, August 4 (VNA) – The National Congress of the Vietnam-China Friendship Association (VCFA) for the sixth tenure (2017-2022) convened in Hanoi on August 3.  Addressing the congress, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh highlighted recent developments of the Vietnam-China relationship, including regular exchanges of meetings.  The two sides have also reached agreements on enhancing mutual political trust, and improving cooperation and settling disputes to deepen ties between the two Parties and States in a stable manner, he added.  The official also commented on close collaboration between Vietnamese and Chinese ministries, agencies, localities and people, as well as strides made in economic and trade cooperation, benefitting the two countries’ peoples.  Stressing the contributions of the VCFA to the relationship during 2012-2017, Deputy PM Minh said the association has diversified its activities, serving as an important bridge between the two nations.  To strengthen bilateral relations, he urged the association to step up their friendly exchanges, improve its organisation quality and promote friendship among people from all social strata, especially youths.  The Deputy PM noted his belief that the association will attain more achievements in the 2017-2022 term, contributing to increasing mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation between Vietnamese and Chinese people.  Nguyen Van Tho, VCFA Vice President for the fifth tenure, said with branches in 30 cities and provinces, the association carried out many activities such as meetings, delegation exchanges and seminars, along with cultural and humanitarian activities.  Chinese…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – The National Congress of the Vietnam-China Friendship Association (VCFA) for the sixth tenure (2017-2022) convened in Hanoi on August 3. Addressing the congress, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh highlighted recent developments of the Vietnam-China relationship, including regular exchanges of meetings. The two sides have also reached agreements on enhancing mutual political trust, and improving cooperation and settling disputes to deepen ties between the two Parties and States in a stable manner, he added. The official also commented on close collaboration between Vietnamese and Chinese ministries, agencies, localities and people, as well as strides made in economic and trade cooperation, benefiting the two countries’ peoples. Stressing the contributions of the VCFA to the relationship during 2012-2017, Deputy PM Minh said the association has diversified its activities, serving as an important bridge between the two nations. To strengthen bilateral relations, he urged the association to step up their friendly exchanges, improve its organisation quality and promote friendship among people from all social strata, especially youths. The Deputy PM noted his belief that the association will attain more achievements in the 2017-2022 term, contributing to increasing mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation between Vietnamese and Chinese people. Nguyen Van Tho, VCFA Vice President for the fifth tenure, said with branches in 30 cities and provinces, the association carried out many activities such as meetings, delegation exchanges and seminars, along with cultural and humanitarian activities. …... [read more]

Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Truong Thi Ngoc Anh (L) receives Chairman of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i Nguyen Thuc (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Baha’i community has made significant contributions to the country’s development via activities to improve living conditions of needy people and enhance the public’s intellectual standards. Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Truong Thi Ngoc Anh made the compliment while receiving Chairman of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i Nguyen Thuc in Hanoi on August 3. She introduced the VFF’s role in protecting legitimate rights and interests of the people, including Baha’i followers. The VFF leader congratulated the Baha’i community on its 200th founding anniversary and hoped that Baha’i followers would continue accompanying the nation and actively involving in patriotic emulation campaigns. Thuc said the Baha’i Faith operates with the aim of supporting women, improving the lives of poor people, increasing public intellectual standards, and encouraging useful scientific activities. The Baha’i Faith was introduced in Vietnam in 1954 by an Indian female follower. The Baha’i community now has nearly 7,000 followers in 45 cities and provinces nationwide. It was officially recognised as a religious organisation in Vietnam in July 2008.-VNA... [read more]

Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) always supports the early approval of an effective and legally-binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), the Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a regular press conference in Hanoi on August 3. Hang made the remarks while answering reporters’ queries about issues related to a framework agreement on the COC which is expected to be approved at the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and related meetings in the Philippine capital city of Manila. [Vietnam reaffirms importance of UNCLOS] “In accordance with ASEAN’s regulations, at this meeting, ASEAN and Chinese foreign ministers will consider the adoption of a framework agreement on the COC in the East Sea, which had been finalised at the ASEAN-China Senior Officials’ Meeting on the COC consultations,” she said. While evaluating the efficiency of the COC in resolving conflicts at sea, Hang said the common benefits of all ASEAN members and regional countries is maintaining peace, security and stability in the region and the East Sea. “Based on that foundation, ASEAN always agrees that it is necessary to have an effective and legally-binding COC in the East Sea as soon as possible to ensure peace, security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea on the basis of observing international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS),” the spokeswoman stressed.-VNA ... [read more]

A booth at the sixth Zhejiang Export Fair in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The sixth Zhejiang Export Fair in Vietnam kicked off at the International Centre for Exhibition in Hanoi on August 3 with the participation of over 100 businesses from the Chinese province. Taofei, head of the Zhejiang business delegation, said the participating companies represent the “Zhejiang Made, All Need” symbol. They are prestigious firms and have generated considerable economic benefits for the province. The 150 booths at the event showcase machinery, electrical and electronic equipment, construction materials, interior decoration, metals, textile-garment and materials, and consumer goods. To Ngoc Son, deputy head of the Asia-Pacific department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said the sixth Zhejiang Export Fair in Vietnam is one of the biggest of its kind in Southeast Asia. It continues to be an opportunity for Vietnamese and Zhejiang firms to optimise their advantages, increase experience sharing, and foster export-import activities, helping to fuel Vietnam-China trade, he noted. He added his ministry will coordinate with relevant agencies of China to take various measures to promote bilateral trade. The Vietnamese and Chinese trade ministries are also working with the Zhejiang administration to finish procedures for the opening of a trade promotion office of Vietnam in Hangzhou city this year. Taofei said Zhejiang boasts the most favourable natural conditions and the fastest economic growth rate in China. It has set up direct economic relations with more than 230 countries…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc discussed various issues while chairing the Government’s regular meeting for July in Hanoi on August 3, asking officials to take measures to ensure their sectors and agencies reach this year’s growth targets. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the Government's meeting for July on August 3 He said it is necessary to precisely assess problems facing each sector as well as shortcomings so as to address them and achieve 2017’s targets. PM Phuc noted a positive trend in the socio-economic situation in July and the first seven months, saying that inflation continued to be controlled, credit grew well, while export and import revenue increased by almost 19 percent. About 73,000 new businesses were established and more than 17,000 others resumed operations between January and July. He expressed his delight at the implementation of social welfare, cultural, educational, healthcare and poverty reduction policies so far this year, highlighting the good organisation of the national high school examination in July and Vietnamese students’ recent attainment of gold medals at international competitions in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Directed by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, several cases of suspected corruption have been being handled. The Party Central Committee’s Examination Commission also disciplined officials with wrongdoings, creating a strong anti-corruption atmosphere across the entire political system, the Cabinet leader noted. At the meeting, PM Phuc pointed out that although the manufacturing industry expanded, mining activities still shrank. There are still…... [read more]




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