Vietnam, Philippines need mechanism for antipiracy cooperation

Mr Dung acknowledged the ambassador’s contributions to strengthening friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and the Philippines during her term of office in Vietnam. Vietnam wants to work closely with the Philippines to increase bilateral cooperation in all areas, including economics, politics, culture, science-technology and education for mutual benefit and for the development of the united ASEAN community, said Mr Dung. He also said that the two countries should boost cooperation in conducting joint patrols at sea, assisting fishermen to seek storm shelters, developing aquaculture and processing seafood. The outgoing ambassador promised to send Mr Dung’s proposals to the Filipino president and said that in whatever position she would hold in the future, she will continue to make further contributions to Vietnam-Philippines relations.... [read more]

Taking Vietnam-Philippines relations to a new level The two foreign ministers expressed satisfaction at the positive development of friendship and cooperation between the two countries in various fields and agreed to ask their respective ministries to speed up the implementation of agreements reached by President Truong Tan Sang and Philippine President Beningo S. Aquino III at their talks on October 26 with a view to taking bilateral relations to a higher level. Both foreign ministers praised the outcome of the sixth session of the Vietnam-Philippines Bilateral Cooperation Committee held in Hanoi on October 6-7 while saying that the newly-signed Vietnam-Philippines Action Program for 2011-2015 will serve as an important foundation for carrying out specific cooperation programs. They agreed to assign senior officials of the committee to promote exchanges and hold meetings in the Philippines next year. The Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs welcomed the decision to put in place mechanisms to widen bilateral cooperation on the sea and ocean to the deputy foreign ministerial level, asking committee members to meet by early next year. Regarding cooperation at regional and international forums, the two foreign ministers affirmed that they will continue closely coordinating the upcoming summit meetings of ASEAN in Indonesia, accelerating building an ASEAN community and supporting the East Asia Summit (EAS) which discusses regional strategic issues related to economics, politics and security in the spirit of mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual understanding, and cooperation for peace and stability in South Asia. In terms of the East Sea issue,…... [read more]

(VOVworld) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is on an official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of President Tran Dai Quang. Vietnam and the Philippines signed a joint statement on establishing a strategic partnership in November, 2015. President Duterte’s visit will deepen bilateral relations in all spheres and contribute to regional peace, stability, and prosperity. Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the welcomeing ceremony in Hanoi This is President Duterte’s first visit to Vietnam since he took office and the Philippines signed a strategic partnership agreement with Vietnam. The two countries are celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year. Close, friendly, and effective relationship Vietnam and the Philippines established diplomatic ties on July 12, 1976. Over the past 40 years, the two countries have continuously nurtured a relationship based on friendship, equality, and mutual respect to the benefit of their peoples. Both countries have gained achievements in economics, politics, national defense, security, social welfare, and culture. Their bilateral trade revenue has grown, reaching nearly 3 billion USD in 2015 and 1.7 billion USD in the first 7 months of this year. Since 2008, Vietnam has recorded an annual trade surplus of over 1 billion USD with the Philippines, mainly from exporting rice, electronic spare parts, and farm produce. Vietnam imports from the Philippines fertiliser, mechanical equipment and components, minerals, liquefied gas, oil and petroleum, medicines, and construction materials. Defense cooperation has been expanded. Vietnam and the Philippines organized the 2nd policy dialogue of…... [read more]

PANO – The ongoing visit to Vietnam of Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has been the first visit of a Philippine president to Vietnam since the two countries established a strategic partnership. Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is on an official visit to Vietnam from September 28 to 29, at the invitation of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang. The visit is even more significant as the two countries are in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations. 40 years ago, Vietnam and the Philippines officially established their diplomatic relations on July 12, 1976. Over the past 40 years, Vietnam-Philippines relations have continuously been growing on the basis of friendship, equality, mutual respect and cooperation for interests of each nation. The bilateral relations have seen a number of encouraging developments in economics, politics, defense and security, and socio-culture. Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang and his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Roa Duterte (R) reviewing the guards-of-honor of the Vietnam People’s Army. Photo: In terms of trade, the two countries enjoyed good growth in two way trade in recent years. It was valued at US$ 2.92 billion in 2015 and US$ 1.72 billion in the first 7 months of 2016. The Philippines is one of a few ASEAN markets that Vietnam has enjoyed a trade surplus of more than US$ one billion since 2008 with its principal exports of rice, electronics and agricultural produce. The two sides are effectively exploiting other areas of cooperation such as agriculture, culture,…... [read more]

Heat wave continues in northern, central regions The temperature between 11am and 6pm today will stay above 35 degrees Celsius. The day temperature in Hà Nội can reach a high of 36 to 37 degrees Celsius or even higher in some areas. The centre said the heat wave would continue in the central region for the next two to three days, while the temperatures in the north would fall from tomorrow. Vietnam participates in ASEF Editors' Roundtable in Mongolia Editors from Asian and European media outlets discussed the roles and responsibility of journalists when reporting during the 8th ASEF Editors' Roundtable, held recently in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The 8th ASEF Editors' Roundtable, themed "Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity", was organised in conjunction with the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM11) on July 7-9. About 20 senior commentators from esteemed media houses including Wenhui Daily (China), Frontline Magazine (India), The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), The Independent (Ireland), the Mongolian National Public Radio & Television, The Straits Times (Singapore), BBC (United Kingdom) and Vietnam Plus (Vietnam News Agency) participated in the event. "We explored possibilities for linkages between Asian and European media to expand beyond geographical boundaries reaching out to more readers in both continents", highlighted Ambassador Zhang Yang, Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). Dr Mike McCLUSKEY, International Media and Broadcast Consultant and moderator of the 8th ASEF Editors' Roundtable, presented the preliminary results from the "Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity Survey". This survey reveals that the Asian community has a higher perceived rate of continuous usage…... [read more]

40 Years of Vietnam-Philippines Relations Towards Comprehensive Cooperation Enjoying steady bilateral relations since diplomatic ties established in 1976, Vietnam and the Philippines are now entering into a new phase of strategic partnership. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Philippines diplomatic ties, Vietnam Business Forum Magazine has an interview with Mrs Le Thi Phung, Honorary Consul General of the Philippines in Ho Chi Minh City. Le Phuong reports. How do you evaluate Vietnam-Philippines trade and investment cooperation relations after 40 years of diplomatic ties? Vietnam – Philippines relations have been deeply well-developed after 40 years of diplomatic ties. Politically, both countries have exchanged many high-profile visits including the recent State visit of President Truong Tan Sang to the Philippines in November 2015, the visit of Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert Del Rosario to Hanoi in October 2015. November 17, 2015 marked a new milestone for Vietnam and the Philippines when both countries signed a joint statement to establish a strategic partnership. This made Vietnam become the third strategic partner of the Philippines after the US and Japan. In terms of trade, in 2014, two-way trade between both countries reached US$1.63 billion. The Philippines remains one of the largest rice importers of Vietnam with an amount of 1.5 million metric tons in 2014. On the visit to Philippines in November 2015, President Truong Tan Sang and President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino have witnessed the handover of a protocol supplementing the rice trading agreement between both countries for 2014-2016.…... [read more]

Thai Nguyen (VNA) – A seminar on the role of people-to-people diplomacy and education cooperation in Vietnam – Philippines strategic partnership took place in the northern city of Thai Nguyen on July 8. Among topics discussed at the seminar were joint projects between the Thai Nguyen University and its Philippine partner universities, as well as the impact of the strategic partnership between the two countries. Participants said both bilateral people-to-people diplomacy and education cooperation have fallen short of potential. The Vietnam-Philippines friendship association and its Philippine equivalent should work together to boost the two peoples’ mutual understanding, they added. Underscoring the importance of the two arenas in cementing the partnership, Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam Noel Servigon said the Philippines looks to cooperative opportunities in more cities and provinces in Vietnam. “We hope Vietnamese people would know more about our country, particularly our academic environment,” the diplomat noted. Vietnam and the Philippines established diplomatic relations on July 12, 1976. In late 2015, the sides signed a pact to elevate their ties to strategic partnership. Their two-way trade revenue now reaches nearly three billion USD. Approximately 1000 Vietnamese students are studying at Philippine universities, while hundreds of Philippine teachers are working in Vietnam.-VNA... [read more]

Rare animals rescued in Hanoi Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV), together with the Hà Nội Environmental Police Department, rescued 40 wild animals being transported from northern Lạng Sơn to the city for consumption. Among the rescued animals were a pygmy slow loris, weighing 1.5 kilogrammes, four spengler's turtles, and 35 green frogs. The animals were taken to the city's wildlife rescue centre. This is the second pygmy slow loris rescued in the past week, thanks to reports from local residents and volunteers. Two persons were arrested. One admitted purchasing wild animals in northern Lạng Sơn Province and transporting them to Hà Nội for consumption. The case is under further investigation. The pygmy slow loris is among those wild animals threatened with extinction in Việt Nam. The animal is now ranked in the Vulnerable level (VU - High risk of endangerment in the wild) in the Vietnam Red Book. KOICA helps Vietnam recover from post-war bombs, mines The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will offer 20 million USD in non-refundable aid to the Vietnam National Mine Action Centre (VNMAC) for post-war bomb and landmine recovery efforts in the country. An agreement on a project to this effect was signed in Hanoi on June 14 between Deputy Defence Minister and member of the Steering Committee for the National Action Programme on overcoming post-war bombs and mines (Steering Committee 504) Nguyen Chi Vinh and KOICA Country Director Chang Jea-yun. Managed by the Defence Ministry and conducted by VNMAC, the 2016-2020 project aims…... [read more]

HCM City (VNA) – Friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and the Philippines were highlighted at a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on June 14, which aims to celebrate the 40th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations. Addressing the event, Philippine Honorary Consul General in HCM City Le Thi Phung reviewed key milestones in the bilateral relationship, saying this has developed fruitfully in recent years, with promoted cooperation in all fields, especially food industry, pharmaceutical production, culture and education. In his speech, Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong shared his joy at the fine development of the relationship, which was upgraded to a strategic partnership last year. Regular exchanges of visits between the two countries’ leaders reflected their efforts to foster bilateral activities, thus further promoting cooperation programmes, Phong stressed, adding that the enhanced political relations create momentum for cooperation in other fields. HCM City always takes the lead in carrying out cooperative programmes with the Philippines, contributing to strengthening the connection between the two nations, he noted. He expressed his belief that the Vietnam-Philippines relations will reach new achievements in various areas, bringing practical benefit to the two peoples. The Philippines has so far run over 60 investment projects in Vietnam, including 30 ones in HCM City. In the first three months of this year, two-way trade between Vietnam and the Philippines reached 737 million USD. The figure is hoped to reach 3 billion USD this year.-vna... [read more]

Nhan Dan - Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister, Pham Quang Vinh granted an interview to the press about the outcomes of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's visit to the Philippines and his attendance at the World Economic Forum (WEF) for East Asia 2014 in Manila from May 21-22. Q: Would you please tell us about the results of the PM's visit to the Philippines? A: The working visit of the PM to the Philippines was a success where the Vietnamese delegation was warmly welcomed by the Philippine side. PM Dung had talks with host President Benigno S. Aquino III and co-chaired a press conference on their talks. During his visit, the Vietnamese PM also met President of the Senate of the Philippines Franklin Drilon and Philippine House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and offered flowers at the statue of President Ho Chi Minh in Manila. At his talks with President Benigno S. Aquino III, the two leaders reached consensus on major directions and measures to foster the two countries' relations. Based on the friendship and mutual trust, the two sides affirmed their commitment to continue promoting the friendship and comprehensive co-operation in fields of politics, trade, investment, sea, defence and others. The two sides agreed to boost visits and exchanges at all levels and continue implementing the Vietnam - Philippines Action Plan for 2011-2016 period. The Philippine President expressed appreciation and his wish to strengthen co-operation with Vietnam in various areas including agriculture, aquaculture, maritime security, naval training, coast guard and so on.…... [read more]

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