Vietnam pledges to promote Investing in Women Initiative

Two hundred children aged from 5 to 15 years old took part in the final round of the contest entitled “Critical thinking through painting 2017”. (Photo Courtesy of Mathnasium Vietnam) Hanoi (VNA) - The most creative children were awarded in the final round of the contest titled “Critical thinking through painting 2017”, which was held on July 30 at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts in Hanoi. The contest was organised by Mathnasium Vietnam, a centre that aims to introduce children to new and creative methods in learning mathematics. In the final round of the contest, children had to draw paintings which include a circle, square, rectangle, logenze, trapezium and other shapes. The first, second and third prize went to children whose paintings have the most original idea, the most interesting style and the most variation in colours. Eleven-year-old Le Phuong Thao from Hanoi won first prize for her painting with the most original idea. This final round attracted the participation of 200 candidates aged 5-15, from Hanoi, Hung Yen, Hai Phong and Da Nang, out of 2,000 contestants participating since the eliminator round in mid July. Besides this, there were 10 consolation prizes for creative drawings and 10 hope prizes for the drawings that were the most amusing. Organisers said the contest aims to affirm that mathematics is not so “dry”, and that it can even be very “artistic”. Through the contest, children can develop different skills including creation and logical…... [read more]

Mozambique’s Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario led a delegation to visit the National Steering Committee for response to incidents, natural disasters and search and rescue in Hanoi on July 31. Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario (third, left), Sen. Lieut. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh (fourth, left), Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army and delagates He said Mozambique has long been impacted by natural disasters and climate change, expressing his hope the Committee will share its experience and skills in adapting to natural disasters and mining incidents on the basis of friendship between the two nations. Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, and Vice Head of the Steering Committee, said the Government of Vietnam has paid due attention to responding to incidents, natural disasters and search and rescue. Over the past 10 years, the Committee has warned more than 3.5 million vehicles, with nearly 18 million people on board on the progress of tropical low pressure systems and storms. Some 2.1 million people have been mobilised to participate in efforts responding to incidents, natural disasters, and 34,000 people were rescued. Around-the-clock local resources have been deployed to tackle natural disasters, Minh said. During their stay, the delegation visited the Committee’s Vietnam Search and Rescue Coordination Centre. VNA... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Mozambique’s Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario led a delegation to visit the National Steering Committee for response to incidents, natural disasters and search and rescues in Hanoi on July 31. >>> Accelerating cooperative relations between Vietnam and Mozambique He stated that Mozambique has long been impacted by natural disasters and climate change and expressed his hope that the Committee will share its experience and skills in adapting to natural disasters and mining incidents on the basis of friendship between the two nations. Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, and Vice Head of the Steering Committee, noted that the Government of Vietnam has paid due attention to responding to incidents, natural disasters and search and rescues. Over the past 10 years, the Committee has warned more than 3.5 million vehicles, with nearly 18 million people on board, in regards to the progress of tropical low pressure systems and storms. Some 2.1 million people have been mobilized in the effort to respond to incidents, natural disasters, thus rescuing 34,000 people. Minh commented that round-the-clock local resources have been deployed to tackle natural disasters. During their stay, the delegation visited the Committee’s Vietnam Search and Rescue Coordination Centre.... [read more]

In its report, the commission produced slanderous allegations that the Vietnamese State continued to implement measures to suppress religions, and that there were forced renunciation of faith, closures of many pagodas and arrests of religious followers. Based on this information, the commission jumped to the conclusion that “The government of Vietnam continues to commit systematic and egregious violations of freedom of religion or belief”, and requested the US Government to maintain the CPC status for Vietnam, alongside 10 other countries. The proposal is wrong and unjust as it only reflects the biased and non-objective view about the real situation in Vietnam. Obviously, it is the high-handed act in international relations that Vietnam has endured over the past years. Worthy of note is that such slanderous allegations and proposal come out against the fact that many US politicians have asked the US Government to consider removing Vietnam from the CPC list, and the two countries are holding the final round of negotiations on Vietnam’s entry to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). It is obvious that several officials from the commission still have non-objective and unjust views about the human rights situation, including religious issues, in Vietnam. They hope that with such slanderous allegations, they could succeed in pressuring the US Government to keep Vietnam on the CPC list, slowing down Vietnam’s bid for WTO membership, and hindering the positive development of the relations between Vietnam and the US. Religious freedom is a sensitive and disputable issue, but it cannot be used…... [read more]

During such meetings, as well as in their documents, the so-called Vietnamese patriots made slanderous charges against the Vietnamese Party and State. They claimed that article 4 of the current Constitution legalises the one-party regime and monopoly on press, leading to the dictatorial regime which oppresses people’s democratic requirements. To justify their charges, they painstakingly lobbied some Vietnamese nationals in the US, France and other countries to sign the petition to be sent to their parliaments with the aim of putting pressure on Vietnam regarding human rights and democracy issues. Such slanderous charges have been made by hostile forces over the past years to sabotage the Vietnamese Party and State. The only difference this time is that they tried by all means to convince the public, particularly powerful agencies in the US and other countries that the charges were true by releasing the declaration and appealing for signatures to their petition. Notably, the move comes at a time when US legislators are considering the grant of PNTR status for Vietnam, paving the way for the country to join the World Trade Organisation. Despite public opinion holding that it is time the US broke with the past and completely normalised its relations with Vietnam by granting PNTR to the country, some bad elements continue going to great lengths to bar Vietnam’s international integration process, undermine its ongoing Renewal process, and dishearten investors and international friends in the country’s economic development. They are not Vietnamese patriots, but betrayers to their fatherland and…... [read more]

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)- a New York-based human rights organisation has made slanderous allegations against Vietnam over what it called “repression of dissidents in Vietnam”, saying that the Vietnamese Government does not want a just and transparent society to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Jumping on the same wagon, US congressman Chris Smith has demanded that Vietnam shouldrespect opinions from dissidents and should not consider human rights a game in its relations with the US. What is behind such brazen allegations? Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) has this comment: These slanderous allegations have blatantly distorted the human rights situation in Vietnam in an attempt to deter Vietnam’s international integration efforts and undermine cooperative relations between Vietnam and the US. Despite facing numerous difficulties with a segment of the population still suffering lingering pains caused by the serious consequences of war, the Party, State and Government of Vietnam always strive to build an equal, democratic and civilised society. This is amply illustrated with the significant achievements of socio-economic development the country has recorded in recent times. At the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Officials’ Meeting held in the central city of Da Nang, leading APEC financial leaders said that Vietnam and China are currently the two economies with the highest annual GDP growth rates in the region. Socially, Vietnam has a good level of social equality among the economies in the Asia-Pacific region. At present, the Vietnamese Government is accelerating the process of building a just,…... [read more]

With such slanderous allegations, these forces distorted the current life of most Khmer living in the southern region in an attempt to undermine national unity and territorial integrity. It is a fact that reactionary forces have for many years made use of the daily life of the Khmer in the south-western region as well as other religious and ethnic issues as an excuse to cause instability between localities in the region and undermine the bloc of great national unity. They hoped that in so doing they would succeed in seeing an independent Southern region break away from Vietnam. Obviously, they went all out to defy the long-lasting history of the southern region. It is worth mentioning that Vietnam’s sovereignty over the region has long been established in international treaties, including the 1954 Geneva Agreement and the 1973 Paris Agreement. History shows that many Vietnamese administrations have successively done their best to defend sovereignty over this stretch of land. Despite devastating wars, the southern region has kept developing in harmony with other parts of the country. Vietnam’s unity and territorial integrity has been acknowledged and respected by the international community. Ironically, hostile forces against Vietnam intended to make up stories on human rights issues related to the Khmer. As the facts speak for themselves, how can they deny the historical existence of the Khmer in the south-western region as part and parcel of the large family of ethnic Vietnamese groups. In reality the Khmer have, together with other ethnic groups, made…... [read more]

This Convention now became the primary instrument governing the conduct of States in their uses of the ocean. The adoption of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea met the desire and expectations of the international community for a fair international legal framework related all issues on the sea and ocean, including seabed and the subsoil of the submarine areas. The process of negotiation of the UNCLOS took years to be completed with efforts of over 150 states and international organizations, including NGOs. To date, 164 States are party to the UNCLOS. The UNCLOS is a constitutive multilateral treaty, setting out the rights and obligations of States and other international actors in different maritime areas and in relation to various uses of the ocean. Therefore, the Convention is accepted by such a large number of states, including land-locked ones. The UNCLOS laid the foundation for the establishment of a new legal order for issues related to the sea and ocean. It comprehensively covers all sea-related areas, taking into account the interests of all states in the world, be they developed or developing, large or small, coastal or land-locked. Since its entry into force on November 16, 1994, the UNCLOS has become an important legal basis for regulating maritime issues as well as an important legal instrument for settling and dealing with sea-related disputes. That is why the UNCLOS is considered as “A Constitution for the Oceans”. Throughout its 30 years of existence, the UNCLOS has been…... [read more]

Addressing a Vietnam-Argentina business forum in Hanoi on January 21, MoIT Deputy Minister Tran Tuan Anh noted that two-way trade fetched US$1.01 billion as of November 2012, a year-on-year increase of 3 percent. Of the total, Vietnamese exports generated US$154.5 million. Vietnam exports footwear, rubber and rubber products, electronics, garments and clothes to Argentina, and imports animal feed, processing materials, animal fat, milk and other dairy products, and garment accessories. Vietnam has committed to helping the business circles of the two countries penetrate each other’s markets, aiming to raise bilateral trade value to US$1.5 billion in 2015. Despite their potential for cooperation, Argentinean investment in Vietnam remains modest at US$120,000, ranking 92nd amongst 98 foreign investors in the country. The governments of Vietnam and Argentina are trying to promote bilateral economic, investment and trade cooperation, as well as assisting their businesses, said Doan Duy Khuong, Vice President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). Vietnam creates favourable conditions for Argentinean companies to do business in the country, he assured participants, including representatives of 200 Argentinean companies. Related stories: * Ambassador confident of Vietnam-Argentina ties * Vietnam, Argentina increase economic cooperation * Promoting Vietnam-Argentina trade VCCI has established the Vietnam-Latin America business council to assist Vietnamese businesses to explore markets in Latin America, Argentina in particular. The council not only bridges the two countries’ business circles but also organizes trade and investment promotions and makes recommendations to their governments to create attractive investment environments. Guillermo Moreno, Argentinean Domestic Trade…... [read more]

A protocol to this effect was signed between Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Bich Dat and Ambassador of Luxembourg Marc Ungeheuer in Hanoi on May 14. The 2009-13 project, which will be implemented in the districts of Con Cuong, Tuong Duong and Ky Son, will help raise the local authorities’ capacity for agro-forestry management and increase local people’s involvement in socio-economic development activities. The project is built within the framework of a cooperation orientation programme between the Governments of Vietnam and Luxembourg for the 2006-2010 period, under which Luxembourg is committed to assisting poverty reduction and sustainable development in Vietnam’s Nghe An, Thua Thien-Hue, Cao Bang and Bac Can provinces.... [read more]




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