Work begins on construction of two social houses for OVs in Laos

(VEN) - How to assure the long-term health of businesses and assisting them to surmount their current difficulties was a major topic at a meeting of the industry and trade sector in the 14 provinces and cities in the Red River Delta and northern central region that took place in mid-August. According to the Agency for Industrial Promotion (AIP), in the first seven months of this year, despite the difficult economic situation, the industry and trade sector in the Red River Delta and northern central region thrived, with industrial production value increasing more than 15 percent and retail sales of goods and service revenues growing more than 20 percent compared to the same time last year. This has underscored the correct direction of the appropriateness of the sector's management policy in the current circumstances. It is ironic that while industrial production value and retail sales of goods and service revenues grew, many businesses in the sector in general encountered an unstable situation. In Nam Dinh Province, in the first seven months of this year, 400 of the 4,000 businesses announced bankruptcy or halt in operation. What are the reasons? Bac Ninh Province Department of Industry and Trade Director Vu Duc Quyet said one cannot say that demand is lower than supply when growth of retail sales of goods and service revenues is higher than that of industrial production value, and that the market is not completely the reason of businesses' inventories; perhaps, borrowing loans with a high interest rate contributes…... [read more]

Doan Thi Huong (blue) at the court in Sepang, Malaysia.(Source: AFP/VNA) Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Representatives from the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia and Malaysian lawyers defending Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese suspect in the murder of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea citizen Kim Chol, were present at the High Court of Shah Alam City on July 28 to protect her legitimate rights and interests. After the trial concluded, the embassy’s representatives and lawyers discussed with Huong about following litigation procedures. In the time ahead, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue close coordination with domestic agencies involved, the Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia and Malaysian lawyers to ensure Huong's legitimate rights and interests are protected. Doan Thi Huong, 28, is one of the two women suspects in the murder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) man named Kim Chol at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13.  Malaysia said Kim Chol was poisoned, but the DPRK insisted that he died of a heart attack, plus high blood pressure and diabetes.  At the court hearing on March 1, the two women were charged with murder but they denied and said that they were cheated to take part in an innocuous prank. According to the Malaysian law, they would face the death penalty if found guilty.-VNA... [read more]

Located in the northern part of South America, Venezuela has a total area of 912,050 square kilometres, with a population of 26 million. Endowed with plentiful natural resources, including oil, gas, iron, bauxite, gold, zinc and coal ores, Venezuela has become one of the powerful economies in South America, with oil exploitation emerging as the spearhead of the economy. Currently, Venezuela is the fifth largest oil exporter in the world, with oil revenue making up 70 percent of the country’s total export value. As part of a national economic development plan, Venezuela has decided to nationalise its oil industry, and has successfully implemented many social welfare programmes, including anti-illiteracy and expanded education programmes for young people, and free primary healthcare services for poor people. Vietnam and Venezuela established diplomatic relations on December 18, 1989, but Venezuelan people demonstrated their support and solidarity with the Vietnamese people’s struggle against US aggressors in the 1960’s and 70’s. Venezuelan soldiers kidnapped a US Major Colonel to negotiate with the US for an exchange of Vietnamese hero Nguyen Van Troi. The development of bilateral ties was marked by an official visit to Venezuela by Chairman of Vietnam National Assembly Nguyen Van An last March and a reciprocal visit to Vietnam by Deputy Foreign Minister R. Rivero last May. On this occasion, the Vietnamese Embassy in Caracas and the Venezuelan Embassy in Hanoi were established. The two sides also signed several important documents to bolster bilateral cooperation. In a recent interview with VOV, Venezuela Ambassador…... [read more]

Thuy was born in 1960 and lives in Duc Giang ward, Long Bien precinct of Hanoi. She was a teacher and reporter for several local organisations’ newspapers, but was sacked due to violations of professional ethics and principles. She felt discontented with the regime and supported law-breakers. She stockpiled and distributed material against the State, which was compiled by several political opportunists. On October 21, 2002, Thuy was caught red-handed while distributing 90 pages of reactionary material. Despite meetings with the police, Thuy proved to be a diehard. Aided and abetted by bad elements inside and outside the country, she wrote 190 articles, which mainly distorted the socio-political and economic situation and accused the country of democratic and human rights violations. By publishing these articles on the Internet, Thuy incited petitioners and instructed them in the way to carry out an uprising during the 14th APEC summit in Hanoi from November 18-19, 2006. Thuy and his aides planned an uprising on November 17 in an attempt to permanently end the communist regime, dissolve the Communist Party of Vietnam and change the name of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Since September 2006, under Nguyen Van Dai’s instructions, Thuy had actively joined anti-communist forums on the Internet. She granted interviews to radios and newspapers run by reactionaries living in exile and foreign hostile forces, in which she accused Vietnam of suppressing democracy and called on the people to boycott the upcoming election of deputies to the 12th National Assembly on May 20,…... [read more]

Qatar and Kuwait have built on their traditional friendship with Vietnam. The Qatari Emir joined demonstrations against the Vietnam War while Kuwait was the first Gulf nation to establish diplomatic ties with Vietnam in 1976. During meetings with Mr Dung, the Emirs and PMs of Qatar and Kuwait expressed their admiration for the late President Ho Chi Minh, legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap and the Vietnamese people in general during their past struggle for national liberation. Besides diplomatic formalities for the head of State, Qatari and Kuwaiti leaders welcomed Mr Dung as a close friend. The Qatari PM himself drove Mr Dung to a welcoming party while the Kuwaiti Emir invited his Vietnamese guest to review a military parade to mark his country’s 48th National Day. The Qatari and Kuwaiti Governments agreed to establish partnerships with Vietnam to ensure energy and food security in their respective countries. In response, Vietnam signed agreements on agricultural cooperation with Qatar and Kuwait in hopes of meeting these countries’ demand for food production. Qatar and Kuwait also agreed to promote cooperation with Vietnam in the petrochemical industry, especially oil and gas exploration and exploitation. The two Gulf nations expressed their desire to boost investment and trade ties with Vietnam by signing with the Southeast Asian nation agreements on double tax avoidance and investment encouragement and protection. Their PMs pledged to strictly implement the agreement and deals reached during Mr Dung’s visits, including the Nghi Son petrochemical refinery in Thanh Hoa province into which Kuwait…... [read more]

He also affirmed profound solidarity with Vietnamese people and said that Vietnam’s goodwill will contribute to maintaining peace and stability in the region. In a four-point resolution signed and sent to the Vietnamese Embassy in Mexico by representatives from seven parliamentary delegations, Femat Banuelo called on China and Vietnam to exercise the utmost restraint to avoid armed conflict and instead seek political talks to resolve the East Sea issue in compliance with international law. Zacatecas State Parliament also urged the federal Parliament through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to call for UN intervention and consideration of issues and conveyed a message of peace to countries’ embassies concerned. During the earlier talks with Chairman Alfredo Femat Banuelo, ambassador Le Thanh Tung briefed him on developments regarding China’s unilateral placement of Haiyang Shiyou – 981 oil rig in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. The ambassador agreed that China’s action is illegal, violating Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction, and seriously threatened peace, security, stability and maritime safety in the East Sea. Tung also reaffirmed Vietnam’s consistent stance, asking China to immediately stop their illegal actions and immediately withdraw its oil rig and ships from territorial waters belonging to Vietnam's sovereignty. Vietnam deploys peaceful means and exercises maximum restraint to protect its sovereignty and legitimate interests thus contributing to the re-establishment of peace and stability in the region, he added.... [read more]

A Vietnam-Mongolia Friendship Association delegation led by its Chairman Ho Xuan Hung visited Mongolia from June 1-6 as part of the celebration for the 60th anniversary of Vietnam-Mongolia diplomatic ties (1954-2014). To mark the event, the Vietnam-Mongolia Friendship Association (VMFA) and the Vietnamese Embassy in Mongolia have hosted a business roundtable discussion. At the seminar, the two sides agreed that unilateral actions by China in the East Sea is a serious violation of the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction of Vietnam stipulated by the 1982 UN Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC). China’s blatant acts of escalation in the East Sea are causing grave concern to China’s neighbors. They described the seminar as a good opportunity to enhance understanding and mutual trust, mutually benefiting cooperation between Vietnam and Mongolia. Both sides agreed to strengthen cross-cultural exchange, education, boost economic and trade cooperation, and support the Vietnamese community in Mongolia and the Mongolian community in Vietnam. Within the framework of the event, the Vietnamese delegation paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the Mongolian Union of Peace and Friendship Organizations and visited a School no 14 named President Ho Chi Minh in Ulanbato.... [read more]

Present were Minister Councilor of the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia Pham Thi Ngoc Bich, representatives from the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, and other partners of Vietnam Airlines. Vietnam’s national flag carrier announced that its first direct flight from Moscow to Nha Trang will start on April 5. It will have serviced one Boeing 777-200 flight per week in summer and two in winter. Vietnam Airlines will also offer 10 percent airfare discount for return tickets from January 28 to June 30. Nguyen Tien Nam, representative of Vietnam Airlines in Russia, said the new route aims to maintain large numbers of Russian visitors to Vietnam in the face of global economic slowdown. In 2012, the number of passengers on the Moscow-Hanoi-HCM City flights rose by 10,000 over the previous year to 79,000. At the ceremony, the representative office of Vietnam Airline in Moscow presented 4 business-class tickets to ERORKO and PAKECOM (two for each outstanding agent).... [read more]

Both sides agreed to join efforts in the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tourism Cooperation signed in 2006 by ironing out snags for tour coordination. The VNAT proposed that the ETA to work with the Egypt Air to launch direct flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with assistance from its representative office in Vietnam. VNAT Head Tuan expressed hopes that tourism cooperation between the two countries will contribute to promoting their people’s mutual understanding. He asked the Vietnamese Embassy and Egyptian Embassy to accelerate the granting of visas for tourists from both countries. In recent years, Vietnam has become an interesting destination for foreign tourists and businesses, who are interested in discovery, eco- and maritime tourism potential, Tuan said. The number of visitors to Vietnam tripled within a decade to reach nearly 7 million by 2012, while about 5 million Vietnamese visited foreign countries each year he added.... [read more]

The Ambassador named Ha Long Bay as the highlight of the numerous stunning destinations in Vietnam largely unknown to most Iranian tourists. He underscored that Ha Long Bay, home to thousands of gorgeous caves and islands, is considered one of the most attractive landscapes in Southeast Asia. He added that UNESCO designated the bay a World Heritage site of globally outstanding value in terms of natural landscape in 1994 and ecology and geomorphology in 2000. Earlier, the Vietnamese Embassy in Tehran collaborated with the Eviva and Zzisi companies to introduce Vietnam’s tourism features, including Ha Long Bay, at a workshop aiming to bringing more Iranian tourists to the country, especially on the occasion of the Nowruz festival celebrating the Iranian New Year. After the workshop, a number of Iranian travel companies designed tours for customers to visit Vietnam next month.... [read more]




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