Thailand, Bhutan to double mutual trade within five years

The statement reads that at bilateral talks and meetings, Vietnamese and Myanmar leaders shared the view that the State visit by General Secretary Trong is a historic milestone in the two countries’ relations. They expressed their delight at the rapid growth of the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation in recent years, agreeing to promote bilateral cooperation between the countries’ parties, parliaments, governments and people. On the basis of the growing bilateral ties and new developments in the region and the world, the leaders agreed to establish a comprehensive cooperative partnership between Vietnam and Myanmar. This partnership will intensify the countries’ five cooperation pillars, namely political relations; defence and security cooperation; economic cooperation; cultural and social cooperation, people-to-people exchange, and other fields of shared concern; and cooperation in the region and the world. With the newly founded comprehensive cooperative partnership, the two sides agreed to enhance political ties through mutual visits and meetings at all levels. They agreed to bolster government-to-government cooperation and make efforts to improve bilateral cooperation in economy, culture and science-technique. To strengthen the two economies’ connectivity, they pledged to prioritise cooperation in transport infrastructure and tourism while expanding connections in agriculture-forestry, telecommunications and banking. The two sides were also unanimous in taking measures to improve the investment climate so as to encourage Vietnamese and Myanmar businesses to invest in each other’s markets. They agreed to step up investment and trade promotion and trade facilitation, thus raising bilateral trade to 1 billion…... [read more]

The statement reads that at bilateral talks and meetings, Vietnamese and Myanmar leaders shared the view that the State visit by General Secretary Trong is a historic milestone in the two countries’ relations. They expressed their delight at the rapid growth of the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation in recent years, agreeing to promote bilateral cooperation between the countries’ parties, parliaments, governments and people. On the basis of the growing bilateral ties and new developments in the region and the world, the leaders agreed to establish a comprehensive cooperative partnership between Vietnam and Myanmar. This partnership will intensify the countries’ five cooperation pillars, namely political relations; defence and security cooperation; economic cooperation; cultural and social cooperation, people-to-people exchange, and other fields of shared concern; and cooperation in the region and the world. With the newly founded comprehensive cooperative partnership, the two sides agreed to enhance political ties through mutual visits and meetings at all levels. They agreed to bolster government-to-government cooperation and make efforts to improve bilateral cooperation in economy, culture and science-technique. To strengthen the two economies’ connectivity, they pledged to prioritise cooperation in transport infrastructure and tourism while expanding connections in agriculture-forestry, telecommunications and banking. The two sides were also unanimous in taking measures to improve the investment climate so as to encourage Vietnamese and Myanmar businesses to invest in each other’s markets. They agreed to step up investment and trade promotion and trade facilitation, thus raising bilateral trade to 1 billion…... [read more]

With the motto of being a trust-worthy friend and partner as well as a responsible member of the international community, Vietnam will continue proactively and actively participating in UNESCO’s work in the hope of making more contributions to the organisation, stated the top legislator. The NA leader noted  with pleasure the growing relations between Vietnam and UNESCO over the past years, stating that many UNESCO projects are effectively operating in Vietnam, and the organisation’s support in knowledge, technique, management and finance have contributed to the sustainable development in Vietnam, she said. The top legislator highlighted Vietnam’s efforts in actively engaging and contributing to UNESCO’s work, saying that the country is undertaking the role as a member of the UNESCO Executive Board and the World Heritage Committee and running for the post of UNESCO General Director. Lauding Bokova’s success and contributions through two working terms, the NA Chairwoman spoke highly of Bokova’s dedication in strengthening the partnership between Vietnam and the UNESCO. For her part, Bokova said during her current Vietnam visit, she held talks with Vietnam’s authorities to seek measures to increase cooperation between Vietnam and UNESCO, as well as ways to implement the memorandum of understanding between the two sides for the 2016-2020 period. She also signed an agreement to establish two category 2 centres for mathematics and physics under UNESCO’s sponsor.  The UNESCO leader highly valued the Vietnamese top legislator’s sharing on socio-economic development of Vietnam, and the promotion of values of…... [read more]

With the motto of being a trust-worthy friend and partner as well as a responsible member of the international community, Vietnam will continue proactively and actively participating in UNESCO’s work in the hope of making more contributions to the organisation, stated the top legislator. The NA leader noted  with pleasure the growing relations between Vietnam and UNESCO over the past years, stating that many UNESCO projects are effectively operating in Vietnam, and the organisation’s support in knowledge, technique, management and finance have contributed to the sustainable development in Vietnam, she said. The top legislator highlighted Vietnam’s efforts in actively engaging and contributing to UNESCO’s work, saying that the country is undertaking the role as a member of the UNESCO Executive Board and the World Heritage Committee and running for the post of UNESCO General Director. Lauding Bokova’s success and contributions through two working terms, the NA Chairwoman spoke highly of Bokova’s dedication in strengthening the partnership between Vietnam and the UNESCO. For her part, Bokova said during her current Vietnam visit, she held talks with Vietnam’s authorities to seek measures to increase cooperation between Vietnam and UNESCO, as well as ways to implement the memorandum of understanding between the two sides for the 2016-2020 period. She also signed an agreement to establish two category 2 centres for mathematics and physics under UNESCO’s sponsor.  The UNESCO leader highly valued the Vietnamese top legislator’s sharing on socio-economic development of Vietnam, and the promotion of values of…... [read more]

The Party leader was welcomed at the airport by Indonesian Minister of Commerce Engatiato Lukita, Co-Chair of the Indonesia-Vietnam Joint Committee on economic, science, technology cooperation and other Indonesian officials, as well as Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Hoang Anh Tuan, among others. This is the first visit of a General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam to Indonesia, and the first made by a senior leader of Vietnam since the two countries set up their strategic partnership in June 2013. Vietnam is the only ASEAN country Indonesia has a strategic partnership with. In recent years, two-way trade has grown well. Import-export turnover increased from 4.6 billion USD in 2012 to 5.6 billion USD in 2016 with average growth of 5 percent. The two countries are striving for 10 billion USD in bilateral trade by 2018. As of April, Indonesia ranked fifth in ASEAN and 30th among the 105 nations and territories investing in Vietnam, with 59 projects, mainly in oil and gas exploration and exploitation, coal mining, banking and timber processing. Vietnam has invested in seven projects involving mining, retailing, repair and communication in Indonesia. Vietnam and Indonesia are also stepping up collaboration in defence and security by maintaining a joint naval working group and establishing a hotline to share information on search and rescue activities. Vietnamplus... [read more]

Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan was speaking at the 11th meeting of the city’s Party Organisation (10th tenure) on August 18. He highlighted the significance of the event as it is a time to evaluate the implementation of the Resolution adopted at the 10th Congress of the municipal Party Organisation as well as seek solutions to fuel economic growth. The city will map out three detailed plans to realise three resolutions on economy approved at the fifth plenary meeting of the 12th Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee from now to the year’s end, he said. Besides achievements over the past five years, HCM City needs to address some shortcomings in economic growth and infrastructure development, he added. During the two-day conference, participants will discuss a project building HCM City into a smart city in 2017-2020, with a vision to 2025 and hear reports on developing private economies, improving the institution of the socialist-oriented market economy, and restructuring, reforming and improving the operational efficiency of State businesses. In the 2015-2020 period, the municipal Party Organisation will roll out 12 key measures and seven breakthrough programmes, including those to improve growth quality and competitiveness, develop sustainable urban areas, build synchronous infrastructure, maintain political stability and ensure social order and safety.Vietnamplus... [read more]

Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan was speaking at the 11th meeting of the city’s Party Organisation (10th tenure) on August 18. He highlighted the significance of the event as it is a time to evaluate the implementation of the Resolution adopted at the 10th Congress of the municipal Party Organisation as well as seek solutions to fuel economic growth. The city will map out three detailed plans to realise three resolutions on economy approved at the fifth plenary meeting of the 12th Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee from now to the year’s end, he said. Besides achievements over the past five years, HCM City needs to address some shortcomings in economic growth and infrastructure development, he added. During the two-day conference, participants will discuss a project building HCM City into a smart city in 2017-2020, with a vision to 2025 and hear reports on developing private economies, improving the institution of the socialist-oriented market economy, and restructuring, reforming and improving the operational efficiency of State businesses. In the 2015-2020 period, the municipal Party Organisation will roll out 12 key measures and seven breakthrough programmes, including those to improve growth quality and competitiveness, develop sustainable urban areas, build synchronous infrastructure, maintain political stability and ensure social order and safety.Vietnamplus... [read more]

The announcement aims to call for investment from enterprises to turn Ban Gioc waterfall tourist site into a key tourism site of the northern mountainous province and the nation, contributing to boosting the development of the province and the region. Under the master plan, approved by the Prime Minister in April this year, the Ban Gioc waterfall tourist site will cover 1,000ha while the central area of the site will cover 156.7ha. Facilities will be also built in the zone to serve tourism, including hotels and service areas. The tourist site is expected to welcome approximately 750,000 visitors per year and have more than 1,000 rooms for tourists by 2020. By 2030, the tourist site is estimated to receive 1.2 million visitors and have some 1,750 rooms for visitors. The central area of the Ban Gioc waterfall tourist site is set to have four areas including the Ban Gioc waterfall landscape, the landscape along the Quay Son River, the mountainous forestry landscape ecology and the agricultural landscape ecology. Ban Gioc is in Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh district, on the border with China’s Guangxi province. It is 53 metres high and 300 metres wide and has three levels of smaller waterfalls. The waterfall is the fourth largest border waterfall in the world and was named one of the ten most spectacular waterfalls in the world by travel site Touropia. In 2016, the tourism site welcomed more than 178,000 visitors. Vietnamplus... [read more]

The troupe, led by theatre director Nguyen The Vinh, said they are happy to perform for the Vietnamese expatriate communities in Europe. They will perform in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine from now to September 4. Directed by People’s Artist Tuan Hai, the comedy Benh Si (Egotism) is one of the most famous plays written by late playwright Luu Quang Vu. It stars actors Xuan Bac, Phu Don, Viet Thang and actress Ho Lien. Taking place in a rural village in the north, the play is about a commune chairman and his officers, who are ordinary and good-natured people. However, they begin to consider themselves ‘noble’, and start to seek glory. Ridiculousness occurs happen when the officials’ good natures cannot change to adapt to their new lives. Luu Quang Vu wrote more than 50 plays. Most of them criticise the dark side of society, especially focusing on corruption and authoritarian behaviour. The play Benh Si was Vu’s last production before he died aged 40 in a traffic accident in 1988. It has been performed throughout the country and received great acclaim from audiences, said director Vinh. “The play reflects the negative problems of society,” said Vinh. “Though it was written 20 years ago, it’s not out-of-date but still has a power to fight against social evils.” The artists want to honour Vu’s talent and his contributions to Vietnamese drama, as well as to provide audiences abroad the opportunity to enjoy…... [read more]

At a meeting on August 16 with the MPI, the Ministries of Finance and Justice, as well as the Government Steering Committee on Corporate Renovation and Development, Deputy PM Hue asked the MPI to submit the list of SOEs to be divested by 2020 to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc for approval. He also assigned the Ministry of Finance to review and calculate the number of SOEs and State capital needed to be divested by 2020 and report it to the PM. Hue said that the PM will issue a separate decision on equitisation and divestment of State capital at large SOEs such as Habeco, Sabeco, State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC), Petro Vietnam, Electricity of Vietnam and Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV). But for the remaining SOEs, it is necessary to fully aggregate them in a list to make public to ease investors. According to the PM’s instruction, the MPI has begun asking for recommendations from relevant ministries, agencies and localities about the list since early this year and has so far finalised the draft. Hue agreed with the draft list which regulates the rate of divested capital each year (the minimum rate), but not fixing the rate and encouraging ministries and localities to increase the rate to speed up the divestment according to the market situation. "The list and the annual State capital divestment rate from now to 2020 is aimed at making a concrete assessment and binding heads of ministries and localities with…... [read more]




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