ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary marked in Brazil

At the event (Photo: VNA)   Singapore (VNA) – Singapore is always an important partner of Vietnam during its development process, said Vietnamese Ambassador to Singapore Nguyen Tien Minh at a meeting on August 29 to mark Vietnam’s 72nd National Day (September 2). According to the diplomat, on the basis of the strategic partnership set up in 2013, Vietnam and Singapore have intensified cooperation in numerous fields, including security, defence, trade, investment, education and tourism, with trade and investment being a bright spot in the bilateral relations. In the past three years, two-way trade recorded an average annual growth rate of 12 percent. Last year, bilateral trade reached 20 billion SGD (approximately 15 billion USD), making Vietnam become Singapore’s 11th largest trade partner. Singapore is Vietnam’s third biggest investor, with over 1,900 projects worth nearly 42 billion USD. Minh expressed his belief that the visits made by the two countries’ senior leaders, especially the visit to Vietnam by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in November will help lift the bilateral relations to a new height. In the context that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is celebrating its 50th founding anniversary, Vietnam pledges to work with other member states in building an ASEAN Community of peace, solidarity, development and prosperity, which holds a central role in the region’s security architecture, he added. Singaporean Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang said that Singapore continues to be Vietnam’s development partner through …... [read more]

NDO –Vietnam’s General Department of Tourism, under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism co-ordinated with Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism and the Embassy of Vietnam in Cambodia to organise a programme promoting Vietnamese tourism in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on August 29. As part of activities to mark the 50th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic relations, the programme aims to boost the exchange of tourists and promote the connection of tourist destinations between the two countries and attracted delegates from 100 travel agencies, hotel and communication agencies of Cambodia. Addressing the event, Deputy Director General of Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu expressed his wish to receive the cooperation of the Cambodian delegates and businesses in introducing the image of Vietnam to more Cambodian tourists. He also expressed his hope that the tourism destinations of the two countries will become more closely connected, becoming a common destination in the region and contributing to attracting more tourists from other countries. From 2009 to 2016, Vietnam has led the number of visitors to Cambodia with millions of people visiting the country each year, while Vietnam is also the first destination of Cambodian tourists when traveling abroad. In 2016 alone, the exchange of visitors between the two countries reached over 1.17 million, of which nearly 212,000 were Cambodian visitors to Vietnam. Cambodia is among the top 15 Vietnam tourism markets and in the first seven months of this year, Vietnam welcomed more than 131,000 Cambodian visitors, up 24% over…... [read more]

Participants at the festival (Photo: Vietnamnet) Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ASEAN Women Community’s Circle in Hanoi (AWCH) jointly held the ASEAN Golden Festival in Hanoi on August 26 to mark the 50th founding anniversary of the ASEAN. Attending the event were Tran Nguyet Thu, the spouse of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Nguyen Nguyet Nga, , representatives of Foreign Ministry and Hanoi, and ambassadors from ASEAN countries and other countries in Hanoi. Addressing the event, AWCH Honorary President Nguyen Nguyet Nga, who is the spouse of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, said that from a divided region with conflicts and poverty, ASEAN has become an area of peace, unity and prosperity, a community of self-reliance, dynamism and solidarity, a family with shared vision and a common identity. She highlighted that ASEAN is now playing a central role in the region with a rising position in the Asia-Pacific region and the world. On behalf of ASEAN countries’ embassies in Hanoi, Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam Noel Servigon said that the festival is an important event that helps improve public awareness on the diverse cultures of ASEAN members through the introduction of their music, dances, games and foods. At the event, participants enjoyed an art performance featuring ASEAN countries’ cultural identities, and joining traditional games and foods. A photo exhibition at the festival also impressed visitors with photos showing the nation and people of ASEAN.-VNA... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Thailand was fruitful, with the two PMs discussing frankly cooperation in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks, stated Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) welcomed by his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-o-cha (Photo: VNA) During the visit from August 17-19, PM Phuc and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-o-cha sought collaboration measures to build the ASEAN Community and maintain the association’s central role on the occasion of ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary, as well as ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation within sub-regional programmes and projects. The two sides discussed long-lasting issues such as how to minimise conflicts at sea, illegal fishing and smuggling on each other’s waters, and illegal Vietnamese workers in Thailand. They agreed to accelerate negotiations on an agreement on criminal extradition and a treaty on mutual legal assistance, as well as the expansion of the treaty on labour as Thailand has high demand for labourers while Vietnam has a large supply. At the same time, the two PMs decided to set up mechanisms to settle existing problems with these incomplete agreements, thus avoiding further issues, said Deputy FM Quy. PM Phuc was also keen to boost economic partnerships with Thailand to balance trade and increase investment, especially in tourism, as the number of Thai tourists to Vietnam is one fourth of Vietnamese visitors to Thailand. The Government leader also met with businesses of both countries. During the visit, he attended the signing of dozens of…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) welcomed by his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-o-cha (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Thailand was fruitful, with the two PMs discussing frankly cooperation in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks, stated Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy. During the visit from August 17-19, PM Phuc and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-o-cha sought collaboration measures to build the ASEAN Community and maintain the association’s central role on the occasion of ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary, as well as ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation within sub-regional programmes and projects. The two sides discussed long-lasting issues such as how to minimise conflicts at sea, illegal fishing and smuggling on each other’s waters, and illegal Vietnamese workers in Thailand. They agreed to accelerate negotiations on an agreement on criminal extradition and a treaty on mutual legal assistance, as well as the expansion of the treaty on labour as Thailand has high demand for labourers while Vietnam has a large supply. At the same time, the two PMs decided to set up mechanisms to settle existing problems with these incomplete agreements, thus avoiding further issues, said Deputy FM Quy. PM Phuc was also keen to boost economic partnerships with Thailand to balance trade and increase investment, especially in tourism, as the number of Thai tourists to Vietnam is one fourth of Vietnamese visitors to Thailand. The Government leader also met with businesses of both countries. During the visit, he…... [read more]

NDO – The 2017 ASEAN Song, Dance and Music Festival kicked off at Vinh Phuc provincial theatre, on August 20, as part of the activities to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN. The festival features nearly 300 artists from seven ASEAN member states, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The artists will present around 90 performances highlighting each nation’s culture. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Vuong Duy Bien stated that the event will help tighten solidarity between nations in the ASEAN Community and promotes each nation’s culture. Within the framework of the event, outstanding performances will be selected to entertain audience in Vinh Tuong district and Phuc Yen town. The festival will last until August 24, aiming to improve people’s knowledge of the ASEAN Community and increase their awareness of developing the community. Entrance to the festival is free. On the same day, at FLC Sam Son Resort, Thanh Hoa province, the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) organised the final round of the "Voice of ASEAN + 3". The event also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN and the 72th founding year of the VOV. The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh, Ambassadors and delegates from embassies of ASEAN countries, China, the Republic of Korea and Japan. The first prize went to Darlin Joy Bate from Phillipines, while two second prizes were presented to Phan Thi Thu…... [read more]

NDO – Nhan Dan Online selects outstanding events that made the headlines over the past week. PM visits Thailand, holds talks with Thai counterpart Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc paid an official visit to Thailand from August 17-19 at the invitation of his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha. During the visit, PM Phuc and his Thai counterpart Chan-o-cha sought collaboration measures to build the ASEAN Community and maintain the association’s central role on the occasion of ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary, as well as seeking ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation within sub-regional programmes and projects. The two sides discussed long-lasting issues such as how to minimise conflicts at sea, illegal fishing and smuggling on each other’s waters, along with illegal Vietnamese workers in Thailand. They agreed to accelerate negotiations on an agreement concerning criminal extradition and a treaty pertaining to mutual legal assistance, as well as the expansion of the treaty on labour as Thailand has high demand for labourers while Vietnam has a large supply. At the same time, the two PMs decided to set up mechanisms to settle existing problems with these incomplete agreements with the aim of avoiding further issues. PM Phuc also met with businesses of both countries. During the visit, he attended the signing of agreements and memoranda of understanding between ministries, sectors, localities and businesses of both nations. During the visit, the Vietnamese government leader also held meetings with Thai officials and local communities, as well as the Vietnamese community in Thailand. National Assembly Standing Committee…... [read more]

Voice of Viet Nam will host the ASEAN+3 Song Contest to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN and the 72nd anniversary of Voice of Viet Nam. The contest aims to increase cultural exchanges between ASEAN members and China, the Republic of Korea and Japan. This is the first time that Voice of Viet Nam has hosted a pop singing contest for ASEAN members.  Pop music was selected as a medium to encourage enthusiastic exchanges between the young people of ASEAN countries. 24 singers,19 from ASEAN countries and 5 from China, the Republic of Korea, and Japan, will participate in the contest.  Contestants will demonstrate their own musical technique and voice as well as the cultural identity of their country.  Voice of Viet Nam hopes young artists are enabled to express themselves and musical talents are nurtured within the ASEAN community.  VOV Vice President Vu Hai said “Previously, Voice of Viet Nam organized an ASEAN singing contest where singers performed different musical genres. This year, we selected Pop because we want to focus on young singers aged between 18 and 35. ASEAN is 50 years old now and its future depends on the younger generation, who will join efforts to develop the ASEAN Community, which was set up in 2015 on the three pillars of Politics, Economics, and Culture. Music will contribute to ASEAN friendship and strength.” Through music, the audiences will better understand the rich cultures of ASEAN…... [read more]

He is also one of the 10 persons receiving the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes Award on the occasion of ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary. Huynh, 88, has spent more than six decades studying biology, greatly contributing to biodiversity conservation in Vietnam and other countries in the region. He is able to inspire the community to biodiversity conservation and development and was recognized as one of the leading scientists of Vietnam. Prof., Dr. Dang Huy Huynh has become the first Vietnamese to be honored as an ASEAN Biodiversity Hero. He has had a number of valuable scientific works, including 154 studies published on prestigious Vietnamese and foreign science magazines and 14 books on animals, ecology, biodiversity conservation and environmental protection. The scientist also played a significant role in launching an annual workshop to share experience in biodiversity conservation in Truong Son mountain range, which borders Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, along with the VACNE’s recognition of heritage trees. These initiatives have received major support from the community and domestic and foreign environmentalists. Huynh also holds a number of important positions such as President of the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Chairman of the Vietnam Zoological Society, and Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Society for Biology. He made great efforts to help nearly 3,000 trees across Vietnam to be recognized as heritage trees, the move that has significant effect on preserving natural resources. Source: VNA... [read more]

Prof. Dr Dang Huy Huynh has become the first Vietnamese to be honoured as an ASEAN Biodiversity Hero (Photo: heritist.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – Prof. Dr Dang Huy Huynh, Chairman of the Heritage Tree Council and Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE), has become the first Vietnamese to be honoured as an ASEAN Biodiversity Hero. He is also one of the 10 persons receiving the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes Award on the occasion of ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary. Huynh, 88, has spent more than six decades studying biology, greatly contributing to biodiversity conservation in Vietnam and other countries in the region. He is able to inspire the community to biodiversity conservation and development and was recognised as one of the leading scientists of Vietnam. He has had a number of valuable scientific works, including 154 studies published on prestigious Vietnamese and foreign science magazines and 14 books on animals, ecology, biodiversity conservation and environmental protection. The scientist also played a significant role in launching an annual workshop to share experience in biodiversity conservation in Truong Son mountain range, which borders Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, along with the VACNE’s recognition of heritage trees. These initiatives have received major support from the community and domestic and foreign environmentalists. Huynh also holds a number of important positions such as President of the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Chairman of the Vietnam Zoological Society, and…... [read more]




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