Viet Nam, Kazakhstan enhance cooperation in culture and sports

Viet Nam News Many people do not think women are likely to be wrestlers. How wrong they can be! Nguyễn Thị Lụa, from Viet Nam, is the fifth best woman wrestler in the world. She started attending wrestling classes when a wrestling school opened up in her village. Now, she is on her way to the Olympic Games. Nguyễn Thị Lụa, the No 5 female wrestler in the 48kg category at the 2009 World Wrestling Championships, has made history by becoming the first Vietnamese female wrestler to qualify for the Olympics twice in different categories after she reached the finals of the Asian qualifying event in Astana, Kazakhstan. In the 53kg category, Lụa won two bouts to enter the final round and secured a berth in the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics. Bùi Quỳnh Hoa reports. Could you tell us a little about you? I'm Nguyễn Thị Lụa, 25, a wrestler from the national wrestling team. I love travelling and going to the cinema. When you were younger and first decided to become a wrestler, why did you choose this difficult, stereotypically-masculine sport to pursue while other girls aimed to be pretty and gentle? I came to wrestling very simply and naturally. When Nguyễn Đình Khinh, a former coach on Hà Tây Province's wresting team, opened a wrestling class in my village, I decided to take part immediately, although I was only 12 at that time. I lied to my father and said that I had a private class outside of…... [read more]

VGP - Speaker of the Kazakh Parliament’s Lower House Kabibulla Dzhakupov will visit Viet Nam and attend the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU-132), announced the NA’s Committee for External Affairs Speaker of the Kazakh Parliament’s Lower House Kabibulla Dzhakupov The March 27-31 visit is made at the invitation of National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. The visit aims to strengthen the Viet Nam – Kazakhstan friendship and cooperation, particularly affiliation between the two legislative bodies. The Kazakh lawmaker will be accompanied by parliament members in charge of external relations, national security and defence, and agriculture, and lower house and upper house representatives. Viet Nam and Kazakhstan established diplomatic relations in 1992. By Vien Nhu... [read more]

Mackerel are processed at Tho Quang Seafood Processing and Exporting JSC. Viet Nam and Kazakhstan eye closer economic co-operation, and seafood is among the sectors that show trade potential. — VNA/VNS Photo An Dang HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam and Kazakhstan see potential for closer economic co-operation, participants agreed at a conference held at the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences yesterday. Medet Makulzhanov, the Counsellor of the Kazakhstan Embassy in Viet Nam, said that Kazakhstan prioritises co-operation with Asia as part of its multi-lateral economic relation policies. "We have already implemented a master plan for industrial development and are calling for foreign direct investment (FDI) into projects amounting to more than US$40 billion. We expect to see joint ventures with Vietnamese enterprises," remarked Aibek Smadiyarov, the Second Secretary of the Embassy. Aibek claimed the Central Asian country wants to boost investment activities with Viet Nam in such areas as telecommunications, tourism, seaports, and oil and gas. He added that while Viet Nam has invested some $24 million in Kazakhstan, increasing trade value between the two countries would form the basis for further co-operation. The bilateral trade turnover rose from $38.2 million in 2010 to nearly $272 million in 2014. "The transaction values remain small, but the growth rate is significant, thus we can be confident in the potential for trade," said Pham Thi Ngoc Bich, the deputy director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Europe Department. Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice Chairman Doan Duy Khuong…... [read more]

Workers process shrimp at Minh Phu Seafood Corp in the southern province of Ca Mau. New opportunities are seen in trade between Viet Nam and Kazakhstan, including seafood transaction. — Photo [read more]

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam and Kazakhstan have agreed to speed up co-operation in various areas such as industry, trade, investment, tourism and aviation. The consensus was reached at the sixth session of the Viet Nam-Kazakhstan Inter-Governmental Committee on Economic, Trade and Scientific-Technological Co-operation in Ha Noi on Tuesday. During the event, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Le Duong Quang spoke highly of bilateral relations between the two countries, especially in trade and commerce. He said the visits of Government leaders had helped to open a new page in the two countries' relationship. In order to facilitate bilateral ties, Kazakhstan would open its Embassy in Viet Nam next year, said Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister S Sarubai. The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade said that two-way trade had experienced encouraging growth in recent years, reaching US$85.6 million in 2012, up 176 per cent year-on-year. Over the first half of this year, trade topped $74.7 million, surging over 200 per cent against the same period last year. Viet Nam's major exports to Kazakhstan include phones and accessories, farm produce, garments and textiles, machinery and steel, while it imports chemicals, metals and ore. In an effort to create a legal framework for economic and trade co-operation, the two nations have taken an initiative to start negotiations for a free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia earlier this year. They have also accelerated co-ordination in tourism, aviation and investment with the launch of…... [read more]

VGP - The Viet Nam-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Committee on November 12 in Ha Noi convened its sixth session under the co-chair of Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Le Duong Quang and Kazakhstani Deputy FM Kazakhstan S.Sarubai. The two sides reviewed the implementation of their action plan for 2011-13 and achievements in bilateral cooperation in economics, trade, science and technology, and set out specific measures and solutions to strengthen ties in the coming time. Deputy Minister Quang highly spoke of the developments in the two countries' political and diplomatic relations following the official visit to Viet Nam by Kazakhstani President N.Nazabaev in late 2011 and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang' s state visit to Kazakhstan in September 2012. These events generated an impetus for trade linkages between the two sides to grow further. For his part, Deputy FM Sarubai announced that Kazakhstan had decided to open an embassy in Viet Nam in 2014. The two sides are positively negotiating for a free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the Belarus-Kazakhstan-Russia Customs Union. This year, Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan opened a direct air route between Almaty and Ho Chi Minh City and worked with Vietnam Airlines to facilitate cooperation. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, two-way trade between the two countries reached US$ 85.6 million in 2012, up 176% against 2011. In the first half of 2013, trade volume touched US$ 74.7 million, soaring by 200% over the same period last year./. By Kim Loan... [read more]

ASTANA (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang left Kazakhstan yesterday after concluding a deal on long-term co-operation in the oil and gas sector. President Truong Tan Sang (left) meets with Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang Sang and Kazakhi Prime Minister Karam Massimov agreed on exploration and exploitation in Kazakhstan, Viet Nam and third countries. The leaders also agreed on measures to improve trade, including the early signing of a free-trade agreement between Viet Nam and the Kazakhstan-Russia-Belarus customs union. Sang and Massimov attended the Viet Nam-Kazakhstan Business Forum and the debut of the Viet Nam-Kazakhstan Business Council. Sang also received several Kazakhi businesses leaders who said they believed that more agreements would be signed because of the Vietnamese President's visit. The Kazakhi business community praised Viet Nam's textiles and garments sector and proposed future negotiations with delegations of Vietnamese entrepreneurs. Sang said that bilateral trade still remained modest, reaching only about US$40 million per year. The leaders agreed on measures to boost bilateral ties and pave the way for activities in mining, textiles and garments and the processing of agricultural products. Sang said the Vietnamese Party and State would help Kazakhi businesses in Viet Nam and encourage Vietnamese businesses to expand co-operation with Kazakhstan. Later, the President visited Kazakhstan's oil and gas group KazMunayGaz, where he praised the corporation for stepping up co-operation in oil and gas. Sang proposed that Kazakhstan 's leaders and State agencies, including KazMunayGaz, help the Viet Nam National Oil and Gas…... [read more]

VGP - State President Truong Tan Sang on September 11 met with Kazakh PM Karim Massimov during his visit to Kazakhstan. They both agreed to cooperate on the energy sector in the long run, especially on oil and gas exploration and exploitation in Kazakhstan, Viet Nam and a third country. During the meeting, the two leaders agreed on measures to strengthen the two countries' economic and trade ties, by actively assisting import-export activities, soon negotiating and signing a free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the Belarus-Kazakhstan-Russia Customs Union, and reaching more agreements to create a legal basis for economic and trade cooperation. After the meeting, the State President and the host PM attended the Viet Nam-Kazakhstan Business Forum and the launching ceremony for the Viet Nam-Kazakhstan Business Council. At the forum, Kazakh entrepreneurs said they will discuss with Vietnamese partners cooperation opportunities in garment, textile and infrastructure fields. State President Truong Tan Sang affirmed that the Vietnamese Party and State are ready to create favorable conditions for Kazakh firms to operate productively in Viet Nam, and encourage Vietnamese enterprises to expand cooperation with Kazakh partners. On the same day, the State President received executives from Kazakh firms, who expressed their hopes that following this visit, many contracts between Vietnamese and Kazakh enterprises will be signed. Oil and gas cooperation boosted State President Truong Tan Sang visited and had a working session with executives from KazMunaiGaz, a leading oil and gas group of Kazakhstan. He appreciated the firm's role in…... [read more]

ASTANA (VNS)— Viet Nam plans to strengthen co-operation with Kazakhstan in the energy sector in general and the oil and gas field in particular, President Truong Tan Sang said. President Truong Tan Sang (right) meets Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Kazakhstan yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang The President said this during talks with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana yesterday during his official three-day State visit to Kazakhstan, which started on Sunday. Regarding the issue, Sang added that Viet Nam would create favourable conditions for Kazakhstan's businesses to explore for oil and gas in Viet Nam. President Nazarbayev voiced his support for Viet Nam's proposals on energy co-operation, including oil and gas exploration and production both in Kazakhstan and Viet Nam. He suggested accelerating the exchange of goods and investment development and reached an agreement with Sang on speeding up trade and investment promotion, exchanges of business visits and sharing of policy and market information. The Kazakh President welcomed Sang's first visit to Kazakhstan, underlining its significant importance in furthering the traditional friendship and multifaceted co-operation between the two countries, especially at a time when they are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic ties. The two leaders expressed their deep satisfaction at the dynamic development of traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries over the last two decades, and reiterated their determination to continue consolidating and enhancing the ties. They agreed to maintain regular exchanges of delegations at all levels and to organise cultural days to…... [read more]

Kazakhstan will soon open its embassy in Viet Nam, said President Nursultan Nazarbayev during his talks with Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang who is now on a two-day official visit to the country. >> Vietnam champions APEC values At the talks, both State leaders have affirmed their determination to strengthen the relations between Viet Nam and Kazakhstan. They also agreed to maintain exchange of delegations at all levels and regular organization of "cultural days" in a bid to enhance the bilateral relations, particularly in the fields of economics, trade and investment. The two sides vowed to continue active implementation of the Viet Nam-Kazakhstan Joint Action Plan for the 2011-2013 period and improve the efficiency of the Inter-governmental Committee on economic, trade, scientific and technological cooperation. Viet Nam always attaches importance to boosting energy cooperation with Kazakhstan, stressed State President Sang, adding that the Southeast Asian country will create favorable conditions for Kazakhstan's oil companies to exploit oil in the country. Kazakhstan and Viet Nam along with other two countries, Russia and Belarus, are now working towards the formulation of a free trade area. State President also took the occasion to thank Kazakhstani leaders and authorities for creating favorable conditions for Vietnamese community living in Kazakhstan. Both sides expressed their pleasure at the close coordination and mutual support at the United Nations and other international and regional organizations for peace, stability, cooperation and development in Asia and across the world. They agreed that all disputes in Asia-Pacific must be solved…... [read more]