PM calls for joined hands for the poor

The ceremony was jointly held by the Standing Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs on the evening of 15 October.

Over the past 17 years, the movement to assist the poor in escaping poverty has been widely expanded in society.


PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (C) at the event. Photo: VNA


So far, more than VND 13 trillion has been donated to the “For the poor” fund at all levels while social welfare programs in localities nationwide have received VND 36 trillion. The money has contributed to building and repairing more than 1.4 million “Great unity” houses for the poor.

Furthermore, millions of poor households have received financial assistance and production means and dozens of welfare facilities have been upgraded, making contributions to effectively meeting the national goals of sustainable poverty reduction and new-style rural area building.

Addressing the event, PM Phuc affirmed that hunger elimination and poverty reduction has always been a major policy that the Party and the State has paid due attention to and given priority to in the national socio-economic development cause.

The PM noted that in the 2011-2015 period, over VND 5 trillion was contributed to the “For the poor” fund by domestic and international businesses, organizations and individuals. As a result, thousands of “Great unity” houses were built, millions of poor people were assisted with health-care, education, production and business development and the integrated strength of the society was duplicated, making contributions to the improved spiritual and material lives of the poor and to the heightened noble human values of the nation.

Emphasizing positive outcomes of the poverty reduction work, PM Phuc hoped that together with the State’s prioritized resources and the efforts of the poor, more support from domestic and international organizations and individuals is needed for sustainable poverty reduction and the building of new-style rural areas.

PM Phuc added that thousands of compatriots are facing devastating floods and a large number of people are homeless and have had their properties washed away by the floods. Among them, lots of households which had escaped from poverty could return to poverty. “We should continue encouraging and supporting them in a responsible and affectionate manner”, said PM Phuc.

At the ceremony, domestic and international organizations and individuals contributed and pledged to donate a total of VND 264 billion to the poor in the coming time.

Translated by Mai Huong



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Military unit builds school for students in border area

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National Assembly Chairwoman active at IPU-137

In her speech, the NA Chairwoman emphasized that scientific successes have benefited all nations, however, the world is facing an array of complicated issues, such as climate change, poverty, terrorism, extremism, non-traditional security threats, discrimination and racial and religious conflicts.


National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan meeting with overseas Vietnamese in Saint Peterburg

Ms. Ngan believed that weapons, wars and violence alone could not address conflicts but tolerance, sincere dialogue, respect, trust, and mutual understanding among peoples and religions can bring about peace and stability,. Therefore, she spoke highly of the IPU-137’s theme “Promoting cultural pluralism and peace through inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue.”

Chairwoman Ngan elaborated that Vietnam is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic country. In the history of the national construction and development, people of different ethnic groups and religions have lived in peace and together built up the special Vietnamese culture, language, and faith. The constitution, institutions and laws of Vietnam stipulate that all ethnic groups and religions are equal. The Vietnamese NA regularly observes the implementation of policies to ensure the rights of participation, in all legal activities, of all people, regardless of ethnicities or religions.

In order to strengthen cultural pluralism and peace through inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue, the Vietnamese leader proposed five recommendations, particularly focusing on encouraging IPU’s member parliaments to build better legal mechanisms to guarantee equality for all ethnic groups and religions, and to observe the implementation of those policies. Additionally, countries should be encouraged to create criteria for evaluating the efficiency of their guidelines and laws towards ethnic minorities and religions, promote information dissemination on tolerance, cooperative willingness, solidarity and mutual respect among ethnicities and religions and foster bilateral and multilateral cooperation on culture, religions and ethnic groups among countries and parliaments. Moreover, the IPU members should associate with the United Nations and international organizations to boost initiatives and actions of law makers for peace, cooperation and solidarity among ethnic groups and religions.

* During her stay in Russia, NA Chairwoman Ngan met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Iran, Ali Ardeshir Larijani.

The two leaders expressed their pleasure at the development of the Vietnam-Iran traditional ties over the previous times, including the parliamentary relationship.

They also agreed to further boost their relations, including enhancing delegation exchanges to share their legislative experiences, promoting mutual bilateral parliamentary cooperation and observance to boost the implementation of their signed agreements, as well as supporting each other at the regional and global fora.

* At the meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (RoK), Chung Sye-Kyun, Ms. Ngan underlined that the two countries should continually heighten the strategic partnership for the sake of their peoples.

The Vietnamese and RoK NAs should cooperate closely to observe the implementation of agreements signed by the two countries, support the two Governments to boost the bilateral cooperation, promote exchanges between the two NAs’ agencies, uphold the role of the two Friendly Parliamentarian Groups under an agreement of the two NAs and actively back each other at international fora like the IPU, ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), and AsiaPacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF).

For his part, Mr. Chung Sye-Kyun laid stress on the traditional relations of Vietnam and the RoK, and added that the two countries need to boost cooperation in key fields, including high-ranking delegation exchanges, to further deepen the bilateral ties.

Meeting with Deputy-Chairman of the Chinese National People’s Congress Zhang Ping, the Vietnamese NA Chairwoman congratulated China’s Party, State and people on their achievements over the past time and held that Vietnam always attached great importance to the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations.

In turn, the Chinese official highlighted the socio-political successes of Vietnam under the sound leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

Vietnam and China have been seeing increasing parliamentary cooperation, contributing to the development of bilateral ties.

In order to further enhance the relations, Ms. Ngan suggested that the two sides continue to prepare well for their high-ranking visits and meetings and affirmed that Vietnam appreciates the planned official visit to Vietnam of Chinese President Xi Jinping in November.

She suggested that the two countries’ relevant ministries, agencies and localities effectively implement agreements reached by their top leaders, especially in addressing current issues and extending cooperation, for the sake of both sides.

Chairwoman Ngan concluded that the cooperation between the Vietnamese NA and the Chinese National People’s Congress will contribute considerably to the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

Translated by Van Hieu



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Traffic police ready for APEC Economic Leaders’ Week

The event was held in order to encourage policemen to heighten their responsibilities, overcome difficulties to fulfill the assigned missions, contributing to ensuring absolute safety for senior leaders of the Party and the State as well as high-ranking international visitors.

In addition, the event aimed at calling upon people across the country to cooperate with the traffic police force, to help them complete their missions, contributing to building the image of the Vietnamese people as “friendly, hospitable, and peace-loving.”

Under the direction of the APEC 2017 Security and Orders Subcommittee of the Ministry of Public Security, the Department of Traffic Police mobilized over 800 policemen and hundreds of vehicles to serve at the event, which will take place in Da Nang City from November 6 to 11.

Addressing the ceremony, Senior Lieutenant General Bui Van Nam, Deputy-Minister of Public Security and Head of the APEC 2017 Security and Order Subcommittee stressed the significance of the APEC Vietnam 2017 in general and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in particular. The General also asked the participating traffic police to collaborate well with relevant forces to ensure the safety of related activities throughout the week and across the country.

The People’s Army Newspaper would like to introduce some images of the ceremony on Oct. 15:


A view of the ceremony 


Over 800 traffic policemen  




…and hundreds of vehicles mobilized for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week 



Water way police participating in the ceremony 


Translated by Trung Thanh

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Hong Kong businesses eye VN opportunities

The Hanoitimes - Vietnam will create the best possible conditions for foreign enterprises, including those from Hong Kong (China), to invest in the country, particularly in the field of infrastructure. Such is the statement by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmedat a reception for a delegation of Hong Kong businesses, led by Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Luo Kangrui, in Hanoi on May 10. The PM explained that Vietnam needs smart infrastructure to meet requirements of socio-economic development, adding that infrastructure, including railways, roads, aviation and waterways, requires huge investment. Vietnam is accelerating the reform of investment…... [read more]

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Eighteen leading businesses from Hong Kong will visit Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi from December 10-14 to seek investment opportunities. The delegation, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), is led by Federation of Hong Kong Industries Honorary Chairman Andrew Leung and HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam. During the visit, the Hong Kong guests will attend a conference entitled "Hong Kong: Your best partner for business success" in Ho Chi Minh City on December 12 and in Hanoi on December 14. The conference is jointly organized by HKTDC and the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade). This is…... [read more]

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Hong Kong businesses are importing Vietnamese rice in large volumes. In 2011, Vietnamese rice made up nearly one third of Hong Kong's rice imports. Last year, Hong Kong imported about 100,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam. However, its businesses still know little about Vietnam's rice market, said Kenneth Chan, President of the Hong Kong Association of Rice Merchants. In early March, a delegation from the Association, including nearly 50 entrepreneurs from 25 Hong Kong businesses, came to Vietnam to explore opportunities for importing rice, and visit rice fields and rice mills. These businesses spoke highly of Vietnamese rice and hoped…... [read more]

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Vietnam’s player named in AFC’s list of players to watch

With the AFC Women’s U19 Championship fast approaching, the-afc.com has picked a player from each competing nation to watch in Nanjing, China, with Vietnamese defender Nguyen Thi Minh Anh among them.


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Nguyen Thi Minh Anh (No 5). — Photo plo.vn

Anh, Viet Nam’s captain, led the team to wins over Iran and India at home in the two-game qualifying campaign after the Philippines withdrew.

She was in the frame for selection to the senior side’s gold-medal-winning SEA Games run in Malaysia in August but just missed out.

The championship will be held on October 15-28. Viet Nam are in Group B alongside Japan, South Korea and Australia, while Group A includes China, North Korea, Thailand and Uzbekistan.

Viet Nam open up against Japan on October 16, face South Korea on October 19 and take on Australia on October 22.

Viet Nam’s coach Vu Ba Dong 23-player squad have trained for nearly a month to prepare. The team left for the China yesterday. 

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VBA’s top two teams lose, no change in ranking

The Viet Nam Basketball Association League rankings remained unchanged after two matches of the leading teams on Saturday.


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Hanoi Buffaloes’ Nguyen Phu Hoang tries to steal a ball from Nguyen Huynh Hai of Saigon Heat during their VBA match on Saturday in Hanoi.

No 1 Thang Long Warriors suffered a loss after three wins in a row, losing 87-90 to Cantho Catfish on their home turf of Hanoi National University of Education’s Gymnasium.

The second-placed Saigon Heat were defeated 64-72 by Hanoi Buffaloes, although they had the advantage of playing on the homeground and supporters at the Canadian International School (CIS) Arena in HCM City.

The Buffaloes lost to the Heat in their two meets previously this season. They came to the CIS Arena for revenge, and they did a good job.

The Heat displayed better performance in the first two quarters, winning 20-14 and 33-28, respectively.

Things changed in the next two quarters when the Buffaloes’ super substitute Nguyen Phu Hoang was put on the field. Together with his twin brother Nguyen Thanh Dat, they helped the team come from behind to win 48-47 in the third and increased the gap before winning 72-64.

The result of the match did not change the Heat’s second place and the Buffaloes’ fourth position.

The Buffaloes will next meet the Catfish on October 17, while the Heat will see defending champions Danang Dragons five days later.

In Hanoi, the Catfish strengthened their third position after their win over the Warriors.

Despite playing on away ground, the Catfish took the lead from the beginning until the end.

Their players Le Hieu Thanh and Sang Dinh collected the points in the first quarter. While Sang Dinh was tightly supervised in the next quarters, it was Thanh and De Angelo Hamilton who kept scoring.

The fourth quarter saw the Warriors’ fight back, as they narrowed the result to 87-88 when there were only 39 seconds left

The Catfish created a counter-attack. MVP of the game Hamilton sent the ball to Sang Đinh, who scored the final two points for the visitors at 90-87.

The Warriors will next play the Buffaloes on October 22. 

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One Month in France culinary event in HCM City, Hanoi

A series of culinary events and trade promotions will be held during “Un Mois En France” (One Month in France) programme in November. 


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Balade en France, the annual French food and wine festival, will be held from November 10-12 at Hotel Equatorial in HCM City’s District 5.

French products will be displayed at eight supermarket chains with 39 supermarkets in Hanoi and HCM City, including Big C, Auchan, Aeon, Metro, Annam Gourmet, Giant, Satra and Aeon Fivimart.

Booths will be set up at the supermarkets to introduce to customers products made from France as well as to demonstrate French cooking and food tastings.   

“Balade en France”, the annual French food and wine festival, will be held from November 10-12 at Hotel Equatorial in HCM City’s District 5.

The eight edition of the event will feature traditional French dishes, desserts and wine as well as music shows by French singers, musicians and dancers.

Forty booths of 20 businesses will serve dishes and sell French products at the three-night event. The event will welcome 3,000 visitors.

Beaujolais Nouveau, one of France’s most favourable festivals, will be held at the French Consul General Residence on November 16 and the garden of French Embassy in Hanoi on November 18.

Eight French fine-dining restaurants will serve Beaujolais Nouveau red wine and French dishes.

France will be featured at the Vietnam Foodexpo 2017, where French firms will showcase the country’s strong food sectors, including fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat, bakery and pastry, equipment and food processing technologies from November 15-18. 

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State-run studios need more Government help

Many challenges have emerged in the equitisation of State-owned film studios, particularly the Viet Nam Feature Film (VFS) Studio, Culture Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien said yesterday.


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Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien speaks yesterday with HCM City officials and artists about the future of the local film industry.

Speaking with HCM City officials and artists about the future of the local film industry, Thien said he was concerned that local artists, because of limited resources, were struggling to make classic Vietnamese movies, which were once the highlight of the local film industry.

“Foreign and commercial movies are likely to exert greater domination over the industry,” he said, adding that it was important to collect ideas from experienced artists and create competitive advantages for local movies.

Former president of the Viet Nam Cinema Association, Tran Luan Kim, said that State-owned film studios under the equitisation process should be re-sponsored by the government.

“Though I understand that equitisation is necessary, we should note that the nature of the local movie industry requires directions and stable resources from the government,” he said.

Ngo Ngoc Ngu Long, vice president of the Viet Nam Cinema Association, said that more funds given to make classical Vietnamese movies would enable them to compete with foreign films at international festivals.

“State-owned studios tend to produce movies that communicate national pride effectively,” she added.

Classical Vietnamese movies are also struggling to compete with more commercial local movies made with modern content as well as foreign films at cinemas.

As the majority of popular cinemas are owned by private, revenue-driven companies, there are few time slots for classical Vietnamese movie screenings.   

Kim said that if State-owned studios were re-owned by the government, it would be important to restructure them.

For instance, film studios formerly managed separately should be under one management so they can improve their competitive advantage.

Renowned director Đào Bá Sơn stressed that it was unfair to underestimate local movies made by private firms. Despite being commercial, they still stand out at local cinemas.

“There should be revision of regulations to ensure that classical Vietnamese movies are able to survive in their own country,” he added.

“The ministry has collected all information and will file a report to the government. Though we can’t promise to do anything just yet, we will continue to emphasise the equitisation of State-owned film studios,” Thien said.

He said the ministry was looking forward to receiving more feedback from the public on this issue. 

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Top legislator’s Kazakhstan visit gives fresh impetus to bilateral ties

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The top legislator is leading a high-ranking Vietnamese NA delegation to visit Kazakhstan on October 16-18 at the invitation of Chairman of the Senate of Parliament Kassym Zhomart Tokayev, and the Chairman of the Mazhilis of Parliament Nurlan Nigmatulin.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1992, Vietnam and Kazakhstan have enjoyed the sound relations of friendship and fruitful traditional cooperation, closely coordinated and offered mutual support at the UN and international forums.

The good relationships have been demonstrated by senior leaders’ regular exchange visits, typically President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s visit to Vietnam in 2011 and the visits of former State President Truong Tan Sang to Kazakhstan in 2012 and former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in 2015.

Although both nations are members of the Vietnam-Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement (VN-EAEU FTA) which came into effect in October 2016, their economic cooperation and trade exchange are still below their full potential.

Regarding legislative ties, the two countries have maintained cooperation ties within the bilateral framework and at multilateral parliamentary forums, and regular exchange visits, and have set up a Friendship Parliamentarian Group aiming to bolster cooperation and exchanges between parliamentarians and the two-law making bodies.

Ms Ngan’s visit will make greater contributions to consolidating the time-honoured friendship between the two countries, particularly between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and other Kazakhstani political parties such as Nur Otan and Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan. Her trip will promise to further promoting bilateral affiliation in economics, trade, investment, energy, culture and education.

Through the visit, both sides will discuss specific measures to take full advantage of VN-EAEU FTA and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

The visit will also help augment cooperation in information and operational experience exchanges between Vietnamese NA members and their Kazakhstani counterparts, and build a closer connection between NA deputies with the overseas Vietnamese community in Kazakhstan.



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Dog thief killed during fight with angry villagers in Hanoi

Police in Hanoi have summoned four people they suspect of being involved in the killing of an alleged dog thief on Thursday, another brutal episode of mob justice versus pet kidnappers in Vietnam.

Villagers in Phu Xuyen District on the city’s outskirts chased after two dog thieves on Thursday afternoon after the duo had managed to steal five dogs from local families, an investigation found.

The two men dropped their weapons in a panic which were then picked up and used by the villagers to kill one of thieves, aged 28.

His accomplice, 38, escaped and ran to a government office for help.

Vietnam is estimated to consume five million dogs per year which is second only to the 20 million dogs killed for meat in China.

Many of the dogs are stolen pets sold to small, unregulated abattoirs and killed in a barbaric fashion, making dog thieves some of the biggest public enemies in Vietnam.

Yet they are rarely punished, and nor are the people who buy and sell stolen meat.

Vietnamese law only treats theft as a criminal offense if the object stolen is worth more than VND2 million, less than $100. Due to rising pressure both inside and outside the country, legislators are considering a provision that would criminalize the theft of pets.

For now, vigilante mobs often justify their actions, which sometimes prove fatal, to the lack of legal repercussions for the crime.

“They deserve it!” is the comment often given in media reports about dog thieves being assaulted or killed in Vietnam.



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Vietnam boosts parliamentary ties with RoK, Iran

At a meeting with Speaker of the RoK’s National Assemby Chung Sye-kyun (Photo: VNA)

Saint Petersburg (VNA) – Chairman of
the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with top legislators
from the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Iran on the margins of the 137th
Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU-137) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on
October 15.

While meeting with Speaker of the RoK’s National
Assemby Chung Sye-kyun, Ngan proposed the two countries expand cooperation to
deepen the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership.

She asked the two nations’ parliaments to
increase exchanges and coordination to examine the implementation of signed
cooperation agreements while supporting the governments to prompt connectivity
of friendship parliamentary groups according to the cooperation agreement
signed between the two legislatures in July 2013.

The two sides need to coordinate at multilateral
parliamentary forums such as the IPU, the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly,
and the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, she said.

She invited the RoK’s top legislators to attend
the 26th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Hanoi in January 2018.

The RoK’s Speaker expressed his pleasure to meet
Chairwoman Ngan again after his recent visit to Vietnam. He said that RoK President
Moon Jae-in is scheduled to participate in the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in
Vietnam’s central city of Da Nang in November 2017.

He hoped the two countries will enhance
high-level delegation exchanges to increase political trust and deepen relations.

At a meeting with Speaker of the Parliament of
Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani, Ngan said Vietnam treasures traditional ties with
Iran.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (L) meets with Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani (Photo: VNA)

She noted that Vietnam and Iran agreed to
strengthen cooperation in agriculture, seafood, energy, mining, oil and gas, telecommunication
and banking during the ninth meeting of their Joint Committee in July.

The two countries’ leaders also agreed to soon
bring bilateral trade to 2 billion USD, she said, calling on the two sides’
ministries, departments and localities to strengthen coordination to step up
the implementation of signed cooperation deals.

The Iranian Speaker said a delegation from the
Iran-Vietnam friendship parliamentary group will visit Vietnam at the end of
October this year, adding that the visit demonstrates the interest of the
Iranian parliament in working with the Vietnamese National Assembly.-VNA



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Television programme raises fund for the poor in Hanoi, HCM City

Hanoi (VNA) – A programme broadcast
on Vietnam Television linking Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with the theme
“Joining hands for the Poor – Leaving no one behind” took place in Hanoi on
October 15. 

The event was in response to the Month for
the Poor (October 17 – November 18) launched by the Prime Minister.

Speaking at the event, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc
said the Party and State have paid special attention to poverty reduction over
the past 72 years.

The country now has more than 1.9 million
poor households, 1.3 million of which need assistance in housing, education,
vocational training and livelihoods, particularly those living in remote,
mountainous and disaster-prone areas, he said.

The leader added that the Party and State aim
to reduce poor households nationwide by 1-1.5 percent annually and fulfill
goals set in the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030. The
government will also continue with the national target programme on sustainable
poverty reduction and new rural construction.

He took the occasion to call on people
nationwide to join hands for the poor. The PM also expressed his wish to
receive support from individuals and organisations at home and abroad for the
efforts.

Participants also responded to the text
messaging campaign “For the Vietnamese Poor 2017” launched by the Ministry of
Information and Communications.

President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF)
Central Committee Tran Thanh Man said businesses, units, foreign organisations
and Vietnamese nationals abroad donated more than 13.4 trillion VND to the “For
the Poor” fund and more than 36.21 trillion VND to local social welfare programmes.

In collaboration with local authorities, the
VFF Central Committee built over 1.4 million charity houses for poor households
and assisted millions of poor families with production materials and welfare
works.

Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh municipal Party
Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, former President of the VFF Central Committee, shared
his memories about supporting the poor.

On the occasion, individuals and
organisations provided 284 billion VND to “For the Poor” fund.

The organising board also displayed products
made by the poor in the two cities.-VNA



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Philippines, Australian forces stage sea drill as ties deepen

More than 100 soldiers in Filipino and Australian naval forces run a disaster response drill (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
More than 100 soldiers in Filipino and Australian naval forces on October 15
ran a disaster response drill in Subic Bay, northwest of Manila, the
Philippines to deepen security ties in a region prone to disasters, piracy and
territorial rifts.

Lt. Col. Daniel Turner
of the Australian Defence Force said the naval maneuvers will strengthen the
two countries’ ability to respond to typhoons and other disasters.

When typhoons and floods occur,
traditional infrastructure, such as roads,
bridges and ports is damaged, with the only way to get to
the affected area often requiring helicopters
and landing craft, he said.

Previously, the HMAS
Adelaide carrier and the HMAS Darwin ships of Australia landed at Manila port
on October 10 during their five-day visit, showing Australia’s commitment to
ensuring regional security and stability.

These ships, part of the
Australian Defence Fleet joined the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017.

In 2007, Australia
signed an accord that allows its forces to train in the Philippines.

Australia is the only
country aside from the United States with which Manila has forged such a defence
pact, known as a status of forces agreement. -VNA



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Vietnam attends youth festival in Russia

Some 150 members of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) Central Committee led by its first Secretary Le Quoc Phong attended the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students that officially opened in Sochi, Russia, on October 15.


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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the opening ceremony

The festival, themed “For peace, solidarity and social justice, we struggle against imperialism – Honouring our past, we build the future”, is organised by the World Federation of Democratic Youths.

Art performances featuring ecosystem protection, poverty and hunger combating and education development were held during the event.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighted the outstanding contribution youths make to society, and called on young people to build their own future and make the world a better place.

The festival welcomed more than 20,000 youths from about 180 countries. Up to 5,000 volunteers, including 314 foreign ones including Vietnamese were mobilised to support delegates.

Vietnamese delegates will join most of the key activities in the festival from October 12-22, including workshops, seminars, exhibition, bilateral meetings, and musical exchanges.

According to the HCYU, the festival is expected to present an opportunity for Vietnam to strengthen ties with youth organisations and partners in Russia, contributing to Vietnam – Russia relations.

VNA



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Bac Ninh Attracts FDI into Hi-Tech Industries



In the trend of international economic integration, Bac Ninh always determines that foreign direct investment ( FDI) is an important factor .Therefore, the province always focuses on innovating leadership and administration to create a comparative advantage to increase the competition to attract FDI projects with large investments in the sector.

Spotlight on FDI attraction

According to Mr Nguyen Dinh Xuan, Director of Department of Planning and Investment of Bac Ninh province, the investors come from 32 countries and territories and Korea has become the leading investor with 69 projects, with total registered capital after adjustment of US$9.15 billion; the second place is Singapore with 25 projects, with the registered capital after adjustment of US$2.95 billion and the third is Japan with 87 projects, with the registered capital after adjustment of over US$1billion. The investment projects in the province are highly valued by Canon (Japan), Samsung (Korea), Foxconn (Taiwan), Nokia (Finland) , PepsiCo (USA), ABB (Sweden),etc. It is noteworthy that across the country, the number of large investors remains very modest.

Among the typical FDI projects in Bac Ninh province, the Samsung Display Vietnam Co., Ltd. was licensed on July 1, 2014 by Korean investors with a total investment capital of US$6.5 billion. The project specialises in manufacturing, assembling, outsourcing, marketing or selling all kinds of monitors for electronic devices and carrying out research and development activities related to the production of various kinds of monitors. The SDV is also Samsung’s largest investment project in Vietnam, making Samsung the largest foreign investor not only in Bac Ninh but also in Vietnam.

Secondly, the Samsung Electronics Vietnam Co., Ltd. (SEV) was granted the first investment license on March 25, 2008 by Samsung Electronics Asia Holding Ltd. (Singapore), with total registered capital of up to US$2.5 billion.

Channeling FDI inflows into hi-tech industries

Increasing the quality and scale of investment capital of implemented projects is one of the solutions of the province. The province is striving for the technology content of the projects, accounting for 45-50 per cent, moving from heavy industrial development to high tech supporting industries, minimising environmental impacts and reducing crude export.

In order to achieve the target, the province has determined that there must be a good planning and good projects with good investors so the province has focused on completing the master plan for 2016-2020 since 2015. Along with that , the province focuses on preparing the list of projects to call for investment and making information accessible to the investors in the fields of electricity and electronics, travel and entertainment services, logistic system, commerce, and infrastructure. Besides, the province provides human resources for high-quality services with very specific commitments on ground clearance, technical infrastructure, labor, and administrative procedures.

With the active and positive direction of the government, the efforts of the sectors, especially the community of investors and businesses, the quality of FDI flow into Bac Ninh will be improved, creating the premise for socio-economic development of the province in the right direction to help Bac Ninh to become a centrally-run city by 2022.


Duy Binh

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Bac Ninh: FDI-propelled Growth


Bac Ninh province has always been a leading light in FDI attraction, as evidenced by the presence of many world-leading manufacturing corporations such as Canon, Samsung, Foxconn, Orion and PepsiCo. The foreign direct investment (FDI) sector currently accounts for over 85 per cent of industrial production value and 99 per cent of total export turnover, making Bac Ninh the sixth largest economy in the country. Its GRDP per capita, industrial production value and export turnover ranked second out of 63 provinces and cities nationwide. FDI is the driving force for Bac Ninh, the smallest province in the country by area, to unlock its potential to reach the current stature. Vietnam Business Forum has an interview with Mr Nguyen Tu Quynh, Chairman of Bac Ninh Provincial People’s Committee, on this issue. Tran Trang reports.

From an agriculture-based province with the smallest area in the country, Bac Ninh has quickly risen to become a favoured destination of gigantic FDI projects. What is the key to this success? In spite of being the smallest locality in the country, it has a very favourable geographic location. The province lies in the Northern Key Economic Region and in the Ha Noi – Hai Phong – Quang Ninh Economic Triangle, where socioeconomic infrastructure systems, including transportation systems, were invested quite early. As a result, Bac Ninh province could easily access international friends and partners. With a long-term vision, a series of investment projects such as expanded National Highway 1, National Highway 18 and Ho Bridge were quickly built and completed to unlock geographic advantages: Being the gateway to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, close to Noi Bai International Airport, not far from Hai Phong and Quang Ninh seaports and international border gates. These are the doors for Bac Ninh to quickly integrate with international friends.

In the past years, Bac Ninh has always been considered to have a transparent and friendly business environment. With the motto of “Side by side the businesses” and “Regarding the trust and satisfaction of the business as the core objective to promote economic development, all levels of authorities of the province have made ongoing efforts to enhance the investment environment and raise the provincial competitiveness index (PCI). The province’s PCI rankings are always listed among the top. By defining the role of industrial parks and focusing on construction and development of industrial parks in an attempt to become an industrialised province, Bac Ninh soon detailed many industrial parks, infrastructure and utility service development plans. The province actively cleared the land and supported investors to tackle with emerging issues when they carry out their projects. The very ongoing creativity and effort of the province turned countryside fields into modern industrial parks and opened up industrialisation era.

Not only being quick at setting the development direction, the province has also been very creative in its way of doing so. Bac Ninh has targeted multinational conglomerates and persuaded them to locate their projects in the province. Successfully, each industrial park has several gargantuan advanced projects invested by industry leaders which draw their supporting investors. It is the first step that counts. In 2006, Canon started the “wave” of large FDI investors, followed by Foxconn, ABB and Samsung, helping the province to establish the core industry of electronics and telecom. Optimistically, they scaled up their investment value after they started productions. For example, Samsung Display invested US$1 billion in Yen Phong Industrial Park in 2014 and it registered to add extra US$3 billion in August 2015 and additional US$2.5 billion in 2017, bringing its total investment value to US$6.5 billion. There are many reasons for expansion decisions and one of them is investor-friendly policies and inspirational investment environment of Bac Ninh province.

Giant projects invested by multinational corporations have created a vivid image of dynamism and development and also established the brand name of Bac Ninh in the integration process.

After 20 years since the province was re-established, Bac Ninh province’s FDI sector has grown up robustly to become a motivating economic sector, attained important achievements and actively contributed to the economy in the era of industrialisation and modernisation.



In addition to its potential and strengths, how has the province reformed administrative procedures and improved the quality of its investment environment?

Public administration reform has been carried out in a comprehensive and effective manner, ranging from institutional reform, administrative reform and organisational reform to public financial reform and administrative modernisation. With the drastic direction of the Provincial People’s Committee, departments and agencies, public administration reform has produced positive results, which were applauded by all levels, branches, units and the business community. For example, in administrative procedure reform, the province seriously reviewed administrative procedures, regularly updated new regulations as soon as they took effect, replaced or annulled unnecessary ones. It also strictly controlled and seriously implemented procedures that are disclosed to the public. All administrative procedures within the jurisdiction of the Department of Planning and Investment and the Bac Ninh Industrial Parks Authority have been published on their electronic information portals, aimed to reduce the time required to handle administrative procedures. Online business registration was initially successful.



Would you talk about solutions and strategies that Bac Ninh province will adopt to attract more FDI in the coming years?

Bac Ninh is striving for sustainable development in the coming time based on the harmonious development f urban and rural areas. The core urban area of Bac Ninh will satisfy the first-class urban area requirements in Vietnam. Bac Ninh will also shift from promoting statically comparative advantages to dynamically comparative advantages and promoting competitive advantages in new conditions. It will set up research and development (R&D) centres and high-quality regional human resources training centres, make changes to the service economy and become a centrally-run city and a modern scientific city.

To achieve these goals, Bac Ninh needs to select investment flows, with priority given to FDI projects using environment-friendly advanced technologies, effectively using resources, minerals and land. The province will step up the development of supporting industries, gradually manufacture products alternative to imports in order to create high added values in products and raise budget revenues. The province will try to create stronger driving forces and ripple effects on domestic enterprises to cooperate with each other to develop together and develop the economy and society as designed by the Resolution of the 19th Provincial Party Congress.

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Deputy PM directs flood recovery efforts in Thanh Hoa

Thanh Hoa (VNA) – Deputy Prime
Minister Pham Binh Minh held a working session with authorities of central
Thanh Hoa province on October 15 to direct the recovery from the heavy rains
and floods that recently hit the province. 

He praised the province for evacuating
18,588 households out of landslide-prone areas and asked for more search and
rescue efforts and attention on ensuring environmental hygiene, disease
prevention and supplying water.

The Deputy PM requested the Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Development to promptly repair two dykes in Xuan Minh and
Tho Truong communes, Tho Xuan district, which pose risks to more than 440,000
households in districts of Tho Xuan, Yen Dinh and Thieu Hoa if another downpour
occurs.

Chairman of the provincial People’s
Committee Nguyen Dinh Xung suggested that the government, ministries and
agencies offer aid of 580 billion VND (25.21 million USD) from the State budget
to Thanh Hoa to repair dykes and other transport works, as well as add several
dyke upgrade projects into the list of medium-term State investment at a total
cost of roughly 700 billion VND.

The province also asked for State financial
assistance to support affected farmers and sought permission to upgrade dykes
along Cau Chay, Hoat and Thi Long rivers at a rough cost of 1 trillion VND.

The disaster killed 16 and left five others
missing in the province. It also flooded 28,146 houses, destroyed 28,833ha of
trees and winter crops, and 6,055ha of aquaculture, costing nearly 2.7 trillion
VND.

The same day, National Assembly Vice
Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong arrived in the northern mountainous province of Son
La to inspect damages of floods from October 9-11 and direct recovery efforts.

As of October 14, the flood had claimed six
lives and left two missing, swept away hundreds of houses and 22 bridges, and
damaged more than 960ha of rice.

By October 15, five communes and 26 villages
were still isolated.

On the occasion, Phong together with local
leaders presented gifts to affected families.-VNA



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Drug runners shift transportation tactics

In the first nine months of the year, HCM City customs uncovered 14 cases of drug smuggling with a total of 28kg of methamphetamines, marijuana, and types of cocaine (Photo: baohaiquan.vn)

HCM City (VNS/VNA) – More
and more drug traffickers have turned to aviation to transport drugs in
response to tighter security measures of local customs and police, officials said.

Pham Quoc Hung, Deputy Director of HCM
City’s Customs Department, told the Hai Quan (Customs) newspaper that
transporting drugs as airfreight packages and by express delivery has increased
from the beginning of the year as smugglers seek to circumvent customs
inspections.

In the first nine months of the year,
HCM City customs uncovered 14 cases of drug smuggling with a total of 28kg of
methamphetamines, marijuana, and types of cocaine.

Customs officers at Tan Son Nhat
International Airport on September 19 detected three packages sent from the US
to northern Hai Phong City, which raised suspicions of contraband content when
screened.

They checked and found that the three
packages contained 7.3kg of marijuana flowers packed carefully in vacuum nylon
bags and hidden in a used box of raisins. They also discovered many
packages of drugs hidden in clothes and personal belongings.

Hung said smugglers also put drugs into
packages which used to contain products, such as instant coffee, sesame or milk
powder, dried jackfruit and even cosmetics.

According to Huynh Nam, head of the
city’s drug control team, traffickers always change the way they hide heroin,
for example by shifting to express delivery services.

Nam said not all customs officials have
the required experience and capability to find and prevent drug trafficking.

Customs officers have also heightened
their vigilance of export goods.

Recently, customs officers checked a
package of gifts including some clothes and shoes sent by a person from
southern Binh Duong province to Australia and found suspicious signs on the
side of the carton. Cutting all four sides of the carton, the customs
officer discovered four packs of heroin, weighing over 900grams flattened into
the sides.

Nguyen Van Anh, deputy director of the
Express Delivery Customs Sub-Department, said that every day the department
receives more than 3,000 gift packages, 2,600 of which are import goods.

Anh said that customs officials constantly
update themselves on new methods traffickers use to conceal and smuggle drugs.

The HCM City Customs Department warned
that after a lull of two years, drug traffickers have resumed efforts to seduce
Vietnamese women into serving as mules to transport drugs. The head of the drug
control team of HCM City Customs, Huynh Nam, said in August that a female
teacher from Binh Thuan province was arrested for transporting drugs.

The customs officers detained the woman
immediately after she arrived on a flight from Brazil to HCM
City. According to her initial claim to customs, she was acquainted with a
Nigerian man through a social network. In late July, the Nigerian man sent
her some money to buy tickets to visit Brazil.

After that he asked her to bring a gift
to his relative in HCM City. The woman was sure the gift package contained
CDs and some clothes and put it into her luggage. At Tan Son Nhat
International Airport, the customs officers seized the gift package after
discovering cocaine hidden inside.

In the last five years, the airport’s
Customs Sub-Department had detected and arrested 52 suspects (including 32
women, 19 of whom are Vietnamese nationals and 13 foreigners) on charges of
illegal transport of drugs.

Most of the offenders were seduced and
deceived by various tricks to transport drugs for African drug rings. “We
are very concerned about this issue and determined to tighten the management,”
Hung said.-VNA



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First rose festival held in Hanoi

Hundreds of photos featuring the beauty of roses and of women are on display at the festival. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A
special ao dai (traditional dress) collection by designer Vu
Viet Ha, inspired by roses to honour Vietnamese women’s beauty, was presented
at the opening ceremony of a rose festival in Hanoi on October 14.

Hundreds of visitors rushed
to the festival at Thang Long Rose Park, the first of its kind in the capital,
which runs until October 22.

Dao Manh
Hung, the park’s director, said the event will help participants learn about
the history of roses and bring together rose lovers.

“We organised the event on
occasion of Vietnamese women’s day on October 20 to honour the beauty of women,
which is often compared to roses. We hope the festival is a meaningful event to
honour women, half the world’s population, and helps connect nature lovers in
the beautiful autumn season,” Hung said.

Three hundred different species of roses are on display at the rose park located
in Hanoi’s Thanh Tri district. Located in Huynh Cung village, the park has long
been a favoured destination for rose lovers in the capital.

With a total area of around
45,000sq.m, it is the largest park of its kind in the city and houses thousands
of rose plants.

At the week-long event,
visitors can discover various varieties of roses, enjoy rose tea from Bulgaria,
love songs performed by the capital’s street artists and see hundreds of photos
of roses and women on display at the festival.

Experts will share with visitors stories about the origins of roses and
instruct visitors on how to take care of rose plants.

Awards will be given to
houses with the most beautiful rose-decorated balconies.

Various kinds of rose
plants, souvenirs made from roses and cosmetics from Bulgaria are being sold at
the event at discounted prices.

“Queen Rose” Bui Thi Thanh
Huong, who won the title at the first-ever Bulgarian Rose Festival in Hanoi last
year, sponsored by the Bulgarian Embassy, came to the festival to share stories
about the secret of preserving love in marriage.

Ngo Ngoc Toan, chairman of
Tam Hiep commune of Thanh Tri district said the region is proud of this rose
park which was created by Hung who was born in the region.

 “We will create
favourable conditions to encourage Hung to enlarge this park, so it can become
an interesting eco-tourism destination, creating a new tourism attraction for
nature lovers in Hanoi,” he said.-VNA



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