Voice of Vietnam President’s New Year Greeting

Dear listeners and overseas Vietnamese, From Hanoi, the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, I would like to extend my warmest greetings and wishes to all of you for a new year 2018 full of health, happiness and success. May humankind live joyfully in peace, friendship, cooperation, and development! In 2017, Vietnam made an all-out effort to boost its renewal process, from politics, economics, culture, and social affairs to defense, security, and diplomacy. All 13 important targets set by the National Assembly were met, the macro-economy was stable, GDP grew 6.81%, and more than 127,000 new businesses were established. In the past year, Vietnam attracted nearly 30 billion USD in foreign direct investment, enjoyed a trade surplus of 2.7 billion USD, and welcomed more than 13 million foreign visitors. Forex reserves hit 51.1 billion USD and inflation was kept at 3.53%. Vietnam’s competitiveness jumped 5 places to rank 55 of 137 countries. Human rights continued to be respected, and efforts to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and maintain peace were enhanced. A number of important events were celebrated including the 70th anniversary of War Martyrs and Invalids’ Day, the 100th anniversary of Russia’s October Revolution, the 45th anniversary of the “Dien Bien Phu in the air” victory, Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year, and Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year.   Bai Choi and Xoan singing were recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity while the national sport team finished third with 59 gold medals at the 29th Southeast…

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