PM Phuc meets Thai counterpart on ASEAN Summit sidelines

Prime Miniser Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in Manila, the Philippines on the sidelines of the 30th ASEAN Summit. Photo: VGP

The two Prime Ministers agreed to work toward balancing trade ties and educate their people not to fish illegally off each country’s waters.

Phuc asked the two sides to beef up high-level visits and effectively deploy the existing cooperation mechanisms.

He suggested both sides should begin talks on bilateral agreements on criminal extradition and judicial assistance and establish a hotline to settle maritime incidents.

Regarding ASEAN cooperation, the two leaders agreed to enhance coordination of positions and viewpoints on regional security and strategic issues, including the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and pushing for real progress in the talks on the Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

The Thai Prime Minister took the occasion to invited his Vietnamese counterpart to pay an official visit to Thailand./.

By Quang Minh



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Prime Minister Phuc meets Thai counterpart on ASEAN Summit sidelines

Prime Miniser Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in Manila, the Philippines on the sidelines of the 30th ASEAN Summit. Photo: VGP

The two Prime Ministers agreed to work toward balancing trade ties and educate their people not to fish illegally off each country’s waters.

Phuc asked the two sides to beef up high-level visits and effectively deploy the existing cooperation mechanisms.

He suggested both sides should begin talks on bilateral agreements on criminal extradition and judicial assistance and establish a hotline to settle maritime incidents.

Regarding ASEAN cooperation, the two leaders agreed to enhance coordination of positions and viewpoints on regional security and strategic issues, including the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and pushing for real progress in the talks on the Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

The Thai Prime Minister took the occasion to invited his Vietnamese counterpart to pay an official visit to Thailand./.

By Quang Minh



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Sa Pa Summer festival opens in Lao Cai

Lao Cai hopes to welcome at least 3.1 million tourists this year. Photo: sapalaocai

On the opening day, there were a music show of the province’s ethnic arts troupe, along with a street festival at Mat Ngoc lake and xoe dance performance of Tay and Xa Pho ethnic people, among others.

On April 30, visitors can choose to attend the festival on cloud at Ham Rong Mountain or to try hands at cultivation practice of local people and pick herbal plants with Red Dao people at Ta Phin tourism site. Meanwhile, the Quan site in Sa Pa will host the re-enactment of the traditional wedding of the Red Dao ethnic group.

Besides, a thematic photo display on Sa Pa was opened on April 28 and lasts until May 3, introducing 60 award-winning works of Sa Pa photography club’s members.

Several sport activities such as tennis and volleyball tourneys will also take place during the summer festival.

According to statistics of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Lao Cai welcomed more than 1.1 million tourists in the first quarter of 2017, including nearly 230,000 foreigners, a year-on-year rise of 56.6 percent.

 It is striving to welcome more than 6 million tourists, and become a key tourism center of the northwestern region by 2020, with Sa Pa becoming a national tourism site.

The province hopes to welcome at least 3.1 million tourists in the National Tourism Year 2017.

Source: VNA



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Conference on role of the press in anti-corruption held

With the aim of raising the awareness of the press role in prevention and fight against corruption and wastefulness, participants at the conference discussed and exchanged experience in carrying out journalist work; proposed solutions to strengthening coordination among press agencies in disseminating information in the service of fighting and preventing corruption and wastefulness, gradually raising the quality of journalist work in this field.

At the conference

The conference was also an opportunity to provide information and professional orientations for journalists to join the National Press Awards on the Fight and Prevention of Corruption and Wastefulness 2017 jointly organized by the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the Vietnam Journalists’ Association.

The delegates then clarified the role of the press in prevention and fight against corruption as well as factors and their relationship that affect this role. They also raised issues arising during the practice of fighting and preventing corruption and wastefulness of the press such as objectivity, truthfulness, professionalism in exploiting and processing information, difficulties and challenges, common wrong-doings and harmful effects of false information, etc.

The coordination mechanisms among the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Vietnam Journalists Association, inspection agencies, press agencies, relevant ministries, sectors, localities during the dissemination of information related to corruption and wastefulness were also placed on the table.

A number of journalists proposed that the work of journalists involved in prevention and fight against corruption and wastefulness should be regarded as a kind of public assignment and there must be a sound legal corridor to deal with those refusing to reply press agencies when required to supply information and ensure security for journalists and press agencies engaged in prevention and fight against corruption and wastefulness.

Some suggested that the VJA should organize more training courses for journalists working in the field of corruption and wastefulness fight and prevention.

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Stamp set recognizing Genenral Van Tien Dungs contributions make debut

The stamp featuring the portrait of General Van Tien Dung and highlighting his feats of arms

The event was to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the general (May 2) and to mark the 42nd anniversary of the liberation of Southern Vietnam and national reunification (April 30).

The stamp set includes one stamp designed by painter To Minh Trang, a VNPost’s staff. The stamp features a portrait of General Van Tien Dung in the uniform of the Vietnam People’s Army. It demonstrates the courage of a resilient communist warrior, a talented general, and an outstanding military prowess of Vietnam named Van Tien Dung.

The background of the stamp is the national flag, illustrating General Van Tien Dung’s feats of arms in the national salvation, construction and defense cause.

The VND 3,000 stamp with 43×32 mm in size is available at all post-offices.

The issuance of such a stamp set would help young generations learn more about the life and career of a talented general of Vietnam and in part educate patriotism among locals, especially youths.

General Van Tien Dung was a distinguished disciple of President Ho Chi Minh and a military prowess of Vietnam. He devoted his life to the Party’s ideal and to the national liberation and reunification cause as well as national building and protection. His life and career closely attached to great victories in the two national resistance wars against French and American invaders with historic Ho Chi Minh Campaign in April 1975 as a pinnacle.

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ASEAN foreign ministers fret over Korean Peninsula situation

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MANILA – ASEAN foreign ministers issued yesterday a statement expressing grave concern over the escalation of tension in the Korean Peninsula, urging the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and all parties concerned to exercise self-restraint to de-escalate the tension.

“ASEAN is mindful that instability in the Korean Peninsula seriously impacts the region and beyond,” the statement said, urging the DPRK to comply with its obligations arising from all relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions and international laws.

They also called for the resumption of dialogue on the Korean Peninsula to defuse tensions and create conditions conducive to peace and stability.

The Korean Peninsula situation was one of the main issues tabled at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the 15th meeting of the ASEAN Political-Security Community Council, and the 19th meeting of the ASEAN Coordinating Council in Manila, the Philippines, on April 28. These events reviewed preparations for the 30th ASEAN Summit today.

Another outstanding issue discussed at the meetings was the East Sea. ASEAN foreign ministers reiterated resolve to accelerate the building of a framework for a Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea so as to attain a substantive, effective code in line with international law.

The ministers stressed that amidst the complicated international and regional context, especially tensions in the Korean Peninsula and militarisation in the East Sea, ASEAN needs to keep a strong common voice and bring into play its role, contributing to peace and stability in the region and the world.

Speaking at the meetings, Viet Nam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh shared other countries’ viewpoint on the tensions. He affirmed that ASEAN needs to take a sober, impartial and consistent approach.

The bloc should consolidate its internal strength, solidarity and unanimity, increase co-ordination of their stance, and build a common voice for ASEAN on issues of shared concern. It also “needs to enhance its central role in ASEAN-led mechanisms and encourage big countries’ balanced and constructive participation in the region”, he said.

He added the association “needs to enhance people’s engagement in the building of the ASEAN Community and make use of every contribution to the community’s development”.

Regarding the East Sea issue, Minh shared other countries’ concern about complex developments in the waters, including reclamation and militarisation activities.

He emphasised that “all countries are responsible for contributing to peace, stability, security and safety of navigation and overflight in the East Sea”. Countries must be committed to settling disputes by peaceful means on the basis of respect for international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention of the Law of the Sea, along with diplomatic and legal processes in the region. They also must not use or threaten to use force.

Deputy PM Minh welcomed the continued efforts made by ASEAN and China to seriously and fully implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and build an effective COC.

The 30th ASEAN Summit will officially open at the Philippine International Convention Centre in Manila on April 29. Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc will lead the Vietnamese delegation to the event.

Meeting with counterparts

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh held separate meetings with top diplomats of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia on the sidelines of the 30th ASEAN Summit and related meetings in Manila yesterday.

During a meeting with Philippine Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo, the two officials lauded the time-honoured co-operation between Việt Nam and the Philippines.

They agreed to promote high-level visits as well as a ministerial-level meeting of the Joint Committee for Bilateral Cooperation this year, and enhance ties in marine issues, including fighting piracy.

Meeting with Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, the two ministers discussed boosting bilateral ties and holding the sixth session of the Việt Nam-Malaysia Joint Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation as well as the implementation of signed agreements.

Minh urged Malaysia to fairly judge the case related to Vietnamese citizen Đoàn Thị Hương and ensure her rights.

While meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, the two sides agreed to increase high-level visits and accelerate negotiations on the demarcation of the exclusive economic zones in waters.

They agreed to implement the outcomes of the seventh session of the Việt Nam-Indonesia Joint Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation in a bid to reach US$10 billion in two-way trade by 2018.

The sides also agreed to enhance co-operation to maintain ASEAN’s central role and unity as well as peace and stability in the East Sea. They stressed the need to continue working together closely in ASEAN to finalise a Code of Conduct in the East Sea and ensure its effectiveness.-VNS



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Workshop on intellectual property rights

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HÀ NỘI – The rapid development of technology, the Internet and social networks has resulted in significant development of e-commerce in Việt Nam, however, it has brought challenges for many enterprises, especially in intellectual property protection.

It was necessary to raise the awareness of community about the protection of intellectual property rights in general and the e-commerce environment in particular, Trần Văn Tùng, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, told a workshop on intellectual property enforcement in e-commerce in Hà Nội on Wednesday.

“The Government, the Ministry of Science and Technology and other ministries and sectors have been working hard to prevent intellectual property infringement as well as infringements of intellectual property rights in the digital environment, but this work faces many difficulties,” Tùng said.

Nguyễn Như Quỳnh, deputy chief inspector the Ministry of Science and Technology, said enterprises were not fully aware of the protection of intellectual property rights in e-commerce.

She pointed out difficulties including enterprises not being aware of the problem, difficulties in identifying violating organisations or individuals, difficulties in collecting evidence and incomplete legislation.

Lê Ngọc Lâm, deputy director of National Office of Intellectual Property of Việt Nam, said e-commerce had grown vigorously. “Due to the almost infinite author’s privilege and the scope on the Internet, along with the development of e-commerce, online infringement has become a major challenge.”

E-commerce was developing very strongly in Việt Nam, however, the sector had many shortcomings because it still lacks qualified staff, he said.

In addition, co-ordination among agencies caused difficulties and obstacles, he added. “Functional units need to have training courses on e-commerce, strengthening the co-ordination activities between enforcement forces in the prevention and control of intellectual property infringement.”

As the responsible agency for intellectual property issues, the National Office of Intellectual Property of Việt Nam would add sanctions for the electronic transaction environment, while co-ordinating with authorities to resolve domain name disputes and in identifying related issues to intellectual property infringement cases, said Lâm, the representative of the office. – VNS



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New ideas and technologies to support Vietnams sustainable energy future plans

The workshop drew the participation of 300 representatives including GE business leaders and Vietnamese experts in the energy industry to share new ideas, case studies and applicable solutions to address the challenges and provide opportunities for Vietnam’s energy industry.

GE Group revealed its energy ecosystem portfolio resonating an interconnected system of digital and industrial technologies with Vietnam’s energy agenda to deliver more affordable, reliable, and sustainable production, distribution, and consumption of energy.

At the workshop 

GE representatives discussed and shared opportunities for gas, steam, and renewable energy, as well as how power services partnerships, new grid technologies, and digital industrial solutions can advance Vietnam’s energy modernization plans. Insights and opinions were also provided by local experts and representatives from relevant agencies and organizations in this field.

The participants also focused on energy solutions to help Vietnam produce more sustainable power to meet Vietnam’s rising demand which is predicted to grow at an average rate of 10.5 percent annually during the 2016-2020 period, and 8 percent annually during the 2021-2030 period. Electricity consumption is expected to reach 234.6 TWh by 2020 and 506.0 TWh by 2030 – a fourfold increase by 2030 compared with consumption in 2014.

At the workshop, Phuong Hoang Kim, Deputy Director of the General Directorate of Energy under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said, “The goals set out in the country’s revised Power Master Plan VII are designed to boost energy security, diversify energy sources, attract new investments, and ensure environmental benchmarks.”

Decentralization was another important topic in which speakers discussed the shift from power generation towards generation closer to the point of consumption. There was also strong interest in the latest lower or non-emitting CO2 energy producing technologies to help developing markets like Vietnam upgrade its ageing infrastructure to save costs and meet emissions standards.

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Vietnam striving to bolster ASEAN connectivity for regional peace, stability and development

This is the first ASEAN summit under the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the world” held by the Philippines as the ASEAN Chair 2017. The event takes place at a time when ASEAN sees a number of good achievements in implementing the ASEAN Vision 2025 and master plans on all the three pillars of the community, in celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of the bloc and the second anniversary of the establishment of the ASEAN Community.

Regarding political-security, 217 out of the 290 action lines or nearly 75% are implemented albeit at different degrees. In economic terms, ASEAN has so far fulfilled 532 out of the 611 (87%) while the bloc is actively realizing the Master Plan for a socio-cultural community with the 109 action lines.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits in Laos. Photo: news.zing.vn

To facilitate the community building, ASEAN continues to step up efforts for connectivity and narrow the development gap. Particularly, the bloc has effectively deployed the Initiative For ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III with five prioritized areas: food and industry, trade facilitation, MSMEs, education, and health and well-being, and the master plan for ASEAN Connectivity 2025 with five strategies: Sustainable Infrastructure, Digital Innovation, Seamless Logistics, Regulatory Excellence, and People Mobility. Besides, the bloc continue implementing measures to improve its apparatus and working procedures on the basis of streamlining the structure, improving the efficiency of mechanisms and increasing the connectivity of the communities pillars so as to augment its operational efficiency and quality.

Meanwhile, ASEAN has successfully drawn the strategic engagement of all major powers in regional mechanisms for the common interests of peace, stability and development in the region and world. Its partners continue valuing its central role in regional mechanisms and actively promote comprehensive cooperation with the block via various programs, initiatives and concrete approaches. They also pledge to support ASEAN in building a community, increasing regional connection and integration, narrowing the development gap, responding to common challenges of the region and world. For instance, ASEAN is now implementing the Action Plan 2016-2020 with China, the US, India, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Canada and the UN; at the same time, the bloc is drafting action plans with other major partners, including Japan, Australia, Russia and EU.

Over the past time, ASEAN has always striven to foster peace, stability as well as navigation and aviation freedom, safety and security in the East Sea (South China Sea), while seeking to deal with all disputes via peaceful means, including full respect of the legal and diplomatic processes, in line with universally-recognized conventions and international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS 1982). In reality, ASEAN has demonstrated a high sense of responsibility and played a central role in building a favorable environment for peace, stability, and navigation and aviation security, safety and freedom in the East Sea, along with its effort to call involved parties to fully, seriously and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of parties in the East Sea (DOC) and to actively work with China to soon complete a Code of Conduct of parties in the East Sea (COC).

In these circumstances, the 30th ASEAN Summit serves as a chance for the bloc’s leaders to review the regional situation and seek orientations for the building of the ASEAN Community in the coming time, as well as to discuss measures to consolidate its central role in the region and boost cooperation between the bloc and its partners for peace, security and sustainable development in the region.

The Vietnamese participating delegation is doing its utmost to promote ASEAN connection and operational efficiency operation; to cement unity and central role of the bloc in response to complex developments in the regional current context; to strengthen cooperation for practical benefits for all regional people; to narrow the development gap; to bolster its relations with other ASEAN member countries for a Southeast Asian region of stability, cooperation and development in a changing world with both opportunities and challenges.

Vietnam strongly believes that the 30th ASEAN Summit hosted by the Philippines in Manila will be successful, contributing to boosting cooperation and development, and preserving a peaceful and security environment in the region.

Written by the Editorial Board

Translated by Thu Nguyen



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MND meets with Nghe An provinces wounded and sick soldiers

Senior Colonel Nguyen Xuan Yem, Deputy Director of the Department of Policy under the General Department of Politics (GDP) was authorized by the MND’s leadership to chair the meeting.

 At the meeting

Together with Ha Tinh, Nghe An province was the starting place of the proletarian revolution of Vietnam with the Nghe Tinh Soviet Movement in 1930-1931 as a pinnacle. Attentively, in the resistance war against the American invaders for national salvation, Nghe An was the birthplace of various movements such as “Singing drowns bomb explosions,” “Missing not a single kilogram of paddy and a single enlisted man,” “Willing to dismantle houses for vehicles to advance to the front”, and “All for our beloved South Vietnam”, contributing to the national reunification in Spring 1975.

Bringing into play their tradition, the local Party committees, authorities, troops and people have exerted all efforts and united with each other to develop local socio-economy and improve locals’ living standards.

At the meeting, Senior Colonel Nguyen Xuan Yem briefed the national contributors on outstanding achievements of military officers and soldiers in training, combat readiness, and mass mobilization.

The participants showed their pleasure and thanked the Central Military Commission, the MND, GDP for their due attention to gratitude work.

They highlighted the army’s accomplishments since 2011, including the repatriation of remains of nearly 10,000 Vietnamese volunteer troops and specialists who laid dơn their lives during wartime in Laos and Cambodia; the building of over 7,000 gratitude and comradeship houses at a total cost of VND 450 billion; the donation of over VND 200 billion to the Central Gratitude Fund; the care for 1,776 Vietnamese Heroic Mothers and the job generation for seriously wounded and sick soldiers’ children.

Especially, since 2013, the MND has provided convalescent centers for national contributors with automobiles, other medical equipment, and military uniforms. Last year, the MND gave a financial assistance package of over VND 19 billion to 13 such centers to better the care for national contributors.

Those good deeds of the military have in part improved the material and spiritual life of policy beneficiaries and national contributors, further educating young generations of the national tradition of “When drinking water, remember its source”.

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Incense offered to late General Van Tien Dung

The delegation was led by General Ngo Xuan Lich, member of the Politburo, Deputy Secretary of the CMC, Minister of National Defense. The minister was accompanied by Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong, member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CCCPV), permanent member of the CMC, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army; and members of the CCCPV: Senior Lieutenant General Be Xuan Truong, Deputy Minister of National Defense; Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Phuong Nam, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army; and Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics.

General Ngo Xuan Lich offered incense to commemorate late General Van Tien Dung

Delivering a speech at the incense offering ceremony on the occasion of the 100th birthday of late General Van Tien Dung, Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia stressed that the General was a loyal revolutionary, a leader of the Party and State, a distinguished disciple of President Ho Chi Minh, and an example of military prowess of the heroic Vietnam People’s Army.

During his revolutionary career, General Van Tien Dung always upheld the noble title of a communist, whole-heartedly devoting his life to the Fatherland, people, and the Party, and contributing greatly to the Army development, national salvation and building.

Lt. Gen. Nguyen Trong Nghia affirmed that paying tribute to late General Van Tien Dung, generations of officers and soldiers of the VPA are determined to learn, self-improve, and train to deserve the title of Uncle Ho’s soldiers; continue to follow the predecessors’ revolutionary cause and glorious tradition; and be ready to take and excellently accomplish any tasks assigned by the Party, State, and people.

On this occasion, the delegation also offered incense to late leaders of the Party, State, and Army, and heros, who are resting at the cemetery. The delegation also offered incense at the General Van Tien Dung Memorial House.

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Viettel honors outstanding groups and individuals

Five groups included Viettel Institute of Research and Development, Viettel Network Security Center, Viettel’s branch in Da Nang, Tete branch of Movitel Company (the brand name of Viettel in Mozambique), and Viettel Post Corporation.

Viettel’s Board of Directors presenting gifts to six outstanding individuals

Six honored individuals were Nguyen Van Tuong, Deputy Head of the Global Technology Center under the Viettel Network Corporation; Tran Trung Hung, General Director of Viettel Post Joint Stock Corporation; Nguyen Phi Minh, Director of the Jet Engine Center under the Viettel Aerospace Institute; Pham Van Khanh, a staff of the Viettel Network Security Center; Tran Van Huy, a collaborator of Viettel’s branch in Nam Dinh City; Mariano Moniz Goncalves, Head of the Sales Department of Telemor (the brand name of Viettel in Timor Leste).

Among the honored figures, Pham Van Khanh impressed the participants as he has so far been the only Vietnamese who has been honored by Facebook and rewarded with US$ 6,000. His achievement in detecting Facebook’s security holes has also helped Viettel firmly protect its IT system.

With the strategy that clients are close relatives, Tran Van Huy helped promote customers’ love and trust in Viettel and increase the number of customers in Nam Dinh.

This is the third time that the military business has honored its outstanding organizations and individuals worldwide, who voluntarily embarked on challenges. Their deeds have been inspiring Viettel’s staff to overcome difficulties and effectively fulfill assigned tasks.

At the event, Viettel launched its emulation movement in 2017, themed “New Aspiration – New Belief – New Journey to New Pinnacle”, with a  target to obtain new break-through achievements.

Translated by Tran Hoai

 

 



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