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Last update: 03:07 | 11/07/2018

Ministry aims to mobilise resources for transport infrastructure


During the second half of this year, the MoT will speed up the implementation of key projects such as Long Thanh International Airport and the expansion of Tan Son Nhat International Airport. 

The Ministry of Transport (MoT) will work on solutions, mechanisms, and policies to push forward the mobilisation of resources for transport infrastructure development in the second half of this year, said chief of the ministry’s office Nguyen Tri Duc. 

The MoT also aims to effectively realise the mid-term investment goals for 2016-2020, as well as the plan set for 2018, according to the official.

On behalf of the Government, the ministry will report the plan on using the standby capital of 15 trillion VND (645 million USD) of the mid-term investment plan for 2016-2020, Duc said. 

At the same time, the MoT will speed up the implementation of key projects such as Long Thanh International Airport, the expansion of Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the North-South Expressway, and north-south high-speed railway. 

Attention will be paid to construction site inspection, project quality, workplace safety, environmental protection, project progress, and capital disbursement, especially in key projects like the Da Nang-Quang Ngai highway, the second phase of the Phap Van-Cau Gie highway, and the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway, Duc added. 

Reviewing the ministry’s performance over the first six months of this year, Duc said the MoT completed feasibility study reports and is assessing dossiers of three sub-projects of the North-South Expressway. 

The official said the ministry has signed a consultation contract to make a feasibility study report on the Long Thanh International Airport project.

The Government has assigned the ministry to ratify adjustments to the planning of Tan Son Nhat International Airport, he added. 

Regarding transportation management, Duc said the ministry has employed solutions to improve the quality of services, noting that during the reviewed period, up to 659.95 million tonnes of cargo and more than 1.8 billion passengers were transported, up 9.7 percent and 10.4 percent year-on-year, respectively. 

He did, however, point out the complex traffic situation, with serious road, waterway, and railway traffic accidents. 

Transport Minister Nguyen Van The said the ministry has made efforts in speeding up the implementation of projects and become one of the ministries with the highest rate of disbursement. 

However, he said, the disbursement rate of 43 percent still remains moderate compared to previous years.

Vietnam looks for strengthened friendship with int’l peace organisations


Participants at the conference (Source: 

Vice Chairman  of the National Assembly and Chairman of the Vietnam Peace Committee (VPC) Uong Chu Luu has stressed the need to enhance friendship and solidarity between the Vietnamese people and peace organisations around the world, especially those in America and Africa. 

Speaking at a conference in Hanoi on July 10 to review the committee’s work in the first half of 2018 and outline tasks for the remaining months of the year, Luu highly valued the sense of responsibility and democracy, and honest opinions of delegates at the event. 

He expressed his support for and applauded the VPC’s chapters in Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi for their efforts in organising events such as art performances, forums, workshops, and charitable activities in order to promote peace as a significant value in Vietnam and other countries. 

Dong Huy Cuong, Secretary General of the VPC, said the committee focused on fulfilling the first draft of the book “Vietnam: Aspiration for Peace” and joined a number of international workshops on peace and security, which actively contributed to protecting national interests and Vietnam’s image, and further promoted friendship and solidarity with people in foreign countries. 

VPC’s chapters in all localities have proactively participated in friendship peace activities of the committee and the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO), contributing to localities’ people-to-people diplomacy and fostering the friendship and solidarity between the Vietnamese people and international friends. 

Discussing tasks for the remaining months of 2018, participants stressed the focus of completing the compilation and publication of the “Vietnam: Aspiration for Peace” book, and organising the Congress of the VPC for the 2018-2023 tenure. 

The committee will coordinate with its local chapters to organise activities to mark the Day of Invalids and Martyrs (July 27) and the International Day of Peace (September 21) and other activities. 

Regarding the completion of the book, Luu asked relevant agencies to fulfil this work before the congress.

Prime Minister chairs meeting on special administrative-economic units


A corner of Phu Quoc island 

The National Steering Committee for Construction of Special Administrative-Economic Units convened a meeting in Hanoi on July 10 under the chair of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, head of the committee.

The meeting aims to acquire instructions from the Politburo and opinions from veteran officials, National Assembly deputies, experts, scientists, and people across the country.

These constructive ideas will help work out appropriate measures to build special administrative-economic units in line with the Constitution, the Party’s resolutions, and the State’s laws.

The National Assembly decided to postpone the approval of the draft Law on Special Administrative-Economic Units at the fifth meeting of the 14th legislature in May in order to have more time for consideration and completion.

The law-making body agreed to revise the regulation on land lease limits for production and business in the draft law towards applying the regulation on land lease of the current Land Law, and not allowing the lease of up to 99 years for special cases.

As guidelines and policies of the Party and State, the 2013 Constitution and several other legal documents assisted in the making of the draft Law on Special Administrative-Economic Units, which began in mid-2013, with a view to forming special zones to spur economic development and create regions that act as driving forces for national building and development.

Amendments to the draft law based on the constructive opinions acquired must ensure the national territorial sovereignty and integrity is kept in tact, while also safeguarding the security and defence of the special zones and the country.

Vietnam is planning to build the three special administrative-economic zones of Van Don in northern Quang Ninh province, Bac Van Phong in central Khanh Hoa province, and Phu Quoc in southern Kien Giang province.

NA Standing Committee to convene 25th session on July 11


At the 24th session of the Standing Committee of the 14th National Assembly 

The Standing Committee of the 14th National Assembly will review the outcomes of the legislature’s fifth meeting and initially discuss preparations for the next sitting during its 25th session scheduled to open in Hanoi on July 11. 

The committee will look into the controversial contents of draft laws, including the Law on Vietnam’s Coast Guard, the Law on Protection of State Secrets, and the amended Law on Anti-Corruption. 

The full-time legislators are scheduled to debate the settlement of the money that the General Department of Vietnam Customs had taken in advance to implement its personnel reduction policy before 2012. 

The allocation of investments sourced from the State budget during the 2016-2020 period, and the use of 15 trillion VND (645 million USD) from the standby capital of the mid-term investment plan for 2016-2020 for major railway and road projects will also be tabled during the session. 

Besides, they will scrutinise the implementation of a number of regulations of the Investment Law, the Law on Public Investment, and the Law on Environmental Protection regarding the environmental impacts of investment projects, along with the Government’s draft decree on a number of special mechanisms of investment, finance, budget, and management allocation in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. 

The lawmakers will also give opinions on the establishment of Lai Uyen town in Bau Bang district and Tan Thanh town in Bac Tan Uyen district, in the southern province of Binh Duong; and Dong Loc town in Can Loc district in the central province of Ha Tinh. 

The formation of the People’s Court and the People’s Procuracy of Phu My town in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau will also be deliberated on this occasion.

Congratulations to Thailand on successful rescue of trapped football team


All members of the football team were found alive in Tham Luang cave on July 3 (Photo: EPA-EFE/VNA)

Vietnam has congratulated Thailand on the successful rescue of all members of the football team trapped in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai province for over two weeks.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 3 sent a letter of congratulations to his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-o-cha and the Thai people on finding the 12 boys and their coach alive after being trapped in Tham Luang cave from June 23. 

On July 10, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh cabled a message to Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai to share joy over the successful rescue.

He congratulated Thai relevant forces on the successful conduction of the rescue mission with the effective assistance of international experts and rescuers.

Minh expressed his hope that all members of the football team will recover quickly and soon meet their family members.

The boys – members of the Wild Boars football team, aged between 11 and 16 years – had been exploring the cave network with their football coach on June 23, when heavy seasonal rains flooded the cave's entrance, forcing the group further and further into the labyrinth of tunnels in search of higher ground.

They were found alive on July 2 after 10 days of being trapped in the flooded cave complex.

A team of 90 divers, including 50 from foreign countries, participated in the rescue efforts.

According to Thai Navy Seals rescuers, the last member of the team was brought out safely from the cave on the evening of July 10.

Vietnam Bar Federation urged to push judicial reform


President Tran Dai Quang (standing) speaks at the working session with the Vietnam Bar Federation 

President Tran Dai Quang asked the Vietnam Bar Federation (VBF) to forge ahead with judicial reforms and international integration while working with socio-professional organisations of lawyers in Hanoi on July 10.

The President, who is also head of the Central Steering Committee on Judicial Reform, told the federation to actively contribute to protecting the socialist legal system and the legitimate rights and interests of agencies, organisations, and individuals.

He said bar associations nationwide will hold congresses in 2018 in preparation for the third National Lawyers’ Congress for the 2020-2025 tenure.

The VBF should improve the institutional system ensuring lawyers properly perform their rights, obligations, and responsibilities according to legal provisions, President Quang said.

At the same time, it is import to be increasing the quality of proceedings at trial; building policies to promote legal consultancy activities; and encouraging lawyers to participate in legal aid activities for policy beneficiaries, revolutionary contributors, people in need, and ethnic minority groups, he added.

He ordered the VBF to effectively implement a strategy to develop the law profession in terms of capability and operational efficiency through 2020, and a scheme to develop lawyers to better serve international economic integration in 2010-2020.

The President hoped the VBF will promote its role in external relations and international cooperation in accordance with the Party’s and State’s policies and guidelines.

He requested that centrally-run judicial agencies soon provide guidance on the implementation of the Code of Criminal Procedure 2015 to ensure the legal practice of lawyers.

Currently, the country has over 12,500 lawyers.

Congratulations to Thailand on successful rescue of trapped football team, NA Standing Committee to convene 25th session on July 11