Last update: 14:38 | 12/07/2018
Vietnam, Pakistan to strengthen defence cooperation
Major General Ngo Minh Tien (R) and Pakistan’s new military attaché Syed Muhammad Hasnain (Photo: qdnd.vn)
Major General Ngo Minh Tien, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army has asked Pakistan’s new military attaché to work to enhance the effectiveness of bilateral defence cooperation.
Receiving Colonel Syed Muhammad Hasnain in Hanoi on July 11, Major General Tien took note of encouraging development of the bilateral defence ties over the past time.
He expressed his hope that, in his new position, the Pakistani military attaché in Vietnam will do his utmost to elevate the relations into a more effective and practical manner.
For his part, the Pakistani military attaché wished that both sides will soon ink a Memorandum of Understanding to serve as the foundation to further the defence relations.
Female Japanese parliamentarians welcomed in Hanoi
NA Standing Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong (R) meets with Tsuchiya Shinako, head of the Committee for the Development of Women of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, in Hanoi on July 11
The Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) supports and highly values the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership, which is developing strongly, comprehensively, and practically, NA Standing Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong has said.
She made the statement in Hanoi on July 11 while receiving a delegation of female Japanese parliamentarians led by Tsuchiya Shinako, member of the House of Representatives of the National Diet and head of the Committee for the Development of Women of the Liberal Democratic Party.
Phong described the visit as one of the pragmatic exchange activities held in 2018 to mark the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties. She added that this year marks an important milestone in the countries’ relationship, with gigantic cooperation achievements obtained in all realms, from politics and economy to culture, education, and people-to-people exchange.
On this occasion, the Vietnamese official extended her deep sympathies to the Government and people of Japan over their serious losses caused by recent floods, expressing her belief that with their resilience, they will overcome this difficulty.
Noting the continuously developing parliamentary ties, NA Vice Chairwoman Phong stated that the exchange of delegations and representatives of agencies at all levels – in particular, the close cooperation between Vietnam-Japan friendship parliamentarians’ group and the Japan-Vietnam friendship parliamentary alliance, as well as the annual exchange between the two countries’ young legislators – has practically contributed to realising the agreements signed by their high-ranking leaders.
She informed her guests that the activities of female Vietnamese parliamentarians have seen significant outcomes in the recent past, noting the exchange of the female Vietnamese NA deputies and their Japanese peers as a new format for the cooperation of the two nations.
She also suggested that Japanese female lawmakers raise their voice in support of the building and issuance of policies and laws that facilitate bilateral collaboration across all fields.
The guests were asked to contribute to creating conditions for the Vietnamese community to lead a stable life in Japan.
For her part, Tsuchiya Shinako revealed that the visit is to consider Vietnam’s preparation for human resources training for overseas Vietnamese in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, and construction.
Expressing her appreciation for the high rate of women operating in socio-political areas in Vietnam, she added that Japan needs to learn from Vietnam in this regard.
Sympathies sent to Vietnamese victims in Phnom Penh fire
The site of the fire in Russey Keo district of Phnom Penh on July 10
President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC) Tran Thanh Man sent his sympathies on July 11 to the Khmer-Vietnam Association in Cambodia and Vietnamese people in the country on the losses due to a fire in Russey Keo district of Phnom Penh one day earlier.
The fire began at 3:30am on July 10 in Russey Keo district, completely destroying the houses and assets of tens of households, most of whom are Vietnamese-Cambodian people.
In his message, on behalf of the VFFCC Standing Board, Man offered their deepest sympathies to the Vietnamese and Cambodian families affected by the fire.
To help victims recover from the fire’s consequences, the VFFCC, through the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia, will support each of the 70 families with houses completely destroyed with 20 million VND (over 870 USD), he noted.
He also expressed his hope that the families would soon overcome their difficulties and stabilise their lives.
Shortly after the incident, the Vietnamese Embassy and the Khmer-Vietnamese Association sent staff to the site and had working sessions with local authorities and police to seek aid for the victims.
Vietnam, Japan seek to enhance exchange of female leaders
Head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission on Mass Mobilisation Truong Thi Mai (R) shakes hands with Tsuchiya Shinako, member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan
Exchanges of female members between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan will create a new channel of cooperation for the Vietnam-Japan strategic partnership, said Truong Thi Mai, Head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission on Mass Mobilisation, on July 11.
She made the statement while hosting a reception for a delegation of LDP female members led by Tsuchiya Shinako, head of the Party’s Committee for the Development of Women.
Mai voiced her delight towards the solid and comprehensive development of Vietnam and Japan in terms of political parties, governmental and parliamentary channels, along with people-to-people exchanges. She also highly valued the efforts of Tsuchiya and LDP female members to promote bilateral ties and the relations between the two Parties in particular.
She suggested the two sides strengthen exchange activities, especially as the nations celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year.
Mai also extended sympathies to people in the western region of Japan who were severely affected by recent downpours and floods.
For her part, Tsuchiya said this is the first visit of a female delegation of the LDP to Vietnam. She expressed her hope to foster exchanges between the two countries’ female leaders in the time to come.
The LDP will continue its support and efforts to contribute to the bilateral relations in line with the Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia, she affirmed.
PM calls for spreading model of good people, good deeds
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is speaking at the ceremony
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has underscored the need to spread the model of “good people, good deeds”, thus contributing to the popularisation of a national emulation campaign.
Chairing a meeting of the Central Council for Emulation and Commendation in Hanoi on July 11, he made the statement whilst recalling a ceremony honouring 700 outstanding examples on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s appeal for national patriotic emulation on June 11.
The PM, who is also the head of the council, asked the press agencies to introduce and popularise more outstanding examples.
The council was required to discover individuals and units that have performed misdeeds purely in the quest for commendation, and report them to the PM promptly for consideration.
Ministries, agencies, and localities must perform a mass mobilisation policy to refine legal regulations on emulation and commendation, he said.
Tran Thi Ha – head of the Central Committee of Emulation and Commendation and permanent Vice Chairwoman of the council – said the committee has submitted a list of 102 collectives and 125 individuals for the PM to award and posthumously award with the title of “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces”.
During the first half of this year, the committee granted the PM and President’s 1,200 commendation decisions.
The President conferred and posthumously conferred 1,150 titles to heroic Vietnamese mothers, 1,109 Independence Orders to martyrs’ families, 1,696 Resistance War Orders and Medals to individuals, and “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces” titles to 228 individuals and collectives.
The PM granted the insignia to 1,967 cases who were arrested and detained during the wars, as well as 70 certificates of merit to individuals in honour of their contributions.
At the event, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh requested the revision of the process of recognising new-style rural areas so as to prevent the spread of undeserving achievements.
According to her, there are 48 awards honouring businesses nationwide, 30 of which have been licensed, while the remainder are in need of inspection.
Members of the council suggested paying attention to emulation campaign for innovation, especially in the startup movement.
The PM asked the Vietnam Fatherland Front and various trade unions to continue improving the quality of their campaigns.
Official appreciates DELL EMC’s cooperation in e-government building
Nguyen Van Binh (R), head of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee's Economic Commission, meets Vice President of DELL EMC Indochina Anothai Wettayakorn in Hanoi on July 11
A Vietnamese senior official has expressed how highly he values the cooperation of DELL EMC Group in Vietnam in helping to develop e-government and smart cities.
At a reception for visiting Vice President of DELL EMC Indochina Anothai Wettayakorn in Hanoi on July 11, Nguyen Van Binh – Politburo member, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, and head of its Economic Commission – said the development of smart cities is one of Vietnam’s prioritised strategies, aimed at ensuring the effective direction of urbanisation and application of advanced technologies for Industry 4.0.
Binh thanked DELL EMC for its participation in the Industry 4.0 Summit and Exhibition 2018, to be hosted by the Vietnamese Government and the commission on July 12-13.
He suggested that the group share experience and provide policy consultancy for Vietnam so that the country can actively and effectively engage in the fourth industrial revolution.
For his part, Anothai Wettayakorn spoke highly of Vietnam’s socio-economic development achievements over recent years. He also shared his views on the vision and strategy for the development of its smart city projects and technology framework for the Government in general, and cities in particular.
He wished to continue close and effective collaboration with Vietnam in the time to come.
Vietnam attends first congress of Italian Communist Party
Ambassador Cao Chi Thien (third from left) poses for a photo together with PCI members
A Vietnamese delegation led by Cao Chi Thien, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV)’s organisation in Italy and Ambassador to the country, attended the first Congress of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) in the central city of Orvieto last weekend.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Thien noted with pleasure the continuously developing friendship and brotherhood between the PCI and the CPV over the past 45 years.
He expressed his hope that the relationship will continue to be consolidated and fostered in the future.
As the left-wing movement and the communist party in particular in Italy are facing numerous difficulties, the congress offered a chance for PCI members to discuss the prospects and challenges to the communism and major issues in Italy, the region and the world at large.
The event approved a 54-page political document on the discussed issues and elected Mauro Alboresi as General Secretary of the party.
This was the first congress since the Italian communists renamed their party from the Party of the Italian Communists (PDCI) to the Italian Communist Party (PCI) in 2014.
Algerian FM’s visit to boost Vietnam-Algeria partnership: diplomat
The upcoming Vietnamese visit of Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel is one of the important activities helping to intensify all-round cooperation between Vietnam and Algeria, marking a new step forward in promoting the bilateral partnership, stated Vietnamese Ambassador to Algeria Pham Quoc Tru.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Algeria Pham Quoc Tru
In an interview with Vietnamese correspondents in Algeria, the diplomat said that this is the first official visit to Vietnam of an Algerian FM since 2000.
As scheduled, Minister Abdelkader Messahel will meet a number of high-ranking Vietnamese leaders, and hold talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh to update each other on their countries’ policies and discuss international and regional issues of mutual concern, as well as measures to develop the partnership between the two countries and their ministries.
Commenting on the Vietnam-Algeria relationship, Ambassador Tru said that over the years, the bilateral cooperation has seen significant progress in a number of areas.
The two sides have signed 12 treaties and nearly 20 agreements, protocols, and memoranda of understanding on affiliation in the fields of diplomacy, economy and trade, science and technology, culture, sports, tourism, justice, post-telecommunications, animal and plant quarantine, animal health, maritime transportation, education, vocational training, finance, agriculture, and small- and medium-size enterprises.
The bilateral Inter-Governmental Committee has been formed, meeting every two years to coordinate and promote cooperation in various fields, said Ambassador Tru, adding that during its 11th meeting, the two sides agreed on many specific measures to further bolster bilateral collaboration.
Regarding politics and diplomacy, Vietnam and Algeria have set up and maintained the periodic political consultation mechanism at deputy foreign ministerial level. The consultations have contributed to deepening mutual understanding and coordination at international forums, while strengthening bilateral partnership, he said.
Tru noted that Vietnam and Algeria have applied visa exemptions on citizens of each other’s nations, while establishing friendship parliamentarian groups and friendship associations with diverse activities to foster people-to-people exchange.
In terms of economy, Vietnam and Algeria have cooperated in an oil and gas joint-venture project in the latter’s Bir Seba. The firm started commercial exploitation in 2015 with a capacity of 20,000 barrels per day. Currently, it is in its second phase, increasing the capacity to 40,000 barrels per day by late 2019 and early 2020. This is one of the examples of effective investment projects of Vietnam overseas, said the diplomat.
He highlighted that trade between the two countries has increased sharply in recent years. Vietnam’s exports to Algeria rose to 281 million USD in 2017 from 233 million USD in 2015, making Algeria its third largest export market in Africa.
Currently, about 5,000 Vietnamese labourers are working in Algeria, mostly on construction sites.
Evaluating the future outlook of the Vietnam-Algeria partnership, Tru said that with each side’s substantial potential, sound political relations, and determination of their leaders, the bilateral multi-faceted collaboration will thrive, especially in economy and trade, and labour.
However, the ambassador also pointed out some difficulties and challenges facing the bilateral cooperation, particularly in economic and labour affiliations such as the shortcomings in legal framework as Algeria has yet to become a member of the World Trade Organisation.
Algeria’s measures to ban and minimise imports have caused difficulties for Vietnam’s exports, he underlined, adding that the trade agreement signed between the two countries in 1994 has almost no practical semblance in bilateral trade development, said Tru.
Besides this, the current bilateral legal framework also lacks the necessary policies to encourage and protect the investment and business activities of enterprises, along with a shortage of information and understanding of relevant agencies and business communities of both sides on each other’s markets and promising partners.
Meanwhile, the two States have yet to invest adequate resources to support bilateral cooperation programmes and projects, the ambassador noted.
Vietnam, Laos ministries boost cooperation in youth, women, trade union affairs
The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and its Lao counterpart on July 11 agreed to step up exchanges in matters relating to the youth, women, and trade unions in the near future.
The consensus was reached during a working session between representatives of the two ministries’ general politics departments in Hanoi. Accordingly, the two sides will maintain cooperation in personnel training and the sharing of experience in combating crime and ensuring security in border areas.
At the same time, they will launch more Vietnamese-Lao cultural and historical events, along with sports activities and international volunteer programmes. They also expressed hope to improve their already fruitful relationships for members of the youth, women, and trade unions.
Speaking at the working session, Major General Nguyen Hai Trung, head of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security, highlighted the enhanced cooperation between the ministries and these organisations.
He added that the two ministries’ young officers along the common border line have joined hands in various volunteer programmes, helping to improve people’s living standards and combat against cross-border crime.
Trung also stressed the close collaboration between youth and women’s unions which, he said, has significantly contributed to national security, social safety and order, integration, and socio-economic development in each nation.
Film screening brings Vietnamese culture to Indian friends
The Centre for Vietnam Studies under the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) coordinated with the Embassy of Vietnam in India to screen the movie “I See Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass” on July 10 to bring Vietnamese culture closer to its Indian friends.
Attending the screening ceremony were Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh, Secretary General of the International Chamber of the Media and Entertainment Industry Ashok Tyagi, Director of the ISS Ash Narain Roy, Director of the Centre for Vietnam Studies Sonu Trivedi, as well as numerous students.
Based on the novel by best-selling author Nguyen Nhat Anh, the film, directed by Vietnamese-American Victor Vu, is set in the mid-1980s in a small village, telling the story of two young brothers who share everything, but compete for the affection of a girl.
It has won a number of domestic and international prizes, including the “Best Film” title at the TFF Kids International Film Festival 2016 and the reputable “Bong Sen Vang” (Golden Lotus) prize at the 19th Vietnam Film Festival in 2015. The movie also bagged the “Best Film” award at the second Silk Road International Film Festival.
The screening of the film was initiated by the Centre for Vietnam Studies, aiming to enhance cultural relations and people-to-people exchanges between Vietnam and India.
It also looks to develop the bilateral cooperation in art and culture and increase mutual understanding.
According to Narain Roy, movies are indispensable parts of culture as they reflect social situations in each society. Screening movies is one of the most effective ways to introduce each other’s cultures to Vietnamese and Indian people, he added.
For his part, Ambassador Ton Sinh Thanh said he hopes the movie will help Indian viewers understand more about the Vietnamese nation and people.
He voiced his support for the Centre for Vietnam Studies to host research activities and workshops highlighting Vietnam-India relations and cultural events.
Ashok Tyagi said movies help transfer art and culture between countries around the world.
Sonu Trivedi suggested enhancing cultural exchanges between Vietnam and India through promoting cooperation in the cinema industry.
French ambassador highlights growing Vietnam-France ties
French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary highlighted the relations between Vietnam and France, stressing they have seen substantial progress in multiple fields, during an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of French Independence Day (July 14).
This year has been significant for the bilateral ties as it marks the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and the fifth year of their strategic partnership, said Bertrand. Both countries’ leaders have been looking forward to many events celebrating this occasion, he added.
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong paid an official visit to France in March. Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung also visited France earlier this year.
The two sides are gearing up for more high-profile visits between 2018 and 2019, the ambassador revealed, referring to French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Vietnam planned for next year and Vietnamese Minister of National Defence Ngo Xuan Lich’s visit to France at the end of this year.
The diplomat moved on to say that economic cooperation has been a key pillar in the two nations’ relations, with around 300 French enterprises now doing business in Vietnam. He expected that when the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement takes effect, economic and trade exchanges between Vietnam and France, and Europe at large, will grow significantly.
He said the business presence of France is seen in most of the sectors in Vietnam, notably infrastructure and transport, and that he was happy to see that consumer goods, foods, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics imported from France are popular in Vietnam, while Vietnamese products are also favoured by the French. Farm produce from Vietnam is very well-received at Rungis International Market – the largest wholesale food market in France and Europe – in Paris, he noted.
Speaking of education, Bertrand emphasised that France’s priority is being given to intensifying the teaching of the French language and other programmes taught in French at schools and universities in Vietnam as “young people are a treasure we are blessed to have”.
For this reason, France has been providing French-language education for Vietnamese students from elementary school and French bilingual classes are available in all cities and provinces across the country, he explained. About 7,000 Vietnamese students are pursuing their study in France at present and he hoped that the number will increase in years to come.
The French ambassador viewed decentralised cooperation as quite an important area in the two countries’ relations. He cited the fact that about 30 Vietnamese and French organisations have set up partnership with each other, which will improve following the 11th France-Vietnam locality cooperation conference taking place in Toulouse in 2019.
Economic and cultural ties between Vietnamese and French localities have experienced strong development with successful cooperation seen between Ho Chi Minh City and Lyon; Yen Bai province and Val-de-Marne; and the cities of Hue, Lao Cai, and Aquitaine, he said.
The relationship between the capital city of Hanoi and the French region of Ile-de-France was bolstered during a visit by Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung to Paris earlier this year. It became a foundation for many joint projects between the two sides, such as the Hanoi Metro or air quality monitoring projects, he stressed.
Ambassador Bertrand also said he is particularly impressed with the Vietnamese people’s love for football and affirmed he is a fan of the country’s national U23 players who won second place at the AFC U23 Championship in China in January. French players are receiving enthusiastic support from Vietnamese fans during the ongoing World Cup in Russia, according to the ambassador.
“I am looking forward to Vietnamese and French football fans potentially celebrating the victory of France on July 15, a day after the French National Day”, he said.
Vietnam and France established diplomatic ties on April 12, 1973, and lifted their relations to a strategic partnership in 2013.
France is now a top partner of Vietnam in Europe, ranking third among the European nations and 16th among the 114 countries and territories investing in Vietnam. It also tops the European donors in official development assistance for Vietnam.
The bilateral trade between the two countries has seen positive growth, with Vietnam having enjoyed continuous trade surplus since 2010.
In 2017, bilateral trade exceeded 4.6 billion USD, up 11.6 percent from the previous year. The figure included 3.3 billion USD worth of Vietnamese exports to France and 1.3 billion USD worth of imports from the European country, both increasing by over 11 percent year-on-year.
Vietnam’s key export staples to France were footwear, garments and textiles, household appliances, agro-forestry-aquatic products, gemstones, jewellery, electronics, mechanical tools, pottery, rubber, coal, plastic products, and rattan and bamboo handicrafts.
Party chief hails industry-trade sector as economic spearhead
Over the past 30 years of reform and integration, the industry and trade sector has become a spearhead economic sector, providing important momentum for national recovery and development, and helping Vietnam turn from a poor country into a middle-income nation, said the Party chief.
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong made the remarks at a working session with leaders of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) on the implementation of the Resolution of the 12th National Party Congress, as well as major tasks for the remaining months of 2018 and the years beyond.
The industry, trade, and service sector currently contributes over 80 percent to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) and about 70 percent to the State budget collection, he said.
The Party leader said after the 12th National Party Congress in 2016, the industry and trade sector has faced a range of difficulties and challenges. However, the sector has made all-out efforts to complete its assigned tasks and make significant contributions to the country’s reform, integration, and socio-economic development, he stressed.
He asked the MoIT to thoroughly grasp the strategic policies and guidelines of the Party; keep a close watch on the domestic and international situation in order to actively integrate into the world; build on the socialist-oriented market economy; and well handle relations between the State, market, and society.
Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh reported that industrial production has fulfilled and exceeded the set targets, up from 7.4 percent in 2016 to 9.4 percent in 2017. The rate stood at 10.5 percent in the first half of this year.
Last year, Vietnam’s export turnover exceeded 200 billion USD for the first time, after the previous year came close with some 180 billion USD. The country ran a trade surplus of 2.7 billion USD in the first six months of this year, he said.
Regarding the organisational apparatus, Anh said the MoIT has cut 675 business conditions, removed 420 out of 720 goods codes subject to pre-clearance inspections, scrapped 183 out of 508 administrative procedures, and implemented 154 out of 298 online public services at levels three and four.
The MoIT has also built and submitted for approval 110 legal documents, completing all of its set targets, helping remove obstacles for businesses.
Besides this, the sector has worked hard to speed up capital divestment, equitisation, and rearrangement of State-owned enterprises practically and effectively, with the most noteworthy being the equitisation of Sai Gon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corporation (Sabeco), regaining 110 trillion VND (4.84 billion USD) for the State budget, the minister said.