Last update: 17:44 | 04/05/2018
Ho Chi Minh City will create the best possible conditions for Peruvian businesses to invest fruitfully in the city, especially in the field of tourism, said Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong.
At a reception for Peruvian Ambassador Augusto Morelli on May 3, Phong expressed his hope for new steps of development in cooperation between HCM City and localities of Peru.
The official said he believes that Ambassador Morelli will work as a bridge between Peru and Vietnam, including HCM City.
For his part, Ambassador Morelli said he was impressed by the strong development of Vietnam, particularly the southern metropolis.
Peru and Vietnam share many cultural similarities and have substantial potential for cooperation, especially when the two countries join the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) agreement.
The diplomat informed his host that he will propose establishing the Peruvian Consulate General in HCM City.
Vietnamese Ambassador to UK presents credentials
Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Tran Ngoc An presented his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II in London at a ceremony on May 3.
At the ceremony, Queen Elizabeth II expressed her satisfaction over the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and the UK over the past time.
She said many members of the British royal family such as Prince Andrew and Prince William had visited Vietnam and all had good impression of the Southeast Asian country.
Ambassador An said he was honoured to become Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK at a time when the relations between the two countries are growing well.
He pledged to do his utmost to promote the bilateral friendship and cooperative relations.
Later, at a reception for diplomatic representatives and overseas Vietnamese in the UK, An highlighted the development strides in the multifaceted cooperation between the two nations over the past time, especially in economics, trade, investment, defence, education and training.
He noted that two-way trade posted annual growth of 13 percent in 2017. Vietnam welcomed nearly 300,000 visitors from the UK.
The ambassador said 2018 is a special year in the two countries’ relations as it marks the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
He informed the guests that the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK will coordinate with relevant agencies to host a series of activities to herald this event.
Vice President meets Vinh Long voters ahead fifth NA session
Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh met with voters in Vinh Long city and Mang Thit district, the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, on May 2 - 3 to update them on the agenda of the fifth session of the 14th National Assembly and listen to their opinions and proposals.
At the meeting, the voters spoke highly of the Communist Party and State’s efforts in the fight against corruption and wastefulness. They asked the Party and State to take more drastic actions in this fight and raise awareness and sense of responsibility among Party members.
At the same time, they proposed that family members of those committed to acts of corruption must take joint responsibility for their actions.
In addition, the voters voiced concerns over numerous issues, including the rampancy of fake goods, goods of unknown origin and low-quality commodities; food safety, environmental protection; distribution of fake and poor quality fertilizers; quality of healthcare services for health insurance card holders; attitude of medical workers towards patients and benefits for governmental employees working at offices of communes, wards and townships.
Speaking at the event, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh said the fifth session of the 14th National Assembly will take place in 19 days, the shortest ever.
In response to the voters’ anti-corruption proposals, Thinh affirmed that the Party and State are determined to fight corruption, citing a number of recent high-profile corruption trials as an example.
She said that wage policy reforms will be put on the table at the upcoming 7th plenary meeting of the 12th Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee.
In terms of food safety and fake goods, the Vice President requested local authorities to intensify inspection and monitoring of violations and suggested people become smart consumers.
Victory of Great Patriotic War marked in HCM City
The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) and HCM City’s Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association jointly held a ceremony on May 3 to mark the 73th anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War (May 9, 1945-2017).
Addressing the ceremony, Hoang Minh Nhan, President of HCM City’s Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association, recalled the Great Patriotic War 73 years ago which killed 27 million Soviet people and destroyed hundreds of cities and villages.
The former Soviet Union suffered the most during the World War II (1941-1945), he said, noting that Vietnamese and Russian people have carried forward the spirit of the victory and tightened their fine relationship.
Russian Consul General in HCM City Aleksei Vladimirovich Popov said the celebration has contributed to enhancing the relations between Vietnam and Russia.
NA Chairwoman meets voters in Can Tho city
Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with voters in Tan Phu ward, Cai Rang district, the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, on May 3, ahead of the fifth meeting of the 14th legislature slated for mid-May.
The voters expressed their concerns over anti-corruption work, health insurance, food safety and hygiene, counterfeit products, house and land use rights and allowance for the elderly.
The chief legislator informed the voters about the expected agenda of the fifth meeting and the country’s socio-economic development in 2017 and the first months of this year.
Apart from achievements, there remain shortcomings which have drawn public attention such as fire, especially in apartment buildings, she said, noting that the NA will conduct supervision on this issue in 2018.
Mentioning Can Tho’s planning, NA Chairwoman Ngan stressed that the city’s master plan must be ratified by the Government, and the management should follow the approved plan.
She asked the People’s Committee of Cai Rang district to review the Law on Housing as many households complained that they have yet to receive house and land use right certificates in urban areas in the locality.
Regarding the anti-corruption work, Ngan highlighted the determination of Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption to fight corruption, as well as the spirit of no “banned zones” in combating corruption.
Later the same day, NA Chairwoman Ngan attended a hand-over ceremony of Hung Thanh kindergarten in the resettlement area of Tay Do cultural centre in Hung Thanh ward, Cai Rang district, Can Tho City.
Congratulations sent to leader of Communist Party of India
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong has sent congratulations to Sitaram Yechury on his re-election as General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Sitaram Yechury was re-elected to the post for a second term at the 22nd congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Hyderabad city, India, in April.
Poverty rate remains high among ethnic minorities
Minister-Chairman of the Government’s Committee for Ethnic Affairs Do Van Chien has pointed out that ethnic minority-inhabited and mountainous areas have suffered most difficulties, with a high rate of poor households.
Although 53 ethnic minority groups in Vietnam make up only nearly 14.2 percent of the national population, the number of poor people among the groups account for 51.86 percent of the country’s total figure, Chien said at the sixth plenary session of the National Assembly’s Council for Ethnic Affairs in Hanoi on May 3.
Many households still lack production land, he said, stressing asynchronous land and housing policies towards ethnic minority households which need resettlement due to urban development and hydro electric projects.
According to Chien, the committee will implement a total of 15 programmes and policies relating to ethnic minorities in 2018, of which nine will be funded by the State budget.
Members of the council said that a range of credit policies have been implemented in ethnic minority-inhabited areas. However, maximum loans are not enough to support business and production activities in the face of market uncertainties.
Besides, there remain limitations in policies towards teachers and students in the ethnic minority-inhabited areas, they added.
Addressing the meeting, Vice Chairwoman of the NA Tong Thi Phong said the Party and the State always pay due attention to developing ethnic policies.
She asked ministries, agencies and localities to heed security in ethnic minority-inhabited areas in the Northwestern, Central Highlands, and Southwestern regions.
The meeting is expected to go on until May 5.
Voters support Party-led fight against corruption
Voters in the southern province of Dong Nai have expressed their belief in the fight against corruption led by the Party, with several large cases having been uncovered and prosecuted recently.
At the meetings with Politburo member Vo Van Thuong, the local voters called for continuous efforts to effectively deal with corruption and wastefulness in order to build a cleaner and stronger Party and State.
The senior official, who is also Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Communications and Education, toured Dong Nai from May 2-3 to collect voters’ suggestions ahead of the upcoming 14th National Assembly (NA)’s fifth session, scheduled for late May.
Politburo member Thuong affirmed that the Politburo and the Secretariat led by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong have been shown determination in handling cases related to corruption and wastefulness, including high-ranking officials, to strengthen the people's trust in the Party.
He also informed the voters on the country's socio-economic situation and responded to several issues raised by the delegates at the meetings.
* On Thursday, Politburo member and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh joined the NA deputies’ delegation of Quang Binh province in meetings with voters in Tien Hoa commune, Tuyen Hoa district and Quy Dat town, Minh Hoa district.
At the meetings, the local voters expressed their delight at the achievements that the nation has gained in the first quarter of 2018. They also vowed to give their support to the anti-corruption measures by the Party and the State.
Politburo member Binh emphasised that the anti-corruption and wastefulness activities are continuously and strictly implemented by the Party and the State. Information on the handling of corruption cases will be publicised on mass media for public supervision, he added.