Foreign investors eye Vietnam’s seaports


VietNamNet Bridge – Foreign investors have shown more interest in seaports following a decision by the in Prime Minister to reduce the state’s stake in the ports. … [Read more...]

Party chief starts official visit to Belarus


Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong landed in Minsk, the capital of Belarus on November 26, begining his official three-day visit at the invitation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. The welcome ceremony at Minsk national airport was hosted by Prime Minister Mikhai Myasnikovich, with many Belarusian government officials in attendance. On the back of a sound and time-honoured bilateral friendly cooperation, two-way trade between Vietnam and Belarus hit US$152 million in 2013, with Vietnamese imports totalling US$138.3 million. … [Read more...]

5th Provincial Patriotic Emulation Congress of “Exemplary War Veterans”


The congress focused on assessing the achievements in the 2009 – 2014 period and defining the direction, tasks, and solutions for implementation in the next years. The Hai Duong Provincial Association of War Veterans (WV) on November 25 morning held the 5th Patriotic Emulation Congress of "Exemplary WVs" (2014 – 2020) and celebrated the 25th founding anniversary of the Vietnam WVs' Association (December 6, 1989 – 2014). In attendance were Lt. Gen. Nguyen Song Phi, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam WVs' Association, Mr. Vu Van Son, Standing Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, and Mr. Nguyen Manh Hien, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Hue City to raise monument admission fees next April


Authorities in Thua Thien-Hue Province announced on Monday that they will hike fees for entrance to many monuments next April in order to find funds for tourism development and the preservation work. Both international and local tourists will pay the same fees for admission to the monuments in Hue City, which is the provincial capital, according to the local People’s Committee. … [Read more...]

Party chief begins official visit to Belarus

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (Source: VNA) Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong landed in Minsk , the capital of Belarus on November 26, starting his official three-day visit at the invitation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. The welcome ceremony at Minsk national airport was hosted by Prime Minister Mikhai Myasnikovich, with many Belarusian government officials in attendance. On the back of a sound and time-honoured bilateral friendly cooperation, two-way trade between Vietnam and Belarus hit 152 million USD in 2013, with Vietnamese imports totalling 138.3 million USD. … [Read more...]

Defence minister welcomes ASEAN army chiefs


Photo: VNA Minister of Defence General Phung Quang Thanh hosted a reception for ASEAN army chiefs in Hanoi on November 26. He welcomed the guests to participate in the 15 th ASEAN Chief of Army Multilateral Meeting (ACAMM-15) which opened in the capital earlier the same day. He said Vietnam has been collaborating with other bloc’s countries to successfully build the ASEAN Community by 2015. In fact, the bloc has succeeded in establishing broad relationship with other nations in the world via the ASEAN Plus Mechanisms for the common goal of peace and prosperity. This is the result of joint efforts, solidarity and consensus among the member states, General Thanh said. Thailand’s Army Chief General Udomdej Sitabutr hailed Vietnam’s efforts to host the ACAMM-15, the 4th ASEAN Sergeant Major Annual Meeting (ASMAM-4 ), and the 24th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM-24), which contributed to fostering mutual understanding between military officials.-VNA … [Read more...]

ASEAN sets priorities to post-2015 medical development

Photo: VNA ASEAN member countries will give priority to strengthening preventive health services, as part of efforts to tackle infectious diseases and medical environment disasters, heard a medical partnership group meeting held in Hanoi on November 26. The meeting, themed post-2015 health development agenda, was to discuss the post-2015 health development agenda, Vietnam and ASEAN’s orientations to medical development beyond 2015, and update a global document on international medical partnership. … [Read more...]

Vietnam and Russia sign nine key cooperation agreements

President and Director General of PetroVietnam Nguyen Xuan Son and Director General of Gazprom Neft Company A. V. Dyukov signing an agreement on long-term crude oil supplies and an agreement on establishing a joint venture to mine in Dolghinskoe, Russia.

PANO – After the talk between Vietnamese Party General Secretary and Russian President V. Putin concluded successfully, the two leaders issued a joint statement and witnessed high-ranking officials of the two states sign 9 cooperation agreements on November 25th in Sochi, Russia. PANO would like to introduce pictures of those moments: … [Read more...]

Meteorological maps provided to fishermen

The handover ceremony.

PANO - The National Hydro-Meteorological Centre on November 25th held a ceremony to hand over meteorological maps and nearly 30,000 leaflets to the Border Guard Command under the Vietnam People's Army. The border troops will hand these maps to fishermen across the country. These maps will provide updated information for the border stations' troops at seacoast and islands to help local fishermen keep track of storms and tropical low pressures' courses in order to avoid them. … [Read more...]

Tank unit active in HIV/AIDS prevention activities

Best contestants in a writing contest on HIV/AIDS prevention receiving certificates of merit.

PANO - Tank Brigade 215 of the Tank-Armoured Arm on November 25th held a meeting in Nghe An province to respond to the World HIV/AIDS Day which falls on December 1st. Over the past years, brigade has directed their constituent units and organs to strictly implement resolutions and instructions on HIV/AIDS prevention and control. They also organized the education and dissemination activities to raise troops’ awareness of and their responsibilities for preventing HIV/AIDS epidemic. … [Read more...]

Scholarships given to International Mathematical Olympiad winners


PANO - The Vietnam's IvyPrep Academy on November 25th presented scholarships to Tran Hong Quan, Nguyen The Hoan and Nguyen Huy Tung, the three winners of the 2014 International Mathematical Olympiad. The scholarships, worth VND 104 million each, will be given annually to the Olympiad winners during the academy’s two-year training course. The academy’s main goal is to provide students with English and essential skills to get the US top 100 universities' scholarships. … [Read more...]

Army unit joins hands in rural road construction


PANO - Troops from Regiment 24 of Division 10 of Army Corps 3 have joined hands to upgrade a rural road through hamlets of Kon Dao commune, Dac To district, Kon Tum province. The 12km-long and 3.5m-wide concrete road has been completed under a joint effort of the regiment's troops and local residents. The unit also worked with locals to build new-style rural areas in the district's Dac Ro Nga and Van Lem communes. From the beginning of this year, the unit has donated thousands of working days to concrete roads and bridges, dredge irrigation canals, and improve cultivated land in the area. … [Read more...]

The 15th ASEAN Chiefs of Army Multilateral Meeting Opens

Sr. Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty and ASEAN chiefs of army taking photos

PANO - The 15th ASEAN Chiefs of Army Multilateral Meeting officially opened in Hanoi on November 26th. Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff, Deputy Defense Minister, attended the event. Lieutenant General Nguyen Quoc Khanh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army chaired the meeting. Themed "Improving coordination capacity among ASEAN armies in response to non-traditional challenges", ACAMM-15 is of practical significance in the context that non-traditional challenges have been increasingly occurring in various forms and in large scale, causing devastative consequences, which no single country can handle on its own. And ACAMM-15 is where ASEAN chiefs of army discuss solutions to common regional security issues, contributing to peace, stability, development, and building an ASEAN community by 2015 and beyond. … [Read more...]

Anti-corruption dialogue focuses on prevention measures


The 13th anti-corruption dialogue between the Vietnamese Government and international donors and development partners was organised in Hanoi on November 26, seeking measures to prevent bribery and taking back bribes. Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is deputy head of the Central Steering Committee on Corruption Prevention and Control, thanked the donors, international organisations, domestic and foreign consultants and scholars for fulfilling their role and working closely with Government offices in organising the dialogues. … [Read more...]

Brazil supports Vietnam’s struggle for justice for AO/dioxin victims

(Photo for illustration. Source: VNA)

PANO - A visiting delegation from the Brazil-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians on November 25th worked with the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (VAVA) in Hanoi. At the working session, VAVA Vice President and Secretary General Nguyen The Luc said that over the past ten years, the association has mobilsied over VND 900 billion to build 25 nursing and functional rehabilitation centres and ten detoxification centres for AO victims across the country, and given regular medical, educational, vocational and financial assistance for 300,000 AO victims. It also sent representatives of Vietnamese AO victims to struggle for justice and peace in the world. … [Read more...]

Various activities celebrate VPA’s founding anniversary

Celebration activities will help popularize feats of arms of Vietnamese troops. (Photo for illustration)

PANO – A press conference was held by Ministries of National Defence, and Information and Communications, and the Central Commission for Information and Education on November 25th to introduce activities in celebration of the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army, the 25th anniversary of the whole people’s defence festive day and the 70th anniversary of the traditional day of the General Department of Politics. Accordingly, there will have a "Heroic Army of the Heroic Vietnam Nation" scientific seminar on December 2nd and 3rd in Cao Bang province, an exhibition on the VPA’s construction, combat and development over the past 70 years, and a Viet Bac fair in Thai Nguyen city from December 12th to 17th, a Vietnam-Crossing Cycling Tournament – Defence Cup from December 2nd to 16th, a ceremony to honour youths in the armed forces on December 7th, visits to revolutionary bases and meetings with revolution contributors to mark the big event … [Read more...]

The General Staff reviews emulation work

Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty (left) and delegates visiting models and innitiatives.

PANO – Over the past five years, the emulation movement of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army has developed with far-reaching models, projects and initiatives, contributing to the national construction and defence cause. This was reviewed at the General Staff’s Congress for the "Determine to Win" emulation in the 2009-2014 period, held on November 25th in Hanoi. Addressing the event, Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff and Deputy Minister of National Defence, praised achievements recorded by the General Staff’s units during the period, and asked them to promote political education, thoroughly grasp the instructions, resolutions and decrees of the Party, Government, Ministry of National Defence and the General Department of Politics on emulation and commending and rewarding process, set forth guidelines and measures to carry out movements, as well as timely award outstanding groups and individuals. … [Read more...]

Film on a Vietnamese expat to be made

Press conference introducing the film.

PANO – The first scenes of a film about the life of Quyen, a female Vietnamese national living in Germany, have been filmed since early October in Da Lat city, Lam Dong province, Vietnam, announced the filmcrew at a press conference on November 25th in Hanoi. The film, titled "Quyen", is based on a novel written by Vietnamese-German Nguyen Van Tho, who won second prize at the 2006-2009 Novel Writing Contest launched by the Vietnam Writers' Association. Produced by BHD Company, the film tells about the tragic love story between Quyen and men who loved her during ten years earning for a living in the foreign country. The film is starred by Vu Ngoc Anh who was among top five at Miss Vietnam 2012, actor Tran Bao Son and Hollywood film star Gary Daniels. … [Read more...]

Cycling Tournament to pay gratitude to revolutionary contributors

Major General Pham Van Huan, Editor-in-Chief of the People’s Army Newspaper (standing) speaking at the press conference.

PANO – 15 domestic teams and two international teams from Laos and Cambodia with 300 cyclists will go through 12 stages in the Across-Vietnam Cycling Tournament–the Vietnam Defence Cup 2014 from December 2nd to 16th. This was officially announced by the organizing panel at a press conference on November 25th in Hanoi. Accordingly, main stages in Ca Mau on December 2nd, in Ho Chi Minh City on December 4th, in Hanoi on December 13th and in Cao Bang on December 16th will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television Channel, Ho Chi Minh City Television and Vietnam Defence Television Channel. … [Read more...]