PM’s Japan visit generates double success: Deputy FM

Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Cuong.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s freshly-concluded visit to Japan for attending the 7th Mekong-Japan Summit was a success, during which Vietnam made active contributions to the success of the event and fostered bilateral ties with Japan at the same time, stated Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Cuong. Vietnam has actively engaged in the preparation for the Summit, and coordinated closely with Japan and other member countries in building the Tokyo Strategy 2015 that is considered a success of the event, said the Deputy FM. Vietnam’s initiative aired at the previous Mekong-Japan Summit on the expansion of connectivity between the Mekong-Sub-region and other regions, especially South Asian region, became an important content of the strategy, he said, adding that Vietnam will also continue working with other members in building an action plan and the vision for Mekong industry development. According to the deputy FM, the Tokyo Strategy 2015 outlines clear orientations for … [Read more...]

Air force unit receives noble order

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PANO – Air Force Brigade 918 under the Air Defence and Air Force Service on July 4th marked its 40th Traditional Day and received a third class National Protection Order. Found on July 5th, 1975 under the decision of National Defence Minister, Regiment 918 (predecessor of Brigade 918) took part in many battles to protect the Southwest border area and fulfill its international mission in Cambodia. In peacetime, the unit has successfully fulfilled all missions including the extra ones and actively carried out search and rescue missions. Last year, the unit with four squadrons conducted more than 30 flights to search the missing plane MH-370 of the Malaysian airlines. Besides completing assigned missions, the unit has also been actively participating in gratitude activities, hunger elimination, poverty reduction, natural disaster prevention, and local socio-economic development. At the ceremony, Lieutenant General Phuong Minh Hoa pinned the order to the brigade’s … [Read more...]

Quang Binh’s armed force marks founding anniversary

An artistic performance at the celebration.

PANO – Quang Binh province on July 4th held a ceremony to mark the 70th founding anniversary of its armed force. In the anti-French war, the provincial armed force took part in more than 6,000 battles of different scales, annihilating or capturing around 10,000 enemy troops and destroying and seizing many enemy’s equipment and vehicles, making contributions to the success of the historic Dien Bien Phu victory. In the fight against the US’s destructive war, the force shot down 704 enemy’s aircraft, taking alive dozens of pilots, sinking or damaging 86 battleships, capturing 41 spies, and decimating or capturing 119 enemy troops. Furthermore, the province’s armed forces joined many battles in the Tri Thien battlefield and Central Lao Front, annihilating thousands of enemy troops, shooting down many aircraft, and destroying tanks and armoured vehicles. In the Doi moi (Renewal) process, the force has excellently fulfilled its military and defence … [Read more...]

Party leader’s visit marks new milestone in Vietnam-US ties

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A senior Party official has hailed the upcoming US visit of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong as marking yet another milestone in the relations between Vietnam and the US. Hoang Binh Quan, member of the Party Central Committee and Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Affairs, made the remark in his article published by the Washington Post on July 3. The following is the full text of the article: "Few nations have changed the course of their relationship as profoundly in as little time as Vietnam and the United States have. This week, the official U.S. visit of Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, will mark yet another milestone in the relations between our countries. "Over the past 20 years, we have progressed from an embargo to fuller diplomatic relations, a bilateral trade agreement and a comprehensive partnership. Now the visit by the General Secretary at the invitation of the Obama administration … [Read more...]

Party Chief grants interview to US press prior to US visit

The following is the translated version of the interview. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong met and granted an interview to the US press prior to his official visit to the US on July 3. Question 1 : Vietnam and the US have just marked 40 years since the end of the war and are to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic relationship. What is your assessment about the Vietnam-US ties? What are the challenges to the relations between the two countries, and what can the US do to improve the relations? Answer: I believe that the Vietnamese and American people and the entire progressive mankind aspire to peace and wish to live in peace. No one wants wars. Unfortunately, the history of Vietnam – US relations had a gloomy chapter, leaving behind heavy legacies in both nations. Time has shown us that above all is our burning desire for peace and a flourishing friendship and cooperation between us, and the two countries have managed to "put the past behind, rise over … [Read more...]

Vietnam seeks stronger rice trade with China’s Guangdong province

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Vietnam seeks stronger rice trade with China’s Guangdong province. (Photo: VNA) Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh has highlighted the importance of Guangdong province as a big market of Vietnam ’s rice and agricultural products as well as exports in general, noting that the province consumes 11.5 percent of Vietnam’s total rice and grain product exports to China. Addressing a conference on Vietnam-China rice and farm produce trading in Guangzhou city, China ’s Guangdong province, the deputy minister urged closer cooperation between his ministry and Guangdong ’s government as well as food associations and businesses of both sides in order to boost trade between Vietnam and Guangdong , especially in trade of rice and agriculture products. Meanwhile, Guangdong Vice Governor Zhao Yufang held that there is room for cooperation between Vietnam, a country with great advantage in agricultural production, and the over 100-million strong … [Read more...]

Workshops highlights Vietnam-RoK labour cooperation

Officials from Vietnamese labour management agencies and labour consultants were u pdated on the Employment Permit System (EPS) programme in the Republic of Korea and the country’s new regulations for foreign labourers at a recent workshop in Seoul. Held by Vietnam’s Management Office for Labourers under the EPS Programme and the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Vietnamese Embassy to the RoK, the event aims to enhance skills for settling issues arising in the labour relationship, ensuring legitimated rights of workers. There are over 47,000 Vietnamese labourers having stable jobs in the RoK under the EPS programme, according to Head of the Management Office for Labourers under the EPS Programme Le Manh Hung. However, many newly arriving workers do not have much understanding of the country’s legal regulations and rules of RoK firms, and meet difficulties in daily activities, he noted. Addressing the event, Deputy Head of the Overseas Labour … [Read more...]

Long An farmers win awards from Youfarm short film project

Four farmers participating in the film project called "Youfarm- Canh dong que toi" ( Youfarm- Paddy Fields in my Hometown), the first of its kind in Vietnam, were granted awards at a ceremony held in the Mekong Delta province of Long An on July 3. First prize belonged to "Cha va con- The farmer and his son" by Huynh Van Nen. "Tren canh dong cha ong- Develop father’s rice and homeland" by Nguyen Van Thanh was in second while, "Nha nong va cong nghe- Technology and farming" by Duong Van Uoc and "Ruong nha toi- My farming My Family" by Duong Thi Sua received the third and fourth prizes. All the films, made by the farmers with the support from three emerging Vietnamese directors, are about the famers’ field works, cultivation and daily lives. According to the number of votes from the website of International Youfarm competition, two clips of Vietnamese farmers have been listed in top 30 of the global competition. The annual competition, initiated by Bayer CropScience, … [Read more...]

Recruitment needs burgeon in the first six months

Demand for labourers in the first six months of the year rose 34 percent against the same period last year, heard an online conference held in early July by Vietnamworks, the top employment and recruitment website in Vietnam. According to Vietnamworks, this is the biggest growth for the past three years, saying that most of the vacancies are in architecture, interior designs, consultancy, retail and wholesale, advertisement, public relations and production sectors. It also said that the number of job seekers shoot up 17 percent compared to a decrease of 5 percent in the same period last year. According to Gake Echizenya, managing director of Vietnamworks, competition rate among job seekers in the first half of this year was at the lowest for the past three years, due to the surge in labour demand. On average one job seeker had to compete against 46 others for a vacancy in the six month period to June while the rate in previous years ranged from 1:53 to 1: 69, he added. … [Read more...]

Finance Minister underlines Vietnam’s market economy policy

A crowd of US firms attend the investment promotion conference in the US (Source: VNA) The conference held recently in the US by the Ministry of Finance and US partners wants to clarify Vietnam’s consistent policy of developing the market economy and the wish to attract more foreign investment, especially that from the US, according to Finance Minister Dinh Tien Dung. In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency in early July, the minister said the investment promotion conference also aims to update US investors on Vietnam’s economic reform, particularly the efforts to fine tune institutions, mechanisms and legal framework to facilitate foreign investment, citing the Government’s Decree 60 as an example. The message of the conference, which took place in New York on July 1-4, was to build more intensive and comprehensive partnership in the fields of finance and capital market of Vietnam and the US for mutual benefit, he said. Looking back at the … [Read more...]

Party leader grants interview to US press prior to US visit

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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Former US President Bill Clinton (Source: VNA) Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong met and granted an interview to the US press prior to his official visit to the US on July 3. The following is the translated version of the interview. Question 1 : Vietnam and the US have just marked 40 years since the end of the war and are to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic relationship. What is your assessment about the Vietnam-US ties? What are the challenges to the relations between the two countries, and what can the US do to improve the relations? Answer: I believe that the Vietnamese and American people and the entire progressive mankind aspire to peace and wish to live in peace. No one wants wars. Unfortunately, the history of Vietnam – US relations had a gloomy chapter, leaving behind heavy legacies in both nations. Time has shown us that above all is our burning desire for peace and a flourishing friendship and … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Mozambique step up security cooperation

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Vietnamese Ambassador to Mozambique Nguyen Van Trung had a meeting with Mozambiquean Interior Minister Jaime Monteiro in Maputo capital on July 3. (Photo: VNA) Vietnamese Ambassador to Mozambique Nguyen Van Trung had a meeting with Mozambiquean Interior Minister Jaime Monteiro in Maputo capital on July 3. The Vietnamese Ambassador said that Vietnam attaches importance to security cooperation between two countries, and announced that Vietnam will continue to receive 50 Mozambiquean policemen for training at Vietnam’s People’s Police Academy in 2015. The ambassador thanked the Mozambiquean Interior Ministry for measures to ensure safety for the Vietnamese Viettel Group’s investment in the country. He also asked for further measures to protect Vietnamese people who are living and working in Mozambique amid recent complicated situation. On his part, Minister Monteiro spoke highly of the collaboration between two security ministries to implement the cooperation … [Read more...]

Party leader’s visit to US: a great significant event

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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong received former US President Bill Clinton during his visit to Vietnam in July. (Photo: VNA) The visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to the US, scheduled for July 6-10, the first time a General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam has made a visit to the US, is of historic significance. The visit takes place at a time important to Vietnam-US relations, as the two countries mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. During the visit, the two countries’ highest leaders will discuss future orientations for further developing their bilateral relations and deepening the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership, with a focus on the fields of investment, trade expansion and facilitation, education-training, science-technology, defence-security among others. On the occasion, the Vietnamese Party leader will meet with Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon to look for measures promoting … [Read more...]

Bac Lieu economy grows in first 6 months

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Total seafood output reached 137,000 tonnes. (Photo: baobaclieu.vn) The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu reported a 11.87 percent GDP growth in the first six months with positive signs in several key sectors. The agricultural sector was key to the province’s encouraging results in the first half. In the summer and winter-spring season, the province harvested 339,100 tonnes of rice, equal to 32 percent of the year’s target and up one percent against the same period. Total seafood output reached 137,000 tonnes, 79,000 tonnes of which are farmed seafood, up four percent annually. Frozen shrimp exports, amounting to 18,739 tonnes, earned the province 212 million USD, a four percent increase. Among its animal livestock, the province has 235,000 pigs and 2.3 million chickens, on track for the year’s plan. The province produced a combined industrial production value of 1.6 trillion VND (73 million USD), up 11.8 percent against the same period. However, the … [Read more...]

Bac Giang province promotes ethnic policies

Authorities of northern Bac Giang province will continue making efforts in the last half of 2015 to implement policies designed to benefit ethnic minority people by improving their material and spiritual life, a local official said. Nhu Van Nam, Deputy Head of Bac Giang’s board for ethnic minority affairs, said the board will promote the implementation of ethnic-targeted policies, including Programme 135 initiated by the Government that aims to assist most disadvantaged areas nationwide. Support will be provided to impoverished households in 62 underprivileged communes and towns in the districts of Son Dong, Luc Ngan, Luc Nam, Yen The and Lang Giang. Relevant agencies will help ethnics shift to improved sources of livelihood and provide concessional loans for their production activities. Meanwhile, infrastructure facilities and water supply stations in rural areas will be built, Nam said. For the rest of this year, the ethnic minority affairs board will liaise with other … [Read more...]

Can Tho economy expands at fast pace in six months

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Can Tho City posted a higher economic growth rate than the rates of the country and centrally-run cities in the first half of this year. (Photo: VNA) The southern city of Can Tho posted a higher economic growth rate than the rates of the country and centrally-run cities in the first half of this year, said a local official. Its growth was estimated at about 9.2 percent, up 8.26 percent annually, as compared to the national rate of 6.28 percent, Hanoi’s 7.8 percent, Hai Phong’s 9.12 percent, Da Nang’s 8.15 percent and Ho Chi Minh City’s 8.55 percent, said head of the municipal Statistics Department Le Ngoc Bay. The high economic performance is credited to less bureaucratic procedures and stabilised market prices. During the period, Can Tho reeled in nine new projects worth 29 million USD in processing and industrial zones. The total goods sales and service value topped 76.35 trillion VND (3.63 billion USD), marking a yearly rise of 14 percent, more than … [Read more...]

Vietnamese coast guards vs. pirates – P3: All 11 pirates surrender, unhurt

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After pirates aboard the Zafirah tanker resisted the orders of the Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) by cutting anchor to flee, law enforcement forces decided to return with a firm reply by opening fire. >> Vietnamese coast guards vs. pirates – P1: A face-to-face encounter>> Vietnamese coast guards vs. pirates – P2: An order to open fire The pirates sped up the tanker to escape Vietnamese waters after dropping anchor for two days. The ship was just 70km off Vung Tau, a beach resort of the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Colonel Le Xuan Thanh, head of the VCG of Zone 3 in charge of the East Vietnam Sea waters from the south-central province of Binh Dinh to Tra Vinh Province in the Mekong Delta, ordered a burst of AK rifle fire to warn the pirates. Captain Le Hai Truong of VCG ship 4031 warned on a speaker, "Here is the announcement of the Vietnam Coast Guard. The nine crew members of Zafirah you threw into the water were safely rescued. You … [Read more...]

Vietnamese exporters should leverage EU trade pact to increase exports to N.Europe

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Local exporters will earn much more if their products are put on the shelves of retail stores in Northern Europe following the expected signing of a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union (EU) this year, an expert said at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday. Once successfully penetrating the Finnish market, and then expanding into other Northern European markets, Vietnamese exporters will generate much higher export revenue than what they can earn in other EU markets, Le Ky Anh, a trade and economic officer at the delegation of the EU to Vietnam, remarked at the "Doing Business with the EU and Finland" conference. Importers in Northern European countries, including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, are willing to pay high prices for quality imports, Anh said. The government of Finland has begun funding the FLC14-04 project, which will help Vietnamese enterprises with the export of agricultural and aquatic products to that specific nation … [Read more...]

For a prosperous future

PM Nguyen Tan Dung addresses the MJS. (Credit: VGP)

PM Nguyen Tan Dung addresses the MJS. (Credit: VGP) NDO - Nhan Dan newspaper's reporter Ha Thanh Giang summarises outcomes of the seventh Mekong-Japan Summit (MJS) in Tokyo and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's activities whilst attending the summit from July 2-4 at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. The Mekong sub-region (MS), including Vietnam, Thailand, Laos Cambodia and Myanmar with a population of 230 million and a continuously increasing average income per capita, is currently the principal production and consumption venue of Japanese businesses. As many as 1,000 Japanese firms applied for membership of the Japanese Business Association in the region between 2012 and 2015. Japan's direct investment in the region hit US$6.8 billion in 2014. In such a situation, the MJS took place at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, attracting significant attention from the Governments and business communities of Japan and the Mekong sub-region countries. It aimed to create a … [Read more...]

Mozambique pledges to ensure security of Vietnamese citizens

(VOV) -Mozambique has pledged to ensure safety for Viettel’s investment and security of Vietnamese community there, said Mozambican Minister of Home Affairs Jaime Monteiro at a recent meeting with Vietnamese Ambassador to Mozambique Nguyen Van Trung. Trung said Vietnam respects cooperation between the two countries’ public security sectors. Vietnam will host 50 Mozambican policemen to attend international training courses at the Vietnamese People’s Police Academy this year. He thanked the Mozambican Interior Ministry for measures to ensure safety for the Vietnamese Viettel Group’s investment in the country. He also asked for more measures to protect Vietnamese people living in Mozambique. Minister Monteiro glowingly spoke of the collaboration between two security ministries to realize the cooperation agreements on the fight against crimes and training. He added that information sharing between two countries about trans-boundary crimes has greatly … [Read more...]