PM Dung to enter chatrooms, answer public questions online

Outlook (09-02-2007) PM Dung to enter chatrooms, answer public questions online by Pham Thanh Long Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will today spend two and a half hours chatting online with the public for the first time. The event, which has attracted the attention of the public and the media both inside and outside the country, is being jointly organised by Bao Dien Tu Dang Cong San Viet Nam (the online newspaper of the Viet Nam Communist Party), the Government website, Viet Nam Television and the online VietnamNet e-paper. The organisers said that they had received nearly 16,000 questions. According to the organisers, the PM would answer some 113 questions selected by them while the rest would be answered later because of the time limit. Other than the public, the online chat has attracted the attention of the global media, including news agencies such as the BBC and AFP. The event shows the active desire of the country's leaders to interact with the people and engage … [Read more...]

PM to Field Questions Online From the Public

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will spend two and a half hours answering questions from the public during an online question-and-answer session on February 9. It's the first time a Vietnamese PM will have participated in such an event. Questions from both local citizens and overseas Vietnamese will be answered. PM Dung will field questions online from the public for the first time on February 9 Editor in chief of the Bao Dien Tu Dang Cong San Viet Nam (online version of the Viet Nam Communist Party newspaper), Dao Duy Quat, said the PM will address a wide range of issues. "I believe the PM will be answering as many questions as he can," said Quat at a press conference announcing the event. The Party's paper is working with the Government website, the Viet Nam Television and the online newspaper VietnamNet to organize the session. Mr.Quat, also the Deputy Director of the Central Committee for Culture and Ideology, said online question and answer periods represent a new form of … [Read more...]

Struggling to cope with changing climate

The wet season arrived late and ended early in the Mekong Delta this year, with total rainfall being well short of the average in recent times. Water flows along the key Mekong River were down dramatically, permitting greater saltwater intrusion than usual. Farming, production and people’s lives have been seriously affected, with hundreds of thousands of hectares of rice and fruit suffering damage. "The influx of salt water, which is predicted to extend up to 70 to 90 km inland, has had a major effect socially and economically in Mekong Delta provinces, sometimes to a serious degree," said Associate Professor Dr. Huynh Thi Lan Huong, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change. Saving the Delta The recent drought and salt water intrusion has been assessed as the biggest natural disaster to strike Vietnam. With low rainfall, intrusion covers an area double that seen last year and is beyond the country’s ability to … [Read more...]

Vietnam plays active role in ASEAN-US cooperation

A Vietnamese delegation attended the 7th US-ASEAN Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting held on April 28 at the ASEAN Secretariat headquarters in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta. Ambassador Nguyen Hoanh Nam, Head of the Vietnamese Permanent Representative Delegation to ASEAN said Vietnam has always coordinated closely with other ASEAN member countries and the US to promote cooperation areas of mutual interest. Vietnam will work with the US and ASEAN member states to speed up two initiatives on establishing an ASEAN-US centre for small and medium enterprises and a centre for studying climate change issues, which were proposed by former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the last ASEAN Summit. The US Ambassador to ASEAN, Nina Hachigian, attested to the strategic partnership of the two sides in many areas, including economy, politics, marine security and climate change. She revealed the US and ASEAN will continue to map out relation development plans in compliance … [Read more...]

Cherry blossom festival opens in HCM City

(Cinet)- Cherry Blossom Festival 2016, a cultural exchange programme between Ho Chi Minh city and Japan opened on April 22. Delegates attend the opening ceremony of Cherry Blossom Festival 2016 (Photo: VOV) Prominent attendees at the event included former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, former Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Le Thanh Hai and his successor Dinh La Thang, as well as a delegation from Japan. About 130 cherry trees and 10,000 blossom branches have been brought from Hokkaido, Japan to the festival at September 23 Park in District 1. Numerous activities form part of the festival, featuring Vietnam-Japan cultural exchanges, Japanese martial arts performances and cartoon shows, art programmes by Vietnamese and Japanese artists, as well as an exhibition introducing the landscapes, the people and cultures of the two countries. Vice Chairwoman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Thu attached significance to the event in the context of … [Read more...]

Cherry blossom festival kicks off in HCM City

The first-ever cherry blossom festival in Ho Chi Minh City opened on April 22. Prominent attendees at the event included former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, former Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Le Thanh Hai and his successor Dinh La Thang, as well as a delegation from Japan. About 130 cherry trees and 10,000 blossom branches have been brought from Hokkaido, Japan to the festival at September 23 Park in District 1. Scene at the festival (Photo: kinhtenongthon.com.vn) Numerous activities form part of the festival, featuring Vietnam-Japan cultural exchanges, Japanese martial arts performances and cartoon shows, art programmes by Vietnamese and Japanese artists, as well as an exhibition introducing the landscapes, the people and cultures of the two countries. Vice Chairwoman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Thu attached significance to the event in the context of preparations for celebrating the 41st anniversary of the South’s Liberation and … [Read more...]

Nha Trang to create ecological beach park

The central province of Khanh Hoa plans to make Nha Trang Beach an ecological park where seaside buildings can only have 40 floors at most. High-rises along Nha Trang Beach are said to ruin the natural beauty of Nha Trang - once among the world’s most beautiful beaches. The city would review space planning and could remove or make adjustments to buildings such as resorts, hotels and restaurants east of Tran Phu Street, which runs along the beach. A master plan for Nha Trang approved by the then Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in 2012 said buildings on Tran Phu Street and Pham Van Dong Street could not be more than 40 floors tall. But then the province allowed companies to develop seaside high-rises to meet the needs of urbanisation. Many said this was a mistake in urban planning. The presence of seaside high rises including 13-storey Lodge Hotel, the 11-storey Yasaka Saigon Nha Trang Hotel, the 12-storey Sunrise Nha Trang, 18-storey Novotel Nha Trang, 33-storey Sheraton Nha … [Read more...]

Former, newly-elected gov’t members meet in get-together

The government members from the 2007-2011 and 2011-2016 tenures met with newly elected government members at a get-together in Hanoi on April 12. Speaking at the event, former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung congratulated new Cabinet members on their recent election. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (C) They expressed their belief that the new government will build on successes over the past 70 years under the Party leadership and stay united to fulfill tasks assigned by the Party, State and people. In his speech, newly-elected Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc vowed to drastically combat corruption and wastefulness to build a strong and transparent government, while complying with a resolution set by the 12th National Party Congress and the 2016-2020 socio-economic development scheme recently approved by the NA. The government will closely follow the socialist-oriented market economy rules and consistently pursue the goal of … [Read more...]

New PM vows to inherit and uphold predecessors’ tradition

VGP - Newly-elected Government leaders and their predecessors (in 2006-2011 and 2011-2016 terms) met yesterday in Ha Noi right after the closing of the 13th National Assembly. Photo: VGP/Nhat Bac The event drew the attendance of State President Tran Dai Quang, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, former PM Nguyen Tan Dung, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, former NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, as well as President of the Viet Nam Father Land Front Nguyen Thien Nhan. PM Phuc affirmed that the new Government will inherit and uphold the traditions of previous Governments and spare no effort to fulfill the tasks assigned by the Party, State, and people. The newly-elected PM vowed to drastically combat corruption and wastefulness to build a strong and transparent government, while complying with a resolution set by the 12th National Party Congress and the 2016-2020 socio-economic development scheme recently approved by the NA. The government will closely follow the socialist-oriented market … [Read more...]

New National Defense and Security Council vice chair elected

Van Ly Meanwhile, NA chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich and Minister of Public Security To Lam were elected council members. Earlier, the legislature released former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung from the post of the council’s vice chairman and former NA chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and former Minister of National Defense Phung Quang Thanh from the council’s membership. The Council of National Defense and Security is tasked with overseeing defense and security matters of the country, mobilizing resources to protect the country and sending Vietnamese troops to join UN peace-keeping missions. According to the 2013 Constitution, the State President is the chief commander of the people’s armed forces and the chairman of the Council of National Defense and Security. The NA also approved new members of the National Election Council. Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh and Vice State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh were picked … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s garment industry training funded

The Government has offered financial support to the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) for training the labour force in the textile and garment industry this year. The funds worth of VND 63.5 billion (USD 2.9 million) would come from the State budget for education and training activities, reported the Dau tu (Investment) online. Former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked Vinatex to manage and use the funds under the existing regulations. That action was initiated under a development strategy for Vietnam's textile and garment industry by 2015 and forward to 2020, approved by the former prime minister in 2008. Photo for illustration Under the strategy, the Ministry of Finance is cooperating with the Ministry of Industry and Trade to build financial mechanisms and policies on supporting the implementation of programs on fabric production, cotton tree development and human development for the textile and garment industry. Production expansion Meanwhile, many … [Read more...]

US Presidential visit scheduled in late May

United States President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam in late May, according to Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh. This is going to be the first time Obama comes to Vietnam during his two terms as US President. According to Minh, the topics to be discussed during his visit are still on the table, but they will all aim at strengthening the relations between the two countries in terms of politics, economics, culture, as well as promoting peace and stability in the region. "The East Sea situation will also be talked about, but the most urgent issue in Vietnam right now is handling the consequences of the war, such as the victims of Agent Orange," Minh said. President Obama told Minh at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, which was held in late March, that he looked forward to visiting Vietnam. "With this visit, we can say that the relations between the US and Vietnam will become stronger," he also said. In the history of … [Read more...]

NA removes posts in National Election, Defence and Security Councils

Hanoi, April 11 (VNA) – National Assembly deputies approved the dismissal of several vice chairmen and members of the National Election Council and the NA Committee on National Defence and Security through a secret ballot at a meeting on April 11. A majority of lawmakers agreed to remove former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung from the position as Vice Chairman of the Council on National Defence and Security, former NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and former Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh from Members of the Council. The parliament also relieved former Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc from their duty as Vice Chairpersons of the National Election Council. Almost all NA deputies agreed to dismiss 12 members from the National Election Council. With over 89 percent of ayes, the NA passed a Resolution removing several vice chairmen and members of the National Election Council and the Council on National Defence and Security. VNA/VNP … [Read more...]

Provinces and cities participated into 2016 Vietnam Book Day

(Cinet)- Some provinces and cities organized many attractive programs and activities on Vietnam Book Day (on April 21). In Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam Book Day 2016 will take place on April 17-24 at HCMC street (Nguyen Van Binh street, district 1) as a chance to participate into book festival at the weekend. Vietnam Book festival in Da Nang province comprises some titles such as Book and the young time, a book fair of Hai Chau, photo exhibition of Clipper Race Boat Tour 2015-2016… In Hanoi, the opening ceremony of Vietnam Book Festival took place on April 20-24 in Reunification Park. The program comprises activities such as introducing book themed "Book and life"; exchange and dialogue with a participation of some researchers and cultural experts; introducing some authors, works with reader; introducing some new publishing books and reading skills. Aside from enjoying book introductions and display activities, readers will have the opportunity to interact and meet with … [Read more...]

Garment industry training funded

A weaving and dying production line of the Thien Nam Sunrise Textile JSC, which is funded by Vinatex, in Nam Dinh Province. The Government offered financial support to Vinatex to train the labour force this year. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The Government has offered financial support to the Viet Nam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) for training the labour force in the textile and garment industry this year. The funds worth of VND63.5 billion (US$2.9 million) would come from the State budget for education and training activities, reported the Dau tu (Investment) online. Former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked Vinatex to manage and use the funds under the existing regulations. That action was initiated under a development strategy for Viet Nam's textile and garment industry by 2015 and forward to 2020, approved by the former prime minister in 2008. Under the strategy, the Ministry of Finance is co-operating with the Ministry of … [Read more...]

VN auto industry calls for investment

VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City is calling for foreign investment in the automobile manufacturing industrial cluster located in the city’s Cu Chi outlying district. An auto production line at Huyndai Thanh Cong Auto Plant in Ninh Binh Province’s Gian Khau Industrial Zone. Former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung recently issued a decision on policies to implement Viet Nam’s automobile industry development through 2025. – Photo: VNA In October 2014, the city’s People’s Committee approved a project to build the cluster in Cu Chi. Covering an area of nearly 100 hectares, the project has an investment of more than VND500 billion (US$22.43 million). The cluster was built by Hoa Phu Join-Stock Company, which includes three stakeholders, the Sai Gon Transportation Mechanical Corporation (SAMCO), Sai Gon Construction and Development Join Stock Company (SINVESCO) and the HCM City Infrastructure Investment Join Stock Company (CII). According to Hoa Phu … [Read more...]

Little-known facts about VN Prime Minister’s advisory team

VietNamNet Bridge - The Prime Minister’s advisory team includes 13 members who are experts in many business fields. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung chairs the government meeting in March Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at a March government meeting said ‘goodbye’ to the Government’s members, finishing his term. He presented gifts to all the members of the government and members of the Prime Minister’s advisory team. The advisory team are prestigious and influential experts such as Head of the Central Institute of Economic Management (CIEM) Nguyen Dinh Cung, former deputy chair of the National Assembly’s Office and former Minister of Trade Truong Dinh Tuyen. The task of the advisory group is making reports about the socio-economic situation and giving advice on the management of the economy. "The advisory group gathers once a month, about 2-3 days before the regular government meeting. Mr Truong Dinh Tuyen, the Prime Minister’s special … [Read more...]

Discussions on discharge of National Election Council’s Vice Chairs, members

Chairwoman of the National Election Council (NEC) Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan presented a proposal on relieving several NEC Vice Chairs and members from duties during the 13th NA’s April 9 meeting. The 21 member NEC was established at the 13th NA’s 10th session, including one Chair, four Vice Chairs and 16 members. NEC Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan The proposal named two Vice Chairs - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and former Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and 12 members for the dismissal. President Tran Dai Quang later presented a report asking for the discharge of former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung from the position as Vice Chairman of the Council of National Defence and Security. He also proposed relieving former NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and former Minister of National Defence Phung Quang Thanh from their duty as member of the Council. Lawmakers then discussed in groups the dismissal proposals. The NA is to continue working on Monday, April 11. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

VSIP to kick off contested project in Hai Duong

VSIP Hai Duong Co., Ltd. (VSIP Hai Duong) has kicked off the construction of Cam Dien-Luong Dien industrial park (IP) in Cam Giang district by starting to construct the technical infrastructure. Accordingly, the investor mobilised over 100 trucks to transport construction materials and 20 excavators to start to leveling the ground. At the same time the construction of a fence surrounding the construction site was also started, which is expected to be completed within a week. Previously, the project’s construction faced protests from local residents who refused to receive site clearance compensation as well as relocate to new locations. However, on March 31, Deputy Chairman of the Hai Duong People’s Committee Vuong Duc Sang committed that the province would try its best to hand over land and enable VSIP Hai Duong to start the construction of Cam Dien-Luong Dien IP in April. Sang added that if some households continued to refuse to relocate, the committee would use … [Read more...]

Public expects drastic changes from new Prime Minister

(VOVworld) – People nationwide say they are confident that Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will use his political skills and experience to make sound decisions for a stronger Vietnam. Newly-elected PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the NA. (Photo: VNA) Pham Thanh Noi of Tra Vinh province said: "the previous government, especially Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, was active in improving Vietnam’s relations with other countries, and helping it integrate fully into the international community. He succeeded in publicizing the East Sea issue and won consensus from many countries, including some major nations. I believe the new government will make Vietnam more prosperous." Nguyen Van Hao of Can Tho City said he hopes PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other cabinet members will do more to address key issues. Hao added "first, I hope that preventing natural disasters will be given priority. Second, we should take more assertive measures in handling the East Sea issue. Once we do these … [Read more...]