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...]

Economic restructuring decides competitiveness amid integration

In comparison with economic situation five years ago, Vietnam’s economic picture in 2015 showed fairly positive movements which open several opportunities for sustainable development in the upcoming years. Ph.D Tran Du Lich, member of the National Assembly's Economic Committee. (Photo: SGGP) Economic regulations are improved; business community has overcome difficulties and is in development; the country has gradually achieved high position in regional and global economic relations. In 2015, macroeconomic indicators such as: economic growth, inflation control, US dollar exchange, liquidity of commercial banks, and imports and exports, continued to post increases compared to previous years. Gross domestic product hit 6.7 percent, the highest level in the past five years. One out of three strategic breakthroughs carried out in the past five years was to complete economic policies with the issuance of Constitution 2013 and the promulgation of several important codes, including … [Read more...]

Defence firms: A bright point of the national economy

PANO – Last year, military-run businesses successfully maintained sustainable growth to considerably contribute to the national economic development. Overcoming difficulties for development In spite of numerous difficulties last year, defence firms fulfilled their production schedules, contributing more than VND 44.1 trillion to the State budget. Notably, many of them took the lead in their fields, such as the Saigon Newport Group, one of Vietnam’s leading ports and its Cat Lai Port ranking 34th on cargo entrepot in the world. The military-run telecom group Viettel continued taking the lead among defence businesses and was listed as one of the top tax contributors (with a tax sum of over VND 37.3 trillion). Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visiting products of Viettel. Photo: chinhphu.vn Corporation 28 under the General Department of Logistics has been considered as a strategic partner of famous clothing brands in the UK, the USA, Japan and Europe. It was also one of … [Read more...]

Photos: Overseas Vietnamese around the world welcome Lunar New Year

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese embassies have held many activities for local communities of overseas Vietnamese to welcome the Lunar New Year 2016. Vietnamese all over Turkey gathered in the capital of Ankara on January 23 to attend a meeting and a spring welcome program held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Turkey. The meeting took place in a warm atmosphere, characterized with Vietnamese culture with traditional dishes such as banh chung, spring rolls, pork pies... and traditional songs and dances. On the evening of January 29, in Vientiane, the Embassy of Vietnam in Laos hosted a banquet to welcome the Lunar New Year 2016. Ambassador Nguyen Manh Hung conveyed Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s best New Year wishes to Lao leaders and guests attending the banquet. Lao Deputy Prime Minister Phankham Viphavan, confidently stated that the special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and peoples are an invaluable asset and … [Read more...]

University autonomy improves training quality

Students learn about university enrolment. In the 2016-17 period, the education ministry will give more rights to universities, one of which is to have autonomy in enrolment. — Illustrative photo Gia Loc-Lan Phuong HCM CITY (VNS) — Financial autonomy has helped many universities in HCM City improve their facilities, human resources, scientific research and training quality, thereby building a brand name both locally and internationally. In the last decade, the country's tertiary education has seen many changes. Universities have been given autonomy gradually over the years by the Ministry of Education and Training. The Government's Decision 153 on University Regulations issued in 2003 said that universities have autonomy rights and responsibilities for planning, development, training programmes, science, technology, finance, international co-operation and personnel. Moreover, the Law on Education and the government's other resolutions also encouraged universities to … [Read more...]

OVs worldwide celebrate traditional New Year festival

Vietnam’s diplomatic agencies around the world have held get-togethers for overseas Vietnamese (OV) on the threshold of the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, which begins from February 8. On February 7, the Vietnamese Embassy in Australia held a New Year get-together for OVs in the country. Ambassador Luong Thanh Nghi said the affiliation between Vietnam and Australia was lifted to a higher level, with the signing of the statement on strengthening the Vietnam-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Australia in 2015. He described the solidarity of the Vietnamese community as an important factor for Vietnam’s development. The celebration in Sverdlovsk province. The ambassador took the occasion to present the certificate of merit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Association of Vietnamese Businesses in recognition of its practical contribution to the homeland’s industrialisation and … [Read more...]

Ensuring social security to build civilized, democratic, equal society

(VOVworld) – Social security is one of the fundamental social policies to reflect Vietnam’s direction in development and improved living standards. A number of policies have been implemented in recent years to ensure the people’s right to social security. Social security is part of Vietnam’s socio-economic development strategy. Vietnam considers ensuring social security a driving force and target during its renewal. Social security achieved in all areas Investment in social security accounted for 5.88% of Vietnam’s GDP in 2012 and increased to 6.6% last year. Despite economic difficulties the Vietnamese government has even increased investment in social security by mobilizing capital from foreign aid, businesses, and the people. Vietnam’s poverty reduction has been acknowledged internationally. Its poverty rate fell from 14.2% in 2010 to 4.5% in 2015. The government has approved a master plan to shift from a single dimension to a … [Read more...]

Vietnam preparing for extreme weather conditions

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked relevant agencies to bolster their preparations against extreme weather like typhoons, prolonged drought and massive floods, as they are forecast to hit Viet Nam heavily in the next five years. Since last year, Viet Nam has been severely suffering from the impacts of El Nino – likely to be the longest one in the last six decades – with nearly 40,000ha of agricultural land rendered inadequate for production due to a massive drought across the central region, Central Highlands and southern region. The Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and the National Committee for Search and Rescue (NCSR) are the two agencies in charge of managing collaboration between ministries and their provincial departments to draft responsive plans to such extreme weather. Since last year, Viet Nam has been severely suffering from the impacts of El Nino – likely to be the longest one in the last six decades – with nearly … [Read more...]

Government to avoid wasteful expenditure in 2016

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved an overall plan to practice economy and prevent wasteful expenditure in 2016. — VNA/ Photo Duc Tam HA NOI (VNS) — The prime minister has approved the government's overall programme to practice thrift and avoid wasteful expenditure in 2016. The programme is one of the key tasks in 2016, the first year in which the resolution of the 12th National Party Congress and the socio-economic development plan for the 2016-20 period will be carried out. Thrift and waste prevention measures will be implemented in all sections by tightening management, and avoiding state budget spending on impractical scientific research and inefficient projects. These measures are expected to save 10 per cent of the regular spending, contributing to reform in people's salaries, and reduce at least 12 per cent of the expenditure on conferences, meetings and daily activities. Additionally, state-owned enterprises need to reform and exercise self-control in … [Read more...]

Government preparing for extreme weather conditions

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked relevant agencies to bolster their preparations against extreme weather like typhoons, prolonged drought and massive floods, as they are forecast to hit Viet Nam heavily in the next five years. The Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and the National Committee for Search and Rescue (NCSR) are the two agencies in charge of managing collaboration between ministries and their provincial departments to draft responsive plans to such extreme weather. Since last year, Viet Nam has been severely suffering from the impacts of El Nino – likely to be the longest one in the last six decades – with nearly 40,000ha of agricultural land rendered inadequate for production due to a massive drought across the central region, Central Highlands and southern region. The weather pattern also caused water shortages that affected tens of thousands of people. El Nino was predicted to last until the end of this spring, … [Read more...]

DNA testing helps identify martyrs

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs on Wednesday gave the test results to families of 94 martyrs who were buried in the Viet Nam – Laos Friendship Cemetery in Nghe An Province. The remains of another 49 unknown martyrs were also tested, helping to identify them and find their families. They are among remains of 1,179 Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and military experts who died in Laos' Xieng Khouang Province. Since 2011, the ministry has used gene testing to identify martyrs via their remains, helping families to find their relatives who died during the wartime. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on January 14, 2013 approved a project to identify the remains of more than 800,000 martyrs by 2020. According to the ministry, nearly 1.2 million people died in the resistance war against the French colonialists and the Americans. More than 900,000 sets of remains were found and buried at 3,077 cemeteries nationwide, but more than 300,000 were not … [Read more...]

TPP – Great opportunity for Vietnam

The Hanoitimes - On February 4, in New Zealand, leaders of the 12 member nations signed the TPP. This is considered the first step opening great opportunities for this multinational trade pact become a reality. After this agreement was established with the participation of 12 countries which account for 40% of world GDP, Vietnam is considered one of the countries that will benefit most to the GDP growth. Leading enterprises from Vietnam and New Zealand have gathered for a trade and industry forum in New Zealand to learn firsthand about business and investment opportunities afforded by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The forum was co-oganised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the Vietnamese Embassy in New Zealand and the ASEAN – New Zealand Business Council (ANZBC) at Stamford Plaza in Auckland to help enterprises take full advantage of the incentives the deal offers. Present at the event were Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, who is in New … [Read more...]

TPP officially signed, promising benefits for Asia Pacific citizens

Commercial and Trade Ministers from Trans-Pacific Partnership member countries pose for a group photo at the signing ceremony in Auckland, New Zealand yesterday.— AFP/VNA Photo HA NOI (VNS) — Trade and economy ministers from 12 countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the biggest trade deal in history, in Auckland, New Zealand yesterday. Pacific rim nations joining the pact are Canada, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Australia, the United States, Japan and Viet Nam. The TPP aims to slash tariffs and trade barriers for 40 per cent of the global economy. It is set to create a free trade area with 800 million consumers and 30 per cent of global trade revenue. Besides regulating trade of goods and services and investment, the 6,000-page deal also provide rules related to issues such as intellectual property, labour, e-commerce and State utility enterprises. Authorised by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Minister of Industry and … [Read more...]

Vietnam, New Zealand firms gather to learn TPP opportunities

Auckland, February 4 (VNA) – Leading enterprises from Vietnam and New Zealand have gathered for a trade and industry forum in New Zealand to learn firsthand about business and investment opportunities afforded by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The forum was co-oganised on February 3 by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the Vietnamese Embassy in New Zealand and the ASEAN – New Zealand Business Council (ANZBC) at Stamford Plaza in Auckland to help enterprises take full advantage of the incentives the deal offers. Present at the event were Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, who is in New Zealand to sign the historic trade deal TPP, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Viet Dung, New Zealand Minister of Trade Todd Michael McClay and ANZBC President Alister Lawrence. During the forum, Minister Vu Huy Hoang briefed attendees on Vietnam’s economic development and the efforts the country is making to integrate regionally and globally. Hoang … [Read more...]

Contact 112 for emergency help

A fishing boat and a fisherman being rescued. The PM has approved an emergency rescue communication project, adding 112 as a nationwide crisis helpline number. — VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Viet HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved an emergency rescue communication project, adding 112 as a nationwide crisis helpline number. The project aims to build a communication model for emergency assistance during search and rescue missions that follow general international rules and Vietnamese laws as well. It is expected to strengthen the effectiveness of rescue work, reduce the loss of human lives and damage to private and public property. The project will also build emergency information and communication systems that are based on telecommunication networks available in 63 provinces. A national centre for controlling all rescue work in the country will be set up. The new number will be connected to available numbers so that the authorities can quickly receive … [Read more...]

Vietnam vows not to open more coal power plants

VietNamNet Bridge - After Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that Vietnam will not develop more coal hydropower plants, environmental organizations released statements lauding the decision. The decision was announced at a government meeting about the amendment of plans on electricity development and coal industry development until 2020. The Prime Minister requested the Ministry of Industry and Trade to submit plans to amend both the plans drawn up before which aim to control and protect the environment. The amendment aims at better controlling and protecting the environment, while ensuring the strict implementation of international commitments on emissions cuts. He told MOIT not to draw up more coal power plants and think of replacing coal power plants with gas power plants. Meanwhile, Vietnam will also try to attract investment in renewable energy projects. Under the seventh electricity development plan, which is going to be adjusted, coal power plants would account for 35.1 … [Read more...]

PM issues decree on nutrients newly required in food

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a decree to introduce iodine, iron, zinc and vitamin A as compulsory elements that need to be contained in Vietnamese food. Decree 09/2016/ND-CP on food fortification released last week and to take effect from March 15 this year regulates that the four micronutrients should meet national technical standards and regulations on food safety. Salt fortified with iodine, iron and zinc must be added to wheat flour, while vegetable oil that contains soybean oil, coconut oil, canola oil or peanut oil is required to have vitamin A – excluding vegetable oil used in industrial food processing, according to the decree. Iodine helps to prevent and combat serious diseases such as basedow and deficiency disorders. Iron helps prevent and combat anemia and malnutrition. Zinc helps to improve height. It also prevents and combats metabolism and cell disorders, bacterial diseases and bone development disorders. Vitamin A helps … [Read more...]

Party General Secretary conveys Lunar New Year greetings

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong offered his best wishes to incumbent and former leaders of the Party and State as well as the entire Vietnamese people yesterday on the occasion of the Lunar New Year festival (Tet). Those attending the get-together in Ha Noi included former Party General secretaries Le Kha Phieu and Nong Duc Manh, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An, and Politburo member and President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan. The Party chief highlighted important achievements reached in 2015, including growth beyond expectations, a stabilised macro-economy and accelerated economic restructuring. While people's living standards were improved at home, external activities and international integration helped promote Viet Nam's stature in the world. Defence and security were enhanced, and national sovereignty was safeguarded. The 13th National Assembly approved … [Read more...]

Party General Secretary conveys Lunar New Year greetings to Party, people

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong wishes a happy New Year to the Party, State and people. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung HA NOI (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong offered his best wishes to incumbent and former leaders of the Party and State as well as the entire Vietnamese people yesterday on the occasion of the Lunar New Year festival (Tet). Those attending the get-together in Ha Noi included former Party General secretaries Le Kha Phieu and Nong Duc Manh, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An, and Politburo member and President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan. The Party chief highlighted important achievements reached in 2015, including growth beyond expectations, a stabilised macro-economy and accelerated economic restructuring. While people's living standards were improved at home, external activities and international integration helped promote … [Read more...]