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...]

PM okays public utility telecom service programme

The Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a programme on public utility telecommunication services from now to 2020. Accordingly, emergency telecommunication services and the fixed telephone subscriber number searching services will be provided free of charge to all citizens while access to broadband internet at public telecommunication service points will be charged at public telecom service rates. Impoverished households and households living just above poverty line will be entitled to the use of fixed telephone service or post-paid mobile phone service at public telecom service rates. Besides, the households in these groups will be supported to access television programmes which supply essential information and serve political functions via the digital televisions system. Fishermen on boats operating at sea will be exempt from charges when using the marine telecommunication service for searching and recuing activities through the coastal informational station system. … [Read more...]

Fifteen die in torrential rain

Rescuers search for nine members of a family buried in the rubble of their home in Cao Thang Ward, Ha Long City. Fifteen people died and another seven are missing after torrential rain that lasted for three days. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyet QUANG NINH (VNS) — Fifteen people died and another seven were missing in torrential rain that lasted for three days in northern Quang Ninh Province. The rain, the heaviest downpour in 40 years, totalled 828mm in places. It started in the north-eastern part of the province on Sunday and caused over VND1 trillion (US$45.8 million) in damage by 2pm yesterday. The provincial People's Committee yesterday said that more than 2,800 houses had collapsed in the deluge and that 143ha of crops and about 880 fishing pens were swamped with water. Dao Thi Thanh Huong, a resident in Ha Long City's Hong Ha Ward, said, "Electricity is on and off while tap water was cut due to the rain." The Quang Ninh Water Supply Company has also been forced to … [Read more...]

Flood, torrential rain kill 15 in Quang Ninh

Heavy rain causes flood in Ha Long city, Quang Ninh (Source: VNA) Fifteen people died and another seven were missing in torrential rain that lasted for three days in northern Quang Ninh province. The rain, the heaviest down-pour in 40 years, was measured at 828mm in places. It started in the northeastern part of the province on July 26 and caused over one trillion VND (45.8 million USD) in damage by 21pm on July 28. The provincial People’s Committee said that more than 2,800 houses collapsed in the deluge and 143 ha of crops and about 880 fishing pens were swamped with water. Many local roads were blocked due to landslide. The Quang Ninh Water Supply Company has also been forced to stop supplying tap water to homes in Ha Long and Cam Pha cities for up to a fortnight because falling trees and landslides broke the main water-pipe system. The rain also left about 1,600 tourists stranded on Co To and Quan Lan islands. Most of them were on Co To. Hoang Ba Nam, chairman of … [Read more...]

Ministry continues promoting Buy-Vietnam Goods campaign

Customers browse Bitis' shoes at a high-quality Made-in Viet Nam goods fair in Nha Trang City. — VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) will continue promoting its campaign, Vietnamese people give priority to using Vietnamese products, so that more and more local people begin using these indigenous products by this year end. The ministry planned to promote locally made industrial, semi-finished and farming products, Ho Thi Kim Thoa, deputy minister of industry and trade, said at a conference on Friday in Ha Noi, while reviewing implementation of the campaign in the first half of this year. In order to achieve the target, the ministry will strengthen business connectivity between northern and southern regions, according to the plan. The ministry will enhance awareness about the campaign in the rural and remote areas and also combine its efforts with those undertaken in cities and provinces so that people are inspired to consume … [Read more...]

UK Prime Minister David Cameron pays official visit to Vietnam

UK Prime Minister David Cameron NDO - At the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland David Cameron has commenced an official visit to Vietnam. The UK Prime Minister is accompanied by Downing Street Chief of Staff Edward Llewellyn, National Security Adviser Kim Darroch, British Ambassador to Vietnam Giles Lever, Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire, Minister of State for Trade and Investment Francis Maude, Foreign Affairs Assistant to the Prime Minister Jack Fitzgerald and many other senior officials. David Cameron was born on October 9, 1966 in London. He studied at Eton College before graduating from Oxford University with a first class degree in politics, philosophy and economics. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Witney in West Oxfordshire in 2001 and was a member of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee from 2001 to 2003.David … [Read more...]

Flood, torrential rains kill 15 in Quang Ninh

Rescue efforts are being made for victims of landslides in Quang Ninh province. (Credit: vnexpress.net) NDO/VNA - Fifteen people have died and another seven are missing after torrential rains devastated northern Quang Ninh province for three days. The rain, the heaviest down-pour in 40 years, was measured at 828mm in several locations. It started in the northeastern part of the province on July 26 and caused over VND1 trillion (US$45.8 million) in damage by 9pm on July 28. The provincial People’s Committee said that more than 2,800 houses collapsed in the deluge and 143 ha of crops and about 880 fishing pens were swamped with water. A number of local roads were blocked due to landslides. The Quang Ninh Water Supply Company has also been forced to stop supplying tap water to homes in Ha Long and Cam Pha cities for up to a fortnight due to falling trees and landslides causing damage to the main water-pipe system. The rain also left about 1,600 tourists stranded on Quan … [Read more...]

City wants chip making project reassessed

Thai Ngoc The project has not been executed as planned due to concerns over a lack of manpower able to operate the facility and of markets for its products. Therefore, HCMC vice chairman Tat Thanh Cang told representatives of the parties concerned including the HCMC Department of Information and Communications and SHTP to arrange monthly meetings to review the project and the city’s program on IC industry development, and report results to the municipal government. As part of the 2013-2020 chip industry development program launched by the HCMC government in mid-2012, the chip factory is expected to supply around 1.8 billion ICs worth a combined US$90 million a year. CNS said the first phase of the project worth about US$250 million was scheduled for implementation in the 2016-2018 period. Once in place, the factory would be able to produce 5-10 thousand wafers and products a month, including electronic chips, RFID chips and power ICs. The city government has thrown … [Read more...]

NZ helps Vietnam improve food safety

Thuy Dung Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat (standing, R) and New Zealand Minister for Food Safety Jo Goodhew witness the signing of a cooperation agreement on food safety between the two countries in Hanoi on July 27 - PHOTO: KHUONG LUC In accordance with cooperation between the two countries, New Zealand will share experience and help Vietnam develop manpower to improve relevant regulations and draft legal documents to facilitate production and supply of safe food products in different localities with a focus on major cities initially. The two ministers also agreed on solutions to boost trade in agricultural products between the two countries. Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said food safety is one of the key goals of the agriculture sector as it matters to 90 million Vietnamese consumers and nearly 100 million people in countries importing farm produce from Vietnam. "We want to develop strong … [Read more...]

Death toll reaches 10 as incessant rain floods Quang Ninh

Rescuers trying to find people who were reportedly missing after a major landslide buried three local houses with 10 people inside in Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long Town. Photo: Linh Linh Incessant rain triggering floods and landslides continued to wreak havoc in the northern province of Quang Ninh for the third day, killing at least 10 people and leaving two others missing and another nine injured. Rescuing works have been maintained at a site in Ha Long Town, where three houses were buried in a landslide on Sunday night with 10 people inside. Rescue workers have saved a man and retrieved the bodies of his wife and daughter. The 37-year-old man was rushed to a hospital for treatment of multiple injuries, including serious brain injury. By late Tuesday, five bodies were found while rescuers continued searching for the two others. A local resident said that she was not aware of the landslide due to heavy rain with lightning at night. "At around 5 a.m. [on Monday], I went out to … [Read more...]

Government convenes meeting on lawmaking

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung chaired a Government meeting on lawmaking in Hanoi on July 27 and 28, focusing on the progress of a programme to build laws and ordinances and determining relevant tasks for the rest of this year. In the first half of this year, the government issued six resolutions and the Prime Minister released five decisions and two documents guiding ministries and ministry-level agencies on enacting laws and ordinances, reported Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong at the event. Generally, draft laws and ordinances were submitted to the National Assembly on schedule and were of good quality, he added. During the period, ministries and ministry-level agencies were required to submit 21 draft laws and ordinances to the government, five of which were approved, 11 others received government feedback and the remaining three—including the draft law on demonstration, the revised law on press and amendments and supplements to some articles of the law on technology … [Read more...]

Government prioritizes legislation

(VOVworld) – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung chaired a government meeting on legislation over the last 2 days. Cabinet members discussed the government’s legislative program and the issuance of documents guiding law enforcement in the first half of the year and plans for the remaining months. Prime Minister Dung asked cabinet members to focus all available resources to quickly formulate and issue documents guiding law enforcement: "Ministers should focus more resources on legislation apart from managerial work. Pending laws, decrees, and circulars should all be completed and submitted by September 15. It is necessary to increase coordination between ministries. The Prime Minister and the government are ready to work with ministries on sensitive circulars, decrees, and institutions." Cabinet members also debated the draft law on religion and belief, the draf law on informaiton access, the revised law on import-export taxes, the law on the issuance of administrative … [Read more...]

Prompt actions required to address flood aftermath in Quang Ninh

Heavy rain in Quang Ninh. Photo: VNA Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered authorities of northern coastal Quang Ninh province and relevant agencies on July 28 to take prompt actions to help local residents overcome the consequences of floods caused by heavy rains in the last several days. Torrential rains, caused by a low pressure trough crossing the northern region, have been recorded in Quang Ninh over the last three days, reaching as high as 800 millimetres in Co To island and Cua Ong ward of Cam Pha city. Deluge at certain locations in Ha Long, Cam Pha and Uong Bi cities and Dong Trieu, Van Don and Hoanh Bo townships inundated more than 2,000 houses and isolated some residential areas. Floods have also claimed at least four lives and many others are missing. The PM asked the Quang Ninh People’s Committee to visit and support suffering families and supply isolated households with staple provisions. Authorities need to continue evacuating households in severely … [Read more...]

5 dead, 6 injured due to serious flooding in northern Vietnamese province

Prolonged heavy rains and subsequent floodwaters have killed at least five people and injured six others in the northern province of Quang Ninh over the past two days, according to local authorities. The incessant rains have been the heaviest during the past 40 years in the province, the local meteorology agency said. Of the dead victims, three came from a family in Cam Pha City, including a 27-year-old woman and her two children, seven and four years old. They drowned in floodwaters that submerged their house. The two others – a woman and her little child – were from another family of nine members whose house collapsed during a torrential rain in Cao Thang Ward, Ha Long City early this morning. Locals use a boat to carry assets through a submerged area in Quang Ninh Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre Rescuers are searching for the seven others under the debris. Over the past two days, floodwaters have deeply submerged many localities and caused landslides in many … [Read more...]

Vietnam pays respect on War Invalids’ and Martyrs’ Day

The country's leaders laid wreaths and offered incense at the Monument to Heroes and Martyrs on the 68th War Invalids' and Martyrs' Day yesterday. Among the attendants were Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, former Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, President Truong Tan Sang, former President Tran Duc Luong, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, and former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An. The delegation also paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum. On the same day, President Sang hosted a reception for a delegation of veterans from Division 313 and 314 in Military Zone 2 to mark the occasion. The veterans, who fought to protect the nation in border battlefields with China in Vi Xuyen District in the northern province of Ha Giang recalled their memories of fierce battles from 1984-1988. As the key mobile force in Military Zone 2, their victory in a number of big battles firmly preserved the nation's … [Read more...]

Prime Minister endorses FAO-sponsored health project

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a 2.1-million USD project on controlling human health threats funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The one-year project aims to reduce risks and control human health threats from infectious diseases between humans and animals in Vietnam through value chains in interactions between humans, wild animals and the environment, and particularly to reduce pandemics in the country. It will intensify cooperation between domestic agencies in implementing the United Nations "One Health" initiative and and reduce risks vertically along the value chain from farms to dining tables. The project will also bolster monitoring capacity, trans-border cooperative activities and early detection and mitigate highly pathogenic avian influenza virus and other infectious diseases between humans and animals.-VNA … [Read more...]

Viet Nam, Brazil aim to build new connections

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives Brazilian Minister of External Relations Mauro Luiz Iecker Vieira in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam wants to ramp up mutually beneficial co-ordination across the board with Brazil, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said yesterday. Receiving the Brazilian Minister for External Relations, Mauro Luiz Iecker Vieira, in Ha Noi yesterday, Dung said Viet Nam had high expectations for the Brazilian President's trip to Viet Nam later this year. Dung said both sides should promote existing mechanisms while developing new ones to strengthen economic, trade and investment links. The host also called for closer bilateral liaisons at multilateral forums and international organisations in the name of peace, stability, security, co-operation and development in the region and beyond. In response, Vieira said he had high expectations for increasing bilateral ties. The Brazilian minister said that in talks with the … [Read more...]

Nation pays respect on War Invalids’ and Martyrs’ Day

HCM City Youth Union members light candles to pay tribute to heroes and war invalids at a cemetery in the city on the occasion of the 68th War Invalids' and Martyrs' Day. — VNA/VNS Photo An Hieu HA NOI (VNS) — The country's leaders laid wreaths and offered incense at the Monument to Heroes and Martyrs on the 68th War Invalids' and Martyrs' Day yesterday. Among the attendants were Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, former Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, President Truong Tan Sang, former President Tran Duc Luong, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, and former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An. The delegation also paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum. On the same day, President Sang hosted a reception for a delegation of veterans from Division 313 and 314 in Military Zone 2 to mark the occasion. The veterans, who fought to protect the nation in border battlefields with China in Vi Xuyen … [Read more...]

Vietnam, New Zealand increase co-operation on food safety

New Zealand Minister of Food Safety Jo Goodhew speaks of co-operation on food safety between the two countries during a press brief in Hanoi on July 27. (Image credit: Nghiem Trung) NDO – New Zealand Minister of Food Safety and Associated Minister for Primary Industries, Jo Goodhew, is currently visiting Vietnam from July 27-30 to work with Vietnamese leaders on existing collaborations in food safety and to further co-operation in the field. The official visit is part of a series of activities and events commemorating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2015. Her visit follows the official visit to New Zealand made by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in March, during which a food safety co-operation agreement was signed by Minister Goodhew and the Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, laying the foundations for closer co-operation between the two countries in the area of food safety as well as in the trade … [Read more...]