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...]

Vietnam’s assembly elections: People cast votes

Vietnamese people on Sunday cast their votes to choose representatives for the 500-seat National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2016-2021 term. The election began at 7 a.m. and will run without pause until 7 p.m on Sunday. It is organized and supervised by the National Election Council, chaired by Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, chairwoman for the current National Assembly. According to the council, of the 870 candidates for seats in the National Assembly, 197 were nominated by the central government and 673 nominated by local governments. There are only 11 self-nominated candidates. Nearly 39 percent of the candidates are women and 11 percent are not party members. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City each has 50 candidates running for a total of 60 seats in the assembly. Nguyen Hanh Phuc, general secretary of the current National Assembly, has said that all 870 candidates will be treated equally, including those who are not party members and had nominated themselves to … [Read more...]

President Obama’s visit promises new step of bilateral ties

US President Barack Obama’s official visit to Vietnam from May 23-25 is expected to usher in a new period of more rapid and stronger development in relations between the two countries. Obama is the third consecutive US President to visit Vietnam. Through the trip, he will enter his name in the history of bilateral ties. It will take place hours after tens of millions of Vietnamese voters go to the polls to elect deputies to the 14th National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils for 2016-2021. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (left) met with US President Barack Obama at the White House in July 2015. Besides, the country’s new leadership was established earlier this year after the 12th National Party Congress to drive the nation forward in the next five years. Bilaterally, the visit is hoped to increase meetings between the two countries’ leaders and high-ranking officials. Earlier, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong paid a visit to the … [Read more...]

Vietnam – US Multifaceted Relationship Strengthened

At the invitation of Vietnamese leaders, United States President Barack Obama will pay an official visit to Vietnam from May 23 to 25, 2016. The visit, aimed to strengthen the Vietnam - US partnership, is an important element of the US broad policy of rebalance toward the Asia Pacific region. Economic cooperation, people-to-people exchange Mr Daniel Russell, Assistant Secretary in charge of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said that many important issues will be discussed during the US presidential visit. Economic cooperation is an important field. Vietnam is a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the US is committed to supporting Vietnam with the capabilities to implement this important treaty. Expanding security cooperation is another important element of this visit, both in terms of international peacekeeping, regional humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief, but also importantly, maritime domain awareness and maritime security. The visit also aims … [Read more...]

Awareness needed in food safety

It's 7am on a Sunday morning and Mrs. Le Thi Tam has just been to her local market in Vinh Phuc ward, Ba Dinh district in Hanoi to buy food for the week. She was careful in choosing everything she bought but when asked why she chose certain products she said she follows her heart and has no idea about food safety and hygiene. "I choose old vegetables and fat meat, which I consider to be safe," Mrs. Tam said. "To be honest, when grocery shopping it's difficult to distinguish between healthy and unsafe food." After VET asked another ten housewives at the market about their purchases it was clear that none could tell the difference between good and bad. Health issues It's a problem found all around the country, unfortunately. Many people joke that they don't know what they should eat and perhaps should just starve. Warnings about contaminated food come nearly every day, such as coffee made from soy flour, contaminated pork skin, dirty oil, vegetables infected by insecticides, … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Kuwait step up cooperation

PANO – Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabad is on an official visit to Vietnam from May 5th to 7th, at the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The visit aims to boost the bilateral friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and Kuwait. Kuwait is among the first Arabian countries to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam (January 10th 1976). The people of Kuwait have reserved sentiments and respect for the Vietnamese people and the national liberation cause. In recent years, Vietnam-Kuwait bilateral relations have developed in various aspects, especially in the political realm. In March 2009, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visited Kuwait, following the Vietnam visit of Kuwaiti Prime Minister Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah in May 2007. A number of high-ranking visits have also been paid by officials of the two countries. These visits have opened up opportunities for the development of bilateral … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Kuwait foster relations

(VOVworld) – Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheik Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabad began a 3-day official visit to Vietnam on Thursday. The visit is intended to boost friendship and cooperation between the two countries in trade, oil and gas, labor, agriculture, and tourism. Kuwait became one of the first countries in the Middle East to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam on January 10, 1976. In 2007 it became the first member of the Gulf Cooperation Council to open an embassy in Hanoi and a consulate in HCM city. Fruitful cooperation Kuwait provided Vietnam with valuable support during its past struggle for national liberation. Bilateral relations have been consolidated through a number of visits, including Prime Minister Al-Sabad’s visit to Vietnam in May, 2007, and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Kuwait in March, 2009. The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has underwritten many development projects in Vietnam since 1979. Kuwait has … [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...]