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...]

Vietnamese PM: Lee Kuan Yew’s death a loss to Singapore, ASEAN

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung writes in a funeral book for the deceased at the Singaporean Embassy (Photo: VNA) The death of former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is a great loss to not only Singapore but also the ASEAN community, wrote Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in a funeral book for the deceased at the Singaporean Embassy in Hanoi on March 23. The late PM’s contributions to Singapore and the national building and development cause are a source of encouragement for the next generation, he wrote. The Vietnamese people will always remember the love and valuable support of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew for Vietnam, he added. PM Dung also expressed his hope that the Government and people of Singapore will be able to overcome their loss. Lee Kuan Yew passed away early on March 23 at the age of 91. He was the founding Prime Minister of Singapore and father of the current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He has been widely credited with turning … [Read more...]

Vietnam extends condolences to Singapore over Lee Kuan Yew’s death

Vietnam extends condolences to Singapore over Lee Kuan Yew’s death Vietnamese leaders extended condolences to their Singaporean counterparts over the death of the former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on March 23. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong sent condolences to Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party Lee Hsien Loong, while State President Truong Tan Sang conveyed his sympathy to President Tony Tan Keng Yam. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung passed his condolences to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong over the loss. The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also expressed his sympathies to Singaporean Foreign Minister K Shanmugam. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore, former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew passed away early on March 23 at the age of 91. Lee Kuan Yew was the founding Prime Minister of Singapore and father of the … [Read more...]

Vietnam condoles with Singapore on Lee Kuan Yew’s death

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (C) writes down a message of condolences in front a portrait of Singapore's late former leader Lee Kuan Yew at the Singaporean embassy in Hanoi on March 23, 2015. Photo credit: AFP Vietnamese leaders have offered condolences to their Singaporean counterparts over the death of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong on Monday sent condolences to Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party Lee Hsien Loong, while President Truong Tan Sang conveyed his sympathy to President Tony Tan Keng Yam. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung passed his condolences to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong over the loss. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh expressed his sympathies to Singaporean Foreign Minister K Shanmugam. Lee Kuan Yew, who served as Singapore’s Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990, died at the age of 91 on Monday in hospital. The … [Read more...]

Vietnam – Australia: Bringing Bilateral Relationship to New Heights

Recently, in Canberra, Australia, on a three day visit to Australia, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott witnessed the signing of declaration on enhancing Australia-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership. The declaration was signed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Vietnamese Minister & Chairman of the Government Office Nguyen Van Nen. The declaration aims to build on previous successes, to deepen and expand the strong relations between Australia and Vietnam, to deliver on the principles outlined above that will benefit the region. It also provides a framework for enhancing the relationship across 5 key areas including bilateral cooperation; regional and international cooperation; economic growth, trade and industry development; development assistance; defence, law enforcement and security ties. Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Mr Hugh Borrowman said that the declaration provides a high-level strategic framework for a … [Read more...]

Social News 23/3

Work begins on major expressway segment Construction of an 18.7-km section of the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway, which will run through HCM City and Long An Province, began on Saturday. The project includes three intersections at Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway and HCM City-Trung Luong Expressway, National Highway No 1A, and National Highway No 50, according to the developer Expressway Viet Nam Expressway Corporation (VEC). With a total length of 57.1 km, the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway runs through Long An Province's Ben Luc and Can Giuoc districts; Binh Chanh, Nha Be and Can Gio Districts in HCM City and Nhon Trach and Long Thanh districts in Dong Nai Province. The section is part of the national north-south expressway. The road includes a total of 20km of bridges, including the 3-km long Binh Khanh Bridge that crosses Soai Rap River and the 3.2-km Phuoc Khanh Bridge over the Long Tau River. With four lanes, Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway can allow vehicles to run at a maximum … [Read more...]

Cement consumption up, steel down

According to the Building Materials Department under the Ministry of Construction, consumption of cement in the first two months of this year reached 9.01 million tons, accounting for 103.9 percent of the same period last year and 12.5 percent of this year’s plan. Cement consumption posted fairly high growth compared to the same period last year amid steady industrial manufacturing and domestic rising demand. In order to balance supply and demand, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung recently agreed to eliminate five cement plants whose capacity is below 2,500 tons of clinker per day from the planning and delay 9 cement projects to after this year. It is expected that there will be only one cement production line to be put into operation this year so as to narrow the gap between supply and demand. Meanwhile, the Vietnam Steel Association (VSA) said that steel consumption merely touched 300,000 tons in the first two months of this year, down 30.3 percent over the same period last … [Read more...]

City opens new hi-tech facility in Thong Nhat Hospital

A new hi-tech treatment facility in Thong Nhat Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City was inaugurated yesterday with the participation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, leaders of the Ministry of Health and Ho Chi Minh City. At the inauguration ceremony (Photo: SGGP) The facility is a part of the hospital upgrading project, aiming to make it a leading health-care institution in the region. The facility was built with new examination rooms and 500 more beds at a total cost of more than VND493 billion (US$23 million), raising the hospital's capacity to 1,200 beds. The facility will to raise more beds for the hospital to ensure one patient on one bed. Addressing the ceremony, PM Nguyen Tan Dung highly appreciated managers, medical workers and staffs’ efforts in taking care of people’s health during 40 past years. Until now, the facility and personnel develop more and more patients flock to the hospital. It deserves to be one of leading hospital in the South Vietnam. The PM also … [Read more...]

Lam Dong sets greenhouse gas goal

An action programme reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD +) for the 2015-2020 period in Lam Dong set a target to cut greenhouse gases by 27 percent by 2020, equalling 2,056,277 tonnes of CO2 per year. REDD+, which officially began in the Central Highlands province on March 22, is worth some 1.75 trillion VND (81.5 million USD), and is aiming to curb deforestation and forest degradation, devise sustainable forest management and conservation initiatives and improve local livelihoods. Lam Dong will focus on building its capacity and has planned a series of measures to reduce its carbon dioxide volume. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved REDD+ as a national action programme in July 2012 with the initial participation of eight provinces. Another seven have since joined. After the northwestern mountainous province of Dien Bien, Lam Dong is the second province to complete its provincial REDD+ action plan nationwide.-VNA … [Read more...]

PM okays new economic corridor

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a broad plan to establish a new economic corridor to enable goods to flow more freely between Vietnam, China and Cambodia. It will complement other economic corridors already in existence, including the Bac Bo (Tonkin Gulf) Economic Corridor, which runs from Hainan Island in southern China around the Gulf of Tonkin to Quang Tri Province in central Vietnam. Conceived in 2004 by former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, the Bac Bo corridor is still being developed. Then there is the East-West Economic Corridor which runs from east to west - from Danang in Vietnam through to Laos, Thailand and Myanamar. It was initiated in 1998 by regional economic leaders and opened in 2006. The latest corridor will run from Lang Son on the Vietnam-China border to Hanoi. HCM City and Moc Bai border gate in Tay Ninh Province on the southern border with Cambodia. It will be developed over the next five years, with a vision to 2030. Like the others, the new … [Read more...]

Hi-tech treatment centre inaugurated in HCM City

A ceremony was held on March 22 to inaugurate the hi-tech treatment centre at the Thong Nhat hospital in Ho Chi Minh City to better serve health-care demand in the southern region. The work is among the components under the first phase of the project to upgrade the Thong Nhat hospital, aiming to make it the leading health-care institutions in the region. In addition, two buildings were built with new examination rooms and 500 more beds at a total cost of over VND493 billion (US$23 million), raising the hospital’s capacity to 1,200 beds. Attending the ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung lauded the efforts the hospital staff has undertaken to ensure medical treatment for southern residents over the past 40 years. He also urged the health sector and localities to work harder to ease patient overload at big hospitals, in tandem with enhancing service quality through improving the facilities and bettering staff’s capability. The Director of Thong Nhat Hospital, Dr. … [Read more...]

Macroeconomic Stability Supports Businesses

With firm governance, the Government of Vietnam as well as Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reaffirmed the need for continued improvement of the investment environment and business competitiveness, as well as support for enterprises to deal with difficulties to boost business development. Businesses still in difficulty According to the Business Management Department under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam had 6,899 new business start-ups with a total registered investment capital of VND45,825 billion in February 2015, up 0.47 percent in businesses and 44.6 percent in investment value against January. On average, a project has an investment capital of VND6.6 billion in February, up 43.5 percent from the previous month. New companies registered to employ 93,647 workers in February, down 9.5 percent over January. However, the country also saw 1,062 companies end their operations in February, an increase of 6.9 percent over January, while 4,391 businesses registered to … [Read more...]

New Zealand to boost defence cooperation with Vietnam

PANO - Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of National Defence of Vietnam, on March 20th held talks with New Zealand’s Deputy Secretary of Defence Tony Lynch during the official visit to New Zealand by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh At the talks, both sides reviewed the results of defence cooperation between the two ministries over the past time, especially in delegation exchanges, staff training, peacekeeping operations and maritime security. The two sides held that there has remained much potential to boost the bilateral defence ties, and agreed to expand cooperation in issues of mutual concern, including mine action. The host also affirmed to strengthen collaboration with the guest on sharing experience and information in participating in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. In addition, they agreed that the two ministries would increase consultation at multilateral forums to share … [Read more...]

Hi-tech treatment centre inaugurated at Thong Nhat hospital

Pm Nguyen Tan Dung at the ceremony (Photo: VNA) A ceremony was held on March 22 to inaugurate the hi-tech treatment centre at the Thong Nhat hospital in Ho Chi Minh City to better serve health-care demand in the southern region. The work is among the components under the first phase of the project to upgrade the Thong Nhat hospital, aiming to make it the leading health-care institutions in the region. In addition, two buildings were built with new examination rooms and 500 more beds at a total cost of over 493 billion VND (23 million USD), raising the hospital’s capacity to 1,200 beds. Attending the ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung lauded the efforts the hospital staff has undertaken to ensure medical treatment for southern residents over the past 40 years. He also urged the health sector and localities to work harder to ease patient overload at big hospitals, in tandem with enhancing service quality through improving the facilities and bettering staff’s … [Read more...]

Project on expanding Thong Nhat hospital launched

Project on expanding Thong Nhat hospital launched (VOVworld)- A project to expand Thong Nhat hospital in Ho Chi Minh city was launched on Sunday. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended the launching ceremony. In his address, the Prime Minister asked the Ministry of Health to provide Thong Nhat hospital with more modern equipment and facility. He urged the hospital leaders to find ways to attract more talented doctors and focus more on improving the professionalism of the hospital’s staff. Founded 40 years ago, Thong Nhat hospital now has 400 beds and more than 1,200 staff. It has acquired more modern medical treatment technologies to fulfill its tasks of providing health care for Party and State officials. … [Read more...]

PM ’s visits mark new stage in relationship with Australia, NZ

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s recent visit to Australia and New Zealand opened new charters in the robust development of friendship and comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the two Oceanian countries, said Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung. The Vietnamese PM Dung and leaders of both Australia and New Zealand agreed that the Vietnam-Australia and Vietnam-New Zealand comprehensive partnerships have seen positive development in all areas, Trung said in an interview with media following the Prime Minister’s visits to the countries which concluded on March 20. "To improve the efficiency and practicality of the bilateral relations, Australia and New Zealand agreed to lift their relations with Vietnam to a new level towards a strategic partnership," Trung said, emphasising that "this is an important milestone in relations between Vietnam and the two countries, creating a political and legal framework for promoting cooperation in … [Read more...]

Viet Nam, Thailand relations bound to flourish: President Sang

VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam treasures its growing relationship with Thailand and believes it will thrive in the coming years, President Truong Tan Sang said on Friday, March 20. President Truong Tan Sang meets Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Thanasak Patimapragorn at the Presidential Palace. Hosting a reception for Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Thanasak Patimapragorn in Ha Noi, he lauded results obtained at the meeting of the Joint Committee on bilateral co-operation. He thanked Thailand for being attentive to the needs of the Vietnamese community in Thailand, and said he hoped a bilateral labour agreement would be signed soon. Noting that the economic partnership between the two countries was developing strongly with many Thai big players investing in Viet Nam, he expressed his confidence that the Viet Nam-Thailand strategic partnership would continue to flourish. He also praised Thailand's role in the ASEAN community, and called on … [Read more...]

Proposal to tackle drunk driving sparks debate

* Khuat Viet Hung, vice chairperson of the National Traffic Safety Committee According to Vietnamese law, specifically the Law on Road Traffic, driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited. For motorbike drivers, those with blood alcohol content of 50mg/100 millimeters of blood or higher are considered drunk drivers. Khuat Viet Hung -- File photos For the past five years, our committee, in co-ordination with the World Health Organisation and other international partners, has implemented many pilot programmes to monitor the level of alcohol among drivers. Inspections have also been enhanced nationwide. Drunk driving has been getting more and more serious. During February of this year, which was one of the busiest months due to the nine-day Tet holiday, nearly 18,000 people were fined for drunk driving. This number is critically high. Over the holiday, there were two major traffic accidents that both involved alcohol. One was in Hung Yen Province which killed … [Read more...]

PM’s visits mark new stage in relationship with Australia, New Zealand

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s recent visit to Australia and New Zealand opened new charters in the robust development of friendship and comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the two Oceanian countries, said Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung. The Vietnamese PM Dung and leaders of both Australia and New Zealand agreed that the Vietnam-Australia and Vietnam-New Zealand comprehensive partnerships have seen positive development in all areas, Trung said in an interview with media following the Prime Minister’s visits to the countries which concluded on March 20. "To improve the efficiency and practicality of the bilateral relations, Australia and New Zealand agreed to lift their relations with Vietnam to a new level towards a strategic partnership," Trung said, emphasising that "this is an important milestone in relations between Vietnam and the two countries, creating a … [Read more...]