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...]

Collection of road fees on Vietnam national highways not overlapping: minister

Transport Minister Dinh La Thang has confirmed in his report to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung that the installation of road fee collection stations on national highways in Vietnam is proper and was already approved by authorities. That means there is no overlapping in the collection of road fees by the stations, Minister Thang added. The minimum distance between the two closest road fee collection posts is required to be 70 kilometers on a highway and local authorities and/or the finance ministry must grant their approval for any more collection station on other roads but within the reach to be set up. According to the report, Vietnam now has a total of 96 road fee collection posts that are operating or will be put into operation on national highways built in the form of BOT (Build – Operate – Transfer). They include 45 operating posts and 51 others that will come on stream soon when new road construction finishes from now till 2018. The positions and … [Read more...]

Prime Minister Dung pledges to tackle trade of illegal narcotics

Vietnam gave high priority to fighting the illegal drug use and would work closely with the United Nations and Mekong region nations to stop the global drug trade, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said yesterday. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives heads of foreign delegations from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). — Photo VNA The Vietnamese leader was speaking at a reception for heads of foreign delegations from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). They were in Hanoi to attend a ministerial meeting of signatory countries to a 1993 agreement on drug control in the Greater Mekong sub-region. Dung spoke of the role and support of UNODC for regional countries, suggesting the office continue its assistance and co-operation for a drug-free world. UNODC regional representative Jeremy Douglas said that collaboration between nations provided strong … [Read more...]

Vietnam official insists on making Nha Trang more beautiful than Hawaii with urban planning

The chairman of Khanh Hoa Province in south-central Vietnam did not pull any punches as he defended a controversial zoning decision for the provincial capital of Nha Trang, saying it is shortsighted to oppose a plan that will enable the city to rival the U.S. island of Hawaii. The Vietnamese province should steadfastly implement the plan so that Nha Trang, a destination favored by international tourists thanks to its beautiful beaches, can "become even more beautiful than Hawaii," Nguyen Chien Thang said as he met local voters on Thursday. Scores of skyscrapers have been constructed on several streets in Nha Trang in recent years, forming what experts say is a towering ‘wall of high-rises’ that could hurt the city’s ecosystem. The controversial zoning, approved by Thang in October 2014, is intended for the eastern parts of Tran Phu and Pham Van Dong Streets, where several resort facilities will be built on certain beaches and the surface of Nha Trang Bay … [Read more...]

UN chief Ban Ki-moon visits Vietnam to discuss peace, security, human rights

Visiting General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon will discuss with Vietnamese leaders many important issues, including peace, world security and human rights, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said. The UN chief’s two-day visit to Vietnam with his wife, starting today, May 22, is his second to the Southeast Asian country since he took office in 2007. The visit is aimed at promoting the relationship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and the UN and improving the efficiency of UN aid in implementing the post-2015 Development Agenda, especially in mitigating the impacts of climate change. The UN General Secretary is scheduled to meet Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang, General Secretary of the Community Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong, and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. During their talks, the hosts and guest will discuss a wide range of issues, including development, peace, international security, human rights, UN-Vietnam … [Read more...]

Government News 22/5

Smuggling, trade fraud worsen national economy: PM Smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeit goods are seriously damaging the national economy and negatively affecting society, stated Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at a teleconference on tobacco smuggling. Chairing the May 21 teleconference reviewing the six-month implementation of a Government decree on intensifying the fight against tobacco smuggling, the PM said the Government always considers combating smuggling and trade fraud a key task. He asked ministries and localities to synchronously carry out measures to fight tobacco smuggling, with the focus on ringleaders. The Government leader stressed the need to strictly address sales of contraband tobacco, while intensifying communications to raise public awareness of tobacco trafficking. Disseminating the bad impacts of smoking among the public, particularly among the young, is also essential, he added. Ministries and localities were also asked to prevent smuggling activities at … [Read more...]

Smugglings, trade frauds worsen national economy: PM

Smugglings, trade frauds and counterfeit goods are seriously damaging the national economy and negatively affecting society, stated Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at a teleconference on tobacco smuggling. Chairing the May 21 teleconference reviewing the six-month implementation of a Government decree on intensifying the fight against tobacco smugglings, the PM said the Government always considers combating smugglings and trade frauds a key task. He asked ministries and localities to synchronously carry out measures to fight tobacco smugglings, with the focus on ringleaders. PM Nguyen Tan Dung addresses the teleconference. Photo: chinhphu.vn The Government leader stressed the need to strictly address sales of contraband tobacco, while intensifying communications to raise public awareness of tobacco trafficking. Disseminating the bad impacts of smoking among the public, particularly among the young, is also essential, he added. Ministries and localities were also asked to prevent … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – May 22

Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today in Vietnamese media: Politics -- The Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago is an integral part of Vietnam and its waters have long been the traditional fishing ground of Vietnamese fishermen, Le Hai Binh, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, said Thursday at a regular press conference in reply to reporters’ questions about Vietnam’s response to China’s unilateral ban on fishing in the East Vietnam Sea. Vietnam will intensify the management of, and closely monitor, its fishermen’s activities in the country’s waters in order to timely cope with any problem, he added. -- General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon begins a two-day visit to Vietnam on Friday, his second one to the Southeast Asian country since he took office in 2007. The visit aims to boost the relationship and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and the UN and increase the effectiveness of UN aid … [Read more...]

Vietnam has made remarkable progress towards achieving MDGs: UN Chief

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has granted an interview to the Vietnam News Agency before his visit to Vietnam from May 22nd-23rd, in which he talked about the aims of the visit and made recommendations for the country in its transition to the post-2015 sustainable development goals. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: tienphong.vn The following is the full text of the interview. Q: Vietnam is one of a few countries that you will visit for the second time. What is the purpose of the upcoming visit? I am very pleased to visit Vietnam again. I fondly remember my last visit in 2010 when I had the opportunity to attend the UN-ASEAN Summit as well as meet with Government officials to thank them for Vietnam’s support for the "One United Nations" reform. One of the main focuses of my forthcoming trip will be on environmental sustainability and climate change. I am honoured to open the Green One UN House - an eco-friendly building now home to the UN family … [Read more...]

Smuggling, trade fraud worsen national economy: PM

PM Nguyen Tan Dung chairs the teleconference on tobacco smuggling. (Photo: VNA) Smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeit goods are seriously damaging the national economy and negatively affecting society, stated Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at a teleconference on tobacco smuggling. Chairing the May 21 teleconference reviewing the six-month implementation of a Government decree on intensifying the fight against tobacco smuggling, the PM said the Government always considers combating smuggling and trade fraud a key task. He asked ministries and localities to synchronously carry out measures to fight tobacco smuggling, with the focus on ringleaders. The Government leader stressed the need to strictly address sales of contraband tobacco, while intensifying communications to raise public awareness of tobacco trafficking. Disseminating the bad impacts of smoking among the public, particularly among the young, is also essential, he added. Ministries and localities were also asked … [Read more...]

Vietnam prioritises combating drugs: PM

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung greets UNODC Regional Representative Jeremy Douglas. (Photo: VNA) Vietnam gives a high priority to the combat and prevention of drugs and will work closely with the UN and Mekong sub-regional nations at both bilateral and multilateral levels to stop the global peril, stated Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The Vietnamese Government leader hosted a reception on May 21 for heads of the foreign delegations from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), who are in Hanoi to attend the Ministerial Meeting of Signatory Countries of the 1993 Memorandum of Understanding on Drug Control in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. He spoke highly of the agreements reached during the meeting, including the ninth edition of the regional action plan. Cooperative mechanisms in the sub-region have helped design initiatives and policies on drug combat and prevention, he said, adding that Vietnam committed to … [Read more...]

PM Nguyen Tan Dung: Vietnam respects and prioritizes drug control and prevention

(VOVworld) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has received heads of delegations from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) participating at the Ministerial Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on Drug Control of the Greater Mekong Subregional nations in Hanoi, led by UNODC Chief Regional Representative Jeremy Douglas. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and UNODC Chief Regional Representative Jeremy Douglas (photo: VGP/ Nhat Bac) The Prime Minister praised their role in active policies and initiatives to foster regional cooperation in drug control and prevention. He reiterated Vietnam’s respect and priority in drug control and prevention, cooperation with UN and the Greater Mekong Subregion to prevent the global threat. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with representatives from 5 Greater Mekong Subregional nations and the UNODC (photo: VGP/ Nhat Bac) He praised the UNODC in its cooperation with … [Read more...]

UN chief: Vietnam has made remarkable progress towards achieving MDGs

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has granted an interview to the Vietnam News Agency before his visit to Vietnam from May 22-23, in which he talked about the aims of the visit and made recommendations for the country in its transition to the post-2015 sustainable development goals. The following is the full text of the interview. Q: Vietnam is one of a few countries that you will visit for the second time. What is the purpose of the upcoming visit? I am very pleased to visit Vietnam again. I fondly remember my last visit in 2010 when I had the opportunity to attend the UN-ASEAN Summit as well as meet with Government officials to thank them for Vietnam’s support for the "One United Nations" reform. One of the main focuses of my forthcoming trip will be on environmental sustainability and climate change. I am honoured to open the Green One UN House - an eco-friendly building now home to the UN family working in Viet Nam. I will be meeting with President … [Read more...]

Labour productivity key to sustainable development

Vietnamese workers rank high in ASEAN skills competitions, but its labour productivity remains lower than other countries, Nguyen Anh Tuan of the Vietnam Productivity Institute told Ha Noi Moi newspaper. Tuan said t he country's labour productivity has increased by 3.5 percent annually since 2005, reaching about 74.3 million VND (3,500 USD) per labourer, according to recent statistics. However, d ata from 2012 showed Vietnam's productivity was about one fifteenth that of Singapore, one ninth of Japan's, one seventh of the Republic of Korea's and one third of Thailand's. Acdording to the official, labour productivity is affected by two factors: capital power and total factor productivity (TFP). TFP in economics is also called multi-factor productivity – the strengthening of investment capital in production and business activities. So, infrastructure and transport construction will help boost labour productivity. Thus, with the same quantity of human resources but more … [Read more...]

Vietnamese PM encourages US investment in agriculture

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed support for cooperative programmes in the field of agriculture conducted by the US’ Dupont Corporation, during his May 20 reception for the company’s Chair of the Board of Directors and CEO Ellen Kullman. The PM hailed the outcomes of joint work between the Ministry and Agriculture and Rural Development and Dupont over the past nearly 20 years, including producing high-yield varieties and supplying eco-friendly plant protection products. He also spoke highly of Dupont’s help to launch large-scale model paddy fields in the central province of Thanh Hoa and train agricultural experts in Can Tho University. He informed the guest that Vietnam is restructuring its farming sector by embracing technological advances, especially using bio-technologies to increase output, adding that the government encourages locals and businesses, including foreign investors, to invest in developing a sustainable and eco-friendly agriculture in … [Read more...]

President Ho Chi Minh’s 125th birthday marked nationwide and abroad

The Vietnamese people and authorities are holding events throughout the country to mark President Ho Chi Minh’s 125th birthday, which falls tomorrow, May 19. Awards have been honoured for top entries of the contest on ‘Studying and Following President Ho Chi Minh’s Moral Example’ in Hanoi. — Photo nhandan.com.vn A delegation of the Party, State, National Assembly and Vietnam Fatherland Front laid wreaths at President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum in Hanoi today. The delegation included Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Truong Tan Sang, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and President of theVietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan. The national leaders expressed their respect and gratitude to President Ho, who founded and trained the Viet Nam Communist Party, for his great contributions to the nation’s revolution. The delegation also laid floral tributes at the Monument … [Read more...]

PM encourages US investment in agriculture

At the meeting (Source: VNA) Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed support for cooperative programmes in the field of agriculture conducted by the US’ Dupont Corporation, during his May 20 reception for the company’s Chair of the Board of Directors and CEO Ellen Kullman. The PM hailed the outcomes of joint work between the Ministry and Agriculture and Rural Development and Dupont over the past nearly 20 years, including producing high-yield varieties and supplying eco-friendly plant protection products. He also spoke highly of Dupont’s help to launch large-scale model paddy fields in the central province of Thanh Hoa and train agricultural experts in Can Tho University. He informed the guest that Vietnam is restructuring its farming sector by embracing technological advances, especially using bio-technologies to increase output, adding that the government encourages locals and businesses, including foreign investors, to invest in developing a sustainable and … [Read more...]

Agriculture sector to enhance effectiveness of cooperatives

A conference on cooperatives in the agriculture sector was held on May 20 in Hanoi to review their development and plan ways to improve their effectiveness. The event was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance (VCA) and the World Bank. Addressing the conference, MARD Minister Cao Duc Phat said that the key solution to develop business cooperatives in the sector is not to increase their number, but to find ways to efficiently manage them depending on their areas of production - for example, cultivation, breeding, aquaculture or forestry - and to provide them with necessary support. Proper solutions are also needed to engage farmers in value chain production which facilitates more competitive agriculture, the minister added, stressing that businesses should not work independently of thousands of farmers. He hoped that experience from other countries would help create a better linkage between businesses and … [Read more...]

National Assembly convenes 9th sitting

(VOVworld) – The ninth sitting of the 13th National Assembly (NA) opened in Hanoi on Wednesday, seeking ways to implement the 2013 Constitution and inspect key national socio-economic issues. Attending the opening session were Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, former leaders, and representatives from international organizations. Top legislator Nguyen Sinh Hung highlighted the importance of the sitting which will review Vietnam’s recent development, from economics and social affairs to defense, security, external and judicial matters while defining urgent tasks to be fulfilled this year. He said: "Eleven draft laws are expected to be approved and 16 others will be scrutinized during this meeting in a bid to implement the 2013 Constitution more effectively. Among the bills set to be approved, some are on the organization and functions of administrative agencies at … [Read more...]