Weekly press digest – December 8-13

PM highlights opportunities for foreign investors PM Nguyen Tan Dung on December 11 in Bussan attended and delivered a keynote speech at the ASEAN-RoK Business Forum as part of the 25th ASEAN-RoK Commemorative Summit. Mr. Dung affirmed that the Vietnamese Government and local authorities would pave the favorable way for foreign investors, including RoK ones to do long-term … [Read more...]

Social News 14/12

Vietnam warned against unsafe foods The Vietnam Food Administration (VFA) under the Ministry of Health this week received warnings of foreign food safety agencies against two types of dried food originating in Taiwan including tofu and fruits, which contain toxic substances. Particularly, Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety informed the Vietnamese administration of a ban … [Read more...]

Social News 13/12

Vietnam climbs 16 notches in transport infrastructure: WEF The availability and quality of transport infrastructure of Vietnam moved 16 steps to rank 74/138 in 2014, according to the Global Enabling Trade Report 2014 released at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF). In terms of the Enabling Trade Index (ETI), the WEF placed Vietnam at a position that is higher than other … [Read more...]

Weekly press digest – November 17-23

VGP – The question-and-answer sessions held for the Government members; the Party chief's official visits to Russia, Belarus; the organization of the 14th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK14) in Ho Chi Minh City; and the voting of new bills topped last week’s headlines. Party chief starts official visits to Russia, Belarus Party General Secretary … [Read more...]

NA vice chair gets most high-confidence votes

Ngoc Lan Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan Truong Tan Sang Truong Thi Mai During its 13th eighth session in Hanoi City last Saturday the National Assembly (NA) conducted the second vote of confidence on 50 officials elected and approved by the legislature. The NA set three levels of confidence for the vote – high, average and low. Each lawmaker had 11 ballots and 30 … [Read more...]

Social News 17/11

Newspaper fined for inaccuracy The Ministry of Information and Communications' Deputy Chief Inspector, Do Thi Tinh, has decided to fine the Dan Viet online newspaper VND 15 million (US$714) for publishing inaccurate information. The story in question, "The world's most magnificent presidential palaces," was carried on November 2. The paper could appeal or contest the … [Read more...]

NA releases outcomes of second confidence vote

VGP - The National Assembly on Saturday conducted the second vote of confidence for 50 positions elected by the Legislature. No. Name High confidence Confidence Low confidence Votes Votes Votes 1 State President Truong Tan Sang 380 84 20 2 Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan 302 168 15 3 National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung 340 93 52 4 National Assembly Vice … [Read more...]

OP-ED: China’s island-building a bigger threat than oil rig

A Philippine surveillance photo taken in February of the Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea appears to show a large-scale reclamation effort being carried out by China. Photo via Reuters Without causing much of a stir, China has been quietly dumping sand onto reefs and rocks in waters claimed by Vietnam. In addition to altering the geography of the Spratly (Truong Sa) … [Read more...]

Government News 11/11

Resolutions on socio-economic development, state budget estimate adopted The eighth session of the 13th National Assembly adopted resolutions on the socio-economic development plan and the state budget estimate for 2015 with a majority of votes on November 10. With 89.54 percent of votes in favour, the resolution on the socio-economic development plan for 2015 was passed, … [Read more...]

Government News 10/11

TPP Agreement unlikely to be reached by the end of 2014 The 12 ministers negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) failed to identify a clear course of action to conclude talks by the end of this year at a meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing, but agreed to accelerate the negotiation progress as much as … [Read more...]

Government News 5/11

President Truong Tan Sang to attend 22nd APEC summit in China President Truong Tan Sang will attend the 22 nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Beijing, China from November 9-11. The attendance will be made at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Vietnam applauds IAEA's role and … [Read more...]

Ministry of Justice shows commitment to address violence against women

Source: un.org.vn (CPV) - Ministry of Justice and UN Women signed a Letter of Agreement on a project to strengthening justice system through capacity building and legal review in relation to violence against women in Hanoi on Octoober 30th 2014. Ms. Dang Hoang Oanh, Director of Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and Ms. Shoko Ishikawa, UN Women … [Read more...]

Party leader welcomes Chinese State Councilor

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (right) receives Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi yesterday in Ha Noi. - VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung HA NOI (VNS) - Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong yesterday reiterated Viet Nam's unwavering policy of attaching great importance to friendship and comprehensive co-operation with China. Meeting with the visiting Chinese State Councilor Yang … [Read more...]

Political News 27/10

Vietnam, Argentina enjoy fruitful relations The Vietnam-Argentina traditional friendship and the strong development of bilateral cooperation over recent year were highlighted at an event marking the 41st anniversary diplomatic ties between the two countries in Buenos Aires on October 25. The event was co-organised by the Argentinean parliamentarians' friendship group with … [Read more...]

Vietnam and Denmark review comprehensive partnership

(CPV) - On October 23rd, Under-Secretary of State from Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jonas Bering Liisberg met with Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son to review the bilateral relations and the comprehensive partnership agreement between Denmark and Vietnam, in which the two sides mentioned recent key developments in the bilateral cooperation and … [Read more...]

Social News 23/10

More Vietnamese nurses, orderlies recruited to work in Japan The Department for Overseas Labour Management on October 20 announced the recruitment of 180 nurses and orderlies to work in Japan as part of the Vietnam-Japan economic partnership agreements (EPA). Selected candidates will take part in a one-year Japanese-language course, starting in mid-December this year. All … [Read more...]

Social News 14/10

New diseases need int'l fightback, experts say More than 100 health, livestock and environment experts from 17 countries are discussing ways to promote collaboration in disease prevention in the face of several newly emerging diseases at a three-day workshop that began in Ha Noi yesterday. They agreed that increased collaboration was needed to prevent and fight the spread of … [Read more...]

Social News 13/10

19 'fake' school health workers fired Tuy Phuoc District officials approved a request to fire 19 health workers at local elementary and middle schools who used fake degrees to get the job. The district's Bureau of Education and Training and Bureau of Interior Affairs made the request after the workers were caught buying fake degrees. The workers included 44-year-old Pham Thi … [Read more...]

Political News 13/10

Vietnam, Seychelles look to stronger cooperation Vietnam always wishes to bolster bilateral ties with the Republic of Seychelles in the fields that they boast potential such as investment, tourism, agriculture, aquaculture and tourism. Vietnamese Ambassador to Mozambique and Seychelles Nguyen Van Trung made the statement while presenting his credentials to Seychelles … [Read more...]