OCS joining hands with Vietnamese Hop Nhat Company

A partnership agreement has been signed by OCS (Japanese Oversea Courier Service Company) and the Hop Nhat Joint-Stock Company, Vietnam. Under the agreement, Hop Nhat will officially become Vietnam's first and sole private company responsible for issuing Japanese language newspapers and other publications in the country, and OCS's local representative for postal and goods express delivery services. According to OCS representatives, the Vietnamese company will provide convenient services for its clients as the company is a member of City Link (Malaysia) and Courier Link (Singapore) and functions as an agent for several other express deliverers, like DHL, Fedex, and TNT among others. From now on, Hop Nhat will serve all of OCS's clients in Vietnam in delivering postal goods between Vietnam and Japan, as well as from Vietnam to other countries within OCS's network. Source: DDDN Translated by Thu Nguyen … [Read more...]

Wonderbuy sells in American style, goes bankrupted in Vietnamese style

VietNamNet Bridge - For the first time in Vietnam, a Vietnamese American-styled retailer--Wonderbuy, has filed for bankruptcy. The story of Wonderbuy should be seen as a good lesson for home appliance retailers.A miss is as good… Wonderbuy supermarket, belonging to Hop Nhat Joint Stock Company, made debut one year ago. At that time, a lot of people, including reporters, once raised a question that why Wonderbuy decided to set up the retail premises at the crossroads of Nguyen Dinh Chieu-Dinh Tien Hoang, which both are one-way roads and located on the left side. It is obvious that the disadvantageous position of the retail premises has badly affected the retailer's business. There is not much traffic on Nguyen Dinh Chieu road, so it would be not too difficult to drop into the supermarket. However, the number of people going on the road and dropping into the supermarket was modest. It would be a big problem for the people going on Dinh Tien Hoang road to drop into the supermarket, … [Read more...]

Central post enterprises fined for violations

The watchdog of the Ministry of Information and Communications has decided to fine five central post companies VND49 million (US$2,950) in total for wrongdoings in conducting post delivery operations. Authorities said the enterprises are from the central provinces of Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Ngai, and Da Nang City. Thanh Tin and Central Hop Nhat Joint Stock companies were discovered charging customers wrong prices and using poor-quality scales. EPS, T.I.M Express and An Duong Trading Import Export Joint Stock companies have been found operating without a license. Reported by Huu Tra … [Read more...]

A new phase in friendly Vietnam-Germany relations

PANO – State President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang and his spouse left the country on the morning of November 24th (local time) to start his state-level visit to Germany from November, 24th, 2015 to 26th, at the invitation of German President Joachim Gauck. Germany is universally known as a home to outstanding scholars and scientists, such as Humboldt, Einstein, Roentgen and Max Planck, and great thinkers, music composers and philosophers, namely Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Beethoven, Bach, Schumann, Hegel and Karl Marx. >> President leaves for State visit to Germany >> State President Truong Tan Sang visits Germany to boost cooperation State President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang. (Source: dangcongsan.vn) Germany is a culture-rich country, which has 5,000 museums, 300 theaters, over 100 opera houses, 7,500 libraries and some 130 professional symphonic orchestras. One of the famous cultural events in the country is the Wagner Music Festival in Bayreuth city. German … [Read more...]

A major turning point in ASEAN’s development

PANO – Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his spouse, accompanied by a high-ranking governmental delegation is to attend the 27th ASEAN Summit and other related events in Malaysia from November 21st – 22nd, at the invitation of the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdul Razak. The 27th ASEAN Summit is an especially important meeting, which bears historical meaning in ASEAN’s development and cooperation process. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. (Source: VNA) At the meeting, leaders of the ASEAN member states are expected to sign documents on the foundation of the ASEAN Community 2015, a significant milestone in the bloc’s development history. At the same time, leaders of the ASEAN countries will pass the development directions for the ASEAN community over the next 10 yeas. Approaches and measures to further promote the ASEAN integration process, reform the bloc’s structure and operation, and strengthen relations with outside partners while … [Read more...]

Vietnam to continue joining regional effort to step up economic integration

PANO – The 23rd APEC Summit officially commenced on November 19th at the International Convention Center in the Philippine Capital of Manila. This is the second time the Philippines has held such an important APEC event; it hosted for the first time in 1996 in Subic city. Philippine President Benigno Aquino hosted formal ceremonies for state leaders and senior officials of the 20 APEC member states. The Vietnamese delegation is led by State President Truong Tan Sang to participate in the summit. APEC leaders at the opening ceremony Addressing the opening ceremony, the Philippine President underlined the significance of the 23rd APEC Summit themed "Building inclusive economies, building a better world," affirming that APEC continues to be a leading regional mechanism of economic cooperation in the new international context. APEC promotes deep and wide cooperation and contributes a great deal to sustainable economic development in the region and world, he stated. After the … [Read more...]

Great national unity serving as core source of national strength

PANO – The Fatherland Front organizations, from local levels and upwards, and people of all social strata are happily celebrating the Great National Unity Day and the 85th ceremony of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Traditional Day (November 18th 1930-2015). The celebration is held at the same time as the whole Party, Army and nation are joyfully making preparations to welcome the 12th National Party Congress and actively participating in the national mobilization, "The entire nation making a united effort to build new-style rural areas and civilized urban areas." 85 years ago on November 18th 1930, only 9 months after the foundation of the Vietnam Communist Party, the Standing Commission of the Party Central Committee issued a resolution on the establishment of the Anti-Imperialism Association, the first organization of the Vietnam National United Front. Over the past 85 years, the Vietnam National United Front, under the leadership of the Party, has experienced various patterns … [Read more...]

No legal status for “virtual organizations”

Photo for illustration PANO – A number of "virtual organizations" have recently been founded in the cyber network. They in fact have no legal status but often issue "statements" and call on people to "sign" on the statements. To attract more people to their "statements", they make use of domestic events and complex regional situations, especially those relating to Vietnam’s sovereignty over the seas and islands and maritime navigation in the East Sea (South China Sea). Accordingly, they have made statements on the patrol of USS Lassen in the East Sea, Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping’s visit to Vietnam and the Draft Law on Association discussed in the National Assembly. People with common sense when reading their statements by accident can easily recognize who they are and for what purpose they have made these statements. In fact, all their statements are the distortion of the Party’s and State’s viewpoint and policy. By making … [Read more...]

Visit of Italian President refueling Vietnam-Italy relations

PANO – The Vietnam-Italy relations are viewed as a rare good example for intercontinental relations in the world. The bilateral ties between the two nations have seen fast developments in recent times. Little more than one year after the visit to Vietnam by Italian Prime Minister Sergio Mattarella, the Italian President will also pay a state-level visit to Vietnam, from November 6th to 8th, at the invitation of Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. What is more, this is the first time Italy’s President has visited Vietnam since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1973. Although located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the beautiful European country with its long-standing history and the world’s 9th largest economy is familiar with the Vietnamese people. Italy is the European country that first voiced support for Vietnam in its effort to promote cooperation with the European Union (EU), backed Vietnam in the normalization of relations between the … [Read more...]

A new chapter in Vietnam-China relations

PANO – General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and President of China Xi Jinping pays a state-level visit to Vietnam from November 5th to 6th, at the invitation of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang. The visit of the Chinese Party General Secretary and State President to Vietnam takes place at a time when Vietnam-China relations have seen positive developments. The two countries recently exchanged a number of high-level visits and held meetings between senior leaders, such as the official visit of Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to China in April 2015; the participation of Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang in the observation of the 70th anniversary of the World Anti-Fascist War in Beijing and his meeting with Chinese Party General Secretary and State President Xi Jinping in September 2015; and Vietnamese Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh … [Read more...]

Vietnam doing its best to contribute to ECOSOC

PANO – As Vietnam has just been elected to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2016-2018, Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh gave an interview to reporters of the People’s Army Newspaper. Reporter: Mr. Deputy Prime Minister, what do you think about Vietnam’s role and possible contribution to ECOSOC, and the meaning of this event? Deputy PM: The UN General Assembly elected 18 other new members to the 54-member ECOSOC on Wednesday for its 2016-2018 term, starting on January 1, 2016. Vietnam was elected to the council with 182 votes out of a possible 187 ballots. Dy. PM Pham Binh Minh. Photo: VNA This is a significant achievement when we are celebrating the 70th founding anniversary of the United Nations Organization and 38th anniversary of Vietnam’s membership of the global organization. It is more significant as Vietnam gained membership right after leaders of the UN members adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable … [Read more...]

NA scrutinizing draft law on non-commissioned officers, defence officials and defence workers

PANO – Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh delivered a report on the draft law on non-commissioned officers, defence officials and defence workers at a working session of the 10th Meeting of the 13th National Assembly, on the afternoon of October 21st. The main content of the report is as follows: The need for a law on non-commissioned officers, defence officials and defence workers Based on NA’s previous resolutions, decrees and conclusions, the Defence Minister reconfirmed the need to craft a law on non-commissioned officers, defence officials and defence workers. The Law on National Service and other legal documents related to non-commissioned officers, defence officials and defence workers, which have been promulgated before, have served as important bases for the Defence Ministry to develop a strong corps of non-commissioned officers, defence officials and defence workers over the past years, contributing to building up a revolutionary, regular, elite and gradually … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Japan relationship sees new opportunity for development

PANO – Vietnam and Japan have enjoyed a long-term relationship. In globalization and international integration, the two countries have more chances to share strategic interests and realize cooperation potentials to more effectively support each other for sustainable development. Domestic and international scholars shared the above views at the seminar "Links between Japan’s path of 70 years post war and Vietnam’s international integration" held on October 13th in Hanoi. The most practical and deepest relations Participants at the seminar According to Dr. Dang Cam Tu from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia is a clear and lively demonstration of the links between Japan’s path of 70 years post war and Vietnam’s international integration. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in September 1973, the bilateral relations have seen … [Read more...]

No-one can deny the leading role of CPV in Vietnam

PANO – Recently, Party congresses at basic levels and above have taken place across the country, in the buildup to the 12th National Party Congress. Hostile forces have not missed their opportunity to post fake, false and distorted information. In their articles, they argue, "Because the Communist Party of Vietnam has held a monopoly in leading the nation, in addition to clearly great achievements, it has also caused serious consequences to the country." Some even boldly say, "The Party has never demonstrated its sufficient ability to govern the country," and "The Party is not supported by Vietnamese people." Generally speaking, hostile forces have sought to deny the leadership of the Party. But what is the truth? The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) was founded in 1930. The CPV was a product of the Marxism-Leninism, Vietnamese proletariat movement and Vietnamese patriotic movement. The foundation of the CPV followed the general law and Vietnam’s specific historical laws, … [Read more...]

PAN urged to speed up modernization process

PANO – General Phung Quang Thanh, Member of the Politburo, Deputy Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Defense Minister led a high-ranking defense delegation to visit the People’s Army Newspaper (PAN). The defense delegation included Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong, Member of the Party Central Committee and Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics, and representatives of involved defense agencies. General Phung Quang Thanh (3rd from left) visiting PAN's traditional hall. The working visit coincided the occasion of 65 years since PAN published the first issue (October 20th 1950 – October 20th 2015). Before the official working session, the Defense Minister and his aids visited the traditional hall of PAN, where artifacts featuring the development process of PAN in the historical periods, particular in the two past wars, and issues of PAN are on display. The Defense Minister and senior officers were moved when knowing that 9 uniform … [Read more...]

The right to form associations is honoured and guaranteed in Vietnam

PANO – When the Vietnamese National Assembly is due to examine the draft law on association, there are some unconstructive opinions that criticize Vietnam for being "too slow" in legalizing the right to form associations. They argue that the proposal to build a law on association was first discussed a long time ago but the law has not yet come to life. Others who label themselves as "democracy activists" even claim that Vietnam should spare a "civil space" for society and the authorities "should not" control any associations or social groups, especially groups sharing the same hobbies and/or views. However, the above criticisms are not reasonable. In fact, the "civil space" mentioned by them has existed for a long time, and a large number of associations and social groups of all kinds are operational without any control in the country, even though a new law regulating associations and related issues has not yet been crafted and approved by the National Assembly. Today with the … [Read more...]

Socialist democracy according to Vietnamese culture

PANO – Ideological issues, particularly those of socialist democracy, have become hot topics on online forums and websites in the buildup to Vietnam’s 12th National Party Congress. Political dissidents and reactionaries, who boldly consider themselves "patriots," are ebulliently discussing and criticizing the socialist democracy in Vietnam, and giving reactionary "suggestions" and "proposals" to the Party. According to them, the Vietnam Communist Party "should change its political creed, give up the wrong direction on building socialism in Vietnam and eliminate the current political system to build a western national democratic model." They, indeed, want Vietnam to follow a "pluralist and multi-party political system," alien to the Vietnamese. (Photo for illustration: tuyengiao.vn) To reach their target, they have provided wrong, irrational and impractical arguments. They have even distorted the Party’s political creed and policies, and Vietnam’s 2013 … [Read more...]

New chapter in Vietnam-Cuba relations

PANO – Vietnam’s State President Truong Tan Sang, his wife and a high-ranking delegation are to pay an official visit to Cuba from September 28th to 30th, at the invitation of Cuban State President Raul Castro Ruz. Over the past years the Cubans, under the leadership of the Cuban Communist Party, have reached remarkable socio-economic achievements. In April 2011, the 6th National Congress of the Cuban Communist Party implemented a new direction for the socio-economic development of the country. The long-term direction, with 311 items , aims to renew its economic model, formalize ongoing pilot economic reforms and supplement some new measures to the reform process, such as decentralizing the economy, streamlining the State sector, preparing for the use of a single currency, and permitting Cuban citizens to possess and trade property, cars and the like. At this point, the process is conducted in the country in a careful and smart manner. Vietnam-Cuba, a special … [Read more...]

New opportunity for cooperation between Vietnam and UN

PANO – Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang and his spouse will attend the United Nations (UN) Summit for the Adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other related events in New York, from September 25th to 27th, at the invitation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. On September 23rd (Hanoi’s time), the State President, his wife and a high-ranking delegation, including Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Chairman of the Presidential Office Dao Viet Trung, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Pham Quang Vinh and Head of the Vietnam Mission to the UN Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, left Vietnam for New York, the USA. The UN Summit for the Adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will have been the biggest among the UN events since the UN Summit for the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000. The organization of this summit coincides … [Read more...]

Be smart internet users

PANO – While the whole Party, people and Army are actively preparing for the nation’s important event – the Party National Congress to be scheduled in 2016, hostile forces and reactionaries are madly carrying out extensive information campaigns via foreign-based websites, social networks and forums. But they use false, fake and distorted information, aiming to devalue the significance of the national event, degrade the leadership of the Party and the role of the grassroots in the Vietnamese Revolution, and sow division between the army and police. Their plot is not new but they use increasingly sophisticated tricks so internet users may be tricked if they are not alert to the spread of information on the internet. (Photo for illustration: thanhnien.com.vn) To help online readers be aware of hostile forces’ tricks, experts and officials provide some analyses on the tricks and provide internet users with good advice and experience of foreign countries in using … [Read more...]