Ministry urged to boost ICT development

Deputy PM Nguyen Thien Nhan made the instruction at the MIC's year-end conference in Hanoi to review its work in 2012 and launch tasks in 2013. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan speaking at the conference (Photo: mic.gov.vn) Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has urged the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) to step up the implementation of a project to make Vietnam a power in information and communications technology (ICT). The Deputy PM made the instruction at the MIC's year-end conference in Hanoi to review its work in 2012 and launch tasks in 2013. Nhan said the government will set up a national committee headed by the Prime Minister to oversee the implementation of this project as well as efforts to make the information and communications one of the key sectors of the country. He also asked the ministry to promote the application of information technology in state agencies. In terms of state management in the fields of journalism and publishing, the … [Read more...]

PM embarks on series of international working visits

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (Photo: VNA) Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is attending a signing ceremony for the Vietnam – Eurasian Economic Union free trade agreement in Kazakhstan and is travelling to Algeria, Portugal and Bulgaria for official visits from May 29 – June 6 at the invitation of his counterparts of respective countries. The visits aim at promoting new cooperative mechanisms and encouraging more foreign companies to come to Vietnam for investment and business. Vietnam and Kazakhstan established diplomatic ties on June 29, 1992, and have provided mutual support at the United Nations and other international forums as well as recognising each other as a market economy. Vietnam predominantly exports phones and spare parts, seafood, vegetables, computers, electronics and accessories, cashew nuts, pepper and garments to Kazakhstan. In turn, Kazakhstan sells iron, steel and cotton to Vietnam, among others. Prospects for cooperation on oil and gas were … [Read more...]

WHO vouchsafes assistance to Vietnam in ensuring food safety

The World Health Organization (WHO) is committed to standing side by side with the Vietnamese government in ensuring food safety, Jeffery Kobza, acting chief representative of the WHO in Vietnam, has said. >> In Vietnam, mobile food stands around schools pose threats to students’ health The WHO official made the commitment at a ceremony jointly held by the health organization and the Vietnamese Ministry of Health in Hanoi on Monday to mark the World Health Day 2015 (April 7), whose topic was food safety, according to newswire Vietnamplus. A number of food safety incidents in recent years have shown their multinational effects, which is required to be addressed by governmental efforts and to be given more attention by consumers globally, Kobza said. Food safety has emerged as a prominent topic and was chosen by the WHO as the theme of this year’s World Health Day, he said. This theme would help enhance public awareness of the importance of food safety and … [Read more...]

Lifting Vietnam-India strategic partnership

(VOVworld)- Indian President Pranab Mukherjee began a 4-day visit to Vietnam on Sunday at the invitation of President Truong Tan Sang. The visit will boost the traditional friendship and strategic partnership between Vietnam and India. President Ho Chi Minh and Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation for the traditional friendship between Vietnam and India in the early 20th century. This relationship has been fostered by the two countries' leaders and peoples. India has supported Vietnam's past struggles for national liberation as well as its current renovation and development. In 1954 India opened its Consulate in Hanoi, and two years later Vietnam opened a General Consulate in New Delhi. On January 7, 1972, the two countries upgraded their relationship to the Ambassadorial level. Outcomes of traditional friendship Currently, the traditional friendship and strategic partnership between Vietnam and India is developing steadily. The two countries have regularly … [Read more...]

Vietnam Red Cross Society’s humanitarian activities praised

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan works with Vietnam Red Cross Society- Photo: chinhphu.vn (VOVworld)- The President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan has praised the Vietnam Red Cross Society for its active role in humanitarian movements. He urged the organization to further promote the national unity in caring for disadvantaged people and overcoming consequences of natural disasters. Nhan stressed the need to develop humanitarian coordination programs between the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the Red Cross Society, especially in the movement "Tet for the poor and victims of Agent Orange/dioxin. Last year, the Red Cross Society mobilized more than 2.7 trillion VND to help disadvantaged people to improve their lives and contribute to ensuring social security. … [Read more...]

Opening a new page in friendship, traditional co-operation between Vietnam and Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Vasilev Oresharski Nhan Dan Online- Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Vasilev Oresharski and his spouse have arrived in Hanoi, beginning an official visit at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung. The visit is expected to turn a new page in the friendship and traditonal co-operation between Vietnam and Bulgaria, deepening the bilateral economic and trade co-operation and investment. We are happy to see the development of ties between Vietnam and Bulgaria across all fields, including politics, economics, trade, education and defence. The sound relations have been marked by high-ranking visits of both sides including the latest visit to Vietnam by President Rosen Plevneliev in October 2013, the visit to Hungary by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and Vice National Assembly Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son in September 2012. During talks and meetings, high-ranking Bulgarian leaders have expressed many times … [Read more...]

Political News Headlines 4/4

President Sang welcomes visiting Busan Mayor The Viet Nam-South Korea relations have further cemented over the recent past by exchange visits of high-ranking officials, representatives of ministries, businesses, and people of the two countries. President Truong Tan Sang (R) meets with Mayor of Republic of Korea (RoK)'s Busan city Hur Nam Sik in Ha Noi yesterday. This was stated by President Truong Tan Sang in Ha Noi yesterday, April 3, while receiving Mayor of Republic of Korea (RoK)'s Busan city Hur Nam Sik, who is leading a delegation of businessmen and intellectuals on a working visit to Viet Nam. The leader requested the RoK government and Busan authorities to offer further assistance to the Vietnamese community in the country in order to integrate them into the local community. He affirmed that the Vietnamese state was ready to assist the RoK businesses to operate in Viet Nam just as in their own home country. For his part, Mayor Hur avowed that Busan authorities … [Read more...]

Switzerland: A Leading European Investor in Vietnam

The time-honoured relationship between Vietnam and Switzerland has been growing from strength to strength in all areas, especially in trade and investment over the past years. "We should always go an extra mile when helping Swiss companies settle down in Vietnam. Every good example of a successful entry in the Vietnamese market is a role model for others to follow," said H.E. Mr Andrej Motyl, Ambassador of Switzerland, in an interview with Vietnam Business Forum regarding the fine cooperation between the two countries. "Switzerland, with over US$2 billion investments in Vietnam, is one of the leading European investors to Vietnam and I believe that more is coming, if the Vietnamese Government helps with the Frame conditions," he added. Nguyen Mai reports. Could you please tell us the typical milestones and achievements in the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Switzerland for the past 40 years? The typical milestones and achievements in the diplomatic relations between Vietnam … [Read more...]

New Year visits and gifts to localities

(VOVworld)- President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan on Tuesday paid a New Year visit to the Tam Binh Center for Children. Nhan praised the center's staff for wholeheartedly caring for the children. He expressed his hope that the center will teach the children life skills so they can integrate into the community. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan visited Professor Ly Chanh Trung Local authorities, organizations and individuals in Lao Cai have donated nearly 1.5 billion VND to help the poor celebrate the New Year. This year, An Giang authorities set up 8 delegations to visit and present New Year gifts to local military units, hospitals, the Executive Board of the Buddhist Shangha and the Protestant Church. Quang Binh authorities delivered 70 gifts worth about 200,000 VND each to orphans, ethnic minority children, social beneficiaries and lonely elders. The Labor Confederation of Hau Giang province organized a Tet celebration program and presented 3,000 gifts … [Read more...]

Tra Vinh directed to intensify ethnic and religious work

Deputy PM Nhan presents Tet gifts to needy people in Chau Thanh district. (photo: VGP) Nhan Dan - Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has required the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh to pay more attention to its ethnic and religious policies and programmes. He made the request on January 20 while visiting the province, which features a large population of Khmer ethnic minority groups - around 30 percent - and a wide variety of religious beliefs. The Deputy PM pointed out Tra Vinh's particularly difficult socio-economic conditions as compared to other provinces in the Mekong Delta region, noting that the living standards of a majority of Khmer people remain low. However, he appreciated the significant efforts made by provincial authorities to implement social welfare policies and care for the lives of local people, particularly those who are disadvantaged or belong to ethnic minorities. He also praised the province for effectively promoting the roles of social … [Read more...]

Poor receive gifts ahead of Tet

Road projects get underway $2b credit for poor students HA NOI (VNS) — Many believe that those who have a pleasant Tet will enjoy a prosperous year. So as the biggest holiday in Viet Nam approaches, the Government is working to ensure that even disadvantaged people can celebrate the Lunar New Year in style. Last weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan presented Tet gifts to 400 policy beneficiary families and Agent Orange/dioxin victims in the southern provinces of Bac Lieu and Tra Vinh. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also presented gifts to war veterans and heroic Vietnamese mothers in the central city of Quang Ngai. During his working visit yesterday, he asked local authorities to ensure that no one went hungry during Teát. Meanwhile, the Government's support programme helped local authorities in the northern mountainous province of Laøo Cai deliver 185 tonnes of rice to about 17,000 poor people, mainly from the Moâng, Dao and Haø Nhì ethnic groups. In northern … [Read more...]

Nation to crack down on poultry smuggling

Inspectors check poultry sold at Ha Vi Wholesale Market in Ha Noi's Thuong Tin District. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam seeks to end poultry smuggling by 2014, according to Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan. Meeting online yesterday with leaders from northern provinces, Nhan said that a two-month campaign of drastic measures had seen remarkable success. On the occasion of Tet holiday, relevant agencies confiscated and destroyed 70,000 kilogrammes of low quality poultry meat and thousands of breeding chickens and poultry eggs. "Because of our efforts, poultry smuggling has abated and consumers are more conscious about smuggled poultry and related products," he said. During the meeting, participants also shared their experiences, describing the ingenious tricks often deployed by smugglers, particularly those along border trails in Lang Son, Lao Cai, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong and Ha Giang provinces. For example, smugglers often stored stockpiles of product from the … [Read more...]

Labelling, trademarks key to ensuring safe poultry

HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has ordered the northern province of Bac Giang to maintain the safe trademark for Yen The chickens while trading them to Ha Noi, as a way to combat illegally-smuggled poultry. The instruction was delivered after Nhan led a government working team to check the model of chicken farming and trading in the province yesterday. The model was developed after the nation, particularly big cities, was flooded with discarded chickens brought illegally from China and feared to be unhealthy for consumers. The chickens, which were the first of their kind with clear labelling and safe packaging, have been distributed to a number of supermarkets in Ha Noi. Over the past three months, around 3 million chickens, or 40 tonnes per day, have been supplied to city dwellers. Nhan asked the province to step by step expand the business under the current process in order to build trust with customers. Nhan also suggested that the Yen The chicken products … [Read more...]

Measures urged to track performance

HA NOI (VNS)— The National Council for Sustainable Development and Competitive Improvement had to come up with a set of criteria to measure the country's capacity for competitiveness and sustainable development. The instruction was delivered by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan at a meeting with the council last Friday. Nhan emphasised the need to conduct a more thorough analysis on the country's current competitive capacity and determine what policies or regulations should be taken to bolster the country's sustainable development. Although Viet Nam made several major economic achievements last year, many of the country's macro- and micro-economic policies prevented it from becoming more competitive in many fields, participants asserted. Vietnamese people's average income was quite low in comparison with their peers' average rate in other Asian developing countries, and the country was also coping with rapid and unstable growth, high inflation and fewer investments. Moreover, … [Read more...]

$2b windfall to aid poor students

HA NOI (VNS)— The Viet Nam Bank for Social Policy will set aside VND45 trillion (US$2.16 billion) for a five-year lending programme for poor students from this year, according to its general director Duong Quyet Thang. He was speaking at a conference in Ha Noi chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan reviewing the implementation of a Government decree on financial support for disadvantaged students. Thang said that no student would be left without schooling because of money shortages under the bank's programme. However, some education experts disagreed and have warned that the amount was still not enough to cater for the need of students nation-wide. Among the beneficiaries of the programme are orphans, students whose families are living under or near the poverty line, and those who have suffered financial difficulties as a result of illness, injury or natural disaster. Since November 2011, every eligible student has been able to receive a maximum loan of VND10 million … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 7/2

Vietnamese market attractive to US investorsUS investors are showing their keen interest in the Vietnamese market thanks to political stability and cheap labour costs.Many US business groups like Intel and IBM have reaped substantial success in Vietnam. Major financial institutions such as Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Far East National Bank have also recently invested in Vietnam, establishing a solid foundation for US businesses to continue expanding into the Vietnamese market.In early 2013, famous US company Procter & Gamble (P&G) invested US$80 million to upgrade its Pampers Baby Care factory in the southern province of Binh Duong.P&G Vietnam General Director Emre Olcer described Vietnam as one of his company's priority markets. The company's investment capital has tripled so far, reaching US$200 million in 2012, and is expected to rise in the future.The US KKR & Co investment fund has also decided to invest an additional US$200 million in Masan … [Read more...]

GOVERNMENT IN BRIEF 5/2

PM meets Cambodian, French leadersPrime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with his Cambodian and French counterpart on February 4 during his visit to Cambodia to attend the cremation of the late Cambodian King Father Norodom Sihanouk. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen. (Source: VNA)At his meeting with Cambodian PM Hun Sen in Phnom Penh to discuss bilateral cooperation, Dung extended deep sympathy to the Cambodian Royal family, leaders and people over the death of the King Father, while affirming his resolve to foster the relations between the two countries. The two PMs expressed their delight at the friendship and comprehensive bilateral cooperation over the past time, especially in economics, trade and investment. They highly valued the joint activities that contributed to the success of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year in 2012 and the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, which helped raise public awareness, especially among the younger … [Read more...]

GOVERNMENT IN BRIEF 3/2

PM pays Tet visits to former Party and State leaders    Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung paid New Year (Tet) visits to former Party General Secretary Do Muoi, former State President Le Duc Anh, and General Vo Nguyen Giap on February 2.The former leaders praised the Vietnamese Government's work throughout 2012, helping the nation overcome difficulties and challenges, attain great socio-economic achievements, and reinforce national security and defence.Former Party General Secretary Do Muoi (L) and PM Nguyen Tan Dung (R) Photo (VGP)They said they hope the Government will redouble their efforts in its managing and guiding the country to rapid development.Dung extended his best good health and longevity wishes to the former leaders, reiterating his intent to collaborate with cabinet members on using 2012's achievements and learning from its disappointments to boost national development in the New Year.New headquarters for Vietnamese Embassy in MalaysiaA ceremony was held on January 31 in … [Read more...]

GOVERNMENT IN BRIEF 1/2

Foreign press links Vietnam to the world  Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Phuong Nga hopes that foreign media agencies will continue providing the world with accurate and unbiased information about Vietnam.Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Phuong Nga. (Source: VNA) Nga expressed her hope at a meeting with representatives of foreign media agencies and press attachés of foreign organisations in Hanoi on January 30 in the lead up to the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.She thanked foreign media workers for giving the whole world insight into the situation in Vietnam, its domestic and foreign policies, and Renewal achievements in 2012, as well as challenges it faces in 2013. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will work closely with relevant agencies and localities to facilitate foreign media agencies' operations in Vietnam, Nga confirmed. Algeria-Vietnam parliamentarian group founded    The Algeria - Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarian Group was founded at a formal ceremony in Algiers, the … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 27/1

Preservation of 'Gong' faces challenges in Central HighlandsPreservation of the tradition of 'Gong' is facing serious challenges in the Central Highlands, said delegates at a conference in Da Lat City on January 25, which reviewed five years of a project to preserve and restore the traditional heritage values of Gong. The most serious concern is that the space to perform Gong has shrunk over the years. Many ceremonies and festivals using Gong have fallen into oblivion, while communal houses have been replaced with concrete houses.Another problem is that the number of Gong performers have reduced as most young people are more interested in modern music than the ancient and traditional Gong culture.Delegates at the conference suggested that authorized organs help revive and restore the traditional performing environment of Gong and support and preserve festivals and ceremonies using Gong.Documentary film on 1968 Tet offensive on VTV1Following the popular documentary 'Paris Agreement of … [Read more...]