The 38th ASEAN Summit held virtually on Tuesday. — Photo from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs HÀ NỘI — Vaccine self-reliance and equitable access would be key to ASEAN recovery, stressed the regional bloc’s leaders at the 38th ASEAN Summit held on Tuesday as COVID-19 continues to challenge socio-economic developments in the region. ASEAN leaders noted the progress made in the group’s COVID-19 response, including the plan to use the US$10.5 million budget in the ASEAN COVID-19 Response Fund to buy vaccines for member states, with the view of obtaining the first vaccine batch within the final quarter of 2021 or the first quarter of 2022. ASEAN leaders agreed to adopt the ASEAN Travel Corridor Agreement Framework (ATCAF) to facilitate essential travel in the region, while actively considering the possibility of mutual recognition and adoption of electronic vaccination records. Member countries suggested that the ASEAN Medical Supplies Reserve and ASEAN Centre for Response to … [Read more...] about Vaccine self-reliance and equitable access key to ASEAN recovery
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Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh speaks at the 39th ASEAN Summit, which was held virtually on October 26. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should play a more active, proactive and responsible role in all issues impacting on the region, thus helping the ten-member bloc to maintain its centrality, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said at the 39th ASEAN Summit, which was held virtually on October 26. Promoting its spirit of independence in behaviours and neutrality in addressing and balancing relations will help ASEAN avoid being passive in competition between powers, the PM said. He, therefore, called on major countries participating in the region to show their sense of responsibility, respect international law , not to affect regional peace and stability, respect ASEAN’s role, and fully consult ASEAN through mechanisms established and led by the bloc. PM Chinh stressed the need to uphold intra-bloc … [Read more...] about ASEAN should play more active, responsible role in matters impacting on region: PM
The cooperation covers a wide range of issues, including public health, social security, economic integration, digital transformation, and sustainable development. China announced its cooperation in support of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF), welcoming efforts to enhance cooperation between both sides, including through the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA). The news was released at the 24th ASEAN-China Summit held virtually on October 26, in which the two sides agreed to facilitate socio-economic recovery and long-term, balanced and resilient development. China supports ACRF and ASEAN Implementation Plan, which will guide both sides in deepening their cooperation in all fields, cooperating in the broad strategies and key priorities identified in the framework through implementing practical cooperation initiatives. Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attends the 24th ASEAN-China Summit on Oct 26. Photos: VGP Cooperation on public … [Read more...] about China pledges to support ASEAN comprehensive recovery framework
From October 11-25, the Quang Binh team conducts testing on 6,700 samples, discovering 738 cases positive to SARS-CoV-2. (Photo: VNA) Quang Binh (VNA) – An 11-member working team from the central province of Quang Binh to Laos’ Khammouane province to help the bordering country fight COVID-19 returned home on October 25 after successfully completing their missions in two weeks. The team took with them two RT-PCR testing machines and bioproducts that are enough for testing 15,000 group samples, along with 1,000 quick test kits and other medical equipment to support the Lao locality in COVID-19 prevention and control activities. Besides, Quang Binh presented a level-2 biological safety cabinet to Khammouane. Nguyen Thanh Xuan, Vice Director of the Quang Binh Department for External Affairs, said that on October 19, Quang Binh provided Khammouane with additional bioproducts worth about 500 million VND to serve testing activities amid the rising number of infections in the … [Read more...] about Quang Binh provides effective support for Laos’ Khammouane province in COVID-19 fight
The Rewards Summit 2021 themed “Rewards Transformation in the New Now” was held on October 22 by Talentnet – Mercer, with the participation of over 800 business leaders and HR professionals, as well as 12 leading guest speakers from local and global HR fields. Speakers at The Rewards Summit 2021 The conference focused on presenting the result of the Talentnet-Mercer Total Remuneration Survey 2021 Report (TRS), as well as discussing the trends in rewards, remuneration, as we are experiencing changes in both working model and perspectives on compensation and benefits of employees post-pandemic. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, deputy CEO at Talentnet commented: “The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated businesses to adjust their human resources (HR) policies. Compensation policies will be one of the main competitive advantages for businesses in the New Now. Besides the increase in Vietnamese companies joining the survey, the TRS 2021 Report also indicates many interesting trends in … [Read more...] about How companies are planning remuneration schemes and rewards post-COVID-19?
Chu Việt Hà, head of Bayer Vietnam’s Crop Science Division shared Bayer's "Making Science Make Sense" program and the “Science Switch” initiative. HCM CITY -- Bayer Vietnam and the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit have launched an online science education platform called “Science Switch” to enable students to continue with their studies amid the pandemic. With the pandemic impacting many aspects of society, virtual learning has become one of the most viable options to limit disruption of children’s education. Science Switch will feature activities based on three modes of learning: Science Videos (doing), Science Comics (reading), and Science Podcasts (listening). These will be published weekly on OUCRU’s fanpage, Khoa Học Trường Học, and other Facebook pages to reach out to young … [Read more...] about Bayer, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit unveil digital science platform for youth