New York (VNA) – Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy , head of the Vietnamese Mission to the United Nations, has called on the international community to make constructive contributions to help Myanmar prevent violence, promote an environment conducive to dialogue and reconciliation while respecting the country’s principles of independence, national sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity. UN Secretary General on Myanmar and creating favourable conditions for the envoy’s working trip to Myanmar. UN Security Council to discuss important and emerging issues with the participation of countries in and outside the UNSC as well as related organisations./.
Hanoi (VNA) – State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on April 10 sent a message of condolences to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland over the death of her husband Prince Philip , the Duke of Edinburgh .
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh also cabled a message of condolences to PM Boris Johnson.
The same day, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son extended his condolences to Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Dominic Raab.
Prince Philip died on April 9 at the age of 99./.
|PetroVietnam’s first-quarter online meeting connected different locations|
On April 7, 2021 PetroVietnam hosted a periodical online meeting with leaders of its member units to review production and business activities in March and the first quarter, as well as discuss operation plans in April and in the upcoming quarters.
The meeting was presided over by PetroVietnam CEO Le Manh Hung, with the presence of chairman of the Members’ Council Hoang Quoc Vuong, other executives of the group and leaders of related member units.
|Seventeen out of its 22 units have been operating profitably, among them 12 out of 17 units posted fair growth compared to similar period in 2020.|
The leaders heard that in the first quarter of this year, PetroVietnam outperformed all consolidated financial targets, with the group contributing more than VND19 trillion($826 million) to the state coffers, reaching 118 per cent of the quarter’s set projection and up 3 per cent on-year.
17 out of its 22 units have been operating profitably, and 12 of these 17 units posted fair growth compared to the same period in 2020. To post such positive results, the units have taken drastic cost-saving measures, helping to curtail as much as VND2.835 trillion ($123.26 million) in operating costs.
In the whole first quarter, PetroVietnam has closely followed its set plans and targets in production and business activities. Other facets such as ensuring oil and gas security, participating in the building of related policies and mechanisms and the revision of the new Law on Petroleum, or cultivating business culture at the workplace have reached the set plans. All member units belonging to PetroVietnam have managed stable production and business with absolute safety.
|PetroVietnam chairman Hoang Quoc Vuong delivering remarks at the online meeting|
Delivering remarks at the online meeting, PetroVitnam chairman Hoang Quoc Vuong praised the Board of Management and member units for their effective performance.
“As multiple hardships still exist in the forthcoming months, businesses must keep close tabs on the actual situation to deliver appropriate management decisions to optimise production and business efficiency. Efforts must gear towards continued restructuring to save costs, raise operational efficiency, take advantages in core areas, and strive to maintain and increase exploitation capacity to ensure future sustainable development,” said Vuong.
|PetroVietnam labourers are working at oil and gas projects across the country|
PetroVietnam CEO Hung commented on the achievements posted in the first quarter, detailing the challenges that might affect PetroVietnam’s operations in the next months, and urged businesses to continue optimising governance efficiency and keeping close eyes on opportunities and risks in the domestic and international market.
“PetroVietnam and member units need to further scale up market share, fostering investment portfolio management and investment alliance, particularly strengthening internal cooperation for further sustainable development,” Hung noted.
The global political and economic situation in the first quarter made recovery unclear in 2021 with uncertainties from geopolitical issues, trade tensions, and other unforeseen events. These factors are expected to negatively affect the world’s crude oil market in the upcoming period.
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Extending best wishes to Buddhist monks and Khmer people, Man expressed his pleasure at the positive changes in the lives of Khmer people, through which the national solidarity bloc has been further strengthened.
He stated that this year’s Chol Chnam Thmay Festival coincides with the first year of implementing the resolution of the 13th Party Congress and the year of the elections of the National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure.
Man expects that the Khmer people in the southern region and Soc Trang Province will continue to uphold the spirit of solidarity, celebrate a safe and joyous festival, and work hard to build a better life.
The official wished a peaceful and happy Chol Chnam Thmay Festival to Buddhist monks and all the Khmer people.
Speaking at the function Lam Thi Thanh Phuong, Envoy at the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan, conveyed her sincere thanks for the valuable support, both material and spiritual, of Japanese benefactors to the Vietnamese community in the country.
She reported the COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant difficulties for nearly 500,000 Vietnamese people in Japan, with many Vietnamese labourers having lost their jobs.
In this context, many kind-hearted Japanese individuals and organisations have provided prompt support to Vietnamese workers and students, helping them overcome many difficulties.
According to the Minori Murata, Head of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Association in Ibaraki Prefecture, the Vietnamese are one of the biggest foreign-born communities in the prefecture.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the association has provided aid for pandemic-hit Vietnamese workers and students in Ibaraki.
On February 26, the first shot of the Nano Covax vaccine pilot programme, phase 2 was administered both at the Military Medical Academy (Hanoi) and the Ben Luc District Medical Centre (Long An province). The total number of participants in the phase 2 trial in both units was 560.
In the second phase of the trial, volunteers only stayed at the injection site for 60 minutes after injection to have their health monitored, instead of 48 hours. Volunteers then went home and were supervised by local medical forces.
Experts have said Nano Covax has proven safe and effective against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, even its new variants.
Most of the volunteers are in a stable condition after vaccination. Only a few had light injection site pain or fever, both of which disappeared after one to two days.
The third phase will see the engagement of more than 10,000 volunteers, beginning in August. If the results are good, Vietnam would administer the vaccine to the public in early 2022.