Cop detained for helping Vinalines ex-chairman hide

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Police in Hai Phong have detained the vice police chief of a commune for forging papers for a former anti-smuggling officer to use in helping Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), hide from authorities until his arrest in September. Pham Dinh Nghien, 46, deputy chief of police of An Tho Commune, An Lao District, is suspected to have counterfeited papers for Dong Xuan Phong, 38, a former anti-smuggling officer in Hai Phong, which he used to assist Dung in hiding from police after Dung fled on May 17. … [Read more...]

Cop held for facilitating Vinalines ex-leader escape

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Police in Hai Phong City have seized the police chief of a commune for forging papers for a former anti-smuggling officer to use them in helping Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), hide from authorities until his arrest in early September. Duong Chi Dung Photo: Tuoi Tre … [Read more...]

Ex-official Duong Chi Dung extradited to Hanoi

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Duong Chi Dung, a former director of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, has been extradited to Hanoi. >> Fugitive ex-official Duong Chi Dung arrested abroad. >> PM closely monitors Duong Chi Dung's case: Minister. >> State agencies call for confession from Dung's aids. As of 7:30 am, Dung, accompanied by investigators of the police department for investigating corruption crimes (C48), arrived at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport via Gate 4. Prior to that, Dung was on board of the Vietnam Airlines' VN1166 flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. There was a large number of policemen gathering at the airport for the extradition of Duong Chi Dung. The Ministry of Public Security announced on September 5 that Vietnam police captured Duong Chi Dung one day earlier. Dung, 55, was nabbed reportedly in another Southeast Asian nation, and was now being extradited to Vietnam by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), said the … [Read more...]

Gov’t says to disband several economic groups

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Ngoc Lan HANOI - The Government is looking to pull down the number of State economic groups to around five or seven, meaning several conglomerate-type groups will be disbanded, stated Minister Chairman of the Government Office Vu Duc Dam. Replying to local media's question over the Ministry of Construction's proposal to abolish the State economic group model of Song Da Corporation and Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUD) due to inefficient business, Chairman Dam said the plans for reorganizing HUD and Song Da are under consideration. "The current number of eleven groups will certainly shrink to five or seven," he said. This is part of the process for State group and corporation restructuring already approved by the Government. Particularly, the Prime Minister's responsibility to manage the conglomerates active in the State monopoly fields like Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN) and Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) will … [Read more...]

Former maritime chief wanted internationally

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Interpol's secretariat general has issued an internationally wanted notice for Duong Chi Dung, former head of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, who fled on the country on May 17 after his serious economic offenses were uncovered. Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security had earlier issued a special wanted notice for Dung, 55, who had fled before an arrest warrant for him could be prepared. Dung, a native of Hai Duong Province, has been charged with "intentionally acting against the State's economic management regulations and causing serious consequences" for his wrongdoings committed during the time he was chairman of the infamous state giant Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines). If found guilty, Dung may face a sentence of up to life imprisonment. On September 7, 2011 the Government's Inspectorate issued a decision to inspect Vinalines after the group, for the first time, announced its loss of VND660 billion (US$31.7 million) in the first six months of 2011. In early … [Read more...]

Wanted maritime chief’s promotion under scanner

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Duong Chi Dung, head of Vietnam Maritime Administration, has not been found since May 17 afternoon when police attempted to arrest him for economic offenses committed during the time he was chairman of the infamous state giant Vinalines. As earlier reported, police from the Ministry of Public Security on May 17-18 arrested the former general director of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) Mai Van Phuc, 54, and Tran Huu Chieu, Vinalines’ vice general director. … [Read more...]

Chief of Vietnam Maritime Administration arrested

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The incumbent chief of the Vietnam Maritime Administration Duong Chi Dung, who is former chairman of the state-owned shipping company Vinalines, and two other high-ranking officials were arrested and prosecuted Friday in Hanoi. Duong Chi DungPhoto: Tuoi Tre According to the arrest warrant of the central investigation police, the three officials are charged of 'intentionally violating State regulations on economic management that causes severe consequences'. The two officials include Mai Van Phuc, 54, who is deputy chief of Transport Administration under the Ministry of Transport and former general director of Vinalines; and Tran Huu Chieu, 60, who is former deputy general director of the shipping firm. Police also searched their offices on Friday. Dung and Phuc will be detained for four months for police investigation, transport deputy minister Truong Tan Vien said, citing the information from the police. Vinalines, the largest state-owned shipping and port operator in Vietnam, … [Read more...]

Wanted notice issued for chief of Vietnam Maritime

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The incumbent chief of the Vietnam Maritime Administration Duong Chi Dung, who is former chairman of the state-owned shipping company Vinalines, and two other high-ranking officials were indicted Friday in Hanoi. Duong Chi DungPhoto: Tuoi Tre According to the arrest warrant of the central investigation police, the three officials are charged of 'intentionally violating State regulations on economic management that causes severe consequences'. However, Duong Chi Dung is nowhere to be found. Police have issued a wanted notice for him. The two arrested officials include Mai Van Phuc, 54, who is deputy chief of Transport Administration under the Ministry of Transport and former general director of Vinalines; and Tran Huu Chieu, 60, who is former deputy general director of the shipping firm. Police also searched their offices on Friday. Dung and Phuc will be detained for four months for police investigation, transport deputy minister Truong Tan Vien said, citing the information from … [Read more...]

Wanted maritime boss vanishes; promotion questioned

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Duong Chi Dung, head of Vietnam Maritime Administration, has not been found since May 17 afternoon when police attempted to arrest him for economic offenses committed during the time he was chairman of the infamous state giant Vinalines. As earlier reported, police from the Ministry of Public Security on May 17-18 arrested the former general director of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) Mai Van Phuc, 54, and Tran Huu Chieu, Vinalines' vice general director. An indictment and arrest warrant was issued for Duong Chi Dung, 55 but he was not found at his office or house so Hanoi police have issued a wanted notice on him. The three are charged with "intentionally acting against the State's economic management regulations and causing serious consequences." Do Duc Tien, Dung's deputy head, told Tuoi Tre, "On May 17 morning, Dung arrived at the office and I met him to report that I was going to take a business trip." Another official of the agency also confirmed that Dung … [Read more...]

Bangladesh, Viet Nam to boost trade 25%

Viet Nam's President Truong Tan Sang (L) and Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid review a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ha Noi yesterday.—VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and his Bangladeshi counterpart Abdul Hamid said they will seek to boost trade between the two countries by 25 per cent by the end of next year from 2014. The two leaders said they would target $1 billion in bilateral trade in 2016. Trade grew to more than $800 million last year, up 40 per cent from the year before. President Abdul Hamid, who is in Viet Nam for the first time as Bangladesh's president, is on an official state visit from August 9-13. President Sang and President Hamid said they agreed on more exchanges of high-level visits, delegations, and people between Viet Nam and Bangladesh in the future. Both sides also shared economic development experience, notably in agriculture and personnel training, and discussed regional and global issues of shared concern. The two sides consented to further expand co-operation in such sectors as garments and textiles, mining, energy, chemicals, mechanical engineering, … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Bangladesh issue joint statement

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamidt (photo: Nguyen Khang/ VNA)

(VOVworld) – Vietnam and Bangladesh issued a joint statement to mark Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid’s state visit to Vietnam. The statement said that President Truong Tan Sang and President Abdul Hamid held talks and expressed their desire to elevate bilateral relations to a new level, deepen current cooperative areas, and expand cooperation to other sectors of their strengths. Both sides agree to increase consultation and policy exchanges, organize the 3rd meeting of the Vietnam-Bangladesh Joint-Committee on Economics, Trade, Culture, Science, and Technology, and the 1st diplomatic consultation between their Foreign Ministries to review and establish directions for future cooperation. They are committed to bringing two-way trade revenue to 1 billion USD by 2016. Both countries acknowledge their cooperation at regional and global forums, particularly the UN, Non-aligned movement, south-south cooperation, and ASEAN Regional Forum. Vietnam values Bangladesh’s … [Read more...]

Kerry confident of concluding TPP trade pact this year

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed confidence on Friday that an ambitious Pacific trade pact could be completed this year and said a recent nuclear deal with Iran proved hurdles in international agreements could be overcome. Kerry said many challenges remained in thrashing out a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), particularly on issues of autos and dairy, but the United States would do everything in its power to make it happen. "We can complete this negotiation by the end of this year and we are going to do everything possible to work through these differences," he told students in Hanoi. The U.S.-inspired TPP is a "mega regional" accord set to cover 12 countries with a combined gross domestic product of $28 trillion, among them Australia, Japan and the United States. Kerry likened the TPP talks to a deal negotiated over 18 months between Iran and six other countries to lift sanctions in return for curbs on a nuclear programme Iran insists is for peaceful purposes. … [Read more...]

Deputy PM promotes role of ASEAN bloc

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh had separate meetings with foreign ministers of several countries on the sidelines of the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM 48) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. At a meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende, Minh and Brende agreed that the two countries should streng-then cooperation in fields that suit both Norway's strength and Viet Nam's needs, such as navigation, shipbuilding, hydroelectricity, and sea-based economy, while increasing co-ordination and mutual support at regional and international forums. Minh urged the two countries to sign an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and service/official passport holders. He asked Norway to grant tourism visa exemption for Vietnamese citizens, the same as Viet Nam had done for Norwegian nationals. The Norwegian FM thanked Viet Nam for supporting Norway forge relations with ASEAN nations and become a dialogue partner wih ASEAN in certain fields. The two … [Read more...]

Deputy PM holds bilateral meeting on margin of AMM 48

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) meets with Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende (Photo: VNA) Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh had bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of several countries on the sidelines of the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 48) in Kuala Lumpur on August 4. At a meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende, Minh and Brende agreed that the two countries should strengthen cooperation in fields that suit both Norway’s strength and Vietnam’s needs such as navigation, shipbuilding, hydroelectricity, and sea-based economy, while increasing coordination and mutual support at regional and international forums. Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh urged the two countries to sign an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and service/official passport holders. He asked Norway to grant tourism visa exemption for Vietnamese citizens, the same as Vietnam has done for Norwegian … [Read more...]

Government News 30/7

ASEAN, China talk on East Sea Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung joined senior officials from other ASEAN countries and China at the ninth meeting on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conducts of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) held in Tianjin city yesterday. The event was co-chaired by Permanent Secretary of Thailand 's Foreign Ministry, Noppadon Theppitak, and Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin. Besides reviewing the realisation of the DOC, officials discussed measures to speed up consultations between ASEAN and China towards the formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). They also prepared discussion content for the ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting and Post Ministerial Conference slated for August. Vietnam, Moscow ramps up investment projects Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Nguyen Thanh Son hosted a reception at the embassy on July 28 for Governor of the Moscow region Andrey Vorobyev to discuss bilateral cooperation prospects between … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Party, State leaders receive UK Prime Minister

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(VOVworld)- Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong hosted a reception for UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Hanoi on Wednesday stressing that his visit was a significant milestone since the two countries established diplomatic ties 42 years ago. The Vietnamese Party leader expressed hope that the UK leader’s visit will improve mutual understanding and strengthen relations between the Communist Party of Vietnam and UK political parties, and promote bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, education and training. The Party leader said he hoped that the UK would continue raising its positive voice for the peaceful settlement of disputes in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large. PM Cameron declared that the UK Government treasures ties with Vietnam and considers Vietnam one of its important partners. He said the UK will step up efforts to deliver on commitments in priority fields mentioned in the joint statement on the establishment of Vietnam-UK strategic … [Read more...]

VFF Chairman bids farewell to German Ambassador

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Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (R) and German Ambassador to Vietnam Jutta Frasch (Photo:VGP) NDO – Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan congratulated outgoing German Ambassador to Vietnam Jutta Frasch on successfully concluding her working term in Vietnam at a farewell reception for her in Hanoi on July 28. Chairman Nhan also spoke highly of the diplomat’s contributions to enhancing co-operation between Vietnam and Germany in all fields, including the organisation of visits of senior leaders. He expressed hope that Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang’s state visit to Germany and the German Foreign Minister’s visit to Vietnam on the occasion the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries would contribute to strengthening the friendship and strategic partnership between Vietnam and Germany. Adding that, he hopes Germany will continue to … [Read more...]

VN sponsors educational, cultural centres in Laos

LUANG PRABANG (VNS) — Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang's financial gifts were handed over yesterday to authorities in the Lao provinces of Luang Prabang and Houaphanh to build cultural and educational facilities. Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Manh Hung presented the package, which includes 40 billion VND (US$1.84 million) for building a cultural centre in Luang Prabang and 15 billion VND ($690,000) for constructing a nursery school in Houaphanh. He said the presents, donated by five enterprises and two banks, illustrate the Vietnamese Party, State and people's warm sentiment towards the two provinces and Laos in general. Luang Prabang Governor Khampheng Saysompheng thanked the Vietnamese State leader for the assistance. He said it was meaningful to the friendship between Viet Nam and Laos. Meanwhile, Houaphanh Deputy Governor Chanseng Phimason said the nursery would help educate the younger Lao generation about the special amity, solidarity and co-operation between … [Read more...]

Government News 23/7

Deputy Defence Minister receives French guest Deputy Minister of Defence Senior Lieutenant General Truong Quang Khanh received the Deputy Director of the Directorate for International Development under the French Ministry of Defence’s Directorate-General of Armament, Lieutenant General Jacques Cousquer, in Hanoi on July 22. Deputy Minister Khanh said cooperation between the two countries on defence industry in recent years has produced positive results and hoped that the two sides would continue to increase high-ranking delegation exchanges and share experiences in carrying out United Nations peacekeeping missions. Lieutenant General Cousquer wished for increased defence cooperation between the two countries, especially in defence industry, and the acceleration of cooperation in information and telecommunications. Vietnamese leader’s presents given to Lao provinces Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang’s financial gifts were handed over to authorities in the Lao … [Read more...]