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 … [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. 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, now suffers from … [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. 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 the … [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 … [Read more...]

Singapore Navy ship Endurance starts visit to Vietnam

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The Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) Endurance-class Landing Ship Tank (LST), RSS Endurance, led by Lieutenant Colonel Noel Chen Xin Yi, arrived at Cam Ranh Bay on March 17 to start a five-day port call. The port call marks the first receipt of a foreign warship at the Cam Ranh International Port, located in Cam Ranh Bay, since its opening last week in a ceremony attended by Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. During their stay there will be a ship visit hosted for the 81 members of the crew from the Vietnam People's Navy and Vietnamese officials. Both navies will also conduct a passage exercise comprising communication drills. In addition, the midshipmen and RSN’s officer cadets, will undergo training modules in watch-keeping, gunnery, seamanship, communications, medical, engineering as well as leadership activities to sharpen their competency and leadership skills. The port calls, conducted as part of training, allow the midshipmen to interact with personnel of … [Read more...]

IMF to cooperate further with Vietnam

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang (R) and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde. (Source: VNA)

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang paid a reception with Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde at Presidential Palace in Hanoi on March 16, on the occasion of her visit and work to Vietnam. At the meeting, the president Sang highly appreciated the assistance of IMF to Vietnam in the various fields, especially, preferential loan and policy advisory. He affirmed that Vietnam has focused on bank restructuring projects, investment attraction and boosting further private economic development. Besides, Vietnam will convert strongly agricultural economy; therefore, Vietnam hoped IMF will continue to support Vietnam in finding preferential capital source as well as macro economic stability. Mrs. Christine Lagarde also highly appreciated Vietnam’s development strategy towards quality and substainability. The IMF would like to continue to cooperate further with Vietnam; and pledges to support technologies for the partner in the upcoming … [Read more...]

Boosting Vietnam, Iran friendly relations

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(VOVworld) – President Truong Tan Sang began an official visit to Iran on March 13-16 at the invitation of President Hassan Rouhani. The two Presidents held talks and agreed to increase the exchange of high-level delegations and meetings between the two countries. They were unanimous in their stance on regional and international issues, especially at the UN and the Non-Aligned Movement, while supporting each other at international forums and organizations. They said both countries have enormous potential to boost socio-economic development and should strive to further cooperate in economy, trade and investment to raise two-way trade to 2 billion USD in the next five years. They pledged to create favorable conditions for businesses to increase collaboration in high-potential fields such as agriculture, fisheries, industry, energy, telecommunication, automobile manufacturing, electricity, pharmaceuticals, spare parts, machinery, garment-textiles, mechanics, oil and gas, and … [Read more...]

President Truong Tan Sang begins State visit to Iran

President Truong Tan Sang and his spouse arrive at Mehrabad International Airport. (Photo: Van Yen)

PANO - President Truong Tan Sang, his spouse, and Vietnamese delegation on March 13th arrived at Mehrabad International Airport in the capital city of Tehran, beginning his State visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran at the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The Vietnamese State President was welcomed at the airport by Iranian officials, Vietnamese Ambassador to Iran Nguyen Hong Thach, staff of the Vietnamese Embassy, and representatives of the Vietnamese community in Iran. During the visit from March 13th to 15th, the two sides will discuss measures to strengthen the comprehensive cooperation in all fields as well as to consolidate the traditional friendship between Vietnam and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The official welcoming ceremony for Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang was held at the Presidential Palace on March 14th. Translated by Tran Hoai … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Mozambique Joint Communique

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(VOVworld)- President Truong Tan Sang wrapped up his State visit to Mozambique on Saturday and left for a state visit to Iran. A joint communiqué released at the end of 3-day visit said Presidents Truong Tan Sang and Filipe Nyusi agreed to increase delegation exchanges and expand cooperation in agriculture, aquaculture, maritime transport, aviation, education, training, health care, science, technology, national defense, and security, and exchange experience in overcoming natural disaster consequences. They agreed to encourage their enterprises to establish partnership in agriculture, infrastructure, trade, telecommunications, oil, gas, and processing industry. They agreed to increase two-way trade to more than 500 million USD by 2020. Mozambique pledged to facilitate and assist Vietnamese enterprises like Viettel, Petro Vietnam and Hapro to expand investment and seek business opportunities in Mozambique. The two countries agreed to increase consultation and coordination … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Mozambique boost traditional relations

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Within the framework of the State- level visit to Republic of Mozambique, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang had a meeting with the National Assembly Chairwoman of Republic of Mozambique Veronica Nataniel Macamo on March 12 (local time). At the meeting, the National Assembly of Mozambique chairwoman Veronica Nataniel Macamo highly appreciated the visit of Vietnamese President and the high ranking delegation, adding that this is a turning point for two countries’ cooperative relations. Mozambique and Vietnam have been spending traditional friendship relations with many similarities, and thanked Vietnam for its valuable support as well as solidarity in the national struggle and liberation, and building the country as nowadays, stressed Mrs Veronica Nataniel Macamo. Two countries’ national assemblies had many experiences to be able to share and learn each other. Besides, Mozambique will try its best to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam and collaborate closely with … [Read more...]

President Truong Tan Sang to pay a state visit to Iran

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(VOVworld) - Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang will arrive in Tehran on Sunday for a state visit to Iran. On this occasion, Vietnamese ambassador to Tehran Nguyen Hong Thach granted an interview to the Tehran Times on the prospects of Vietnam-Iran cooperation. Thach said the nuclear deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a great breakthrough for the Iranian diplomacy, which will leave a positive influence on bilateral ties between Iran and Vietnam because before the removal of sanctions it was difficult for other countries, including Vietnam, to do business with Iran. Thach said Vietnam and Iran should push trade and tourism forwards. He said during President Truong Tan Sang’s upcoming visit, both countries will discuss the establishment of a joint venture in Vietnam between the Iranian Ghadir Investment Group and the Vietnamese Petrovietnam to produce petrochemicals fed by petroleum imports from Iran. It will be a good opportunity for Iran because if … [Read more...]

President Truong Tan Sang holds talks with Mozambique President

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(VOVworld)- President Truong Tan Sang arrived in Maputo on Friday for a 3-day state visit to Mozambique. After the welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace, President Sang and Mozambique President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi held talks. The two Presidents agreed to increase delegation exchanges, cooperation and mutual support at multilateral forums. They discussed regional and global issues of mutual concern and agreed that more efforts are needed to maintain peace and stability in the world and that disputes and conflicts on territorial disputes need to be resolved through peaceful means in line with international law. They agreed to assign their ministries and sectors to discuss ways to increase two-way trade to 500 million USD by 2020. Mozambique requested Vietnam to provide support in terms of cage fishing and wanted to expand cooperation with Vietnam in maritime. The two sides agreed to accelerate the signing of agreements on protecting confidential news, extradition, and … [Read more...]

President holds talks with Mozambican counterpart

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Vietnam and Mozambique have agreed to work on concrete measures to boost all-round ties in the time ahead during talks between visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. The talks were held following a welcome ceremony for President Sang with the highest rituals for a Head of State in the capital city of Maputo on March 11. President Sang expressed his delight at visiting the country after seven years in office, and spoke highly of Mozambique’s socio-economic achievements and reform over the past years. The Mozambican leader hailed President Sang’s visit – the first made by a Vietnamese State leader, as a significant milestone in bilateral ties. He said he considers Vietnam a symbol of heroism in the national liberation and admires the country for its successes reaped during the national construction and development. Regarding political relations, both sides were committed to facilitating all-level … [Read more...]

President Truong Tan Sang attends “Homeland Spring” program for OVs

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President Truong Tan Sang speaks at the event. Photo: VNA (VOVworld) - The annual "Xuan Que Huong" (Homeland Spring) program, a run-up to the Lunar New Year festival, was held in Hanoi on Sunday a string of cultural activities for overseas Vietnamese. President Truong Tan Sang joined Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung, and representatives of the diplomatic corps, international organizations, and OVs. Addressing the program, the President highlighted Vietnam’s major achievements and pointed out the significant contributions to these achievements made by Vietnamese abroad. He noted that OVs have built a united community while integrating into their host countries. Sang said 2016 is an important year, as it is the first year of realizing the 12th National Party Congress’s Resolution and the Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2016-2020, adding that the election of deputies to the 14th … [Read more...]