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...]

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...]

Strengthening judicial reform in the new context

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(VOVworld)- On Saturday, the Central Steering Committee for Judicial Reform convened a meeting to review its performance in 2016 and set tasks for 2016. Speaking at the meeting, President Truong Tan Sang, who is also Head of the Committee, said judicial reform has been responded by local and central administrations and awareness about judicial rights and law-governed state have increased. Sang urged the judicial sector to exert further efforts in 2016 because this will be the first year implementing the Resolution of the 12th Party Congress and expanding Vietnam’s international integration. Sang said: "In face of both challenges and opportunities in the next five years, the judicial sector needs to improve its performance to contribute to national growth. It’s necessary to strengthen judicial reforms to enhance the development of a socialist law-governed state". In addition to fine-tuning the Steering Committee for the next five years, the State President stressed the … [Read more...]

President visits farms applying modern technology

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Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang January 1 visited some farms in Don Duong District and Da Lat Town of the highland province of Lam Dong which applied hi-tech in doing farming. In Don Duong District, President Sang dropped by Thien Sinh Company which produces seedlings and a vegetables and flowers farm owned by Mr. Bui Ngoc Cung. The president praised technology application in farming production by farmers and businesses. When visiting milk cow farm Tuan Gam in Lac Xuan Commune, Mr. Sang applauded farmer’s determination in enriching their families by investing in milk cow which the province authorities considers as a key kind of cattles in the province and plans to increase dairy herds in the near future. The President stressed farmers nowadays need more information of market demand, breeding types and capability and quality of animals. Meantime, while touring flower farms in Da Lat city, President Sang visited Rung Hoa Da Lat Company which is one of the two … [Read more...]

Vietnam pushes ahead with comprehensive reform

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(VOV) -Prior to the New Year 2016, President Truong Tan Sang granted the press an interview on Vietnam’s opportunities and challenges in the future. VOV summarized his major remarks on the country's reform and sustainable socio-economic development. For Vietnam’s key socio-economic accomplishments in 2015, President Sang said despite various difficulties inside and outside the country, the Vietnamese Party, State, and people have worked hard together to obtain positive socio-economic development results, ensure a stable macro-economy, and improve national economic potential. Vietnam signed many free trade agreements in 2015 which will help expand export markets. President Sang said amidst deep integration, Vietnamese workers have to improve their competency and adjust their working style. It’s necessary to raise the competitiveness of products, enterprises, and the whole economy. Vietnam has to continue improving state management to meet the requirement of … [Read more...]

Belarusian President’s visit to Vietnam to bring bilateral ties to new height

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PANO – Belarusian President A. Lukashenko is leading a high-ranking Belarusian delegation to pay a State-level visit to Vietnam from December 8th to 9th, at the invitation of Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. The Republic of Belarus is the third most powerful country among the former Soviet republics in terms of industry, agriculture, science, education and defence. After Belarus became an independent country in 1991, it inherited a number of major economic, military and scientific facilities from the former Soviet Union. Since then, the country has focused on developing mechanics, electronics, optics, chemicals, fertilizer, timber, paper and rubber processing. In the early 1990s, Belarus experienced a severe economic crisis. But in 1994, the country’s leadership started to carry out an economic reform towards the State-oriented market economy model; as a result, the economy became more stable and escaped the crisis. Since 1996, the Belarusian economy has recovered … [Read more...]

German press spotlights Vietnam President visit

Major German newspapers covered the first State-level visit to Germany by Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang from November 24th-26th.

The Neues Deutschland (New Germany) on November 24th carried an article by Dieter D.Pries who highlighted the visit as a significant event to mark the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam-Germany diplomatic ties in 2015. He said Germany evaluates Vietnam as one of the most dynamic and friendliest economies to foreign investors in Southeast Asia. He also extolled Vietnam’s economic achievements over the past time, citing the rate of people living under the poverty line that reduced from over 40 percent to below 10 percent at present and the economic growth that is forecast to reach 6.5 percent in 2015. The writer held that the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) will be a driving force for Vietnam’s economy, with Germany remaining a key trade partner of the Southeast Asian country in the EU. The two countries’ economic ties are also reflected clearly by the author, who referred to the Vietnam-Germany University and other bilateral cooperation plans as vivid … [Read more...]

Vietjet, Lufthansa sign technical service agreement

Truong Tan Sang, President of Viet Nam, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's Foreign Minister and other dignitaries from the two countries witnessed the agreement signing ceremony (Source: VNA)

Vietjet and Lufthansa Technik AG, a member of Lufthansa AG, have signed a technical service agreement for Vietjet's current A320-family aircraft engines. The signing of the landmark agreement on November 25 was witnessed by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's foreign minister, and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, who was on a state visit to Germany to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Germany and Vietnam. Under the agreement, Lufthansa Technik AG will provide Vietjet with top-of-the-range solutions in technology, maintenance service and technical maintenance, as well as consultation on key technical projects, technical training for staff and other consulting services. The Vietnamese airline will support Lufthansa Technik AG in accessing large markets in the Asia-Pacific region, one of the areas with the maximum potential in the field of aviation. The agreement will also pave the way for both groups to jointly construct a platform … [Read more...]

Vietnam – US Building Trust for the Future

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2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the normalisation of Vietnam - United States diplomatic relations. Since it initiated economic reform and normalised relations with the US, Vietnam's economy has extensively integrated into the world and produced important results. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement to which Vietnam and the US were signatories is a new step of opening and integration for Vietnam. According to economic experts, this is the time for Vietnam - US relations in general and economic and trade ties in particular to advance into a new era of livelier and more substantive cooperation than ever.Multifaceted cooperation for the future From 1975 to 1995, although Vietnam and the US made certain efforts, the relations made no significant progress due to lack of mutual understanding. On July 11, 1995, Vietnamese Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet and US President Bill Clinton jointly signed a treaty declaring an end to the US embargo put in place following the war and formally … [Read more...]

Vietjet, Lufthansa Technik AG sign technical service agreement

Truong Tan Sang, President of Viet Nam, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's Foreign Minister and other dignitaries from the two countries witnessed the agreement signing ceremony. — VNS Photo

BERLIN (Biz Hub) — Vietjet and Lufthansa Technik AG, a member of Lufthansa AG, signed a technical service agreement for Vietjet's current A320-family aircraft engines on November 25. The signing of the landmark agreement was witnessed by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's foreign minister, and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, who was on a state visit to Germany to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Germany and Viet Nam. Under the agreement, Lufthansa Technik AG will provide Vietjet with top-of-the-range solutions in technology, maintenance service and technical maintenance, as well as consultation on key technical projects, technical training for staff and other consulting services. The Vietnamese airline will support Lufthansa Technik AG in accessing large markets in the Asia-Pacific region, one of the areas with the maximum potential in the field of aviation. The agreement will also pave the way for both groups to jointly … [Read more...]

Summit week grasps APEC vision of boosting inclusive growth

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President Truong Tan Sang (front, fourth from right) and other leaders pose for photo (Photo: VNA) NDO – The 23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit week, held in Manila, the Philippines from November 13-19, grasped a wide vision to boost inclusive economic growth, developing a better world in the Asia – Pacific region and bright prospects for the soon to be established ASEAN community. This was recapped by Nhan Dan journalist Pham Dao, who accompanied Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang at the event. On November 17, President Sang received a warm and friendly reception from the President of the host country, Benigno Aquino. The Philippines President stressed that the Philippines has attached special consideration to Vietnam, adding that Vietnam’s achievements in its 30-year Doi Moi (Renewal) process have helped his country draw many valuable lessons in attracting investment for development and perfecting the legal system. The two leaders … [Read more...]