Female entrepreneurs gather to enhance ASEAN equality

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Viet Nam has committed to encouraging more women entrepreneurs to participate in the global value chain, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan said yesterday at a forum in Ha Noi. The 2015 ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Forum (AWEF), titled ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs in AEC: Transforming Opportunities into Realities, focused on preparing for the coming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The AEC will start operating at the end of this year, bringing both opportunities and challenges for budding enterprises, especially. The forum was held as part of the ASEAN Women Entrepreneur Network (AWEN). It was organised by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI); the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs; and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The organisers aimed to create more opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the region. To utilise the business climate created by the new AEC, women entrepreneurs must be creative in analyzing and forecasting business climates, … [Read more...]

Foreign female diplomats gather on Int’l Women Day

Foreign female diplomats at the exchange (Photo: VNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) held a cultural exchange for foreign female diplomats in the northern province of Bac Ninh on March 6 ahead of the International Women's Day (March 8). Addressing the event, Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Duong Chi Dung thanked the diplomats for fostering their countries’ friendly cooperative ties with Vietnam, saying this laid the good foundation for the country’s sustainable development and international integration. On behalf of the guests, Iraida de Rondon, spouse of the Venezuelan Ambassador, thanked the MOFA and the locality for the warm reception. She also expressed hope of having more chances to take part in various friendship activities in Vietnam. At the event, participants enjoyed the performance of Quan Ho (love duet singing), Bac Ninh’s unique folk art which was recognized as part of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. They also … [Read more...]

Foreign female diplomats gather on International Women’s Day

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The diplomats learn about Dong Ho folk painting in Bac Ninh. (VNA) NDO/VNA – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) held a cultural exchange for foreign female diplomats in the northern province of Bac Ninh on March 6 ahead of the International Women's Day (March 8). Addressing the event, Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Duong Chi Dung thanked the diplomats for fostering their countries’ friendly co-operative ties with Vietnam, saying this laid the good foundation for the country’s sustainable development and international integration. On behalf of the guests, Iraida de Rondon, spouse of the Venezuelan Ambassador, thanked the MOFA and the locality for the warm reception. She also expressed hope of having more chances to take part in various friendship activities in Vietnam. At the event, participants enjoyed the performance of Quan Ho (love duet singing), Bac Ninh’s unique folk art which was recognised as part of the world’s … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Tet gifts may mask bribery, corruption

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Gifts at Tet and other special occasions are being used to mask bribes, and authorities need to take earnest steps to curb corruption, experts say. Tet gifts on display Associate Professor Dang Ngoc Dinh, of the Centre for Community Support Development Studies, said excessive gifts on special occasions, such as Tet, and at weddings and funerals, are becoming symptomatic of the complicated corruption situation in Vietnam. The government inspectorate recently launched a hotline for reporting cases of bribery and corruption during Tet. Dinh said that while such a measure was welcome, it would not necessarily be effective because a bribe could easily be passed off as a legitimate gift. "Only the givers and receivers would know," he said. "But we can generally understand that normal gifts are more symbolic while bribes would be more expensive. When corruption can't be curbed, people will continue giving bribes during special occasions." Dinh said that while a gift might not be cash, … [Read more...]

Cases that commanded the most attention in Vietnam in 2014

Le Thi Dong Phuong (R) and Nguyen Le Thien Ly are pictured at their trial on January 20, 2014. Photo:  Tuoi Tre    Man arrested for killing woman, cutting body into pieces

The year 2014 has passed with many serious cases brought to court in Vietnam and myriad heavy sentences handed down, including one death penalty for ex-leader of Vinalines Duong Chi Dung in a corruption crackdown and the 30-year jail term for ex-banking tycoon Nguyen Duc Kien. Let us have a look again at six of the most attention-grabbing cases reported during the past year on Tuoi Tre News.Court upholds death for former shipping officials The Supreme People’s Court in Hanoi on May 7 upheld the death sentences for Duong Chi Dung, ex-chairman of the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), and Mai Van Phuc, former CEO of the state-owned corporation, for their serious corruption offenses. The hearing was opened by the court on April 22 for Dung, 57, and eight others who appealed the sentences handed down on them at the first instance trial in December 2013. Dung and his accomplices were found guilty of causing a loss of over VND366 billion (US$17.4 million then) to … [Read more...]

Government News 23/12

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong meets the Minister of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, Leopoldo Cintra Prias yesterday.

Party chief greets Cuban minister of armed forces Minister of Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces Leopoldo Cintra Frias reiterated strong will to further strengthen the fraternal friendship and cooperation with the Vietnamese Party, State and people as he met Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on December 22. Leopoldo Cintra Frias said Cuba considers what Vietnam has achieved as a reference to its policy of updating socio-economic development model. He informed the host of the recent outcomes of his talks with Vietnamese Defence Ministry units, and expressed his belief that Vietnam will reap more rewards on its path to development under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam. The Party chief affirmed the Vietnamese Party and people’s support to Cuba’s revolutionary cause. He congratulated the Cuban Party, State and people on their tireless fight over the past 50 years, which has led to the normalisation of ties with the US. Vietnam and Cuba share … [Read more...]

President hails procuracy sector’s efforts to uncover corruption cases

President Truong Tan Sang at the working session. Photo: VNA

President Truong Tan Sang met with officials of the Supreme People’s Procuracy in Hanoi on December 22, hailing the sector’s efforts to perform their duties, particularly in bringing major corruption cases to light. The State leader, who also chairs the Central Steering Committee for Judicial Reform, spoke highly of the sector’s endeavor to thoroughly and strictly deal with major cases involving Duong Chi Dung - former chairman of the State-owned shipping corporation Vinalines, Huynh Thi Huyen Nhu - former Deputy Chief of the Risk Management Department of the Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank), and Nguyen Duc Kien - former Vice Chairman of the founding council of the Asia Commercial Bank (ACB). He also highlighted their success in detecting and investigating prosecution-related violations in northern Bac Giang and Ha Nam, central Thanh Hoa, and southern Soc Trang provinces. The President also pointed out to the complicated … [Read more...]

Government News 8/12

WB vows to assist Vietnam’s economic restructuring The World Bank (WB) is committed to helping Vietnam restructure its economy to achieve progress in the coming time, WB Country Director Victoria Kwakwa assured Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh in Hanoi on December 5. Kwakwa said the WB highly values Vietnam ’s economic restructuring efforts, with a focus on the banking system, State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and public investment, while taking note of the country’s achievements in maintaining macro-economic stability, foreign investment attraction and sustainable economic development. … [Read more...]

France-Vietnam Friendship Association opens congress in Paris

A sound understanding of Vietnam and its positive changes will enable the France-Vietnam Friendship Association (AAFV) to devise practical projects for Vietnam and play a constructive role in reinforcing bilateral ties. Participants to the AAFV’s 15th national congress held in Paris, France, on December 6 shared that viewpoint on the association’s 2014-16 term after hearing a review report delivered by AAFV Secretary General Jean - Pierre Archambault. During 2011-2014, AAFV has made great contributions to boosting the relations and cooperation between Vietnam and France, the official affirmed. … [Read more...]

Fifteenth AAFV national congress opens in France

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung speaks at the congress. (Credit: VOV)

NDO/VNA - A sound understanding of Vietnam and its positive changes will enable the France- Vietnam Friendship Association (AAFV) to devise practical projects for Vietnam and play a constructive role in reinforcing bilateral ties. Participants to the AAFV’s 15th national congress held in Paris, France, on December 6 shared that viewpoint on the association’s 2014-16 term after hearing a review report delivered by AAFV Secretary General Jean - Pierre Archambault. During 2011-2014 term, AAFV has made great contributions to boosting the relations and co-operation between Vietnam and France, the official affirmed. … [Read more...]

Vietjet, CFM Sign Agreement on Maintenance for CFM56-5B Engines

Vietnam's Vietjet and CFM International, on November 24, signed a 12-year Rate Per Flight Hour agreement to support the airline’s Airbus 320 ceo fleet of 21 aircraft of CFM56-5B engines. The signing ceremony also welcomed Deputy Minister of Transport of Vietnam Mr Pham Quy Tieu, Vietnam Ambassador in France Mr Duong Chi Dung, and leaders of Vietjet and CFM. Under the terms of the agreement, which is valued at US$300 million, CFM will guarantee maintenance costs for a total of 45 CFM56-5B engines on a dollar per engine flight hour basis and provide some spare engines for free. … [Read more...]

French friendship association introduces Vietnamese culture

Members of Le Liseron watching a film about  Vietnam's water puppet art. (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnamese culture was the highlight of a gala dinner held by the France-Vietnam Friendship Association (Le Liseron) in Carrieres Sous-Poissy city on November 15th on the occasion of the association's 15th founding anniversary. Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung spoke highly of the operations of Le Liseron, the Lien Viet Association and Viet Vo Dao (Vovinam) club, all of which were established by Jean-Marie Pognon, a French of Vietnamese origin. The three associations' activities to introduce Vietnamese culture and tourism and support poor students and disadvantaged localities in Vietnam have contributed importantly to Vietnam's development and the Vietnam-France friendship, he affirmed. Pognon shared that Le Liseron and the Lien Viet Association have to date helped bring about 100 French tourist delegations to Vietnam. Set up in 1999, Le Liseron, which means Rau Muong - a common type of vegetable in Vietnam, now comprises approximately 500 … [Read more...]

French friendship association celebrates Vietnamese culture

The Vietnamese culture was the highlight of a gala dinner held by the France-Vietnam Friendship Association (Le Liseron) in Carrieres Sous-Poissy city on November 15 on the occasion of the association's 15 th founding anniversary. Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung spoke highly of the operations of Le Liseron, the Lien Viet Association and Viet Vo Dao (Vovinam) Club, all of which were established by Jean-Marie Pognon, a French of Vietnamese origin. The three associations' activities to introduce Vietnamese culture and tourism and support poor students and disadvantaged localities in Vietnam have contributed importantly to Vietnam's development and the Vietnam-France friendship, he affirmed. … [Read more...]

Vietnam Year in France comes to an end

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Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Hong Nam speaks at the event (Photo: VNA) The Vietnam Year in France, which featured over 100 economic, socio-cultural and scientific events at an unprecedented scale, concluded in Paris after running for 10 months in celebration of the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties. The Vietnam Year presented the country as an Asian nation closely linked to France in terms of history and culture. Official relations between the two countries were strengthened by the establishment of the strategic partnership last year, which boosted mutual prospects for cooperation via exhibitions, workshops, fairs and international festivals. … [Read more...]