Conference highlights 40-year Vietnam-France ties

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French delegates at the conference ( Image: VNA ) A conference took place in Paris on April 11 to review the 40-year relations between Vietnam and France and discuss ways to foster bilateral co-operation in the future. Initiated by the France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group (FVFPG) at the French Senate and Vietnamese Ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung, the conference was part of activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-France diplomatic ties. Addressing the event, FVFPG President Christian Poncelet spoke highly of co-operation between the two nations in various fields, ranging from politics and economics to culture, and science-technology. He noted that France was among first European countries that supported Vietnam's "doi moi" (renewal) process, which commenced in 1986. Vietnam now becomes an important country in the Asia-Pacific region which serves as a gateway for the European Union (EU) and France in particular to boost their co-operation with … [Read more...]

French professor honoured with friendship insignia

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Vietnamese Ambassador to France Duong Tri Dung on January 23 presented the friendship insignia to Professor Michel Guillou for his active contributions to strengthening Vietnam-France ties of friendship and cooperation. Prof. Guillou is the Head of the Institute for the Study of the Francophonie and Globalization (Inframond), and Chairman of the Senghor International Network of Chairs of the Francophonie (RICSF). Ambassador Dung praised the professor's efforts in promoting cooperation in education and training between the two countries, as well as between Vietnam and other Francophonie members. Prof. Guillou expressed deep gratitude for being honoured and hoped that a regional Francophonie university will be founded in Vietrnam soon. Ambassador Duong Van Quang, who is also envoy of the State President to the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) in France, recalled the good time of working with the professor on a Masters of Francophonie and Globalisation … [Read more...]

Argentina’s Lower House praises Vietnam’s Revolution

Chairman of the Argentina-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group Ricardo Cuccovillo (Photo:VNA)

Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies (Lower House) on August 26 highly valued the significance of the Vietnamese Revolution in the history of safeguarding and building the country on the occasion of the 70th National Day (September 2). The chamber’s statement reviewed Vietnam’s important historical milestones since French colonialists began invading Vietnam in 1858, including the establishment of the Indochinese Communist Party in 1930 and the Viet Minh Front in 1941 and the successful August Revolution (August 19, 1945). On September 2, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and this day has become the country’s National Day since then. The Lower House also spoke highly of the Dien Bien Phu triumph in 1954 and the Great 1975 Spring Victory, which completely liberated the south and reunified the nation. The statement concluded with a praise of the Vietnamese people’s struggle … [Read more...]

International media report Vietnam’s IPU-132 successful organisation

The Hanoitimes - International media has run a number of articles highlighting Vietnam’s successful organisation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s 132nd Assembly (IPU-132) in Hanoi. Success of IPU-132 reflects Vietnam’s growth: EPI The selection of Vietnam to host the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s 132nd Assembly (IPU-132) reflected the growth of the country, according to the Euro Presse Image (EPI) portal. In an article published on April 8, the Belgian portal highlighted the IPU-132 as a great international event, saying Vietnam’s hosting the event constituted a new step towards strengthening relations between the National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam and other NAs and Parliaments. The piece highlighted the event outcomes, including evaluating the results of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and proposing follow-on objectives. It also mentioned the Assembly’s adopted resolutions on cyber-war, water resourcesgovernance, international laws on … [Read more...]

Int’l press agencies praise Vietnam’s 1975 victory

German Junge Welt Newspaper posts photos and the 40th anniversary ceremony of the southern liberation and the country’s reunification day of Vietnam.

The Lao Ministry of National Defense yesterday held a solemn rally at Vientiane city to mark the 40th anniversary of the southern liberation and the country’s reunification day of Vietnam. Attending at the ceremony were Deputy Minister of Defense of Lao Chansamon Chanyalat; Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Manh Hung; crowded officials, staffs of Ministry of Defense Laos; and representatives of Ministry of Defense of Vietnam. At the rally, Deputy Minister of Defense Chansamon Chanyalat stressed that the victory on April 30, 1975 caused the world- sharking, which was not only a historical landmark for Vietnamese people but also the revolution in Laos, Cambodia and other countries around the world. General Secretary, President of People's Democratic Republic of Laos Chummaly Sayasone; Prime Minister of Laos Thongsing Thammavong and Chairman of National Assembly of Laos Pany Yathotu sent messages of greeting to General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Truong Tan … [Read more...]

Argentinean parliamentarian hails the success of IPU-132 in Vietnam

Chairman of the Argentina-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group Ricardo Cuccovillo.

(Photo: Vietnamplus) (VOVworld) – Vietnam’s successful hosting of IPU-132 consolidated its reputation in the international arena, said Chairman of the Argentina-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group Ricardo Cuccovillo. Cuccovillo, who attended the recently-concluded the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Hanoi, lauded the contributions of the host to the event’s success in an interview with a Vietnam News Agency correspondent on Thursday. The event constituted a new step towards strengthening relations between the National Assembly of Vietnam and other parliaments, he added. Cuccovillo praised Vietnamese initiatives as significant contributions to the Assembly’s resolutions as well as the logistic efforts made by the organization board. He hoped that the IPU-132 strengthened political, economic and trade relations, and created solidarity between the legislative bodies and peoples of Argentina and Vietnam. The IPU-132 agenda focused on "Sustainable … [Read more...]

Argentinean parliamentarian praises Vietnam’s IPU-132 hosting

The successful hosting of the IPU-132 by Vietnam consolidated the country’s reputation in the international arena, said Chairman of the Argentina-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group Ricardo Cuccovillo. Cuccovillo, who attended the recently-concluded the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU-132) in Hanoi, lauded the contributions of the host to the event’s success during his interview with a Vietnam News Agency correspondent on April 9. The event constituted a new step towards strengthening relations between the National Assembly of Vietnam and other parliaments, he added. Cuccovillo also praised Vietnamese initiatives as significant contributions to the Assembly’s resolutions as well as the logistic efforts made by the organisation board. The Argentinean parliamentarian expressed his strong impression of the host’s hospitality, landscapes, traditional culture and infrastructure facilities. He hoped that the IPU-132 would contribute to … [Read more...]

Argentinean parliamentarian praises Vietnam’s IPU-132 successful hosting

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Chairman of the Argentina-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group Ricardo Cuccovillo. (Photo: Vietnamplus) The successful hosting of the IPU-132 by Vietnam consolidated the country’s reputation in the international arena, said Chairman of the Argentina-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group Ricardo Cuccovillo. Cuccovillo, who attended the recently-concluded the 132 nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU-132) in Hanoi, lauded the contributions of the host to the event’s success during his interview with a Vietnam News Agency correspondent on April 9. The event constituted a new step towards strengthening relations between the National Assembly of Vietnam and other parliaments, he added. Cuccovillo also praised Vietnamese initiatives as significant contributions to the Assembly’s resolutions as well as the logistic efforts made by the organisation board. The Argentinean parliamentarian expressed his strong impression of the host’s hospitality, … [Read more...]

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hails Australian parliament’s support to Vietnam

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(VOVworld) – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has hailed the Australian parliament’s support for Vietnam through Official Development Assistance projects to develop Vietnam’s socio-economic infrastructure. While meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Australia Bronwyn Bishop and the President of the Senate, Stephen Parry, on Wednesday, Prime Minister Dung informed them of the outcome of his recent talks with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott. He said they had agreed to promote Vietnamese-Australian ties to a new level and asked the Australian parliament to support efforts to further bilateral ties for the benefit of both peoples as well as for peace, stability and development in the region. The Prime Minister expressed his hope that Australia would continue to assist Vietnam in developing its infrastructure, human resources, agriculture and poverty reduction. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung asked the two leaders to encourage Australian parliamentarians … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s NA delegation visits Mexico and Colombia

National Assembly’s Committee for External Affairs Chairman Tran Van Hang.

A delegation of the National Assembly’s Committee for External Affairs led by its Chairman Tran Van Hang has paid working visits to Mexico and Colombia. While in Mexico from December 3-6, Chairman Hang and his entourage held talks with Senator Teofilo Torres Corzo, Chairman of the Mexican Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee for Asia Pacific, and had meetings with Senator Jose Rosas Aispuro, Vice President of the Congress of the Union’s Senate; Carlos Alberto de Icaza Gonzalez, First Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, and Alberto Anaya Gutierrez, General Secretary of Workers’ Party (PT). … [Read more...]

Political News 10/9

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USAID's official visit to Da Nang City Denise Rollins, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Asia of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), paid a working visit to the central city of Da Nang on September 9. Upon inspecting the dioxin detoxification project at Da Nang Airport, she praised the pace of the project's implementation and the cooperation of Vietnamese relevant agencies. Launched earlier this year, as a joint effort of Vietnam and US, the project aims to detoxicate about 80,000 cubic metres of dioxin-contaminated soil and mud. … [Read more...]

Vietnam steps up law-making connection with Portugal

Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu has expressed hope that cooperation between the Vietnamese and Portuguese law-making bodies will usher in new prospects for bilateral partnership as well as regional and international ones. Meeting with Vice President of the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic Antonio Filipe in Lisbon on June 26, Luu said he is delighted to see the two sides launching negotiations for several cooperation agreements, including those on investment encouragement and protection, double tax avoidance, tourism and science-technology. … [Read more...]

President Ho Chi Minh’s 124th birthday marked in Cuba and Mexico

The Vietnamese Embassy in Cuba and the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) on Monday laid floral wreaths at the President Ho Chi Minh Monument in Havana

(VOVworld) - The Vietnamese Embassy in Cuba and the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) on Monday laid floral wreaths at the President Ho Chi Minh Monument in Havana to mark the 124th birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh. At the ceremony, Cuban journalist Marta Rojas, Vice President of Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association, stressed that Cuban people would always remember the images of Ho Chi Minh and Cuban national hero Jose Marti, who helped establish friendly relations between the two peoples. Rojas urged young Cubans to learn more about Vietnam's history and its great President Ho Chi Minh, to enrich the traditional friendship between Cuba and Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Mexican parliamentarians back Vietnam in East Sea issue

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Members of the Mexico - Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group (MVFFG) and Mexican Chamber of Deputies have expressed their support to Vietnam's legitimate rights and criticised China's wrongful acts in Vietnam's continental shelf and exclusive economic zone. They voiced this at an unscheduled meeting in Mexico City on May 15, under the chair of MVFFG President and General Secretary of Workers' Party (PT) Alberto Anaya Gutierrez. … [Read more...]

Alberto Anaya Gutierrez – A Great Friend of Vietnam

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (right) receives PT's Senator   and General Secretary Alberto Anaya Gutierrez. Photo: Tri Dung - VNA

« Alberto Anaya Gutierrez has a BA in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); an MA in Research Method; a Law degree; an MA in Sociology; and is a Professor at Nuevo Leon University and Dr. of Politics and Science, La Habana, Cuba. » Alberto was born and grew up in Aguascalientes, a small state of Mexico. In 1976, he was one of the founders of an organization of farmers who struggle for freedom and land in Monterrey, the capital city of Nuevo Leon State, Northern Mexico and in 1990 he founded the Labour Party (PT). He also participated in the Congress of the Union as a federal deputy for four working terms and as a senator for two working terms. He often leads the senate delegation of the PT at institutes and is President of the Mexico-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group (VMFPG). … [Read more...]

Political News Headlines 18/4

NA committee discusses 2012 budget, casino business Members of the National Assembly Standing Committee on April 17 focused their discussions on reviewing the 2012 State budget balance and the issuance of a decree on casino business activities. They agreed with the Government's report on the budget issue, saying that ministries, agencies and localities performed well in their budget collection, planning and spending. According to the Government report, budget revenue exceeded the estimates set by the NA by 1.9 percent, ensuring resources for State management, the implementation of socio-economic development goals and maintenance of defence and security. Budget expenditure totalled VND1,171 trillion (US$55.76 billion), 8.3 percent higher than the estimates. Regarding the casino business development, the committee members agreed with reports by the Government and the NA's Finance-Budget Committee on the issuance of a decree on casino business activities. However, they noted … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Russia discuss extending partnership areas

The talks took place in Hanoi on April 17 (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam and Russia will further strengthen cooperation in technology, environment, oil and gas, nuclear power and human resources training. The consensus was reached during talks between Chairman of the National Assembly Committee for Science, Technology and Environment Pham Xuan Dung and visiting Vice Chairman of Russia's State Duma Committee on Energy Levchenko Sergey Georgievich in Hanoi on April 17. Georgievich, who is also President of the Russia - Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group, hailed the state of productive coordination between the two committees over the past time, saying that this has played a part in the effective bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership. Both host and guest stressed the need to realise agreements reached in the past, and share professional experience through regular visits. They vowed to share expertise in law-making and monitoring major projects while devising the details of joint work in the coming time.-VNA … [Read more...]

Sports Headlines January 14

Vietnam's U19 national team will attend training camps in the UK, Belgium and Japan in preparation for the upcoming Asian U19 Championships scheduled for Myanmar in October 2014.

Top badminton players compete at Malaysia Open Vietnam's No1 badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh has joined the Malaysia Open 2014, which is taking place from January 14-19. In his first match, Tien Minh meets No.1 seed Son Wan Ho of the Republic of Korea who had trounced Tien Minh in the final round of Taiwan Open last year. If Minh advances to the second round, he will face off with longstanding Indonesian rival Sony Kuncoro. Female player Vu Thi Trang, who clinched a bronze medal at the recent 27th SEA Games in Myanmar, is also representing Vietnam at the ongoing tournament. Vu Thi Trang (world's No116) faces tough competition against Lim Yin Fun (world's No172) of the host country. The Malaysia Open 2014 is part of Super Series Premier organized by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) that draws the participation of the world's top 10 players. The winners will be awarded cash prizes totaling US$500,000. U19 squad to train in Europe, Japan The first training camp is set for … [Read more...]

Friendly hockey match held between Vietnam, Canada

A friendly ice hockey match was held in Hanoi on January 13 between Canadian and Vietnamese amateur players as part of the Canada-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group's visit to Vietnam. Players included visiting Canadian parliamentarians and entrepreneurs, Vietnamese officials and representatives from the Vietnam-Canada Friendship Parliamentary Group. The Canadian side won the game 17-8. Congressman Patrick Brown, head of the Canada-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group, said the match was an opportunity for the Canadian side to introduce their national sport to Vietnamese people. He added that this event would help tighten both sides' solidarity and friendship. Earlier the same day, the organisations and the Canadian Embassy held a talk on the country's educational environment.-VNA … [Read more...]

Myanmar legislators visit Vietnam

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(VOV) - National Assembly Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son on Friday received a delegation of the Myanmar-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group led by its President Nay Win Tun. Son noted with satisfaction the positive development of bilateral parliamentary relations and proposed the two legislatures increase cooperation and work closely together at regional and international inter-parliamentary forums. He expressed hope Myanmar create favourable conditions for Vietnamese investors to do business in its territory. He also voiced Vietnam's commitment to facilitate Myanmar operations in the country. For his part, Nay Win Tun said his visit aims to foster economic cooperation in agriculture, aquaculture, finance-banking, aviation, telecommunications, oil and gas, mineral ore exploration, and electrical equipment manufacturing. … [Read more...]