High-ranking officer visits Highland provinces


PANO – Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, on August 14th visited Dak Lak province. During the meeting with the provincial Military and Border Guard Commands, general Lich was briefed on the results of their implementing defence mission, local military task, and border work over the past time. Praising the province’s achievements in defence and security, the general asked provincial military, public security, and border guard forces to promote their advisory role to local party committees and authorities, proactively keep in touch with local events, timely deal with problems, and pay attention to building the whole people’s defence posture. In addition, the provincial armed forces should promote mass mobilization work and help locals, especially ethnic minority people, have a better life. Earlier, the general had worked with the Gia Lai provincial Party Committee to announce … [Read more...]

Cambodian honourable order conferred on Vietnamese

Cambodian Friendship Orders presented to Lao Cai provincial officials and senior officers of Corps 15. Photo: gialaitv.vn

PANO - General Huot Chheang, Deputy Commander of the Army and Chief of Military Region 1 of Cambodia on February 9th visited and extended new-year greetings to Gia Lai province and Corps 15. On this occasion, on behalf of the Royal Cambodian Government, the General conferred the Cambodian Friendship Order to Ha Son Nhin - Party Secretary of Gia Lai province, Pham The Dung - Chairman of the Gia Lai provincial People’s Committee, Major General Dang Anh Dung - Commander of Corps 15, Major General Nguyen Duy Ngo - Corps 15’s Political Commissar, and Major General Nguyen Xuan Sang - Former Commander of Corps 15. The honourable order was awarded to the leaders of the province and Corps 15 for their outstanding contributions to the construction of Cambodia. General Huot Chheang congratulated the leaders of Gia Lai province and Corps 15 and wished the people, armed forces of Gia Lai province and Corps 15 a cozy traditional new year and hoped that the friendship between the two … [Read more...]

Lawmakers discuss State budget spending priorities

HA NOI (VNS) — National Assembly deputies looked into the spending of the 2013 State budget and the State budget estimates and allocation for the next year at their sitting last Saturday. Discussing the plan of issuing Government bonds and allocating the capital to important projects in the 2014-16 period, deputies agreed to prioritise capital to projects on National Highway 1A expansion and National Highway 14 construction. They suggested total investment in a number of sub-projects should be reviewed and their design should be adjusted so as to cut wasteful expenditures. In addition, the Government must ensure the progress and quality of projects to prevent exceeding the total funds allocated. The money collected from bond issuance should be instead channelled into hospital and irrigation projects which were slated to be concluded by 2014-2015 and had large effects on the economic development of localities, they said. Deputy Le Van Hoc from Central Highland province of Lam Dong … [Read more...]

Kon Tum urged to accelerate key infrastructure projects


Nhan Dan - The Central Highlands province of Kon Tum should hasten the progress of major projects especially the upgrading of infrastructure. The request was made by General Tran Dai Quang, Politburo member, Minister of Public Security cum head of the Central Highlands Steering Committee at a meeting with Kon Tum province's leaders on January 15. General Tran Dai Quang asked the provincial leaders to focus on accelerating key transport projects such as the Ho Chi Minh, 14C and 14 routes and to combine such projects with the programmes on rural development. He said that the province had considerable potential, if being exploited appropriately, could improve economic returns such as the Mang Den border junction - a potential tourist, nature conservation sites and suitable climatic conditions for the enjoyment of cold weather flora and fauna. In addition, the province should handle issues related to land use, protecting forests and job creation, particularly for ethnic … [Read more...]

Legislators see canaries in the mines


Lawmakers have lambasted the government for allowing ineffective mining operations to pollute local communities without bringing in funds to the state. Illegal miners look for gold on the banks of the Ba River in Phu Yen Province. "In mineral-rich areas, residents are often poor ones and authorities generate low revenues. These people have been suffering from a paradox as they live among rich mineral resources with nothing to show for it," said representative Ha Son Nhin of Gia Lai Province at a National Assembly meeting on June 16. "Mining activities have polluted the environment, damaged roads and destroyed arable land," he said as the assembly met to discuss a draft of the revised Minerals Law. Assemblyman Nguyen Dinh Nha of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province echoed Nhin's sentiments. "Residents are terrified when minerals are discovered in their locality because they know they'll have to suffer pollution and relocation without any benefits," he said. Nha and many other … [Read more...]

Party and State leaders pay Tet visits to localities

General Le Hong Anh, Minister of Public Security

Pham Quang Nghi, Politburo member, Secretary of the Hanoi’s Party Committee paid Tet visits to the northern province of Ha Nam on January 28. On behalf of the Party and State, Mr Nghi praised the achievements made by the province in 2010 and expressed his delight at the province’s socio-economic development. Politburo member Pham Quang Nghi He added that the city’s people and cadres should promote the province’s advantages, fully tap its potential for industrial development, build new rural areas and roads, and pay a special attention to the development of human resources. To fulfill the goals, Ha Nam province should work in co-ordination with other localities, particularly Hanoi, in developing infrastructure, and training high quality human resources. *** General Le Hong Anh paid Tet visit to Gia Lai province The same day, Le Hong Anh, Politburo member, General, and Minister of Public Security paid a Tet visit to Gia Lai province. Ha Son Nhin, member … [Read more...]

11th Party Congress announces CPVCC members

The 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) on January 18 elected 175 official members and 25 alternate members to CPV Central Committee (CPVCC) for the 11th tenure. The following is the list of the official members of the 11th CPVCC: 1. Hoang Tuan Anh, member of the CPVCC and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism 2. Le Hong Anh, Politburo member of the CPVCC and General and Minister of Public Security 3. Le Thi Thu Ba, member of the CPVCC, member of the National Assembly (NA)’s Standing Committee and Chairwoman of the NA Committee for Justice 4. Ha Ban, Secretary of the Kon Tum Provincial Party Committee 5. Bui Quang Ben, Secretary of the Kien Giang Provincial Party Committee 6. Duong Thanh Binh, Secretary of the Ca Mau Provincial Party Committee 7. Nguyen Hoa Binh, Secretary of the Quang Ngai Provincial Party Committee 8. Nguyen Thai Binh, member of the CPVCC, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Director of the Vietnamese Government’s … [Read more...]

House discusses stimulus package, budget deficit

A view of the NA session on May 25, which focused on the economic stimulus and budget deficit (Photo: Nhan Dan)

Lawmakers debated important issues related to the economic stimulus package and budget deficit at the fifth session of the 12th National Assembly on May 26. Most agreed that the Government's economic stimulus has helped minimize the impact of the economic crisis. Many deputies, including Nguyen The Thao of Hanoi and Luong Van Hai of Binh Thuan Province, said publicity, proper use, and supervision of the stimulus package are essential to ward off a recession. Some deputies said the use of the money should be supervised to ensure it is spent properly. Issuing an additional VND20 trillion (US$1.18 billion) worth of bonds and adding US$8 billion to the package are necessary, but how the money is used should be made known to the public, said Le Thanh Phong of Lam Dong Province. "If it is used efficiently, the GDP growth rate this year can be higher than the revised rate of 5 percent," he said. Deputy Do Manh Hung of Thai Nguyen Province proposed that the funds should be deployed … [Read more...]

The key to success in the Central Highlands

Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) has become a dynamic economic region with an average growth rate of 13 percent per annum over the last 33 years. The region is home to 47 ethnic groups with diverse cultures and has vast reserves of natural resources. However, it is now facing a widening gap between rich and poor, particularly areas inhabited by the ethnic minorities - a factor that has negatively impacted on the region's sustainable development. A VOV reporter interviewed Ha Son Nhin, Secretary of the Gia Lai provincial Party Committee about his vision on the development of the Central Highlands. Nhin is from the Ba Na ethnic minority group. VOV:Gia Lai, Dak Lak and Lam Dong provinces are considered as the driving force behind the region's economic development. In 2008, the Central Highlands is expected to earn more than VND1,500 billion from its revenues. But the region has the highest poverty rate out of the whole nation. What do you have to say on that? Mr Nhin: It's true, with … [Read more...]

Ethnic Central Highlanders gather for unity congress

State President Tran Duc Luong has asked State and local agencies to be aware of the strategic position of the Central Highlands in national construction and defence, and grasp Party guidelines to build the region into a key economic hub, while maintaining political stability and strong national defence. As many as 372 outstanding delegates representing 35 ethnic groups from the Central Highlands and 54 other ethnic delegates from the southern region gathered in Pleiku city, Gia Lai province, on March 28 for an ethnic groups' unity congress in the Central Highlands. The congress marks 60 years of President Ho Chi Minh's letter to the Ethnic Group Congress of southern region in Pleiku city on April 19, 1946. It is a chance for the entire Party, people and soldiers to study and follow Ho Chi Minh Thought on national great unity. It affirms Vietnam's correct and consistent policy of caring for and improving the physical and spiritual lives of ethnic groups in the Central Highlands, … [Read more...]

General Xuan Lich visits AO victims, bearing gifts

(VOV) - Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich paid a visit to children, young adults and veterans disabled by the effects of Agent Orange (AO) on January 18, and brought along gifts valued at more than US$6,700. The Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Chief of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People's Army paid the visit to residents of the Vietnam Friendship Village on the occasion of the upcoming Tet New Year Holiday. He said he hoped the gifts would help overcome some of their hardships and emphasized that the Party and Government would always be indebted to them for their sacrifice and service to the revolutionary cause. On the occasion he also extended best wishes to the village staff and thanked them for their dedicated mission of helping to heal the wounds of the Vietnam War by uniting veterans and caring citizens through international cooperation. … [Read more...]

Two VPA’s senior officers promoted to Generals

State President Truong Tan Sang presents the decisions to the two generals

PANO - The State President’s Office, the Ministry of National Defence’s Organs and relevant agencies on October 5th organized a ceremony to announce the decisions on promoting Senior Lieutenant Generals Ngo Xuan Lich, Secretary of the Party Central Committee (PCC), permanent member of the Central Military Commission, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA), and Do Ba Ty, PCC member, VPA’s Chief of the General Staff and Deputy Minister of National Defence to Generals. Attending the ceremony were State President Truong Tan Sang, Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan, Minister of National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh, Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang and other representatives from ministries and departments. State President Truong Tan Sang presented the decisions to the two generals and congratulated them on their promotions. In his speech, the State President confirmed that the Party and the … [Read more...]

Units conferred with orders on their foundation anniversaries


PANO – Military Hospital 110 of Military Zone 1 on October 3rd marked its 60th traditional day and received the Second-class Fatherland Protection Order. Present at the ceremony were former Defence Minister General Pham Van Tra, Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Le Huu Duc and Deputy Head of the Party Central Organization Commission Tran Van Tuy. Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh; Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich; and Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Lieutenant General Be Xuan Truong sent flowers of congratulation to the meeting. Over the past six decades, the hospital, formerly known as Treatment Team No.10, overcame difficulties to fulfill assigned tasks of taking care of civilian and military patients. For their achievements, the hospital was presented with the "Hero of the People’s Armed Forces" title and other … [Read more...]

Political general department’s outstanding groups and individuals honoured


PANO - The General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People's Army on October 2nd handed over Prime Minister's certificates of merit to the general department's 13 groups and individuals, for their contributions to organizing activities in celebration of the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People's Army and the 25th anniversary of the people's defence day. Under Decision 1307/QĐ-TTg, signed on August 10th by the Prime Minister, seven honoured groups of the General Department of Politics including the Departments of Information and Training, Security Protection, Mass Mobilization and Policies, the People's Army Newspaper, the Army Radio-Television Centre, and the Military University of Culture and Art. The six individuals were Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics; Major General Tran Hoai Trung, Director of the Department of Information and Training; Major General Nguyen Phuong Dien, Deputy Director of the … [Read more...]

General meets voters in Binh Phuoc


PANO - Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, and National Assembly (NA) deputies of Binh Phuoc province, met with voters in Phuoc Long town, Binh Phuoc province, on September 29th. At the meeting, NA deputy Bui Manh Hung, a member of the mission, briefed local voters on the results of the 10th session of the 13th National Assembly and the local deputies’ activities over the past time. The voters suggested that the State and Government continue paying attention to national economic development and local living standards. For his part, Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich highly valued the efforts of authorities and people in developing their socio-economy and strengthening national defence and security. He also hoped that local people should clearly explain the Party and State’s guidelines and policies, and urged relevant agencies to answer voters’ queries and settle their … [Read more...]

10th Military Party Congress successfully concludes


PANO – The 10th Military Party Congress successfully concluded on September 24th, fulfilling all the set objectives. On the morning of September 24th, Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Secretary of the Central Party Committee, Permanent Member of the Central Military Commission, chaired the session on discussing and contributing ideas to the draft political documents of the Central Party Committee to be submitted to the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam. After nearly 5 hours of discussion, participants contributed 145 ideas, including 9 presentations, at the congress. These ideas basically agreed with the results of the implementation of the 11th National Party Congress and the revision of the 30 years of renewal. Over the past 5 years, the whole Party, Army and people made significant efforts and gained considerable achievements of historical significance. However there still exist certain shortcomings which need to be overcome to ensure … [Read more...]

10th Military Party Congress officially opens


PANO – The 10th Military Party Congress was solemnly kicked off in Hanoi on September 22nd, in the presence of Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, Party General Secretary and Secretary of the Central Military Commission. The ceremony saw the participation of leaders of the Party, State and Army, and 450 delegates representing more than 250,000 Party members in army units’ Party cells. Addressing the event, General Phung Quang Thanh, Politburo member, Deputy Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Minister of National Defence, held that over the past five years, the Central Military Commission, Ministry of National Defence and the whole army have spared no effort to roll out the Resolution of the 9th Military Party Congress. Particularly, the leadership, combat strength and implementation of the democratic principles of Party cells across the army have been considerably heightened, while the quality of training and combat readiness of troops have been gradually … [Read more...]

Unit succeeds in testing its new domestically made weapons


PANO – The General Department of Defence Industry on September 18th live-fire tests for new weapons made by its troops. Present at the demonstration were General Phung Quang Thanh, Minister of National Defence; Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA); Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the VPA’s General Staff and Deputy Defence Minister; Senior Lieutenant General Truong Quang Khanh, Deputy Defence Minister; and others. Thanks to detailed preparations and thorough training, the test concluded with flying colours. The tests met tactical and technical requirements and ensured safety for all involved. Senior Lieutenant General Truong Quang Khanh applauded the participants and said that the results would pave the way for producing weapons and military equipment in the coming time for training and combat readiness, contributing to promoting the combined strength of the … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Cambodia’s military officials discuss cooperation

Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Chief of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People’s Army, held a talk with visiting Cambodian Minister of State General Nieng Phat in Hanoi on September 14. At the meeting, the two generals exchanged views on global and regional issues of mutual interest and reviewed the outcomes of military cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia since 2014 in various fields, including staff training, security protection and the search for remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who lost their lives in Cambodia during wars. Both sides also discussed cooperation plans for the second half of 2015 and beyond. Later the same day, the Cambodian general was received by Minister of Defence General Phung Quang Thanh, who highlighted that the visit was a good opportunity for the two armies to strengthen their ties towards comprehensive and sustainable cooperation. For his part, General Nieng Phat expressed his hope to … [Read more...]