High-ranking officer visits Highland provinces

Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich visiting Dak Lak provincial Military Command

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

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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

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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. 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 of Party Central Committee, and Secretary of the Gia Lai … [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 … [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...]

Army units hold Party congresses for term 2015-2020

PANO - The Party Committee of Military Zone 5 (MZ 5) held the Party Congress for the term 2015-2020 on August 18th, in the presence of Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Permanent Member of the Central Military Committee and Head of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army. Delegates on the sidelines of the MZ 5's Party Congress. In the previous term, the zone’s Party Committee seriously implemented military and defence works and dealt with emerging situations in a timely manner, contributing to maintaining order and developing the socio-economy. Echoing its achievements, General Lich urged Military Zone 5’s Party Committee and armed forces to thoroughly grasp instructions from higher levels, strengthen the people's defence posture in combination with the people's security posture, raise its troops’ training and combat readiness quality, and enhance the leadership capacity and combat strength of grassroots Party … [Read more...]

Military Political Director inspects Da Nang’s anti-corruption work

At the working session. PANO – A mission led by Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, announced the results of inspecting and supervising anti-corruption work in Da Nang city’s organisations, on August 18th. It was confirmed that the city discovered and tried corruption cases, which had drawn the public’s attention, in accordance with the State laws. General Lich also pointed out shortcomings of the inspected agencies in dealing with corruption, and asked the city’s authorities to promote instructing units to deal with corruption-related cases in the coming time. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Units hold Party congresses

Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich (third from right) at the Hanoi Capital Command's Party Congress

PANO – The Party Committee of Hanoi Capital Command on August 10th held the Party Congress for the term 2015-2020. As pointed out at the congress, the party committee in the past term effectively executed the resolutions and directives of the Central Military Commission, Ministry of National Defence, and Hanoi Municipal Party Committee, and successfully led the command in fulfilling assigned missions. The party committee also actively and proactively implemented its advisory role and construction of the defensive area. Despite difficulties, the party committee successfully directed units to closely coordinate with related forces in maintaining security, conducting natural disaster relief, and search and rescue operations, etc., developing itself into a comprehensively healthy and strong party organization. The success of the party committee over the past time has significantly contributed to the socio-economic development and the firm security and defence disposition of the … [Read more...]

Units hold Party congress for the term 2015-2020

PANO – The Party Committee of the Air Defence and Air Force Service on August 5th held the 9th Party Congress for the term of 2015-2020. In the 8th term, the Party Committee of the service successfully accomplished missions in line with the goals and targets outlined in its resolution. Accordingly, the party committee upheld unity, actively and proactively overcame difficulties to best direct the service to successfully accomplish training and combat readiness missions, safe-guarded the national skies, controlled air traffic, and made valuable recommendations to the leaders of the Ministry of National Defence in the field. Especially, the party committee worked at its best to improve the quality and capabilities of the staff and soldiers of the service. Other missions were also implemented with good results. Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People's Army, talks with officers at the Air Defence and Air Force … [Read more...]

Fallen soldiers commemorated ahead of War Invalids and Martyrs Day

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Politburo member Ngo Van Du (L) presents gift to war invalid Vo Thanh Binh in Quang Tri town NDO – Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Head of the Commission for Inspection, Ngo Van Du, on July 25 visited the Quang Tri Old Citadel Memorial and the Road 9 National Cemetery in the central province of Quang Tri on the 68th anniversary of the War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27). Offering incense and flowers at the two sites, Politburo member Du expressed his respect and deep thanks to the fallen soldiers who laid down their lives for national liberation. During his stay in Quang Tri, he visited and presented gifts to war invalids Vo Thanh Binh and Truong Kim Quy in Quang Tri town, extending his best wishes and encouraging them to be examples for generations to follow. The same day, Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan had a working session with the Department of Policy under the … [Read more...]

Military Political Chief visits former Party General Secretary

Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich (L) and Senior Lieutenant General Le Kha Phieu

PANO – Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, inquired after Senior Lieutenant General Le Kha Phieu, former Party General Secretary, on July 25th. On behalf of the Central Military Commission, Ministry of National Defence and General Department of Politics, General Lich wished the former Party leader and also former Director of the General Department of Politics, good health to further contribute to the building of the Party, State and Army. He briefed the former Party General Secretary on the outcomes of Party congresses at all levels in the whole army; the achievements in building the revolutionary, regular, elite and increasingly modern army; preparations for the country’s celebration of the 70th National Day anniversary; and social welfare activities of the whole army units for policy beneficiaries nationwide over the past time. Senior Lieutenant General Le Kha Phieu thanked the care … [Read more...]

Viettel looks forward VND 500 trillion in revenue by 2020

Mr. Le Hong Anh (2nd from right, first row) and delegates touring Viettel's new products.

PANO - Politburo member and standing member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Le Hong Anh visited the military-run telecom group Viettel on July 20th. Mr. Le Hong Anh was accompanied by Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, and Lieutenant General Phuong Minh Hoa, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics. Over the past 15 years of development, Viettel has been one of the country’s fastest growing businesses with last year’s turnover of VND 197 trillion, an increase of 20 percent. It earned a pretaxed profit of VND 42 trillion, up by 15 percent, and contributed more than VND 15 trillion to the State’s budget, a 10 percent increase. In addition, Viettel’s networks are operating in nine countries worldwide, bringing home US$ 500 million in revenue. With these remarkable figures, the company fulfilled its five-year plan in the 2010-2015 period one … [Read more...]

Viettel encouraged to continue development

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Viettel encouraged to continue development NDO – Politburo member and Permanent member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat, Le Hong Anh, has encouraged the military-run Viettel Corporation to continue developing in its role as a leading corporation in both the defense industry and economic sectors. The Politburo member made the statement on July 20 during a visit to the corporation’s headquarters in Hanoi. The event was attended by Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, director of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People's Army (VPA). The Politburo member praised Viettel as a pride of Vietnam and a confirmation of the sound policy of developing military-run enterprises. Additionally, the corporation has also implemented many social security projects in remote areas. He asked that Viettel make careful preparations for the Party congress at all levels, and discuss the development plans of the corporation in next five years. Viettel was … [Read more...]

Political General Department visits national contributor

PANO – Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, on July 17th visited and presented gifts to General Le Duc Anh, former Politburo member, State President, and Minister of National Defence, in the buildup to the 68th anniversary of Martyrs’ and War Invalids’ Day (July 27th, 1947). General Le Duc Anh (first on the left) talking with Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich (first on the right). During the visit, the Director of Political General Department briefed General Anh on the results of building the whole people’s defence and the army with political strength, party and political work in the first six months of this year. Particularly, the Military Party Committee has instructed units to fully prepare for Party Congresses at all levels. General Anh said that the Central Military Commission, Defence Ministry, and Political General Department should promote its leadership and … [Read more...]