Bolivian President encourages closer ties with Vietnam

The similarities in the national construction plans between Bolivia and Vietnam are the basis for the two countries to further strengthen cooperation in such fields as oil and gas and agriculture, Bolivian President Evo Morales has said. Vietnam forges cooperative ties with Bolivia Bolivia, Vietnam need to cooperate closely in int'l arena Bolivia, Vietnam cooperate in gas The Bolivian leader met with visiting Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh in La Paz on December 6. Morales proposed the two sides increasingly work to overcome the difficulties presented by geographical distance separating the two countries. He expressed his admiration for Vietnam's historical tradition and preeminent figures such as President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap, while congratulating the country on its recent socio-economic development achievements. For his part, Deputy PM Ninh thanked the Bolivian Government and its people for their valuable support to Vietnam in the past and … [Read more...]

Hue Festival 2014 receives VND14 billion in funding

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(VOV) -Authorities have allocated approximately VND14 billion (roughly US$700,000) to organizing and hosting the 2014 Hue Festival, this year themed "Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development". 26 foreign art troupes to join Hue Festival 2014 Craft villages featured at Hue festival Hue festival pays homage to Vietnamese crafts The festival is expected to feature art troupes from more than 30 countries around the world. Local artists and performances will showcase music and dance from Vietnam's diverse regional traditions, including Hue's famous royal court music and traditional songs. The Hue Royal Complex's Dai Noi (Mandarin's House) and An Dinh Palace will host key festival events, but sideshows and celebrations are planned for a variety of Thua Thien-Hue localities. Hospitals and factories will hold their own events for workers and residents unable to attend the main festivities. Thua Thien-Hue Provincial People's Committee Vice Chairperson and Hue Festival … [Read more...]

City extends operation time of Nguyen Hue Flower Street

Tran Hung Viet, deputy general director of Saigontourist Holding Company and head of the organizing committee of the Tet 2010 festival, said that other activities of the flower street were not changed. Of them, the walking street on Le Loi Boulevard with performances of traditional music and folk games will take place at night on February 16 as scheduled. The yearly Nguyen Hue Flower Street is a part of six main festivities in the downtown area to welcome the New Year. Other festivities include the Banh Tet (traditional sticky rice cake) making contest, fireworks displays, a music program and decorations along other streets, all entrusted to Saigontourist Holding Company. The ceremony to give banh tet to worship the Hung Kings will take place on February 12 instead of February 13. The city government has scheduled fireworks for 00:00 to 00:15 on February 14 at seven locations: the area near the Thu Thiem Tunnel in District 2, the Go Vap Culture Park project in Go Vap District, Binh … [Read more...]

Exchange programme for AO victims to be held

Nearly 300 delegates including AO victims, war veterans, and ex-volunteers in 45 provinces and cities nationwide has paid floral tributes at the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Heroic Martyr's Monument on August 5. Earlier on August 4, the Vietnam Agent Orange (AO) victims Association in co-ordination with the Centre for Education of Historic Tradition organised a press conference to introduce an exchange programme for families of AO victims to mark the AO victims' Day (August 10). The Centre's director Le Xuan Niem said the exchange programme, will be launched on August 6 as a practical activity for people to share the pain with families of AO victims and promote the gratitude bearing tradition of the community. The programme also aims to emphasise the responsibility of the community and the US government towards AO victims. Mr Niem said State President Nguyen Minh Triet will receive representatives of families of AO victims at the Presidential Palace on August 6. Source: … [Read more...]

EU, US, divided on air passenger data, seek deal

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European Union president Germany said on Friday it would work hard to strike a deal quickly on sharing air passenger data with the United States, which is pushing for easier access to European records. Germany is under pressure to negotiate the agreement, designed to help fight terrorism, because a temporary deal signed last October expires in July. German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble … [Read more...]

Political Headlines December 8

TPP ministerial meeting opens in Singapore The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Ministerial Meeting opened in Singapore on December 7 with the participation of trade ministers and officials from the 12 TPP parties. At plenary sessions held daily from December 7-10, besides tackling issues such as trade liberalisation in goods, services, investments, and government procurement, the delegates will discuss areas such as intellectual property rights, technical barriers to trade, labour and environment, agriculture, investment, financial services, telecommunications and State-owned enterprises. At the first plenary on December 7, the trade ministers of Singapore, Canada and New Zealand; the vice ministers of Chile and Japan; the TPP chief negotiators of Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam; and the US Trade Representative at the TPP Ministerial Meeting discussed issues relating to goods and e-commerce. Bilateral meetings will also be held during the four-day … [Read more...]

Political News 26/9

VN active in Asia-Pacific stability Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said here yesterday Viet Nam would do its best to serve as a pro-active regional actor to contribute to the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. Minh was speaking to the Asia Society in New York City. The meeting was one of many Minh held on the sideline of the 69th United Nations General Assembly. In his speech, he said all countries with a stake in the future of the Asia-Pacific needed to strengthen their political will and determination to work together. … [Read more...]

RoK proposes trade balance with Vietnam

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(VOV) -Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Ahn Chong Ghee has expressed his government's desire to strike a trade balance between the two countries. The RoK would like to balance trade with Vietnam and to offer more incentives to Vietnamese exports, Ahn told Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh at a meeting in Hanoi on September 24. The Korean diplomat is leading a RoK government delegation to the 8th meeting of the Vietnam-RoK Inter-government Committee. He proposed Vietnam create more favourable conditions for Korean businesses to invest in infrastructure, banking, and energy industries, especially nuclear power. … [Read more...]

Deputy PM visits US to further TPP talks

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WASHINGTON - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh is on a working visit to the US from September 15-19 to accelerate negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) and bolster the two countries' economic ties. Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh shakes hands with US Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew prior to a meeting at the US Department of Treasury in Washington, DC, September 15. - VNA/VNS Photo Quang Hoa In his meeting with Trade Representative Michael Froman, Ninh proposed the US focus on the reduction of taxes for garment and footwear products in the negotiations and consider recognition of Viet Nam's market economy once the agreement is signed. To speed up negotiations, the US should take a more flexible approach to intellectual property rights, Ninh said, adding that Viet Nam would actively work with the US and other countries to seek acceptable solutions for all the involved parties. Froman pledged to facilitate the entrance of Vietnamese garment and … [Read more...]

TPP Negotiators Make Important Progress on Agreement

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chief negotiators completed 10 days of intensive meetings on September 10, making important progress across a range of issues as they continue their drive toward a comprehensive, high-standard agreement. "We have committed to a focused work plan, which will allow us to boost momentum and make continued progress," said Barbara Weisel, U.S. Chief Negotiator for TPP. "All countries involved want to reach a conclusion to unlock the enormous opportunity TPP represents." Through the TPP, the United States is working to establish a trade and investment framework in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region that supports U.S. job creation by expanding trade, which accounted for about a third of U.S. economic growth in the past five years. … [Read more...]

The City of London offers support to Vietnam

Standard Chartered managers show their interest in the Vietnamese market in a working session with Deputy Pm Vu Van Ninh in London on April 15 (Photo:VGP)

(VOV) - With a wealth of experience in trade and services, the City of London is willing to support Vietnam in attracting investment and boosting exports, Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf has said. Receiving Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh in London on April 15, Woolf noted British businesses are keen to explore and expand operations in the Vietnamese market. She said she is following Vietnam's banking reform and hopes to cooperate and share experience in the field with Vietnam. Deputy PM Ninh said Vietnam is accelerating its economic restructuring programme, with a focus on renovating its growth model, aiming to achieve sustainable development. He proposed the City of London share experience in developing financial services and mobilising capital sources, especially through the public-private partnership (PPP) model. Ninh is in London for an official visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. On April 15 he visited and worked with managers of … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – Mar 20

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Politics -- Vietnam will closely work with Norway to expand their bilateral cooperation in a practical and effective manner, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon Magnus in Hanoi on Wednesday. Premier Dung also informed the European guest of Vietnam's ambition to become an industrialized country by 2020, with a view to improving people's living standards and addressing climate change and rising sea level. -- Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh urged Sweden to further support Vietnam in fostering its comprehensive cooperation with the European Union and negotiating the Vietnam-EU free trade agreement at a meeting in Hanoi on Wednesday. Society -- The second Russian-made Kilo-class submarine Vietnam contracted to buy from Moscow in 2009 will be towed to a military port in the central region on Thursday, a source told Tuoi Tre. The sub arrived in the country on Wednesday evening. -- A Hanoi court sentenced Pham Viet Dao, 62, to 15 … [Read more...]

New legal basis for Vietnam-Uruguay economic cooperation

Clothing is among major Vietnamese exports to Uruguay

(VEN) - During the time Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh visited Uruguay at the invitation of Uruguayan Vice President Danilo Astori, the two sides signed two cooperation documents at the governmental level. These included a framework agreement on trade and investment and a double taxation avoidance agreement. In the framework of the visit, Uruguayan Minister of Foreign Affairs officially handed over a diplomatic note announcing the Uruguayan government's decision to recognize Vietnam as a market economy. The positive outcomes from the visit are expected to create a favorable legal framework for the two countries to boost economic, trade and investment cooperation. Data from the Uruguayan Customs show that the exchange of goods between Vietnam and Uruguay increased in recent years and reached a record of US$68.06 million in 2012, which included US$24.01 million worth of Vietnamese exports to Uruguay and US$44.05 million worth of Uruguayan exports to Vietnam. In the … [Read more...]

Political Headlines December 12

h PM Nguyen Tan Dung (R) appreciated Anuson Chinvanno's contribution to strengthening Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership. (Photo: VGP)

PM seeks closer Vietnam-Thailand, Vietnam-India ties Vietnam wants to further strengthen its strategic partnership with Thailand and India for mutual benefit, PM Nguyen Tan Dung said at separate meetings with the two Thai and Indian diplomats on December 11. Meeting with outgoing Thai ambassador Anuson Chinvanno, Dung acknowledged Chinvanno's contribution to promoting the multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and Thailand over the years. He reiterated Vietnam's consistent policy of elevating bilateral strategic partnership to a new level to match the two countries' potential. He proposed both countries effectively implement signed agreements to boost cooperation in all areas of their strength. Chinvanno said he will continue to make a greater contribution to the Thailand-Vietnam friendship in whatever position he will hold in the future. At another meeting with newly accredited ambassador Preeti Saran, PM Dung noted with satisfaction the positive development of the … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Uruguay diplomatic ties celebrated

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The Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a ceremony to mark the 20 th anniversary of Vietnam-Uruguay diplomatic ties in Montevideo capital city on December 10. Addressing the event, Foreign Minister Luis Almagro and Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc highlighted the significance of establishing diplomatic ties between the two nations twenty years ago, saying that that event opened a new period to promote all-round relations between their countries. Participants stressed that over the two decades, Vietnam-Uruguay relations have seen steady development through visits by the two sides' senior leaders. They said their ministries and sectors work well together, promoting cooperation in the fields of economics, trade, sci-technology, culture and sports. The two officials spoke highly the signing of two Government-level cooperation documents, including a framework agreement on trade and investment and an agreement on double taxation avoidance and tax evasion … [Read more...]

Promoting Canadian-Vietnamese relations

Canadian Governor General David Lloyd Johnston (left) and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh

(VEN) - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh's visit to Canada from December 2-4 contributed to further strengthening the relationship between the two countries. Canada attached much important to promoting Canadian-Vietnamese relations in the overall policy toward the Asia-Pacific region. The two sides acknowledged the development of relations between the two countries after 40 years of establishing diplomatic relations (1973-2013) and discussed orientations and measures to enhance further friendly relationship and cooperation in the near future on such fields. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh affirmed that Vietnam attached much important to promoting cooperation with Canada on potential fields such as trade, agriculture, energy, oil and gas, science and technology and education. Canadian leaders highly appreciated the visit of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. In addition, Canadian leaders … [Read more...]

Political Headlines December 8

TPP ministerial meeting opens in Singapore The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Ministerial Meeting opened in Singapore on December 7 with the participation of trade ministers and officials from the 12 TPP parties. At plenary sessions held daily from December 7-10, besides tackling issues such as trade liberalisation in goods, services, investments, and government procurement, the delegates will discuss areas such as intellectual property rights, technical barriers to trade, labour and environment, agriculture, investment, financial services, telecommunications and State-owned enterprises. At the first plenary on December 7, the trade ministers of Singapore, Canada and New Zealand; the vice ministers of Chile and Japan; the TPP chief negotiators of Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam; and the US Trade Representative at the TPP Ministerial Meeting discussed issues relating to goods and e-commerce. Bilateral meetings will also be held during the four-day … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Bolivia officials meet to promote ties

The similarities in the national construction plans between Bolivia and Vietnam are the basis for the two countries to further strengthen cooperation in fields such as oil and gas and agriculture, Bolivian President Evo Morales has said. The Bolivian leader met with visiting Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh in La Paz on December 6. Morales proposed the two sides increasingly work to overcome the difficulties presented by geographical distance separating the two countries. He expressed his admiration for Vietnam 's historical tradition and preeminent figures such as President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap, while congratulating the country on its recent socio-economic development achievements. For his part, Deputy PM Ninh thanked the Bolivian Government and its people for their valuable support to Vietnam in the past and at present. He also reaffirmed Vietnam 's policy to promote all-round ties with Latin American countries, including Bolivia . At talks … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Singapore look to optimise partnership

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh have expressed their delight at the strongly growing ties between the two countries with many high-level visits, practically benefiting both peoples. During their November 7 meeting in Singapore, the two leaders said the newly-established strategic partnership, reached during Prime Minister Lee's visit to Vietnam in September this year, is a historical milestone in bilateral ties. It has opened up new opportunities for the two sides to further expand and deepen their cooperation in all fields, ranging from politics-diplomacy, trade and investment to education and training, culture and people-to-people exchange, they said. Regarding cooperation in economics, trade and investment, the two sides said they are pleased with the effective implementation of the Framework Agreement on Economic Connectivity between the two countries and the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks model, agreeing to … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Canada celebrate the 40th diplomatic relation anniversary

(VEN) - On August 21 in Hanoi, the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Vietnamese-Canadian Friendship Society (VCFS) sponsored a meeting on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Vietnamese-Canadian diplomatic relations (August 21, 1973 - August 21, 2013). Present at the meeting were Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh, Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam Deborah Chatsis and representatives from relevant sectors and authorities. Before that President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh sent congratulatory messages to the Governor General of Canada, Canadian Prime Minister and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of this anniversary. Vietnamese-Canadian economic relations have thrived since the bilateral trade agreement was signed in 1995. Bilateral trade increased 20-fold to reach US$1.6 billion in 2012. It came to more than US$808 million in the first … [Read more...]