Khanh Hoa Veterans’ Association welcomes Lao veterans

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PANO - A delegation of the Lao National War Veterans’ Association, led by Colonel Amphayvong Vitachit, Head of the Central Economic Board of the Association, paid a visit to the Khanh Hoa Provincial Veterans’ Association on August 7th. Previously, the Lao delegation visited historical relic sites and tourist areas in Nha Trang. … [Read more...]

Vietnam – Laos bilateral trade: US$2 billion by 2015.

President of the Confederation of the Overseas Vietnamese Associations in Laos Hoang Dieu on February 17 handed over US$50,000 as a gift to the Lao National War Veteran Association.(Photo VOV)

The target was planned at a meeting between Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Thanh Bien and his Lao counter part Khemmani Pholsena, in the Lao capital city of Vientiane yesterday (August 5th). According to the memoir, the two sides agreed to boost coordination with relevant ministries and branches to organize trade fairs in Laos in 2011 and the coming years. The two countries' businesses also contact regularly through seminars and conferences. They will continue granting tax incentives to their businesses and consider the expansion of the list of goods benefiting from tax incentives and implement projects on border trade development. In 2010, two-way trade between Vietnam and Laos reached US$490 million , up 17.2 percent over 2009. In the first half of this year, the figure stood at US$349.8 million, a year-on-year increase of 65.8 percent. … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Laos friendship enhanced

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President of the Confederation of the Overseas Vietnamese Associations in Laos Hoang Dieu on February 17 handed over US$50,000 as a gift to the Lao National War Veteran Association. The sum was contributed by Le Van Kiem, CEO of the Long Thanh Golf Investment and Business Joint Stock Company, who used to be a Vietnamese volunteer soldier in Laos during the past war. The money will be used to buy equipment for the Lao National War Veteran Association’s sanatorium and build houses for some of its members. Earlier, Kiem donated US$100,000 to the construction of a cemetery in Vientiane province for 24 Vietnamese and Lao martyrs, who died in 1946 in Laos. Construction of the cemetery worth US$160,000 is almost completed. On February 16, Nguyen Trong Duc, Director of the 705 International Cooperation Company, handed over 33 billion Lao kips (over US$4 million) as non-refundable aid from Ho Chi Minh City to Houaphanh province of Laos. The donation will be used to build new … [Read more...]

State leaders visit units

President Sang (second from the left) presents gifts to the representatives of the Party Committee of Central Businesses.

PANO – State President Truong Tan Sang on February 5th visited and extended New Year wishes to the Party Committee of Central Businesses and the Overseas Party Organization. The State President believed that in 2016 the Party Committee of Central Businesses would obtain more achievements. He requested the party committee to contribute more ideas for improving the Party’s leadership guidelines. Sang asked the Overseas Party Organization to promote carrying out external economic relations to attract more FDI for the nation’s economic development, as well as raise the effectiveness of defense external relations to contribute to firmly defending national sovereignty. The same day, the State President visited General Department 5 of the Public Security Ministry. He praised the unit’s troops for their recorded results and requested them to raise the effectiveness of task implementation, come up with an action plan to effectively implement the 12th National Party … [Read more...]

Deputy PM visits soldiers ahead of Lunar New Year

Hanoi , February 5 (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited the High Command of Military Zone 5 in the central city of Da Nang on February 5 on the occasion of traditional Lunar New Year (Tet). He hailed the zone for ensuring a warm and happy Tet holiday for officials, soldiers, and local underprivileged people. He congratulated Da Nang ’s Party Organisation and people for their achievements in 2015, saying the city has made the right moves in socio-economic development, especially promoting its role as a driving force in the central region. The same day, newly-appointed Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai presented gift packages to social welfare beneficiaries and national revolutionary contributors in the capital. He said he hopes the veteran revolutionaries will continue to make significant contributions to build Hanoi as a green, beautiful and civilised city./. VNA/VNP … [Read more...]

Red Sunday: just a quick pinch and a cinch

Meet and greet: Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets and talks with young people from colleges and universities who participated in the Red Sunday event on January 17 in Ha Noi. The eighth Red Sunday was co-organised by the Ha Noi Youth Union and Tien Phong (Vanguard) Newspaper. — Photo VNA Pham Kien

Blood donors, both young and old, signed up for this year's Red Sunday blood drive in Dak Lak Province. Some have donated more than a dozen times. Thien Nga reports. More than 2,000 people registered to donate blood for this year's Red Sunday event on January 23 in Ea Kar District, which was one of three locations hosting this year's blood donation drive for the third time in Dak Lak Province. From Xuan Phu Commune, a Tay ethnic minority girl named Nong Thi Nguyet, who was donating blood for the first time, said more than 20 students from class 12C4 at Tran Nhan Tong High School had registered to take part in Red Sunday as soon as they found out it was being held in Ea Kar. Attending the opening ceremony, Lam Thi Phuc Dung, head of Ea Kar District's Office of Education and Training, said that 114 officials and teachers from the branch had volunteered to give blood. While attending the event, she met Y Dhok Knul, an E De ethnic teacher at Nguyen Dinh Chieu Secondary School in Cu … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s Tet visit to Military Zone 5

Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with leaders and former leaders of central agencies who are living in Da Nang during 2016 Tet visit. (Photo: VGP/Hong Hanh)

(VOVworld) –Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked Military Zone 5 to further uphold the entire people and political system, consolidate defensive capacity, and develop people’s national defence. Mr. Phuc made the statement during his Tet visit on Friday to the military, adding that as a strategic area, the zone’s soldiers should heighten revolutionary vigilance in the new situation. Deputy PM Phuc also visited and sent Tet greetings to Da Nang authorities and people, where he praised the achievements of the city last year. In 2016, he called on the city to focus on improving human resources and prepare for international integration. … [Read more...]

Customs confiscate nearly 2kg of cocaine

The Customs use driller to destroy the eagle stone statues to discover the cocaine hidden inside. — Photo Courtesy of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport Customs

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Tan Son Nhat International Airport Customs yesterday joined hands with concerned organisations to detect and seize a woman who was smuggling cocaine from Brazil to Viet Nam. The 48-year-old woman, whose name was not revealed by the police, is a resident of HCM City's District 8. The police and customs officials discovered 1.84kg cocaine, worth more than VND5 billion (US$222,200), hidden inside four stone eagle statues that were among hundreds of other eagle statues in an iron bucket. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the police to continue their investigation into the case to seize the other traffickers involved in it. — VNS … [Read more...]

Party Central Committee office contribution hailed

HA NOI (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong praised the Party Central Committee's Office for its outstanding performance as an advisor of the Party Central Committee, the Political Bureau and the Secretariat. At a meeting with office staff ahead of the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday in Ha Noi yesterday, the Party chief highlighted their contributions to the success of the 12th National Party Congress which took place last month. This year is the first year of actualising the 12th National Party Congress's Resolution and the Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2016-2020. The challenges and opportunities afforded by domestic and global situations impose new requirements for the Party Central Committee, the Political Bureau and the Secretariat, the General Secretary added. Given this, he urged the office staffers to carry forward their experience and tighten their solidarity in order to fulfill their assigned tasks well, while closely joining hands with relevant … [Read more...]

Petrol-smuggling fight requires co-operation

An Giang Customs works with provincial border guards patrolling along the border river. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called for more effort in the fight against petrol smuggling. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hung

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc called on ministries and agencies to co-operate better with the coast guard and border guard in fighting petrol smuggling. Phuc, who is also head of the National Steering Committee on the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities, said that ministries and agencies must co-operate to crack down on sea-based petrol smuggling. According to the Ministry of Defense, petrol smuggling was common in coastal provinces such as Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Nghe An, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Soc Trang and Kien Giang, in the exclusive economic zone in the south-western region and around international seaports. Petrol smuggling negatively impacted the business climate, State budget and national energy security. Ministry statistics show that between December 2012 and September 2015, the coast guard and border guard prosecuted two cases, where 15 people smuggled about 650,000 litres of diesel oil. They also fined 67 cases, … [Read more...]

Fight stepped up against illegal trade of petrol at sea

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The Border Guard and Coast Guard forces must step up efforts to crack down on the illegal trade of oil and petrol at sea, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said. Phuc, who is also head of the National Steering Board on the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities or Steering Committee 389, requested the involved authorities to increase information exchanges and devise prevention plans in the field. According to the Ministry of National Defence, the hotspots cover the south-west exclusive economic zone, and the coastal localities of Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Nghe An, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Soc Trang, Kien Giang, and international seaports. The Coast Guard and Border Guard forces commenced criminal proceedings against two cases, involving 15 defendants, for allegedly trafficking nearly 650,000 litres of DO oil, from early December 2012 to late September 2015. They also confiscated over 21 million liters of petrol and oil and collected administrative … [Read more...]

Deputy PM tours Noi Bai airport

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has visited Ha Noi's Noi Bai International Airport to examine its operations before Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. Praising the airport's efforts to satisfy rising travel demand, the deputy PM, who is also Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, on Monday urged the aviation sector to ensure service quality and safety, and minimise flight cancellations and delays during peak season. The deputy PM also urged airport customs officers to keep a close watch on people and goods coming in and out so they can handle any emergencies. The aviation sector was asked to enhance connections between airports to reduce pressure on major ones. He stressed the aviation sector had to ensure the absolute safety of flights in all weather and circumstances. He asked the airport and relevant authorities for ensuring security and order at the airport, and not to increase the ticket price. Checking the airport customs work, the deputy … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc examines security at Noi Bai airport

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre) examines Noi Bai Airport before Tet   (Source: congly.com.vn)

(VOVworld) - Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Noi Bai International Airport on Monday to examine its operations before the Lunar New Year holiday. Praising the airport’s efforts to satisfy the rising travel demand, Phuc urged the aviation sector to ensure service quality and safety, and minimise flight cancellations and delays during peak season. The deputy PM also urged airport customs officers to keep a close watch on people and goods coming in and out. The aviation sector was asked to enhance connections between airports to reduce the pressure on major airports. … [Read more...]

Press digest – February 1

NA Chairman holds talks with Saudi Arabian counterpart National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and Chairman of Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Assembly Abdullah Bin Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Sheikh on February 1 held talks to beef up parliamentary cooperation between the two countries. The two leaders showed their pleasure at the development of the two countries’ relations, and agreed to continue supporting each other at regional and international forums. They pledged to share more experience in legislative affairs and other important issues, while cooperating to build peace and boost prosperity for their people’s interests. Fatherland Front leader extends New Year wishes to top Buddhist monks President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan visited Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, Supreme Patriarch of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha, and other Buddhist dignitaries, in Hanoi on February 1 ahead of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. At the … [Read more...]

Deputy PM examines Noi Bai Airport before Tet

The Noi Bai International Airport

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Noi Bai International Airport on February 1 to examine its operations before the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. Praising the airport’s efforts to satisfy the rising travel demand, Phuc urged the aviation sector to ensure service quality and safety, and minimise flight cancellations and delays during peak season. The deputy PM also urged airport customs officers to keep a close watch on people and goods coming in and out so they can handle any emergencies. The aviation sector was asked to enhance connections between airports to reduce pressure on major ones. According to Noi Bai International Airport, flight frequency will rise by 20 percent this Tet, compared with the last season. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Consumer prices stable in Jan

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (C) delivers closing remarks at the Cabinet meeting for January in Hanoi last Friday - PHOTO: TTXVN

Tu Hoang Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh told the January meeting of the Government last Friday that provinces had stocked up on goods to ensure sufficient supplies in the lead up to the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet). This has helped stabilize consumer prices. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told relevant agencies to guarantee adequate supplies of goods as consumption always surges before Tet, well manage prices, markets and food hygiene, and get tough on smuggling, production of counterfeit goods and speculation. Export sales inched up and trade deficit shrunk considerably. Foreign direct investment (FDI) approvals and disbursements rose against the same period last year and disbursements of official development assistance (ODA) and preferential loans were high as well. The business startup picture was also bright, with the sizes of newly established firms bigger than the year-ago period. Government members also discussed solutions to executing an … [Read more...]

New leaders pledge sustainable future

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Vietnam’s newly-elected elite leadership will expectedly usher in a new era of development for the country towards the goal of "a prosperous people, and a strong, democratic, equitable and advanced nation". Vietnam’s newly elected leaders have pledged a new era of development for the country The week-long 12th National Party Congress that wrapped up last Thursday elected the Party Central Committee (PCC) for the 2016-2020 tenure, comprising of 180 official members and 20 alternate members, aged between 40 and 72, who are leaders within the Party, the National Assembly’s (NA) bodies, the government’s ministries and relevant agencies. The full list of the PCC members can be seen on www.vir.com.vn The PCC convened its first plenary meeting in the same week, selecting Vietnam’s new 19-member Politburo, led by Nguyen Phu Trong, who will take his second term as the Party General Secretary over the next five years. Born in 1944, Trong was Secretary of the … [Read more...]

Deputy PM hails Vietnam Cooperative Alliance

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has praised the contributions made by the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance (VCA), which gathers more than 18,000 cooperatives with tens of millions of labourers, to national socio-economic development, especially agriculture and rural development. The official made the statement at the 13th conference of the VCA’s Executive Board in Hanoi on January 30, where he stressed that cooperatives are a democratic economic model that help many households escape from poverty and generate jobs. Successful cooperatives manifest the sound guidelines of the Party and State in developing a collective economy, he said. However, the performance has yet to match the country’s potential, the Deputy PM said, adding that local Party Committees and authorities are not focusing enough on the model as well as the role played by the collective economy in national economic development and social stability. Collective economic development must suit the market … [Read more...]

National Party Congress’s success welcomed nationwide

A performance at the "Forever trust in and follow the Party" artistic program.

PANO – Various activities have been organized across the country to celebrate the success of the 12th National Party Congress. * On January 30th, the Cong San (communist) Magazine and the Vietnam Oil and Gas Corporation organized an artistic program, "Forever trust in and follow the Party", in Hanoi. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the event. At the program, the participants enjoyed songs praising the nation, Party, and Uncle Ho performed by famous artists and children and listened to stories of scientists and ideologists showing their delightedness at the success of the 12th National Party Congress and their trust in the development of the country under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam. * Ho Chi Minh City’s Labour Federation has honoured 48 outstanding Party members who actively took part in emulation movements and had projects and initiatives for the socio-economic development of the city. The honoured were voted by trade unions at … [Read more...]