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...]

Vietnam pardons 34 foreign inmates on National Day

Thirty-four foreign inmates are among the 18,539 prisoners given a chance to go home in an amnesty granted on the occasion of Vietnam’s National Day (September 2). The amnesty decision, granted by State President Truong Tan Sang, was officially announced by the President’s Office in an international press meeting in Hanoi on Friday. This year’s annual pardon is the second biggest of its kind ever in Vietnam. The foreign prisoners to be freed include 16 Chinese, six Laotians, six Malaysians, two Australians, two Filipinos, one Cambodian, and one Thai, according to the decision. "The amnesty reflects the humanitarian policies of the Party and state of Vietnam towards offenders, and is aimed at encouraging the inmates to reform themselves to become useful citizens," Giang Son, deputy manager of the President’s Office, told reporters. Of the total 18,539 inmates to be released, 18,298 have been serving their sentences, 225 have received postponement in … [Read more...]

President’s decision on amnesty announced

The President’s Decision on Amnesty was announced at a press conference in Hanoi on August 28 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2). Accordingly, 18,298 inmates serving jail terms and eligible for amnesty according to State law are set to be freed ahead of their scheduled release dates, whilst 241 others whose sentences have been delayed or suspended are being pardoned. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets prisoners in Xuan Loc prison in the southern province of Dong Nai. The decision will take effect on August 31, ensuring publicity, transparency, equality and democracy. Standing Vice Chairman of the President’s Office Giang Son said the Vietnamese Party and State have granted a number of amnesties to prisoners performing positive rehabilitation to reintegrate into the community as well as those whose sentences have been delayed or suspended. The policy of the Vietnamese Party and State is … [Read more...]

Population database plan’s funding gone

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday chaired a meeting to review the implementation of the National Database on Population Project, a key component in the Government's Proposal 896. The project aims to simplify administrative procedures, citizens' personal documents and the population database from 2013-2020. Speaking at the meeting, a representative from the project steering committee said the population database was behind schedule because the budget had run out. The project has been approved in principle by the Prime Minister, but its total budget has not yet been decided. On August 10, another Deputy Prime Minister, Vu Duc Dam, ordered the Ministry of Public Security to co-ordinate closely with the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Government Office to present a feasibility study on the project to the Prime Minister before August 30. It is expected that the project feasibility will be approved by the Prime Minister in September and … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Phuc receives Vietnamese Heroic Mothers from Tien Giang

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At the reception (VNA) NDO - The Party and State always appreciate and acknowledge the sacrifice and contribution of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers, martyrs, war invalids and other revolutionary contributors to the nation’s fight for independence and freedom. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made this statement in Hanoi on August 26 during a meeting with a delegation of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers visiting Hanoi from the southern province of Tien Giang. The Deputy PM emphasised that the Party, State and government will continue to promote social activities to acknowledge and improve care for revolutionary contributors, further develop the localities’ economy and infrastructure to meet production demands, and improve the living standards of revolutionary contributors. He also urged Tien Giang provincial authorities to take better care of heroic mothers, war veterans and families of policy beneficiaries. The Deputy PM also expressed his hope that the Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Feasibility project on national database on residents to be deployed

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(VOVworld) – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the implementation of a master plan on simplifying administrative procedures and data concerning residential management during the 2013-2020 period. Delegates also discussed a draft decree on measures to enforce the Law on Citizen Identity. According to the master plan, a feasibility project to establish a national database of residents will be ratified by the second quarter of this year. Deputy Prime Minister Phuc asked the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Justice to work closely to enforce the Law on Citizen Identiy and the Law on Household Registration with a focus on ensuring IT infrastructure for the issuing of personal identity numbers from January next year. … [Read more...]

The judicial sector marks 70th founding anniversary

Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong   (VOVworld) – Party Leader Nguyen Phu Trong attended a ceremony to mark the judicial sector’s 70

th founding anniversary and the giving of the Independence Order, 1st Class. Mr. Trong appreciated the sector’s performance over the past 70 years. He asked the sector to make thorough changes in its organization and quality to confirm its important position in the new period. He said: "In order to improve compliance with the law, we have to enhance legal communications and education, considering it an important task in political ideological education. It’s a permanent task of the whole political sector to help all people and organizations improve their sense of legal compliance. More importantly, we have to encourage role models in abiding by the law among cadres, party members, and state employees and combat red-tape and corruption." Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc presented the Independence Order, 1st Class, to the Ministry of Justice. Vu Duy … [Read more...]

Amnesty- Vietnam’s lenient policy

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(VOVworld)- Since the Law on Amnesty was approved by the National Assembly in 2007, thousands of prisoners have been released on major occasions in Vietnam. This year, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day, approximately 18,000 prisoners will be pardoned, the largest number ever. It reflects the Vietnamese Party, and State’s lenient policy and Vietnam’s humanitarian tradition. In response to the President’s decision on amnesty, the Ministry of Public Security, Inspectorate, Supreme People’s Court and Ministry of Justice have made necessary preparations to ensure that the release is promptly carried out in accordance with legal regulations. Ensuring transparency, democracy, fairness in amnesty Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Head of the Central Advisory Council on Amnesty, urges relevant agencies to collaborate closely and promptly issue documents guiding the implementation of the President’s decision on … [Read more...]

Vietnam deputy premier calls for support for amnestied prisoners

The humanitarian policy of Vietnam’s Party and State toward prisoners has been reflected not only in granting annual amnesties but also in creating good conditions for them to reintegrate into the community, according to Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The deputy premier made the statement in an article he wrote about this year’s amnesty that is about to be given on the occasion of National Day (September 2) under a decision signed July 10 by State President Truong Tan Sang. The article was published by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Friday. In his article, Deputy PM Phuc said every amnesty is a good opportunity for inmates to look back on the mistakes they have made, assess what they have done during the time of serving their jail terms, show a willingness to get rid of past sins, and strive to become people useful to society. According to a preliminary report of the Ministry of Public Security, this year will see more than 18,000 prisoners eligible for a … [Read more...]

Amnesty reflects Vietnam’s humane policy

(VOVworld) – President Truong Tan Sang has signed a 2015 amnesty decision on the occasion of National Day, September 2nd. Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with prisoners at Xuan Loc Prison in Dong Nai province. (Photo: VGP) Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc wrote an article underlining the importance of amnesty. Mr. Phuc, who is also chairman of the Central Advisory Council on Amnesty, wrote that amnesty bolsters people’s trust in the Party and state’s lenient and humane policy. Economically, granting early release reduces state spending and budget pressures on prisons. Politically, publicizing amnesty to domestic and foreign media and allowing international human rights organizations to visit Vietnamese prisons demonstrates Vietnam’s policy of leniency to lawbreakers. Recognized domestically and internationally, Vietnam’s humane amnesty contradicts false claims by hostile forces who want to slander Vietnam with alleged … [Read more...]

Deputy PM welcomes Governor of Houaphanh

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(VOV) - Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received the visiting Governor of Laos’ Houaphanh province and Secretary of the provincial Party Committee, Khamhung Huengvongsy on August 17. Phuc lauded outcomes of the Governor’s working visit to Hoa Binh province, saying that it will contribute to fostering cooperation between the two localities in the coming time. He underscored that cooperation between Hoa Binh and Houaphanh provinces is in line with the cooperative strategy between the two countries. He urged the Vietnam–Laos and Laos-Vietnam cooperation sub-committees to review and add priorities to the cooperative strategy in the future. For his part, Mr. Huengvongsy hoped that Houaphanh, with further effective support from the two sub-committees and Hoa Binh province,, will have more resources and experience to develop socio-economy and accelerate its poverty reduction programme. … [Read more...]

Ministry of Home Affairs celebrates 70th year

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (3rd from right) hands over the order to the ministry's leaders. Photo: VGP

The Ministry of Home Affairs held a ceremony on August 17 to celebrate its 70th founding anniversary (August 28, 1945). In his remarks at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc praised the ministry’s contributions over the past 70 years and urged the ministry to speed up the public administration reform programme and work closely with other related State bodies in building an e-Government towards a democratic, modern, professional and efficient public administration. At the event, he presented the ministry with the Ho Chi Minh Order. The Ministry of Home Affairs was established on August 28, 1945 with General Vo Nguyen Giap as the first minister. Since then, the ministry has acted as an advisor to the Party and State on organising authorities at all levels, managing civil servants and marking local administrative borders. The ministry has also been responsible for drafting various legal papers on governmental structure, including the Law on Government … [Read more...]

Home Affairs Ministry honoured with Ho Chi Minh Order

Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc presents the Ho Chi Minh Order to the Ministry of Home Affairs in recognition of its outstanding achievements over the last 70 years. (Image credit: VOV)

NDO – The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) held a ceremony in Hanoi on August 17 to celebrate its 70th anniversary and receive the Ho Chi Minh Order for its outstanding achievements over the last 70 years. In his opening speech, Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Thai Binh reviewed the history of the interior sector over the past 70 years. Established on August 28, 1945, the MoHA was among the first ministries in the interim government led by President Ho Chi Minh. General Vo Nguyen Giap was the first Minister of Home Affairs. Going through each period of the nation’s development, the ministry has played an important role in State management in a variety sectors, including administrative organisation; local government and administrative boundaries; State civil servants and employees; training on specialised State administration and management; non-governmental organisations; emulation and commendation; religion; State records management and archives; and youth. The MoHA … [Read more...]

Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park honoured 2nd certificate

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(Cinet)- The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park received its second UNESCO’s certificate as the world natural heritage site on July 16. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park was highly valued the greatest number of plants and animal species. It covers 123,326ha, including tropical moist forest, 94 percents of its limestone mountain and 84 percents of its primeval forest. Katherine Muller-Marin said "It is the second time that the Vietnamese park received UNESCO recognition for its ecosystem and biological diversity." UNESCO chief representative in Vietnam Katherine Muller-Marin and Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism certificate UNESCO’s recognition for Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park for the second times. On the same day, the People’s Committee of Quang Binh province and the Vietnam Bank for Investment and Development (BIDV) held an investment attraction program into My Canh Tourist Site. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and hundreds of enterprises from … [Read more...]

Deputy PM visits inmates up for release

DONG NAI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with prisoners at Xuan Loc Prison in the southern province of Dong Nai yesterday, ahead of their amnesty release dates in honour of National Day on September 2. Phuc said he hoped the inmates would resettle quickly and contribute to their communities after being released. When he met with the prison's supervisory committee, he praised the prison officials' ideas for inmate activities, such as a meeting day for prisoners' families, a day for writing letters of apology, and doling out small savings allowances for prisoners who make good progress. He also pointed to the need to focus more attention on helping the prisoners with their future assimilation into society. Authorities needed to take this aspect of the job seriously so the prisoners could rebuild their lives and not return to a life of crime, despite the discrimination and stigma they would face. According to Colonel Ho Phi Thang, a Xuan Loc prison warden, 525 … [Read more...]

Deputy PM inspects amnesty in southern prisons

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits prisoners in Xuan Loc prison

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with and listened to the expectations of prisoners in Xuan Loc prison in the southern province of Dong Nai on August 16, ahead of their amnesty release date in honour of National Day (September 2). The Deputy PM said he hopes that after being released, the inmates would resettle quickly and become contributing members of the community. Meeting the Xuan Loc prison’s supervisory committee, he praised the efforts of prison officials to hold creative activities such as a meeting day for prisoners’ families, a day of writing apology letters and small monetary savings allowances for prisoners with good progress. He also pointed to the need to focus more attention on supporting the prisoners’ assimilation into society after completing their sentences. According to Colonel Ho Phi Thang, Xuan Loc prison warden, 525 out of the jail’s 5,100 prisoners will be granted amnesty on this occasion, including 460 male and 65 female … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc examines amnesty activities in Dong Nai

Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited prisoners in Xuyen Moc prison, Ba Ria Vung Tau province. Photo: Le Son/VGP

(VOVworld) – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Xuan Loc prison in Dong Nai province on Sunday to examine amnesty activities there. Among the prison’s 5000 prisoners, 525 have been granted amnesty and will be released soon. Deputy PM Phuc encouraged prisoners to abide by the prison’s regulations to soon have chances to reintegrate into the community and be good citizens in the future. He asked the local authorities to improve their education for and management of those granted amnesty to prevent them from recommitting crimes while reducing social discrimination against them. … [Read more...]