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...]

Party, State care for social beneficiaries

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc says the Vietnamese Party and State pay special attention to improving their lives- Photo: Le Son/VGP

(VOVworld)- The Vietnamese Party and State greatly appreciated the sacrifices and contributions of martyrs, war invalids and veterans and those who have rendered great service to the nation. At a meeting with a delegation of national contributors from Dong Thap province in Hanoi on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the Vietnamese Party and State pay special attention to improving their lives, both materially and spiritually. He asked Dong Thap province to strengthen those movements which gratefully paid for the nation’s contributors. … [Read more...]

Social News 29/6

Inside Canalis Bar.

Police raid bar in HCM City Police caught more than 10 people with drugs as they raided the Canalis Bar in District 3, HCM City, at early hours yesterday. As many as 250 customers were present in the bar during the raid and many of them failed to show any identity papers. Police also checked the motorbikes and automobiles of customers and reportedly found weapons. No immediate penalty on taxis without black boxes The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has proposed the Government to defer imposing penalty on taxis lacking black boxes or with malfunctioning black boxes. Earlier, it was scheduled that the owners of taxis without black boxes, an itinerary supervising device, will be penalised from the beginning of next month. The MOT said that some localities have failed to complete the installation of black boxes on transport vehicles. The Viet Nam Automobile Transportation Association said that the number of taxis in the country has been huge, nearly 60,000, which has affected the … [Read more...]

Viet Nam, Laos in border trade deal

Nghe An (VNS) — Viet Nam and Laos signed a bilateral border trade agreement in Cua Lo Town, Nghe An Province, on Saturday. The agreement will take effect after a number of procedures are finalised. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who was on hand to witness the signing ceremony, said the agreement would create a legal corridor for the two countries' cross-border trade, contribute to reducing poverty in border provinces and help to realise the goal of US$ 2 billion in bilateral trade set for this year. The agreement, which consists of 23 articles, includes specific regulations dealing with cross-border trade by traders and residents who live on the two countries' border, as well as the development of border markets and border trade support services. It also designates specific border crossings to be used exclusively for border trade in line with bilateral and international multilateral treaties to which the two countries are signatories. Under this agreement, the tax … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Laos ink border trade agreement

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inister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang (R) and his Lao counterpart Khemmani Pholsena sign the agreement (Photo: VNA) Vietnam and Laos signed an agreement on bilateral border trade in the central province of Nghe An on June 27. Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, and their Lao counterparts Somsavat Langsavad and Khemmani Pholsena, respectively, attended the signing ceremony. Deputy PM Phuc hailed the agreement as highly significant since it would create a legal basis for boosting bilateral trade in line with the two countries’ time-honoured friendship and comprehensive cooperation. More specifically, it is expected to help achieve the joint objective of increasing two-way trade to 2 billion USD in 2015, he stated. According to Deputy PM Phuc, in recent years border trade between Vietnam and Laos has grown, with a larger number of businesses involved and import-export demands on the rise. … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Laos sign border trade agreement

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At the signing ceremony (VGP) NDO - The Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang and Lao Minister of Industry and Commerce Khemmani Pholsena offically signed the Vietnam - Laos Border Trade Agreement on June 27. The signing ceremony was attended by Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc who is also Head of the Vietnam-Laos Co-operation Subcommittee (VLCS), and Lao Deputy PM Somsavath Lengsavad. Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his delight at the signing of the agreement, emphasising that the agreement is expected to create a sound legal framework facilitating trade activities through border gates between the two nations. It will also contribute to the two governments’ poverty reduction efforts, boosting socio-economic development of the two countries' border provinces, as well as lifting bilateral trade to US$2 billion in 2015, he noted. Border trade between Vietnam and Laos has yielded positive results over … [Read more...]

Center for Preservation and Promotion of the Vietnamese culture marks its 15th founding anniversary

Deputy Prime Minister made a speech   at the ceremony. (Photo by Ha Tuan)

On July 25th, in Hanoi, the Center for Preservation and Promotion of the Vietnamese culture marks its 15th founding anniversary. Member of the Politburo and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended and made a speech at the ceremony. Over the past 15 years, the center has developed with many units such as the center for the preservation and promotion of national music, the center of Quan ho Bac Ninh and Bac Giang folk singing, the Vietnam folklore artistic troupe, Chau Van singing club. Especially, after school stage project approved by the government, the center coordinated with the Department of Performing Arts to bring traditional stage to secondary schools. In addition, the center has carried out research and activities to preserve and promote national culture such as restoring traditional folklore arts which are falling into oblivion, including Bai Choi arts, Xam Ha Thanh singing, Thang Long culture with Tay Son - Nguyen Hue. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said … [Read more...]

Key achievements of the 9th session of the 13th National Assembly

Photo: baodientu.chinhphu.vn   (VOVworld) – The 9 th  session of the 13 th  National Assembly closed on Friday after a month of meeting, in which deputies discussed and approved several important laws regarding national developmen

t. VOV’s Ngoc Anh reports. During this session, deputies approved several major laws of major impact to the socioeconomic development and public towards sustainable socioeconomic development. They debated and contributed opinions on draft documents to be submitted to the 12th National Party Congress. Focusing on legislation The National Assembly approved 11 draft laws, 5 resolutions, and commented on another 15 bills, all of which are of great importance to national socioeconomic development in the 2015-2020 period. Most noteworthy are the Law on Sea and Island Natural Resources and Environment, the revised Law on State Budget, the revised Law on State Audit, and the Law on the promulgation of legal documents. National Assembly Deputy Chairman Uong Chu Luu said: "More should be done by the National Assembly to meet national development requirements, to build a state governed by law, improve the market economy, and boost international integration. Legislation must ensure … [Read more...]

Deputy PM urges quicker storm relief work

The flash floods inundated many houses, including the Hoang Van Phuoc's, in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau. — VNA/VNS Photo Dieu Chinh Toi

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urgently asked localities to quickly resolve the problems caused by a tropical storm, enabling life in the storm-hit areas to return to normal. The storm, the first this year, caused heavy rains, flash floods and deaths, and swept away numerous houses in the northern region. The mountainous Son La Province alone reported seven deaths, four missing persons and three cases of injuries. The Deputy PM requested the Son La Province's People's Committee to continue the search for the missing persons, to assist families of the injured and dead people, and to provide water, food and other necessities to those who lost their houses or were seriously affected by the disaster. He asked the province to station people in both inland and water traffic routes to ensure safe transport of local residents, to continue the shifting of people living in high-risk areas, and to mobilise youth, army and police forces to help the local people … [Read more...]

Typhoon Kujira causes serious damage to northern Vietnam

Typhoon Kujira, the first storm of the year brought heavy rains and caused flash floods, costing human lives and property damage in northern provinces, including Son La and Lai Chau. Son La was hit the hardest, with eight dead and three people missing, according to the provincial Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and Search and Rescue on June 25. More than 70 houses collapsed and nearly 400 houses were flooded. More than 500 hectares of rice paddies and crops were inundated; livestock was washed away and local irrigation and road infrastructure were seriously damaged. Landslides disrupted traffic and brought down electricity supply in a number of communes in Moc Chau, Yen Chau, Luong La and Thuan Chau districts. Lai Chau also suffered severe losses, with one dead, one injured and another person missing. The storm also caused landslides and floods, and damaged local infrastructure. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc signed an urgent notice on … [Read more...]

Typhoon causes serious damage to northern provinces

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Typhoon Kujira damaged the main road in Lai Chau. Photo: VNA Typhoon Kujira, the first storm of the year brought heavy rains and caused flash floods, costing human lives and property damage in northern provinces, including Son La and Lai Chau. Son La was hit the hardest, with eight dead and three people missing, according to the provincial Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and Search and Rescue on June 25. More than 70 houses collapsed and nearly 400 houses were flooded. More than 500 hectares of rice paddies and crops were inundated; livestock was washed away and local irrigation and road infrastructure were seriously damaged. Landslides disrupted traffic and brought down electricity supply in a number of communes in Moc Chau, Yen Chau, Luong La and Thuan Chau districts. Lai Chau also suffered severe losses, with one dead, one injured and another person missing. The storm also caused landslides and floods, and damaged local infrastructure. … [Read more...]

Research, conservation and promotion of culture endorsed

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Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the ceremony. (Credit: VGP) NDO – National culture and spirit should be preserved and further promoted, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasised whilst addressing a ceremony celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Vietnam National Centre for Research, Conservation and Promotion of Culture in Hanoi on June 25. Over the past 15 years, the centre has constantly grown becoming a significant forum for intellectuals, scientists and artists passionate about Vietnamese traditional culture. It currently has hundreds of members as well as a number of subordinate units and representative offices. Previously the centre has organised a large number of projects to preserve and promote traditional arts forms as well as seminars discussing ideas to raise public awareness on the importance of conserving national cultural values. In addition to the promotion of national culture in the country, the centre has held numerous events to introduce … [Read more...]

Stock market not strong enough to support equitization

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnamese stock market, with its small scale, is unable to absorb large amounts of shares to be sold by equitized state-owned enterprises (SOEs). The total value of the SOEs to be put into equitization in the next three years is estimated at $25 billion, a large amount compared with the small scale of the stock market. If the government sells 15 percent of this amount, the market would need at least $3.75 billion to buy the shares. Tran Du Lich, a renowned economist, questioned the government at the ongoing National Assembly’s session whether the goal of equitizing 289 SOEs was attainable. The easiest cases have been implemented, while the enterprises left unequitised are all "hard to do". The government decided that 432 SOEs must be equitized in 2014 and 2015. This means that the government only has six months ahead to fulfill the equitization of the remaining 289 SOEs. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said: "We said ‘we are trying … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Phuc urges promoting community empowerment in fighting against counterfeiting

Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the event. (Image credit: VGP)

NDO – The message of promoting the synergy of the community to join in the fight against smuggling, counterfeiting goods and commercial fraud was stressed by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in a roundtable discussion on trademark construction and protection and against counterfeit goods and intellectual property infringement held in Hanoi on June 20. The event was co-organised by the Vietnam Association for Anti-counterfeiting and Trademark Protection (VATAP) and the Market Surveillance Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Praising the efforts of the market surveillance force and the enforcement agencies in detecting and handling over 30,536 cases of counterfeiting and violations of intellectual property in 2014 and the first six months of 2015, Deputy PM Phuc said that the cause of the existence of reality contraband, counterfeit or shoddy imitation is that enterprises is not really interested in preserving, building and protecting their own brands and … [Read more...]

Leaders extend greetings to VNA on revolutionary press day

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Dinh The Huynh, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Head of the Central Party Committee’s Commission for Education and Communications extends greetings to the Vietnam News Agency on the 90th Vietnam Revolution Press Day (Photo: Leaders of the Party, State and Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) have visited and sent floral greetings to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on the occasion of the 90th Vietnam Revolution Press Day (June 21, 1925-2015). Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan sent bouquets to the VNA. Meanwhile, during his visit to the VNA, Dinh The Huynh, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Head of the Central Party Committee’s Commission for Education and Communications, said after 70 years of operation, the VNA has fulfilled its role as the Party and State’s strategic media body. VNA news and information have served as important sources … [Read more...]

Vietnam agency mulls 50 mobile text message cap to fight spam

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An agency under the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications believes the best way to combat SMS spam is to ban everyone from sending more than 50 text messages a day. Limits should be set for local mobile phone users and those who cross the lines without permission will have their service suspended by the network carriers, the Agency for Information Security said in a draft decree on how to detect and stop SMS spammers. The agency suggested that each subscriber should be allowed to send a maximum of five text messages in five minutes, and should not be permitted to send more than 20 SMSes in an hour, or over 50 text messages a day. These caps will be set by the Ministry of Information and Communications, which may adjust them in different periods to "suit the reality," the agency said. Subscribers who want to text more than the limits must register with their mobile carriers, and those who break the ceilings without doing so will have their service suspended, … [Read more...]