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...]

Government News 26/7

Vietnam main partner of Asia-Pacific economic forum in Bayern Vietnam was chosen as a main partner of the 12th Asia-Pacific economic forum held in the German state of Bayern on July 23 with the engagement of nearly 200 businesses. Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh said Vietnam and Germany will celebrate the 40th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2015. Following the success of the Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK) organised in Ho Chi Minh City in November 2014, Vietnam was chosen as a main partner of the Asia-Pacific economic forum in Berlin, and this time in Bayern, she said. This has not just demonstrated the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations but also confirmed that Vietnam is a reliable market and ideal destination for German investors, she added. She said the Vietnamese Government has enacted measures to improve local business climate, create a legal framework to ensure publicity and … [Read more...]

Various activities held to remember fallen soldiers

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Deputy PM Phuc visits wounded and sick soldiers under treatment at a nursing home in Ha Nam province. (Photo: VOV) NDO - Various activities have taken place across the country to pay tribute to fallen heroic soldiers as well as to express gratitude to contributors and their families for their fight for national independence and freedom, on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs Day. Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited wounded and sick soldiers under treatment at a nursing home in Duy Tien district of the northern province of Ha Nam on July 25. After listening to war invalids’ requests and aspirations for themselves and their families, Deputy PM Phuc said the Party, State, and people will forever remember the great contributions and sacrifices made by the patriotic heroes, martyrs, and war invalids’. On the occasion, the Deputy PM presented 20 televisions as gifts to wounded and sick soldiers at the centre. On … [Read more...]

Deputy PM requires transparency in amnesty granting

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Deputy PM Phuc urges agencies and localities to effectively implement the State President’s Decision on Amnesty for 2015. (Photo: VNA) NDO - Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has required the Central Advisory Council on Amnesty to check and approve the list of amnesty cases in an open, transparent and careful manner in accordance with the law. He emphasised the need to grant clemency for inmates with excellent behaviour in order to ensure the sense of justice and objectiveness. The Deputy PM also urged agencies and localities to effectively implement the State President’s Decision on Amnesty for 2015 on the occasion of the upcoming National Day (September 2). More attention should also be paid to helping former prisoners quickly reintegrate into the community and create all possible conditions for them to find jobs and stabilise their lives. Press agencies and localities should strengthen the dissemination of information to eliminate stigmas against released … [Read more...]

The Ministry of Information and Communications holds patriotic congress

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Photo: Le Son/VGP (VOVworld) - The Ministry of Information and Communications has warmly responded to a patriotic movement and the campaign to learn from President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example. Several ministry's line agencies and individuals have been awarded the titles heroes of the people’s armed forces and heroes of the renewal era. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addressed the Ministry’s patriotism congress on Friday: "Responding to President Ho Chi Minh’s patriotic emulation movement and the Politburo directive on emulation continue to be key tasks, especially in promoting professional innovation and dynamism." The Ministry aims to raise telecom growth rate to 1.2 or 1.5 times higher than the GDP growth rate, bringing Vietnam into a list of countries classified by the United Nations as being ready for e-government. … [Read more...]

Deputy PM praises police officers for investigation of murder case

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc lauded police forces that arrested a man who killed four family members in the central province of Nghe An. The People’s Committee in Nghe An July 23 received a document from the government’s office in which Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan appraised police officers who have worked around-the-clock to detect the murder. In the letter, Mr. Phuc, head of the government’s Steering Board of Crime Prevention Department praised police officers in Nghe An, from the Ministry of Public Security, a mountainous field in Tuong Duong District, the provincial People's Procuratorate and safe guards of Tam Hop Station to make concerted efforts to find out the murder As Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper released, on July 2, father and son Vi Van Hoan in Phong Village in Tam Hop Commune arrived at Canh Ta stream to fish and then they discovered the bodies of 28 year old Lo Van Tho, inhabitant in Phong Village also; Tho’s mother Vieng Thi … [Read more...]

Government News 24/7

Vietnamese, Lao provinces complete border marker upgrades Vietnam’s central province of Thanh Hoa and the Lao province Houaphanh have concluded a project to upgrade and increase the number of border markers along their shared borderline, as heard a review conference held on July 23. The accomplishment represented the construction of 88 border markers and the erection of nine poles marking the positions for future markers, fulfilling the set plan. During the project’s implementation, the Thanh Hoa border marker planting steering board cooperated with relevant departments and branches to educate and popularise regulations on sovereignty protection and border demarcation among officials and village patriarchs in 16 border communes. The steering board also mobilised residents in two provinces to join in campaigns to promote cross-border friendship and cooperation as well as to maintain security along the border. The section of shared borderline between Thanh Hoa and … [Read more...]

President commends procuracy performance

HA NOI (VNS)— State President Truong Tan Sang yesterday praised the achievements of the Supreme People's Procuracy while attending a ceremony to mark the 55th anniversary of its founding. Sang asked the sector to diligently follow the 2013 Constitution, the Politburo's resolution on judicial reform until 2020 - and the National Assembly's resolution on the prevention and control of law violations and crime activities. The President also asked it to focus on completing the Criminal Procedure Code while showing stronger engagement in building other relevant laws. Meanwhile, the sector should further expand international co-operation, improve staff standards and act as a co-ordination centre for judicial support activities. According to Prosecutor General Nguyen Hoa Binh, in the past 55 years, the procuracy sector has made significant contributions to preventing and fighting crime, ensuring a peaceful life for the people and creating a healthy environment for socio-economic … [Read more...]

President lauds procuracy sector’s attainments

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A view of the ceremony. (Photo: VNA) State President Truong Tan Sang lauded the achievements of the Supreme People’s Procuracy while attending a ceremony to mark the sector’s 55 th founding anniversary in Hanoi on July 23. He asked the sector to continue realising the 2013 Constitution, the Politburo’s resolution on judicial reform until 2020 and the National Assembly’s resolution on the prevention and control of law violations and crime activities of People’s Procuracies and the courts and during the judgment execution. The President urged the sector to focus on building and completing the Criminal Procedure Code while showing stronger engagement in building other relevant laws. Meanwhile, the sector should further expand international cooperation, improve staff capacity and act as a coordination centre for judicial support activities. According to Prosecutor General Nguyen Hoa Binh, over the past 55 years, the procuracy sector has made … [Read more...]

Government News 23/7

Deputy Defence Minister receives French guest Deputy Minister of Defence Senior Lieutenant General Truong Quang Khanh received the Deputy Director of the Directorate for International Development under the French Ministry of Defence’s Directorate-General of Armament, Lieutenant General Jacques Cousquer, in Hanoi on July 22. Deputy Minister Khanh said cooperation between the two countries on defence industry in recent years has produced positive results and hoped that the two sides would continue to increase high-ranking delegation exchanges and share experiences in carrying out United Nations peacekeeping missions. Lieutenant General Cousquer wished for increased defence cooperation between the two countries, especially in defence industry, and the acceleration of cooperation in information and telecommunications. Vietnamese leader’s presents given to Lao provinces Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang’s financial gifts were handed over to authorities in the Lao … [Read more...]

Border development under scrutiny

CAN THO (VNS) — The steering committees of Viet Nam's Northwest, Central Highlands and Southwest border regions discussed the regions' progress on socio-economic development and national defence in 2015 during a conference yesterday in Can Tho. The committees suggested taking measures to improve the lives of residents, enhance economic activities and improve local production capacity. They also stressed the need to implement more policies that support various Vietnamese ethnic groups and reduce the number of poor households in border towns. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, also head of the Northwest Region's Steering Committee, said residents in border towns were generally still poor and faced hurdles to accessing education and health care services. The regions' inadequate infrastructure hindered socio-economic development, despite the numerous support programmes initiated by local agencies. The committees called for a comprehensive review of current programmes and … [Read more...]

Promoting border livelihoods is pivotal mission: official

Improving the material and spiritual life of border residents is a critical mission of local Party Committees and authorities in the northwest, Central Highlands and southwest regions, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 22. At a meeting in Can Tho city, Deputy Prime Minister Phuc, who is also Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Northwest Region, noted the poverty and limited education level of border residents along with underdeveloped infrastructure in the areas. He highlighted programmes initiated by ministries and localities to boost local socio-economic development while requesting additional attention on overhauling existing programmes and policies. The official also asked for the utmost efforts of competent agencies to prevent smuggling and drug trafficking, promote personnel capacity and enhance relations with nearby localities. Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh, Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Southwest Region, asked local authorities and steering … [Read more...]

Promoting border livelihoods is crucial: official

Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc addressing the meeting. (Credit: VGP)

NDO/VNA – Improving the material and spiritual life of border residents is a critical mission of local Party Committees and authorities in the northwest, Central Highlands and southwest regions, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 22. At a meeting in Can Tho city, Deputy Prime Minister Phuc, who is also Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Northwest Region, made note of the poverty and limited education among border residents along with underdeveloped infrastructure in the areas. He highlighted programmes initiated by ministries and localities to boost local socio-economic development while requesting additional attention be focused on overhauling existing programmes and policies. The official also asked for competent agencies to make efforts in the prevention of smuggling and drug trafficking, promoting personnel capacity and enhancing relations with nearby localities. Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh, Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Southwest … [Read more...]

Government News 22/7

Vietnamese gov’t facilitates anti-corruption work with Singapore The Vietnamese government will facilitate anti-corruption cooperation with Singapore, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assured Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau of Singapore Wong Hong Kuan during a reception in Hanoi on July 21. The Party and State of Vietnam place an emphasis on inspections, settling complaints and petitions and anti-corruption, considering them top priorities to develop a professional, modern and efficient public administration which values openness, transparency, accountability and work ethic, Phuc said. Speaking highly of Singapore’s anti-corruption merits, the host suggested the Singaporean bureau share its experience with the Vietnamese government inspectorate, especially in the reclamation of bribery assets and fine-tuning legal regulations. The guest informed the host on the outcomes of his working session with the Vietnamese Government Inspectorate. He … [Read more...]

VN seeks Singapore’s help on anti-corruption

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam wants to work more closely with Singapore on strengthening its fight against corruption, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said yesterday. He was speaking at a reception held in Ha Noi, he told visiting Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau of Singapore, Wong Hong Kuan. Phuc told Wong that the Party and State of Viet Nam accorded top priority to inspections as well as the settling of complaints and petitions in order to develop a professional, modern and efficient public administration characterised by openness, transparency, accountability and strong work ethics. He praised Singapore's anti-corruption record, noting that it had been on the 10 least corrupt countries list since 2011. Phuc suggested that the Singapore bureau share its experiences with the Vietnamese government inspectorate, especially in reclamation of assets in bribery cases, and in fine-tuning regulations. He said that the Vietnamese government would do its best … [Read more...]

National Day: Some 17,000 prisoners to enjoy amnesty

Granting decisions on amnesty to prisoners. (Photo for illustration)

The Office of the Government on July 20th organised a meeting of the Central Advisory Council on Amnesty to prepare for amnesty work on the occasion of National Day (September 2nd). Speaking during the meeting, Senior Lieutenant-General Le Quy Vuong, Deputy Minister of Public Security, said that prisoners who are serving time-limit sentences or those who are serving life sentences with a reduction to time-limit sentences will enjoy the amnesty. Accordingly, the amnesty will be granted to some 16,000-17,000 prisoners, making it the biggest-ever so far, according to Major-General Nguyen Ngoc Bang, Head of the General Department for Enforcement of Criminal Sentences and Judicial Assistance. He added that foreign prisoners who satisfy the demand for amnesty will also be released ahead of schedule in accordance with the Vietnam’s laws. The amnesty shows a great guideline which reveals the clemency and humanitarian policies of the Communist Party of Vietnam and State for those … [Read more...]

Vietnamese gov’t facilitates anti-corruption work with Singapore

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) and Director of Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau of Singapore Wong Hong Kuan (left) (Source: VNA) The Vietnamese government will facilitate anti-corruption cooperation with Singapore, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assured Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau of Singapore Wong Hong Kuan during a reception in Hanoi on July 21. The Party and State of Vietnam place an emphasis on inspections, settling complaints and petitions and anti-corruption, considering them top priorities to develop a professional, modern and efficient public administration which values openness, transparency, accountability and work ethic, Phuc said. Speaking highly of Singapore’s anti-corruption merits, the host suggested the Singaporean bureau share its experience with the Vietnamese government inspectorate, especially in the reclamation of bribery assets and fine-tuning legal regulations. The guest informed the host on … [Read more...]