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...]

No ‘restricted areas’ in combating smuggling: Deputy PM

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Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed that there are no ‘restricted areas’ in preventing and combating smuggling when he urged the authorities of the northern province of Quang Ninh to step up their fight against illicit trade. Deputy PM Phuc, who is also the head of the National Steering Committee on the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities, made the emphasis while he was speaking to local officials during his overseeing trip to border gates and border guard stations in the province on Tuesday. During the trip, he urged the leaders of the province, Mong Cai Town and local border guard forces to strengthen inspection, supervision and co-ordination in anti-smuggling activities. He affirmed that there are no "restricted areas" in the fight against smuggling, emphasizing that any violations anywhere will strictly be handled. He requested that specific responsibilities must be assigned to each unit in each location to ensure … [Read more...]

Honoring Vi-Giam folk singing as part of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam speaks at the ceremony

The Hanoitimes - A ceremony was held in Ho Chi Minh square, Nghe An province on January 31 to receive the UNESCO certification for Vi-Giam folk singing of Nghe An and Ha Tinh province as part of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage. The program was attended by National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, Vice National Assembly Chairpersons Tong Thi Phong and Uong Chu Luu, and Deputy Prime Ministers Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Vu Duc Dam; former leaders of the Party and the State; Vietnamese heroic mothers; local leaders, international guests and thousands of residents in Nghe An and Ha Tinh province. Vi-Giam folk singing was officially recognised by UNESCO an intangible cultural heritage of humanity at the 9th session of its Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Paris on November 27, 2014. Attending the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam stressed that the two provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh have creatively preserved and … [Read more...]

Anti-smuggling efforts urged during Tet

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a dispatch urging ministries and localities to intensify counter initiatives against smuggling, trade fraud and fake commodities, especially during the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival. Deputy PM Phuc, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities, requested relevant agencies to strengthen their inspections at border gates, border areas and major markets and quickly work to detect and counter any violations. He asked that special attention should be devoted to goods in high demand during Tet, including ensuring the safety of beverages, confectionaries, fruits, and food. Phuc stressed the importance of coordination and sharing information among authorised agencies and localities in anti-smuggling activities, as well as enhancing anti-smuggling communications to raise public awareness and encourage the prioritisation of Vietnamese goods. … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Phuc urges strengthening anti-smuggling at Mong Cai border gate

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc inspects anti-smuggling work at Mong Cai International Border Gate in Quang Ninh on February 3. (Image credit: VOV)

NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged relevant market management forces, customs, and border guards at Mong Cai International Border Gate to strengthen co-ordination and supervision in the fight against smuggling. The deputy PM, who is also Head of the National Steering Committee on the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities (or Steering Committee 389), on February 3 travelled to Mong Cai International Border Gate in northern Quang Ninh province to inspect anti-smuggling, crime prevention and public administration reform in the border area. Phuc spoke highly of positive results gained by officers and soldiers at the station in the prevention of smuggling and trade fraud during the last year to maintain border security. Due to the sophisticated ploys of contraband owners, especially in the context of the upcoming Lunar New Year, the deputy PM suggested the Mong Cai border gate to further co-ordinate with interdisciplinary … [Read more...]

Traffic infrastructure put into use before Tet

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (fifth from left) and other officials at the inauguration of the upgraded Vinh airport in Nghe An Province.

VietNamNet Bridge – Several important traffic projects have been completed in Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces. Last Saturday, the Airports Corporation of Viet Nam (ACV) inaugurated the upgraded Vinh airport in Nghe An Province. The VND1.2 trillion (US$57 million) upgrade brings the airport up to international standard and includes a terminal, an expanded landing area for airplanes and an elevated road and parking lot. The two-storey terminal is built in the shape of a lotus blossom and lotus leaf, covering an area of 11,706sq.m. It has four boarding gates and 28 counters, capable of serving 1,000 passengers at peak hours and hosting three million passengers a year. The expanded landing area can accommodate seven airplanes at a time, more than double the previous capacity of three, and can accommodate larger jets. "The project not only helps solve the problem of overloading encountered by the old airport, but also boosts socio-economic development in Nghe An Province and the … [Read more...]

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String of activities mark 85th anniversary of Vietnam Communist Party A series of activities have been held across the country in the presence of Party and State senior leaders to celebrate the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3, 1930-2015). On February 1, Politburo member and Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan led a delegation of Party Central Committee members to visit former President Nguyen Minh Triet; former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; and Senior lieutenant General and Hero of the People's Armed Forces Phan Trung Kien, who are living in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. Politburo member Ngan hoped that the former leaders will continue to make further contributions to the nation. On the same day, authorities of Ho Chi Minh City presented and bestowed the State title of 'Heroic Vietnamese Mother' to 288 women in Ho Chi Minh City. Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City's Party … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits Quang Ninh’s Public Administration Center

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc spoke in a meeting with Quang Ninh provincial leaders (photo: baoquangninh.com.vn)

(VOVworld) – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc paid a working visit to the Quang Ninh provincial Public Administration Center on Monday. He asked the province to continue improving the performance of the Public Administration Center, facilitate the public in accessing the e-government system and appoint competent cadres to work at public administration offices to improve service quality. He acknowledged the Center’s advantages in ensuring transparency and publicity in administrative activities. Phuc suggested ministries and sectors to replicate the center's model nationwide. … [Read more...]

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Vietnam Map decorated from 200 Nhat Tan peach trees Da Nang authority said on the occasion of Tet holidays, local people and tourists will have opportunity to enjoy the flower road 2015 which invested over VND 5billion and set up on the west bank of the Han River. Besides, they will be contemplating Vietnam map which is decorated from 200 Nhat Tan Peach trees. This special Vietnam map is carried out and invested by DHC Investment Corporation; it is located on the east bank of the Han River, nearby Dragon Bridge. Danang to host 7th int’l firework competition The 7th Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) 2015 will take place in the central city on April 28-29, the municipal People’s Committee announced on January 30. Themed "Danang – A symphony of Colours", the event is expected to feature spectacular performances by five teams from the US, South Africa, Australia, Poland and the host Vietnam , who won numerous awards at other international … [Read more...]

Deputy PM orders action following 13 road deaths

Youths in HCM City take part in a walking day to promote traffic safety. —Photo hanoimoi.com.vn

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged authorities in Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Lai Chau and Cao Bang to take prompt measures and investigate the series of accidents that occurred in these provinces on Friday that killed at least 13 people. The deputy prime minister has asked police in the four provinces to probe the causes of these accidents and prosecute violators, if necessary, in addition to increasing inspections, especially with the approaching Lunar New Year. Five people were killed in a truck accident in the northern Lai Chau Province's Than Uyen District. The accident took place on Friday at around 16:40 when the driver of the truck, which was transporting four passengers, lost control, causing the vehicle to veer off the road into a 10m-deep abyss. While four occupants of the truck were killed instantly, the fifth was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. In Gia Lai province, two people were killed and 10 others injured after a … [Read more...]

National action program to promote Vi-Giam singing values

UNESCO certificate presentation to honour Vi, Giam folk singing. Photo: qdnd.vn

A national action program to preserve and uphold values of Vi-Giam folk singing was launched right after the central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh received the UNESCO certificate honouring the local singing as part of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage on January 31st. Vi-Giam singing - intangible cultural heritage of humanity The event was attended by National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, Vice National Assembly Chairpersons Tong Thi Phong and Uong Chu Luu, and Deputy Prime Ministers Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Vu Duc Dam, among others. Vi-Giam folk singing was officially recognized by UNESCO an intangible cultural heritage of humanity at the 9th session of its Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Paris on November 27th, 2014. The folk music is a repartee singing while working. There are an estimated 15 tunes of Vi and eight airs of Giam, reflecting the work, cultural life and feelings of the residents in the … [Read more...]

Transport projects in Nghe An province inaugurated

Inside the terminal. Photo: VNA

PANO - The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) and the provincial People’s Committee of Nghe An on January 31st inaugurated the passenger terminal and announced the master plan of Vinh City’s Airport. National Assembly (NA) Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other delegates attended the ceremony. The construction of the new passenger terminal of Vinh Airport started in April 2013 with modern architecture symbolizing a lotus flower and leaves. The station has two floors with total area of 11,700m2, four gates, and 28 check-in counters, capable of serving 1,000 passengers at peak hours and three million passengers per year. The terminal also has a VIP room, a service and commercial area, and seven parking slots for Airbus A320/321 aircraft and others of similar type. Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed that the operation of a new passenger terminal would ease the overload for the airport while … [Read more...]

New terminal helps ease overload at Vinh Airport

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Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (sixth, left) and NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (eight, left) cut the ribbon to inaugurate the terminal (Photo: VNA) The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) and the People’s Committee of central Nghe An province have inaugurated a lotus-shaped terminal of Vinh Airport, which is capable of serving 3 million passengers per year and 1,000 ones at rush hour. Present at the January 31 inauguration ceremony were National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, among others. The construction of the two-storey terminal began in April 2013. The facility covers a total area of 11,706 square meters, including 28 check-in desks. On the occasion, local authorities and the ACV announced the scheme to upgrade Vinh Airport into an international one, including a project expanding airport apron and car parking lots, worth around 1.2 trillion VND (57.12 million USD). The operation of the key projects is expected … [Read more...]

New terminal at Vinh Airport opens to traffic

Government and local leaders cut the ribbon to inaugurate the new facility. (Image credit: vietnamnet.vn)    NDO – The newly built passenger terminal of Vinh Airport in central Nghe An province officially opened for business on January 31.

The new terminal has a total floor area of 11,700 square metres, including four boarding gates, 28 check-in counters, and other facilities meeting international standards. Construction of the terminal started on April 26, 2013 with the aim of serving up to 1,000 passengers at peak hours and three million passengers a year. In addition, expansion projects for aircraft parking areas, access roads and parking areas were also inaugurated. Total investment for the construction of the terminal and expansion projects is worth VND1.2 trillion (US$56.4 million), invested by Airports Corporation of Vietnam. Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasised that inauguration for many important facilities at the same time is of great importance to ensure efficient operation and rapid development of Vinh Airport in the future, as well as facilitating travel for locals in Nghe An and the north-central region. The Deputy PM asked local government and related … [Read more...]

National action programme to promote Vi-Giam singing values

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A Vi-Giam performance NDO/VNA – A national action programme to preserve and uphold values of Vi-Giam folk singing was launched directly after the central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh received the UNESCO certificate honouring the local singing as part of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage on January 31. The event was attended by National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, Vice National Assembly Chairpersons Tong Thi Phong and Uong Chu Luu, and Deputy Prime Ministers Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Vu Duc Dam, among others. Vi-Giam folk singing was officially recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity at the 9th session of its Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Paris on November 27, 2014. The honoured form of folk music is a type of singing that takes place while working. There are an estimated 15 tunes of Vi and eight airs of Giam, reflecting the work, cultural life and feelings of the … [Read more...]

NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung attends opening ceremony of new terminal at Vinh airport

NA chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc cut ribbon   to open new passenger terminal of Vinh Airport (Photo source: VOV)

On January 31st, the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) coordinate with Nghe An provincial People’s Committee to inaugurate the new passenger terminal of Vinh Airport in central province of Nghe An. The ceremony drew the participation of National Assembly (NA) Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other leaders from ministries, committees and localities. According to VOV, the new terminal spans 11,700 square metres and includes 26 check-in counters and 4 boarding gates. The business lounge alone covers a 230 square metre area and has been designed to make traveling on domestic flights connecting Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and DanangCity to Vinh more enjoyable. In addition, aircraft parking areas, access roads and visitor parking areas have also been opened. Flights of the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) will start arriving at the new terminal on February 1. VNA has been operating 10 round-trip flights per week from Hanoi to … [Read more...]

Highway 1A expansion inaugurated

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(VOV) -The Ministry of Transport (MoT) on January 31 held a ribbon cutting ceremony for what is an important international crossing for the country – the upgrade and expansion of the National Highway No. 1A. This is another historic day for Vietnam made possible by so many individuals dedicated to enhancing economic development, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the ceremony. Deputy PM Phuc stressed the project will help reduce congestion and traffic accidents and shorten travel time among the provinces, helping promote socio-economic development and ensure defence security. It took two years to construct the VND19,909 billion project, which was completed 12 months ahead of schedule. The section stretching from Thanh Hoa to Ha Tinh is 315 kilometres with four lanes for four-wheeled vehicles and an additional two lanes for motorcycles. The 395.5-meter VND190 billion Nguyet Vien overpass project was also inaugurated at the event. … [Read more...]