Government News 13/12

Vietnam forges parliamentary cooperation with Peru, Argentina A National Assembly (NA) Committee for Finance and Budget delegation headed by its Vice Chairman Tran Van conducted working visits to Peru and Argentina from December 11-12 to exchange experience in public investment management, public debt settlement and issues related to the state budget law and tax policy. During the visits, the delegation worked with some Peruvian and Argentinean agencies and visited major economic groups. At the meetings, Tran Van highlighted Vietnam’s tremendous achievements in national industrialization and while introducing trade and investment policies as well as the nation’s efforts in improving the legal system to create a favorable business environment for investors. … [Read more...]

Just half city officials use email

Van Nam HCMC vice chairman Le Manh Ha raised the issue at a session held yesterday for Le Thai Hy, director of the Department of Information and Communications, to field questions from deputies of the HCMC People’s Council. Some deputies of the council said the city has deployed an IT development program for years but reports of the HCMC People’s Committee show that IT applications at local departments and agencies remain poor. Earlier, Ha said less than 40% of high-ranking officials in the city used email for communication. The figure has increased to 50% now but is far lower than expected as the city has spent huge investments on its email system. … [Read more...]

Quyet is Southeast Asia Player of the Week

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Quyet is Southeast Asia Player of the Week … [Read more...]

City deputies want road fee on motorcycles delayed

Van Nam The HCMC People’s Committee wants to start collecting the fee on January 1 next year, which ranges from VND50,000 to VND150,000 per year depending on the capacity of motorbikes. However, the council’s chairwoman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam said motorcycles are an important means of transport and livelihood of many poor citizens. "It’s difficult for the council to issue a resolution on the road maintenance fee… I’m concerned over the authorization of communes and wards to collect the fee as their collection methods may be different." … [Read more...]

DPI director gets lowest level of confidence

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Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – December 11

Politics:

Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today, December 11, in Vietnamese media. - The People’s Council of Ho Chi Minh City have announced the results of the vote of confidence for officials holding 18 positions elected by the council on Wednesday. The results showed the council’s chairman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam receiving the highest number of confidence votes (73/94 votes). … [Read more...]

City targets VND266 tril. budget revenue in 2015

HCMC Vice Chairman Hua Ngoc Thuan delivers a report at the meeting of the HCMC People’s Council on day one on December 9 - PHOTO: VAN NAM

Van Nam According to HCMC vice chairman Hua Ngoc Thuan, the city has attained strong GDP growth this year, at 9.5%, and per capita GDP of US$5,131. Besides, the city’s budget revenue this year is VND245.9 trillion, rising 8.61% year-on-year. … [Read more...]

HCM City announces results of confidence vote

The People’s Council of Ho Chi Minh City announced the results of vote of confidence for officials holding 18 positions elected by the council, at the end of the council’s 16th session on December 10. Ninety out of the total 94 members of the council were present to cast their votes. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairwoman of the municipal council received the highest number of "high confidence" votes (73), followed by Truong Thi Anh, Vice Chairwoman of the council, and Nguyen Thi Hong, Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Committee, both with 70 votes. … [Read more...]

Goverment News 10/12

Prime Minister leaves for ASEAN-RoK summit Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung left Hanoi on December 10 for Seoul for a commemorative summit marking the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-Republic of Korea Dialogue Relations and a working visit from December 10-12. The events are being made at the invitation of RoK President Park Geun-Hye. The commemorative summit, which takes the theme of "Building Trust, Bringing Happiness", is expected to focus on reviewing and drawing out development orientations for ASEAN-RoK dialogue relations. … [Read more...]

HCM City People’s Council meets

The 16th session of the eight People’s Council of Ho Chi Minh City convened on December 9 with an agenda full of outstanding socio-economic matters besides a vote of confidence for officials holding 18 positions elected by the council. In 2014, HCM City’s gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated at over 878.9 trillion VND (41.8 billion USD) while GDP per capita stood at 5,131 USD, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan reported, adding that the city created jobs for 284,000 people and reduced the household poverty rate under the city’s own criteria to 1.35 percent. … [Read more...]

HCM City People’s Council session opens

Ms Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam – Chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Council delivers opening speech on Dec. 9th. (Photo: Quang Dinh)

(VOVworld) - The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council opened its 16th working session on Tuesday with a focus on reviewing this year’s socio-economic development and outlining measures to reach the goals of next year’s plan. Participants are scheduled to discuss the outcomes of handling voters’ complaints and recommendations and supervisory activities in 2014. Vote of confidence will also be held for 18 positions elected by the council and a chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan and two departments’ directors will be questioned at a Q&A session. … [Read more...]

Deputies discuss local government

Deputies at the ongoing eighth session of the 13th National Assembly yesterday debated the supervision of power during discussions on a draft Law on Local Government Organisation. Most agreed that people's councils should be set up alongside people's committees in every locality to ensure residents' retained close supervision over power. Referring to Article 111 of the Constitution, Danh Ut and Trieu La Pham, representatives from Kien Giang and Ha Giang provinces, said the 2013 Constitution provided detailed regulations on local government that should be considered fundamental principles for the development of the law. … [Read more...]

Deputies debate bill on structure of local government

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Deputy Bui Manh Hung from Binh Phuoc province spoke at the meeting (Photo: VNA) … [Read more...]

Social News 18/11

Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam. ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children. "In Viet Nam, 100 children die every day from preventable causes," Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF's representative in Viet Nam, said at the launch ceremony in HCM City on Monday. … [Read more...]

Vietnam metro gets green light for detox centers, begins sending addicts to mandatory rehab

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Drug users working at the Employment and Vocational Center No. 3 in Binh Duong Province. Photo: Quang Liem … [Read more...]

National Assembly ponders role of government in trials

Lawmakers asked the authorities in charge of developing the draft law to review four draft amendments to be submitted to the NA this session. National Assembly (NA) deputies yesterday expressed concern that a draft regulation allowing the Government to get involved in trial processes infringed on the independence of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) and Supreme People's Procuracy (SPP). The regulation states that the Government has the right to ask the court and the procuracy to reconsider sentences after a trial is completed. … [Read more...]

NA ponders role of government in trials

HA NOI (VNS)- National Assembly deputies yesterday expressed concern that a draft regulation allowing the Government to get involved in trial processes infringed on the independence of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) and Supreme People's Procuracy (SPP). The regulation states that the Government has the right to ask the court and the procuracy to reconsider sentences after a trial is completed. The regulation was included in an amended draft of the Law on the Government's Organisation that was presented to the NA yesterday morning. … [Read more...]

OVERSEAS SERVICE: BRINGING THE VOICE OF JUSTICE TO MILLIONS OF LISTENERS

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(VOVworld) - After the end of the resistance war against French colonialists, Voice of Vietnam Radio (VOV) had 10 years (1955-1964) to make preparations for the war against US imperialists. VOV was trying to reinforce its broadcasts overseas at that time when half of the nation was liberated. VOV leaders decided to establish the Overseas Service with its first headquarters at 20 Trang Tien street, which was then moved to Gami House just behind VOV's main building at 58 Quan Su street, and finally to 45 Ba Trieu street, Hanoi. … [Read more...]

Wage hike plan wins backing

Van Ly Speaking at a session on budget revenue and spending last Friday, deputy Dang Ngoc Tung from the southern province of Dong Nai said that the minimum wage should be revised up next year to improve the living standards for workers. Tung said the Government should cut non-essential expenses to have money for the minimum wage increase in accordance with an approved road map. Besides the Government, the NA's Finance and Budget Committee said in its report that the minimum wage should not be increased next year due to low labor productivity and that a salary spike would pile pressure on the State budget. … [Read more...]

NA deputies ask for tightened management of State budget

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Deputy Tran Du Lich from Ho Chi Minh City speaks at the session (Source: VNA) … [Read more...]