108-storey financial tower planned for Nhat Tan-Noi Bai route

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A model of both sides of the Nhat Tan – Noi Bai route NDO - The Nhat Tan - Noi Bai route will become a new modern and ecological space of the capital city with a 108-storey financial tower to become its focal point. The news was announced at a meeting between Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Hanoi leaders on March 5 regarding the master plan for both sides of the Nhat Tan - Noi Bai highway as well as the socio-economic development of Hanoi. The meeting also saw the presence of Deputy Prime Ministers Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Hoang Trung Hai, Vu Van Ninh and Vu Duc Dam. According to the plan, the Nhat Tan - Noi Bai route has a total length of 11.7 km beginning at Noi Bai Airport and ending at Nhat Tan Bridge. The two sides of the route cover an area of 2,080 hectares. An estimated VND33 trillion (US$1.55 billion) will be required for investment in infrastructure and land clearance which is expected to be completed by 2025. At the meeting, Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee … [Read more...]

Ha Noi urged to better socio-economic development

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VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has urged Hanoi to better implement socio-economic tasks during a meeting with the capital’s leaders on March 5. The meeting saw the presence of Deputy PMs Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Hoang Trung Hai, Vu Van Ninh and Vu Duc Dam and leaders from several ministries and central agencies. On behalf of the Government, PM Dung praised Ha Noi’s achievements in socio-economic development and expressed his hope that the city would promote ít strengths, uphold responsibility and overcome shorcomings to realize targets set for 2015. The Government leader also urged Ha Noi to make new development steps in the five coming years to become a role model for the whole country. The Government, ministries and sectors will uphold their responsibilities in building the capital city while in certain areas authorized for the city as regulated, Hanoi should promote creativeness and dynamism during implementation, PM Dung said. He asked for the meeting’s draft … [Read more...]

Denmark, Vietnam boost educational cooperation

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam suggested establishing a joint working group on education during a reception for Danish Minister of Education Christine Antorini in Hanoi on March 4. He hailed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on education in September 2013 as a significant foundation for realising concrete cooperative activities. The host hoped that Denmark would provide additional scholarships for Vietnamese students and facilitate bilateral coordination between educational establishments, especially those strong in science-technology, marine-based economy, oil and gas, and renewable energy. Denmark is a highly significant economic partner of Vietnam in North Europe, Dam said, adding that the pending free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union—and the birth of the ASEAN Economic Community this year—would provide Vietnam and Denmark with favourable conditions to bring trade between the two nations to US$1 billion by 2016. Antorini … [Read more...]

Vietnam suggests educational working group with Denmark

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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam welcomed Danish Minister of Education Christine Antorini. (Photo: VGP News) Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam suggested establishing a joint working group on education during a reception for Danish Minister of Education Christine Antorini in Hanoi on March 4. He hailed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on education in September 2013 as a significant foundation for realising concrete cooperative activities. The host hoped that Denmark would provide additional scholarships for Vietnamese students and facilitate bilateral coordination between educational establishments, especially those strong in science-technology, marine-based economy, oil and gas, and renewable energy. Denmark is a highly significant economic partner of Vietnam in North Europe, Dam said, adding that the pending free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union—and the birth of the ASEAN Economic Community this year—would provide Vietnam and Denmark with … [Read more...]

Gov’t determines to achieve universal health insurance

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VGP – PM Nguyen Tan Dung has asked for expanding universal health insurance coverage to 75% of the population by 2015 and 80% by 2020. The PM chaired a meeting on March 4 with Deputy PMs Vu Van Ninh and Vu Duc Dam and other relevant agencies and ministries to listen to the implementation of the Law on Health Insurance and the Master Plan for Universal Coverage in the 2012-2015 phase, with an orientation to 2020. PM Dung asserted that the universal health insurance is a major guideline of the Party and State and it is meaningful and crucial to citizens’ health and lives, especially poor and disadvantaged ones, as it will help them get access to fundamental healthcare services. He hailed achievements in health insurance coverage, improvements in medical examination and treatment, and the quality of healthcare services in Viet Nam. The PM asked ministries, agencies and localities at all levels to launch effectively specific action plans and programs to implement … [Read more...]

VN enhances international integration

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VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has asked for stronger and deeper international integration in politics, diplomatics, security and national defence to enhance support, mutual understanding and trust between Viet Nam and partners. PM Dung made the statement when chairing the first plenary of the National Steering Committee on International Integration in Ha Noi on March 3 to review international integration activities in 2014, devise a working plan for 2015 and define key tasks for multilateral diplomacy until 2020. The plenary saw the participation of Deputy PMs Vu Van Ninh, Vu Duc Dam and Pham Binh Minh, together with the Steering Committee’s members. In 2014, the country’s international integration activities were implemented effectively in all fields of politics, security, national defence, economics, science, education, culture and society. Viet Nam has contributed many important initiatives at international forums, actively participated in realizing targets of the ASEAN … [Read more...]

Hai Duong natives in Ha Noi, Hai Phong meet in early spring

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The Liaison Board of the Association of Hai Duong Officers Working in Ha Noi held a meeting in early 2015 At Mui spring on March 1 morning. In attendance were Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Politburo Member, Secretary of the Central Party Committee, Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly; Mr. Vu Duc Dam, Member of the Central Party Committee, Deputy Prime Minister; Mr. Bui Thanh Quyen, Member of the Central Party Committee, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee (PPC), Chairman of the provincial People's Council, Head of the provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies; and leaders of the PPC, People's Council and Committee, and Fatherland Front Committee. At the meeting, PPC Secretary Bui Thanh Quyen generally reported the provincial socio-economic development in 2014 and key tasks for 2015. The PPC Secretary thanked Hai Duong natives in all parts of the country in general and Ha Noi in particular for and acknowledged their great contributions to the provincial … [Read more...]

Social News 2/3

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Synthetic drugs seized by Quang Binh forces The Quang Binh provincial Border Guard Command yesterday seized synthetic drugs from Laos at the Cha Lo International Port in the province. The 500 ectasy pills were being carried on a passenger bus driven by Dau Xuan Cuong, 24, from Nghe An Province. Cuong alledgely told police the drugs were being sent from Thakhek Town in Laos to Nghe An Province. Call centre to handle driving licence renewals Starting from March 9, HCM City will allow driver to make appointments to renew their licences by calling a new phone centre on 1081. Senior official from the city's transport department, Vo Trong Nhan, told vnexpress.net the service was intended to make the process more convenient and shorten the required time to issue a new licence. "People will be able to call the centre and make appointments that suit their schedule. They will be notified later once a time slot is available, which will eliminate the need for them to book at an office," … [Read more...]

Healthcare sector awarded Independence Order

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The health sector has been awarded Independence Order (Photo:VNA) The health sector has been awarded Independence Order, first class, in recognition of its great contributions to the cause of caring for people’s health as well as comprehensive progresses it has made over the years. The distinction was handed over by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam during an art programme co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and the Vietnam Television featuring the sector’s 60-year growth in Hanoi on February 27. Deputy PM Dam requested the whole sector to exert more efforts to continue fulfilling its task of improving public health, as well as building a progressive health system. The sector should strengthen its network at lower levels, especially in far-flung areas, expand the coverage of health insurance and mobilise investment resources from society for its accelerated growth, he suggested. Over the past six decades, the health system has been improved continuously. Vietnam is … [Read more...]

Vietnam Physicians’ Day marked

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(VOVworld)- The Ministry of Health organized a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of Vietnam Physicians Day on Friday. In her speech, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien highlighted the tradition of the health sector: "Over the past 60 years of following President Ho Chi Minh’s teachings, the health sector has done its utmost to overcome numerous difficulties to fulfill its tasks. We consider our job of taking care for people’s health an honor and responsibility. We always try our best to improve our profession and devote to patients". Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam presented the Health Sector with Independence Order First Class. He urged the sector to continue reforming to better care for people’s health. The same day, the Vietnam Medical-Pharmaceutical Association in Russia held a meeting to mark the occasion. In his address, Pham Duc Vinh, Deputy Secretary of the Vietanmese Party Committee in Russia said:"I really hope that the Vietnam … [Read more...]

Social News 28/2

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Route connecting Ky Sa Port and Ly Son Island opened The Ministry of Transport announced its plan to open a mixed river-sea route connecting the Ky Sa port and Ly Son Island in central Quang Ngai province on February 26. Vessels operating on the route must be river-sea compatible ships (VR-SB) under the National Technical Regulation on the Rule of Inland-Waterway Ships Classification and Construction. In addition, vessel crew members are required to have professional competence qualifications. Ly Son district lies 18 nautical miles off the Vietnamese coast and covers an area of 10km2. It includes three communes: An Hai, An Vinh and An Binh. The island district has a population of approximately 2,100. The majority of residents earn a living from fishing and farming garlics and spring onions. Ly Son is striving to become a maritime economic centre by 2025, with a focus on tourism and aquaculture. Archaeologists found relics of Sa Huynh culture on the island dating back to 3,000 … [Read more...]

Deputy PM congratulates health sector on Doctors’ Day

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has recognised Doctors' Day (February 27) by visiting health workers in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. He told people at the Herbalist Society in the province's Tam Dao district on February 26 to be innovative in using herbal remedies passed down generation to generation. He stressed that herbalists societies in Tam Dao and the greater Vinh Phuc province, an area featuring an abundance of precious medicinal herbs, are well positioned to make good use of these resources. He also made stops at the Thai Hoa Commune clinic and the healthcare centre of Lap Thach district, urging local health staff to keep up their good work in preventive health services, especially vaccinations and educational campaigns about homegrown ways to promote health. Dam called upon the Health Ministry and provincial authorities to use investment resources to equip health institutions at local levels with modern equipment and to improve health workers' skills. Ahead … [Read more...]

Communication disseminated for the search of martyr remains

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Head of the Steering Committee on the Search and Repatriation of Remains of Fallen Soldiers has urged relevant agencies to promote the use of mass media communication for the search of martyrs’ remains nationwide to create an integrated campaign in the society. The Ministry of Information and Communication was asked to direct press agencies, portals of the ministries, and localities to upgrade their information quality and open specialised pages to share their experience in searching and gathering the remains of fallen soldiers. Meanwhile, central and local radio and television stations were requested to increase length and number of broadcast programmes informing residents about the "Di tim dong doi" (looking for comrades) show. According to reports made by the Committee, which is also known as the Steering Committee 1237, as many as 1,108 sets of soldiers’ remains were gathered both at home and abroad in 2014, of which 329 sets were … [Read more...]

Activities marks Vietnamese Physicians’ Day

(VOV) - Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee President Nguyen Thien Nhan congratulated the Central Healthcare Committee and the Vietnam Medical Association on the 60th anniversary of Vietnamese Physicians’ Day during his visit on February 26. He asked the Military Medical Department to promote its strength and enhance affiliation with domestic and foreign healthcare units. Health workers there were asked to better themselves to provide higher quality services for soldiers and civilians and improve Vietnam’s healthcare services at all levels. The same day, Ho Chi Minh city hosted an art program highlighting contributions of Vietnamese physicians. Films about the development of the healthcare sector in the south and honoring outstanding physicians were screened as part of the program. Da Nang city organized a meeting to mark Vietnamese Physicians’ Day and award outstanding doctors during 2014. More than 1,000 People’s and Emeritus doctors, as well … [Read more...]

Establishing Vietnam Encyclopedia compilation Steering Council

The Steering Council for the compilation of a Vietnam encyclopedia will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam

The Hanoitimes - The Prime Minister has approved the founding of a Council Steering for the compilation of a Vietnam encyclopedia. Accordingly, the Steering Council will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam President of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences Nguyen Xuan Thang and President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology Chau Van Minh is the Standing Vice Chairman and the Vice Chairman, respectively. The Steering Council will group 13 members, including: Deputy minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology Pham Cong Tac; Deputy minister of the Ministry of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong; Deputy minister of the Ministry of Finance Truong Chi Trung; Deputy minister of the Ministry of National Defence Do Ba Ty; Deputy minister of the Ministry of Public Security Bui Van Nam; Deputy minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung; Deputy minister of the Ministry of Education and Training Pham Manh Hung; and Deputy minister of the … [Read more...]

Vietnam radio to offer 24/7 English channel

Voice of Vietnam (VOV), the national radio station, is poised to launch a full-time English channel in the third quarter of this year. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has approved VOV's proposal to launch an all-day English channel, which is to be made within this year’s third quarter. VOV5, the radio station’s overseas channel, currently airs 12 programs at certain times in different languages, including English, French, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, Thai, Indonesian and Khmer dialect. The dialect is used by the Khmer ethnic minority, who typically inhabit such Vietnamese Mekong Delta provinces as Tra Vinh, Soc Trang and An Giang. The programs serve as a gateway to the latest news in Vietnam for expats and overseas Vietnamese across the world. They also help promote the country’s rich culture to the world and provide tastes of home culture to overseas Vietnamese. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – February 26

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Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today in Vietnamese media. -- On February 25, Le Thanh Hai, Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Secretary, led a delegation to visit the families of late Professor-Doctor Nguyen Thien Thanh, former director of Thong Nhat Hospital in Go Vap District, and of late Doctor Duong Quang Trung, former director of the city’s Department of Health. The visit was paid on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Vietnamese Doctors' Day (February 27, 1955 – February 27, 2015). -- A Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative on February 25 confirmed that Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong will visit the U.S. this year. Earlier, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Vietnam to the U.S. had sent a letter to President Barack Obama to propose the two sides prepare for the trip of the Vietnamese Party General Secretary and consider it an important milestone in the two countries’ diplomatic relation. … [Read more...]

Press digest – February 24

PM lauds efforts to ensure sound Tet holiday Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung chaired a meeting with standing members of the Cabinet, hailing efforts of ministries and localities to ensure a Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday of peace, jubilance, safety and responsible spending for all. Supply of goods and services were adequate and goods made in Viet Nam dominated the market, he noted, adding that prices remained stable during Tet, which spanned from February 15-23. The PM also stressed the need for ministries and localities to continue maintaining defense and security, firmly safeguarding the national independence and territorial sovereignty. PM beats gong to open New Year bourse trading PM Nguyen Tan Dung beat the gong to open the first trading session of securities of the Lunar New Year at Ha Noi Stock Exchange. Speaking at the ceremony, the PM lauded the development in the nation’s stock market, asserting that the stock market has actively contributed to the national … [Read more...]

Encyclopedia compilation steering council set up

The Prime Minister has approved the establishment of a council steering the compilation of a Vietnam encyclopedia. Accordingly, the Steering Council will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam who is aided by President of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences Nguyen Xuan Thang and President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology Chau Van Minh as the Standing Vice Chairman and the Vice Chairman, respectively. The council will group 13 members, including eight deputy ministers of the Ministry of Science and Technology; the Ministry of Planning and Investment; the Ministry of Finance; the Ministry of National Defence; the Ministry of Public Security; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Education and Training; and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The others are deputy heads of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Communications and Education and the Theory Council; and Deputy Directors of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of … [Read more...]

Media outlets urged to spread national development

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VGP - Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Popularisation and Education Dinh The Huynh chaired a meeting with press agencies on February 24. Mr. Huynh urged press agencies to improve their quality, efficiency, leadership, and management to more effectively communicate this year’s important events, contributing to national development. In his address, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam thanked the journalists and reporters on behalf of the Government for contributing to the effective operation of the Government as well as ensuring defence and security. Dam expressed his hopes that media outlets would actively help reform the economic management mechanism. The press should also promote national unity to protect the country’s full sovereignty, assist the Government in building a law-abiding country and fight against corruption and waste, he said. He also underscore the need for media agencies to effectively and creatively cover the 40th … [Read more...]