IT public service applications in Vietnam enhanced

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam at 2015 ICT Summit

(VOVworld) – Vietnam’s rate of Internet usage is higher than the regional average and the Vietnamese government has been pushing state agencies over the past 5 years to use IT applications to streamline administrative procedures. For the past decade Da Nang city has provided online methods for carrying out administrative procedures related to land, construction, tax, social insurance, and public policy. Of 63 provinces and cities nationwide Da Nang alone has set up a one-stop shop mechanism which allows local people to declare their personal information just once for multiple administrative procedures. Pham Kim Son, director of the Da Nang Department of Information and Communications, said "IT applications require an IT infrastructure, manpower resources, policies, mechanisms, and investment in the field. All these factors can be easily achieved if the heads of agencies attach sufficient importance to IT applications. This is the prerequisite for successfully … [Read more...]

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Traffic accident kills three policemen A traffic accident killed three policemen as they were driving on the National Highway 1A section which runs through Huu Lung district in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son around 2.30pm yesterday. The policemen, Phuong Van Chung, Vi Van Loc and Trinh Van Hieu, from the district's police force, were on a working trip from Ha Noi to Lang Son when their Toyota car crashed into a passenger bus travelling in the opposite direction, according to the district's police. The bus belonged to the Son Duc – Lang Son joint venture company. The incident remains under investigation. Coach, truck collide, injuring nine A coach crashed into a truck in central province of Nghe An on Saturday night, injuring nine. At about 11:20pm, a 29-seat coach bound for Vinh City lost control and rammed into the back of a truck parked on the side of the road. Those wounded on the coach were immediately rushed to the hospital. None suffered critical … [Read more...]

Localities need to clean up food safety standards

HA NOI (VNS) — Cities and provinces should push for clean, safe agricultural products as Ha Noi and HCM City have done in recent years, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has said in a Government meeting. Dam, also head of the Inter-ministerial Central Steering Committee for Food Safety, chaired the meeting last week with local authorities and other Government agencies to review food safety standard improvement efforts during the first half of the year. The country recorded 90 known cases of food poisoning with 2,595 affected. Sixteen died, while more than 2,400 were hospitalised. The number of food poisoning cases and fatalities decreased, compared with the same period last year, which recorded 98 cases and 26 fatalities. Health authorities determined that the leading cause of death was the consumption of animals and plants that contained highly toxic substances such as toads, poisonous mushrooms and poisonous fish. During the period, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural … [Read more...]

State management sector on religious affairs praised for contributions to national unity bloc

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam presents the Independence Order, first class to the Government Committee for Religious Affairs in recognition of its contributions and development over the last 60 years. (Image credit: VGP)

NDO – The Government Committee for Religious Affairs on July 30 held a celebration for its 60th anniversary of establishment and the national day of the State management sector on religious affairs (August 2, 1955-2015). The opening speech by Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Pham Dung stated that in over 60 years of operations, the Committee and State management sector on religious affairs have constantly developed to perform duties entrusted by the Party and State. The sector has advised the Party and State on guidelines, policies and laws on religion, as well as implementing State management functions on religious activities in accordance with the guidelines and policies of the Party and by the laws of the State. The Government Committee for Religious Affairs has played its role as a contact agency with religious organisations, encouraging religious followers to participate in national construction and defence, and … [Read more...]

Safe food supply chains should be promoted throughout localities nationwide

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaking at the meeting (photo: VGP) NDO - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam commended Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on the effective implementation of safe food supply chains, whilst noting that the model should be enhanced in all localities nationwide. The Deputy PM made the remark at a meeting held by the Central Steering Committee on Food Safety and Hygiene in Hanoi on July 30. Deputy PM Dam, who is also head of the Central Steering Committee on Food Safety and Hygiene, said that food hygiene directly affects people's health, requiring relevant agencies to strengthen inspection over food safety and impose strict punishments on violators. In the first five months of this year, more than 20,000 inspection teams were established to check food processing in more than 344,000 establishments. Around 68,000 establishments were found to violate regulations on food safety(accounting for 19.8% of the total establishments) but only 12,600 establishments … [Read more...]

DPM asks to speed up HIV, drugs, prostitution prevention works

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VGP – Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam asked ministries, agencies, and the provincial and municipal People’s Committees to actively launch the working program 2015 of the National Committee for AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control. Communication works will be realized effectively based on the communication coordination program signed between the National Committee and the Viet Nam Television, the Voice of Viet Nam and the Viet Nam News Agency. A number of legal documents need to be supplemented and issued in 2015 and up to 80,000 drug addicts will be treated at certified centers. The Deputy PM required members of the National Committee to review the working program in 2015 and direct relevant agencies to achieve the set goals. The Government Office hosts and cooperates with permanent agencies of the National Committee to totalize assignments in 2015 and promptly report to the Chairman of the National Committee. In the first half of 2015, AIDS, drugs and … [Read more...]

NZ helps Vietnam improve food safety

Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat (standing, R) and New Zealand Minister for Food Safety Jo Goodhew witness the signing of a cooperation agreement on food safety between the two countries in Hanoi on July 27 - PHOTO: KHUONG LUC

Thuy Dung In accordance with cooperation between the two countries, New Zealand will share experience and help Vietnam develop manpower to improve relevant regulations and draft legal documents to facilitate production and supply of safe food products in different localities with a focus on major cities initially. The two ministers also agreed on solutions to boost trade in agricultural products between the two countries. Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said food safety is one of the key goals of the agriculture sector as it matters to 90 million Vietnamese consumers and nearly 100 million people in countries importing farm produce from Vietnam. "We want to develop strong brands and prestige for Vietnam’s agricultural products," Phat said. Jo Goodhew, New Zealand Minister for Food Safety and Associate Minister for Primary Industries, told the meeting that further cooperation in ensuring food safety is important for both … [Read more...]

Vietnam defense minister Phung Quang Thanh attends art program in Hanoi

Vietnam’s Minister of Defense Phung Quang Thanh (C, sitting) is seen at the art exchange program. Photo:

Vietnam’s Minister of Defense, Phung Quang Thanh, attended a special art exchange program in Hanoi on Monday to mark the 67th anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27), along with many other high-ranking officials. General Thanh returned from France on July 25 after recovering from surgery on a lung tumor – reportedly benign – that was performed at a French hospital on June 30. He came back after German news agency DPA on July 19 published an article saying he had died the same day at a French hospital where he was being treated for lung cancer, citing an anonymous military source. On July 20, Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, rejected the DPA article, affirming that General Thanh had recovered from the surgery and was healthy. After Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper carried a report on Saturday on Minister Thanh’s return to Hanoi on a flight operated by flag carrier Vietnam … [Read more...]

Arts programme honours revolutionary contributors

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President Truong Tan Sang presents flowers to Vietnamese heroic mothers at the programme. (Credit: VNA) NDO - An arts programme, entitled 'Aspiration for Reunion', was held in Hanoi on July 27 to mark the 68th War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27), in the presence of President Truong Tan Sang. The event was also attended by Politburo members - Chairman of Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong, and Minister of Defence Phung Quang Thanh - along with Secretary of the Party Central Committee (PCC), head of the PCC Commission for Mass Mobilisation Ha Thi Khiet, and member of the PCC and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. The arts programme was held to pay tribute to heroes, martyrs, injured and sick soldiers, and revolutionary contributors as well as honour teams, agencies, localities, organisations and individuals that have significantly contributed to searching for and collecting the remains of … [Read more...]

New Zealand to share food safety experience with Vietnam

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New Zealand Minister for Food Safety Jo Goodhew (R) and Vietnam's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat sign the Food Safety Cooperation Agreement. Photo credit: New Zealand Embassy New Zealand's Minister for Food Safety and Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew is visiting Vietnam from July 27-30 to boost bilateral cooperation in food safety. The key objective of the visit is to review existing cooperation between New Zealand and Vietnam in the critical area of food safety and discuss opportunities to expand this in future, the New Zealand Embassy in Vietnam said in a statement. "New Zealand and Vietnam have been cooperating in the agriculture and food safety space for many years, across a wide-variety of activities," Goodhew said. "This Food Safety Cooperation Arrangement I recently signed with Minister Phat is an excellent opportunity to take this cooperation to the next level." "We are very keen to share our experiences with Vietnam on food … [Read more...]

New Zealand Minister for food safety visits Vietnam

New Zealand closely cooperates with Vietnam's leading partners in  the sector of dairy industry like TH Truemilk, Vinamilk.  (Photo: baodautu.vn)

(CPV) - New Zealand Minister for food safety and associate Minister for primary industries, Ms Jo Goodhew is paying a working visit to Vietnam from July 27th - 30th. The visit aims to review existing cooperation between the two nations in the critical area of food safety and discuss opportunities to expand this in future. It is also an opportunity to celebrate bilateral ties during the 40th anniversary of friendship and diplomatic bilateral relationship. Minister Goodhew’s working visit follows the official visit to New Zealand by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in March 2015, during which a food safety cooperation arrangement was signed by Minister Goodhew and Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat. This arrangement lays the platform for closer Vietnam-New Zealand cooperation in the food safety area and in respect of trade in food products. "New Zealand and Vietnam have been cooperating in the agriculture and food safety space for many … [Read more...]

Weekly press digest – July 20-26

VGP – The joint cabinet retreat during the one-dayofficial visit of PM Nguyen Tan Dung to Thailand, the regular press conference of the FM Spokesman Le Hai Binh, and the announcement of positive economic indicators in H1 topped last week’s headlines VN, Thailand stress necessity of DOC conformity PM Nguyen Tan Dung and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-ocha have stressed the necessity of ensuring effective and sufficient conformity by relevant sides to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC). The two leaders made the statement during their talks and the third Viet Nam-Thailand Joint Cabinet Meeting held in Bangkok on July 23 as part of PM Dung’s official visit to Thailand at the invitation of his counterpart Prayut Chan-ocha. Both PMs also emphasized the importance of building, maintaining and enhancing mutual trust; restraint and no use or threat of use of force; resolving disputes through peaceful means in accordance with international … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Thailand to sign 5 deals during PM Dung’s visit

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Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung left Hanoi for Thailand on Thursday for an official visit during which he and his Thai counterpart will discuss measures to boost their countries’ strategic partnership and sign five cooperation deals. The visit, during which PM Dung will attend the third Vietnam-Thailand Joint Cabinet meeting, is made at the invitation of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The Vietnamese government chief is accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, several other ministers, leaders of a number of provinces, and representatives of about 30 Vietnamese businesses. The visit is to consolidate and strengthen the bilateral strategic partnership across politics, defense, security, economy, trade, investment and labor, as well as intensify the affiliation between the two nations. During the trip, the two sides will also discuss solutions to issues related to using water from the … [Read more...]

PM Nguyen Tan Dung leaves for Thailand visit

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung NDO - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung left Hanoi on July 23 for an official visit to Thailand and to attend the third Vietnam-Thailand Joint Cabinet meeting at the invitation of his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha. He was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh; Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam; Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh; Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh; Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen; Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat; together with Deputy Ministers of Defence, Public Security, Education and Training, Transport, Science and Technology, and Finance; Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam; and leaders of Kon Tum, Binh Dinh, Quang Tri, Quang Ninh, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Long An provinces; and Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Nguyen Tat Thanh. … [Read more...]

PM leaves Hanoi for Thailand visit

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (Source: VNA) Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung left Hanoi for Thailand on July 23 for an official visit and to attend the third Vietnam-Thailand Joint Cabinet meeting at the invitation of his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha. He was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, several ministers and leaders of a number of provinces. The visit is to foster the bilateral strategic partnership across politics, national defence-security, economics, trade, investment and labour as well as boost affiliation at regional and sub-regional cooperative mechanisms. Since the two countries established diplomatic ties on August 6, 1976, the relationship has developed comprehensively. In 2013, during Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to Thailand, it was upgraded to a strategic partnership. Vietnam and Thailand already signed an action plan to implement the Vietnam-Thailand … [Read more...]

Press digest – July 20

VN attaches importance to special ties with Laos Viet Nam always attaches importance to consolidating and enhancing the special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation with Laos, reiterated Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh while meeting with Lao Deputy FM Alounkeo Kittikhoun in Ha Noi. Deputy PM, FM Minh also urged the two foreign ministries to continue active implementation of the agreements reached by the two countries’ senior leaders. Deputy FM Alounkeo Kittikhoun briefed the host on the outcomes of the first political consultation which took place between the two foreign ministries the same day, saying that this is an effective mechanism amid quick and complicated changes in the region and the world. The same day, Deputy PM, FM met with newly-accredited Greek Ambassador to Viet Nam Nicolas D. Kanellos. Space Science Complex building started Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Space Science Complex in the central province of Binh Dinh. The … [Read more...]

Deputy PM asks for ethnic policy revisions

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has requested ministries and sectors review insufficient ethnic policies and propose adjustments, replacements and supplementations. Over the past years, ethnic policies issued by the Government have helped to improve both material and spiritual conditions of ethnic minority groups in mountainous areas through rapid poverty reduction. However, the poverty rate remains relatively high, noted the Deputy PM, pointing to ineffective implementation and overlapping ethnic policies as contributing factors. He urged the Government Committee for Ethnic Affairs to coordinate with ministries and agencies to complete a report on major ethnic policies in terms of education, healthcare and credit access. Meanwhile, ministries and agencies should provide the committee with updated information on the realisation of the policies in order to help the committee clarify identical and unfeasible policies and make adequate proposals, he asked. The committee, in … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s first science complex breaks ground in Binh Dinh province

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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam (second left) discusses with scientists at the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education. Photo: VNA A ceremony was held yesterday morning to mark the start of the nation's first science complex in the southern central province of Binh Dinh. The 3.8ha complex is located inside the precinct of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education in Ghenh Rang Ward, Quy Nhon city. With an investment capital of 171 billion VND (7.84 million USD) from the State budget, the first national science complex comprises a planetarium, a science museum and an astronomical observatory. Construction is due to be completed in 2017. The complex will be circular building and said to be in complete harmony with the area's natural landscape and space. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Deputy Prime Minster Vu Duc Dam said he hoped the complex and similar works and activities in other localities would brighten many scientific … [Read more...]

Quy Nhon city urged to inherit local tradition

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VGP - Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam has asked the central city of Quy Nhon to inherit local cultural and educational tradition and base on scientific grounds in urban planning. Deputy PM made the statement at a ceremony announcing an adjusted master plan on building QuyNhon city and surrounding areas to 2035 with a vision to 2050 in Binh Dinh province on July 20. He affirmed the essential need of urbanization to all countries, saying that successful countries have understood the importance and principles in urban development planning with consideration to socio-economic restructuring, population and labor in urbanized and surrounding areas. Urban planning should be attached to improved business climate, administrative reforms and investment attraction and implemented by residents and the community, Deputy PM Dam said. He urged Binh Dinh province to give clear explanations to people from all walks of life and implement effectively social welfare policies for project-affected … [Read more...]

Viet Nam’s first science complex breaks ground in Binh Dinh Province

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (second left) discusses with scientists at the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Kha

HA NOI (VNS) — A ceremony was held yesterday morning to mark the start of the nation's first science complex in the south central province of Binh Dinh. The 3.8ha complex is located inside the precinct of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education in Ghenh Rang Ward, Quy Nhon City. With an investment capital of VND171 billion (US$7.84 million) from the State budget, the first national science complex comprises a planetarium, a science museum and an astronomical observatory. Construction is due to be completed in 2017. The complex will be circular building and said to be in complete harmony with the area's natural landscape and space. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Deputy Prime Minster Vu Duc Dam said he hoped the complex and similar works and activities in other localities would brighten many scientific dreams. Highlighting the role of science and technology in the development of any country, the Deputy PM said that if Viet Nam wanted to … [Read more...]