Belarus, Vietnam expect US$500 million bilateral trade
Vietnam and Belarus will hold a Vietnam-Belarus Business Forum to boost trade exchange towards the US$500 two-way trade target in the future, has said Vladimir Andreichenko, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus.
On October 9, National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with Vladimir Andreichenko, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus on the sidelines of the third Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments (MSEAP 3) in Antalya, Turkey.
At the meeting, the Vietnamese NA leader assured Vietnam’s high regard for the development of traditional friendship and all-around cooperation with Belarus, noting that regular meetings between parliamentarians of Vietnam and Belarus indicate the sound and traditional friendship between the two nations as well as two legislatures.
She also thanked Belarusian leaders for dispatching a high-ranking delegation to the funeral of President Tran Dai Quang while emphasizing that Vietnam always remembered and greatly valued the support Belarus provided for Vietnam during the past struggles for national liberation and the current national defence process.
The top Vietnamese legislator said she hopes that the two sides will continue to offer mutual support at international organizations and forums, especially the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement.
She voiced Vietnam’s desire to step up cooperation in economy-trade and other aspects, including national defence, science-technology, culture, and education with Belarus, together with the effective implementation of the free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU), to expand economic-trade cooperation and investment between the nations.
In reply, Andreichenko praised Vietnam’s achievements in economic development and the country’s rising international profile. He used the occasion to repeat the invitation for Ngan to pay a visit to Belarus in expectation of welcoming a Vietnamese business delegation so as boost bilateral economy-trade and investment.
Both sides are destined to discuss the signing of a cooperation agreement between the two legislative bodies as well as measures to augment bilateral cooperation during the visit.
At the meeting, both sides also consented to expand cooperation in their diverse potential areas.
Acting President: Gov’t calls for investment in agriculture
Acting President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh (centre) meets constituents in Long Ho district
Acting President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh said that the Government wants to continue the call for investment in agriculture during a meeting with constituents in Phuoc Hau and Long Phuoc communes of Long Ho district in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long on October 9.
She said that there are over 800 firms invest in farming this year, raising the total number of businesses in agriculture and rural development to over 10,000. In Vinh Long more specifically, many firms are interested in farm produce processing.
The leader stressed the need to supplement legal regulations to prevent suspects in corruption cases from fleeing abroad and dispersing assets, adding that the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission has been empowered to ask relevant authorities to bar Party members from leaving the country, or to seize assets and freeze bank accounts when necessary.
The acting President also shared voters’ concern about hospital overcrowding and flaws in practice by medical staff. She asked Vinh Long to pay attention to investing in equipment and treatment, as well as improving medical staff expertise to create trust among patients.
Constituents called for promptly issuing circulars and decrees guiding the enforcement of laws. Several of them asked the National Assembly, Government, and localities to outline a proper roadmap to planning transportation and irrigation systems; and preventing drought, salinisation, and river landslides to help locals stabilise their lives amid climate change.
They also hoped that more enterprises would invest in agriculture and rural development in order to provide active support for farmers.
Deputy PM: strengthening macro-economy a top priority
Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue (R) and FEC Vice President Yoshihiko Nakagaki (Source: baochinhphu.vn)
Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue expressed that strengthening the macro-economy is a top priority for Vietnam during a reception in Hanoi on October 9 for Vice President of the International Friendship Exchange Council (FEC) of Japan Yoshihiko Nakagaki.
Expressing delight at the increasing political trust via the exchange of visits at all levels, Hue lauded FEC for promoting the Vietnam-Japan friendship over the past few years.
He said the Government is directing agencies to review the 10-year implementation of the socio-economic development strategy for the 2011-2020 period, towards achieving rapid and sustainable growth.
In order to strengthen the macro-economy, he said Vietnam has given direction towards tightening fiscal policy, flexible foreign currency and exchange rate policy; expanding export markets; and boosting domestic consumption. Despite uncertainties in global events, Vietnam’s inflation is kept under control and public debt reduced.
At the same time, Vietnam will also step up trade liberalisation and global economic integration, reform domestic mechanisms and policies, and improve its business climate towards becoming among the top four ASEAN economies by 2020, he said, adding that Vietnam advocates accelerating international investment on the back of its 12 free trade agreements.
The host called for Japanese investment in science-technology, finance, and energy with advanced technologies, good governance, and links with Vietnamese partners.
According to him, Vietnam is building an economic development strategy for 2020-2030 to ensure balanced development amongst the region, and is ready to welcome Japanese firms wanting to do business in the country.
Nakagaki, for his part, expressed support for Vietnam’s development policy in the near future and highlighted the sustainable development of the State budget, transport-infrastructure, energy, and the private sector.
He said FEC will make active and effective contributions to collaboration between the two nations’ business communities, and political and socio-economic organisations in the near future.
Vietnam, Belarus enhance multifaceted cooperation
Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with Vladimir Andreichenko, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus on October 9
Vietnam has always treasured the development of traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Belarus, Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has said.
The official made the statement while meeting with Vladimir Andreichenko, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus on the sidelines of the third Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments (MSEAP 3) in Antalya, Turkey, on October 9.
The NA Chairwoman said frequent meetings between parliamentarians of Vietnam and Belarus reflect the solid and traditional friendship between the two nations and two parliaments in particular.
On the occasion, Ngan expressed her gratitude to Belarusian leaders for sending a high-ranking delegation to the funeral of President Tran Dai Quang.
She stressed that Vietnam always remembered and highly valued the support of Belarus during the country’s national liberation in the past and national building and defence at present.
Ngan voiced her hope that the two sides will continue to support each other at international organisations and forums, especially the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement.
Vietnam is looking to enhancing cooperation in economy-trade and other spheres, including national defence, science-technology, culture, and education with Belarus, along with the effective implementation of the free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU), to expand economic-trade cooperation and investment between the countries, she said.
In response, Andreichenko spoke highly of the achievements of Vietnam’s economic development and the country’s rising position in international arena. He also affirmed the significant role and contributions of the two countries’ parliaments to the fruitful results of the bilateral relations.
He took the occasion to repeat the invitation for Ngan to pay a visit to Belarus, voicing his expectation to welcome a Vietnamese business delegation in order to bolster bilateral economy-trade and investment towards 500 million USD in two-way trade.
The two sides are expected to discuss the signing of a cooperation agreement between the two parliaments as well as measures to promote bilateral cooperation during the visit.
At the meeting, both sides also agreed to enhance collaboration at multilateral international parliamentary forums and strengthen cooperation in areas which hold great potential.
Vietnamese NA ready to boost ties with RoK’s legislature
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (L) and Speaker of the RoK’s NA Moon Hee-sang
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has said the Vietnamese legislature is ready to further boost friendship and cooperation with the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (RoK).
She made the statement during a meeting with Speaker of the RoK’s NA Moon Hee-sang on the sidelines of the third meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments (MSEAP) in the Turkish city of Antalya on October 9.
She thanked the RoK for sending condolences and a high-ranking delegation led by Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon to the state funeral of President Tran Dai Quang.
Expressing delight at the development of the Vietnam – RoK ties since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations on December 22, 1992, Ngan said both sides have become partners of top importance in diverse areas.
The top legislator welcomed the RoK’s “New Southern Policy” that facilitates ties with ASEAN countries with a focus on Vietnam, affirming that the country is ready to serve as a bridge to boost all-around links between the RoK and the grouping.
She called for efforts to reinforce joint work under agreements reached by the two nations’ leaders and the Vietnam – RoK Joint Statement 2018 signed during the RoK President’s visit to Vietnam, with parliamentary cooperation as an important channel.
Ngan wished that the two legislatures would work more closely together to promote ties between the two States and peoples, and offer mutual support at regional and global inter-parliamentary forums, contributing to maintaining peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
Moon, for his part, said the State visit to Vietnam in March 2018 by President Moon Jae-in proves that the RoK attaches importance to its ties with Vietnam and other ASEAN member states, during which both sides vowed to lift two-way trade to 100 billion USD by 2020 in a more balanced and sustainable way.
He said the RoK considers Vietnam a priority in its strategy of cooperation with Southeast Asian nations, adding that in order to support such initiative, the RoK legislature has set up the ASEAN – RoK Inter-Parliamentary Forum.
The RoK is now the second largest supplier of official development assistance and the second largest investor of Vietnam. Bilateral collaboration across national defence-security, education-training, labour, culture, sports has been expanded. The more than 160,000 citizens living and working in each side and the over 60,000 RoK – Vietnam multicultural families are serving as a bridge for bilateral friendship.
Over the past years, the RoK has also provided solutions to build e-government in Vietnam and worked with the country to increase flights between the two nations.
On this occasion, Chairwoman Ngan invited Speaker Moon to pay an official visit to Vietnam.
Top legislator meets Kazakh lower house chairman in Turkey
At the meeting
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with Chairman of the Mazhilis (lower house) of the parliament of Kazakhstan Nurlan Z. Nigmatulin on the sidelines of the third Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments (MSEAP 3) in Antalya, Turkey, on October 9.
Ngan noted with pleasure the development of the traditional friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Kazakhstan and their legislative bodies in particular, especially since the Kazakh Embassy was established in Vietnam in 2015.
Vietnamese people always keep in mind the valuable support of Kazakhstan for their past struggle for national liberation and reunification as well as the present national construction and development, she said.
Highlighting the fruitful bilateral economic and trade ties, the Vietnamese top legislator said the two countries boast substantial potential to further the cooperation.
Ngan said she was impressed by Kazakhstan’s attraction of 220 billion USD in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2017, and suggested the two sides exchange experience in this field.
Vietnam highly appreciates Kazakhstan’s efforts to promote the initiative to launch a railway connecting Kazakhstan, China and Vietnam, she said.
She told the Mazhilis Chairman that Vietnam has sent a delegation to the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan from October 10-11.
On this occasion, Ngan invited the Kazakh lower house leader to pay an official visit to Vietnam.
The leaders acknowledged the consolidated bilateral political ties, as seen in the exchange of all-level visits and the official signing of the Vietnam-Eurasia Economic Union Free Trade Agreement (VN-EAEU FTA). They noted that the VN-EAEU FTA is a milestone that helps elevate the bilateral ties to a new high and open up areas for stronger comprehensive cooperation.
Nigmatulin said the deal would create opportunities for foreign businesses and investors to access the Vietnamese market and open a trade corridor between Vietnam and Kazakhstan.
He affirmed that Vietnam is Kazakhstan’s important Asian partner and Kazakhstan always hopes to develop economic and trade relations with the country.
The Kazakhstan parliament attaches importance to legislative ties with Vietnam, he said, recalling the official visit to Kazakhstan by NA Chairwoman Ngan in 2017 that has significantly contributed to promoting the relationship between the two countries.
Kazakhstan has established the Kazakhstan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians Group with 40 members, Nigmatulin said, noting his hope that the two sides will share operational experience, especially in lawmaking.
Ethiopian President asks Vietnam to reopen embassy in Addis Ababa
Vietnamese Ambassador to Tanzania and Ethiopia Nguyen Kim Doanh (L) meets with President of Ethiopia Mulatu Teshome in Addis Ababa capital city on October 9
Vietnamese Ambassador to Tanzania and Ethiopia Nguyen Kim Doanh presented his credentials to President of Ethiopia Mulatu Teshome in Addis Ababa capital city on October 9.
The Ethiopian President took the occasion to extend his condolences to the State, Government and people of Vietnam over the passing of President Tran Dai Quang.
Teshome highly valued the visit of President Quang to Ethiopia in August, saying the trip marks a new page of the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Ethiopia.
Lauding Vietnam’s achievements in the past more than three decades, notably in agricultural reform and foreign investment attraction, he said Ethiopia looks to study Vietnam’s experiences in economic development and national construction.
He proposed that Vietnam re-open its embassy in Addis Ababa and voiced his hope that the ambassador will actively contribute to the bilateral relations and cooperation.
For his part, Doanh expressed his hope that the two countries will enhance exchanges of high-ranking delegations to share experiences and create solid foundation for cooperation in many fields.
The same day, the Vietnamese Ambassador discussed measures to bolster cooperation with Tsegab Kebebew, head of the Asia and Oceania Affairs of Ethiopian Foreign Ministry.
At the meeting, he asked the ministry to arrange the Vietnam visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali at an early date.
He also requested relevant agencies of Ethiopia to consider and start negotiations on agreements on investment encouragement and protection, on double taxation and others, to create a legal foundation for bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation.
Rule of law crucial to peace, development: Ambassador
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Head of the Permanent Delegation of Vietnam to the UN, speaks at the event.
The rule of law at national and universal levels holds a significant role in ensuring peace, promoting sustainable development, and protecting human rights, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Head of the Permanent Delegation of Vietnam to the UN, has said.
He made the affirmation while attending a meeting of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly’s Sixth Committee (Legal Committee) on October 8-9.
Laying stress on Vietnam’s achievements in building and completing the legal system and judicial reforms as well as enhancing jurisdiction to protect human rights, Ambassador Quy said the country has proactively participated in the codification and advanced development of the international law.
Vietnam is one of the first 10 countries to sign and ratify the Non-Proliferation Treaty, he said.
Ambassador Quy stated that along with other ASEAN member states, Vietnam is making concerted efforts to turn Southeast Asia into a region of peace, stability and prosperity.
In the context of the complicated developments in the East Sea, Vietnam calls on relevant parties to exercise restraint and address disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international regulations, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS), with respect for legal and diplomatic processes, fully implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and working to finalise an effective and legally binding Code of Conduct in the waters, he added.
The Sixth Committee’s meeting drew the participation of more than 70 UN member countries, and representatives of international organisations. They all agreed that respect of the rule of law at national and universal jurisdiction levels is essential to tackle current security challenges and conflicts.
Members of the Non-Aligned Movement said that the rule of the law must be promoted based on the UN Charter and international law, particularly respect for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries.
Hanoi seeks to boost ties with foreign cities
Hanoi officials in Ankara during the tour. (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)
A delegation of high-ranking officials of Hanoi led by Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Dao Duc Toan has made a tour of Turkey, Switzerland and Belgium recently to promote ties with major cities in the countries.
In Turkey, the delegation met with Vice Mayor of Ankara on September 27, during which the two sides shared experience in development policies and local governance, particularly in the fields of infrastructure and social welfare.
The delegation visited several historical relic conservation projects in Ankara and social housing quarters built at former slum areas.
At a working session with First Deputy Mayor of Istanbul Ahmet Selamet, Dao Duc Toan strongly recommended that Hanoi and Istanbul further their bilateral partnership in all aspects in the context of the growing ties between Vietnam and Turkey, as seen through the Turkish Prime Minister’s visit to Vietnam in August 2017 and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan’s visit to Turkey in October this year.
The Istanbul deputy mayor introduced the city’s potential and strengths to the guests, and expressed the wish to gain more information about policies on foreign investment of Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular.
During their stay in Switzerland, the Hanoi delegation had a working session on October 1 with Thomas Moser, official in charge of communications and external relations of Bern state.
The delegation affirmed Bern’s experiences in urban administration are useful for Hanoi in implementing its pilot project on urban administration.
In Brussels, the delegation held a meeting with officials of the Wallonie-Bruxelles region, during which the two sides reviewed the cooperation between the two sides under a deal signed between Hanoi and the Wallonie-Bruxelles.
The meeting also pinpointed areas for future cooperation which will be included in an agreement to be signed between Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment and the region this November.
The Deputy Secretary of Hanoi Party Committee said he wished the two sides would boost collaboration in cultural heritage conservation, cultural and art exchange, and education-training. He also asked the Wallonie-Bruxelles region to assist Hanoi in addressing waste treatment, animal husbandry and animal slaughter, which are the region’s strengths.
UPF’s 47th Assises opens in Armenia
At the conference. (Photo: leseco.ma)
The 47th Assises of the International Union of Francophone Press (UPF) opened on October 9 in Tsaghkadzor, about 50km from Armenia’s Yerevan capital city.
The event, themed “Media and Migration”, took place simultaneously with the 17th Summit of the Francophonie in Yerevan.
In his opening remarks, UPF President Madiambal Diagne said migration is a lingering global issue and the conference creates an opportunity for journalists and heads of French-language media agencies to exchange experience in dealing with migration-related information.
Within the four-day event, the delegates will hold round-table discussions and thematic meetings on media and migration.
According to the organising board, the conference has attracted the participation of 300 delegates representing media organisations, newspapers, radio and television stations of 49 Francophone countries,
As a non-governmental organisation established in 1950, the UPF aims to ensure press freedom.
Based in Paris, the union brings together more than 3,000 journalists, including those from Vietnam.
Speakers of Eurasian countries’ parliaments wrap up meeting
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) at the third Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments in Antalya, Turkey
The third Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments (MSEAP 3) in Antalya, Turkey, closed on October 9 and officially adopted the 17-point Antalya Statement, with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan leading a Vietnamese high-ranking delegation to the event.
The statement recognised the role played by parliaments of Eurasian countries in creating a frank discussion of issues, and results achieved at conferences in Moscow of Russia and Seoul of the Republic of Korea; and exchanging views on measures to promote parliamentary diplomacy, thus contributing to peace, stability and prosperity in Eurasia.
Recognizing the importance of development in the region, the statement affirmed commitment to promoting joint efforts in legislative support, and exploring possibilities of expanding partnerships in Eurasia for a shared future, inclusive and sustainable growth, prosperity through promoting cooperation in many areas of common interest, such as logistics services, customs harmonization, multimodal connectivity, infrastructure development, business facilitation and technology transfer on the basis of respect for laws of each country.
The statement also acknowledged the aspirations of countries to encourage the use of new measures to support economic and trade activities through the form of intra-bloc cooperation.
Participants also reaffirmed their support for an open, inclusive, non-discriminatory, transparent and law-abiding multilateral trading system that was set up within the framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
They also reiterated their commitments to ensure the implementation and enforcement of the existing rules of the WTO and their determination to enhance cooperate to further strengthen the organization while rejecting trade practices that do not conform to WTO rules.
The statement acknowledged the importance of joint efforts made by countries, international organizations and associations of mutual interest in connecting national development strategies and multilateral integration projects.
It also highlighted the important role that parliaments play in giving priority to addressing environmental challenges such as climate change, drought, deforestation, desertification and land degradation, natural disasters, loss of biodiversity and water scarcity in national agendas in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, to promote close cooperation and co-ordination among Eurasian countries, thus improving adaptability and self-reliance against negative effects caused by these challenges.
The Statement reaffirmed the commitment to resolving conflicts by peaceful measures with no use or threatening to use force, and adhering to universally accepted principles of international law and the UN Charter.
It appreciated the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for the host of the MSEAP 3, and recognized the efforts of the RoK’s National Assembly and the State Duma of Russian for establishing the MSEAP mechanism and co-chairing the meeting; and agreed the Republic of Kazakhstan will host MSEAP 3 in 2019.
Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council adopts important resolutions
The HCM City People’s Council adopted several resolutions with key pieces of content during its 10th session on October 8.
The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council adopted several resolutions with key pieces of content during its 10th session on October 8.
The resolutions feature projects and programmes to realise the National Assembly’s Resolution No. 54 on piloting special mechanisms and policies for the city’s development, including the construction of a symphony, opera, and ballet theatre at a total cost of over VND1.5 trillion (US$65.2 million) from the local State budget.
Scheduled for construction from 2018 to 2022 in District 2’s Thu Thiem new urban area, the theatre will accommodate 1,700 seats.
The council also approved a resolution on State budget support for the implementation of a programme on milk supply for kindergarten and elementary school children for the 2018-2020 period, thus improving their nutrition and height.
Accordingly, 30% of the programme’s costs will be covered by the local State budget, 20% by milk suppliers, and 50% by parents and carers.
For poor and low-income households, and for children living in social sponsor centres, the city’s State budget and milk suppliers will incur their half of the costs.
Delegates also ratified resolutions on investment stimulation in the local support industry, as well as decisions on decentralisation and the auction of assets on land with transfer of rights to land use in the city.
Concluding the event, Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam asked the municipal People’s Committee to direct departments and agencies towards completing reports to submit to the council for their year-end meeting.
They were also urged to bring Resolution No. 54 into life towards boosting economic growth and improving local lives, while also strengthening inspection to honour good examples and promptly fix shortcomings in the effort.
Mekong-Japan cooperation lifted to strategic partnership
The 10th Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting takes place in Tokyo on October 9
Leaders of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries and Japan decided to lift the two sides’ cooperation to a strategic partnership at the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting in Tokyo on October 9.
The event, chaired by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was attended by Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Cambodian PM Hun Sen, Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith, Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
The leaders reviewed cooperation over the past years, discussed major orientations for cooperation in the time ahead, and exchanged views on some international and regional issues.
They shared the view that 10 years since its foundation, Mekong-Japan cooperation has recorded many achievements in line with the set directions which are building a GMS of long-term peace and stability; developing economy and actively contributing to ASEAN integration; and sustainable development through regular high-level meetings, discussions on cooperation at all levels, and implementation of concrete projects in specialised fields in each period.
Regarding the New Tokyo Strategy 2015 for 2016-2018, they welcomed the implementation of hundreds of projects in multiple areas, helping to improve infrastructure connectivity and promote economic – industrial cohesion and people-to-people exchange between Japan and the Mekong region.
The GMS leaders appreciated Japan’s provision of over 750 billion JPY in assistance for 2016-2018.
Agreeing to lift Mekong-Japan cooperation to the strategic partnership, the two sides said cooperation in the time ahead will focus on three main pillars, namely vibrant and effective connectivity, people-centred society, and cooperation in health care, education and justice.
The summit agreed to organise the Mekong-Japan Exchange Year 2019 to enhance understanding and exchange among people of the GMS countries and Japan. They also agreed to realise a “green Mekong”, focusing on fostering collaboration with international and regional organisations, especially the Mekong River Commission, in managing and sustainably using Mekong water resources. The countries will work together to cope with climate change; reduce, treat and recycle waste; and preserve and sustainably use fisheries resources.
At the event, the participants also talked about many global and regional affairs, including the East Sea and Korean Peninsula issues. They reaffirmed the common pledge to maintain and promote peace, security and stability in the region, while resolving disputes by peaceful means, including fully respecting legal and diplomatic processes and not threatening or using force, in accordance with widely recognised principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Speaking at the meeting, PM Phuc emphasised the role of and contributions by Mekong-Japan cooperation to the realisation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and to regional peace, stability and development. Mekong-Japan cooperation projects have helped give considerable changes to infrastructure, human resources development and environmental protection in the GMS nations.
He also affirmed Vietnam’s commitment to continuing to work closely with Japan and other GMS members to promote cooperation.
Suggesting cooperation directions for the time ahead, the PM said the two sides should step up transport connectivity, including Vientiane-Hanoi Expressway and waterway transport between Vietnam and Cambodia, and energy connectivity within the GMS region as well as between the region and non-GMS countries.
He suggested improving soft infrastructure connectivity, and building and implementing agreements and coordination mechanisms on facilitating transport, trade and digital connectivity among the member nations. The countries should also boost industrial connectivity and prioritise the development of supporting industries; increase people-to-people connectivity, especially through education and training; and sign agreements on mutual recognition of vocational training diplomas and certificates.
They also need to realise the joint vision on a green Mekong with a focus on cooperation in sustainably managing water resources, protecting the environment, responding to climate change, and developing smart and sustainable agriculture, he added.
PM Phuc recommended a Mekong-Japan innovation network be set up to foster connectivity and exchange among research, invention and startup centres of Japan and the GMS countries.
The summit high valued and reflected the Vietnamese leader’s proposals in its documents.
In terms of global and regional issues, PM Phuc welcomed the positive outcomes of the bilateral summits between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the US and the Republic of Korea. He voiced his support for the denuclearisation in the whole Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner and in line with resolutions of the UN Security Council.
He asserted that Vietnam will keep coordinating with Japan and the international community to solve humanitarian issues, including abduction, condemning the kidnapping of citizens between countries.
With regard to the East Sea issue, he recognised some positive improvements in negotiations but also voiced his concern over the fact that complex developments remain in the waters. He stressed the urgency of ensuring peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation in and overflight over the East Sea, calling for adherence to the 1982 UNCLOS, full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and soon finalisation of an efficient and effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea.
At the end of the meeting, the leaders adopted the Tokyo Strategy 2018 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation in the 2019-2021 period.
Training course guides how to benefit from ASEAN cooperation funds
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the ASEAN Secretariat is hosting a training course in HCM City from October 9-10 to guide how to draw projects to take advantage of resources from ASEAN and ASEAN-dialogue partners cooperation funds.
The event offers an opportunity for researcher and leaders of professional agencies in southern cities and provinces to update knowledge about ASEAN, get deeper insights into development cooperation mechanisms and projects, ASEAN and ASEAN-dialogue partners cooperation funds as well as possibilities of making use of these funds.
According to the MoFA, in recent times, the localities have actively implemented foreign relations work and enhanced international cooperation. They are in need of support resources to contribute to their socio-economic development.
However, many of them are yet to have full information about the objectives and criteria of these funds as well show their embarrassment in accessing the funds’ capital sources to develop projects.
Duong Hai Hung, deputy head of the ministry’s ASEAN Department, the course aims to provide information and guide how to apply development cooperation projects as well as to build, supervise and assess the projects in line with the standard process set by the ASEAN Secretariat.
The ASEAN cooperation projects must ensure the purposes and principles of ASEAN in realising development cooperation among parties as well as the central role of ASEAN, common rules and non-discrimination.
At present, there are over 70 cooperation funds and programmes within the frameworks of ASEAN and ASEAN with dialogue partners. Over the past time, these funds and programmes have significantly contributed to boosting collaboration within ASEAN and between the bloc and its dialogue partners, especially in such fields as connectivity enhancement, development gap narrowing, and response to common challenges.
According to Tran Phuoc Anh, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of External Affairs, during the course, participants can study resources to develop projects, share difficulties in the project making and implementation, and propose ideas and initiatives to carry out projects.
They also look into the organisational structure and operation of ASEAN as well as the scale, criteria, priorities, processes, and approval procedures of the ASEAN and ASEAN-dialogue partners cooperation funds.
Memorial services for former CPV leader observed overseas
The memorial service for former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Do Muoi in Cairo, Egypt.
Memorial services were held overseas to remember former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Do Muoi over the last few days.
In Egypt, the Embassy of Vietnam paid respects to Muoi, who also served as Chairman of the Council of Ministers (now Prime Minister), in a ceremony in Cairo on October 8. Ambassador Do Hoang Long and the embassy’s staff honoured the late leader with a moment of silence and incense offering.
Writing in the book of condolences, Long recalled Muoi’s great contributions to Vietnam’s “doi moi” (reform) period and international integration and his personal memories when he was working for the late Party chief.
Representatives from local governments and diplomats in Egypt from China, Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Thailand, Georgia and more also visited the Vietnamese Embassy to pay homage to Muoi.
A similar event was held to pay tribute to the former leader in Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 6 – 7.
In his remarks, Ambassador Tran Van Khoa expressed deep sadness over the passing of Do Muoi, saying his death is a great loss to the Party, State and people of Vietnam.
Under his leadership, Vietnam had seen remarkable milestones and achieved unprecedented breakthroughs that lifted the country out of economic crisis, soaring inflation and embargos and successfully implemented “doi moi,” he said.
Several senior governmental officials of Bangladesh, foreign diplomats from Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Butan, Singapore, the UEA and Iraq alongside Vietnamese expats came to pay tribute to Do Muoi.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former CPV General Secretary Do Muoi on October 1, 2018,” Bangladeshi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam wrote in the funeral book. The next generations will remember him as a great leader with respect and gratitude towards his dedication to Vietnam’s “doi moi” and development, he added.
President of the Bangladeshi Communist Party Mujahidul Islam Selim wrote the Communist Party of Bangladesh was deeply saddened by the death of former Vietnamese Communist Party leader Do Muoi.
State officials, diplomats and foreign friends also came to the Embassy of Vietnam in Buenos Aires, Argentina to bid farewell to Muoi in a memorial service on October 5 – 6.
Following a moment of silence for the late leader, Ambassador to Argentina Dang Xuan Dung recalled his career as a young revolutionary and his great contributions to the country’s reunification and “doi moi” as well as his role in promoting friendship and cooperation with other countries.
Former CPV General Secretary Do Muoi passed away at 23:12 on October 1 at the Military Central Hospital 108 due to serious illness, aged 101.
NA Standing Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong meets voters in Son La
Standing Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong speaking at the meeting
Politburo member and Standing vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly, Tong Thi Phong, held a meeting with the local voters in Son La city on October 9, to listen to their opinions ahead of the upcoming 14th NA’s sixth session.
Local constituents voiced their opinions on a number of urgent issues which currently affect the socio-economic development of the locality, including the adjustment of the scale of a 7.7km-section of National highway 6 and the upgrade of the flood drainage project from Chieng Sinh ward to the inner city.
Voters from Quyet Thang ward also proposed that the authorised agencies should raise the housing support package for policy beneficiary families and the Health Ministry should provide preferential health insurance policies for patients suffering from serious diseases.
They also raised their concern over the hydro-electric power plants in Son La province, asking for a review of these construction works.
NA Standing vice Chairwoman Phong acknowledged the opinions of local voters, while expressing her wish that Son La province would continue to promote its tradition to build a more prosperous province.
She also emphasised that the upcoming 14th NA’s sixth session is a crucial session, with a number of new contents, particularly the election of the Presidential position, the holding of a vote of confidence for posts elected by the NA, and others.
More condolences over former Party General Secretary’s death
The vehicles carry the coffin of former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Do Muoi
More messages of condolence over the death of former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Do Muoi have been sent to leaders of the CPV, the State and people of Vietnam and the family of the deceased.
President of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi extended his condolences in a letter addressed to General Secretary of the CPV Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong.
The Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) sent a message of sympathy to the CPV, the Vietnamese people and Do Muoi’s family.
President of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee Geetesh Sharma and General Secretary of the committee Kussum Jain also sent a message of condolences to the Government and people of Vietnam and the former Party chief’s family.
Do Muoi, who served as General Secretary of the CPV Central Committee from June 1991 to December 1997, passed away in Hanoi on October 1 at the age of 101 due to serious illness.
Vietnam observed two days of national mourning for him on October 6 and 7.
PM attends joint press conference on Mekong-Japan Summit outcomes
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the joint press conference on the outcomes of the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit
Vietnam will maintain its close cooperation with Japan and the Mekong countries to make the Japan-Mekong cooperation mechanism more successful in order to meet each country’s aspirations and contribute to the peace and prosperity of the region, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said.
Phuc made the statement on October 9 when attending a joint press conference on the outcomes of the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit, together with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, Cambodian PM Hun Sen, Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith, Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
Informing reporters on the summit’s outcomes, Phuc said that the parties had exchanged experiences, and shared their views on the successes, opportunities, and challenges for Japan and Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries.
They agreed that the Mekong-Japan cooperation has gained important achievements over the past decade, thus helping expand economic, trade, and people-to-people ties between Japan and the GMS nations.
Phuc stressed that with the several hundred projects already successfully implemented, the cooperation has proved to be one of the most effective mechanisms in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
Leaders of participating countries reached a consensus on the need to intensify economic connectivity and deepen multifaceted collaboration, for the common interests of all parties, he stated.
Therefore, the decision to upgrade the Mekong-Japan cooperation is reasonable, he said, underlining that the important orientations of the freshly-approved Tokyo Strategy 2018 will create a momentum for relations.
The Vietnamese Government leader also reaffirmed Vietnam’s commitments to the Mekong-Japan cooperation, and appreciated Japan’s role in the region in targeting inclusive and sustainable development, peace, and prosperity.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe emphasised the three main pillars of the Tokyo Strategy, namely the vibrant and effective connectivity, a people-centred society, and realising the goal of “a green Mekong”.
Leaders of GMS countries agreed that the strategy will play an important role in their development and in stepping up the strategic partnership between Japan and these countries in the time to come.
They affirmed to maintain close cooperation with Japan in realising the strategy to boost socio-economic development for a shared goal of building a peaceful and prosperous region.
They also welcomed Japan’s initiative to organise the Mekong-Japan Exchange Year 2019, adding that they will actively take part in all relevant activities.
Vietnamese Party delegation visits Laos
Politburo member and permanent member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) Tran Quoc Vuong (L) met with Lao National Assembly Chairwoman Pany Yathotou in Vientiane on October 9
Politburo member and permanent member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) Tran Quoc Vuong met with Lao National Assembly Chairwoman Pany Yathotou in Vientiane on October 9 as part of his official visit to Laos.
Vuong spoke highly of the achievements Laos has recorded in its three years of implementing both the resolution adopted at the 10th National Party Congress as well as the eighth five-year socio-economic development plan.
He expressed his belief that under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, the management of the Government, and the supervision of the NA, Lao people will be able to overcome any difficulties and challenges to reap greater attainments during the renewal process.
The official noted with pleasure the progress made in the special solidarity between the two countries across many fields, which, he said, is attributable to the contribution of Vietnamese and Lao legislative bodies. The progress has brought pragmatic benefits to the people of each country, as well as solidifying peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.
Vietnam will do its utmost to preserve and deepen the special solidarity, Vuong affirmed.
He used the occasion to thank the Lao Party, NA, Government, and Lao Front for National Construction for their activities to commemorate former General Secretary of the CPVCC Do Muoi and President Tran Dai Quang who passed away recently.
Vuong also extended sympathies to residents in Attapeu province over the great losses caused by the dam collapse last July.
Applauding the past cooperation between the two legislative bodies, the official voiced his belief that the legislatures and their committees will step up the affiliation and exchange of information and experience, as well as instructing ministries, agencies, and localities to implement high-level agreements between the two countries and cooperation programmes reached by the NAs.
He urged the two NAs to closely coordinate and support each other at regional and international forums, as well as sub-regional cooperation mechanisms, and work together to deepen collaboration and connectivity within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
He proposed the Lao NA Chairwoman instruct the revision of existing mechanisms, policies, and laws and the making of necessary supplements and amendments in order to bolster trade and investment ties between the two countries.
Speaking of the Lao NA House – a gift from the Vietnamese Party, State, and People to Laos –, Vuong called on the Lao side to adopt specific mechanisms to facilitate the construction.
For her part, Pany Yathotou congratulated Vietnam on the past achievements the country has reaped and said she believes that under the CPV’s leadership, the Vietnamese people will be able to gain even more in the reform process.
She expressed her delight at the development of the Vietnam-Laos special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation, adding that the Lao Party, State, and people will make all-out efforts together with Vietnam to cultivate the relationship.
The Lao top legislator told her guest that Vietnamese and Lao legislatures will effectively realise their cooperation agreement, covering the sharing of information and experience in law-making, supervision, and decision-making on major national matters.
The same day, Vuong visited former General Secretary of the LPRP and former President of Laos Chummaly Sayasone at his private home. Vuong conveyed Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and other Vietnamese leaders’ regards and wishes of good health to the former Lao leader, while briefing him on the general situation in Vietnam, as well as the specific results of his visit.
Vuong thanked the Party, State, and people of Laos for supporting Vietnam in both the past struggle for independence and the current national construction and defence, while expressing his hope that Chummaly Sayasone will continue contributing to the reinforcement and development of Vietnam-Laos ties.
For his part, Chummaly Sayasone showed his delight at the growth of the special solidarity and friendship between the two countries. He thanked the Party, State, and people of Vietnam for giving Laos timely and effective help in the past, underlining that he hopes the two sides will collaborate closely in efficiently implementing agreements reached by senior leaders of the two Parties and countries.
During his stay in Laos, Vuong also had a working session with officials of the Embassy of Vietnamese in Vientiane, and visited the Laos’ National Assembly building and the branch of the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam.
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