Viet Nam News PARIS — The National Assembly (NA) and Government of Việt Nam will continue tweaking the legal system to create favourable conditions for foreign enterprises, including those from France, in the Southeast Asian country, according to the country’s top lawmaker. NA Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân delivered the commitment at a working breakfast with the France-Việt Nam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group and representatives of 15 major French businesses in Paris on Monday. Ngân said the Vietnamese NA delegation’s visit aims to deepen the Việt Nam-France strategic partnership, as well as bilateral legislative ties, helping enhance co-operation between the two countries, with economic-trade collaboration as the centre. She praised France’s policy to strengthen economic co-operation with Việt Nam and hoped French firms would expand their business in the Southeast Asian country. At the … [Read more...] about Việt Nam vows to create optimal conditions for French firms: top legislator
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The national flags of Vietnam and France The International Francophonie Organization’s principle is to honor French and the cultural diversity of French-speaking countries. Cultural and language exchanges have strengthened unity and created opportunities for political and economic cooperation. Vietnam participates in the Organization of the Francophonie Vietnam has cooperated with French organizations in offering bilingual classes. Both French and English are used at regional and global meetings and forums. Eric Normand Thibeault, Director of the Asia-Pacific Office of the International Organization of the Francophonie, said Vietnam plays a major role in the Francophonie community and has invested a lot in promoting French. The Organization of the Francophonie aims to increase the use of French worldwide. “Vietnam is in a transitional period and has obtained many economic, political, and social achievements. Vietnam is facing challenges and competition in the … [Read more...] about Francophonie Day spreads a love of French
At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
The visit, which will be made at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, takes place at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties. Vietnam and France officially set up diplomatic ties on April 12, 1973. The two nations decided to establish the Strategic Partnership in 2013. In recent years, the two sides have maintained the exchange of high-ranking visits and various cooperation mechanisms. Notably, apart from organising the Vietnam-France Defence Policy Dialogue, the two countries have also maintained high-level economic dialogues and financial and economic forums. France was the first Western country to have a defense attaché in Vietnam in 1991. In November 2009, the two ministries of defence signed an agreement on annual rotating organisation of the Vietnam-France Joint Committee on National Defence Cooperation, which was renamed “the Defence Policy … [Read more...] about Party chief’s visit to deepen Vietnam-France strategic partnership
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc pays visits to New Zealand, Australia New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern receives PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse. (Photo: VGP) Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse paid official visits to New Zealand from March 12-14 and Australia from March 14-18. In New Zealand, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with PM Jacinda Ardern and witnessed the signing of several cooperation documents, as well as meeting with Speaker of the House of Representatives Trevor Mallard and holding a phone conversation with Governor-General of New Zealand Dame Patsy Reddy. He also met with Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff and attended the Vietnam-New Zealand Business Forum, among other activities. During his visit to Australia, the PM held talks with PM Malcolm Turnbull and they signed the Joint Statement on establishing the Vietnam – Australia Strategic Partnership. He also met with Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove, President of the Senate Scott Ryan, … [Read more...] about March 12-18: Vietnamese PM pays officials visits to New Zealand, Australia