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Mongolian Parliament Chairman begins official visit to Vietnam

Hanoi celebration highlights Vietnam-China diplomatic ties, Consulate General in Guangzhou marks 68 years of Vietnam-China ties, Binh Dinh urged to make breakthroughs in tourism

Chairman of the Parliament of Mongolia Miyegombo Enkhbold (Source: Mongolia.gogo.mn)



Chairman of the Parliament of Mongolia Miyegombo Enkhbold and his spouse have arrived in Hanoi for an official visit to Vietnam from January 20 to 23.

The visit is made at the invitation of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

The Mongolian delegation comprises 20 members, who are parliamentarians and officials of parliamentary agencies.

Vietnam and Mongolia have developed long-standing friendship and multi-faceted cooperation in various fields since they established diplomatic ties in November 1954.

Vietnam-China diplomatic relations celebrated in Hong Kong


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Vietnamese Consul General in Hong Kong Tran Thanh Huan addresses the banquet 


The Vietnam Consulate General celebrated the 68th anniversary of Vietnam-China diplomatic relations in Hong Kong with the participation of Commissioner of China’s Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong Xie Feng, representatives from the Government of Hong Kong, among others.

At the celebration on January 18, Vietnamese Consul General in Hong Kong Tran Thanh Huan reviewed the relationship, expressing his pleasure at the organization of regular visits and meetings to help spur the healthy development of the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

Huan underscored that in many years, China has been the largest trade partner of Vietnam. Vietnam has also become the biggest trade partner of China among the ASEAN countries.

In 2017, two-way trade reached 121.3 billion USD, up 23.3 percent year on year, he noted.

At the same time, the relationship between Vietnam and China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has also been growing, especially in economy, trade and investment.

Hong Kong is now the sixth largest trade partner of Vietnam with 1,257 projects worth 17.6 billion USD. 

Huan also expressed his belief that the ties between Vietnam and China will continue to thrive, benefiting people of both countries and contributing to peace and stability in the region.

For his part, Xie Feng said that the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, having overcome ups and downs, has been expanded. In recent years, with joint efforts of both sides, the bilateral ties have grown practically, bringing interest for the people of both sides, promoting the prosperity of each country, and contributing to peace, stability in the region and the world, he said.


Hanoi celebration highlights Vietnam-China diplomatic ties


Hanoi celebration highlights Vietnam-China diplomatic ties, Consulate General in Guangzhou marks 68 years of Vietnam-China ties, Binh Dinh urged to make breakthroughs in tourism

Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung addresses the celebration in Hanoi


The establishment of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and China was an important historical milestone, opening up a new period in the traditional relations between the two nations, said Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung. 

Speaking at a ceremony to celebrate the 68th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries (January 18, 1950) in Hanoi on January 20, Trung said the Vietnam-China traditional friendship is a valuable asset of the two Parties, States and their people.

He urged the two sides to work hard to nurture and foster the relations.

The Deputy Foreign Minister highlighted positive development in the bilateral ties in 2017, especially visits by top leaders of the two Parties and States during the year.  

Cooperation between the two countries in economy, trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people exchange also recorded fruitful outcomes, he said. 

In its foreign policy of independence, multilateralisation and diversification of international relations, Vietnam attaches great importance to the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation with China, Trung affirmed, adding that this is a consistent and long-term policy, and is a strategic choice and top priority in Vietnam’s foreign policy. 

He expressed his belief that with efforts made by both sides, the relations will be constantly strengthened and will make new strides forward, importantly contributing to peace, cooperation and development in the region. 

Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Hong Xiao Yong also looked back at achievements in the Vietnam-China relations over the last 68 years in his speech. 

He affirmed China attaches important to developing the friendship with Vietnam and is willing to work with Vietnam in realising common perceptions reached by the two countries' high-level leaders, towards deepening the Vietnam-China Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership.

Consulate General in Guangzhou marks 68 years of Vietnam-China ties

The Consulate General of Vietnam in Guangzhou city, China’s Guangdong province, recently hosted a banquet in celebration of the 68th founding anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties (January 18, 1950).

The event saw the presence of Guangdong and Guangzhou officials along with representatives of Vietnamese people and businesses in the Chinese province.

Addressing the banquet, Vietnamese Consul General in Guangzhou Dang The Hung said since the diplomatic ties were founded 68 years ago, the Vietnam-China traditional friendship has been unceasingly enhanced. 

The Vietnamese Party, State and people always keep in mind the precious support that the Chinese Party, State and people gave to the country’s struggle for national liberation. They always wish to work together with the Chinese side in developing the countries’ comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in a stable, healthy and sustainable manner.

Hung noted that 2017 was an important year for both countries. While Vietnam successfully hosted the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, China also successfully organised the 19th National Party Congress. The top leaders of the two Parties and States also paid mutual visits in one year for the first time.

In 2017, bilateral trade was estimated at about 100 billion USD, and Vietnam remained the biggest ASEAN trade partner of China.

The Consul General also highlighted that cooperation mechanisms between Vietnamese ministries and localities and Guangdong province continued to be implemented effectively last year. Their economic, cultural, scientific-technological, and tourism cooperation maintained the growing trend. Vietnam’s trade with Guangdong reached 26.7 billion USD in the first 11 months of 2017.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam and the Guangdong People’s Government held the 6th meeting to review cooperation between Vietnamese localities and the Chinese province. They also approved a cooperation plan for 2017-2019, he added.

In his speech, Deputy Secretary-General of the Guangdong provincial People’s Government Gu Xingwei shared the view that over the last 68 years, the China-Vietnam friendship has remained a valuable asset of the two peoples.

He stressed the successful visit to Vietnam by Chinese President Xi Jinping last November shortly after China’s 19th National Party Congress demonstrated the close-knit relationship of the two countries as neighbours, fellow socialist countries and important partners. Cooperation between Guangdong and Vietnamese localities has also gained numerous achievements in various fields.

Gu affirmed that China wants to together with Vietnam consolidate the stable growth of bilateral trade and promote win-win cooperation to a new height.

Binh Dinh urged to make breakthroughs in tourism


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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the working session with officials of Binh Dinh province on January 20 



Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked Binh Dinh to make breakthroughs in tourism while he was addressing a working session with officials of the south central province on January 20.

Binh Dinh has a lot of potential thanks to its favourable geographical location, which is in the centre of the North-South road, railway, sea and aviation routes. It is also the nearest gateway to the sea for provinces in the Central Highlands, southern Laos, and northeastern Cambodia.

The province is rich in cultural and historical traditions and boasts many scenic sites along its 134km-long coast.

In 2017, Binh Dinh welcomed more than 3.7 million tourist arrivals, up 15.6 percent year on year. Many tourism investment projects have been implemented and put into operation, helping to increase accommodation and entertainment facilities to serve tourists.

PM Phuc said Quy Nhon city’s tourism has become an impressive brand. He asked the province to make tourism breakthroughs by improving service quality, promote local tourism, and enhance connectivity with domestic and international tourism hubs. Notably, it needs to tap local cultural identities to develop tourism.

Binh Dinh should make better planning for its 134km-long coast with a focus on tourism so that this sector will become an economic momentum of the province in the near future.

Recognising local attainments in 2017, he also pointed out certain problems such as growth slowdown, failure to attract investors to industrial and economic zones, wastefulness of socio-economic development resources, deforestation, and high poverty rate.

He told provincial officials to adopt an inclusive growth viewpoint, which he described as an important factor to create a driving force for the whole province.

The Government leader said the province should plan the development of its industry in the greater context of the entire central key economic region, which Binh Dinh is part of, and the Central Highlands so as to capitalise on the regions’ advantages.

The province also needs to concurrently develop fishing and fisheries processing and logistics, build a brand name for the local offshore tuna fishing, and boost hi-tech and intensive shrimp farming, he said.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Uganda presents credentials


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President Museveni of Uganda receives Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Kim Doanh (centre) 



Vietnamese Ambassador to Tanzania and Uganda Nguyen Kim Doanh said the Government of Vietnam always treasures relations with African nations, including Uganda, while presenting credentials to President Museveni of Uganda in Kampala capital city on January 18.

During the reception following the presentation ceremony, President Museveni expressed respect for many Vietnamese leaders such as President Ho Chi Minh, Prime Minister Pham Van Dong, and General Vo Nguyen Giap, and affirmed that the Ugandan people supported Vietnam during their struggle for national liberation.

He said he always follows Vietnam’s development process and is delight at the significant achievements Vietnam has gained in national building and development. 

The President instructed Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa to pay a visit to Vietnam as soon as possible to promote the two nations’ relations.

For his part, the Vietnamese diplomat briefed the host on Vietnam’s situation, with high economic growth rates in many consecutive years. In 2017, Vietnam’s economic growth rate hit 6.81 percent, with many Vietnamese products among the world’s top exports, such as rice, coffee and cashew nuts, Doanh said.

Doanh pledged to do his utmost to boost the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

He also underlined the need for increasing delegation exchanges and developing legal framework to facilitate trading and investment between the two nations’ firms.

The same day, the ambassador had meetings with the Ugandan Ministers of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives; Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries; and the Secretary in charge of international affairs at the Foreign Ministry.  All the officials expressed the wish to forge cooperation with Vietnam in the coming time.

Togo wants stronger ties with Vietnam at int’l forums


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Vietnamese Ambassador Pham Anh Tuan (L) presents a copy of his credentials to Togolese foreign minister Komlan Edo Robert Dussey



The Togolese foreign minister has told Vietnamese Ambassador Pham Anh Tuan that he wants the two countries to tighten cooperation at international forums.

Receiving Tuan when he came to present a copy of his credentials recently, Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration Komlan Edo Robert Dussey highly valued Vietnam’s recent development, expressing his hope that the two countries will bolster cooperation at international events, especially in issues of mutual concern.

Ambassador Tuan informed his host about Vietnam’s situation and bilateral relations. He also conveyed a diplomatic note to the minister, asking Togo to support Vietnam’s candidacy for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021 and to soon recognise the market economy of the country.

During his first working trip to Togo from January 16 to 18, Ambassador Pham Anh Tuan, who is also Vietnam’s Ambassador to Nigeria, also met with several Togolese officials, including the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Breeding and Fisheries and the Minister of Trade and Private Sector Promotion.

Talking to the chairman of Togo’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the diplomat introduced Vietnamese businesses’ capacity of export and cooperation with countries in Africa and the world.

The two sides agreed to build a channel for information exchange between the two countries’ business circles. They also planned to organise a business-to-business conference in 2018.

Vietnam helps Lao army build political theory school


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Vietnam started the construction of a political theory school for the Lao People’s Army (LPA) in Xaysettha district of Vientiane, on January 19.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Vilay Lakhamphong, Deputy Defence Minister and Director of the General Department of Politics of the Lao People’s Army, expressed his thank for the Vietnamese Party, State and Defence Ministry.

According to him, the construction of this school is essential to develop the LPA into a politically-strong army, and enhance its capacity in training political officials, thus helping the LPA fulfill the mission assigned by the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, Lao State and people.

Investment for the first phase of the project is over 6 million USD (137 billion VND).

Vietnam, Cambodia legislators pledge to boost ties


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National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and Cambodia’s Senate Vice President Tep Ngorn 


National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Cambodia’s Senate Vice President Tep Ngorn stressed the need to continue nurturing and expanding the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries in the coming time. 

During a reception for Tep Ngorn in Hanoi on January 20, who is attending the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26), Ngan highlighted the development of the bilateral relations over the last five decades, which she said is the pride and a valuable asset of both nations. 

The NA Chairwoman congratulated Cambodia on its achievements in national construction and development in recent years, expressing her belief that under the reign of King Norodom Sihamoni and the leadership of the Senate, National Assembly, and Government, Cambodia will reap greater achievements in the future. 

The success of the communal council election in June last year will create foundation for Cambodia to successfully organise elections of the Senate and National Assembly in 2018, she noted.

For his part, Tep Ngorn praised Vietnam’s organisation of the APPF-26, adding that he appreciated the Vietnamese NA for sharing experience with Cambodia which will host APPF-27 next year.  

He also thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their support to help Cambodia escape and revive from Pol Pot's genocidal regime. 

Host and guest spoke highly of efforts made by the two countries’ authorities to complete 84 percent of the border demarcation and marker planting along their shared land border line, expressing their belief that the two sides will fulfill the remaining as soon as possible. 

Ngan took the occasion to ask the Cambodian side to accelerate the settlement of legal status for Cambodians of Vietnamese origin, thus further contributing to the development of Cambodia and the traditional friendship between the two countries.

Top legislator of Vietnam receives leader of Chile’s lower house


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National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) receives President of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile Fidel Espinoza Sandoval in Hanoi on January 20 



National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hosted a reception in Hanoi on January 20 for President of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile Fidel Espinoza Sandoval, who said his country’s top priority now is promoting cooperation with Asian-Pacific countries, including Vietnam.

The host leader highly valued the Chilean parliamentarians’ presence at the ongoing 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) in Hanoi.

Ngan emphasised that the two countries’ relations have developed basing on the solidarity and mutual support throughout history. Chile was the second Latin American nation, after Cuba, to establish diplomatic relationship with Vietnam in 1971.

She also appreciated the official visit to Vietnam and attendance in the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week by President Michelle Bachelet last November, which Ngan said helped bring the countries’ comprehensive partnership to a new stage of development.

Echoing his host’s view, Sandoval assessed that the comprehensive partnership has enjoyed progress in all fields. He noted that the Vietnam-Chile Free Trade Agreement, which took effect in 2014, has created a favourable legal framework for expanding economic ties. Bilateral trade rise from 170 million USD in 2005 to 1.04 billion USD in 2016 and 955.7 million USD in the first nine months of 2017.

He valued Vietnam’s socio-economic efforts and achievements, adding that Chile wants to enhance cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation.

At the meeting, Chairwoman Ngan said relations between the Vietnamese and Chilean parliaments are growing, as seen in the frequent exchange of high-ranking delegations.

On the basis of the signed cooperation agreement, the National Assembly of Vietnam wants to strengthen links with the upper and lower houses of Chile in both bilateral and multilateral aspects. The two countries’ friendship parliamentary groups should also increase specialised cooperation and exchanges, she added.

On this occasion, President Sandoval invited Chairwoman Ngan to pay an official visit to Chile.

APPF-26: Vietnam treasures ties with Japan

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) welcomes Senator Takuji Yanagimoto 


Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on January 19 asked the Japanese Diet to support the enhancement of economic, trade and investment cooperation with Vietnam, including the continued provision of ODA for the country.

Welcoming a delegation of Japanese parliamentarians attending the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) in Hanoi, Minh expressed his delight at the strong, rapid and practical development of the bilateral relations in all fields in 2017, especially the high-ranking visits and meetings.

He affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of attaching importance to its relations with Japan, while speaking highly of the role of the Diet and the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance in boosting bilateral friendship and collaboration.

He proposed the Diet encourage Japanese enterprises to increase their investment in the support industry, energy and hi-tech agriculture in Vietnam, and receive more Vietnamese students as well as workers in the field of construction, as Japan is preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Head of the Japanese delegation Senator Takuji Yanagimoto appreciated Vietnam’s role as the host of the APPF-26.

He affirmed that the Japanese Diet treasures and wants to foster ties with Vietnam in numerous fields, particularly in 2018 when the two countries are celebrating the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

Vietnam’s economic development has contributed to stability and prosperity in the region and the world as well as Japan’s economic growth, he stated.

He and other parliamentarians expressed their hope for intensified cooperation in economics, education, human resources training, and labour, and in regional and international issues.

President urges lawyers association to promote legal consultancy


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President Tran Dai Quang at the event 



The Vietnam Lawyers Association (VLA) must enhance legal consultancy and provide legal support for impoverished people, ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups, President Tran Dai Quang said at a working session with the association in Hanoi on January 19.

President Quang also urged the VLA to renovate operation, proactively join in the making of laws and policies and recommend initiatives and projects to carry out the Party’s guidelines and the State’s laws.

The association must join hands with relevant judicial agencies to train and select candidates for judicial positions and jury members, helping complete the organisation and operation of judicial agencies, he said.

The President lauded the significant achievements of the VLA in the past years. With 63,000 members across the country, the association has actively participated in the popularization of law, provision of legal consultancy at grassroots level and prevention of law violations and crimes.

The association’s involvement in law building was a highlight in 2017, as it had chaired the drafting of the Law on Commercial Arbitration and the Law on Referendum, which were passed at the 12th and 13th National Assembly. It also organized various seminars to collect opinions on legal documents. 

The VLA has made significant contributions to safeguarding national independence and sovereignty by organising many international seminars on the East Sea, thus helping raise public awareness of Vietnam’s policy and stance on the issue.

ARF workshop intensifies maritime law enforcement cooperation


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Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung (Source: toquoc.vn)


Sharing information and cooperating to improve capacity building will practically enable marine law enforcement forces to accomplish their duties and look towards enhanced cooperation, participants said at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Workshop on Enhancing Regional Maritime Law Enforcement Cooperation. 

The workshop was organised in the central province of Khanh Hoa on January 18-19 by the Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry, Australia and the European Union.

The event, the first to realise ARF Foreign Ministers’ Declaration on enhancing maritime law enforcement cooperation issued in Vientiane, Laos, in 2016, drew 80 officials, experts and scholars on maritime security from 22 countries and international organisations.

In his opening remarks, Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung said that maritime law enforcement cooperation in the region is part of efforts to ensure maritime security and safety, especially at ASEAN-led mechanisms such as ARF, ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus, East Asia Summit, and the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF).

However, there remain several difficulties, including different institutions on law enforcement at sea of countries, and existing maritime and territorial disputes in the region.

The prerequisite for good cooperation is the trust among parties involved which is built on measures put forward at such forums as ARF, Dung affirmed.

With this spirit, participating delegates exchanged views to clarify the maritime security picture in the region.

They agreed that maritime security at sea is a complicated and multi-layered matter. Therefore, maintaining peace, security and stability at sea need cooperation in maritime law enforcement.

They stressed the need to have measures to deter and prevent criminals as well as increasing public awareness of existing challenges, and to intensify coordination between involved agencies, governments and people to protect the marine environment and deal with illegal fishing, and trans-national crimes.

Concluding the workshop, Vietnam, Australia and the EU reached a consensus on maintaining dialogue on maritime law enforcement cooperation and considering the field a priority in the Hanoi Action Plan on the implementation of the ARF Vision during the 2018-2020 tenure.

ARF was established in 1994, aiming to build trust and enhance dialogue in the region with ASEAN being the centre. The forum is participated by 27 nations and international organisations.

Party leader emphasises importance of Organisation Commission


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At the conference 


Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong has laid stress on the special importance of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission in building a strong Party. 

Addressing the commission’s conference in Hanoi on January 19, the Party leader said the commission’s work focuses on the organisation and personnel of the Party, which is the core of Party building work.

Personnel is the root of everything, General Secretary Trong said. 

He asked the commission to proactively prepare contents for upcoming meetings of the Party Central Committee, first of all a project on building a contingent of capable and prestigious officials at all levels to submit to the Party Central Committee’s 7th plenum. The project must be based on the 20-year implementation of the personnel strategy adopted by the eighth Party Central Committee and follow the spirit of standardising the contingent of officials, tightening discipline and promoting reform in order to optimise the potential, capability and creativity of officials at all levels and in all fields, Trong said.

He told the Party organisation sector to gear up for the 13th National Party Congress for the 2020-2025 tenure and take the initiative in personnel planning for key positions at different levels, especially at strategic level.

At the same time, the sector should continue improving procedures and regulations relating to personnel work and management towards greater democracy and more transparency, the Party General Secretary said.

He affirmed the need to fight corruption in personnel work, as well as negative phenomena such as individualism, group interests and factionalism. 

At the conference, delegates proposed measures to address shortcomings and limitations in Party building work, focusing on preventing power abuse and paying bribe for positions. They urged strengthening inspection of officials and Party members via press agencies and public opinions.

NA Chairwoman receives Chinese People’s Congress Vice Chairman


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National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Chen Zhu


National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hosted a reception in Hanoi on January 19 for Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Chen Zhu. 

The reception took place on the sidelines of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26).

The host expressed her belief that Chen Zhu and high-ranking Chinese delegation’s participation in the APPF-26 will make important contributions to the success of the event. 

On the occasion, she also conveyed her regards to Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Zhang Dejiang. 

Chen, for his part, believed that with thorough preparations and close collaboration of parties concerned, the APPF-26 will be a success, contributing to improving Vietnam’s stature in the international arena. 

He said close ties between the two legislatures will promote bilateral ties practically. 

Both sides agreed to increase cooperation at all levels to raise mutual understanding and share law-making experience in the near future.

Morocco to increase high-ranking visits to Vietnam

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NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and  Vice President of the Moroccan House of Representatives Mohammed Ouzzine 


Morocco will enhance high-ranking visits to Vietnam and continue bilateral cooperation at regional and international forums, Vice President of the Moroccan House of Representatives Mohammed Ouzzine has said.

He and other Vice President of the Moroccan House of Representatives Amina Maelainine were received by Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan in Hanoi on January 19. 

Ngan welcomed the Moroccan delegates, who are attending the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) and congratulated Morocco on its election as Vice President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. 

She said two-way trade value of 190 million USD in 2016 is modest and below expectations so the two countries should step up economic and trade cooperation and  bolster links between business communities and trade associations in trade, tourism, finance, renewable energy and bilateral investment.

For his part, Mohammed Ouzzine highly valued Vietnam’s organisation of the APPF-26. 

With similarities in history and thriving political ties, Vietnam and Morocco will assume significant roles to connect the African Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), he added. 

Ouzzine stressed the cooperation agreement signed by the two countries during the Moroccan House of Representatives President’s trip to Vietnam in last December would serve as an important legal basis for future bilateral collaboration.

APPF-26: Vietnam, Micronesia promote parliamentary exchanges


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Vice Chairman of the NA of Vietnam Uong Chu Luu (R) and Vice Speaker of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia Esmond B. Moses 



Vice Speaker of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia Esmond B. Moses said he hopes Vietnam and Micronesia will increase parliamentary delegation exchanges at all levels while meeting with Vice Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Uong Chu Luu in Hanoi on January 19.

He suggested the two sides strengthen coordination at multilateral parliamentary forums such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF).

He recommended the two countries enhance cooperation in all fields for the sake of their people.

Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu welcomed the guest to attend the ongoing APPF-26 in Hanoi, saying his participation will make significant contributions to the success of the event.

He hoped Vietnam and Micronesia will soon sign cooperation agreements or Memoranda of Understanding in the fields of their strengths.

The bilateral cooperation in economics, trade, investment, culture and tourism is expected to develop as their sound political ties, he said.

He took this occasion to thank Micronesia for providing Vietnam with 25,000 USD to address consequences caused by typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

Laos affirms support for successful APPF-26

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NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Vice Chairman of the Laos NA Senior Lieutenant General Sengnouane Sayalat 



Vice Chairman of the Laos National Assembly (NA) Senior Lieutenant General Sengnouane Sayalat affirmed his country’s support for Vietnam’s successful hosting of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26).

He made the remarks while meeting with NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan in Hanoi on January 19.

Sengnouane Sayalat said it is an honor for him to attend the APPF-26, noting that collaboration between the two countries has been intensively promoted with practical results. 

He highly valued cooperation and support that the Vietnamese NA has provided for its Lao counterpart, affirming that the Lao people always remember valuable assistance offered by the Vietnamese Party, State and people. 

For her part, the Vietnamese top legislator said the Lao delegation’s participation in the APPF-26 manifests a great support for the Vietnamese National Assembly, expressing her belief that this will contribute to the meeting’s success.

She recalled the State visit to Vietnam by Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith in last December, saying that it was an important milestone in the bilateral relations.

The success of the Vietnam-Laos, Laos-Vietnam Friendship and Solidarity Year in 2017 contributed to further bolstering the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive between the two nations, she added. 

Regarding the project to build the Lao National Assembly House, Ngan affirmed that the Vietnamese NA will work closely with the Lao side on the construction of the project since it is a symbol of the Vietnam-Laos friendship and special solidarity.

NA Chairwoman welcomes Japanese parliamentary delegation


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NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Takuji Yanagimoto, head of the delegation of the Japanese Lower House of Parliament 



The legislative bodies of Vietnam and Japan should bolster collaboration at international and regional forums, particularly the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly and the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF).

Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan made the suggestion while greeting a delegation from the Japanese Lower House of Parliament in Hanoi on January 19 on the sidelines of the ongoing 26th annual APPF (APPF-26) meeting.

Both sides should maintain high-ranking visits, enhance cooperation between young parliamentarians and join hands to organise activities to mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2018, the Vietnamese top legislator noted.

She expressed her hope that the Japanese parliamentary delegation will make practical contributions to the success of the APPF-26, saying that the delegation’s presence at the event is a vivid illustration of Japan’s support for Vietnam to host the annual forum.

Ngan believed that political trust, people-to-people exchanges and cooperation in various fields will be strengthened via the parliamentary diplomatic channel.

She spoke highly of Japan’s support for Vietnam in the past years. Japan is the largest official development assistance (ODA) provider for Vietnam. Both nations have enjoyed robust economic, trade and investment relations with two-way trade valued at 30.2 billion USD as of November, 2017 and the two are striving to double the figure by 2020.

She suggested Japan receive more Vietnamese apprentices to acquire working experience, knowledge and advanced technology from the East Asian country.

Meanwhile, Takuji Yanagimoto, head of the Japanese delegation, said that in 2017 Vietnam and Japan enhanced high-ranking exchanges, including the state visit by the Japanese royal couple and the official visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Vietnam.

Some 230,000 Vietnamese people are living and working in Japan, making significant contributions to the nation’s socio-economic development.

PM attends Phu Yen’s investment promotion conference


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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc shakes hands with investors at Phu Yen’s investment promotion conference on January 19 



Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended an investment promotion conference of Phu Yen in Tuy Hoa city on January 19, where he called on investors to help transform potential and advantages of the south central province into concrete values.

Having applauded Phu Yen’s efforts in economic development, infrastructure building and investment climate improvement, PM Phuc expressed his hope that with these initial foundations and local people’s industriousness, the province will develop rapidly and sustainably and become one of the leading localities in the central and Central Highlands regions.

To reach the target, he asked Phu Yen to strongly reform its mindset and be creative to have more synchronous and effective solutions, adding that the entire political system needs to join hands in addressing difficulties and challenges and seizing opportunities.

The province has to improve its mechanisms and policies and ensure their openness, stability, and transparency in addition to promoting start-ups, especially of young people in rural areas, while paying attention to developing local businesses and attracting more foreign investments, the PM noted.

It is necessary to apply digital technology in administrative management and building e-government to eradicate red tape, he said, adding that Phu Yen also needs to improve its Provincial Competitiveness Index and Provincial Governance and Public Administration Index so as to become a capable and trustworthy partner of investors.

PM Phuc suggested the province reinforce cooperation with neighbouring provinces, particularly with Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Lam Dong and Dak Lak which can supplement Phu Yen’s strengths with their advantages.

It should call for investments from major businesses into potential fields, attract investments in clean and hi-tech industries, and determinedly revoke natural resources from badly-performing investors to give them to capable firms, he said.

The Government leader told the provincial authorities to continue working to turn tourism into a true momentum for the province’s development, saying they need to attract big and prestigious investors while diversifying and improving tourism services and enhancing connectivity with Vietnamese and foreign localities.

He also asked Phu Yen to develop fisheries into a major economic sector, support local fishermen, and prevent illegal fishing.

With a strategic geographical location, Phu Yen has a road system that is part of the national North-South route as well as railway, aviation, and sea routes. It also boasts diverse natural resources to develop the sea-based economy, tourism, hi-tech agriculture, mining, and renewable energy.

Over the last years, the province has offered a number of favourable conditions for investors. As a result, from 2011 to 2017, it attracted 284 investment projects, including 19 FDI projects, with a total registered capital of over 4.74 billion USD and 28.67 trillion VND (1.26 billion USD).

At the conference, the provincial People’s Committee presented certificates of investment registration to 17 projects worth nearly 12.4 trillion VND (546.8 million USD).

Also on January 19, PM Phuc attended a ceremony to start construction of Da Rang Bridge in Tuy Hoa city.


VNA

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