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President visits Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre

Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre’s staff should make greater effort to fulfill heavy tasks assigned by the State, expand cooperation with science and technology organizations and train highly qualified human resources.

President Truong Tan Sang made this statement during his visit to the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre on May 18.

He praised the centre’s achievements over the past two decades while calling it to focus on technological research, application and transfer of technology based on economic and defence cooperation with Russia’s science and technology organizations.  

He asked relevant Vietnamese and Russian agencies to improve the mechanisms and effectiveness of technology transfer from Russia to Vietnam and implement a pilot model of science and technology businesses in order to develop the centre into a scientific agency of international standard.

Established in 1988 by the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence and the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre has recorded many achievements with highly applicable projects, meeting the country’s requirements for socio-economic development,defence and security.

Workshop examines Russia-Vietnam relations

A workshop on Russia-Vietnam relations took place in Moscow on May 17 to review the outcomes of bilateral cooperation and discuss ways of boosting the relationship.

Speaking at the seminar, Sergey Luzianin, the Acting Director for the Institute of Far East Studies, stressed the importance of reviewing the status quo and prospects for bilateral relations in the 21st century.

Subsequently a number of proposals and measures will be submitted to the leaders of both countries, for their mutual benefit and bilateral strategic partnership, he said.

Igor Khovaev from the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Russia is keen to develop its traditional relations with countries, including Vietnam. In his decree on external policies earlier this month, newly-elected President Vladimir Putin stated that Vietnam is one of Russia’s three leading partners in Asia, along with India and China.

Vietnamese ambassador to Russia Pham Xuan Son praised the efforts and contributions made by Russian specialists and scientists, including the Institute’s staff, to strengthening the friendly relationship between both countries.

The Vietnamese Party and State continue to prioritise their relationship with Russia and want to boost bilateral cooperation, said the diplomat.

Participants at the workshop discussed over 10 reports on bilateral relations. They agreed that Russian-Vietnamese ties have developed, but bilateral economic cooperation is still not on a par with their close political ties.

All agreed on the need to diversify economic and trade ties and cooperate more in investment, adding that there also needs to be an increase in diplomatic and economic cooperation between provinces and cities from both countries.

Officials discuss border transport

The Deputy Foreign Ministers of Viet Nam, Laos and Thailand discussed the progress and challenges in implementing the cross-border Greater Mekong Sub-region transport agreement for the East West Economic Corridor (EWEC) at a conference in the central province of Quang Tri yesterday.

Delegations said that regional governments should further strengthen friendship and co-operation, thus facilitating the development of the economic corridor.

Head of the Vietnamese delegation Deputy FM Ho Xuan Son, who chaired the conference, highlighted the attendance of representatives of the Japanese Embassy in Ha Noi, the Asian Development Bank, the Japan International Co-operation Agency, and the Japan Bank for International Co-operation, which, he said, reflected their commitment and active role in promoting the development of the EWEC.

The conference adopted a joint statement recording numerous tourism, environmental and social projects completed after a decade of development. The statement hailed the three countries' efforts to boost transport and trade along the corridor.

It also highlighted the corridor's role in enhancing regional connectivity, reducing travel times and costs, and increasing trade and investment in the region.

However, the delegates said difficulties remained for goods and passenger transport along the corridor, limited investment in regional production and service sectors, a lack of infrastructure and slow paperwork.

The conference called on partners and the private sector to become actively involved and closely co-ordinate with EWEC countries in developing the economic corridor and settling existing difficulties and challenges.

Lieutenant-General meets S African army delegation

Lieutenant-General Dao Duy Minh, deputy chief of the General Department of Politics, under the Ministry of Defence, received Brigadier-General Titus Matlakeng, head of South Africa's Military Intelligence, yesterday.

Minh thanked Matlakeng for visiting Viet Nam and reaffirmed that the Vietnamese Government, army and people would always cherish close ties with South Africa.

Matlakeng thanked Minh for meeting his delegation and said the visit would allow both sides to further boost bilateral co-operation.

NA to meet on maternity, traffic, nature

Extended maternity leave and traffic and environment law infringement fines will be discussed at the National Assembly meeting to begin on Monday.

The maternity leave is proposed to be extended from four to six months and the fines are recommended to be doubled.

They are among 13 laws and 6 draft laws on the agenda at the month-long meeting, NA officials announced yesterday.

Laws to be considered related to prices, deposit insurance, anti-money laundering, higher education, tobacco harm prevention, labour union (amended), judicial assessment, legal dissemination and education, handling of administrative infringement, advertisement, water resources (amended) and the Maritime of Viet Nam and Labour Code (amended), the officials said.

NA office deputy chairman Nguyen Sy Dung said legislation would be the focus of the session, but such a huge number of ratified laws were "rarely reported."

The National Assembly was also scheduled to approve seven resolutions, including ratification of the 2010 State Budget balance sheet, the implementation of policy and law concerning public investment in agriculture, farmers and rural areas and tax solutions to ease financial difficulties faced by enterprises and individuals this year.

Dung also said some key national socio-economic issues would be discussed.

Apart from the implementation of socio-economic development and State budget, the Government's scheme on economic restructuring would receive special attention since the country was still grappling with the economic downturn.

Five hundred NA deputies were also scheduled to vote to remove Deputy Dang Thi Hoang Yen, of southern Long An Province, from the legislative body for alleged dishonesty in her records.

Yen, who also works as chairwoman of the Tan Tao Group, Tan Duc Investment and Industry Joint Stock Company, did not provide information about her husband, Jimmy Tran, who was wanted internationally for fraud.

Dung also said there would be more time spared for plenary sessions instead of group discussions as at previous meetings.

The public would also have more chance to watch or listen to live broadcast sessions, which number up to 15 on national radio channel VOV1 and television channel VTV1.

The opening, closing and question and answer sessions will be broadcast live, along with some debate sessions featuring matters of public concern, including the handling of administrative fines, said Dung.

On the agenda, six other draft laws will be discussed.
 
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