Government News 9/11

Vietnam welcomes UN resolution calling for end of embargo against Cuba

Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted, PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam, ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans

The debate of the UN General Assembly's 73rd session that discussed the draft resolution calling for end to embargo against Cuba 


Vietnam welcomes the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of a resolution calling for an end to the US embargo against Cuba, spokesperson for the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang said.

The maintenance of the embargo is inappropriate and needs to be promptly removed in its entirety, Hang said at the ministry’s regular press conference in Hanoi on November 8.

The lifting of the embargo will meet the aspirations and legitimate interests of Cuban people, as well as contribute to development, peace, and stability in the Americas, she said.

Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted

Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted, PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam, ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans

Lawmakers passed a draft resolution on the socio-economic development plan for 2019 with a 92.16 percent approval rate during the ongoing sixth session of the 14th National Assembly (NA) in Hanoi on November 8. 

In the morning sitting, under the chair of NA Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien, the legislators heard a report on acquiring the lawmakers’ feedback on the draft resolution, which was presented by member of the NA Standing Committee and Chairman of the NA Committee for Economic Affairs Vu Hong Thanh. 

Later, Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung delivered a report on the draft revised Law on Taxation Management. 

Chairman of the NA’s Committee for Finance-Budget Nguyen Duc Hai presented a report examining the draft amended Law on Taxation Management.

Discussing the draft Law on Architecture in groups, the majority of deputies agreed with the Government’s report, as well as with an examination report by the NA Committee for Science, Technology, and Environment. 

They talked about architecture management in urban and rural areas, as well as the responsibility of People’s Committees at all levels towards regulations on the architecture sector. 

With permanent NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong in chair in the afternoon, the NA listened to Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha’s report on comprehensive amendments to the revised Law on Education, and a report on examining the amended Law on Education delivered by Chairman of the NA’s Committee for Culture, Education, Youth, Adolescents, and Children Phan Thanh Binh. 

The deputies later debated the bill in groups, focusing on curricula and textbooks for school education, policies for teachers, banned behaviour in education, relations between families and schools in shaping students’ personality, and international cooperation in the field. 

On the morning of November 9, the NA will listen to a report on the draft Law on Preventing and Combating the Harmful Effects of Alcohol and Beer, as well as a report on the draft Law on Cultivation, which will be discussed in the plenary session. 

In the afternoon, the legislature is scheduled to adopt a Resolution on the State Budget Estimate for 2019, as well as listen to and discuss a report on acquiring public feedback on the law on amendments and supplements to laws regarding planning.

Vice President receives religious dignitaries of Ha Nam

Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted, PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam, ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh received a delegation of  more than 60 religious dignitaries from the northern province of Ha Nam in Hanoi on November 8

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh received a delegation of more than 60 religious dignitaries from the northern province of Ha Nam in Hanoi on November 8.

At the meeting, the leader spoke highly of Ha Nam’s socio-economic development in recent times, especially the province’s achievements in the national target programme of building new-style rural areas as well as efforts in sustainable poverty reduction.

In addition, the province has built a stable political system, ensuring security and order in its localities.

Thinh noted that the dignitaries have greatly contributed to guiding religious followers to implement policies of the Party and State, escape poverty, and fight against social vices.

Affirming the Party and State’s consistent policy of respecting and ensuring the freedom of belief and religion of all people, the Vice President asked the dignitaries to continue encouraging followers to bolster economic development, while also abiding by the Party and State’s guidelines and regulations, especially policies on religion, and pay due attention to the construction of worshipping establishments.

She added that the Party, Government, and Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) need to work together closely to better understand religious activities, as well as meet with religious followers to promptly address their problems and honour outstanding individuals and organisations.

In response, President of the VFF Ha Nam chapter Ha Thi Minh Tam said local religious organisations have contributed to the province’s achievements over the years. Religious dignitaries in the province play significant roles in guiding religious followers to follow guidelines and regulations on social welfare and carry out humanitarian activities, as well as enhance national defence. 

Ha Nam is currently home to more than 25,000 followers of three recognised religions, which are Buddhism, Catholicism, and Protestantism, accounting for 29.5 percent of the province’s population.

ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans

Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted, PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam, ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans

Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) receives ADB Vice President Stephen Groff in Hanoi 


Vietnam always treasures its relations with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), one of the leading providers of loans, technical assistance and consultancy for the country, said a senior government official.

While receiving ADB Vice President Stephen Groff in Hanoi on November 8, Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said the ADB has to date financed 165 programmes and projects worth more than 16 billion USD in Vietnam.

The ADB’s capital has been used effectively, focusing on Vietnam’s prioritized fields such as infrastructure development, adaptation to clime change and renewable energy, he said, expressing his wish that the bank will continue helping the country get access to preferential loans in the coming time.

Minh told his guest that Vietnam is making every effort to improve its legal framework in a bid to attract more and utilize effectively soft loans and official development assistance (ODA) capital.

The Deputy PM spoke highly of the ADB’s approval of its development strategy until 2030, affirming that the Vietnamese Government supported the strategy towards the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Groff commended the Vietnamese Government’s recent efforts in maintaining high economic growth and accelerating reforms, including the improvement of the legal framework to enhance the efficiency of foreign loans.

The ADB has attached great importance to and highly evaluated the effective, long-term cooperation with Vietnam, he said, promising to assist the country in looking for more preferential loans for its sustainable development.

Groff also applauded the Vietnamese Government’s endeavours in speeding up negotiations for the signing of the last projects using soft loans from the ADB in 2018.

PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam

Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted, PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam, ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Chairman of the SK Group Chey Tae-won 


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has expressed his wish that investors from the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the SK Group in particular would continue expanding their business operations in Vietnam. 

During a reception in Hanoi on November 8 for Chairman of the SK Group Chey Tae-won, the PM asked the SK Group, a multi-sectoral corporation operating in the fields of energy, telecommunications, information technology, to continue supporting the Vietnamese government’s economic development orientations, especially amid the fourth industrial revolution. 

He said the Vietnamese Government assigned the Ministry of Planning and Investment to study a national strategy, and asked the SK Group to join in the effort. The PM lauded the group’s support for the construction of a national innovation centre, an important part in Vietnam’s industrial revolution strategy 4.0. 

PM Phuc said the Government of Vietnam is stepping up equitisation and divestment in major and effective State-owned enterprises, mostly those working in the spheres of telecommunications, chemicals, processing industry, beverages, aviation and energy. 

The Vietnamese Government always encourages foreign investors, including the SK Group with financial capability, expertise, brand and markets, to join in the process as strategic investors, he said. 

As Vietnam is home to nearly 700,000 enterprises, the PM suggested the SK Group connect Vietnamese small and medium-sized enterprises via its value chain and global market while promoting investment in fields of its strength such as semi-conductors, smart urban development, petrochemicals, oil and gas, renewable energy, energy saving and information technology. 

He went on to say that the Vietnamese Government is working to improve the business climate, thus creating favourable conditions for investors, including those from the RoK. 

Chey, for his part, said the group has launched several new projects in Vietnam, including its investment in Masan Vietnam, and wants to invest in other private groups in the country.

He said the SK Group is interested in Vietnam’s equitised enterprises and those planning for equitisation, environmental protection and social activities in the country. 

The chairman pledged that the SK Group will do its best in business fields in Vietnam, thus contributing to the country’s socio-economic development and lifting bilateral ties. 

He said the group wants to offer ideas for the development of more Vietnamese SMEs so as to reach 1 million firms by 2020, and propose measures to protect the environment and promote environmental treatment technologies in Vietnam.

Vietnam, China talk to bolster cooperation for common development at sea

Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted, PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam, ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans

Fishing boats of Vietnam at sea 


Vietnam and China held the 10th round of talks of the working group on the sea area off the mouth of the Gulf of Tonkin and the 7th one of the working group on cooperation for common development at sea in Ningbo city, China’s Zhejiang province, on November 6 – 7.

The Vietnamese delegation was led by Nguyen Dang Thang, a director at the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s National Boundary Commission, and Zhou Jian, a representative for border and sea affairs at the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

In a friendly, straightforward and constructive atmosphere, the officials briefed about activities of their working groups. They affirmed the serious adherence to the common perceptions of the two countries’ leaders, including the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues.

They agreed that based on the principle of progressing one step at a time, Vietnam and China will promote negotiations on the delimitation of the sea area off the mouth of the Gulf of Tonkin and the discussion on cooperation for common development in the East Sea in conformity with international law, particularly the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to which both countries are parties. 

The officials agreed to organise the next rounds of talks of the two working groups in Vietnam in the near future.

Dak Peur-Nam Lyr border gate seeks international status

Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted, PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam, ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans

At their talks on November 8, leaders of Dak Nong and Mondulkiri provinces agreed to ask for permission from the two governments to upgrade the status of the Dak Peur-Nam Lyr border gate 

Leaders of Vietnam’s Dak Nong province and Cambodia’s Mondulkiri province have proposed upgrading Dak Peur-Nam Lyr from a major border gate to an international one.

The governments of Vietnam and Cambodia agreed to upgrade Dak Peur (Dak Nong) -Nam Lyr (Mondulkiri) from an auxiliary border gate to a major border gate in August 2007.

Over the past years, the flows of goods and people travelling through the border gate have been on the rise. Since the beginning of the year, around 13,500 people travelled via the border gate while Vietnam’s export turnover through it exceeded 205 million USD.

At their talks on November 8, leaders of Dak Nong and Mondulkiri provinces agreed to ask for permission from the two governments to upgrade the status of the Dak Peur-Nam Lyr border gate in order to develop infrastructure and facilitate the travelling of people from both nations.

Vice Chairman of the Dak Nong People’s Committee Cao Huy said the upgrade of the border gate will create favourable conditions for socio-economic development not only along the shared border but also in the two provinces.

The move will also facilitate the cross-border travelling of people, two-way trade, investment attraction and coordination in ensuring border security and fighting crimes, he added.

Party official welcomes Assistant US Trade Representative

Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted, PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam, ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans

Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh (R) receives Assistant US Trade Representative for Services and Investment Daniel Bahar in Hanoi on November 8 


Head of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC)’s Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh received Assistant US Trade Representative for Services and Investment Daniel Bahar in Hanoi on November 8, asking the US side to increase dialogues in a bid to promptly handle trade barriers.

Welcoming Bahar’s working trip, Binh, who is also Politburo member and Secretary of the CPVCC, reiterated that the Vietnamese Party and State have always and will continue to pay special attention to the bilateral relations, with economic-trade ties being seen as an important pillar.

He noted that bilateral economic and trade links have enjoyed great progress recently and continue to be a driving force in the Vietnam-US relationship, thus meeting the expectations of their people.

Vietnam will push ahead with improving the business and investment climate and creating more favourable conditions for US firms to do business in the country, the official said.

Binh also asked the Office of the US Trade Representative to increase the sharing of information and maintain the upward trend of Vietnam-US economic and trade ties.

For his part, Bahar said he is impressed with the steady economic growth of Vietnam, expressing his hope to keep enhancing bilateral economic and trade partnerships between the two nations.

Permanent cabinet members review BOT projects

Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted, PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam, ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the meeting 


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc lauded the Ministry of Transport (MoT) for pooling social resources in public-private partnership (PPP) projects, including those under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model. 

During a meeting of permanent government members in Hanoi on November 8, PM Phuc said the MoT had actively reviewed BOT projects, focusing on locations of toll collection stations, and more precisely their costs and efficiency. 

He hailed the MoT’s efforts in dealing with complicated security and order issues at several BOT stations, and the State Audit Office of Vietnam (SAV)’s auditing work in removing unreasonable fees. 

Highlighting the need to address shortcomings in BOT projects, the PM requested that they ensure the interests of the State, investors, and the people; thoroughly respond to suggestions from businesses and individuals regarding BOT transportation projects; and guarantee security and order at BOT stations. 

Regarding electronic toll collection, he asked the MoT to strictly adhere to his directions and the National Assembly Standing Committee’s resolution on the issue. 

The MoT is currently managing 63 BOT projects. Last year, it canceled investment in 13 projects which were being studied or received approval. 

Since 2014, the ministry has partnered with the SAV, the Government Inspectorate, and inspectors from ministries and agencies to audit all PPP projects. 

As many as 48 conclusions on 50 projects and 61 audit reports on 55 projects have been issued, based on which agencies were asked to update, review, and check the legitimacy of construction costs during the budget estimate assessment. 

The ministry, localities, and BOT investors have agreed to reduce fees for vehicles at stations with feasible financial plans and those with various shortcomings. 

The portal regarding BOT projects www.ppp.mt.gov.vn has been launched. 

Up to 25 electronic tolling stations have been set up so far, which are expected to be available in all BOT projects by 2019.

HCM City, New South Wales boost multifaceted cooperation

Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted, PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam, ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans

At the reception 

Ho Chi Minh City welcomes experts from New South Wales to visit and share their experiences in the fields of their strength, notably innovation, startup ecosystem development, and smart city building, a municipal official has said.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem made the statement during a reception in HCM City on November 8 for a delegation from New South Wales, led by Niall Blair, who holds incumbent titles as the state’s Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water and Minister for Trade and Industry. 

Liem told his guests that HCM City is currently home to 182 Australian projects. Two-way trade has been on the rise, hitting 800 million USD in 2017, he said, adding that the figure is projected to reach 1 billion USD this year. 

In addition, HCM City has worked with Australia in multiple fields, including education, agriculture, and tourism.

Liem noted that HCM City is paying heed to water resource management as the city often faces flooding, triggered by downpours and the rising tides caused by climate change. 

Additionally, the city has high demand for water to maintain and improve people’s livelihoods, he said, stressing that it is looking to exchange experience in water resource management with New South Wales.

Liem also informed his guests of HCM City’s socio-economic development orientations in the time to come, saying that the city is working on a smart urban project and the construction of an innovative urban area on the east side. 

For his part, Blair said New South Wales is a major state in terms of economy in Australia. He added that during its development process, the state also encountered similar challenges in infrastructure, water resource management, and wastewater treatment.

Blair expressed his hope that HCM City and New South Wales will enhance cooperation in the near future, which will contribute to Vietnam-Australia ties and help to make full use of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Blair noted that the Vietnamese community living in the Australian state have also contributed to strengthening bilateral cooperation.

He pledged to bolster collaboration between New South Wales and HCM City in the coming time, not only in water resource management, but also in climate change adaption, high-tech agriculture, clean water in rural areas, and other issues relating to urban development.

Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted, PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam, ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans

Officials, Party members make political commitments to people

Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted, PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam, ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans

The eighth plenum of the 12th Party Central Committee



Being loyal to the nation and people, making all-out efforts to serve the people and doing nothing that harms the nation have long been a system of reference for officials and Party members to follow. 

This system is also the guideline of the 12th Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC)’s Regulation No. 08-QDi/TW on the responsibility for setting examples of officials and Party members, firstly members of the Politburo, the Secretariat and the CPVCC. 

It is also seen as a political commitment of senior Party leaders before the nation and people.

The regulations again demonstrate the viewpoint and thoughts of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh on the close-knit relations between the Party and people, as well as the goal and motivation of the Party and each Party member, which is the people. 

The lesson that people are the roots of everything is true for any revolutionary period. Therefore, officials and Party members must rely on the people, stay close to the people in order to understand their thinking and aspirations.

They also need to set examples and work as pioneers in all aspects, and spare no efforts to complete their tasks, for the sake of people. 

The viewpoint has always been put at the top of all Party directives, resolutions and regulations.

The regulations also require all officials and Party members to resolutely fight wrong acts and negative phenomena. 

For these reasons, the CPV has taken drastic actions in inspection work and tightened discipline within the Party and the State apparatus. 

Since the 12th National Party Congress in 2016, all-level Party Committees and inspection committees have disciplined more than 490 Party organisations and 35,000 Party members, of whom nearly 1,300 were punished due to corruption and deliberate violations of regulations. 

The CPVCC’s Inspection Commission has uncovered many serious violations and issued disciplinary measures, and asked the CPVCC, the Politburo and the Secretariat to take measures against not a few high-ranking officials and Party organisations, including CPVCC and Politburo members and incumbent and retired officials, in both executive bodies and armed forces. 

Apart from inspections, disciplinary work and corruption fight, the Party has paid attention to improving the leadership capacity of Party organisations, especially promoting the pioneer role of officials and Party members to motivate people to unite. 

President Ho Chi Minh said “Forces of the working class and labourers are huge and limitless. However, the forces need the Party leadership to firmly win victories. Also, the Party needs to be close to the masses and skillfully organise and lead the masses in order to make the revolution a success.”

It has been proven that people serve as a great source of internal strength. When they are gathered and led by the Party, they become an endless source of strength to take the revolutionary cause of the Party and the nation to victory. Being close to the people, relying on the people and serving their interest are the core of the Party’s leading methods.


Resolution on 2019 socio-economic development plan adopted, PM calls on Korean investors to expand operations in Vietnam, ADB urged to help Vietnam get access to preferential loans
 
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