Government News In Brief

Deputy PM conveys sympathy to Cuba over deadly tornado

The powerful tornado passed through the Cuban capital of Havana, leaving severe damage to the city.


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh on February 2 sent a message of condolences to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla over the serious damage caused by a recent tornado.

The powerful tornado passed through the Cuban capital of Havana on January 27, killing at least three people and left 172 injured. It also caused severe damage to the city’s infrastructure.

More efforts to be made to optimize OVs’ resources

Luong Thanh Nghi, deputy head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs 


The number of Oversea Vietnamese (OV) returning home to invest and run business have risen amidst the increasing international integration of Vietnam, contributing to the national development, stated Luong Thanh Nghi, deputy head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs.

In an interview with the Vietnam News Agency, Nghi noted that by the end of 2018, Vietnam hosted about 3,000 projects invested by OVs in 45 cities and provinces, with total investment of nearly 4 billion USD.

Statistics from the World Bank showed that in 2018, OVs sent home 15.9 billion USD, about 60 percent of which was poured into business and production, he said.

Nghi said that during the year, the country saw the return of a large number of intellectuals and scientists, especially young ones.

A number of activities were held to lure OVs’ engagement in business and research at home, including a forum to connect Vietnamese startups in June 2018, gathering a large number of startup firms at home and abroad.

An initiative on Vietnam innovative network was launched in the year with the participation of more than 100 young Vietnamese scientists around the world who gave many ideas and strategies for Vietnam to successfully build the development strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the future, he said.

About 250 initiatives and proposals were given at the first Vietnamese Young Intellectual Forum in Da Nang in November 2018. Meanwhile, more than 200 OVs from 23 countries and territories gathered at a conference in late 2018, contributing many ideas for localities to improve their investment and business environment, promoting their potentials in economy and tourism, stated Nghi. The event was followed with the signing of many cooperation agreements, he said, adding that an OV from Germany received a licence to build a 10 million USD factory in Ha Tinh province.

Nghi underscored that to further promote brainpower resources from the 4.5 million-strong Vietnamese community abroad, it is necessary to make changes in policy to attract expat scientists.

It is estimated that about 500,000 OVs are working in research institutes abroad, with 300 of them regularly cooperating with organizations and localities at home, he noted, pointing to the need to optimize their potential by creating a flexible environment for them to make more contributions.

Nghi said that in the coming time, the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs will coordinate with the Vietnamese communities in different countries to seek proper measures to strengthen connectivity activities.

Meanwhile, the committee will support the Vietnamese associations abroad in line with local law, he said.

Vietnamese in Russia, Chile celebrate traditional Lunar New Year

Vietnamese Ambassador to Vietnam Ngo Duc Manh 

The Vietnamese embassies in Russia and Chile recently held celebrations of the traditional Lunar New Year 2019 with the participation of overseas Vietnamese and international friends.

Addressing a celebration in Moscow on February 3, Vietnamese Ambassador to Vietnam Ngo Duc Manh underlined the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership in 2018, which was reinforced and developed in all fields.

He expressed his belief that the two countries will reap more success in 2019.

Speaking at a ceremony on February 2, Vietnamese Ambassador to Chile Nguyen Ngoc Son highlighted Vietnam’s new development achievements and relations with Chile in 2018.

He sent his New Year greetings to Vietnamese expatriates and Chilean friends and thanked them for their active contributions to the development of the bilateral rapports.

The diplomat noted that the friendly relations and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Chile was continuously reinforced and developed in 2018 through the enhancement of all-level delegation exchanges and the regular maintenance of bilateral cooperation in politics and trade.

The two sides also established organisations such as the Chile-Vietnam friendship parliamentary association and Chile-Vietnam trade department.

PM inspects combat readiness in Air Force Division 372 ahead of Tet

PM inspects combat readiness in Air Force Division 372 ahead of Tet, More efforts to be made to optimize OVs’ resources, Ambassadors meet with overseas Vietnamese ahead of Tet

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (black suit) visits Division 372 under the Air Defence – Air Force Service 


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc inspected the combat readiness work of Division 372 under the Air Defence – Air Force Service on February 4, or the last day of the Year of the Dog.

On the occasion of the lunar New Year (Tet) festival, Phuc conveyed the best wishes of the Party and State leaders to officers and soldiers of Air Force Division 372.

He voiced his hope that the unit will continue promoting its tradition to fulfil all tasks assigned by the Party, State and army.

In the context of unpredictable international situation, the Government leader asked the unit to intensify training, master military weapons, stay vigilant and ready for every event, and ensure combat readiness, especially during the Tet holidays.

Along with ensuring defence mission, the unit’s leaders need pay attention to improving the life of officers and soldiers, especially those working throughout Tet, he added.

NA leader pays Tet visit to Tien Giang’s police, medical workers


National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan visits patients at Tien Giang General Hospital 

Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan made a Tet tour of the public security force and doctors and patients at Tien Giang General Hospital in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang on February 4.

At the headquarters of the provincial public security force, Chairwoman Ngan commended the force for reinforcing their capacity to ensure social order and security, reduce traffic accidents, and fight crimes effectively.

She extended her New Year wishes to officials and members of the force and said she expects them to build on the heroic revolutionary tradition to continue performing their role soundly in safeguarding social order and safety in the new circumstances.

At the Tien Giang General Hospital, Chairwoman Ngan hailed doctors and nurses for taking a good care of people’s health, expressing her hope that they will sharpen their professional skills to win people’s confidence in their performances, thus helping reduce the transfer of patients to central hospitals.

The leader presented 20 Tet gift packages to the patients who are undergoing treatment there.

Director of the Tien Giang General Hospital Associate Professor Ta Van Tram pledged that the staff will continue improving their professional competence and services so to provide better treatment and care for people in the province.

Vietnam Fatherland Front works for productive operation


President of the VFF Central Committee Tran Thanh Man 

The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) will work harder to continue performing well its role as a bridge between the Party and the State and people and the common house of the national great unity bloc, said President of the VFF Central Committee Tran Thanh Man.

In 2019, the organization of the 9th National Congress for the 2019-2024 tenure will be the prime task of the VFF, Man said in an interview granted to the media on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

He said the VFF chapters at all levels will continue reforming communications methods and proactively working with local administrations in providing information for the public to miminize the occurrence of pressing and complicated issues.

They will focus on carrying out productively the VFF-initiated campaigns, especially the campaign “the entire people unite to build new rural areas and civilized urban areas”.

The VFF will expand the national great unity bloc by working closely with the whole political system to translate into deeds the viewpoints, guidance and policies of the Party and State on the bloc and harmonizing the common interests of all social strata, he noted.

It will continue working to gather synergy of Vietnamese in and outside the country towards the goal of building the country of peace, independence, unity, and territorial integrity so the people will be wealthy while the nation is strong with democracy, justice, and civilization, the official said.

Promoting democracy and maintaining disciplines in society will contribute to consolidating the national great unity bloc, he said.

The front and its organization members must work as a “firm bridge” between the people and the Party and the State so the people can proactively contribute their opinions and engage in discussing important issues of the country, he said.

The VFF chapters at all level will proactively coordinate with local administrations to tackle legitimate pressing issues lodged by people, along with taking part in fine-tuning the legal system to ensure people deliver their aspirations via mass organizations and the VFF.

They will work to promote the people’s role in building a strong Party and administration, create a consensus in society, and help people believe in the Party’s led reform for the country’s development.

The VFF chapters will boost their role in supervising and giving social feedback to achieve social stability for the country to grow comprehensively and sustainably, and in encouraging officials, Party members, and people to actively participate in fighting corruption and wastefulness.

Vietnamese people stand side by side with Venezuelans

Vietnamese people always show solidarity and stand side by side with Venezuelans, the Vietnam-Venezuelan Friendship Association has affirmed.

In a letter recently sent to Venezuelan Ambassador to Vietnam Jorge Rondon Uzcategui, the association said “As close friends, Vietnamese people always closely follow the situation in Venezuela with deep concern.”

“We share the difficulties that Venezuelan people are experiencing, and hope the parties involved will spare no effort to seek solutions to overcoming the current difficult period. Venezuela will continue developing with peace and stability.”

The association asserted that Vietnamese people always stand side by side and promote solidarity with Venezuelans as well as support the country’s sovereignty, national independence and self-determination in accordance with the fundamental principles of international law and the United Nations Charter.

Vietnamese people pledged to accompany Venezuelans to foster the two nations’ friendship and promote the bilateral multi-faceted collaboration, contributing to peace, cooperation and development in the two regions and beyond, the association said.

Deputy PM pays Tet visit to Long An province



Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh (L) presents Tet gift to Long An authority and people.


Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh on February 3 made a Tet visit to the Mekong Delta province of Long An on the occasion of the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) festival and the 89th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

Binh spoke highly of the local socio-economic achievements in 2018, with the gross regional domestic product (GRDP) reaching a record high of 10.36 percent in recent years, and poverty rate dropping to 2.22 percent.

He hoped that the province will make breakthroughs in 2019, striving for a higher GRDP than the previous year. 

With concerted efforts made by local Party, authority and people, Long An will be developed into a reliable destination for investors, he stressed.

He took the occasion to wish Long An authorities and people a new year of good health and success.

The same day, he visited and delivered Tet greetings to the provincial military high command, during which he laid stress on the important role of the military high command in enhancing defence-security strength, upgrading infrastructure in border regions, and ensuring a border line of peace and friendship.

Greetings from Cambodian, Lao ruling parties on CPV’s 89th anniversary


An overview of the CPV's 12th Congress 


The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) has received greetings from the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee and the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) Central Committee on the occasion of the CPV’s 89th founding anniversary (February 3).

In its message, the LPRP Central Committee congratulated Vietnam on the great, historic, and comprehensive achievements that Vietnamese people have gained in the past 89 years, especially during the “Doi Moi” (renewal) cause, under the leadership of the CPV. It said these achievements have brought in political stability, high economic growth, improved living conditions, expanded external affairs, and increasingly growing status on the international arena for Vietnam.

The Party, State and people of Laos believe that under the leadership of the CPV led by Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnamese people will continue making more successes in the national reform, construction and defence, turning Vietnam into an industrial and modern country and completing the target of rich people, a strong nation with democracy, equality and civilization.

The LPRP and the CPV both came from the Communist Party of Indochina, the message said, highlighting that the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive partnership between the two Parties, States and peoples have been nurtured and expanded in all fields, benefiting people of both countries.

Meanwhile, the CPP Central Committee lauded great attainments of Vietnam in socio-economic development and reform and the country’s growth in all fields.

The ruling party of Cambodia spoke highly of the development of the solidarity, traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States, Governments and people of Cambodia and Vietnam, showing its determination to continuously reinforce and promote the bilateral ties towards the motto of “good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive and lasting co-operation”.  

The CPV showed its belief that Vietnamese people will continue grasping greater success in the future, and fulfilling targets set by the 12th Party Congress’ resolution.

On the occasion, head of the LPRP Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Sounthone Sayachac also sent a greeting message to her Vietnamese counterpart Hoang Binh Quan.

Ambassadors meet with overseas Vietnamese ahead of Tet


Overseas Vietnamese in Egypt 

The Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt on February 1 hosted a gathering with overseas Vietnamese and international friends to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival. 

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Egypt Tran Thanh Cong introduced unique characteristics of Vietnam’s traditional Tet festival to foreign guests and expressed his belief that relations between Vietnam and international friends will be tightened. 

The ambassador also extended New Year wishes to overseas Vietnamese in the country. 

Participants were treated to traditional Vietnamese dishes which are often eaten during Tet celebrations. 

The same day, Vietnamese Ambassador to Algeria Pham Quoc Tru visited and presented gifts to Vietnamese workers at Tipaza construction site invested by Nibelc Germany Group in Tipaza province. 

During a working session with representatives of the Nibelc Germany Group and over 120 Vietnamese workers, Tru asked the workers to abide by the host country’s law, stay united and offer mutual support, thus leaving good impression on the employer. 

A representative of the group pledged to create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese workers to work more safely and efficiently and to improve their living conditions.

HCM City leading official visits religious dignitaries



Politburo member, Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan pays pre-Tet visit to local religious establishments and dignitaries. 


Politburo member Nguyen Thien Nhan, who is also Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, on February 2 visited various religious establishments and dignitaries in the city on the occasion of the upcoming traditional lunar New Year (Tet).

Visiting Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang at Hue Nghiem Pagoda in District 2, Nhan spoke highly of the monk’s contributions to the development of Buddhism in the country in general and the city in particular. He wished the dignitary good health and continued contributions to the further development of the religion.

For his part, Thich Tri Quang praised the city’s achievements over the recent past and expressed his belilef that in the new year, the city will reap further achievements.

The same day, Nhan visited supportless old people who are being taken care of at a church in Thu Thiem (District 2). He highly valued the social activities of the church and stressed that it has done well the charity work.

Before that, the official visited the Thu Thiem Church, where he extended warm regards to Parish Priest Le Dang Niem and spoke highly of his work in easing the difficulties of the poor.

Also on February 2, Nhan visited and extended Tet greetings to representatives of the Party Committee, administration and locals of Nha Be district, asking them to accelerate the administrative reform and to focus efforts on the national programme of building new-style rural area in the locality.

Party official visits border post in Son La province


Politburo member Tran Quoc Vuong delivers Tet greetings to soldiers and people in Son La province.


Politburo member Tran Quoc Vuong on February 2 visited the Long Sap border post in the northwestern province of Son La on the occasion of the upcoming traditional lunar New Year (Tet).

Speaking to the border guards manning the post, Vuong, who is also Permanment Secretary of the Party Central Committee, expressed his joy sharing the festive atmosphere with soldiers and people of the locality, especially with the participation by many people from Laos. He hailed efforts by the soldiers and people in safeguarding the border sovereignty and security, and in further strengthening the Vietnam - Laos solidarity.

The official stressed that Long Sap is a hot spot on drug trafficking, that is why the post must maintain the resolute fight against the evil, especially during the Tet, and continue to serve as a bridge that help further strengthen the Vietnam – Lao solidarity and friendship.

Vuong took the occasion to hand over Tet gifts to soldiers and villagers of the region, as well as leading officials and people of Laos’ province of Huaphane bordering Son La province.

The same day, the official had a meeting with representatives of the local administration and people, during which he spoke highly of their process over the recent years. He also reminded them to continue doing well the party building work, anti-corruption fight and that against crimes, especially those related to drug.

Deputy PM presents Tet gifts to poor households in Dong Thap



Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh in Dong Thap 


Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh visited and presented gifts to social policy beneficiaries, poor households and students in Thap Muoi and Cao Lanh districts in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on February 2. 

The gifts were presented to 100 social policy beneficiaries and poor households in the two districts, and 40 disadvantaged students with outstanding academic performance in Thap Muoi district as the country’s biggest traditional lunar New Year festival is approaching.

On the occasion, Binh also visited and extended New Year wishes to officers and soldiers of the provincial Military Command and Border Guard Command. 

Meanwhile, the central province of Thua Thien – Hue handed over nearly 250,000 New Year gifts worth 59.7 billion VND (2.5 million USD) to social policy beneficiaries, up over 7 billion VND from the previous Tet festival. 

Specifically, more than 28,900 gifts worth over 5.4 billion VND granted by the State President and other gifts funded by the provincial budget valued at 851 million VND reached their hands. 

Districts and communes granted 845 gift packs worth 388 million VND, apart from over 9,700 gift packs worth 1.8 billion VND presented by wards and townships. 

The provincial authorities offered gifts to more than 201,000 poor and beneficiary households with a total value of over 51.2 billion VND sourced from the local budget, the Vietnam Fatherland Front chapter, mass organisations and businesses. 

The Agribank branch in Thua Thien-Hue also handed over 50 gifts, each worth 1 million VND to poor families and social policy beneficiaries in A Ngo commune, A Luoi district. 

Last year, the branch spent about 2 billion VND on ambulance cars as gifts to the Hue Central Hospital, bought cows in support of poor households in Hong Thai commune, A Luoi district and built 7 houses of gratitude for local families living in need.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc offers incense to President Ho Chi Minh



Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc offers incense to President Ho Chi Minh. 


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on February 1 offered incense to President Ho Chi Minh and other senior revolutionaries on the occasion of the 89th founding anniversary of the Party (February 3) and the coming traditional lunar New Year.

At House 67 inside the Presidential Palace complex where President Ho Chi Minh breathed his last, Phuc and his deputy Vu Duc Dam offered incense in memory of the nation’s beloved leader.

In the morning the same day, PM Phuc and Politburo members Truong Hoa Binh, permanent Deputy Prime Minister; Pham Minh Chinh, head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission on Organization; and Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich offered incense to late Party General Secretary Le Duan, an outstanding leader of the Party whose name was closely associated to the victories of Vietnam’s revolution in the 20th century.

Also in the morning of February 1, the Government leader offered incense in memory of General Vo Nguyen Giap and General Nguyen Chi Thanh.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits former leaders


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits former Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh. 


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on January 1 visited former President Le Duc Anh and former Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh in Hanoi on the occasion of the coming traditional lunar New Year.

He was accompanied by Politburo members Truong Hoa Binh, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister; and Pham Minh Chinh, head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission on Organization.

Visiting Anh, the PM extended his best regards to the former President and stressed that the talented General, who experienced various resistance wars, had made special and important contributions to the liberation of the Cambodian from the genocidal tragedy 40 years ago.

During the visit to Binh, the Government leader recalled her great contributions when she was serving as the Foreign Minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of the South of Vietnam and head of its negotiation delegation in Paris on Vietnam from 1969 to 1973.

PM Phuc wished both of them good health and further contributions to the national construction and development.

Leader commemorates predecessors on Tet, Party’s anniversary


Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong offers incense to late General Secretary Le Duan on February 2 


Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong on February 2 offered incense to late General Secretaries Le Duan and Truong Chinh at their homes on the occasion of the coming traditional lunar New Year and the 89th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (February 3).

The leader recalled the great contributions by his predecessors to the revolutionary cause of the Party and the nation, and expressed his profound gratitude to them for their devotions to the country’s independence and freedom as well as to the people’s happiness.

He also extended best regards to their family members and wished them good health, expressing expectation for their further contributions to the Motherland and the people.

Le Duan is described as an outstanding disciple of late President Ho Chi Minh and an exemplary communist combatant who left an invaluable legacy to Vietnam’s revolution, while Truong Chinh is credited for initiating the Doi moi (reform) policy which opened the country’s door to the world.

Hanoi leader visits Evangelical Church ahead of Tet



Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung at the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (North) 


Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung visited the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (North) and the Hanoi Evangelical Church on February 1, ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival. 

He expressed his thanks to Protestant dignitaries and followers for partnering with the city in many activities over the past years, especially in health check-ups and treatment to the poor, contributing to the city’s fulfillment of its socio-economic targets. 

Last year, Hanoi met 20 socio-economic targets, including ensuring social welfares and improving local lives, Chung highlighted, adding the capital city was hailed as one of the top 10 dynamic cities by the James Lang Laselle at the World Economic Forum. 

Pastor Nguyen Huu Mac, head of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (North), said Protestants are delighted at the local socio-economic achievements over the past years, adding that they will actively join national emulation campaigns launched by the authorities. 

The same day, Chung also paid visits to Ba Dinh district’s public security and Hanoi Zoo Co.,Ltd.

HCM City officials join workers in Tet celebration


Vice Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee Vo Thi Dung (L) presents gifts to disadvantaged workers on February 1 



Leaders of Ho Chi Minh City joined disadvantaged workers in a celebration on February 1 to share the joy of the upcoming Lunar New Year festival (Tet).

The event was held at Suoi Tien Theme Park by the HCM City Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority (HEPZA), gathering 600 disadvantaged workers who are unable to return home for Tet – a traditional occasion for family reunions.

At the programme, municipal officials and workers had a meal with traditional Tet dishes together. Workers also received Tet gifts and the best wishes from the city’s administration.

On the thresholds of Tet that falls in early February, HEPZA and local businesses have organised numerous activities to care for workers such as presenting 4,000 bus tickets to help them return home for Tet and over 151,000 gift packs to those with disadvantages. 

A variety of celebrations have also been held to help workers enjoy a happy Tet in the southern economic hub of Vietnam.

Party chief pays tributes to President Ho Chi Minh ahead of Tet



Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong offers incense on February 1 to commemorate late President Ho Chi Minh at House No.67 on the occasion of upcoming traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) and 89th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam 


Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong on February 1 offered incense to commemorate late President Ho Chi Minh at House No.67 on the occasion of upcoming traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) and 89th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

Located in the President Ho Chi Minh relic site at the Presidential Palace, House No. 67 was named after the year 1967 when it was built, in which the late leader worked and passed away. 

Talking with staff and officials of the relic site, Trong expressed his delight over their efforts to preserve and introduce documents and exhibits about President Ho Chi Minh’s revolutionary career to local people and international friends.

He hoped they will follow Uncle Ho’s teachings and thoughts as well as promote solidarity to popularise his ideology, morality and style.

On the occasion, he wished the relic site’s staffers a new year with good health and prosperity. He asked them to better perform their entrusted missions in 2019. 


PM inspects combat readiness in Air Force Division 372 ahead of Tet, More efforts to be made to optimize OVs’ resources, Ambassadors meet with overseas Vietnamese ahead of Tet
 
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