PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) greets Argentine President Mauricio Macri. Vietnam regards Argentina as its most important partner in Latin America and wants to foster its comprehensive partnership with the country, the Vietnamese government leader told his guest, adding that the Vietnamese people always take heed to and love the country and people of Argentina whose football, wines and tango dance are well-known all over the world. According to the PM, the relationship between the two countries continues to develop in a substantial and effective manner, as shown by increasingly strengthened political relations. Trade exchange doubled from US$1.4 billion in 2013 to nearly US$3 billion in 2018. Mechanisms of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee and political consultation between the two foreign ministries have maintained regularly and effectively. The two countries have work closely with international organizations and at multilateral forums, especially in the United Nations. For his part, President Macri affirmed that Vietnam is the fifth largest trade partner of his country in the world and the second in Asia, and expressed his admiration for Vietnam’s dynamism and impressive economic growth. Vietnam should produce more food and Argentina has good experience and advanced technology in this regard, Marci said while hoping that the two sides can further develop their cooperation in health care, information technology and telecommunications, he said. President Mauricio Macri assured his nation’s willingness to step up cooperation with Vietnam in the field of football, and cross-cultural exchange, adding that a business forum is set to transpire on February… [Read full story]
NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan welcomes Argentine President Mauricio Macri (L). At a February 20 reception in Hanoi for Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Chairwoman Ngan said that Vietnam treasures the support of the Argentine people during its past struggles for national liberation. The top Vietnamese legislator showed her elation at the vigorous growth of the bilateral relations over the years. Political relations have been strengthened through regular delegation exchanges and bilateral meetings on the margins of international events, she said, adding that two-way trade has been on steadily uptick, doubling in value over five years to touch US$2.9 billion in 2018. In reply, President Macri said his nation desires to beef up its cooperation with Vietnam, which is currently its fifth largest trade partner in the world and the second in Asia. Informing the host of the positive outcomes of his talks with Vietnamese Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong, President Macri expressed his hope that with the support of the Vietnamese NA, both sides will be able to further exchange trade and investment ties towards closer Argentina-Vietnam relations. He affirmed his support for the stance of settling disputes pertaining to sovereignty and territory through peaceful negotiations and in accordance with international law. NA Chairwoman Ngan also called on both sides intensify delegation exchange at all levels, and maintain and increase the efficiency of cooperation mechanisms such as the Inter-Governmental Committee and political consultation at the deputy foreign ministerial level. She used the occasion to thank Argentina… [Read full story]
An overview of the event (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – The embassies of Israel and Denmark in Vietnam as well as the Ho Chi Minh City University of Education on February 20 jointly held the Holocaust Remembrance Day – a day to commemorate the Jewish victims of the Holocaust tragedy during the World War II. The event, held in the city for the first time, was a chance for Vietnamese people and locals in the city in particular to show sympathies to Holocaust victims and survivors. Participants at the event, many of them local students, watched a Denmark film based on the real story of a Jewish family in Denmark on their way to escape the German fascism. Israeli Ambassador Nadav Eshar said that the event aims to honour millions of Jews victimized by the brutal crime just because of their difference. Israel hopes to spread a message that as crimeshappen, people must join hands to fight them, he said. Meanwhile, Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, said that the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, which has reached dozens of countries, will be further expanded as part of efforts against the spread of violence. He stressed the significance of historical education which helps younger generations to improve their awareness of building a society with equality. The United Nations designates 27 January – the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp – as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the… [Read full story]
Scene at the working session (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Russia is willing to assist Vietnam in developing its e-government via free-of-charge consultancy, technology transfer, and training of experts, said a Russian official. Mikhail Mamonov, Russian Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, made the statement at a working session with Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung in Hanoi on February 20. Dung commended the outcomes of working sessions between the Russian delegation and Vietnamese agencies during their visit to Vietnam from February 18 to 20. The delegation had previously held meetings with the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Hanoi People’s Committee, and leading Vietnamese IT groups. Divided into three working groups to discuss with Vietnamese partners in fields of shared concern, they studied Vietnam’s proposals related to public service portal, e-verification system, centre for cyber security, and smart city building. Dung said Vietnam still lacks institutions and legal documents related to the building of an e-government, while facing difficulties in linking data of different ministries, sectors and localities. The country is working to push for data security as well as data connection and sharing among public agencies and between the agencies and the grassroots toward building a digital government and economy, he added. The minister asked Russia to help Vietnam build its public service portal, information systems, an interaction channel between the government, people and businesses, a centre for government operation, and a centre for cyber security within the Government Office. The Russian assistance… [Read full story]
* The US side has been urged to view China’s development and bilateral trade ties with an open mind and work with China towards the same direction. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on February 19 made the comments when meeting with a US delegation led by US Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Myron Brilliant in Beijing. * The US State Department confirmed Tuesday that US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams had met with Venezuela officials recently to ensure the security of US personnel in the South American country. * Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and visiting European Council President Donald Tusk met on February 19 to discuss the situation in and around Ukraine. * German government and industry should cooperate in the expansion of the new 5G mobile communications standard, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged during a speech at the Digitising Europe Summit in Berlin on February 19. * Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his Slovak, Czech and Hungarian counterparts on February 19, a day after a high-profile summit was cancelled amid a quarrel between Poland and Israel. * Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani reaffirmed Tuesday in Rabat his country’s support to stability in Libya. * At a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on February 19 stressed the need to fill the gap in the ranks of the defenders of free trade and the single market after the exit of the… [Read full story]
The Hanoitimes – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expected the security to be ensured at the highest level, along with other requirements for the success of the summit, at the same time ensuring the best possible conditions for international reporters during the event in Hanoi. Hanoi launches security plans ahead of Trump-Kim summit No vacancy in luxury hotels in Hanoi ahead of Trump-Kim summit Vietnam foreign minister visits North Korea ahead of Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi Reasons behind Vietnam’s selection to host second US–North Korea summit: US press Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc requested government agencies to give utmost priority during the preparation process for the second US – North Korea summit to be held in Hanoi next week, local media reported. Illustrative photo. Phuc made the statement in a meeting discussing the preparation process for the summit with related government agencies on February 19. Phuc stressed this is an important international event, which is at the center of worldwide attention. Following a series of world events hosted by Vietnam, including the APEC 2017, WEF ASEAN 2018, Vietnam being chosen as the host for the second US – North Korea summit would cement the country’s status on the world stage, while showing Vietnam’s active and responsible role in addressing global issues, Phuc continued. The PM expected the safety to be at the highest level, along with other requirements for the success of the summit, at the same time ensuring the best possible conditions for international reporters working during… [Read full story]
The Hanoitimes – The facility is expected to cover an area of 20 – 30 hectares for computer parts production, which would later be exported to the US worth US$3 billion. Taiwanese tech giant ASUS ponders Vietnam for production relocation US toymakers target Vietnam for production relocation from China US-China trade war may drive iPhone assembler Foxconn to Vietnam Vietnam faces labor shortage due to China’s relocation production Vietnam predicted to gain short-term benefits from US-China trade war China’s multinational technology company Lenovo plans to buil a production facility in the northern province of Bac Giang, Vietnam, according to Bac Giang portal. Bac Giang Chairman of People’s Committee Nguyen Van Linh (r) and Lenovo’s local CEO Bach Dang. Source: BGP. The facility is expected to cover an area of 20 – 30 hectares for computer parts production, which would later be exported to the US worth US$3 billion, said the local CEO of the Chinese company, Bach Bang, in a meeting with Chairman of Bac Giang People’s Committee Nguyen Van Linh on February 19. Bang requested Bac Giang’s local authority to introduce a suitable industrial park for the company’s project, adding that Lenovo is currently looking at investment procedures and related policies in the province. At the meeting, Bac Giang Chairman Nguyen Van Linh welcome Lenovo’s initiative, saying that the province’s economic growth stood third nationwide, in which the industrial sector contributed a significant part. In 2018, the sector grew by 28% year-on-year, Linh said. Bac Giang currently has… [Read full story]
World Bank Vice President for Infrastructure Makhtar Diop While in Viet Nam, Makhtar Diop is expected to meet with senior leaders of the country and of various ministries and agencies, and local authorities to confirm the World Bank’s continuous support to Viet Nam, seek to deepen the trusted partnership between Viet Nam and the World Bank, and discuss Viet Nam’s infrastructure agenda, with focuses on energy, transport, digital development, and Public-Private Partnership. As part of the visit, Makhtar Diop will also be on a field trip to Hai Phong City to witness first-hand results from the World Bank-financed projects in infrastructure development, and to understand the infrastructure needs of emerging cities in Viet Nam. Makhtar Diop is the World Bank’s Vice President for Infrastructure since July 1st, 2018. The Infrastructure Vice Presidency comprises Energy & Extractives, Transport, Digital Development, Infrastructure Finance and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)./.
19:14 | 20/02/2019 VGP – Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong will pay an official visit to Laos from February 24-25 at the invitation of his Lao counterpart Bounnhang Vorachith, the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Affairs announced Wednesday. Trong will also make State visit to Cambodia from February 25-26 at the invitation of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni./.
Seawater attacks dyke in Kien Giang (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Nearly the entire Mekong Delta region of Vietnam – an area that makes up 50 percent of the national rice output, 65 percent of seafood, and 70 percent of fruit – could sink underwater by the year 2100, scientists from the Netherlands’ Utrecht University have warned. The scientists created a delta-wide numerical model and use that as the basis of future predictions. They found that the heavy extraction of groundwater, when combined with the rate of sea-level increase due to climate change that is occurring quicker than forecast, is causing significant land subsidence and could result in the submergence of the entire delta in the future. Philip Minderhoud, a subsurface and groundwater systems researcher at Utrecht University who led the study, said groundwater extraction was one of the most important in a raft of factors causing the delta to sink on average by about 1cm per year. In addition, the sea level is rising at a rate of about 3 to 4mm per year. The Mekong Delta has many opportunities for development, but also faces a number of challenges, especially in climate change and rising sea levels. Facing this situation, the Vietnamese Government has issued a decree regulating restrictions on the exploitation of groundwater in freshwater areas in the region. Relevant agencies are also drafting policies to cope with factors that erode the delta’s land. Vietnam is scheduled to hold a forum on sustainable Mekong Delta development in response… [Read full story]