According to the NA Office, the committee is scheduled to scrutinise some debatable issues of the draft law amending and supplementing some articles of the Law on Public Investment, and the draft revision of the Law on Tax Management. These drafts had been discussed previously at the parliament’s sixth session in late 2018. The NA Standing Committee will listen to the Government’s report on the outcomes of the collection of public opinions on the draft revised Law on Education. They will also look into issues related to the Vietnam National University-Hanoi project in the city’s Hoa Lac area.
* 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]
Large room to stabilise exchange rates, interest rates According to the macroeconomic report 2018 and prospects for 2019 released by the Vietnam Brokerage and Investment Banking (MBS), the monetary policy in 2018 was operated in a more cautious manner as the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) actively controlled the credit growth rate and money supply. Interest rates tended to increase slightly at the end of the year but the rise was negligible. The monetary policy in 2019 is anticipated to follow the cautious trend in 2018. “We expect that the positive economic growth trend will continue to be maintained in 2019. The macroeconomy will be kept stable in addition to the stability of inflation, interest rates and exchange rates, while the surplus in the balance of payments will support the increase in foreign exchange reserves,” MBS stated. According to MBS, foreign exchange reserves were consolidated and maintained at a fairly high level of US$63.5 billion as the SBV bought US$11 billion in 2018, thus creating conditions to stabilise exchange rates. In 2019, the SBV has good conditions to actively manage flexible exchange rates within the safe margin thanks to an abundant supply of the US dollar and a stable macroeconomy. “The SBV still regulates 0% interest rate for US dollar deposits for both individual and organisation customers. Meanwhile, the deposit interest rate for Vietnamese dong has been kept stable since the beginning of the year. The difference in the US dollar and Vietnamese dong deposits interest rates are quite high… [Read full story]
In recent years, thousands of Mai Anh Dao trees have been relocated around Xuan Huong Lake and many other roads in the city, gradually creating a charming “Mai Anh Dao space”. The pink colour of this flower has stirred amazement and passion in many travelers. In the spring, Mai Anh Dao blooms throughout the streets. From inner streets of Tran Hung Dao, Hung Vuong, Le Dai Hanh, Ho Tung Mau and around the Xuan Huong Lake, to suburb area such as Trai Mat, Xuan Tho, Xuan Truong and the roads around Tuyen Lam Lake’s national tourist area, visitors can enjoy the beauty of the five-petaled pink flower. It can be said that Mai Anh Dao cherry blossom is the “specialty” of the Da Lat city in the spring.
Addressing an audience including Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, Merkel defended plans for a new gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that he has criticised. During a question and answer session, she added that it would be wrong to exclude Russia politically. “Geostrategically, Europe can’t have an interest in cutting off all relations with Russia.” Merkel appealed for global cooperation on a range of issues from dealing with Iran to preventing another migrant crisis. Responding to the question on international relations posed by the conference organisers – “The Great Puzzle: Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?” – Merkel responded to loud applause: “Only all of us together.” International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde was among those who stood up to applaud Merkel.
>>> Central, Central Highland regions asked to fully tap tourism potential The event gathered over 500 delegates from public agencies and the regions’ 19 cities and provinces, as well representatives from international organisations, businesses and foreign embassies. The conference spent a lot of time to listen to the comments from multiple leading businesses who are strategic investors contributing strongly to the regional economic development, such as Laguna, Vietjet, Vietravel, Sun Group, Vina Capital and BRG. Speaking at the event, PM Phuc expressed his wish to develop a tourism development cluster in the Central and Central Highlands regions to maximise the local potentials of natural resources. The regions bear in the most of Vietnam’s tourism resources, with a range of cultural heritages and diverse cultural treasures, which are qualified to form cultural tourism development groups related to history, ecotourism, hills and caves. The development of tourism into clusters will lead to the growth of other related industries, including infrastructure, aviation, accommodation, banking, insurance, health care and security and safety. PM Phuc also expressed his hope that local leaders would realise the proposals from experts and businesses to beautify the country’s tourism image, thus facilitating the ability to attract investment and promote the efficiency of tourism promotion on the national scale. The Central and Central Highlands regions are home to a lot of tourist destinations, attracting a large number of domestic and foreign travelers, with huge potentials for tourism, especially sea and eco-tourism, thanks to multiple famous mountains, lakes and waterfalls. In… [Read full story]
The week-long events include a string of activities including a photo exhibition on Truc Lam Zen Buddhism, a display of UNESCO-recognised woodblocks from Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, a rural market, and the inauguration of Thuong pagoda. According to Nguyen Van Linh, Chairman of Bac Giang provincial People’s Committee, the province targets to attract more than VND40 trillion in investment to foster local tourism development. The provincial authorities have provided the most favourable conditions for investors in the locality, he reaffirmed, adding that a range of measures have been taken to increase connectivity in tourism, diversify tourist products and enhance human resource training for those working in the sector. Also this morning, locals and visitors flocked to Pa Uon bridge in Quynh Nhai district, Son La province, to attend the opening ceremony of the traditional boat racing festival. The race attracted more than 400 athletes from 10 communes in the district, as well as teams from the neighbouring provinces of Dien Bien and Lai Chau, and Huaphanh district, Laos. It is held under the framework of the ongoing Quynh Nhai district’s culture, sports and tourism week 2019, which features assorted cultural and sporting events, various folk games, and arts performances.
“The parties noted the need to promote the intra-Syrian political dialogue and to launch the work of the Constitutional Committee as soon as possible,” a Kremlin statement said. Putin and Macron discussed the developments in northeastern Syria and the Idlib de-escalation zone, and Putin warned that militants are preparing chemical weapon provocations, citing available data. They reaffirmed mutual commitment to continue Russia-France contacts for the sake of assisting Syria’s return to peace, it said. Putin and Macron also agreed on further cooperation to accelerate the settlement of the Ukrainian internal conflict, including in the Normandy format, the Kremlin said. On February 14, Putin and his Turkish and Iranian counterparts agreed on several key directions of future interaction in the settlement of the Syrian crisis after a trilateral summit in the Russian city of Sochi, including pushing forward the constitutional reform in the country. Putin said that most of the participants of the constitutional committee had been agreed on with the Syrian government and the opposition, and that the next step would be to elaborate regulations for the main parameters of its functioning.
Tefera, 19, clocked three minutes, 31.04 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting to take down Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj’s 1997 record of 3:31.18. * Californian Gene Littler, a U.S. Open champion and Hall of Fame golfer, has died at the age of 88, the PGA Tour announced on Saturday. Littler, whose silky smooth swing earned him the nickname “Gene the Machine”, won 29 PGA Tour events, as well as two in Japan. * Local favourite Diego Schwartzman recovered from a shaky start to overcome top seed Dominic Thiem 2-6 6-4 7-6(5) on Saturday and set up a final showdown with Italy’s Marco Cecchinato at the Argentina Open. Schwartzman will take on Cecchinato in Sunday’s final after the Italian beat another Argentine, Guido Pella, 6-4 6-2. * Grieving Argentines paid tribute to footballer Emiliano Sala on Saturday at a special memorial in his home region of Santa Fe. The body of the 28-year old Sala, who died in a plane crash last month, was laid out in a gymnasium in the town where he grew up so friends and family could pay their last respects. * Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman has been ruled fit to play in next week’s Champions League last 16, first leg tie at Liverpool after the Frenchman suffered an injury scare in their Bundesliga win over Augsburg on Friday. Coman scored two goals as Bayern twice came from behind to win 3-2 but turned his ankle towards the end of the game and had… [Read full story]
The win keeps Barca 7 points ahead of Atletico Madrid and opens their lead to 9 points over Real Madrid, who play at home to Girona on Sunday lunchtime. Messi was able to start the game after a recent thigh injury, although Luis Suarez began the game on the bench ahead of next week’s return to Champions League action. Barca were again below their best against the well-organized rival, but Messi did waste a chance to double their lead in the closing minutes when his second penalty of the match was saved by Valladolid keeper Jordi Masip, who began his career with Barca. Antoine Griezmann kept Atletico Madrid’s title hopes alive with a 1-0 win away to Rayo Vallecano with the only goal of the game just two days after Atletico coach Diego Simeone extended his contract with the club until 2022. Rayo deserved more from a game which was decided by Griezmann’s deflected shot, but the defeat condemns them to another week in the relegation zone. Meanwhile Diego Costa was able to return to action for Atletico after over two months out through injury. Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their first goal with Alvaro Morata – La Liga Santander – Rayo Vallecano v Atletico Madrid – Campo de Futbol de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain – February 16, 2019. (Photo: Reuters) Celta Vigo remain deep in trouble after a 4-1 loss at home to Levante, who considerably eased their own relegation worries with the win. Jose Luis Morales scored twice,… [Read full story]