Vietnam to actively contribute to Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games: diplomat

Vietnam to actively contribute to Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games (Photo: Getty Images)– Vietnam will make positive contributions to the successful organisation of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing 2022, said Nguyen Phuong Tra, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN).The Vietnamese diplomat made the affirmation during a meeting of the UN General Assembly on December 2 where the General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled “Sport for development and peace: Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal”.She emphasised the importance of sport, expressing her belief that sport can create positive social changes, thus contributing to peace and development.The Olympics is the most important global sporting event that helps promote peace and development, the diplomat said, adding that the Olympic spirit is the common aspiration of the people around the world for friendship, peace and exchange among nations, as well as integration of civilizations.She took the occasion to announce that Vietnam will host the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) in 2022, which is expected to promote solidarity and friendship among Southeast Asian nations.The resolution, which is reviewed by the UN General Assembly every two years, highlights the positive contribution of sport to promoting education, sustainable development, peace and cooperation.It promotes solidarity, equity and social integration at all levels of locality, region and globe. This is also the foundation for the organisation of Olympic Games.The drafting of this resolution was chaired by China, officially starting its hosting of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games 2022 in Beijing.The same day, the UN General Assembly also adopted the Resolution “Proclaiming 2022 International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development”./.

December 03, 2021 21:14 UTC

Dak Lak border guard force asked to keep close ties with Cambodian side

Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs check Border Marker No. 43 in Dak Lak province. (Photo: VNA)– A delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs examined the border and territory management in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on November 11 and December 1.The Dak Lak border guard force is assigned to manage and safeguard more than 73km of borderline with the Cambodian province of Mondulkiri. There are seven border guard posts located in four communes of Ea Sup and Buon Don districts.At a meeting with the province’s Border Guard Command, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu spoke highly of the force’s performance, especially in managing and protecting the border, dealing well with issues emerging, and advising the provincial administration about border demarcation and marker planting.Vu, who is also Chairman of the National Boundary Commission, asked the force to push ahead with border management and defence.The Command should continue assisting the Dak Lak Party Committee and People’s Committee to work with relevant agencies of Mondulkiri province to soon open the Dak Rue (Vietnam) - Chi Miet (Cambodia) border gate pair.The force also needs to maintain the traditional friendship and close coordination with its Cambodian counterpart so as to build the shared land boundary into a border of peace, friendship, cooperation, and development, according to the official.The two countries share 1,137km of land border that runs across 10 provinces of Vietnam and nine provinces of Cambodia ./.

December 02, 2021 14:39 UTC

VUFO President meets with leader of Eurasian Peoples' Assembly

Belyaninov (L) presents an insignia "We say thank you" to Nga in recognition of her contributions to strengthening friendship among Eurasian countries. (Photo: VNA)At the meeting (Photo: VNA)– President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Nguyen Phuong Nga had a working session with Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly (EPA) Andrey Yurievich Belyaninov within the framework of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visit to Russia.Belyaninov thanked the VUFO and organisations in Vietnam for supporting and actively participating in events organised recently by the EPA, such as an independent debate on the sidelines of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) 2021.He expressed his wish to further strengthen cooperation with the VUFO and people's organisations of Vietnam, thus enhancing mutual understanding between Vietnamese people and Eurasian nations, contributing to socio-economic development and realising the UN's sustainable development goals.For her part, Nga thanked the EPA’s attention to developing cooperation with the VUFO, and agreed with Belyaninov that it is necessary to further increase people-to-people exchange and cooperation between the two organisations.The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation, organise conferences and seminars on topics of mutual concern on green economic development, digital transformation, tourism in various forms, and popularise culture and language of Russia and Vietnam in both nations.Belyaninov took this occasion to present an insignia “"We say thank you" to Nga in recognition of her contributions to strengthening friendship among Eurasian countries and giving peace initiatives in the region./.

December 02, 2021 05:34 UTC

Vietnam works closely with WHO, US CDC to deal with Omicron threat

- Vietnam is working closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) in its response to new coronavirus variant Omicron, according to Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long.The Ministry of Health on November 30 held a meeting on the threats of the very concerning variant with WHO Representative in Vietnam Kidong Park , CDC Southeast Asia Regional Director John MacArthur, and Director of US CDC Vietnam’s Global Health Security Programme Matthew Moore.Long said as of November 30 morning, Vietnam has not recorded any case of COVID-19 with the new variant.The ministry last week asked the government to halt flights to/from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, and Mozambique, as well as suspend the issuance of visas for passengers coming from these countries.The ministry has also asked to step up surveillance to promptly detect abnormal signs at COVID-19 outbreak clusters, and ordered the Pasteur institutes and the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology to perform genome sequencing on suspect cases with Omicron, especially ones with a history of travel to southern Africa.The WHO and CDC representatives all stressed the four important steps in dealing with Omicron, including enhancing testing and surveillance to detect the cases, speeding up vaccination, boosting the capacity of the medical system – especially at the grassroots level – to make them able to deal with growing outbreaks, and stepping up communication on COVID-19 prevention and control measures and making public the genetic sequences of COVID-19 cases for further analysis by researchers and experts.At the meeting, leaders of the Health Ministry together with the representatives of WHO, US CDC in Southeast Asia and US CDC in Vietnam agreed to be ready to share the results of the genetic sequencing of COVID-19 cases.Long said Vietnam to date had administered 120 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and progress had been steady recently, especially with the rollout of vaccines for children aged 12-17 in more than 30 localities around the country.He also urged the public to follow COVID-19 prevention and control measures but not to panic or become overly anxious in the face of the Omicron variant./.

November 30, 2021 23:16 UTC

Malaysian economy predicted to become better in next months

– Malaysia's Department of Statistics (DOSM) has released a Malaysia Economic Statistics Review (MESR), which predicted that the country’s economy will become better despite negative impacts from restrictions due to COVID-19. Malaysian chief statistician Uzir Mahidi n said that business gained confidence towards the fourth quarter with the confidence indicator at minus 0.3 percent compared with minus 21.3 percent in the previous quarter.He held that this is a sign of recovery in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 2022 when the country’s GDP is projected to expand 3-4 percent thanks to high vaccination ratio, support policies and high demand.DOSM said that the Malaysian economy grew 3 percent in the first nine months of this year compared to minus 6.4 percent in the same period last year.Uzir said that downturn was seen in all economic sectors, adding that Malaysian tourism sector suffered a drop of 4.9 percent in the thrid quarter of 2021.However, the country’s trade rose 18.1 percent year on year thanks to domestic trade and high demands from the outside.At the same time, Uzir said that Malaysia’s consumer price index (CPI) rose 2.9 percent in October rose 2.9 percent over the same period last year. He attributed the increase to a double-digit rise in the price of transportation group.According to the DOSM, in the January-October period, the Southeast Asian country saw rise of 2.3 percent in CPI over the same period last year./.

November 30, 2021 10:45 UTC

Vietnam, Cambodia seek ways to foster cooperation in mass mobilisation

At the online talks (Photo: VNA)The Commissions for Mass Mobilisation of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and the Cambodian People’s Party Central Committee sought cooperation orientations during their online talks on November 29.Head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation Bui Thi Minh Hoai briefed the Cambodia n side on Vietnam’s situation and mass mobilsation work.She stressed the significance of enhancing the solidarity and cooperation between the two countries, Parties and commissions to stability and development in each country, as well as peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region.Men Xom On, head of the Cambodian commission, congratulated the Vietnamese Party, State and people on achievements they have recorded over the past time, and spoke highly of the thriving relations between the two countries.She informed Hoai about the political, socio-economic situation, external affairs, the COVID-19 combat and the mass mobilisation work in Cambodia.The two sides agreed to step up the communications work to encourage people, especially young generations, to further consolidate the bilateral ties.They will also increase delegation exchange and information sharing in mass mobilisation, while providing mutual support in regional and international issues of shared concern.They will pay more heed to mass mobilisation collaboration in localities that share the border line./.

November 29, 2021 18:09 UTC

France aids Vietnam with some 1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Illustrative photo (Photo: AFP/VNA))Vietnam received about 1.4 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine aided by France on November 27 and 28, bringing the total doses offered by the European donor to more than 2 million.The freshly received vaccine, consisting of 400,000 doses via the bilateral diplomatic channel and nearly 1 million doses via the COVAX Facility, was the result of Vietnam’s vaccine diplomacy efforts and of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s official visit to France in November.The assistance of the French Government and people to Vietnam amid complicated developments of COVID-19 is of important significance. It is a vivid evidence for the strategic partnership between the two countries and affirms their mutual cooperation and support in pandemic prevention and control.Vietnam hopes France will continue its vaccine aid for and cooperate with Vietnam in the production and technological transfer of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment drugs, as well as assist Vietnam regarding related medical equipment and supplies. The sides should work together in putting forth creative collaboration measures and orientations for their early adaptation to post-pandemic conditions and gradual recovery of socio-economic activities.According the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the country has so far donated 67 million doses of vaccines to more than 45 countries through the COVAX Facility, becoming the second biggest donor after the US./.

November 28, 2021 20:15 UTC

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