Work starts on house for preserving Vietnamese martyrs’ remains in Cambodia

Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Huy Tang (centre) and leaders of the Cambodian Royal Army and Military Region 5 of Vietnam mark the start of construction on July 13. (Photo: VNA)– Construction of a house for preserving remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who had laid down their lives during wartime in Cambodia started in the Cambodian province of Battambang on July 13.Addressing the construction launching ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Nguyen Huy Tang underlined the great sacrifice by Vietnam’s volunteer soldiers and experts in exchange for the freedom of Cambodia from the Pol Pot genocidal regime.To pay tribute to the fallen combatants, the Cambodian Royal Army and Military Region 5 of Vietnam used part of the campus of Battambang province’s military sub-region for building the facility, he said, appreciating the funding from the Vietnamese-invested Metfone Corporation and MB Bank branch in Cambodia.So far, the two countries’ armies have set up 11 teams for seeking and repatriating remains of Vietnam’s volunteer soldiers and experts.The remains should be preserved solemnly before being returned to the homeland, so the building of a house for commemoration and remains preservation not only reflects both sides’ gratitude to the martyrs ahead of the War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27) in Vietnam but is also a practical activity celebrating the 55th anniversary of the countries’ diplomatic ties this year, according to the ambassador./.

July 14, 2022 15:11 UTC

Venezuela seminar talks Vietnam’s reform, path to socialism

Ambassador Le Viet Duyen speaks at the seminar. (Photo: VNA)Vietnam’s reform and its path towards socialism was spotlighted at a seminar held on July 13 at the National Experimental University of the Armed Forces (UNEFA) of Venezuela by the Vietnamese Embassy Speaking at the event, Ambassador Le Viet Duyen emphasised difficulties during Vietnam’s 35-year "Doi moi" (Reform) and socialism building as the country emerged from a backward, agriculture-driven economy, with severe war consequences. Vietnam has learnt from international experience to build a socialist-oriented market economy, he said, stressing that the country is now able to ensure food security and becomes a world leading exporter of rice and other agricultural products.Notably, industry and services account for up to 85% of the national gross domestic product (GDP), he continued.Vietnam is now the fourth biggest economy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the 40th worldwide. It is expected to rank among the 20 largest economies by 2035.The ambassador affirmed Vietnam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multlateralisation and diversification of relations, and actively and proactively integrating into the world.Duyen expressed his hope that Venezuelan people will soon overcome all difficulties and challenges, and build a country of peace, development, happiness and prosperity.The diplomat said he believed that the Vietnam-Venezuela friendship and comprehensive cooperation will grow further, contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and the world at large.In his remarks, UNEFA Rector Sen. Lt. Gen. Pascualino Angiolillo noted his admiration for Vietnam’s path towards socialism, as well as its reform achievements.UNEFA will study Vietnam’s shared lessons to include them in the curricular of its “Vietnamese nation and culture in Ho Chi Minh era” faculty, he said./.

July 14, 2022 09:17 UTC

Prime Minister receives newly-appointed UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam

At the meeting, PM Chinh affirmed Vietnam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralisation and diversification of relations, and strongly supporting multilateral cooperation and the UN’s central role in maintaining peace and promoting development cooperation in the world.He stressed the need to respect the UN Charter and international law, especially the rules on respecting independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and peacefully settling international disputes.Given great challenges facing the world, there should be global approaches to global issues, he said, adding that it is necessary to strengthen international solidarity and multilateralism, take people at the centre in handling common challenges and not to trade social welfare and security or the environment for economic development only.The PM used this occasion to thank the UN for its support to Vietnam in its long journey of national reconstruction, reform and international integration over the past 45 years, by providing the country with financial and technical assistance, and policy consultancy, which, he said, have brought in practical outcomes.Notably, during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam has received great, timely and effective support in terms of vaccines and medical equipment through UN mechanisms, he continued.For its part, Vietnam has made significant contributions to UN activities, including its successful assumption of non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council, and dispatch of personnel to UN peacekeeping operations.PM Chinh called for more support from the UN in the time ahead, particularly in the achievement of sustainable development goals, post-pandemic recovery, social welfare and the fulfillment of Vietnam ’s climate change commitments.The Vietnamese Government will work to promote cooperation with the UN and create the best possible conditions for UN organisations to effectively roll out cooperation programmes and projects in the country, he pledged.In reply, Tamesis praised Vietnam as a model for its dynamism and active contributions to the international community, as well as for cooperation between the UN and a developing nation.She also congratulated Vietnam on achievements the country has recorded in the pandemic fight and economic recovery with the spirit of leaving none left behind.Vietnam has paid attention to consolidating its medical and social welfare systems, which is significant to intensifying its self-resilience amid global challenges in the future, she noted.This year marks the 45th year of cooperation between the UN and Vietnam, and it is also the first year to implement the Framework for Sustainable Development Cooperation between the two sides for 2022-2026, Tamesis said.She pledged to make efforts to coordinate UN organisations in order to help Vietnam in sustainable socio-economic development, post-pandemic recovery and the implementation of focal cooperation contents between the UN and Vietnam./.

July 14, 2022 03:12 UTC

Vietnam, Laos enhance collaboration in construction

Construction Minister Nguyen Thanh Nghi (R) and Lao Minister of of Public Works and Transport Viengsavath Siphandone (Photo: VNA)– The Vietnam ese Ministry of Construction and the Lao Ministry of Public Works and Transport signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on construction in Hanoi on July 13.The document is expected to create a framework for specific, substantive and effective cooperation activities between the two ministries, with a focus on urban planning, smart urban development, infrastructure and housing. Construction Minister Nguyen Thanh Nghi said that visits by senior leaders of the two States in general and the two ministries in particular have contributed to improving the Vietnam- Laos cooperation, especially in the construction field.He said that both sides pay attention to exchanging and sharing experience in policy making related to the management of construction projects, contracts, costs and work quality.The minister expressed his hope that the Lao ministry will continue helping Vietnamese construction businesses in the country.Lao Minister Viengsavath Siphandone said he hopes the Vietnamese ministry will share experience in urban planning and smart urban development with the Lao side and help it develop high-quality human resources.He proposed the two sides jointly survey and research the development of residential areas along the Truong Son mountain range - the natural borderline between the two countries - to attract investment, develop tourism, and improve the quality of life of local residents./.

July 13, 2022 21:09 UTC

Investing in processing needed to increase farm produce value

Pineapple processed at An Giang Fruit-Vegetables & Foodstuff Joint Stock Company. (Photo: VNA)- Investing in processing technology is important to diversify products and increase farm produce's added value and promote exports, experts have said.According to Ngo Quang Tu from the Agro Processing and Market Development Authority, there are 157 processing facilities with a total output of nearly 1.1 million tonnes per year.However, these facilities usually operate at around 60% of their designed capacity due to a shortage of raw materials as plantations remained scattered, coupled with seasonal processing and unstable food safety and quality.There were also thousands of small-and-micro-sized processing establishments of cooperatives and households across the country, which were faced with a shortage of capital, production space, lack of equipment and poor post-harvest storage, resulting in post-harvest losses of more than 20%.Regarding the proportion of processed products, canned food accounted for 50%, condensed juice 18%, fried food 12%, soft drinks 10% and frozen 8%.Processed products contributed only 18% of the total export value of vegetables and fruit.Tu said it was necessary to reorganise raw material production and enhance regional linkage to ensure enough supply and quality of raw materials for processing.While most processing facilities were small-scale, Pham Anh Tuan, Director of the Vietnam Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Post-Harvest Technology, stressed the need for developing modern processing technologies suitable for small-and-medium-scale operations.Products suitable for small and medium scales were fresh, dried, frozen and canned vegetables and fruits.Tuan said that small and medium-sized processing facilities should invest more in technology to meet the demand for diversifying products.However, they must pay attention to selecting appropriate technologies for their operation scales, source of materials and target markets.Tran Van Cong, Vietnam's Agricultural Counselor in the EU, said that the EU was a significant and potential export market for Vietnam's agricultural products, in which fruits and vegetables had the largest room to expand.He said EU markets imported vegetables and fruits worth around 120 billion USD each year, accounting for 40% of the total global import and export value of fruits and vegetables.However, Vietnam's fruit and vegetable export to the EU remained modest, around 190 million USD, 30% of which were processed.Cong noted that the EU was a highly demanding market, urging attention to food hygiene and safety.Updating on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, Ngo Xuan Nam, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Sanitary and Phytosanitary Notification Authority and Enquiry Point, said that WTO member countries had 504 notifications in the first half of this year, 9% higher than last year.Nam said that businesses must control the maximum residue levels, urging attention to declaring additives in processing.Phan Thi Thu Hien from the Plant Protection Department said each market had specific requirements for different agricultural products. For example, the US required fresh fruits to be irradiated, while the Republic of Korea and Japan required hot stream treatment.Cooperatives and farmers needed to coordinate with State management agencies to closely monitor the plantation and processing to meet such requirements./.

July 13, 2022 09:45 UTC

CPTPP prompts Vietnam’s aquatic exports to Japan

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)– Vietnam is eying great opportunities in exporting aquatic products to the Japanese market thanks to the high level of openness of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), according to insiders.Nguyen Manh Dong, Third Secretary of the Vietnam Trade Office in Japan , said that apart from the Vietnam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement ( VJEPA ), the two countries have also joined other trade deals such as the CPTPP and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which brings more chances for Vietnamese aquatic products in this market.Japan’s commitments in the CPTPP for aquatic products is high, including the exemption of 65% of the total tax lines and cutting the remaining in a roadmap of 6-16 years, he added.The CPTPP allows Vietnam to import materials from 11 member countries to export to Japan with secured tax preferences, he added, holding that the deal brings great advantages for Vietnamese aquatic products in Japan in both origin and tax.Currently, Japan is the third largest market of the Vietnamese aquatic sector, with export revenue reaching 638.91 million USD in the first five months of this year, up 15.7 percent year on year, accounting for 13.6 percent of the total export revenue of the whole sector.However, the Vietnam Trade Office representative reminded exporters to strictly follow food safety regulations when exporting aquatic products to this choosy market to protect their interest and good image of Vietnamese fisheries sector.He also advised domestic firms to try to keep their products’ price stable to win confidence from sensitive Japanese consumers./.

July 13, 2022 04:54 UTC

PM underlines need to optimise resources from SOEs

As of the end of 2021, 18 out of 61 SOEs, or 29.5%, had completed equitisation (Photo: VNA)– It is necessary to promote the leading role of State-owned enterprises (SOEs) in forming and expanding production, supply and value chains, stated Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh during a working session with the Party Committee of the Central Enterprises Bloc (CEB) in Hanoi on July 12.The PM described the SOEs as an important material force of the economy, and hailed the strong performance of the businesses, especially during COVID-19 period.He affirmed that the Party Organisation of the CEB is the key force of the SOEs in their restructuring, especialy in optimising their resources at 9.93 quadrillion VND (424.63 billion USD).Pointing to a number of current shortcomings of SOEs, PM Chinh asked the Party Committee of the CEB to continue to renovate Party leadership and principles while speeding up the restructuring, reshuffling and renovation of SOEs to develop the firms and enhance their efficiency, with an aim to basically finish the reorganising and ownership switching of SOEs in 2025, along with the settling of stagnant projects of State-owned economic groups, corporations and enterprises.Along with completing institution and policies to deal with difficulties in SOE restructuring and managing the State capital at enterprises, it is crucial to strengthen the coordination and cooperation among SOEs and between them and their peers from other economic sectors, he said.Underlining the significance of enhancing the efficiency of SOEs, the leader pointed to the need to complete the governance system and the improvement of capacity of management officials, as well as the prevention of law violations and interest conflicts.At the same time, it is necessary to optimise resources in capital, land, trademark, tradition and history of the enterprises, while closely managing State capital and property in line with the law, he said.The PM also stressed the significance of strengthening decentralisation and delegation of power. He expressed his hope that the Party Committee of the CEB will work closely with the Government in completing these targets, tasks and solutions, thus making full use of resources from SOEs to match their potential.As of the end of 2021, the Party Organisation of the CEB had 1,148 local Party Organisations, 5,742 cells and 87,585 members. The bloc comprises nine economic groups, 20 corporations, six banks, one State-run financial institution and total of 930 affiliated enterprises./.

July 12, 2022 20:54 UTC

Vietnam treasures comprehensive partnership with Argentina: PM

Vietnam always attaches importance to its traditional friendship and comprehensive partnership with Argentina, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has said.While receiving the Argentinean Minister of Foreign Affairs , International Trade and Worship, Santiago Andrés Cafiero, in Hanoi on July 11, PM Chinh said Vietnam has always treasured and remembered the solidarity and traditional friendship that the Argentinean people reserved for their Vietnamese counterparts in the past struggle for national liberation and the current cause of national construction, reflected by the Argentinean Government’s donation of 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam in November 2021.He expressed his belief that Cafiero’s visit would contribute to strengthening and developing the Vietnam – Argentina comprehensive partnership for the sake of their people and contributing to peace, stability and development in the two regions and the world as well.The PM noted with pleasure the fruitful outcomes of the talks between the two foreign ministers in the morning of the same day and asked the two sides to closely coordinate with each other to promote high-level visits and meetings and build plans to organise celebrations for the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties (October 25, 1973 – 2023).He requested the two sides to enhance the efficiency of existing cooperation mechanisms such as the Inter-Government Committee for Economic, Trade and Investment Cooperation and the Political Consultation between the two foreign ministries; and maintain bilateral coordination and mutual support at international organisations and multilateral forums, thereby contributing positively to dealing with regional and global issues.PM Chinh spoke highly of the growth of two-way trade which reached 4.5 billion USD in 2021, adding that Argentina continued to be the third biggest trade partner of Vietnam in Latin America.He proposed Argentina create favourable conditions for Vietnam’s goods to enter the Argentinean market, especially agro-forestry-aquatic products, and agreed to Argentina’s proposals on cooperation in energy development and hi-tech agriculture.The government leader also suggested Argentina, which has advantages in science and technology, to increase technical assistance, technology transfer and share its experience with Vietnam in sustainable agricultural development, ensuring energy security, energy transition in response to climate change, and digital transformation.The two countries should also step up cooperation in the fields of culture – sports, security – defence and people-to-people exchange, he added.Cafiero congratulated Vietnam on its great achievements in the renewal process and the fight against COVID-19, and expressed his belief in the country’s post-pandemic socio-economic recovery and development programme, thus maintaining macroeconomy and ensuring social security and sustainable development.He affirmed that the Argentinean Government attaches great importance to Vietnam’s growing role and position in the region and the world, and wants to bring the bilateral comprehensive partnership to a new height.The minister also pledged to urge Argentinean ministries and sectors to coordinate with the Vietnamese side to concretise PM Chinh’s proposals, thereby making the bilateral friendship and multifaceted cooperation more practical and effective, towards building a strategic partnership in the spheres of energy and agriculture./.

July 11, 2022 21:01 UTC

Development of Vietnam-Laos relations brings practical benefits to their people: Lao official

Thongsavanh Phomvihane, Head of the External Relations Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee (Photo: VNA)Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Lao counterpart Phankham Viphavanh attend the launching ceremony of the Vietnam-Laos, Laos-Vietnam 2022 Solidarity and Friendship Year on January 8. (Photo: VNA)– The unceasing development of the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Vietnam, particularly after the two countries signed a Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in 1977, has brought practical benefits to their people, said a senior Party official of Laos.Thongsavanh Phomvihane, Head of the External Relations Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee, made the affirmation in an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the treaty’s signing (July 18, 1977-2022) and the 60th anniversary of Laos-Vietnam diplomatic relationship (September 5, 1962-2022).The official described the signing of the treaty as a historical landmark and an important legal foundation for the two countries to elevate their relations.After the treaty’s signing, the bilateral relations have unceasingly developed despite complicated developments in the world situation, contributing to not only boosting national socio-economic growth and enhancing people’s living standards in each country, but also raising the countries’ positions in the regional and international arena, he said.He took the occasion to express profound gratitude to the fraternal Vietnamese Party, State and people for their valuable and timely help to Laos in the past struggle for national liberation and the current cause of national construction and defence, especially in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and tackling economic and financial difficulties.In the present complex and unpredictable situation in the region and the world, Laos and Vietnam should further strengthen mutual political trust and deepen their cooperation in security-defence and diplomacy, enhance the efficiency of their bilateral partnership in economy, culture, education, health care, and science-technology, according to the Lao official.He also proposed that the two sides increase the exchange of information, timely coordinate viewpoints on important issues and support each other at regional and international forums such as the ASEAN, the UN, WHO and Mekong sub-region, thus maintaining the in-depth development of their great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation, and contributing to peace and stability in the region and the world as a whole./.

July 11, 2022 09:48 UTC

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