Vietnam supports UN’s central role: PM

Vietnam attaches importance to and supports the United Nations (UN)’s central role in the global administration system in order to cope with current big common challenges, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh affirmed while meeting with President of the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) Dennis Francis in New York on September 20 (local time).Vietnam commits to actively contributing to major priorities of UNGA 78, including the consolidation of peace through enhancing trust, fostering cooperation, easing tensions between powers, strengthening solidarity, promoting multilateralism, reforming international financial institutions towards more equality, and realising the sustainable development goals (SDGs), the PM stressed.He held that a global, all-people and comprehensive approach is needed to tackle such challenges, and affirmed that Vietnam supports and is resolved to implement the SDGs and respond to climate change, particularly achieving the target of net zero emissions by 2050. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) and President of the 78th UN General Assembly ( UNGA 78 ) Dennis Francis. (Photo: VNA)Chinh briefed Francis on Vietnam’s National Power Development Plan VIII, which guides the development of power plants and power grids between 2021 and 2030, with a vision until 2050. The country will soon announce a resources mobilisation plan for the implementation of the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP), he added.The PM also highlighted Vietnam’s efforts in ensuring rice exports, contributing to guaranteeing global food security.For his part, Francis spoke highly of the UN-Vietnam relations, saying he is impressed by socio-economic achievements the Southeast Asian nation has recorded. He highly evaluated the country's active and dynamic role, and increasing position, including its participation in UN peacekeeping operations.Francis also commended Vietnam’s achievements in poverty reduction and national development, saying its experience in this field should be shared to the world, and spoke highly of the country’s cooperation in the SDGs implementation, climate change response and food security.The President of UNGA 78 agreed to cooperate with Vietnam to promote the compliance with the UN Charter and international law, and multilateralism.On this occasion, Chinh invited Francis to visit Vietnam in the coming time./.

September 21, 2023 10:29 UTC

Exhibition on innovative fabrics opens in HCM City

Visitors view clothes made from recycled fabrics at the Vietnam Texfuture 2023 Fall Winter being held at the Thisky Hall convention centre in Thu Duc city from September 20 to 23. (Photo: VNA)- Vietnam Texfuture 2023 Fall Winter, an international innovative fabric exhibition , opened in Ho Chi Minh City on September 20.It has the theme "Going recycling - Going circular,” and has attracted more than 15 brands and 200 Vietnamese and foreign exhibitors who are showcasing recycled, functional, natural, and synthetic fabrics, innovative technologies and solutions, textile accessories, eco-friendly fashion, and digital transformation solutions.The event also includes business matching activities, forums where industry experts will speak about new ideas to drive a more sustainable textile industry, and tours to leading garment and textile factories.Speaking at the opening ceremony, Tran Ngoc Liem, Director of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s HCM City branch, said the garment and textile industry has faced difficulties this year, causing exports to fall by 14.4% in the first eight months to 22.5 billion USD.But there are clear signs of recovery with exports increasing steadily for the last four months, he said.“US President Joe Biden's visit to Vietnam this month and the elevation of bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership is conducive for the export of Vietnamese goods, especially garment and textiles,” he said.“But to make good use of these opportunities and gradually climb up the global supply chain, the textile and garment industry needs to improve labour productivity and product value, be more positive in sourcing raw materials and enhance cooperation with their counterparts, customers and markets.“Digitalisation and greening are inevitable trends in the textile industry by 2050, and businesses need to adopt more circular factors. If no changes are made, Vietnam's textile and garment industry might gradually lose its competitive advantage.”Organised by the VCCI, Sustainable Textile Solutions and Tengda Exhibition, the exhibition at the Thisky Hall convention centre in HCM City’s Thu Duc City will go on until September 22 and is expected to attract over 2,500 visitors./.

September 20, 2023 19:28 UTC

Decree amending regulations on foreign workers’ employment issued

As per the new decree, at least 15 days before the starting date of a foreign worker's employment, an employer must submit a report to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs or Departments of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of localities involved. (Illustrative photo - Source:– The Government has issued a decree amending and supplementing a number of articles of its Decree No. 152 dated 2020 stipulating regulations for foreigners working in Vietnam and foreign individuals’ and organisations’ recruitment and management of Vietnamese nationals in the country.As per the new decree, at least 15 days before the starting date of a foreign worker's employment, an employer (except for contractors) must submit a report to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) or Departments of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of localities involved. The report clarifies the employer’s demand for the occupation whose requirements are yet to be met by Vietnamese workers.Changes regarding a foreign employee’s position, job title, form of work, and location, as well as their number must also be reported to the above-said agencies at least 15 days before their starting dates.The agencies are required to send back written approval or disapproval accordingly within 10 working days.From January 1, 2024, the announcement for recruitment of Vietnamese workers in positions expected to recruit foreign workers will be made on the online portal of the MoLISA or of centrally-run cities’ and provinces’ employment service centres./.

September 19, 2023 14:58 UTC

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