Festival promotes Vietnam-Laos cooperation in information, communications

At the opening ceremony of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Festival. (Photo: VGP)Vietnamese and Lao delegates visit the photo exhibition during the festival. (Photo: cand.vn)- The Vietnam-Laos Friendship Festival was held in Hue city in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on November 11.The event was part of activities to celebrate the 61th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic relations (1962-2023), and 46 years of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (1977-2023).Addressing the event, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Lam said that the festival aims to promote Vietnam-Laos cooperation in the field of information and communications, which forms part of the intergovernmental agreement on digital partnership, digital transformation in press activities, settlement of fake and harmful news, and enhancing digital skills for people, heading to a safe and healthy digital space, turning information to knowledge.He noted that currently, many large-scale firms of Vietnam such as Viettel, VNPT and FPT have invested in Laos , contributing to turning Laos into one of the countries with the widest 4G coverage in Southeast Asia and supplying Internet services to Lao people.In the fields of press and communications, the two sides have enjoyed fruitful cooperation. Besides providing Laos with support in facilities, techniques and training, Vietnam has assisted Laos in producing valuable communication and information products, he noted.Lao Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Keomanyvong Phosy said that information and communications has been a bright spot in the Laos-Vietnam partnership with various collaboration projects.The official expressed her hope that the festival will become an annual event that helps promote bilateral exchanges in the field and open new chances of cooperation between the two countries.The festival will take place until November 15 with various activities, including an exhibition of 200 photos featuring the nation, people, culture of Vietnam and Laos and partnership between the two sides in many areas. New technologies in the field of information, communications and journalism will also be introduced within the event's framework./.

November 11, 2023 11:50 UTC

Vietnam prepares for 11th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of IFRC

At the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) Central Committee's training course in Hanoi on November 10. (Photo: VNA)A training course on diplomatic and security activities in preparation for the upcoming 11th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies ( IFRC ) was held in Hanoi on November 10.Organised by the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) Central Committee, which is also the host of the conference, the course provided VRC staff members and volunteers with basic knowledge about necessary reception works and skills to handle situations arising.Themed “Becoming disaster ready in Asia Pacific”, the quadrennial conference is scheduled for late November in the capital city. About 350 domestic and foreign delegates are expected to participate in a forum on young leaders’ innovation in coping with catastrophes, along with other sidelines activities.The event offers an opportunity to promote the image of Vietnam and its people, and enhance development cooperation between the VRC and international partners and organisations and businesses around the world. It will contribute to affirming the commitments by the Vietnamese government, as well as the responsibility for action of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in the region in climate change and catastrophe response.The IFRC is the largest humanitarian network in the world, with 192 member societies./.

November 11, 2023 10:34 UTC

Vietnam has necessary conditions, factors to develop semiconductor industry: Insiders

Illustrative image (Photo: baodautu.vn)Vietnam has necessary conditions and factors to develop the semiconductor industry. According to HSBC, half of Samsung's global smartphone output comes from Vietnam. This has also encouraged other tech giants, especially Apple, to expand their operations.Do Van Su, Deputy Director of the Foreign Investment Agency, said that there is a shift of capital from North American investors to Vietnam. To date, US-based Apple has completed the transfer of 11 audio-visual equipment factories to the Southeast Asian nation. The country has been increasingly attracting major semiconductor corporations from the Republic of Korea, Taiwan (China), and the US.According to her, US President Joe Biden's visit to the country in September and the jointly announced upgrade of bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategy was a demonstration of the US and Vietnam's cooperation in innovation and development of the semiconductor industry as their highest priorities.At the ongoing sixth plenary session of the 15th National Assembly, in a report on the goals and targets of Vietnam's economy in 2023, 2024 and the following years, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh emphasised the development of several key industries that Vietnam is aiming for, including the processing, manufacturing, and semiconductor industries.According to Minister Dung, Vietnam has a wealth of potential, opportunities and all the necessary conditions and factors to develop the semiconductor ecosystem./.

November 09, 2023 15:00 UTC

Vietnam joins 39th Havana International Fair

The 39th Havana International Fair ( FIHAV ), the largest annual event of its kind in Cuba and the Caribbean region, lasts from November 6 to 13 with the participation of over 800 businesses from 60 countries and territories worldwide. (Illustrative image - Source: Prensa Latina)Vietnam on November 8 opened its 400-sq.m national pavilion at the 39th Havana International Fair (FIHAV), the largest annual event of its kind in Cuba and the Caribbean region.The fair lasts from November 6 to 13 with the participation of over 800 businesses from 60 countries and territories worldwide.Representatives of 16 Vietnamese firms are present at the fair, with more than 50 others sending their products for display. The Vietnamese space is showcasing agricultural products, processed food, household items, construction materials, interior and exterior decorations, vaccines, and biological products.Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cuban Minister of Transport Eduardo Rodríguez Dávila expressed his gratitude to Vietnam for maintaining a strong relationship and cooperation with the Caribbean nation for over the past six decades, especially in times of hardship. He noted that the Southeast Asian country has become Cuba’s second-largest trading partner in Asia and the largest rice supplier in the world.The minister expressed his confidence that Vietnamese enterprises will continue to invest and operate steadily in Cuba for the development and benefits of the two countries' people.Deputy Director of the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) Hoang Minh Chien said bilateral trade reached 181.8 million USD in 2022.On the same day, the Vietnamese Embassy in Cuba, in collaboration with the Cuban Chamber of Commerce and relevant units, organised a Vietnam-Cuba business forum within the framework of FIHAV 2023.The event gathered more than 100 Vietnamese and Cuban enterprises with capabilities and experience in various fields such as farm produce, food and beverages, household appliances, handicrafts, agricultural and construction machinery, and healthcare./.

November 09, 2023 09:27 UTC

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