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17/04/2017 08:05:00


Strengthening and enhancing further Vietnam’s friendly relations with Czech and Hungary

A grand welcoming ceremony was organized in Prague, the Czech Republic, on April 12, 2017 in honor of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and the high-ranking National Assembly delegation of Vietnam for an official visit to the Czech Republic at the invitation of the Czech Senate.


National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has an audience with Czech President Milos Zeman

Right after the welcoming ceremony, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and President of the Senate of the Czech Republic Milan Stech held talks.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan thanked and highly appreciated the Parliament and Government of the Czech Republic for having recognized the Czech Vietnamese as one of the ethnic minority groups of the Czech Republic, stressing that this is the priceless asset of the Vietnam-Czech friendship.

Having reviewed the prominent points in the traditional friendly relations and the fine multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries in the past 67 years, the National Assembly Chairwoman pointed out that Vietnam has always attached great importance to developing the relations with the traditional fraternal countries in the Middle Eastern Europe, in which the Czech Republic if one of the prioritized partners.

President of the Czech Senate Milan Stech affirmed that among the ASEAN countries, Vietnam has the closest and most frequent relations. On the other hand, the two countries have got the successful economies. So they should make full use of the strong points to supplement and support for mutual development.

The two legislative leaders unanimously agreed that it is necessary to urge the EU to soon sign the FTA between Vietnam and the EU because when it is approved, it will serve as a lever for trade between the two countries for sustainable and more effective development.

Earlier, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and the high-ranking National Assembly delegation of Vietnam had made an official visit to Hungary.

Right after the welcoming ceremony, President of the Parliament of Hungary Kover Laszlo and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan held talks.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan highly appreciated the well-maintained traditional friendly relations and the fine multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and Hungary, further affirming that Vietnam has always borne in mind the precious and effective assistance of the State and people of Hungary to Vietnam’s national defense and construction.

President Kover Laszlo affirmed that Hungary has considered Vietnam as its strategic partner in the Southeast Asian region since 2010. Hungary has built a new strategy in foreign relations and trade, including Vietnam. He proposed that in the time to come the two sides should enhance more vigorously the relations and cooperation in economy and trade.

After the talks, the two leaders met with the press, keeping them informed of the results of the talks./.


WB and ADB appraise positively Vietnam’s economy

The World Bank in its up-dated report on the Economy in East Asia and the Pacific region has had positive assessment of Vietnam’s economy.


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It is predicted that Vietnam’s 2017 growth is 6.3%, 0.1% higher than last year. In the next two years, it will slightly increase by 6.4%. The WB remarks that inflation pressure in Vietnam in general is low. CPI this year will see the growth of 4% and will remain the same in the next two years. The process of divestment will be accelerated and the exchange rate will be maintained stably.

WB believes that Vietnam will maintain the long-term growth rate if the restructure is to be enhanced vigorously. Even in Q1, GDP increased only by 5.1%, the macroeconomic indicators of Vietnam remains good. Besides, the business environment has seen a lot of improvement in the past 3 years thanks to the Government’s policy.

At a press briefing held in Hanoi on April 4, 2017, ADB in Vietnam forecast that Vietnam’s economy will increase by 6.5% in 2017 and 6.7% in 2018 thanks to the increase in the manufacturing, building, trade, whole sale and retail sale, banking and tourism areas.

The middle class of Vietnam has increased fast with the current number of 33 million people and will be doubled by 2030. As a result, it will help increase individual consumption and boost retail trade. However, agriculture is still the main factor that has pulled back the growth. Per capita agricultural production in Vietnam only equals one third of that in Indonesia and only a half as compared to that in Thailand and the Philippines.

And according to ADB, if annual agricultural growth reaches 5%, Vietnam’s economic growth can be fully able to reach over 7% per year./.


Growth and Prosperity of 500 Vietnamese enterprises in 2017 announced

A ceremony to announce the growth and prosperity ò 500 Vietnamese enterprises in 2017 was organized at the National Convention Center, Hanoi.


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The event was organized by the Vietnam Evaluation Report Joint Stock Company (Vietnam Report) in coordination with the VietnamNet uder the Ministry of Information and Communications.

This is the seventh consecutive year when the FAST 500 rating is announced based on the results of the research and independent assessment of the Vietnam Report and the second year to announce the BP500 Rating.

The enterprises being honored represent the good business activities and growth potential with their social community responsibilities, thereby making no small contributions to the development and thriving of the national economy.

Among the top ten are the Samsung Electronics Vietnam; PetroVietnam; the Honda group Vietnam and others.

At the same time, the Vietnam Report also introduces the Report on Growth and Prosperity Vietnam 2017 with the research and analytical papers on the real state of Vietnam’s economic growth and on the potential areas. It also mentions the hurdles and challenges in the process of implementing the growth goals and sustainable development of the community of Vietnamese enterprises./.


Vietnam in Top Four Countries with Highest Happiness Index

According to the Mastercard’s Latest Happiness Index made public on April 7, 2017, Vietnam ranks fourth  in Asia-the Pacific with 71.4 points, behind India (75 points); the Philippines (73 points) and Indonesia (71.4 points)


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This thanks to the high satisfaction of job and finance. However, the Vietnamese people are greatly concerned about the safety in life. According to the research of Mastercard, in 2016 there were a lot of political and social upheavals, the Asian-Pacific people remained optimistic about life.

About 9,123 people under survey in Asia-Pacific region expressed their satisfaction of life through job and finance, safety from threats and individual happiness./.


State Bank of Vietnam stops acquiring banks for zero dong

From now on, the State Bank of Vietnam stops purchasing banks for zero dong, according to the information of the Vietnamese Government Portal on April 12, 2017.


State Bank of Vietnam has acquired three commercial banks with zero dong

This is announced at the Government’s law-making meeting where the draft law on Restructure of Credit Institutions and Bad Debt Treatment is discussed.

At the conference, many had come to unanimous agreement that from now on all the poorly performing banks will be placed in a specially controlled area and no zero dong purchase will ever happen.

In recent time, in implementing the restructure of the commercial banking system, the State Bank of Vietnam has purchased three commercial banks with the zero dong price. These 3 commercial banks are the Building Bank, the Ocean Bank and the Global Oil and Gas Bank./.


Forbes elects 50 most influential Vietnamese women in 2017

Within the framework of Women’s Summit held on April 12, 2017 by Forbes Vietnam for the first time in Vietnam, 50 most influential Vietnamese women in 2017 elected by Forbes were honored.


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Among these 50 most influential Vietnamese women are Ms Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Politburo member, National Assembly Chairwoman; Ms Ton Nu Thi Ninh, former ambassador of Vietnam in Europe and Belgium; Ms Dam Bich Thuy, Founding President, Rector of Fullbright University Vietnam and others.

In the business area, there are a lot of outstanding women who have great influence in the leading companies of the country. Especially in the social, scientific and educational fields, women have also taken the lead in the activities of great significance, from the charity work to the activities to struggle to protect the rights of the disadvantaged people, children and women.

The election by Forbes is based on the criteria concerning the financial influence, the positive influence in society and the frequent appearance in media./.


Proposed Code of Conduct on social networking sites

A Code of Conduct on social networking sites was proposed at a seminar held in Hanoi on April 12, 2017.


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This proposed Code of Conduct is based on the Code of Conduct of the EU with four Internet providers: Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Youtube.

It is quite reasonable to have the Code of Conduct now, stressed Le Quang Tu Do, Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Broadcasting and Electronic Information. This is the form of soft control of information as the network environment is being smeared with a lot of bad and hostile information.

Vietnam now has got 35 million social network users, accounting for 37 of the country’s population with 138 minutes each day, much higher than the average global level of 31%./.


Draft of Overall Curriculum of General Education announced

The draft of the Overall Curriculum of General Education of the Ministry of Education and Training was announced on April 12, 2017 so as to solicit the widespread opinion of the public.


Prof. Dr. Nguyen Minh Thuyet, Chief Editor of the Curriculum

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Minh Thuyet stressed that the new General Education Curriculum has been built in the orientation of developing quality and abilities, creating the learning and training environment for school children’s solid general knowledge. They can be able to know how to apply effectively their knowledge in life and to have orientation in selecting their suitable jobs.

The new curriculum advocates to dividing the system of subjects into the compulsory subjects, the differentiated compulsory subjects, the self-selective subjects and the compulsory self-selective subjects.

The draft Curriculum also determines that the 10th grade is the career-orientated grade./.


Vietnamese Kite Award 2016 organized

The Vietnamese Cinema Association organized the Vietnamese Kite Award 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City on April 9, 2017.


Feature film “Saigon, I Love You” wins five Golden Kite Awards

There are 19 feature films standing for the Kite Award 2016 and all these films are from private film studios.

“The trend of socializing in the cinema activities has seen the positive development, stoking the creative labor potential” – said Director, People’s Artist Dang Xuan Hai.

In the cartoon film category, the Golden Kite belongs to film “The Mannequin Boy”; “The Two Children” film wins the Golden Kite Award in the documentary category.

In the TV feature film category, the film “Zippo, Mustard and You” wins 6 Golden Kite Awards and in the cinema feature film category, the film “:Saigon, I love You” wins 5 Golden Kite Awards./.


Uber’s Pilot Project in Vietnam officially approved

After the pilot project proposal of Uber has been rejected two times, in the end of the day, the Ministry of Transport has approved the project proposal.


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Uber Vietnam has just announced that its pilot project proposal for applying technology to manage and link the transport of passengers in accordance with the contract of Uber Vietnam has been officially approved by the Ministry of Transport.

This project will help bring about benefits to the Uber users and the partner drivers as well as affirming the potential of services shared in big cities of Vietnam, said Dang Viet Dung, Managing Director of Uber Vietnam.

Earlier, the Ministry of Transport had refused two times the Uber’s Pilot Project proposal due to its incomplete content to ensure the suitability of the law of Vietnam and also to the reason that this unit was yet to set up its enterprise in Vietnam./.