Following are the latest events in the week:
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pays official visit to the USA
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Ha Noi on May 28, 2017 to lead a high-ranking delegation of the Vietnamese Government for an official visit to the United States of America on May 29-31, 2017 at the invitation of US President Donal Trump.
US President Donald Trump warmly receives Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at White House
This is the first US visit of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the Head of the Government and also the first contact between a senior leader of Vietnam and US President Donald Trump since the two countries have the new leadership.
As President Donald Trump shared in his personal Twitter on May 31, to receive Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at White House this afternoon is his honor.
US President Donald Trump received Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at White House on June 1. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc wrote in the guestbook at Roosevelt Room before having a private meeting with President Donald Trump at White House.
Right after that, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President Donald Trump led the delegations of the two countries to start talks at the Cabinet Room in White House.
The two leaders are glad to note that the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership in recent time has seen the intensive and extensive development in various fields, and affirm their commitment to continue their efforts for the stable and long-term development of the two countries.
The two leaders have unanimously agreed to implement effectively the mechanism of the Frame Agreement on Trade and Investment so as to handle the economic issues in the relationship in the constructive and fair spirit, thus meeting the legitimate interests of each side.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President Donald Trump affirm that Vietnam and the USA have shared the common interests in Asia-Pacific, including the maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region.
President Donald Trump affirms that the US continues to support the central role of the ASEAN, push ahead the US-ASEAN strategic partnership; support Vietnam to organize successfully the APEC 2017 and says that the President expects his visit to Vietnam in November to attend the meeting with the APEC leaders.
The two leaders lay stress on the importance of freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea; affirm their support to settle disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law, including the full respect of the diplomatic and legal process.
The two leaders welcome the progress in negotiation for the effective and significant Code of Conduct (COV) on the East Sea.
After the talks, the two sides make the Joint Statement on the Vietnam-US relations.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted a working luncheon with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the headquarters of the US State Department.
The Prime Minister and US Secretary of Trade Wilbur Ross witnessed the ceremony to hand the agreements on trade-investment cooperation with a value of USD 8 billion signed by the enterprises of the two sides within the framework of the US visit.
In another development, on May 31, within the framework of his US visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with the UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres at the UN Headquarters.
UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres highly appreciated the social and economic achievements Vietnam has recorded in recent time, especially in implementing the Millennium Goals and wished that Vietnam will be successful in implementing the sustainable development goals.
He also took note of Vietnam’s active contribution at the UN mechanisms as well as its continued participation in the UN peace-keeping forces.
General Secretary Antonio Guterres stressed that the UNO will boost its cooperation with Vietnam through the implementation of the common strategic plan in the 2017-2021 stage./.
Inspection and supervision of asset declaration of 1,000 senior officials
Ms. Le Thi Thuy, Deputy Chairman of the Central Inspection Commission
The Political Bureau has just released the Regulation on Inspection and Supervision of Asset Declaration of officials under management of the Political Bureau and Secretariat.
The aim of inspection and supervision of the declaration of assets is to ensure the serious implementation of all the stipulations of the Party and the State on the asset declaration; to discover in time, adjust and handle all the shortcomings and violations in declaring the assets of the officials under the management of the Political Bureau and the Secretariat, thus making a contribution to guarding against, discovering and handling the corruption.
About 1,000 senior officials are now under the management of the Political Bureau and the Secretariat./.
State President Awards National Prize on Foreign Information Service 2016
The Central Commission for Propaganda and Education and the Steering Commission of Foreign Information Service organized the National Award Presentation Ceremony on foreign information service in 2016 (including the press and book products).
President Tran Dai Quang and Vo Van Thuong present 6 First Prizes for winning authors and groups of authors
This is the third time the National Award on foreign information service that has been organized with a view to disseminating, encouraging and honoring the press and book products of remarkable quality in the foreign information and propaganda services.
The Award has attracted 893 works to the contest, a y.o.y 20% increase. There are two new forms: books and landscape photo reporting. All the works sent to the contest are expressed in Vietnamese, English, French, German, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Lao, Thai, Indonesian, Korean and Persian.
After two rounds, 69 works have been selected for the First, Second, Third and Consolation prizes, in which there are 6 First Prizes, 15 Second Prizes, 18 Third Prizes and 30 Consolation Prizes.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vo Van Thuong, Politburo member, Head of the Central Propaganda and Education Committee, Head of the Steering Committee of Foreign Information Service, stressed that the quality of the contesting works this year is better than that last year. It shows the prestige of the award and affirms the important role of the foreign information and propaganda services.
After the ceremony, President Tran Dai Quang and Vo Van Thuong presented 6 First Prizes./.
State Bank of Vietnam and Da Nang lead Administrative Reform Index nationwide
On May 30, 2017, Truong Hoa Binh, Politburo member, standing Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh chaired an on-line meeting nationwide to review the work done in implementing the administrative reform in the first 6 months of 2017 and announce the administrative reform index of ministries, sectors and localities (PAR INDEX 2016).
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On the basis of summarizing the results and points in sociological survey, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has analyzed and made the report for approval of the evaluation council.
As a result, the State Bank of Vietnam, the Finance Ministry, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Justice Ministry, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Planning and Investment have obtained 80% and higher.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Health Ministry, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Construction Ministry, the Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Resources and Environment, the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, the Government Inspection and the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs have obtained from 70% to 80%.
The State Bank of Vietnam has obtained the highest index with 92.68% and the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has obtained the lowest index with 71.91%./.
100% State-owned capital is kept at only 103 enterprises
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has just approved the scheme “Restructuring State-run enterprises, the key of which are the State-owned economic groups and corporations in the 2016-2020 stage”.
By 2020, the State keeps 100% capital at only 103 enterprises.
One of the targets of the scheme is to focus on treating the existing shortcomings and weaknesses of the State-run enterprises and the enterprises with the State capital.
It is tasked to complete the equitization of 137 enterprises in the 2016-2020 stage and it strives to keep 100% State capital at 103 enterprises by 2020./.
FDI attracts USD 12.13 billion in 5 months
The total foreign investment capital in the first 5 months of 2017 is put at USD 12.130 billion, a y.o.y 10.4% increase and USD 6.50 billion have been disbursed, a y.o.y 6% increase.
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In the past 5 months, there are 91 countries and territories having invested in Vietnam. They have invested mainly in the processing and manufacturing industries with the total investment capital of USD 8.9 billion, accounting for 66.7% of the total registered investment capital.
Bac Ninh has attracted the total registered investment capital of USD76 billion and ranks the top in terms of localities. The runners-up are Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City./.
Serious health incident in Hoa Binh Province
18 patients of kidney failure who were having hemodialysis treatment at Hoa Binh General Hospital had anaphylactic shock, resulting having 7 died. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam came to the hospital immediately on the night of May 29 after the incident.
This is one of the patients having dialysis
After the incident happened, the doctors of the hospital had contacted with Bach Mai Hospital for emergency support.
According to Prf. Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, Head of the Examination and Treatment Management Department, the Health Ministry, this is the serious medical disaster. All the activities of the Blood Purification Department were asked to stop for investigation and verification by the functional agency.
Honesty and objectivity are needed from the health sector of Hoa Binh Province so as to be able to find out the cause of the incident, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said, further requesting Hoa Binh General Hospital to set up a professional council to determine the cause of the incident./.
EuroCham expects positive business environment in Vietnam
The EuroCham on May 29, 2017 in Vietnam announced the Business Climate Index (BCI) of Quarter 1 of 2017 in Vietnam reached 78, a decrease of 7 ranks as compared to 85 in Quarter 4 of 2016.
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However, European enterprises felt that the business conditions in Vietnam are positive, with inflation not being their worry. EuroCham says that its members are positive about the business climate in Vietnam at present. According to the survey in Quarter 1 of 2017, about 20% of EuroCham members believe that there is improvement in the reform of law. On the other hand, there is better transparency and competition with better trained labor force in Vietnam./.
500,000 books in space of first “Book City” in Vietnam
A space of 3,000 square meters large reserved for books on display was inaugurated on June 1, 2017 in Binh Duong with a capacity of 500,000 books. This is considered the first “Book City” in Vietnam.
A two-storey book space at Phuong Nam Book City
This is aimed at creating a special book space for readers who want to look for the books they want. On the other hand, its target readers are mainly young people and young children, said Deputy General Director of Phuong Nam Culture Company.
This is a long-awaited project of Phuong Nam Culture Company for a space large enough to display all sorts of books of country-famous trade name. Phuong Nam Book City has also got a stationery area with coffee shops, very convenient for buying and enjoying reading books in the space.
Phuong Nam Book City gathers about 200 book suppliers nationwide together with about 70 foreign language book suppliers. The total investment of this “Book City” is put at VND 50 billion./.
Serious land slide threatens Cuu Long River delta
Another serious land slide happened again in Nam Can district, Ca Mau Province on May 30, 2017, causing big losses to the locals.
Land slide cut Highway 1 in Binh My Commune, Chau Phu District, An Giang Province
The land slide in Nam Cam town has affected 25 households with an estimated loss of VND 1 billion. Earlier in the night of May 29, two landslides happened at the Cua Lon River area of Hang Vinh Commune, Nam Cam District.
The state of land slide in the Cuu Long River Delta has been happening in an ever more complicated way, causing big losses in property and threatening people’s lives. There are about 406 landslides along the rivers in the Cuu Long River Delta with the total length of 891 km.
There are 10 causes for the land slide along the rivers and sea shores in the Cuu Long River Delta. Among others are the building of reservoirs in upstream areas and the exploitation of sand along the river beds and the coast that have led to the change of the flow of the main rivers. What’s more is that the destruction of forests and exploitation of resources in upstream areas have reduced the vegetation and the regulation of the forests.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has also said that the ever higher rising sea in the past 20 years with average rising of 2 to 3 meters per year is also another cause of the land slide./.