General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong attends and speaks at the National Congresses of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Vietnam War Veterans’ Association; the Vietnam Development Forum, the Vietnam Business Forum 2017 are the most outstanding information in the week.
Government invites General Secretary to attend year-end review meeting
That the Government has invited the General Secretary of the Party to attend its year-end review meeting is considered as unprecedented.
A Government meeting
On the threshold of the 2017 review meeting of the Government expected to begin at the end of this month, the Government has confirmed that it has “especially extended an invitation to General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to attend the meeting and speak at it. This is what the Government as well as the administration system has expected”.
So, if General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong confirms his agreement, this will be unprecedented so far. It is because of the fact that in the activities of the State apparatus concerning the legislative and executive implementation, the General Secretary has so far appeared at the sessions of the National Assembly in a capacity as mainly a deputy of the National Assembly.
According to Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung, this Conference will review the work done in implementing the resolution after one year and so, an invitation has extended to the General Secretary to attend and give his guiding opinions as the Chief of the Party to the ministries, sectors and localities.
The upcoming conference will discuss and unanimously agree to issue Resolution on the main tasks and solutions to the implementation of the social-economic development plan and estimated State budget in 2018.
As Nguyen Van Nen, Chief of the Office of the Party Central Committee said, the social and economic development is the task of the whole political system, not only of the Government. So, not only the chairmen of the People’s Committee of provinces, but also the secretaries of the Party Committees of provinces will attend this meeting. That the General Secretary attends and speaks at the conference is of great significance./.
National Congresses of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and Vietnam War Veterans’ Association held
On the morning of December 11, 2017, the 11th National Congress of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union was opened ceremoniously at the National Convention Centre, Hanoi, for the 2017-2022 tenure.
General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong expresses his profound confidence in and love to the young generation
999 delegates have attended the Congress, representing millions of merited young people nationwide and abroad.
Speaking at the Congress, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong expressed his profound confidence in and love to the young generation and at the same time suggested a number of tasks and orientations for the Union’s work and the young people’s movement in the coming tenure. The General Secretary laid stress on the special importance of the education of revolutionary ideology, political quality and morality and the cultural lifestyle of the young generation.
The General Secretary proposed that all the Party committees, administrations, the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the mass organizations should grasp fully and deeply the awareness and responsibilities toward the care, fostering, education and promotion of the role and potential of the young generation.
The General Secretary stressed that it is necessary to place trust in young people, hand them the tasks, create favorable conditions and encourage young people to study, train and strive to make more contributions to the country. He believed that the Vietnamese young people will be the vanguard force to together with the entire Party, army and people to maintain firmly and promote the revolutionary fruits in building and defending the Fatherland of Vietnam. It is fully hoped that the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union will forever be worthy of the reliable reserve army of the Party, the shock troops of the revolution; the young people are the masters of the future and the pillars of the country!
*The 6th National Congress of the War Veterans’ Association for the 2017-2022 tenure was ceremoniously organized at the Convention Hall of the Defense Ministry, Hanoi on December 14, 2017.
Speaking at the Congress, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong stressed that the Vietnam War Veterans’ Association is the core, the solid support of the Party and the State in the defense of the system, the Party and the revolutionary fruits.
The Association if an organization of traditional character of the “soldiers of Uncle Ho”; these soldiers had gone through challenges in the fire of the revolutionary struggle and the war resistance of the nation; they had fought courageously and sacrificed for the independence and freedom of the Fatherland, making a worthy contribution to the national liberation and reunification.
More than anyone else, each member of the Association should understand clearly that the value of “independence and freedom” was exchanged by blood and sacrifices of our countrymen, comrades and of ourselves for many decades, the General Secretary stressed.
Each member of the Association should grasp thoroughly the important political task of the Association in firmly defending the revolutionary fruits, making a contribution to foil all the dark schemes of the hostile forces, taking an active part in building and defending the Party, State, people and the socialist society./.
Vietnam Development Forum, 2017 Vietnam Business Forum well organized
The 2017 Vietnam Development Forum (VDF) themed “Productivity raising, Leverage of Vietnam’s Sustainable Growth” held on December 13, 2017 is an opportunity for Vietnam to find out the explanation for the sustainable growth problem.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends 2017 Vietnam Business Forum
Sustainable growth is the great challenge for Vietnam because it is one of the high economic growths; yet, the speed of growth of Vietnam’s economy has been relatively rapidly slowing down, from 7.3% in the 1990-200 stage to 6.7% in the 2001-2010 stage and continues to reduce by 5.96% in the 2011-2016 stage.
Vietnam’s economic growth in 2017 could be able to reach 6.&%. This is an impressive growth in the context that the world’s economy has met with a lot of difficulties and so does Vietnam’s economy.
Speaking at the Forum, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc shared with the delegates the social and economic development achievements of Vietnam, further pointing out the weaknesses even though great efforts have been made. As the Prime Minister viewed it, Vietnam should make greater efforts while soliciting more consultancies from the development partners, enterprises community and experts at home and abroad so as to be able to find out the suitable policy solutions.
Earlier on December 12, the 2017 Vietnam Business Forum was held in Hanoi. This is the annual dialogue channel with the Government of Vietnam.
Having listened to the opinions from the enterprises’ Associations of Vietnam, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the US and Europe, Prime Minister took the floor, evaluating the ever growing development of the Vietnamese enterprises in the past 20 years with GDP increasing 8 fold, say, GDP in 1997 was put at USD 27 billion; in 2017, it is estimated at USD 220 billion and it is expected to reach USD 300 billion by 2020.
However, as the head of the Government viewed it, there are still a lot of limitations, difficulties and challenges that demand greater efforts and creativity of the Government, the enterprises’ community and people to turn difficulties and challenges into the opportunities for faster and sustainable development. And the enterprises’ community is creating important motive force to materialize the aspiration for prosperity of the Vietnamese nation./.
More successful organ transplants in Vietnam in 2017
In 2017, for the first time, Vietnam has successfully cross-transplanted kidney and also for the first time, Vietnam has successfully transferred the stem cell from Taiwan to Saigon for transplant of a patient.
This 10-year-old boy Nguyen Thanh Dat is saved thanks to the successful transplant of the heart from an adult whose brain was dead
Two families exchanged kidneys to save their daughters and the cross-transplant of kidney was successfully implemented on January 11 at Cho Ray Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City.
In another case, a 7-year-old patient in Ha Giang was transplanted with one part of the lung of his father and another part of the lung of his uncle. The transplant was carried out on February 21 by the doctors of the Military Hospital 103 in coordination with the Japanese experts.
A heart transplant was carried out for a 10-year-old boy. The heart was from a 19-year-old man who died of brain death. The difficulty lies in the fact that how it is possible to transplant the heart of an adult for the boy. But in the end of the day, Viet-Duc Hospital had successfully implemented the transplant on March 15, 2017.
In another case, stem cell from Taiwan was transferred to Vietnam to save a young man with cancer. The transplant of stem cell to the young man was finally successfully carried out./.
No “Prohibited Zone” for those officials with wrongdoings
The year 2017 can be considered the year when the Party and State are determined in handling the senior officials with wrongdoings, as there is no “Prohibited Zone” for them.
Mr Dinh La Thang, a senior official is detained now for his grave wrongdoings
In the last month of 2017, the Political Bureau has decided to suspend the Party activities at all levels for Dinh La Thang, ex-member of the Political Bureau of the Party, from December 8, 2017 in accordance of the Decision to prosecute and the warrant of detain of the Investigation Police Office of the Ministry of Public Security.
Earlier on December 8, 2017, the Standing Committee of the National Assembly convened a special session and approved two Resolutions with the absolute agreement on the dismissal of the deputy of the National Assembly for Dinh La Thang.
Dinh La Thang is related to two cases being under investigation of the Ministry of Public Security. Earlier at the 5th Plenum of the Party Central Committee, 12th Tenure, considered and disciplined Dinh La Thang by dismissing him from the Political Bureau member.
On December 8, the Ministry of Public Security released the Decision to prosecute and detain Nguyen Quoc Khanh, former president of the Member Council of PetroVietnam. The same day, the Standing Committee of the National Assembly also issued the Resolution on the dismissal of the deputy of the National Assembly for Nguyen Quoc Khanh.
On October 6, the Party Central Committee released the Decision on disciplining Nguyen Xuan Anh, member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of Da Nang City by dismissing him from the said positions.
At the 15th session, the Central Investigation Committee released the Decision on disciplining Ms Phan Thi My Thanh, Deputy Secretary of Dong Nai Party Committee.
On August 16, 2017, the Prime Minister of the Government signed the Decision 1200/QD-TTg on discipline by dismissing former Vice-Chairman of Ha Tinh Provincial People’s Committee of the 2005-2010 tenure and former Chairman of Ha Tinh Provincial People’s Committee of the 2010-2015 tenure for Vo Kim Cu.
Nguyen Minh Quang, former Minister of Resources and Environment was also proposed to be disciplined for having been made serious mistakes in the Formosa Ha Tinh incident. He was warned by the Prime Minister on August 16.
On January 24, 2017, the Prime Minister signed Decision to discipline former Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang in the 2011-2016 term by dismissing him from the title of the Minister of Industry and Trade for having made grave mistakes while he was still working as the Minister.
In 2017 many other senior Party and Government official were also disciplined for have made serious mistake during their terms./.
58 other caves in Phong Nha discovered
Phong Nha-Ke Bang (Quang Binh Province) National Park has just discovered 58 caves more.
It takes even two or three days to get access to some caves.
Many caves are shrouded in thick mist and cool air that scare people from getting closer to them. In mane caves, empty cartridge cases and art performance stages set up during the war years. This shows that during the war, liberation fighters had stayed in these caves on the way to fight against the enemy.
Quang Binh Province has not got 350 caves being discovered in the pat 25 years, in which over 30 caves have been exploited for tourism purposes. Son Doong and En Caves are among the most outstanding saves in the locality.
According to Howard Limbert, expert of the British Cave Research Association, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has still a lot of caves that are yet to be discovered./.
Retail sale belongs to 6 sectors that attract foreign investment capital best
Retail sale is not rated one of the 6 sectors that have attracted foreign investment capital best in Vietnam.
Retail sale market in Vietnam has seen thriving signs as one of the potential markets that attract domestic and foreign investments
Through the 2017 Vietnam Retail Forum organized recently in Hanoi, we can see that the whole and retail sales in Vietnam have occupied 14% of GDP in the country.
In 2017, Vietnam is one of the TOP 30 countries having the most exciting retail markets in the world. A series of famous foreign retail companies have come to Vietnam, thus making it a harsh competition among domestic and foreign retailers. This has also made domestic retailers change their strategy to enhance competitiveness.
At present, the retail and whole sale rates in Vietnam have reached 14% of GDP, in which the retail market has grown fast. In 2010, it obtained USD 88 billion and in 2016, the figure was USD 158 billion, surpassing a lot of predictions of the market researchers in foreign countries./.
4 Vietnamese fishermen stage hunger strike to protest unjust judgment in Indonesia
4 captains of fishing boats of Vietnam in Kien Giang Province have been accused at Ranai Court of Indonesia. They said they will stage hunger strike against this unjust judgment.
4 Vietnamese fishermen have staged hunger strike against Indonesian Court for its unjust judgment when they go fishing in the waters of this country
The spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam Le Thi Thu Hang said recently that the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam is following closely this case and is ready to guarantee the necessary measures to protect the legal interests and rights of the Vietnamese fishermen.
Ms Hang so affirmed at the regular press briefing on December 14, 2017. According to Ranai Court (Indonesia), Captain Cao Van Hoang and Captain Hua Minh Trung were imprisoned for 5 months or had to pay the fine of 500 million rupiahs or VND 800 million.
Now the verdict is being appealed at the higher court.
These Vietnamese fishermen will fight to the end to have the justice. They have gone on hunger strike to protest the unjust indictment of the Ranai Court. They said that they were fishing in the waters of Vietnam./.