The national mourning ceremony of former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in’s State visit to Vietnam and Quang Ninh Province’s top of the list of Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) are among the most outstanding information in the week.
National mourning ceremony of former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai held
The national mourning ceremonies of former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai were organized simultaneously at the Reunification Hall, Ho Chi Minh City and at the International Convention Hall, Hanoi, on March 20-21, 2018.
Thousands of people are found present early at Reunification Hall, Ho Chi Minh City, to attend the memorial service of former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai
The memorial service of former Prime Minister started simultaneously at 8 o’clock on March 20 at the Reunification Hall, Ho Chi Minh City and at the International Convention Hall, Hanoi.
The Party and State leaders came to pay homage to former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai. The chief of the funeral organizing board was General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
On the morning of March 22, thousands of people were present in the early morning at the Reunification Hall, Ho Chi Minh City to attend the memorial service of former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai.
General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong read an eulogy, affirming the revolutionary contributions for 70 years of former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and praising his exemplary life which had been closely associated with the struggle for national reunification and socialist construction./.
President of Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in pays State visit to Vietnam
An official grand welcoming ceremony in honor of President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea and his wife was organized at the Presidential Palace on the morning of March 23, 2018 on the occasion of his State visit to Vietnam on March 22-24. President Tran Dai Quang hosted the ceremony. Right after that the two Presidents held talks.
President Tran Dai Qxuang and his wife welcome President Moon Jae-in and his wife
After the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing ceremony of many important cooperation documents.
During his stay in Vietnam, President Moon Jae-in and his wife visited the Vietnam Football Federation and had interaction with Head Coach Park Hang Seo and the Vietnam U-23 national football team on March 22.
Present at the interaction were Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, senior official of the Vietnam Football Federation, Head Coach Park Hang Seo the U-23 footballers of Vietnam.
During the interaction, President Moon Jae-in expressed his impression at the achievement of the U-23 football team of Vietnam at the Asian U-23 Championship under the head coach Park Hang Seo.
Also on the same day, March 22, President Moon Jae-in attended the ground-breaking ceremony of the headquarters of the Vietnam-Korea Institute of Science-Technology at Hoa Lac High tech Park (Hanoi).
President Moon Jae-in said that this is an important land mark in assisting Vietnam’s scientific and technological development as well as the close relationship between the two countries.
On March 23, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong warmly received President Moon Jae-in. He highly appreciated the fine development of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
On this occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and National Assembly chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan received President Moon Jae-in./.
Vietnam lodges protest against China’s ban on fishing in East Sea
At the regular press briefing on March 22, 2018, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang pointed out that Vietnam lodges protests and resolutely rejects China’s unilateral decision on banning the fishing in a number of Vietnam’s territorial waters on the upcoming May 1.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang
Vietnam has got all legal basis and historical evidences to affirm its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos as well as the legitimate rights over the territorial waters determined to be in conformity with the stipulations of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
That China’s ban on fishing on the East Sea has violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa archipelago and its legal rights and interests in its waters and run counter to the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and to the agreement on the basic principles guiding the settlement of the sea issue between Vietnam and China.
China’s action is not conducive to the maintenance of environment of peace, stability and cooperation in the East Sea and the fine development trend of the relations between the two countries as well as the efforts of the countries in negotiating the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) now, stressed the foreign Ministry spokesperson.
Concerning Taiwan’s live-fire exercise on Ba Dinh Island of Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago, the foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang stressed that Vietnam has got all the legal basis and historical evidences to affirm its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos.
That Taiwan’s live-fire exercise in the waters around Ba Dinh Island of Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago is a serious violation of Vietnam’s territorial sovereignty over this archipelago, threatening peace, stability, security and safety of navigation, causing tension and complications in the East Sea. Vietnam has again lodged its strong protest and requested Taiwan not to repeat similar actions./.
National Assembly’s Standing Committee pilots immediate question-answer session
The Standing Committee of the National Assembly on March 19 held its 22nd session on piloting the implementation of “the immediate question-answer”. All deputies should put succinct questions that last only one minute each time and the answer should last no longer than 3 minutes each answer.
Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long gives answer
The question and answer will be implemented in accordance with the issue groups. On March 19, Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh gave answers to the questions of the Standing Committee.
About 28 turns of deputies put questions and 6 deputies joined the debate with Minister Le Thanh Long.
In the spirit of constant renovation, Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said, the Standing Committee has implemented a number of experimental questions and answers at the 22nd session, thus creating more interactions between the questioners and the respondents.
This piloting will be assessed and drawn experience and will be served as the base to report the National Assembly so as to be able to continue the renovation of the questions and answers at the coming session of the National Assembly./.
Quang Ninh Province leads Provincial Competitiveness Index
Surpassing Da Nang, Quang Ninh Province has for the first time taken the lead in the Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) rating 2017 with 70.7 points.
Quang Ninh for the first time takes the lead in PCI rating
The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and industry (VCCI) together with the US Agency of International Development (USAID) on March 22, 2018 published the annual report on the Provincial Competitiveness Index 2017.
Quang Ninh has for the first time taken the lead in the PCI Rating. The second position belongs to Da Nang with 70.1 points
Ho Chi Minh City is rated the 8th with 65.2 points, while Hanoi has occupied the 13th modest position with 64.71 points. In 2017, there were a lot of improvements in operational quality of the local administrations and in helping in time enterprises overcome difficulties.
Particularly, domestic and FDI enterprises have said that in 2017 there was a considerable reduction of troubles caused to enterprises in terms of unofficial costs.
This is the 13th year that the PCI was made and published to assess the quality of economic operation, the favorable and friendly degree of business environment and efforts made in administrative reform of the provincial and city administrations and the acceleration of development of private economy./.
Tra fish of Vietnam imposed with new tariff by US Department of Commerce
The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has just decided to consider the POR 13 anti-dumping tax for frozen tra fish (pangasius) fillets from Vietnam for the August 1, 2015 stage to July 31, 2016 stage with the record tax rate.
(Photo: Illustration on the internet)
Two units under consideration this time are Cadovimex II Seafoods and Hoang Long Seafoods which will be imposed with the anti-dumping tax rate of USD 7.74 per kilo, the highest so far.
The remaining enterprises should be levied with the tax rate of USD 3.78 per kilo.
This is the tax rate that Vietnamese enterprises find it impossible to export tra fish to the US in the coming time. So, the Vietnamese enterprises are protesting this unfair decision and considering all necessary legal procedures to sue to the Court of International Trade at the soonest time.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade says that this tax rate is not objective and at the unbearable protection level. It proposes the US side to consider and adjust again on the principle of objectiveness and adherence of the WTO’s provisions so as to be fair to all sides concerned./.
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development calls on saving agricultural products
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has called on saving turnips, opening the saving of agricultural products of 2018.
(On March 19, over 4 tons of turnips were transported from Tran Viet commune, Me Linh District, Hanoi, to the Hanoi downtown for sale to help farmers overcome current difficulties in the sale of agricultural products)
It was admitted that about 10 hectares of turnips in Me Linh District, Hanoi, had been used as animal feed because the farmers have found it difficult to sell them. At the same time, in Tu Ky, Hai Duong Province, due to the rock-bottom price, about 10 hectares of kohlrabi had been cleared for growing another vegetables.
The local leaders have called on enterprises to come and save the agricultural products by buying them for the farmers. The main reason for this state of affairs is that after Tet, there is a glut in farm produce, while the price has plummeted.
For the immediate, it is necessary to help the farmers to save the excessively abundant supply of farm produce, but as far as the long term is concerned, we should change the mindset in policy making, monitoring and implementing the policy on agricultural production. In other words, we should renovate the awareness and action in a scientific way concerning the practical capacity of production and the output demand of the market./.
Presentation of 13th Music awards
The presentation ceremony of the 13th Contribution Music Awards 2018 was organized in Hanoi on March 22, 2018.
The Singer of the Year My Tam who also wins the year’s Album Prize
Apart from some household names, there are some new faces like Cong Phuong and Duy Manh footballers found in the award presentation ceremony.
In the item of new artists, the Ngot Band is the most outstanding one with its simple style and novel art works. The Band has won two Gold Cups for its independent music genre.
My Tam has won the Singer of the Year Award. She also won the Year’s Album Prize. Musician Duong Cam has won the Year’s Producer Award and the Year’s Musician Prize./.