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15/09/2018 07:13:00

World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018 (WEF ASEAN 2018) organized in Hanoi

On the morning of September 12, 2018, the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018 (WEF ASEAN 2018) was officially opened at the International Convention Centre – Hanoi. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the founding President of the WEF Klaus Schwab co-hosted the conference.


General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the founding President of WEF Klaus Schwab and the heads of delegations to the WEF on ASEAN 2018

This is the biggest multilateral foreign relations conference in the year organized by Vietnam.

The plenary meeting of WEF ASEAN 2018 was themed “ASEAN’s priorities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era”.

Attending the opening ceremony were General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of WEF Klaus Schwab; ASEAN’s leaders together with over 1,000 delegates of WEF and ASEAN enterprises and leaders of ministries, sectors, localities and enterprises of Vietnam.

UN General Secretary sent his assistant on strategic coordination as a special envoy reading the message of the UN Secretary at the Conference, affirming UN’s support to and concern over the position and role of ASEAN and Vietnam.

Worthy of note is that the Conference has brought together 80 top start-up enterprises in the ASEAN region, most of them are the start-up accelerators, technological experts and communication leaders.

On September 13, the Vietnam Business Summit was organized with the participation of 1,200 enterprises and investors, including the world top companies, the WEF members, and many big economic units from USA, Japan and South Korea.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed ASEAN’s pride in having Singapore as the successful model in the pioneering spirit in the digital economy. Singapore has recorded the surpassing development in recent time by having applied the achievements of the Revolution 4.0.

The WEF ASEAN 2018 concluded on the afternoon of September 13 after two days of working./.


Vietnam-Hungary establish comprehensive partnership

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Vietnam’s senior delegation have paid an official visit to Hungary at the invitation of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.


General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speak at the post-negotiation press briefing

On September 10, 2018, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held talks with the host Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest.

The two leaders have unanimously agreed that in the past 70 years, the traditional friendly relations and multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and Hungary have seen strong development, especially in the past few years.

The two leaders have unanimously agreed to lift the relations between the two countries to “Comprehensive Partnership”. The two sides also unanimously agreed to maintain on a constant basis the meetings, exchanges and contacts among the leaders at senior level and enhance the political consultancies and strategic dialogues on all the Party, Government, National Assembly and Ministerial channels.

The two sides are determined to make greater efforts to boost the effective cooperation in all spheres, particularly in the economic, trade, investment, defense, educational-training, science-technology, environmental, health care, culture sports and tourism areas.

The General Secretary affirmed Vietnam’s support to Hungary to expand its cooperation with the ASEAN countries and Vietnam is ready to act as a bridge for Hungary to expand its economic cooperation with ASEAN countries. The Hungarian Prime Minister committed to supporting and boosting the comprehensive relations with Vietnam and EU and affirmed he will enhance the early signing, ratification and fully implement the Vietnam-EU FTA, thus making a contribution to enhancing the linkage of the EU market, including Hungary, with the Vietnamese and ASEAN market.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has highly appreciated the position as well as the contribution of the Vietnamese community in Hungary and he asserted that the Hungarian Government will continue to create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community in Hungary to have a stable life and good integration with the host country, thus promoting the role of a bridge to the two countries’ ever more development.

After the talks, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban held a press briefing and issued a Joint Statement on the establishment of Comprehensive Partnership between Vietnam and Hungary; they also witnessed the signing ceremony of 7 important documents of cooperation between the two countries./.


Indonesian President Joko Widodo pays State visit to Vietnam

President Joko Widodo of Indonesia and his spouse has paid a State visit to Vietnam on September 11-12, 2018 at the invitation of State President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse.


Young children of capital Hanoi warmly welcome President Joko Widodo of Indonesia and his spouse on his State visit to Vietnam

This is the first visit to Vietnam by President Joko Widodo of Indonesia since he came to power in 2014.

The traditional relationship of Vietnam and Indonesia has been built on the solid foundation by President Ho Chi Minh and President Sukarno and fostered and developed by different generations of leaders of the two countries.

Right after the welcoming ceremony organized solemnly at the Presidential Palace in honor of President Joko Widodo and his spouse, President Tran Dai Quang and President Joko Widodo held talks.

During the talks, the two leaders unanimously agreed to enhance further and more deeply the Strategic Partnership between the two countries in the interests of the people of the two countries for peace, cooperation, development and prosperity in the region and the world.

The two sides affirmed that the problem of arrested fishermen and fishing boats will be resolved in the spirit of humanity and friendly neighborly relations between the two countries as well as international law.

The two sides have affirmed the consistent standpoint on the East Sea.

After the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing ceremony of the Action Program to deploy the Vietnam-Indonesia Strategic Partnership in the 2019-2023 stage and the Joint Communique on the volunteer to join international cooperation in the combat against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) and enhance the sustainable fishing management between the two countries./.


A range of violations of land in Thu Thiem exposed

On September 7, 2018, the Government Inspection made public the results of examination in some contents relating to the complaints of the people in the new urban area of Thu Thiem belonging to District 2, Ho Chi Minh City.


Thu Thiem urban area

In the report, the Inspection of the Government said that the Thu Thiem urban area lies on the eastern bank of the Saigon River, in the opposite of District 1, with the total land area of 930 hectares planned for a modern, sustainable urban area.

But things happened that about 23 hectares had been wrongly allocated to 5 enterprises to make investment, thus violating the stipulations of the city. As for the land compensation and the support to the people in resettlement, violations had also been made, say, no scheme had been made for compensation and floor space clearance; no general scheme ever made as the basis to pay for relocation and no plan ever made to build houses for resettlement before undertaking the floor space clearance.

On the other hand, the Government Inspection also shows some violations that run counter to the stipulations of the city’s functional agencies in the process of implementing the projects, such as the resettlement area of 160 hectares, the projects of 5 wards planned for the resettlement area and so on.

In conclusion, the Government Inspection affirmed that in the process of implementing the investment in building the Thu Thiem urban area, the People Committee of Ho Chi Minh City and the concerned sectors had made certain shortcomings, affecting the benefits of a number of households in the area, thus causing strong complaints among the people.

The People’s Committee had also violated the stipulations of the law in formulating, approving and recovering the 160ha-large resettlement area.

It is proposed to consider and handle the organizations and individuals concerned for their shortcomings and mistakes in violation of the regulations concerning evaluation, designs and management./.


Vietnam-Japan Gala Night 2018: radiant with colors, richly imbued with friendship

The Vietnam-Japan Gala Night in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of establishing the diplomatic relationship between Vietnam and Japan (1973-2018) was organized at the Hanoi Labor Culture Palace of Friendship on the night of September 9.


(Photo: Ilutstration on the internet)

With well-organized program and remarkable musical items, the gala night has left deep impressions on the audience.

The gala night has not only manifested the beautiful cultural features of the two countries, but also honored the close friendship between the two countries, well maintained and developed in the past few years.

The audiences were absorbed in the performances of the top artists of the two countries. Another highlight of the night was the song “Meeting Me When Flower in Bloom”, expressing the wish for close friendship between the two nations. This is a modern mash-up.

The musical group of Japan W-inds also gave a very enthusiastic performance of the night

The Program was co-organized by the Vietnam Television and Ambassador Sugi Ryotaro of Japan in coordination with the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism./.


Government is yet to have any reform of Vietnamese language

At the discussion on the morning of September 12, 2018 of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Law on Education (amended), many deputies put questions on the issue being much concerned by public opinion – it is the experimental educational program.


(Photo: Ilutstration on the internet)

Chairman of the Justice Committee, Ms Le Thi Nga, said that in recent time there have been conflicting ideas on some pilot plans in education, particularly the experiment in the reform of the Vietnamese language and she wanted to know the viewpoint of the Ministry of Education and Training  and the Government on this issue.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam asserted that even when education is doing something good, there is always the need for renewal and when the renewal begins, there must be some experiments, but “I would like to assert that the Government is yet to have any policy on the reform of the Vietnamese language, at least for the next few years” – he said.

People have heated debate in the last few days on the ABC Book named Vietnamese Language – Educational Technology, Grade 1, with Prof. Ho Ngoc Dai as Chief Editor. This program has been carried out on a trial basis since 1978. The book has been experimented in some elementary schools./.


Go-Viet launched in direct competition with Grab in Vietnam

Go-Viet was officially launched in Ha Noi market on September 12, 2018 after 6 weeks in operation in Ho Chi Minh City.


(Photo: Ilutstration on the internet)

The launching ceremony was attended by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, a representative of the Vietnam Ministry of Transport and CEO of Go-Jek, Mother Company of Go-Viet.

Go-Viet is a Vietnamese company, applying the world top technologies to change the life of the Vietnamese. Go-Viet, trade name of Go-Jek (Indonesia) in Vietnam will be found operating in Hanoi with the first service product being Go-Bike.

At the launching ceremony, Nadiem Makarim, CEO of Go-Jek, said that after one month in Vietnam, Go-Viet has had 1.5 million turns of passengers and occupied 35% of market share of technological taxi motorbike in Ho Chi Minh City.

So, Go-Viet will have the head-to-head confrontation with Grab in Vietnam with the similar service./.

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