return icon

Government News 4/11

 PM calls for further efforts to manage illegal drugs and addiction; Int’l conference on building peaceful Vietnam-Lao borderline; VUFO Vice President meets Indian guest; Vietnam, South Africa boost trade, investment, tourism ties

PM calls for further efforts to manage illegal drugs and addiction

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged relevant ministries and the community at large to apply more systematic measures to ensure the effectiveness of drug addiction prevention and control, as well as treatment and rehabilitation.

Chairing a meeting in Hanoi on November 3 on drug addiction management, he pointed out that drug abuse was still prevalent, with a rising number of drug addicts.

The PM asked for further research to be conducted and effective response measures to be proposed.

He also requested prompt adjustments of the legal system to make sure that human and citizen’s rights, as well as the common interest of the community, are fully observed in the fight against addiction.

Along with issuing legal documents and guidelines, ministries and authorised agencies should increase the supervision of addicts, while enhancing public awareness campaigns on addiction prevention, he said.

At the same time, localities should convert a number of mandatory drug detoxification centres to voluntary centres in order to manage addicts better, he proposed.

According to a report by the Ministry of Public Security, drug abuse is a problem in every province, in 90 percent of districts, and in around 70 percent of wards and communes.

The country currently has 10 drug abuse and HIV/AIDS hotspots, with Hanoi , Ho Chi Minh City and northern Son La province recording the highest number of drug addicts and HIV/AIDS cases, the report said.

At the meeting, ministries and localities mentioned a number of difficulties in implementing drug detoxification programmes, including the unsystematic legal framework, a lack of investment and personnel, and poor coordination between ministries and localities.

They also pointed out the high rate of relapses after rehab and the social stigma against drug addicts.

Int’l conference on building peaceful Vietnam-Lao borderline

The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee and the Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) Central Committee jointly held an international conference on building a peaceful borderline between the two countries in the 2014 - 2016 period.

The event, which took place on November 3 in Laos’ Khammuan province, was attended by LFNC Central Committee President Phanduangchith Vongsa,  VFF Central Committee Vice President and General Secretary Vu Trong Kim, who is also Chairman of the Vietnam-Lao Friendship Association, as well as senior officials and diplomats from both countries.

Participants highlighted fine development in the time-honoured friendship, comprehensive cooperation and special solidarity nurtured by Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Kaysone Phomvihane, and upheld by the two nations' leaders and people.

They heard reports on the two-year implementation of a project on building Vietnam-Lao borderline following a joint declaration signed in Thua Thien-Hue province of Vietnam.

They agreed to increase public awareness of the building of a borderline of peace and friendship between the two countries in the 2014 – 2016 period by disseminating information on guidelines and policies of the two Parties and States.

The delegates stressed the need to consolidate the political system in border areas, reduce poverty, and ensure national security and defence. It is also essential to promptly prevent any conspiracy and acts of sabotage that destabilize border areas and harm the Vietnam-Lao solidarity and friendship.

VUFO Vice President meets Indian guest

The seventh Vietnam–India friendship festival scheduled for next year in India will deepen the bilateral strategic partnership, Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Nguyen Thi Hoang Van said.

On November 3, Van and the Head of the Communist Party of India’s International Committee, Pallab Sengupta, who is also General Secretary of the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation, met in Hanoi to discuss the preparations for the festival, agreeing that the event is sure to increase mutual understanding between the two peoples.

With regard to socio-economic affairs, the two sides affirmed that bilateral cooperation in a number of sectors is growing based on sound political ties.

Vietnam, South Africa boost trade, investment, tourism ties

Investment encouraging policies offered by the Vietnamese Government and localities were introduced at an economic forum held recently in Durban city, South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province by the Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa.

Addressing the Vietnam-South Africa Trade, Investment and Tourism Promotion Forum on October 31, Vietnamese Ambassador Le Huy Hoang affirmed that Vietnam attaches importance to developing its multi-faceted relations with South Africa, including KwaZulu-Natal province and Durban port city.

The Ambassador and Trade Counsellor Nguyen Hong Tien then answered local businesses’ queries, clarifying Vietnam’s policies to attract investment as well as its support measures on tariffs and infrastructure.

Besides announcing a list of projects calling for foreign investment from now until 2020, the Vietnamese side also introduced the country’s outstanding exports particularly tra fish and rice as well as major tourist attractions such as the World Heritage sites of Ha Long Bay, the ancient imperial city of Hue and the old port town of Hoi An.

The Vietnamese representatives asked for further assistance from the South African Government and KwaZulu-Natal province in granting visas for Vietnamese enterprises.

Andrew Layman, Chief Executive of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said his office is willing to serve as a bridge connecting Durban and KwaZulu-Natal businesses with Vietnamese partners, expressing his hope that Vietnam will help South African businesses to expand their ties with other countries in Asia.

Both sides expressed hopes that the two countries will soon sign agreements on double taxation avoidance and banking-finance in order to protect the legitimate rights of their businesses.

In the first nine months of 2014, two-way trade between Vietnam and South Africa reached nearly 900 million USD. It is forecast to hit 1.3 billion USD this year.

India, Vietnam increase mutual understanding

An Indian delegation led by the Secretary General of the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation, Pallab Sengupta is on a visit to Vietnam, aiming to boost mutual understanding between the two peoples.

At a working session with Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO), Nguyen Thi Hoang Van in Hanoi on November 3, the two sides briefed each other on socio-economic situation in each country. They expressed delight at fine development of bilateral cooperation in many fields.

The two leaders discussed a plan to jointly organise the 7th Vietnam-India People’s Friendship Festival in 2015 in India, saying that the festival will contribute to developing the strategic partnership between the two countries.



Foreigners take cruises on picturesque Ha Long Bay

On a cruise to discover the one-of-a-kind Ha Long Bay, visitors can experience interesting activities such as kayaking, visiting Sung Sot Cave, and savoring a variety of dishes made from fresh seafood.

The legend of the walking monolith

Mother Elephant Rock Mountain (Voi Me Rock Mountain), also known as the biggest monolith in Vietnam, appears as a back of a giant elephant lying in the middle of the Central Highlands.

Vietnamese network operators now manufacturing cameras

Most cameras provided in the local market are foreign made.

Vietnam’s most modern library

Located at National Economics University, the most modern library in Vietnam covers around 10,000 square metres and is funded by the World Bank through the Support for Autonomous Higher Education Project.

China purchases more Vietnamese fruit for lunar new year holiday

Chinese demand for fruit for the lunar new year holiday accounts for up to 50 percent of Vietnam’s total fruit exports. Experts warn that the products may get stuck at border gates.

Press agencies need to become technological institutions: minister

Twenty years ago, editors-in-chief took pride in the fact that while printing machines were working, distributors were sitting eating bread and waiting for the first newspapers to be put out to deliver.


Vietnamese innovative startups should strive to become regional, international “unicorns”: PM

Seven more prosecuted in bribery case at foreign ministry

The investigation agency under the Ministry of Public Security has issued decisions to prosecute, arrest and search the residences and workplaces of seven more individuals for their involvement in a bribery case at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


President arrives in Seoul, beginning state visit to RoK

IFC plans to pour 320 million USD into three Vietnamese banks

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has proposed a total investment of 320 million USD in three Vietnamese banks, reported the Nikkei Asia.

Girl with brittle bone disease opens class for poor students

As she wasn't able to fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher due to congenital vitreous disease, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tam opened a free class for poor students.

Miniature-human sculptures popular with customers

The price of a sculpture ranges from one to five million VND, depending on the difficulty of the model. Eight to 19 ordered products are made per day to guarantee progress as well as the quality of the sculpture for the customer.

Lacquer village outlasts centuries-old craft

Alongside a wide range of products made from natural materials such as wood, bamboo and rattan, the village also has created new gold- and silver-inlaid products made from ceramic, pottery, and composite.

Local firms do business in P2P lending market

P2P Lending has become a hot issue in Vietnam, especially with the participation of Chinese businesses.

Vietnam to hold first cat fish festival soon

Vietnam’s first cat fish festival is scheduled to take place in the southern province of Dong Thap on December 16-17.