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VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES APRIL 28

Hanoi to launch new pedestrian zone in Son Tay
Hanoi to launch new pedestrian zone in Son Tay hinh anh 1
A corner of Son Tay old fortress citadel. (Photo courtesy of vov.vn)

The Son Tay-Xu Doai Tourism Year and the Son Tay ancient fortress pedestrian zone will be launched in Hanoi on April 30.

The move aims to tap on potential and uphold cultural heritage in the area, thereby contributing to socio-economic development, especially tourism.

The Son Tay-Xu Doai Tourism Year will look to capitalise on cultural tourism potential in combination with resort and adventure tourism sites in the area and neighbouring localities such as Duong Lam ancient village, Va shrine, Mia pagoda and Dong Mo Lake.

The Son Tay fortress was a military base built in 1822 in the reign of King Minh Mang to protect Thang Long Imperial Citadel.

The 820-metre-long walking line stretches over Son Tay town's Pho Duc Chinh and Phan Chu Trinh streets, the outer road of Son Tay ancient fortress, the flower garden in the town's centre, the central flower garden area square, the front yard of the town's cultural centre and town's stadium square.

It is scheduled to open to the public on weekends, with contemporary art performances, street music and folk dances.

Visitors will also have a chance to experience unique culinary services, buy souvenirs and typical products of Son Tay at the pedestrian zone.

Road accidents kill 600 in April

A total of 1,046 traffic accidents have occurred in April, killing 600 people and injuring 690 nationwide, according to figures released by the National Traffic Safety Committee.
      
Of the accidents, 1,036 occurred on roads, claiming 592 lives and injuring 689 others. Compared to the same period last year, the number of accidents and injuries dropped by 35 and 62, respectively, while the number of deaths saw an increase of 71.

Meanwhile, seven accidents occurred in the railway sector in April, killing five and injuring one. Compared to last year, the number of accidents, deaths, and injuries rose by three, one, and one, respectively.

Furthermore, two waterway incidents and one maritime accident happened in April.

Overall, a total of 3,808 traffic accidents were reported in the first four months of this year, claiming 2,276 lives and injuring 2,431 others. Compared to the same period in 2021, the number of cases and injuries declined by 694 and 801, respectively, while the number of deaths increased by seven.

Ho Chi Minh City hosts Visegrad Jazz Quartet concert

The Consulate Generals of countries which make up the Visegrad group (V4 - Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic) hosted a V4 Jazz Quartet concert in Ho Chi Minh City on April 27 to mark the Hungarian Presidency of the group.
      
Addressing the event, Szilvia Szpika, Consul General of Hungary in Ho Chi Minh City, emphasised that she was very proud to introduce the cultural heritage values of the V4 to audiences in the southern city.

Do Viet Ha, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO), affirmed that both Vietnam in general and Ho Chi Minh City in particular have treasured their time-honoured friendship and co-operation ties with countries of the V4 group, bringing about a range of mutual benefits to both sides over recent years.

An exclusive culinary event prepared by Hungarian culinary expert Béla Prohászka was also held following the concert.

Japanese Prime Minister to pay official visit to Vietnam

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio will pay an official visit to Vietnam from April 30 – May 1.

The visit will be made at the invitation of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Vietnamese, Chinese border guards conduct joint patrols

Border guards in the northern province of Lao Cai and He Khou Border Gate in China's Yunnan province held joint border patrols on April 27 after a two-month delay due to COVID-19.

The two sides discussed via telephone plans and scenarios for their joint patrol, while agreeing on the use of a shared mailbox to avoid direct contact and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The two sides set up 10 teams to conduct patrols from marker No. 87 to No. 167, focusing on the prevention of illegal entry and exit across the border and trans-border crime.

They also tightly controlled people and vehicles passing through the border gate, while informing local residents along the border about the prevention and control of the pandemic, smuggling and trade fraud.

On the same day, the Chinese border guard force handed over a Vietnamese citizen who had been seized previously to the Vietnamese side.

VN localities among most searched destinations by foreigners

The Vietnamese cities of My Tho and Bac Ninh have been listed among the most searched destinations in Vietnam by foreigners, according to the latest report into the recovery of domestic travel demand in Southeast Asia conducted by Google Asia Pacific travel.

Alongside Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the two cities witnessed a drastic rise of 75% in terms of searches.

According to the report, people seeking tourism information in Vietnam mostly came from the United States, Australia, France, Singapore, and Japan.

The country fully reopened to international tourism on March 15, a move which has paved the way for both inbound and outbound tourists to travel to and from by air, road, rail, and sea.

Most notably, the number of international visitors to Vietnam in March increased by 41.4% month on month and 220% year on year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

In the first quarter of the year, Vietnam welcomed roughly 91,000 international visitors, an annual rise of 89.1%.

The report also highlights that outbound tourism has also been busy, with the demand among Vietnamese people to travel abroad rising by 50% in March.

The most-searched destinations among Vietnamese visitors include Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai, Paris, Osaka, and New Delhi.

Phuong Anh named among top 10 hot picks by Itspageantstimes

As the world’s leading publication on beauty pageants, Itspageantstimes has selected local representative Phuong Anh among its top 10 finalists in its second hot picks for the upcoming 60th Miss International pageant.

According to the latest rankings, Phuong Anh, who previously won the first runner-up title at the Miss Vietnam 2020 pageant, comes eighth in the overall list.

Elsewhere, Miss Philippines was selected as the favourite to be crowned winner of the beauty contest, while other beauties from Kenya and Mexico were also picked for the first and second runner-up titles, respectively.

Completing the list of the top 10 are contestants from the Ecuador, France, India, Venezuela, Panama, and Indonesia.

This comes following prestigious global publication Missosology picking Vietnamese representative Phuong Anh as the first runner-up winner.

22-year-old Pham Ngoc Phuong Anh stands at 1.77 metres tall, with measures 87-61-93. Born in Ho Chi Minh City, she first rose to prominence by winning the first runner-up title at the Miss Vietnam 2020 pageant and will therefore represent the country at the 2021 Miss International pageant.

Liem loses to Indian prodigy at Oslo Esports Cup

Following an impressive win against reigning world number one Magnus Carlsen, Vietnamese grandmaster Le Quang Liem suffered an unfortunate loss to Indian prodigy Praggnanandhaa on Day 3 of the Oslo Esports Cup.

At the match held on the morning of April 25, Praggnanandhaa held the Vietnamese grandmaster to a draw in the first set before winning the second set after 93 moves after gaining an advantage by holding the white pawn.

In the third set, Liem was still defeated by the 16-year-old Indian prodigy in 54 moves, despite holding the black pieces.

With a final score of 0.5-2.5 in the match, Praggnanandhaa enjoyed three consecutive wins and duly topped the rankings with nine points, while Liem temporarily ranked fifth place with two points.

Moving forward, the Vietnamese chess player will next face off against Eric Hansen of Canada.

Adaptation part of National Strategy on Climate Change for 2050

Việt Nam will prioritise protecting and managing forests as part of a National Strategy on Climate Change for 2050, enhancing restoration, community participation and employment opportunities in the forestry sector. 

Between now and 2030, the country will focus on forestry protection and restoration, promoting mangrove, coastal and watershed planting, as well as consolidating the system of monitoring and responding to forest fires. The draft National Strategy on Climate Change to 2050 will result in increasing the area of trees per capita in urban areas.

“Much importance must be placed on establishing and expanding the activities of marine protected areas and natural reserves, developing nature, ecosystem and community-based models for climate change adaption (CCA) and developing the national biodiversity database,” said a representative of the strategy’s expert group.

Forests and ecosystems are one of six tasks in proactively adapting to climate change, along with preventing decline and degradation, restoring natural resources; agriculture and food security; developing CCA infrastructure; community health care; and ensuring social security. 

These tasks were reported in a workshop jointly organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, UNDP, and GIZ in Hà Nội yesterday, to discuss the draft National Strategy on Climate Change for 2050.

The strategy expects that by 2050, Việt Nam will effectively manage water and land resources, improve environmental quality and prevent natural disasters affecting socio-economic development, firmly ensuring the security of national water resources.   

Climate change adaptation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are two key objectives of the national strategy.

Reducing the vulnerability and risks from climate change means improving resilience and adapting the capacity of natural, economic and social systems, the representative said.

The country is aiming to reduce the total national greenhouse gas emissions by 43.1 per cent, compared to the normal operations.

Son of Central Highlands to sing at home

Composer Nguyễn Cường, known as Son of Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands), will hold a free concert in Đăk Lắk Province on May 1 to celebrate his 40-year career.

Called Đến Với Cao Nguyên (Coming to the Central Highlands), the concert will highlight the generous and liberal spirit of the Tây Nguyên region and its people with songs like: Còn Thương Nhau Thì Về Buôn Ma Thuột (Love for Buôn Ma Thuột); Đôi Mắt Pleiku (The Eyes of Pleiku); and H’Ling Em Ở Đâu (H’Ling, Where Are You). 

Popular hits performed by rock stars Silk Black and Y Moan, Anh Muốn Sống Bên Em Trọn Đời ( I Want to Live Within You Forever) and Ly Cà Phê Ban Mê (The Cup of Coffee in Ban Mê Thuột), will be part of the program. 

The concert will also feature Khát Vọng Đam San (Đam San’s Aspiration), a musical on Ê Đê ethnic people of Tây Nguyên written and composed by Cường in 2021. 

Cường’s concert, Đến Với Cao Nguyên, will begin 7.30pm at the Đắk Lắk Museum in Buôn Ma Thuột City, Đắk Lắk Province. 

Bills and resolutions to be discussed in next session of 15th National Assembly

In the third session of the 15th National Assembly (NA), five bills and four resolutions will be discussed for approval, while six other draft bills will be open for comments. 

The session will open on May 23 and continue until June 17 at the National Assembly Building. 

The five bills presented for approval are: Law on Mobile Police; amendments for the Law on Cinema, Law on Insurance Business, Law on Emulation and Reward, Law on Intellectual Property.

The four resolutions are the pilot model for labour activities and orientation programmes, vocational training for inmates outside of prison; resolution on the 2023 legislation programme and amendment for the 2022 programme; amendment on the rules of the NA’s sessions; and resolution on initiative policies specific to Khánh Hòa Province’s development.

Six draft bills open for comments from the NA include amendments of Law on Petroleum, Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control, Law on Inspection, Law on Implementing Democracy at Grassroots Level, Law on Medical Examination and Treatment, Law on Radio Frequencies. 

The NA Standing Committee has proposed to remove the Land Law’s amendment from the agenda, as it requires further direction from authorities and more time for preparation.

The assembly will also look into reports on the result of thrift practice and wastefulness prevention, socio-economic development plans, and the State budget in 2021, and review the current situation in 2022.

The final statement of the 2020 State budget will also be approved.

Resolution No. 42 on addressing bad debt of credit institutions will be considered for validity extension. The NA will also assess and decide on the investment strategies on Hà Nội’s Ring Road No. 4 and HCM City’s Ring Road No. 3. 

Maximum supervision will be applied for implementation of planning laws and policies. NA’s monitoring programmes and teams for 2023 also be reviewed for approval.

The NA will also assess the construction of Hồ Chí Minh Road from 2020 to 2021 and plan for the next phase. 

The Central Committee of Việt Nam Fatherland Front is tasked with collecting opinions and suggestions from the people to the upcoming session. The NA’s Standing Committee will also be reported on addressing voters’ opinions during the April session.

A Q&A session will also be conducted. The NA Secretary-General has asked delegations to soon send the inquiries as part of the preparation for the session in May.

Vietnam deploys more personnel to UN peacekeeping missions

Vietnam’s Engineering Unit Rotation 1 and Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 4 departed for the UN peacekeeping missions in Abyei and South Sudan on April 27.

This is the first time Vietnam has deployed an engineering unit to a UN peacekeeping mission, and it is also the Vietnamese unit with the largest number of personnel joining UN peacekeeping operations so far.

Aside from Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 4, Vietnam also deployed its first engineering unit with 184 members this time, he said, expressing his belief that with the experiences obtained over the last eight years, the engineering unit will be successful at the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

Earlier, a UN delegation had come to Vietnam to survey and decided to choose the country's engineering unit out of 15 candidates as they realised the capacity of Vietnamese engineers.

Deploying a big unit like this 184-strong engineering one is a big challenge since it is completely different from the previous times when Vietnam sent individuals or small units like Level-2 field hospitals to peacekeeping operations.

However, thanks to thorough preparations made in five years, the Vietnamese side was assessed as the most outstanding among the 15 units wishing to join UNISFA.

Oraichain Hackathon contest 2022 launched to union members, teenagers

The Oraichain Hackathon contest in 2022 has just been launched publicly to young people for the first time.

The first contest was held for members of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and teenagers across the country who are passionate about programming and have ideas for applying blockchain technology.

The Oraichain Hackathon in 2022 is organized by the Center for Vietnam Youth Talents, Science and Technology (CYTAST) and Jraichain Labs  Company. The contest aims to promote the movement of creating, applying and developing these new scientific and technological achievements among union members and youth.

competitors will develop decentralized applications (dApps) on the Oraichain blockchain, using the CosmWasm Module and the Oraichain ecosystem. After the registration round, up to 8 eight excellent projects will be selected to participate in the final round scheduled to be held in June in Hanoi.

Young people participating in the contest have the opportunity to receive the first prize of VND100 million in cash and a championship trophy while second prize winners will receive VND60 million in cash. Winners of the third prize will be given VND40 million in cash. 

Participants can register for the contest at: https://hackathon.orai.io/.

Netherlands to support Vietnam offshore wind
 
The Netherlands has pledged to assist Vietnam’s journey of developing offshore wind, the sector that Vietnam is believed to be the next gigawatt-size market in Asia.

The Netherlands stands ready to support Vietnam in improving the necessary legislative environment, in particular, a framework to facilitate offshore wind and direct power purchasing agreements by private companies, according to the Dutch Embassy in Hanoi.

The commitment was made during the ongoing visit paid to Vietnam by Netherlands Vice Minister for Foreign Economic Relations Hanneke Schuiling.

On this occasion, Vice Minister Schuiling compliments Vietnam on its commitment to the green transformation of the economy and to net-zero emissions in 2050. The offshore wind appears to be the most potential energy alternative contributing to the low carbon route in the country of a long coastline and vast area of waters.

Clean energy together with the circular economy are among key areas on agenda along with agriculture, water, logistics, and high tech during Schuiling’s two-day visit to Vietnam concluded on April 26.

Hanoi to implement Strategy for Cultural Development to 2030

Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh has signed a document promulgating a plan to implement the “Hanoi Cultural Development Strategy to 2030”

The strategy aims to improve the spiritual life of the people, especially those on welfare and underprivileged persons, focusing on cultural development in ethnic minority areas, gradually narrowing the gap in cultural enjoyment between urban and rural areas, and regions. Local people are placed at the center of all development activities.

Hanoi has also set a goal for 2025, with a vision for 2030, of the comprehensive development of Vietnamese culture and people, in line with the trends and the requirements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

In addition, the promotion of Hanoi's culture should be based on ensuring the harmony between conservation and development, maximizing the potential and strengths of the culture of the thousand-year-old capital, the strategy emphasized.

“Hanoi also needs to promote international integration, absorb the cultural quintessence of mankind in order to build up an image of elegant Hanoians as well as further enhance the position of the capital city in Southeast Asia,” it added.

Meanwhile, the municipal authorities will focus on turning the cultural industry into a spearhead economic sector, making Hanoi a leading cultural industrial hub of South Asia in the coming time.

Two final trains for HCM City metro set to arrive from Japan

The two final trains used for Ho Chi Minh City's first metro line project which will connect Ben Thanh Market with Suoi Tien Amusement Park are set to be shipped to the southern city from May 5 to May 7.

With the upcoming arrival of the two trains, the metro line No.1 in Ho Chi Minh City will have a total of 17 trains manufactured in Japan.

Each three-carriage train is capable of carrying 930 passengers, with the trains capable of travelling at a maximum speed of 110 kilometres per hour on elevated sections and 80 kilometres per hour underground.

Most notably, the first metro line project in the southern metropolis has received over VND43.7 trillion in investment.

The 19.7-km line No.1 will be the first of at least six lines to be built throughout the city with the aim of easing traffic congestion in its north-eastern gateway.

HCM City sees rise in dengue fever cases

The spread of dengue fever is showing signs of increasing in Ho Chi Minh City following several critical cases and deaths being reported, according to the southern city’s Department of Health.

Since the beginning of the year, the southern metropolis has recorded a total of 4,500 dengue fever cases, with 109 people being in critical condition as a result of their infection.

This represents an alarming sign amid the growing number of dengue fever cases over the past four months.  In the outbreak of 2019, the city reported more than 20,000 cases, with severe cases standing at only 38, the the department stated.

Doctors said that the majority of severe cases are due to late hospitalisation admission amid fears of being infected by COVID-19 or receiving the wrong treatment at home as many mistake the disease’s symptoms for COVID-19.

Upon explaining the upsurge in the disease, some experts said that the dengue epidemic occurred every three to four years, with this year expected to be an outbreak year. In addition, the early rainy season has also contributed to the latest outbreak.

10 film projects win ticket to "Film Pitch" competition's final round

Ten film projects of young author groups have entered the final round of the "Film Pitch - From Script to Screen" competition.

Accordingly, the best authors/author groups will be selected to participate in a short course on filmmaking in the US.

This is a contest organised by the Film Development Association (VFDA) in collaboration with the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and K+ units. The contest aims to attract young people who love cinema to submit film ideas and projects to select the best authors/author groups to attend a filmmaking course in the US.

Since its launch in 2020, the organising board has received 41 ideas/projects. The prequalification committee has selected 10 projects to bring to the pitching round. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the presentation of ideas for these 10 best projects could not be carried out and had to be postponed untol this year.

Vietnam asks for EU’s stronger support in cyber security protection

Minister of Public Security General To Lam met with Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service (EEAS), in Hanoi on April 28, asking for further support from the EU in cyber security protection.

Lam said that during the building of the Law on Cyber Security and related decrees, Vietnam has received consultations and experience sharing from the EU in protection of personal data, he added.

The official proposed that in the time to come, the EU will continue to share its experience with Vietnam in ensuring cyber security for major information infrastructure works as well as managing trans-border data and protecting data in important sectors, while increasing discussions and engagement in building and completing national legal framework regarding cyber security, national sovereignty in cyber space and cyber war, as well as introducing and transferring technologies, equipment, supporting tools for cyber security protection, and cyber and high-tech criminal prevention and combat.

Regarding the EU-initiated Enhancing Security Cooperation in and with Asia (ESIWA) programme, Lam underlined that the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security highly values the outcomes of the EU-funded projects within the framework of the programme in the 2014-2020 period, adding the projects have made positive contributions to the economic development in Vietnam, making the Vietnam-EU comparative partnership deeper and more practical.

He suggested that the EU increase cooperation with Vietnam within the ESIWA Programme, especially in cyber security, maritime security, anti-terrorism and crisis management, and proposed the organisation of detail discussions to sketch out specific activities to meet the demands of all sides.

For his part, Wiegand said that the growing ties between the EU and Vietnam has not limited in economy, trade and investment but expanded to strategic areas of politics, diplomacy and security.

The official affirmed that he will continue to work hard to reinforce and further lift up the EU-Vietnam partnership.

Representative hailed for contributions to Vietnam-WHO ties

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on April 27 hosted a reception for Dr Kidong Park, the outgoing Representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Vietnam, during which he spoke highly of Park’s contributions to the growth in partnership between Vietnam and WHO.

Sharing his memorable time in Vietnam when the country struggled against the COVID-19 pandemic, Park highly valued Vietnam’s efforts to learn and apply international experience and roll out creative prevention and control measures.

For his part, Dam lauded the support from WHO and Park in particular to Vietnam in the pandemic fight as well as in all medical areas over the past more than 40 years.

The Deputy PM expressed his hope that in his new position, Dr. Park will continue to make positive contributions to the cooperation between the WHO and Vietnam in the medical area, thus helping Vietnam complete the goal of modernising and perfecting the country’s healthcare system towards fair, effective, developed orientations, meeting the rising and more diverse demands of people in protecting, caring and improving health, reducing the rates of morbidity and mortality, lengthening life expectancy, improving quality of life, and achieving and overfulfilling the targets set out in the strategy of caring and protecting people's health in the 2020 – 2030 period.

Hanoi, Phnom Penh agree new bilateral cooperation orientations

Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung and Cambodia’s Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng promised to jointly seek new orientations to promote practical ooperation between the two cities in various fields during talks on April 27 in Phnom Penh.

The two officials agreed to further enhance cooperation in investment and tourism between enterprises in the two cities.

The Hanoi side pledged to enroll more Cambodian students to its universities; boost information sharing and experience in urban management and people-to-people exchanges; and enhance education and popularisation activities to raise awareness of younger generations of the fine traditional relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia.

For his part, Sreng highlighted the significance of the Hanoi delegation’s visit as it takes place when the two nations are celebrating the 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties (June 24, 1967-2022), affirming that it is a testament to the good traditional relationship between the two Parties, governments and peoples, especially the long-standing cooperation between Phnom Penh and Hanoi.

He stressed that the Cambodian people never forget the Vietnamese volunteer soldiers' help to bring his country out of the Pol Pot genocidal regime.

He briefed on the socio-economic reforms of Phnom Penh in recent years, saying that the city needs assistance in tourism and transport development.

SEA Games 31: Reward for national chess team announced

The Nam A Commercial Joint Stock Bank  - a partner that has been the main sponsor of the national chess championship for three consecutive years, announced its rewards for members of the national chess team participating 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) at a ceremony in Hanoi on April 27.

Accordingly, the reward totals 300 million VND (over 13,000 USD), including 20 million VND for each gold medalist, 10 million VND  for each silver winner, and 6 million VND for each bronze medalist.

The move has contributed to encouraging the team right before the send-off ceremony ceremony for the Vietnamese sports delegation to the regional sports event.

During SEA Games 31, chess competitions will take place at the Exhibition of Planning and Expo Centre in Ha Long city of the northern province of Quang Ninh from May 10-21.

The Vietnamese team consists of nine players namely Le Quang Liem, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, Tran Tuan Minh, Le Tuan Minh, Pham Le Thao Nguyen, Hoang Thi Bao Tram, Nguyen Thi Mai Hung, Vo Thi Kim Phung and Bach Ngoc Thuy Duong.

Book exhibition features President Ho Chi Minh’s imprints

A book exhibition themed “Ho Chi Minh Imprints” opened in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on April 27, introducing more than 800 book titles featuring the life and career of President Ho Chi Minh published by Su That (Truth) National Political Publishing House.

According to Director of the publishing house Pham Minh Tuan, the exhibition will run until May 21 to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the Liberation Day and 123rd birthday of the late leader.

Books displayed at the event have high theoretical and practical values, giving visitors, especially youngsters, better understanding on the life and devotions of President Ho Chi Minh to the nation and people of Vietnam, encouraging them to study and follow the leader’s teachings.

Along with exploring the books directly, visitors can find them online at website stbook.vn, he said.

Central anti-corruption committee discusses settlement of corruption cases

The Standing Board of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption held a meeting in Hanoi on April 27 to discuss cases that it has followed and define tasks for the time to come.

Participants agreed that the prevention of corruption and negative phenomena have seen good progress in many areas.

So far, eight inspection teams have been set up to receive reports, detect and settle corruption cases, and evaluate assets at some Party committees and organisations as well as competent agencies.

Since the beginning of this year, investigations have been conducted into 1,264 cases involving 2,038 suspects, while 737 corruption cases with 1,567 defendants have been brought to the court.

Of the total, the committee has directed the settlement of four new cases involving 23 defendants.

Investigations into many extremely serious cases are underway, including those at the Military Medical University and the Vietnam Coast Guard High Command, the bribery case at the Consular Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the securities market manipulation case at FLC Group, and the property fraud case at Tan Hoang Minh Group.
 
Eight officials managed by the Party Central Committee, including one deputy minister, one former deputy minister, one former chairman of provincial People’s Committee, and five generals of the armed forces have been prosecuted.

The Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission has proposed disciplinary measures against 14 senior officials.

Since the beginning of the year, assets worth over 2.05 trillion VND (89.25 million USD) have been seized and frozen, while nearly 4 trillion VND has been recovered.

In 2022, the steering committee aims to complete investigations into 19 cases, while prosecuting 21 more, holding first-instance trials for 24 cases and appeal trials for six cases, and concluding the verification and settlement of 39 others. In the second quarter, first-instance trials will be held for two major cases.

At the same time, a number of cases will be added to a list to be supervised and directed by the committee, including the bribery case at the Consular Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the securities market manipulation case at FLC Group; the property fraud at Tan Hoang Minh Group; violations related to real estate at land lot at No. 33 Nguyen Du street and No. 34-36-42 Chu Manh Trinh street in Ho Chi Minh City; and a gambling case in An Giang province.

Concluding the meeting, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, head of the committee, said that anti-corruption activities have focused on combating not only corruption but also negative phenomena, including the degradation of morality, political ideology and lifestyle.

He clarified that a lot of theoretical and practical experience has been gained, including using Party inspections as the first step in the settlement of corruption cases.

Along with success in revoking assets, the work has helped reinforce people’s trust in the Party, State and the political system, he said.

The Party chief underlined the need to continue to pay great attention to Party building and the development of a pure and strong political system as well as anti-corruption. He also reminded agencies involved to work more closely for better efficiency.

Source: VNA/SGT/VNS/VOV/Dtinews/SGGP/VGP/Hanoitimes

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