Vietnam, South Africa exchange local audit experience

A Vietnamese delegation from the State Audit Office of Vietnam (SAV) on April 21 had a working session with the regional State Auditor General of Western Cape province, South Africa to strengthen cooperation and exchange experience between the two sides.

During the meeting, the two sides exchanged experience in state audit activities and processes as well as in ensuring budget resources, handling financial wrongdoings during auditing, and environmental auditing, among others.

Nguyen Ba Dung, Director of the SAV’s Department of International Cooperation, said the Vietnamese delegation was very impressed with the auditing report of Western Cape province’s regional audit agency, especially in ensuring audit quality and professionalism.

Dung also praised the province’s strength in applying information technology with cutting-edge applications and software in the audit process.

For her part, Sangeeta Kallen, business executive at the State Auditor General of Western Cape province said that the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA) is willing to share its lessons and experience in information technology auditing, an area that Vietnam is interested in.

She also showed her interest in handling financial wrongdoings during auditing, especially forcing officials to take responsibility for their violations.

Earlier, the SAV delegation had a meeting with the Auditor General of South Africa. The two sides shared experience in the implementation of auditing standards of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and agreed to step up bilateral cooperation and exchanges to share experience, especially in fields of each side’s strength./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Photo Hanoi’23 promotes cultural creative activities in capital city

The Photo Hanoi’23 – International Photography Biennale was jointly opened by the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports and the French Institute in Vietnam on April 21 in the capital city of Hanoi.

As an impressive event in the field of photography, the programme features a variety of activities such as photo exhibitions, talks and hands-on photography experiences.

Photo Hanoi’23 offers the public a fresh and fascinating look at contemporary photography in Vietnam and the world, contributing to introducing and promoting beautiful images of the capital and its people.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports Do Dinh Hong affirmed that in the coming time, Hanoi will realise the city’s initiatives in the application for joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network by action programmes and plans to connect people to promote the city’s culture and creativity while promoting linkage programmes between Hanoi and other creative cities in the region and the world.

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Visitors at the exhibition (Photo: VNA)

The event is expected to become a rendezvous for photographers, artists, researchers and educators in the art field in Vietnam, while encouraging multi-dimensional dialogues on the role of visual language in contemporary contexts.

The Photo Hanoi’23 sees the participation of more than 100 Vietnamese and international photographers, curators, speakers and experts in the field of photography. More than 40 solo and group exhibitions and side activities will be held within the framework of the event./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam, China’s Chongqing enjoy stronger trade ties

More than 30 enterprises from southwest China’s Chongqing city invested in 21 manufacturing projects worth over 569 million USD in Vietnam by the end of 2022, Trieu Thuy Nga, head of the Vietnam trade promotion office in the Chinese city reported.

According to Nga, the office has supported many Chinese businesses that had plans to invest in Vietnam, providing them with information on the country’s investment environment and policies; and consultations on procedures related to investment, building factories and establishing companies in the Southeast Asian nation.

Since early this year, many agencies and businesses in Chongqing and Sichuan have contacted the office, asking for support in organising working delegations to Vietnam to explore investment and business opportunities, Nga said.

As scheduled, the Trade Promotion Agency (TPA) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) will attend the Western China International Fair 2023 in Chongqing, while a delegation of the Chongqing Municipal Commission of Commerce (CMCC) will make a field trip to Vietnam, in May or June this year.

Nga said her office will continue to well perform the 2023 Action Plan on implementing the MoU on strengthening economic, trade and investment cooperation signed between the TPA and the CMCC in September 2022, focusing on organising the 32nd Vietnam International Trade Fair, the Vietnam Foodexpo 2023, the Western China International Fair 2023 in Chongqing, conferences to promote trade and investment cooperation between the two sides, field trips and meetings for representatives of the MoIT and the Chongqing authority.

The Vietnam trade promotion office, which was set up in Chongqing in 2015, has contributed to strongly promoting economic and trade ties between Vietnamese localities and Chinese city in particular, and between Vietnam and China in general.

Statistics of China Customs show that in 2018, the import-export turnover between Vietnam and Chongqing reached only 2 billion USD, which doubled to 4.5 billion USD one year later. The figure reached 7.3 billion USD in 2022.

Vietnam remained Chongqing’s largest trading partner in ASEAN for three consecutive years, accounting for 40% of the Chongqing-ASEAN trade turnover./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Czech PM visits Škoda Auto automobile assembly plant in Quang Ninh

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and his entourage visited the Škoda Auto automobile manufacturing and assembly plant project at Viet Hung Industrial Park in the northern province of Quang Ninh on April 22 as part of his ongoing official visit to Vietnam.

Receiving the delegation, Acting Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Cao Tuong Huy thanked the Czech government for supporting the promotion of Czech firms’ economic and investment activities in foreign markets, including Vietnam.

He briefed participants on Quang Ninh’s strong economic development and its attractive business and investment environment and synchronous infrastructure.

The locality has many priority and support policies for investors, especially foreign ones, he said, stressing that the local authorities will create all the most favourable conditions for investors in terms of administrative procedures, land, site clearance, human resources, business and investment environment to help them invest successfully and sustainably in the province.

Huy highlighted the significance of the investment cooperation project between Vietnamese auto manufacturer Thanh Cong Group (TC Group) and Škoda Auto of the Czech Republic in in Quang Ninh, saying that it contributes to implementing the locality’s policy on attracting processing and manufacturing projects that use modern and smart technologies and create products with high added value.

Quang Ninh is committed to supporting the implementation of the project, making it a symbol of friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and the Czech Republic, Huy said.

He hoped that Czech PM will continue to act as a bridge connecting more Czech corporations and investors with partners in Quang Ninh, especially in information technology, processing and manufacturing industries, tourism, commerce, and seaport development.

The Škoda Auto automobile manufacturing and assembly plant is one of the key projects of the automobile industry that is receiving the attention of the two governments.

Petr Fiala said his country always attaches great importance to cooperation with Vietnam, a gateway to the potential ASEAN market.

Quang Ninh boasts the most attractive business investment environment in Vietnam, he said, adding that the Czech Republic will support related parties to connect, jointly seek business opportunities and strengthen economic cooperation./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

The 2024 elections will be held as scheduled: Minister Mahfud

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs (Menkopolhukam) Mahfud MD has guaranteed that the 2024 elections will take place according to the agreed schedule.”As Menkopolhukam, I can assure you that the General Elections (Pemilu) and Regional Head Elections (Pilkada) will be held on February 14 and November (27) of 2024 respectively,” the minister remarked during his visit to the Nurul Jadid Paiton Islamic Boarding School in Probolinggo District, East Java, Saturday. s for the lawsuit filed by Prima Party, he affirmed that the case has been closed as the previous decision of the Central Jakarta District Court in favor of the party had been ruled out. With that being said, the 2024 Pemilu will take place as agreed. “Let us make proper preparations for the elections and vote for your candidates,” he added. The minister further noted that as a democratic country, the change of power in Indonesia is conducted through Pemilu, as it serves as a deliberation forum where the candidates with the most votes are the victors. “Hence, I encourage the people to use their voting right during the elections. Vote for trustful leaders, both in legislative and executive levels,” the former Constitutional Court Chief Judge remarked. On the occasion, the minister also highlighted corruption as a persistent scourge in the country. Despite a good trend in economic growth, the practice of corruption remains a thing. The duty of people of the nation is to develop the country by constantly putting pressure on such a practice, he emphasized. part from giving speeches, the minister also performed the Eid al-Fitr prayers with the school’s big family, alumni, students, and local communities. fter the prayers, on the special and important occasion, Mahfud also delivered a sermon while having a friendly gathering with ulemas and local leaders at the school’s hall.

Source: Antara News Agency

President Jokowi has friendly conversation with Minister Prabowo

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) engaged in a warm and friendly conversation with Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto at the President’s private residence in Surakarta, Central Java on Saturday.ccording to a written statement received from Prabowo’s media team in Jakarta, the conversation took place after Jokowi and Prabowo had a friendly family gathering. The minister arrived with his son, Didit Hediprasetyo, at Jokowi’s residence at 12:00 local time to pay a visit in connection with the 1444 Hijri Eid al-Fitr celebration. The President and First Lady Iriana welcomed them along with their family, including their sons, Gibran Rakabuming Raka and Kaesang Pangarep, and their spouses. Jokowi and Prabowo then had a one-on-one meeting before having lunch together. Based on the information received, Prabowo is scheduled to pay a friendly visit to Habib Syech ibn Abdul Qodir Assegaf at his residence in Surakarta after his meeting the President. Habib Assegaf is one of the renowned ulemas in Surakarta and also a singer of religious songs. He is currently serving as an executive board member of Nahdlatul Ulama for the 2022-2027 period.

Source: Antara News Agency