Vietnam supports reform of UN General Assembly’s operation

The Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, Minister Counselor Le Thi Minh Thoa, laid stress on the significance of the UN General Assembly’s operation reform to the UN’s reform while attending the 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on November 10.

Addressing a debate at the UNGA on November 10 on reforms of the UNGA, the Vietnamese diplomat highlighted that the UN and its member countries should intensify measures to ensure that the UNGA can make a more effective and meaningful response to global challenges that have been increasing in number and growing complicated.

She stated that the UN General Assembly’s role in peace and security issues should be enhanced in accordance with the UN Charter, while the relations between the UN General Assembly and other key orgnisations of the UN, including the UN Security Council, should be promoted.

Besides, it is necessary to ensure the principle of transparency and inclusiveness of the UNGA’s activities, including the selection and electio
n of the Secretary General, she said, adding that UNGA discussions should produce specific and action-oriented outcomes in mid and long terms to meet the interests and aspirations of the member states.

Upcoming discussions in preparation for the Summit for the Future and other processes must sharpen focus on not only solutions but also measures to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, she underscored.

At the event, other countries shared their initiatives and opinions on measures to improve the UNGA’s operation./.

Hanoi strengthens relations with Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture

A delegation of Hanoi led by Standing Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thi Tuyen visited Fukuoka prefecture, and attended activities marking 15 years of the two localities’ friendship within the framework of its working trip to Japan from November 10-12.

Welcoming the delegation, Fukuoka Governor Hattori Seitaro and Chairman of the Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly Kohara Katsuji soke highly of the visit, considering it a new start resuming delegation exchange activities after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At their meeting, the two sides stressed the importance of Hanoi-Fukuoka cooperation to the Vietnam-Japan friendship.

The agreed to maintain and step up exchange activities and delegation exchanges at all levels; expand cooperation in such fields as education-training, investment promotion, trade to develop the relationship in a more practical and comprehensive manner.

The hosts shared that they plan to visit Hanoi in January 2024 to concretise the content of discussions on
promoting bilateral collaboration in the coming time.

On November 11, the Hanoi delegation coordinated with the Consulate General of Vietnam in Fukuoka to host a seminar on Hanoi-Kyushu investment and trade promotion in 2023. The event was intended to promote Hanoi’s connectivity, exchange and cooperation with the Kyushu region, which holds great economic and scientific and technological potential in Japan, including eight southwestern prefectures, of which Fukuoka is the largest.

At the event, the Hanoi Promotion Agency and the association of Vietnamese trade and investment promotion enterprises in Kyushu signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in intensifying trade and investment promotion activities between Hanoi and Kyushu region; while the Me Linh district People’s Committee and the Japanese Language Institute (GAG) inked an MoU on improving Japanese language training and cooperation in developing high-quality human resources.

From November 10-12, the 2023 Vietnam – Hanoi Festival in
Fukuoka was held at Tenjin Central Park in celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of the Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties, and 15 years of the establishment of Hanoi-Fukuoka friendship./.

Vietnam accompanies UN to support Cuba’s sustainable development: Ambassador

Vietnam stands ready to accompany the UN on assisting Cuba to carry out the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, has said.

At a recent working session with UN Resident Coordinator in Cuba Francisco Pichon, Giang highlighted the special friendship between Vietnam and Cuba, and informed the UN official of Vietnam’s active support for Cuba through various mechanisms, including the South – South Cooperation and trilateral cooperation, especially in the fields of agriculture and food.

Pichon, who once served as the representative of the International Fund for Agricultural Development to Vietnam, said that Cuba is facing formidable challenge in post-pandemic recovery and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The UN is implementing a cooperation framework for sustainable development during 2020-2024 to support Cuba, with a focus on economic issues, natural disaster mitigation, agriculture, and food security, he said, expressing his h
ope that Vietnam will join the UN’s efforts through sharing development experience and good practices.

Ambassador Giang said that Vietnam is willing to be a partner of the UN, helping Cuba overcome the existing challenges and achieve important progresses in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda./.

Vietnam, Cambodia promote multi-faceted collaboration

Chairwoman of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association Nguyen Thi Thanh and Chairwoman of the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Association Samdech Men Sam An on November 12 co-chaired a conference in Tay Ninh province to review the one-year implementation of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on coordination between the two associations for the 2022-2027 period.

At the event, participants also discussed directions for cooperation activities in 2024, and exchanged experiences in conducting people-to-people exchanges between agencies, units and localities that share the borderline.

Men Sam An stressed that senior leaders of the two Parties and States have worked together to promote the planting of border markers between the two countries, with 84% of the work completed so far, as an effort to build a border area of peace, stability, cooperation and development, and facilitate the travel of people.

Bilateral trade is developing continuously, and expected to surpass 10 billion USD this year. In the field of to
urism, Vietnam is among the top sources of tourists to Cambodia.

Thanh said that following the MoU, the two associations have coordinated in implementing a huge workload, and achieved positive results, contributing to consolidating and strengthening the traditional friendship, and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia.

In the coming time, the two sides will promote cooperation in opening vocational training courses for young people in border provinces; step up economic, trade and investment cooperation activities, create favourable conditions for businesses to expand their investment and business cooperation./.

VietChallenge’s event honours Vietnamese startup spirit

Vietnam’s startup spirit was honoured at an event recently held at Nasdaq headquarters in New York, the US, by VietChallenge, a non-profit organisation led by Vietnamese professionals and entrepreneurs in the US.

Sang Coffee, GeneStory, GreenJoy and Tubudd were the four Vietnamese startups honoured at the event.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, expressed his strong belief that Vietnamese entrepreneurs will continue making contributions to promoting the investment and business ties between Vietnam and the US.

Meanwhile, Executive Vice President of Marvel Optical and co-founder of Inphi Loi Nguyen shared his journey to take his startup to become a leading business in the semiconductor industry in the US.

Founders of standout firms such as LovePop, Cellens and IvyLinks shared their valuable startup experience, bringing inspiration and valuable experience to young entrepreneurs.

Emily Pollack, head of US Retail Operations at Republic shared h
er experience in capital mobilisation, helping startups have a deeper insight into methods and strategies in seeking financial resources.

Beyond honouring Vietnam’s startup talents, the event served as a venue for generations of entrepreneurs to share knowledge and experience, opening up opportunities for the development of the Vietnamese startup community all over the world./.

Vietnam taps potential to develop cruise tourism

With a long coastline of 3,260km, more than 4,000 islands and a wealth of renowned landscapes, Vietnam has become an attractive destination for cruise tourism.

Nguyen Trung Khanh, General Director of the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism (VNAT), said sea and island tourism are spearhead tourism products of Vietnam. Seaports are important for this kind of tourism, with ports in Ho Chi Minh City and the southern central coastal provinces of Khanh Hoa and Binh Dinh and Da Nang city recently upgraded.

Vietnam also has deep-sea port systems that can handle large cruise ships such as Ha Long International Passenger Port in Quang Ninh, Chan May Port in Thua Thien – Hue, Tien Sa Port in Da Nang, and Dam Mon Port and Nha Trang Port in Khanh Hoa, he said.

Vietnam is positioning itself to become a regular stopover for travelers on the journey to explore Asia and Southeast Asia, Khanh said, adding that many Vietnamese travel firms want to serve more travelers from international cruise ships.

Since the beginning
of 2023, the country has welcomed a number of cruise ships, including those from major cruise lines such as the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Resort World Cruises.

Recently, Spectrum of the Seas of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines with over 4,000 international visitors on board docked at the Phu My port in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau.

This is the third arrival of Spectrum of the Seas – one of the world’s top ten most luxurious cruise ships – to Vietnam, and the second time to Ba Ria – Vung Tau. In the remaining months of this year, the firm plans to carry thousands more of holidaymakers to Vietnam.

According to experts, sea and island tourism accounts for about 70% of activities of Vietnam’s tourism industry. The remaining months of this year are the peak season of international tourism, so there is a lot of room to exceed the growth target through cruise ship tourism.

To attract more tourists, experts proposed diversifying products, reducing or exempting some types of fees for cruise touris
ts, and upgrading infrastructure to better serve them./.