PM urges removing bottlenecks to key transport projects


Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh asked ministries, agencies and localities to make greater efforts to remove roadblocks to national and key transport projects while chairing a meeting on November 25.

Chinh, who is also head of the state steering committee for national and key transport projects, said at its eighth hybrid meeting that at least 3,000 kilometres of expressways should be built by 2025, and the figure is expected to reach 5,000 by 2030.

Currently, the country counts 34 major transport projects and 86 sub-projects considered important in the sector, which have been launched in 48 cities and provinces.

The leader pointed out that construction materials and site clearance remain the biggest obstacles to the projects, and asked localities to pay more attention to these issues.

He urged the Ministry of Transport to instruct investors to ask contractors to coordinate with localities in order to soon complete procedures for the exploitation of mines serving the construction of the North-South Expressw
ay’s eastern wing for the 2021-2025 period, stressing the work should be done before December 31.

The PM also assigned specific tasks to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, among other ministries and agencies.

Meanwhile, localities were requested to consider opening appropriate intersections and optimise new development spaces along expressways./.

Source:Vietnam News Agency

Embassy delegation visits Vietnamese in Israel


Right after the Israel-Hamas temporary truce came into effect on November 24 morning, a delegation of the Vietnamese Embassy in Israel visited Vietnamese there.

The Gaza ceasefire made it safe for the embassy staff to arrange the meeting, which took place in the house of Hong Shuranys, from the Liaison Board of the Vietnamese Association in Israel, in Netanya city.

Since the war broke out, this was the first time the embassy had met in-person with representatives of the Vietnamese community in Israel although online meetings were held regularly, said Ambassador Ly Duc Trung, stressing that the embassy always pays attention to citizen protection.

About 500 Vietnamese expatriates and nearly 200 students, along with a number of temporary workers are now in Israel, who remain safe as they all live far from conflict zones.

Over the past time, the embassy has coordinated with the Liaison Board of the Vietnamese Association in Israel to take measures to ensure safety and security for the Vietnamese community./.

Source:Vietnam News Agency

Japan-Vietnam relations contribute to global, regional peace, prosperity: Japanese Ambassador


The coming visit to Japan by President Vo Van Thuong and his wife conveys the message that the cooperation between Japan and Vietnam is not only a bilateral relationship but also contributes to the peace and prosperity of the region and the world, said Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio.

In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency ahead of the visit, slated for November 27-30, at the invitation of the Japanese State, the Japanese Ambassador said that in 2023, Japan and Vietnam celebrate 50 years of their diplomatic relations in the context that the relations between the two countries are developing strongly in various fields including politics, economy, and culture.

He said that he believes that President Vo Van Thuong’s visit will be of historical significance and become one of the most prominent marks in the year marking the 50th anniversary of bilateral ties.

The visit is also an opportunity for the two countries to look back on their cooperation progress, he added.

According to the Ja
panese ambassador, to further promote the relations, Japan will continue to support Japanese companies to invest in Vietnam as its economy is growing amid a shift of supply chains

As Vietnam and Japan have advantages of training highly skilled human resources in the field of information technology, there is a great potential for the two countries to become innovation partners in green and digital transformation.

In addition, Japan also wishes to create momentum to restore ODA capital, especially in infrastructure cooperation.

Politically, Japan affirms that Vietnam is an important partner in realising the goal of “a free and open Indo-Pacific”. While the situation in areas such as the East Sea becomes increasingly complicated, Japan will deepen cooperation to maintain and strengthen the free and open international order based on the spirit of the rule of law.

Regarding people-to-people and cultural exchanges, the diplomat said that exchange activities and visits between the two countries’ delegations at a
ll levels are increasing rapidly, including the visits by state leaders. There are about 500,000 overseas Vietnamese people in Japan, he said, emphasised that the country will promote cultural, sports, and tourism exchanges between young generations and between localities of the two countries./.

Source:Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese ambassador conferred Cuban friendship medal


Outgoing Vietnamese Ambassador to Cuba Le Thanh Tung has received the country’s friendship medal in acknowledgment of his contributions to the development of the strong and long-standing traditional relationship between Vietnam and Cuba.

At the medal presentation ceremony held in Havana on November 24, Cuba’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Anayansi Rodríguez highlighted the new strides of the bilateral relations during the diplomat’s tenure that lasts more than 3 years and 4 months. There have been notable achievements in agriculture, trade, biotechnology, construction, education, finance, and tourism, she said.

Rodríguez pointed to Tung’s effective contributions to strengthening the mutual trust and friendship between the two countries’ governments and people, especially in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing presence of Vietnamese businesses in the Caribbean island nation. Vietnam is currently the largest Asia-Pacific investor in Cuba.

In response, Tung expressed his gratitude
for the sincere support from the Cuban Party, State, and people for Vietnam’s liberation and nation-building cause as well as for his personal learning, training, and working.

Feeling honoured with the prestigious award from the Cuban State, the ambassador pledged to continue contributing to the preservation and promotion of the countries’ special relationship, even after the end of his term.

Earlier, on November 18, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez received Tung before he ends his diplomatic mission./.

Source:Vietnam News Agency

HCM City ready to promote cooperation with Chinese partners


Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen received visiting Chinese Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao on November 25.

At the reception, the host said that the visit to the city by the Chinese official is very meaningful as Vietnam and China are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

The visit demonstrates China’s interest in developing bilateral relations, especially economic and trade cooperation with Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, he added.

Nen said that together with ministries, agencies, and localities of the two countries, Ho Chi Minh City has been actively realising the common perceptions of the leaders of the two Parties and States on promoting ties.

Ho Chi Minh City hopes to work with Chinese localities, especially localities that have established friendship and cooperation with the city, to promote collaboration in economy and trade to benefit the people of the two countries.

For his part, Wang
said that his visit aims to further bolster the economic and trade ties between China and Vietnam in general and the localities of the two countries in particular, contributing to realising the cooperation policy of the two Parties and States in the fields of economy and trade.

Chinese ministries, agencies, and localities always pay attention to promoting trade cooperation with Vietnam, he said, adding China always encourages and creates conditions for businesses with potential to invest and expand investment in Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City.

Appreciating the investment attractiveness of the southern economic hub, he said that China and Vietnam in general, Chinese localities and Ho Chi Minh City in particular still have a lot of room for developing economic and trade cooperation. Besides traditional cooperation areas, they can focus on boosting new potential areas such as digital economy, green economy, or e-commerce.

China invites and expects Ho Chi Minh City businesses to participate in internation
al fairs and exhibitions in China to enhance trade and investment promotion opportunities between the two sides, thus increasing two-way trade between Vietnam and China./.

Source:Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam’s rubber industry goes green


Many domestic rubber firms are pursuing a green strategy in an effort to reduce waste and verify sustainable forest management certificates to better promote the Vietnamese rubber brand globally.

Five years ago, the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) piloted a programme on sustainable rubber forest management, creating a premise for its members to expand their rubber areas.

The group reported that as of the end of the third quarter, 30 of its member companies set forth sustainable forest management plans, up nine from the 2022 figure, spanning 272,000 hectares or 95% of the total area.

Meanwhile, 18 members have been granted sustainable forest management certificates with more than 113,000 hectares, fulfilling 83% of the set target.

Dau Tieng Rubber One-Member Co. Ltd, for example, is managing more than 28,000 hectares in 16 communes and townships in Dau Tieng and Bau Bang districts, and Ben Cat town. Of the area, 8,000 hectares have received GFA certification for sustainable forest management.

Apart from culti
vation, the group has shifted its operations to green production, helping raise the awareness of its workers about environmental protection.

Dong Phu Technical Rubber JSC under Dong Phu Rubber JSC said it has recovered all of post-production by-products which are then processed to serve other production facilities, thus reducing waste discharged into the environment.

Rubber latex processing factories have also recycled water, which has helped them save operating costs and use water resources more efficiently./.

Source:Vietnam News Agency