NA Vice Chairman meets with foreign leaders, lawmakers on sidelines of APPF-31


Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Duc Hai paid courtesy calls to, met with and held working sessions with leaders of the Philippine Congress and Department of Finance, as well as heads of delegations from Laos, Cambodia, Russia, Japan and Canada, as part of his working trip to the Philippines to attend the 31st Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-31) from November 23-26.

While paying courtesy calls to President of the Philippine Senate Juan Miguel Zubiri, Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives Martin Romualdez, and holding a working session with Secretary of Finance Benjamin Diokno, Hai affirmed that Vietnam always attaches importance to its strategic partnership with the Philippines, and expected that both sides would continue stepping up cooperation in all areas, including politics, economy, national defence-security, culture, education, and people-to-people exchanges.

In parliamentary cooperation, he proposed the two sides enhance collaboration
in new spheres, both bilaterally and multilaterally.

On the East Sea issue, Hai asserted that ensuring security and safety of navigation and overflight in the East Sea is crucial for all countries in the region.

The NA leader also suggested the Philippine Congress continue creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community living and working in the host country, and working closely together to properly settle issues at sea in bilateral relations.

The Philippine leaders affirmed that they treasure the Philippines-Vietnam strategic partnership and hoped that the two countries would continue sharing experience in national construction and development, and safeguarding national sovereignty over seas and islands. They also suggested the two nations continue to support each other at global and regional forums, and in maritime issues.

Meeting with Vice Chairman of the Lao National Assembly Sommad Pholsena, Hai stressed that Vietnam always pays top priority to the special traditional relationship with La
os, stands side by side with and strongly supports Laos’s national construction and development process.

Vietnam also supports and stays ready to assist Laos in successfully undertaking the role of ASEAN Chair in 2024 and Chair of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in 2023-2024, he said.

He proposed the two legislatures continue with experience sharing and mutual support in areas of shared interest. There should be close coordination and effective monitoring of the implementation of agreements signed between the two countries, and mutual support at global and regional forums as well.

Sommad, for his part, expressed his desire to learn from Vietnam’s experience in budget allocation and socio-economic development.

Meeting with First Vice President of the Cambodian National Assembly Cheam Yea, Hai suggested further facilitating all-level meetings and upholding the role of the legislative bodies in promoting the bilateral relations.

Cheam Yea told the Vietnamese leader that Cambodia always priorit
ises strengthening close relations with Vietnam in politics, economy, trade, investment, culture, and education, especially in border demarcation and marker planting-related issues.

He sought the Vietnamese legislature’s continued assistance in human resources development and scholarships for Cambodian officials, especially in technical and technological fields. He also wished that two countries further boost trade, tourism, and, most importantly, increase investment from Vietnam.

In their meeting, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of Russia and Co-Chair of the Federation Council Cooperation Group with the Vietnamese NA Andrey Yatskin and NA Vice Chairman Nguyen Duc Hai discussed plans to push forward the bilateral ties in the coming time, including the resumption of direct flights and the use of national currencies for payment, among others.

Yatskin said as 2024 marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on the Principles of Friendly Relations between Vietnam and Russia, celebrat
ion activities should be held in both nations.

According to the Russian leader, Russia already drafted the 2024-2025 cooperation plan. He hoped that Vietnam will approve and roll out it according to the schedule.

In a meeting with member of the House of Representatives of Japan Hiraguchi Hiroshi, Hai described Japan as a leading and important economic partner of Vietnam for many consecutive years. He also thanked the Japanese Government and people for their cooperation and support over the past years.

Hiroshi hailed Vietnam as one of the priority destinations for Japanese enterprises and wished that Vietnam would create an environment conducive to businesses operations in the country.

Both sides affirmed their commitments to further developing economic ties according to the signed free trade agreement while fostering cooperation in healthcare, particularly in the recruitment of medical staff and childcare, especially considering Japan’s labour shortage in these areas.

Meeting head of the Canadian delegat
ion Senator Stan Kutcher, Hai expressed his wish to make the bilateral comprehensive partnership grow stronger based on mutual benefits.

Vietnam welcomes Canada’s new Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS), which underscores the central role of ASEAN and Vietnam’s position in the region as a “trade window” and a “bridge’, he said.

As this year marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties, they agreed that the two legislatures should jointly facilitate the exchange of delegations at all levels, while advancing collaboration in fields of shared interest such as trade, investment, education and training, national defence and security, biotechnology, tourism, climate change, water resource management, and more./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

PM asks for more favourable policies to push up HCM City’s development


Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has asked ministries and agencies to soon submit policies to the government for approval to remove obstacles and create favourable conditions for Ho Chi Minh City to develop quickly and sustainably.

PM Chinh, who is head of the steering committee for the implementation of the National Assembly’s Resolution 98/2023/QH15 on piloting some specific mechanisms and policies for the development of HCM City, made the request at the first meeting of the steering committee held on November 26.

HCM City has an important position and role, distinct potential, outstanding opportunities, competitive advantages and a large space for development, he said.

PM Chinh held that after more than four months of implementing the resolution, the mindset, awareness, and approach to the city’s development have been innovated and enhanced, thus promoting HCM City’s socio-economic development.

The PM requested leaders of some ministries and agencies to be more proactive and boost coordination while imp
lementing the resolution, stressing that problems should be solved in a more comprehensive and drastic manner.

Regarding key tasks and solutions in the future, the Government leader asked HCM City to deploy specific policies, explore potential and advantages as well as exploit its strategic location.

He asked the city to speed up administrative procedure reforms, study and propose policies to encourage investment in the city, creating favourable conditions for domestic and foreign-invested enterprises.

The Ministry of Finance was assigned to quickly complete documents about loan interests with reasonable profits, payment methods and regulations on exempting corporate income tax and personal income tax related to innovation and start-up activities.

He requested the Ministry of Home Affairs to soon complete documents about election, recruitment, management and use of civil servants working in communes, towns and ward officials of the city.

As for rooftop solar power systems, the PM assigned the Ministry of
Industry and Trade to coordinate with other ministries to realise the instructions of Deputy PM Tran Hong Ha in Notice No 461/TB-VPCP dated November 8 this year which referred to building a decree on mechanisms and policies relating to the development of rooftop solar power in residents’ houses, offices, and industrial parks. The plan should be completed and submitted to the Government before the end of next month.

He requested the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to work with concerned agencies to research and supplement the construction planning for Can Gio International Transshipment Port.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) will take charge of developing a project on building a regional and international financial centre in HCM City and submit it to the PM for consideration.

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs will work with HCM City to decide the city’s poverty standards.

Regarding the capital budget for large works and projects, PM
Chinh requested the city, in coordination with the MPI, to propose key projects.

Ministries and agencies are supposed to support HCM City in arranging capital to implement urban railway projects and promote regional connectivity projects such as expanding HCM City-Trung Luong Expressway and HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway.

He agreed to pilot policies and mechanisms to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship for HCM City.

As Sai Gon River is an invaluable asset bestowed by nature, PM Chinh asked HCM City and relevant agencies and localities to set up a master plan for socio-economic development associated with protecting the landscape and ecological environment along the river./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

President Vo Van Thuong sets off for official visit to Japan


President Vo Van Thuong, his spouse and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam left Hanoi on November 26 for a four-day official visit to Japan at the invitation of the Japanese State.

This is the first visit to Japan by President Thuong and the fourth trip to the East Asian country by Vietnamese Presidents since the two countries established diplomatic ties 50 years ago.

President Thuong and his spouse are accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang, Chairman of the Presidential Office Le Khanh Hai, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Thang, Deputy Minister of National Defence Hoang Xuan Chien, Deputy Minister of Public Security Tran Quoc To, and Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Pham Quang Hieu, among others.

This year marks the 50th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations and the 9th anniversary of the upgrade of the bilateral relationship to an extensive strategic partnership./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam-China Friendship Association holds 7th National Congress


The Vietnam-China Friendship Association (VCFA) organised its 7th National Congress for the 2023-2028 term in Hanoi on November 25.

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong, President Vo Van Thuong, and Truong Thi Mai, member of the Political Bureau, permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat, and Chairwoman of the Organisation Commission of the CPV’s Central Committee sent baskets of flowers to congratulate the congress.

In her remarks, Mai reaffirmed the importance of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to China in October 2022. The continuation of promoting and deepening the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in the new era is a very important factor for peace, stability and development in each country, as well as the region and the world, she said, adding that this also meets the aspirations and interests of the two nations’ people.

Mai hailed the results of the association’s performance in the past tenure, saying i
t has made positive contributions to people-to-people diplomacy in particular and Vietnam’s foreign affairs in general.

The VCFA has served as an important bridge that contributes to strengthening friendship, enhancing mutual understanding and trust, promoting mutually beneficial cooperation between the people of Vietnam and China, and creating a positive, favourable social foundation for friendly and cooperative relations between the two Parties and two countries.

She suggested the VCFA constantly innovate and improve the quality and efficiency of operations in the new term, adding that attention should be paid to developing a younger generation of members.

For his part, Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo stressed that promoting China-Vietnam relations to new heights cannot be separated from the great support and active participation of the Chinese and Vietnamese people, especially the important role of the two friendship associations.

The Executive Committee of the Vietnam-China Friendship Associati
on for the 7th term comprises 73 members. At the first meeting of the executive committee, Nguyen Hoang Anh, a member of the CPV Central Committee and Chairman of the Commission for State Capital Management at Enterprises, was elected as president of the association for the 7th term./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

President’s Japan visit to open up new chapter in bilateral ties: Ambassador


Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Pham Quang Hieu has said the upcoming official visit to Japan by President Vo Van Thuong from November 27-30 will open up a new chapter in Vietnam-Japan ties.

In an interview recently granted to Vietnam News Agency’s resident reporter in Tokyo, Hieu said this will be the first Japan visit by President Thuong, which coincides with the 50th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties with nearly 500 practical activities held by the two nations to celebrate the event.

It could be said that the strengthening of the bilateral cooperative ties has never received such widespread consensus from both States, Governments and people of the two countries like now, he said.

According to the ambassador, the two economies are highly complementary. Vietnam, with a population of around 100 million people, a dynamic and rapidly growing economy, abundant workforce, economic and political stability, has become an attractive and reliable destination for Japanese enterprises. Cooperation in
official development assistance (ODA), foreign direct investment (FDI), trade and tourism has yielded positive results and will continue generating significant benefits to both countries.

As Vietnam is striving to boost national modernisation, there is a substantial demand for modern infrastructure, advanced energy solutions and a comprehensive education system which presents a golden opportunity for Japanese firms to seize and expand cooperation with the country, he said.

In order to deepen the bilateral ties, the ambassador suggested further bolstering reliable political relations through visits and meetings at all levels, especially those at high level; tap each other’s complementary strengths and maintaining Japan as Vietnam’s leading partner in terms of ODA, investment and trade; and boosting collaboration in potential areas such as digital transformation, digital economy, digital society and green transition.

In conclusion, he said the Vietnam-Japan relationship is now at its best in history, matchin
g the extensive strategic partnership based on sincerity, mutual trust and cooperation for peace and development in the region and the world, and for the benefit of their people./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

President’s Japan visit to open up new chapter in bilateral ties: Ambassador


Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Pham Quang Hieu has said the upcoming official visit to Japan by President Vo Van Thuong from November 27-30 will open up a new chapter in Vietnam-Japan ties.

In an interview recently granted to Vietnam News Agency’s resident reporter in Tokyo, Hieu said this will be the first Japan visit by President Thuong, which coincides with the 50th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties with nearly 500 practical activities held by the two nations to celebrate the event.

It could be said that the strengthening of the bilateral cooperative ties has never received such widespread consensus from both States, Governments and people of the two countries like now, he said.

According to the ambassador, the two economies are highly complementary. Vietnam, with a population of around 100 million people, a dynamic and rapidly growing economy, abundant workforce, economic and political stability, has become an attractive and reliable destination for Japanese enterprises. Cooperation in
official development assistance (ODA), foreign direct investment (FDI), trade and tourism has yielded positive results and will continue generating significant benefits to both countries.

As Vietnam is striving to boost national modernisation, there is a substantial demand for modern infrastructure, advanced energy solutions and a comprehensive education system which presents a golden opportunity for Japanese firms to seize and expand cooperation with the country, he said.

In order to deepen the bilateral ties, the ambassador suggested further bolstering reliable political relations through visits and meetings at all levels, especially those at high level; tap each other’s complementary strengths and maintaining Japan as Vietnam’s leading partner in terms of ODA, investment and trade; and boosting collaboration in potential areas such as digital transformation, digital economy, digital society and green transition.

In conclusion, he said the Vietnam-Japan relationship is now at its best in history, matchin
g the extensive strategic partnership based on sincerity, mutual trust and cooperation for peace and development in the region and the world, and for the benefit of their people./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency