An overview of the Vietnamese Government's actions
on September 10th 2019.
The meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh
Dung (third, right) and chairman and managing director of the Jardine Matheson
Group Ben Keswick (second, left) in Hanoi on September 10 (Photo: baochinhphu.vn)
Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has urged the
Jardine Matheson Group of the UK to expand investment in Vietnam, suggesting
potential areas such as infrastructure, energy, support industry and
At a reception for the group’s chairman and managing
director Ben Keswick in Hanoi on September 10, Deputy PM said Vietnam is
restructuring State-owned enterprises and groups, which bring many
opportunities for international investors.
“The Vietnamese government and agencies will
continue to create favourable conditions for foreign investors such as
Jardine Matheson Group to expand their production, business and investment
in Vietnam,” Dung said.
He took the occasion to express joy at the
development of the Vietnam-UK strategic partnership, particularly the
growing economic, trade and investment ties. Bilateral trade between the two
countries rose 9.5 percent to reach 6.74 billion USD in 2018.
Keswick agreed with the host that Vietnam has great
potential and offers many opportunities for investors with commitment to
He appreciated the Vietnamese government’s policies
to attract investment and improve business environment, and affirmed that
his group will continue to expand its presence in Vietnam while studying new
possibilities in areas of Vietnam’s priority.
Middle East, African ambassadors hail economic
cooperation with Vietnam
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) and ambassadors
of Middle East and African countries at the meeting
Ambassadors from Middle East and African countries
expressed their belief that the economic and trade cooperation with Vietnam
will thrive in the coming time while answering questions of the Vietnam News
Agency’s reporters on the sidelines of a meeting in Hanoi on September 9-10.
Egyptian Ambassador to Vietnam Mahmoud Hasan Nayel
said the bilateral trade growth in 2018 reached 25 percent. Vietnam and
Egypt have similar economic development models that encourage exports.
He added that Egypt’s major economic zones are
attracting investment from Vietnam.
While mentioning support policies of the Egyptian
Government for Vietnamese businesses, the ambassador said his country backs
free trade agreements and it is one of the first members of the World Trade
Egypt will create equal opportunities for investors
from all countries, especially Vietnam, he said, adding that he hoped more
new measures will be deployed to make it easier for the Vietnamese business
community to operate in Egypt.
Meanwhile Tanzanian Ambassador to Vietnam Mbewa
Brighton Kairuki said there is large room for Vietnam and Tanzania to
cooperate in telecommunication and garment-textile. Vietnamese firms could
build factories to produce garment products for export.
While evaluating the contributions of Vietnamese
businesses in Tanzania, he said Tanzania is one of the few countries that
Vietnamese telecom group Viettel is making investment, creating jobs for
3,000 people, including 1,000 direct workers. The group is also expanding
its network in Tanzania.
Besides investment, Vietnam is one of the leading
importers of Tanzanian products, he said, adding that local farmers are
receiving benefits from Vietnamese enterprises.
Yemeni Ambassador to Vietnam Adel Mohamed Ali Ba
Hamid said Vietnam is among the top 10 trade partners of Yemen in Asia and
believed that the Southeast Asian country will rise to the first position in
the next five years.
He added that many cooperation projects are being
implemented by the two countries.
In October, a workshop will be held in Ho Chi Minh
City with the attendance of businesses from the two nations to discuss
cooperation opportunities in the field of oil and gas, he revealed.
PM welcomes cooperation with Middle East-African
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) meets with
ambassadors of Middle East and African countries
Vietnam always welcomes and opens door for
cooperation with Middle East-African countries for mutual benefits and
development, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed at a reception in
Hanoi on September 10 for ambassadors from Middle East and Africa.
The Government leader hailed the initiative to hold
a meeting with ambassadors from the Middle East and Africa on expanding
economic ties between Vietnam and the regions.
He said in its foreign policy, Vietnam always
attaches great importance to the traditional friendship and cooperation with
Middle East and African friends, adding that the collaboration between
Vietnam and Middle East -African countries has seen positive development in
all fields from politics, diplomacy, trade-investment, agriculture,
education, and science-technology to tourism and culture.
PM Phuc noted that although two-way trade increased
by 300 percent against 2010 to reach 22.5 billion USD in 2018, the potential
remains huge for cooperation between Vietnam and the Middle East-African
region. He stressed that ambassadors and diplomatic missions of Middle
East-African countries play a significant role in helping the two sides
fully tap the potential.
The PM suggested the two sides work together in such
potential fields as trade, investment, agriculture, information technology
and communication, energy, education-training, labour and tourism.
Besides bilateral cooperation, the two sides should
expand collaboration in the region and the world, he recommended.
The PM welcomed the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
and Vietnam’s preparation for the signing of an agreement to set up a
dialogue mechanism, and urged accelerating the establishment of official
relations between Vietnam and the African Union and expanding cooperation
between Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and
other regional and sub-regional organisations in the Middle East-African
PM Phuc called on regional and international
organisations, and development agencies of developed economies to accompany
Vietnam and Middle East-African countries in carry out trilateral and
quadrilateral cooperation activities towards realising common development
On behalf of the delegation of ambassadors,
Ambassador of Djibouti to Vietnam Admed Araita Ali described the meeting of
ambassadors from Middle East-Africa, an initiative of Vietnam’s Foreign
Ministry, as a useful activity. In the context of rising global
protectionism, the cooperation between Middle East-Africa and Vietnam proves
the significance of opening the market, he said.
Vietnam’s National Day celebrated in Russia
Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh (R) speaks
at the event
The Vietnamese Embassy in Russia has recently hosted
a ceremony to celebrate Vietnam’s 74th National Day (Sept. 2).
Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to
Russia Ngo Duc Manh affirmed that the National Day is an important milestone
of the country. The Vietnamese people have shown their solidarity, bravery
and steadfastness and overcome a range of difficulties and challenges to
obtain huge achievements in safeguarding national independence and freedom
as well as in national construction and development.
The ambassador also expressed his gratitude to the
Russian people for their great and effective support and assistance to
Vietnam during its struggle for national independence and post-war
For his part, Special Representative of Russian
President on International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoy said he is
impressed by Vietnam’s dynamic development over the past 30 years.
Vietnam’s election as non-permanent member of the
United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure is solid proof of
the country’s efforts, he said.
Shvydkoy voiced his delight at the warm relations
between leaders of the two countries and noted that the Vietnam-Russia
Friendship Year and the Russia-Vietnam Friendship Year will create a new
impulse for the bilateral ties in all fields, ranging from military
technology to and cultural exchange.
PM wants stronger trade, investment ties with
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Ambassador of
Saudi Arabia to Vietnam Saud F.M Al Suwelim
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc suggested Vietnam
and Saudi Arabia step up cooperation in various fields such as trade, labour,
and investment while hosting the new Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Vietnam
Saud F.M Al Suwelim in Hanoi on September 10.
He hoped the ambassador will make active
contributions to the sound relations between the two countries as well as
coordinate effectively with relevant agencies to help both countries fully
tap their bilateral cooperation potential.
The PM recommended the two sides support each other
at multilateral forums, emphasising that 2020 is an important year for both
countries when Vietnam plays the role of ASEAN Chair while Saudi Arabia
takes the G20 Presidency.
For his part, the ambassador said Saudi Arabia
attaches great importance to the relations with Vietnam, adding that his
important task during the working tenure in Vietnam is promoting the
bilateral cooperation in all fields, including trade and investment.
The ambassador told the PM that he had worked with
some ministries and departments of Vietnam to seek stronger collaboration in
health care and trade.
Saudi Arabia has an open market, so this is a great
chance for the two sides’ businesses to step up trade and investment
partnership, he added.
Vietnam to facilitate investment in Cuba: PM
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives Cuban
Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz in Hanoi
on September 10
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received Cuban
Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz in
Hanoi on September 10, pledging to encourage Vietnamese firms’ investment in
the Caribbean nation.
Welcoming the delegation to Vietnam for a meeting of
the Vietnam-Cuba Intergovernmental Committee, PM Phuc said Vietnam is
delighted at the socio-economic achievements Cuba has obtained recently,
noting that the two peoples have a special and faithful relationship that is
Minister Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz vowed every effort
to help the inter-governmental committee work effectively.
He said although the Cuban economy is facing
numerous difficulties due to sanctions, it is still striving to move
forwards. He also appreciated Vietnam’s rice supply for his country and
expressed his hope that the Vietnamese Government will create conditions for
businesses to continue the provision.
Highlighting both countries’ resolve to raise
bilateral trade to 500 million USD in 2020, the official said Cuba wants to
boost exports to Vietnam, especially healthcare services and biological
products, and also wishes to attract more investment from the Southeast
Asian nation as there are many Vietnamese firms operating effectively in
Cuba at present.
Cuba is considering mechanism and policy
improvements to better its investment climate and attract more foreign
investment, he noted, adding that as Vietnam is experienced in agriculture,
his country hopes Vietnam will assist it in this field.
As the two countries will mark 60 years of their
diplomatic relationship in 2020, they should work closely together to
organise many practical celebratory activities so as to further promote the
traditional friendship, Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz said.
He added Cuba highly values Vietnam’s growing role
and stature, especially when Vietnam will serve as a non-permanent member of
the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021 and the ASEAN chair next
At the reception, PM Phuc said the Communist Party
and people of Vietnam always keep in mind the strong support and
wholehearted assistance from the Communist Party and people of Cuba during
the struggle for national independence and reunification in the past as well
as the building of a socialist nation at present.
Vietnam will continue to work closely with Cuba to
ensure stable rice supply and promote its investment in the Caribbean
country, he affirmed.
Regarding agricultural cooperation, Vietnam is ready
to assist Cuba on the basis of the latter’s potential and advantages, he
said, welcoming Cuba’s intention to boost the export of healthcare services
The PM also asked the two countries’ ministries and
sectors to continue researching solutions to advance bilateral relations in
a result-oriented manner.
He stressed that Vietnam always supports the Cuban
people’s just fight and consistently advocates Cuba’s stance at UN forums.
Deputy PM calls for stronger int’l cooperation in
fight against drugs
Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh (R) greets
delegates to the ministerial meeting on drug crime combat in Hanoi on September
Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh stressed the
need for all countries to make joint efforts in the fight against drug crime
while receiving heads of delegations attending a ministerial meeting in
Hanoi on September 10.
The ministerial meeting on enhancing the
effectiveness of cooperation in fighting transnational drug crime was held
in Hanoi the same day at the initiative of the Vietnamese Ministry of Public
Security. It attracted nearly 200 delegates from Cambodia, Laos, China,
Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, the US’ Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA), the Australian Federal Police (AFP), and the Regional
Office of Southeast Asia and the Pacific of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime
At the reception, Binh said drug production and
trafficking remain complex and are growing at an alarming rate around the
world. Drug crime has negatively affected the lives of communities and the
development of all nations.
Facing that fact, regional countries have carried
out a number of cooperation activities to control the drug situation, and
they have obtained encouraging outcomes, the Deputy PM noted.
He emphasised that together with other countries,
the Vietnamese Government has always made efforts to implement comprehensive
and balanced measures in drug prevention and control, with attention paid to
reducing both drug supply and demand.
In 2019, Vietnam’s anti-drug forces have coordinated
closely with foreign peers to seized several tonnes of drugs, most of which
were destined for other countries.
Binh noted Vietnam and other ASEAN countries have
pledged to eradicate the scourge of drugs for the sake of a drug-free ASEAN.
To realise that commitment, they have implemented many cooperation
initiatives effectively such as the ASEAN ministers and senior officials’
meetings on drug matters, the ASEAN centre for drug crime information, the
ASEAN working group on fighting drug trafficking by air and sea, and the
ASEAN plan on drug control in the Golden Triangle area.
The Deputy PM highlighted that drug crime is a
global issue that no single country can resolve on its own, but all
countries need to join hands in the combat.
Vietnam highly values the DEA, AFP and UNODC’s
support for the countries to carry out cooperation activities in the work in
the region, he said, calling for all nations and international organisations
to pay more attention to and continue supporting the fight against drugs.
Through the ministerial meeting, the Vietnamese
Government wants to affirm its continued enhancement of cooperation with
regional and partner countries and international organisations in the fight
against drugs, thereby joining the international community’s efforts to
address this global issue, Binh added.
Bac Ninh shares experience in labour, employment
Cuban Minister of Labour and Social Security Margarita
M. Gonzalez Fernandez (L) hands over a souvenir to Bac Ninh province
A delegation of the Cuban Ministry of Labour and
Social Security led by Minister Margarita M. Gonzalez Fernandez paid a visit
to the northern province of Bac Ninh on September 10 to exchange experience
in labour and employment.
At the meeting, Chairman of the provincial People’s
Committee Nguyen Tu Quynh informed his guests on the socio-economic
development of Bac Ninh. The province has led the country in industrial
production value, and is also among the leading localities in various
Regarding employment, the chairman said local
workers only satisfy 30 percent of labour demand in the province’s
industrial parks. In addition, local craft villages create jobs for a large
number of workers, therefore unemployment is almost non-existent in the
There are 10 universities and more than 40 colleges
and vocational schools in Bac Ninh, which provide a remarkable source of
trained workers. In addition, the province has devised policies to support
businesses in training labourers.
The official cited statistics that showed Bac Ninh
has more than 727,000 workers aged 15 and above, with more than half (50.8
percent) employed in industry and construction, over 32 percent in services,
and 17 percent in agro-forestry-fishery.
The province has set up an employment centre under
the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to help
local labourers seek jobs.
At the event, the Cuban delegation inquired into the
investment situation in the province and sectors contributing the most to
local socio-economic development. They were also interested in solutions to
create jobs and ensure social welfare in the province.
The same day, the Cuban delegation visited the
Viglacera Infrastructure Development and Investment Company at the
province’s Tien Son Industrial Park.
Vietnam values economy-trade cooperation with US:
Head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic
Commission Nguyen Van Binh (R) and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
for Asia Robert Kaproth
Vietnam considers economy-trade a pillar in its
cooperation with the US, stated head of the Party Central Committee’s
Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh.
He made the statement while receiving Robert Kaproth,
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Asia, in Hanoi on
Binh took the occasion to express his delight at the
development of the Vietnam – US comprehensive partnership in all fields
toward effectiveness and practical outcomes. The Party official affirmed
Vietnam attaches importance to and wants to further strengthening the ties
with the US, which is one of the leading partners of Vietnam.
He made it clear that the Vietnamese Party and
Government pay attention to reinforcing economic and trade collaboration
with the US, creating favourable conditions for US investors in Vietnam, and
facilitating joint projects with US enterprises.
For his part, Kaproth told his host about a number
of priorities in his country’s economic policy and bilateral cooperation
Welcoming the US’s ideas for regional collaboration,
Binh said now is a favourable time for the two nations to boost quality
investment in the sectors of energy, science-technology, and infrastructure.
He noted such cooperation will help increase the US’s investment in Vietnam
and improve their trade balance.
NA Vice Chairman appreciates Japan’s ODA capital
Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Phung
Quoc Hien (R) receives JICA Vice President Yasushi Tanaka in Hanoi on September
Japan’s official development assistance (ODA)
capital coordinated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has
contributed to Vietnam’s socio-economic development in the past years,
especially in infrastructure development, said a high-ranking law-maker.
While receiving JICA Vice President Yasushi Tanaka
in Hanoi on September 10, Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly
Phung Quoc Hien also praised JICA’s important contributions to Vietnam-Japan
Vietnam has used ODA capital for right purposes and
in a transparent and effective manner, he said, adding that the quality of
ODA-funded projects has been remarkably improved.
Having affirmed the NA’s support for the
Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership, Hien said there remained huge
potential for the development of friendship and multifaceted cooperation
between the two nations as well as their localities.
JICA helped the Vietnamese NA to improve the
qualifications of its office staff, thereby enhancing the legislature’s
operations, the Vice Chairman said.
Hien suggested JICA continue backing Japan’s
economic ties with Vietnam and affirmed that Vietnam always creates
favourable conditions for Japanese enterprises to invest in the Southeast
For his part, Tanaka said JICA will continue to
assist Vietnam in training human resources, improving its
investment-business environment and developing its infrastructure.
Deputy Chief of General Staff receives Cambodia
military police officer
Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam
People’s Army (VPA) Senior Lieutenant General Pham Ngoc Minh (R) hosted a
reception in Hanoi on September 10 for Deputy Command of the Cambodia National
Military Police General On Sok-khon (Photo:
Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam
People’s Army (VPA) Senior Lieutenant General Pham Ngoc Minh hosted a
reception in Hanoi on September 10 for Deputy Command of the Cambodia
National Military Police General On Sok-khon.
Sen. Lt. Gen. Minh told his guest that Vietnam
always attaches importance to developing the solidarity with the Government,
people and army of Cambodia, and will do its best to preserve and strengthen
the ties between the two countries.
Noting that defence is an important pillar of
Vietnam-Cambodia relations, Minh stressed that bilateral cooperation in this
field has contributed greatly to consolidating security and national
sovereignty of each country, and helped defeat reactionary and hostile
forces’ schemes to separate the solidarity and friendship between the people
and armies of the two countries.
He expressed joy at the increasingly development of
cooperation between the two armies, including between the Cambodia military
police command with agencies of the VPA, as seen through the exchange of
delegations, sharing of expertise and experience, and joint work in
education and training.
Gen. On Sok-khon informed his host on the outcomes
of working sessions between his delegation and some agencies of the Vietnam
He emphasized that the Cambodia army and people
always treasure the traditional friendship with Vietnam and will unceasingly
work to develop the Cambodia-Vietnam ties under the motto “Good
neighbourliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive, long-term and
Vietnamese, Cuban news agencies seek stronger
General Director of the Vietnam News Agency Nguyen Duc
Loi (R) welcomes President of the Prensa Latina news agency of Cuba Luis Enrique
Gonzalez Acosta in Hanoi on September 10
General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA)
Nguyen Duc Loi and President of the Prensa Latina (PL) news agency of Cuba
Luis Enrique Gonzalez Acosta held talks in Hanoi on September 10 to review
outcomes of the bilateral cooperation and discuss measures to strengthen
their partnership in the future.
The PL leader extended greetings to the VNA on its
74th founding anniversary and thanked the Vietnamese news agency for its
effective support over the years.
Without the support and assistance from the VNA, it
would be hard for the PL to accomplish all tasks assigned in the context
that Cuba is facing tightening economic embargoes, he stated.
Realising the signed bilateral agreement, the two
sides have provided each other with news, pictures and TV news in English,
French and Spanish, while sending experts to work in each other’s office.
The VNA-run Vietnam Pictorial has been printed and published in Cuba and the
Latin American region.
Lauding the exchange of news in Spanish between the
two sides, the VNA leader affirmed that PL news is an important source for
the VNA, especially in updating readers with information of Latin America
PL experts have worked effectively in the VNA in
producing Spanish news and helping train young editors as well as printing
and publishing the Vietnam Pictorial in Spanish for the Latin America
region, he noted.
PL reporters have actively covered news of Vietnam,
while sending entries to the National Awards on News on External Affairs. A
work on Vietnamese children by Mariela Venezuela Perez during her working in
Vietnam won second prize of the award in 2018, while another by a reporter
teams led by Alberto Salazar Gutierrez also won consolation prize, Loi
He said that the VNA always gives best support to PL
reporters and experts in Vietnam.
For his part, Luis Enrique Gonzalez Acosta said that
the PL is willing to support the VNA by sending its experts to work in the
VNA. After returning to their homeland, the PL experts said that they learnt
a lot from the time in Vietnam.
During the talks, the two sides agreed on a number
of measures to strengthen their cooperation efficiency, including the
increase of the publishing of the Spanish edition of the Vietnam Pictorial
in the Latin America. This is also one of the major contents of a project to
develop national press for foreign service of the VNA, which has been
approved by the Prime Minister of Vietnam.
The two sides concurred to increase news of
activities held in each country on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of
the Vietnam-Cuba diplomatic relations, highlighting the traditional
friendship and solidarity between the two Parties, States and nations as
well as prospects for bilateral partnership.
They also discussed the organization of photo
exhibitions on socio-economic situation, the image of the land and people of
each country on this special occasion.
Leaders of the two news agencies also sought
measures to enhance their professional cooperation in the future, thus
promoting the growth and prestige of each agency in the region and the
Vietnamese, Cuban journalists’ associations
exchange professional experience
Ho Quang Loi (left), Vice President of the Vietnam
Journalists’ Association (VJA), during talks with President of the Cuban
Association of Journalists (UPEC) Ricardo Ronquillo Bello in Havana on September
Ho Quang Loi, Vice President of the Vietnam
Journalists’ Association (VJA), held talks with President of the Cuban
Association of Journalists (UPEC) Ricardo Ronquillo Bello in Havana on
September 9, during which they exchanged experience in press development in
the new time.
At the meeting, Loi suggested the two associations
expand their cooperation and exchange lecturers and students of their
vocational training centres.
He spoke of Vietnam’s experience in implementing the
2016 Law on Press, with amendments matching the new situation, and
regulations on professional ethics of journalists.
Loi briefed his hosts of the development of the
media sector in Vietnam and presented methods to adapt to the era of
blooming information and improve journalistic skills.
For his part, Ricardo touched upon new technologies
used in the press circle in Cuba and the transformation of Cuba’s media and
the UPEC in particular in the new circumstances.
On this occasion, the UPEC opened a photo exhibition
on late President Ho Chi Minh, displaying works by press agencies of the two
countries, including many that have never been released before.
Loi described the works as invaluable heritage of
Vietnam and Cuba, and the two associations.
During the stay in Cuba, the VJA delegation is
scheduled to meet officials from the Communist Party of Cuba and visit some
key media agencies and press training institutions in the country.
Vietnam values ties with Cuba: Minister
At the 37th meeting of the Vietnam-Cuba
Inter-Governmental Committee in Hanoi on September 10
The Vietnamese Party, State and people always
treasure the fraternal solidarity, traditional friendship and comprehensive
cooperation with Cuba, and want to expand collaboration in the fields of
both sides’ strengths so as to benefit the development in each nation,
Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha stressed on September 10.
At the 37th meeting of the Vietnam-Cuba
Inter-Governmental Committee in Hanoi, Minister Ha further said the
bilateral relations have been increasingly consolidated across politics,
diplomacy, economy, culture, defence-security, and science-technology,
adding the two sides have supported each other at multilateral forums,
making contributions to increasing their prestige in the region and in the
Enhancing the exchange of high-level delegations in
2019 is a vivid illustration for their desire to further improve political
trust as well as experience sharing in Party building and socio-economic
development in each country, he underlined.
Ha expressed his delight at the great achievements
attained by the Cuban Party, State and people over the past time,
particularly positive results during the process of updating its economic
For his part, Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and
Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz said the meeting once again affirmed the
sound trade ties between the two nations.
Both sides have worked to accelerate the
implementation of the new trade deal reached during the Vietnam visit by
President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel
Mario Diaz Canel last year, he said, believing the pact will contribute to
promoting and diversifying two-way trade in the time ahead.
Cooperation between the two countries has been
boosted in various sectors, especially agriculture, food processing and
health care. They have organised an array of trade promotion events, and are
preparing for the Havana International Fair 2019. Regarding tourism, Cuba
saw a significant surge in the number of Vietnamese visitors in 2018.
The country is facing formidable economic
challenges, particularly the US’s tightened trade embargo has affected the
country’s development and local livelihood, he said, adding this has
worsened the slow payment for Vietnamese businesses.
The Cuban Government affirms its determination to
fulfill all payment obligations, and is thankful to relevant authorities in
Vietnam for their trust and support for the American country to seek
rational solutions to the problem, he said.
According to the Cuban minister, Vietnam is
currently the second largest trade partner of Cuba in Asia, and among the
top 20 trade partners of the country in the world. As Cuba is running a
trade deficit with Vietnam, he expected that more Cuban products and
services will have chances to hit the shelves in the Vietnamese market in
the coming time. By that way, Cuba will have better foreign currency reserve
to complete its payment duty.
Besides, he took the occasion to call for further
Vietnamese investments to Cuba, saying the country wants to foster
collaboration in finance and banking.
At the event, both sides agreed to carry out the
evaluation on the implementation of the commitments at the 36th meeting, and
results of the medium-term bilateral economic agenda during 2014-2019.
Furthermore, they reached consensus on the cooperation content of the 37th
meeting, identified main contents of the bilateral agenda during 2020-2025,
and defined priorities in their economic cooperation together with practical
measures to remove bottlenecks for trade and investment activities.
Vietnam attends UNHRC’s 43nd session on climate
Ambassador Duong Chi Dung (second from left) at the 42nd
session of the UN Human Rights Council.(Photo: VNA)
Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, head of Vietnam’s
Permanent Mission to the UN, the WTO and other international organisations,
is leading a Vietnamese delegation to attend the 42nd session of the UN
Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the impact of climate change on human
rights, which opened in Geneva on September 9.
The event drew the participation of 47 member
states, and more than 100 observer states, international organisations and
In her remarks at the opening session, UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet reiterated the priority to
promote human rights amid global climate change, saying never before has the
world faced such a formidable challenge.
Chaotic weather patterns and other manifestations of
the environmental emergency are reversing major development gains,
exacerbating conflict, displacement and social tension, hampering economic
growth and shaping increasingly harsh inequalities, she said.
Bachelet said the UNHRC has a critical role to play,
with both existing and innovative means to contribute to climate response,
pointing out five key points that should guide global action on climate,
including climate change undermining rights, development and peace;
effective climate action requiring broad and meaningful participation;
actions needed to protect those who defend the environment; support for
small island nations that suffer the most catastrophic effects of climate
change; and the business community having a significant role in climate
Besides, the UN commissioner also drew the UNHRC’s
attention to other human rights situations such as tension in Kashmir,
protests in Hong Kong (China), children of migrant families in the US and
Mexico, and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
Welcoming advancement in ensuring human rights in
many other nations, she said that with strong cooperation, commitment and
efforts, the nations will be able to protect their achievements in ensuring
The 42nd session, which will last until September
27, is scheduled to pass more than 25 draft resolutions on human rights.
Vietnam welcomes US Gen X Energy’s projects:
Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue (R) and Gen X
Energy CEO Scott Kicker
The Vietnamese Government always rolls out red
carpet for US-based Gen X Energy’s high-tech projects which are friendly
with the environment, said Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue on September
Hosting a reception for Gen X Energy CEO Scott
Kicker in Hanoi, Deputy PM Hue stressed the US firm’s projects are in line
with the Vietnamese Government’s priority in foreign investment attraction,
adding that the Southeast Asian country is interested in importing liquefied
natural gas (LNG) and developing gas electricity plants to ensure sufficient
energy for economic development.
He spoke highly of Gen X Energy’s cooperation with
relevant sides to land investment in Vietnam, expressing his belief that the
move will make significant contributions to boosting collaboration in trade
The official also underlined that Vietnam expects
more US investments to improve bilateral trade balance.
For his part, Kicker informed his host that Gen X
Energy had worked with leaders of the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau
to outline a plan for a LNG complex in the locality. Comprising a
large-scale LNG storehouse, the project will help reduce costs while
distributing gas to power plants in Vietnam.
As the company has a plan to develop a gas
electricity plant in Vietnam, he asked the Vietnamese Government and
competent ministries and sectors to put its project into the national power
planning, as well as direct relevant sides to carry out the project.
Deputy PM Hue asked the US firm and its Vietnamese
partners to make detailed reports on the plant’s scale and total investment
before submitting to the Prime Minister for approval.
Vice President welcomes Prensa Latina news agency
Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh (R) receives Prensa
Latina President Luis Enrique Gonzalez Acosta in Hanoi on September 9
Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh received a
delegation of the Prensa Latina news agency (Cuba) led by its President Luis
Enrique Gonzalez Acosta in Hanoi on September 9.
Director General of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA)
Nguyen Duc Loi also attended the reception.
Vice President Thinh said the Vietnamese Party and
State always treasure the special time-tested friendship and cooperation
with Cuba. She expressed her delight at the comprehensive development of
bilateral cooperation in multiple spheres, especially the exchange of
high-ranking delegations that include her official visit to Cuba in July.
Thinh congratulated the country on the adoption of
its new constitution and the increasing perfection of its legal system,
voicing her belief that under the leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba,
it will make stronger development strides.
She highlighted that Vietnam always keeps in mind
the precious assistance that Cuba has given to it during the struggle for
national liberation in the past as well as national development at present.
Regarding the sanctions imposed against Cuba, Thinh
said Vietnam is against that policy, and it always supports the revolution
of the nation.
At the meeting, the host also highly valued the
relationship between the VNA and Prensa Latina over the past more than 50
years with various fruitful joint activities like information sharing,
personnel training and delegation exchanges.
She said she believes that with the support of
Vietnamese and Cuban Party and State leaders, their collaboration will
become even more effective in the future.
As Vietnam and Cuba will celebrate 60 years of the
diplomatic relationship in 2020, the two news agencies should increase
sharing information about activities marking the anniversary in the
countries while reporting news on each side’s socio-economic development and
the traditional friendship in a timely, precise and objective manner, Vice
President Thinh added.
For his part, the Prensa Latina President said the
Cuba visit in July by Vice President Thinh helped further solidify the
countries’ fraternal solidarity and comprehensive cooperation, on the basis
of which the two agencies have coordinated closely with each other at
He affirmed that Prensa Latina will continue working
closely with the VNA to help successfully organise celebrations of the
60-year diplomatic relationship next year, thereby lifting their relations
to a new height that matches the two countries’ political connections.
The Prensa Latina delegation is on a working visit
to Vietnam from September 9 to 14 as an annual exchange activity between the
two news agencies.
Vietnam attends Indo-Pacific Army Chiefs
Conference in Thailand
A high-ranking military delegation led by Lieutenant
General Nguyen Tan Cuong, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam
People’s Army, is attending the 11th Indo-Pacific Army Chiefs Conference (IPACC)
taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, from September 9-11.
Themed “Achieving Sustainable Security: A new
Perspective for Indo-Pacific Armies”, the conference aims to boost trust,
mutual understanding and collaboration among land forces in the region.
At the same time, the Indo-Pacific Armies Management
Seminar (IPAMS) and Senior Enlisted Leaders Forum (SELF) are being held in
Bangkok, discussing measures to develop trust among Indo-Pacific land forces
to reduce risk and conflict, and enhance resiliency through leadership and
professional development, development of ethical and trusted land force
professionals in an information-saturated environment.
Attending the opening ceremonies of the conferences,
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha affirmed the conferences create a
foundation for army chiefs at all levels to work together to ensure
In a bid to handle potential traditional and
non-traditional security challenges, armies should be an effective tool of
the governments to keep national stability, he said.
Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Armed Forces
Apirat Kongsongpong expressed his hope that the conferences will help
regional armed forces promote partnership for sustainability.
Meanwhile, Chief of Staff of the US Army James C.
McConville said the conferences create a good opportunity to gather army
chiefs to develop alliance, partnership and cooperation.
The biennial Indo-Pacific Army Chiefs Conference (IPACC)
brings together the most senior land power commanders to establish and
foster personal relationships while addressing mutual interests and
challenges in the region. This year, the event is co-hosted by the US Chief
of Staff of the Army and the Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Armed
The long-term objective of IPACC/IPAMS is to promote
peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region through mutual understanding,
dialogue, and friendship. Both conferences have been preeminent signature
events for security cooperation by bringing together dozens of nations in
the hopes of creating new avenues for bilateral and multilateral
cooperation, and enabling dialogue about the most pressing security
challenges in one of the globe’s most volatile regions.
Malaysia’s Independence Day observed in HCM City
At the get-together to mark the 62nd anniversary of the
Malaysia’s Independence Day (August 31)
A get-together to mark the 62nd anniversary of the
Malaysia’s Independence Day (August 31) was held by the Ho Chi Minh City
Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) in the city on September 9.
In his remarks, Chairman of the Vietnam-Malaysia
Friendship Association Tran Ngoc Son stressed the bilateral relations have
been consolidated and developed in various sectors like trade and
investment, education, security, defence and people-to-people exchange.
Both nations have enhanced the exchange of
high-level delegations to improve political trust, while effectively
coordinating at regional and international forums, he said.
Son added that on the basis of the fruitful ties in
economy, security-defence, labour and tourism, Ho Chi Minh City authorities
and the Malaysian General Consulate in the southern hub have joined hands to
organise a wide range of people-to-people exchange activities so as to
further develop the friendship and comprehensive collaboration.
Acting Consul General Raja Hanizam Putra, for his
part, noted Vietnam and Malaysia share similarities in their histories, as
they were all colonies and had to struggle for independence.
The two nations have enjoyed thriving all-round
collaboration, he said, adding two-way trade has tripled in the past 10
years and they are looking towards a 15 billion USD trade revenue in 2020.
Registering some 13 billion USD in 600 projects,
Malaysia is among large foreign investors in Vietnam. The number of
Vietnamese tourists to Malaysia has increased through years, showing
potential and strong development in the bilateral ties.
Progress recorded in cooperation with Middle
East-Africa: Deputy PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh
Minh speaks at the event.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh
Minh on September 9 highlighted the deepening diplomatic ties between
Vietnam and the Middle East and African countries, as well as progress made
in their collaboration in other spheres like trade, telecommunications,
labour, education and health care.
Addressing a session on economic cooperation within
the conference themed “Meet ambassadors from the Middle East and Africa” in
Hanoi, the official said cooperation models between Vietnam and some African
nations, especially in the realm of agriculture, have been seen as those of
the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) cooperation.
He stressed Vietnam’s capacity to meet high and
diverse demands of the Middle East and African countries, particularly after
the country assumes the posts of the ASEAN’s rotary chair in 2020 and a
non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021.
Vietnam can work as a bridge promoting cooperation
in the areas of shared concern within the ASEAN framework and join hands in
addressing issues regarding regional and global peace and security,
including those in the Middle East and Africa, he said.
The Southeast Asian nation and the Middle East and
African countries share the desire for peace, towards the 2030 UN Agenda,
and similarities in the development level, he said, adding that their
economies are highly reciprocal.
The two sides boast advantages to step up their
comprehensive cooperation, especially in such areas as trade, investment,
energy, environment, ICT, agriculture, labour and tourism, Minh stressed.
The official urged the delegates to look into major
cooperation orientations, focusing on economic collaboration which should be
a lever of political ties between Vietnam and these countries.
He also suggested the ambassadors and charge
d’affaires discuss in detail with Vietnamese partners, especially
representatives of businesses, to identify potential and feasible areas of
cooperation, saying Vietnam has strength in agriculture, fishery,
electronics, farm equipment mechanics, construction materials, timber
products, agricultural production and processing, ICT and young skilled
Vietnam stands ready to support the Middle East and
African nations in vocational training and seeking digital solutions in
service of agricultural development, he said.
Minh called on the sides to renew their cooperation
mindsets and methods to adapt to requirements of the new situation, and
mobilise the participation of not only the State but also the private
sector, the business circle, the public and development partners outside the
regions in this regard.
It is necessary to intensify connectivity and
promote the role of the network of ambassadors and representatives of the
Middle East and Africa in accelerating cooperation programmes and plans, he
Apart from bilateral channels, the two sides should
enhance coordination at multilateral forums like the UN and the NAM, thus
promoting connectivity between Vietnam and the African Union, as well as
between the Middle East-African nations and the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN), he suggested.