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Party Central Committee concludes 14th meeting

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:20 am




Party Central Committee concludes 14th meeting


QĐND – Thursday, December 23, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)


The 14th meeting of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC), 10th tenure, closed in Hanoi on December 22, following 10 days of sitting.

In his closing speech, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh said that with a high level of responsibility, the meeting discussed and endorsed recommendations to the draft documents to be submitted to the XIth National Party Congress, which were put forward by Party congresses at all levels, National Assembly deputies, the Fatherland Front, mass organisations, officials, Party members, the people and overseas Vietnamese.


The suggestions cover a wide range of fields with different scopes, contents and levels, but all are earnest and reflect the thoughts, concerns and findings about the country’s renewal and development process amid new conditions, demonstrating their sense of identity with the Party and the nation and their wish for the Party to be cleaner and stronger and see the country develop rapidly and sustainably, Mr.Manh said.


He went on to say that the meeting considered opinions that more clearly and deeply express assessments of the country after 25 years of renewal, 20 years of implementing the 1991 Platform, 10 years of implementing the socio-economic development strategy and five years of implementing the 10th National Party Congress Resolution.


The meeting looked into strengths and shortcomings in leadership, and performance, lessons of experience, the country’s current situation and emerging issues that need to be addressed.


It also adjusted a number of points in the targets, tasks, policies and major solutions, especially in human resource, social progress and equality, building new rural areas, environmental protection, natural disaster prevention and control and response to climate change.


Regarding the Party building work, the meeting endorsed many ideas that mainly focused on the relationship between improving the Party’s leadership and combative capacity and building a clean and strong Party, as well as continuing to step up the implementation of the “Studying and following the moral example of Ho Chi Minh” campaign and renovating the Party’s personnel work and leadership modes in line with new development requirements.


The delegates reviewed and assessed mechanisms and models on corruption prevention in order to put forward more practical and effective solutions and policies in the future.


With these amendments and supplements, the draft documents to be submitted to the Congress have been completed, representing the immense intellectual ability of the entire Party and people.


Regarding personnel nomination to the CPVCC, 11th tenure, the conference made careful consideration of the results reached during the previous meeting and approved a list to be introduced at the 11 th National Party Congress.


The CPVCC also decided the time of convening the 11th Congress and adopted its draft agenda and working regulations for submission to the Congress for approval.


General Secretary Manh affirmed that with the results reached during this conference, the CPVCC presented a high sense of responsibility, held fast to principles as well as basically completed the 10 th tenure’s programmes and undertook considerable preparations for the 11th National Party Congress under the Party statutes.

Source: VNA-VOV

Source: QDND

Meeting marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm




Meeting marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities


QĐND – Saturday, November 27, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

A meeting to mark the International Day for Persons with Disabilities (December 3) was held in Hanoi on November 27 by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).


In response to this year’s theme “Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and Beyond”, the MOLISA has worked with relevant organisations to hold many activities, such as issuing guidance for implementing the Law on Persons with Disabilities and organising a “Persons with Disabilities and Jobs” contest and seminar to share experiences in the labour market.


After the meeting, there was a fair to introduce products made by persons with disabilities and to announce the winners of the “persons with disabilities and jobs” contest as well as cultural and sporting activities for disabled people.


A job bazaar was also held to provide opportunities for disabled people to look for employment.


An exchange called “Disabilities and Development” will take place at the Hanoi Children’s Cultural Palace in the evening of November 27 to honour businesses that have helped persons with disabilities overcome difficulties in recent times.


On the occasion, the US based NGO, LDSC presented 15 wheelchairs to Vietnamese disabled people.


There are around 600 million persons with disabilities in the world, including 400 million people in 63 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. Vietnam has around 5.3 million persons with disabilities, accounting for 6.34 percent of its population.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

The ELSA 2010 Meeting concludes

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 2:49 pm




The ELSA 2010 Meeting concludes


QĐND – Saturday, November 27, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

PANO – The 10th scientific meeting on Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery of Asia (ELSA) under the theme “Firm Foundation, Technical Development” and the 3rd Vietnam Association of Endolaparoscopic Surgeons (VAES) Congress concluded at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on November 27th.


Around 1,800 leading professors, doctors and endoscopic experts from more than 30 countries over the world participated in the three-day meeting.


Scientific reports focused on not only endoscopic achievements in digestion, obstetrics and pediatrics but also the latest applications such as robotic surgery.


Translated by Tran Hoai


Source: QDND

17th Meeting of Vietnam Association of Dermatology takes place

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm




17th Meeting of Vietnam Association of Dermatology takes place


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

On November 25th, the 17th Meeting of the Vietnam Association of Dermatology, for the term of 2010- 2015, was held in Da Nang City.


The association aims to help 21 provinces eradicate leprosy by 2015.


Speaking at the meeting, Dr. Pham Van Hien, Chairman of the Association during 2005- 2010, mentioned the activities by the association in eradicating of leprosy from Vietnam, especially a plan to assist 21 provinces in their fight against leprosy in the near future.


In addition, the association has also taken part in programs to prevent HIV/AIDS, and common dermatological diseases, as well as enhancing professionalism for doctors to meet international standards.


At the meeting, Dr. Tran Hau Khang, Director of the Central Dermatological Hospital, was elected new Chairman of the Association for he Term 2010- 2015.


Source: LDO

Translated by Van Hieu

Source: QDND

Currency war threat looms over G20 ministers’ meeting

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 4:07 am

SEOUL, Oct 20, 2010 (AFP) – G20 finance ministers will meet in South Korea this week to try to chart a new direction for the world’s economy after a devastating downturn, but fears of a “currency war” could blow them off course.


The host nation dislikes the phrase — Finance Minister Yoon Jeung-Hyun has said the exchange rate issue is not “like a duel in a Western film”.


But South Korea admits the disputes will loom large over the October 22-23 meeting of ministers and central bank chiefs in the southeastern city of Gyeongju.


Ministers will set the agenda for the November 11-12 Group of 20 summit in Seoul, South Korea’s biggest international event for two decades.

AFP – This file photo taken on May 26, 2010 shows an Australian 100 dollar note (C) amidst a raft of foreign currencies.

Seoul wants to leave its mark on history with a “Korea Initiative” to set up a global financial safety net aimed at protecting emerging markets from disruptions caused by sudden changes in capital flows.


The nation, which built its economic “Miracle on the Han River” on the ashes of the Korean War, also intends to put development prominently on the G20 summit agenda for the first time.


And it wants to push ahead with reforms to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to give emerging countries greater voting power, while encouraging the adoption of post-crisis rules to bolster the world’s banks.


“South Korea… will stress that a currency war is tantamount to mutual economic destruction and push for a compromise,” an organiser told Yonhap news agency on condition of anonymity.


The United States and European Union, trying to export their way to economic health amid lacklustre domestic demand, accuse China of significantly undervaluing the yuan to boost its own exports.


China says it is being made a scapegoat for US domestic problems.


And it points out that expectations of US “quantitative easing”, a move to pump more dollars into the market, are swamping emerging markets with destabilising capital inflows as investors chase higher yields.


The United States last Friday signalled a temporary truce, delaying publication until after the Seoul summit of a report that could have labelled China a currency “manipulator”.


There is a chance that “some sort of understanding” may be reached in Gyeongju, the Seoul official said, after weekend talks overseen by the United Nations raised the need for deeper global governance to tackle common problems.


Yoon Deok-Ryong, of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, said it would be hard to reach a firm agreement on forex issues at the South Korea meetings.


“However, an understanding may be reached by countries to abstain from measures that can worsen the situation until the next G20 summit planned for 2011 in France,” Yoon said.


The stakes are high, according to IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.


“The spirit of cooperation must be maintained. Without that, the recovery is in peril,” he told a meeting in Shanghai Monday.


South Korea says the G20 pulled the world back from a 1930s-style Great Depression but must now show it can cooperate in a post-crisis era.


Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in comments to Wednesday’s Financial Times, expressed fears about the group’s fraying cohesion — a concern echoed by Bank of England governor Mervyn King.


King called Tuesday for a “grand bargain” among the world’s major economies, saying forex tensions could spark trade protectionism.


“That could, as it did in the 1930s, lead to a disastrous collapse in activity around the world,” he said in a speech.


Ministers will discuss the state of the world economy, IMF reform and establishment of a financial safety net, the G20 framework for “strong, sustainable and balanced growth”, and regulatory reform among other issues.


The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision met Tuesday in Seoul to finalise reforms requiring global banks to bolster their reserves.


“The capital requirement, combined with a global liquidity framework, will substantially reduce the possibility of a banking crisis in the future,” said its chairman Nout Willink.


The Financial Stability Board created by the G20 was meeting in Seoul Wednesday. It was expected to agree a broad plan to strengthen regulation and supervision of banks and other financial companies seen as “too big to fail”.

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Source: SGGP

Rice prices go up but enterprises commit to meeting domestic demand

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:10 pm




Rice prices go up but enterprises commit to meeting domestic demand


QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:14 (GMT+7)

The information about the rice price increases in the world market has promptly pushed the domestic prices up. Meanwhile, enterprises have been told to get ready to stabilize the market, in case the “price fever”, the thing that once occurred in 2008, returns.


Sales agents in HCM City have raised the retail prices by 3,000-10,000 dong per kilo for every five-kilo bag. Especially, Thai sticky rice is now selling at over 30,000 dong per kilo, or 8,000 dong per kilo higher than previously. Scented sticky rice is being sold at 60,000 dong per kilo, an increase of 12,000 dong per kilo.


Huynh Cong Thanh, Director of Foocosa Company in HCM City, said that the domestic prices have increased because of the higher input materials. For example, first class rice (5 percent of broken rice), which was traded at 7,000-7,100 dong per kilo, is being sold at 7,450 dong. Meanwhile, it is now the time for Vietnamese exporters to deliver products to importers. Some countries are pushing up rice purchases, including Iraq (60,000 tons) and Cuba (200,000 tons).


Thanh said the demand has increased sharply recently. Previously, the shops of Foocosa chain sold 12-15 tons a day, while they sell 25 tons a day now.


Chair of the Vietnam Food Association Truong Thanh Phong said the world market seems to be stable but the imbalance in supply and demand can be seen in some regions. It is now clear that some countries plan to import rice in big quantities, namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh and African countries.


The sharp rice price increases have raised the worry that the “rice fever” which once occurred in 2008, may return. At that time, people, fearing that the rice supply would become short since enterprises boost exports, rushed to purchase rice to store up. As the result, some big cities seriously suffered from the lack of rice, while enterprises could not carry rice from other provinces at once.


“You should learn the lesson from the 2008 rice price fever. Not only the enterprises in Hanoi and HCM City but also the ones in rural areas have to get ready to stabilize the market when troubles occur,” said Phong.


Thanh has reassured the public that Foocosa is still selling normal rice at no more than 8,000 dong per kilo as it has committed, while scented rice price is being at 10,500 dong per kilo. Foocosa still has 5,000 tons of rice in stocks to be provided to the shops in the city. If troubles occur, Foocosa will carry rice from other provinces to HCM City.


Nguyen Thanh Nhan, Deputy General Director of Saigon Co-op, said the prices of food and necessities available at Saigon Co-op chain remain stable. The prices of some products such as canned food, drinks have just increased slightly.


Le Ngoc Dao, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of Industry and Trade, said the city’s authorities are following a plan to stabilize the market. To date, the prices of the most essential goods remain stable, while the supply remains profuse.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND

Party central committee wraps up 13th meeting

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm




Party central committee wraps up 13th meeting


QĐND – Friday, October 15, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

The issues discussed and decided at the 13th meeting of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC), 10th tenure, are of extreme importance and a continued preparation for the 11th National Party Congress.


The CPVCC’s General Secretary Nong Duc Manh delivered the remarks at the closing ceremony of the eight-day plenary meeting in the capital city of Hanoi on Oct. 14.


The delegates upheld knowledge, debated with a high level of democracy and sense of responsibility, and made valuable recommendations to plans, said the Party chief.


The CPVCC applauded preparations for the meeting, showed consensus with the Political Bureau’s explanations on the questioned contents, and adopted a resolution on the decided issues, he said.


Regarding the performance of the socio-economic development plans and tasks and the State budget in 2010, Manh said the meeting agreed that the national economy has been recovering quite rapidly, while a number of industries and sectors have been regaining their growth momentum.


According to the Party leader, macroeconomic balances were ensured, budget collection exceeded the estimates, bank interest rates were lowered, overspending dropped compared with the forecast level, inflation was controlled, the trade deficit decreased and a large amount of capital was mobilised for development projects.


The nation has paid due attention to education, training and healthcare for the people, managed to improve the people’s living conditions, while maintaining security, national defence and social order, as well as promoting Vietnam’s position and prestige in the international arena.


The achievements obtained in 2010 — the final year of the 2006-2010 plan and a year with a wide range of important events as well as difficulties and challenges — demonstrated sound leadership of the Party, the concerted efforts of the entire political system and the great contributions of the entire people, army and businesses, Manh stressed.


At the plenum, the CPVCC gave opinions on the general goal, targets and development directions of industries and sectors, and six groups of measures which should be taken in 2011, focusing on creating an fair business environment and sharpening the competitiveness of domestic companies.


The country will implement financial and monetary policies to ensure macroeconomic stability and foster rapid and sustainable growth; continue economic restructuring towards the direction of enhancing the economy’s efficiency and competitiveness; boost exports and cut the trade deficit.


The measures also aim to create more jobs for labourers, reduce poverty, ensure social security, improve people’s living conditions, and better the efficiency of the State management apparatus.


The delegates also discussed and put forth suggestions about socio-economic development outlooks and the State budgets for the next five years, saying that rapid growth should be combined with sustainable development.


They agreed that comprehensive economic and political renewal should be stepped up to build Vietnam into a strong nation, with a rich people and a democratic, equal and civilised society. The human factor should be fully upheld and people should be considered the subject, major strength and target of development.


The Party elite emphasised the necessity to bring into play production forces with scientific and technological advances and improve production relations and the status of the socialist-oriented market economy.


The conference decided to continue the pilot project of not organising the People’s Council at district and ward levels in 10 cities and provinces nationwide in pursuant to the 12th National Assembly’s Resolution 26/2008/QH12.


Manh said the 13th meeting of the CPVCC also discussed and performed another important step towards personnel preparations, which will be submitted to the 11th National Party Congress.


The general secretary asked CPVCC members and Party committees at all levels to work out plans to accomplish set tasks, firstly focusing on overcoming flood consequences in the central region and organising Party congresses in the remaining cities and provinces and agencies on schedule.


He also requested CPVCC members and localities accomplish the tasks set for the year-end months, map out solutions to successfully carry out socio-economic development plans and the State budget for 2011, and prepare effectively for the 14th meeting of the CPVCC (10th tenure) in late 2010 and the 11th National Party Congress scheduled to take place in early 2011.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Senior Officials’ Committee Meeting on ASCC closes

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm




Senior Officials’ Committee Meeting on ASCC closes


QĐND – Sunday, August 15, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

The Meeting of the Senior Officials’ Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (ASCC) wrapped up in Danang city on August 15. The result of the meeting will lay an important foundation for the fourth meeting of ASCC also scheduled to take place in Danang city on August 16.


During the two-day meeting, ASEAN officials reviewed the implementation of the ASCC Blueprint and compared notes on the ASCC’s priorities in 2010.


They also proposed a number of solutions for some key issues this year with a focus on developing human resources, ensuring social welfare for women and children, promoting cooperation to cope with global challenges and raising awareness of an ASEAN cultural identity.


Le Kim Dung, Deputy Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs praised ASEAN officials’ efforts to secure a draft declaration of ASEAN Leaders on human resource development and skills for economic recovery and growth as well as a draft declaration on social welfare for women and children. The two drafts will be submitted for approval to the ASCC and the upcoming ASEAN Leaders Summit in Hanoi this October.


Mrs Dung said Vietnam needs to boost human resource development by developing a skilled workforce, promoting technical cooperation with other countries and issuing declarations on human resources and skills for economic recovery and growth.


Vietnam is currently creating a draft declaration on developing social welfare for women and children in ASEAN nations, she added.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

India holds top-level meeting on BlackBerry security fears

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 11:23 am

NEW DELHI, Aug 12, 2010 (AFP) – India’s home ministry held top-level talks with intelligence services Thursday to discuss suspending BlackBerry services if the smartphone’s makers do not satisfy security concerns.


India is one of several emerging-market countries which have asked BlackBerry’s Canadian manufacturers to allow scrutiny of encrypted email and instant message traffic.


“This is an internal meeting and it will address BlackBerry and other telecom issues relating to security,” a senior home ministry official who declined to be named told AFP.


The row with BlackBerry, which has one million customers in India, comes as the country ramps up security ahead of the Commonwealth Games in October.


The meeting in New Delhi follows Saudi Arabia postponing a BlackBerry ban after a deadline passed for finding a solution allowing authorities to monitor encrypted messages.


Home Ministry officials have said India could press for its own deadline for Research in Motion (RIM), the manufacturers of the smartphone, to allow access to encrypted data transmitted via the handset.


The Indian government has warned it will allow India’s telecom operators to offer only services which can be intercepted by the security agencies.


The ministry official told AFP that only security agencies and state-run telecom operator BSNL would attend the meeting, which was chaired by Home Secretary G.K. Pillai.


RIM was not at the meeting, he said, declining to elaborate.


BSNL, government-run MTNL and a host of private telecom providers like Airtel and Vodafone offer BlackBerry services and have the legal responsibility in India to ensure security agencies can access all services.


Any suspension would likely leave BlackBerry users with only the ability to telephone and browse the Internet.


India is the world’s fastest-expanding cellular market and also one of RIM’s key growth targets.


RIM did not immediately respond to emails or phone calls from AFP.


India, battling insurgencies from Muslim-majority Kashmir in the northwest to the far-flung northeast, is sensitive about the potential risks of new technology and has raised fears BlackBerry services could be used by militants to communicate.


In Saudi Arabia the telecoms watchdog this week announced BlackBerry messenger services would remain online, as it reported “positive developments” in efforts to find a solution.


The United Arab Emirates has said that it will ban BlackBerry messenger, email and web browsing from October 11 for security reasons.


BlackBerry is not the only company to feel heat from the Indian government.


The government has been restricting imports from Chinese telecom manufacturers because of intelligence agency fears “spyware” could be embedded in the equipment.


It has unveiled tough new rules for telecom operators and equipment sellers to tackle security issues, saying operators will have to take over equipment maintenance locally and will have to allow inspections.

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Source: SGGP

APEC meeting vows to seek higher-quality economic growth

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

 Asian and Pacific countries agreed Sunday to improve the “quality” of their growth and help put the global economy back on track from its crisis.

Beppu City

The accord was reached at a meeting of ministerial-level officials as well as industrial and academic leaders from the 21 countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.


International institutions including the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank were also represented at the two-day meeting, which ended Sunday in the Japanese resort of Beppu.


It was aimed at paving the ground for APEC leaders to work out an unprecedented “growth strategy” for the region at the forum’s annual summit in November in the Japanese port city of Yokohama.


“As the world’s leading growth centre, the APEC region has a great responsibility for the future course of the global economy,” said a statement from the co-chairmen of the meeting.


“APEC should contribute to improving the quality of growth in the global economy as well through its growth strategy, as envisaged by the APEC economic leaders last year,” said the statement posted APEC’s official website.


APEC leaders agreed at last year’s summit in Singapore to formulate the strategy in 2010 to “shape the region’s growth following the financial and economic crisis,” said the statement.


APEC was launched in 1989 to promote trade and strengthen economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, which now accounts for more than half the world’s economic output and 40 percent of its population.


The grouping includes Australia, China, Japan, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States, and seven members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.


“Countries in the region are exploring ways to shift their emphasis on economic development from exports to domestic demand,” Japanese trade minister Masayuki Naoshima told a news conference after co-chairing the meeting.


“Japan wants to cooperate in economic development by backing infrastructure projects,” said Naoshima. The other co-chairman was Satoshi Arai, the Japanese minister of state for economic and fiscal policy.


The meeting confirmed that APEC aims to achieve economic growth that is “balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure,” the statement said.


Balanced growth should be led by “structural reforms” while inclusive growth features job creation — especially for women — human resources development and better access to finance, it added.


Energy efficiency will be the core of sustainable growth while innovative growth will be driven by an improvement in the research and development environment, the statement said.


The members of APEC can contribute to secure growth by working together in such areas as counter-terrorism, prevention of pandemic diseases and food security, the statement added.


 

Source: SGGP