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State leader confirms social welfare a priority

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

State leader confirms social welfare a priority

QĐND – Saturday, October 16, 2010, 20:49 (GMT+7)

The Party and State of Vietnam always pay attention to promoting social welfare, gender equality and women’s rights, said the State leader.

President Nguyen Minh Triet stated this on October 15 while receiving Michelle Bachelet, the Under-Secretary-General for the UN’s Women Agency and Chair of the UN Social Protection Floor Advisory Group.

Vietnam advocates stepping up economic development must be combined with enhancing social equality and improving peoples living conditions, especially those in remote and mountainous areas and social policy beneficiaries, said Triet.

The president urged Bachelet to put forward suggestions to help Vietnam carry out programmes and policies on social welfare and gender equality.

Triet congratulated Bachelet, who is a former President of Chile, on her new appointment to the UN and applauded her for choosing Vietnam as her first visit, believing that her trip will be a milestone in cooperative ties between Vietnam and the UN.

The State leader said he was delighted at the developments in Vietnam-UN relations in recent years and thanked all the UN’s agencies for supporting and assisting the country during its process of national construction and development.

The UN has contributed greatly to Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements, particularly in hunger eradication and poverty reduction, he stressed.

On the Vietnam – Chile relationship, Triet said that both nations should complete their negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as soon as possible, to facilitate bilateral economic and trade ties.

President Triet also congratulated the Chilean government and people on the successful rescue of 33 miners who had been trapped for 69 days in the San Jose gold and copper mine near Copiapo City.

Bachelet praised Vietnam’s efforts and successes in promoting peace, socio-economic development and women’s rights and position in society. These achievements convinced Bachelet to visit Vietnam first, after she was appointed to the UN, she added.

She went on to say that Vietnam’s successes could be applied to other nations and that the UN Initiative on a Social Protection Floor, co-initiated and introduced by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), aims to enhance countries’ capacity in ensuring people’s basic social welfare and ensuring a more equal society.

Vietnam has shown its commitment and political determination to social welfare and several UN bodies have pledged to back the country’s social programmes and policies, she said.

While sharing President Triet’s views on relationship between Vietnam and Chile, Bachelet said that she believed both governments would soon sign the planned FTA as it is in the interests of both peoples.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

EU is Vietnam’s priority partner, says Deputy PM

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

EU is Vietnam’s priority partner, says Deputy PM

QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:49 (GMT+7)

Vietnam considers the EU a priority partner in its foreign policy and wants to build an equal partnership of long-term and comprehensive cooperation with the EU for peace, development in the region and the world.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai made the confirmation during talks with European Union Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht in Brussels on June 18. 

Both host and guest shared the view that Vietnam-EU relations are developing well in all areas, from politics to economics, trade, culture, education and science and technology. They suggested that both sides maintain regular high-level visit exchanges to expand bilateral cooperation in various areas.

They discussed preparations for the upcoming EU visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung scheduled for this October as part of activities to mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the EU.

They placed great emphasis on negotiations of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between Vietnam and the EU, saying this document will lay a firm foundation for increasing bilateral cooperation in the next 10-15 years. They said both sides should show strong political commitments to finalise negotiations and initial the document during Mr Dung’s visit later this year.

Mr Hai and Mr Karel exchanged measures to boost cooperation in economics, trade and investment in the coming months.

Mr Hai welcomed a EU proposal to kick-start free trade area (FTA) negotiations with Vietnam and confirmed that his government will work closely with the EU to speed up technical preparations for negotiations.

He proposed that the EU consider granting the generalised system of preferences (GSP) to Vietnam again and that it abolish anti-dumping tariffs on leather shoes and bicycles imported from Vietnam and soon recognise its market economy status. 

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Living standards become top priority

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Living standards become top priority

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:2 (GMT+7)

Macro-economic stability should be made a top priority because it was not only a foundation for reasonable growth this year, but also a prerequisite for long-term sustainable development, policy makers said at a National Assembly Standing Committee meeting yesterday.

Chairman of the National Assembly’s Economics Committee Ha Van Hien pointed out new challenges that the country was facing while striving to reach the target of socio-economic development this year.

Consumer price indices in the first months of the year were high, making it hard for the Government to keep inflation under the target of 7 per cent, Hien said. The price of building materials in February and April rose by 1.75 and 2.51 per cent, respectively, while those of food and drink services in February surged by 3.09 per cent.

Enterprises were finding it difficult to access credit with interest rates as high as 17-18 per cent which would affect growth for the rest of the year, he added.

The circle “Trade deficit-dong devaluation-inflation-pressure to adjust foreign exchange” would continue challenging macro-economic stabilisation, he worried.

To deal with the challenges, Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc highlighted measures to be taken from now until the end of the year. The measures included reining in inflation and ensuring the safety of banking and financial systems.

The Government would also encourage people and enterprises to practise thrift in production and consumption to curb inflation, Phuc added.

Dinh Trinh Hai, deputy head of the NA’s Finance-Budget Committee, said that in 2009, the Government had budgeted for State spending of VND389.9 trillion (US$20.5 billion), but in fact, the actual figure was 8.5 per cent higher.

In April, the total expenditure of the State was VND175 trillion ($9.2 billion), 30 per cent higher than budgeted for.

Hai said that most of the actual figures were higher than those reported to the National Assembly, which would negatively reflect on the assembly’s decisions and policies.

Sharing the same point, chairman of the NA Ombudsmen Committee Tran The Vuong said that the differences between budgets and actual figures were too large. He asked the Government to tackle forecasting errors.

“There are some Government policies that lead to increased expenditure because when the Government makes its estimates, it does not take into account problems that could arise related to them.”

“For example, the Government’s decision to increase compensation for farmers who lose their land makes province leaders confused because if they follow the decision, they cannot attract investors due to higher costs they have to pay,” Vuong said.

Chairman of the NA’s Council of Ethnic Minorities Ksor Phuoc stressed his concerns over estimates and statistical reports.

Phuoc said that this year, the country would hold many festivals which would cost a lot of money.

He suggested that the Government compile detailed reports on the expense of festivals from provincial to central levels. “Whether it is waste or not, it depends on us.”

Hien said that weakness in issuing forecasts would influence decisions to deal with State overspending, on plans for following years and other areas.

Also on the same day, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem and Party Central Committee Secretary Ha Thi Khiet held separate meetings with voters of Da Nang City and Tuyen Quang Province in preparation for the 7th plenum of the 12th National Assembly.

Source: VNS

Source: QDND

Vietnam regards nuclear security as top priority

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 4:18 am

Vietnam regards nuclear security as top priority

QĐND – Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 22:39 (GMT+7)

Vietnam will always keep its consistent policy of treating nuclear security and safety as a top priority, using nuclear energy, said a senior sci-tech official.

Minister of Science and Technology Hoang Van Phong stated this at a press briefing in Washington on April 13 after the final session of the Nuclear Security Summit.

“Vietnam has actively drawn up and completed a legal basis and a system of management agencies to examine and ensure the safety and security of nuclear material and radioactive substances. In addition, Vietnam has signed up to numerous related international treaties in this field,” said Phong.

He reported that at the Nuclear Security Summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had discussed and put forward a request to developed countries with nuclear industries for support for developing countries to train up personnel, provide technical assistance and transfer knowledge and experience in safety management when using nuclear energy. This would raise the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and help other nations to build mechanisms and regulations on nuclear safety, with international cooperation.

On the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes, Minister Phong said that Vietnam’s policy was well known, including the Strategy on Atomic Energy Application till 2020 approved by the Prime Minister on January 30, 2006, the country’s master plan for applying atomic energy for peaceful purposes approved by the PM on July 23, 2007 and the Law on Atomic Energy passed by the National Assembly which came into effect on January 1, 2009.

“To ensure security when using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, Vietnam has carried out the three main requirements: joining and implementing international treaties and participating in international institutions and multi and bilateral initiatives,” said Phong.

According to the Minister, Vietnam has taken part in 13 out of 16 international treaties relating to nuclear safety, security and anti-terrorism. The country has also signed six cooperative agreements on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes with Russia, China, France, India, the Republic of Korea and Argentina. More recently, on March 30 this year, Vietnam signed a memorandum of understanding with the US on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Vietnam is also member of the IAEA, the Regional Cooperation Agreement (RCA) on research, development and training in nuclear science and technology and the Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA).

The country has taken part in a number of international initiatives, including changing nuclear fuel from highly-enriched uranium (HEU) to low level-enriched uranium (LEU). It supported the global initiative on anti nuclear terrorism put forward by Russia and the US and took steps to ensure the security of radioactive resources and cooperate with the IAEA on nuclear security.

The Minister stated that the success of the Nuclear Security Summit would contribute to boosting international cooperation in the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, ensure nuclear security, prevent nuclear terrorism and advance the cause of nuclear weapons disarmament and non-proliferation around the world.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Education quality should be universities’ top priority: Deputy PM

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:04 am

To improve the quality of higher education in Vietnam, instructors must be encouraged and supported so they can provide the best education possible, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training, Nguyen Thien Nhan, has said.

He made the statement on March 20 at a conference in Hanoi to discuss implementing a decision of the Prime Minister on higher education as well as the ministry’s action plan on revamping the country’s higher education system.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan speaks at a conference March 20 in Hanoi on renovating Vietnam’s higher education system. He asked that universities strive to enhance the quality of education and improve teachers’ living conditions. (Photo: Giao duc & Thoi dai)

Speaking at the conference, headmaster of the National University of Transport Tran Dac Su, said that currently, there is too great a focus on awarding large numbers of degrees and that more attention should be paid to the actual quality of education in Vietnam.

Only when the trend reverses will the reputation of Vietnamese universities improve, he said.
Educational institutions should strive for a balance between operational expansion and training quality, and between societal demands for graduates and training programs, Dr. Su added.

To promote and maintain their “brand,” universities must renovate management, update training programs, and improve teaching methods, he said.

Meanwhile, a lecturer at the University of Transport said that if the State and Ministry of Education and Training want to turn out high-quality educational products, they must give more support to those studying science.

In addition, the State should adopt a supportive policy towards teachers to help them focus on their work, improve legal frameworks to encourage self-directed universities, and invest more in teaching facilities at universities, Dr. Su said.

Mr. Nhan said: “The ministry will provide universities with financial support and assistance in teacher training and international cooperation so that they can meet their educational targets.”

All universities must publicize their training-quality standards, solutions to ensure quality, and financial activities, he added.

Schools must organize training programs and scientific research projects that meet society’s actual demands, Mr. Nhan advised.  

At the same time, “to make training quality teachers’ top priority, all schools must renovate the educational environment and improve teachers’ living conditions,” he added. 

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Development of rice and coffee industries a priority

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam continues to place rice at the top of its future plantation development strategy as it looks to reap an annual output of around 40 million tonnes of paddy rice by 2020.

According to the strategy, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) will focus on using new high-yield rice strains at two granaries – the Mekong delta in the south and the Red river delta in the north to meet this target.

As of the start of this year, Vietnam has 4.1 million ha of land planted with rice, including 3.1 million ha of wet rice paddies.

Development of coffee production is the second priority outlined in the strategy with the MARD aiming to harvest as many as 1.1 million tonnes of coffee beans annually by 2020 whilst maintaining the total coffee-growing acreage at around 500,000 ha.

To reach the targeted coffee output, the MARD plans to invest about 33 trillion VND in strains, harvesting and processing techniques, and to fund a promotional campaign aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the staple.

The MARD has also given development priority to such hard currency earners for Vietnam as rubber, cashew, tea and pepper.

Taking into account different areas’ strengths and potential, the MARD plans to promote the growing of grain crops and fruit trees in the northwestern region, and short-term industrial crops and rice in the northeastern region.

In the past nine months, farm produce has made a significant contribution to the country’s export earnings, with rice contributing 2.4 billion USD, coffee 1.6 billion USD, rubber 1.2 billion USD, pepper 255 million USD, and cashew nuts 696 million USD.-