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Policies have key role in attracting investment

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:06 am




Policies have key role in attracting investment


QĐND – Saturday, January 08, 2011, 20:29 (GMT+7)

Since the country began implementing the renewal process, policies encouraging investment in Vietnam have made great contributions to attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).


The remark was made at a seminar held in Hanoi on January 7 to evaluate the role of policies on investment encouragement, the influence of FDI on Vietnam’s economy and future adjustment of those policies.


According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam had 12,213 FDI projects with a combined registered capital of US$192.9 billion in the 2001-2010 period. Of the capital, about US$63 billion has been put into operation.


Dr. Nguyen Tu Anh from the Central Institute for Economic Management said that FDI was an important supplement capital source for Vietnam’s economy and contributed to creating jobs as well as boosting exports and economic development of the country.


However, experts to the seminars said that future policies on investment encouragement should be aligned with practical legal frameworks and focus on transferring technologies to domestic enterprises.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Lawmakers urged to play greater role in climate change issue

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:28 am




Lawmakers urged to play greater role in climate change issue


QĐND – Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

 The role of legislators needs to be promoted in policy and legal planning, negotiation and the supervision of conventions, treaties, international commitments on sustainable development and climate change.

This was agreed among the delegates who attended a seminar on the role of the Asian-Pacific Parliamentary Francophone Assembly (APF) in the environmental field and climate change, which was organised by the APF, the International Francophone Organisation (OIF) and Vietnam’s National Assembly in Hanoi on December 15.

On addressing the opening ceremony, Nguyen Van Son, the chairman of Vietnam’s NA’s Committee for External Affairs, said that the event is meaningful in the context of the 16 th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16) that has just finished in Cancun, Mexico.

“The seminar stresses the responsibilities of Francophone member countries in the face of common global challenges in Asia-the Pacific region”, said Son.

At the event, delegates from APF member countries such as Laos and the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu as well as experts from the Institute for Energy and Environment of Francophone Countries (IEPF), representatives of Vietnam’s ministries, along with scientists agreed that environmental protection is always an essential factor in sustainable socio-economic development.

In reality, in a global economy, climate change poses challenges to many countries around the world, especially poor and developing countries, of whom many are members of the Francophone bloc.

The delegates were also briefed on Vietnam’s progress in the implementation of solutions on climate change as well as the NA’s role in sustainable development.

According to Jean Luc Lala, the Secretary General of Administration for the APF, the crucial point is to find a balance between the economic benefits and environmental protection, so all concerned parties must take own responsibility after signing conventions and international treaties in this area.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Elderly people’s role enhanced in poverty-alleviation movement

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Pakistan spies ‘had role in Mumbai attack plans’

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

 Pakistan’s main spy agency played a major role in helping prepare the 2008 Mumbai attacks, one of the planners of the bloodbath has told Indian interrogators, a report said Tuesday.


David Headley, who confessed to surveying targets for the attacks that left 166 people dead in November 2008, made detailed claims about support from the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, said Britain’s Guardian newspaper.


Headley described dozens of meetings between officers of the ISI and senior militants from Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT), said the paper, citing a 109-page Indian government report into his interrogation.


India blames LeT — a banned, Pakistan-based Islamist group — for masterminding the Mumbai attacks.


The Guardian said Headley claimed the ISI was attempting to strengthen militant organisations with links to the Pakistani state which were being marginalised by more extreme groups.

Flames gush out of The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai during a violent attack on the landmark building by militant gunmen in November 2008

Headley, the son of a former Pakistani diplomat and a white American woman, claimed that at least two of his missions were partly paid for by the ISI and that he regularly reported to the spy agency, said the British daily.


“The ISI… had no ambiguity in understanding the necessity to strike India,” Headley is cited as telling the Indian investigators, who reportedly interviewed him over 34 hours in the US in June.


The documents suggest however that the ISI’s supervision of the militants was often chaotic and that most senior officers in the agency may have been unaware of the scale of the attacks before they were launched, added the paper.


An ISI spokesman told the Guardian that accusations of the agency’s involvement in the Mumbai attacks were “baseless.”


In the attacks, 10 heavily-armed gunmen launched a three-day assault on prime targets in India’s financial capital.


Headley, who changed his name from Daood Gilani, confessed to his role in plotting the attacks after being arrested in the US.


In exchange for pleading guilty to the attacks, US prosecutors agreed he would not face extradition to India or the death penalty.


The US acknowledged Monday that the wife of a key figure in the Mumbai attacks raised concerns about him months before the plot was carried out, but said the information was not specific.


US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley added that the information about Headley was forwarded to US government agencies and to the Indian authorities before the attacks that killed 166 people in November 2008.


Crowley, asked about a report Saturday in The New York Times, said US officials had two meetings with one of “Headley’s spouses in late 2007 and early 2008.”


She provided “some information. We followed up on that information and provided it to relevant agencies across the US government,” he said.


“Did we share information with our security partners, including India, prior to the Mumbai attacks? The answer is yes,” Crowley added.


“At the same time, the information was not specific,” he said.

If the US government had had specific information, it “would have absolutely provided it to the Indian government beforehand,” he said.

Source: SGGP

Exemplary role models encouraged

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm




Exemplary role models encouraged


QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

State Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan has proposed that the central highland province of Lam Dong replicate exemplary role models to make its emulation movements more practical.


At the fourth provincial patriotic emulation congress on August 14, Ms Doan praised Lam Dong for having launched emulation movements for the past five years, making a significant contribution to its socio-economic development. Many effective business models have been initiated and brought high economic efficiency.


Among those honoured at the event were the Lam Dong provincial Police that have succeeded in maintaining local social security and order; the Lam Dong Food Joint Stock Company that has stimulated innovations to increase the competitive edge of its products; and village chief Ya Loan who has encouraged local villagers to do household economies well.


In the next five years, Lam Dong aims to enhance the dissemination of information on emulation movements at grassroots level, renew movement operations and strengthen the capability of emulation staff.


Ms Doan presented the Ho Chi Minh Order, the Independence Order, the titles Labour Hero of People’s Armed Forces, and Heroic Vietnamese Mothers to outstanding collectives and individuals.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Raul Castro says state will reduce economic role

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

 Raul Castro said Sunday that his government will scale back controls on small businesses, lay off unnecessary workers and allow more self-employment — significant steps in a country where the state dominates nearly every facet of the economy.


Cuba’s president, however, squashed notions of a sweeping overhaul to the country’s communist economic system in response to the financial crisis it faces.


“With experience accumulated in more than 55 years of revolutionary struggle, it doesn’t seem like we’re doing too badly, nor that desperation or frustration have been our companions along the way,” the president said.

Cuba’s President Raul Castro attends a session of the National Assembly of Popular Power in Havana, Cuba, Sunday Aug. 1, 2010.

Castro spoke before parliament, which opened its biannual session without Fidel Castro, who has made a slew of recent public appearances of late but missed another chance to share a major public stage with his younger brother.


Instead, lawmakers got Raul, who said authorities will “update the Cuban economic model,” suggesting reforms could be on the horizon. Cuban officials plan to reduce state control of small businesses, authorize more Cubans to become self-employed and build a new tax structure that will compel state employees to contribute more.


About 95 percent of all Cubans currently work for the government and Castro has suggested that as many as one in five state employees are redundant. He promised job cuts, calling for “the reduction of work forces that are considerably bloated in the state sector.”


Castro said those left out of work would be retrained or reassigned so as not to stay unemployed, but also said warned that few sectors would be immune to job-cuts.


While he offered no specifics, his comments on economic and employment reform could mean a lot in Cuba, where many had hoped the government of Raul Castro could embrace small economic openings after he took power from his brother, first temporarily, then permanently, in July 2006.


The president’s announcements were similar to comments before the session began by Economy Minister Marino Murillo, who spoke to reporters about a pilot program that has turned some state barber shops over to their employees and let them set their own prices while paying rent.


Murillo said such projects would be extended to other sectors of the economy, adding that “we are of the belief that the state has to step back on certain activities.”


He also said that allowing outright private ownership was out of the question, however.


“We can’t call them reforms. We are studying a modification of the Cuban economic model,” Murillo said. He added that officials will ensure that “the values of socialism come first, not the market.”


“We will continue following centralized planning,” he said, “but we will loosen up on a group of things.”


Cuba has pledged to release 52 political prisoners as part of a deal with the island’s Roman Catholic Church, and 20 have been freed so far — heading into exile in Spain with their relatives. But Castro said that despite the deal, “there will not be impunity for the enemies of the homeland.”


Raul Castro made only limited references to Fidel, who also missed the recent celebration of Revolution Day. Raul attended that event but did not speak — the first time since 1959 a Castro did not deliver a speech on Cuba’s top official holiday.


Fidel Castro remains a member of parliament, but his chair to the right of Raul was empty Sunday. He has not appeared publicly alongside his brother since undergoing emergency intestinal surgery and stepping down four years ago.


On Friday, Fidel addressed a Communist youth meeting attended by former castaway Elian Gonzalez, who is now 16. The ex-president has also turned up everywhere from discussions with Cuba’s diplomatic corps to the dolphin show at Havana’s aquarium.


On Sunday, he met with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi instead of attending the session of parliament with his brother.

Outside Cuba, debate has intensified over who is guiding major government policy following the sudden media blitz by Fidel — who had almost completely disappeared from public view until recently. Such questions are far less common on the island, but it is not clear whether Fidel and Raul are deliberately not appearing together in order to make a statement about who is in control.

Raul, meanwhile, made a point of saying Sunday that his government is as unified as ever.

He said it is not a false unanimity that excludes honest discrepancies, “but one that promotes discussion of different ideas, and always with the same goals of social justice and national sovereignty.”

Source: SGGP

Da Lat holds seminar on literature’s role

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

A seminar on literature reflection of Vietnamese reality was held in the resort town of Da Lat in the Central Highland Province of Lam Dong on July 12.

Mr. To Huy Rua, Member of Political Bureau,  Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Head of Central Propaganda and Education Department speaks at the seminar. (Photo: Sggp)

The seminar was attended by Mr. To Huy Rua, Member of Political Bureau, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Head of Central Propaganda and Education Department, together with more than 200 researchers, scientists, press managers and literary teachers.


The State and Party encourages artists to maintain a strong attachment to the lives of real Vietnamese people and to look after the development of literature to ensure the continued production of valuable works, Mr. To Huy Rua said.


The government said it highly appreciated the role of literature has played in society, in terms of its contributions to the industrialization and modernization of the country, he added.


The seminars also received many reports made by researchers, such as “Realistic literature in the modern view” by Professor and PhD Tran Dinh Su; “Reflection, creativity and reality with the socialist and aesthetic ideal,” by Professor and PhD Mai Quoc Lien; “Today’s realistic literature and four generations of writers,” by Professor Phong Le; “Art literature and Press in life,” by journalist Phan Quang; “Literary morality,” by Porfessor Tran Thanh Dam and more.

Source: SGGP

New US policy limits role of nuclear arsenal

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

The United States unveiled new limits on the nation’s nuclear arsenal Tuesday, saying it would only use atomic weapons in “extreme circumstances” and would not attack non-nuclear states.


In a policy shift, the United States said for the first time that countries without atomic weapons that complied with non-proliferation treaty obligations need not fear a US nuclear attack.


But

US President Barack Obama

warned exceptions could be made for “outliers” such as Iran and North Korea, both accused of flouting UN resolutions.


“Indeed, the United States wishes to stress that it would only consider the use of nuclear weapons in extreme circumstances to defend the vital interests of the United States or its allies and partners,” a new policy document said.


The Nuclear Posture Review released Tuesday also described “nuclear terrorism” as an immediate and extreme threat, with efforts to prevent the spread of atomic weapons given top priority.


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the threat of nuclear terrorism as “very real” and said networks around the world were trying to obtain access to radiological materials.


Obama’s new policy rules out building new nuclear weapons or carrying out tests, but calls for setting aside billions of dollars to “modernize” existing US weaponry.


The overhaul comes two days before he is due to sign a treaty with Russia to slash stockpiles of long-range nuclear warheads by a third, and less than a week before he hosts world leaders at a nuclear summit.


Obama has committed the United States to a series of nuclear arms cuts in a bid to bolster efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.


For next week’s summit, Obama called on world leaders to commit to securing all “vulnerable nuclear materials” around the world within the next four years.


The United States has never renounced the “first use” of nuclear weapons, and Obama’s policy stops short of calls by arms control activists to explicitly limit their role to deterrence of other nuclear-armed states or terror groups.


The issue over “first use” divided Obama’s deputies, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the administration had decided to keep its options open.


“There was agreement within the administration that we didn’t think we were far enough along the road toward getting control of nuclear weapons around the world to limit ourselves so explicitly,” he told reporters.


Gates said the review sent a firm message to countries such as Iran or North Korea that refuse to abide by UN authority.


“If you’re not going to play by the rules, if you’re going to be a proliferator, then all options are on the table in terms of how we deal with you,” he said.


While limiting the possible use of nuclear weapons, the policy review also warned of a “devastating conventional military response” in the event of a chemical or biological attack on the United States.


The policy review met with criticism in Washington from both left and right, with hawks accusing Obama of undermining US military power and liberals urging bolder action and bigger arms cuts.Related article:US nuclear guidelines ‘significant policy shift’:analysts


German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called the new policy a “courageous step” towards disarmament, saying it offered hope for further cuts to US tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.

Obama promised in a speech in Prague a year ago to work toward a world without nuclear weapons.

In an interview with The New York Times, Obama said that despite ruling out a US nuclear attack in some cases, he retained “all the tools that are necessary in order to make sure that the American people are safe and secure.”

He said he wanted to ensure the US approach to nuclear weapons was clear to the rest of the world, including Iran and North Korea.

“And I do think that when you?re looking at outliers like Iran or North Korea, they should see that over the course of the last year and a half, we have been executing a policy that will increasingly isolate them so long as they are orating outside of accepted international norms.”

US nuclear forces on land and at sea will stay on full-time alert under the new policy, but Gates said efforts would be made to improve the “command and control system” to give the president more time to make a decision in a nuclear crisis.

Source: SGGP

New US policy limits role of nuclear arsenal

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

The United States unveiled new limits on the nation’s nuclear arsenal Tuesday, saying it would only use atomic weapons in “extreme circumstances” and would not attack non-nuclear states.


In a policy shift, the United States said for the first time that countries without atomic weapons that complied with non-proliferation treaty obligations need not fear a US nuclear attack.


But

US President Barack Obama

warned exceptions could be made for “outliers” such as Iran and North Korea, both accused of flouting UN resolutions.


“Indeed, the United States wishes to stress that it would only consider the use of nuclear weapons in extreme circumstances to defend the vital interests of the United States or its allies and partners,” a new policy document said.


The Nuclear Posture Review released Tuesday also described “nuclear terrorism” as an immediate and extreme threat, with efforts to prevent the spread of atomic weapons given top priority.


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the threat of nuclear terrorism as “very real” and said networks around the world were trying to obtain access to radiological materials.


Obama’s new policy rules out building new nuclear weapons or carrying out tests, but calls for setting aside billions of dollars to “modernize” existing US weaponry.


The overhaul comes two days before he is due to sign a treaty with Russia to slash stockpiles of long-range nuclear warheads by a third, and less than a week before he hosts world leaders at a nuclear summit.


Obama has committed the United States to a series of nuclear arms cuts in a bid to bolster efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.


For next week’s summit, Obama called on world leaders to commit to securing all “vulnerable nuclear materials” around the world within the next four years.


The United States has never renounced the “first use” of nuclear weapons, and Obama’s policy stops short of calls by arms control activists to explicitly limit their role to deterrence of other nuclear-armed states or terror groups.


The issue over “first use” divided Obama’s deputies, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the administration had decided to keep its options open.


“There was agreement within the administration that we didn’t think we were far enough along the road toward getting control of nuclear weapons around the world to limit ourselves so explicitly,” he told reporters.


Gates said the review sent a firm message to countries such as Iran or North Korea that refuse to abide by UN authority.


“If you’re not going to play by the rules, if you’re going to be a proliferator, then all options are on the table in terms of how we deal with you,” he said.


While limiting the possible use of nuclear weapons, the policy review also warned of a “devastating conventional military response” in the event of a chemical or biological attack on the United States.


The policy review met with criticism in Washington from both left and right, with hawks accusing Obama of undermining US military power and liberals urging bolder action and bigger arms cuts.Related article:US nuclear guidelines ‘significant policy shift’:analysts


German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called the new policy a “courageous step” towards disarmament, saying it offered hope for further cuts to US tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.

Obama promised in a speech in Prague a year ago to work toward a world without nuclear weapons.

In an interview with The New York Times, Obama said that despite ruling out a US nuclear attack in some cases, he retained “all the tools that are necessary in order to make sure that the American people are safe and secure.”

He said he wanted to ensure the US approach to nuclear weapons was clear to the rest of the world, including Iran and North Korea.

“And I do think that when you?re looking at outliers like Iran or North Korea, they should see that over the course of the last year and a half, we have been executing a policy that will increasingly isolate them so long as they are orating outside of accepted international norms.”

US nuclear forces on land and at sea will stay on full-time alert under the new policy, but Gates said efforts would be made to improve the “command and control system” to give the president more time to make a decision in a nuclear crisis.

Source: SGGP

HCM City urged to better perform role as economic spearhead

In Politics-Society on March 17, 2010 at 2:44 am




HCM City urged to better perform role as economic spearhead


QĐND – Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

Measures to speed up major projects, ease traffic jams and prevent flooding in Ho Chi Minh City topped the agenda of a working session between the cabinet and the city’s leaders on March 15.


Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, participants discussed a range of special mechanisms for mobilising investments to support HCM City’s efforts to reduce traffic congestion and flooding, such as international bonds, foreign loans, public-private partnerships and the transfer of land use rights.


Leaders of relevant ministries and sectors suggested that the city authorities carry out comprehensive solutions, from the deployment of detailed planning and control of individual vehicles, to administrative fines and improved public awareness.


Sharing this view, PM Dung asked HCM City to re-examine its urban traffic planning, ensure the progress of ongoing traffic projects and make resources available for more such projects in the future.


The city also needs to build and complete its urban management regulations, including those related to the construction of traffic systems, bus stations and punishment of violators, he said.


The Government leader directed the Finance Ministry to work with the HCM City People’s Committee to build and submit to the government for approval specific financial mechanisms to ensure the effective implementation of the projects.


Source: VOVNews/VNA


Source: QDND