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Deputy PM seeks stronger partnership with Australia

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on April 12 met with Australian Acting Governor General and New South Wales State Governor Marie Bashir in Sydney to look for stronger relations between the two countries.

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Expressing his gratitude towards assistance granted by the Australian Government and New South Wales administration in improving infrastructure, education, health care and safe water in Vietnam, Phuc hoped the Australian side, including the “Forever Study” fund set up by Bashir, would keep supporting the country.

He said economic, trade and investment ties need furthering to cement the fine political relationship between the two sides.

Bashair said she is happy with bilateral relationship development, particularly with increased exchange between leaders, officials and people.

She affirmed that Australia and New South Wales will continue to support Vietnam and create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community there.

The Deputy PM, also chairman of Vietnam’s Committee for HIV/AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Control, earlier had working sessions with related Australian agencies to gain experience from the country.

In another meeting with Norman Grant, Chairman of Australian Seafood Importers Association on the same day, Phuc asked the association to import more of Vietnam’s tra and basa fish and help local seafood enterprises meet international food safety standards.

The Deputy PM also met representatives from the Vietnamese community in Australia. While asking the overseas Vietnamese to continue “looking towards their home country”, he said the Governments will even create more favourable policies for them to invest in Vietnam.

Phuc began a 6-day visit to Australia on April 9.

Friend of Vietnam, Raymond Aubrac remembered

Raymond Aubrac, a member of the French Communist Party and a close friend of Vietnam, passed away on Apr. 10 in Val de Grace Hospital, aged 97.

Born in 1914, Aubrac was one of the founders of the South French Revolution, who fought beside famous French fighter Jean Moulin in the French Unified Resistance.

In Vietnam, Aubrac is known as a faithful friend who always stood by Vietnamese people in the fight for national peace, independence and re-unification. He made positive contributions to the renovation cause of Vietnam as well as to the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and France.

Aubrac was a close friend of President Ho Chi Minh, who stayed at Aubrac’s house during his three months in France in 1946. Aubrac rendered great assistance to Vietnam in the signing of the first Vietnam-France trade agreement in 1955 and other important agreements such as the cease fire in the war against the US.

Raymond Aubrac’s participation in important historic events of Vietnam has significant meaning, contributing to the country’s victory in many aspects.

Vietnam, Uruguay strengthen cooperation

Vietnam will do its best to promote cooperative relations with Uruguay in a comprehensive, practical and effective manner, says PM Nguyen Tan Dung.

PM Dung made the commitment at a reception in Hanoi on April 12 for Uruguayan ambassador Carlos Irigaray, who paid a courtesy visit upon assuming his new tasks in Vietnam.

He expressed delight at the positive development in multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and Uruguay, especially in economics and trade, with two-way trade last year doubling 2010’s figure.

Vietnam will organize a conference at the ministerial level with Latin American countries in the coming time and invite Uruguay to send its minister to attend this important event, said Mr Dung.

PM Dung also expressed the hope that Uruguay will recognize Vietnam as a market-oriented economy soon, and that the countries will support each other in both international and regional forums.

The Vietnamese government will support Ambassador Carlos Irigaray in fulfilling his mission in Vietnam, the PM assured the diplomat.

For his part, Mr Irigaray affirmed that the embassy will co-ordinate with Vietnam’s relevant ministries and agencies to implement PM Dung’s suggestions and make greater efforts to draw up new cooperative programs between the two countries, especially in the fields of economics, trade, investment, culture and education.

The ambassador also said that Uruguay has always created favourable conditions for Vietnamese goods to penetrate its market, stressing that the country is willing to become the gateway for Vietnamese goods to enter the South American market.

Vietnam-Cuba relations – a great source of encouragement for Vietnam

The special Vietnam-Cuba relations have been a great source of encouragement for Vietnam during its most difficult times, said Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at a meeting with Vice Chairwoman of the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association Marta Roja on April 11.

At the meeting, Party leader Trong highlighted the fine sentiment between Vietnam and Cuba, which has been shown in the close-knit relationship between the two parties and peoples for years.

Mr Trong also praised the two friendship associations for organizing practical activities as a contribution to developing the ties of friendship and special solidarity, and supporting each other in the process of national construction and defence in their respective countries. He proposed stepping up communication on the deep sentiment between the two nations for young generations to nurture and bring into full play the relationship in the future.

For her part, Ms Roja thanked Vietnam for providing great support and valuable assistance for Cuba in the past as well as at present. Despite changes in the circumstance in each country, Vietnamese and Cuban people have always showed determination to develop good relations.

On the occasion, Party leader Trong granted an interview to the newspaper Gramma, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC), on the outcome of his visit, Vietnam’s renewal process and its viewpoints on socialism and the path to socialism, relations between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and CPC, as well as prospects for developing relations between the two parties in the future.

North-western ethnic groups gain spotlight

The Party and the State always gave a lot of attention to residents in the north-western mountains, President Truong Tan Sang said yesterday, April 12, during a visit to Son La Province, which lies 320km away from Ha Noi.

The State leader said he appreciated what indigenous people had done for the construction of the biggest hydro-power plant in Southeast Asia.

Thousands of families abandoned their homes and moved to resettlement areas for development of the Son La hydro-power plant, which started construction in late 2006.

Four of the total six turbines for the 2,400MW plant have been operational and the final two are expected to be ready by the end of this year, three years ahead of schedule.

The workers' efforts would "contribute a big part to the country's development," said the president.

Once completed, the US$2.78 billion plant will be capable of generating 10,227 billion kWh of electricity a year on average.

The president asked the project's management board to maintain the plant's construction quality and to help the local people soon resettle into their new homes in Muong La District.

Sang also visited Son La Rubber JSC and Phieng Bung 1 Village, where many local people now work and live after sacrificing their land for the plant.

Admitting that the new lives of many families were still very harsh, Sang requested the local government to create more favourable conditions for the people to improve their living standards.

History contest on VN – Laos ties launched

The Party Central Committee’s Commission for Popularisation and Education and relevant agencies launched a history contest on the Vietnam – Laos, Laos – Vietnam special relations, in Hanoi on Apr. 12.

As part of activities to mark Vietnam - Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year 2012, the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties and the 35th anniversary of the signing of Friendship and Cooperation Treaty, the event is a chance to raise the awareness of younger generations about the bilateral friendship, contributing to fostering sentiments between the two nations.

Entries are required to feature the two countries’ close relations during wartime and the current national construction cause, the role played by Presidents Ho Chi Minh, Kaysone Phomvihane and Souphanouvong and other high-ranking leaders in fostering bilateral ties.

The award ceremony will take place in the Lao province of Savannakhet which boasts a number of popular historic sites from the anti-colonialist and anti-imperialist resistance war under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party.

Lao PM receives Vietnamese delegation

On April 11, Lao Prime Minister Thongsin Thammavong received a senior level delegation from Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communication, led by Minister Nguyen Bac Son.

At the reception, Son wished his hosts well as they are celebrating their traditional New Year festival, Bunpimay.

He reminded those assembled that the Vietnamese-Lao friendship exhibition of books was successfully organised by both the delegation and the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, to mark the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties.

Son also reported on recent joint activities between the two ministries in information and communication and made several proposals for cooperation in the future, especially events during Vietnam -Laos Friendship Year 2012.

Prime Minister Thammavong lauded the organization of the Vietnam-Laos friendship book exhibition, saying it will help to promote mutual understanding and give both peoples a better understanding of each other.

He said the Lao Government will work with Vietnam to ensure the best possible conditions for joint activities between the two countries in the future.

Thammavong said he hopes that both countries will continue to share their experience and increase the frequency of visits, to further consolidate Vietnamese-Lao solidarity.


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