The Vietnam War Veterans Association (VWVA) should continue to work closely with the Government, Party organizations, and administrations to successfully implement the socio-economic targets set for this year and in the future, said PM Nguyen Tan Dung.
During his working session with the VWVA on March 13, PM Dung praised the close coordination between the Association and the Government, saying that the Association’s achievements over the past year have made practical contributions to the country’s socio-economic development.
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The Association should bring its capabilities into full play by maintaining and promoting emulation movements, ensuring security and social safety, stepping up the communication of Party and State guidelines and policies, and coordinating closely with relevant agencies to build effective institutions and policies, said the PM.
The Government leader asked the Association to pay greater attention to the material and spiritual lives of its members, develop strong chapters, and work together with relevant agencies to implement policies related to war veterans.
PM Dung and leaders from the Ministries of Home Affairs; Health; and Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs gave their opinions on VWVA proposals for reviewing 15 years of the organization and operation of the VWVA in administrative agencies and enterprises.
They also discussed issuing regulations on adopting polices for victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin and creating conditions for the Association to carry out Party and State guidelines and policies more effectively.
New Indonesian ambassador welcomed to Vietnam
On March 13, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received Indonesian Ambassador Mayerfas who paid a courtesy visit to the PM upon assuming his new tasks in Vietnam.
At the reception, PM Dung said that the time-honoured friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia are progressing well and benefiting development in both countries.
As a traditional friend of Indonesia, Vietnam congratulates Indonesia on its achievements during the process of national construction and development which has elevated its status in the region as well as the international arena.
Vietnam and Indonesia should fully tap their great potential for cooperation and development and effectively implement the agreements reached by their leaders, aiming to raise two-way trade turnover to US$10 billion by 2015, said PM Dung.
He also said the two sides need to promote bilateral cooperation in agriculture, fishery, culture and education, and he hopes ambassador Mayerfas will contribute to bringing Vietnam-Indonesia cooperation to a higher level.
The Vietnamese Government shall create the best possible conditions for the Indonesian ambassador to fulfill the tasks assigned to him during his term in Vietnam.
Ambassador Mayerfas said he will do his best to further develop the traditional friendship between Vietnam and Indonesia and build a comprehensive cooperation programme. He also said he wishes to promote the exchange of high-level visits and share positive experiences in developing models for socio-economic development.
Cambodian Defence Chief visits Vietnam
On Mar. 12, Cambodian Defence Minister General Tea Banh visited Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnam’s Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh. Women need more State assistance
General Banh, who also acts as Deputy Prime Minister, and his accompanying delegation held talks with their Vietnamese counterparts and exchanged their views on regional and international issues of mutual concern. They also reviewed cooperation between the two armies in recent years.
An agreement was made to continue exchanging visits, conducting joint personnel training, cooperating in protecting their shared border and holding joint naval patrols. Also discussed were ongoing operations to search for the remains of Vietnamese martyrs and military specialists, who fell during previous wars in Cambodia.
The Cambodian Defence Minister then visited the central city of Da Nang, the Division 315 in Military Zone 5 and Naval Zone 3 before returning home on Mar. 13.
The State should provide women with more care to help them surmount difficulties and fulfil duties in society and at home.
Delegates to the ongoing 11 th National Women’s Congress made the proposal during a meeting with State President Truong Tan Sang in Hanoi on March 12.
They noted that over the years, the Party and State have paid due attention to women’s affairs, raising their role and position in society. More and more women have taken part in social movements, as well as scientific research and management.
However, they said, they are still faced with difficulties to accomplish their tasks, such as the widening income gap between regions, limited access to healthcare services, strong male chauvinism, and spiritual and physical violence against women.
President Sang acknowledged the issues raised by women and said in addition to State support, women should work harder to adapt to changes in the market economy.
“Vietnamese women play an important role in the cause of national construction and defence,” said Mr Sang. “History shows that there are many examples of staunch and heroic Vietnamese women in society, creating a source of pride of the nation.”
As Vietnam is speeding up the Doi Moi (Renewal) and global integration process, together with other social classes, women should better perform their role to overcome difficulties and strengthen unity to contribute to the common cause of national industrialization and modernization, said President Sang.
He expressed his belief that the Women’s Congress will be a great success and a newly-elected executive committee will continue to work toward promoting gender equality, and creating conditions for women to study and improve their qualifications, while generating jobs, especially for those living in disadvantaged areas.
He also proposed that the new executive committee put forward effective solutions to protect women’s dignity.