The Government Office should continue to enhance the efficiency of their operations to better support the Government's activities and the leadership of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Ministers.
This is the most important task that the Government Office should work hard to fulfil in 2011 because the efficiency of the Government's management is dependent on the implementation of tasks.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made these remarks at the agency's year-end meeting in Ha Noi last Friday.
According to the PM, the Government Office needs to help the Government evaluate and address pertinent issues. They must also point out shortcomings, so effective amendments can be made to the Government Organisation Law.
The Prime Minister also asked the Government Office to respond more quickly, precisely and effectively to the proposals made by ministry-level agencies, government-affiliated agencies and local authorities.
"In order to accomplish the mission, the Government Office should focus on developing competent staff that are able to handle the assigned jobs," said the PM.
Dung said, during the past year, the Government Office, which aides the Government, Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Ministers, accomplished several goals and achieved several feats.
"The quality of general consultation has improved and the arrangement of the Government's and the Prime Minister's work schedules and plans has also improved," he said.
State President affirms Catholics' contributions to nation
State President Nguyen Minh Triet on January 22 attended a conference to review the Ho Chi Minh City Committee for Solidarity with Catholics' activities.
Speaking at the conference, President Triet congratulated Catholic followers on their achievements and contributions to the nation’s development.
In 2010, the municipal Committee for Solidarity with Catholics has encouraged the Catholic community to uphold the traditional solidarity to build up cultural lifestyle in the residential areas and participate in charity work.
He also talked about his meeting with Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Vatican in December 2009, saying it had opened opportunities for the cooperation between Vietnam and the Vatican.
The Committee’s President, Priest Nguyen Cong Danh, expressed his thanks for President Triet’s attention and assistance to Catholic followers so they could contribute more to the nation’s development.
Deputy PM visits Germany
A Government delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan started a four-day tour of Magdeburg and Frankfurt, Germany on January 23.
The delegation includes Deputy Foreign Minister Dao Xuan Hung, some representatives from the Government Office, Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Do Hoa Binh, and other diplomats from the General Consulate in Frankfurt.
In Magdeburg, Mr Nhan is scheduled to meet the Governor of Sachsen-Anhalt and the Minister of Economic Affairs of Sachsen-Anhalt and visit Otto Von Guericke University and some major economic establishments in the state.
In Frankfurt, Deputy PM Nhân will meet the Minister of Economy of the State of Hessen, Dieter Posch, Minister of Sciences and Arts, Kuhne-Hormann, visit Frauenhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems and attend a press briefing on “Vietnam Year in Germany”.
Vietnam attends North East Business Summit in Mumbai
The sixth North East Business Summit was concluded in Mumbai, India on January 22 with the participation of more than 1,000 delegates including Indian ministers, officials and ambassadors from South Asian and ASEAN nations.
Vietnamese ambassador to India Nguyen Thanh Tan also attended the conference. Addressing the event, ambassador Tan affirmed further cooperation between Vietnam and the India’s northeastern region which shares many geographic similarities with Vietnam, especially as Vietnam and India are promoting their strategic partnership.
Mr Tan also emphasised the importance of strengthening the relations with Vietnam as well as ASEAN and other nations and the region.
The delegates debated issues related to the Indian government’s development strategies for its northeastern region which has a great tourism and economic potential, especially in mining, infrastructure, agriculture, and food processing.
Vietnam-China diplomatic ties marked
Vietnam and China have spared no efforts to strengthen bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties in early 1950, considering them a valuable asset.
President of Ho Chi Minh City’s Vietnam-China Friendship Association, Duong Quan Ha, made the comment at a get-together held in the city on January 21 to celebrate the 61st anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations (January 18).
In addition to enhancing political relations, the two sides have stepped up comprehensive cooperation by setting up cooperation mechanisms between the two Parties, governments and key sectors such as national defence, security and diplomacy, Ha said.
The official noted that Vietnam and China have also strengthened trade and investment ties, while increasing exchanges between their localities and people through a wide range of practical activities.
Chinese Consul General in HCM City Xu Mingliang said he was delighted at the results of bilateral cooperation over the past year.
Xu congratulated Vietnam on the successful organisation of the 11th National Party Congress, expressing his belief that under the leadership of the new Party Central Committee, Vietnamese people will comprehensively speed up the renewal process and realise the goal of building a powerful socialist Vietnam with wealthy people and a democratic, equitable and civilised society.
The Consul General said he hoped the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership would develop to a new level in the years to come.