Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the planning and investment sector to weigh up the pros and cons of the domestic and global situation to formulate appropriate plans for socio-economic development in 2010.
Vietnam strives to meet goals for 2010
Addressing a national conference in Hanoi on November 20, Mr Dung stressed that in 2010 Vietnam aims to stimulate the recovery process, stabilise the macro economy, improve growth quality, prevent a possible return of high inflation and ensure social welfare. Our overall goal is to achieve a GDP growth rate of 6.5 percent, he said.
He said in the face of the global financial and economic turmoil, Vietnam has averted an economic slowdown, controlled high inflation, maintained growth and ensured social welfare. The country is on track to achieve a 5.2 percent GDP growth rate in 2009 – a record low compared to the past few years. However, it is an impressive figure, given global complications.
He noted currently Vietnam has the highest GDP growth rate in Southeast Asia and it is one of more than 10 countries which have secured positive economic growth. In addition, he said marked progress has been made in administrative reform, thrift practice and the fight against corruption.
He pointed out difficulties and challenges facing Vietnam in 2010 which he said requires ministries, sectors and localities to adopt measures to bring to life the National Assembly resolution on socio-economic development plan for 2010. He asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) to gather opinions and recommendations from other ministries and localities to realise the resolution.
According to the PM, priority will be given to boosting investment and production, increasing the quality and competitiveness of the national economy, adopting flexible financial and monetary policies to stabilise the macro economy, and effectively implementing projects on poverty reduction, education development and other social areas.
Another task for the government is to accelerate administrative reform, maximize the efficiency of the State apparatus, promote social democracy, increase the fight against corruption and keep a close watch on the implementation of tasks at grassroots level.
He asked the MPI and localities to create favourable conditions for businesses and residents to boost production and increase investment in infrastructure projects. He urged localities to speed up land clearance for national key projects, especially Hanoi-Lao Cai and Long Thanh-Dau Giay expressways, and other social welfare projects on health care, education, job generation and vocational training.
Vietnam National Assembly contributes to APF activities
The Vietnam National Assembly highly appreciates the guidelines of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (APF), including protection and promotion of democracy, law-governed state, human rights and cultural diversity, said Vietnam NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong.
The statement was made Ms Phong at the fourth Asia-Pacific regional meeting of APF being held in Hanoi on November 20-21. The meeting discusses topics such as the impact of the global economic crisis on the Francophonie countries in the Asia-Pacific and the maintenance of Francophone Space in the region.
Ms Phong said APF has actively participated in the institutional activity of the Francophonie, initiated and carried out many activities to boost inter-parliamentary cooperation as well as strengthening the friendship and solidarity among parliamentary bodies, especially those of the Francophonie.
As a member of APF, the Vietnam NA creates favourable conditions for its APF Sub-Committee to take part in and contribute to the organization’s operations, said Ms Phong.
APF Asia-Pacific was established in the Vietnamese city of Hue in 2006 to maintain and develop values pursued and protected by APF and to preserve and develop the Francophone space. So far, its activities have helped increase mutual understanding and solidarity between parliamentarians of countries in the region.
At the meeting, the APF Administrative Secretary General Jean Luc La La and many other delegates praised the Vietnam National Assembly’s active participation in APF and APF Asia-Pacific operations.
Vietnamese encouraged to use locally-made goods
The campaign to encourage Vietnamese people to use locally-made goods has received positive response from the whole society and helped raise Vietnamese businesses’ competitiveness and production capacity.
This was stated by Vu Trong Kim, General Secretary of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee at a conference in Hanoi on November 20.
Mr Kim said the movement, launched by the Party’s Political Bureau, has also demonstrated the people’s sense of responsibility to the new tasks of the country. Many local governments, ministries and party committees at different levels have taken specific measures to implement the Politburo’s resolution, he said.
At the conference, members of the committee discussed a series of measures to promote their campaign in the coming years, including more introduction and more guidelines. They will also focus on encouraging enterprises to raise the quality of their services and products, ensure reasonable prices and deliver goods directly to consumers, catering for various social groups.
In addition, members of the committee proposed relevant agencies take tougher action against trafficking and production of fake goods.
Czech Senator visits Quang Binh province
Vice President of the Czech Senate Jiri Liska and his entourage visited the central province of Quang Binh on November 18-19 as part of their nine-day trip to Vietnam through November 23.
At a working session with provincial leaders, the two sides agreed to strengthen cooperative and investment ties between the Czech Republic and Quang Binh.
The Prague University of Economics pledged to grant 50-100 scholarships to Vietnamese students each year to pursue studies at the Czech university for three years after two years of study at the Quang Binh University.
Czech businesspeople, who are accompanying the delegation, introduced advanced technologies in the fields where they boast strengths, and agreed to transfer water treatment and filtering technology to Quang Binh province.
In turn, the local authorities spoke of Quang Binh’s potential and strengths as well as investment incentives.
During their stay in Quang Binh, the Czech guests called in at a kaolin sifting factory in Dong Hoi city, and toured the Phong Nha – Ke Bang world natural heritage site as well as some scenery in the province.
The Czech Republic is building a US$35 million factory to produce kaolin and products for insulation and sanitation in Quang Binh. The plant is capable of churning out 50,000 tonnes of kaolin a year in the first phase and 100,000 tonnes a year in the second phase.
Vietnam seeks closer ties with Brazil
Vietnam attaches importance to developing friendship and cooperation with Brazil, affirmed National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong.
The NA leader made the affirmation while receiving Damiao Feliciano, Chairman of the Committee for External Relations and National Defence of the House of Representatives of Brazil, in Hanoi on Nov. 19.
Chairman Trong spoke highly of Brazil’s potential for development and its role in the region and the world. He hailed Brazil for crossing out Vietnam from the list for investigation into footwear dumping and also for allowing 60 Vietnamese companies to export seafood to the country.
He said, despite the recent fine development in bilateral ties, the two countries need to further boost exchanges and multifaceted cooperation, particularly between the two parliaments, for the benefit of each side.
He asked Damiao Feliciano to convey his invitation to visit Vietnam to the Speaker of the Brazilian House of Representatives.
For his part, the Brazilian guest expressed his hope that with the joint effort and determination of both sides, relations between the two countries and parliaments would be constantly developed.
He expressed his pleasure at the economic development of the two countries despite the impact of the global financial crisis and economic slowdown. He expressed his wish that the two countries would accelerate economic and trade exchanges to bring the current bilateral trade turnover of US$500 million to US$1 billion in the near future.
Vietnam, France boost energy cooperation
Vietnam is keen to cooperate with France in tackling energy issues from France as it is striving to become an industrialised country in 2020, a government leader said.
“Energy issues are extremely important to Vietnam”, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung told Christian Jacob, Head of the French delegation to the Vietnam-France Finance and Economy Forum’s eighth session entitled “Energy and Sustainable Development”, which concluded in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Nov. 19.
Deputy PM Hung said Vietnam is in need of accessing cutting-edge technologies, highly-efficient solutions and experiences relating to energy security, environmental protection, green technologies and the development of quality human resources to ensure its sustainable development.
He highlighted the Vietnam-France Finance and Economy Forum as a good and effective cooperative mechanism and was confident that the results of the forum’s eighth session would gain governmental support as well as an enthusiastic response from businesses of the two countries.
The French official said this session introduced research and initiatives regarding solutions to reduce CO2 emissions in Vietnam and secure the country’s economic development.
He said Vietnam should tap its high-potential crops and animal breeding to produce bio-fuels while applying new technologies in exploiting fossil fuels to reduce CO2 emissions.
Mr Jacob mentioned nuclear power as a source of efficient energy to serve national development. France is willing to share its experience in organising and selecting models of urban planning, means of transport, and public fuel supply systems with Vietnam as such work greatly helps reduce energy consumption, he said.
President seeks elevated ties with Spain
State President Nguyen Minh Triet said he looks forward to meeting with the King and other leaders of Spain on his visit there in December to discuss further tightening of bilateral ties in every field.
President Triet stated this during his meeting in Hanoi on November 19 with Spanish Princess Cristina Federica, who is here for a partners’ meeting for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).
President Triet said Vietnam highly esteems the role and position Spain has held in the EU and the international arena.
He expressed delight at the growing cooperation between the two countries, and described the Princess’s working visit to Vietnam as fresh impetus to the growth of Vietnam-Spain relations.
Princess Cristina Federica said she admired Vietnam’s achievements in socio-economic development as well as its efforts to improve the people’s living conditions.
She emphasised that the Spanish people give their heart to Vietnam and that the Royal family and the Spanish Government are looking forward to President Triet’s visit.