National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong was elected as Head of the National Steering Board of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA)-31, which made its debut in Hanoi on January 4.
AIPA’s national steering board debuts
This year as Vietnam holds rotary Presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), it will also assume leader of AIPA and hosts its plenary session.
Trong told board members to thoroughly provide logistics works, leaving a deep impression that Vietnam is a country of peace and stability, a colourful and specific culture, an abundance of friendly people and a dynamic, renewed National Assembly upon its international friends.
He also emphasised proper preparations ensuring tight security and a harmonious setting for AIPA and ASEAN operations during Vietnam’s year long term.
Da Nang to open meetings as VN assumes ASEAN chair
Da Nang is scheduled to host three ASEAN ministerial meetings from Jan. 13-14, opening a series of activities in 2010 as Vietnam assumes ASEAN chair.
The meetings include the third ASEAN Political-Security Community Council (APCS) meeting, the ASEAN Coordination Council (ACC) meeting and the ASEAN ministerial meeting (AMM) retreat.
At the meetings, the bloc will discuss priorities regarding cooperative activities and measures ensuring peace and security in the region.
Regional foreign ministers will also focus on preparing work for the 15th ASEAN Summit and related meetings, as well as review the implementation of decisions adopted at the previous summit, progress in building an ASEAN community by 2015 and implementation of the ASEAN Charter.
Chosen as the opening place for the country’s important events, central Da Nang city has set up a steering committee headed by Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Van Huu Chien.
The committee will work together with the Foreign Ministry aiding in areas related to information, reception, security, healthcare, logistics for the success of the ASEAN ministerial meetings in Da Nang.
Campaign focuses Ho Chi Minh teachings on Party building
Vietnam ’s campaign to “Study and Follow Ho Chi Minh’s moral example” will focus on the late president’s ideology and morals regarding Party building work as it continues on its course in 2010.
This was agreed at a meeting of the Central Steering Committee for the Campaign in Hanoi on January 4.
Addressing the meeting, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, who is head of the Central Steering Committee, cited the outcome of a survey as saying that the campaign had caught the full attention of the public.
The campaign has become more effective and has produced some practical outcomes as it has been carried out creatively in many localities, according to the Party chief.
He continued to underscore the importance of State leaders, management officials and party members at all levels demonstrating their credibility to advance the campaign.
“Officials in senior positions should be truly exemplary and do what they say they are going to do” Manh emphasised.
Since it was launched three years ago, the campaign has brought visible changes in the awareness of both Party members and the nation’s citizens in the way they live and work according to the late President’s doctrine, heard the meeting.
The campaign has evolved into a movement where people use the late President Ho Chi Minh as a moral example when contributing to building and defending the motherland.
The participants agreed that the leadership of the Party’s committees, sub-steering committees and the heads of offices at all levels was extremely important and decisive in encouraging all the people to take part in the campaign.