Weekly press digest – June 2-8
09:09 | 09/06/2014

Favorable conditions created to attract more investment

Viet Nam will create all possible favorable conditions to attract more foreign investment to production, business and trade, regarding the capital source as crucial to the nation’s socio-economic development.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement in his speech delivered at the 2014 Mid-term Viet Nam Business Forum on June 5.

The PM shared the Government's prompt response to the damage of property and estates of some foreign businesses by extremists during spontaneous demonstrations in opposition to China’s illegal deployment of its oil rig Haiyang Shiyou - 981 in Viet Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. 

PM inspects biggest fishery surveillance vessel

PM Nguyen Tan Dung on June 4 in the northern province of Quang Ninh inspected Viet Nam’s largest fisheries resources surveillance vessel KN-781 which will be delivered this month.  

Vessel KN-781, which is equipped with a helicopter landing platform, was built by the Ha Long Shipbuilding Company.

A similar ship is being made by the company and will be handed over in this July.

NA deputies discuss vote of confidence

Lawmakers on June 6 heard and debated draft revisions to a National Assembly’s resolution on conducting vote of confidence on people holding positions elected or approved by the NA and the People’s Councils.

Later, they examined a draft law on amendments and supplements to the Law on Vocational Training.

VN sends another diplomatic note opposing China

Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations Ambassador Le Hoai Trung on June 6 transmitted to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon a Diplomatic Note of the Foreign Ministry addressed to its Chinese partner opposing China’s continued illegal operation of the oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

PM inaugurates nation’s longest cross-river bridge

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on June 8 attended the inauguration ceremony of a bridge spanning the Red River, linking Ha Noi’s outlying town of Son Tay with Vinh Tuong district in Vinh Phuc province.

As the longest river in the country, the 5,487m Vinh Thinh Bridge was built by engineers and workers of Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK). It is seen as a symbol of the strategic partnership between the two Governments.

Vietnamese ships keep struggling against China

Vietnamese law enforcement ships stayed about 8-10 nautical miles from where China’s oil rig is illegally standing, according to the Viet Nam Fisheries Surveillance Department.

Meanwhile, Viet Nam’s fishing boats kept their normal catching activities about 35-40 nautical miles from the rig, demanding their fishing grounds.

In addition to protesting China’s violation of VietNam’s sovereignty, the fisheries surveillance ships always stood side by side with fishing boats to support and protect them from Chinese vessels.

State continues to facilitate women’s development: Vice President

The Party and State will continue introducing policies to increase the number of women holding leadership and management positions.

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan made the statement in Paris on June 7 while meeting with representatives of the Vietnamese community in France. She was in the city to attend the 24 th Global Summit of Women (GSW), which wrapped up the same day.

World Bank aids VN in sharpening competitiveness

The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank on June 6 approved a US$ 250 million credit package to the Vietnamese Government to assist the country in enhancing its economic management and competitive development.

The funding will be used to strengthen financial sector governance and fiscal management for macroeconomic stability, and improve public administration and state-owned enterprises.

The package will also focus on intensifying the transparency, effectiveness and accountability of the public sector, reducing administrative procedures and increasing taxation policies.

Hai Phong hosts maritime economic forum

The international integration of Vietnam’s maritime economy was discussed at a forum held in the northern port city of Hai Phong on June 6 by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. 

The forum, the sixth of its kind, is one of the main activities of the 2014 Viet Nam Sea and Islands Week.

Overall planning for southern economic zones announced

The Ministry of Planning and Investment on June 5 announced overall development plans for two southern economic zones through to 2020, which are focused on expanding key fields and boosting GDP growth.

Under the plans, approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, the Southern Key Economic Zone is expected to lead localities throughout the country in broadening electronics and software production and a range of services, including trade, logistics, finance, telecommunications and tourism. These are expected to boost national socio-economic development.

Pilot programme increases agriculture connectivity

A pilot programme will aim at financing connectivity models between businesses and farmers in order to promote high-technology application in agricultural production and exports.

The State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Science and Technology are considering cooperation on the pilot programme.

Music festival targets seas and islands

The Vietnam Musicians Association will organise a large-scale music festival focusing on seas and islands on June 8.

The art performance La Nguoi Con Dat Viet Lan Thu 2 (To Be A Vietnamese For The Second Time) will be held at 8pm, Hanoi Friendship Cultural Palace. It is composed of three parts, namely National Melody, Oh Vietnamese Seas and The Nation Calls Its Name.

Ha Long Bay listed in top 8 Green Spaces in Asia

Agoda.com, one of Asia’s leading hotel booking websites, has cited Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island as a “must-visit” and one of the eight most memorable green spaces for travellers in Asia.

“Ha Long Bay is one of Viet Nam’s most popular destinations, and carries the awards and badges to match its beauty. It is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and alongside the Cat Ba National Park, a Special National Landscape Site,” the site reports.

VN launches first foreign-based tourism office

A tourism office representing Vietnamese travel agents was officially opened in Tokyo on June 4 by the Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA). 

The facility, the first of its kind overseas, is responsible for keeping the Japanese and Northeast Asian markets informed with up-to-date, official information about Vietnamese tourism, implementing promotional campaigns, and providing information on tourism development and investment policies in Viet Nam to Japanese enterprises.

The office will also introduce the image of Viet Nam as a tourist destination by participating in tourism events in Japan, organising activities to promote tourism in Vietnam, and partnering with other foreign tourism offices operating in Japan to boost co-operation./.

(Source: VGP/VNA/VOV/Nhandan)



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