Weekly press digest – May 26 – June 1
08:47 | 02/06/2014

PM directs to stabilize production, investment environment

PM Nguyen Tan Dung has asked for special focus on tackling difficulties for production, improving the investment environment and attracting more investment as well as realizing business privatization.

PM Dung made the statement at the Government's regular meeting on May 29.

The PM directed to stabilize the macro-economy, swiftly deal with bad debts, increase credits for Small and Medium-sized and export enterprises, expand export market, control the gold, foreign currency and stock markets, monitor market prices, especially milk price and strictly prevent smuggling, fakes and trade frauds.

PM Dung asked for paying more attention to the development of health, culture, education, poverty reduction and administrative procedures.

He asked ministries, agencies and localities to boost communication campaigns and promptly provide sufficient information about socio-economic situation.  

PM urges UN to preserve peace, stability in East Sea

PM Nguyen Tan Dung has urged the United Nations to redouble its efforts in preserving peace and stability in the face of the current serious situation in the East Sea.

The Government chief raised the point on May 27 during his meeting with Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Ameerah Haq who is in Viet Nam to attend the launching ceremony of a peacekeeping center in the country.

PM Dung took the occasion to thank UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for raising his voice over the tension in the East Sea sparked by China’s illegal placement of the drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 in Viet Nam’s waters.

As an active and responsible member of the United Nations, Viet Nam commits to doing its best to consolidate peace and promote development on global scale, affirmed PM Dung.

For her part, Ameerah Haq said she will convey PM Dung’s message to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon so that the United Nations will take more practical actions to maintain peace and stability in the region and the world.

EU official shows special concern over China’s recent acts

The EU High Representative for Foreign Relations and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, expressed her special concern over China’s recent acts in the East Sea, saying these would affect security in the region.

During a phone conversation with Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh on May 29, Ashton called on the relevant parties to seek peaceful and cooperative solutions in accordance with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, to continue ensuring maritime security and freedom.

She also called on the parties to take measures to ease tension and take no unilateral actions that spoil peace and security in the region.

Regarding the relations between Viet Nam and the EU, both sides vowed to redouble their efforts for early conclusion of the free trade agreement prior to the 10th ASEM Summit and closely coordinate for the success of the ASEAN-EU Foreign Ministers’ Meeting scheduled on July 23, 2014 in Brussels.

Defence Minister: China must immediately withdraw oil rig

Minister Thanh made the request in his speech delivered on the second working day of the 13th Asia Security Summit known as Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on May 31.

Minister Thanh stated, “Common aspiration of countries in the world, including Viet Nam is always eager to maintain a regional environment of peace, stability, cooperation and development and to prevent conflicts and wars."

According to the Minister, to best manage the risks that can lead to conflicts, the countries need to craft mechanisms that initiate and promote international responsibility, and in particular, the role and responsibilities of powers.

Many countries wish to foster ties with VN Defence Ministry

Many countries have voiced their wish to boost defence relations with Viet Nam during their representatives’ separate bilateral meetings with Vietnamese counterparts on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue, Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh has said.

General Thanh had separate meetings with his counterparts from New Zealand, Singapore, the US, the UK, France, Japan and Australia during the 13th Asia Security Forum, known as Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore from May 30 to June 1.

Meanwhile, Deputy Defence Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh held separate working sessions with Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Anatoly Antonov, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army - Lieutenant General Wang Guanzhong, and Chairman of the US Joint Chief of Staff - General Martin Dempsey.

NA passes law building programmes

The National Assembly (NA) on May 30 passed a resolution on amendments to the law and ordinance building programme for the legislature’s 13th tenure and the law and ordinance building programme for 2015.

Earlier on the day’s morning session, the NA listened to proposals and verification reports on draft revisions to the Law on the NA Organisation.

Later, the deputies gave their opinions on contentious matters in the draft revisions to the Law on Customs and the Law on Environmental Protection.

The NA is scheduled to resume working on June 2 to debate the supplementary assessment of the implementation of the 2013 socio-economic development plan and state budget; plans to ensure budget balance in 2013 an the implementation of the 2014 socio-economic plan in the first months of this year.

VN sends diplomatic note against China to UN chief

Viet Nam’s permanent mission to the United Nations has sent a letter to the organisation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, asking him to circulate as an official document of the 68th session of the General Assembly a diplomatic note from the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The diplomatic note, dated May 4, protested China’s refusal to end violations of Viet Nam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction over its exclusive economic zone prescribed by the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, to with both Viet Nam and China are members.

Nationwide activities mark International Children’s Day

A myriad of activities to support children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, have been held nationwide on the occasion of International Children’s Day (June 1).

A special art programme was held at the Hanoi Children Palace on May 31 to entertain children with an aerobics performance and a fashion show.

Foreign investors keep faith in Viet Nam’s investment environment

Most foreign businesses operating in the southern region have voiced their belief in the investment environment in Viet Nam and affirmed they will continue with their operations in the country.

The positive sign was seen at a conference of representatives from FDI enterprises in the southern region held by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in Ho Chi Minh City on May 30.

Representatives from the foreign business community presented many specific recommendations aimed at further facilitating the resumption of production./.

(Source: VGP/VNA/VOV)

 

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