Monthly Archives: March 2018

Brussels to close all nuclear power plants by 2025

The government of Belgium has endorsed an energy strategy, confirming its plan to shut down all nuclear power plants (NPP) in the country by 2025.

The bill on the NPPs’ closure is to be submitted to the Council of Ministers by May 31. Belgium currently has seven nuclear reactors generating about half of its electricity.

The anti-nuclear movement has gained momentum in Belgium following the Fukushima accident in Japan in March 2011.

Source: VOV5

45th anniversary of Vietnam-Italy diplomatic ties marked in Rome

The Vietnamese Embassy in Rome held a ceremony on Friday to mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Italy (23/03/1973-23/03/2018).

In his address, the Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Cao Chinh Thien highlighted the fine relationship between Vietnam and Italy despite many changes in both countries over the years. The two countries have gained many achievements in politics, economics, culture, and people exchanges after establishing their bilateral strategic partnership in 2013. Ambassador Thien said Italy is one of Vietnam’s important partner in Europe and the world, adding that Vietnam always attaches importance to boosting the two countries’ strategic partnership.

Speaking at the ceremony, Italy’s Directorate General for Global Affairs Ugo Astudo hailed the two countries’ achievements over the past 45 years, saying there exists more potential for bilateral cooperation in various fields.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam, Cuba look towards more practical, effective relations

Vietnam and Cuba discussed ways to make their special ties more practical and effective with the focus on promising sectors such as economics, trade, investment, construction, agriculture, aquaculture and green energy.

It was among key points Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Cuban FM Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla exchanged during their talks in Havana on Thursday on the sidelines of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong’s State visit to Cuba from March 28-31.

Minister Minh highly spoke of the close Vietnam-Cuba relations which have been strengthened through regular exchanges of visit at all levels in multiple fields.

The bilateral ties in economics and trade have grown steadily, he said, noting that the two-way trade mounted to 240 million USD in 2017 and the two sides have maintained effective bilateral cooperation mechanisms with close links at international organizations and multilateral forums.

Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, for his part, said he wants both sides to continue close coordination to boost their bilateral and multilateral relations in the time ahead.

He expressed his support for the fifth political consultation between the two foreign ministries to take place this year and vowed to closely work with the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to organize celebrations of the 45th anniversary of Cuban Leader Fidel Castro’s historic visit to a newly-liberated area in Quang Tri in 1973.

The two sides said they are ready to work together in the implementation of agreements reached during this visit. They later exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Source: VOV5

PM hosts banquet for GMS6 – CLV10 delegates

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse hosted a banquet on Friday evening in Hanoi for delegates attending the sixth Greater Mekong Sub-region Summit (GMS-6) and the 10th Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Development Triangle Summit (CLV-10).

In his welcoming address, Mr. Phuc underscored the importance of rivers in the history of human development. Major rivers in the region, including the Yangtze, Ganges, Mekong-Lancang, Red, Irrawaddy, and Chao Phraya, have created livelihoods for people living along them, connecting cultures and boosting trades among communities and regions. He asked member countries of the Great Mekong Sub-region to enhance efforts to ensure peace and boost cooperation development for the sub-region’s sustainable prosperity.

Source: VOV5

Agri-tourism development in Vietnam prioritized

The General Administration of Tourism and the Rural Today newspaper have jointly held a workshop to leverage agri-tourism based on products and markets.

Speaking in the event in Friday, delegates confirmed positive outcomes from agricultural tourism in many places with stable income for farmers and businesses. They called for a national program on agri-tourism development integrated with new rural area building program to promote local advantages in agriculture and tourism.

Source: VOV5

GMS-6 Summit closes with approval of Hanoi Action Plan

The sixth Greater Mekong Sub-Region Summit (GMS-6) wrapped up on Saturday with the approval of the Joint Statement of the sixth GMS Summit, the Hanoi Action Plan and the GMS Regional Investment Framework 2022.

With the theme Leveraging 25 years of cooperation, Building an integrated, sustainable and prosperous GMS, the Summit gathered GMS leaders and representatives from its key partners, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank, and ASEAN.

Earlier in the opening session, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc praised the grouping’s efforts to ensure peace and sustainable growth: Given the achievement proudly made along the Mekong River over the past 25 years by the Greater Mekong Sub-Region, governments, peoples, the ADB and development partners as well as active participation by businesses, the GMS is confident to promote its role as the first cooperative mechanism in the Mekong region for peace, sustainable development to generate prosperity for all.

During the summit, GMS leaders hailed the Ha Noi Action Plan and the GMS Regional Investment Framework 2022 with some 220 projects, programs and technical support worth some 66 billion dollars. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha: I agree with the documents as obvious outcomes of cooperation. We will promote project connectivity between countries, especially in the North South and East West economic corridors and southern corridor in Thailand to promote growth. Railway connectivity is important to facilitate trade and investment while soft infrastructure should be developed to support hard infrastructure connection. We have signed the Cross Border Transport Facilitation Agreement and this will be efficiently implemented with joint efforts.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasized on key cooperative components when he called for the drafting of GMS Cooperative Vision by 2030: First, infrastructure development to boost regional connectivity between GMS countries and with the outside world. Second, supportive connectivity in terms of trade and investment. Third, human resource quality improvement by training and refreshment training in the context of Industry 4.0 for better competitiveness. Fourth, GMS should become a community for joint interests to cope with common challenges. Fifth, GMS need to promote open cooperative mechanism with the involvement of development partners and international financial institutions to benefit all.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reiterates China’s strong support in the GMS cooperation: The regional investment framework over the next 5 years will be the next steps for our cooperation. China will participate closely and actively support financially. We are honored to commit in the implementation of this plan to boost people’s living standards. Partnership cooperation should be strengthened for joint future and sustainable growth in the GMS.

ADB President Takehi Nakao congratulated Vietnam’s successful hosting of the event and its first organization of the GMS Business Summit to foster business networking for integration and sustainable growth. Laos took over the GMS Business Council Chairmanship from Cambodia in the closing session.

Source: VOV5

Seminar seeks ways to improve education for the disabled

A seminar on connecting individuals and organizations, which provide education for the disabled in Vietnam, was co-organized in Hanoi on March 30 by the Ministry of Education and Training, and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in Vietnam.

Participants discussed the building of a connectivity network of education for the disabled, improving professional competence, and raising public awareness of eliminating discrimination against the disabled in education activities.

During the period, at least 70 percent of disabled people at school age will access quality, fair and friendly education while at least half of managerial staff and teachers will receive training in the field.

Source: VOV5