Daily Archives: November 24, 2017

EU hopes UK will back down to speed up Brexit talks

EU leaders hope that Britain will compromise on the divorce bill, the Irish border issues, and citizens’ rights to move Brexit negotiations to phase 2, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters on Thursday.

He said the results of his meeting next month with British Prime Minister Theresa May will decide the next steps towards the UK’s departure.

May said Friday that she will hold meetings in Brussels on the negotiation’s progress, which must be completed before Britain leaves the bloc next March.

Source: VOV5

National Assembly wraps up year-end session

The 4th session of the 14th National Assembly concluded on Friday in Hanoi after one month of meetings. Present at the closing session were Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

In her closing address, Ms. Ngan said the Assembly approved 6 bills which are important to national development and commented on 9 other bills to improve the legal system related to socialist-oriented market economy, defense, security, social order, human rights, and prevention of corruption and wastefulness.

The National Assembly deliberated major reports on implementing national targets for gender equality, settlement of complaints, judicial work, law enforcement, and anti-corruption. The Assembly also passed several resolutions, which are expected to have a strong impact on socio-economic development.

The Q and A session focused on finance, banking, communications, and court trials. Deputies questioned the Prime Minister on governance. Chairwoman Ngan said: The Q and A session was conducted in a constructive, democratic, and upbeat manner to hold cabinet members accountable. This also showed the competence of deputies. The Prime Minister and his Ministers answered clearly and candidly and set out solutions, which are applauded by deputies and the public.

Ms. Ngan said the session reflects the spirit of reform and innovation: During the session, there were some important external activities to boost parliamentary diplomacy and friendly cooperation among parliaments and countries. In particular, the National Assembly applauded the success of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, which helped elevate Vietnam’s position worldwide and open new opportunities for national development.

The top legislator called on deputies to be more active in law building, oversight, and meeting with voters to listen to their aspirations. She also urged relevant agencies to take steps to implement newly-approved laws.

Source: VOV5

20th Vietnam Film Festival opens

129 films produced by Vietnam and other ASEAN countries will be screened at the 20th Vietnam Film Festival in Da Nang city from Friday until Tuesday.

Vuong Duy Bien, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, told VOV: With the experience and thorough preparations of the organization board, Da Nang authority, and the Vietnam Cinematography Department, the Film Festival will be a success. Vietnamese movies will be promoted and 20 Film Festivals have marked the progress of Vietnam’s Cinematography.

Themed Building a modern, civilized Vietnamese movie industry, the Festival is expected to draw 200 Vietnamese and foreign guests and 800 artists, producers, and distributors.

Source: VOV5

National Assembly approves draft Law on Planning

The National Assembly on Friday passed the draft Law on Planning.

The Law stipulates supervision, assessment, and inspection of the national planning system, as well as the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of agencies, organizations and individuals in planning activities.

Earlier, National Assembly deputies had heard a report on adjustments to the draft Law of Planning by the National Assembly Standing Committee.

The National Assembly also discussed the revised Law on National Defense.

Source: VOV5

Deputy PM works with Ho Chi Minh Museum

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam held a working session on Friday with leaders of Ho Chi Minh Museum on preparations to mark 50 years since the death of President Ho Chi Minh next year and the 130th anniversary of his birth in 2020.

Mr. Dam acknowledged the efforts by the museum’s leaders and staff over the years, adding that Ho Chi Minh Museum, part of the Ba Dinh cultural and historical relic complex, needs to be upgraded in harmony with the surrounding area.

He asked the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to work with related ministries and agencies to keep the museum orderly, solemn, and clean enough to deserve a place to preserve memories on President Ho Chi Minh, a great leader and a global cultural celebrity.

Source: VOV5

ASEAN-India Conference on Blue Ocean Economy: from concept to action

Sixty delegates including government officials, scholars, and researchers gathered in Nha Trang City, on Friday for the ASEAN-India Conference on Blue Ocean Economy.

The 2-day conference is initiated by Vietnam and part of activities to mark the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialogue relations.

Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, who is also head of the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting, underscored the importance of the blue ocean economy in both regional and international development.

He reviewed marine economic cooperation activities among ASEAN members and partners and called on participants to make specific proposals towards developing a common awareness about environmental protection and a proper mechanism to facilitate sustainable growth.

Participants also discussed various issues in regards to practical evaluation, transport cooperation in tapping seaports, and green energy.

Source: VOV5

Syrian opposition agrees to send united delegation to Geneva talks

Syria’s disparate opposition groups will send a united delegation to next week’s UN-mediated peace talks in Geneva.

Bassma Kodmani, a delegation member, told reporters on Friday that further discussions will be held to decide on the delegation list. The announcement came on the second day of a Saudi-sponsored meeting in Riyadh, where 140 opposition figures are gathered to unify their ranks before direct talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime next week.

Dmitry Peskov, a Russian Presidential spokesperson, said Thursday that the Syrian national dialogue should involve all Syrian groups.

Source: VOV5