Daily Archives: March 3, 2018

Bulgaria’s National Day marked in HCM City

The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations and the Vietnam-Bulgaria Friendship Association of HCM City co-hosted a ceremony on Friday to celebrate Bulgaria’s 140th National Day, March 3.

Speaking at the event, Hoang Thai Lan, President of the Vietnam-Bulgaria Friendship Association of HCM City, recalled Bulgaria’s history of national liberation 140 years ago, and thanked the country for its assistance in training thousands of Vietnamese cadres, experts and skilled workers. She highlighted the 68-year history of bilateral relations between Vietnam and Bulgaria, saying that they have laid a solid foundation for growing friendship and cooperation in the fields of politics, trade, investment and people-to-people diplomacy, which have been nurtured by the two countries’ leaders and people.

Oleg Marinov, a representative from the Bulgarian Embassy in Vietnam and head of the Commercial and Economic Office in HCM City, expressed his hope that Vietnamese people who once studied and worked in Bulgaria will serve as firm bridges to contribute to the development of the traditional friendship and fruitful cooperation between the two nations.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam-India ties have been progressing fast: The Diplomat

The Diplomat has posted an article on Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang’ s state visit to India from Friday to Sunday.

The article said one of the mainstays of Indian foreign policy under the Modi government has been its Act East Policy, which aims to bolster India’s closer engagement with Southeast Asia and East Asia. Vietnam is a key element of this policy (known earlier as the Look East Policy). Hanoi is important for India’s outreach efforts in the Southeast Asian region, besides New Delhi’s plans for increasing its connectivity with the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). India is constructing the India-Myanmar-Thailand highway (which is expected to be completed by 2019) and this could be linked up with pre-existing roads, all the way to Vietnam. While India’s ties with Vietnam have been progressing fast on all fronts, it is important for both the sides to address the challenges confronting the relationship in order for it to reach its full potential, according to The Diplomat.

Source: VOV5

ASEAN approves economic cooperation priorities for regional connectivity

ASEAN economic ministers have approved economic cooperation priorities designed by Singapore, the Chair of ASEAN 2018, to promote regional connectivity as well as ASEAN stature.

On the sideline of the 24th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Retreat (AEM Retreat 24), in Singapore on Friday, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh said Vietnam is among the leading nations in implementing the commitments to the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). According to him, Vietnam has collaborated with other ASEAN countries in finalizing the Trade Facilitation Index (TFI). On this basis, ASEAN will give recommendations to each nation on measures to be improved to reach the goals of reducing 10 percent in trade costs by 2020 and doubling the intra-bloc trade value by 2025.

Vietnam has also proactively implemented the initiative on the ASEAN Wide Self-Certification, which aims to replace two other pilot mechanisms on self-certification.

The initiative will help Vietnamese entrepreneurs self�certify their products to ship to nine other ASEAN nations rather than to several ones, which helps save them time, costs, and resources.

Source: VOV5

Spring festival opens on 15th night of first lunar month

Nearly 1000 artists joined in an art parade in District 5, Ho Chi Minh city, preceding the spring festival on the night of the 15th of the first lunar month, on Friday.

Locals and visitors were treated to folklore and demonstrations of unique customs of the Vietnamese and Vietnamese Chinese. Other activities included a fine art exhibition, a lion dance performance, calligraphy displays, and folk games.

Source: VOV5

Ho Chi Minh City works with Japanese businesses in urban development

-Urban development cooperation between Ho Chi Minh city and Japan will help address challenges of Vietnam’s modernization and develop the traditional relationship between the two countries, said Chairman of Ho Chi Minh city People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong.

At a reception for Keiji Kimura, President of Japan Conference on Overseas Development of Eco-Cities (J-CODE) on Friday, Mr. Phong said he hopes both sides will have more opportunities to work with each other in urban development, combining harmoniously Vietnam’s climate characteristics with Japan’s urban development model.

Mr. Kimura said he expects to cooperate with Ho Chi Minh city in providing experience, solutions, and advanced technology to develop the city into a modern, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly urban center.

Source: VOV5

Ho Chi Minh City works with Japanese businesses in urban development

-Urban development cooperation between Ho Chi Minh city and Japan will help address challenges of Vietnam’s modernization and develop the traditional relationship between the two countries, said Chairman of Ho Chi Minh city People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong.

At a reception for Keiji Kimura, President of Japan Conference on Overseas Development of Eco-Cities (J-CODE) on Friday, Mr. Phong said he hopes both sides will have more opportunities to work with each other in urban development, combining harmoniously Vietnam’s climate characteristics with Japan’s urban development model.

Mr. Kimura said he expects to cooperate with Ho Chi Minh city in providing experience, solutions, and advanced technology to develop the city into a modern, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly urban center.

Source: VOV5

US Embassy in Cuba to sustain minimum staff

The US said on Friday it was making permanent its decision last year to slash staffing at its Havana embassy by around two-thirds because the alleged health incidents among its diplomats remained unsolved.

At a congressional hearing in January, US State Department officials said they are not sure about cause of the attacks, and an investigation into the attacks is ongoing, adding that no family members are permitted to reside in Havana. The department also announced a 3-month extension of Cuba travel advisory.

Source: VOV5