Daily Archives: December 28, 2018

Defence cooperation – a pillar in Vietnam-Cambodia ties

Phnom Penh (VNA) � Defence cooperation is seen as one of the important pillars in the relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia, said Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

At a reception in Phnom Penh on December 28 for General Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member, Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Minister of National Defence, the PM expressed his delight at the successful defence ties between the two nations over the past time.

He affirmed that Cambodia always attaches importance to preserving and deepening its traditional solidary and friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam, for the interests of the two countries’ people as well as for peace, stability and development.

Minister Lich congratulated Cambodian on the successful organisation of the 6th National Assembly election and the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on its victory in the election, saying the result reflected the acknowledgement, trust and aspiration of the Cambodian people for a good future of the country under the leadership of the CPP and the government led by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Informing the host of the outcomes of his talks with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Samdech Tea Banh, Lich said the bilateral defence collaboration has recorded practical achievements in recent years.

In the coming time, the two sides agreed to step up affiliation in various fields, especially communications and education, personnel training, delegation exchange, border management and exchange, as well as search for and repatriation of remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who died in Cambodia, he said.

He also proposed the Cambodian Government and Prime Minister Hun Sen continue support the collaboration between the two armies.

In reply, the Cambodian PM said the two militaries should continue enhancing solidarity and intensive cooperation in every aspect so as to make defence ties a pillar in the relations between the two countries.

He praised the two armies for realising the Protocol on Regular Search and Rescue in land border areas, including the organisation of search and rescue drills.

The leader asked both sides to continue implementing projects to repair and renovate the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monuments, affirming that Cambodia will coordinate with Vietnamese units to speed up the search for and repatriation of remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who laid down their lives in Cambodia.

Earlier on December 27, Minister Ngo Xuan Lich held talks with his Cambodian counterpart Tea Banh, during which he stressed that since the two countries set up their diplomatic ties in 1967, the bilateral relations have been continuously consolidated and developed in all fields, including defence. He expressed his belief that the meeting will create a new momentum to deepen the defence cooperation between the two nations.

Tea Banh affirmed that the Cambodian people and army always treasure the traditional friendly neighbourliness with the Vietnamese counterparts, vowing to do his best to preserve, foster and develop the fine relationship.

The two ministers agreed to increase coordination in realising the Protocol on Regular Search and Rescue in land border areas and the annual collaboration plans, pay attention to stepping up communications and education work, improve training quality, and strengthen links between military units in border areas.

They also consented to speed up the search for and repatriation of remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who died in Cambodia as well as complete the building and upgrading of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monuments.

Following the talks, Ministers Ngo Xuan Lich and Tea Banh signed a cooperation plan between the two defence ministries for 2019.

During his stay, the Vietnamese defence minister laid a wreath at the Independence Monument and the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument in the capital city of Phnom Penh, and visited the Vietnamese Embassy in the country.-VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency

PM: businesses, people centre of development

Hanoi (VNA) � Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked for taking businesses and people as the centre for development during a national conference between the Government and localities that closed in Hanoi on December 28.

He urged Government members and local authorities to listen to public feedback to promptly deal with issues.

As the year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s Testament, the PM said the legal system, theoretical work and organisation must serve the aspiration for national prosperity so that the country will not be left behind in Asia, or even in the world.

Government members and local authorities were asked to hold responsibility for the people and country, fix existing shortcomings and hold regular dialogues with the public.

According to the leader, the economy’s resilience to regional and global changes remains weak while bureaucracy and corruption have eroded public trust. Residents in disaster-hit areas still face difficulties; social vices, school violence and shark loans need to be strictly dealt with.

While many localities successfully raised capital, others posted poor provincial competitiveness index, especially in terms of administration appraisal. Several localities are yet to seriously follow regulations on citizens’ reception, he said.

PM Phuc added that on January 1, 2019, the Government will sign its Resolution No.01 detailing major tasks to realise the socio-economic development plan and State budget 2019 and Resolution No.02 on improving business environment and national competitiveness in 2019 with orientations to 2021.

A resolution on investment in build-transfer model will also be signed on December 29, he said.

The Minister of Home Affairs was assigned to work with relevant ministries to submit a plan to the Government on the continued decentralization of power to Ho Chi Minh City and localities.

The PM also called for attention to combating corruption, strengthening measures to prevent goods hoarding and smuggling ahead of the coming Lunar New Year festival.-VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Party, State leader warns against self-satisfaction

Hanoi (VNA) � General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong acknowledged the country’s 2018 socio-economic development achievements but warned against self-satisfaction when attending the Government’s meeting with localities on December 28.

Trong noted that the country is still facing a lot of difficulties and challenges due to unpredictable developments in the regional and global situations, and latent risks in the world economy, especially in finance, monetary and exports due to impacts of trade wars, along with unsolved shortcomings and problems in the economy and social affairs.

The Party and State leader underlined several main tasks for 2019, including consolidating the macro-economy, controlling inflation, improving the capacity to respond to abnormal developments of the market, particularly the world economy, maintaining the growth pace and quality through the improvement of the business and investment environment, and raising the productivity, quality, efficiency and competitiveness of the economy in combination with stepping up growth model reform and economic restructuring.

The top leader underlined the need to speed up administrative reform, effectively remove barriers against production and business activities, develop various types of markets in a synchronous manner, push ahead with the rearrangement of State-owned enterprises, and encourage the involvement of all economic sectors at home and abroad in development investment.

It is also essential to complete the socialist-oriented market economic institutions, pay more attention to socio-cultural development and implement social progress and equality in every policy, Trong stated.

He emphasised the necessity to strengthen defence and security strength, protect independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation, ensure political security, social order and safety, and step up external relations activities.

He also asked for better building of the Party and political system, as well as better personnel work to choose really competent officials to leading positions.

The conference heard reports on the country’s socio-economic development in 2018, examined the Government’s performance during the year and discussed draft Government resolutions on tasks for 2019.

In 2018, Vietnam has fulfilled and surpassed all 12 socio-economic targets. The country’s GDP growth rate exceeded 7 percent, while the GDP scale reached 245 billion USD, and average per capita GDP rose to 2,580 USD. Exports were valued at 245 billion USD, up 13.8 percent year-on-year, posting a trade surplus of over 7 billion USD. The consumer price index growth was maintained at 3.54 percent. The household poverty rate decreased to 6.8 percent.-VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Gov’t leader requests sectors, localities not to rest on laurels

Hanoi (VNA) � Vietnam has recorded considerable achievements in 2018, but Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has reminded ministries, sectors and localities to never rest on their laurels.

He made the remark at a national teleconference between the Government and 63 provinces and cities nationwide in Hanoi on December 28.

The event also saw the presence of Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong and Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

The Government leader noted that this year’s economic growth rate posts a decade high of 7.08 percent with the processing and manufacturing sector expanding by over 12 percent. Meanwhile, credit grew by less than 14 percent, compared to the 17 � 18 percent in the previous years, and the mining industry contracted nearly 4 percent.

These figures show that the growth model is switching, and the country has recorded improvement in value chains, he said.

Meanwhile, the Party Central Committee’s resolution on the private economic sector is being implemented well with the sector recording strongest ever development in the past two years. Additionally, more than 130,000 new enterprises were set up and over 34,000 firms resumed operations in 2018, PM Phuc highlighted.

Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh attributed those attainments to the Government’s actions under the motto Discipline, Integrity, Action, Creativity, Effectiveness.

The Cabinet has taken actions with the consistent targets of stabilising the macro-economy, controlling inflation, creating clear and substantive changes in the implementation of strategic breakthroughs, simultaneously restructuring the economy and reforming the growth model, and improving labour quality and productivity and the economy’s competitiveness.

It has also worked to reform mechanisms and policies to remove obstacles, streamline administrative procedures, and better the business climate, he said.

However, Minh also pointed out certain shortcomings of the Government, noting that the proposal of mechanisms and policies remains inactive, the settlement of policy loopholes has yet to meet expectations, while ministries and agencies still lack coordination in resolving inter-sectoral problems.

Aside from objective factors, the shortcomings are attributable to the fact that leaders of some agencies haven’t been drastic enough in their work, and some officials lack sense of responsibility towards their duties.

PM Phuc said following this meeting, the Government will swiftly finalise and issue several resolutions so that the whole administrative system, enterprises and people can soon get down to business to accomplish the targets set for 2019. �VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency