Daily Archives: May 4, 2019

Respect-paying ceremonies held for former President in Myanmar, Netherlands

Hanoi (VNA) � Myanmar’s Minister of International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin came to the Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar on May 4 to pay respect to former President Gen. Le Duc Anh.

Writing in the condolence book, the minister extended his deepest sympathies to the Vietnamese people and the family of the deceased.

The passing away of the former President on April 22 was a great loss for the Vietnamese people, he wrote, adding that the general will be remembered for his important role in Vietnam’s struggle for national liberation and development.

On May 3-4, ambassadors of many countries in Laos, the United Nations’ Resident Coordinator and international friends paid tribute to the former Vietnamese leader at the embassy.

On these two days, the Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherlands also held a respect-paying ceremony and opened the funeral book for the former President.

General Le Duc Anh, who served as President of Vietnam from September 1992 to December 1997, passed away on April 22 at the age of 99.

Vietnam has declared two days of national mourning for him on May 3 and 4.

A memorial service for former President General Le Duc Anh was held at the National Funeral Hall in Hanoi at 10:45 am on May 3, and a burial service for him took place at 5pm the same day at Ho Chi Minh City Cemetery.-VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam People’s Navy sailing ship concludes Indonesia visit

Jakarta (VNA) – The Vietnamese ship coded HQ-286 named Le Quy Don the Vietnam People’s Navy left Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta on May 4, wrapping up its four-day visit to the country.

While in Indonesia, naval officers and sailors aboard the ship led by Colonel Nguyen Duc Nam, Vice Director of the Vietnam Naval Academy, visited the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia, the Vietnam defense attache office and Fleet 1 of the Indonesian Navy, met with the Deputy Governor of Jakarta and joined sports exchange activities with the Indonesian Navy.

During the visit to Fleet 1 of the Indonesian Navy, Colonel Nam said he was impressed by training results achieved by the unit.

At his reception for the Vietnamese delegation on May 2, Deputy Governor of Jakarta Sutanto Soehodho briefed the guest on organisational structure, as well as challenges posing Jakarta in urban development.

Jakarta and some major cities in Vietnam share similarities, which enable the two sides to cooperate and share experience for mutual development, he said.

Colonel Nam expressed his belief that the visit will contribute to promoting effective exchanges and cooperation for development and stability of the two countries as well as their armies.

He said the visit by ship HQ-286 Le Quy Don had achieved the purpose and set plan in the training work and foreign affairs, as well as naval exchanges.

Colonel Nam appreciated the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia and the Vietnam Defense Attache Office in Indonesia for their coordination and help for the delegation during the visit.-VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam objects to China’s fishing ban in East Sea

Hanoi (VNA) � Vietnam opposes and resolutely rejects China’s unilateral decision to ban fishing in the East Sea, covering Vietnam’s waters, from May 1 to August 16, 2019, said Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.

Hang made the statement while answering reporters’ query regarding China’s fishing ban on May 4.

She elaborated that the ban has violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago as well as the country’s legitimate rights and interests in its sea areas.

It has also infringed international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS), and run counter to the spirit and wording of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China, and the Vietnam-China agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of issues at sea, Hang added.

Vietnam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence testifying its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, and legitimate rights over its waters in conformity with the 1982 UNCLOS, the spokesperson said.

Measures to preserve organism resources should be taken in line with the 1982 UNCLOS and not harm sovereign rights and jurisdiction at sea of countries concerned, she noted.-VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam’s socio-economic situation witnesses positive signs: PM

Hanoi (VNA) � Vietnam’s socio-economic situation in April 2019 witnessed many positive signs with macroeconomic stability and surging aggregate demand, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told a regular cabinet meeting in Hanoi on May 4.

PM Phuc noted with pleasure that a large number of new businesses were established while the country made a record in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) with a lot of large-scale projects. The agriculture sector yielded bumper crops and the epidemic of African swine fever was controlled to minimise damage, he said.

According to the government leader, the country’s exports increased significantly and continuously recorded a trade surplus. Inflation was curbed at a low level although prices of some services and petrol were adjusted upwards and the country’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) climbed up, ranking second among ASEAN countries.

Regarding the recent hikes in electricity, oil and petrol prices, the PM explained that the increase of power price was in line with rules of a socialist-oriented market economy and had been deliberated carefully by the Government. However, the calculation of electricity price remains unclear and unconvincing, causing public concern in recent days.

In that context, PM Phuc said he had ordered to conduct inspections on the adjustment of electricity selling prices and the calculation method, and then make them public. The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Vietnam Electricity (EVN) must have the responsibility to report this issue to the Government and people, he said.

Through the Private Sector Economic Forum 2019, the PM requested ministries, sectors and localities to push ahead with administrative reform and improvement of business environment.

Regarding public investment, the PM said the disbursement remained tardy and asked cabinet members to take stronger measures and strictly handle ministries, sectors, localities and investors involved in the slow disbursement of public investment.

A report delivered by the Ministry of Planning and Investment showed that the consumer price index (CPI) in April 2019 went up 0.31 percent against the previous month. The four-month CPI rose 2.71 percent year-on-year, the lowest level in the past three years.

The industrial production index (IPI) expanded 9.2 percent driven by the high growth of 10.9 percent in the processing and manufacturing industry.

Total retail sales of goods and services recorded a growth rate of 11.9 percent, the highest since 2015.

More than 43,000 new businesses were established in the first four months of 2019 with total registered capital of over 540 trillion VND (23.22 billion USD). Over 17,000 enterprises resumed their operations, up 53.6 percent year on year.

The flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) capital reached 5.7 billion USD, a year-on-year rise of 7.5 percent. The total amount of newly registered and added capital increased 28.6 percent to 7.5 billion USD.

The country grossed 78.76 billion USD from exports, up 5.8 percent, including over 23 billion USD from the domestic economic sector, up 10.5 percent, and enjoyed a trade surplus of 711 million USD.

During the meeting, cabinet members focused discussions on the implementation of the Government’s resolution on implementing the socio-economic development plan and the State budget in 2019 as well as the socio-economic situation in the first four months of this year.

They also prepared contents for the government’s submission to the seventh meeting of the 14th National Assembly, which is scheduled to take place in late May.-VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Former President Le Duc Anh remembered in China, ASEAN

Bejing (VNA) � The Vietnamese Embassy in China on May 3-4 opened a condolences book for former President, General Le Duc Anh who passed away late last month at the age of 99.

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, Chaiman of the Steering Committee of the National People’s Congress Li Zhanshu, and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Wang Yang sent wreaths in memory of the Vietnamese former leader.

Paying last respects to the deceased, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Liu Qibao wrote in the condolences book that the passing of Le Duc Anh is a great loss for both Vietnamese and Chinese peoples, describing him as a friend of the Chinese people.

He affirmed that the Chinese Party and State always attach much importance to the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with Vietnam, and want to promote the Vietnam-China friendship collaboration in a practical and stable manner.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi, Deputy Secretary-General Hoang Anh Tuan and staffers at the ASEAN Secretariat on May 4 paid homage to former President Anh at the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia.

In the condolences book, Lim expressed his deep sympathies to the Vietnamese people over the passing of Le Duc Anh, who made great contributions to the nation’s peace, stability and economic development, particularly in the nation’s joining the ASEAN in 1995. He will be remembered as one of the most respected leaders in Vietnam and a leader that gave strong support to the ASEAN, the official wrote.

At the ASEAN Secretariat headquarters, the Vietnamese national flag flied at half-staff on May 3-4.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Foreign leaders extend condolences over death of former President

Hanoi (VNA) – Leaders of Cambodia, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Palestine have sent messages and letters of condolences to leaders of the Vietnamese Party, State, Government and people over the passing of former President General Le Duc Anh.

In his letter of condolences to General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong, Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni offered the deepest condolences to the top Vietnamese leader, people and the family of former President General Le Duc Anh.

King Norodom Sihamoni also highlighted the late leader’s great contributions to Vietnam’s national construction and development cause, affirming that former President Le Duc Anh was an excellent and respectable leader of Vietnam.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is also Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, extended their condolences to Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong.

Moroccan King Mohammed VI and Palestinian President, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Mahmoud Abbas also sent messages of condolences to Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong.

Meanwhile, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra sent a letter of condolences to Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.

General Le Duc Anh, who served as President of Vietnam from September 1992 to December 1997, passed away on April 22 at the age of 99.-VNA

Source: Vietnam News Agency