State leader praises role of handicraft artisans, workers in cultural promotion

Hanoi: President Vo Van Thuong met with over 100 outstanding handicraft artisans and workers who are attending the Vietnam Craft Villages Preservation and Development Festival 2023, in Hanoi on November 9.

The artisans and workers said that thanks to national reforms, craft villages and products of traditional crafts now have enormous chances to reach international markets, thereby contributing to national socio-economic development, their families’ livelihoods, and job creation.

They held that the Party and State’s guidelines and policies have greatly helped craft villages to develop strongly and villagers to improve their life quality.

To develop further, traditional craft villages need support and assistance from the Party and State via appropriate policies, especially in terms of accessing and applying scientific and technological advances, bringing into play their initiatives, helping artisans and workers capitalise on local material sources, and teaching traditional craft to the young, they noted.

Praising fine handicrafts of Vietnam, President Thuong highly valued the development of craft villages over the past years, which has created jobs for people, especially rural residents, and helped preserve and promote the country’s cultural values.

The State leader said craft villages not only create livelihoods for people and contribute to local socio-economic development but also are the spaces to preserve and promote cultural and historical values of the localities. He hailed the dedication by artisans and workers and considered them as the soul of their craft villages. He called on them to keep upholding their crafts, improving their skills, and training following generations to contribute to the Vietnamese culture.

At the meeting, President Thuong asked relevant ministries and sectors to continue perfecting mechanisms and policies to boost the development of craft villages, better treatment for handicraft artisans and workers, encourage innovation in handicraft production, and develop tourism craft villages. They were also told to continue considering the recognition of excellent artisans and workers./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Party membership badges awarded to former Deputy PMs

Hanoi: Former Politburo members, former Deputy Prime Ministers Truong Hoa Binh and Pham Gia Khiem were conferred badges for their respective 50-year and 45-year Party membership at a ceremony on November 9.

Politburo member, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh presented the badges to the two former officials.

At the ceremony, Khiem expressed his honour to receive the badge, adding that during his 50 years of work, he always received the Party’s leadership, direction, and guidance.

He affirmed that despite retirement, he always upholds the good ideals of communists as well as follows, supports, and contributes to the country’s development under the Party’s leadership.

Meanwhile, Binh thanked the Party, people, comrades, and colleagues for training, guiding, and helping him to fulfil his tasks during more than 55 years of work.

Binh vows to continue studying and following Ho Chi Minh’s morality, ideology, and style, deserving the Party and the people’s trust.

Reviewing the performance and contributions of the two former Deputy PMs, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh praised their efforts for the cause of the Party and the people.

Chinh also hailed the two former officials for their morality and lifestyle, affirming that they are always examples for Government officials and employees to follow./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Seminar looks to foster Vietnam – Hungary economic, trade ties

Hanoi: A business seminar has been held in Nograd county of Hungary with a view to promoting economic and trade relations between Vietnam and the European country.

The November 7 event, held by the Embassy and Trade Office of Vietnam in Hungary, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nograd, and the Hungarian – Vietnamese Business Council, looked into the two countries’ economic and trade ties, identified potential areas and cooperation opportunities, and proposed solutions to difficulties facing the countries’ businesses.

In her remarks, Vietnamese Ambassador to Hungary Nguyen Thi Bich Thao affirmed that the Vietnamese Government attaches importance to the substantive enhancement of the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Hungary. The political trust between the two countries provides the fundamental base for them to step up ties in other spheres, especially economy and trade.

Despite its recent growth, she noted, bilateral trade has yet to match potential. Vietnam is a developing country which has big demand for modern machinery and equipment, and products with high added value. Besides, it is strong at producing and exporting agricultural and seafood products, apparel, footwear, and electronic components.

Given this, she suggested the two sides increase trading to tap into each other’s strengths and export the products in demand in each other’s markets.

Tordai Peter, head of the Nograd Chamber of Commerce and Industry, described the Vietnamese enterprises in Hungary as an indispensable part in the promotion of bilateral business partnerships.

He expressed his hope that more Vietnamese companies will come to Nograd to seek business chances in the coming time.

Giving a presentation of the Vietnamese market, Tran Ngoc Ha, head of the Vietnamese Trade Office in Hungary, held that as both sides are encountering many challenges, they should make joint efforts to surmount difficulties and bolster economic and trade ties.

He suggested stepping up the connectivity between their enterprises, calling on the commerce and industry chambers of Nograd and other Hungarian localities, as well as the Hungarian – Vietnamese Business Council to cooperate with the Trade Office of Vietnam to share information and help connect businesses.

The two sides should send more business delegations to fairs and exhibitions to help them explore markets and seek partners, Ha continued, adding that they can also enhance labour cooperation as Hungary is facing a labour shortage while Vietnam has an abundant, industrious, and skilled workforce.

The Vietnamese side always creates the best possible conditions for both sides’ enterprises to promote economic and trade relations, the official affirmed./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Exhibition features development achievements of Australia’s partner NGOs in Vietnam

Hanoi: The Australian Embassy in Vietnam and the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) on November 9 launched a photo exhibition that features development achievements of foreign non-Governmental organisations (NGOs) that are partners of Australia in Vietnam.

Over many years, the NGOs have developed people-to-people links, supported poverty reduction, addressed social issues, and contributed significantly to Vietnam’s remarkable socio-economic development.

Structured around 11 thematic areas, the photos capture memorable moments and events and key project activities of the NGOs’ work in improving infrastructure and equipment, volunteering and people-to-people links, healthcare, education and training, child care and protection, disability-inclusive development, sustainable livelihoods, economic growth, empowering women and girls, digital technology application, and partnerships and exchanging experiences.

Along with photos, 19 stories and real-life characters show the diverse work and achievements of the NGOs.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski said that NGOs are a key partner in Australia’s overseas development assistance globally and in Vietnam.

“Australia’s NGO partners bring a deep understanding of local context, close relationships with local authorities and innovative development approaches. These are assets that contribute to the warm relationship that Australia and Vietnam celebrate in our 50th anniversary year,” he said.

Nguyen Ngoc Hung, VUFO Vice President said that Australian NGOs have been supporting and partnering with Vietnam from early stages.

While their initial contributions encompassed humanitarian support such as infrastructure and medical equipment, and loans support, those NGOs have continually adapted their approaches and their focus has shifted towards capacity building, gender equality, economic growth, and engaging the private sector in the development of sustainable models, Hung said.

As one of many events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Australia – Vietnam diplomatic relations during 2023, the exhibition will be open to the public until November 16./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Defence Ministry hopes for increased sharing with Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations

Hanoi: Minister of National Defence Gen. Phan Van Giang received Russian Minister of Emergency Situations Sen. Lt. Gen. Kurenkov Aleksandr Vyacheslavovich in Hanoi on November 9.

Stressing the growing traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia, the host official said bilateral defence cooperation has continued to be carried out fruitfully and serve as a pillar of the two countries’ relations.

The two sides have effectively maintained such cooperation mechanisms as the Intergovernmental Coordinating Committee for the Vietnam – Russia Tropical Centre and the defence strategy dialogue at the deputy ministerial level. They have also obtained recognisable cooperation results in manpower training, military medicine, military history, and cooperation between their military services and arms, among others, he noted.

He highly valued the role of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the development of Russia and also applauded the cooperation activities between the Russian ministry and the Vietnamese National Committee for Search and Rescue.

Giang called on his guest to continue to direct relevant agencies of the Russian ministry to enhance ties with the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence’s Department of Research and Rescue – the Office of the National Committee for Incident and Natural Disaster Response, Search and Rescue, with a focus on delegation exchanges, manpower training, and sharing of specialised knowledge.

For his part, the visiting minister introduced his ministry’s functions and tasks, saying that international cooperation is one of the most important fields his ministry works on.

The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations is ready to share specialised knowledge with and wishes to learn Vietnam’s experience in incident and natural disaster response, he went on, adding that it hopes to continue bilateral cooperation to help further intensify the two countries’ traditional friendship./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

5th ARF Workshop on Implementing UNCLOS opens in Hanoi

Hanoi: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 9 coordinated with the embassies of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the EU to organise the 5th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Workshop on Implementing UNCLOS and other International Instruments to Address Emerging Maritime Issues in Hanoi.

The event in hybrid format attracted about 150 delegates from 27 ARF member countries, international and regional organisations, diplomatic representative agencies, research institutes, experts, reputable scholars, and ministries and branches.

At the event, participants discussed ways to cooperate and solve challenges in marine management in the region, based on the application and implementation of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and relevant international legal documents.

In his opening remarks, Deputy Foreign Minister Do Hung Viet affirmed the extremely important role of UNCLOS 1982 – the constitution of the seas and oceans – in the context that the world and the region are facing more and more challenges.

He said that territorial disputes, strategic competition, on-site tensions as well as climate change, sea level rise, and unsustainable marine exploitation have posed many risks to the East Sea – the waters with strategic and economic significance – that threaten peace, security, and stability, particularly maritime security and safety of the region.

He said the UNCLOS continues to demonstrate its irreplaceable role in solving issues and disputes at sea, serving as a solid foundation for continuing to develop an international legal framework to address emerging challenges.

Viet held that more than ever, countries can only find solutions to maritime problems in the region through promoting cooperation, and by fully respecting and implementing UNCLOS.

Co-chairing the workshop, Canadian Ambassador Shawn Steil, Australian Deputy Ambassador Mark Tattersall, New Zealand Ambassador Tredene Dobson, and Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam all emphasised the important role and value of the UNCLOS.

At the workshop, participants discussed the regulation scale of the UNCLOS 1982 and relevant legal documents, conventional and emerging challenges in implementing the UNCLOS 1982./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam treasures relations with Russia: PM

Hanoi: Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on November 9 affirmed that Vietnam always treasures its relations with Russia and remembers the wholeheartedly support the country has given to Vietnam during its national protection, construction and development.

Receiving the Russian Minister of Emergency Situations Sen. Lieut. Gen Kurenkov Aleksandr Vyacheslavovich in Hanoi, Chinh said that Vietnam attaches great importance to the comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia, considering Russia one of its top priority partners. He hoped for further practical and effective cooperation with Russia in all fields, for the common interests of the two countries’ people, as well as for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

He suggested the two sides continue to increase the exchange of delegations at all levels, especially high-level ones, and effectively deploy existing cooperation mechanisms, particularly the intergovernmental committee mechanism, to remove bottlenecks in the cooperation process in the spirit of harmonised interests and shared difficulties.

The two sides need to promote the effective implementation of the results of the Intergovernmental Committee Meeting; hasten the upgrading of the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU); boost investment with a focus on developing new projects; and develop specific plans to soon reopen direct flights between the capitals of the two countries.

For his part, the Russian minister informed the PM about the results of his talks with Vietnamese Minister of Public Security General To Lam earlier, during which the two officials agreed on the urgent need to step up coordination between the two countries to raise the efficiency of firefighting, and search and rescue operations.

He said Russia always values traditional relations with Vietnam and wishes to promote the relations in all fields.

Russian people are looking forward to the resumption of air routes between the two countries to strengthen investment, trade and tourism cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges, he added.

He affirmed that his ministry will coordinate with Vietnamese ministries and agencies to implement areas of cooperation as proposed by the Prime Minister./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency