October 31-November 6: Economic issues heat up parliament debates

Monday, 2016-11-07 04:03:34
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NDO - A brief look at the news most talked about over the last seven days.

Lawmakers discuss economic performance, rural construction

National Assembly deputies continued another busy week with a wide range of issues on their agenda, including building new rural areas, restructuring agriculture and the economy as a whole.

Deputies proposed measures to improve the business investment climate and speed up state-owned enterprise equitisation as well as how to improve social welfare policies, especially in the fields of heath care and education.

Former industry and trade minister disciplined

Former Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang was disciplined by retroactive dismissal as head of the ministry’s Party committee during the 2011-2016 period for using his power to obtain employment for his son in violation of the Party regulations and the anti-corruption law.

Former Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang

Senior Party official concludes US visit

Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat, Dinh The Huynh wrapped up his visit to the US on October 31. During his stay in the US, Huynh held talks with US Secretary John Kerry. The Vietnamese Party official reiterated Vietnam’s policy of treasuring friendship and co-operation with the US while the top diplomat of the US expressed his belief that bilateral relations would continue to thrive.

Politburo member Dinh The Huynh

Vietnam Summit 2016 takes place in Ho Chi Minh City

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh said at the Vietnam Summit 2016 that the Vietnamese government aims to maintain a reasonable economic growth rate of between 6.5-7% over the next five years. He stressed the need to increase productivity and employ technological advances to improve economic growth quality in the years ahead.

The summit was designed to give the international business community a deeper insight into the investment climate in Vietnam, strengthen their confidence to do long-term business in the country, and help the government receive feedback from the foreign business circles on its policies.

Central provinces grapple with severe flooding

Residents in Vietnam’s central provinces continued to struggle with serious flooding triggered by heavy rains which damaged houses and crops, killed animals and disrupted traffic. Several deaths were reported while many more were unaccounted for in the provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Dak Lak, Quang Ngai and Phu Yen.

Hanoi karaoke bar blaze kills 13

Thirteen people were killed after a fire broke out at a karaoke bar on the afternoon of November 1 and tore through four neighbouring buildings in Hanoi’s Cau Giay District. Initial investigations suggested the fire was caused by welding which was being done on a billboard that sealed the front of the bar and blocked off rescue efforts.

The accident has rung an alarm bell on the fire safety of karaoke bars in Hanoi. So far six fires have broken out at these entertainment facilities in the capital city, causing huge property losses.

At the scene of the karaoke fire

Hanoi International Film Festival honours cinematic artistry

The fourth Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF) wrapped up on November 5 with the Best Feature Film Prize going to ‘Remember’, a 2015 Canadian-German drama thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan.

The Best Short Film Prize went to the ‘Three Variations of Ofelia’ by Paulo Riqué. The Jury Awards for Best Short Film and Full-Length Film were presented to ‘Heart of the Land’ and ‘One Way Trip’ respectively.

Vietnamese films won prizes in four categories, including the Special Jury Mention Prize for ‘Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh’ (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass).

A screen grab from 'Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh'