November 7-13: National Assembly sets important indicators for 2016-2020

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The National Assembly has approved a set GDP growth rate of about 6.7% during the 2016-2020 period. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO – The following excerpts include prominent events that made the headlines over the past week introduced by Nhan Dan Online:

National Assembly adopts five-year financial plan

Legislators approved a resolution on the five-year financial plan with a total of 86.64% “yes” votes during the ongoing second plenary session of the 14th National Assembly on November 9.

The resolution aims for total State budget revenues for the 2016-2020 period to reach approximately VND6.86 quadrillion (US$308.7 billion), representing a 1.65-fold increase against 2011-2015.

Meanwhile budget spending in the next five years will be set at more than VND8.02 quadrillion (roughly US$361 billion).

Budget overspending in the next five years will not exceed 3.9% of GDP.

Previously on November 7, the 14th NA also adopted a resolution on the socio-economic development plan for 2017, which aims for a gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of about 6.7%.

The plan also targets a 6-7% rise in export-import revenue, and a trade deficit accounting for some 3.5% of total trade turnover. While the consumer price index is hoped to increase to around 4%, total social development investment is expected at 31.5% of GDP.

Vietnam is set to have its household poverty rate decline by 1-1.5% under the multidimensional measurement. The respective health insurance and forest coverage is hoped to reach 82.2%, and 41.45% next year.

Chinese top legislator concludes official visit to Vietnam

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) welcomes Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Zhang Dejiang. (Credit: quochoi.vn)

Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, left Da Nang city on the afternoon of November 11, winding up his official visit to Vietnam from November 8-11 at the invitation of Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

During the trip, Zhang, who is also a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, had talks with Chairwoman Ngan and met with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Tran Dai Quang, and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

He attended a plenary meeting of the 14th National Assembly’s second session as on observer on the morning of November 10. He also took part in a people-to-people friendship meeting and the closing ceremony of the Vietnam-China Youth Festival.

At the talks and meetings, the two sides affirmed that they attach significant importance to promoting the Vietnam-China friendship, neighbourliness and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

They also agreed to work together to keep disputes under control with respect for each other’s interests and international law, and maintain peace, stability and the healthy development of bilateral relations.

The two sides discussed measures for reinforcing cooperation between the Vietnamese National Assembly and the Chinese National People’s Congress. Accordingly, they will actively implement the parliaments’ cooperation agreements and increase exchanges between senior leaders, specialised agencies and the two friendship parliamentarian groups.

Great national unity celebrated nationwide

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong attends the great national unity festival in Phat Tich commune of Tien Du district, northern Bac Ninh province, on November 13. (Credit: NDO)

Party and State leaders have joined celebrations of the great national unity bloc and the 86th founding anniversary of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) in localities across the nation.

Local residents at the events were reminded of the development of the Vietnam National United Front – the VFF’s predecessor founded by the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Ho Chi Minh on November 18, 1930.

Over the past 86 years, the Front, which has gone under several different names, has brought into play Vietnam’s traditional unity and patriotism as well as gathered people from all strata to defeat invaders and reclaim national independence.

Irish President pays State visit to Vietnam

Irish President Michael D. Higgins visits medical staff at Vinh O communal clinic in Vinh Linh district, the central province of Quang Tri. (Credit: NDO)

Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his spouse are paying an official State visit to Vietnam from November 5-14 at the invitation of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and his wife.

During talks with Vietnamese leaders, Irish President Higgins expressed his wish to foster co-operation with Vietnam, which he described as a country of increasing importance in the Asia-Pacific.

The leaders pledged to boost ties in trade and investment, education and training, green technology, renewable energy, agriculture, healthcare and sustainable development, as well as to facilitate visits at all levels.

On the economic front, the two sides promised to offer all possible support to businesses to enhance their links and transfer technology, especially in the fields of renewable energy, agriculture and food processing, communications, healthcare and aviation, given the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.

Highlighting the significance of maintaining global peace, security and development co-operation, they agreed to continue working closely together at international forums such as the United Nations, the ASEAN-Europe Meeting and the ASEAN-EU co-operation framework to deal with global issues, including climate change and the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

During his visit to Vietnam, the Irish President attended an exchange between Vietnamese and Irish businesses and visited several historical relic sites in Ho Chi Minh City.

President Higgins and his wife also studied infrastructure construction under Programme 135 in Vinh O commune, Vinh Linh district, the central province of Quang Tri. They visited the Mine Action Visitor Centre at the Kids First Village under the RENEW Project and the site of the project’s technical survey operations in Hai Thai Commune, Gio Linh district.

Grand requiem commemorates road traffic victims

Families of traffic victims with difficulties receive presents at the event. (Credit: NDO)

A grand requiem for traffic accident victims was held at Trinh Pagoda in the Yen Tu national relic site, northern Quang Ninh province, on November 13 to help ease the pain of bereaved families who have lost immediate family members and relatives.

With the participation of nearly 10,000 Buddhists and people, the function was held by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and the National Committee for Traffic Safety as part of activities in response to the World Day in Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims (the third Sunday of November).

The Traffic Safety Year 2016 is the fifth year Vietnam has responded to the UN General Assembly’s call for activities to be organised for the International Day in Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims.

From January to August this year, 13,612 traffic accidents occurred nationwide, claiming 5,728 lives and wounding 11,781 others.

First national action month on gender equality launched

The first National Action Month on Gender Equality and Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls was officially launched at a ceremony in Hanoi on November 13, aimed at raising public awareness on violence and calling on the community, particularly men and boys, to take action against violence on females.

The month was observed for the first time in Vietnam from November 15 to December 15 under the theme “Joining Hands to End Violence against Women and Girls.” The event was organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the leading agency in addressing violence on women in the country, in collaboration with the United Nations in Vietnam and other development partners.

The campaign consists of a series of activities organised over one month, including policy dialogues with young people, workshops, a football festival day, concerts, events to break gender stereotypes, bus journeys, a "No more" week – Action to end sexual violence, and training for bus drivers to provide them with knowledge and skills on gender equality.

Vietnamese expats welcomed in Ho Chi Minh City

Over 500 Overseas Vietnamese (OV) returned home to attend the 2016 Conference for OV which opened in Ho Chi Minh City on November 12.

Themed “OV Join Hands for Ho Chi Minh City’s Rapid, Sustainable Development and International Integration,” the three-day event gathered nearly 500 expats from all over the world, discussing a wide range of issues, focusing on OVs’ contributions to Ho Chi Minh City’s sustainable development, human resources improvement, scientific and technological growth and knowledge-based economy building and OVs’ engagement in the city’s trade and service expansion.

Vietnam incinerates tonnes of illegal elephant ivory and rhino horn

Representatives of agencies and organisations held parts of rhino horn before they were incinerated. (Credit: NDO)

Vietnam disposed of over two tonnes of elephant ivory and 70kg of rhino horn by incineration for the first time ever on November 12, aiming to join the international community in sending a strong message to illegal wildlife fauna and flora traders.

Thirty barrels of seized elephant tusks and three barrels of rhino horn were sealed and transported to the Nam Son waste treatment complex in Hanoi’s Soc Son district for disposal, which was carried out in the presence of managers, international organisations and correspondents, both at home and abroad.