November 21-27: Leaders busy with working trips abroad

Monday, 2016-11-28 13:05:52
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Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (L) and Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Vorachith.
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NDO-A Nhan Dan selection of the most noteworthy events from the past week.

Party General Secretary visits Laos

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made an official friendly visit to Laos from November 24 to 26 at the invitation of Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Vorachith.

This was the first official friendly visit by the Party chief to a foreign country since the conclusion of the Twelfth National Party Congress in late January, representing the Vietnamese Party’s consistent foreign policy of treasuring its brotherhood with Laos.

At the visit, the Vietnamese Party chief held talks with Lao Party, State and Government leaders, during which the two sides reached consensuses on plans for cooperation and policies and measures to promote collaboration between the two Parties and States in the coming time.

Seven documents on cooperation between the two countries were signed on the occasion.

President pays visit to Italy, Vatican

President Tran Dai Quang (left) meets with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. (Photo: VNA)

President Tran Dai Quang paid a State visit to Italy and the Vatican on November 21-26 at the invitation of Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Pope Francis.

During the Italian visit from November 21-24, both sides demonstrated political resolve to deepen their strategic partnership through maintaining regular visits of high-level delegations and existing cooperation mechanisms. They discussed in depth bilateral economic, trade and investment ties, towards lifting two-way trade from US$ 4.3 billion to US$ 6 billion in 2017-2018.

In the Vatican, President Tran Dai Quang met Pope Francis and Prime Minister Pietro Parolin. The Vatican spoke highly of Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements and collection of public feedback before approving the Law on Belief and Religion.

President attends 16th Francophonie Summit

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang attended the sixteenth Francophonie Summit in Madagascar’s capital city of Antananarivo from November 26-27 at the invitation of his Malagasy counterpart, Hery Rajaonarimampianina.

Under the theme “Shared Growth and Responsible Development: Conditions for Stability around the World and within the Francophonie,” the member countries ratified the Antananarivo Statement and thirteen resolutions, talked about the community’s future plans for the fields of peace, security, counterterrorism, language and cultural diversity, economic cooperation and sustainable development, among others.

As the only representative from the Asia-Pacific to deliver a speech at the opening ceremony, the Vietnamese President demonstrated Vietnam’s role as an active member of the Francophone community by promoting the implementation of the Francophonie Economic Strategy, developing countries’ integration into the world economy and ensuring water resources and food and energy security.

Prime Minister attends CLV9 in Cambodia

Three leaders co-host the joint press conference after the 9th Summit of Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Development Triangle Area. (Photo: VGP)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the ninth Summit of the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Development Triangle Area (CLV 9) in Siem Reap, Cambodia from November 23-24 at the invitation of his Cambodian counterpart, Hun Sen.

The summit adopted 15 projects for calling investment and funding from financial organisations and development counterparts.

The PMs signed the CLV9’s Joint Declaration, which reiterates the three nations’ commitment to a series of issues relating to sustainable development, poverty reduction and stronger trilateral cooperation and the realisation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.

During his stay in Cambodia, the Vietnamese Government leader also met his Cambodian and Lao counterparts, Hun Sen and Thongloun Sisoulith.

14th National Assembly concludes 2nd session

The fourteenth National Assembly (NA) wrapped up its second session on November 23 after a 26-day agenda covering a number of important issues.

During the session, the NA approved resolutions on the economic restructuring plan for 2016-2020, the five-year financial plan, the medium-term public investment plan for 2016-2020, the socio-economic development plan for 2017 and State budget estimates and allocations for next year. It adopted three laws and eleven resolutions and gave opinions on fourteen other bills.

The NA also convened its first question-and-answer sessions involving several Cabinet members, during which issues of public concern were clarified.

Vietnam Cultural Heritage Day celebrated

A 'Chau Van' (ceremonial singing) performance at the celebration in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

A wide range of activities were held across the country last week to celebrate Vietnam Cultural Heritage Day (November 23).

A programme highlighting the cultural charm of ethnic groups in the Northern Mountainous Region took place from November 21-23 at the Vietnam Exhibition Centre for Culture and Arts in Hanoi.

Various traditional cultural activities were organised from November 18-23 under the framework of the Vietnam Ethnic Groups’ Unity–Vietnam Cultural Heritage Week at the Village for Vietnamese Ethnic Culture and Tourism in the town of Son Tay in Hanoi.

Winners of the Vietnam Heritage Photo Contest were announced and a centre for the promotion of intangible heritage also made its debut on the occasion.

Winners of poster, photo contest on environmental protection announced

Winners of the photo and poster contest on environmental protection were honoured at a ceremony in Hanoi on November 22 by the General Department of the Environment at the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment.

First prize went to Dao Xuan Duc from Hanoi in the photo category and Tran Hong Thien from Ben Tre Province in the poster-drawing category.

In the photo category, the organsing board also presented two second, three third and fourteen consolation prizes, along with its two favourite works. In the poster-drawing category, two second, three third and six consolation prizes were presented.

First prize–winning entries in the contest will be exhibited in Vienna, Austria.

Vietnam welcomes over nine million international tourists so far this year

More than 9 million foreign tourists have come to Vietnam so far this year—a 25.4% year-on-year increase exceeding the target of 8.5 million for 2016, the General Statistics Office has announced.

Meanwhile, the total number of domestic tourists was 57.7 million in the January-November period.

In November alone, more than 926,000 foreign travellers visited Vietnam—an increase of 14.0% over the previous month and 24.9% over the same period of last year.

The total revenue of the tourism sector was over VND 368,600 trillion (US$16.19 billion), up 18.6% year on year.