December 19-25: Cambodian Prime Minister pays Vietnam visit

Monday, 2016-12-26 04:25:30
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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Cambodian counterpart, Hun Sen, inspect the guard of honour during the reception for the guest in Hanoi on December 20. (Credit: VNA)
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NDO - A Nhan Dan selection of notable events over the past week.

1. Cambodian Prime Minister pays official visit to Vietnam

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen paid a two-day official visit to Vietnam from December 20-21.

During his stay, the PM held talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, paid courtesy calls on General Secretary of the Party Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong and President Tran Dai Quang, met with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, laid wreaths at the Memorial of National Heroes and Martyrs and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, as well as visited Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai province.

2. NA Standing Committee convenes fifth meeting

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan speaking at the fifth meeting of the 14th NASC

The 14th National Assembly Standing Committee (NASC) commenced its fifth meeting from December 19-22, under the chair of NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

During the four-day session, the Standing Committee discussed a wide range of issues including the use of language in legal documents and the cooperation mechanism between the Supreme People’s Court and the Ministry of Defence in managing military courts.

The committee also discussed a special budgetary mechanism for Hanoi, financial arrangements for State Audit projects over the next four years, the government’s report on international economic integration and a number of budget issues.

3. Activities mark People Army's 72nd anniversary

A wide variety of activities took place around the country to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the People’s Army of Vietnam (December 22, 1944-2016).

In addition to visits made by leaders to military units, numerous cultural and arts activities as well as social programmes were held on the occasion.

4. Lai Chau Hydropower Plant put into commercial operation

The ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the commercial operation of the Lai Chau Hydropower Plant.

The 1,200-megawatt Lai Chau Hydropower Plant has been put into commercial operation one year ahead of schedule, becoming the third largest hydropower station on the Da River.

With the completion of the Lai Chau Hydropower Plant, the total capacity of hydropower plants built on the Da River is now 6,500 megawatts. Their annual output is estimated at 25 billion kWh, equivalent to one third of Vietnam’s total electricity output.

5. Vietnam television festival takes place in Lao Cai

The 36th National Television Festival officially kicked off in Lao Cai city, in the northern province of Lao Cai, on December 21.

Twenty seven gold, 56 prizes and 134 certificates of merit presented to the most outstanding works in nine categories

The four day-event attracted 105 production units with over 500 entries in nine categories including programmes for children, documentaries, reports, science and education programmes, talk shows, television programmes in ethnic languages, music shows, television films, and stage programmes.

6. Country celebrates Christmas

Thousands of Hanoians flocked to the streets and churches to join Christmas Eve celebrations.

Vietnamese people across the country, whether Catholic, Protestant or non-religious, joined in warm and merry Christmas celebrations.

Tens of thousands of people flocked to pedestrian streets in Hanoi to share the special night’ meanwhile the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City was decorated and lit up on Christmas Eve, welcoming city dwellers to visit and pray for a merry Christmas and a new year full of prosperity and happiness.

In Nam Dinh province, which houses over 600 parishes and 470,000 Catholic followers, streets leading to churches in the centre city were crowded with parishioners on Christmas night.

Christians joined local residents and tourists in other provinces and cities to celebrate Christmas.

7. Vietnam’s football team concludes 2016 as world no. 134

The Vietnamese men’s national football team dropped five notches to 134th position in the latest world rankings released on December 22, the last rankings published by the International Football Federation (FIFA) for 2016.

With a total of 218 points, 17 points fewer than the previous month, the Vietnamese squad ended up in 21st place in Asia and came third in Southeast Asia overall.

8. National Tourism Year 2016 wraps up in Kien Giang

The closing ceremony for the National Tourism Year 2016

The National Tourism Year 2016 – Phu Quoc – the Mekong Delta, themed “Discovering the Southern Land”, came to an end at a ceremony held in Phu Quoc island district, Kien Giang province on December 25.

During the year hosted by Kien Giang, a series of national and global-scale events were held in Mekong Delta cities and provinces and several localities nationwide.

On the same day, the tourism sector welcomed the 10 millionth foreign visitor to Vietnam this year.