January 2-8, 2017: US tops Vietnam’s biggest export markets

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NDO—Nhan Dan Online reviews prominent events that made headlines over the last seven days.

National press contest on anti-corruption 2017 announced

The 2017 national press award on the fight against and prevention of corruption and wastefulness has been launched by the Vietnam Journalists’ Association (VJA) and the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee.

Both professional and amateur Vietnamese journalists in Vietnam and abroad can participate, with each author or group of authors submitting a maximum of five press works.

These works should be published in Vietnamese media between January 1 and November 30, 2017. They must be submitted during the year until November 30, with the award ceremony scheduled for December 30.

More details on the contest can be found on the VJA’s website at http://www.vja.org.vn or the VFF’s website at http://www.mattran.org.vn.

US tops list of Vietnam’s biggest export markets

The US once again topped the list of 200 countries and territories importing Vietnamese goods in 2016, with a total import value of over US$34.8 billion.

It was followed by China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK), with respective values of US$19.6 billion, US$13.2 billion and US$10.4 billion.

With a combined import turnover of over US$78.1 billion, the four markets made up nearly 49% of Vietnam’s total exports last year.

In 2016, the highest growth in exports was recorded by the ROK, with a year-on-year increase of 27.34%. The figures for China, the US and Japan were 26.68%, 14.58% and 3.1%, respectively.

According to a resolution on the socio-economic development plan for 2017 adopted by the National Assembly, Vietnam targets a 6-7% rise in export-import revenue this year.

Vietnam, Cambodia mark victory over genocidal Khmer Rouge régime

Delegates pay tribute to Vietnamese and Cambodian martyrs (Credit: VNA)

A meeting was held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 5 to mark the 38th anniversary of the victory in the southwest border defence war and the joint victory of Vietnam and Cambodia over the genocidal Khmer Rouge régime (January 7, 1979-2017).

The event, organised by the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) and the Ho Chi Minh City’s Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association, is among a string of activities to be held in 2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Cambodia.

Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City’s Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association Truong Minh Nhut emphasised the historic significance of the victory over the Khmer Rouge, saying that it was a historic landmark of the solidarity and special friendship between Vietnam and Cambodia, helping Cambodia enter a new era of independence and freedom.

Nhut also congratulated the Cambodian people on their achievements in the past 38 years after escaping from the genocidal régime and affirmed that the association will continue to promote co-operative activities with Cambodia, contributing to boosting the comprehensive partnership between the two countries.

Consul General of Cambodia in Ho Chi Minh City Im Hen said the celebration of the victory was an opportunity for Cambodian people to show their gratitude to Vietnamese soldiers who contributed to the cause of national liberation of Cambodia.

He thanked Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam in general for supporting Cambodia during the difficult periods in the 1980s and 1990s as well as in the current cause of national construction and defence.

Nearly VND135 trillion invested in power projects in 2016

The state electric utility Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) announced it channelled more than VND134.85 trillion (US$5.93 billion) into boosting the national grid’s capacity last year.

The figure was 1.8% higher than the investment sum the group had planned for 2016 and was equal to 9% of the total of the entire national social investment.

As a result, EVN put into operation five turbines at Lai Chau and Huoi Quang Hydropower Plants as well as Duyen Hai Thermo-Power Plant, with a combined capacity of 2,305MW.

In 2016, EVN completed 297 projects on upgrading and expanding the national grid, including transformer stations and transmission lines, which are key to power security in the south, electricity transmission capacity between the north and the south, and electricity supply for Hanoi and key northern economic zones.

According to EVN Director Dang Hoang An, the group mobilised some US$2.96 billion worth of official development assistance and preferential loans from international financial institutions, such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Deputy PM urges implementation of 2017 traffic safety year

The 2017 Traffic Safety Year aims to reduce road and railway accidents by 5-10% and at least 5% for serious railway, inland waterway and coach accidents.

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has asked the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) and traffic safety committees of cities and provinces to continue implementing the 2017 Traffic Safety Year, themed “Building Traffic Culture among the Youth and Teenagers,” with top priority given to protecting human life.

Politburo member Binh, who heads the NTSC, made the request on January 4 while chairing a video conference in Hanoi on summarising the 2016 Traffic Safety Year and outlining key tasks for 2017.

He praised the constant efforts made by ministries, agencies, socio-political organisations, media agencies and all-level traffic safety committees in effectively deploying measures to ensure traffic safety and order in 2016.

The deputy PM pointed out a number of reasons limiting the work of ensuring traffic safety and order, including increasing travel, the rising volume of traffic vehicles compared to infrastructure capacity, the rampant development of inner-city condominiums and slow progress of public transportation projects.

He urged constant efforts in 2017 aimed at realising the goals of reducing traffic accidents by 5-10% in terms of three criteria: the number of cases, the death toll and the number of injured people; bringing the death toll below 8,500 victims; and mitigating traffic congestion in major cities, particularly Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Deputy PM Binh stressed the need to enhance the efficiency of State management and law enforcement over traffic safety issues; attach the outcomes of ensuring traffic safety and order to the responsibility of heads of ministries, agencies and localities; continue perfecting legal regulations on traffic safety; strengthen inspection and patrol; and seriously punish violations likely to cause traffic accidents.

On the same day, Deputy PM Binh attended a ceremony in Hanoi to launch the 2017 Traffic Safety Year, which focuses on building a safe traffic culture among young people.

This year’s campaign aims to raise public awareness of safe traffic culture, particularly among younger generations, and reduce road and railway accidents by 5-10% and at least 5% for serious railway, inland waterway and coach accidents.

To ensure safe travel during the upcoming Lunar New Year, he requested that ministries, agencies and local authorities steadfastly abide by the Prime Minister’s urgent notice on traffic safety and social order.

Sections of longest cross-sea bridge in SE Asia joined

Perspective of Tan Vu–Lach Huyen Bridge,

The final segment of Tan Vu–Lach Huyen Bridge, which is set to be the longest cross-sea bridge in Southeast Asia, was installed at a ceremony in northern Hai Phong city on January 6.

The 5.4km-long bridge is part of the Tan Vu–Lach Huyen Highway project, which connects developing areas in the east of Hai Phong with Lach Huyen Port in the island district of Cat Hai.

It includes a main section that is 490m long, an access road with a length of 4.43km connecting the mainland of Hai An District and another access road which is 519m long connecting the Cat Hai side.

With a width of 16m, the bridge features four lanes which will be increased to six lanes once it is completed.

The Tan Vu–Lach Huyen Highway project has a total investment of almost VND 11.85 trillion (US$525.3 million) loaned by the Japan International Cooperation agency (JICA). Its construction began in May 2014 and is scheduled to finish in May this year.

Sunday blood donation programme launched

The Red Sunday blood donation programme was launched across 25 cities and provinces on January 8.

Addressing the launching ceremony in Hanoi, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh cited the health ministry’s data that since the campaign had kick-started in January 1994, donors have provided 98% of the blood collected.

In 2016, the country collected nearly 1.2 million blood units, which were equivalent to 75% of the demand for blood for surgery, treatment and provision nationwide, he noted.

He hoped such blood donation events as Chu Nhat do (“Red Sunday”), the Xuan Hong (“Pink Spring”) festival and Hanh trinh do (“Red Journey”) will be expanded across the country in the coming time.

More than 40 blood donation festivals are scheduled to take place during the Red Sunday programme with the hope of collecting nearly 25,000 blood units.

Many cities and provinces are striving to collect over 1,000 units of bloods, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Dak Lak, Thai Nguyen, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Ha Nam and Hai Phong.

Thanh Luong scores fourth Vietnamese Golden Ball award

Pham Thanh Luong, a midfielder of Hanoi FC (previously Hanoi T&T), was named as winner of the 2016 Vietnamese Golden Ball at an awards gala in Ho Chi Minh City on the evening of January 4.

In the 2016 season, Luong not only contributed significantly to Hanoi T&T’s V-League title with cunning through balls, but also performed outstandingly in the national team at the AFF Suzuki Cup.

For his brilliant showing, Luong was given the highest score of 246 points, 17 points more than the Silver Ball winner Luong Xuan Truong (Incheon United, K-League) and 54 points above the Bronze Ball owner Vu Minh Tuan (Quang Ninh Coal, V-League).

The Hanoi T&T midfielder was the first player in the history of Vietnamese football to win such a noble individual award four times, following previous victories in 2009, 2011 and 2014.

Ho Chi Minh City dominated the women’s football prizes, with its midfielder Huynh Nhu, defender Chuong Thi Kieu and goalkeeper Dang Thi Kieu Trinh crowned the winners of the Golden Ball, Silver Ball and Bronze Ball, respectively.

Concerning futsal, three players of Thai Son Nam, Club as well as Vietnam’s national futsal team, namely Tran Van Vu, Nguyen Minh Tri and Nguyen Bao Quan, were named for the Golden, Silver and Bronze Ball categories, respectively. This was the first year to see the three noble individual prizes presented to futsal players.