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Week in Review: January 16-22: PM active at World Economic Forum

Monday, 2017-01-23 05:41:23
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and WEF President Klaus Schwab.
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NDO—Nhan Dan Online reviews some of the most noteworthy events that made the headlines over the past week.

1. PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends World Economic Forum in Davos

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was very active at the World Economic Forum (WEF) from January 17-21, conveying a strong message on Vietnam’s policies and determination to carry out comprehensive national reform and international integration for 2016-2020.

He participated in some 40 activities, including delivering speeches at sessions on regional and global issues; holding high-level meetings with the heads of state and prime ministers of various countries, as well as the leaders of major international organisations in addition to 22 bilateral meetings and two dialogues with the chief executive officers and leaders of the WEF’s organisations; and holding meetings with leading international news agencies.

2. Japanese Prime Minister visits Vietnam

Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Vietnam on January 16-17 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The Japanese PM held talks with PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and met with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Tran Dai Quang and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan under which the two sides reached a consensus on major plans and specific measures to further develop the bilateral strategic partnership.

3. Last Kilo submarine arrives at Cam Ranh Port

The sixth and last Kilo-class submarine that Vietnam has purchased from Russia arrived at Cam Ranh Military Port in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa on January 20.

The 74m-long submarine with a displacement of 3,000-3,950 tonnes is named HQ-187 Ba Ria–Vung Tau and can operate at a maximum depth of 300 meters and a range of 6,000-7,500 nautical miles for 45 days at a time with 52 crew members.

4. Hanoi, HCMC among most dynamic cities

Hoan Kiem Lake in downtown Hanoi by night (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s two major cities, were listed among the top ten most dynamic cities by the JLL’s fourth annual City Momentum Index (CMI), which was released at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Ho Chi Minh City ranks second while Hanoi is in eighth place. The two are “high-potential” cities, as they have low costs and rapid consumer market expansion. The cities also actively continue to attract capital from foreign investors betting on their transition from low-wage manufacturing to high-value activities.

5. Vietnam’s first university takes international quality verification

The University of Science at the Vietnam National University–Hanoi (VNU University of Science) has become the first university in Vietnam to undergo quality verification based on the ASEAN University Network–Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) standard and the first in Southeast Asia to take the AUN-QA examination.

Nantana Gajaseni, AUN’s General Executive Director, said the accreditation programme at the university level aims to comprehensively assess the quality of training and research at the educational institution and evaluate the efficiency of its internal quality assurance system.

6. Vietnam’s most modern children’s hospital goes into operation

The Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital. (Credit: NDO)

The Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital was officially put into operation on January 16, making it the third children’s hospital in the southern hub and the most modern of its kind in Vietnam so far.

Covering an area of 12ha in Binh Chanh District, the hospital includes ten functional rooms and 39 clinical and subclinical departments. It is also the first Vietnamese hospital to be equipped with a modern extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) system, a Hybrid operating room for cardiovascular surgeries, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine and a 256-slice computed tomography (CT) system.

7. Hoang Xuan Vinh receives Cup of Victory as best athlete

Olympic gold medalist Hoang Xuan Vinh named Vietnamese athlete of 2016.

Marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh won the Cup of Victory as the best male athlete of 2016 at a Gala award ceremony held in Hanoi on January 17.

Vinh made history at the Rio Olympic Games as the first Vietnamese athlete to ever win a gold medal. The 42-year-old military officer triumphed in the men’s 10m air pistol event last August before taking a silver in the 50m pistol a few days later.

Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien took the trophy for “Best Female Athlete of the Year,” who won a gold and set a record of 4’37.71” at the Asian Swimming Championships’ women’s 400m individual medley event in Japan last November.