February 20-26: Russia’s Federal Council Chairwoman wraps up Vietnam visit

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Chairwoman of the Federal Council of Russia Valentina Ivanovna Matvienko and Vietnamese officials (Photo:VNA)
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NDO - Here are some of the most notable headlines over the past week selected by Nhan Dan Online.

Russia’s Federal Council Chairwoman wraps up Vietnam visit

Chairwoman of the Federal Council of Russia Valentina Ivanova Matvienko returned to her home country on February 22, concluding her Vietnam visit from February 20-22 at the invitation of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

During her stay, Matvienko visited Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Tran Dai Quang, met Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and NA Chairwoman Ngan and co-chaired a seminar on strengthening partnerships between Vietnamese and Russian localities.

APEC members support 2017 APEC Year priorities

Scene of the meeting (Photo: VNA)

Representatives from 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum have showed their support for priorities proposed by Vietnam for the 2017 APEC Year while attending a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 20.

During the meeting, which was hosted by Vietnam’s Permanent Delegation to the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other international organisations in Geneva, the delegates also discussed the agenda of the 2017 APEC Year in Vietnam and Geneva. They hoped that the success of the 2017 APEC Year will contribute to the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference, which will take place in Argentina in December.

FDI hits US$3.4 billion in first two months

The manufacturing and processing industry remains the most attractive area to foreign investors.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Vietnam reached US$3.4 billion in the first two months of the year, up 21.5% compared to the same period last year, the Foreign Investment Agency’s latest statistics has revealed.

Up to 313 new foreign-funded projects, with a capital of more than US$2 billion, received licences during the period, up 6.5% year on year. Meanwhile, 137 existing projects received approval to expand their capital by an additional US$760 million in total, equal to 84.5% of the same period in 2016.

Over 590 enterprises recognised with High Quality Vietnamese Goods

The Business Association of High Quality Vietnamese Products on February 22 announced a list of more than 590 enterprises eligible for the title 'High Quality Vietnamese Goods' in 2017.

These enterprises were selected from 805 enterprises nominated by consumers during a four-month survey conducted by the Business Association of High Quality Vietnamese Products. This is the 21st year the association has carried out the survey on a national scale which also provides necessary information on business activities for enterprises and management agencies.

Vietnam enters world top four in flight safety

With 734,000 safe flights in 2016, Vietnam was listed among four global winners of the HIS Jane’s ATC Award of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO).

The award aims to promote flight safety and efficiency. Vietnam is one of 161 members of CANSO. The Hanoi Air Traffic Control Center, which has been operating for two years, was commended on its high-quality system of air traffic management.

Vietnam successfully conducts lung transplant from living donor for first time

The surgery was performed at Military Hospital 103 in Hanoi. (Photo: anninhthudo.vn)

The Military Medical Academy on February 22 officially announced that Vietnam has successfully conducted a lung transplant surgery from living donors for the first time.

The surgery was performed at Military Hospital 103 in Hanoi. The donors were Binh’s father and uncle, born in 1989 and 1987 respectively, who are living in Na Can hamlet, Bat Dai Son commune, Quan Ba district, the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang. The patient suffered from congenital bronchiectasis in two lungs with complications of respiratory failure, chronic heart failure, and malnutrition in the third degree.

Vietnamese physicists' articles published on world’s premier physics letter journal

Three Vietnamese physics (from left): Le Thi Quynh Huong, Nguyen Quang Hung, and Nguyen Dinh Dang. (Photo: vnexpress.net)

For the first time, works by three Vietnamese scientists have been published by Physical Review Letters, one of the world’s premier physics letter journals.

The article entitled “Simultaneous microscopic description of nuclear level densities and radiative strength functions” was published in the Physical Review Letters 118, 022502 (2017). It was the work of a team of Vietnamese scientists including Nguyen Quang Hung from Duy Tan University, Da Nang City, Vietnam, Nguyen Dinh Dang from RIKEN, Wako, Japan and Le Thi Quynh Huong from Khanh Hoa University, Nha Trang City, Vietnam.

Hoi An recognised as Vietnam’s food capital

The World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) has recognised Hoi An city, Quang Nam province, as one of Vietnam’s food capitals.

This information was announced by Hoi An municipal People’s Committee on February 24 at a press conference on the second Hoi An International Food Festival (HAIFF). The festival will take place from March 22-26 with the participation of 12 international chefs from the World Association of Chefs.