January 8 -14: PM attends Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Summit

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the second Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews a number of notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

PM attends Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Summit

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the second Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Summit in Cambodia on January 10-11 at the invitation of his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen.

At the meeting, which was themed “Our River of Peace and Sustainable Development”, the leaders adopted the Phnom Penh Declaration and the five-year MLC action plan for 2018-2022, which features major orientations and measures for implementing cooperation in the three pillars of security-politics, economic and sustainable development, and society, culture and people-to-people exchange.

On the sidelines of the event, PM Phuc held working sessions with Cambodian PM Hun Sen, Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and Thai PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha.

Vietnam Economic Forum seeks way for fast and sustainable development for Vietnam

The second Vietnam Economic Forum opened in Hanoi on January 11 under the theme ‘Fast and sustainable development: new challenges and momentums’, bringing together nearly 1,500 domestic and international economic experts and scholars.

Participants at the event discussed Vietnam’s economic situation this year and prospects in the years ahead. They also identified economic obstacles and raised solutions for sustainable economic development.

Vietnam approves 2025 maritime industry and trade development plan

Maritime industry sets to be the country’s important economic sector with high and stable growth.

Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh has approved a plan to develop Vietnam’s maritime industry and trade to 2025, with a vision to 2035, which sees the industry as an important economic sector of the country with high and stable growth.

The total average growth of industrial production value in coastal areas is aimed to reach 9.0-9.5% per year in 2016-2020, and between 10.5-11% per year in the period of 2021-2025.

The project defined an orientation for developing potential sectors and products with high competitiveness and promoting export-import activities.

Cyber Command established to protect national sovereignty in cyberspace

The Cyber Command was established at a ceremony held in Hanoi on January 8 with a mission to protect the national sovereignty in cyberspace.

The Cyber Command, a unit of the Defence Ministry, is also tasked to help the ministry implement the State management function of safeguarding the national sovereignty in cyberspace and information technology.

VTV launches Vietnam Robot Contest 2018

The national broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) on January 9 launched the Vietnam Robot Contest (Robocon) 2018 to select the top two teams to participate in the ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest (ABU Robocon) 2018.

In addition to Vietnamese cultural characteristics, this year’s ABU Robocon also bears new features compared to regulations in previous years as robots simulate the con throwing motions.

The Vietnam Robocon preliminary round will be held separately in the northern region from April 2-6 and the southern region from April 7-8. The final round is scheduled for the northern province in Vinh Phuc from May 8-13.

Five Vietnamese female scientists win L'Oreal-UNESCO awards

Five Vietnamese female scientists win L'Oreal-UNESCO awards. (Photo: dantri.com.vn)

Five female Vietnamese scientists were granted the 2017 L'Oreal-UNESCO award at a ceremony in Hanoi on January 12 in recognition of their significant contributions to the health of the community.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Hoai from Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy and Dr. Tran Thi Ngoc Dung from the Institute of Environment Technology won the L'Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.

Meanwhile, three young female scientists received the L’Oreal National Fellowship for Women in Science. They are Dr. Tran Phuong Thao from the Hanoi University of Pharmacy; Dr. Hoang Thi Dong Quy from the Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City; and Dr. Nguyen Thi Le Thu from the Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam earns a shocking win over Australia in AFC U23 tournament

Nguyen Quang Hai’s win brought Vietnam’s historic 1-0 victory over Australia in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship on January 14, and opened a door to all Group D teams competing in the quarter-finals in Kunshan, China.

The win puts Vietnam in the second place in Group D with three points after two matches played, while Australia dropped to third place with the same points as Vietnam because the Southeast Asian side had a better head-to-head record.

The ROK temporally take the lead also with three points, but they could add more points if defeating Syria U23 in their clash later on January 21.

Vovinam to feature at ASEAN University Games

Vietnam traditional martial arts (Vovinam) will be one of the 17 martial arts at the upcoming ASEAN University Games.

There will be 17 sets of medals available at the competition: 10 for performance and seven for combat events.

The Southeast Asian Games in 2011 and 2103 included Vovinam. It was also a sport at the Asian Beach Games in 2016.

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