January 15-21: Hanoi hosts APPF’s 26th annual meeting

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Vietnamese NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and other delegates witness representatives from the delegations signing the Joint Communiqué. (Credit: NDO/Duy Linh)
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

APPF annual meeting takes place in Hanoi

The 26th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) took place in Hanoi from January 18-21, featuring four plenary sessions.

The delegates adopted the Hanoi Declaration, setting forth a new vision for the Asia-Pacific parliamentary partnership as well as a Joint Communiqué, along with 14 resolutions.

The meeting also approved an amendment to the APPF Rules of Procedure that enables the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians to become an APPF permanent feature.

Activities mark the anniversary of Vietnam - China diplomatic relations

Art performances celebrate 68 years of Vietnam - China diplomatic ties. (Photo: NDO/Ngoc Toan)

A banquet was held by the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam in Hanoi on January 20 to celebrate the 68th anniversary of Vietnam - China diplomatic ties (January 18, 1950-2018).

Chinese Ambassador Hong Xiao Yong congratulated Vietnam on its noteworthy achievements in 2017, affirming that China is willing to join the Vietnamese side in strengthening political trust and enhancing people-to-people exchanges.

Earlier on January 18, the Vietnamese Embassy in China held a ceremony in Beijing to mark the occasion.

The top 500 Vietnamese firms in 2017 honoured

Vietnam’s 500 largest enterprises (VNR500) in 2017 have been announced, with the top position for Samsung Electronics Vietnam Co., Ltd.

Vietnam Electricity (EVN) came in second place on the list, followed by the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group, Viettel Group, and the Vietnam National Petroleum Group.

Vietnam’s economy witnessed 75% of businesses participating in the VNR’s survey which reported an increase in revenue.

Action plan for development of shrimp industry promulgated

Farmers are harvesting shrimp

The Prime Minister has recently promulgated the National Action Plan for the Development of the Shrimp Industry through to 2025, aiming to turn the shrimp industry into a key economic sector with sustainable development.

The plan is also expected to improve the quality, efficiency of production, and the competitiveness of Vietnamese shrimp products.

The total area for rearing brackish water shrimp is estimated to reach 710,000ha, with a total output of 850,000 tonnes of shrimp.

'Red Sunday' campaign launched in Hanoi

The 10th Red Sunday blood donation campaign was officially launched in Hanoi on January 21.

This year’s campaign is jointly held by the Tien Phong (Vanguard) Newspaper, the National Steering Committee for Traffic Safety and the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion.

The annual blood donation drive has been launched since December 2017 until the end of January 2018 in 31 provinces and cities nationwide, being expected to collect an estimated 35,000 units of blood to solve the blood shortage issue for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.

U23 Vietnam enters semi-finals of AFC Championship for the first time

Vietnam (in red) played impressively in their best performance since the beginning of the tournament. (Credit: AFC)

Vietnam U23 team booked ticket to the AFC U23 Championship semi-finals for the first time, after edging out a 5-3 win against Iraq U23 during the penalty shootout in their match at the Changshu Stadium on January 20.

A 3-3 draw after over time sent both teams to a shootout and once again Vietnam proved their determination as they produced another miracle.

Vietnam team will play Qatar in the first semi-final match on January 23.

Artefacts of UNESCO-listed My Son Sanctuary go digital

More than one thousand artefacts which were discovered during the excavation and renovation of towers in the My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO heritage site in central Vietnam, have been digitalised.

The effort was completed with the assistance of experts from Italy and India.

The artefacts included statues, bricks, tiles and other objects used for the construction of Cham towers in the complex, which is located in Quang Nam province.

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