March 5-11: CPTPP trade deal signed in Chile

Monday, 2018-03-12 11:51:38
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Representatives from 11 member countries gather in Santiago, Chile, March 8 (local time) to sign the CPTPP trade pact. (Photo: Reuters)
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

CPTPP trade deal signed in Chile

Representatives from the 11 member countries, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, officially signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade deal at a ceremony in the Chilean capital of Santiago on March 8 (local time).

The trade agreement covers 30 chapters, and deals not only with traditional areas of international trade, such as goods, services, and investment, but also with newer issues, including e-commerce and State-owned enterprises.

It will be come into force 60 days after being fully ratified by six of the 11 members.

Vietnamese PM pays official visit to New Zealand

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) is welcomed by Deborah Russel, a member of the New Zealand parliament, at the Auckland International Airport on the morning of March 12. (Photo: VGP)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse left Hanoi on March 11 for an official visit to New Zealand from March 12-14, made at the invitation of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

During his stay, PM Phuc will hold talks with his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Andern, as well as having bilateral meetings with Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives Travor Mallard, Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff and the Vietnamese community in New Zealand.

The Government leader will also attend the Vietnam-New Zealand Business Forum and host a reception for the leaders of a number of New Zealand’s leading companies.

Activities celebrate International Women’s Day

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh attends a programme supporting women in border areas.

A wide variety of activities were held across the country to celebrate the 108th anniversary of International Women's Day.

The activities aimed to honour the role and position of women in society, as well as calling for support for them, particularly those living in difficult circumstances.

Four Vietnamese billionaires on Forbes' rich list

Vietnam now has four billionaires on the list of the world’s wealthiest people in 2018, as announced by Forbes – an American business magazine.

Vietnamese billionaires Pham Nhat Vuong and Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao remain on the list, while Tran Ba Duong, Chairman of Truong Hai Auto Corporation (THACO), and Tran Dinh Long, Chairman of Hoa Phat Group, have also made the list this year.

Vietnam’s largest blood donation festival opens

At the donation campaign at the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion

The Xuan Hong (Pink Spring) Festival, the biggest national-scale blood donation, was officially launched in Hanoi on March 10.

The event gathered thousands of people who came to donate their blood in support of patients in need.

This year’s festival takes place from March 3-11, with the official days running from March 9-11 at the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion.

Modern Talking's Anders returns to Hanoi

Thomas Anders, the lead singer of legendary German pop duo Modern Talking gave a performance for his Vietnamese fans at My Dinh National Convention Hall on March 7.

During the show, the German singer-composer-producer performed the band’s repertoire of hits from the 1980’s and 1990’s.

HDBank int’l chess tournament kicks off

At the opening ceremony of the HDBank Open International Chess Tournament 2018.

The HDBank International Open Chess Tournament 2018 officially commenced in Hanoi on March 10.

The event has gathered more than 270 chess masters from 21 countries and territories from all around the world.

Vietnam’s no. 1 player, Le Quang Liem, has been named as the top seed for his Elo rating of 2,736.

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