October 1-7: Former Party General Secretary Do Muoi passes away

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Former Party General Secretary Do Muoi (1917-2018). (Photo: VNA)
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NDO - Former Party chief Do Muoi passes away, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong nominated for Presidential post and Vietnamese level-2 field hospital sent to South Sudan were among notable events over the past week.

Former Party General Secretary Do Muoi passes away

Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Do Muoi, passed away at the 108 Military Hospital at 11:12 pm on October 1, 2018, at the ripe old age of 101, said the National Commission of Health Services for Senior Officials.

He died of old age after a period of serious illness despite efforts by doctors and his family. His funeral was held as a national mourning on October 6 and 7.

Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong nominated for Presidential post

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. (Photo: VNA)

All members of the 12th Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee have agreed to introduce General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong as a candidate for the post of President, to be elected in the upcoming 14th National Assembly’s sixth session.

The agreement was made on the second working day of the Party Central Committee’s eighth session on October 3.

Party Central Committee’s 8th plenum concludes

The Party Central Committee on October 6 wrapped up its 8th plenum after five days of working under the chair of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

It issued an announcement on the work of the plenum, including the conclusion on the socio-economic situation and the state budget in 2018 as well as the plan on socio-economic development and state budget projection for 2019.

Participants reached a consensus to nominate Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong for the National Assembly to elect to the position of the President in its coming 6th session.

Prime Minister leaves for 10th Mekong-Japan Summit

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse. (Photo: VNA)

On October 7, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, his spouse and entourage left Hanoi for Tokyo to attend the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit and visit Japan from October 8 to 10.

The 10th Mekong-Japan Summit marks 10 years of the Mekong-Japan cooperation mechanism, and three years of carrying out the Tokyo Strategy 2015. Vietnam’s attendance at the event aims to affirm the country’s commitment to this cooperation mechanism.

NA Chairwoman arrives in Turkey for MSEAP 3

National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and a high-ranking delegation from the Vietnamese legislature arrived in Istanbul, the capital city of Turkey, on the afternoon of October 7 (local time).

During the October 7-12 working trip, the NA leader will attend the third Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments (MSEAP 3) and visit Turkey at the invitation of Chairman of the State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin and Speaker of the NA of the Republic of Korea Moon Hee-sang, who are co-chairs of MSEAP, and Speaker of the Grand NA of Turkey Binali Yildirim.

PM attends conference reviewing three decades of attracting FDI

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the conference. (Photo: NDO/To Ha)

Opening doors to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) is the correct policy, contributing to the successful implementation of important socio-economic development goals in the past 30 years, thus making the FDI sector an indispensable part of the Vietnamese economy.

The statement was made by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a conference reviewing three decades of attracting FDI, held in Hanoi, on October 4.

As of August 2018, there were over 26,500 FDI projects in Vietnam with a total registered capital of more than US$34 billion. The FDI sector contributes nearly 20% of the GDP and accounts for 23.7% of the total social investment.

World Bank raises Vietnam’s growth forecast for 2018 to 6.8%

The World Bank has upgraded its growth forecast for the Vietnamese economy in 2018 to 6.8%, from a previous estimate of 6.5%, citing a further improvement in the medium-term outlook.

However, the bank predicts that the economy will slow to 6.6% in 2019 and 6.5% in 2020 due to projected moderation in global demand, according to a report released on October 4.

Vietnam’s level-2 field hospital sets off for South Sudan

Delegates at the send-off ceremony (Photo: nld.com.vn)

A Vietnamese level-2 field hospital set off for South Sudan to undertake a United Nation peacekeeping mission, following a deployment ceremony held by the Ministry of Defence at Tan Son Nhat Airport, Ho Chi Minh City, on October 1.

The level-2 field hospital’s participation in the mission not only illustrates Vietnam’s goodwill and responsibility in UN peacekeeping activities but also demonstrates the country’s efforts and capacity in the work, contributing to bringing stability and peace for the people in countries and regions of instability, conflict, poverty, backwardness and diseases, said UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare.