October 22-28: Party chief elected State President

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General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong is sworn in as President of Vietnam. (Photo: NDO/Duy Linh)
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NDO – Following are the prominent events that made headlines over the past week reviewed by Nhan Dan Online.

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong elected Vietnamese President

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was sworn in as President of Vietnam after being elected by the National Assembly on October 23.

President Nguyen Phu Trong was born in 1944 in Dong Anh district on the outskirts in Hanoi. He is currently General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

Prior to becoming the Party chief in 2011, he held numerous important posts including Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee and Chairman of the National Assembly.

14th National Assembly commences sixth session

A general view of the opening sitting at the sixth session of the 14th National Assembly on October 22. (Photo: NDO/Duy Linh)

The sixth session of the 14th National Assembly (NA) opened at the National Assembly House in Hanoi on October 22.

The NA is scheduled to adopt nine bills, a resolution and give opinions on six other bills.

Besides law-making, the NA will discuss and make decisions on many important socio-economic issues of the country, including electing the State President, ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and hosting a questions-and-answers session with a focus on the Government’s performance since the beginning of its tenure.

Fifteen of the session’s sittings, which will last until November 21, will be broadcast live on national TV and radio.

Vietnam welcomes 12.8 million foreign tourists in 10 months

More than 12.8 million foreign tourists have chosen Vietnam as their destination over the last 10 months, up 22.4% year on year, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

On October 26, VNAT said that the country has welcomed over 1.2 million foreign visitors this month, rising 17.6% over a year earlier.

The VNAT noted that domestic travellers totalled in at 67.9 million between January and October, adding that the sector earned VND505 trillion (US$21.5 billion) from tourists in total, up 21%.

Third ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women concludes in Hanoi

Hanoi hosted the AMMW-3 from October 18 to 25. (Photo: VNA)

The third ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women (AMMW-3) concluded in Hanoi on October 25 after eight working days, with the event seeking regional and national measures to improve social welfare for women and girls.

Participants discussed integrated agenda on women’s economic power in the ASEAN, as well as an ASEAN action plan on elimination of violence against women, along with challenges related to gender equality and ensuring the rights of women and girls in the region, including climate change, natural disasters, impacts of the digital era and discrimination against women.

The AMMW-3 issued a joint statement which will be submitted to the ASEAN Summit in Singapore, November 2018. The statement focuses on training and providing new skills for women and the formation of life-long learning networks in ASEAN to match changes in employment amidst the fourth industrial revolution; the ensuring of sustainable employment for all people and the removing of all obstacles facing women in accessing resources and jobs; the improvement of social welfare for women and girls; and the expansion of policy coverage.

At the meeting, Vietnamese Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung took the charge of the Chair of the AMMW-3 for the 2018-2021 tenure.

Binh Duong province named in ICF’s Smart21 list

The southern province of Binh Duong has become the first and only in Vietnam to be named a Smart21 community for 2019 by the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

At ceremonies in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and headquarters in New York on October 25, the ICF published a list of 21 cities for their smart city development strategies.

There are currently 180 members from different countries, territories, cities and regions participating in the ICF. The top Smart21 was selected based on criteria assessed by experts led by Normal Jacknis, former director of Cisco IBSG Public Sector and CIO of Westchester County, New York.

Fifth Hanoi International Film Festival opens

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Nguyen Ngoc Thien (fifth from lef), and Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee, Nguyen Duc Chung (third from right), present flowers to members of the jury board. (Photo: NDO)

The fifth Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF 5) officially opened at the Hanoi Friendship Cultural Palace on the evening of October 27, under the theme “Cinema: Integration and Sustainable Development”.

A total of 147 movies from nearly 50 countries and territories worldwide will be screened during the five-day festival, promising to provide the audience with unique experiences of various cultures around the world. Vietnam has sent one long film and 10 short films to compete at the fifth event, with 35 others in various genres to be screened in the world cinema panorama programme and Vietnam contemporary film programme.

Within the framework of HANIFF 5, two seminars will be held to share the experience of filmmakers from Poland and Iran. A HANIFF script-writing camp, film project market, free screenings, and film discussions will also be arranged.

Vietnam attends UN First Committee’s debate on conventional weapons

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Permanent Vietnam Mission to the United Nations, attended the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security’s debate on conventional weapons within the framework of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, October 24.

At the debate, the UN said the trading of conventional weapons has grown over the past 10 years. About 200,000 people, including many women and children, are victims of such weapons each year.

Participants proposed measures to prevent the illegal trading and use of conventional weapons, fight crimes and terrorism, stop possible conflicts and support affected victims.

The UN’s First Committee will continue holding meetings until November 9, during which it is expected to discuss and approve various resolutions, including those on the non-proliferation and disarmament of weapons of mass destruction, control of conventional weapons and strengthening of regional and international security.

Host players win men’s doubles title at Vietnam F4 Futures

The host pair Ly Hoang Nam (L) and his senior peer Le Quoc Khanh crowned champions at the Vietnam F4 Futures men's doubles on October 28. (Photo: Vietnam Tennis Federation)

Vietnam’s top tennis player Ly Hoang Nam and his teammate Le Quoc Khanh won the men’s doubles title at the Vietnam F4 Futures - Hai Dang Cup 2018 in the southern province of Tay Ninh on October 28.

Nam and Khanh defeated Francis Casey Alcantara of the Philippines and Markus Eriksoon of Sweden 6-4, 6-7, 12-10 in the final which lasted one hour and 40 minutes.

However, Tay Ninh-born Nam lost his men’s singles title after losing 6-7, 4-6 to the No. 1 seed, Roman Safiullin of Russia, in the final lasting one hour and 31 minutes.

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