January 7-13: NA Standing Committee hosts 30th session

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The 30th meeting of the NA Standing Committee held in Hanoi on January 10. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – Following are the prominent events that made the headlines over the past week reviewed by Nhan Dan Online.

NA Standing Committee convenes 30th meeting

The 30th meeting of the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee was held in Hanoi on January 10.

The session took place in only one day, during which members of the committee gave their ideas on a number of issues of the draft revised Law on Execution of Criminal Judgments, and considered and decided to send a representative to the national council for judge selection and supervision.

The NA Standing Committee also approved the adjustment and establishment of a number of administrative units in the southern province of Dong Thap and the northern province of Hai Duong.

European Parliament delegation visits Vietnam

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and EP Vice President Heidi Hautala. (Photo: VNA)

A delegation from the European Parliament (EP), led by EP Vice President, Heidi Hautala, paid a working visit to Vietnam from January 7-9.

Heidi Hautala paid separate courtesy visits to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, as well as holding a meeting with Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Xuan Cuong and working with other relevant agencies on the implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (VPA/FLEGT) between the EU and Vietnam.

Vietnam's economy forecast to grow by 6.9% in 2019

The Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR) has forecast Vietnam’s economic growth rate at 6.9% in 2019, up 0.1% compared to the target set by the 14th National Assembly.

According to Director of the VEPR Nguyen Duc Thanh, Vietnam's economic growth prospects in the long term will continue to depend on the foreign direct investment sector, in addition to the results of removing institution barriers, the improvements of the business environment and the equitisation of State-owned enterprises.

When production and supply chains move from China to neighbouring countries due to the impacts of the US-China trade war, VEPR believes that Vietnam needs to improve the institutional and business environment, in addition to labour quality, in order to seize this opportunity.

Bamboo Airways licensed to operate commercial flights

Bamboo Airways has been allowed to begin commercial flights. (Photo for illustration: VNA)

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam announced that it has presented an Aircraft Operator Certificate to Bamboo Airways on January 8, allowing the airline to begin commercial flights.

As planned, the carrier will operate 37 routes connecting major cities and tourist destinations at home and abroad in 2019.

The first domestic routes will be Hanoi-Quy Nhon, Hanoi-Dong Hoi, Ho Chi Minh City-Quy Nhon, Hanoi- Ho Chi Minh City, and Ho Chi Minh City-Van Don. Up to 60 domestic flights per day are planned.

Flights to Asia and Europe, such as to Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Singapore, will use wide-body aircraft.

Bamboo Airways of Viet Bamboo Airlines Co., is owned by property developer FLC Group. Viet Bamboo Airlines Co., was established in 2017 with a chartered capital of VND700 billion (US$31.4 million).

Last three Vietnamese victims of Egypt bomb return home

The last three Vietnamese tourists seriously injured in a bomb attack in Egypt in December 2018 arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport Ho Chi Minh City on January 10 early morning.

All are currently in good health and they will continue to receive treatment in hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

The tourists suffered leg injuries in the incident and were among the group of Vietnamese tourists on the bus that was hit in the bombing near the world famous Giza pyramids on December 28 (Egypt time). Three persons were killed and 12 others were wounded in the bombing.

Nine tourists who suffered light injuries or were not injured in the bomb attack returned to Vietnam on January 1. The bodies of the three dead victims were brought home on January 6.

Aus4Innovation launched in support of Vietnam in innovation

Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngọc Anh (L) and Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick at the launch of Aus4Innovation programme. (Photo: Australian Embassy)

The Australia-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Programme (Aus4Innovation) was launched in Hanoi on January 10, targeting the realisation of the innovation partnership between Australia and Vietnam.

Announced by the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology and the Australian Government, the AUD10 million (US$7.2 million) programme also aims to strengthen Vietnam's innovation ecosystem, and assist the Vietnamese Government and people in grasping the opportunities brought about by the fourth Industrial Revolution.

Aus4Innovation consists of four components, including digital future forecasting, a partnership on the commercialisation of scientific research, competition funding mechanisms, and policy exchanges on innovation.

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