News in Brief: January 21, 2021

The Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (Vinasa) officially launched the 2021 Sao Khue Awards with the message “Promoting digital solutions platforms – pioneering the development of digital ecosystems”. This year, the category for digital transformation platforms will be added to the awards system.

A seminar was held by the Central Institute for Economic Management of Vietnam to review the improvement of the business environment and competitiveness over recent years and discuss orientations for 2021-2025 period.

The Central Council of the Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organisation and the Thien Long Group launched the second “Green Schools” programme for the 2020-2021 academic year. Under the programme, recyclable waste will be collected in 15 primary and secondary schools in order to convert it into scholarships for poor students.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has just issued Decision No. 164 / QD-BCT dated January 19, 2021, on promulgating its Action Plan to implement Government Resolution No.02/NQ-CP dated January 1, 2021 on continuing to pursue the main tasks and measures designed to improve the business environment and national competitiveness in 2021.

The Vietnam Buddhist Institute in Hanoi held a ceremony on January 20 to celebrate the day that Buddha gained enlightenment and to pray for peace and prosperity in addition to the organisation of various cultural and sports activities.

Vice President Dang Thi Ngọc Thinh held a reception for a delegation of role-models from the southern province of Vinh Long on January 20, in which she expressed her wish that the delegates would continue to spread their good deeds and be bright examples for others to follow.

Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen attended a conference held by the city’s Party Committee on January 20 to review the Party building work in 2020 and launch tasks for 2021.

Politburo member and Secretary of Hanoi Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue held a working session with the Party Committee of Hai Ba Trung District on January 20 to review the district’s implementation of political tasks in the past years and goals set for the next year.

The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee held a seminar in Hanoi on January 20 to highlight the role of the VFF in building the national great unity in the new period as well as providing ideas towards boosting the VFF’s role in consolidating the national great unity until 2030.

News in Brief: January 20, 2021

A ceremony was held in the northern border province of Dien Bien on January 20 to repatriate the remains of 13 Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who laid down their lives in Laos. The remains were collected by a team from Military Zone 2, with support from all-level Party committees, authorities, agencies, and the people in Laos.

The environmental protection tax on jet fuel has been reduced by 30%, from VND3,000 to VND2,100 per litre, from January 1, 2021 to December 1, 2021 under a resolution of the National Assembly Standing Committee, which took effect on the first day of this year. The reduction aims to help remove difficulties for the aviation industry due to the serious impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Vietnam Agent Orange Magazine held a ceremony in Hanoi on January 20 to celebrate its fifth founding anniversary (2016-2021). Operated under the Vietnam Association of Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin Victims, the magazine has mobilised more than VND2 billion to support nearly 2,000 AO/Dioxin victims across the city.

The Ministry of Health and the Vietnam Medical Association signed an agreement on January 19 to foster cooperation in preventing breast cancer by increasing the ratio of people with access to early diagnostics and advanced treatment methods.

At a workshop held on January 19, Politburo member Nguyen Thien Nhan stated that the establishment of Thu Duc City will help Ho Chi Minh City’s economy grow faster and more sustainably as the former is well-positioned to become a creative urban area and a centre of the knowledge economy.

News in Brief: January 19, 2021

Vietnam recorded two new imported COVID-19 cases on January 18, bringing its total number of infections to 1,539, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The Ministry of Education and Training recently announced the results of the National Excellent Student Exams for the 2020-2021 school year. 93 first prizes, 544 second prizes, 718 third prizes and 923 consolation prizes were awarded.

An online knowledge contest on the Law of Children concluded on January 18. Two first prizes went to Tran Nguyen Linh Nhu, a 4th grader from Dak Lak province and Mai Thi Thanh Ngan, a 9th grader from Phu Tho province. According to statistics, the contest attracted over 310,000 participants from 63 cities and provinces across the country.

On January 18, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the central province of Binh Thuan announced and awarded Certificates of classification results for 56 products meeting the criteria of the One Commune One Product (OCOP) Programme.

The Vietnam Women's Union Central Committee held a programme entitled “Tet of Love” in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang on January 19. At the programme, organisers presented gifts to 30 policy beneficiaries from Vi Thanh city.

Nearly 180 players will compete at the Women’s and Men's National Tennis Championship (VTF Masters 500-1) – Hai Dang Cup 2021, scheduled to take place in Tay Ninh city, Tay Ninh province from January 24-31.