March 18-24: PM receives Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister

Monday, 2019-03-25 11:46:17
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (Source: VNA)
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

PM receives Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked for efforts to promote Vietnam – Singapore ties in the near future, especially in national defence-security, economy, trade, investment, education-training, and people-to-people exchange, as well as joint work in ASEAN and other multilateral forums.

During a reception in Hanoi on March 22 for Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Public Security Teo Chee Hean, PM Phuc said Vietnam always supports Singaporean firms to do business in the country, highlighting that the Vietnam – Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) model is successful in Vietnamese localities.

Vietnam, China open specialised route for goods transportation

Officials cut the ribbon to open the Tan Thanh - Pu Zhai specialised route for goods transportation at the ceremony in Lang Son province on March 21 (Photo: VNA)

A specialised route for goods transportation was opened on March 21, linking the Tan Thanh border gate of Vietnam’s northern border province of Lang Son with the Pu Zhai border gate of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The 4.7km route will facilitate goods transportation and export-import activities through Tan Thanh and Pu Zhai border gates, thus reducing goods congestion at the Vietnamese side. It is also expected to help enhance bilateral tourism partnership and people-to-people exchanges, said Vice Chairman of the Lang Son People’s Committee Nguyen Cong Truong.

Vietnam hikes electricity prices by 8.36%

The average price of electricity in Vietnam has increased by 8.36% to over VND1,864 per kWh, confirmed the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) on March 20.

The rise is less than the estimate of nearly 10% made by MOIT Deputy Minister Hoang Quoc Vuong in early March, if all input costs are factored into the prices.

According to calculations by the General Statistics Office, the 8.36% rise in electricity prices will cause GDP to decrease by 0.11% and the consumer price index to increase by 0.29%.

Belgium, Germany and Italy visa application centre opens in Da Nang

Delegates cut the ribbon to open the centre. (Photo:VNA)

The new joint Belgium, Germany and Italy Visa Application Centre was inaugurated in Da Nang city on March 22 to help those in central Vietnam to apply for Belgian, German and Italian visas.

The centre is located at ACB Tower, 218 Bach Dang Street. Applicants in central Vietnam are no longer required to travel to either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to apply for visas.

The representative of the Embassy of Belgium said that the number of applications for Schengen visas in Vietnam has increased significantly in recent years, due to the outstanding economic development of Vietnam, the need for business travel, and an increase in tourism.

Outstanding Vietnamese Young Faces of 2018 honoured

Ten Outstanding Vietnamese Young Faces in 2018 were honoured at a ceremony held in Hanoi on March 19 in the presence of Standing Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh.

The 10 young faces are Miss Universe Vietnam H’Hen Nie for outstanding achievements and involvement in the category of culture-arts, Nguyen Duc Thanh and Vong Binh Long in the category of scientific research and innovation, Nguyen Phuong Thao in the category of study, Van Dinh Hong Vu in the category of startup - business, Tran Van Thuyet in the category of labour and production, midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai in the sports category, Nguyen Van Thuan in the defence category, Le Trong Hieu in the security and order category, and Le Dinh Hieu in the category of social activities.

Xoe Thai dance, Cham pottery seek UNESCO’s heritage recognition

A group performance of Xoe Thai dance (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam will soon officially ask UNESCO to consider putting the country’s Xoe Thai dance on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and adding Cham pottery making art among Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.

Xoe Thai is a unique type of traditional dance that is associated with and plays a significant role in the daily life of Thai ethnic communities in the northwest of Vietnam, especially in the provinces of Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La and Yen Bai.

Cham people in the south-central provinces of Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan, particularly those residing in the Ninh Thuan’s Bau Truc pottery village, have long been renowned for their art of pottery.

One of the most outstanding features of the traditional Cham pottery is the technique of shaping their wares by hand rather than by wheel and their use of simple tools or shells to decorate the products. The pottery is dried under the sun for four to six hours before being fired outdoor over straw or wood.

Viet Hung’s stoppage-time header hands Vietnam win over Indonesia

Midfielder Trieu Viet Hung scored a dramatic late winner to steer Vietnam to a close 1-0 victory over Indonesia in their second Group K clash of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship qualifiers at Hanoi’s My Dinh National Stadium on March 24.

The second consecutive triumph allows Vietnam U23s to continue fostering their hopes of advancing to the final competition. Park’s troops are now second in the group with six points, behind Thailand U23s on goal difference after they demolished Brunei 8-0 earlier the same day.

Next up for Vietnam will be the last group clash with Thailand U23s on March 26. In the case of a win, Park Hang-seo’s side will secure first place in Group K and earn a direct ticket to the 2020 AFC U23 Championship finals, to be held in Thailand.

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