May 18-24: President Ho Chi Minh’s 130th birth anniversary marked nationwide and abroad

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits the exhibition “President Ho Chi Minh – Great leader of Vietnamese Communist Party and people; Ambassador for peace and friendship of the world people”. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

President Ho Chi Minh’s 130th birth anniversary marked nationwide and abroad

A wide variety of practical activities, art performances, exhibitions and seminars were held nationwide and abroad to mark the 130th birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh (May 19, 1890-2020).

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited an exhibition entitled “President Ho Chi Minh – Great leader of the Vietnamese Communist Party and people; Ambassador for peace and friendship of the world’s people” at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on May 19.

PM Phuc emphasised that Uncle Ho’s morality and lifestyle are an outstanding symbol of the nation’s determination for peace, national liberation and social progress; as well as a flag to lead the whole Party, people and army to enhance solidarity towards building a more prosperous country.

National Assembly commences ninth session

The opening sitting of the 14th-tenure NA's ninth session on May 20 morning (Photo: VNA)

The 14th-tenure National Assembly (NA) opened the ninth session in Hanoi on the morning of May 20.

The session is being held online from May 20 to 29, and deputies will gather at the NA building in Hanoi for plenary meetings from June 8 to 18.

Deputies will deliberate and vote on some important drafts such as the resolution on the law and ordinance making programme for 2021; adjustments to the law and ordinance making programme for 2020; resolutions ratifying the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA); a resolution recognising and permitting the enforcement of rulings issued by dispute settlement agencies under the EVIPA; and another on Vietnam’s joining of the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 105 on the abolition of forced labour.

S&P maintains stable outlook for Vietnam’s sovereign credit rating

S&P Global Ratings announced that it has retained Vietnam’s sovereign credit rating at BB, with a stable outlook, according to the Ministry of Finance.

The move reflects the strong potential for recovery in Vietnam’s economy following the period of deceleration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While working with S&P to evaluate the sovereign credit rating in late April, the Ministry of Finance and relevant agencies had presented convincing evidence about the adaptive capacity of Vietnam’s economy, which has been clearly illustrated in this challenging global context.

Central bank and Quang Ninh best performers in 2019 Public Administration Reform Index

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) ranked first in the Public Administration Reform Index (PAR Index) in 2019 with 95.4 out of 100 points.

This is the fifth consecutive time the central bank has topped ministries and ministerial-level agencies in the rankings.

The index score of the 17 ministries and agencies averaged 85.63% this year, up 2.95% against 2018, with no ministry recording below 80% and 16 posting higher indexes than in the previous year.

With 90.09%, the northern province of Quang Ninh topped the index for the third consecutive time. It was followed by the capital city of Hanoi with 84.64%, while Ho Chi Minh City was seventh with 83.56%. The average index score was 81.15%, up 4.23% from 2018 and the highest figure in the last four years.

Vietnam goes through 39 straight days without COVID-19 community transmission

Vietnamese citizens returning home from abroad are quarantined upon arrival. (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam had no new COVID-19 cases to report on the morning of May 25, meaning the nation has remained clear of community transmission of the disease for 39 consecutive days, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The committee’s treatment subcommittee reported that 267 out of the total 325 patients have been given the all-clear for the disease, and with zero deaths.

It added that 185 cases were imported and quarantined upon arrival in Vietnam, so there is no risk of community transmission.

Vietnam named best COVID-19 fighter globally by Politico

The US news website Politico has ranked Vietnam as the best performer in the worldwide fight against COVID-19.

The ranking is based on the COVID-19 impacts on public health and economic outcomes.

Politico has mapped the performance of 30 leading countries by plotting their health and economic outcomes and grouping them based on whether they have instituted light, moderate or severe restrictions.

Vietnam is a frontrunner regarding both public health and economic outcomes.

Female scientists honoured with Kovalevskaya Award

Winners of the Kovalevskaya Award 2019 honoured at the event. (Photo: Ha Noi Moi)

Female scientists who have successfully isolated the new strain of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, making Vietnam one of the first four countries to successfully isolate this virus, have received the 2019 Kovalevskaya Award.

The award ceremony was held on May 19 by the Vietnam Women’s Union Central Committee. The Kovalevskaya Award was named after the Russian mathematician Sofia Kovalevskaya and began to be presented in Vietnam in 1986. It is the first national award for female scientists.

The Kovalevskaya Award 2019 was given to female scientists of the Influenza Laboratory of the Virus Department under the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and Associate Prof. Dr. Tran Thi Thu Ha, Director of the Forestry Research and Development Institute under the Thai Nguyen University.

Tours of Son Doong, the world's largest cave, resume

Exploration tours of Son Doong, the world's largest cave, located in the central province of Quang Binh, have reopened after being closed for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration for the tours will be organised between June and August this year by Oxalis, the only private company licensed to explore and conduct tours of Son Doong.

There are only about 240 slots this year. The number of visitors is limited because of the restrictions placed to preserve the complex’s ecosystem.

A four-day expedition costs US$2,500 per person this year, down 16.6% from the previous price of US$3,000. Buses can be taken from Hanoi to Dong Hoi, the capital of Quang Binh, and from there to the park.

Vietnam first in the world to resume normal football events

The clash between Nam Dinh FC (in yellow) and Hoang Anh Gia Lai (in white) is always much anticipated by fans.

Nam Dinh FC and Hoang Anh Gia Lai met each other in the opening clash of the 2020 Vietnamese National Cup at Thien Truong Stadium (Nam Dinh province) on May 23, marking the official return of football events in the country after several months of disruption due to COVID-19.

The match took place with fans in attendance, something which has not yet been seen in any other national football league around the world amid the ongoing pandemic.

“This will be a historic match for both Vietnamese football and the world at the present time”, Chairman of the Vietnam Professional Football Joint Stock Company (VPF) Tran Anh Tu told Vietnam Television (VTV).

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