July 9 - 15: Party chief receives US Secretary of State

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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong receives US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Hanoi on July 8. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

1. Party chief receives US Secretary of State

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, Nguyen Phu Trong, received US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in Hanoi on July 8.

The Party General Secretary highly appreciated the US Secretary of State’s visit, saying it will help to promote the implementation of bilateral agreements.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, affirmed that Vietnam attaches significant importance to its relations with the US, at a reception for US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who made his first visit to Vietnam, in Hanoi on July 9.

2. PM attends Industry 4.0 Summit in Hanoi

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the summit. (Photo: VGP)

The Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo 2018 were held in Hanoi on July 13, under which Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, said that Vietnam is ready to overcome all challenges that lay ahead, moving forward to grasp opportunities presented by the Industry 4.0.

Meanwhile, Deputy PM, Vu Duc Dam, said that, while Industry 4.0 brings about both opportunities and challenges for every country and its people, low-income countries such as Vietnam may still be left behind if they fail to swiftly grasp new strides in science and technology.

3. Vietnam, Russia hold 10th strategic dialogue

The 10th strategic dialogue between Vietnam and Russia took place in Moscow on July 10, under which the two sides highlighted the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership in various fields, while acknowledging the two sides’ maintaining of political dialogues at high level, and the close cooperation between their legislative agencies, ministries, sectors and social organisations.

The two sides also agreed to focus their discussions on the preparations for the Vietnamese senior leaders’ visit to Russia later this year.

4. Vietnam delays environmental tax hike plan

The environmental tax hike plan requires further consideration.

The National Assembly Standing Committee has delayed a vote on a proposal to increase the environmental taxes on fuel products to the maximum limit, stating that it requires further consideration.

The committee members expressed their concern over the impact of the plan on inflation and the lives of the people at a meeting on July 13.

National Assembly Chairwoman, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, commented that it is necessary to raise environmental taxes even if inflation edges up a little if the move could add VND15-16 trillion (US$645-688 million) to the budget for addressing environmental issues.

5. Bamboo Airways project approved in principle

Deputy Prime Minister, Trinh Dinh Dung, has signed a decision to approve in principle the Bamboo Airways air transport project at the Phu Cat Airport in the south central province of Binh Dinh.

The project will have a total investment of VND700 billion, invested in by Viet Bamboo Airlines Co Ltd, a subsidiary of property developer FLC Group. The airline, which has an approved duration of 50 years, is scheduled to be headquartered at the Phu Cat Airport and aims to become one of the of leading airlines in Vietnam.

6. Heavy rains cause damage in several localities

A house in Tra On district, in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, was unroofed due to heavy rains and thunderstorms on July 11. (Photo: NDO/Ba Dung)

Heavy rains accompanied by tornados have caused heavy damage to several localities in the Mekong Delta, as well as in the northern mountainous areas, in recent days.

Local authorities have sent missions to visit and assist the affected families, while directing the local forces to facilitate relief work. Torrential rains are forecast to occur until the middle of the week in the northern and north-central provinces.

7. Da Nang named finalists for WWF’s One Planet City Challenge 2018

Vietnam’s central coastal city of Da Nang has been named the National Green City for the 2017-2018 period, making it among the 21 cities around the world to join the finalists of the One Planet City Challenge 2018 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Da Nang impressed the jury board with its comprehensive solutions and approach to the mitigation of and adaption to climate change, as well as its contributions to delivering the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

Accordingly, Da Nang is committed to cutting its carbon emissions by 2030 by 25% as compared to its 2016 emissions.

8. Vietnam ranks 45th in Global Innovation Index

Vietnam ranks second among 30 low middle-income countries.

Vietnam ranks 45th out of 126 economies in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2018, up 14 places compared to 2016, according to the GII report announced by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on July 10.

In the GII report 2017, Vietnam stood in 47th place among 127 economies throughout the world. Among 30 low middle-income countries, Vietnam ranked second in terms of the index.

9. Hanoi selected to host SEA Games 31

The Government has agreed with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST)’s proposal to organise the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) and the 11th ASEAN Para Games (Para Games 11) in Vietnam in 2021.

At a meeting in the capital on July 9, the Cabinet assigned Hanoi as the host city, which successfully hosted the SEA Games 22 in 2003, the Asian Indoor Games in 2009, and several other large international sporting events. The ministry’s proposal was made after the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) informed Vietnam that it would hand over the right to host the SEA Games 31 to the country.

10. Quang Binh approves trial tour to explore Vom and Gieng Vooc Caves

Visitors taking the tour can admire the beautiful and spectacular stalactites inside the caves (Photo: baoquangbinh.vn)

The Quang Binh provincial authorities have approved the operation of a trial ecological tour to explore Vom and Gieng Vooc caves from July 15, 2018 to January 15, 2019, according to an announcement by the local People’s Committee on July 11.

The tour will be operated by the Quang Binh-based Viet Hung Trade and Tourist Com.Ltd.
According to the tour providers, visitors taking the tour will be offered exciting activities such as stream wading, slope climbing, and camping overnight in the forest, as well as getting to admire the diverse ecosystem.