March 19-25: RoK President pays State visit to Vietnam

Monday, 2018-03-26 14:50:01
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President Tran Dai Quang and his wife (right) welcome President of the RoK Moon Jae-in and his wife in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

1. RoK President Moon Jae-in pays State visit to Vietnam

President of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Moon Jae-in and his spouse paid a State visit to Vietnam from March 22- 24 at the invitation of President Tran Dai Quang.

During the visit, President Moon held talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang, witnessed the signing of many cooperation agreements between the two countries, had a meeting with the press and attended a Vietnam-RoK Business Forum.

The RoK leader held separate meetings with the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, and had an exchange programme with Vietnam’s U23 football team and its Korean head coach Park Hang-seo.

2. State funeral held for former PM Phan Van Khai

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (L) offers incense to former PM Phan Van Khai at Thong Nhat Hall in HCM City (Photo: VNA)

The funeral for former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai who passed away in Ho Chi Minh City on March 17 took place on March 20 at the city’s Thong Nhat Hall.

Leaders of the Party, State, National Assembly, Government and the Vietnam Fatherland Front and people from localities nationwide gathered at the Thong Nhat Conventional Hall from early morning to pay their last respect to the former Prime Minister.

3. Vinamilk tops workplaces in Vietnam

Vinamilk has replaced Unilever on top of the list of Vietnam’s 100 Best Places to Work 2017, which was announced on March 22.

The company was followed by Nestle Vietnam, Viettel, Vietcombank, and Coca Cola. Themed ‘Believing in Change’, the honouring ceremony brought together over 600 CEOs and HR managers from the leading companies in Vietnam.

4. Vietnam’s Import-Export Report 2017 released

The Ministry of Industry and Trade announced the Vietnam’s Import-Export Report 2017 at a ceremony held in Ho Chi Minh City on March 22, which provided an overview of the country's import and export activities in 2017.

The report showed that Vietnam enjoyed a record high trade surplus of US$2.92 billion in 2017. The country also witnessed 29 groups of goods posting export revenue of over US$1 billion each and eight groups of goods with export revenue of over US$6 billion.

5. Female Vietnamese scientist wins L'Oreal-UNESCO awards

The 15 young female talents honoured in 2018

Doctor Nguyen Thi Hiep from the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, was presented with the International Rising Talent award from the L'Oreal-UNESCO programme at a ceremony in Paris, France, on March 21, becoming the second female Vietnamese scientist to receive the honour.

The scientist, a lecturer from the Ho Chi Minh City-based Vietnam National University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, was honoured for her project named 21st century first-aid kit, which is an hemostatic glue.

6. My Tam named ‘Singer of the Year’ for the fourth time

Pop star My Tam receives the ‘Singer of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’ awards (Photo: VNA)

Pop star My Tam won the ‘Singer of the Year’ title and her album ‘Tam 9’ was honoured as the Album of the Year at the awards ceremony of the Dedication Music Awards 2018, held in Hanoi on March 22.

It is the fourth time that the Da Nang-born artist has been named ‘Singer of the Year’, following her victories in 2009, 2013 and 2015. Her album ‘Tam 9’, a collection of 12 songs, sold nearly 20,000 copies in only a couple of weeks after being released in December 2017.