April 2 – 8: PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends third MRC Summit in Cambodia

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (first from left) and other delegates at the opening ceremony of the plenary session of the third MRC Summit. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends third MRC Summit in Cambodia

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the third MRC Summit in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on April 4 and 5, at the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Themed “'Enhancing Joint Efforts and Partnerships towards Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Mekong River Basin,” the summit reviewed the cooperation within the commission and the implementation of the commitments made at the second summit in Vietnam in 2014, while identifying priority areas in the next periods to use water resources and other resources in the Mekong River basin in a fair, appropriate and sustainable manner.

The summit adopted the Siem Rep Declaration which affirms the importance of Mekong cooperation, as well as the acceleration of the implementation of the 1995 Mekong Agreement. The document also outlines the priority activities of the commission for the next four years and the long-term direction for cooperation within the commission.

Vietnam’s Q1 farming output grows at fastest rate in 13 years

The output of the agro-forestry and fishery sector in the first three months of 2018 grew by 4.05%, the fastest pace of the last 13 years, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has announced.

Official data showed that Vietnam’s agricultural exports for the January-March period hit US$8.7 billion, up 9.6% from the same quarter of 2017.

The ministry aims to reach a full-year growth rate of at least 3% for the sector, with export revenues targeted at US$40-40.5 billion.

World Bank report: Vietnam continues to reduce poverty

Poverty in Vietnam continues to fall, particularly amongst ethnic minorities who saw their rate of poverty decline significantly by 13 percentage points, the largest decline in the past decade, states a new World Bank (WB) report.

According to the Report “Climbing the Ladder: Poverty Reduction and Shared Prosperity in Vietnam”, released by the WB at a workshop in Hanoi on April 5, improving the income from highland agriculture will help Vietnam to further reduce poverty, which has fallen by almost 4 percentage points since 2014, to 9.8% in 2016.

Ethnic minorities – many of whom live in highland areas – account for 72% of Vietnam’s poor, and encouraging them to grow more profitable industrial crops may improve their earnings.

Vietnam’s National Blood Centre makes debut

Delegates at the launching ceremony of the National Blood Centre

The National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) held a ceremony in Hanoi, on April 4, to announce the Health Minister’s decision on the establishment of Vietnam’s first-ever National Blood Centre (NBC).

The centre is assigned with providing safe blood sources and products, as well as stem cells, to serve the demand of emergencies, patient treatments, and blood reserves for national security.

The establishment of the NBC marks a historic milestone in the development process of Vietnam’s blood transfusion sector, the NIHBT director said, stating that this will meet the inevitable development demand of the sector, helping it to keep pace with global development trends.

Vietnam succeeds in producing effervescent tablets for stomach remedy

Vietnamese scientists have successfully applied targeted technology in producing turmeric-based effervescent tablets to prevent and treat stomach pain and Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

The medical advancement makes Vietnam the second country in the world, after the US, to successfully produce effervescent tablets to heal stomach diseases.

The tablets are a result of a three-year joint project carried out by scientists from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi University of Pharmacy, and the Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

Two Vietnamese scientists listed among Asian Scientist 100

Prof. Dr. Phan Thanh Son Nam (Photo: asianscientist.com)

Asian Scientist Magazine (Singapore) has announced the 2018 edition of the Asian Scientist 100, honouring the region’s top researchers, academics and innovators. Two Vietnamese scientists, namely Prof. Dr. Phan Thanh Son Nam and Associate Prof, Dr. Nguyen Sum have made the list this year.

According to the magazine, the list celebrates those who are making significant contributions in a variety of fields, ranging from space exploration to structural biology—and everything in between.

Prof. Dr. Phan Thanh Son Nam and Associate Prof. Dr. Nguyen Sum have been honoured by the Asian Scientist in the fields of chemistry and mathematics, respectively.

Vietnamese photographers win big at Smithsonian Photo Contest

Vietnamese photographers Nguyen Huu Thong and Tran Tuan Viet emerged triumphant at the 15th annual Smithsonian Photo Contest.

Nguyen Huu Thong from Bac Giang province stood out from 60 finalists competing in the contest to win the Grand Prize worth US$2,500, for his photo ‘Bua Sang Tai Cho Phien’ (Breakfast at the Weekly Market).

Meanwhile, the photo ‘Lam Huong’ (Making Incense) by Tran Tuan Viet from Hanoi won the contest’s Travel category. The photo captured the decoratively dyed bundles of incense drying in Quang Phu Cau village, Ung Hoa district in Hanoi.

Victory over Qatar earns Vietnam Davis Cup promotion

Vietnam's no. 1 tennis player, Ly Hoang Nam, lives up to expectations with a winning streak throughout the tournament.

Vietnam has been promoted to the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group II next year after Ly Hoang Nam and his teammates made light work of their Qatari opponents with a score of 3-0 in the promotional playoff at the Group III tournament in Hanoi on April 7.

Trinh Linh Giang continued his impressive form by thrashing Jabor Al-Mutawa in two straight sets (6-4, 7-5) to put the Vietnamese side in front.

The second singles match saw Vietnam’s tennis ace, Ly Hoang Nam, compete against Mubarak Shannan Zayid, in which Nam forced the Qatari competitor to concede two sets at 4-6, 6(2)-7 overall.

Nonetheless, in the remaining doubles match between Minh Tuan – Quoc Khanh (Vietnam) and Issa Shanan Al Harrasi – Mousa Shanan Zayed (Qatar), the Vietnamese pair played with great determination and beat the Qatari duo 6-3, 6-2 after nearly one hour, thus completing a resounding 3-0 victory for the home side.