April 30 – May 6: Vietnam’s national reunification marked at home and abroad

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Flag-raising ceremony in Quang Tri province on April 30 marks National Reunification Day
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

Vietnam’s national reunification marked at home and abroad

A wide range of activities were held across the country to mark the 43rd anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification Day (April 30), and the 132nd anniversary of International May Day (May 1).

Locals and visitors were entertained with arts performance featuring timeless songs, dances and documentary films praising the Party, nation, and revolutionary cause, as well as exhibitions, and sporting events.

A number of cultural activities and meetings were also hosted by Vietnamese embassies abroad to celebrate the national holiday.

Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao elected as ILC Vice Chairman

Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao (Photo: VNA)

Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao has been elected as the Second Vice Chairman of the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC) during the commission’s 70th session in New York, the US, held at the UN headquarters from April 30 to June 1.

During discussions, the Vietnamese delegation proposed the establishment of international regulations on the basis of respecting the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of all States, as well as human rights and sustainable development.

Ambassador Thao, an international law expert with a consistent academic background as a Doctor with profound experience, became a member of the ILC in November 2016.

Vietnam releases 2017 provincial administrative reform index

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) announced the 2017 public administration reform (PAR) index and the satisfaction index of public administration services (SIPAS).

The PAR index for 19 ministries and ministry-level agencies averaged 79.92%, with the State Bank of Vietnam achieving the highest score (92.36%) and the Committee for Ethnic Affairs having the lowest score (72.13%).

In the PAR rankings for provinces and centrally-governed cities, the northern province of Quang Ninh led the pack with a score of 89.45, while the worst performer, Quang Ngai province, had a score of just 59.69.

Meanwhile, the SIPAS index, which measures citizen satisfaction towards the delivery of public administration services, averaged 80.90% in 2017.

Gas processing plant inaugurated in Ca Mau

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (third from right) at the inauguration ceremony (Photo: VNA)

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan attended a ceremony in the southernmost province of Ca Mau on May 2 to inaugurate the Ca Mau Gas Processing Plant (GPP Ca Mau) invested in by the PetroVietnam Gas Corporation (PVGas).

Built within two years at a cost of more than VND10 trillion (US$450 million), the plant has a daily capacity of 6.2 million cu.m of gas and is able to hold 8,000 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas and 3,000 cu.m of condensate.

Once operational, it will supply around 600 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas and 35 tonnes of condensate to the market per day, meeting 10% of domestic demand.

Nghi Son Refinery produces first batch of commercial products

The Nghi Son Refinery, located in Vietnam’s north central province of Thanh Hoa, has shipped its first consignment of RON 92 petrol to its partners, the facility operator announced on May 1.

The US$9.3 billion plant is expected to release another two refined products in less than two weeks.

In the first stage, the plant will be able to refine 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day, equivalent to 10 million tonnes of crude oil per year, nearly double the capacity of Dung Quat, Vietnam’s first established refinery.

Once fully operational, the Nghi Son Refinery will meet 40% of the domestic demand and transform the Nghi Son Economic Zone, where the plant is based, into the economic engine of Thanh Hoa province.

Vietnam’s bai choi art receives UNESCO heritage certificate

A 'bai choi' performance at the ceremony

A ceremony was held in Binh Dinh province on May 5, to receive a certificate recognising bai choi, a form of folk singing popular in central Vietnam, as a UNESCO intangible heritage of humanity.

The event was attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the UNESCO chief in Vietnam Michael Croft, as well as foreign diplomats and artists from provinces where bai choi is practised.

An indispensable cultural element of people in the central provinces, the content of bai choi singing reflects the love for the homeland, community relationships and life experiences.

Green Innovation Awards launched

The Green Innovation Awards, the second of its kind, have been launched by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.

The awards are designed for three groups; primary and secondary students; high school students; and college and university students and those aged between 19 and 30 years. The awards have been organised with the aim of discovering, introducing, and popularising outstanding initiatives and models for environmental protection and sustainable development.

The entries should focus on energy saving, environmentally-friendly products, biodiversity preservation, waste recycling and treatment, policy solutions, environment education, and the application of information-technology in environmental protection and management.

Da Nang International Fireworks Festival opens

Fireworks performance of Vietnam’s Da Nang team

The Da Nang International Fireworks Festival (DIFF) officially opened on April 30 under the theme ‘The Legend of Bridges’.

Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh joined the Da Nang city residents and tens of thousands of visitors to enjoy the spectacular firework displays on the bank of the Han river.

In addition to the host Vietnam, the event attracted international teams from Poland, France, the US, Italy, Sweden, Portugal and Hong Kong (China).