May 14-20: President Ho Chi Minh’s birth anniversary marked at home and abroad

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An art performance at the Sen Village Festival 2018, which was held from May 17 to 19 in Kim Lien commune, Nam Dan district, Nghe An province to mark the 128th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh. (Photo: VNA
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

President Ho Chi Minh’s birth anniversary marked at home and abroad

Various activities were held both at home and abroad to pay tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh on the occasion of his 128th birth anniversary (May 19, 1890 - 2018).

Senior Vietnamese leaders laid a wreath at the mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh on the morning of May 18 to mark the occasion of the 128th anniversary of the birth of the founder of modern Vietnam.

Cultural and arts programmes, exhibitions and film screenings were organised nationwide to honour the life and career of the great national father, who devoted his life to national liberation and worked tirelessly for peace and progress around the world.

The Vietnamese embassies and consulate generals abroad also hosted a string of activities to celebrate the occasion.

Vietnam ratifies Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga (L), head of the Vietnam Permanent Mission to the United Nations, deposited with the UN Secretary General Viietnam’s instrument of ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on May 17. (Photo: VNA)

Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, head of the Vietnam Permanent Mission to the United Nations, deposited Vietnam’s instrument of ratification for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with the UN Secretary General on May 17, becoming the 10th country to ratify the document.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh signed the treaty on September 22, 2017, within the framework of the 72nd UN General Assembly’s high-level Meeting.

Being one of the first countries to sign and ratify the treaty, Vietnam has shown its consistent policy towards peace and support for nuclear disarmament across the world.

Vietnam launches official investigation into Grab’s acquisition of Uber

The Vietnam Competition Authority (VCA), under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, has decided to conduct a preliminary investigation into Grab’s purchase of Uber’s stakes in Vietnam, which is suspected to have breached the regulations on economic concentration under the country’s Law on Competition 2004. The investigation will take 30 days counting from the day the decision was issued (April 13).

Following Grab’s announcement on March 26 of its purchase of Uber’s operation in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, the VCA sent a dispatch to GrabTaxi requesting the provision of information and documents related to the acquisition.

However, GrabTaxi claimed that the combined market share of both Grab and Uber in Vietnam is less than 30%, therefore it did not have to “inform the competition authority before proceeding and completing the transaction in Vietnam”. The VCA held a working session with GrabTaxi’s legal representative on April 6, but the ride-hailing firm failed to provide evidence proving its claim.

Fitch raises sovereign rating for Vietnam

Fitch Ratings has upgraded Vietnam's sovereign rating based on its rising foreign-exchange reserves and strong economic growth.

Bloomberg cited Fitch's announcement on May 15 that shows the rating on the nation’s long-term foreign currency-denominated debt was raised one level to BB, with a stable outlook. The upgrade puts Vietnam at the second-highest speculative grade and on a par with Costa Rica.

The rating agency also forecast that Vietnam's foreign reserves would increase to approximately US$66 billion by the end of this year from US$49 billion in 2017, while the general government debt is likely to decline to below 50% of the gross domestic product by 2019. According to Fitch, the country's economy can expand by 6.7% this year.

Hoi An: Bicycle project wins global urban transport awards

A project on the development of bike sharing in the ancient city of Hoi An, in the central province of Quang Nam, has won the global urban transport awards organised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The project was initiated and launched by the Hoi An City Department of Culture and Information in coordination with HealthBridge Vietnam.

Accordingly, the project will develop a free and low cost shared bicycle programme to create the first public-private partnership system in Hoi An by linking the existing bicycle rental services of hotels in the city.

Winners of VIFOTEC Award 2017 honoured

Winners of VIFOTEC Award 2017 honoured

Four first, eight second, 15 third and 13 consolation prizes were presented in Hanoi on May 14, during the awards ceremony of the 2017 Vietnam Fund for Scientific and Technological Creations (VIFOTEC) Award.

The outstanding works were selected from 118 works in six fields, including mechanics-automation; materials technology; information technology-electronics-telecommunication; biotechnology in service of production and life; technologies in service of climate change adaptation, environmental protection and judicious use of natural resources; as well as technologies to save energy and using new energy sources.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister awarded certificates of merit to nine individuals, who are the managers and co-managers of the four first-prize-works.

Three scientists honoured with 2018 Ta Quang Buu Award

The 2018 Ta Quang Buu Award was presented to three scientists who have made significant contributions to the country’s science and technology sector, on May 18.

This year, the main category of the Ta Quang Buu Award, named after famous scientist Professor Ta Quang Buu (1910-1986), was presented to Dr. Tran Dinh Phong, 37, from the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi and Assoc. Prof., Dr. Pham Van Hung, 44, from the Ho Chi Minh City International University. Dr. Do Quoc Tuan, 33, from the Hanoi University of Science under the Vietnam National University - Hanoi was presented with the prize for the outstanding young scientist.

The three winners’ researches were published in the world’s prestigious scientific journals and have great potential for application in practice.

Vietnam two steps away from top 100 in FIFA rankings

Park Hang-seo has come very close to realising the goal of making Vietnam among the world's top 100.

Vietnam is now just two places outside of the world’s top 100 national football teams after moving up one step to 102nd place in the latest FIFA men’s rankings, which were announced on May 17.

The Vietnamese national team, currently coached by Park Hang-seo, earned three additional points to take Sierra Leone’s position with a total of 334 points.

There remains a narrow gap between Vietnam and the two teams placed above, Qatar and Libya, who currently have 339 and 341 points, respectively.