November 19-25: National Assembly wraps up sixth session

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A general view of the sixth session of the 14th National Assembly (Photo: VGP)
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

National Assembly wraps up sixth session

The sixth session of the 14th National Assembly (NA) closed in Hanoi on November 20 after nearly one month of sitting.

During the session, the deputies elected General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Nguyen Phu Trong, as the new President of Vietnam.

The NA approved the proposal by the Prime Minister regarding the members of the cabinet.

The NA adopted nine laws and debated six other bills. In particular, the NA approved the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and related documents with a high consensus, making Vietnam the seventh country to ratify the deal.

Russian Prime Minister concludes official trip to Vietnam

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev (Photo: VGP)

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wrapped up his two-day official visit to Vietnam, at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, on November 19.

During the trip, the Russian PM held talks and paid a courtesy call to Vietnamese top leaders, during which the two sides discussed orientations and measures to boost cooperation across many fields towards deepening the two nations’ strategic partnership.

They agreed to celebrate the Vietnam Year in Russia and the Russia Year in Vietnam during 2019-2020 to mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the treaty on fundamental principles of Vietnam-Russia friendly relations (2019) and the 70th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (2020).

Indian President concludes State visit to Vietnam

On November 20, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind wrapped up his three-day state visit to Vietnam at the invitation of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) and President Nguyen Phu Trong.

During his meetings with Vietnamese top leaders, the two sides highlighted the strong development of bilateral relations between Vietnam and India across various fields since they established a Strategic Partnership in 2007 and upgraded ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in 2016.

The two sides agreed to maintain regular visits at all levels across the channels of Party, State, Government, Parliament, and locality, as well as people-to-people exchanges; maintain regular and on-schedule bilateral cooperation mechanisms, and effectively implement results of high-level visits and signed agreements.

Vietnam ranks ninth in Hinrich Foundation’s Sustainable Trade Index 2018

Vietnam ranks ninth in Hinrich Foundation’s Sustainable Trade Index 2018. (Photo: Hinrich Foundation)

The Sustainable Trade Index 2018 was announced by the Hinrich Foundation in Hanoi on November 23, which ranks Vietnam as 9th among the 19 economies in Asia and the US that were measured.

Vietnam is one of the countries with the best performance in this index. Along with 12 other countries, Vietnam has achieved a high level of market openness, reflecting a good sign regarding the openness of trade and cross-border trade.

In terms of social capital, Vietnam has risen to No. 8, higher than middle income countries such as China, Thailand and Malaysia, thanks to curbing inequality and improving labour standards.

First shrimp breeding farm in Vietnam meets OIE standards

A shrimp breeding farm of the Viet-Uc Seafood Corporation in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu has become the first in Vietnam to fulfill criterion set by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The accreditation will create a big opportunity for Vietnamese shrimp to enter demanding markets in the world, helping to realise the goal of US$10 billion in export turnover in 2025.

It will also open a sustainable development path for Vietnam’s shrimp production and export in the future.

KOVA Prize 2018 honours groups, individuals in applied science

KOVA Award in the Innovation category presented to the Kidney Department at HCM City’s Cho Ray Hospital at the ceremony (Photo: VGP)

Winners of the 16th KOVA Prize awards in four categories – Innovation, Humanity, Potential and Resilience – were honoured at a ceremony held in Hanoi, November 24.

The Innovation awards were presented to three researches, including Associate Professor Dr Tran Thi Bich Huong, Associate Professor Dr Le Chi Dung and Engineer Le Thi Tuyet Anh.

Meanwhile, in the Humanity category, the awards were presented to nine groups and individuals for their actions which have contributed to the national building and safeguarding.

The prize in the Potential category was awarded to 12 outstanding students with prospects in scientific research, while the Resilience scholarships were handed over to 151 students of 60 public universities across the country.

Non Nuoc Cao Bang receives UNESCO global geopark status

Non Nuoc Cao Bang received the global geopark status from the UNESCO at a ceremony held in the northern border province of Cao Bang on November 24.

The declaration of Non Nuoc Cao Bang as a global geopark was made under a resolution approved by the UNESCO Executive Board during its 204th session, held in Paris, France, on April 12 (local time), in recognition of its diverse landscapes and spiritual cultural values.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed the importance of the UNESCO recognition, saying it means Vietnam has another national trademark in terms of landscape and geology at international level.

Vietnam defeat Cambodia 3-0, entering semifinal of 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup

Nguyen Tien Linh (red) opens the score for Vietnam at the 39th minute (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam thrashed Cambodia 3-0 in their final match in Group A of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2018 at Hanoi's Hang Day Stadium on November 24.

With this result Vietnam topped Group A with 10 points (three victories and a draw). Notably, the team kept a total clean sheet during the group stage.

The squad will play with the second-placed team from group B on December 2. The return leg of the semifinal match is scheduled to take place four days later.

8th National Sports Games kicks off in Hanoi

The 8th National Sports Games opened at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi on November 25.

More than 7,000 athletes are competing in the games, taking place in Hanoi, the northern province of Hoa Binh and the central province of Khanh Hoa from November 15 to December 10.

The athletes, who come from all the 63 provinces and centrally-run cities and the military and police, are vying for medals in 743 events of 36 sports, including golf, karate-do, wushu, pencak silat, athletics, swimming, boxing and fencing.

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