January 14 - 20: Vietnam beat Jordan on penalties to book Asian Cup quarterfinal berth

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Striker Nguyen Cong Phuong celebrates with teammates after equalising the score for Vietnam. (Photo: vnexpress.net)
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

Vietnam beat Jordan on penalties to book Asian Cup quarterfinal berth

Bui Tien Dung scored the winning penalty in a shootout to give Vietnam victory over Jordan in their 2019 Asian Cup Round of 16 encounter, which finished 1-1 after extra time on January 20.

This is the second time that Vietnam have booked a place in the Asian Cup quarterfinals. The first time was in 2007.

In the quarterfinals, Park Hang-seo’s troops will face the winners of the Round of 16 clash between Japan and Saudi Arabia.

NA Chairwoman calls for stronger cooperation in APPF

Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan signs the the Siem Reap 2019 joint declaration. (Photo: VNA)

Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has called on the member parliaments of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) to continue with their comprehensive and close cooperation in all spheres in order to ensure the effective operation of the forum.

Chairwoman Ngan, who was Chair of the 26th APPF Annual Meeting (APPF-26), made the appeal while addressing the 27th APPF Annual Meeting (APPF-27) that opened in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on January 15.

The APPF should further reform its organisation and enhance coordination and relations between legislative and executive channels of each regional country, she said.

Australian Senate President begins official visit to Vietnam

A high-ranking delegation of the Australian Senate led by President Scott Ryan arrived in Hanoi on the evening of January 20, beginning an official visit to Vietnam lasting until January 25.

The trip is made at the invitation of Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

The two countries elevated their bilateral relationship to a Strategic Partnership during Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visit to Australia in March 2018.

PM attends Vietnam Economic Forum 2019’s plenary and high-level policy dialogue

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the 2019 VEF's plenary and high-level policy dialogue. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

Vietnam can achieve fast and sustainable economic growth without having to choose between growth quality and speed, stated Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the Vietnam Economic Forum (VEF) 2019’s plenary and high-level policy dialogue in Hanoi on January 17.

The Vietnam Economic Forum 2019 was jointly organized by the Government and the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission in Hanoi on January 16 and 17.

The event aimed to review the Vietnamese economy’s development in 2018 and discuss its prospects in 2019, as well as analyse opportunities along with difficulties and challenges facing the Vietnamese economy, in order to propose measures to promote innovation and bolster socio-economic growth.

Vietnam attends first meeting of CPTPP Commission

Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh attended the first meeting of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Commission in Tokyo, Japan, on January 19, together with ministers in charge of economy and trade from 10 other member nations.

The ministers adopted a joint statement affirming the determination to fully enforce the CPTPP in support of trade liberalisation, setting high and fair standards for trading activities in the 21st century as well as fostering economic growth and bringing about benefits to both people and enterprises.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the CPTPP remains open for any nation and territory which wants to join a high-quality agreement.

Leader calls on whole society to support disadvantaged

Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at the event. (Photo: VNA)

While addressing an event in Hanoi on January 13, Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong called on agencies, organisations, businesses and people from all social strata to join hands in supporting disadvantaged people.

The “Strength of humanity 2019” prorgamme, themed “Tet for the poor and Agent Orange victims”, was organised by the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) to call for assistance to the people with disadvantages in the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday – the biggest annual traditional festival of the country.

Most of the poor, underprivileged and vulnerable are in mountainous, remote and disaster-prone areas, he noted, adding that the Party and State will push on with concerted economic and social solutions to help the groups improve their lives.

ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 opens in Ha Long

The ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2019, with the theme “ASEAN-The Power of One”, opened on January 16 in Ha Long city, in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam emphasized that for Vietnam, this is the most important forum of the tourism industry, as it will help the country to make policies to develop its tourism sector in a fast and sustainable manner and underline the efforts of the country and other ASEAN members in building a wealthy ASEAN Community and a reliable partner.

Vietnam ranked sixth out of the ten fastest growing tourist destinations in the world as voted by the World Tourism Organisation, with a growth rate of about 30% in recent years. In 2018, Vietnam welcomed 15.6 million international visitors and 80 million domestic tourists, contributing 8 percent of the national GDP.

Vietnam’s MicroDragon satellite sends first signals back to Earth

The location of MicroDragon as of 9:30am on January 19 (Japan time)

The Vietnamese-made MicroDragon has communicated three times with the ground station at the JAXA Institute of Space and Astronautical Science and the control centre at Tokyo University.

The communications were made one day after the microsatellite was launched into space aboard Japan’s Epsilon-4 rocket, according to the Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC).

The VNSC added that the first signals from MicroDragon suggest that it is functioning as designed. The device, measuring 50x50x50cm and weighing 50kg, is expected to enter a state of stable operations in one or two weeks.