September 14-20: Hanoi needs to set example in all fields: top leader

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Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong speaking at the meeting (Photo: NDO/Duy Linh)
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

Hanoi needs to set example in all fields: top leader

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong has urged Hanoi to make greater efforts in Party building, personnel development and law building, in order to deserve its position as the national centre of politics and culture.

Hanoi must set an example in all fields, the top leader said during a meeting between the Politburo and the city’s Party Committee’s Standing Board on September 19.

Regarding the upcoming 17th Party Congress of Hanoi (2020-2025 term), the Politburo lauded the Hanoi Party Committee’s thorough, serious and scientific preparations in terms of both documents and personnel.

It was reported that during the previous term, Hanoi has completed all of the 16 criteria set at the 16th Party Congress of the city, with its economic growth higher than the national average and showing improved growth quality.

Nhan Dan Newspaper attends L'Humanité Festival 2020

Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper's booth at the 85th L’Humanité Newspaper Festival.

Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper opened a booth at the 85th L’Humanité Newspaper Festival which opened at La Courneuve Park and several outskirt regions of Paris, France, on September 11-13.

This year, the communist event took place with many of its activities held online due to the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the three-day festival, more than 40 seminars were organised regarding socio-economic-health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the development trend of the media in France and situations in several regions in the world.

At the event, a documentary film entitled “President Ho Chi Minh at the Tours Congress 1920” produced by Nhan Dan Television was introduced on the website of L'Humanité Newspaper along with other online activities.

Vietnam’s economy remains resilient despite COVID-19 challenges: ADB

Vietnam’s economy is expected to grow by 1.8% in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic and bounce back to 6.3% in 2021, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released on September 15.

The Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020 Update says Vietnam’s economy will benefit from the continued diversion of production from China to Vietnam, a recovery in the Chinese economy, and the implementation of the free trade agreement with the European Union. Slower-than-normal growth would keep inflation subdued at 3.3% in 2020 and 3.5% in 2021.

Vietnam’s economic outlook over the medium and long term remains positive. Vietnam’s participation in a large number of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements will help the country’s economy to rebound. Vietnam will also likely benefit from a current shifting of supply chains to low-cost countries.

Vietnamese agricultural products exported to EU under EVFTA

Delegates cut the ribbon to launch the export of the first tonnes of Vietnam-grown passion fruit to the EU under the EVFTA on September 16.

A series of ceremonies to announce the export of Vietnamese agricultural products to the European market under the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) were held over the past week.

On September 16, a ceremony to launch Vietnam's first batch of coffee and passion fruit to the EU under the EVFTA was held in Gia Lai Province. Following this, a ceremony was held in Ben Tre on September 17 to announce the export of fruit to the market.

Earlier, a ceremony was held on September 11 in Ninh Thuan Province to announce the export of the first batch of Vietnamese frozen shrimp to the EU.

Penetrating the European market is expected to open new opportunities for Vietnamese agricultural products in other demanding markets.

Vietnam to resume several commercial flights with high level of safety

The Prime Minister and the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control have decided to resume some commercial flights between Vietnam and six countries and territories - Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK), China, Taiwan (China), Laos, and Cambodia.

Passengers eligible to enter Vietnam include Vietnamese citizens, foreigners holding diplomatic and official passports, experts, investors, corporate executives, skilled workers and their relatives, foreign students, and relatives of Vietnamese citizens from abroad.

To fulfil the task with a high level of safety, Vietnamese ministries and agencies have held working sessions with authorities abroad, as directed by the Prime Minister.

People who enter Vietnam that are subject to concentrated quarantine will have to pay for their own quarantine fees following the approval of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Accordingly, the arrivals will pay a cost of VND120,000 (US$5.2) per day, including VND80,000 for food and VND40,000 for daily necessities at concentrated quarantine facilities.

Exhibition highlighting Vietnamese land and people opens in Rumania

At the exhibition (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnamese Embassy in Romania opened a photo exhibition on the Vietnamese land and people in the capital city Bucharest on September 18.

The more than 60 photos on display feature the history of Vietnam’s development, socio-economic achievements and integration as well as the Vietnamese people, their cultural heritages, landscapes, typical festivals and cuisine.

The exhibition is a meaningful event in 2020 as Vietnam and Romania are celebrating their 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties (1950-2020) whilst Vietnam is holding the ASEAN 2020 Chairmanship as well as being a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the 2020-2021 tenure.

The exhibition will continue to be held in other locations in Bucharest and other localities in Romania by year-end, with the aim of promoting diplomatic relations, solidarity, friendship and mutual understanding between the two countries.

Vietnamese train ride listed among world’s top 10 train journeys

The Reunification Express runs the length of the country right down to Ho Chi Minh City in the south (Photo:

The train line linking Hanoi and Da Nang, operated by Vietnam’s Reunification Express, has recently been listed among the 10 best train journeys in the world by Conde Nast Traveller – a prestigious travel magazine.

The list was made by British journalist and travel writer Monisha Rajesh based on her book ‘Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure’.

According to the author, starting in Hanoi, the line offers voyeuristic views into the backs of houses as families unwind for the night, before emerging into glorious sunshine the following morning.

Climbing for miles through the jungle, banana leaves flapping against the windows, the train comes within inches of villagers’ walls and gardens, so close that passengers can make eye contact and wave.

FIFA Ranking: Vietnam remain no. 1 in Southeast Asia

Vietnam remains the highest-ranked Southeast Asian team in the latest FIFA world rankings.

FIFA announced the latest world rankings on September 17, with Vietnam remaining the highest-ranked team in Southeast Asia and staying 20 places clear of Thailand.

The latest FIFA rankings saw many changes as a series of international matches at the national team level took place in Europe early this month within the framework of the Nations League.

Given that fact, Asian teams also witnessed a slight change in their world ratings despite having played no games. Accordingly, Thailand dropped one place to 114th in the world, while Park Hang-seo’s Vietnamese side retain their 94th position with 1,258 points.

In Asia, Vietnam stand at no. 14, six above Thailand. Japan continues to lead the continent as world no. 28 (1,500 points), followed by world no. 30 Iran (1,489), world no. 39 Korea Republic (1,464) and world no. 41 Australia (1,457).

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