October 12-18: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City convenes Party Congresses.

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Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong speaking at the Hanoi's Party Congress (Photo: NDO)
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

Hanoi holds Party Congress

The 17th Hanoi Party Congress for the 2020-2025 tenure was held on October 12-13, in the presence of Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong.

Addressing the event, the top leader asked Hanoi to make comprehensive and stronger improvements in all aspects so as to develop faster and more sustainably.

Politburo member and Secretary of the 16th-tenure Hanoi Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue was elected Secretary of this committee for the 17th tenure with 100% of the votes.

The event elected 71 people to the 17th-tenure municipal Party Committee for 2020-2025.

In its first meeting, the 17th-tenure Party Committee of Hanoi elected 16 people to its Standing Board and Vuong Dinh Hue as its Secretary for the 17th tenure with all 71 members of the Party Committee having voted for him. It also elected four vice secretaries, including Anh, for the new tenure.

Ho Chi Minh City convenes Party Congress

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaking at the congress (Photo: VGP)

The 11th Congress of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Organisation for the 2020-2025 tenure was held from October 15-18, gathering together 444 delegates, under the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

At the event, the delegates looked into documents of the 11th Congress of the municipal Party Organisation and others for submission to the 13th National Party Congress.

Nguyen Van Nen, a former chief of the Party Central Committee Office, has been elected as the Party Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City for the 2020-2025 tenure.

The city’s Party Committee also elected four deputy secretaries for the next five years, namely Nguyen Ho Hai, Nguyen Thi Le, Nguyen Thanh Phong and Tran Luu Quang.

For now, Nguyen Thien Nhan, the current Party Secretary, will continue to direct the municipal Party affairs until after the conclusion of 13th National Party Congress, scheduled for early next year.

Programme held to call for support for the poor

A live television programme entitled ‘The whole country joins hands for the poor’ was held in Hanoi on October 17, calling for greater support for the poor.

At the programme, President of the VFFCC Tran Thanh Man conveyed Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong’s deepest sympathies and regards to officials, soldiers and people in the flood-hit areas of the central region.

Speaking at the programme, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc mobilised all enterprises, organisations and individuals both in the country and abroad to continue to join hands with the Party, State and the VFF, further contributing to the poverty reduction and ensuring the social welfare.

Vietnam among the few economies to have positive growth in 2020: IMF

Vietnam’s GDP is forecast to expand 1.6% in 2020 and make a breakthrough growth of 6.7% in 2021. (Illustrative image)

The World Economic Outlook update in October conducted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)showed that Vietnam and China are among the few economies in the world to have maintained positive growth in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to IMF, Vietnam’s GDP is forecast to expand 1.6% in 2020 and make a breakthrough growth of 6.7% in 2021.

Vietnam is the only economy in the ASEAN-5 group, which includes Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, that will maintain positive growth in a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic has been raging, exacerbating problems from the trade war between the US and China.

Winners of art photo contest celebrated

An awards ceremony for the Vietnam Art Photo Contest and Exhibition 2020 was held in Hanoi.

Organised by the Department of Art, Photography, and Exhibitions at the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the biennial contest aims to introduce outstanding works to Vietnamese and international audience and review activities of Vietnam’s photography scene in recent years.

Open for four months, 12,480 entries from 1,516 photographers around the country were submitted to the contest and 238 are now on display at the capital’s Temple of Literature.

2020 F1 race in Vietnam cancelled due to COVID-19

At the construction site of the F1 Vietnam Grand Prix racing track in Hanoi, February 2020.

On October 16, the organisers of Vietnam’s first Formula One (F1) grand prix (GP) announced the cancellation of the 2020 race in Hanoi due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision was made following discussions between the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the F1 Group, the Vietnamese Motorsports Association Limited Liability Company (VMA), and the Vietnam Grand Prix Limited Liability Company (VGPC).

CNN releases “Why not Vietnam” video to promote Vietnam’s tourism

A short video touting Vietnam as a must-see tourist destination of Asia was released on the US Cable News Network (CNN).

The 30-second video “Why not Vietnam”, produced by the Tourism Advisory Board, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and CNN, introduces the country’s stunning views from north to south, describing Vietnam as a safe, new and exciting place to have an adventure.

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