November 2-8: Top leader receives visiting speaker of ROK’s parliament

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Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong received visiting Speaker of the Republic of Korea (ROK)’s National Assembly Park Byeong-seug in Hanoi on November 2.
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

ROK top legislator visits Vietnam

Speaker of the Republic of Korea (ROK)’s National Assembly (NA) Park Byeong-seug left Ho Chi Minh City on November 4 evening, concluding his five-day official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

During the trip, Park held talks with the Vietnamese top legislator, paid a courtesy call to Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong, met Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and received President of the Vietnam-ROK Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Tran Van Tuy. At these functions, both sides affirmed the two nations shared a long standing relationship and people-to-people exchange, with their strategic cooperative partnership deepened and growing robustly.

NA begins second phase of 10th session, discussing socio-economic issues

At the session

The National Assembly (NA) began the first working day of the second phase of the 10th session on November 2, focusing discussions on socio-economic development issues. Before the session, lawmakers observed a minute of silence in memory of the officers, soldiers, and people who died during the recent floods in the central region.

In the second phase of the 10th session, NA Chairwoman Ngan said, the legislature will approve resolutions on a socio-economic development plan, State budget estimates, and a central budget allocation plan for 2021. The legislative body is also expected to make several decisions on personnel matters and conduct Q&A sessions on the implementation of its resolutions on specialised supervision and other sessions during the 14th working tenure, and several resolutions from the 13th tenure.

Budget revenue flourishes post-COVID-19

State budget collection in recent months has witnessed positive signs thanks to the effective control of the COVID-19 epidemic in Vietnam. According to the General Department of Taxation (Ministry of Finance), total estimated budget revenue by the end of October stood at VND979.7 trillion (US$42.3 billion), accounting for 78.1% of the estimate and as much as 93.9% over the same period in 2019.

Revenue from crude oil reached VND29.4 trillion, equalling 83.8% of the estimate. Domestic revenue was estimated at VND950.2 trillion, equivalent to 77.9% of the yearly estimate and 95.4% of the figure from the same period last year. Thanks to the effective control of COVID-19, socio-economic activities have entered “new normal” state, helping to facilitate budget collection.

Vietnam Festival in Japan kicks off

Participants at the festival (Photo: VNA)

The annual Vietnam Festival in Japan opened in Tokyo on November 7, making it the first large-scale event here since the city was included in the Japanese Government’s Go To Travel campaign.

Speaking at the festival, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Vu Hong Nam said it responses to Japan’s Go To Travel and Go To Eat campaigns and shows Vietnam’s support for the country’s hosting of the Tokyo Olympic Games next year. The two campaigns are initiatives by the Japanese Government to boost consumer spending and help the economy recover from losses caused by COVID-19.

Vietnam to test COVID-19 vaccine on humans this month

Vietnam plans to run COVID-19 vaccine trials on 60 volunteers during the first phase this November. Dr. Nguyen Ngo Quang, Deputy Director of the Department of Science, Technology and Training under the Ministry of Health (MoH), and leading experts in the field of vaccine research and testing had a working session at the Military Medical University (Ministry of Defence) on the preparations for the first phase of the trial.

Accordingly, the first unit to have the experimental vaccine for testing is Nanogen Biopharma in Ho Chi Minh City. Dr. Quang said that the MoH would provide maximum and favourable support for evaluation and approval to help the vaccine trial be deployed as soon as possible this month.

Vietnam tourism wins many titles in World Travel Awards 2020

Overcoming “heavyweight” candidates in the World Travel Awards 2020, Vietnam was honoured in three categories: ‘Asia's Leading Heritage Destination’, ‘Asia's Leading Cultural Destination’ and ‘Asia’s Leading Culinary Destination’. The awards were announced at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Asia Gala Ceremony 2020 in London, UK, on November 3. The WTA was launched in 1993 to acknowledge excellence in the travel and tourism industry. Heralded as the "travel industry's equivalent of the Oscars" by The Wall Street Journal, the awards are issued based on votes by the public and travel professionals from across the globe.

This is the second consecutive year in which Vietnam has been awarded in all three of these categories. According to the World Economic Forum's Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019, Vietnam's cultural resources are ranked 29th position, in the top group in the world. In Southeast Asia, Vietnam ranked 2nd, behind Indonesia.

Mu Cang Chai ranks among world top destinations

Mu Cang Chai's terraced fields in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai has ranked 21st among the top 50 most beautiful destinations worldwide, as voted by Big 7 Travel.

In 2017, the terraced fields were named among the 19 most picturesque peaks on earth by U.S. travel site Insider. Mu Cang Chai was also listed among the best places to enjoy autumn in Asia by Singaporean travel site Tripzilla in 2018, and among the most colourful destinations by U.S. Magazine Condé Nast Traveler in 2019.

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