November 30- December 6: Lao PM visits Vietnam, co-chairs inter-governmental committee’s session

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General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

Lao PM visits Vietnam, co-chairs inter-governmental committee’s session

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith left Hanoi on December 6, concluding his three-day visit to Vietnam during which he co-chaired the 43rd meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Inter-Governmental Committee on bilateral cooperation at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

While in Vietnam, the Lao PM paid a courtesy call to Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong and met with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. At the meetings, the two sides reached high consensus on their cooperation orientations for 2021 and over the next five and 10 years.

They agreed to focus on effectively implementing major agreements between the two countries, including the Vietnam-Laos cooperation plan for 2021 and deals signed on this occasion.

The two sides vowed to continue coordinating closely with and supporting each other at regional and international forums, especially within ASEAN, the Mekong Sub-region cooperation mechanisms and at the United Nations.

PM Phuc sends remarks to UN General Assembly’s special session on COVID-19

PM Phuc sends remarks to UN General Assembly’s special session on COVID-19 (Photo: VNA)

The General Assembly of the United Nations is holding a special session on the COVID-19 response from December 3-4 in New York.

At the special session’s general debate, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said in his remarks sent to the event that to win the battle against COVID-19, countries need to uphold the central role of the UN, step up policy coordination, take collective action, and champion international cooperation and multilateral efforts in global governance.

As a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021, Vietnam reiterates its support for the UN Secretary General’s call for a global ceasefire, lifting of unilateral sanctions, and provision of humanitarian assistance in the fight against COVID-19, he said.

He called on countries to put the interest of people in the core of all policies and actions, noting that the top priority should be to protect the lives and health of the people and ensure universal and affordable access to vaccines and treatments.

Second national congress of Vietnamese ethnic minority groups held in Hanoi

The second national congress of Vietnamese ethnic minority groups was held in Hanoi on December 2 to 4, with the participation of nearly 1,600 delegates ,outstanding representatives of ethnic groups from across Vietnam

The congress reviewed achievements in the implementation of policies for ethnic minorities between 2010 and 2020 so as to learn lessons, continue fine-tuning the policies, and issue orientations, targets, tasks, and solutions for ethnic minority affairs for the next 10 years.

The congress also adopted a document expressing ethnic minorities’ determination to exert efforts to contribute to national development.

A total of thirty-eight collectives and 58 individuals who have performed excellently were honoured with noble rewards from the Party and State on the occasion.

Vietnam placed fifth in global trade connectedness in 2019

The Tan Cang - Cai Mep International Port in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau. (Photo: Shutterstock/Hien Phung Thu)

Vietnam was ranked fifth in terms of global trade connectedness last year, up five places from its previous ranking in 2017, according to a report jointly released by the US’s New York University Stern School of Business and logistics giant DHL.

Overall, Vietnam was the top ranked lower-middle-income country, at 38th among 169 countries and territories worldwide in the DHL Global Connectedness Index (GCI) 2020. The GCI measures each country’s global connectedness based both on the size of its international flows relative to the size of its domestic economy (depth) and the extent to which its international flows are distributed globally or more narrowly focused (breadth).

According to the report, Vietnam was particularly strong in depth, where it was the top performer, though it also outperformed others on breadth. The country’s best performance was on the trade pillar, where it ranked fifth overall, the report said.

Vietnam’s rice among world’s best in 2020

Vietnam’s ST25 rice won second place at a contest of the world’s best in 2020, held within the framework of the 12th world rice conference in the US from December 1 – 3.

Thailand’s Jasmine 105 came first, and Cambodian rice won the third prize.

ST25 is a strain developed by a group of three experts from the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang. It won first prize at the 2019 edition held in Manila.

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the 12th The Rice Trader World Rice Conference was held in virtual format and the results of the contest were announced online. In Vietnam, the online venue for the contest was at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam ranks first among region’s primary school student learning outcomes: report

Pupils during a Vietnamese language learning class at Tran Nhan Tong Primary School in Nam Dinh Province. (Photo: NDO)

Vietnam has ranked first among Southeast Asian countries in terms of primary school student learning outcomes under the Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) programme.

The news was announced at an online conference of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) on December 1, held to assess the results of the SEA-PLM in 2019.

The regional programme assesses student learning outcomes at primary Grade 5, with its key focus being to support member countries in developing robust learning assessment systems, enabling them to monitor student learning outcomes, thereby contributing to a more equitable and meaningful education for all children across the region.

Accordingly, among the six participating countries Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines, primary school students in Vietnam ranked first in all three competencies surveyed, namely Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.

Vietnam tourism honoured at World Travel Award 2020

The title ‘World's Leading Heritage Destination’ was one of a series of prestigious awards which went to Vietnam at the Grand Final of the World Travel Awards (WTA) in 2020, which took place on November 27 in online format, televised live from Zaryadye Park in Moscow after the one-year voting process.

Accordingly, the Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81 hotel won the most WTA awards, including ‘Hotel in the World’s Leading City 2020’, ‘World’s Top Wedding and Conference Hotel 2020’ and ‘World’s Leading River Hotel2020’.

Meanwhile, Sun World Ba Na Hill Resort won two awards, including ‘World's Leading Iconic Tourist Attraction 2020’ and ‘World's Leading Iconic Tourist Bridge 2020’. InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort, Sun World Phansipan Legend of Vietnam, Premier Village Danang Resort were also honoured with high-level awards on the occasion.

In addition, Vietnam’s national airline - Vietnam Airlines was honoured as ‘World's Leading Cultural Airline 2020’, Viettravel was awarded the ‘World's Leading Group Tour Operator 2020’ and Van Don International Airport was awarded ‘World's Leading Regional Airport’.

International Food Festival opens in Hanoi

Participants join a cooking contest at the festival (Photo: baoquocte.vn)

The International Food Festival 2020 was held at Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound in Hanoi on December 6, with the participation of nearly 143 pavilions representing embassies, foreign relations departments, non-governmental organisations and foreign cultural centres in Vietnam.

The event, the eighth of its kind, was among the cultural exchange, cuisine and fundraising activities hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vietnam’s 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship Year.

On showcase across the 143 pavilions were traditional dishes, local specialties, books, publications and souvenirs and craft products from both countries worldwide and Vietnamese regions.

Visitors also had a chance to enjoy musical performances, participate in a cooking contest, and purchase traditional handicrafts.

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