Vietnam, Thailand hold defence policy dialogue
Vietnam’s Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh (R)
and Thailand’s Permanent Secretary of Defence Natt Intracharoen at the dialogue
The third Vietnam-Thailand defence policy dialogue
took place in Ho Chi Minh City on September 19 under the chair of Vietnam’s
Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh and Thailand’s Permanent Secretary
of Defence Natt Intracharoen.
Deputy Minister Vinh affirmed that Vietnam always
attaches importance to its defence cooperation with Thailand as a
development partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Vinh congratulated the Thai defence ministry for
successfully organizing defence-related meetings during 2019, the year
Thailand serves as the Chair of ASEAN, and asked the Thai side to help the
Vietnamese defence ministry with hosting defence-related meetings in 2020,
when Vietnam takes up the chair of the regional bloc.
Natt Intracharoen pledged support for the Vietnamese
defence ministry, and affirmed that Thailand always wants to strengthen its
defence partnership with Vietnam, contributing to promoting the bilateral
cooperation between the two countries, and to ensuring security, peace and
development of both countries as well as the region.
The two sides discussed in depth regional and
international security issues which affect the security of each country and
cooperation in the AESEAN Community as well as in the region and the world.
Some of them involved the competition among powerful countries, sea
security, non-traditional challenges such as terrorism and trans-national
They shared the view that the partnership between
the two defence ministries continued to develop and produce practical
results over the past time, and concurred that the two sides will focus
their cooperation on the exchange of delegations and young officers, United
Nations peacekeeping activities, humanitarian mine action, anti-terrorism
fight, and joint work among military forces in the time ahead.
The two sides also agreed to reinforce the
collaboration between their marine forces, intensify the fight against
trans-national crime and support each other’s initiatives.
The Vietnam-Thailand defence policy dialogue is an
annual mechanism for the two countries to discuss and reach agreement on
strategic issues and set the direction for bilateral defence cooperation,
which is one of the important pillars of the two countries’ relations.
PM highlights aspiration for growth at Reform and
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the forum
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasised Vietnam’s
aspiration to develop a strong economy in his speech at a plenary session of
the Vietnam Reform and Development Forum (VRDF) 2019 in Hanoi on September
Speaking to policy makers, development partners and
domestic and foreign experts at the forum, the PM underlined that over the
past 30 years of reform, Vietnam’s economy has achieved high growth, which
is the foundation for the country to bring the poverty rate from a high
level of over 53 percent in 1992 down to a mere 5.23 percent in 2018.
The middle class has expanded, accounting for more
than 15 percent of the population, and is still growing rapidly.
At the same time, the PM agreed with international
experts’ assessment about limitations, shortcomings and hidden risks of the
Vietnamese economy. Vietnam's resilience and adaptation to external impacts
remain weak and its capacity to access the digital economy is still limited.
Recently, the gross domestic product (GDP) growth
has been sluggish while the risk of falling into the middle income trap and
falling behind remains high, he said.
In 2018, Vietnam ranked third in the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in terms of population but only sixth in
economic size. The country’s participation in the global value chains
remains limited, the PM added.
Vietnam hopes for active support from the
international community to address the aforesaid restrictions, he said.
He went on to say that Vietnam is working on a
development strategy for 2021-2030 amid unpredictable global developments,
especially trade war, protectionism, and climate change.
In such context, Vietnam needs to maintain a
peaceful environment along with political and social stability for rapid and
sustainable development, he said.
According to the government leader, the country has
been implementing three strategic breakthroughs which are improving the
institutional system, developing the infrastructure network, and promoting
He stressed that Vietnam aims to develop a dynamic
and creative private sector, and making businesses the centre and the
momentum of development.
He affirmed that Vietnam will continuously make
stronger investment in education as well as build an independent,
self-reliant and highly adaptable economy, and implement sustainable
development goals 2030 to bring prosperity for people with no one left
At the same time, Vietnam will focus on expanding
external relations and international integration while implementing
effectively the signed free trade agreements and joining global value
chains, he said.
He highly appreciated experts’ constructive opinions
and policy ideas to improve the institutional system in Vietnam, saying
these recommendations will help the country better its policy making.
The VRDF this year was organised earlier than the
previous year’s event with the aim of collecting opinions from domestic and
international experts for the building of a socio-economic development
strategy in 2021-2030, as well as orientations and tasks for the five-year
socio-economic development plan in 2021-2025, which will be submitted to the
11th meeting of the 12th Party Central Committee in October this year.
The topics for discussion at the VRDF 2019 will be
more inclusive, covering the reform of the market economy institution,
innovation to overcome the middle income trap in the era of Industry 4.0,
and priorities and actions to build a prosperous Vietnam.
Deputy PM: Vietnam wants to follow RoK’s cashless
Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue (R) and Director of
the RoK’s Alliex Technology Company Park Byounggun
Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue hailed the
Republic of Korea as a cashless payment model that Vietnam wants to follow
during a reception in Hanoi on September 19 for Director of the RoK’s Alliex
Technology Company Park Byounggun.
Hue said Vietnam is embarking on the cashless
payment project, with a focus on standardising payment via QR codes and
improving infrastructure for common points of sale (POS).
According to him, the Vietnamese government has
issued regulations on electronic bills, payment via cards and is striving to
enable online payment for public services.
The Deputy PM said the government has directed the
pilot application of new technologies in the field and wished that Alliex
would work closely with the State Bank of Vietnam to develop a cashless
ecological system in the country.
Park informed his host that during his visit, Alliex
signed a contract with Vietnam’s Vietinbank and Sacombank to build
infrastructure for common POS, contributing to realising the country’s
cashless payment policy.
During the first Vietnam – RoK dialogue on economic
cooperation at the deputy prime ministerial level in June, Alliex expressed
its interest in investing in common POS in Vietnam to help with the
development of the sharing and cashless economy.
The company said it intends to pour 700 million USD
in Vietnam in the next five years to develop common POS, or nearly 600,000
card payment equipment for the market.
First-class Labour Order presented to outgoing Lao
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh
Minh (R) and Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Thongsavanh Phomvihane
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh
Minh presented Labour Order, first class, to outgoing Lao Ambassador to
Vietnam Thongsavanh Phomvihane in Hanoi on September 19.
At a reception earlier, Minh lauded the diplomat for
his efforts over the past nearly four years in Vietnam, contributing to
fostering Vietnam – Laos friendship and special relationship.
He said during the tenure, ties between the two
countries’ ministries, agencies and localities have been expanded while
links across politics, security, national defence, economy, trade,
investment, culture, education, territorial border and consular works have
Phomvihane, for his part, affirmed that the Lao
Party, State and government always strive to reinforce bilateral special and
He pledged that in any position, he will continue
making active contributions to special solidarity and comprehensive
partnership between Vietnam and Laos upon returning home.
39th ASEAN Chiefs of Police Conference wraps up in
Heads of delegations from ASEAN members shake hands at
the closing ceremony (Photo: Ministry of Public Security)
The 39th ASEAN Chiefs of Police Conference (ASEANAPOL
39) concluded in Hanoi on September 19.
During the three-day event, nearly 300 delegates
from the 10 ASEAN members, 10 dialogue partners of ASEANAPOL and six
observers discussed ways to promote cooperation in preventing and fighting
10 types of emerging crime, including drug crime, terrorism, weapon
smuggling, human trafficking, piracy, financial-banking crime and hi-tech
Addressing the closing ceremony, Lieut. Gen. Tran
Van Ve, Head of the Office of the Criminal Investigation Agency under
Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security, said the joint communiqué issued by
the conference is an importance document, defining the directions for
cooperation among police forces in the region and between regional police
forces and counterparts in the world.
He said as chair of ASEANAPOL 39, Vietnam’s police
force will do its best to enhance the effectiveness of the partnership in
crime prevention and fight among ASEANAPOL members as well as between
ASEANAPOL and its dialogue partners and observers.
Vietnam hopes to receive support and help from other
ASEANAPOL members, dialogue partners and observers to achieve the set
targets, Ve stressed.
PM receives delegates to Vietnam reform forum 2019
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and delegates to Vietnam
Reform and Development Forum 2019
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a reception
in Hanoi on September 19 for foreign delegates to the Vietnam Reform and
Development Forum 2019 held the same day.
He said as Vietnam is stepping up global
integration, the country highly appreciates feedback from the international
community towards issuing sound development policies and fighting corruption
and interest groups.
The leader spoke highly of the World Bank (WB)
leaders’ active and responsible support in cooperation with Vietnam, and
wished that the WB and international community would offer policy
consultancy to the country via the forum.
On behalf of foreign guests, WB Vice President and
chief economist Pinelope Goldberg said the WB holds close ties with Vietnam
and expressed her wish to foster cooperation with the country in the near
According to Goldberg, Vietnam is a successful model
in socio-economic development but also faces challenges, especially in
overcoming middle income trap.
She said the WB will do its best to assist Vietnam
during its development process via offering suitable consultancy.
New Party resolution issued to direct flow of
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has signed
for issuing Resolution 50-NQ/TW on directions for improving institutions and
policies to enhance the quality and effectiveness of foreign investment
cooperation to 2030.
The resolution expresses Vietnam’s viewpoints,
policies and targets in attracting foreign investment in the new stage.
It also provides the foundation to address the trend
of developed countries exporting pollution to developing ones through FDI,
as one of the guiding viewpoints mentioned in the resolution is to
proactively attract foreign investment in a selective manner, based on the
main criteria of quality, effectiveness, technology and environmental
One of the specific targets set by Resolution 50 is
to attract 150-200 billion USD of foreign investment in the 2021-2025
period, or 30-40 billion USD each year, and 200-300 billion USD in the
2026-2030 period, or 40-50 billion USD each year.
The disbursement of foreign investment capital
should reach 100-150 billion USD during 2021-2025, and 150-200 billion USD
To achieve this target, the resolution said
institutions and policies on foreign investment attraction must encourage
foreign investors to join fields and sectors outside those subject to State
The document outlined criteria to select and
prioritise investment, as well as to build mechanisms to assess the possible
impacts on national security of certain foreign-invested projects and
It is noteworthy that besides preferential treatment
and incentives for foreign-invested enterprises, the resolution mentioned
the principle on providing incentives along with conditions and commitments,
and requiring investors to compensate when they break their commitments.
The resolution also emphasized continued protection
of investors through such institutions as investment protection treaties
with other countries, and building of mechanisms for arbitration and
complaint settlements for investors.
Director of the Foreign Investment Agency Do Nhat
Hoang said four groups of measures should be taken to fulfill the targets
set by Resolution 50.
First, it is necessary to review the legal system to
solve the problem of overlapping and inconsistency towards ensuring
Second, investment attraction policies should be
revised based on the viewpoint of selective attraction. Research is also
needed to create breakthrough incentives.
Third, measures are needed to ensure the rights,
interests and assets of investors while enhancing investors’ responsibility
for complying with the law and contributing to the community.
The fourth group of measures deal with management
and monitoring investment activities.
Resolution 50 is expected to make the investment
environment more transparent and healthy, which is what genuine investors
Hanoi wants long-term cooperation with Ile-de-France
Local and international visitors stroll in the walking
zone surrounding the Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi's downtown.
Hanoi always attaches great importance to
comprehensive, effective and long-term cooperation with the Ile-de-France
region in various fields.
Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Hoang
Trung Hai made the affirmation during talks with President of the Regional
Council of Ile-de-France Valérie Pécresse as part of his working visit to
France from September 14-18.
He said Hanoi particularly wants to cooperate with
the French region in urban planning and management, public transport, waste
and sewage treatment, clean water supply, air quality improvement,
preservation of heritage sites, tourism development, technology transfer and
The Hanoi leader praised the strength and
development of Ile-de-France, which is one of the four most influential
urban areas in the world, along with London (the UK), New York (the US), and
Since the establishment of cooperative ties in 1989,
the relations between Hanoi and Ile-de-France have been reinforced and
developed in numerous fields such as urban management, public transport,
environment, preservation of heritage values, and tourism, Hai said.
For her part, Valérie Pécresse agreed with Hai’s
recommendations and said there is still large room for the bilateral
In the coming time, Ile-de-France will continue
supporting Hanoi in traditional cooperation fields, especially within the
framework of the programme to improve Hanoi urban environmental quality
funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) for 2018-2021, she said.
The French region will make it easier for Hanoi’s
startup firms to work at Paris startup centres and arrange for successful
French businesses to visit Hanoi to exchange experience and encourage the
development of a startup community in Hanoi and Vietnam as a whole.
During his stay in France, Hai had a working session
with National Secretary of the French Communist Party (FCP) Fabien Roussel.
He also visited French groups and businesses
operating high-tech models in clean water supply, waste and sewage
Communist parties of Vietnam, Greece enhance
At the working session between a CPV delegation led by
Nguyen Van Binh – Politburo member and head of the committee’s Economic
Commission – and General Secretary Dimitris Koutsoumpas and other leaders of the
A senior official of the Communist Party of Vietnam
(CPV) affirmed the CPV’s commitment to strengthening the traditional
friendship with the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) during a meeting in
Athens on September 18.
The working session took place between a CPV
delegation led by Nguyen Van Binh – Politburo member and head of the
committee’s Economic Commission – and General Secretary Dimitris Koutsoumpas
and other leaders of the KKE.
Binh thanked the KKE and the Greek people for
supporting Vietnam’s struggle for national liberation and reunification in
the past, as well as national development and defence at present, while
reiterating the CPV’s policy on fostering the traditional ties with the KKE.
He informed the Greek side about the recent actions
jeopardizing peace, stability, security and safety of navigation and
aviation in the East Sea.
He asked the KKE to bring into play its role and
influence to call for the Greek Government and European countries to support
Vietnam’s stance that is disputes must be resolved by diplomatic and
peaceful measures without using force or threatening to use force, and in
compliance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations
Convention on the Law of the Sea.
For his part, General Secretary Koutsoumpas said
with the KKE’s stature and role in the Greek parliament, the European
Parliament and mass organisations, it pledges to strongly promote relations
between the two parties, states and peoples.
He also reaffirmed the support for Vietnam’s stance
on the settlement of the East Sea issue.
Also on September 18, the head of the CPV Central
Committee’s Economic Commission attended a business forum co-organised by
the embassies of ASEAN countries and several organisations of Greek
Binh took the occasion to introduce the Vietnamese
economy’s integration into the world’s economy.
He affirmed that the Vietnamese Party and State is
committed to creating an optimal business climate for foreign businesses,
including those from Greece, adding that there remain huge potential for
bilateral cooperation, especially after the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement
and Investment Protection Agreement officially take effect.
Following the trip to Greece, the CPV delegation
will visit Portugal, Spain and Belgium.
People-to-people diplomacy important to
At the seminar
A seminar discussing the role of people-to-people
diplomacy in Vietnam – Russia relations took place in Moscow on September
Speaking at the event, Tran Binh Minh, President of
the Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association, said the seminar was among
activities scheduled during the Vietnam Year in Russia and the Russia Year
in Vietnam 2019 for mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation.
He lauded the robust growth of the bilateral
comprehensive strategic partnership, adding that his association and its
Russian counterpart have been implementing joint plans, including a
cooperation agreement for 2015-2020, to contribute to the relations between
the two countries.
President of the Russian – Vietnam Friendship
Association Vladimir Buyanov highlighted people-to-people diplomacy and
public diplomacy as the “soft power” in Russia’s policies for both internal
and external relations.
Pointing to the importance of using IT for better
communications with the public, he highlighted the need to attract youths’
involvement in such work.
At the seminar, politicians and scholars presented
10 papers on the role of people-to-people diplomacy in consolidating Vietnam
– Russia ties and experience in employing people-based diplomatic tools in
The organizing board said based on these papers, it
will make a list of recommendations for submission to leaders of the
Vietnamese and Russian foreign ministries.