1. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong makes official visit to Japan
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made an official visit to Japan on September 15-18 at the invitation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
During his visit, the Party chief held talks with Abe, had meetings with Emperor Akihito, President of the House of Councilors Masaaki Yamazaki, Speaker of Japan’s House of Representatives Tadamori Oshima, and was received by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.
On this occasion, the two sides adopted a statement on a joint vision for Vietnam-Japan relations, which specify major orientations and co-operation measures to comprehensively boost the bilateral ties in the future. Ten co-operation agreements were also signed during the Party leader’s visit.
2. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visits Laos
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made a working visit to Laos from September 13-14 at the invitation of Lao PM Thongsing Thammavong.
The Vietnamese Government leader had talks with his Lao counterpart and met with Lao Party General Secretary and President Choummaly Sayasone and National Assembly Chairwoman Pany Yathotu, along with former Lao leaders.
During the meetings, the two sides affirmed that the close relations and special solidarity between Vietnam and Laos are priceless assets and vital to their revolutionary causes.
3. NA’s Standing Committee convenes 41st session
The National Assembly Standing Committee (NASC) opened its 41st session in Hanoi on September 14 under the chairmanship of NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.
The ten-day session is scheduled to collect ideas from NASC members on draft amendments to the Penal Code, the Pharmacy Law, the Press Law, the Law on Organisation, the Law on Issuing Administrative Decisions, the Law on Import and Export Taxes, the Law on Professional Military Personnel and Defence Workers and Officers.
The session also discussed a draft ordinance on training several judicial posts and the issuance of resolutions on managing medical equipment.
4. Seventh Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park commences construction
The construction of the seventh Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) in Vietnam commenced on September 16 in Hung Nguyen district in the central province of Nghe An.
The new VSIP is designed to be a mixed industrial park focusing on light and clean industries such as animal food processing, consumer production, electronics, automobile assembly, building materials and other supporting industries.
In phase I, 198 hectares of land will be reserved for industrial purposes and 81 hectares of land will be used for commercial and housing purposes. In phase II, the project is set to be part of the planning of the province’s Southeast Economic Zone, which has an area of 1,096 hectares.
5. First cardiovascular intervention unit inaugurated in Central Highlands
The Lam Dong General Hospital in Da Lat city on September 14 inaugurated a cardiovascular intervention unit, the first of its kind in the Central Highlands region.
The construction of the unit, part of the Ministry of Health’s satellite hospital project for the 2013-2020 period, was built at a total cost of VND26 billion.
The operation of the cardiovascular intervention unit will help lower the mortality rate of patients suffering from myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), as well as reduce patient overloading in central hospitals.
6. Vietnam responds to ‘Clean up the World’ Campaign
Under the theme ‘Take Action for Sustainable Rural Environment’, this year’s campaign aims to enhance the role of Vietnamese rural areas in environmental protection for advanced and sustainable production.
In addition to Hung Yen province, many localities across the country have also responded to the campaign with a range of activities.
7. Phu Quoc listed among top 10 beautiful Asian islands
Phu Quoc Island in the southern province of Kien Giang has been named as one of the top 10 most beautiful Asian islands to visit this summer by tourism site www.topinspired.com.
“This peaceful tropical paradise is Vietnam’s largest island, which has rapidly morphed from a sleepy island into a must-visit destination. It’s still largely undeveloped as there is plenty of room for exploration,” according to the site.
“Dive the reefs, kayak in the bays or relax by lounging on the beach, indulging in a massage and dining on fresh seafood. It really is a perfect escape from reality and everyday life”
8. Paragliding festival kicks off in Yen Bai
Over 200 paragliders from Vietnam and other foreign countries showed off their skills at a paragliding festival which opened on September 19 in Khau Pha mountain pass in Mu Cang Chai district, northern mountainous province of Yen Bai.
Titled “Fly over the golden season 2015”, the festival was co-organised by the Mu Cang Chai People’s Committee, Northern Aviation Club and Vietwings Hanoi Paragliding Club.
The Paragliding Festival, the fourth of its kind, is a highlight of the Cultural Tourism Week of Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields 2015, which aim to honour and promote the values of the terraced paddy fields and ethnic culture – both typical features of the locality.
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