Vietnam, Myanmar foster defence cooperation
Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Sen. Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh (R) presents a souvernir to Lt. Gen. Tin Maung Win, Chief of Staff of the Bureau of Air Defence of Myanmar
Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Sen. Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh had a meeting with Lt. Gen. Tin Maung Win, Chief of Staff of the Bureau of Air Defence of Myanmar, in Hanoi on April 5.
Sen. Lt. Gen. Minh highlighted the sound friendship between Vietnam and Myanmar, noting that the ties between the two countries’ armed forces have been constantly strengthened over the past years.
He affirmed that the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army always creates favourable conditions for relevant agencies of the two sides to foster their cooperation to serve defence-security protection of each country, contributing to strengthening mutual understanding and solidarity between the armies of both countries.
For his part, Lt. Gen. Tin Maung Win briefed his host on results of his working sessions with Vietnam’s Defence Ministry agencies.
He expressed his hope that the defence partnership between Myanmar and Vietnam will continue growing in an effective manner in the coming time.
Regional security discussed at ASEAN workshop in Indonesia
Prof. Yuichi Hosoya from Keio University in Japan speaks at the workshop on “ASEAN and the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.”
A workshop on “ASEAN and the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” was held by the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Jakarta, Indonesia on April 4 to discuss regional security threats.
The workshop, part of the activities to mark the 45th year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, brought together 200 representatives from the government of Indonesia, embassies and international organisations.
Delegates to the event discussed regional security threats and outlined opportunities for countries in the region to foster economic-trade cooperation, contributing to the upkeep of the regional peace, stability and prosperity.
“The Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” was first mentioned by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in May 2007 but the concept received little attention at that time, said Prof. Dewi Fortuna Anwar from LIPI at the workshop.
During the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Vietnam and the 31st ASEAN Summit in the Philippines last year, it was raised again by US President Donald Trump, who vowed to stand side by side with India, Japan and Australia to actively maintain the regional stability and prosperity, Anwar noted.
ASEAN has played a central role in the regional security architecture with specific actions in place, such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus, Prof. Yuichi Hosoya from Keio University in Japan told the Vietnam News Agency.
ASEAN holds a strategic position in Asia and Japan cannot succeed in this strategy without close partnership with ASEAN member states, he said, stressing Japan will continue supporting ASEAN to take this role, he stressed.
Dr. Dinh Thi Hien Luong from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam said the workshop is vital as it gathered many leading scholars in the region and Japan, showing the great interest of ASEAN countries in Japan’s new “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy”.
Discussions at the event allowed the participating nations to understand this new concept and how it will affect the regional security and benefits, she noted.
HCM City boosts cooperation with Japanese localities
A strawberry farm using Japanese technology
A delegation from Ho Chi Minh City, led by Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong, on April 5 started a working visit to Japan to boost cooperation with the Japanese localities.
The nine-day visit, which takes the delegation through Aichi, Nagano and Hokkaido prefectures, aims to reaffirm the city’s commitment to develop relations with Japanese localities in a more practical manner.
The city hopes to boost cooperation with Aichi prefecture in economics, trading, investment, culture and people-to-people diplomacy, thus luring more investment from the Japanese industrial hub to Ho Chi Minh City, particularly in transport, storage, logistics and high-tech industrial production.
In Nagano prefecture, the delegation wants to learn the locality’s experience in addressing environmental issues, water pollution and protecting water resources.
During their stay in Hokkaido prefecture, they will visit local smart-agriculture models and explore cooperation opportunities in hi-tech agriculture, as well as promoting tourism development and trade exchanges between HCM City and Hokkaido.
President encourages Thai businesses to expand investment
President Tran Dai Quang (R) and outgoing Ambassador of Thailand Manopchai Vongphakdi.
President Tran Dai Quang said that Vietnam always welcomes Thai businesses to expand investment in the country at a reception for outgoing Ambassador of Thailand Manopchai Vongphakdi in Hanoi on April 4.
The President congratulated the Thai diplomat on his successful tenure in Vietnam, during which the bilateral strategic partnership was continuously consolidated.
He expressed his delights over the fruitful traditional friendship between the two nations over the past year, while speaking highly of Thailand’s contributions to in the success of the sixth Greater Mekong Subregion Summit (GMS-6) recently held in Hanoi.
He said the mutual trust and understanding have been enhanced through many important cooperative mechanisms like Vietnam-Thailand joint cabinet meeting, Joint Committee on Bilateral Cooperation, and Political Consultation.
Both sides need to make meticulous preparation for the organisation of cooperative mechanisms in 2018, particularly the 4th joint cabinet meetings in Vietnam, he said.
The leader highlighted the two countries’ flourishing economic-trade and investment collaboration, noting that Thailand is currently the largest trade partner of Vietnam in the ASEAN bloc with two-way trade reaching over 15 billion USD in 2017.
He took the occasion to thank the Thai King, Royal Family and Government for creating conditions for Vietnamese people in the host country and developing cultural and historic relic sites which have close connections with Vietnam.
He believed that with the support from Thai authorities, the Vietnamese community will well perform their task of promoting the friendship between the two countries’ people.
The Thai diplomat, for his part, expressed his gratitude towards the Vietnamese State, Government and relevant agencies for helping him fulfill his assigned task.
He had the confidence that the strategic partnership action plan will boost the bilateral cooperation in a more effective and practical manner. He thanked the Vietnamese Government for creating favourable conditions for Thai businesses to land investment in Vietnam.
Also, he appraised the role and position of the Vietnamese-Thai nationals in the national development of Thailand as well as the growth of bilateral ties. He pledged that in any capacity, he will do his utmost to foster the Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership.
Vietnam, Laos talk ways to enhance cooperation in energy, mining
A view of the talks between Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and Lao Minister of Energy and Mine Khammany Inthirath in Hanoi on April 4.
Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and Lao Minister of Energy and Mine Khammany Inthirath held talks in Hanoi on April 4 to discuss ways to boost bilateral cooperation in energy and mining, and remove barriers for mining and hydropower projects.
The two ministers agreed that Vietnam and Laos must improve legal and institutional frameworks to further promote and strengthen partnership between the two ministries and governments.
Vietnam will need to import electricity, Minister Anh said, suggesting in a long run, Vietnam and Laos should take into account connecting their national power grids. Plus, electricity interconnection should be set up across ASEAN nations in the future, he added.
The two sides also agreed in principle the main contents of the amended agreement on energy and mining between the two countries which will replace that signed in 2006. It is expected to pave the way for a long-term partnership between the two nations in the fields.
The agreement includes a list of Lao power projects to supply electricity for Vietnam and a plan to transmit electricity from Laos to Vietnam as well as a mechanism for the two sides to negotiate electricity prices.
Besides, the two ministers consented to provide support to soon begin the construction of the My Ly – Nam Mo I hydropower project.
Laos holds enormous potential in the energy industry and expects to make it a spearhead sector to boost the local economy. The country targets an ambition of becoming the “Battery of Asia”.
To this end, Laos aims to produce 10,000 MW of electricity per year in various forms of hydro, wind, coal and solar power by 2020; 75 percent of which will be exported to Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Vietnam has turned itself from an energy exporter to an importer of energy. Energy imports are forecast to fulfil about 37.5 percent of the country’s demand by 2025 and 58.5 percent by 2035.
During the 40th meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Inter-Governmental Committee in Vientiane last February, six out of 12 agreements signed between the two countries were in the field of energy.
HCM City, Singaporean group cooperate in smart city building
HCM City and Singapore-based Keppel Land Limited join hands to develop smart city (Photo: moneycontrol.com)
Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong discussed cooperation in smart city building with Loh Chin Hua, Executive Chairman of the Singapore-based Keppel Land Limited on April 4.
At the meeting, the municipal leader lauded the group’s investment in Vietnam, including many large-scale projects and constructions in HCM City. The city will work to improve investment climate and create optimal conditions for the operation of foreign investors and the Keppel Land Limited in particular, he said.
Sharing the implementation of HCM City’s ongoing projects, especially the Saigon Sport City, Phong asked the Singaporean group to complete a detailed plan on the project in line with the city’s requirements. Keppel Land was also urged to connect the project with the Rach Chiec Sports Complex, contributing to the city’s plan to host the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in 2021.
He also voiced his hope that the Keppel Land will participate in HCM City’s smart city building project, particularly the building of an innovative urban area connecting District 2, District 9 and Thu Duc district.
In reply, Loh Chin Hua said the group plans to cooperate with Microsoft Corporation in turning the Saigon Sport City into a smart urban area of Asia, with the use of smart technology in security, trade, renewable energy development and application of green solutions in urban development.
Noting that Keppel Land has operated in Vietnam for 30 years in infrastructure and property, he vowed that the group will spare no efforts to help the city perfect technical infrastructure for SEA Games 31.
Vietnam, Laos forge stronger cooperation in power, mining
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives Lao Minister of Energy and Mine Khammany Inthirath
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a reception for Lao Minister of Energy and Mine Khammany Inthirath in Hanoi on April 4 before he left for the third Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit in Cambodia.
The Vietnamese Government leader lauded the Lao official’s visit, which is taking place right after the 40th meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Inter-Governmental Committee to realise the outcomes of the meeting in the area of energy.
He extended his greetings to the Lao delegation on the occasion of the Bunpimay, the traditional New Year of Laos.
The PM thanked the Lao Government for supporting Vietnamese investors in implementing hydropower and mining projects in Laos.
For his part, Khammany Inthirath briefed the host on the results of his working session with the Electricity of Vietnam and the National Oil and Gas Group on measures to carry out agreements between the two governments on developing hydropower projects in Laos as well as power transmission lines and power purchasing deals between the two countries.
He said that the two sides have reached agreements on methods of transmitting and selling electricity from Laos to Vietnam. He also said he will work with representatives of Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade on the details of each projects and power prices on April 4 afternoon.
In the field of mining and minerals, the Lao side will coordinate with a number of Vietnamese investors to implement some projects in Laos, said the minister, affirming that Laos is ready to create optimal conditions for the work.
PM Phuc underscored that cooperation between the Vietnamese and Lao economies is essential to promote strengths of both sides.
He proposed that the Lao side give more favourable conditions for Vietnamese investors to implement their projects with high efficiency and environmental protection ensured.
Vietnam attends Non-Aligned Movement meeting
Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga
Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, attended the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)’s senior officials’ meeting on April 3-4 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.
The meeting aims to prepare for the 18th NAM Ministerial Meeting on April 5-6.
Addressing the event, a representative from Venezuela, the current NAM President, called for stronger solidarity among member countries to promote the role of the movement in building a world with equality and democracy, with the interest of developing countries ensured.
The officials discussed contents of a draft document to submit to the NAM Ministerial Meeting, focusing on the implementation of major agendas of the UN, security issues, disarmament, international law, peaceful settlement of disputes, peacekeeping and UN reform.
Established in 1961, NAM now has 120 members from the Asia, Latin America and Caribbean regions, accounting for 60 percent of the UN members.
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