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Hospital for Vietnamese in Laos opens



La Vie International Hospital, a hospital for Vietnamese expatriates in Laos, was inaugurated in Vientiane on November 18.

Hospital for Vietnamese in Laos opens hinh anh 1La Vie International Hospital in Vientiane (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane – La Vie International Hospital, a hospital for Vietnamese
expatriates in Laos, was inaugurated in Vientiane on November 18.

The hospital
has been licensed by the Lao Ministry of Health to provide medical services for
Vietnamese nationals residing, working, and studying in Laos, as well as for
Lao residents.

The 50-bed facility has been designed to focus on
cardiology and endocrinology.

Speaking at
the inauguration ceremony, Deputy Governor of Vientiane Phukhong Bannavong
said that the hospital’s operation is of great significance to the health
sector of Laos in particular and its economic development in general.

The opening of
the hospital shows the close bond between Laos and Vietnam that has been
strengthened over the past decades, he said.

Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung said that the coming into being of the hospital holds a very important significance to the healthcare sector of Vientiane and the Vietnamese community there.

The hospital has signed a cooperation deal with the Association for Liaison with
Overseas Vietnamese (ALOV) and the Hanoi Medical University Hospital to provide
medical services for the Vietnamese community in Laos, and Lao people in need of
medical examination and treatment.

According to
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Lan Hieu, director of the Hanoi Medical University
Hospital, the new hospital is a leading cardiovascular facility
with a modern angiography system that supports in-depth diagnostics of
cardiovascular diseases as well as many other vascular diseases to save the
lives of patients suffering from myocardial infarction and stroke.

He pledged to
provide maximum professional support to the hospital in performing its



World’s best rice title cements Vietnamese rice quality: official



The title of the world’s best rice that Vietnam has recently claimed at the 15th world’s best rice competition held in the Philippines has proved the quality of the country’s grain in the international market, Nguyen Nhu Cuong, head of the Department of Crop Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper.

Cuong informed that three Vietnamese enterprises brought six rice varieties to the competition, specifically Ho Quang Tri private business with ST24 and ST25 rice, Loc Troi Group with LT28 rice and Nang Hoa 9, and Thai Binh Seeds with TBR39-1 rice and A Sao glutinous rice.

Cuong shared that three Vietnamese enterprises participated in the competition, showcasing six distinct rice varieties, including Ho Quang Tri private business’ ST24 and ST25 rice, Loc Troi Group’s LT28 rice and Nang Hoa 9, and Thai Binh Seeds’ TBR39-1 rice and A Sao glutinous rice. 

Among the showcased rice varieties, ST25 had previously emerged victorious in the competition in 2019.

The outcome of the competition is expected to have a notably positive impact on Vietnam’s rice exports, particularly for high-quality rice.

Cuong emphasized that this achievement serves as a motivating force for localities, enterprises, and farmers to further invest in the production of high-quality rice. 

He added that the organizer of this year’s competition did not attribute the best rice title to a specific rice variety. Instead, they awarded the recognition to the country as a whole, pursuant to the organizer’s rules amended in 2022.   

In 2022, Cambodia was the winner.

Vietnam won the title in 2023 and was followed by Cambodia and India.

Cuong said the Department of Crop Production would propose that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development honor the enterprises that participated in the competition and played a crucial role in securing Vietnam’s highest award.

The competition was part of the World Rice Conference Summit organized by the Rice Trader, a publication providing in-depth analysis of the global rice industry, in the Philippines between Monday and Friday this week.

Vietnam shipped US$4.41 billion worth of rice in January-November this year, up 36 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Many rice varieties of Vietnam have seen their prices reach record highs.

In particular, five-percent broken rice is currently priced at $663 per metric ton, 25-percent broken rice at $643, and Jasmine rice at $748.

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Festival held to forge Vietnam-India friendship



The 11th Vietnam – India People’s Friendship Festival opened in Chennai, the capital of India’s Tamil Nadu state, on December 2 evening, aiming to strengthening the friendship at all levels within the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

Festival held to forge Vietnam-India friendship hinh anh 1An art performance at the festival. (Photo: VNA)

New Delhi –
The 11th Vietnam –
India People’s Friendship Festival opened in Chennai, the capital of India’s Tamil
Nadu state, on December 2 evening, aiming to strengthening the friendship at
all levels within the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

The festival is co-organised by the All India Peace
and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO) and Tamil Nadu’s authorities, with a 25-member
Vietnamese delegation to the event led by Vice Chairman and Secretary General
of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association (VIFA) Ha Minh Hue.

In his remarks, Hue emphasised the traditional
friendship between Vietnam and India, and expressed his delight at the great
achievements they have recorded since the establishment of the bilateral
strategic partnership in 2007, and the comprehensive strategic partnership in

These achievements have helped promote the cooperation
in a more substantive manner in all the five pillars of politics-diplomacy,
national defence-security, economy-trade, science-technology, and
education-training and people-to-people exchange, he went on.

The festival, which brings together delegates
representing people from all walks of life, is expected to contribute to
enhancing the friendship in the new situation, he said.

Pallab Sengupta, Secretary of the Communist Party of
India (CPI) Central Committee, President of the World Peace Council, and presidium
member of the AIPSO, reviewed the Vietnam-India solidarity and mutual support,
and stressed the importance of people-to-people exchanges.

This year’s event featured special art performances by
Vietnamese and Indian artists.

Earlier the same day, the Vietnamese delegation paid
a courtesy visit to AIPSO leaders, and had meetings with representatives of the
CPI and the Communist Party of India –Marxist in Chennai./.


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Int’l experts make recommendations at COP28 to help Vietnam reach net-zero emissions



Many international experts and investors put forward a slew of suggestions to help Vietnam achieve net-zero emissions at some events on the sidelines of the ongoing 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28), which lasts until December 12, in the United Arab Emirates.

Addressing the COP28 climate summit on Saturday, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh reiterated Vietnam’s net-zero emissions goal.

Vietnam is steadfast in its commitment to achieving a net-zero emission target by 2050, he said, adding that the nation’s determination underscores its pivotal role in fostering trust among nations during the collective effort to address climate change.

Ben Backwell, CEO of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), told the Vietnam Business Forum, themed ‘Mobilizing Resources for the Green Transition,’ jointly held alongside the COP28 by the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Vietnamese Embassy in the UAE and the GWEC on Saturday, that many of the council’s wind power firms had worked with Vietnamese agencies and showed their interest in building a sustainable wind power industry in the Souheast Asian country.

“Offshore wind is a cost-effective and price-predictable renewable energy solution for countries planning their energy transition,” said Backwell.

“GWEC recognizes wind power’s pivotal role in tackling climate change and energy security and we applaud Vietnam’s commitment to prioritize wind energy for sustainable economic growth and large-scale renewable energy generation.”

Anders Opedal, CEO at Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor, said at a meeting with PM Chinh in the UAE on the same day that his firm had set up a representative office in Hanoi, and expected to boost cooperation with state-run oil and gas group PetroVietnam (PVN) in the offshore wind power field.

Opedal recommended that Vietnam promptly establish comprehensive mechanisms to facilitate the growth of renewable energy, ensuring that investments in the sector yield maximum effectiveness.

Jannicke Nilsson, executive vice president at Equinor, suggested that the Vietnamese government build a detailed legal framework and complete marine space planning to facilitate the exploitation of maritime resources.

Vietnam should put together an inter-ministerial team to speed up work associated with simplifying procedures for wind power investment, she recommended.

John Rockhold, the leader of an energy-focused working team at the forum, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper the importance of creating an appealing electricity purchase contract to attract foreign investors. Additionally, he highlighted the need to foster the development of a local supply chain.

Dao Xuan Lai, head of the Climate Change and Environment Unit of the United Nations Development Program in Vietnam, said that to achieve net-zero emissions, Vietnam should remove obstacles to investment capital mobilization.

Transitioning toward a green economy, embracing circular practices, and reducing carbon emissions will incur substantial costs, he said. 

Lai suggested Vietnam should concentrate on instigating institutional reforms and building a transparent investment climate to raise high-quality capital inflows.

Another of his recommendation was that the country should accelerate technology transfer, while bolstering international cooperation in offshore wind power, solar power, and smart electricity transmission development.

In response to these suggestions, Prime Minister Chinh affirmed that Vietnam is placing a priority on green and digital transitions, along with a focus on the circular economy and innovation.

In addition to supporting and facilitating favorable conditions for investors, the Vietnamese government leader affirmed a commitment to addressing legal procedure obstacles and refining pricing frameworks to cultivate a robust investment environment.

PM Chinh arrived in the UAE early Friday morning (Vietnam time) to attend the COP28 and other activities at the invitation of the UAE government.

His trip was scheduled to wrap up on Sunday.

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