HÀ NỘI — Japanese foreign minister Motegi Toshimitsu on Tuesday announced additional COVID-19 vaccine donation to Việt Nam, according to a statement from the Japanese embassy in Hà Nội.
During a press briefing held today, the Japanese diplomat said Japan would send another 400,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Việt Nam.
This brings the total of vaccine donations from Japan to Việt Nam to 3.58 million doses, following the latest shipment of 80,000 doses that arrived on September 9.
The shipment would be delivered once preparations are finished.
The donation to Việt Nam is part of a slew of more support Japan’s Asian partners – 300,000 more for Thailand, 100,000 for Brunei, and 500,000 for Taiwan.
To date, Japan has given out more than 23 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Japan to countries in South Asia and the Pacific islands, Motegi said.
Additionally, Japan has pledged US$1 billion and 30 million doses to the COVAX program, overseen by the GAVI alliance and the World Health Organisation.
Japan has fully vaccinated 50 per cent of its population according to government data on Monday.
The country has relied mainly on imported mRNA COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna for domestic inoculation, and opted to give away most of its supplies of the AstraZeneca shot (including ones made right in Japan), according to The Asahi Shimbun. —
President receives representatives of US business associations, investors
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc received representatives of the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC), Amcham, the US Chamber of Commerce (USCC), and several US companies and multinational groups in New York on September 22.
At the meeting between President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and representatives from the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC). (Photo: VNA)
These enterprises included McLarty, Philip Morris, AES, Thermo Fisher, Asia Group, Northwestern Medicine, Excelerate Energy, GE, and McDermontt, Delta Offshore Energy and Boeing.
Receiving leaders of the AES Group, President Phuc highly valued its activities in Vietnam as well as its contributions to the Vietnamese energy sector’s growth. Affirming Vietnam’s support to the enterprise’s expansion of operations in Vietnam, he encouraged the group to invest in green and renewable energy in the country. He also lauded the firm’s partnership with PVGas in building Son My liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage in Vietnam.
At his meeting with representatives of the Asia Group, the Vietnamese leader suggested the firm continue to work as a bridge between the two nations and urge the US government to further promote practical and long-term cooperation with Vietnam. The Asia Group should mobilise the US government to donate more COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies to Vietnam, and transfer COVID-19 production technology to the country, he added.
Meeting leaders of Thermo Fisher, President Phuc lauded the firm’s commitments to support vaccine development programmes and exchange experience with partners in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Receiving representatives from General Electric (GE) and Excelerate Energy, he hoped that GE, Excelerate Energy and partners will continue to increase investment in clean and renewable energy in Vietnam, which is an important sector to help with socio-economic development and environmental protection in the country.
At his meeting with leaders of Northwestern Medicine, the President thanked clinics and member hospitals of Northwestern Medicine for their donation of medical supplies and equipment to Vietnam. He proposed Northwestern Medicine further foster cooperation between Vietnam and Chicago in research, development and application of hi-tech in health check-up and treatment.
Meeting partners of Delta Offshore – Bạc Lieu Energy, he hailed Delta Offshore Energy’s LNG-fueled power project in Bac Lieu province – the biggest foreign-invested project in the Mekong Delta region so far. He expressed his hope that the project will become a model of quality and progress with most competitive power prices, thus inspiring more US energy firms to invest in Vietnam.
At a meeting with representatives from the USABC, Amcham, USCC, McLarty and Philip Morris, President Phuc spoke highly of the role of US business associations and enterprises in encouraging US firms to invest in Vietnam over the past years.
He suggested that the associations will continue to encourage US businesses to invest in Vietnam, especially in strategic areas, helping Vietnam engage in regional and global supply chains, while hastening the US Government to continue its donation of COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies to Vietnam as well as transferring vaccine production technology to the country. He hoped the associations will contribute their voices to the US Government in optimising the Vietnam-US partnership and promoting stable and long-term cooperation with Vietnam on the basis of mutual support and interest.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives representatives from the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU). (Photo: VNA)
Receiving the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU)’s representatives and a number of enterprises, President Phuc lauded the efforts and the role by the council in improving US investors’ confidence in the business and investment environment in Vietnam. He thanked BCIU for accompanying with and supporting Vietnam in accessing vaccines and medical supplies serving the COVID-19 fight.
Meeting representatives from the Boeing Group, President Phuc congratulated the firm on its opening of first representative office in Vietnam, which shows Boeing’s commitments to long-term investment in Vietnam despite difficulties posed by COVID-19.
He proposed Boeing continue to assist Vietnamese airlines to open more direct air routes to the US, while increasing investment in Vietnam in the fields of infrastructure construction, airplane component production, and aviation technical services, helping Vietnam enter supply chains of groups on the globe, and considering the opening of a pilot training centre in Vietnam./.
UNGA 76: President meets foreign leaders, WB President in New York
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc had meetings with many foreign leaders and World Bank President David Malpass shortly after he arrived in New York on September 21 for the General Debate of the UN General Assembly’s 76th session (UNGA 76).
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) meets with President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in in New York. (Photo: VNA)
The President met with President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, who said that the RoK wants to further beef up the strategic partnership with Vietnam, so as to lift two-way trade to 100 billion USD by 2023 and deepen cooperation in digital economy, bio-products and finance. Moon announced that the RoK will donate more than 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine which will be delivered in mid-October to Vietnam
Thanking the RoK for its much-needed assistance, President Phuc said the two countries need to soon keep the virus at bay to promote their strategic partnership more widely and comprehensively in the coming time, particularly when they are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic relations next year.
Phuc asked the RoK side to continue expanding FDI projects, both in size and number, in Vietnam and ramping up technology transfer to domestic firms while pledging to provide further support for Korean companies to do business in the Southeast Asian country.
He also had a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin, during which both leaders expressed their delight at the strong growth of the bilateral trade, which reached 4.2 billion USD last year despite the impacts of COVID-19.
The Vietnamese president suggested the two sides resume delegation exchanges and meetings at levels and foster cooperation in multiple areas to mark the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this year as soon as the pandemic is brought under control.
He asked PM Martin to push for the early ratification of the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) at the Irish national parliament and maintain the provision of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Vietnam in the coming time.
He wished Ireland to help Vietnam gain broader access to COVID-19 vaccine supply and provide it with medical supplies, such as ventilators and test kits.
Phuc also thanked Ireland for its support at the UN Security Council.
During his meeting with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of Demark, President Phuc proposed assisting Vietnam in accessing vaccine supplies, including via the vaccine-sharing COVAX Facility.
The two leaders said they are pleased to see to the development of the two-way trade and the fulfillment of goals set in the Vietnam-Denmark Action Plan for the 2019 – 2020. The two sides are actively formulating an action plan for 2021 – 2022.
Frederiksen agreed with Phuc’s proposal, saying she will encourage more Danish enterprises to invest in Vietnam in the fields of maritime transport, seaport construction, shipbuilding, manufacturing of energy equipment, renewable energy, green technologies, sustainable husbandry and fisheries, green transformation, and climate change.
Meeting with the Vietnamese President, President of Slovenia Borut Pahour hailed the positive developments of the Slovenia-Vietnam ties, and voiced his hope to elevate Vietnam’s position in the country’s foreign policy.
For his part, President Phuc suggested the two countries early hold the third session of the Intergovernmental Slovenian–Vietnamese Commission for cooperation in economic-trade and science-technology, possibly in virtual form if necessary, to discuss cooperation orientations in potential fields such as machinery mechanics, automatism, logistics, food processing and sea port.
The two leaders also exchanged views on the transfer of production technology for COVID-19 treatment medicine for Vietnam and negotiations on the recognition of each other’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate and passport, paving the way for the travel of their citizens when international air routes resume.
The Vietnamese President said that Vietnam pays special attention to close collaboration with the EU in fisheries development and sustainable seafood exploitation. He urged Slovenia, as rotating President of the Council of the EU, to support and promote the removal of the “yellow card” imposed on Vietnam’s aquatic products.
Vietnam holds a consistent viewpoint of promoting responsible and sustainable seafood exploitation in line with regulations of international law, he affirmed.
During his meeting with President of the Dominican Republic Luis Abinader, the Vietnamese State leader showed support for the Dominican Republic’s intention to open an embassy in Vietnam.
He assigned the Foreign Ministry to work with its Dominican Republic counterpart to carry out the plan so as to foster the bilateral ties in a practical manner.
On the same day, President Phuc also met with heads of states and high-ranking officials of Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Latvia, Sweden, Guyana, Lesotho, Costa Rica, Colombia and Uruguay, during which they discussed practical measure to strengthen and develop relations.
Leaders of the countries highly valued Vietnam’s performance as a non-member of the UNSC and the country’s effective and pragmatic engagement and contributions to global tasks, which they said demonstrates Vietnam’s high sense of responsibility and increasing role and position in the international arena.
President Phuc and the countries’ leaders reiterated that peace, stability, maritime security and freedom of navigation in the East Sea are of mutual concern, and underlined that disputes should be resolved by peaceful measures in tandem with international law.
Also in New York, President Phuc met with the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry.
Appreciating Kerry’s contributions to the Vietnam – US relations over the past decades, President Phuc spoke highly of the initiatives by President Joe Biden’s administration to promote global efforts in climate change response.
The Vietnamese leader said both countries should enhance cooperation in developing renewable energy, improving climate change adaptation, and managing trans-boundary water resources via bilateral and multilateral mechanisms.
Vietnam is strongly committed to responding to climate change, he stressed.
Kerry affirmed that the US continues to attach importance to the comprehensive partnership with Vietnam.
He emphasised the US’ determination and efforts to continue strengthening cooperation with and assisting developing countries, including Vietnam, to cope with this global issue.
Talking to WB President David Malpass, President Phuc said WB-funded projects and its policy advice have substantially contributed to Vietnam’s economic development and social security and helped the Vietnamese Government make effective macro-economic policies, surmount impacts of the global economic crisis, and maintain positive growth.
He thanked the WB for providing 6.2 million USD in non-refundable aid for Vietnam last year, and supporting allowing the country to delay the payment of certain loans given by the WB’s International Development Association (IDA) in order to reserve resources for purchasing vaccines, biological products, and medical equipment in the face of the pandemic.
The Vietnamese State leader asked the WB to continue giving policy advice on economic recovery and helping Vietnam access and buy COVID-19 vaccines, receive vaccine production technology, and manufacture vaccines in the country.
The WB Group President said he is impressed by the Vietnamese Government’s efforts in COVID-19 prevention and control, as well as economic recovery.
He also thanked the Government for closely coordinating with the WB, stating that the WB will keep accompanying Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19 and increase policy advice to help the country realise the goal of becoming a developed and high-income nation by 2045./.
Former Hà Nội chairman indicted for illegal involvement in digitalisation bidding package
HÀ NỘI — The Supreme People’s Procuracy has announced an indictment against Nguyễn Đức Chung, former chairman of Hà Nội People’s Committee for his involvement in a bidding violation at the city’s Department of Planning and Investment.
Chung has been indicted for abusing power and position while on duty.
Other defendants indicted are Nguyễn Văn Tứ, former chief of office of Hà Nội Party Committee and former director of Hà Nội Department of Planning and Investment; Nguyễn Tiến Học, former director of the municipal Department of Planning and Investment; Phạm Thị Kim Tuyến, former head of a division under the Department of Planning and Investment; and Phạm Thị Thu Hường, former chief of office of the Department of Planning and Investment.
Võ Việt Hùng, director of Đông Kinh Investment and Development Ltd Company, and Lê Duy Tuấn, sales director of the company, were indicted for bidding violations causing serious consequences.
The indictment says this is a case involving all defendants who directly committed the crimes, so they have equal roles.
Among defendants of the Nhật Cường – Đông Kinh joint venture, Bùi Quang Huy, general director of Nhật Cường Company, was the mastermind behind the crime, so he played a key role in the case.
Because Huy is on the run, the investigating agency has issued a wanted notice and decided to temporarily suspend the investigation against Huy.
According to the indictment, in 2016, the city’s Department of Planning and Investment launched a bidding package on digitalising business registration documents.
Nguyễn Đức Chung, then city chairman, abused his power to order the Department of Planning and Investment to suspend the bidding and was involved in the bidding process without legal authority.
Chung asked the department to allow Nhật Cường Company to pilot the digitalisation project with a personal motivation to create conditions for Nhật Cường to participate in the bidding, win the bid and enjoy the profits.
Illegal acts committed by Chung and officers of the planning and investment department in the bidding process reduced the effectiveness of the bidding package and caused more than VNĐ26.5 billion in damage to State properties.
Minh Hoa Company owned by Nguyễn Thị Trúc Chi Hoa – Chung’s wife – signed a fake contract with Nhật Cường Company to create conditions for the Nhật Cường – Đông Kinh joint venture to legalise bidding dossiers.
In 2019, the Ministry of Public Security started legal proceedings against Nhật Cường general director Bùi Quang Huy for smuggling and violating regulations on accounting and bidding, causing serious consequences.
In December 2020, Nguyễn Đức Chung was sentenced to five years in prison for appropriating State secret documents related to the case at Nhật Cường Company. —
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