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Poland donates 501,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam

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The Polish Government has decided to offer more than 501,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, transfer an additional 3 million doses and donate medical supplies worth US$4 million to Vietnam.

 

At a reception for Polish Ambassador to Vietnam Wojciech Gerwel in Hanoi on August 17, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh thanked the Polish Government for its donation, while suggesting both nations increase meetings between their high-ranking leaders and between their ministries, sectors and localities via flexible forms.

The Vietnamese cabinet leader also asked the European nation to offer favourable conditions for Vietnamese products to enter its market.

He thanked and proposed the Polish Government continue helping Vietnamese expats in Poland  stabilize their life, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On bilateral relations, PM Pham Minh Chinh expressed his wish to promote the traditional relationship between the two countries. Poland has always been Vietnam’s largest trading partner in Central and Eastern Europe for years.  Despite being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, two-way trade turnover during the past 7 months of the year reached US$1.5 billion, up 34% over the same period from last year.

He asked the two sides to intensify measures to bolster effective cooperation in investment, official development assistance (ODA), defence, e-commerce, information technology, education – training, and culture.

In response, Gerwel affirmed that Vietnam is a priority partner of Poland in the region and is the first country outside Europe that has received COVID-19 vaccine and medical equipment aid from his nation.

The Polish diplomat applauded Vietnam’s COVID-19 prevention and control efforts in the past time and expressed his confidence that the Southeast Asian nation will roll back the pandemic soon.

During the meeting, the pair also discussed ways to further step up Vietnam-Poland cooperation at multilateral and regional forums. Regarding the East Sea issue, they underscored the importance of ensuring security, safety, freedom of navigation and aviation as well as the settlement of disputes by peaceful means on the basis of respect for international law in accordance with the UN Charter, and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

On this occasion, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh cordially invited the Polish Prime Minister to visit Vietnam. Gerwel also conveyed the invitation to visit Poland at an appropriate time from the Polish President and Prime Minister to their Vietnamese counterparts. VOV

(Theo VietNamNet)

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Vietnam responds to incident involving US submarines in East Sea

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All activities at sea must fully comply with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other relevant regulations and practices in order to make positive contributions to maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea.

 The US Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine USS Connecticut (Photo: US Navy)

 The US Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine USS Connecticut (Photo: US Navy)
 

Le Thi Thu Hang, spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the statement during a regular press briefing held on October 21 in Hanoi.

This comes following the nation learning about information about a United States nuclear submarine USS Connecticut hitting an unknown object and subsequently being damaged while operating in the East Sea in early October.

These statements come in response to a question regarding China’s CGTN channel releasing a video on October 19 of JH-7 aircraft of the naval aviation unit of the Southern Theater Command’s recent live-fire drills in the East Sea without specifying a specific location and time, Hang affirmed that, “Vietnam has consistently advocated that the East Sea be an area of peace, stability, cooperation and development on the basis of international law.”

Regarding the fact that the US Senate Committee for Foreign Relations passed bill S.1657 to sanction Chinese individuals and organisations involved in territorial disputes activities caused by the northern neighbour in the East and South China Seas, Hang said, “Vietnam’s consistent stance is that countries need to abide by international law, especially UNCLOS 1982, and respect the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction of coastal states.”

Source: VOV

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Việt Nam highlights women’s role in peacekeeping, peacebuilding

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Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to the UN Ambassador Đặng Đình Quý attended the UNSC’s open debate on “Investing in women in peacekeeping and peacebuilding.” — VNA/ Photo

NEW YORK — A Vietnamese diplomat has highlighted the role of women in peacekeeping and peacebuilding and underscored the need to enhance the participation of women in all political, social and economic aspects during a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday (US time).

It is crucial to value women’s experience, knowledge, understanding and expertise in all fields, including peace and security, by removing barriers and facilitating transition to promote women as equal partners since the start of any peace and political process, Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to the UN Ambassador Đặng Đình Quý told the UNSC’s open debate on “Investing in women in peacekeeping and peacebuilding.”

The event was attended by Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General; Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women); and Bineta Diop, Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace and Security (WPS).

Women’s rights, interests and needs must be guaranteed and promoted at provincial, national and international levels, and women should be given necessary skills and knowledge to meaningfully participate in all aspects of life, he said.

Quý emphasised that it is the responsibility of all member states to implement the WPS Agenda. All the states must take more specific and drastic actions to ensure women’s role incorporated in legal frameworks, policies, strategies and initiatives on peace and security at the national, regional and global levels, he stated.

The diplomat went on to call on the community of donors to contribute a minimum of 15 per cent of its official development assistance (ODA) to advancing gender equality in conflict-affected countries. 

One of Việt Nam’s priorities is to foster the participation of women in all aspects of life, he said, noting that with their knowledge, wisdom, tolerance and understanding, women play a vital part in promoting a culture of peace and educating young people to appreciate peace.

Quý also took the occasion to highlight the contributions made by Vietnamese female military officers to peacekeeping missions in the Central African Republic and South Sudan. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/1063680/viet-nam-highlights-womens-role-in-peacekeeping-peacebuilding.html

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Vietnam always creates best possible conditions for foreign firms, investors: FM spokesperson

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Workers have returned to a foreign-invested textile company in COVID-19-hit Bình Dương Province after the southern locality eases lockdown measures with outbreaks being contained. — VNA/ Photo Chí Tưởng

HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese Government always listens to and creates the best possible conditions for foreign enterprises and investors to clear hurdles, set up a new normal environment, and recover their production and businesses at the earliest possible, stated Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng.

It is committed to preventing disruption to production and supply chains and ensuring smooth circulation of goods across the country, according to the spokeswoman.

At the ministry’s regular conference held virtually on Thursday, Hằng said with COVID-19 prevention and control measures implemented in the past time, the pandemic situation in Việt Nam was gradually being controlled and the country was step by step transitioning to a new normal.

She noted that the Vietnamese Government issued Resolution No. 128/NQ-CP on temporary regulations for safe, flexible adaptation to and effective control of COVID-19 to bring the entire country into the new normal as soon as possible within 2021, unite anti-pandemic policies nationwide, and “break the freeze” in socio-economic activities.

The Government is also taking drastic measures to contain and repel the pandemic, with a special working group set up to deal with problems and difficulties facing businesses, and many resolutions and policies promulgated in support of firms, cooperatives and business societies.

The Government has requested that localities issue no more additional regulations and remove inappropriate ones, Hằng underscored.

The spokesperson informed that this year to September 20, Việt Nam had attracted US$22.15 billion in foreign investment, up 4.1 per cent over the same period last year. Of the sum, $12.5 billion were registered for 1,200 new FDI projects, down 3.78 per cent in the number of projects but up 20.6 per cent in capital on-year.

The result confirmed the confidence of foreign investors in Việt Nam’s business climate, she concluded. —

 

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