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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.

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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.

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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./.

Source: VNA



PM hosts UN representatives in Việt Nam, asking for help in setting policies for safe COVID adaptation




Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính shakes hands with Kidong Park, UN Resident Coordinator, as he hosted a reception for chief representatives of UN organisations in Việt Nam on the occasion of the UN’s upcoming founding anniversary (October 24, 1945-2021). — VNA/ Photo Dương Giang

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính on Thursday hosted a reception for Kidong Park, UN Resident Coordinator and interim, and chief representatives of UN organisations in Việt Nam on the occasion of the UN’s upcoming founding anniversary (October 24, 1945-2021).

At the event, Chính said Việt Nam highly valued the UN’s achievements since its establishment. The UN continued to play a very important role in preventing conflicts, upholding international law, promoting sustainable development and climate change response, and protecting human rights, he added.

The PM emphasised that Việt Nam always treasured the UN’s valuable assistance for the country over the past four decades.

At this difficult time of the country’s current fight against COVID-19, the UN’s aid had come in the forms of medical equipment and supplies, professional and policy advice on pandemic prevention and control, socio-economic recovery and development, with a commitment to supplying Việt Nam with 38.9 million doses of vaccines this year through the COVAX Facility and about 19 million realised to date.

He suggested that the UN organisations boost the COVAX Facility’s vaccine support for Việt Nam, promote vaccine production research and cooperation in the country, and provide medical supplies and assist Việt Nam in accessing treatment drugs.

Chính also asked the UN to offer resources and policy consultancy to help Việt Nam safely and flexibly adapt to and effectively control the pandemic; promote socio-economic recovery and development post-pandemic, transform its economic model, and ensure social security.

The Government leader affirmed that strengthening cooperation with and participation in the UN was a priority in the nation’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation of relations, and proactive, comprehensive, extensive and effective international integration.

Việt Nam had been always an active member of the UN, contributing to the organisation’s joint efforts in response to global challenges, peace promotion, and sustainable development, Chính said.

The Prime Minister asked the UN to support Việt Nam in carrying out key tasks and strategic breakthroughs set out by the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Việt Nam.

Congratulating Việt Nam on controlling the fourth wave of COVID-19, the participating UN representatives expressed their impressions at the nation’s all-people approach to the pandemic fight and its treatment of COVID-19 patients.

They said they welcomed the Vietnamese Government’s resolution on recovery and safe adaptation to the pandemic, adding that the UN would continue to accompany and support the country in economic recovery and development.

They also appreciated the nation’s role, position and active participation in the UN Security Council and other UN mechanisms and forums, thereby contributing to consolidating and promoting peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.


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Vietnam responds to incident involving US submarines in East Sea



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



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. —


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