The Rusvesna (Russian Spring) e-newspaper on January 11 ran an article expressing impression on Vietnam’s achievements in economic development, poverty reduction,
COVID-19 prevention and control and foreign affairs under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV).
Workers at a factory
The article said among nearly 30 countries that posted positive gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2020, Vietnam emerged with a growth rate of 2.91 percent. Vietnam’s trade revenue rose by 3.6 percent in the first 11 months of the year to 490 billion USD.
In such context, Hanoi and Moscow also saw positive progress in economic and trade ties. Vietnam was Russia’s largest trade partner in ASEAN and fifth largest among the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum’s member economies.
Russia’s statistics showed that its trade with Vietnam increased by 11.5 percent to 4.6 billion USD in the first 10 months of 2020.
The author attributed these achievements to the country’s successful fight against the COVID-19 pandemic under the CPV’s leadership, saying that measures taken by Vietnam were not only drastic and strong but also open and transparent.
As a result, around 1,500 infection cases were recorded in Vietnam in the past year. In particular, public response to the authorities’ actions was extremely positive.
The paper said that the 13th National Congress of the CPV is scheduled to take place from January 25 to February 2, with the aim of assessing the implementation of resolutions adopted at the last congress five years ago.
It cited an article written by General Secretary of the CPV Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong last August, as saying that the poverty rate decreased from 9.9 percent in 2016 to less than 3 percent by 2020. The leader also emphasised the mission of turning the country into a developing nation with a modern-oriented industry and escaping from the group of states with lower middle income by 2025.
Meanwhile, by 2030, which marks the CPV’s 100th founding anniversary, Vietnam expects to become a developing country with a modern industry and its people having upper middle income. In 2045, when the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, celebrates its 100th establishment anniversary, the Southeast Asian nation will become a developed country with high income.
Regarding external policy, the author said that Vietnam achieved numerous successes in 2020, and its position has been enhanced in Southeast Asia in particular and the Asia-Pacific region in general. As the Chair of ASEAN, Vietnam well organised the bloc’s activities in the format of video conference and promoted the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement. The paper noted that on the first day of 2020, Vietnam became a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, with its membership lasting until the end of 2021.
Having highly appreciated Vietnam’s foreign policy of peace, the author believed that both Vietnam and Russia, with a similar approach, will contribute to strengthening peace and stability in the region./.VNA
Decorations set up to welcome 13th National Party Congress
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội has been decorated with national flags, flowers, banners and posters to mark the 13th National Party Congress.
One of the most important events in the country, the 13th National Party Congress will take place from January 25 to February 2.
According to vice-chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chử Xuân Dũng, decorations and preparations for the event are complete in all districts, major locations, streets, and at the headquarters of centrally-run and Hà Nội agencies.
National flags are also seen flying on buildings and houses in the city from January 15 to February 14.
The city has also completed the lighting decoration on 11 roads and installed architectural lights to decorate the overpass on Ring Road 3.
Before, during, and after the congress, thousands of officers and soldiers will be deployed to ensure security and safety. The city has assigned the Department of Information and Communications to receive the registration of domestic and international media reporters at the 13th Congress Press Centre.
In addition, the Hà Nội Department of Health has prepared conditions for medical assurance and COVID-19 pandemic prevention by measuring the body temperature of delegates and preparing first aid duty and mobile emergency teams.
In addition, the Hà Nội Department of Culture and Sports plans to hold 85 music shows to celebrate the 13th National Party Congress, the 91st founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam (February 3), and approaching Tết (Lunar New Year holiday).
A special music show is scheduled for February 2 at Mỹ Đình National Stadium to celebrate the congress, which is expected to be attended by 15,000 people.
Decorations have been set up nationwide to celebrate the important political event.
The 13th National Party Congress will take place at the National Convention Centre in Hà Nội from January 25 to February 2, with the attendance of 1,587 delegates.
Learn how to love the environment at Trạm Xanh
HCM CITY — Trạm Xanh (Green Station) located on a small alley on Nguyễn Thái Bình Street in HCM City’s District 1 is a special green space that aims to inspire love for the environment.
At Trạm Xanh, launched by a group of young women, visitors have a chance to practice a green lifestyle with many items made of environmentally friendly materials.
The Green Station aims to promote a stable lifestyle by using ‘green’ products that do less damage to the environment.
Many visitors are impressed by the venue, which displays recycled products like handbags made of old jeans, blankets made of pieces of cloth, bamboo brushes, bamboo straws, bags made of lotus leaves, and more.
Visitors can also taste herbal teas made of natural ingredients and learn about natural detergents made from orange and pineapple peels.
Every month, Trạm Xanh organises film screenings about plastic waste, ecological agriculture, plants and the earth to provide visitors with more knowledge about the environment and promote a devotion to nature. —
Zipline tour in Yên Bái is must-do for adventurers
HCM CITY — Việt Nam’s longest zipline tour is a great way to see the beautiful mountains and rice fields of Văn Chấn and Mù Cang Chải districts in Yên Bái Province.
Aeris Hill amusement park in Tú Lệ Commune in Văn Chấn District recently launched the zipline tour service, stretching 1.2 kilometres. It offers a panoramic view popular with photographers and trekkers for its bucolic, majestic beauty.
A station at each end of the line alerts staff to ensure users land safely. The trip takes one to two minutes.
The second part of the zipline, stretching over 200 metres, requires the addition of a parachute on the customer’s back to slow them down.
Aeris Hill is open every day except Wednesday from 8.30am to 6pm. Tickets start at VNĐ200,000 (US$8.7) per person, which includes a zipline tour and other activities like zorbing, high rope games, and rock climbing. –
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