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Science-Technology Minister Chu Ngoc Anh elected Hanoi Chairman

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Vice Secretary of Hanoi’s Party Committee Chu Ngoc Anh was elected Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee for the 2016-2021 tenure with 95 out of 96 votes at the 16th session of the 15th Hanoi People’s Council this morning.

Ông Chu Ngọc Anh làm Chủ tịch UBND Thành phố Hà Nội

Mr. Chu Ngoc Anh at the Hanoi People’s Council meeting this morning.

During the meeting session on September 25, the members of Hanoi People’s Council started the process to dismiss Nguyen Duc Chung from all leadership positions and voted for Chu Ngoc Anh as the chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee.

On September 18, the politburo of Vietnam assigned Chu Ngoc Anh as the Deputy Secretary of Hanoi Party Committee. He is currently Minister of Science and Technology and will hold the post until the National Assembly’s meeting in October when he will be relieved of the post.

In assuming his new position, Mr. Ngoc Anh, who is still the Minister of Science and Technology, stressed that Hanoi is working toward the 17th municipal Party congress, the 1010th founding anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi and many important political tasks.

In his new position, he vowed to, together with People’s Committee staff, promote the spirit of solidarity and consensus and direct municipal authorities to continue following instructions of the municipal Party Committee and People’s Council.

Attention will be paid to main missions to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development targets, promote the values of the capital city, and increase the city’s position and role, he added.

On August 11, the politburo suspended Nguyen Duc Chung from all of the posts including the deputy secretary of Hanoi Party Committee. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc announced that Chung was suspended from the position of the chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee for the investigation for his involvement in accounting irregularities, money laundering and serious violations of bidding regulations at local firm Nhat Cuong Mobile and the Hanoi People’s Committee’s mismanagement of state assets.

On August 28, Chung was detained for four months for “appropriating documents containing state secrets.”

Mr. Chu Ngoc Anh was born in 1965 in Hanoi. He holds a PhD degree in physics. He is a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (12th tenure).

Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Head of the Central Organizing Commission Pham Minh Chinh hands the decision of the Politburo to Mr. Chu Ngoc Anh

From 1988 to 1995, he was a lecturer at the Institute for Technical Physics under the Ha Noi University of Science and Technology.

From 1995 to 1997 he worked at the Science and Technology Advances Application Company – MITEC under the Ministry of Industry and Environment and the Institute of Posts and Telecommunications Technology under the General Department of Posts.

From 1997 to 2003, he was deputy manager, then manager of the Institute of Posts and Telecommunications Technology under the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group.

In 2003 – 2010 he was staff, then Deputy Head of the Department on High-tech; Director of the Technology Application and Development Department under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

From August 2010 to January, 2011, he was Deputy Minister of Science and Technology cum Director of the Technology Application and Development Department.

From January 2011 through March, 2013, he was an alternate member of the 11th Party Central Committee, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology.

From March 2013 to May, 2013, he was Deputy Secretary of the Phu Tho Provincial Party Committee

From May 2013 to September, 2015, he was Deputy Secretary of the Phu Tho Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Phu Tho Provincial People’s Committee.

From September 2015 to April 2014, he was Deputy Minister of Science and Technology.

Since April 2014 he has been the Minister of Science and Technology.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/hanoi-has-new-chairman-676509.html

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Environmental impact asessment of investment projects highlighted at NA discussion

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Deputies at the 14th National Assembly debated a number of contents of the draft revised Law on Environmental Protection, including the classification of projects basing on impact to the environment, 

the authority of environmental effect assessment, and the issuance of licence for waste release.

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Chairman of the NA Committee for Science, Technology and Environment Phan Xuan Dung (Photo: VNA)

According to Chairman of the NA Committee for Science, Technology and Environment Phan Xuan Dung, in order to minimise the risk of environmental pollution from investment projects, the bill has two new contents on policies in sorting out the projects basing on their environmental impact, and the integration and promotion of green economic models, circulation economy, low-carbon economy in building and implementation of strategies, plans, programmes, and projects.

The bill also adjusts contents related to the responsibility in directing the response to environmental incidents of central and local agencies as well as the State management responsibility of ministries, sectors, localities, professional organisations as well as relevant individuals, he said.

Regarding the coherence of the bill with other relevant laws, many deputies pointed out that there are still overlapping and incoherence between the bill and other legal documents comprising contents related to environmental protection, including the Law on Biodiversity, Law on Water Resources, Law on Public Investment. 

This may affect the efficiency of State management in environmental protection, they said, stressing the need to continue reviewing and adjusting the bill to avoid confrontation with other laws that were issued after 2014.

Regarding the issuance of environmental licences, many deputies agreed with the option of using a single environmental licence instead of seven, including the admission of wastewater to irrigation work. 

Nguyen Thi Mai Hoa, a representative from the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, said that the simplification of the procedures will save time for enterprises. However, she stressed the need to design a tight procedure and strengthen inspection in the field.

Meanwhile, Thai Binh deputy Pham Van Tuan proposed that it is necessary to classify investment projects basing on environmental impact levels, taking it as a foundation to define the list of projects with risk of posing negative impact to the environment, thus ensuring the coherence of relevant laws. 

Tuan pointed to the need to clarify the criteria for the classification, thus placing the projects to four groups of risks in four levels. 

Over the regulations defining the projects subjected to environmental impact assessment to suit relevant laws, Dung said that the NA Standing Committee has prepared two options. In the first one, all projects must conduct the assessment, while in the other, only those with high risk of causing negative impact to the environmental are subjected to the assessment, he said./.

Legislators debate draft revised Law on Environmental Protection

NA deputies on October 24 said that there should be clearer and more detailed regulations on responsibilities and obligations of organisations, production and business establishments, and individuals in paying fees and taxes on environmental protection.

Giving their comments on the draft Law on Environmental Protection (revised) during the fifth day of the 14th National Assembly (NA)’s 10th sitting held virtually, lawmakers said the amount of money collected to invest in environmental protection is very little.

They attributed the situation to the absence of an appropriate mechanism to mobilise the participation and contribution of organisations and individuals to the protection of the environment, and regulations on the responsibility and obligations of fee payers for environmental protection.

The mechanism for infrastructure investment is mainly based on the voluntary spirit and support of businesses, and there are no specific regulations and legally binding mechanisms, said Vice Chairman of Hai Ha district People’s Committee Tran Viet Dung.

The NA should immediately issue guidance after the law takes effect so as to avoid overlapping tasks, other NA deputies said.

The law should also pay attention to the use of renewable energy sources, resolutely deal low-capacity hydropower plants thatw affect the forest environment, result in floods, and  worsen climate change, they stressed, adding that projects at risk of causing harm to the environment should be carefully examined and verified./. VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/environmental-impact-asessment-of-investment-projects-highlighted-at-na-discussion-683618.html

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PM praises intelligence department for ‘strong solidarity’ to win

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Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on Friday grants the first-class National Defence Medal to the General Department of Military Intelligence. — VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on Friday granted the first-class National Defence Medal to the General Department of Military Intelligence under the Ministry of National Defence to mark its 75th founding anniversary (October 25).

The PM praised the department for fulfilling its responsibilities as a strategic intelligence agency of the Party, the State, the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defence, inheriting the tradition of “being strong, resilient, independent, creative, smart and solidarity to win”.

The unit has inherited and brought into full play the intelligence tradition of its predecessors, learning from global intelligence experience and summarising many valuable experiences through practical activities, deeply absorbed with the teachings of late President Hồ Chí Minh, he said.

To continue its glorious tradition and carry out its tasks, the department’s staff must preserve the special trust and love given by the Party, State and the Army, he said.

Defence intelligence officers need to understand and apply the Party’s directions on military-defence missions to continue to perform well its role as a strategic intelligence agency, he said.

He urged the department to streamline its apparatus to operate a compact, strong, professional, effective and functional system and build a contingent of intelligence officers with political bravery, strategic vision and professional knowledge to take on missions.

The PM believed that with its glorious history and tradition of 75 years along with its existing strengths, the General Department of Military Intelligence would continue to grow and complete all assigned tasks, becoming a key force, living up to the trust of the Party, State, Army and people.

On October 25, 1945, the defence intelligence room under the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army was established. Since then, October 25 has become the traditional day of the national defence intelligence force.

The defence intelligence force made contributions to the national liberation in the wars against French colonialism and American imperialism as well as national construction and protection.

The department was honoured to receive the title of Hero of the People’s Armed Forces in the Đổi Mới (renewal) period, the Gold Star Medal, Hồ Chí Minh medals, the first-class independence medal, first-class military merits medals and the first-class national defence medal, among others.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/803811/pm-praises-intelligence-department-for-strong-solidarity-to-win.html

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Deputies call for greater access to information on HIV-infected people

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Acting Minister of Health Nguyễn Thanh Long presents a report on the draft amended Law on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control at the National Assembly discussion on Friday. Photo chinhphu.vn

HÀ NỘI  — The majority of lawmakers agreed that the amended Law on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control should increase the number of people who can access information on HIV-infected people at a National Assembly discussion on Friday.

Deputies said doing so would ensure proper treatment, payment of medical examination and treatment costs and prevent infection of those who take care of and treat the patients.

According to Phạm Văn Hòa, a deputy from Đồng Tháp Province, greater information access was essential to prevent infection among parents, wives or caregivers.

However, he underlined the necessity to ensure the confidentiality of information on HIV-infected people so they would not face stigma.

Deputy Triệu Thanh Dung from Cao Bằng Province said adding more people who can access information might negatively impact HIV-infected people.

She cited the results of a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health on 1,800 HIV-infected people which showed 27.8 per cent of them disagreed with this provision due to their fear of information disclosure.

“The wishes and aspiration of people living with HIV/AIDS should be given priority to create the best conditions for treating and caring for them,” Dung said.

Regarding the fund for the treatment and care of HIV/AIDS-infected people, she said it was not necessary to maintain the fund due to a number of limitations relating to its performance.

The fund has mobilised just more than VNĐ5.7 billion (US$ 245,000) over the past 12 years, Dung said.

The main purpose of the fund is to help infected people access HIV/AIDS treatment or care for those in the latter stages of the disease. However, in recent years, its activities have mainly been giving gifts, milk and buying health insurance cards for children with HIV/AIDS aged from six to 15, she said.

Most deputies agreed with amending and supplementing the law.

They said the law should be amended to strengthen the protection and care for people’s health, overcoming the shortcomings of the current law and meeting the requirement of HIV/AIDS prevention and control work.

Many deputies said some provisions of the law were no longer consistent with current practices. There were also conflicts between some related laws on the treatment and care of infected people.

Those shortcomings should be revised soon to ensure consistency and improve the effectiveness of law enforcement, they said.

Presenting a report on the draft law, Acting Minister of Health Nguyễn Thanh Long said Việt Nam has recorded remarkable results in HIV/AIDS prevention and control.

Việt Nam is one of four countries with the best HIV/AIDS treatment in the world along with Germany, the UK and Switzerland, he said.

The country has kept the community HIV infection rate below 0.3 per cent.

According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), since 2000 the country has deployed preventive measures to stop 400,000 people from being infected with HIV and 150,000 received treatment that stopped them dying from AIDS.

Viet Nam has a rate of HIV-infected people receiving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment with a viral load below the inhibitory threshold reaching 96 per cent, contributing to reducing community HIV infection.

Long said despite positive results in HIV/AIDS prevention and control, some shortcomings remain.

The current law still has many limitations, with no specific regulation on who is entitled to access information about HIV-infected people. It failed to create an adequate legal corridor for HIV/AIDS epidemic surveillance and access with a view to providing timely support and treatment for infected people.

He said the revision of the law aimed at realising the target of basically putting an end to the disease by 2030. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/803810/deputies-call-for-greater-access-to-information-on-hiv-infected-people.html

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