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Top leader holds phone talks with new Secretary General of Lao People’s Revolutionary Party



Party General Secretary and State President Nguyễn Phú Trọng. VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — Party General Secretary and State President Nguyễn Phú Trọng held phone talks with the newly-elected General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee Thongloun Sisoulith on January 16.

During the talks, Trọng congratulated the LPRP on the successful organization of the 11th National Congress and Sisoulith on his election to the Party General Secretary post.

He expressed his hope that under the leadership of the LPRP and General Secretary Sisoulith, Lao people will gain greater achievements in the national building and defence and renewal cause.

Sisoulith, in turn, thanked Vietnamese leaders for sending congratulatory messages to the LPRP and him, and briefed Trong on the outcomes of the just-ended 11th National Party Congress of Laos.

He also showed his belief that under the leadership of the Communist Party of Việt Nam, the country will reap more fruits and successfully organise the upcoming 13th National Party Congress.

The Vietnamese leader spoke highly of the outcomes of Laos’ 11th Congress, stressing that this is an important milestone in the country’s development process and a great encouragement for Vietnam during its preparation and organization of the 13th National Party Congress.

He affirmed Việt Nam’s strong and comprehensive support for Laos’ national building and safeguarding and renewal cause.

Both leaders showed their delight at the constant development of the Việt Nam-Laos special solidarity, which has benefited the two countries’ people.

Continuously consolidating and developing the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries is a strategic mission crucial to the protection of national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and socialism building in each country, thus contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world, they emphasized.

They also vowed to do their utmost to protect and foster the special relations in any circumstances.

Both leaders invited each other to visit their respective countries at an appropriate time.

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc also extended congratulations to the new General Secretary of the Lao party. —



Minister of Home Affairs: successor will do better than me



“If you ask if I feel satisfied about what I did in my term, I would say ‘no’. I regret that I could not do more,” said Minister of Home Affairs Le Vinh Tan.

Minister of Home Affairs: successor will do better than me

Minister of Home Affairs Le Vinh Tan: “Successor will do better than me”

2020 was the last year of your term of office. What will you, as the ‘home affairs commander’, say about the tasks of the last five years?

In the last five years, the home affairs sector continued implementing the tasks carried forward from the previous term and the resolution of the 12th Party Congress. I think there were five hallmarks.

First, institutional building. The home affairs sector advised the government to ask the National Assembly to amend four important laws, including the Law on amending and supplementing a number of articles in the Law on Cadres and Civil Servants and the Law on Public Employees; the Law on amending and supplementing a number of articles in the Law on Organization of the Government and Law on Organization of Local Governments; the Law on Belief and Religion; and the Law on Youth (amended).

The Ministry of Home Affairs has also compiled procedures for the Law on Emulation and Commendation (amended), and completed procedures to submit to the government the draft law on grassroots democracy to be submitted to the National Assembly in the time to come.

Second, reorganizing and rearranging the apparatus of administrative agencies. This has long been a matter of concern, but the latest rearrangement is more effective.

Third, administration reform, which has been carried out comprehensively in six fields – institutions; administrative procedures; apparatus organization; civil servant and public employment qualification improvement; and public finance and e-government.

Fourth, promoting decentralization.

Fifth, organizing inspection and supervision.

Do you feel satisfied about what the home affairs sector has gained in the last tenure?

I would never feel satisfied about the achievements. I regret that I could not do many things.

I believe that my successor will do better and will have more initiatives to deal with the existing problems that I still cannot do.

Could you tell us about what you could not do in the last five years?

These are issues listed in the next five-year development period plan, including tasks to be implemented in 2021.

We need to implement a new salary regime. This is my biggest concern. We carried out salary reform for many years, but we still could not build a new policy and wage mechanism which creates motivation for cadres, civil servants and public employees.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, wage reform won’t be implemented until July 2022. I hope that social and economic conditions will be better in the next years to create favorable conditions for the new wage regime.

If we cannot implement wage reform, we won’t be able to create motivation for civil servants, and it will be difficult to implement staff streamlining.

My second wish is to build a state administrative apparatus which is really clean and strong, and only performs the function of management.

Such a streamlined apparatus can be formed only when promoting decentralization.

“If you ask if I feel satisfied about what I did in my term, I would say ‘no’. I regret that I could not do more,”

Minister of Home Affairs Le Vinh Tan

We have made great efforts to do this recently. The Ministry of Home Affairs advised the Government to promulgate Resolution 99 on decentralization.

Renovating and perfecting the political system apparatus to make it streamlined and effectively operational is one of the key tasks mentioned in the 13th Party Congress. What do you think your successor needs to do to implement the task?

I think the Ministry of Home Affairs needs to continue to advise the Government, National Assembly and National Assembly’s Standing Committee to continue promulgating policies related to apparatus reorganization. This work was implemented in the last two years.

Besides, it is necessary to implement resolutions and plans set by the Government, and deploy and review master plans on administrative reform, including administrative apparatus reform.

It is necessary to do more drastically in rearranging the apparatus by allocating organizations in the society to do the things which the state doesn’t necessarily do. Central agencies need to focus on four things – development strategies, institutional regime, implementation of the strategy, and supervision. They should not undertake work that other public non-business units and other economic sectors can do.

This work needs to be associated with a strong decentralization process. I believe that it is necessary to give more autonomy to public non-business units. Only by doing this will we be able to reduce the number of employees receiving salaries from the state budget and implement the new wage policy. 

Minister Le Vinh Tan was born in 1958 in Dong Thap. He is an agricultural engineer.

He was a member of the Central Party Committee of the 11th and 12th tenures, the 14th National Assembly Deputy.

Before taking office as Minister of Home Affairs in April 2016, he was deputy head of the Central Economics Committee for one year. Prior to that, he was Secretary of the Dong Thap Party Committee and Chair of Dong Thap People’s Council for three years.

Thu Hang – Tran Thuong


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Government issues resolution on COVID-19 vaccine purchase, use



The Government on February 26 issued Resolution No 21/NQ-CP regarding COVID-19 vaccine purchase and use.

Under the resolution, the Ministry of Health is assigned to coordinate with relevant ministries, agencies, and localities in purchasing, importing, managing, and using COVID-19 vaccines as well as receiving aid in this regard, with about 150 million doses expected this year.

The resolution states that those who work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight will receive priority in vaccination and free vaccines in the vaccination programme.

Centrally-run cities and provinces where COVID-19 infections have been reported and pandemic-hit areas in those cities and provinces will receive vaccines first.

Local budget funds will be used to ensure the vaccination of local residents and others under local management. The central budget will be used to guarantee injections for people under the management of centrally-run agencies and to support localities.

Apart from the State budget, the funding for vaccine purchase will also be sourced from aid from domestic and foreign organisations and other legal sources, along with voluntarily funding from organisations and individuals.

The resolution took effect on the date of issuance./.VNA


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Government strives to ensure no overdue documents from 2016-2021 tenure



Ministries and agencies should speed up the implementation of tasks regarding legal documents assigned by the Government and PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, so that there will be no overdue documents during the 2016-2021 tenure, 

Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung said at a meeting on February 26.

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Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung speaks at the meeting on February 26 (Photo: VNA)

Dung, who is also head of a working group set up by the PM for the work, presided over the meeting with ministries and agencies on the building and issuance of documents that give detailed guidance on laws and ordinances, and the progress of projects in the working programme of the Government and the PM in the first quarter of this year.

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The meeting in Hanoi on February 26 (Photo: VNA)

He suggested that agencies in charge of compiling decrees coordinate with the Government Office to collect feedback from Cabinet members and relevant ministries and agencies, and report to the PM as soon as possible.

Regarding the working programme of the Government and the PM, the Government Office reported that 89 projects were to be submitted in the first quarter.

As of February 25, ministries and agencies had submitted 21. Of the remainder, there are 57 projects still within deadlines and 11 overdue projects, making up 12.3 percent. The overdue projects are part of the 2020 work and transferred to January 2021./.


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