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Vietnam considers reopening repatriation flights

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has directed relevant offices to discuss with partners in countries with high safety factor about the resumption of commercial flights.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working with relevant ministries, sectors, localities and offices to make plans to repatriate Vietnamese citizens in a safe manner based on the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world and the country, especially the domestic quarantine capacity, according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.

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Bringing Vietnamese citizens home (Photo: VNA)

She made the statement on February 25 when responding to reporters’ queries on Vietnam’s plan to reopen repatriation flights, after the Vietnamese Government suspended flights bringing Vietnamese people back home in late January, given the appearance of new variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, new outbreaks in many countries, and complicated developments of the pandemic in Vietnam.

She informed that recently, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has directed relevant offices to discuss with partners in countries with high safety factor about the resumption of commercial flights.

Several partners have expressed their wish to resume commercial flights with Vietnam, and Vietnam’s aviation agencies are considering and discussing specific procedures and dates, she added./. VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/vietnam-considers-reopening-repatriation-flights-715585.html

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President Phúc hosts outgoing Russian Ambassador

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State President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (right) had talks with Russian Ambassador Konstantin Vnukov. on Thursday. — VNA/ Photo Thống Nhất

HÀ NỘI — State President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc received Russian Ambassador Konstantin Vnukov who came to bid his farewell at the end of his tenure in Việt Nam.

At the reception, President Phúc congratulated the diplomat on the successful completion of his mission in Việt Nam and his being awarded the Vietnamese State’s Friendship Order for his contributions to the Việt Nam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership.

Expressing his delight at robust growth of the partnership between the two countries, the President stated that Việt Nam always attaches importance to its traditional friendship with Russia. He said he welcomes the maintenance of regular bilateral exchanges at all levels, particularly at the high level.

He also praised the outcomes of the recent phone talk between Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng and Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying they have contributed significantly to boosting the countries’ comprehensive cooperation.

Affirming Russia’s important role to stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in the world, Phúc said Việt Nam wants to increase its collaboration and mutual understanding with Russia at international forums and organisations, including the UN and ASEAN.

For his part, Vnukov underscored his gratitude toward the assistance he and the Russian embassy received from Việt Nam’s Party, State, ministries and competent agencies during his tenure.

He pledged that in any position, he will make all-out efforts to promote the fruitful friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Việt Nam and Russia. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/926636/president-phuc-hosts-outgoing-russian-ambassador.html

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PM Chinh chairs Cabinet meeting

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Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh chairs Cabinet meeting on Thursday morning to debate an action plan to realize the Resolution adopted at the 13th National Party Congress.

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From left to right: Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, and Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh at the Cabinet meeting, Hanoi, April 15, 2021. Photo: VGP

In his first policy speech after he was elected Prime Minister, Chinh stressed the need to build an action plan to translate the aforesaid Resolution into reality, with a focus on the following tasks:

(i) Continue improving the socialist-oriented market economy institutions, mechanisms, and policies; innovate growth model and restructure the economy.

Decentralization of power will be further strengthened while responsibility of organizations and individuals will be clarified to promote autonomy and creativity of all levels and sectors.

(ii) Continue stepping up the building of a law-governed State, uphold the rule-of-law spirit, strengthen discipline in the State apparatus and the whole society; actively prevent and consistently and perseveringly fight corruption and wastefulness through adoption of strong mechanisms and solutions; promulgate mechanisms to encourage and protect those who dare to think, dare to do and dare to take responsibility for common benefits.

(iii) Mobilize and effectively use all resources in favor of national development; foster strategic infrastructure development; attach importance to national digital transformation and digital economy based on science and technology  development; create more favorable environment and conditions conducive to businesses; stay active and introduce effective solutions to overcome negative impacts of national calamities, climate change, environmental pollution, and epidemics, especially the COVID-19 pandemic.

(iv) Resolutely and perseveringly safeguard national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity; ensure national defense, security, social order and safety; continue pursuing consistently the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multi-lateralization and diversification of external relations for peace, cooperation and development as well as active and proactive international integration, making Viet Nam a responsible and trusted member of the international community.

(v) Build mechanisms and policies to promote the cultural and human values, serving as driving force for socio-economic development; take measures to raise the quality of healthcare, education and training; lay emphasis on high-quality workforce development, and attract and use talents.

Develop inclusive social welfare system, with a focus on remote, border, island regions, ethnic-inhabited areas, and vulnerable groups.

The Cabinet will also discuss ways to accelerate public investment disbursement, extension of tax and land rent payment, implementation of Resolution No. 42/NQ-CP on assistance for people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, among other issue.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/pm-chinh-chairs-cabinet-meeting-728035.html

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Government sets out tasks for new term

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Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính chairs a Government meeting for the first time on Thursday. – VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI – Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính chaired a Government meeting on Thursday, the first Government meeting since new Cabinet members were elected early this month, to set out tasks for the new term.

During the day-long event, participants discussed the Government’s action plan to implement the resolution of the 13th National Party Congress, the Government’s working regulations, the disbursement of public investment, COVID-19 prevention and control, and the vaccination programme.

The preparations for the elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils for 2021-26, along with the organisation of the national high school examinations, were also under consideration.

Given the context of the COVID-19 pandemic that affected the national growth rate in the first quarter (only 4.48 per cent), Prime Minister Chính said the workload of the new cabinet was very difficult and the Government would start its work immediately.

He called for solidarity and building a transparent Government with discipline and drastic actions. The people and businesses are regarded as the core of the Government’s activities to ensure every person enjoys social advances and equality.

He urged every cabinet member to make efforts to strongly take action and work effectively.

“Every cabinet member must set themselves as examples and be humble and willing to listen to various sides,” he told the meeting.

According to the Prime Minister, the Government will strengthen decentralisation and uphold the responsibilities of collectives and individuals. It looks to maintain an environment of stable peace and extensive international integration for development. The Government’s activities will follow resolutions of the Party, National Assembly and Government and the Government will work closely with mass organisations to mobilise national power.

The PM asked ministries and sectors, especially heads of ministries and sectors, to take full responsibility for public investment disbursement. The Ministry of Planning and Investment must review the disbursement and propose solutions to disburse investment at a high rate and in an effective manner.

The health ministry has been ordered to study and finalise the proposal on vaccine passports and create mechanisms to facilitate organisations and businesses to be qualified to buy vaccines.

Regarding preparations for the election of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and people’s councils for the 2021-26 tenure in May, Chính asked relevant agencies and local authorities to step up inspection and ensure public safety and order. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/926300/government-sets-out-tasks-for-new-term.html

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