Vietnam News Today (March 9): Party Central Committee convenes second plenum

Vietnam News Today (March 9) featues headlines include Party Central Committee Convenes Second Plenum, Vietnam calls on Myanmar to end violence for civilian safety, Ukrainian President praises Vietnam's achievements in renewal process and COVID-19 updates.
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Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong delivers opening remarks at the second plenum of the 13th-tenure Party Central Committee, Ha Noi, March 8, 2021. Photo: VGP

Party Central Committee Convenes Second Plenum

The second plenum of the 13th-tenure Party Central Committee (PCC) opened in Ha Noi March 8 morning.

During the plenum, the PCC will discuss working agenda of the whole tenure (2021-2025), introduce candidates to high-level positions of the State and other important issues.

In his opening remarks, Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong said the Political Bureau has directed the finalization and publication of documents of the 13th National Party Congress.

The working agendas of the Politburo and the Secretariat have also been approved, the top Vietnamese leader said.

The 13th National Party Congress took place from January 25-February 1 with the attendance of 1,587 delegates representing more than 5.1 million Party members nationwide.

The Congress elected 200 members, including 180 official members, to the 13th-tenure PCC.

The 13th PCC convened its first plenum on January 31 to elect members of the Political Bureau, Party General Secretary, members of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat, members of the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission and Head of the Commission, according to VGP.

Vietnam calls on Myanmar to end violence for civilian safety

Vietnam has called on parties in Myanmar to show restraint, end ongoing violence, ensure safety for all civilians, and conduct dialogues towards reaching a satisfactory solution in line with their constitution and law, as well as its people’s aspirations in order to facilitate the democratic process.

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, permanent representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), made the appeal during the UN Security Council’s meeting held on March 5 to discuss the situation in Myanmar.

A demonstration in Myanmar (Photo: AFP)

At present, the country is keeping a close watch on the situation and remains concerned about current developments in Myanmar, especially due to escalating violence and tensions which have caused loss of life and has negatively affected peace, security, and development in Myanmar, the local diplomat said.

The Vietnamese Ambassador told participants that various ASEAN Foreign Ministers had held an informal meeting aimed at discussing issues of shared concern, including the situation in Myanmar, with ASEAN member states making efforts to boost dialogues and seek solutions to resolve this issue.

Quy called on UN Security Council members to back ASEAN’s efforts in order to help parties concerned resume dialogues in order to achieve a comprehensive solution to the issue.

Vietnam is supportive of the efforts made by the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Myanmar and encourages closer co-ordination between the Special Envoy and ASEAN, Ambassador Quy stated. Indeed, constructive and co-operative dialogues and measures can help to build trust with local people being put at the centre to address the current situation.

Vietnam backs all efforts towards achieving this goal for the interests of the people of Myanmar and for peace and stability throughout the region, the ambassador said.

During the event, other delegates also expressed concerns over increasing violence which has caused significant losses to civilian lives in Myanmar. They urged for all parties to end the ongoing violence, stabilise the situation, whilst dealing with the issue via dialogue and maintaining humanitarian relief efforts, particularly for women and children, as reported by VOV.

Ukrainian President praises Vietnam's achievements in renewal process

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has sounded his appreciation for the nation’s various achievements in terms of its renewal process, economic development, regional and international integration, and further improvements of citizen’s welfare.

During a recent reception held for Vietnamese Ambassador to Ukraine Nguyen Hong Thach who came to present his credentials, President Zelensky conveyed his invitation to Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong to visit Ukraine in August in the lead up to the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence Day.

The Ukrainian leader also expressed his delight at the positive developments of friendship ties and fruitful co-operation that has developed between the two nations, extending his thanks to Vietnam for helping the Eastern European country with medical supplies during the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Vietnamese Ambassador to Ukraine Nguyen Hong Thach (L) and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky (Photo: VOV)

He added that he is keen to ramp up bilateral co-operation in a multitude of fields, especially in terms of vaccine production, trade, and culture.

President Zelensky wished Ambassador Thach a successful term and hopes that he will make a positive contribution to reinforcing the friendship that exists between each respective government along with the people of both nations moving forward.

In response, the Vietnamese diplomat affirmed that the country always places great importance to its relations with Ukraine and stated his ambition to see the relationship steadily grow in a number of channels through the State, the National Assembly, the Government, and interpersonal exchanges, according to VOV.

Resolution On Climate-Resilient Development Of Mekong Delta To Be Reviewed

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will host a conference to review three-year implementation of the Resolution No. 120/NQ-CP on sustainable and climate-resilient development of the Mekong Delta this weekend.

The Resolution, signed by the Government chief on November 17, 2017, figures out vision to 2100 and objectives to 2050 as well as strategic orientations and solutions to advance the development of the Mekong Delta.

The region is the largest agricultural production center in Viet Nam as it contributes up to 50% of national rice production, 65% of national aquaculture production and 70% of fruits of the country; 95% of national export rice and 60% of national exported fish.


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (third from right) visits Loc Troi Group's Dinh Thanh Agriculture Research Center in the Southern province of An Giang on March 14, 2017. Photo: VGP

However, the Delta is sensitive to the changes of nature, according to the Resolution.

The exploitation of water resources on the upper reaches of the delta, especially the construction of hydropower dams, has changed the flows of water, reduced sediment and fisheries resources, causing serious saltwater intrusion, negatively affect the socioeconomic development of the region.

The negative impacts of high-intensity economic growth of the region become more acute and cause many problems such as environmental pollution, serious ecological imbalances, land subsidence, groundwater depletion, coastal erosion; many natural forest areas, especially mangroves, cajuput forests, protected forests have been converted for other uses or severely degraded. In addition, over-exploitation of sediment, the construction of houses and infrastructure along river banks, canals increase the risk of landslide.

Four Foreigners Among 12 New COVID-19 Cases

Viet Nam confirmed 12 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, raising the national patient tally to 2,524.

The latest comprise eleven imported cases and one local infection in Hai Duong, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control led by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam.

Of the national caseload, 1,920 have recovered and exited hospitals while 35 others have been reported dead.

The nation is placing more than 45,000 under medical surveillance and quarantine nationwide, VGP reported.

(Photo: VNE)
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