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Vietnam News Today (Feb 21): Respect-paying ceremony for former Deputy PM Truong Vinh Trong

Jasmine Le Jasmine Le


February 21, 2021 | 10:49

Vietnam News Today (Feb 21) features headlines include a respect-paying ceremony for former Deputy PM Truong Vinh Trong, plan on joining in UN peacekeeping missions, Vietnam supports UNCTAC future priorities, COVID-19 updates.

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A hearse takes Trong's casket from his home town to the great hall of the Ben Tre Provincial People’s Committee this morning. Photo: VGP

Respect-paying ceremony for former Deputy PM Truong Vinh Trong

A solemn ceremony to pay tribute to former Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong started at 8:00 am on Sunday at the great hall of the Ben Tre Provincial People’s Committee.

The similar ceremony also takes place from 8:00 am to 11:00 am on the same day at the National Funeral Hall, No. 5 Tran Thanh Tong Street, Ha Noi, according to VGP.

The burial ceremony will take place at 11:00 am on the same day at the Martyrs Cemetery in Ben Tre province.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong passed away at his home at 3:25am on February 19 in Luong Thuan hamlet, Luong Quoi commune, Giong Trom district, the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre due to old age and serious illness.

Comrade Truong Vinh Trong joined the revolution in January 1960 and the Party on October 25, 1964.

He was an alternate member of the 6th-tenure CPV Central Committee; official member of the CPV Central Committee in the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th tenures; Secretary of the CPV Central Committee in the 9th and 10th tenures; member of the Politburo in the 10th tenure; deputy to the 8th and 11th National Assembly. He served as former Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Home Affairs, and former Deputy Prime Minister.

Throughout over 60 years of participating in revolutionary activities, he made great contributions to the revolutionary cause of the CPV and the nation.

He was conferred with the Ho Chi Minh Order and the 55-year Party membership badge, and many other noble distinctions.

To commemorate comrade Truong Vinh Trong, the CPV Central Committee, the National Assembly, the President, the Government and the VFF Central Committee decided to hold a State funeral for him.

Plan issued to implement Resolution on joining in UN peacekeeping missions

The Prime Minister has signed a decision to issue a Plan on the implementation of Resolution No. 130/2020/QH14 on Viet Nam’s participation in UN peacekeeping missions.

The Plan specifies responsibilities and tasks of ministries, ministerial-level and Government agencies to ensure the timely, synchronous and effective realization of the Resolution.

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Photo: Bao Quoc Te)

Ministries and agencies are tasked to review legal documents that are not suitable or contrary to the regulations of the Resolution and put forward necessary amendments and supplement or propose promulgation of new documents to replace outdated ones.

The Ministry of National Defense is assigned to coordinate with other ministries and agencies to develop and submit to the Government a Decree on detailed implementation of some articles of the Resolution.

The Resolution No. 130/2020/QH14 on Viet Nam’s participation in UN peacekeeping missions, adopted by the National Assembly on November 13, 2020, is scheduled to take effect from July 1, 2021.

The Resolution covers principles, forms, fields, forces, authorities, procedures for deployment, funding, along with treatment policies and State management of Viet Nam’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations, VGP reported.

Conference highlights role of Vietnam in Asia-Europe partnership

A conference took place in Moscow in order to discuss the outlook of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) along with the role of both Vietnam and Belarus in the expansion of the Asia-Europe development space.

Upon addressing the event, Alexander Makhlaev, president of the “Asia-Europe House” Association, highlighted the role of traditional Vietnamese values in the country’s development.

Most notably, political stability has paved the way for Vietnamese economic development, he added.

Meanwhile, Natalya Ivanova, an expert from AV Group, stated the significance of the international business environment in the integration process of each country.

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At the conference (Photo: VNA)

Furthermore, Ivanova asserted that the EAEU serves to create fresh motivation, especially in the strengthening of co-operation among members, as well as with partners, including Vietnam. According to Grigory Trofimchuk, chairman of the Council of Experts of the Eurasian Research Fund, the country has dynamic potential for development and is a member of many integration mechanisms and international organisations. Indeed, it is currently striving to speed up the integration process.

Moreover, the nation became the first partner to sign a free trade agreement with the EAEU in 2015, he noted, adding that the union should focus more on partnership with the country as it can be viewed as a door to the world, as reported by VOV.

Vietnam supports UNCTAC future priorities

Ambassadors from G77 and China to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva had an online meeting with Isabelle Durant, new Acting Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), to exchange their viewpoints and show their priorities and expectations to the UNCTAD ahead of its 15th session, slated for October in Barbados.

Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai, head of the Vietnamese mission in Geneva extended congratulations to Durant, expressing her belief that she will drive the UNCTAD to new success.

Vietnam supports priorities given by Durant in promoting more inclusive and greener international trade through the greater concentration on socio-economic aspects such as social equality, human rights protection and the sustainability of the environment.

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Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai, head of the Vietnamese mission in Geneva (Photo: VNA)

At the meeting, held only three days after the new UNCTAD leader took office, Durant underlined the significance of the opinions from G77 and China, while committing to continue strengthening the role of UNCTAD in promoting sustainable development and respond to COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries.

Regarding priorities in the future operation of the UNCTAD, she said that the UNCTAD will focus on preparations for the 15th session and the fifth UN session on least developed countries (LDCs) in Qatar in January 2022, as well as the mobilisation of resources and tools for member countries to engage in activities of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Other priorities include promoting innovation and digital economy, post-pandemic recovery and the organisation of the G7 Summit, she was quoted by Vietnam Plus.

Viet Nam detects four coronavirus variants

Viet Nam has detected four COVID-19 variants so far, according to Dang Quang Tan, Head of the General Department of Preventative Medicine under the Ministry of Health, VGP said.

Tan made the above statement at a teleconference on COVID-19 prevention and control work held on February 19.

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Head of the General Department of Preventative Medicine under the Ministry of Health Dang Quang Tan (Photo: VGP)

These four COVID-19 variants found in Viet Nam are:

+D614G variant from the Europe (found in Da Nang City)

+UK COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 (detected in Hai Duong)

+B. 1.351 first seen in South Africa (uncovered on patient 1422 returning from South Africa on December 19, 2020).

+A.23.1 from Rwanda, Africa (identified in some COVID-19 patients who work for Viet Nam Airport Ground Services Co., Ltd (VIAGS) located in Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City).

Since February 27, Viet Nam has recorded 770 new community infection cases of COVID-19, including 600 in Hai Duong Province, VGP reported.

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