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Vietnam News Today (February 1): Promoting the strength of the great national unity bloc

February 01, 2021 | 09:48

Vietnam News Today (February 1) features headlines include promoting the strength of the great national unity bloc, reference exchange rate up 3 VND, foreign companies boost investment in Vietnam and COVID-19 updates.

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Secretary of the Party Central Committee and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man speaks at the Congress. (Photo: NDO)

Promoting the strength of the great national unity bloc

While delivering a speech at the 13th National Party Congress on January 27, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man underscored the importance of promoting the strength of the great national unity bloc, as well as renewing the content, modes, and improvement of the quality of activities of the VFF in the time to come.

Firstly, maintaining and enhancing the leadership of the Party is the decisive factor for the Front to gather all forces in building, consolidating and promoting the great national unity bloc.

Secondly, in all activities, the political system must deeply grasp the concept of “People are the roots”, arouse the creativity and support of the people as well as respect and protect the legitimate rights and interests of the people.

Thirdly, it is necessary to ensure synchronous and effective coordination among the agencies of the Party, State, and the VFF as well as negotiate and coordinate the actions of member organisations.

Fourthly, the Front must always keep in mind President Ho Chi Minh’s teaching: "What is beneficial to the people must be done, what is harmful to the people must be avoided".

Fifthly, the practice of democracy should go hand in hand with strengthening discipline, solidarity should be associated with fighting against wrong acts that affect the bloc, as reported by NDO.

COVID-19: 36 new infections detected, with 17 community cases

The Ministry of Health on January 31 afternoon recorded 36 additional positive nCoV cases, including 17 local transmissions and 19 imported into the country.

Among 17 fresh community cases, Hanoi recorded 4 cases, all having close contact with COVID-19 patients related to COVID-19 hotspot in Hai Duong.

Quang Ninh province registered 3 patients related to the outbreak of Chi Linh city, Hai Duong province.

Binh Duong province recorded 1 patient, the first infection in Binh Duong linked to Hai Duong epidemic cluster.

Hai Duong province recorded 9 cases, including 5 found in the blockade area and 4 related to Chi Linh city hotbed. Thus far, Hai Duong has recorded 188 cases.

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The remaining 19 imported cases came from Germany, China, France and the US and were quarantined immediately upon entry.

The same day, one coronavirus patient was released from hospital after making a full recovery from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 1,457.

As of 6 p.m on January 31, Vietnam registered a total of 931 cases of local transmission, of which the number of new locally- infected cases since January 27 rose to 238.

Among patients receiving treatment in hospitals, nine have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, four twice and three thrice, as reported by VOV.

Reference exchange rate up 3 VND

The State Bank of Vietnam set the daily reference exchange rate at 23,147 VND per USD on January 28, up 3 VND from the previous day, VNA said.

With the currenttrading band of +/-3 percent, the ceiling rate applied to commercial banks during the day is 23,841 VND/USD and the floor rate, 22,452 VND/USD.

The opening hour rates at some commercial banks stayed stable.

The State Bank of Vietnam set the daily reference exchange rate at 23,147 VND per USD on January 28, up 3 VND from the previous day. (Photo: VNA)

The State Bank of Vietnam set the daily reference exchange rate at 23,147 VND per USD on January 28, up 3 VND from the previous day. (Photo: VNA)

At 8:25 am, Vietcombank listed the buying rate at 22,940 VND/USD and the selling rate at 23,150 VND/USD, both unchanged from January 27.

BIDV also kept both rates unchanged at 22,970 VND/USD (buying) and 23,170 VND/USD (selling).

Meanwhile, Vietinbank adjusted down both rates by 5 VND to 22,918 VND/USD (buying) and 23,165 VND/USD (selling).

Foreign companies boost investment in Vietnam

Notable among them was a US$34 million project sprawling over 7ha at the Le Minh Xuan Industrial Park, operating in services and logistics.

During the first days of 2021, authorities in southern Dong Nai province presented investment licences to three foreign-invested enterprises working in support industries, two of which are long-time South Korean suppliers to Samsung.

Canadian Consul General in HCM City Behzad Babakhani told the Dau Tu (Investment) newspaper that when the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) was signed in 2019, two-way trade between Canada and Vietnam hit a record US$6.15 billion that year.

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(Photo: VNA)

Babakhani said Canadian exporters benefit from farm produce, fish, aquatic, and forestry product exports, while Vietnamese exporters see opportunities in manufacturing and processing, such as electronics, leather and footwear, apparel, wooden furniture, farm produce, and aquatic products.

Vietnamese manufacturers have the chance, he said, to access Canada’s expertise in the fields of genetics, biotechnology, the environment, green technology, and sustainability, which could propel its agriculture sector restructuring.

Vice Chairwoman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, Chau Ta, said Australian capital flows to Vietnam will increase strongly now the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) has been signed, given that the agreement will create an attractive investment environment in Vietnam and focus on job creation, local renovation, and integration into the global supply chain, according to VOV.

Fourth round of V.League 1 fixtures postponed amid COVID-19 threat

The fourth round of matches in the 2021 V.League 1 season has been delayed due to fresh complicated developments relating to the local spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Tran Anh Tu, chairman of the Vietnam Professional Football (VPF), said that organisers have made the decision to postpone all fixtures in the fourth round of the national league following the detection of community cases in the northern provinces of Quang Ninh and Hai Duong.

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The fourth round of matches in the 2021 V.League 1 season has been delayed due to fresh complicated developments of COVID-19

This comes after the VPF moved to delay matches between Quang Ninh Coal FC and Ho Chi Minh City FC, in addition to SHB Da Nang FC against Ha Tinh FC, in the third round of the competition.

Furthermore, other ties in the third round were held behind closed doors, including Hai Phong FC against Hanoi FC on January 30, along with Viettel FC against Becamex Binh Duong FC on January 31.

This marks the first time that the 2021 V.League 1 season has been forced to be suspended,with currently no deadline in place to resume games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year witnessed the national league delayed twice due to the epidemic threat, VOV reported.

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