Vietnam news today (January 13): Vietnam, Timor-Leste to maintain mutual support at regional, int’l forums

Vietnam news today (January 13) features headlines include Vietnam, Timor-Leste to mai tặng mutual support, congratulatory message to 11th national congress of Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, COVID-19 updates and face masks export volumes.
January 13, 2021 | 09:40
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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (L) at the online talks with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste, Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno (Photo: VNA)

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (L) at the online talks with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste, Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam, Timor-Leste to maintain mutual support at regional, int’l forums

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held talks with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste, Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, via videoconferencing on January 12, VNA reported.

The Timor-Lester official congratulated Vietnam on its success in the 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship, especially the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and thanked the country for promoting the organisation of two teleconferences between representatives of the ASEAN Community’s economic and socio-cultural pillars and her country last year.

The minister also appreciated Vietnam’s assistance when her country faced difficulties, including exporting rice to help Timor-Leste ensure domestic food security.

For his part, Minh expressed his delight at the growth in bilateral trade despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the global economy, affirming that Vietnam is ready to assist and cooperate with Timor-Leste in the areas the latter has demand in such as agriculture, fisheries, and oil and gas.

The two sides should set up and implement mechanisms and concrete measures to tap into the huge cooperation potential, he suggested.

Congratulatory message to 11th national congress of Lao People’s Revolutionary Party

The Party Central Committee has sent a congratulatory message to the 11th national congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP).

We warmly congratulate Laos on the glorious success in the cause of national liberation and defence as well as the historic great and comprehensive accomplishments that the Lao people have gained during the 35 years implementing the renewal policy and five years implementing the Resolution of the LPRP’s 10th national congress, which have further elevated the role and position of the Lao party and the Lao country in the international arena,” the message read.

It went on to say that those achievements again testified to the clear-sighted leadership and the sound and creative policies of the LPRP, demonstrating the party’s revolutionary mettle and firmness against all difficulties and challenges as well as its dedication to the goal of national independence, a prosperous and powerful country and happiness for the people, as well as to the global cause of peace, national independence, democracy and social progress.

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The Party, State and people of Vietnam will, in any circumstances, do their best together with the Lao Party, State and people to preserve, foster and pass on to later generations the special solidarity relationship between Vietnam and Laos,” the message read

The Vietnamese Party took the occasion to express the sincere and deep gratitude for the great and valuable support and assistance that the Lao Party, State and people have given to Vietnam in the struggle for national liberation and reunification in the past and the cause of renewal, national construction and defence at present, VNA said.

Regulation on coordination in building e-Government and e-court signed

The Government Office and the Supreme People's Court signed a regulation on coordination in the building of e-Government and e-courts to serve the direction, administration and reform of administrative procedures, at a ceremony in Hanoi, on January 12.

Using this regulation, the Government Office and the Supreme People's Court will coordinate in the building of e-Government, e-Courts as well as administrative procedure reform.

The signing of the coordination regulation marks a milestone inclose coordination between the reform and building of e-Government in state administrative agencies with administrative and judicial reform work, building e-Courts of judicial agencies, creating synergy, enhancing effectiveness and efficiency in performing the assigned tasks of both agencies; creating a basis for in-depth, substantive and effective coordination between the two agencies.

Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung and Standing Deputy Chief Judge of the Supreme People's Court Le Hong Quang signing the coordination regulation (Photo: NDO)
Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung and Standing Deputy Chief Judge of the Supreme People's Court Le Hong Quang signing the coordination regulation (Photo: NDO)

The two sides were urged to complete the ecosystem to serve people and businesses in the electronic environment through promoting the online public service provision of the court sector on the National Public Service Portal, creating a useful foundation for e-businesses and e-citizens, according to NDO.

Five new COVID-19 cases bring tally to 1,520

Viet Nam confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the patient tally to 1,520.

Specifically, patient 1516 is a 24-year-old woman in Kim Son District, Ninh Binh Province.

She took flight QG417 from Japan to Ha Noi on January 10 and was quarantined in Thanh Hoa Province.

The woman is being treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ha Noi’s Dong Anh District.

 A medical staff take sample from an elderly (Photo: The Conversation)
A medical staff taking sample from an elderly (Photo: The Conversation)

Patient 1517 is a 24-year-old man in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

He flew from the U.S. to the Republic of Korea and then tool flight VN411 to the Cam Ranh International Airport in the south central coastal province of Khanh Hoa on January 1.

He is being treated at the Phu Yen General Hospital.

Patients 1518-1520 entered Viet Nam via Moc Bai International Border Gate in Tay Ninh Province on January 7, as reported by VGP.

Vietnam exports 1.37 billion medical masks in 2020

Domestic firms shipped over 1.37 billion medical face masks of various types abroad throughout 2020, according to statics compiled by the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

December alone witnessed over 30 major local businesses ship medical face masks overseas, with the total export volume reaching approximately 71 million units, representing a sharp decline of 59% compared to figures from November.

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The volume of export activities returned to normal after May, 2020, following a resolution implemented by the Government regarding licensing for the export of medical face masks, with items being granted permission to be exported without facing any caps on export quantity.

After these changes came into effect, the country exported more than 181 million and 236 million medical masks in May and June, respectively. Despite this, the export volume of medical masks during July and August endured a downward trajectory caused by a second wave of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the nation, according to VOV.

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