|Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang (Photo: VOV)|
Vietnam responds to Chinese adoption of Coast Guard Law
Relevant countries must respect Vietnam's sovereignty, sovereign right and jurisdiction in the East Sea, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said on January 29 in reply to reporters’ query regarding the adoption of the Coast Guard Law by the Chinese National People’s Congress Standing Committee.
As reported by VOV, theofficial emphasized that in promulgating and enforcing national legal documents related to the sea, countries have the obligation to comply with international law and international agreement to which they are members, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS).
“Vietnam has sufficient legal basis and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos in line with international law, and its sovereignty, sovereign right and jurisdiction over waters in line with the 1982 UNCLOS, the spokesperson said, emphasizing that the nation will resolutely and persistently pursue measures in accordance with international law to protect those legal and legitimate rights.
Hang said concerned countries have the responsibility to observe international law and the UNCLOS with goodwill, not take actions that would escalate tensions, and actively contribute to building trust, maintaining peace and stability, and enhancing international order at sea as well as security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea.
National Party Congress continues working on personnel affairs
The 13th National Party Congress continues discussing personnel affairs during its plenary session in Hanoi on January 29.
Previously, in the January 28 afternoon session, the congress discussed and voted to approve the number of Party Central Committee members being 200, including 180 official and 20 alternative members.
Delegates discuss before the session on January 29 morning (Photo: VNA)
On the thresholds of the 13th National Party Congress, Nguyen Thanh Binh, member of the Party Central Committee and Standing Vice Chairman of the Party Central Committee's Organisation Commission, said on the basis of reviewing the strategic-level personnel planning for the 2016-2021 tenure and subsequent terms, the Politburo directed the building and implementation of a plan on building a planning scheme for the Party Central Committee, the Politburo, the Party Secretariat and key leadership posts of the Party and State for the 2021-2026 term, in the spirit of ensuring democracy, closeness, synchronicity, objectiveness and transparency.
Those who are included in the personnel planning scheme for the Party Central Committee had attended five knowledge training classes designed for strategic-level officials. They are very important human resources for the preparation of personnel work for the congress, Binh noted.
A total of 1,587 delegates representing more than 5 million Party members nationwide are attending the 13th National Party Congress, which is being held from January 25 to February 2, according to VNA.
PM demands more drastic measures to stamp out COVID-19 outbreaks before Lunar New Year
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc demands more drastic and comprehensive measures to stamp out COVID-19 outbreaks before Lunar New Year after authorities have found 149 community cases infected with new strain in five localities over the past five days.
The Government chief stressed the point at an urgent meeting which was attended by Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung and several Cabinet members.
The Ministry of Health will continue zoning off the affected areas and ramping up sample collection and testing in the locality, he added.
The Ministry, as Long said, will continue dispatching experts to assist Hai Duong in enhancing testing capacity to 50,000 samples per day.
After hearing reports and ideas of the participants at the meeting, PM Phuc spoke highly of the efforts made by the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control and competent agencies, especially the Ministry and relevant localities in employing proactive and drastic measures in response to new pandemic situation.
Phuc also ordered subordinate levels to maintain high vigilance and closely monitor the situation so as to take prompt actions against the new wave of infections.
All localities must strengthen warnings on the pandemic, contain and stop transmission as soon as possible, and ensure rapid and large-scale testing on all people displaying symptoms and coming in close contact with the confirmed cases.
He agreed to activate field hospital system and training for health workers in order to ensure treatment capacity for COVID-19 cases and other patients, VGP said.
Gov’t announces new multidimensional poverty line for 2022-2025
The Government has issued Resolution No. 07/2021/ND-CP on multidimensional poverty line for 2022-2025 period.
Norms for measuring multidimensional poverty line for 2021 remain unchanged as the Government extends the implementation of Decision No. 59/2015/QD-TTg dated November 19, 2015 on multidimensional poverty line for 2016-2020 period, according to VGP.
Under the new Decree, a person is considered poor if his/her monthly income is VND 1,500,000 and VND 2,000,000 for rural and urban areas, respectively.
He/she is deprived of access to six basic social services namely job, healthcare, education, housing, clean water and sanitation, and information, up one service from the current norms.
The Decree specifies 12 indicators measuring level of deprivation of access to basic social services: access to job, number of dependents, nutrition, health insurance, education level of adults, school attendance of children, housing quality, average housing area per capita, residential water sources, hygienic latrines and toilets, telecom services; and assets to serve information access.
Poor households, medium households
In rural areas, a household is poor if it has a monthly per capita income of VND 1,500,000 or lower and at least three indicators measuring deprivation of access to basic social services.
In urban areas, a household is poor if it has a monthly per capita income of VND 2,000,000 or lower and at least three indicators measuring deprivation of access to basic social services.
A medium household in rural areas is one that has a monthly per capita income of between over VND1,500,000 to VND 2,250,000.
A medium household in urban areas is one that has a monthly per capita income of between over VND 2,000,000 to VND 3,000,000.
HCMC to become economic, financial hub in Asia by 2045
Ho Chi Minh City will strive to become an economic and financial hub in Asia by 2045 with gross regional domestic product (GRDP) per capita reaching some US$37,000, a municipal official has said. Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong said the southern hub will become a smart urban area and a city of services, with a modern-oriented industry by 2025.
|A corner in Ho Chi Minh city (Photo: VOV)|
It will maintain its role as the economic locomotive and growth driver of the southern key economic region and the country at large.
By 2030, the figure is predicted to increase to US$13,000. It targets emerging as a pioneer in the digital economy and an economic, financial, scientific and technological center in Southeast Asia.
By 2045, the city seeks to become an attractive destination with sustainable development and a high quality of living, VGP reported.
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