Vietnam News Today (March 22): Vietnamese-funded new National Assembly Building handed over to Laos

Vietnam News Today (March 22) features headlines include Vietnamese-funded new National Assembly Building handed over to Laos, Vietnam congratulates Laos on LPRP’s 66th founding anniversary, Religion, belief important to peace promotion, COVID-19 updates.
March 22, 2021 | 09:27
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The new National Assembly Building in Vientiane (Photo: VNA)

Vietnamese-funded new National Assembly Building handed over to Laos

A ceremony was held in Vientiane on March 20 to hand over the new National Assembly Building to the Lao legislature, which is a gift from the Vietnamese Party, State and people.

The hand-over was made on time to serve the first session of the 9th Lao National Assembly.

The ceremony was attended by Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung; Vice Chairman of the Lao National Assembly Somphanh Phengkhammy; and Major General Nguyen Quoc Dung, Commander of the 11th Army Corps, the general contractor of the project.

Talking to a Vietnam News Agency reporter at the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Lao NA and head of the steering committee for the new NA Building project Somphanh Phengkhammy appreciated the efforts of the project’s management board, the investor and related units, particularly the general contractor – Army Corps 11 of Vietnam.

Even though the project has not been completed by 100 percent, the building is ready for use at the first session of the 9th legislature of Laos, which is a very important event when the legislature will not only elect key leaders of the Lao NA and Government but also adopt the ninth five-year socio-economic development plan for Laos.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung said after the first session of the Lao NA, the remaining work will be carried out for the full completion of the project by the end of June.

The Lao NA Building, constructed at a cost of over US$111 million, will be the venue for meetings of the Lao NA and important ceremonies. It will also serve cultural tours and research trips of the people, students and tourists.

The building is a meaningful present and a symbol of the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, NDO reported.

Vietnam congratulates Laos on LPRP’s 66th founding anniversary

The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee has sent a letter of greetings to the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) on the occasion of the Lao Party’s 66th founding anniversary (1955-2021).

In the message, the CPV Central Committee wrote the Vietnamese Party and people are glad to see the tremendous achievements recorded by the Lao Party and people in the past struggles for national liberation and the current renewal, and national building and safeguarding process.

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Vietnam believes that under the leadership of the LPRP, Laos will obtain fresh and greater achievements in its renewal process, successfully fulfill targets set out in its 11th National Party Committee’s Resolution, and successfully build a socialist-oriented State of peace, independence, democracy, unification and prosperity.

The Vietnamese Party, State and people always treasure and bear in mind the great, valuable and effective support of the Lao Party, State and people, and will coordinate efforts with the Lao side to maintain, protect and develop the bilateral special solidarity, for the interests of the two peoples, and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world, wrote the letter.

On this occasion, Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong sent flowers to Lao Party General Secretary and Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, and the Vietnamese Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations extended a message to its Lao counterpart, according to VOV.

Religion, belief important to peace promotion: Vietnamese Ambassador

Vietnamese Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy underlined the importance of religion and belief in promoting peace, understanding, tolerance, and mutual respect among communities while addressing an UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting on March 19.

The Ambassador, who is the Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, voiced the view that efforts should be made to address the root of religious conflict and hatred, to further facilitate people's participation in religious activities at the local, national and global levels, and to strengthen cooperation and dialogue among religious groups.

(Photo: VNA)

The virtual Arria-formula meeting on “Religion, Belief and Conflict: the protection of members of religious and belief groups in conflict and religious actors in conflict resolution” was initiated by the UK and co-sponsored by Estonia, Norway and the US.

Chaired by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, UK Minister of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the event gathered representatives of all UNSC member states and invited speakers.

Guest speakers spoke highly of religious communities’ contribution to peace progress, humanitarian works, and development cause in many nations and territories worldwide. With some expressing concerns over increasing terrorism and violent extremism related to religion and belief in recent years, they emphasised the importance of ensuring freedom of religion and belief and called on the international community to strengthen the protection of religious groups and communities in conflict, NDO said.

No new COVID-19 cases recorded over last 24 hours

No new COVID-19 cases have been detected in Viet Nam over the last 24 hours, keeping the national patient tally at 2,572.

Of these, 2,198 patients have recovered and exited hospitals while 35 others have been reported dead.

Among the current active cases, 118 have tested negative for the virus from one to thrice.

(Photo: VNE)

Viet Nam began experiencing the third wave of local transmissions on January 27, 2021, with 908 cases documented in 13 cities and provinces to date.

The nation started national vaccination program on March 8, with more than 32,000 front liners vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Ho Chi Minh City is set to rake in US$70 billion in export turnover by 2025 and US$108 billion by 2030, and maintain an average annual export growth of 9% during the 2026-2030 period.

The target is part of the municipal People’s Committee plan for export development by 2025, with a vision to 2030.

Accordingly, the southern city will maintain and support the development of its key products, while upgrading industry and become involved in global value chains with a particular focus on developing electronics, mechanics, and wood products, which it considers a foundation for its export growth in the coming time.

(Photo: VOV)

Additionally, the city is poised to upgrade infrastructure serving export, boost reform and increase the quality of public services directly related to import-export activities for the purpose of providing the best possible services.

By 2030, the city will work out strategies to improve competitiveness of its outstanding export products such as electronics, mechanics, optics, software, and service exports such as finance, tourism and logistics, according to VOV.

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