April 12-18: Party leader asks for improved performance from Central Theoretical Council

Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong addresses the meeting of the Theoretical Council in Hanoi on April 17 (Photo: VNA)
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong addresses the meeting of the Theoretical Council in Hanoi on April 17 (Photo: VNA)

Party leader asks for better performance from Central Theoretical Council

On April 17, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong requested the Party Central Committee’s Theoretical Council to further improve both analysis of reality and theoretical research on the basis of the Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh’s ideology so as to fulfil its assigned tasks.

Speaking at the Theoretical Council’s meeting in Hanoi, the Party leader highly valued the council’s work during the 2016-2021 period, noting that it has continually reformed the operational model and methodology, gathered more scientists, institutes, academies, and universities, and built on the attainments and experiences gained in the previous terms to fulfil its functions and tasks, thereby contributing to common successes of the Party and the country.

On the occasion, the Theoretical Council was granted a merit certificate from the Prime Minister in recognition of its contributions to the compilation of the documents of the 13th National Party Congress, the fight to protect the Party’s ideological foundation, and theoretical research.

US removes Vietnam from list of currency manipulators

US Treasury has removed Vietnam and Switzerland from the list of countries labelled as currency manipulators, reversing the decision of the administration under President Trump last December.

In its semi-annual report on forex and macro-economic policies of big trade partners of the US to the Congress, on April 16, the US Treasury stated that no country currently meets the US criteria for a manipulator. It said that Vietnam, Switzerland and Taiwan (China) will be under enhanced monitoring, which means those countries and territories will not immediately face US sanctions.

Within the report, the first of the Biden administration, China is not designated as a currency manipulator either. The Trump administration put China on the list in 2019 during a trade stand-off between the world’s two biggest economies.

Vietnam’s biggest wind power plant now operational

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At the inaugural ceremony (Photo: VNA)

The Trungnam Group put a wind power plant into operation in the communes of Loi Hai and Bac Phong in Thuan Bac District, south-central Ninh Thuan Province, on April 16.

This is the biggest wind power project in Vietnam and has been combined with a 204MW solar power plant to form a solar and wind farm complex that is considered the largest and most unique in the country and Southeast Asia.

The solar-wind power farm complex will supply a total 950 million kWh per year to the national grid.

320 enterprises participate in Vietnam Expo 2021

The 30th Vietnam Expo 2021 kicked off in Hanoi on April 14, attracting the participation of 320 enterprises from Vietnam and five other countries and territories.

With the theme ‘Step together into a digitized world’, the event features a total of 300 booths showcasing an array of products and services from a wide range of sectors, including machinery, construction and building materials, IT, food and beverages, and agricultural and healthcare products.

In order to enhance efficiency for firms amid the adverse impacts of COVID-19, the activities took place both on-site and online via e-commerce platforms.

Under the framework of the three-day event, a seminar on seizing future export opportunities for local consumer goods with Amazon took place on April 14 and a seminar on E-commerce & important legal issues was held on April 15.

Ceremony marks traditional New Year of neighbouring countries

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Delegates join a ceremony held at Pho Minh Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City on April 14 to celebrate the traditional New Year of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand. (Photo: VNA)

A ceremony was held at Pho Minh Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City on April 14 to celebrate the traditional New Year of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand. The traditional New Year festival is known as Chol Chnam Thmay in Cambodia, Bunpimay in Laos, Thingyan in Myanmar, and Songkran in Thailand.

Organised by the HCM City Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) and the city’s committee of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), the ceremony saw the presence of representatives from the consulates-general of the four countries in HCM City, the municipal Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee, the municipal Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, and the countries’ entrepreneurs and students.

The ceremony helped to bring the five countries’ peoples closer together and also demonstrates their solidarity and unity.

The traditional New Year of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand reflected the similarities in culture and religious practices among the countries, adding that it is helpful in strengthening the five nations’ solidarity in their development efforts and in building the ASEAN Community.

Vietnamese movie wins international awards

Vietnamese movie “Invisible Love” (Tinh yeu vo hinh), produced by Vietnam Feature Film Studio 1 and Hong Nhat Culture Company, has won five awards at recent international film festivals.

The movie was honoured with the Award of Merit and the Award of Excellence at the US IndieFEST Film Awards.

The film also won the "Best Narrative Feature Film" and "Best International Collaboration" awards at the 2021 Paris International Film Festival, which honours independent studios. Meanwhile, actress

Hoang Thi Bich Phuong has won the best actress award for her role in the film.

The film was co-directed by Xiang Guo of China and Nguyen Minh Phuong, with Bill Einreinhofer as its executive producer. It tells the tale of a beautiful and strong-willed Vietnamese nurse Nguyen Thi Hoa (starring Phuong) in the 1930s who faces various ups and downs, and sorrows.

Ba Ria-Vung Tau promotes tourism on BBC Global News

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Ba Ria-Vung Tau promotes tourism on BBC Global News

A 30-second video featuring the beauty of Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province is being screened daily on BBC World News's Asia-Pacific channel at intervals during the peak hours of 9:30 am - 5 pm and 5 pm - 7 pm from April 8 to June 2, with a total of 150 spots.

As an activity within the framework of the cooperation programme between Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province's Department of Tourism and Global Book Corporation - the media representative of BBC Global News in Vietnam, the video aims to promote interesting features of Ba Ria - Vung Tau to international tourists.

The city will appear on the channel as an attractive destination with blue seas, white sands and golden sunshine through a selection of interesting tours, such as Discovering New Experiences, Discovering Majestic Nature, Discovering Unlimited Adventure, Discovering Cool Climates and Discover Joy.

National Forum on Domestic Tourism 2021 opens in Ninh Binh

National Forum on Domestic Tourism 2021 with the theme 'Domestic Tourism – a Driving Force to Recover Vietnam’s Tourism in New Normal Situation' opened in Ninh Binh Province on April 15.

The event gathered nearly 600 participants including representatives from the culture ministry, tourism management agencies and leading tourism firms. At the forum, participants analysed the importance of the domestic tourism situation, the development of domestic tourism in Vietnam and other neighbouring countries, and solutions to develop domestic tourism as a sustainable economic sector.

The forum was considered an affirmation of the tourism industry’s determination to restore tourism, and for the time being domestic tourism.