December 6-12: Lao National Assembly’s high-ranking delegation pays official visit to Vietnam

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

Vietnamese NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (right) and his Lao counterpart Saysomphone Phomvihane. (Photo: NDO/Duy Linh)
Vietnamese NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (right) and his Lao counterpart Saysomphone Phomvihane. (Photo: NDO/Duy Linh)

Lao National Assembly’s high-ranking delegation pays official visit to Vietnam

A high-ranking delegation of the Lao National Assembly (NA), led by Chairman Saysomphone Phomvihane, paid an official visit to Vietnam on December 6 at the invitation of Politburo member and Chairman of the Vietnamese NA Vuong Dinh Hue.

The official visit to Vietnam by Saysomphone Phomvihane was a manifestation of the special political trust and importance from the Party, State and National Assembly of Laos as well as from him personally to Vietnam and the bilateral relations.

During the three-day visit, the two sides agreed to continue pushing up the implementation of the agreement on the cooperation between the two parliaments, exchanged ideas on orientations and measures to strengthen cooperation between the two countries and parliaments in the time to come, and shared experiences in implementing the functions of the National Assemblies in the fields of making laws, supervising and deciding on important issues of the countries.

NA Standing Committee convenes sixth session

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At the session (Photo: VNA)

The sixth session of the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee opened in Hanoi on December 8.

The session is divided into two parts, with the first one lasting from December 8-10 and the second from December 21-22. During this session, the NA Standing Committee will discuss a range of urgent issues related to the functions and tasks of the NA in the current period.

Members of the committee will debate the draft Law on amendments and supplements to several articles of a number of laws, including the Law on Public Investment, the Law on Public-Private Partnership, the Law on Investment, the Law on Bidding, the Electricity Law, the Law on Enterprises, the Law on Special Consumption Tax, and the Law on Enforcement of Civil Judgments.

They will also give opinions on a project to build fiscal and monetary mechanisms and policies to support the implementation of the socio-economic recovery and development plan in line with the spirit of safely and flexibly adapting to and effectively controlling COVID-19.

Vietnam Stock Exchange makes debut

The Vietnam Stock Exchange (VNX) made its debut on December 11 with the merging of the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) and the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE).

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai said that developing the stock market to create medium and long-term capital mobilisation channels for economic development is a big and consistent policy of the Party and State.

Over the past 25 years, the Vietnamese stock market has grown more and more firmly, and made active contributions to the nation’s socio-economic development, truly becoming an important capital mobilisation channel for the economy, and has helped promote the development of the financial market.

Vietnamese students win five medals at International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Vietnamese students win five medals at International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Photo: NDO)

Vietnamese students secured two gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the 14th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA), announced the Hanoi Municipal Department of Education and Training. This is the highest achievement of the Vietnamese team to the IOAA.

Accordingly, Nguyen Khanh Tam and Tran Dinh Dung both took gold medals. Meanwhile, Nguyen Manh Duc won a silver medal, and Le Duc An and Dinh Tran Hai Chien were awarded the bronze medals. All of them are 12th graders from Hanoi-Amsterdam High School for the Gifted.

The 14th IOAA was held virtually from November 14 – November 21, drawing 60 teams from 50 countries and territories worldwide.

Vietnamese engineers' AI research projects recognised at PRICAI

Two research projects related to voice processing technology of Zalo AI engineer group, have been recognised at the Pacific Rim International Conferences on Artificial Intelligence - PRICAI 2021.

The research works are all related to speech processing technology, including Research on Multi-task Text Normalization Approach for Speech Synthesis and Research on Learning Vietnamese-English Code-Switching Speech Synthesis Model Under Limited Code-Switched Data Scenario.

The young engineers are researchers from Zalo AI: Trang Truong (born 1994), Viet Lam (1995), Cuc Bui (1997), and Manh Cuong (1999).

Currently, both research works are being applied into practice.

Vietnam wins three prizes at World MICE Awards

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A corner of Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism)

Vietnam won three prizes at the 2nd World MICE Awards, the global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) industry.

World MICE Awards 2021 revealed Ho Chi Minh City as Asia’s Best MICE Destination, the Sheraton Grand Danang Resort in Da Nang City as Asia's Best Incentive Hotel 2021, and Vietnam Airlines as Asia's Best MICE Airline 2021.

The results follow a year-long search for the world’s leading MICE brands. Votes were cast by MICE industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.

Vietnam trounce Malaysia 3-0 to top Group B at AFF Suzuki Cup

Vietnam rose to top of group B at the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 with a 3-0 victory over Malaysia at Bishan Stadium in Singapore on December 12 night, securing six points after two games.

Vietnam took the lead with two goals by Nguyen Quang Hai and Nguyen Cong Phuong after the first 45 minutes. In the 89th minute, Malaysia lost the ball in the midfield and Nguyen Hoang Duc punished the mistake. He easily dribbled past the defender before shooting from outside the box into the left corner, marking the third goal for Vietnam.

With two consecutive wins, Vietnam temporarily top Group B, followed by Indonesia which also beat Laos 5-1 in their earlier match. Both teams now have six points, but Vietnam achieved a better goal difference.

Vietnamese women's football team end 2021 in 32nd place of FIFA world rankings

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Members of the Vietnamese women's football team pose for a group photo during a training session abroad in October 2021. (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)

The Vietnamese women's football team are still the No. 1 team in Southeast Asia, as the latest FIFA rankings were announced by the world football governing body, confirming the team’s 32nd place in the world.

Accordingly, coach Mai Duc Chung’s side gained an additional two points to accumulate 1,659 points and maintain their 32nd place standing in the world and 6th in all of Asia.

These are enough to help Chung and his players stay at the top in the Southeast Asia region, six places ahead of the second-place regional team – arch-rivals Thailand.