March 8-14: Party Central Committee wraps up second plenum

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

The closing session of the Party Central Committee's second plenum
The closing session of the Party Central Committee's second plenum

Party Central Committee wraps up second plenum

The second plenary meeting of the 13th-tenure Party Central Committee concluded in Hanoi on March 9, completing all of the set items in the agenda.

During the two-day meeting, the Party Central Committee listened to a report on the Politburo’s consideration and explanation regarding ideas contributed by the committee on nomination of candidates for a number of leadership positions in State agencies in the 14th tenure, from 2016-2021, and the 15th tenure, from 2021-2026.

The committee voted on the introduction of candidates for the positions of State President, Prime Minister and the Chair of the National Assembly in the 14th tenure (2016-2021) and the 15th tenure (2021-2026).

The committee members then wrote down in their ballots their nomination of candidates for a number of leading positions in State agencies in the 14th and 15th tenures.

The Party Central Committee also approved a resolution of the second plenum.

Nhan Dan Newspaper celebrates its first issue’s 70th anniversary

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the ceremony.

Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper held a ceremony in Hanoi on March 11 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its First Issue (March 11, 1951 - 2021).

On the occasion, Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong sent flowers and a letter of congratulations to Nhan Dan Newspaper.

While congratulating the newspaper on its achievements, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hailed its contributions in maintaining its political orientation and the strict implementation of the principles and purposes of a Party newspaper over the past seven decades, stressing that Nhan Dan has provided accurate and timely information on Party and State guidelines, policies and laws to the public

He also asked the newspaper’s staff and journalists to promote the 95-year tradition of Vietnam's revolutionary press, the 70-year tradition of Nhan Dan Newspaper, improve their ethics and professional capacity, and update their way of making newspapers, to build the newspaper into a prestigious press agency deserving of the full trust and confidence of its readers.

Vietnamese officer to work at UN peace operations department

The Defence Ministry held a ceremony on March 12 to present the President’s decision to send Lieut. Col Tran Duc Huong from the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations, to take up a position at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Accordingly, Lieut. Col Huong will serve as Planning Officer in the Office of Military Affairs under the Department of Peace Operations at the UN Headquarters in New York.

As the second Vietnamese military officer to qualify to work at the UN Headquarters, he passed four qualification rounds with flying colours.

He worked as a Training and Planning Officer at the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) from 2016-2017 and as a Military Observer at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) from 2018-2019.

Vietnam completes first shots of Nano Covax in second-stage human trials

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A volunteer gets the first dose of Nano Covax in the second-stage human trials of homegrown COVID-19 candidate vaccine at the Hanoi-based Vietnam Military Medical University. (Photo: VOV)

The Hanoi-based Vietnam Military Medical University and the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City have completed the administration of the first doses of Nano Covax in the second-stage human trials of this homegrown COVID-19 candidate vaccine.

The inoculation for 560 volunteers, with 280 getting shots from each unit, was carried out over 12 days.

The 560 volunteers were divided into four groups, with 80 people injected with placebo and three other groups administered with 25mcg, 50mcg, and 75mcg doses. All the volunteers are currently in stable health condition, and their blood samples will be collected for antibody testing on the 28th, 34th, and 42nd days, as well as three and six months after the first jabs.

They are set to get their second shots of Nano Covax in the next 28 days.

Vietnamese universities named in THE rankings 2021

The entrance of the Hanoi University of Science and Technology. (Photo courtesy of the university)

Vietnam has three representatives among 606 institutions listed in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings this year, having also done so in 2020.

The institutions are the Vietnam National University - Hanoi (VNU), the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), and the Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (VNUHCM).

VNU is placed between 251st and 300th, HUST 351st - 400th, and VNUHCM 401st - 500th.

The rankings include only institutions in countries classified by the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE Group as “advanced emerging”, “secondary emerging”, or “frontier”. Vietnam is categorised in the “frontier” group.

Report on COVID-19’s impact on Vietnamese businesses released

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Delegates at the report launching workshop (Photo:

Micro and small-sized enterprises and those in business for less than three years were those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report on the pandemic’s impact on businesses in Vietnam, which was released on March 12 by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the World Bank in Vietnam

The report surveyed nearly 10,200 enterprises nationwide on their views regarding the pandemic’s impact on the economy as well as the measures they took in response.

90% of businesses were seriously affected, it found, with many narrowing or suspending operations or even going bankrupt. The number of enterprises ceasing operations set a record high, totalling in excess of 100,000.

VCCI Chairman Vu Tien Loc said the pandemic provided valuable lessons that will help enterprises overcome their difficulties and remain in business. Many have actively adjusted their strategies, stepped up restructuring and worker training, and now pay more attention to the domestic market, support industries, and supply chains.

Tour discovers culture of Ruc ethnic minority group in Quang Binh

A tour of a village inhabited by the Ruc ethnic minority group has debuted in the central province of Quang Binh.

On March 10, the provincial People’s Committee licensed Oxalis Holiday Co. Ltd. to pilot the tour from March 1, 2021, to February 8, 2022, providing visitors with an interesting experience while touring the Ruc’s village via kayak or paddleboard.

According to Vietnam's Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, the Ruc is one of the 10 most mysterious tribes in the world. They live near the Vietnam-Laos border line and possess unique culture and customs.