November 8-14: Party leader joins great unity festival in Hanoi's Yen So Commune

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

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong speaking at the great unity festival in Hanoi's Yen So Commune (Photo: VNA)
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong speaking at the great unity festival in Hanoi's Yen So Commune (Photo: VNA)

Party leader joins great unity festival in Hanoi's Yen So Commune

On November 14, General Secretary of the Party Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong participated in the National Great Unity Festival at Village 5 of Yen So Commune in Hanoi's outlying district of Hoai Duc.

Addressing the festival, Party leader Trong expressed his delight to join locals in the festival and lauded the achievements that the Party Organisation, administration and locals of Yen So Commune have made so far, making it one of the 50 outstanding new-style rural areas of the city and among the 27 best communes in the field nationwide.

He asked local authorities to continue promoting the achievements, while exerting efforts to speed up the implementation of the resolutions of the 13th National Party Congress and Party congresses at all levels, encouraging local residents to strengthen solidarity and complete all local socio-economic and socio-cultural targets.

Earlier, the Party chief and delegates offered incense at Phap Vu Pagoda and planted trees at Yen So Commune's cultural house.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends APEC meetings

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Vietnamese President addresses 28th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on November 12

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings on November 11 - 12 via videoconference at the invitation of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

He participated in the 28th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on November 12 as well as a dialogue between APEC leaders and the APEC Business Advisory Council on November 11. He also delivered a pre-recorded speech at the APEC CEO Summit on November 11 - 12.

The State leader’s participation in the APEC Leaders' Week helped to raise Vietnam’s stature in multilateral activities, including those of APEC, and helped the country make active and effective contributions to the building of a plan for implementing the APEC Vision 2040.

National Assembly concludes second session

The 15th National Assembly wrapped up its second session on November 13 morning after adopting a resolution on Q&A activities during the second session, and a resolution of the second session.

During the 16-day session, the NA passed two laws, gave opinions on five bills, and issued 12 resolutions, including 11 thematic resolutions and one of the session.

The NA approved resolutions on the socio-economic development plan for 2022, the economic restructuring plan for 2021-2025, the State budget estimate for 2022, the central budget allocation plan for 2022, and a resolution of the second session.

In particular, the NA adopted the national land use master plan for 2021-2030 with a vision to 2050 and a five-year land use plan for 2021-2025.

Law makers also examined many important reports by the Government, the Supreme People’s Court, and the Supreme People’s Procuracy on judicial work, corruption prevention and control, the fight against crime and law violations, and the enforcement of sentences in 2021.

Vietnamese representative re-elected to International Law Commission

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Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao.

Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao was re-elected to the International Law Commission (ILC) for the 2023-2027 tenure on November 12 with 145 out of 191 votes, ranking fourth among 11 candidates from Asia-Pacific.

The ILC is an independent body of the UN which specialises in developing and codifying international law, and reporting to the UN General Assembly’s Legal Committee. It is composed of 34 members who are elected by UN member states every five years via secret ballot.

During the 2017-2022 tenure, Ambassador Thao was the first Vietnamese to be elected to the ILC. He actively joined and offered ideas to the committee's important discussions regarding environment protection in armed conflicts, atmosphere protection, response to rising sea level, and international law.

Winners of national press awards on Vietnamese education honoured

A ceremony was held at the Hanoi Opera House on November 13 to honour the winners of the national press contest on the cause of Vietnamese education in 2021.

The contest’s jury selected 89 outstanding works from 700 entries to present with four first, eight second, 12 third and 38 consolation prizes.

This is the fourth year the contest has been held, with the aim to honour authors and press staff for their works about the development of education and the training of the people.

Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper’s reporters won a consolation prize for their series “Nam hoc gian cach va ngay khai truong dac biet” (The academic year under social distancing and the special opening day), released in eMagazine form.

Vietnam’s economy sees positive changes: World Bank

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A factory of An Thang Garment Company in Hanoi's Dong Anh District (Photo: Nguyen Trang)

Amid a protracted COVID-19 outbreak, socio-economic data in October showed the contraction has bottomed out and Vietnam's economy has made positive changes, as shared by the World Bank (WB) in Vietnam in its macroeconomic update for Vietnam for November released on November 12.

The country's industrial production and total retail sales of consumer goods and services rebounded as economic activities gradually resumed but have yet to recover to the levels recorded before the outbreak, which began in April.

Goods trade balance registered a surplus for the second month in a row as import growth continued to slow down. In the first ten months of this year, Vietnam enjoyed a trade surplus of US$160 million. Meanwhile, the number of registered FDIs decreased after three months of increase.

Vietnamese songs copyrighted for release in China for the first time

The rights to music by composer Nguyen Van Chung have been brought by Chinese artists, with the intention of re-recording and releasing in the Chinese market. Chung will be the first Vietnamese musician whose songs have been copyrighted in China.

The four hits that Chung has the rights to have sold are: Vang Trang Khoc (The Crying Moon), Chiec Khan Gio Am (The Warm Handkerchief), Bay Giua Ngan Ha (Flying in the Galaxy) and Dem Trang Tinh Yeu (Moon Night of Love).

In 2017 and 2018, the song Nhat Ky Cua Me (Mother’s Diary) by Nguyen Van Chung, was released in Germany and Japan, to international acclaim.

Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite launched into outer space

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The launch of the Epsilon-5 rocket carrying Vietnam's NanoDragon satellite (Photo: JAXA)

The fifth Epsilon solid-fuel rocket which carries Vietnam’s NanoDragon and eight other small satellites of Japan, was successfully launched into outer space at 9:55am (Japan time) on November 9.

According to the JAXA, the satellites launched into outer space on this occasion are part of JAXA's second "Innovative satellite technology demonstration" programme. After about 52 minutes, Epsilon-5 began dropping the nine satellites into orbit. NanoDragon was the last satellite to be released into outer space, 1 hour, 11 minutes and 38 seconds after leaving the ground.

NanoDragon, a nano-layer cubesat satellite which weighs around four kilogrammes, was developed by the Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC) under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. The development of the NanoDragon satellite is part of VNSC's "made in Vietnam" small satellite development roadmap.