November 23-29: Vietnam attends 17th China – ASEAN Expo

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers speech in the form of a pre-recorded video at the opening ceremony of CAEXPO 2020 (Photo courtesy of the organising board)
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

Vietnam attends 17th China – ASEAN Expo

The 17th China – ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) opened in Nanning of China’s Guangxi province on November 27, with leaders of ASEAN member states, including Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, delivering speeches in the form of pre-recorded videos at the ceremony.

This year’s CAEXPO took place from November 27-30 in both online and offline forms with the theme of “Building the Belt and Road, Strengthening Digital Economy Cooperation”.

Vietnamese businesses authorised their branches, sales agents or partners headquartered in China to participate in the event.

The more than 2,000sq.m Vietnam area has attracted the participation of nearly 80 enterprises operating in different fields such as agro-forestry-fishery, processed food, wood products, handicrafts and tourism.

Citizens with major contributions to community honoured

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (third from right) presents the “Labour Hero in Renewal Period” title to the National Fund for Vietnamese Children. (Photo: VNA)

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan attended a ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Labour Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) in Hanoi on November 28 to honour outstanding organisations and individuals who made major contributions to the community.

On behalf of the Party and State, NA Chairwoman Ngan presented the “Labour Hero in Renewal Period” title to the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) and two individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievements in labour and creativity in the 2009-2019 period, contributing to the cause of socialism building and national safeguarding.

Over the past 28 years, the NFVC and its chapters have mobilised nearly VND7.2 trillion, providing support for more than 33 million children in especially difficult circumstances across the country.

124 enterprises honoured with Vietnam National Brand 2020

As many as 283 brands managed by 124 enterprises were honoured as Vietnam National Brands 2020 at a ceremony held in Hanoi on November 25.

Several brands such as VnPay, Mobifone, Cholimex, Richy and Nam Ha Pharmacy won the title for the first time, while many brands have continued to hold their titles for years, including Agribank, BIDV, May 10 Corporation, Saigon Tourist and others.

Nine months after the launch of the programme in 2020, 124 out of 1,000 registered enterprises were selected to be honoured with Vietnam National Brand this year, an increase of 27 enterprises over last year.

Noi Bai Airport recognised as safe anti-pandemic airport

Noi Bai International Airport has received the Airport Health Accreditation certification.

Noi Bai International Airport has been recognised by the Airports Council International (ACI) for ensuring safe measures against the COVID-19 pandemic in its operation.

An online ceremony was held at the Airport Operations Control Centre at Noi Bai International Airport on November 27 to grant the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) certification to the Vietnamese airport.

The ACI Airport Health Accreditation is designed to help airports around the world prove to passengers, their employees, regulators, and governments that they place top priority on the health and safety of passengers through the establishment of specific safeguard measures in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be certified by the ACI, Noi Bai Airport was assessed across a variety of categories including cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing (where feasible and practical), staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications and passenger facilities.

Vietnamese teams win 2020 ASEAN Student Contest on Information Security

HCMUS.Twice, a student team from the University of Natural Science under the Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), triumphed the final round of the 2020 ASEAN Student Contest on Information Security on November 28.

The finale brought together ten teams from Vietnam and six others from ASEAN member states whose ability were tested on how to mount cyber-attacks against their opponents and to defend their own computer networks within a duration of eight hours.

HCMUS.Twice won the first prize with 6,900 points. NotEfiens from the VNU-HCM’s University of Technology and AmongUs from FPT University, Hanoi shared the second prize.

The contest has been held annually in Vietnam by the Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA) for the last 13 years, and this is the second year it was held among ASEAN nations.

Dak Nong Geopark earns global status

A volcanic cave in the Dak Nong Geopark

The Central Highlands province of Dak Nong on November 24 received a certificate recognising its geopark as part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. The Dak Nong Geopark is the latest member of the global network and the third to obtain this title in Vietnam.

It covers more than 4,700 of land in six of the eight district-level localities in Dak Nong, namely Krong No, Cu Jut, Dak Mil, Dak Song, Dak G’Long, and Gia Nghia, equivalent to two-fifths of the province’s total area.

According to domestic and foreign scientists, there are 65 heritage and geomorphological sites in the Dak Nong Geopark, including volcanic craters, volcanic caves, and waterfalls. Notably, this geopark is home to the largest system of volcanic caves in Southeast Asia, with more than 50 caves and a total length of over 10,000m.

Vu Quang National Park receives ASEAN Heritage Park certificate

Vu Quang National Park in the central province of Ha Tinh has received a certificate of recognition as an ASEAN Heritage Park from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The park, which was recognised as a ASEAN Heritage Park in October 2019, is located in the northern side of the Truong Son Range at an average height of 800m, the slope of 25-35, with many rivers and streams.

The park covers a total area of 52,882ha, 96.7% of which are natural forests. It is home to many rare and precious species.

Vietnam’ national anthem featured on Swiss music box

Vietnam’ national anthem featured on Swiss music box

‘The Marching Song’, the national anthem of Vietnam composed by musician Van Cao, is featured on a music box by Reuge, a leading global manufacturer of traditional musical devices.

With dimensions of 350 x 250 x 160 mm, the elegant box is made from gilt dolphin feet with polished glass panels. It combines an aesthetically appealing design with 72 handcrafted notes and these can easily be admired through the glass panels.

Vietnam is one of the few countries whose national anthems have featured in Reuge musical boxes.

The ‘Reuge Vietnam Nation Anthem’ music box is worth up to VND80 million (US$3,465). Although it is not a limited edition, it is only made upon request and only 20 to 30 music boxes of this kind are produced by Reuge every year.

Set of books on ethnic groups in Vietnam launched

The National Political Publishing House held a book exhibition and a book presentation ceremony in Hanoi on November 28 to introduce a series of books on the ethnic groups of Vietnam.

The series of books on "Ethnic groups in Vietnam" comprises six books with Associate Professor, Dr. Vuong Xuan Tinh being the chief author. This research for this work was conducted by the Institute of Anthropology from 2012-2015 and was edited and published by the National Political Publishing House from 2016-2018.

The book series won the B Prize at the National Book Award in 2019. In response to the requests of readers, the National Political Publishing House organised the second publication of the books in July 2020.

Vietnamese team rise in FIFA rankings for the first time this year

The national team climbed to 93rd in the latest FIFA rankings for November 2020.

For the first time this year, the Vietnamese football team have climbed up in the FIFA rankings to occupy No. 93 position in the world, while continuing to maintain the 14th place in Asia and No. 1 in Southeast Asia.

Accordingly, in the latest FIFA rankings for November 2020, coach Park Hang-seo’s side rose one place to No. 93 in the world with 1,258 points.

In Asia, Vietnam are still ranked 14th and the number one team in Southeast Asia, followed by Thailand (No. 111 in the world, up 2 places), Philippines (No. 124), Myanmar (No. 137) and Malaysia (No. 153).

This is the 39th consecutive month that the Golden Stars have occupied the leading position in Southeast Asia since September 2017.

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