December 7-13: Over 2,000 delegates attend 10th National Patriotic Emulation Congress in Hanoi

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

Over 2,000 delegates attend 10th National Patriotic Emulation Congress in Hanoi

Over 2,000 delegates attended the 10th National Patriotic Emulation Congress which took place at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi on December 10.

Addressing the event, Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong on December 10 highlighted the contributions of the patriotic emulation movement to the socio-economic achievements of the country over the past years.

He expressed his hope that in the future, the movement will show stronger performance in encouraging ministries, sectors, agencies, localities and people nationwide to weather difficulties and challenges, optimising opportunities brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution to continue boosting the growth of the nation and completing all targets and tasks set in the socio-economic development plan for the 2021-2025 period.

On the occasion, outstanding collectives and individuals in emulation movements in the 2016-2020 were honoured for their achievements and great contributions to the society’s development.

Prime Minister attends ACMECS, CLMV and CLV Summits

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the CLMV Summit (Photo: VGP)

At the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the 9th Ayeyarwady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit, the 10th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) Summit and the 11th Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Development Triangle Area (CLV) Summit in the virtual form on December 9.

The Vietnamese PM’s attendance at these summits demonstrates that Vietnam attaches importance to ACMECS, CLMV and CLV cooperative mechanisms, strengthening the linkage between the regional countries and creating a favourable environment for sustainable development in each country towards common prosperity and sustainable development across the whole region.

ADB raises Vietnam’s GDP growth to 2.3% in 2020

The Asian Development Bank has adjusted its forecast for Vietnam’s economic growth from 1.8% to 2.3% in 2020 thanks to the promotion of public investment, the recovery of domestic consumption, the increase in trade exchanges and the rapid recovery of neighbouring countries. The growth forecast was made in a regular supplement to the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020 Update released on December 10.

Vietnam’s economy expanded rapidly from a rate of 0.4% in the second quarter of 2020 to 2.6% in the third quarter of 2020, raising the average growth rate in the January-September period to 2.1%.

Thus, the ADB raised Vietnam’s economic growth for the entire of 2020 from 1.8% to 2.3%, attributable to the boosting of public investment, the recovery of domestic consumption, the increase in trade exchanges and a rapid recovery in China.

Vietnam attends 6th China – South Asia Expo 2020

Vietnamese products showcased at the expo. (Photo: NDO)

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai attended the online opening ceremony for the 6th China – South Asia Expo held in Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China, on December 12.

More than 130 Vietnamese enterprises in various fields including agriculture, seafood, processed food, wood products, consumption goods and others participated in the event in an online format.

During the week-long event, participating enterprises also had opportunities to attend online forums on trade exchange and import and export activities within the framework of the expo.

Network of pioneering businesses for renewable energy makes debut

A network of pioneering businesses for renewable energy was announced at the Vietnam Corporate Sustainability Forum 2020 in Hanoi on December 10 as an initiative jointly launched by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), and the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA).

It aims to encourage enterprises in Vietnam to promote sustainable development through the use of renewable energy, thereby creating a stronger position in such a competitive market as Vietnam.

Accordingly, the network will promote the participation and support companies in exploiting the renewable energy opportunities and potential, thus helping Vietnam in reducing emissions to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, create green jobs and promote the transition towards a greener economy using renewable energy.

First Vietnamese scientist receives Noam Chomsky awards

Associate Professor Tran Xuan Bach

Associate Professor Tran Xuan Bach, a lecturer from the Hanoi Medical University, is one of two scientists who have been presented with the Noam Chomsky Global Connections Award in 2020, marking the first time a Vietnamese scientist has received the accolade.

The award presentation ceremony was held at the headquarters of STAR Scholars Network in the US on the evening of December 8 (local time).

Bach was honoured with the Shining Star Achievementaward in the Research category in recognition of his research in the application of epidemiological-economic models to explore the determinants of infectious diseaseoutbreaks, assess nations’ vulnerability and identify cost-effective systems and human behavioral responses.

“Mat Biec” to represent Vietnam at 93rd Oscars

Vietnamese drama film “Mat Biec” (Dreamy Eyes) has been chosen to be sent to the qualifying round of the 93rd Oscars Academy Awards, said the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The film will compete in the category of international film.

Based on a novel of the same name written by bestselling children’s author Nguyen Nhat Anh, the film was directed by Vietnamese-American director Victor Vu and produced by Galaxy Studio.

“Mat Biec” tells the love story of Ngan, a rural boy from Quang Nam province, and his childhood friend, Ha Lan, during their school years.

FIFA Rankings: Vietnam wrap up 2020 as no. 1 team in Southeast Asia

FIFA Rankings: Vietnam wrap up 2020 as no. 1 team in Southeast Asia

The Vietnamese team concluded 2020 in 93rd position in the latest FIFA men’s world rankings released on December 10, 18 places clear of Southeast Asian arch rivals Thailand.

Compared to the beginning of the year, Park Hang-seo’s side moved up one position, having surpassed Madagascar who dropped to 94th following some poor international matches.

With 1,258 points, Vietnam remained no. 1 in Southeast Asia, followed by Thailand (111th in the world), the Philippines (124th), Myanmar (137th) and Malaysia (153rd).

Regarding the Asian rankings, the Golden Stars settle for 14th position, while Japan and Iran occupied the top-two spots as world no. 27 and 29, respectively. Qatar moved up one place to 58th following their victory over Bangladesh in the 2022 World Cup AFC qualifiers.

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