Deputy PM hosts leader of major Chinese high-tech group

Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang on March 8 received Ye Liaoning, Chairman of the Sunny Optical Technology Group of China, which is currently investing in the northern province of Thai Nguyen.

While acknowledging the group's investment, development and expansion plan worth between 2-2.5 billion USD in Thai Nguyen, Quang said the province is experienced in attracting and creating favourable conditions for high-tech enterprises.

The Deputy PM suggested the Chinese group have plans to invest in other localities to create its ecosystem in Vietnam, and create favourable conditions for Vietnamese high-tech enterprises to participate in its auxiliary equipment supply chain.

With an investment of 2-2.5 billion USD, the Sunny Group can establish a high-tech research and development centre in Thai Nguyen to immediately apply new technologies in production and to easily transfer the technologies to Vietnam, Quang recommended.

He requested Thai Nguyen authorities further facilitate the Sunny Group’s operations and expressed his belief that such a favourable business climate will prompt Sunny to devise an investment expansion plan in Vietnam.

For his part, Ye wished to receive support from the Vietnamese Government, ministries, and sectors in implementing the project, and pledged to strengthen cooperation between Sunny and localities of Vietnam to help promote the group’s business partnership in the country.

At the meeting, the Deputy PM witnessed the exchange of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the Thai Nguyen People’s Committee and Sunny concerning the implementation of the group's investment project valued between 2-2.5 billion USD./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam puts forth proposals at UN conference on least developed countries

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang suggested improving internal capacity and national competitiveness on the basis of strengths and characteristics of each least developed country at the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) in Doha, Qatar, from March 5-8.

The role of trade and international integration as growth engines should be promoted, she said, stressing the need to ensure rules-based, equal, transparent and inclusive multilateral trade, and enhancing market access for these countries.

The Vietnamese official also suggested stepping up science-technology and innovation in order to create breakthroughs for growth, and called on developed countries to transfer technology, improve capacity, and provide financially support for the LDCs in green transition and carbon emission reduction.

Hang highlighted the role of peace, international cooperation, and partnerships in addressing global challenges.

She used this occasion to share Vietnam’s experience in socio-economic development, during which internal and external forces are combined together and people are taken as the centre, momentum and target.

Vietnam is willing to work as a bridge between development partners and the LDCs, especially through the South-South and tripartite cooperation models, she affirmed.

The conference was attended by about 5,000 delegates, including heads of state, senior leaders of the LDCs, the UN Secretary-General and the President of the UN General Assembly, and representatives from many international organisations, academia, the press, and the business community.

The participants examined the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action since 2011 and set orientations and priorities for cooperation in the 2023 - 2031 period with the aim of helping the LDCs swiftly leave the group and properly implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) roadmap.

The conference adopted the Doha Declaration, affirming strong commitments to materialising the Doha Programme of Action adopted by the UN General Assembly in March 2022.

While in Doha, Hang held meetings with bilateral and multilateral partners such as the Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, the Foreign Ministers of India, Benin, Uganda and Eswatini, and Deputy Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan and Venezuela, the World Bank Vice President and the UNESCO Deputy Director General.

They sought ways to strengthen collaboration in different spheres like politics, diplomacy, delegation exchange, economy and trade, and coordination at multilateral forums./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

IPU, UN highly value women’s presence in politics

More women than ever are holding political decision-making posts worldwide, but gender parity is still far off, said the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in a report released on March 7.

The report provides the latest rankings and regional distribution of countries with women in executive and parliamentary positions as of January 1. The results show that the number of women in political leadership roles has increased overall. However, the presence of women in high-level leadership positions in government or as heads of state and government remains very limited.

As of the beginning of this year, 11.3% of the countries worldwide had women as heads of state (excluding countries with monarchy), and 9.8% recorded women as heads of government. These both numbers increased compared to a decade ago when they were at 5.3% and 7.3%, respectively.

The report pointed out that only 13 countries, mostly in Europe, had gender-equal cabinets, with 50% or more of women cabinet members as heads of ministries and above. Meanwhile, there were still nine countries that had no women cabinet members heading ministries.

According to the report, men continued to dominate in policy areas such as economic, defence, justice, and home affairs portfolios. Women only comprise 12% of the cabinet ministers leading defence and local government portfolios, 11% of energy, natural resource fuels, and mining portfolios, and 8% of transport portfolios.

"We’re seeing ongoing progress in the number of women in politics this year, which is encouraging. However, we still have a long way to go to reach gender equality when we see the current rates of growth,” said IPU Secretary-General Martin Chungong./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vice President highlights soft power in international cooperation as she meets female diplomats

Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan met with the female Ambassadors and Chief Representatives of International Organizations in Vietnam at a tea party at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum on Wednesday. At the meeting, Vice President Xuan stressed the important role women play in the family and society, as well as in the development process of each country, nation, and the mankind. Vietnam, like many countries around the world, has made important strides in promoting gender equality and empowering women. The Vice President emphasized the relationship of equality, cooperation and mutual benefit between Vietnam and other countries and international organizations.

“We hope that female Ambassadors, female representatives of international organizations, who are women associated with culture, can use soft power to enhance cooperation between Vietnam and international organizations and countries in the coming time,” Xuan said, adding that “This is a way for us to connect and promote cooperation for peace, cooperation and development in the region and in the world. We are all female leaders, so it is necessary to incorporate gender in cooperation policies and areas to give women the best access to development opportunities.”

Ambassador of Bangladesh to Vietnam Samina Naz congratulated Vietnam on its gender equality achievements. In particular, in 2022, Vietnam was recognized as one of the 10 best countries globally in realizing the United Nations' goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Source: VOV5

Deputy PM applauds China’s Sunny Group investment in Thai Nguyen

Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang applauded the development of China’s Sunny Group and its investment expansion plan valued at 2-2.5 billion USD in Thai Nguyen province.

Meeting Ye Liaoning, Chairman of Sunny Group in Hanoi on Wednesday, the Deputy Prime Minister said that with this investment, Sunny Group can establish a high-tech research and development center in Thai Nguyen to immediately apply new technology to products and easily transfer technology for Vietnam.

He suggested that Sunny Group expand investment in other localities besides Thai Nguyen to create a Sunny ecosystem in Vietnam, facilitating Vietnamese high-tech enterprises to participate in Sunny's auxiliary equipment supply chain.

The Group Chairman said he is committed to strengthening cooperation between the Group and localities for further business cooperation in Vietnam.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam, Qatar boost cooperation

Qatar has affirmed its support for Vietnam in enhancing cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council, while Vietnam said it’s ready to act as a bridge connecting Qatar with ASEAN.

These statements were released at working sessions in Doha between Qatari ministers and Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang while she was attending the 5th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5), which concluded on Wednesday.

At the meetings, the two sides discussed specific measures to further improve cooperation, including enhancing the exchange of delegations at all levels, and mutual support at regional and global forums.

Regarding economic, trade and investment cooperation, the two agreed to soon hold the third meeting of their joint committee on cooperation in economy, trade, and technology; strengthen trade, investment, and tourism promotion activities; share information on investment opportunities and projects of mutual interest; facilitate trade; and increase commercial flights between the two countries.

Source: VOV5

China’s foreign policy: call for unity, avoid confrontation

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang held a press conference Tuesday on the sidelines of the first session of the 14th National People's Congress.

Foreign Minister Qin Gang emphasized a spirit of solidarity and cooperation among countries in solving global problems. He said the message that China wants to send to the world is for countries to unite and avoid confrontation and conflict. Global governance needs to comply with international law under the UN Charter, and developing countries need to participate and have a greater say in international affairs.

Speaking of the China-US relationship, the issue most mentioned by reporters, Minister Qin Gang said he hopes the two will maintain their relationship for their own benefit and that of the rest of the world by identifying their common interests and shared responsibility.

Of the Taiwan issue, the Chinese Foreign Minister said Taiwan is China's core interest and the political foundation of China-US relations.

Regarding relations with Russia, Mr. Qin said the China-Russia relationship is built on the principle of no alliance, no confrontation, and no targeting of a third party.

In response to a question about the Ukraine crisis, Qin said China chooses peace over war, dialogue over sanctions, and cooling down the situation over fueling the flames, calling for calm, reason and dialogue among the parties involved. He said that the Ukraine crisis has entered a critical juncture, and neither conflict nor sanctions nor pressure will help bring about a solution to the problem.

Source: VOV5