Weekly Events (from November 18th to 25th)

3/12/2021| 9:54

Following are the highlight events in the week: President's Office announces two new laws; PM requests completion of overall strategy for pandemic control before November 30; The 7th National External Information Service Awards; Gov’t sets up six working groups to facilitate public investment disbursement

1. President's Office announces two new laws

The Office of the President yesterday held a press conference to announce President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc’s order on the promulgation of two new laws that were approved at the 15th tenure’s National Assembly meeting.

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The law on amendments and supplements to several articles of the Law on Execution of Criminal Judgments will take effect on December 12, 2021 while the law on amendments and supplements to several articles and national statistical indicator appendix of Statistics Law will come into force on January 1, 2022.The amended Law on Execution of Criminal Judgments has two articles in order to meet requirements and ensure the right roadmap for Việt Nam to realise commitments of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and solve urgent problems arising in practice caused by natural disasters and epidemics.

The law gives power to commune-level police to conduct criminal examination and preliminary verification of crime denunciations and report or proposal of execution.The police of communes, wards, townships are responsible for receiving denunciations and reports of crimes, making a record of receipt, conducting preliminary examination, verifying and immediately transferring the denunciations along with relevant documents and exhibits to competent investigating agencies.

The new law also adds a detailed basis for the temporary suspension of criminal denunciations and reports or proposals of execution due to unavoidable reasons or natural disasters and epidemics.The Chief Procurator of the Supreme People's Procuracy is in charge of coordinating with the Minister of Public Security, Minister of National Defence and heads of other relevant agencies to issue details on the execution suspension.The amended Statistics Law adds a number of articles to create a legal basis for the collection and calculation of statistical indicators, and to compile Gross Domestic Product (GDP), GRDP (Gross Regional Domestic Product) and re-evaluate GDP scale, improving the quality of statistics and international integration.

The law assigns Minister of Planning and Investment to coordinate with ministries, sectors and localities to send a review of GDP scale once every five years to the Government before submitting it to the National Assembly for approval.The appendix of national statistical indicators issued together with the 2015 Statistics Law has been replaced with a new one.

2. PM requests completion of overall strategy for pandemic control before November 30

|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has assigned the Ministry of Health to finalise the overall strategy for COVID-19 prevention and control and submit the final report to the Government and competent authorities for approval before November 30.The Government Office has just issued an announcement conveying the conclusions of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the virtual meeting between the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 prevention and control and localities nationwide.

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According to the announcement, after more than a month of implementing Resolution No. 128, Vietnam has achieved several positive results in pandemic control with decreases in the mortality rate and severe cases while gradually restoring labour and export markets.

However, there remain subjective thoughts, neglect, and loss of vigilance while the preventive medicine system and grassroots health care system both reveal weaknesses. The vaccination and provision of COVID-19 treatment medicine are still slow in some places, failing to meet the general requirements.The coordination between localities in managing travellers is inadequate, causing inconvenience for many people. Some localities have not effectively organised the reception and classification of COVID-19 patients, leading to delayed access to necessary medical services.

The PM requested the Ministry of Health to review and evaluate the prevention and control of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic to complete the overall strategy for pandemic control and submit findings to the Government and competent agencies before November 30.The government leader also asked for the acceleration of child vaccinations and the outlining of plans to inject a third dose for the people.

The Ministry of Health was also required to study experiences in other countries to provide guidance on appropriate isolation requirements for fully vaccinated people with negative test result within 72 hours.The Ministry of Planning and Investment was asked to complete the programme on socio-economic recovery and development and report to the Government before November 30.In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should coordinate with the Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Health and relevant ministries to soon oversee entry and exit regulations related to “vaccine passports” in accordance with the current situation.

3. The 7th National External Information Service Awards launched

The Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education and the Central Steering Committee for External Information Service co-held a ceremony on November 28 to present the seventh National External Information Service Awards to its winners.

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The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Do Van Chien, and Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Information and Education Nguyen Trong Nghia, among others.The awards marked the 10th year of implementing the Politburo’s Conclusion No.16-KL/TW on the external information development strategy for the 2011-2020 period. Over the past decade, external information has made positive contribution to the country’s information and education work as well as the Party’s and State’s achievements in external affairs.

The organizing panel received over 1,000 entries in 14 languages which were published as articles in print and online newspapers, websites licensed by competent agencies, radio and TV broadcast, press and landscape photos, and books. Notably, many foreign authors and press agencies, overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese embassies abroad sent works to the awards.The organizers honored 102 best entries, including one special, 10 first, 19 second, 29 third and 43 consolation prizes. The People’s Army Newspaper won one second and two consolation prizes.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh stressed that the external information service has provided timely, accurate and adequate information related to the national major events, the socio-economic development, and defense and security affairs for the communities at home and abroad. These have contributed to displaying the country’s image as a trustful partner and an active and responsible member of the international community.

Prime Minister Chinh affirmed that Vietnam consistently implements the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation, development, multilateralisation and diversification of relations as well as active international integration. He asked the sector to focus on raising the public awareness of external information in line with the effective implementation of the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress, contributing to bringing Vietnam to the world and the world closer to Vietnam.

He presented certificates to a group of authors winning the special prize, including the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the VNA and those participating in the external information work, for their work on introducing and popularising Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong article entitled “Several theoretical and practical issues on socialism and the path towards socialism in VGov’t sets up six working groups to facilitate public investment disbursement

4. Gov’t sets up six working groups to facilitate public investment disbursement

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has decided to establish six working groups responsible for inspecting and accelerating disbursement of public investment capital in 2021.

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The first working group led by Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh shall be in charge of inspecting and speeding up disbursement of public investment by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, the Supreme People’s Court, the Government Office, the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, Cao Bang, Dien Bien, Ha Giang, Son La, and Phu Tho.
The second working group headed by Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai shall be in charge of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Viet Nam Television, the Government Inspectorate, the Supreme People’s Procuracy, the Party Central Committee’s Office, the State Audit of Viet Nam, the Voice of Viet Nam, the Viet Nam News Agency, Can Tho, Kien Giang, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, and Long An.

The third working group led by Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh shall be in charge of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Construction, the Ministry of National Resources and Environment, the Viet Nam Union of Literature and Arts Associations, the Viet Nam Farmers’ Union, the Viet Nam Cooperative Alliance, the Viet Nam Electricity, Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, and Khanh Hoa.

The fourth working group headed by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam shall be in charge of the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labor-Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourisms, the Viet Nam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, the Viet Nam Academy of Science and Technology, the Hoa Lac High-tech Management Park, the Viet Nam National University – Ha Noi, the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labor, the Viet Nam Women’s Union, the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, the Management Board of Vietnamese Ethnic Villages, the Viet Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism, the Viet Nam Journalists’ Association, Ha Noi, Hung Yen, and Vinh Phuc.

The fifth working group led by Minister of Finance Ho Duc Phoc shall be in charge of the provinces of Quang Tri, Quang Binh, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Dong Thap, and Ca Mau.The sixth working group led by Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung shall be in charge of localities of Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Binh Dinh, Da Nang, and Quang Nam.Inspection shall be carried out between November 22 and December 10 this year. The working groups shall be responsible for synthetizing obstacles and put forwards solutions to step up disbursement of public investment capital Vietnam to political parties and international friends./.

(vietnam.vn)

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