US State Secretary John Kerry announced that the US was partially lifting its ban on the sale of lethal arms to Vietnam during talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Washington on October 2. Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh (L) and US State Secretary John Kerry have talks in Washington on October 2 (Photo: VNA) Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh visited the US on October 1-2 at the invitation of US State Secretary John Kerry. During their talks, the two officials expressed their delight at the progress made in Vietnam-US relations, especially since the establishment of the comprehensive partnership in July 2013. They discussed measures to deepen bilateral ties in the time to come and agreed to coordinate closely to organise events to mark the 20th anniversary of the normalisation of diplomatic relations in 2015. Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh affirmed that Vietnam highly valued its ties with the US and was willing to enhance … [Read more...] about Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh pays official visit to US
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Refresher courses cannot help English teachers improve their listening and speaking skills. The lack of qualified teachers may lead to the failure of the national English teaching programme. Retraining cannot help More than 180 English teachers from secondary schools and 32 high school teachers have been summoned by the HCM City Education and Training Department. They would have to attend a refresher course to be opened on December 20 as a part of the project on standardizing English teachers. Asking teachers to attend retraining courses proves to be the only solution for now to improve the quality of the teaching staff which has been found as unable to meet the standards. However, according to Dr Nguyen Kim Hong, President of the HCM City University of Education, the qualification of teachers, especially the elderly ones, has not been improved after the retraining. “The training courses which last 400 or 450 hours showed unsatisfactory results,” Hong said. In … [Read more...] about English teachers bad at listening and speaking
Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung has stated that the Japan visit by President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse from May 29 – June 2 has been successful with diverse activities. Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung During an interview granted to the press, Trung said the Emperor, Empress, royal family, and government of Japan welcomed President Quang and his spouse, the only State guests this year, in the highest rituals to a head of State with all respect. During the stay, the Vietnamese President held talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, issued the Vietnam – Japan Joint Statement, met with Speaker of the House of Representatives and Speaker of the House of Councillors. He also met leaders of Japanese political parties, held dialogues with Japanese economic organisations, and delivered a speech at the investment promotion conference with over 700 firms taking part. The leader visited Gunman prefecture and attended a banquet celebrating … [Read more...] about Deputy FM: President’s Japan visit successful
Lawyers Luong Van Trung from the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre and Tran Thi Anh Tho from Lexcomm Vietnam LLC discuss whether Thai Beverage has the right to be on Sabeco’s The two layers weigh in their opinion about the Sabeco-Thai Beverage conflict A case that may affect Vietnam’s reputation on global markets On April 23, Sabeco will hold its extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting, less than six months after it held the share auction that saw Thai Beverage as the only buyer. According to Vietnamese laws and Sabeco’s charter, a shareholder with more than 5 per cent of the stake must hold the shares for six consecutive months or more before they are entitled to appoint nominees to the board. In this case, as Thai Beverage only acquired 53.59 per cent of Sabeco’s shares last December, technically speaking, the Thai investor has not had the right to appoint and vote its representative to be on Sabeco’s board yet. But should … [Read more...] about Lawyer-talk: can and should Thai Beverage gain control of Sabeco now?
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam and Oman are seeking to boost co-operation to reach its full potential, heard attendants of the third meeting of the Joint Committee on Economic and Technical Co-operation (JCETC) between Việt Nam and Oman held in Hà Nội yesterday. The two sides reviewed the socio-economic development of each country as well as progress towards implementing the plans made at the second meeting in 2014. Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Tuấn Anh and Omani Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy attended. Việt Nam and Oman agreed to focus on negotiations to sign a visa exemption agreement for holders of diplomatic and official passports to facilitate travel between the two countries. In addition, they pledged to enhance co-operation between the two ministries to help businesses of each country access their … [Read more...] about Việt Nam and Oman look to foster cooperation