Illustrative Image Hoàng Anh It’s the beginning of the year, a time for New Year’s resolutions. It’s a crucial time because if you don’t start acting on your resolution now, chances are you won’t see it through at all. Not unlike us ordinary citizens, the Government of Việt Nam has some resolutions to keep. While the first resolution was the standard offering on socio-economic development for the year, the second was to improve the country’s business environment and competitiveness on the international stage. Goals were set to improve the country’s doing business ranking by 15-20 spots, logistics index by 5-10 spots from 2019-21 and competitiveness ranking by 5-10 spots. The order it was issued no coincidence. The year 2018 marked an important milestone for the country’s efforts to integrate in global commence with the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement of Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). While … [Read more...] about Government must not fail to keep its New Year’s resolution
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Fireworks exploded overhead and couples kissed as revelers welcomed the New Year in New York City’s Times Square. – AFP Photo Viet Nam News NEW YORK - New York City’s crystal ball dropped as rain-soaked throngs in Times Square cheered and smooched in celebration, joining revelers around the world in welcoming the New Year on Tuesday and saying goodbye to a tumultuous 2018. For many, the sparkling sphere’s time-honored descent came after hours spent in cold, wet weather -- a wait made easier by performances from entertainers such as Christina Aguilera, Sting and Snoop Dogg. Just before the ball fell, Bebe Rexha sang John Lennon’s "Imagine", and in the first moments of 2109 many in the square sang along to Frank Sinatra’s "New York, New York", boomed from loudspeakers. "It was like a true state of pure bliss and unity and love, and it felt like there was no hate in the world," Brie Dunn, 22, told ABC News as fireworks exploded overhead. … [Read more...] about Big Apple joins in ringing in New Year after rough 2018
With a strong belief and hope, with the determination and efforts of the entire Party, people and army, with a competitive spirit, we have fulfilled and exceeded the socio-economic targets. Macroeconomic stability was maintained, major balances were guaranteed and inflation was kept in check, helping the economy to grow by 7.08%, the fastest pace in the past ten years. The economy expanded while public debt shrank. The business environment improved markedly, while labour productivity and the competitiveness of the economy were also enhanced. Substantial progress was seen in socio-cultural affairs and many remarkable achievements were recorded in sports. The standard of living continued to improve. National defence and security strength was enhanced, political security and social order were guaranteed; external relations and integration were strengthened and recorded many outstanding achievements. The position and reputation of Vietnam on the international stage continued to be … [Read more...] about A new year with new achievements!
With a full month of New Year greetings and second chances on all those resolutions, the days between Christmas festivities all the way through to Tet celebrations are full of joy and colourful events, both in Vietnam and across the wider world. Plenty of foreigners living in Vietnam get to have their Christmas cake and eat it, with champagne or other fizzy delights to help count down and cheer in the New Year. It is especially eventful if the first day of the Lunar New Year comes early. It can seem like greetings of “Happy New Year” never ends. Christmas and New Year festivities are celebrated in Hanoi and throughout the world each year Christmas and New Year office parties are quickly followed by Tet parties. And if you’re lucky, just as you return from your little Christmas-slash-New Year jaunt, you will be off again for a more holidays as Vietnam shuts down for its traditional annual celebrations. We celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the … [Read more...] about Between two new years
Australia's largest city Sydney will put on its biggest-ever fireworks display to welcome the New Year and kick off a wave of celebrations for billions around the world. In Moscow, concerts and light shows will be held across the city's parks and more than 1,000 ice rinks have been opened for merrymakers. (Photo: AFP/Mladen Antonov) A record amount of pyrotechnics as well as new fireworks effects and colours will light up the harbour city's skyline for 12 minutes and dazzle the more than 1.5 million spectators expected to crowd foreshores and parks. "I'm sure we'll delight in seeing our beautiful harbour lit up like never before," Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said. To mark the international year of indigenous languages in 2019, the harbour will host a ceremony celebrating Aboriginal heritage that includes animations projected onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge's pylons. AROUND THE WORLD The party atmosphere will sweep across major cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas … [Read more...] about Sydney to kick off global New Year parties with dazzling spectacle