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MOFA’s Spokesman on 8th November 2007
11-08-2007, 02:46 pm

Questions and Answers at Regular Press Briefing by MOFA’s Spokesman on 8th November 2007

1. What are diplomatic and business objectives of Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh’s visit to the Republic of Korea?  


At the invitation of RoK President Roh Moo-huyn, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nong Duc Manh will pay an official visit to the Republic of Korea (RoK) from November 14-16.

This is the second visit paid by a General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee - 12 years since the 1995 visit by Party General Secretary Do Muoi to the RoK, a leading partner of Vietnam in economics, trade, investment and labor exports.
Being conducted at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 15th anniversary of diplomatic relation establishment (22 December 1992- 22 December 2007), the visit will promote the “comprehensive partnership in the 21st century” between Vietnam and the RoK to develop more vigorously and effectively for the sake of the people and prosperity of each country, actively contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

During the visit, General Secrectary Nong Duc Manh will hold talks with RoK President Roh Moo-huyn, meet the Chairman of RoK National Assembly and receive leaders from some Korean giant corporations.

2. Please confirm the visit to Vietnam by Myanmar’s Prime Minister Thein Sein


At the invitation of Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, the Union of Myanmar’s Prime Minister Thein Sein will pay an official visit to Vietnam from 9 to 10 November 2007. The visit takes place in accordance with ASEAN practice, i.e. a new leader of a member- country is expected to pay courtesy visits to other ASEAN members.

During the visit which is aimed at maintaining and enhancing traditional relations between Vietnam and Myanmar, the two sides will discuss measures to promote bilateral relations in various aspects, share experiences in national construction and development and exchange views on international and regional issues of common concern.

3. Please evaluate Vietnam’s role in accelerating internal integration within ASEAN, including Myanmar?


Vietnam’s official admission to ASEAN in July 1995 started a new stage, helping realize the idea of an ASEAN comprising 10 Southeast Asian countries. That event is of major significance and impact on the Association joint efforts to intensify regional integration.
In the past years, Vietnam has made great strides to positively and pro-actively participate in and make important contribution to strengthening cooperation and development within ASEAN and between ASEAN and outside partners. Just 3 years after its admission to ASEAN, Vietnam successfully organized the 6th ASEAN Summit (Hanoi, 1998), then undertook the Chairmanship of ASEAN Standing Committee in 2000- 2001 and held various ASEAN ministerial meetings in Hanoi. Vietnam has significantly contributed to determining ASEAN development orientations and major policies such as Vision 2020, Hanoi Action Plan, Hanoi Declaration on narrowing development gaps, draft ASEAN Charter and ASEAN Community formation in 2015…

Despite being one of 4 new members, Vietnam has within its capacity made great efforts, on the one hand, to narrow development gaps with founding ASEAN members, on the other, share its integration and development experience with other new ASEAN members, namely Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, to promote development of each nation. At the same time, bilaterally, Vietnam has built fine cooperative relations with new ASEAN members in the spirit of mutual respect, equal cooperation and mutual benefit, contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

4. Please provide information about situation of acute diarrhea epidemic in Hanoi and some Northern provinces?


At present, in the localities of some Northern provinces such as Hanoi, Hatay and Haiphong acute diarrhea cases have occurred.

Most cases were caused by intake of unsafe food such as shrimp sauce, raw seafood and vegetables… This is a serious disease that easily spreads into an epidemic and directly affects the health and life of the people and socio- economic development.

Acknowledging the urgency of preventing the epidemic and implementing instructions from the Prime Minister, relevant ministries and agencies, people’s committees at various levels are concentrating all manpower and means to carry out the following tasks:
-Mobilizing both the political system and the mass media to take part in disseminating information on the disease, requesting people to take epidemic preventive measures and ensure food safety.

-Deploying epidemic preventive measures, trying to detect as soon as possible epidemic outbreak locations, isolating infected areas, concentrating forces on thorough quarantine procedures to prevent the epidemic from spreading. Paying special attention to disinfect and safeguard water sources and environment. Reinforcing food safety inspection, severely dealing with individuals and establishments violating food safety requirements.

-Instructing hospitals, treatment establishments to prepare adequate medicines and solutions for intensive and effective treatment on the spot, seriously applying disease spreading preventive measures in hospitals and minimizing the number of patients being transferred to other localities’ hospitals. Chairmen of Peoples’ Committees must assume liability if the disease spreads in the locality of his responsibility.

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