At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs's regular press briefing on 20th December 2007, Mr. Le Dzung, Spokesman of the MOFA informed the participants of the following diplomatic activities:
1. Launching ceremony “Vote for Halong as a new wonder of the world” on December 23, 2007
The New Open World has launched a campaign to select seven new wonders of the world and named Halong bay of Vietnam as an exemplary candidate. Recently, this is an initiative attracting public attention from all over the world and Vietnam. This campaign also offers a chance for Vietnam to introduce its country and people to international friends and tourists.
Halong Bay is a beautiful scenery enjoying global acknowledgment, a masterpiece of nature that has been twice recognized by UNESCO as a world natural heritage: firstly in 1994 because of its universal aesthetic value according to criteria (iii) of the International Convention on the Protection of the World National and Cultural Heritage and secondly in 2000, because of its universal geological value according to criteria (i) of the Convention. Halong bay is one of the most remarkable and outstanding images of Vietnamese beauty in the eyes of foreigners. Indeed, Ha long is an attractive destination for international tourists.
In response to this campaign and with a view to promoting the exchange of Vietnamese cultural activities with other countries, the ceremony of voting for Halong as a new wonder of the world will be convened from 19.00- 22.00 P.M on 23 December 2007 at Sheraton Hotel, Hanoi. H.E. Mr. Pham Gia Khiem, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Hoang Tuan Anh, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; leaders of Quang Ninh province, representatives of the Diplomatic corps in Hanoi and representatives from other Ministries and Agencies and businesses will take part in the ceremony.
2. Business Roundtable with the Vietnamese Government (8 - 9 January 2008)
The Business Roundtable with the Vietnamese Government co-organized by Economist Conferences of the Economist and The World & Vietnam Report will be held from 8 to 9 January 2008 at the National Conference Centre. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dzung, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Gia Khiem, leaders of other Ministries and agencies, Ambassadors, Trade Counselor and Heads of international organizations in Vietnam, about 250 Vietnamese enterprises and more than 70 senior leaders of trans-national corporation (TNCs) and major foreign companies will attend the conference.
Under the theme “Vietnam: Asia’s rising star”, the conference is held to meet the demand of the international business community, especially the TNCs, of gaining a deeper understanding of the Vietnamese business environment, helping Vietnamese enterprises get access to world leading enterprises and promote their trade marks.
The conference will focus on nearly 30 topics relating to the Vietnamese economy and business environment such as:
- Paving the path to a prosperous future - Reform and consolidation in the banking sector
- Opening the door to new investment opportunities
- Business meets government: Developing key growth sectors in Vietnam
- Developing Vietnam’s resources and labour to drive sustainable growth
- Putting Vietnam on the global map - Driving essential reforms to ensure a prosperous economic future.