General Secretary speech after 11th Plenum

Ha Noi, Jan. 17 (VNA) -- Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu reiterated the unswerving determination of the entire Party and people to advance the country along the path of socialist construction on the basis of Marxism-Leninism and the Ho Chi Minh Thought.

Int'l aid to ethnic minorities encourages communal involvement

Ha Noi, Jan. 17 (VNA) -- A number of internationally funded development projects for ethnic minority groups in mountainous provinces have successfully encouraged the local communities to contribute to socio-economic development in recent years.

The assessment was made at a review workshop held in the northern mountainous province of Thai Nguyen on Jan. 15-16 by the Commission for Nationalities and Mountainous Areas.

Vice President praises contribution of Overseas Vietnamese

Ha Noi, Jan. 17 (VNA) -- Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh has praised Overseas Vietnamese initiatives and recommendations for national legal reform and economic development as "honest and valuable".

Madamn Binh was speaking while greeting more than 300 expatriates from 19 Vietnamese communities in Ho Chi Minh City on Jan. 17 for the traditional Lunar New Year festival.

Renovating monetary policy is the most important factor

Ha Noi, Jan. 16 (VNA) -- Finance Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung described 2001 as a year for Viet Nam to focus on monetary policy reforms so as to help effect active changes in the financial sector.

"2001 must be a year in which Viet Nam will renew its monetary policy, regarding it as a breakthrough," Hung told Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper in a recent interview.

Review the Child development project

Ha Noi, Jan. 16 (VNA) -- The rate of five-year-old children in poor, remote and mountainous areas going to school reached 72-99.7 percent thanks to the child development project in the 1996-2000 period.

The project was carried out in 44 districts of 30 provinces, said a conference to review the project held in Ha Noi on Jan. 15 by the Ministry of Education and Training's Pre-school Education Department.

Communique on 11th plenum of Central Committee of CPV

Ha Noi, Jan. 16 (VNA) -- The upcoming Ninth Party Congress will be congress of intellect, democracy, solidarity and renovation, reflecting the strong will and great hope of the entire nation at a significant time of the new century and the new millennium.

So says a communique issued at a press conference here today at the close of the 11th plenum of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee (CPV CC) held in Ha Noi from Jan. 6-16.

Ha Noi opens first hospital specialising in treatment of cancer

Ha Noi, Jan. 15 (VNA) -- A hospital specialising in the treatment of tunors will open its doors to patients in Ha Noi tomorrow, Jan.16.

The hospital will be Viet Nam's second offering specialized tumor treatment, the other is in Ho Chi Minh City.

The hospital, in Thanh Nhan Road, the Hai Ba Trung precinct, was created by the opening of a tumor ward at the Hai Ba Trung hospital. It will help share the burden carried by the only Ha Noi-based institution specialising in cancer treatment for patients from northern Viet Nam, hospital K.

Vietnam affirmed its support for one China policy

Ha Noi, Jan. 15 (VNA) -- Member of the Standing Board of the Viet Nam Communist Party's (CPV) Political Bureau Pham The Duyet has reaffirmed Viet Nam's support for the Chinese Party and State's principled one-China policy.

Duyet, who is also President of the Presidium of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, reaffirmed the support during a meeting with Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Hu Yingdong, in Ha Noi on Jan. 15.

Better use of Vietnam-China border bridge

Ha Noi, Jan. 15 (VNA) -- The Prime Minister has entrusted the Transport Ministry to strengthen the management of and better exploit a border bridge across the Nam Thi river linking Viet Nam's Lao Cai border area and Hokou area of Yunnan province (China).

The Prime Minister also entrusted relevant ministries, agencies and localities to sign agreements on operation of the border bridge with authorised agencies of China.

The PM's decision is aimed to boost economic exchange between the two border areas.

More equitised state owned enterprises in Ho Chi Minh city

Jan. 15 (VNA) -- Ho Chi Minh City equitised 22 more State-owned enterprises (SOEs) in 2000, bringing the total number of equitised SOEs in the city to 64.

Eighteen of these enterprises had a total capital of VND 205.913 billion owned by the State, a total registered capital of VND 207.765 billion, and mobilized a further VND 17.663. They refunded VND 126.326 billion to the State Budget right after their equitisation.