3.2 million tonnes of rice for export in 10 months

Ha Noi, Oct. 20 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's rice export is estimated to reach 3.2 million tonnes by the end of October this year.
In the first days of October, the whole country shipped abroad 150 tonnes of rice, bringing the total quantity of rice export in the year to 3.1 million tonnes.

Enterprises nationwide have to date purchased nearly 6.78 million tonnes of paddy, equal to 76.3 percent of that purchased in the same period last year.


The Viet Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) urged the entire people to help support the poor in Ha Noi on Oct. 17. It announced that Oct. 17 is from now on officially the "Day for the Poor".

The Day has been set up to promote national unity, particularly in the eradication of poverty and hunger.

Prominent among those at the launching ceremony were Advisor to the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee Do Muoi, President Tran Duc Luong, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, VFF President Pham The Duyet, and other senior officials.

Healthcare system and health index in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Oct. 19 (VNA)-- Viet Nam's healthcare system has undergone great changes over the past decades. Almost non-existent just 10 years ago, Viet Nam's healthcare system now boasts a health index higher than those of other developing nations with the same per-capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Vietnam Airlines carry flood supplies free of charge

Ha Noi, Oct. 18 (VNA) -- Viet Nam Airlines has announced its decision to carry supplies free of charge to flood victims on both domestic and international routes.

The policy, coming into force on Oct. 17, gives priority to medicines, medical aid and other urgent supplies.

Vietnam position on the work of UN Security Council


Oct. 18 (VNA) -- Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Chau, permanent representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations, addressed the 55th session of the UN General Assembly on Oct. 17, discussing the "Report of the Security Council".

The ambassador underlined the positive developments in the work of the council in the period from 16th June 1999 to 15th June 2000. He said:

Joint Vietnam - Algeria communique

Ha Noi, Oct. 17 (VNA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika paid an official visit to Viet Nam from Oct. 15-18 at the invitation of President Tran Duc Luong.
A communique has been released about the visit. Main excerpts are as follows:

"President Abdelaziz Bouteflika held talks with President Tran Duc Luong and had working sessions with General Secretary Le Kha Phieu of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, met with Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, Vice State President Nguyen Thi Binh and General Vo Nguyen Giap.

International fair to open in Hanoi on Oct. 19

An international industrial trade fair will be opened on October 19.

The fair attracts 300 businesses of 12 ministries and branches and 30 provinces together with nearly 100 companies from 14 countries and territories in the region including the Czech Republic, China, Taiwan, India, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Italy, Russia and Ukraine.

Vietnam and Algerian Presidents discuss ways to boost relations

Ha Noi, Oct. 15 (VNA) -- President Tran Duc Luong and visiting Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika discussed measures to bring the traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries to a new plane of development.

The two Presidents were holding talks in Ha Noi this afternoon, Oct. 15, right after President Bouteflika arrived in the city for a four-day official visit to Viet Nam.

Vietnam strives for Drug-free ASEAN


Oct. 14 (VNA) -- Viet Nam, a member of SEAN and current President of ASEAN, would do its best to make positive contributions to together with other ASEAN member countries obtain the goal of a drug-free ASEAN in 2015.

So said Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem at the International Congress entitled "In Pursuit of Drug Free ASEAN 2015" in Bangkok, Thailand, from Oct. 11-13.

Cooperation with world community for child care and protection

Oct. 13 (VNA) -- Viet Nam gives high priority to child care and protection, affirmed a Vietnamese representative to the United Nations at the UN's Third Committee discussion on promoting and protecting the rights of children in New York.

The Vietnamese representative spoke of the Vietnamese Government's efforts to implement a policy for socio-economic development and political stability, which gives high priority to child care and protection.