☀ Morning digest March 16 hinh anh 1
Hanoi (VNA) - The following is a list of selected news summaries yesterday by the Vietnam News Agency.

- Leaders of more countries and the Secretary-General of the United Nations have offered congratulations to President Vo Van Thuong on his recent election as the State leader of Vietnam by the 15th National Assembly. Read full story

- The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee discussed some contentious issues on the revised draft Law on Bidding on March 15 as part of its ongoing 21st session in Hanoi. Read full story

- Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh expressed his belief that Vietnam will become one of the top 30 countries worldwide in terms of tourism competitiveness, while chairing an national teleconference on tourism on March 15. Read full story

- Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh paid a working visit to northern Hai Duong province on March 15, during which he toured economic and social facilities, such as Ford Vietnam Co.Ltd and local social protection centre, and attended a ceremony to recognise the province’s fulfillment of the new rural development task. Read full story

- Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen Hoang Xuan Chien delivered a keynote speech at the 12th ASEAN-Japan deputy defence ministers’ meeting in Tokyo on March 15, in which he affirmed that the region is facing a series of traditional and non-traditional security challenges, notably maritime security, terrorism, cyber security, climate change, natural disasters and epidemics. Read full story

- Secretary of the Da Nang municipal Party Committee Nguyen Van Quang said he hopes that the city of Daegu in the Republic of Korea (RoK) will cooperate with the Vietnamese central city and invest more in its hi-tech sector, along with education, training and tourism, during a reception on March 15 for Mayor of Daegu Hong Joon-pyo. Read full story
- Eighty Chinese tourists entered Vietnam via the Lao Cai International Border Gate on March 15 afternoon, marking the return of Chinese travellers to the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai after a three-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The visitors came to Vietnam after China included Vietnam on the list of countries to which group tours are resumed on a trial basis from March 15. Read full story

- A ceremony took place in Hanoi on March 15 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Vietnamese photography’s traditional day (March 15). The event was held by the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA) and the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Read full story./.