☕ Afternoon briefing on December 15 hinh anh 1
Hanoi (VNA) - The following is a brief review of the day’s events as reported by the Vietnam News Agency.

- The Party and State always treasure and highly value the role and position of the youth, considering them a big social force, a mainstay and a future owner of the country, and one of the factors determining the success of the national industrialisation, modernisation, international integration, and socialism building.

The statement was made by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong while addressing the plenary of the 12th National Congress of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) for the 2022-2027 tenure on December 15, now underway in Hanoi. Read full story

- Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended a summit celebrating the 45th anniversary of the relations between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU), held in Brussels on December 14 (local time).

In his remarks, the PM stressed the significance of the ASEAN-EU Commemorative Summit, and stated that cooperation achievements have created a foundation and an impulse for the relationship. Read full story

- The British Embassy in Vietnam on December 14 officially announced a logo to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries (September 11, 1973 - September 11, 2023).

The logo design contest, which was organised by the British Embassy and Consulate General in Vietnam, received 290 entries. The contest winner is Ngo Quang Trung, a student in Ho Chi Minh City. Read full story

- Vietnam supports the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) to develop its production system of footwear and sporting goods in the country, said Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien on December 14.

Speaking at a meeting with Vice President of FESI Manuel Pauser on December 14 on the sidelines of the summit commemorating the 45th year of the EU-ASEAN Diplomatic Relations, Dien emphasised that Vietnam has the ambition to export “made-by-Vietnam” products rather than “made-in-Vietnam” ones. Read full story

- Vietnam’s total import-export revenue hit 700 billion USD so far this year, exceeding last year’s record of 600 billion USD, reported the General Statistics Office (GSO). Read full story

- Vietnam’s tra fish (pangasius) export value is expected to hit a record high this year, reaching 2.4 billion USD, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien. Read full story

- The Ministry of Transport has just approved a proposal from the Vietnam Maritime Corporation (VIMC) to use Dinh Vu port to handle containers and receive vessels up to 40,000 DWT.

The project is piloted for 6 months from December 12, 2022. Accordingly, VIMC is responsible for building facilities, port infrastructure and arranging loading and unloading equipment to ensure that it fully meets the conditions for container cargo operation. Read full story

- Night flights will be doubled to meet increasing travel demand before, during, and after Lunar New Year Festival – the biggest in Vietnam and other Asian countries, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).

Normally, each day, airlines in Vietnam operate an average of 106 night flights that are available between 10 pm and 4 am of the following day, but the number will increase to 204 during the peak time of the 2023 Tet celebration, it said. Read full story

- US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) announced on December 15 that VinFast US, member of Vietnam’s largest private corporation Vingroup, has become the newest member of the council.

USABC is the premier advocacy group and the only US-based organisation recognised in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Charter. Read full story

- The Vietnam Innovation Network in Europe (VINEU) is determined to become an independent organisation and pioneer in the overseas Vietnamese community in the path of innovation in Vietnam, its President Pham Huy Hoang told Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung on December 14.

At their meeting in Brussels on the sidelines of a commemorative summit in celebration of the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-EU relations, the minister spoke highly of enthusiasm and value that the VINEU brings to the OV community and the country. Read full story

- Vietnam is a leading country in biodiversity preservation in Asia-Pacific, Director General of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International Marco Lambertini has said.

Speaking at an event on preserving Vietnam’s natural heritage, held on the sidelines of the ongoing 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Canada, Lambertini noted that the Southeast Asian nation has taken drastic actions to fulfill international biodiversity commitments. Read full story

- An exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the “Hanoi-Dien Bien Phu in the air” victory opened in Ho Chi Minh City on December 15.

On display are more than 200 photos, documents and artefacts which manifest the smart leadership of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh; solidarity between the army and the people in the 12-day battle which subsequently led to the signing of the Paris Agreement on ending the war in Vietnam. Read full story./.