The Saigon Times Daily
Singapore PM to visit Vietnam this week
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will visit Vietnam from March 21 to 24 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister has announced. The Singaporean leader’s visit will be an opportunity for the two sides to discuss ways to strengthen their strategic partnership.
Over the past years, Vietnam and Singapore have deepened bilateral ties in economic, trade, investment, defense and security, education and training, transport, tourism, finance and law fields. Bilateral trade reached US$7.1 billion in 2016.
Singapore’s direct investment pledges in Vietnam have now amounted to US$39 billion, making the island state the third largest investor among 101 countries and territories investing in Vietnam, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
PM promises optimal support to young talents
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on March 19 met with 10 winners and 10 young prospects of the Vietnam Outstanding Youth Faces Award 2016. He lauded their talent, creativity and desire for making contributions to the country and society, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
PM Phuc said the Party, State and Government would spare no effort to create good conditions to promote youth’s creativity.
Vietnam, U.S. to enhance defense cooperation
Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of National Defense Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh and U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius met at the ministry’s headquarters in Hanoi last Friday to discuss ways to promote defense cooperation between the two countries, reports the Vietnam News Agency.
The two expressed their delight at the fruitful bilateral defense cooperation over the years, and agreed the two nations should step up cooperation in various fields, including searching for missing-in-action soldiers, Agent Orange/dioxin detoxification, and bomb and mine clearance.
Accident disrupts train services for hours
Train services in the north-south railway section in Van Canh District, Binh Dinh Province were disrupted for more than four hours after a collision between Train SQN4 and a truck at around 9:30 a.m last Saturday. The accident killed the 56-year-old driver of the truck and injured a person on the vehicle.
Local media reported the train collided with the wood chip transporting truck at a crossroad between the railway and a road in Long An 2 Village in Cam Vinh Commune while en route from the south to Dieu Tri Railway Station in the central province. Initial investigation results showed that the truck tried to pass through the crossroad when the train was approaching.
Major amusement park to go up in Kien Giang
Phu Cuong Group has started work on a 40,000-square-meter recreational and service complex worth over VND300 billion (US$13.2 million) in Rach Gia City, Kien Giang Province. The complex on the 30-hectare Phu Gia artificial island is scheduled for opening after three years of construction.
The complex has water park, marina, helipad, and 6,000-square-meter seaview square and recreational park. Huynh Ha Phuong, general director of Phu Cuong Group, described it as the largest such complex in the Mekong Delta, and said it would contribute to tourism growth in Kien Giang Province.
Three killed in school shuttle bus crash
At least three people died and 15 others were injured after a shuttle bus of Tran Hung Dao High School in Gia Lai Province crashed into a truck on Saturday on the National Highway 19 section in a pine forest in the Central Highlands province. Two students and the driver of the bus were killed in the accident, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported, citing Nguyen Huu Que, director of the Gia Lai Department of Transport.
The police of Gia Lai Province said the accident took place at 11:40 a.m. while the bus hit the back of the truck.