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Former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai passes away
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Former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai passes away

The Saigon Times Daily

Former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - Former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, widely hailed as “the architect of entrepreneurship,” passed away at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday at his home in Tan Thong Hoi Commune, Cu Chi District, HCMC, aged 85, announced the Board of Healthcare Services for Senior Officials.

Khai, born on December 25, 1933 in Cu Chi District, served as Prime Minister of Vietnam for two consecutive terms from 1997 to 2006, according to news website Vietnamplus.

Before he was elected prime minister in 1997, Khai had held various important posts, serving as deputy secretary of the HCMC Party Committee, the city’s chairman, head of the State Planning Committee, head of the Government Unification Committee, vice chairman of the Council of Ministers and deputy prime minister.

Besides, the late Government leader formerly served as a Politburo member. He also served as a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam of the V, VI, VII, VIII, IX tenures, former Politburo member of the VII, VIII, IX tenures, and permanent member of the Politburo of the VIII tenure.

As one of the high-ranking Party and State leaders in the first phase of Renewal and Nation-building, Khai was determined to pursue the innovative spirit to promote the capacity of all economic sectors, especially the private one, together with opening the door to the world and international integration.

Khai was the first Vietnamese leader to visit the U.S. at the invitation of former President George W. Bush in 2005, opening opportunities for cooperation between the two nations.

During his tenures, Vietnam issued the Enterprise Law on in 1999, abolished hundreds of fearsome business conditions, and joined several rounds of tough talks on Vietnam’s admission to the World Trade Organization.

To commemorate former PM Phan Van Khai, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the National Assembly, the President, the Government and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee decided to hold a State funeral for him.

A 33-member funeral committee will be established and led by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong.

A ceremony to pay tribute to the late PM will take place from 8 a.m. on March 20 to the end of March 21 at the Reunification Palace in HCMC, where the late Prime Minister’s body is kept. It will be followed by a memorial service at the palace at 7.30 a.m. on March 22. The burial ceremony is scheduled at 11 a.m. the same day in his hometown in Cu Chi District.

On March 20 and 21, all State offices and public facilities will fly the national flag at half-staff and all entertainment activities will be suspended.

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