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Top 10 national events in 2014

Updated: 11:18’ - 31/12/2013

Vietnam News Agency (VNA) presents its selection of leading domestic events for the year just ended.

1. Resolutely protesting China's illegal acts in the East Sea
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 On May 2, China illegally placed its Haiyang Shiyou 981 drilling rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, seriously violating international law, running counter to high-level agreements between the two countries, and threatening peace, security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea. With the international community's support, the entire Party, army and people of Vietnam strongly protested China's illegal acts and resolutely safeguarded national sovereignty by peaceful means.

2. A number of important laws promulgated

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 In 2014, 29 laws are approved by the National Assembly, improving economic institutions, the State apparatus and administrative and judicial reforms, ensuring human rights and citizens' fundamental obligations and accelerate international integration. Lawmakers also conducted votes of confidence on key officials in the State system elected or approved by the National Assembly, and passed a resolution on confidence voting.

3. Economic growth surpasses target

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 Amidst global economic difficulties, Vietnam's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014 is estimated to have expanded by 5.98 percent over the previous year, exceeding the target of 5.8 percent set by the National Assembly. The average consumer price index (CPI) has shown a year-on-year rise of 4.09 percent, and export turnover is estimated at USD 150 billion, up 13.6 percent from a year ago. However, State budget overspending remains high while difficulties resolving public debts and bad debts still lie ahead.

4. Resolution on cultural and human development adopted

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A new resolution on the building and development of Vietnamese culture and people was approved in the ninth meeting of the Party Central Committee (11th tenure) to match requirement for the country's sustainable development, following a resolution adopted at the fifth meeting of the committee (8th tenure) on promoting the unique culture of Vietnam.

5. Policies on education-training renewal

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In order to implement the eighth Party Central Committee’s resolution on basic and comprehensive education and training renewal, a number of policies were adopted including the organization of the 2015 national high school exam and the renewal of circulars and textbooks from the 2018-2019 academic year.

6. Fierce struggle against corruption, negative phenomena

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 An array of serious economic violations such as the cases of Nguyen Duc Kien, former vice chairman of the Asia Commercial Bank Founding Council, and Huynh Thi Huyen Nhu, former deputy chief of the Risk Management Department at a Vietinbank branch, were brought to trial, along with housing policy violations by former Government Chief Inspector Tran Van Truyen, demonstrating the Party and State's resolve to combat corruption and negative phenomena, thus consolidating public confidence.

7. Successful rescue of victims after hydropower plant tunnel collapse in Lam Dong Province

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At 4:30pm on December 19, 12 workers were rescued from a collapsed tunnel at the Da Dang-Da Chomo Hydropower Plant in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong after being trapped for 81 hours.

8. Progress made in economic integration

In 2014, Vietnam concluded negotiations on bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) with the Republic of Korea and the Customs Union of Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan, and reached a consensus on orientations for finishing FTA talks with the European Union. Additionally, the country also took part in negotiations on regional FTAs, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and another deal with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

9. Construction of numerous important structures completed

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A number of structures vital for socio-economic development and security-defence were put into use in 2014, including Southeast Asia's longest undersea power cable from the mainland to Phu Quoc Island, the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Highway, the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway and the Nhat Tan Bridge.

10. Three more heritages honored

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The Trang An Landscape Complex in the north of Ninh Binh province was recognized as a world heritage meeting both cultural and natural criteria by UNESCO, becoming the first mixed heritage in Vietnam. Vi giam folk singing from the central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh was listed as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, while a collection of official administrative documents from the Nguyen Dynasty was named a documentary heritage of the Memory of the World Program in Asia-Pacific.-



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