As 2023 is nearing its end, the Vietnam News Agency has selected the top 10 events shaping the country in the year as follows:
1. Mid-term meeting of 13th-tenure Party Central Committee
|Participants at the mid-term meeting of 13th-tenure Party Central Committee__Photo: VNA
The Party Central Committee perceived that during the first half of its 2021 - 2026 tenure, the country has steadily surmounted numerous difficulties and challenges to obtain important and relatively comprehensive results in multiple areas. It ordered focus be paid to the implementation of five key tasks during the last half of the tenure so as to successfully carry out the resolution of the 13th National Party Congress.
The Party Central Committee also reviewed the leadership and direction performance by the Politburo and the Secretariat, and held a mid-term vote of confidence as regulated.
2. GDP growth tops 5 percent
|Transporting containers at Gemalink International Port in Ba Ria - Vung Tau province__Photo: VNA
Amid difficulties and challenges, the Vietnamese economy has managed to secure a gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of over 5 percent.
Many positive signs have also been recorded, including the rice export volume surpassing 8 million tons worth over USD 4.4 billion – the highest since 2009, and foreign direct investment (FDI) hitting the highest level since 2020 with USD 28.85 billion in the registered capital and USD 20.25 billion in the disbursed sum. In particular, the country has posted a trade surplus for the eighth consecutive year that stood at USD 26 billion, almost three times more than the figure in 2022.
3. Party General Secretary and President of China, President of US visit Vietnam
|Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Party General Secretary and President of China Xi Jinping listen to the introduction of cooperation agreements in many fields signed between departments, ministries, sectors, and localities of the two countries.__Photo: VNA
The state visits to Vietnam by Party General Secretary and President of China Xi Jinping and President of the US Joe Biden further intensified Vietnam’s relations with China and marked an upgrade of bilateral ties with the US to a comprehensive strategic partnership. So far, Vietnam has established comprehensive strategic partnerships with six countries, namely China, Russia, Japan, India, the Republic of Korea, and the US.
Vietnam has also actively contributed initiatives to regional and international organizations, showed its role in and sense of responsibility towards the settlement of global issues, and sent rescue forces to help address earthquake consequences in Türkiye.
4. New regulations on power control, corruption and other negative phenomena prevention issued
|At the first-instance trial of 54 defendants involved in the "repatriation flight" case__Photo: VNA
The Politburo’s Regulation 114-QD/TW, 131-QD/TW, and 132-QD/TW reflect the Party and State’s resolve to push ahead with the fight against corruption and other negative phenomena in personnel affairs; with examination, inspection, and auditing; and with investigation, prosecution, judging, and judgment execution.
Many especially serious and complicated cases of corruption and other negative phenomena have been investigated and brought to trial. Particularly, in the case involving Van Thinh Phat Group, the Saigon Joint Stock Commercial Bank (SCB), and some others, 23 inspectors and auditors were investigated while a person was found to have taken bribes worth up to USD 5.2 million – the biggest sum so far.
5. A record of 475km of expressways put into use in one year
|A road that is part of North - South Expressway project.__Photo: VNA
The completion of 14 key transport projects, including some sub-projects in the first phase of the North - South Expressway project, has raised the total length of expressways nationwide to 1,892km. This has helped make one of the three breakthroughs targeted in the strategy for socio-economic development during the 2021 - 2030 period.
The groundbreaking ceremonies for 12 sub-projects in the second phase of the North - South Expressway project right on the first day of the year were also followed by the start of an array of other important transport projects.
6. Progenitor of traditional medicine, many destinations honored by UNESCO
|Da Lat city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong is named in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in terms of music.__Photo: VNA
Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Archipelago in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh and neighboring Hai Phong city was officially recognized as a world natural heritage by UNESCO. Meanwhile, Hoi An ancient city in the central province of Quang Nam and Da Lat city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong have been named in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in terms of crafts and folk art, and music, respectively.
Progenitor of Vietnamese traditional medicine Hai Thuong Lan Ong Le Huu Trac was honored as an eminent personality by the organization.
In addition, Vietnam has won the World’s Leading Heritage Destination 2023 title of the World Travel Awards for the fourth time so far. The tourism sector is expecting to serve 12.5 million international visitors in 2023, exceeding the set plan by about 5 million.
7. Terrorist attack in Dak Lak promptly brought under control
|Mobile and special police forces, Dak Lak's police, and Military Region 5's special forces coordinate to implement a plan to round up terrorists.__Photo: VNA
The terrorist attack against the people's administration with particularly serious consequences in Ea Tieu and Ea Ktur communes, Cu Kuin district, the Central Highlands of Dak Lak province, on June 11 early morning was controlled within 24 hours, returning peace to local residents. Ninety-one suspects were prosecuted and detained, while six others were put on the special wanted list. Public opinion has strongly condemned the rashness and barbarism of terrorists.
8. Fire disaster at mini apartment building in Hanoi
|The fire at a mini apartment building late September 12 in Hanoi's Khuong Ha street rings an alarm bell about the lax construction management in urban areas.__Photo: VNA
The fire at a mini apartment building late September 12 in Hanoi's Khuong Ha street claimed 56 lives and injured 37 others. The disaster rang an alarm bell about the lax construction management in urban areas.
Implementing the Prime Minister's direction, relevant sectors have reviewed and rectified the construction management work, and deployed urgent solutions to enhance fire prevention in apartments, mini apartment buildings, and houses for rent, aiming to ensure life and property safety of the people.
9. Vietnam tops SEA Games held outside territory for first time
|Tran Dinh Son, Nguyen Thi Huyen, Nguyen Thi Hang, and Tran Nhat Hoang (from left) celebrate their victory at SEA Games 32__Photo: VNA
At the 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 32) in Cambodia, the Vietnamese sports delegation won 136 gold, 105 silver, and 114 bronze medals, ranking first in the tally. This is the first time Vietnam has secured the top place at a SEA Games held outside its territory after two times being the best team at home in 2003 and 2022.
10. Drink-driving regulation takes effects
|The strict handling of violations contributes to raising public awareness of ensuring traffic safety, and forming a regulation requiring drivers to be "completely sober while operating vehicle”.__Photo: VNA
In the first nine months of 2023, the number of traffic accidents caused by alcohol-drinking drivers decreased by 25.8 percent, while the number of deaths and injured people dropped by 50 percent and 22.6 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last year. As of November, 670,623 of such drivers were fined, up 148 percent year-on-year. The strict handling of violations has contributed to raising public awareness of ensuring traffic safety, and forming a regulation requiring drivers to be "completely sober while operating vehicle”.-(VNA/VLLF)