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October 20, 2013

EU Service Contract awarded to KAS

Support to EU Business, Public Diplomacy and Outreach in Vietnam

General objective of the action is to deepen the political, economic, cultural and business relationships of the EU with Vietnam on account of the Union’s strategic interest in promoting those relationships and for making the EU more relevant as a global actor in all areas covered by the EU's CFSP strategy with Asia and other relevant key EU strategies that have also an external action dimension. Anticipated duration of the project is 3 years, starting from 15 October 2013.

October 4, 2013

8th Plenum of the Party Central Committee convenes in Hanoi: educational reforms & constitutional amendments

From 30.09. - 10.10.2013 the 8th Plenum of the Central Committee of the CPV will convene in Hanoi. Throughout the 10 day long session, political decision makers will comment on the economic situation of the country, discuss the educational reform, analyse the current status of the constitutional amendment and formulate recommendations for the further development of the national defence- and security strategy.

October 3, 2013

Tag der Deutschen Einheit

Mit dem Fall der Mauer im Jahre 1989 wurde das Tor für die Wiedervereinigung Deutschlands geöffnet, die am 3. Oktober 1990 durch den Beitritt der ehemaligen DDR zur Bundesrepublik Deutschland vollzogen wurde. Zum ersten Mal in seiner jüngeren Geschichte ist Deutschland heute nur von Freunden umgeben. Die deutsche Wiedervereinigung und das zusammen wachsen Europas sind zwei Seiten der gleichen Medaille.

September 23, 2013
Bundestagswahl 2013/Stimmungsbilder

"Wir bleiben Kanzlerin"!

Federal elections in Germany: KAS Office Vietnam congratulates the CDU/CSU

The KAS Office Vietnam congratulates the CDU/CSU on the outstanding results of the German federal elections 2013! The CDU/CSU won 41, 5 per cent of the vote, making the Union parties the clear winners of the evening. The SPD followed with 25, 7, Die Linke with 8, 6 and the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen with 8, 4 per cent of the vote. Angela Merkel consequently enters her 3rd term of office as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. We extend our best wishes to the Chancellor and her team!

September 18, 2013
Verwendungszweck: Bild für Meldung zum Mondfest

Celebration of the Moon Festival in Vietnam

Thousands of children celebrate on the streets of Hanois old quarter, singing, carrying stellar laterns and wearing paper masks. The occasion is the so-called Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, "Tết Trung Thu", that is traditionally held on the 15th day of the eigth lunar month. This time a year the story of a boy is told, who was taken up to the moon by a magic tree and has been caught there ever since. The noise of the revelers and the laterns of the children shall guide him back to earth.

September 14, 2013
Inception workshop of the new KAS-EU project LoGoViC, 13.09.13. EU Ambassador to Vietnam, Dr. Franz Jessen.

KAS lays foundations for sustainable local economic development and for the support of small- and family enterprises

On 13.09. the inception workshop of the new EU-KAS project "Strengthening local governance for local economic growth in Vietnamese cities (LoGoViC)" took place in Hanoi. The EU Ambassador to Vietnam, Dr. Franz Jessen, emphasized the significance of the project for Vietnam's longterm socioeconomic development. Representatives of the media and of the central- and local government attended the event. More detailed information on the project is provided on our homepage!

August 14, 2013
Seminar des KAS Auslandsbüros Vietnam und dem vietnamesischen Justizministerium zum Schutz der Menschenrechte im Rahmen der Novellierung des vietnamesischen Strafgesetzbuches, 22.-26.07.2013. Im Bild Prof. Dr. Jörg Menzel.

Improving the Penal Code to enhance and to protect Human Fundamental Rights

The most recent seminar of the KAS Office Vietnam and the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice (MoJ) took place from 22. until 26. July 2013. It focused on ensuring, protecting and safeguarding human rights within Vietnams' reform of the Penal Code by 2015. While discussing the amendment of the Penal Code based on the human rights approach, topics such as abolishing the death penalty and the yet to be achieved ratification of the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT) were critically discussed.

July 19, 2013
International expert: Dr. Socorro L. Reyes, Regional Governance Advicer, Center for Legislative International, the Philippines. Seminar of the KAS Vietnam and the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice on Gender Equality.

KAS contributes to gender equality and women empowerment

In spite of the law, there are still legal regulations in practice which discriminate women or lack gender equality. More guidance is needed for administrations to promote gender equality in legal documents. Legislation has to promote “general welfare” in the interests of both women and men. KAS Vietnam organized with the Ministry of Justice a seminar to draft the Circular needed for efficient implementation of the Law on Gender Equality. The circular will be promulgated this September.

July 5, 2013
Article concerning the Seminar on complaint mechanisms - GIRI - 05072013

Rule of Law

Complaints - constitutional right but where to file?

Improving the complaint system for Vietnamese citizens on all administrative levels is the objective of this and future seminars in cooperation with the Government Inspectorate Research Centre. Participants came from all areas concerned: National Assembly, Office of the Government, Fatherland Front and most importantly, provincial and local authorities. As well noted in the media, we aim to turn the ineffective authority jungle into clear, responsive complaint structures accessible by everyone.

July 1, 2013

Local Governance

Innovative project kicks off

For the first time the EU directly awards a grant to a local government association. The grant supports the project "Strengthening Local Governance for Local Economic Growth in Vietnamese Cities". The project will be implemented by ACVN and KAS for two years. At the signing ceremony EU Ambassador Franz Jessen stated “The EU is pleased to support this innovative project which [...] will generate tangible benefits for Vietnamese business and provide practical policy inputs to the Government”. more…