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PM pledges cleaner state, faster pace of reforms

New reformist Prime Minister Phan Van Khai yesterday pledged an acceleration of change and the creation of a more responsive, cleaner state machine in his first key statement.

Saturday, 27 September, 1997, 12:00am

Budget fears prompt lavish parties clamp

The capital has embarked on an urgent drive to stop officials wasting state funds on lavish parties and cars, in a desperate bid to stall a budget blow-out.

Deputy Prime Minister Phan Van Khai this week ordered 'drastic measures' to curb entertainment spending by officials from government ministries and provinces, the state press reported yesterday.

16 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Loss of vast forest tracts alarms Kiet

Premier Vo Van Kiet has raised alarm over Vietnam's fast-dwindling forests, warning that the country has far less jungle than official figures suggest.

In a trip to the Central Highlands, Mr Kiet warned officials of the 'incredible reduction' of primeval forests around Tay Nguyen - previously one of Vietnam's most densely covered areas.

23 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Survival politics outweigh ideology

The staring eyes of Lenin, Marx and Ho Chi Minh may have been bearing down on the Communist Party congress, but it was the tough politics of survival that ruled as much as ideology.

Overall, the party seems to have created a mandate for a new era of control as much as it has made any commitment to reform.

3 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Venture stranded without licence

A troubled Australian mining joint venture has finally foundered, with the withdrawal of its investment licence amid fresh allegations against it in Vietnam's state-controlled press.

The semi-official Lao Dong paper claimed yesterday that Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet had withdrawn the licence of Westralian Sand's Austinh project, citing 'grave violations' of Vietnam's laws.

29 May 1996 - 12:00am

Vietnam hints at foreign shares in state firms

Vietnam has hinted it will open up its monolithic state sector to foreigners following the Prime Minister's call to better utilise 'Grandma's gold' - hidden and potentially vast domestic savings.

Vietnam's state press yesterday reported senior officials saying share sales to foreigners would be tested in a widened pilot 'equitisation' programme later this year.

14 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Vice blitz just the start

THE shutters are coming down across Vietnam. The clampdown on all manner of 'social evils' and foreign influences is just the beginning of a far wider drive to shore up political stability ahead of the Communist Party congress in June.

14 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Kiet urges tax reforms as budget deficit stifles growth

VIETNAM'S Prime Minister has called for an urgent tax overhaul to pull the country out of spiralling budget deficits, made worse by smuggling and corruption.

Vo Van Kiet said the budget and taxation were the 'hottest matters' faced by Hanoi as it sought to capitalise on surging growth.

4 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Tolerant of dissent

THE report issued by an Australian team this week on human rights in Vietnam portrays a government impatient to achieve economic modernisation but hesitant to let go of some of the political controls that were developed in earlier times.

12 May 1995 - 12:00am

Campaigners under fire

PARIS: Vietnamese Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet said yesterday campaigners for human rights in Vietnam served the interests of the fallen, anti-communist South Vietnamese government.

However, he told the French daily Le Monde his Communist Government had made mistakes, causing discontent among some Vietnamese.

5 May 1995 - 12:00am

Vietnam plans to speed up pace of reform

VIETNAM'S Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet wants to free 'cumbersome obstacles' blocking business in Vietnam, but emphasises he has not perceived 'disappointment' among the growing number of foreign investors.

26 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Britain offers to help Vietnam market

CHANCELLOR of the Exchequer Kenneth Clarke has thrown Britain's weight behind the speedy development of Vietnam's banking system and capital markets, offering top-level help from London's stock exchange.

12 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Tower gets new colour after uproar

VIETNAM'S Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet wants a new foreign building in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City to be repainted so it does not detract from the historic home of the city's People's Committee.

10 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Hanoi seizes frims' profits

VIETNAMESE Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet has ordered that profits be seized from two Hong Kong companies involved in cigarette production in Vietnam.

Mr Kiet has instructed Vietnam's powerful Interior Ministry to join the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment to consider 'disciplinary and administrative measures' against the companies.

2 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Young bike racers have city in a spin

THEY might only ride 90 cc 'shopping baskets,' but Hanoi's rebellious bikers are facing the wrath of the police and Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet.

Stiff new penalties were yesterday announced to curb midnight races, with the Hanoi People's Committee claiming 15 young men have died in the past year on Hanoi's normally subdued lanes.

30 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

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