French firefighters on Monday (Apr 15) won an hours-long battle to save the main structure of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, after a colossal fire caused the spire of the historic edifice to crash to the ground and wiped out centuries of heritage.
Severe rain on the night of June 20th has hit many parts of Thailand's capital Bangkok, causing flooding in many areas and worsening the already chaotic traffic during rush hour.
(VNF) - On June 17th, GE and EDF began operation of the first ever combined-cycle power plant equipped with GE’s air-cooled HA gas turbine in Bouchain (France), launching a new era of power generation technology and digital integration.
(VNF) - The World Bank is downgrading its 2016 global growth forecast to 2.4% from the 2.9% pace projected in January, due to sluggish growth in advanced economies, stubbornly low commodity prices, weak global trade, and diminishing capital flows.
The second meeting of the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC) in 2016 and related meetings took place in Manado, Indonesia on May 29th-30th with Permanent Representative of Vietnam to ASEAN Nguyen Hoanh Nam in attendance.
(VNF) - Ms Victoria Kwakwa was appointed by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim as the new regional Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, effective on April 15th.
Over 100 guests from Greek ministries, researchers, professors, students and international friends on April 7th joined a workshop entitled “ASEAN: A community of opportunities” held in Greece’s capital Athens.
(VNF) - The first Regional Consultation Meeting for ASEAN People’s Forum 2016 (APF 2016) was held from March 31st - April 1st 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The US-based magazine Fast Company included GE in its annual list of the most innovative companies. GE is the top-ranked industrial company on the list, which includes many digital darlings like BuzzFeed (ranked at the very top), Uber and Alphabet.
The Australian Government has launched its Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy, reaffirming that Australia will continue to be an active part of the global fight for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Japan, Australia and India on February 26th agreed on the importance of maintaining the rule of law in the East Sea and shared “strong concerns” over tensions in the region amid China’s rising assertive move in the sea.
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong praised the importance of the recent US- ASEAN Summit, which was held in Sunnylands, California from February 15th-17th.
(VNF) - The Australian Government’s tough border protection measures to stop illegal people smuggling and ensure the sovereignty of Australia’s borders remain in full force.
(VNF) - The Government of Canada on January 19th appointed Ms Marie-Louise Hannan as Canada’s new Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) is continuing to implement its strategic tasks in line with the comprehensive and principal renovation policy with a focus on Party building and ideology.
Singapore and the US signed a defence cooperation agreement (DCA) in Washington on December 8th.
(VNF) - EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica is scheduled to visit South East Asia region, including Vietnam (November 16th - 18th) and Cambodia (November 18th - 20th).