The launching ceremony (Photo: VNA)

A conference was held in Hanoi on June 22 to review the projects on the national population database and on the making, granting, and management of citizen ID cards, the Vietnam New Agency said.

Lt. Gen. Nguyen Duy Ngoc, Deputy Minister of Public Security, noted that the ministry was assigned to coordinate the implementation of these two projects, which have achieved four major results: basically completing the national population data centre, completing the granting of personal identification numbers for citizens nationwide, completing the design and production of chip-based ID cards, and successfully connecting the national population database with ministries, sectors, and localities on a trial basis.

Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh considered the official operation of the national population database and the citizen ID database a stride in the national governance reform to meet the regional and international integration demand.

It is an important event helping affirm the efforts to promote digital transformation in the country, he said.

The two projects’ outcomes will create optimal conditions for the provision of online public services and the reform of citizen management activities, thus helping with the crime fight and ensuring social order and safety, the Government leader added.

Vietnamese lychee auctioned in Australia

One kilo of Vietnamese fresh lychees was sold for 3,000 AUD (2,254 USD) at a special auction in Perth city of West Australia recently, which opened the Vietnamese Lychee Week held by the Vietnamese Trade Office in Australia.

The auctioned lychees are chosen from the first batch of 17 tonnes of fresh lychees in the crop of 2021 that has just arrived in Australia, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Vietnamese lychee sold in Australia (Photo: VNA)

The auction, took place in MCQ supermarket on June 16, drew a large number of visitors who lauded the outstanding quality of Vietnamese lychee this year.

Head of the Vietnamese Trade Office in Australia Nguyen Phu Hoa said that along with the high quality, this year, importers and distributors have paid great attention to packaging.

The auction aimed to affirm the value of Vietnamese lychee and support the promotion of the trademark, he said, adding that all the money from lychee selling at the event will be sent home to support children in the lychee-growing regions.

Prior to the harvesting season at home, the office had implemented the trademark-building programme to promote consumption of Vietnamese lychee in the largest market in the Oceania.

In the Vietnamese Lychee Week, it has conducted a series of activities to advertise the Vietnamese lychee trademark.

This year is expected to be a good year for Vietnamese lychee in Australia. The leading importer of Vietnamese farm produce in Australia, 4wayfresh, said that this week, an additional batch of lychees will arrive in West Australia as part of its plan to import 100 tonnes of lychees in this crop. In other states such as Victoria and South Australia, importers are importing fresh lychees from Vietnam to meet the market demand.

Vietnamese lychee has been favoured by Australian consumers since the product was first sold in the country in 2015. Last year, 80 tonnes of the product was sold in the market.

Ly Hoang Duy, Director of 4wayfresh, said that Vietnamese lychee has outstanding taste and quality thanks to improved storage and transport technology. The majority of consumers in Australia agree that this is the best of its kind in the market.

This year, Australian importers plan to import 300-500 tonnes of Vietnamese lychee.

Four Vietnamese movies screened at Asian Film Festival

Four Vietnamese movies - Bac Kim Thang (Home Sweet Home), “Bo Gia” (Dad, I'm sorry), “Tiec trang mau” (Blood moon party) and “Rom” are being screened at the Asian Film Festival within the framework of the Vietnamese film screening day in Rome, Italy.

A poster of "Tiec trang mau" film (Photo:

These films have won high box office revenues in the past time, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Among the films mentioned above, "Bac kim thang" by director Tran Huu Tan is among the few domestic horror films.

Meanwhile, the remainders were prominent representatives of Vietnamese cinema in 2020.

The Asian Film Festival in Italy is organised by the Roberts Bresson Film Foundation which selects the best films in East Asia, with special attention given to young directors.

A total of 28 feature films and two short films from 11 East Asian countries such as Japan, the Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore, are featured at the event.

The films mainly reflect the abuse and bullying of minors, family relationship and climate change in parts of East Asia./.

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