September 25, 1992 |
Reformer and free-marketeer Vo Van Kiet was reelected Vietnam's premier Thursday for a five-year term and said his appointment shows that the people back economic reforms. Kiet promised to wage war on corruption. "Corruption is a burning issue for the whole party and whole society," he told the Voice of Vietnam radio station.
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June 12, 2008 |
Former Vietnamese Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet, an economic reformer who led the communist nation away from poverty and isolation and backed the normalization of ties with the United States, died Wednesday. He was 85. Kiet, who was prime minister from 1991 to 1997, died in a Singapore hospital, where he was taken Saturday after suffering a stroke, government officials said.
July 13, 1995 |
Even while offering a conciliatory message to overseas Vietnamese, such as those in Orange County, Vietnam served notice Wednesday that it will make no concessions on demands for more democracy or the question of political prisoners despite the U.S. decision to normalize diplomatic relations. Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet said, however, that he believes normalization will allow expatriates to get closer to their homeland.
March 21, 1994 |
State Control of Economy to Be Eased: The government said it will reduce its direct control of key economic sectors by forming semiautonomous alliances of corporations. The alliances, consisting of at least seven major companies each, will manage their own operations rather than relying on the direction of government ministries, the state-run Vietnam News reported. Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet, a leading advocate of free market reforms, will appoint the managers of each group, the newspaper said.
May 31, 1992 |
Vietnam's Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet, in a new crackdown on corruption, has told officials they must not exchange gifts with foreign businessmen, the official weekly Saigon Economy said Friday. Foreign business people complain that in order to get things done quickly, they sometimes have to give Vietnamese officials valuable "gifts" or bribes.
December 14, 1988
Vietnamese Vice Premier Vo Van Kiet painted a bleak picture of the nation's economy, calling for the abolition of free health care and education. "The country's social, economic and financial position did not improve in 1988," he said in his opening speech at the December session of the National Assembly. A relatively strong growth rate is being offset by inflation, poor tax collections and a budget deficit, he said.