Hanoi (VNA) – A State funeral will be held
on March 20-21 for former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, who passed away on
A ceremony to pay tribute to the late PM will take
place from 8:00 am on March 20 to the end of March 21 at Thong Nhat Hall in Ho
Chi Minh City where his remains are preserved.
It will be followed by a memorial service at the hall
at 7:30 am on March 22. The burial ceremony is scheduled at 11:00 am the same
day in his hometown – Tan Thong Hoi commune, Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh City.
The tribute-paying and memorial ceremonies will take
place at the International Convention Centre, Le Hong Phong street, Ba Dinh,
Hanoi at the same time with those in HCM City.
The Vietnam Television (VTV) and the Voice of Vietnam
(VOV) will broadcast these ceremonies live.
On March 20 and 21, all State offices and public
facilities will fly the national flag at half-mast and all entertainment
activities will be stopped.
Former Politburo member and former Prime Minister Phan
Van Khai passed away at 1:30 on March 17 at Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City, aged 85.
Phan Van Khai was born on December 25, 1933 in Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh
As one of the high-ranking Party and State leaders in the first phase of the
country’s Renewal and nation-building cause, PM Khai was active and determined
to build the institution under the spirit of renewal to utilize the capacities
of all economic sectors, especially the private one, together with opening door
to the world and integrating internationally.
During his nearly two working terms, fundamental laws in the first phase of the
Renewal and door-opening process were built.
The Government chaired by PM Khai left its working-term marks by the issuance
of the Business Law, the annulment of hundreds of licences, the involvement in
many tough talks to negotiate Vietnam’s admission to the World Trade
Organization (WTO), and more.
The Party and State have presented PM Khai the Golden
Star Order and the 55-year Party Membership Badge (2014), in recognition of his
dedications to the country’s revolutionary cause.-VNA