Social Highlights for November 5

HCM City to tackle river and canal encroachmentThe director of Ho Chi Minh City's Department of Construction, Tran Trong Tuan, announced an overall inspection over the illegal encroachment of local river banks and canals. Ung Van Thiem encroaches on thousands of square metres used to protect Saigon River The inspection taskforce, led by Mr. Tuan, includes deputy directors from … [Read more...]

Ministry urged to boost ICT development

Deputy PM Nguyen Thien Nhan made the instruction at the MIC's year-end conference in Hanoi to review its work in 2012 and launch tasks in 2013. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan speaking at the conference (Photo: mic.gov.vn) Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has urged the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) to step up the implementation of a project … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 2/8

FIEs expand investment while fresh FDI funds tumble Foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) further expanded their investments in Vietnam in the year to date, offsetting a sharp fall in the flow of fresh foreign direct investment (FDI) in the period, said the Foreign Investment Agency. In the January-July period, up to 231 operational FIEs registered an additional US$2.83 … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 19/5

Farmers trapped by Chinese traders: an old story The fact that many local farmers in the southwestern provinces have suffered from a sharp decline in purple sweet potato prices as Chinese traders have suddenly stopped buying is just the latest episode in a long story containing myriad similar cases reported over the last few years. While local farmers have been repeatedly … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED ON DEC. 9-20

The Family Festival Kermesse 2011 Sun 11 Dec 2011, 9 am - 6 pm Thao Cam Vien (Park), 2B Nguyen Binh Khiem, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCM The Family Festival Kermesse 2011 will be held with sport activities, traditional games and many performances. In the festival, young children as well as adults will have fun with all the activities and traditional games from France and many … [Read more...]

Environmental laws need improvement

HA NOI (VNS) — Improving legal and institutional systems for effective environmental management was vital for Viet Nam to pursue sustainable development and strengthen international competitiveness, speakers agreed at a workshop in Ha Noi on Thursday. National development strategies until 2020 have highlighted a shift in the economic model, aiming for greater added value, high … [Read more...]

Seminar discusses computer incident response

A seminar on computer incident emergency response held in Hanoi on October 30 drew the participation of many domestic and foreign experts. The event, organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) in conjunction with the World Bank, aimed to build a mechanism for coordinating domestic and international response in this field. Addressing the seminar, MIC … [Read more...]

Maximum speed hiked to 120kph on expressway in southern Vietnam

Vehicles will be allowed to travel at up to 120kph on the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway next month, a 20 percent rise from the current limit, the road's management agency has announced. >> Vietnam's longest expressway opens, cutting Hanoi-Lao Cai travel time in half >> Expressway cutting Ho Chi Minh City-Vung Tau travel time opens to traffic After … [Read more...]

Vietnam: Most favoured partner of Japan

(VOV) - Vietnam has retained its status as Japan's second largest partner in terms of information technology since 2012 and the most favoured partner of Japanese businesses, according to the latest Technology Promotion Agency (IPA) report. The report said a recent survey of 30 Vietnam IT businesses showed that 89.30% of them have cooperated with Japanese partners in doing … [Read more...]

VN, Japan’s IT second largest partner

VGP - Viet Nam has maintained its status as Japan's second largest partner in terms of information technology since 2012 and the most favorite partner of Japanese businesses, according to the latest Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPA)'s report. Illustration photo The report said up to 31.5% of surveyed Japanese businesses selected Viet Nam while 20.6% favored … [Read more...]