True to course

Mr John Howell, Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Vietnam Assurance PLC, spoke with VET as it celebrates 10 years in Vietnam. Over the last decade Prudential has received over 15 recognitions and awards. Among these is a Golden Dragon Award for last six years in succession. 2008 was a difficult year for all sectors due to the global financial crisis. How do you view … [Read more...]

Bucking the trend

Unlike many, insurers in Vietnam remain optimistic about the continued growth of their local market despite the events of here and elsewhere. Local people may feel reluctant to use life insurance as a saving or investment vehicle. When insurance giant American International Group Inc. (AIG) imploded last autumn, many of its policyholders and the media in Vietnam wondered … [Read more...]

“Competitiveness” from Perspective of Sustainability Criteria

More than ever, the notion "competitiveness" is very hot on both national and corporate scale as Vietnam is prepared to enter the common roof of ASEAN in 2015. Nguyen Quang Vinh, Director of the Business Office for Sustainable Development (SD4B) and General Secretary of the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD), said Vietnamese businesses need to … [Read more...]

Social News 30/10

USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health to visit Vietnam Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will pay a working visit to Vietnam from October 30 to November 1. During his time in Ho Chi Minh City, Dr. Pablos-Mendez will attend the launch of new USAID health initiative that … [Read more...]

Viettel to grant $12.3m scholarships to deserving students

Viettel and the Ministry of Education and Training sign an agreement to launch the "For Studious Student" scholarship programme to encourage poor students in the study. - File Photo HA NOI - Viettel and the Ministry of Education and Training on October 28 announced the launching of a 10-year programme granting scholarships to poor but industrious students in remote … [Read more...]

Cows donated to ethnic minority households in Dak Nong

As many as 1,000 breeding cows were handed over to ethnic minority households in seven districts and towns in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong from October 17-27. This is part of VinGroup's corporate social responsibility programme to donate 5,000 breeding cows to poor ethnic households in the five Central Highland provinces of Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Kon Tum, Gia Lai … [Read more...]

Asia Property Awards honors Vingroup as Vietnam’s best developer

Real estate firm Vingroup Joint Stock Co was announced as the winner of the "Best Developer Vietnam" category at the fourth annual South East Asia Property Awards 2014, which took place in Singapore last week. The Hanoi-based firm, which is Vietnam's largest listed real estate developer, received the award during a ceremony at The Shangri-La Hotel on October 16, which … [Read more...]

Businesses Apply Environmental Technologies for Sustainable Development

Environmental challenges At the conference, delegates pointed out that the world is facing great environment challenges and Vietnam is among the most vulnerable countries. Environmental challenges are threatening the sustainable development of enterprises and the whole economy. Madam Pham Thi Thu Hang, Secretary General of VCCI, said in the current trend, green production, … [Read more...]

Are toilets and bank accounts connected? In India, yes

Indian residents leave a public toilet block in New Delhi on Aug. 16, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to develop India includes creating toilet access for all 1.2 billion people and opening a bank account for every adult who doesn't already have one. India's state-owned lenders are being called on to do both, threatening to erode profits and add expenditures at firms … [Read more...]

Raising Consumer Trust in Vietnamese Products and Services

"How to make more and more Vietnamese select and trust local products? How can enterprises survive in a harshly competitive retail market? How to build a domestic market where consumers trust producers and retailers?" were the main contents discussed at the Corporate Social Responsibility Calendar Forum on Consumer Issues held in Hanoi on September 17, 2014. Enhancing … [Read more...]