By Le Luong Vang - Managing director ISD Engineering In 1993, the world’s first Green Building Council was established in the US and the LEED Green building certificate was also issued accordingly. In 1999, the World Green Building Council was established in California, setting off the green building revolution around the world. In Southeast Asia, in 2005, Singapore’s Ministry of Construction issued a mandatory Green Mark Certificate for all new construction and renovation works in this country. Following this trend, the Vietnam Green Building Council (VGBC) was established in 2007 and launched the LOTUS green building assessment system adjusted to projects in Vietnam. In 2015, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, launched the EDGE green building certificate to provide a comprehensive technical and economical solution for developing countries to encourage the development of resource-efficient buildings. Vietnam is one of the … [Read more...] about Developing sustainably with rise of green buildings
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Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (standing) speaks at the meeting in Hanoi on January 19 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh chaired a Government meeting to discuss lawmaking issues in Hanoi on January 19. Cabinet members scrutinised eight bills and lawmaking proposals which are among those needing the Government’s consideration by March 1 this year before they are submitted to the National Assembly . The items under discussion consisted of the draft revised law on road traffic ; the draft law on ensuring road traffic order and safety; the draft law on forces taking part in the protection of grassroots security and order; the proposals to amend the law on housing, the law on real estate business, and the law on water resources; a proposal to build a law revising and supplementing some articles of the telecommunications law; and a proposal to build a law on digital technology industry. Participants looked into the need of those bills and … [Read more...] about Government members meet to talk lawmaking issues
Instead of just providing an ordinary overnight stay, many hotels and resorts in Vietnam introduce the “wellness holiday” concept to better serve the rising demand of travelers. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, environmental pollution, and diseases, people need to take care of their health and relieve stress. Thus, tourism activities associated with wellness and healthcare are being given more and more attention in the world, according to holiday-makers. The "yoga class by the sea" is a dispensable part of travelers' wellness holiday in Da Nang city. Photo: TIA Wellness Resort They forecast that the wellness holiday will take the throne in 2022. “The long trips of tourists will not only be for sightseeing, but also for healthcare,” they stated. According to the results of a recent survey by American Express, 76% of respondents said they would like to spend more on travel to improve their health and 55% said they would be willing to … [Read more...] about Wellness holiday takes the throne after Covid-19 pandemic
Vietnam targets ecological, sustainable agriculture Vietnam is striving to become a transparent, responsible and sustainable producer and supplier of food and foodstuff under a draft strategy on agricultural and rural development for 2021-2030 with a vision towards 2050. The strategy, which was sketched out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), targets ecological and sustainable agriculture. Vietnam’s commitments at the United Nations Food Systems Summit and the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) have been integrated into the strategy. The agricultural sector is facing challenges presented by the rapid industrialisation and urbanisation, intensive and extensive international integration, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, natural disasters, diseases, climate change, and great changes in consumption markets. Dragon fruit business seek to penetrate deep into Indian market Dragon fruit businesses of Binh … [Read more...] about VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS JANUARY 19
'Great things often come from the simplest things'. This might be the best description for the tech world in 2022. The key technologies of the future come from the research and development labs. Self-driving cars will appear on the streets, augmented reality glasses will become more popular, governments around the world will control Big Tech more strictly… 2022 may be the pivotal year for many new technologies to take off. Emerging technologies Rodney Zemmel, an official at McKinsey Digital, said quantum computing is still at a relatively early stage of development. However, we've already seen the real advancements of this technology, and it's time for technology leaders to consider its impact on business. In 2022, the world will see the ecosystem grow faster, investments increase more strongly, and breakthrough research accelerated. In 2021, investments in quantum computing startups surpassed US$1.7 billion, doubling that in 2020. The momentum is expected to be … [Read more...] about What should we expect in the world of technology in 2022?
Over the past two years, whilst the Covid-19 pandemic was raging over economies, coffee prices on both the derivatives market and domestic market have taken great strides. The following article tries to provide some answers to the question as to how coffee prices would be like this year. Coffee price hikes? Yes, that’s right because the London Robusta coffee price, which has been used by Vietnamese coffee traders as a benchmark, escalated from US$1,073 per ton in April 2020 to US$2,384 on December 30, 2021. Meanwhile, the New York Arabica coffee price soared from 92.70 cents/lb in May 2020 to 252.35 cents/lb, or a surge of 159.65 cents/lb equivalent to +US$3,520/ton, on December 7, 2021. That was the highest price over the past 10 years. Local coffee prices also surged, albeit at a lower rate, to around VND42 million/ton, the highest level over the past four years. The price hikes prove that the prediction of the 10-year coffee price cycle made by observers well-versed with … [Read more...] about Some scenarios for coffee prices in 2022