Editor’s note: Aban Marker Kabraji is regional director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Asia and director of the IUCN Regional Hub for Asia - Oceania. Known for its beautiful beaches and coral reefs, Trat Province, on the eastern coast of Thailand, is struggling with a very real problem. Like other coastal areas in the country, the province is being polluted by the daily dumping of waste into the ocean. While there is no shortage of environmental management efforts in Trat, dealing with waste, particularly plastic pollution, remains a big struggle. For long-time village chief Natsini Intaraprasert of the Mairood sub-district, home to one of the province’s giant landfills, waste is the “most challenging problem to manage.” Trat’s waste and plastic woes are not unique, with plastic pollution topping the list of problems affecting the world’s oceans. Every year, the world produces over 300 million tons of plastic, half … [Read more...] about Solving the plastics crisis in Vietnam, Asia
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Nguyen Tuan Anh, CEO of Grab Financial Group Viet Nam, talks about strategies to help start-ups expand their markets at a recent event in HCM City. — Photo Thanh Nguyen. Overcoming human resources problems, understanding local cultures and finding reliable partners are needed for Vietnamese start-ups to “go global,” the CEO of Grab Financial Group Viet Nam has said. Speaking at a recent boot camp, a start-up training programme organised by VnExpress.net, Nguyen Tuan Anh said reaching out to the world was not optional but imperative for a start-up to succeed. “You may not go global right away, but you must have a vision to do it in the next five to 10 years. “Vietnamese start-ups must conquer the global playground to increase the value, revenue and profit.” Anh was one of the first employees of the giant ride-hailing service when it entered the Vietnamese market in 2014 on the heels of its success in four other Southeast Asian countries, Malaysia, … [Read more...] about Start-ups must go global, says Grabs Viet Nam chief
Illustrative image (Photo: https://www.bangkokpost.com/) Bangkok (VNA) - The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) and the Bank of Thailand (BoT) have agreed to launch new measures for Thai small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to encourage them to expand overseas. The two agencies will select 50 competitive companies from five industrial sectors: auto parts, rubber, food and processed food, home appliances and electronics, and furniture, local media reported. The firms have to be capable of developing a foothold in other countries. Kriangkrai Tiannukul, vice-chairman of the FTI, said the measure is a pilot project to support Thai SMEs in overseas investment aspects such as finance, marketing and regulation. "We have to listen to the problems they face in doing business in other markets," the Bangkok Post quoted Kriangkrai as saying. The FTI and BoT will work together to support SMEs and provide knowledge on how to use financial management and enter targeted markets overseas, he … [Read more...] about Thailand supports SMEs to expand overseas
Duc Hoang The most potent weapon of a consumer is to stop consuming. How do we then answer the question: "If we don't use their water, who else will provide it to us?" My family was among those troubled recently over the fact that our son's school was located just one kilometer from the burnt Rang Dong light bulb warehouse (that leaked 15-27 kilos of mercury into the air). Now we've got a new one: polluted tap water and the difficulty in getting bottled water. Since my family and I are not the only ones severely affected by this, since there are millions of us, one would expect the company responsible for the crisis to be hit hard by it too. However, the stocks of Song Da Water Investment Joint Stock Company (code: VCW) on the Unlisted Public Company Market (UPCoM) still went up on Tuesday. There was no chain reaction following a public crisis like what one would see in a movie, where a negative news about a company spreads and causes its stock to spiral … [Read more...] about How can Vietnamese people manage a water supply monopoly?
And despite plenty of hard work on a daily basis, you will not find her complaining about being tired – although you may have to charge the nurse from time to time. Tam is the first ‘robot’ nurse to help clinical staff perform routine work. She has the appearance of a nurse, complete with tradition clothing worn by other medical staff at the hospital. Tam is designed to be able to move around, have face recognition system, remember certain tasks such as remembering patients' name and giving patients directions. And the robotic medic can also have conversation with patients about medical issues, nutrition diets, and measures to prevent popular illnesses. An electronic board is designed to help patients look up the list of hospital fees and allow medical appointments to be made by specialists. The nurse robot has turned the hospital into a highlight of HCM City's medical industry in applying information technology to build a smart healthcare system for patients. … [Read more...] about HCM City hospital introduces a nurse robot to help patients