E-commerce is one of the safe solutions to stimulate consumer demand The government is looking for a path to live with coronavirus after nearly two years of the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide. As the pandemic continues to linger, it is urgent for the government and policy-makers to find a proper solution to restart the economy. The many pilots over the past half year showed that it is essential to allow e-commerce marketplaces and online platforms to serve customer demand during the pandemic. In August, Thu Duc City piloted a programme to support the purchase of essential goods through GrabMart. In just a few hours after the launch, more than 10,000 pre-orders were recorded. It is clear that the e-commerce partnership will help to reduce the burden on local authorities and timely support the needs of the people. According to Ray Liang, chief operating officer of Society Pass (SoPa), the US operator of the Leflair e-commerce platform, shopping through an e-commerce platform will … [Read more...] about Living in a pandemic: Boosting consumption or waiting to die?
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Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang highlighted that Vietnam is proud of its achievements in socio-economic affairs, politics, and diplomacy with its partners worldwide over the past seven decades. The 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam reaffirmed the nation’s foreign policy of independence, openness, and proactive regional and international integration, the diplomat said. Expressing his delight at growing Vietnam – France relations, Thang noted the nations will mark a decade of their strategic partnership and five decades of their diplomatic relations in 2023. He said he believes that high-level political exchanges in recent months and in the coming time will create a new impetus for the bilateral relations. He also mentioned a COVID-19 vaccine batch donated by France just arriving in Vietnam in a couple of days ago as an example of the countries’ vivid relationship. The diplomat said he is pleased with the expanding … [Read more...] about Embassy marks Vietnamese events in France
United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said a critical meeting on climate change later this year in Scotland is at risk of failure due to mistrust between developed and developing countries and a lack of ambitious goals among some emerging economies. The U.N. COP26 conference in Glasgow aims to wring much more ambitious climate action and the money to go with it from participants around the globe. Scientists said last month that global warming is dangerously close to spiralling out of control. "I believe that we are at risk of not having a success in COP26," Guterres told Reuters in an interview at U.N. headquarters in New York on Wednesday. "There is still a level of mistrust, between north and south, developed and developing countries, that needs to be overcome." "We are on the verge of the abyss and when you are on the verge of the abyss, you need to be very careful about what the next step is. And the next step is COP26 in Glasgow," he said. Guterres and Britain's Prime … [Read more...] about Glasgow climate summit at risk of failure, U.N. chief warns
Vietnam’s Nanocovax could help close the gap between supply and demand of vaccines. Photo: Le Toan At last week’s reception for Indian Ambassador Pranay Verma, Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed gratitude to the Indian government for providing oxygen supply and medical equipment for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. State President Phuc also requested the ambassador to urge the Indian government to provide Vietnam with an emergency amount of 10 million doses of vaccines as well as additional treatment drugs and medical supplies in the near future. Thanking Vietnam for supporting India in responding to its own pandemic woes in June, the ambassador said that India will try its best to return the favour. Indian pharmaceutical companies will continue to supply COVID-19 drugs as well as cooperate in production and transfer technology to produce vaccines for Vietnam. “Although India is carrying out a national vaccination programme, the county pays attention … [Read more...] about India and Vietnam team up in vaccine collaboration
Vietnam is a key supplier of the world’s coffee, so disruption here ripples into all walks of global life The UK media finally picked up on the troubles surrounding COVID-19 in Southeast Asia at the start of September, but not to cover tightened restrictions and snowballing case numbers - rather, it was concern for how it would damage the British population’s ability to enjoy a coffee before commuting to work each day. The tough anti-pandemic measures induced in Ho Chi Minh City, its surrounding areas, and also in the Central Highlands region have disrupted supply chains after Vietnam, the world’s second-biggest exporter of coffee, continued to battle increasing infections since the latest and biggest wave emerged in June. Vietnam is the leading exporter of Robusta coffee, used for instant coffee as well as for some espresso blends. The sharp rise in coronavirus cases and a shortage of vaccines have caused the government to impose travel curbs in producing areas. British … [Read more...] about Coffee chaos highlights supply risks
Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed ways to foster Viet Nam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership, cooperation in COVID-19 fight and regional and international issues of shared concerns over the phone on Thursday. President Nguyen affirmed Viet Nam has always attached importance to the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia, expressing his wish that both countries would further strengthen bilateral cooperation across fields in the interest of both nations. President Putin once again congratulated Nguyen upon his election as the President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam for the 2021-2026 tenure. The two Presidents agreed on the need to take more measures to further facilitate trade and investment flows between the two countries, and accelerate the implementation of joint projects in such key areas like energy, petroleum, defense and security. On COVID-19 fight, … [Read more...] about President holds phone conversation with Russian counterpart