The Hanoitimes - The biggest-ever event is expected to bring foreign investors to Vietnam and innovate sustainability for Vietnamese startup ecosystems. The Hanoi Innovation Summit is a brand new international event held for the first time in Hanoi, attracting more than 100 international speakers, hundreds of domestic and foreign innovators, investors and startups, and more than 3,000 attendees. Hanoi Innovation Summit - the biggest-ever event attracting global innovators and investors to Vietnam. Photo: HIS Taking place on August 29-30, the summit is co-created by two France-based companies Schoolab and Startup Sesame, and is co-hosted by the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Ministry of Planning and Investment. Major tech players attending Hanoi Innovation Summit (HIS) include AWS, Microsoft, IBM, TechCrunch, NBC News, Golden Gate Venture, Click Ventures, among others. Experts are those from Finnish ecological champion Nordic 247 to South-Korean-based … [Read more...] about How big is Hanoi Innovation Summit?
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Vietnamese authorities have vowed to clamp down on illegal moneylenders after the biggest loan shark group in the country was found to be torturing staff members. Customers are advised to turn to legal lenders with their loan requests, especially as the Lunar New Year approaches Criminals lending money with exorbitant interest rates have long been a problem in Vietnam. Without access to formal banking services, poor people often resort to loan sharks when they need quick money for business, hospital fees or other personal uses. If the debtor defaults on their loans, loan sharks will do whatever they can to collect the money, including violence, harassment, and kidnapping of the debtors and their families. Two weeks ago, the issue once again came into the spotlight as police officers in the northern-central province of Thanh Hoa arrested an unlicensed group of creditors who work together under the company name Nam Long Financial Group. Considered the largest loan shark … [Read more...] about Arrests raise loan sharks higher on social agenda
So few disabled people employed. Many enterprises still refuse to receive employees with disabilities who satisfy job requirement as their non-disabled peers. Ms. Tran Ngoc My in District 10, who is also physically disabled, said that companies asked her to leave the job document they will contact her later; however, she never receives phones from them. At last she is employed with lower income than her non-disabled colleagues. Nguyen Hoang Trung, who works with a startup for people with disabilities in Phu Nhuan District, said that he and disabled peers found it difficult to access to special policies for them. Specifically, most of them don’t know where to find out employment information and labor market. Also they don’t know how much they will enjoy exemption when renting a space for a startup. One of the preoccupations of disabled student Le Thanh Hung of Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology is where disabled graduates can get a job because of severe … [Read more...] about Disabled people frustrated at being denied chance to work
Viet Nam News Opera singer Đào Tố Loan, who started her career from zero, now teaches at the Việt Nam Academy of Music (VNAM). She speaks with Lê Hương after winning first prize at the Singapore Lyric Opera ASEAN Vocal Competition 2018. Inner Sanctum: Can you tell us more about the contest in Singapore? The contest takes place every two years in Singapore, where short listed candidates compete in the semi-final and final rounds. Each contestant has to sing three arias in the semi-final and three different arias in the final. But just a few hours before the semi-final, the organisers announced that each contestant had only five minutes to prepare their performance, including an introduction. We were all worried as most of our arias were rather long. Some contestants cut the piano parts from their performances, while I chose short and cheerful arias to sing. During the final round, each contestant had ten minutes to sing two arias – one … [Read more...] about Hard-working mum wins opera contest
Access to micro finance programmes has helped thousands of women in Vietnam escape poverty and furthered the gender equality agenda. Poor women have benefited greatly from credit programmes run by Vietnam Bank for Social Policies and the Vietnam Women Union A 2016 report by the General Statistics Office of Vietnam showed that 44 per cent out of the 26.2 million female workers in Vietnam are employed in the agricultural sector. This means agriculture depends on women to grow. However, 62.4 per cent of these women work without pay in their households and 41.1 per cent are only employed for menial work. Upon seeing this, Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP) decided to help poor Vietnamese women gain access to credit so that they can set up their own business and escape poverty for good. When women can fend for themselves, social welfare will improve and the agricultural sector will benefit greatly, said VBSP. The bank then collaborated closely with the Vietnam Women Union … [Read more...] about Micro finance transforms the lives of poor Vietnamese women