Human rights and social work towards rights based practice
The date applies for students from kindergarten to high school levels, while colleges and centers for vocational training and continuing education will reopen a week later.
Relevant agencies have been asked to exert efforts in ensuring safety for students when they resume going to schools, and enforce strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Schools are also requested to complete the curriculum in tandem with guidelines of the Ministry of Education and Training and prepare for the upcoming national high school and secondary school examinations.
Students in the city had to stay home and study online from February 2 when new cases of locally-transmitted cases of COVID-19 were reported in the city late January.
Hanoi had not detected new cases of COVID-19 for 11 consecutive days to February 26.
Under the MoUs, the La Gan offshore wind farm project and suppliers will work together to promote offshore wind power in Vietnam. In addition, the La Gan offshore wind farm project will facilitate knowledge transfer and provide advice on foundation design, facility layouts, and logistics and infrastructure requirements to enable the suppliers to serve the offshore wind market with international standards.
Speaking at the online signing ceremony on February 24, Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Højlund Christensen affirmed that helping Vietnam’s energy sector in green energy development and transformation is one of Denmark’s priorities.
Collaboration in projects like La Gan will contribute to expanding and enhancing cooperation between the two countries in sharing information, and improving the capacity of experts and employees, especially in the offshore wind power supply chain, the ambassador said.
With a potential capacity of 3.5 GW, the La Gan offshore wind project will be one of the first large scale offshore wind projects in Vietnam. Once fully installed, the project is expected to power more than 7 million households per year and avoid 130 million tons of CO 2 emissions over its lifetime.
According to the BVG Associates, the project will create over 45,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs and contribute over 4.4 billion USD to the economy during the course of the project.
The total rate of locally-made components will account for about 45 percent of the supply chain of the project.
As the project will be carried out for over many years, more opportunities will be given to Vietnamese contractors to join the supply chain.
Since signing the memorandum of understanding with the provincial People’s Committee last July, the project has achieved significant progress, including preparation for a field survey and approval for a survey license.
This first large-scale offshore wind power project in Vietnam is valued at USD 10 billion.
Translated by Chung Anh
|The construction of Cau Dat Wind Farm is in full swing with completion expected by the third quarter|
The project will be powered by 15 of GE’s 4MW-137 onshore wind turbines, with a hub height of 111.5m, ideally suited to exploit the wind conditions in the mountainous range of Lam Dong province in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam. This is the first partnership with Ocean Renewable Energy JSC. Both companies have been working closely for a year on wind farm design, layout, transportation, and engineering.
The construction of Cau Dat Wind Farm is in full swing and completion is expected by the third quarter this year. The contract also provides a 10-year full service operation and management agreement for the wind farm.
The construction of the wind farm will provide immense benefits for the province’s economy, creating jobs during the construction process and employment opportunities in operation, maintenance, and project support services throughout the agreement period.
|GE is a long-term partner in supporting Vietnam’s energy transition by bringing its innovative technology to support Vietnam in its efforts to power households with sustainable energy.|
Gilan Sabatier, regional leader for GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind Business in South Asia and ASEAN, said, “We thank Ocean Renewable Energy JSC and their leadership team for selecting GE for this project. The award of the Cau Dat wind farm further validates the great work and commitment we have done in Vietnam and reaffirms our important contribution to the country’s energy transition.”
“We are delighted to sign this important deal with GE Renewable Energy for our first wind farm project,” said Do Van Binh, general director of Ocean Renewable Energy JSC. “This project helps Lam Dong province contribute to the renewable energy goal of the country as well as lays the foundation for expansion of the project in the coming years.”
GE is a long-term partner in supporting Vietnam’s energy transition by bringing its innovative technology to support Vietnam in its efforts to power households with sustainable energy. Vietnam has seen an increase in the demand for energy and this wind project further expands GE’s contribution in providing technological support for a variety of power generation projects throughout the country.
GE Vietnam has more than 1,600 employees in Vietnam and is the only wind turbine original equipment manufacturer with a manufacturing footprint in the country.
By Anh Duc
Truong Thanh Toan, 29, and Hoang Ha, 34, are under investigation for “trading in fake curative medicines” after their arrest Thursday while in possession of the drug.
According to investigators, the 5,000 tablets belong to a package without a proven origin.
Later inspections revealed the drugs labeled as Viagra were all counterfeit.
The counterfeit Viagra as seized by police in Gia Lai Province, February 2021. Photo by police.
The two men said they could earn VND4 billion ($173,805) by selling the pills on the local market.
They said they had bought the counterfeit products from a Chinese trader using Chinese social media.
Thu Hoai turned up at a party with a Bulgari handbag valued at over VND100 million, a favorite of many celebrities in the world, including Miranda Kerr and Kate Moss.
Hoai said the gown and accessories she wore had a total value of VND400 million. But this was just a ‘small figure’, because she once appeared at another party in a gown worth VND3 billion.
“It is just middling,” she said, adding that there are many people richer than she is willing to spend more money on party clothing.
Hoai said that 99 percent of women want to own at least one item of a famous brand. The first branded item she had was a Louis Vuitton handbag.
The daughter of a billionaire in the real estate sector, she has many products from famous brands Dior, Hermes, Gucci and Chanel, travels all over the world, and has dinner at luxury restaurants.
In order to satisfy the demand of luxury item fans like Thu Hoai, Louis Vuitton has opened a large store on Ngo Quyen street in Hanoi. There are two VIP rooms at the store, with private space where clients can fully enjoy unique experiences with all senses.
The famous brand set foot in Vietnam in 1997 when it opened the first store at Metropole Hanoi Hotel.
The International Center, which is not far from the hotel, operational since 1995, has a lot of luxury brands, such as Prada, Hermes, Gucci and Patek Philippe. At Trang Tien Plaza, the products of 200 brands are displayed.
However, analysts note that the number of luxury brands in Hanoi is still lower than in HCM City.
Online shopping is unsuited to luxury product distribution. Many shopaholics fly to HCM City to do shopping, according to Johnathan Hanh Nguyen, called the ‘Branded goods King’.
The next-generation of wealthy people
Vietnamese fans of luxury goods have been younger in recent years. The article ‘Rich Kids of Vietnam’ was published in Business Insider in mid-July 2017. It noted that they had luxury items with famous brands when they were just 18 or 20 years old.
Savills Vietnam reported that the number of young people conversant with knowledge about technology is increasing rapidly and are the clients that luxury brands target.
With the strong development of technology, youth now have more chances to see luxury products through celebrities on social networks and go to stores to see the products with their eyes and buy them.
Middle class people are also willing to spend money on luxury items. These people tend to save money to buy valuable things, and like branded products.
A report released in 2018 showed that the Vietnamese middle class has been expanding rapidly with 1.5 million people each year in recent years and it is expected to account for 33 percent of Vietnam’s population by 2020.
|2020 was a tough year for luxury brands. The border closure and the spread of the coronavirus have mostly stopped the world’s tourism and caused a sharp fall in the sale of luxury items.|
Even people with lower income also wants to own luxury products. A film director said at a talk show that a young girl he knows who lives in a rented room with unstable income has a Gucci handbag worth VND70 million.
A survey by Luxury Institute found that luxury products are not only considered high-quality items, but also the manifestation of the class of their owners.
According to Matthew Powel, director of Savills Hanoi, the latest presence of LVMH with Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior stores in Hanoi is a good sign of confidence in the Vietnamese market.
Thierry Stern of Patek Philippe, talking about his impression about local wealthy people, said he knows Vietnamese businessmen have watch collections and own high-end real estate.
2020 was a tough year for luxury brands. The border closure and the spread of the coronavirus have mostly stopped the world’s tourism and caused a sharp fall in the sale of luxury items.
McKinsey, a market analysis firm, predicted that the global fashion industry worth $2.5 trillion lost 27-30 percent of revenue in 2020. Meanwhile, luxury brands saw sales decrease by 35-39 percent.
A lot of luxury brands have flocked to Vietnam as they believe that it will be a potential market for them.
Previously, wealthy Vietnamese people had to fly to Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong to buy luxury clothes and cosmetics. But now many luxury brands are present in Vietnam.
The income of Vietnamese people has been increasing. According to IMF, Vietnam’s economy had value of $1.05 trillion in 2020 and GDP per capita was $10,000 if calculating in the PPP (purchasing power parity) method. The Economist in August 2020 listed Vietnam among the 16 most successful emerging economies.
With the growth slowdown in China, Bain and Altagamma believe that Vietnamese consumers will benefit from the massive landing of luxury brands in coming years.
Statista estimates that Vietnam’s luxury goods market was valued at $974 million in 2020, a slight decrease of 6 percent from 2019.