VietNamNet Bridge - With 80 million magnetic cards in circulation, commercial banks would have to spend trillions of dong to convert them into chip cards to ensure security. According to the State Bank of Vietnam, by the end of the third quarter, commercial banks had issued 147 million payment cards of different kinds. With the standards of domestic chip cards set by the State Bank, commercial banks can order chip card products from overseas as the standards are equal to EVM standards of international chip cards. With the standards of domestic chip cards set by the State Bank, commercial banks can order chip card products from overseas as the standards are equal to EVM standards of international chip cards. RELATED NEWS Are bank card criminals flocking to Vietnam? High number of bank cards are inactive Thanh Lich … [Read more...] about How much does it cost to convert magnetic into chip cards?
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Participants enjoy Vietnamese food at the event (Photo: VNA) Pretoria (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa held a Vietnamese Culture and Cuisine Day in Johannesburg on December 5 to introduce Vietnamese tourism, landscapes and cuisine. The event, part of activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and South Africa, was attended by Sindiswa Mququ, Chief Director for South, Central and Southeast Asia at the South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation; Malaysian Ambassador Mohamad Nizan Mohamad, Chairman of the ASEAN Pretoria Committee; and ambassadors of ASEAN countries in South Africa, among others. Opening the event, Ambassador Vu Van Dung noted Vietnam and South Africa are celebrating 25 years of their ties in 2018, the same year many activities have been held around the world to mark the 100th birthdays of President Nelson Mandela and political activist Albertina Sisulu, two symbols … [Read more...] about Vietnamese tourism, cuisine introduced in South Africa
One person was killed and about 20 were injured when a vintage plane crashed on Tuesday (Jul 10) after it took off on a test flight from a small airport in the South African capital Pretoria, emergency services said. South African paramedics and emrgency services gather at the scene of a plane crash at Wonderboom, on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa. (STRINGER/AFP) The Convair-340 plane built in 1954 was due to soon be flown to the Aviodrome air museum in the Netherlands from Wonderboom airport in Pretoria. The plane came down on rough ground about five kilometres east of the airport, hitting a small factory building, injuring two people inside. Images from the site showed the plane broken into several pieces. Paramedics helped survivors out of the aircraft and treated patients at the scene as firefighters tackled the smoking wreckage. "The plane had 19 passengers on board which includes the pilot and the engineer," Johan Pieterse, the local government emergency … [Read more...] about One dead, 20 injured in South Africa vintage plane crash
At a Vietnamese booth at the SAITEX 2018 (Source:VNA) Pretoria (VNA) - Vietnamese enterprises are displaying their products at the 25th South African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX), which began in Johannesburg of South Africa on June 24. As the largest trade fair in Africa, the event features nearly 400 enterprises from 36 countries. It is expected to draw thousands of visitors. Ngo Khai Hoan, Deputy Head of the Department of Africa, West Asia and South Asia Markets under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) said Vietnam’s attendance at the event is hoped to help expand trade ties between Vietnam and South Africa. South Africa is a key market and the most important trade partner of Vietnam in Africa, he said. Although two-way trade currently stands at only 1 billion USD, the potential for expanding trade between the two sides is huge, Hoan stressed. Beside introducing Vietnam’s traditional products such as coffee, … [Read more...] about Vietnamese goods introduced at int’l trade fair in South Africa
At the exhibition (Source: VNA) Pretoria (VNA) – The Embassy of Vietnam in South Africa kicked off a painting exhibition in Pretoria on May 8, drawing a large number of visitors from foreign embassies, international organisations and art lovers in the country. The exhibition, which will run until May 10, is part of activities to celebrate the 25th founding anniversary of Vietnam-South Africa diplomatic relations. It showcases 16 oil paintings by painter Doan Hong, who has spent nearly 20 years drawing paintings about the lives in Vietnam’s coastal areas. In his opening speech, Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Vu Van Dung said the exhibition not only marks 25 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries and but also introduces the beauty of Vietnam’s coastline of more than 3,000km to international friends and South African people in particular. In addition to bilateral high-ranking visits, various cultural exchange events will be organised this … [Read more...] about Painting exhibition in South Africa draws large crowds