Other companies, NGOs, and institutions have similar stories to tell of remarkable things achieved in an impossibly short timeframe across boundaries, cultures, and languages. It is my hope that our experiences will help to inform the global response to the crisis in terms of health policy, vaccine and treatment development, and economic assistance to countries in the throes of the pandemic as well as those rebuilding. What we have seen so far has been intermittently encouraging, but there have been some ugly episodes of me-first thinking by some individuals and governments that may harm everyone in the long run. … [Read more...] about Resilience, agility and humanity: some lessons from the pandemic
Tourists arrive at Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa Province. Vietnam is seeking to reopen certain international air routes – PHOTO: DAO LOAN HCMC – Ministries and government departments are looking into the possibility of the reopening of certain international air routes to the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control and the prime minister, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Doan Khac Viet said at a press conference on May 28. … [Read more...] about Vietnam seeks to reopen certain international air routes
Jakarta (VNA) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan worth 300 million USD to help PT Geo Dipa Energi (GDE), an Indonesian state-owned company, expand its geothermal power generation. In its May 28 announcement, ADB said that it will also manage a 35 million USD loan from the Clean Technology Fund for the project. GDE will use these loans to investing in expanding its geothermal power generation capacity by 110 megawatts in Java, the country’s largest electricity grid, through the construction and commission of two geothermal plants at Dieng in Central Java and Patuha in West Java. GDE President Director Riki Ibrahim said that the Geothermal Power Generation Project, recognized as a National Strategic Project by the government, will provide environmentally friendly base-load electricity to the Java–Bali electricity grid, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 700,000 tonnes per year. The project will build critical geothermal experience in Indonesia … [Read more...] about ADB helps Indonesia develop geothermal power
“Vietnamese policymakers should take it really seriously in this regard since finance is a sensitive sector. The new approach, though a bit cautious, is appropriate,” explained Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, director of the WTO Centre at the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The new move is slated to bring more consolidation in the banking sector, though it has also raised concerns of valuations and conflicts arising along the way. Some experts believe that private lenders such as Techcombank, ACB, HDBank, VIB, or VPBank, could be the most promising candidates. However, each has its own praiseworthy aspects and shortcomings. … [Read more...] about Upcoming EVFTA to fortify lenders
Loan and Phong could face the fines from VNĐ2 million to VNĐ5 million (US$85-214) for growing the banned plants, though it seems they'll be spared jail as growing 500-3,000 marijuana plants can lead to six months to three years in prison. … [Read more...] about Chickens chowing down on sweet Mary Jane?