Police in southern Vietnam’s Binh Duong Province arrested two men on Sunday for "organizing protests illegally," disrupting security and order. Police said Tran Minh Hue, 37, and Nguyen Dinh Thanh, 27, were caught making documents and encouraging others to join a rally on Sunday to protest controversial provisions of a current draft law that would allow foreign investor to lease land in Vietnam's three Special Economic Zones (SEZs) for up to 99 years. The men are accused of taking undue advantage of the National Assembly's ongoing discussion on the provisions to print flyers "with distorted content," the Vietnam News Agency reported. It cited the police as saying they found in the homes of the two men thousands of documents prepared to incite pubic protest. They also seized computers and printers from Hue for evidence. Hue admitted what he’d done to the police, adding that he received guidance from “organizers outside the country through the social media.” … [Read more...] about Several Vietnamese held for ‘illegal’ protests against SEZ law provisions
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The Vietnamese government has requested the National Assembly to postpone passing a draft law on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) saying it needed more time to ensure that it meets the aspirations of both legislators and the public. One of the most controversial provisions of the current draft was the leasing of land in three strategic locations to foreign investors for 99 years. A government statement released Saturday early morning said the deferment request was made after “listening to enthusiastic and responsible contributions of members of parliament, scientists, economists, experts, voters and the people.” The postponement until the next parliament session in October would give the government time to research and improve the bill so that it meets the aspirations of the legislators and the public in successfully establishing the three SEZs while protecting national security and sovereignty, the statement said. The government also proposed that the controversial 99-year … [Read more...] about Vietnam government wants SEZ bill deferred
The Vietnamese Government has requested the legislative National Assembly to postpone passing a draft law on special economic zones which allows foreign investors to rent land up to 99 years in three strategic locations of Vietnam. The request came after the Government “has listened to enthusiatic and responsible contributions of members of parliament, scientists, economists, experts, voters and the people,” according to the statement sent out at 3 a.m Saturday. The delay of the bill until the next National Assembly session was suggested to give more time for researching and improving the bill so that it will meet the desire of MPs, voters and the people and successfully establish the three SEZs while protecting national security and sovereignty, the statement said. The Government proposed that the 99-year land rent duration for foreign investors in SEZs be removed from the bill. The existing regulations of Vietnam’s Land Law allow investors to rent land … [Read more...] about Vietnamese Government asks for SEZ bill postponed
Viet Nam’s Government has demonstrated its willpower to develop special economic zones (SEZs) which it hopes will spearhead the country’s growth. This issue has been high on the agenda in the face of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0), at a time when Viet Nam is at a point where breakthrough institutional reform is necessary. Vo Tri Thanh The three SEZs will be located in the coastal districts of Van Don in the northern province of Quang Ninh; Bac Van Phong in the central province of Khanh Hoa, and Phu Quoc Island. The idea of establishing prominent economic zones is not a new one in Viet Nam. It was first put on the table in the early stages of the country’s economic opening. The country planned to develop Cai Bau and Con Dao islands into special economic zones in early 1990s, Phu Quoc Island in the mid-1990s and the city of Hai Phong in 1997-98, but all of these plans fell through. In early 2000s, the Chu Lai Open Economic Zone was established in the … [Read more...] about Viet Nam bets on success of SEZs
Since the first caveman threw away a banana peel and the caveman behind him complained, mankind has been grappling with litterbugs. Since the first caveman threw away a banana peel and the caveman behind him complained, mankind has been grappling with litterbugs. After cavemen came cities, with the first record of garbage truck-style rubbish removal mentioned in the Egyptian city of Heracleopolis, 2,300 years ago. The ancient Greeks made a law that all non-renewable waste had to be dumped at least a mile outside the city of Athens. The good people of Pompeii piled their trash next to the tombs of the dead, seeing no difference between the two - funny how people looked at things in the past. Health-wise, humanity twigged that it might be a good idea to get rid of the rubbish for the sake of the living. Yet, we're still struggling with unpleasant and unhygienic littering habits in 2017. As the Vietnamese winter fades and we're out and about more often, littering becomes more … [Read more...] about Will Vietnam ever be clean?