Illustration by Trịnh Lập By An Phương Though school regulations do not allow students to use mobile phones in classes, I’ve seen many cases, including my nephews, carrying smartphones and using them publicly in schools. Mobile phones, especially smartphones, have become an essential part of our daily lives. I can’t imagine going one day without touching my iPhone, as I need to make calls, reply to messages, draft emails, and scroll my social feeds. Of course, I’m already an adult. I first had my phone about 10 years ago when I was 16, and I felt okay with having it at that age. However, I believe that’s not the case these days as even my 10-year-old nephew has asked his father for a phone. That’s why when I noticed the topic of phones in schools, I had mixed feelings as to whether mobile phones are beneficial or distracting for students. I spoke with four people, two of them four or five years … [Read more...] about Should students use mobile phones in schools?
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Roy Gori took a business trip to Vietnam on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Canada. He had a meeting with the country’s State Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh in November 2018, discussing Manulife’s commitment to long-term investment and sustainable operations as well as its contribution to the Vietnamese economy. How did Manulife perform in 2018 and what were the key priorities and achievements? We’re excited about the progress we’ve made in 2018, both in terms of our performance and our transformation into the most digital, customer-centric global company in our industry. We’re focused on innovation, digitisation and driving operational efficiencies to ensure we remain competitive and to make it easier for customers to do business with us. Our focus has and will continue to be on execution of our five priorities: portfolio optimization, expense efficiency, accelerating growth, becoming a digital … [Read more...] about Digitalisation drives transformation in Vietnam’s insurance sector
In mid-August, the Ministry of Investment and Planning (MPI) issued a warning against borrowing from the Official Development Assistance (ODA) source in its report on ODA attraction, management and use over the next two years. The ministry urged that if Viet Nam continued borrowing without careful consideration, the country could fall into an “ODA and preferential loan’s trap”. This reminded us of a story in Malaysia where Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad recently announced that China-financed projects in his country worth billions of dollars would be put on ice. Economist Vo Tri Thanh The projects include a US$20 billion 688km-long East Coast Rail Link, which would have connected Malaysia’s east coast with southern Thailand and the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, and two gas pipelines worth $2.3 billion. The reason behind his decision was that his debt-ridden country cannot afford and cannot repay such a huge amount of money amid ballooning national debt, which … [Read more...] about Wake-up call in ODA use and management
Tran Kiet Toan, Viet Nam graphics general manager at Rieckermann Vietnam, speaks at DIGI WOW, an event on the latest print technologies held in HCM City last week. — VNS Photo The packaging market is rapidly evolving and brands who want to be at the forefront of new trends need to be aware of print technologies that can create brand differentiation, according to experts. Speaking at “DIGI WOW”, an event on the latest print technologies held in HCM City last week, Tran Kiet Toan, graphics general manager for Viet Nam at Rieckermann Vietnam, said while traditional printing and production methods are commonly used in Viet Nam, brands who want to be truly innovative and responsive need digital printing technology. Huynh Bich Tran, associate director of retail measurement services, Nielsen Vietnam, said increasing urbanisation has changed market conditions. In urban areas, there is a need for smaller pack sizes due to smaller household scale and greater demand for … [Read more...] about Experts urge use of packaging for brand differentiation
Xuyen, 31, has spent over 10 years working in numerous textile factories across Vietnam. Without a high school diploma, she packed her bags and joined her friends to work for a meager wage of VND3 million ($133) a month. Xuyen was working at a factory producing cellphone components in the northern Bac Ninh Province last year. I met her one afternoon when she got to take a rare breather after a string of prolonged shifts. She told me about her first rented apartment ever since she became a factory worker. It had boxes for rooms and shards of glass for windows. The air inside was stagnant, and the narrow entrance which could only fit one motorbike through made the apartment all the more suffocating. Xuyen shuddered as she recalled blackouts. Xuyen’s youth was spent on days trying to figure out what food to buy so as to not overspend her VND15,000 ($0.66) budget for an afternoon meal for three; working overnight shifts to send some money back home; and fearing wage deductions if she … [Read more...] about Behind booming FDI figures are Vietnam’s ‘disposable’ workers