Conference seeks ways to boost Vietnam - Barcelona business connection A trade conference connecting firms of Vietnam and Spain’s Barcelona region was held in Hanoi on November 12. The event, jointly held by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Port of Barcelona, created a chance for businesses of the two sides to meet and seek cooperation. According to the VCCI, investors from Spain have paid increasing attention to Vietnam with their strengths in renewable energy, infrastructure, tourism, high technology, construction and architecture. Vietnam is Spain’s leading trade partner among the ASEAN countries. In the past 10 years, two-way trade increased 15 percent a year, hitting over 3 billion USD in 2017. The two sides aim to lift the figure to 5 billion USD by 2020. VCCI Vice Chairman Hoang Quang Phong said the countries’ achievements over the years are remarkable but still modest. Hence, Vietnam welcomes businesses from Barcelona to explore its … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 14/11
Top 10 most expensive cities in the world
The website mentions the ancient town’s “cheap cost of living” as making it an ideal place for expats to stay in. According to the Canada-based travel site, Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam is the best candidate for budget-conscious foreigners who want to settle down in Vietnam. An apartment close to the river in Hoi An will cost just $458 a month and while monthly food expenditure would be about $450. Hence, monthly living costs in Hoi An can be managed within $1,000, the site says. Cuenca in Ecuador topped the list, followed by Ambergris Caye in Belize, the Philippines’s Tagaytay and Ljubljana in Slovenia. Indonesia’s Bali made it into the top 10 while Cambodia came in the 11th on the list and Penang of Malaysia secured the 16th position. The rankings are based on data garnered from Live and Invest Overseas, which calls itself the world’s “most trusted, most experienced, and savviest source for information on international … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s Hoi An among world’s best places for expats
Singapore has been dubbed the world's most expensive city to live in, according to a survey of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) (Photo: Getty image) Hanoi (VNA) – Singapore has been dubbed the world's most expensive city to live in, according to a survey of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). This is the fifth year in a row that Singapore has been at the top of the list. In the EIU survey released on March 15, Paris (France) and Zurich (Switzerland) shared the second place, followed by Hong Kong (China), Oslo (Norway), Seoul (the Republic of Korea) and Geneva (Switzerland), Copenhagen (Denmark), Tel Aviv (Israel) and Sydney (Australia). The world’s most expensive cities like Tokyo (Japan) and New York (the US) are not among the top 10. Singapore remains the most expensive place in the world to buy and run a car, although for other categories, it is significantly cheaper than other cities. Singapore has avoided traffic congestions like in other Asian … [Read more...] about Singapore named world’s most expensive city
A pedestrian waits at a crossing as cars drive along a street in Singapore on March 15, 2018. The eye-watering cost of owning a car in space-starved Singapore means the city state is the world's most expensive place to live for the fifth year in a row, a survey said on March 15. Photo by AFP/Roslan Rahman The eye-watering cost of owning a car in space-starved Singapore means the city state is the world's most expensive place to live, for the fifth year in a row, a survey said Thursday. The Asian financial hub -- where owning a no-frills sedan can set you back US$76,000 -- beat global capitals to the dubious title, despite stiff competition from resurgent European cities. Pricey perennials Tokyo and New York did not even make the top 10 in the annual list by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), beaten out by Paris, Zurich (joint second) Hong Kong (fourth) and Oslo (fifth). Seoul and Geneva shared sixth place, while Copenhagen, Tel Aviv and Sydney rounded out the rankings … [Read more...] about Car costs make Singapore world’s priciest city. Again.
VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City, the country’s commercial hub, is a food paradise not only for Vietnamese but for people from all over the world, including tourists and diverse communities of expatriates who contribute to the life and varied cuisines of the city. Something’s fishy: Tu Xe’s shop offers nubuchok (a noodle soup with broth cooked from Cambodian salted and fermented fish paste) at VND30,000 a bowl, a popualr choice for labourers. — Photo: Le Anh Vu/VNS Many of the foreigners in the city hail from ASEAN-member countries such as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Singapore. With them, they’ve brought their expertise in making home-cooked meals favoured not only by their compatriots but also by local Vietnamese. Thai Express: not just a chain On placards or on menus, the word … [Read more...] about ASEAN flavours abound in food-obsessed Sai Gon