This is the 13th consecutive year the Club's 60 members have voted to select the top ten events related to the fields of policies, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, applied research, globalization, and scientist honoring. The top-ten list consists of: 1. On January 1, 2018 in Hanoi, the project ‘Digitized Vietnamese Knowledge System’ was formally launched, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. This system, aiming at ‘Sharing knowledge – Fostering innovation – Connecting communities – For the better future of the Vietnamese’, is a comprehensive information storage in all fields for the public to learn and master new knowledge, leading to a boost for research and creativity, along with successful implementation of advanced technologies into developing the nation. This is considered the foundation for marvelous opportunities for innovative startup activities in Vietnam. 2. Doctor Tran Dinh Phong, Head of the Fundamental and … [Read more...] about Top ten outstanding scientific – technological events in 2018
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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
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
African nations have been turning to Vietnam as the business environment in China becomes increasingly more difficult. African businesses started flooding to Guangzhou City after China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, the South China Morning Post said on Monday. Migration from Africa has risen as China "has stepped up its diplomatic links and investments with the continent," the newspaper explained. In 2009, local media put the African population in Guangzhou at 100,000, including those who had overstayed their visas, it said. Guangzhou draws merchants who come to buy goods such as jewelry and electronics in bulk, which they ship back to their homelands, according to AFP. A part of the city has even been given the name "Little Africa." But things have changed. The city’s African population had dropped to 10,344 in February last year, the South China Morning Post cited the municipal bureau of public security as saying, though Liang Yucheng, a professor of social … [Read more...] about Rising costs in China make African entrepreneurs look to Vietnam
Viet Nam News “Everyone, I will sell rose bouquets tomorrow in celebration of International Women’s Day. Those who are looking to give flowers to their girlfriends or classmates, please come to support me in front of Gate A of Hải Phòng University.” So wrote 26-year-old Trần Thị Hoa in one of her last Facebook posts on March 6. Early on the morning of March 7, Hoa and her friend Trần Thị Trang rode on motorbike to the flower market Đằng Hải in Hải An District in the northeastern port city of Hải Phòng. Not born to wealthy families, the pair intended to buy flowers and utilise their craft skills to make elaborate bouquets, aiming to make some money to cover their study and living expenses. On that fateful morning, Cao Huy Hoàng was driving a container truck for an export-import company along his usual route. Stopped at a red light, he saw that two trucks ahead of him were already occupying … [Read more...] about Road accidents: When will the pain end?