HCM CITY (VNS) — Besides business interests and politics, efforts to mitigate the consequences of the war on Viet Nam are also bringing the country closer to the US, an international event heard in HCM City yesterday. Speaking at the conference entitled "20 Years of US – Viet Nam Relations: Business & Education Opportunities in Light of TPP," Thao Griffiths of the Viet Nam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) said it took 20 years (1975-1995) for the two countries to change from enemies to friends, and another 20 to heal wounds and build a foundation for a partnership. "With concerted efforts, individuals such as Bobby Muller of VVAF and Dr Charles Bailey of the Ford Foundation were able to work effectively with eminent people on the Vietnamese side such as Madame Ton Nu Thi Ninh, Ambassador Bui The Giang, Dr Le Ke Son. "Together they helped the governments of both the US and Viet Nam move closer. The war legacy issues such as Agent Orange, unexploded bombs were for … [Read more...] about Ways to boost US-VN ties discussed
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Vietnam has shifted its focus from quantity to quality when it comes to attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). But, the country must resolve inherent obstacles to improve its investment climate. Wonderful Theme Park was supposed to be a milestone for tourism development for Ba Ria-Vung Tau province and for the whole southern region. Introduced by Good Choice Limited Company from the US in 2008, the project was supposed to comprise residential and office buildings, world class hotels, a shopping complex, an entertainment theme park and an underwater aquarium. But four years later, this $1.3 billion project remains on paper. And last month the Ba Ria-Vung Tau People's Committee decided to revoke its investment certificate after the developer left without a word. Wonderful Theme Park is just one of many FDI projects which have seen their investment certificates revoked in recent years. Malaysia's Lion Group had its investment certificate for a $9.8 billion steel complex in Ninh … [Read more...] about Seeking ways to paint a better FDI picture
(VEN) - We are sitting in a cafeteria in the center of Ho Chi Minh City. The sun still shines on the afternoon of the autumn in this southern city. 'I love the weather here. It is gorgeous!'says Mr. Bruce E. Flanagan. Then the Australian expert coach continues, 'The weather is like the people here, so energetic and enthusiastic.' When I praise his Vietnamese, he confidently replies 'Obviously, I am an Australian by born, but a Vietnamese by choice!' Our story has continued with his experience working in different ASEAN countries, e.g. Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. Working mainly with CEOs and their teams, he has more than a story to tell about leadership… Actually, I believe that Vietnamese are more intelligent, creative and hardworking than other countries I have worked, however in terms of leadership style, I find that Vietnamese leaders are mostly stuck in command and control style leadership model. I am a strong believer in which the … [Read more...] about How to improve leadership in Vietnam?
Vietnam, EU optimise opportunities from free trade deal A negotiation delegation from the EU is on a working visit to Vietnam to raise public awareness of how to optimise the benefits and opportunities from the freshly-concluded free trade agreement between two sides (EVFTA). He said the EU and Vietnamese experts will review the agreement to ensure all of its contents are legally built. The conclusion of the EVFTA is a significant stride in the bilateral economic, trade and investment relations, he said, describing the deal as an inclusive, high-quality one that balances benefits for both the EU and Vietnam. Particularly, the two sides’ import-export structure is supplementary rather than competitive, thus opening opportunities for businesses to penetrate into the respective markets, he said. Regarding EU’s trade policy for ASEAN and Vietnam in the coming time, he said, the EU is running a trade deficit with many countries . Therefore, the union is seeking opportunities to … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 3/6
What happens when you put a Chromebook in a box? You get a Chromebox, natch. Not content with launching its new Chromebook Series 5 550, Samsung's adding the Chromebox Series 3 -- a diminutive $329 desktop system -- to its lineup. Like its mobile cousin, the box runs version 19 of Chrome OS and features an Intel Core processor. Though it's clearly targeted at the education and enterprise markets, could Samsung's Chromebox be a compelling option for the Engadget reader? Can it transcend its cloud-based workstation origins? Is it a better choice than an entry-level Mac mini? Find out in our review after the break. Hardware Apple should be flattered -- either that, or it should be readying its army of lawyers. Samsung's Chromebox looks very much like a Mac mini, with the exact same 7.6-inch-square footprint, rounded corners (using a smaller radius) and silver rim (made of painted plastic instead of aluminum). It's thinner (1.3 inches vs. 1.4 inches), lighter and eschews that … [Read more...] about Samsung Chromebox Series 3 review