By An Phương Illustration by Trịnh Lập Lotus, a made-in-Việt Nam social media platform, debuted about two months ago. Together with recent launches of Gapo and Hahalolo and six other platforms that have yet to be introduced, I wonder if these homegrown social media apps can bring real value to Vietnamese users? Will they last? As a social media enthusiast, I have been trying the beta version of Lotus since September. Since this app was developed by over 200 technical engineers at Việt Nam Communications Corporation (VCCorp), my expectations for Lotus have been quite high. “Lotus takes a different path from other social networks, striving to be a content-centric platform that gives users freedom to be creative and produce more quality content,” Nguyễn Thế Tân, CEO of VCCorp, has said. A friend of mine, Thanh Quý, 26, said: "That explains why Lotus has … [Read more...] about What’s the future of homegrown social networking sites?
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The Ho Chi Minh City taxman has proposed increasing excise tax on alcoholic beverages to limit alcohol consumption among citizens while generating more municipal revenue, but industry insiders say the move could drive investment away from Vietnam’s financial hub. The municipal tax department has not released details of the proposal, but said that the raised tax would be calculated based on absolute numbers of liters of alcoholic beverages produced in the city. Vietnam produced over 4.1 billion liters of beer in 2018 and collected more than VND43 trillion (US$1.85 billion) in taxes on the alcoholic drink that same year. More than half of the tax revenue came from Ho Chi Minh City, which collected over VND23 trillion ($992 million) in taxes on beer last year. The tax raise, therefore, is expected by officials to bring great improvement to the city’s revenue apart from its main purpose of bringing down alcohol consumption in the city. Currently, Vietnam imposes excises taxes … [Read more...] about Raised excise tax on beer, alcohol could hurt Ho Chi Minh City financially: industry insiders
Taxation agencies struggle to find individuals who have income from YouTube and Facebook, but have had some recent success. The HCM City Taxation Agency discovered an individual who had income of VND19 billion from YouTube in the last three years and forced him to pay tax arrears of VND1.5 billion. A tax expert commented that it is not easy to find YouTubers and Facebookers who have taxable income and force them to pay tax. This is a heady problem for taxation agencies in many countries. The number of cases that avoid tax is higher in countries with lack of transparency. The taxation body in South Korea collected t tax arrears of 1 billion won, or VND19 billion from seven YouTubers in the country after an investigation which lasted many months. The individuals earned money which was 4.5 times higher than the tax arrears. Thanh Lich Vietnam vows to force YouTubers to pay tax The tax rate that Vietnam levies on YouTubers is 7 percent, much lower than other countries. … [Read more...] about Taxation agencies try to collect tax from YouTubers, Facebookers
DIFF 2019 lasting from June 1 till July 6 in the central city of Da Nang is expected to attract a lot of domestic and international tourists. Viettel tripled its band to ensure best services for customers during the DIFF 2019. Viettel predicts that during this year’s festival, the demand for internet connections, including 3G and 4G, at fireworks display spots will be doubled in comparison with that in 2018. Especially, the use of 4G service to watch and upload photos, videos and live-stream events will increase by more than 2.5 times. Since early this May, Viettel has deployed four more mobile transmitter vehicles, installed ten wifi routers and hundreds of small data transmission devices. Attentively, Viettel’s branch in Da Nang has been exploiting many 4G transmitting stations with 2100MHz band to increase the speed of 4G network connection. Ha Minh Tuan, Deputy Director-General of Viettel Networks, emphasized that ensuring the quality of network … [Read more...] about Viettel improves quality of internet connection to better serve DIFF 2019
Presently, Kinh van hoa” (Kaleidoscope) bookstore named after a book of veteran Vietnamese children’s writer Nguyen Nhat Anh has not sold all kinds of books but only displayed and sold Nguyen Nhat Anh’s books. He is among the country’s most successful and prolific children’s writer, with his books appealing greatly to kids, teenagers as well as adults. However, the bookstore is still a place book lovers pay regular visits in Ho Chi Minh City. In the city, just some independent bookstores such as Kafka, Momo, Tri Van, Neta have allured readers with various ways. For instance, while Momo bookstore takes heed to old books to entice bibliophile, Neta bookstore renovated their stores to stay friendly with wooden shelves, Tri Van bookstore just sells Tri Van bookstore specializes in academic and scholarly books to serve certain readers. Kafka sells a certain type of books to help readers to pick the books they wanted as quickly as possible. Readers will … [Read more...] about Independent bookstores attract readers with their olde-worlde charm