A COVID-19 vaccination site in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Tokyo (VNA) - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has highly valued Vietnam’s policy support to cushion the impact of COVID-19 in tandem with successful maintenance of fiscal, external, and financial stability and an impressive vaccination rollout. In a press release following a recent consultation with Vietnam, the IMF Executive Board said a recovery is underway and high frequency indicators point to stronger momentum going into 2022, with rising retail sales, industrial production, and firm entry. Growth is expected to reach 6% in 2022 as activity normalisation continues and the programme for recovery and development is implemented. However, the recovery of the labour market is lagging as underemployment remains high. While inflation has recently picked up due to rising commodity prices and supply-chain disruptions, it remains well below the central bank’s inflation ceiling. The Executive Board … [Read more...] about IMF hails Vietnam’s moves to cushion COVID-19 impacts
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At the sixth plenary session of the 10th tenure People’s Council of HCMC The statement was made by deputy Tang Huu Phong , Editor-in-Chief of the Sai Gon Giai Phong (SGGP) Newspaper at the sixth plenary session of the 10th tenure People’s Council of HCMC on July 6. Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP) has temporarily suspended receiving loan application documents from disadvantaged borrowers because of the shortage of loan capital, he added. Deputy Tang Huu Phong, Editor-in-Chief of the Sai Gon Giai Phong (SGGP) Newspaper speaks at the meeting. Deputies at the meeting also suggested that the municipal government must strengthen public investment disbursement effectively to create jobs for people and socioeconomic impulse for the city as well as speed up investment promotion. Deputy Doan Thi Ngoc Cam, Standing Vice Secretary of the Party Committee of Can Gio District proposed the city give the authority to Chairpersons of the People’s Committees of districts … [Read more...] about Deputies concern with pandemic pushing needy people into extreme poverty
Speaking at the Vietnam Circular Economy Forum 2022 last week in Hanoi, Caitlin Wiesen, resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Vietnam, suggested that the country needs to further promote renewable energy production. “We know that the cost of renewable energy has dropped dramatically, by 89 per cent over the past 10 years, and solar is currently the cheapest source of electricity,” she explained. In just five years, Vietnam has scaled up its solar capacity from virtually zero to over 16,000MW by 2022, far exceeding national targets, Wiesen added. “Vietnam also has rich wind power potential, especially offshore wind, with more than 3,200km of coastline,” she said. Meanwhile, over the past decades, the energy sector has been a fundamental enabler of inclusive economic development in Vietnam. The sector is well-positioned to lead the green growth ambitions of the country, Wiesen said, and can catalyse new investments, create new jobs, and … [Read more...] about Grand energy aims require direction
Patrick Lenain - Former assistant director Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Schools and universities will need to adopt new technologies. Public transportation networks will need to be upgraded. Large-scale logistical hubs will be required to remain integrated in global supply chains. Old-age citizens will need welfare support. Electricity generation will need to decarbonise. Coastal cities will need to adapt to rising sea levels. Military spending will need to protect the country. And it is obvious that health spending remains a priority. Unfortunately, tax revenue is at present too limited to finance these large investments. Vietnam’s government collected tax revenue equivalent to 16 per cent of GDP last year, according to the International Monetary Fund. This is less than Malaysia (18.3 per cent), Singapore (18.5 per cent), India (19.7 per cent), Thailand (20.3 per cent), and China (27 per cent). This is also less than before the pandemic, reflecting … [Read more...] about Tax for development: Does Vietnam need tax reform?
The two-day exam begins with Literature, with a two-hour test starting 7:35 a.m. In Hanoi, around 98,000 students woke up from 4-5 a.m. to have breakfast and prepare for the day ahead. Students need to be present at exam ground from 6:45 a.m., but many decided to go early anyway to be able to respond to any mishap on the road. At the Yen Hoa Middle School in Cau Giay District, no student showed up late. Thanks to spacious sidewalks and police personnel directing the flow of traffic, there was no congestion at the school gates. Students' family members were directed to the Yen Hoa Primary School and the Cau Giay District Cultural House to wait. At the Nam Trung Yen Middle School, Hoang Viet, a 20-year-old army recruit, said he was present on the grounds from 6 a.m. His platoon is stationed around two kilometers from the examination site so it didn’t take him much time to get to the location. He only brought with him necessities like documents required for the examination, as … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s biggest exam kicks off