Talking Shop (27-10-2005) Microsoft looks to Viet Nam market Viet Nam News spoke late last week to visiting Microsoft Regional Vice President for the Asia Pacific, Eduardo Rosini, about the US software giant's plan to expand its presence in the Vietnamese market. What do you hope to achieve from this visit to Viet Nam? The purpose of my trip, apart from getting to know this beautiful country, is to obtain a firsthand experience of the current situation of Viet Nam's IT industry to see how Microsoft can best align our strategy in this context so we can serve the Vietnamese consumers better and eventually grow faster with Viet Nam. Just an hour ago, I had a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem where we had a very fruitful discussion on some upcoming projects on which we will be co-operating with the Vietnamese Government. I also reaffirmed our long-term commitments to Viet Nam. Microsoft has just signed some memoranda of understanding and agreements with the Government. … [Read more...] about Microsoft looks to Viet Nam market
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Talking Law (17-10-2007) WTO dispute settlement: where does Viet Nam stand? by Paolo R Vergano, FRATINI VERGANO - European Lawyers, Brussels, Belgium The WTO dispute settlement mechanism, dating back to the establishment of the World Trade Organisation in 1995, is a cornerstone of the WTO system. It provides an instrument through which WTO members can police each other and ensure compliance with agreements and commitments. The WTO dispute settlement system does not confer immediate and direct rights on private operators and traders, but it may ultimately provide them, through their governments' actions and representation, with a powerful tool to address international trade disputes, regulatory distortions, discriminatory practices, non-tariff barriers and other impediments that have immediate negative effects. Despite not having a formal and direct role in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, private businesses may play an important role in assisting their governments, providing … [Read more...] about WTO dispute settlement: where does Viet Nam stand?
The readers of Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) have voted the four-star Life Resort Quy Nhon as the Best Wellness Resort in Viet Nam. Well-known for its beautiful white sandy beaches, the Life Wellness Resort Quy Nhon is a 63 room hide-away style spa and beach destination built on 13.5 hectares of private mountainous land and beach, complete with relaxing spa facilities. The tranquility, splendid views, Cham-inspired architecture and natural surroundings are unmatched in Vietnam, say the readers of the economic newspaper. The spa offers a wide range of services including beauty treatment, massage, steam bath, yoga, Tai Chi, meditation and other recreational activities such as rowing, mountain-biking, water-skiing and scuba-diving courses where visitors can receive official PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) scuba-diving licenses. … [Read more...] about Life Resort Quy Nhon is Viet Nam’s Best
Talking Shop (25-10-2007) HSBC to develop local branches, strengthen investment in Viet Nam Do you have plans to expand your activity here? First, we want to operate in Viet Nam as a local bank. Of course we want to show our confidence in the country by increasing our investments here. Secondly, when becoming a local bank we would be able to extend a range of services and a number of branches. We have sent applications to the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) and we believe that we will meet all of their set requirements. We are currently awaiting for approval. We will completely co-operate with the SBV to speed up the application process. We will increase our number of staff by the end of the year, and our balance sheets will grow to about US$2 billion. It is still small, so we want to increase our investment here. We are also searching for a larger space to meet the growing demand for HSBC in Viet Nam. The office we are in now is too small, so we will move to a new … [Read more...] about HSBC to develop local branches, strengthen investment in Viet Nam
The amount of women holding top leadership posts in politics and business have begun to mushroom thanks to a government strategy designed to make females more inclusive in the country's decision-making processes. Reflecting this trend is Viet Nam's top lawmaking body, the National Assembly (NA), which saw the number of female elected representatives in the assembly surge from 13.5 percent in its second tenure to 27.31 in its current term. The NA now boasts the highest female representation proportion of any state law making apparatus in Asia. According to the 12th National Assembly Election Committee, 290 or 33.1 percent of the 876 candidates running for the upcoming polls are female. The number just pips the target of 33 percent of the 12th National Assembly set by the National Strategy for Vietnamese Women Advancement. Gender equality was written into the 1946 constitution, and since then the government has been proactive in issuing policy that raises the role of women … [Read more...] about Woman leaders on the up in Viet Nam