National Focus (20-12-2005) Two silvers for Viet Nam Viet Nam took two silver and one bronze medals from the World Sepak Takraw Championships, the 20th King's Cup in Thailand. The two silvers are in the women's doubles and hoop events while the bronze was for the men's hoop event. The women also promise another silver when participate in the final of the women's group event where they will face host Thailand. In this year's tournament, the organisers did not schedule the team event, which is Viet Nam's strong point. Chess squad for Iran Viet Nam will send its strongest contenders to the Asian Chess Team Championships held in Iran from today through next Wednesday. The team, including nine male and female grandmasters and FIDE masters, will compete with rivals from nine countries. They plan to take the women's title despite the absence of the national number one player Hoang Thanh Trang and Le Kieu Thien Kim. The men are aiming for a bronze medal. Tennis tourney in HCMC The national … [Read more...] about Two silvers for Viet Nam
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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
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 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 in society. … [Read more...] about Number of female NA deputies on the up in Viet Nam
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