The MFN import tariff is a standard rate applied for trade between World Trade Organization (WTO) members unless a separate trade agreement exists. But the cut is unlikely to reduce gasoline prices since Vietnam imported over 90% of its fuel from ASEAN member countries and South Korea under free trade agreements (FTAs) at 8% tariff. But it will reduce Vietnam’s dependence on those sources and help diversify its supply. Taxes account for 19.4-22% of gasoline prices in Vietnam, lower than in many other countries. After four downward adjustments in recent days a liter of RON 95 gasoline now costs VND25,600 ($1.09), the lowest since late-February. … [Read more...] about Vietnam halves import tariff on gasoline to 10%
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New regulations on inspection of imported seafood will create favourable conditions enterprises. (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNS/VNA) - COVID -related quarantine requirements for frozen processed seafood products imported for the purpose of reprocessing for export will be removed as from September 11 under a recently issued circular by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The ministry said it would foster exports of agricultural products by reducing the number of product categories subject to quarantine and using technology to speed up the customs process. The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers ( VASEP ) had petitioned the Government to amend the quarantine regulations saying they were causing the seafood industry “big problems.” Products processed from animals, animal products and those containing aquatic creatures, frozen, dried, cooked, or meant for instant use, continue to be quarantined, and this means the size and number of … [Read more...] about COVID quarantine for imported processed seafood to be removed
Dong Hai wind farm in Tra Vinh Province. — Photo courtesy of Trungnam Group The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has asked the Prime Minister about the mechanism for ongoing solar power and transitional wind power projects to enjoy the incentive price. In a recent document sent to the PM, the MoIT suggested investors of those projects negotiate electricity prices and power purchase and sale contracts with Viet Nam Electricity (EVN). Of a total of 78,121 MW of installed capacity of electricity sources nationwide, there was 16,545 MW of solar power, including 8,904 MW of concentrated solar power and 7,660 MW of rooftop solar power and 4,126 MW of wind power that have been put into operation and have enjoyed the FIT (preferential purchase price) according to the Prime Minister’s decision. However, the MoIT announced there were still many projects or parts of wind and solar power projects that had been implemented in practice but not been able to enjoy the FIT price in time. … [Read more...] about MoIT recommends unfinished wind, solar farms negotiate energy prices
A Petrolimex petrol station (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) is adopting a range of solutions in order to complete production and business targets of the third quarter and the entire year of 2022 in the context of unforeseeable fluctuations in petrol prices. One of the solutions is to modernise inventory management while engaging in negotiations with major petrol distributors to ensure supply to meet social demand for petrol. At the same time, the group has taken steps to cut costs in all production and business activities through several projects on centralized fleet management, asset management and customer relationship management. Petrolimex has also worked to increase non-cash payment in retail sales and researched the possibility of building truck stops to provide better services for customers. Under its own plan on digital transformation, the immediate focus is to automate the network of petrol warehouse and retail outlets, … [Read more...] about Petrolimex applies solutions to cope with big fluctuations in petrol prices
According to an update on Global M&A Industry Trend conducted by PwC, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, and healthcare services continue to attract high levels of investor interest, and this trend will continue through the rest of the year. Ngo Thanh Hai and Nguyen Dieu Quynh from LNT & Partners There are three main reasons that M&As in pharmaceuticals could still be the future trend in Vietnam. Firstly, in the face of growing demand and rapid technological innovation, pharmaceutical companies must continuously improve and develop their research and development departments before their patents expire. Therefore, they will be ambitious to acquire smaller companies with existing conditions. Secondly, to expand the business in Vietnam, the investors will need to consider opening a manufacturing plant or acquiring a current plant from domestic companies. Under World Trade Organization commitments, foreign investors can import but cannot distribute drugs to the … [Read more...] about Are M&As still a top trend in the pharma market?
In long term, transforming the higher education system will be key to boosting Vietnam’s productivity and helping achieve its goal of becoming a high-income country by 2045. Vietnam’s GDP growth is forecast to surge from an estimated 2.6% in 2021 to 7.5% in 2022, with backing from resilient manufacturing and a robust rebound in services. Overview of the event. Photo: Nguyen Tung Country Director for the World Bank in Vietnam Carolyn Turk revealed the figures at the launch of its bi-annual economic outlook for Vietnam titled “Taking Stock: Educate to Grow” today [August 8]. According to Turk, the global economy has been experiencing a series of very large and negative shocks, including ongoing Covid-19-related disruptions and supply shocks associated with the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In this context, Vietnam’s economy has shown “relative resilience and staged a strong rebound after last year’s Covid-19 induced slowdown,” Turk said. Vietnam’s economic … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s GDP growth set to expand by 7.5% in 2022: World Bank