At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
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Thu Vân One year go, to this day, I was shivering in fury, agony and disbelief as I wrote an editorial about three kindergarten caregivers slapping the faces of 3-5 years old toddlers, even throwing them up in the air in anger. Today, those feelings are back in full force, and I still can’t control the shivering and the emotions. This time, it is a sixth grader in Quảng Bình Province at the receiving end of violence. In some ways, this is even worse. It was not an adult beating up a child, this time, horrific as that is. This time, an adult got the kids to be violent. Yes, this bears emphasising. An adult, a teacher no less, got her students, sixth graders, to engage in violence on their friend and classmate. The teacher forced the sixth graders to slap one of their classmates 10 times each, and the kid was slapped a total of 231 times for allegedly using foul language in class. Why 231? Because the crime had been “upgraded” to a higher … [Read more...] about We have been slapped. How do we turn the other cheek?
Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman speaks during the international Ukraine Reform Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in June 2018 Securing IMF assistance will also unlock loans from the World Bank and the European Union. Groysman also said Ukraine was in negotiations with Washington for a new loan guarantee for sovereign debt. Groysman negotiated a new deal with the IMF last month aimed at keeping finances on an even keel during a choppy election period next year. The new loans are contingent on his steering an IMF-compliant budget through parliament. "This budget is a budget of stability and continuation of reforms," Groysman said in an interview with Reuters. "This is fully consistent with our IMF program." "Yes. We are counting on a tranche in December," he added, when asked about when IMF loans were expected, though he did not elaborate on the possible size of the loan. Ukraine's government approved a draft budget in September but it will typically undergo a slew of … [Read more...] about Ukraine PM upbeat on IMF loan prospects
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc backs ASEAN-China cooperation ASEAN leaders posed together with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (fifth from left) at the 21st ASEAN-China Summit held in Singapore on November 14 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he supports the efforts of China and ASEAN in developing their foundation of connectivity in terms of mutual trust, physical connection, and human connection. PM Phuc made the statement at the 21st ASEAN-China Summit held in Singapore on November 14, as part of the 33rd ASEAN Summit framework. The event also celebrated 15 years of strategic partnership between the two sides. Highlighting the importance and huge benefits of the partnership for both parties involved and for peace, stability, and cooperation in the region, Phuc agreed that ASEAN and China should increase dialogue efforts and collaboration, as well as build mutual trust and uphold international law, contributing to the formation of codes of conduct for an open, transparent, and rule-based … [Read more...] about Government News 15/11
The appointment was formalized after 461 of 469 National Assembly (NA) delegates voted yes on the decision. Hung, who holds the rank of a Major General, studied telecommunication electronics in Russia, got a masters degree in telecommunication in Australia and a degree in business administration in Hanoi. The native of Phu Tho Province, two hours northwest of Hanoi, has been with Viettel Corporation since 1989, when it was known as Sigelco. He rose quickly from a technical assistant to an investment manager in 1995. He served as Viettel's CEO from 2014 until he was appointed acting minister last July. He is said to have played a key role in the development of Viettel, which is currently Vietnam's top telecommunications service provider with operations in 10 overseas markets. Last year, the firm had revenues of VND249.5 trillion ($11.1 billion) and it aimed to become a global top 10 telecom firm in the next two years. Hung's appointment followed the official dismissal of his predecessor … [Read more...] about Ex Viettel CEO is Vietnam’s new information minister