Vietnam Morning News For April 19

Vietnam Morning News For April 19

Vietnam morning news

Vietnam leads convenience store charge
Asia’s grocery market is the largest in the world, with a predicted 6.3% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) up to 2021, according to the worldwide food and grocery research specialists at IGD. The size of the Asian market is forecast to reach US$4.8 trillion by 2021: equivalent to that of Europe and North America combined.
– Bangkok Post

Viettel sets 4G world record in ‘impossible’ time
Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam on Tuesday lauded military-run telecom giant Viettel for doing “what seemed impossible,” by launching its 4G services nationwide in just six months.
– Viet Nam News

HCM City: 10 trillion VND for developing industry, support industry
Industry and support industry enterprises in Ho Chi Minh City will have chance to access a credit package worth 10 trillion VND (439.7 million USD) in a programme launched by the municipal Department of Industry and Trade and the Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank).
– VietnamPlus

Vietnam ranks 11 in Asia-Pacific in the Global Competitiveness Talent Index 2017
GTCI is an annual benchmarking report that measures the ability of 118 countries based on their ability to grow, attract and retain talent.
– Vietnam Times

Vietnamese enterprises head to sustainable development
On 18th April, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) held the Inauguration ceremony of Evaluation and rating program for sustainable enterprises in Vietnam 2017.
– Hanoitimes

Three months in, Hanoi rapid bus system set to stay, and thrive
Three months into what many consider a bold solution for congested roads and one of the most significant changes to the traffic infrastructure in Hanoi, the new rapid transit system (BRT) of Hanoi, which cost $55 million, has started to gain traction among frequent passengers and attract more new riders, despite its rough start.
– VnExpress

Central Highlands establishes itself as agricultural hub of Vietnam
The Central Highlands has become a major agricultural production hub of Vietnam, producing many high-demand products and bringing home multi-billion-USD export revenue.
– VietnamPlus

WB sponsors $102 million to help Vietnam save energy
Information from the World Bank (WB) on April 17 said that the Executive Board approved a $102 million loan to the Vietnamese government.
– Hanoitimes

Sabeco reports gains, urges additional divestment
The Saigon Alcohol Beer and Beverages Corporation (Sabeco) reported good profit for 2016 and requested the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) to hasten its equitisation this year, said Sabeco’s chairman Võ Thanh Hà at the company’s 2017 annual general meeting held yesterday.
– Viet Nam News

US$265m for smart traffic operation centre
A smart traffic operation centre in HCM City will receive an investment of VND6 trillion (US$265 million) from 2017 to 2020, the city’s Department of Transport has said.
– Viet Nam News bizhub

Bargain hunting boosts local stocks
Shares rebounded yesterday as bargain hunting increased on investor expectation that the market will get back on the track soon.
– Viet Nam News

Vietnam reviews operation of Uber and Grab
VIETNAMESE Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Hong Truong has asked the authorities in provinces where Uber and Grab are providing services to develop a comprehensive evaluation of the operation of the car-hailing services firms.
– The Nation

Measures sought to promote Vietnam – Lao border trade
The Ministry of Industry and Trade continues implementing a master plan to develop the Vietnam – Laos border market network by 2020, while developing a master plan for border trade between the two countries to 2025, with a vision through 2035 as part of efforts to boost bilateral trade.
– VietnamPlus

President checks APEC preps
President Trần Đại Quang pressed a button yesterday to start a countdown to the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit in Đà Nẵng. The city will host a heads of state summit and CEOs from 21 member nations during the week of November 5 to 11.
– Viet Nam News

Made-in-VN internet platforms planned
The Government is encouraging made-in-Viet Nam internet platforms to replace international giants like Google and Facebook as part of its long-term efforts to strengthen cyber security, the communications minister said yesterday. As part of its efforts to ensure accurate information, the ministry has also convinced YouTube to remove 1,500 clips with “illegal content”, he added.
– Viet Nam News bizhub

Việt Nam to set up emergency medical stations on highways
It has been three years but Ngô Văn Long still remembers the horrible day he had an accident on Highway 6.
– Viet Nam News

Vietnam and China pledge deeper ties
VIETNAM and China agreed yesterday that they would work to strengthen the focal points of their strategic partnership.
– The Nation

Intercontinental Phu Quoc complex to hit the market on April 22
The InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort & Residences, an original, cutting-edge complex, goes on the market next Saturday, April 22.
– Viet Nam News bizhub

HN five-star hotel occupancy up to 74%
Average occupancy of five-star hotels was up four percentage points quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) and 10 percentage points year-on-year (YoY) to 74 per cent.
– Viet Nam News bizhub

Child abuse cases prompt Vietnamese province to install cameras in kindergartens
Intensive mainstream and social media reports have prompted officials to intervene following a rising number of child sexual and physical abuse cases.
– VnExpress

Hanoi villagers release first 15 police hostages as land dispute tension lingers
A group of 15 police officers held hostage by villagers over an alleged land dispute in Hanoi were released on Monday night while three others managed to escape, police said.
– VnExpress


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