Vietnam Morning News Roundup February 20

Vietnam Morning News Roundup February 20
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VN ranks 86th in Talent Competitiveness
Việt Nam has been ranked 86th out of 118 countries in the annual Global Talent Competitiveness Index, which measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam’s wind power target blown off course by low profitability
Cheap electricity prices have literally taken the wind out of the sails of potential investors.
— VN Express International

Vietnam makes Intellectual Property headway
Viet Nam is ranked 37th among 45 countries in the latest Intellectual Property (IP) Index report compiled by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Centre.

Red streaks of sea water found near Taiwanese fish killer’s plant in Vietnam
Workers at Taiwanese Formosa Ha Tinh Steel notorious for last year’s mass fish kill have reported two red streaks of sea water at a port near the plant.
— VN Express International

Vietnam’s notorious undersea internet cable ruptures again
Vietnam’s internet speed is likely to slow in the coming days following problems with the notorious cable that connects the country with the U.S., local media quoted sources as saying on Sunday.
— VN Express International

VN urges adherence to int’l law, multilateralism promotion in Bonn
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh called for the adherence to international law and the promotion of multilateralism for peace and sustainable development in his speech at a session of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bonn, Germany.

State monopoly bill deemed “regressive”
The Ministry of Industry and Trade’s new draft decree on goods, services, and localities subject to state monopolies has received barracking from local and international experts.

Opportunities exist for rice exports in high-end market
Soon after Vietnam began harvesting the 2016-2017 winter-spring crop, the Thai government announced it planned to sell all its stockpiled rice – estimated at 8 million tons – in the first half of 2017.

NMDC In Talks To Acquire Stake In Vietnam Mine: Report
State-owned iron ore miner NMDC Ltd is in discussions with Vietnam-based Masan Resources to acquire a “considerable stake” in its Nui Phao polymetallic mine, sources close to the development said.

Ex-official of Vietnam shipbuilder faces death sentence for embezzlement
A former official at a subsidiary of Vietnam’s state-owned shipbuilding giant Vinashin is facing capital punishment for embezzling a large amount of money from the company’s funds.
— TuoiTreNews

Erosion-prone village near Vietnam’s Hoi An now a thriving ecotourism site
A village once plagued by soil erosion has emerged as an alluring eco-tourism destination for green-fingered travelers to central Vietnam.
— TuoiTreNews

Agricultural festival in Vietnam
The Ministry of Commerce is calling on local agriculture-related businessmen and enterprises who wish to exhibit their products and are looking for trading partners to join the International Agricultural Festival of the Mekong Delta from March 9 to March 13 in Vietnam’s Can Tho city.
— Khmer Times



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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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