Vietnam Morning News Roundup For February 23

Vietnam Morning News Roundup For February 23
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Welcome to the Vietnam morning news roundup by AEC News Today, your one stop for Vietnam news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities.


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Vietnam to punish officials over mass fish deaths
Vietnam said on Wednesday (Feb 22) it will punish 11 senior officials for misconduct over a toxic waste dump last year that killed tonnes of fish in one of the country’s worst environmental disasters.
Channel NewsAsia 

Vietnam shipping execs sentenced to death for embezzlement
Vietnam on Wednesday (Feb 22) sentenced two executives from its scandal-hit shipping industry to death for embezzlement, official media reported, the latest punishment meted out for the spectacular collapse of a state-run firm that triggered pledges to restructure the economy.
Channel NewsAsia 

PM urges lifting Vietnam-New Zealand ties to strategic partnership
The PM suggested increasing high-level delegation exchanges, adding that he hopes to welcome the New Zealand Prime Minister at the APEC Economic Leaders’ meeting 2017 in Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City to better Singapore in medical services: health chief
Ho Chi Minh City has the potential to outdo Singapore in terms of medical services by as early as 2020 if medical facilities are adequately invested in, the municipal health director said Tuesday.
Tuoi Tre News 

Vietnam names 11 officials over Formosa environmental disaster
Vietnam on Wednesday named for the first time 11 government, provincial and industry officials as being responsible for one of its worst environmental disasters, caused by a unit of Taiwan conglomerate Formosa Plastics.
Bangkok Post

Russia to do everything possible to bolster ties with Vietnam
At the meeting with the Vietnamese Party leader in Hanoi on February 22, Matvienko also reiterated that Russia treasures the time-honoured friendship and the comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam, stressing that Russia will exert all efforts to realise cooperation agreements in all spheres between the two nations, thereby creating substantive progress in bilateral ties.
Vietnam Net 

Northwestern region sees JICA healthcare benefits
Provinces in the northwestern region of the country are seeing positive results from the second phase of a healthcare service project funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), launched in 2013.
Vietnam News 

Việt Nam strives to up internet oversight
To celebrate Safe Internet Day, authorities held a symposium on digital citizenship toward a safer Internet in Ha Noi on February 22.
Vietnam News bizhub

Vietcombank to open subsidiaries in Laos, Cambodia
The Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam, one of the country’s four largest State-owned commercial banks, plans to open subsidiaries in Laos and Cambodia this year, a bank official has said.
Vietnam News bizhub 

Vietnam, Thailand enhance defence partnership
Minister Lich told the Thai PM that the Vietnamese defence ministry will continue working closely with the Thai counterpart, contributing to the two countries’ strategic partnership established in June 2013.

India in talks to buy part of VN tungsten mine
India’s state-owned mining enterprise, National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), is in talks with Masan Resources to buy a partial stake in the Nui Phao tungsten mine, according to Indian media.
Vietnam Plus

Over 590 Vietnamese firms win product high-quality recognition
The Business Association of High-Quality Vietnamese Goods has released a list of more than 590 firms having products recognised as high quality this year.
Vietnam Plus 

Hanoi to launch second BRT bus
The Hanoi Department of Transport has proposed launching a second Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route connecting Lang – Hoa Lac hi-tech zone and Kim Ma street, Ba Dinh district, Deputy Director of the Department Ngo Manh Tuan said on February 21.
— Vietnam Plus 

Ho Chi Minh City to better Singapore in medical services: health chief
Ho Chi Minh City has the potential to outdo Singapore in terms of medical services by as early as 2020 if medical facilities are adequately invested in, the municipal health director said Tuesday.
Tuoi Tre News

Ha Noi, Vietnam Airlines ink cooperation agreement
Ha Noi People’s Committee and the national carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) on Wednesday signed a five-year cooperation agreement to boost tourism and develop the social economy of the capital city.
Vietnam News bizhub



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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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