Vietnam morning news for December 14

Vietnam morning news for December 14

Vietnam morning news

E-passports for Vietnamese citizens expected by 2020: public security ministry
Vietnamese citizens are set to enjoy faster, more convenient and more secure border crossings with new biometric passports to be rolled out by 2020.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam rice prices dip as Chinese norms bite
Rice export prices fell for the fourth consecutive week in Vietnam on concerns of lower intake from China due to stricter norms in Beijing, while subdued demand weighed on the Indian and Thai markets.
— Bangkok Post

ADB’s $188m project to upgrade roads in northwest region
Some 198km of roads in the northwestern mountainous region will be upgraded under a project costing US$188 million, borrowed from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
— Viet Nam News

Viet Nam’s GDP could grow more than 6.9% in 2019-20: NCIF
Việt Nam’s economy could grow between 6.9 and 7.1 per cent in the 2019-20 period under stable macroeconomic conditions that could boost foreign direct investment (FDI) and promote economic restructuring and the implementation of free trade agreements (FTAs).
— Viet Nam News

Hanoi attempts to trim 10% public servants by 2021
Hanoi’s determination of curtailing state employees is among missions to curb state budget deficit which the whole country is striving for.
— Viet Nam Net

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Vietnamese airports host more than 100 million passengers in 2018
Vietnamese airports are estimated to have served 106 million passengers and handled nearly 1.5 million tonnes of cargo during 2018, up 12.9 per cent and 7.7 per cent year-on-year respectively, reported the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).
— Viet Nam News

Vietcombank no longer major shareholder in other banks
The Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank) has officially completed a plan to reduce its holding ratio at other credit institutions to below 5 percent as required by the central bank.

Microfinance a crucial pillar towards financial inclusion
Microfinance activities have been acting as one of the crucial pillars towards achieving the goal of financial inclusion, said Dao Minh Tu, deputy governor of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), during a seminar in Hanoi on December 12.
— Nhan Dan online

Property tax reduces household incomes and expenditures
Property has been suffering a variety of taxes in the process of formation, meaning applying an annual tax on property is unreasonable and distorting the taxation principle.
— Viet Nam News

Banks rush to make outward investments as Vietnam signs more FTAs
More Vietnam’s commercial banks are entering regional markets. In the first 11 months of the year, Vietnamese enterprises registered $357.5 million worth of outward investment. Of this, $105.7 million was registered for banking projects.
— Viet Nam Net

Province reduces poverty by teaching households new farming models
Authorities in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre have taught poor households effective farming models to help them escape poverty.
— Viet Nam News

Domestic violence an under-reported problem in Vietnam
Like it or not, domestic violence happens far more often than reported in Vietnam, experts say.
— VN Express

ADB assists Vietnam to increase number of health professionals
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved an US$80 million loan to improve the quality of health professional training at two major medical universities in Vietnam.
— Nhan Dan online

Tien Giang spends nearly 504 billion VND on disaster prevention
The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang allocated nearly 504 billion VND (21.72 million USD) for disaster prevention in 2018 to ensure production and people’s livelihoods for stable local socio-economic development.

VND7.23 trillion collected from G-bond auction
Viet Nam raised VND7.23 trillion (US$310.9 million) from government bonds (G-bonds) in an auction on Wednesday on the Hsnoi Stock Exchange (HNX).
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam, US mark 30 years of MIA search cooperation
A ceremony was held in Hanoi on December 12 to mark the 30th anniversary of bilateral cooperation in searching for US soldiers missing in action (MIA) in the war in Vietnam.
— Viet Nam Net

Ride hailing platform Be makes debut
Be – a new player in Việt Nam’s ride hailing market that made its debut on Thurday morning – aims to have 6.6 million downloads and 105 million rides in the first year of operation.
— Viet Nam News

Coal remains indispensable to Vietnam power needs: Deputy PM
Vietnam has no alternative energy source in the medium term to replace coal for power generation, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said
— VN Express

Vietjet offers 3 million free and discounted tickets
Vietjet is giving away three million promotional tickets between now and Friday to celebrate its huge “Love connection – Fly for love” programme.
— Viet Nam News

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Better transport connectivity needed to drive Mekong Delta’s development
A conference in Soc Trang province on December 12 underlined the need for transport infrastructure connectivity in the Mekong Delta to fuel local development.

Vietnamese cannabis gang jailed in the UK
Sixteen Vietnamese nationals who made hundreds of thousands of British pounds (billions of Dong) growing illegal drugs in the United Kingdom have been jailed for more than 35 years.
— Viet Nam News

No Vietnamese citizen killed or injured in France’s Strasbourg attack
The Vietnamese Embassy in France has confirmed that there is no Vietnamese citizen killed or injured in a gun attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, one of the busiest cities of France on December 11.

Trump Administration Hopes Vietnam Will Take More Deportees
Conversations between the U.S. government and Vietnam have immigration advocates concerned about the fate of thousands of Vietnamese immigrants, many of whom arrived in the U.S. as refugees.
— Huffington Post

Erosion and landslide ravage Son Tra Island
Son Tra Island and some other beaches in Danang City have continued to face serious erosions and landslides after the heavy rains over the past few days.
— Viet Nam Net

Outstanding firms for labourers to be honoured
A ceremony to honour the 60 outstanding businesses for labourers is set to be held in Hanoi on December 15, heard a press conference announcing the 2018 ranking on December 12.

Programme motivates reading culture among pupils
A reading festival has recently been held in Hoc Mon district, Ho Chi Minh City. It is a kick-start for a series of similar programmes in other suburban districts under the goal of encouraging the reading habits of local students.
— Vietnam+

Social housing meets 28 percent of workers’ demand
Vietnam has to date completed 87 social housing projects with some 28,800 apartments for workers at industrial parks (IPs), meeting just 28 percent of the demand, according to the Ministry of Construction.

Hoa Binh hosts Citrus Fruit Festival and Agricultural Fair
The provincial Citrus Fruit Festival and Agricultural Fair opened in Cao Phong district, of the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh, on December 12.
— Nhan Dan online

Tree planting festival on lunar New Year occasion launched
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has issued a directive on the launch of a tree planting festival on the occasion of the upcoming lunar New Year holiday to commemorate late President Ho Chi Minh.

Forum promotes development of agriculture value chain based on logistics
he Green Economic Forum, themed ‘Hau Giang to develop market oriented agriculture value chain based on logistics’, was held in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang on December 12.
— Nhan Dan online

Chinese museum displays President Ho Chi Minh’s photos
The Guangdong Museum of Revolutionary History is running an exhibition of photos of late President Ho Chi Minh in China from December 5, 2018 to January 6, 2019.

Dozens of Vietnam armed forces generals punished in 2018
The disciplined figures include incumbent and former officers even their violations happened years ago.
— Hanoi Times

Thanh Hoa police hunt for man accused of overthrow attempt
Police of the central province of Thanh Hoa has issued a wanted notice for a 27-year-old man accused of “attempting to overthrow the people’s administration”.

Quality, price key to conquering Japan: experts
To gain entry to the Japanese market, Vietnamese firms should pay attention to two factors, quality and price, experts told a roundtable on “Selling products to Japanese market” in HCM City on Wednesday.
— Viet Nam News

International cooperation: key to national sports development strategy
Vietnam signed over 50 cooperation agreements and treaties with countries, territories, and international sports organisations around the world during 1998 to 2016.

Zero landfill is the key to a green economy
Some corporations in Vietnam have committed to reuse and recycle 100 percent of their waste to improve environmental quality.
— Viet Nam Net


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