Vietnam morning news for March 15

Vietnam morning news for March 15

Vietnam morning news

Vietnam Ranked Among the Best Countries for Business: Forbes
Vietnam has been ranked at #84 among the best countries for business, U.K. on Top, U.S. Down in Forbes’ 13th annual look at the Best Countries for Business, which measures countries that are most hospitable to capital investment.
— Vietnam Insider

Health insurance coverage expanded to 87.7 percent
The Vietnam Social Security (VSS) reported that the number of participants in health insurance has increased to 83.6 million, or 87.7 percent of the population.

China bans imports of Vietnamese pigs to prevent African swine fever
China has banned imports of pigs, wild boars and related products from Vietnam after a series of outbreaks of African swine fever.
— VnExpress

Vietnam’s e-commerce to earn $10 billion by 2020
Vietnam’s e-commerce is forecast to gross $10 billion by 2020. Significantly, e-commerce has offered more opportunities to Vietnamese enterprises even small-scale enterprises to sell commodities to any nation with meager expense.
— VietnamNet Bridge

Việt Nam targets $4.2b in shrimp export value this year
Việt Nam will target at US$4.2 billion in shrimp export value this year, higher than $3.6 billion in 2018, according to the Directorate of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
— Viet Nam News

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Rice firms face bankruptcy as trade face difficulties
A series of companies who rushed to trade rice a decade ago are now facing difficulties and in some cases, have gone bust.
— Bizhub

Vietnam asks China and Philippines to restrain in South China Sea
Vietnam has asked related parties to act responsibly and avoid furthering tension after many China vessels approached an island occupied by the Philippines.
— VnExpress

Government to better policies to boost automobile industry
The Government will provide policy support for automakers, but not at the cost of breaking its international integration commitments, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said.
— Bizhub

European whitebook highlights potential of Vietnam’s economic development
The European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) launched the 11th edition of its Whitebook in Hanoi on March 14, highlighting the potential of Vietnam’s economic development.
— Nhan Dan Online

Saigon pushes 2021 deadline for metro line despite uncertain contractors
HCMC authorities want the long-delayed metro line to be up and running in 2021 although contractors are not sure.
— VnExpress

Vietjet to introduce two new international routes in summer
Vietjet Air will introduce two new international routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Tokyo (Narita) and from Nha Trang to Busan in South Korea in the summer, with tickets now available.
— Vietnam Insider

ARF Inter-Sessional Meeting on Maritime Security opens in Da Nang
The 11th ASEAN Regional Forum Inter-Sessional Meeting on Maritime Security (ARF ISM-MS) opened in the central city of Da Nang on March 14 with the participation of more than 80 delegates from 27 ARF countries and experts from international organisations.
— VietnamPlus

Moscow meeting connects Vietnamese, Russian SMEs
A meeting was held in Moscow on March 13 to enhance ties between small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of Vietnam and Russia.

High demand from Korea, Japan for Vietnamese fruits, vegetables
With their high demand for agricultural products, South Korea and Japan offer opportunities for Việt Nam to boost export of farm produce, especially fruits and vegetables, Đ�– Qu�’c Hưng, deputy director general of the Asia-Africa Market Department, has said.
— Viet Nam News

High potential for fruit, vegetable exports to China
China is current the biggest market for Vietnamese agricultural products, but its demand for fruits and vegetables is still growing, offering a chance for Vietnamese firms to boost even stronger shipments to this country.
— VietnamNet Bridge

VAMA reports sharpest month-on-month fall in automobile sales
Automobile sales in February declined 61 percent from the previous month, the sharpest month-on-month fall ever.

Airlines checked by shortage of pilots
Vietnamese airlines are becoming increasingly competitive over trained pilots, especially since new players have announced setting up operations in the country.
— VietnamNet Bridge

Vietnam plans new northern railroad route to China
Vietnam is considering building a railroad route connecting Hanoi with a Chinese border county.
— VnExpress

Hanoi to respond to “Global Greening” campaign
The area around But (brush) Tower at Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of the capital will be lit up green at 8 pm on March 16 in response to Ireland’s “Global Greening” campaign, which aims to raise public awareness of environmental protection.

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HCM City tries to rescue ‘golden land’ plots as disputes continue
Land plots located in advantageous positions in the central area of HCM City are known as ‘golden land’ because they promise huge profits for investors.
— Vietnam Insider

Minister highlights Vietnam’s commitment to gender equality at UN forum
Vietnam will focus on completing its social welfare legal and policy system while prioritising the reform of social insurance and life-long learning for women and girls, and creating jobs for elderly and migration women, thus fulfilling the gender equality targets, stated Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Dao Ngoc Dung.

Vietnam a highly Instagrammable holiday destination
Italy-based Big Seven Travel includes Vietnam in a top 50 listing of travel destinations mentioned on photo sharing network Instagram.
— VnExpress

Vietnamese, Japanese naval forces boost professional exchange
A workshop on underwater medicine jointly held by the Vietnam People’s Navy and its Japanese counterpart wrapped up on March 13 in the northern port city of Hai Phong.

First WeWork co-working office opens in Việt Nam
The first WeWork co-working space in Việt Nam opened on Wednesday in HCM City with 5,000sq.m of space.
— Viet Nam News

Mekong farmers use iPads to learn about ‘smart’ agriculture
Authorities in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap have taken measures to bring farmers closer to smart agriculture at a time when they are struggling to find buyers for their produce.

Former senior oil execs to be tried for embezzlement in OceanBank case
Former general director of the State-run PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation (PVEP) Do Van Khanh, 58, was accused of receiving interest payments worth more than VND4 billion under the counter from Hanoi-based Ocean Commercial Bank (OceanBank).
— VietnamNet Bridge

Vietnam – South Africa business dialogue held in South Africa
A Vietnam – South Africa business dialogue took place in Cape Town, South Africa on March 13, part of the fourth Vietnam – South Africa inter-governmental partnership forum.


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