Exhibition showcases Japan’s contemporary netsuke carved of woodAn exhibition on “Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke” will open at Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam on January 24. Exhibition showcases Japan’s contemporary netsuke carved of woodThe event will present 65 works by 64 Japanese contemporary netsuke carvers. As Western clothing was adopted from the Meiji period (1868-1911), netsuke disappeared from daily life in Japan. Since the 1970s, a new genre, contemporary netsuke, has taken shape, inspired by new sensibilities and ideas. Today, contemporary netsuke carvers continue to ply their craft, steadily producing to new works.

January 21, 2018 17:26 UTC

Foreign cruise lines show growing appetite for VietnamThe Vietnamese cruise tourism market continues its upward trend on the back of the increasing number of ship calls and passengers. Aside from inbound cruise tourists, cruise demand from Vietnam has also increased by 126% from 2012 to 2016, the largest increase in any Asian country. Interestingly, a majority of Vietnamese cruise passengers fall in the younger age category. To tap into this demand, Princess Cruises will boost its guest capacity in Vietnam by more than 40% in 2018. The cruise line is committed to developing cruise tourism in Vietnam by bringing guests from around the world to visit the country on its cruise ships.

January 21, 2018 17:26 UTC

International media praises Vietnam’s victory at AFC U23 tournamentInternational sport news agencies have called Vietnam’s win in the Asian Football Confederation U23 Championship’s semi-final against former champion Iraq a historic victory. Vietnam's U23 footballers on Siam Sports (Photo: Siam Sports)The victory was defined after Vietnam beat Iraq 5-3 in the penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw on January 20 in Changsu, China. Thailand’s Siam Sports newspaper highlighted that Vietnam has become the first Southeast Asian country to reach the game’s final to date. The victory showed that the team is capable of defeating top countries in the region, it said. FootballIdonesia wrote in a tweet that Vietnam is now heading toward the final after a remarkable 5-3 win against Iraq.

January 21, 2018 14:03 UTC

E5 bio-fuel quality comes under scrutiny from driversNearly three weeks since RON92 grade petrol was replaced with E5 bio-fuel, customers have questioned the bio fuel’s quality, Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported. E5 bio-fuel, a mix of RON 92 (95 per cent) and bio-fuel ethanol (5 per cent), has replaced RON 92 and co-existed with A95 since January 1 this year. Bích Hằng in Hà Nội’s Cầu Giấy District said that since using E5, her motorbike sometimes breaks down. “We have tested E5 quality under different weather conditions, including severe conditions such as rain, humidity or in mountainous areas,” he said. A representative of Vietnam Oil Corporation (PVOil) told Tiền Phong that E5 fuel is high quality.

January 21, 2018 07:18 UTC

APPF-26: Vietnam’s major diplomatic event in 2018The 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26), hosted by the National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam, is one of the country’s major diplomatic events amid its extensive and intensive international integration. The event also helps affirm the Vietnamese NA’s role and reputation at regional and international inter-parliamentary forums. Lasting until January 21, the APPF-26 features four plenary sessions on the topics of politics-security, economics-trade, regional cooperation in Asia-Pacific, and the future of APPF. At the session, participants focused on economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. The APPF-26 will mull over regional cooperation in Asia-Pacific, and the future of APPF in its last two plenary sessions on January 20.

January 21, 2018 06:33 UTC





APPF lawmakers chalk out ways for regional cooperationThe 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) engaged in an important discussion on regional cooperation and development issues during the third plenary session on January 20 morning. ​An overview of the third plenary meeting of APPF-26 (Source: APPF-26 organiser)The third plenary session addressed three key dimensions of regional cooperation, namely climate change response, resources for sustainable development, and culture-tourism cooperation. The forum’s proceedings address political, security, economic, social and cultural issues, thus furthering regional cooperation and building relations between and among parliamentarians from the Asia-Pacific region. Japan hopes discussions at the event will give rise to more voices contributing to regional development and peace, Yoshiko Kira said. The forum’s proceedings address political, security, economic, social and cultural issues, thus furthering regional cooperation and building relations between and among parliamentarians from the Asia-Pacific region.

January 21, 2018 06:13 UTC

There are two kinds of ICOs: pure ICO and MLM (multi-level marketing) ICO. MLM ICO is built on Blockchain technology but has a development model that pushes coin prices up through a "lending" mechanism. The MLM coin maker sells the coin to buyers, while buyers lend the coin back to the producer at a certain interest rate (in most cases, the interest rate is very high). Similarweb’s reports show that the number of Vietnamese visitors on Bitdeal, iFan and Poly, websites known to many Vietnamese, are always at the No 1 position. On other better-known MLM coin websites such as Bitconnect, Hextracoin, and Firstcoin, the numbers of visitors from Vietnam are always among the top 5, together with the US, Russia and India.

January 21, 2018 06:00 UTC

Vietnam needs investment funds that back M&AsVietNamNet Bridge - The total value of M&A deals reached $6 billion in 2017, a surprisingly high figure. However, analysts say that Vietnamese investors were less competitive in M&A activities because they did not have support from banks and investment funds. Vietnam needs investment funds that back M&AsThe 2017 M&A market closed with the historic deal in which Vietnam Beverage acquired a 53 percent Sabeco stake, worth $5 billion. Financial capabilitySeck Yee Chung from Baker & McKenzie is optimistic about the performance of the Vietnamese M&A market in 2017-2018. RELATED NEWSReal estate M&As 2018: golden time for foreign capitalThe biggest M&A deals in Vietnam in 2017Kim Chi

January 21, 2018 02:48 UTC

Vietnam beat Iraq for Asian U23 champs’ semi-finalsVietnam continued their dream journey at the Asian Football Conference U23 Championship after beating Iraq 5-3 in the penalty shootout on January 20 in Changsu, China. Vietnamese players celebrate their goal during the AFC U23 Championship match against Iraq on January 20. Iraq, the last championship’s bronze medalist, levelled the result with a penalty by striker Ayman Hussein some minutes later. "It is the best match of V​ietnam in this tournament so far. Vietnam, the only ASEAN country in the continental tournament’s last-four round, will next play Qatar on January 23.-VNA

January 21, 2018 02:48 UTC

Vietnam beat Iraq for Asian U23 champs’ semi-finalsVietnam continued their dream journey at the Asian Football Conference U23 Championship after beating Iraq 5-3 in the penalty shootout on January 20 in Changsu, China. Vietnamese players celebrate their goal during the AFC U23 Championship match against Iraq on January 20. Iraq, the last championship’s bronze medalist, levelled the result with a penalty by striker Ayman Hussein some minutes later. "It is the best match of V​ietnam in this tournament so far. Vietnam, the only ASEAN country in the continental tournament’s last-four round, will next play Qatar on January 23.-VNA

January 21, 2018 02:48 UTC

Coastal city lures tourists with historyVietNamNet Bridge – People know Hai Phong as a city of flamboyant trees, an important industrial centre and the biggest port in the north. Wild archipelagoCat Ba archipelago and Cat Ba National Park are located to the south of Hạ Long Bay, 30km from Hai Phong City and 25km from Ha Long City. Cat Ba also possesses breath-taking Lan Ha Bay and some remote islands of Ha Long Bay. Lan Ha BayThe bay is on the east side of Cat Ba Island and just next to Ha Long Bay. — File PhotoThe landscape is as beautiful as Ha Long Bay and has special features as well.

January 21, 2018 02:03 UTC

APPF-26 a great success: APPF Representative Honorary PresidentThe press conference after the closing of APPF 26Thanks to a very strong leadership of Vietnam’s National Assembly and Government and all involved parties, the APPF-26 is a great success, said Takuji Yanagimoto, Head of Japanese Delegation to APPF-26 and Representative Honorary President of APPF. “This APPF meeting was very important in the sense of the Hanoi Declaration proposed by Vietnam was adopted. He also lauded the significance of the adoption of the new APPF rules that made the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians an APPF permanent event, referring to it as a historical moment of the APPF. The annual meeting also succeeded in adopting the amendment to the APPF Rules of Procedure that enables the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians to become an APPF permanent feature, the top Vietnamese legislator said. The meeting adopted the Hanoi Declaration and a Joint Communiqué at the final plenary session on January 20, along with 14 resolutions.

January 20, 2018 11:48 UTC

APPF-26 final plenary session approves Hanoi DeclarationThe Hanoi Declaration on a New Vision for Asia –Pacific Parliamentary Partnership was approved at the APPF-26’s final plenary session in Hanoi on January 20 afternoon. The session approved the selection of Cambodia as host of the 27th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-27), which is scheduled for January 2019 in Siem Reap. The Vietnam National Assembly will hand over the APPF chair position to its Cambodian counterpart in May 2018. At the function, all heads of delegations signed the APPF-26 Joint Communiqué. The adoption of the Hanoi Declaration is a success of the APPF-26, Ngan stated, adding that it succeeds other APPF declarations and defines a new vision for Asia – Pacific Parliamentary partnership after 25 years of development.

January 20, 2018 11:03 UTC

IPU pledges cooperation with Vietnam in realising SDGsThe Inter-Parliament Union (IPU) has always been and will continue to cooperate with the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA), helping improve the country’s ability in realising sustainable development goals (SDGs), said IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong. He affirmed the IPU always works hard to promote cooperation with its member parliaments, and support their relations with the United Nations. SDGs are not only targets but also opportunities for law makers to show their commitment to improving living standard of the people, she noted. Through examining reports on the implementation of the plan, the NA can better supervise the Government’s implementation of SDGs, she added. The top legislator shared the IPU Secretary General’s opinion that it is necessary to have a coordination mechanism between the Vietnamese NA and the UN’s authorities in applying the toolkit.-VNA

January 20, 2018 10:07 UTC

Adjutant General of Oregon National Guard welcomed in HanoiSen. Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, welcomed Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General of the US’s Oregon National Guard, in Hanoi on January 19. Sen. Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh - Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (R) meets Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel -Adjutant General of the US’s Oregon National Guard on January 19The reception was part of the US officer’s working visit to Vietnam. The two sides shared the view that under the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership, defence cooperation has been developing over the past years as seen in such areas as humanitarian aid, natural disaster response, training, sharing peacekeeping experience, and addressing war consequences. Minh affirmed that Vietnam attaches importance to the US’s role in the region. He expressed his hope that the two armies will continue making efforts to reinforce their defence ties in a practical and effective manner on the basis of equality and mutual respect for the sake of each country and for peace and stability in the region and the world.-VNA

January 20, 2018 09:11 UTC