The thorny path to hi-tech agriculture

The thorny path to hi-tech agricultureVietNamNet Bridge - The government’s strong commitment to support the development of hi-tech agriculture has excited investors, but many difficulties lie ahead. It’s unclear if the biotechnology center or the hi-tech agriculture zones’ management board can grant such certificates. As a result, the startups in hi-tech agriculture find it difficult to access bank loans. He foresees big challenges in production consumption, as hi-tech agriculture, if succeeding, can bring a yield which is 20-30 times higher than traditional methods. Some hi-tech agriculture projects may require a higher investment rate by hundreds of times than other projects.

February 26, 2017 07:30 UTC

HCM City doctor makes high-protein milk for poor patients

I saw the relatives of many ICU patients not having enough money to buy milk because the average price is nearly VNĐ250,000 (US$11), but milk is suitable only for patients without serious ailments. There are high-protein milk products for cancer patients in the market such as Prosure, but their prices are too high. I began to research into milk with high protein that is cheap for these poor patients. After three years, I will share the product’s formula with other hospitals’ nutritionists to provide it to more ICU patients. Currently we also are researching an IT solution for nutrition management to help doctors in ICUs evaluate and provide nutrition to their patients.

February 26, 2017 02:02 UTC

Government’s new decree resumes race for casino licenses

Government’s new decree resumes race for casino licensesVietNamNet Bridge - Many investors who gave up casino development projects some years ago are considering returning as the government has turned the green light on allowing Vietnamese to go to casinos. According to Ha Ton Vinh, who has researched the casino industry, Vietnamese were prohibited at all three casino types in Vietnam. Foreign investors put highest expectations on IRs as the biggest resource of income. With the Decree 03 released, which allows Vietnamese to gamble at domestic casinos, investors can expect revenue from two sources – foreign and Vietnamese travelers. According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), of 2.4 million foreign travelers to Cambodia in the first half of 2016, 20 percent were from Vietnam.

February 26, 2017 01:30 UTC

Elephant pregnancy expected to help preserve herds in Dak Lak

Elephant pregnancy expected to help preserve herds in Dak LakVietNamNet Bridge - A pregnant elephant in Dak Lak will give birth in late autumn 2017, which is expected to help develop the provinces' herd of elephants. For the last 30 years, the Central Highlands has not seen any births from tamed elephants in the area. For the last 30 years, the Central Highlands has not seen any births from tamed elephants in the area. The scientist confirmed the pregnancy and said that Ban Nang would give birth in October 2017. A report of the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center showed that the herd of domestic elephants now has 25 females and 19 males.

February 26, 2017 01:07 UTC

Vietnamese suspect in murder case says she was part of a prank

HA NOI — Representatives from the Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia today met the suspect in the murder case of a North Korean citizen at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13, who was ealier confỉrmed to be a Vietnamese citizen. Doan Thi Huong, 28, from the northern province of Nam Dinh, was arrested on February 15 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport following the death of the North Korean citizen Kim Chol a day earlier. Huong is in good health conditions, according to the embassy. Huong said she thought she was taking part in a comedy prank video. The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Ministry has ordered its embassy in Malaysia to closely co-operate with local authorities and strictly follow international laws regarding the case, while also seeking for proper procedures to legally support its citizen.—VNS

February 25, 2017 15:33 UTC

Vietnamese spend big on foreign high-street clothes

Vietnamese spend big on foreign high-street clothesVietNamNet Bridge - As incomes have improved, consumers are now buying more high-street fashion products rather than Chinese or Vietnamese clothing. But she does not want products bearing Vietnamese brands, but preferably orders Zara and Mango products from overseas shops online. Huong said that the foreign high-street products are now affordable for office workers like her. “Why don’t you choose foreign brands if they have diverse design, good materials and reasonable prices?” she said. Linh said she is always busy so Vietnamese tend to favor foreign high-street brands.

February 25, 2017 07:29 UTC

City urges education investment

Lê Hồng Sơn, head of the department, has said at an Overseas Vietnamese conference held in HCM City recently that overseas Vietnamese could also work as experts or lecturers in Việt Nam. Overseas Vietnamese who have teaching experience could help train English teachers or teach science with English instruction at high schools or professional educational establishments, he added. HCM City has faced challenges in meeting international standards and providing quality advanced education. Of the five universities, Việt Nam National University-HCM City is the only one located in the city. Around two-thirds of students in Switzerland choose to study in vocational training schools each year, Kim said.

February 25, 2017 04:45 UTC

Clear, tough law needed for effective audits

Lastly, commercial banks and general corporations are also part of our auditing missions. How will you audit BOT projects? Many BOT projects have shown their limitations and insufficiency during implementation. In addition, the percentage of disbursement of capital contributions in BOT projects is generally lower than investors’ commitments. We have also asked the NA Standing Committee to develop a legal document on sanctioning offices/ agencies ignoring requests filed by SAV missions.

February 25, 2017 04:41 UTC

APEC members hail health agenda set by Việt Nam

The theme of universal health coverage and sustainable development as well as five priority areas for discussion and action set by Viet Nam were praised by APEC delegates yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Doãn TấnKHÁNH HÒA — The theme of universal health coverage and sustainable development as well as five priority areas for discussion and action set by Viet Nam were praised by APEC delegates yesterday. The Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Health Working Group is meeting in n Nha Trang City, Khánh Hòa Province. A series of forums on policies for the elderly and prevention of non-communicable diseases and antibiotic resistance were highly valued by other APEC members. Việt Nam used the forum to learn from other members’ experiences in launching policies and programmes on aging population, antibiotic resistance and non-communicable diseases. Yesterday’s forum was held within the framework of the first APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings underway in Nha Trang.

February 25, 2017 04:38 UTC

APEC studies tourism-climate change friction

Tourism development causes many negative impacts on the environment and climate change as the industry accounts for five per cent greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, it is vulnerable because climate change impacts affects destinations, tourism seasons and operating expenses. Vietnam’s master plan on tourism development is part of the nation’s efforts to effectively cope with issues related to climate change and environmental pollution. Sieu said hosting APEC Year 2017 offered Việt Nam a chance to promote the country’s tourism potential to international friends, especially APEC members. APEC tourism ministers have set a target of welcoming 800 million international visitors in 2025.

February 25, 2017 04:38 UTC

Government to give youth encephalitis booster shots

Dương said that Việt Nam saw about 1,000 cases of encephalitis per year, and 10 per cent of them were Japanese encephalitis. Under the plan, children between six and 15 years old will receive three doses of the vaccine. The districts had at least one problem related to the disease, including the rate of vaccination against Japanese encephalitis being under 80 per cent, the rate of Japanese encephalitis equal to or more than 1/100,000 residents, and fatalities caused by Japanese encephalitis in two consecutive years. Experts from the Preventive Medicines Department under the Ministry of Health said that Japanese encephalitis could occur year-round, and the epidemic often occurs in summer months, because mosquitoes can develop during those months. Children should also receive booster injections every four years until they are 15 years old.

February 25, 2017 02:00 UTC

Birds of a feather

2015 saw a number of foreign investors arriving in Vietnam and investing in the market via franchises. High import duties have caused many difficulties for Vietnamese enterprises after franchising an international business. Challenges aheadDespite its huge potential, Vietnamese enterprises have not really seized the opportunities from franchising. According to Ms. Van, Vietnamese enterprises are short of such things. For foreign enterprises wanting to promote franchises in Vietnam, while its middle class is growing, Mr. Ngo noted, they are also very price-sensitive.

February 25, 2017 01:52 UTC

Vietnam considers sending jobless university grads abroad as guest workers

Vietnam considers sending jobless university grads abroad as guest workersVietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) is trying to create jobs for hundreds of thousands of unemployed university graduates in a project to export laborers. MOLISA is building up a plan to send workers with professional and technical qualifications abroad in 2017-2020. Japan, South Korea, Germany and Slovakia are the target markets. Japan, South Korea, Germany and Slovakia are the target markets. Not all university graduates can be sent abroad.

February 25, 2017 01:07 UTC

Tariffs are cut, import prices fall, but cars are still pricey

Despite tariff cuts and low import prices, Vietnamese still have to pay high prices to buy cars because of high taxes and fees. The average import price was $3,700 only, or VND85 million, the price level described as ‘surprisingly low’ and ‘dirt cheap’. Though the import tariffs have been cut from 40 percent 30 percent since early 2017, the selling prices are still many times higher than the import prices. Ngo Tri Long, a renowned economist, said people hope the car prices would be decreasing once the tariffs are cut. However, sharp price decreases may not occur, because the car prices not only depend on import tariffs, but also on luxury taxes, fees and pricing strategies followed by car distributors.

February 25, 2017 01:07 UTC

Stories through the lens: Ready to serve

Around a month after Tết has for long been a time for many Vietnamese youth to bid farewell to their families and friends and sign up to serve the nation as members of the armed forces. Across the country, thousands of young people leave their ordinary lives behind to don the soldier’s garb. For the next twenty-four months, they will receive training at various boot camps and later serve in the army, air force of navy. Of these, 3,900 will receive training under Ministry of Defence and the remaining under the Ministry of Public Security. The revised Law on Military Service that took effect on January 1 2016 opened the doors for Vietnamese women to join military service on a voluntary basis.

February 25, 2017 00:03 UTC

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