Last November, the ministry had ordered mobile network providers to recall pre-activated SIM cards in a bid to reduce spam text messages and improve security. It has reduced the sale of pre-activated SIM cards dramatically, and it has changed people’s habit of purchasing a pre-activated SIM card and abandoning it after a short period. “This is the first time that 16 million SIM cards have been retrieved. Tuấn credited the success of the drive to the co-operation between telecom companies and SIM card stores, and people’s awareness on the need to follow the law on SIM card registrations. Five mobile network providers - Viettel, VNPT (VinaPhone), MobiFone, Gtel Mobile and Vietnammobile - had signed a commitment to recall pre-activated SIM cards from November 1.
Vietnam-Japan trade expected to surge in 2017The Vietnam-Japan trade is expected to reach a new height in 2017 as the two countries have agreed on many measures to boost the trade exchange, it was agreed at a recent seminar on promoting trade with Japan held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife arrive in Vietnam for a visit in mid-January, 2017. Besides good diplomatic relationship, trade experts urged the business community to seize opportunities brought about by the Vietnam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (VJEPA). Hai advised enterprises to invest in quality of goods and boost promotion activities to tap the Japanese market. Nguyen Trung Dung, Vietnam’s commercial counsellor in Japan, said the structure of Vietnamese and Japanese goods are complementary and not competitive against each other.
Wallonia parliament holds third hearing on EU-Vietnam Free Trade AgreementThe parliament of Belgium’s Wallonia region held the third hearing on the European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) on January 19. He noted that Vietnam has a potential market and is located in one of the world’s most dynamic regions. On the trade relationship between Vietnam and Belgium, Petriccione said the annual two-way trade value reached two billion EUR (2.1 billion USD) and Belgium is Vietnam’s sixth largest trade partner in the EU. He highlighted the fact that the EVFTA is the first agreement the EU negotiated and signed with a developing country and is a comprehensive, balanced and win-win deal. After the presentation of Mauro Petriccione, lawmakers raised many questions, focusing on Vietnam’s social-economic situation and added values that the EVFTA can bring to the EU and the business community.
Should we celebrate Tet at all? If you are Vietnamese, you celebrate Tet. Returning home to celebrate Tet is de rigueur for just about every Vietnamese citizen, whether they are away from home within the country or abroad. If we work harder (as if we don’t do that now) and do not celebrate Tet, what will we do with the added prosperity? Celebrate Tet.
A surgeon who leaves no scars behindVietNamNet Bridge – Multiple awards winning Dr Tran Ngoc Luong, Director of the National Hospital of Endocrinology, Head of Surgery Department and Associate Prof. at the Ha Noi Medical University, tells Ha Nguyen that seeing young women mentally affected by post-surgical scars on their necks motivated him to pioneer a minimally invasive procedure that has since helped thousands in the country. Golden hands: Associate Prof.Dr Luong, who pioneered endoscopic treatment of thyroid disorders in Viet Nam and helped patients in several other countries. You pioneered endoscopic treatment of thyroid glands in Viet Nam and have tackled cases that are very difficult to operate. The endoscopic technique is an operation with minimal trespass upon surrounding organs. In such cases, an open surgery would leave a scar on the neck, which disadvantages young women, particularly who have to interact a lot with others.
Better skills required of Vietnamese seeking work abroadVietNamNet Bridge – Pham Viet Huong, deputy director of the Overseas Labour Export Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affaris, speaks to the Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) newspaper about Viet Nam’s resolve to improve the skills of its workers abroad. Deputy director of the Overseas Labour Export Department, Pham Viet HuongWhat lessons were learned in the export of labour in 2016? Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea are top the list of Viet Nam’s labour export markets. This is an acknowledgement by Japanese firms of the high skills possessed by Vietnamese workers. This year, we set a plan to send 105,000 workers to work abroad, particularly Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.
Golfers to tee off at Da Nang golf tourneyVietNamNet Bridge – More than 200 golfers from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Korea and Viet Nam will compete in the JG Golf Championship in Da Nang on March 25-26. Under the lights: A night view of Ba Na Hills Golf Club in Da Nang. — Photo courtesy of Ba Na Hills Golf ClubThe event organisers, JG Golf Vietnam Joint-stock company, said the championship, aims to promote Da Nang golf tourism to other countries, will see participants compete in a two-day 36-holes tournament at BRG Da Nang Golf Resort & Ba Na Hills Golf Club. Last year, Ba Na Hills Golf Club was awarded ‘Best New Golf Course in Asia Pacific’ and ‘Best Golf Course in Viet Nam – first Runner Up’ at the 2016 Asian Golf Awards. Swing: A golfer plays at Ba Na Hills Golf Club in Da Nang.
Olympic athletes have heart problems, tooSome Olympic athletes could be at risk while training and competing because of heart defects or dysfunction that they may not even know about, Italian researchers say. As part of the heart screening process, the Italian medical team incorporates medical history, a physical exam, an ECG and an echocardiogram. They found that 92 athletes had abnormal results, including inherited heart problems, coronary artery disease, hypertension, electrical diseases such as atrial fibrillation and tachycardias. In fact, no medical evaluation was universally required for athletes until the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games, they write. “We make a big deal out of these deaths because of the emotional impact, especially among professional and Olympic athletes who represent the epitome of health,” he said.
HN seeks ideas to develop Red River banksVietNamNet Bridge – Ha Noi authorities have asked three construction giants to devise planning schemes to develop the areas along the iconic Hong (Red) River that flows past the capital city. Potential investors are asked to devise planning schemes to develop the areas along the iconic Hong (Red) River that flows past the capital city. Additionally, the scheme should give priority to on-site resettlement for local residents and develop waterway transportation and tourism. The Red River, originated from China, flows past Ha Noi and several provinces in the north of Viet Nam before emptying into the Gulf of Tonkin. The Red River, originating in China, flows past Ha Noi and several provinces in the north of Viet Nam before emptying into the Gulf of Tonkin.
People buy "lucky money" envelopes on Ha Noi’s Hang Ma Street. Due to high demand for new, small banknotes to be given as lucky money, illegal money exchange services mushrooms ahead of Tet. Several online websites charge customers about VND400,000 ($18) to buy a $2 note of lucky money for 2017, the Year of the Rooster, and VND160,000 ($7) for a collection of notes printed with the four holy animals. Nguyen Hoang Minh, deputy director of the State Bank of Viet Nam’s HCM City branch, said the money exchange services are illegal. The branch also sent a message ordering staff not to abet the money exchange providers, he said.
Uber to pay $20 million to settle U.S. claims it misled driversRide-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc has agreed to pay $20 million to settle claims by the U.S. government that it exaggerated prospective earnings in seeking to recruit drivers and downplayed the costs of buying or leasing a car, documents filed with a federal court on Thursday showed. "This settlement will put millions of dollars back in Uber drivers’ pockets," said Jessica Rich, director of the agency's Bureau of Consumer Protection. Under Uber's business model, consumers use an app to hail a ride and pay Uber for it. Uber, which operates in 74 countries, said in a statement it was "pleased" to have reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission. In addition to the $20 million payment, Uber would be barred under the agreement from misrepresenting its drivers' earnings or payments for automobiles.
Asian stocks, dollar slip as Trump caution outweighs China GDPCaution prevailed in financial markets on Friday ahead of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, even as China's fourth-quarter economic growth beat expectations and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took a less hawkish policy stance. The world's second-largest economy expanded 6.7 percent in 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics said, in line with forecasts. The dollar fell after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that gradual monetary adjustments were prudent, taking a less hawkish tone than anticipated. "The dollar could fall if Trump pushes forward his protectionist rhetoric in his inauguration speech," said Minori Uchida, chief FX analyst at Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ. "Some investors also expect more details on his policies, so the dollar could also slip if Trump does not mention any specifics."
According to the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center, in 2016 alone, four wild elephants were killed, while there were 25 cases of human-elephant conflicts. There are 44 domesticated elephants now in Dak Lak, including 25 aged 20-40. As living conditions have changed, domesticated elephants have lost many of their natural instincts. Therefore, elephants can live in a safe environment, while domesticated elephants are taken care of well. The Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center complained about the staff deficiency.
Chau Thanh Vu from Ninh Thuan province not only won a full five-year scholarship to pursue a PhD degree in economics at Harvard University worth $400,000, but also a full doctoral scholarship from seven other leading American universities. This year, contestants had to write about an artwork that inspired them.With an essay titled "Reading Raphael in Hanoi", writing about the famous painting "The School of Athens" by Raphael, Nguyen Tien Thanh scored highest and was named the winner.Thanh has entered Duke University in the US. With an impressive high-school final exam score of 28.3 for three exam subjects, Vy succeeded in enrolling in the prestigious school.Vy became known after imitating many different tones posted on internet. The beautiful girl can also play music, sing songs and act as a TV MC.Tran My Linh is the girl who presented flowers to US President Obama during his official visit to Vietnam in mid-2016. Linh is an excellent student in both learning records and extracurricular activities at the University for Social Sciences & Humanities.
VinaCapital seeking opportunities in equitised SOEs in 2017VinaCapital currently has $120 million in cash and is looking to invest in private or equitised companies in 2017. Andy Ho, CEO of VinaCapital, talked about the company’s plans to use the cash and assessed the prospects of the Vietnamese stock market. The Vietnamese stock market currently shows no clear trends. In this context, do you think 2017 will be a good year for the Vietnamese stock market? Looking at the stock market in the previous years, one can see that the biggest risk is is too high inflation.