Vietnam Morning News For March 23

Vietnam Morning News For March 23

Vietnam morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop source for Vietnam news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities.


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In Asia’s infrastructure race, Vietnam is among the leaders
It may be one of the smallest economies in Asia, but Vietnam is among those leading the infrastructure race.
The Business Times 

Vietnam to start futures trading in May to lure foreigners
Vietnam plans to start trading in its new derivatives market in May with an initial offering of stock-index and government-bond futures contracts, according to a Hanoi Stock Exchange official, as the country seeks ways to appeal to offshore investors.

Petrol price drops over VND700 a liter
The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Industry and Trade yesterday afternoon decided to reduce Ron 92 gasoline price by VND708 a liter to VND17,314.
Tuoi Tre News 

Vietnam wants US connections to prevent anti-gov’t content on the internet
The Minister of Information and Communications has asked U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius to encourage U.S. enterprises operating in Vietnam to build stronger connections with local authorities in a bid to prevent anti-government information on Facebook and Google.

Kim Jong Nam murder probe: North Korean suspect is son of ex-envoy to Vietnam
A North Korean suspect involved in the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the exiled half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is reportedly the son of a former top North Korean envoy to Vietnam, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday. The suspect allegedly lured a Vietnamese female suspect to join the plot.
International Business Times 

Thermal power plants next to HCM City raise concerns about pollution
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) is consulting with Long An and HCMC local authorities about the location for the Long An Power Center, which HCM City opposes.
VietNamNet Bridge 

Uncertain times
Based on figures in the VNG report, Tiki’s losses in February and March last year totaled $916,000, which climbed to $2.54 million in the second quarter and $3.4 million in the third quarter.
VietNamNet Bridge 

Vietnam to host ASEAN friendship beauty contest
The south central coastal province of Phu Yen will host the Miss Friendship of ASEAN this year, as announced by the organising board at a press conference on March 21.
VietNamNet Bridge 

Experts oppose staging MGI pageant inside cave
Experts in the country have opposed a proposal to set up a stage for Miss Grand International (MGI) inside a cave located in Quảng Bình Province’s heritage site.
Viet Nam News 

Customs plans tighter checks on imported steel products
The General Department of Customs has just asked its officials to strengthen checks on imported steel products after a series of reports on steel firms submitting incorrect declarations about product codes.
Viet Nam News 

India lifts import ban on six commodities from Vietnam
India has lifted the import ban on six commodities, including coffee beans, from Vietnam after resolving phytosanitary issues with the latter.
The Economic Times 

Investors gaining caution about BOT
Investor flight from build-operate-transfer (BOT) traffic projects is triggering worries that the Government must rethink how to promote private investments in BOT infrastructure projects, experts said.
Viet Nam News 

Fruit processors resort to imports in Vietnam’s ‘coconut kingdom’
Coconut processing companies in the southern province of Ben Tre, known as Vietnam’s ‘coconut kingdom,’ have had to resort to imported products to alleviate short domestic supply.
Tuoi Tre News 

Vietnam Says Two Bloggers Posted Anti-state Propaganda
Vietnam has detained two bloggers for posting anti-state comments, which the Communist-ruled country said should serve as a warning to others spreading dissent.

Advertisers in Vietnam Tap Social, Search
Firms in Vietnam that use digital marketing channels are finding the most success with social networks and search engines.

President backs intellectual property
The Vietnamese State will ensure the best possible conditions for the system of intellectual property to grow and contribute to socio-economic development, affirmed President Trần Đại Quang.
Viet Nam News 

Vietnam to improve management of sand exploitation in local rivers
Local authorities will be put in charge of managing the exploitation of sand along rivers in their localities, as part of an effort to prevent sand thieves from compromising the environment.
Tuoi Tre News 

VN called to tackle overfishing as crisis looms
The Government should tighten its grip on overfishing as the seafood capacity in the Vietnamese sea is nearing exhaustion, a top military official said on Tuesday.
Viet Nam News 

A ‘Singapore standard’ hospital in Vietnam for women, children
For more than a decade, Mr Nguyen Van Minh and his family would fly in and out of Singapore for their annual health check-ups and medical treatments, his daughter recalled.
Today Online

Death sentence for drug smugglers in Vietnam
Vietnam has sentenced nine drug traffickers to death for smuggling nearly half a tonne (500 kilograms) of heroin into the country from Laos, a local government report said Wednesday.
IAfrica News

Laos to Step Up Patrols on Vietnam Border Amid Drug Trafficking Spike
Authorities in Laos are increasing cooperation with their counterparts in neighboring Vietnam and deploying additional security forces along the boundary shared between the two countries amid an uptick in cross-border crime, according to Lao government sources.
Radio Free Asia

Global integration fraught with hurdles: VN official
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Đỗ Thắng Hải tells the Vietnam News Agency that the nation will have to deal effectively with new-generation FTAs as it deepens its international integration.
Viet Nam News 

Green growth: not as expensive as you think
A green economy does not mean a major trade-off between growth and sustainability, Tomaso Andreatta, chairman of EuroCham Green Growth Sector Committee, tells Việt Nam News reporter Mai Hương.
Viet Nam News 

Vietnam gov’t to stop paying debts of state-owned companies
Vietnam’s government will no longer shoulder the debt burden of state-owned enterprises, Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung told lawmakers as the country revises its law on public debts.
Tuoi Tre News 




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