Vietnam morning news for April 16

Vietnam morning news for April 16

Vietnam morning newsVietnam’s Covid-19 cases increase to 267
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health on Wednesday (April 15) morning confirmed one more Covid-19 case, bringing the total in the country to 267.
— The Star Online

Vietnam extends coronavirus lockdown in 12 high-risk locations
Hanoi on Wednesday announced that social distancing measures in 12 cities and provinces will be extended to at least April 22 and possibly April 30.
– Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

China Plus One: Understanding Vietnam’s Appeal to Investors in Asia
Facing rising costs in China and trade tensions with the US, many foreign investors have sought to complement their China operations by shifting some production to other lower-cost countries.
— Vietnam Briefing

Dong Tam Land Dispute Exposes Vietnam’s Rights and Democracy Challenges
Though the dispute is complex, it reveals the limits of land rights and grassroots democracy in the country.
— The Diplomat

Can COVID-19 catalyze Vietnam’s digital transformation?
There is no time when speed matters more than when a pandemic strikes. What’s unfolding with the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide speaks volumes to this.
— World Bank

Coronavirus gives Vietnam, Cambodia a chance to boost ties with Washington and Beijing
As Cambodia increasingly aligns with China, Vietnam warms up to the United States. For the Southeast Asian neighbours who share a bitter past, the coronavirus pandemic has provided opportunities to cement allegiances that have a bearing on great power rivalry in our region.
— South China Morning Post

Changing the Law to Protect Trafficking Victims in Vietnam
When Van Ngoc Ta reflects on his career as a lawyer, one particular case, from 2014, stands out in his mind: a young girl who was a victim of sexual abuse, raped by a neighbor who was later allowed to walk free.
— Asia foundation

GE inks Phuong Mai supply deal in Vietnam
GE has signed a contract to supply turbines for a wind project in Vietnam.
— Renews

Chinese Ship Returns Near Vietnam Border
A Chinese ship was back in the part of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam, days after China sank a Vietnamese fishing boat — adding to fears that Beijing might use the coronavirus pandemic to distract from its maritime maneuvers.

You can now be fined in Vietnam for spreading fake news about coronavirus on social media
A new decree took effect in Vietnam on Wednesday introducing fines for the dissemination of “fake news” or rumors on social media, amid the rapid spread of comment online about the novel coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country.
— New York Post

USS Theodore Roosevelt’s fateful Vietnam port call had blessing of Pacific’s highest commanders
At his daily coronavirus task force briefing Monday, President Donald Trump expressed disdain that the USS Theodore Roosevelt, on which nearly 600 sailors have now tested positive for the virus, risked a stop in Vietnam last month.
— Stripes

Vietnam Premier Asks for New Social Distancing Plan After Wednesday
Vietnam’s national steering committee overseeing the country’s novel coronavirus outbreak says Vietnam should extend its social distancing order for at least one more week in cities and provinces with high risks of the virus, according to a statement on the government’s website.
— Bloomberg

Vietnam introduces ‘fake news’ fines for coronavirus misinformation
A new decree took effect in Vietnam on Wednesday introducing fines for the dissemination of ‘fake news’ or rumours on social media, amid the rapid spread of comment online about the novel coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country.
— The Star Online

Vietnam flight sends 100 British nationals home and brings Viet citizens back from UK
Around 100 British nationals have flown home from Vietnam and Cambodia onboard a specially arranged flight.
— The Star Online

PepsiCo Vietnam prepares food, medical help for nation’s Covid-19 fight
PepsiCo Vietnam has committed to provide over VND13.5 billion ($580,000) in aid for Covid-19 relief efforts across the country.
— VnExpress

Vietnam’s March coal imports rise but outlook uncertain
Vietnam’s coal imports increased in March from a year earlier, partly because some cargoes destined for India were resold to Vietnamese buyers.
— Argusmedia

Mask exports offer pandemic-hit Vietnam garment makers breathing space
Vietnamese garment companies have signed deals to export hundreds of millions of face masks to the U.S. and the E.U.
— VnExpress

Two Covid-19 patients discharged in Vietnam
Two men were discharged from hospitals on Wednesday after recovering from Covid-19, bringing the national tally of active cases down to 96.
— VnExpress

‘Rice ATMs’ dispense hope to Vietnam’s poor
A “rice ATM” invented in HCMC has inspired similar initiatives nationwide to help those in poverty survive the pandemic.
— VnExpress

307 kg of meth seized in Vietnam, four arrested
Police confiscated 307 kg of meth in the central Quang Binh Province on Tuesday, arresting four suspects.
— VnExpress

MoIT requests Hải Phòng to create favourable conditions to transport goods
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) on Monday requested Hải Phòng City People’s Committee to ensure smooth goods transport of trading enterprises and logistics services coming to and from the city while implementing the COVID-19 pandemic prevention activities.
— Viet Nam News

Vinachem asks to apply 0% tax rate to fertiliser products
The Việt Nam National Chemical Group (Vinachem) has sent a document to Việt Nam Fertiliser Association, asking the National Assembly to add fertiliser to the list of products subjected to value added tax (VAT).
— Viet Nam News

Investment in HCM City export processing, industrial zones up 86%
Export processing and industrial zones in HCM City saw US$117 million of investment poured into the zones in the first quarter, a 86 per cent increase compared to the same period last year, according to the HCM City Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority.
— Viet Nam News

90 per cent of travel firms suspend operations
More than 20,000 staff at hotels and tourist accommodations in HCM City were laid off or put on unpaid leave in the first quarter of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released by the municipal Department on Monday (April 13).
— Viet Nam News

MSCI delays date for Kuwait reclassification, disappoints Việt Nam
MSCI Inc has postponed the upgrading of MSCI Kuwait Indexes to emerging market status until November this year instead of next month due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, upsetting Vietnamese investors.
— Viet Nam News

Agricultural land price increases during COVID-19
While most of the realty segment has struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, agricultural land is still a hot investment as more people want to return to rural areas for a more environmentally-friendly life.
— Viet Nam News

Major cities required to improve food safety standards
The People’s Committees of Hà Nội, HCM City and other large cities need have pilot application of standards and technical regulations on food safety for products consumed on the domestic market and exported.
— Viet Nam News

How COVID-19 is fostering new wave of retail
As the coronavirus spreads across the world, the worsening situation has triggered many countries to accelerate its containment measures from enacting curfews, closure of public areas, to locking its national borders.
— e27

Japanese enterprises in Việt Nam face revenue loss amid Covid-19 pandemic
Production and revenue is expected to fall at 70 per cent of Japanese enterprises in Việt Nam in the second quarter, according to a survey of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO).
— Viet Nam News

Vietjet ensures flights during national social distancing
Vietjet has operated regular daily flights and cargo flights to ensure sufficient goods for people and meet their flying demand during the national social distancing period, the airline announced on Tuesday.
— Viet Nam News

Proper waste control in Hạ Lôi Village to curb the COVID-19 spread
Local authority of Hà Nội’s Mê Linh District has requested Minh Quân Company, the garbage collection unit in the country’s newest COVID-19 infection cluster in Hạ Lôi Village, to mobilise six permanent workers to collect garbage from the quarantine area with handcarts.
— Viet Nam Net

DOJI Group sells 6.5 million shares of Bamboo Capital, no longer a major shareholder
DOJI Gold & Gems Group JSC (DOJI) announced it has sold more than 6.5 million shares of Bamboo Capital JSC, and is no longer a major shareholder of the company.
— Viet Nam News

Social housing projects wait for incentives
Demand for low-priced social houses and houses for long-term rent was high but incentive policies have not yet encouraged investors.
— Viet Nam News

Tiền Giang’s Q1 fruit exports up 20.3%
Tiền Giang Province exported 1,920 tonnes of fruit in the first quarter with US$3.9 million in turnover, a 20.3 per cent increase in value year-on-year.
— Viet Nam News

Quảng Ngãi’s reservoirs suffer low water levels
Many reservoirs were reported to be at extremely low levels including Hóc Dọc at 7 per cent, Thới Lới at 17 per cent, Liệt Sơn at 21 per cent and Sở Hầu at 39 per cent of capacity.
— Viet Nam Net

Shares swing as profit-taking gets stronger
Vietnamese shares stuttered on Tuesday amid profit-taking as investors looked for a way to lock in profits following recent market rallies.
— Viet Nam News

Rice exporters surprised with the quick end of export quota
Many rice exporters were surprised and claiming for shortcomings because the export quota of 400,000 tonnes of rice in April ended quickly just in three hours.
— Viet Nam News

VN could become world’s face mask factory amid COVID-19
The garment industry was suffering an unprecedented crisis due to COVID-19, but the pandemic also brought significant opportunities for Việt Nam to become the world’s face mask factory.
— Viet Nam News

Fitch affirms ‘BB’ ratings on EVN, EVNNPT, PVN; revises outlooks to stable
Fitch Ratings has affirmed issuer default ratings and senior unsecured ratings of Vietnam Electricity (EVN), National Power Transmission Corporation (EVNNPT) and Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN) at ‘BB’.
— Viet Nam News

South Korea, Việt Nam eye closer co-operation in supply chain
Việt Nam and South Korea will also discuss food security, rice supply, fruit, vegetables and seafood trade amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Viet Nam News

PV Power fulfills 23 per cent of yearly revenue target in Q1
The company recorded more than 5,267 million kWh of electricity output in the quarter.
— Viet Nam News

Mobile money project to be submitted to the Government this month
Telecommunications providers like VNPT, Viettel and MobiFone will join in the payment market.
— Viet Nam News

Key fly-over bridge to boost west zone traffic links
Trung Nam Land company, a member of Trung Nam Group, has proposed a plan to build a fly-over bridge on the Nam Hải Vân-Túy Loan ring-road.
— Viet Nam News

Pyn Elite Fund and Dragon Capital sells off Mobile World shares
MWG, one of the biggest mobile phone and accessory retailers in Việt Nam, has occupied a large proportion in the investment portfolios of Pyn Elite Fund and Dragon Capital for many years.
— Viet Nam News

Publishing house to divest capital from Tân Mai Group
Tân Mai Group, formerly known as Việt Nam Paper Technology Company, was established in 1958 as a State-owned company.
— Viet Nam News



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