Agro-forestry-fishery exports generate 25.7 billion USD in 8 monthsThe agro-forestry-fishery sector raked in 3.13 billion USD from exports in August, raising the total value in the first eight months of this year to 25.7 billion USD, up 7.3 percent year-on-year. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the best performers in the period included rice, fruit and vegetables, key forestry products and seafood. Exports to major markets like the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Republic of Korea (RoK), China, the US and Japan increased significantly over the past eight months. The country exported about 4.4 million tonnes of rice worth 2.2 million USD between January-August, up 6.8 percent in volume and 22.1 percent in value from the same period last year. In August alone, 441,000 tonnes valued at 209 million USD was shipped abroad. China remained Vietnam’s largest rice importer, making up 24.7 percent of the market … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 2/9
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Digital transformation imperative for Viet Nam and its neighbours “Digital transformation or lose?” is a key message raised during the second-day of the Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Viet Nam, and Thailand (CLMVT) Forum 2018, held in Bangkok from August 16 to 17. The session features senior policy makers and representatives from some of the most remarkable tech startups and successful SMEs from CLMVT and non-CLMVT countries who share their experiences on how to successfully integrate new technologies into their businesses and production networks. Digital transformation is an inevitable trend that start-ups and small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the CLMVT region have to embrace sooner rather than later to remain in the race, said Oudet Souvannavong, President of Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “If business are not linked to technology, they will definitely lose,” Souvannavong said, adding that digital transformation is the key for business to move … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 21/8
ADB committed to helping Vietnam transition to high middle-income status: ADB PresidentBy Thanh Thom Takehiko Nakao (L), President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), shakes hands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on June 27 – PHOTO: ADB DANANG – The leader of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged to support Vietnam’s transition to high middle-income status, with up to US$1 billion in sovereign loans to be made available annually. ADB President Takehiko Nakao attended the opening session of the Sixth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) Council at the Furama International Conference Center in the central coastal city of Danang on June 27. During his visit, Nakao met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chairman of the Danang City People’s Committee Huynh Duc Tho. In his meeting with the prime minister who opened the Assembly, Nakao commended the Government for maintaining macroeconomic stability and … [Read more...] about ADB committed to helping Vietnam transition to high middle-income status: ADB President
It was “not very reassuring,” Jeffrey Ordaniel told VnExpress, referring to the address by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore a week ago. Ordaniel, Research Fellow with the Pacific Forum, felt that while Mattis outlined what America wants to see in the so-called Indo-Pacific Region, he failed to clearly articulate how Washington could help smaller countries resist pressure and coercion from China. He could not even clearly commit to defend the Philippines, a mutual defense-treaty ally, in the South China Sea, Ordaniel noted. The South China Morning Post quoted the Defense Secretary as saying that the "the U.S. will continue to pursue a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, cooperating when possible and competing vigorously where we must … of course we recognize any sustainable Indo-Pacific order has a role for China." But the U.S. bark seems to lack bite, analysts feel. On May 23, the U.S. disinvited China … [Read more...] about Is the US going soft on China?
Twenty-seven more communes and wards this year join family medical practice A health staff member takes blood for testing at An Hòa ward health station in Cần Thơ City’s Ninh Kiều District. Source http://soytecantho.vn The Department of Health in the Mekong Delta city of Cần Thơ this year plans to expand a model of family medical practice clinics to 27 more communes and wards. Family medical practice clinics aim to provide comprehensive and continuous health care services to each local individual and family in order to reduce overcrowding of patients at city or central-level hospitals. These clinics are located at health stations in communes and wards. Each commune or ward has one health station. Cần Thơ aims to equip more than 80 per cent of its 85 health stations with these clinics by 2020. According to Dr Bùi Thị Lệ Phi, the department’s head, the city now has 18 commune-based health stations with family … [Read more...] about Social News 5/4 (Hourly Updated)