At the 7th RCEP Ministerial Meeting in Thailand in September (Photo: VNA) Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand will hold bilateral negotiations with Japan, New Zealand and India in an attempt to finish talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) by November. Local media quoted Auramon Supthaweethum, Director-General of the Trade Negotiations Department of Thailand, as saying that the country has scheduled bilateral negotiations with the three partners during the RCEP trade negotiating committee's meeting set for Vietnam’s central city of Da Nang later this month, to thrash out differences on contentious issues such as opening markets for sensitive goods and services. The RCEP initiative was launched in November 2012 with the aim of boosting economic cooperation between 10 ASEAN countries and six dialogue partners, namely China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, India and New Zealand. Negotiators from all the participating countries have concluded … [Read more...] about Thailand works to speed up RCEP talks
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Delegates at the meeting (Photo: VNA) Lam Dong (VNA) – The 18th ASEAN-China Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) was held in Da Lat city, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on October 15. The Vietnamese delegation to the event was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, head of SOM ASEAN-Vietnam. On October 13-14, the 30th meeting of the ASEAN-China Joint Working Group on the implementation of the DOC was also organised in Lam Dong province. These meetings spent a lot of time discussing the complicated developments in the East Sea, especially ongoing incidents in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. The countries expressed their concern that the present tensions could increase the risk of conflicts if allowed to last for a long time, thus threatening regional peace, security and stability. ASEAN member countries stressed the principles of self-restraint, … [Read more...] about ASEAN, China talk DOC implementation at 18th SOM meeting
Illustration by Đàm Minh Chí Chu Lan Hương Recently, a video that spread along the social media landscape showed a teacher beating and scolding a student in a primary school in HCM City, raising debate among both educators and parents. The clip was made by a hidden camera installed without the school's notice by concerned parents. There is no doubt the teacher was wrong to beat the student. But hiding a camera in a classroom is also questionable. After the incident, many parents have expressed interest in installing cameras in classrooms so they can keep tabs on their kids and teachers. The issue has divided parents and teachers. “In recent years, there have been many cases that teachers verbally insulted and performed violent actions on students so I want to know what is happening to my child at school,” said Phan Thu Hiền, a 35-year-old mother in Hà Nội’s Cầu Giấy District. … [Read more...] about Talk around town: Do we really need cameras in our classrooms?
As the new managing director for HEINEKEN Vietnam, what are your thoughts on the sustainability milestones that your company has achieved so far? Whilst I am new to HEINEKEN Vietnam, I am already very proud of the commitment our people have shown in championing the sustainability agenda in Vietnam. I am very happy to lead a company that is constantly creating tangible value for people, planet and prosperity here in Vietnam. Sustainability has always been at the core of HEINEKEN Vietnam, hence we have been using aspects of a circular economy approach right from the start of our operation. Our circular economy practices are simple, practical and show concrete results that applying a circular economy approach not only helps to reduce waste but also creates real value for our society. For example, our Zero Waste to Landfill goal means that we reuse or recycle nearly all (around 99 per cent) of the waste and by-products generated from our production processes. All of our spent yeast and … [Read more...] about Think circular, think HEINEKEN Vietnam
SADIO-O-O-O: Liverpool striker Sadio Mane says he doesn’t want 10 Ferraris or two planes. — AFP Photo There was a quote I read online not that long ago that went something like this: “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet just because there is a picture with a quote next to it.” – Abraham Lincoln. Now, I’m in no position to doubt the validity of these wise words from the 16th President of the United States, but there is something a little fishy about whether Abe did actually say it. I’m guessing probably not. So, bearing all that in mind, it is with a little trepidation that I’d like to repeat something I read this week online, that yes, was a quote, and yes, came with a picture next to it. In this instance, the quote was attributed to Liverpool FC’s Senegalese striker, Sadio Mane. Ghanaian news outlet NsemWoha.com claim he said the following: “Why would I want 10 Ferraris, 20 … [Read more...] about Sadio really is the main Man-e