Empowering Women, a social programme in partnership with Vietnam Women Union, funded by BAT Vietnam has helped more than 160 poor households in An Giang and Dong Thap in its first year. They are underprivileged women in rural areas without stable jobs and with limited access to social aid programmes. Some of them used to smuggle cigarettes over the border from Cambodia. Representatives from BAT Vietnam and Vietnam Women's Union discussed with local project team (Nhon Hung, Tinh Bien, An Giang) about the programme’s progress Nguyen Thi Moi of Dong Hung hamlet, Nhon Hung Commune, last year got a loan of VND5 million from the programme to invest a portion in her grocery store and the rest in her husband’s vehicle repair shop. “Previously we only earned an average of VND40,000/day, now we earn VND100,000,” she said. The repayment of the interest-free loan is on easy terms. Meanwhile, the case of Nguyen Thi Hien (Thuong Phuoc 1 Commune , Hong Ngu District, Dong Thap … [Read more...] about Positive signals from BAT Vietnam’s Empowering Women programme
BAT Vietnam and Vietnam Women's Union representatives are working with the local women’s union staff at Nhon Hung Commune, An Giang Province Empowering Women, a social programme funded by BAT Vietnam has helped more than 160 poor households in An Giang and Dong Thap in its first year. They are underprivileged women in rural areas who has no stable occupation, limited access to social aid programme. Part of them have been unexpected over-the border transporters for smuggled cigarettes. Nguyen Thi Moi, living in Dong Hung hamlet, Nhon Hung Commune, last year got a loan of VND5 million from the programme to invest a part in her grocery store and the remaining in her husband’s vehicle repair shop. “Previously we only earned an average of VND40,000/day, now we earn VND100,000,” Moi said. The repayment of the interest-free loan is also less difficult. Meanwhile, the case of Nguyen Thi Hien (Thuong Phuoc 1 Commune , Hong Ngu District, Dong Thap Province) is special. … [Read more...] about Positive signals from BAT’s Empowering women campaign
BAT has a strategy for developing human resources and how to become a good employer. British American Tobacco (BAT) recently received the annual Top Employers international prize from the Top Employers Institute, which recognises leading employers around the world who are striving to provide the best working environment for employees through progressive human resource practices. The company’s general manager, Jean Jacques Walravens, and head of HR, Dao Le Duyen, speak about BAT’s strategy for developing human resources and how to become a good employer. General Manager Jean Jacques Walravens. General Manager Jean Jacques Walravens Your company has received the Top Employers award for the first time. To what do you attribute this prestigious award? This was the first time we participated in the prize and had to go through a pre-selection process. The Top Employers Institute, which does the certification, decides on whether you can participate and then based on a … [Read more...] about BAT: where employees can learn, grow and contribute
Be a farmer: A foreign tourists try watering vegetables in Tra Que village, Hoi An city, Quang Nam province. Agricultural activities will create the foundation for tourism growth. Vice versa, the development of the hospitality sector will contribute to improving the fortunes of rural areas, preserving cultural identity, and increasing the value of farm products. Visitors to the Central Highlands city of Da Lat are now invited to experience a wide range of agritourism products, including free tours to pick strawberries at Phan Tuan Linh’s garden, exploring the giant pumpkins at Le Huu Phan’s farm, or admiring the brightly-coloured flowers at Dalat Hasfarm. Agritourism has become an inevitable trend around the world, and it is seen as a potential gold mine for the development of the tourism sector in Vietnam, a country with an age-old rice civilisation. According to a report from the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Department, the city’s demand for visiting and experiencing … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s agritourism aims to tap massive potential
Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The Acecook Vietnam JSC will fund 3.3 billion VND (144,800 USD) for Hue Festival 2018, becoming a gold sponsor for the event scheduled for April 27 – May 2. The signing ceremony took place in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on April 4. Speaking at the event, General Director of Acecook Vietnam Kajiwwara Junichi said the company is honour to support the event, adding that over the past 23 years, it has strived to maintain the value of traditional cuisine by combining Vietnamese flavour with Japanese technology. Themed “Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development: Hue - One Destination, Five World Heritages”, the biennial event aims to promote art exchanges among cultures and introducing unique values of the culture of Vietnam and Hue, thus boosting service-tourism growth and strengthening socio-economic development of Thua Thien-Hue. So far, the Hue Festival 2018 has attracted more … [Read more...] about Acecook Vietnam becomes gold sponsor of Hue Festival 2018
A scene in Glee Vietnam, the Vietnamese version of the American TV comedy-drama Glee. (Photo: courtesy of the producer) HCM City (VNA) – Glee Vietnam, a remake of award-winning American comedy-drama TV series Glee, has been nominated for Best Scripted Format at the International Format Awards 2018. The other nominations for the category are Castrophe, a French version of the British sitcom of the same name, Les Innocents (The Innocents), a French series adapted from a Norwegian series The Eye of the Witness, and Onnela (The Sunny Side), a Finnish version of the Swedish hit series Solsidan. The list also includes Dos Lagos (Two Lakes), a Mexican horror drama TV series based on British series Lightfields, and Step Dave, a Russian version of New Zealand TV series of the same name. Glee Vietnam, consisting of 22 episodes, is produced by the HCM City film studio BHD and directed by veteran … [Read more...] about Glee Vietnam nominated for Best Scripted Format
An article published just before Tet by a local contributor about eating dog meat stirred up quite a few feelings among the expats and foreigners who responded to the story on both Facebook and the Tuoi Tre news website. More than a few of my Vietnamese friends were upset and outraged by some of the reactions expressed by foreign readers. There were demands for the story to be withdrawn and lots of derogatory, plain nasty generalizations about the Vietnamese thrown as well. But do the Vietnamese also have the right to express their point of view without getting shouted at by the foreigners in text? And are they really such barbarians in the traffic, super polluters and insensitive noisy, smelly neighbors? Now, there are no surprises that the issue of eating dog meat arouses such passions between locals who see it as part of their way of life and Westerners who see it as a horrible thing to do. Frequent culture shock when two groups rub up against each other’s lifestyles and … [Read more...] about Vietnam: Get used to it!
This theme began innocently enough in Da Nang, where I came across a great shop that serves bún thịt nướng (barbecued pork pieces, sausage wrapped in betel leaves, and ground chicken on a skewer, together with the customary mountain of various greens, rice noodles, and a chili-laced peanut sauce) and took the habit of calling in each week or so. The single width standard-sized shop features those low-slung tables and teeny-weeny stools that all of us somewhat taller folks in Vietnam absolutely adore on the left side. It’s like a limbo dance to get low enough to sit on the stools without ending up sprawling on the floor, but once you’re seated it’s all good from there. A serving stand spans the left half of the front entrance with mom and her nón lá (traditional cone-shaped hat) running the grilling operation on the sidewalk. The right side of the shop is actually a motorbike service and repair operation, with stacks of tires … [Read more...] about Vietnam journal: Which came first? Chicken or egg?
Forty students from the ethnic minority community in a north-central Vietnamese province have spent three months using the space under the stilt house of a local villager as their schoolhouse. Kindergarten- and elementary-age students in the border community of Bat Mot, Thuong Xuan District, Thanh Hoa Province, which borders Laos, have taken classes in the makeshift school while awaiting financial support from the provincial government and local philanthropists. Torrential rains and flooding in October last year damaged all four classrooms in the local school, forcing the students to learn in an environment surrounded by crudely formed walls made of plastic sheeting. The original school, shared by preschoolers and elementary-schoolers alike, was constructed by the government so local students could avoid the six-mile trek to the center of Bat Mot, where other schools are located, according to Lang Van Thuy, vice-principal of the kindergarten in the commune. The school and local … [Read more...] about Ethnic minority children in Vietnam study beneath stilt house
Miracle in Ea Tul Ea Tul commune, Cu M’gar district, Dak Lak province, is harvesting coffee. The even tarmac road to the center of the commune makes everyone feel that the distance is shorter. New houses, schools, and medical stations are interconnected by a system of concrete roads. The infrastructure and living standards of local people have been improved significantly thanks to investment from higher levels via assistance programs and policies, facilitated by the Party’s resolutions and the Governments’ socio-economic development programs, said Le Cong Bat, Deputy Secretary of the commune's Party Committee. Last year, the commune met the demands of new-style rural areas and the average per capita income was VND 35 million. A communal hall in Cu M’gar district, Dak Lak province In the past, it was hard to travel due to lack of good roads. Meanwhile, the schools were too far for the children to go to and patients could not go … [Read more...] about Vietnam attaches importance to life of ethnic minorities