She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (Photo: Bernama) Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysia on March 24 announced that the country may stop buying new fighter jets from European arms companies in retaliation against a plan of the European Union (EU) to curb palm oil use. The Southeast Asian country is the world's second largest palm oil producer after neighbouring Indonesia, and recently threatened to challenge the EU's plan to phase out the use of palm oil in biofuels at the World Trade Organization. In his strongest statement yet on the proposed curb, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said his country could look elsewhere to upgrade its air force fleet of Russian Mig-29 fighters, in effect abandoning plans to purchase France's Rafale jet or the Eurofighter Typhoon. He stressed that if the EU keeps on taking action against Malaysia’s palm oil, the country will think of buying airplanes from China or any other country. Mahathir's remarks come ahead of a five-day … [Read more...] about Malaysia threatens to boycott EU fighter jets over palm oil
The project is expected to unlock new market opportunities and increase income for the smallholder farmers, thus contributing to better food security, the IFC announced during an event to launch the project in Vietnam on June 22. The project, Farmer Advisory Component, is a component of IFC’s broader Vietnam Food Safety Programme, which was launched in July 2017 in partnership with the Slovak Republic, aiming to address food safety standards and practices in the country. The annual food consumption in the domestic market accounts for roughly 15 percent of Vietnam’s GDP, with an average annual growth rate of approximately 18 percent. But, inadequate safety standards can inhibit the sector’s growth potential, jeopardising consumer health and reducing market opportunities for local food producers in the modern food value chain. “Implementing internationally accepted food safety practices and systems is essential for the sustainable growth of … [Read more...] about Smallholder farmers to get support to improve food safety
These online channels have been seen as strong rivals for supermarkets, convenience stores, and traditional markets. According to a recent CRRE Vietnam survey of 1,000 customers in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, 25% of those polled plan to reduce their shopping at physical stores, while 45-50% will do regular online shopping via computers or mobile devices in the future. President of the High Quality Vietnamese Product Business Association Vu Kim Hanh says according to the association’s survey in 2017, the percentage of the population who regularly shop online has tripled from 0.9% last year to 2.7% this year. The survey in 2018 shows that 23% of customers used online channels as their references before buying products, up 5% over a year earlier at 18%. Also, many businesses consider online shopping as a channel to access information about market demands, she notes. The boom in online shopping reduces the purchasing power of modern distribution channels, convenience stores, and … [Read more...] about Traditional retail fighting to keep up with e-commerce boom
Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Phung Quoc Hien (R) and Bhutanese Auditor General Tshering Kezang (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Bhutanese Auditor General Tshering Kezang has said it was an honour for the Royal Audit Authority of Bhutan to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Audit Office of Vietnam to strengthen relations and improve the quality of audit activities of the two countries in the coming time. Kezang described the MoU as a concerted effort of the two audit agencies and countries while meeting with Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Phung Quoc Hien in Hanoi on November 12. The official said the audit agencies of Vietnam and Bhutan have similar roles and responsibilities in the Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI), therefore, the bilateral cooperation will help them have more opportunities to work together and share experience to benefit the community. Vietnam’s successful hosting of the 14th ASOSAI Assembly … [Read more...] about Vietnam, Bhutan seek stronger audit cooperation