At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
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Tax and other financial incentives should no longer be the approach to FDI attraction, Photo: Le Toan Vietnam is a foreign direct investment (FDI) success story. Since the early economic reforms initiated 30 years ago under the doi moi policy, FDI has become a major driver of the country’s economic development. Today it is critical that the quality, not just the quantity of FDI is harnessed to accelerate results for more inclusive, sustainable development in Vietnam, with no-one left behind. Within the dynamic ASEAN region, Vietnam is a destination for a substantial amount of FDI ($14.5 billion in 2015), trailing only Singapore ($70.58 billion), and Indonesia ($16.64 billion). FDI inflows into Vietnam have been stable compared to other ASEAN countries. Notably, investment in manufacturing accounts for almost 70 per cent of total FDI in Vietnam – the largest proportion of FDI in manufacturing in the ASEAN, followed by Indonesia (40 per cent) and the Philippines (38 per … [Read more...] about Moving towards the next level of FDI
Foreign tourists now do almost all of their bookings online rather than through traditional travel agents On a cool autumn day in Ta Hien street in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Danny and Rebecca, two tourists from England visiting Vietnam for the first time, were enjoying draught beer and fermented pork rolls. Having just arrived in Hanoi that morning, they were armed with a list of interesting activities they wished to experience. Pointing to her smartphone, Rebecca said, “We want to try something very “Hanoi” and the smartphone brought us to this place.” Tourists like Danny and Rebecca can be found in most famous destinations in Vietnam. With just a simple digital device like a smartphone or tablet connected to wifi and 4G, tourists can easily travel everywhere without worrying about getting lost or language barriers, without needing a tour guide for support. A survey on international tourists to Vietnam in 2017 shows that 71 per cent searched … [Read more...] about Future of tourism is here
Legal framework for child care on the internet Vietnam, with 64 million Internet users (67% of its population), is among Asian countries having the biggest number of Internet users. A majority of these users are children and teenagers, who are exposed to both benefits and dangers. In addition to close attention from parents and schools, a legal framework is needed to protect children from the risks of the cyber world. While browsing the Internet, children may encounter unexpected information and people. Their personal information can be hacked. More seriously, children can become victims of swindles, exploitation, harassment, and sex abuse. Online game and smartphone addictions can harm children’s mental and physical health. Parents should teach children how to find and use information on the Internet. Dang Hoa Nam, Director of the Department for Children of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs, said, “Parents play a very important role. They should be … [Read more...] about Social News 7/8
Fire threat stalks Bình Dương wood workshops Many woodwork plants in Bình Dương Province face a high risk of fire since they lack proper prevention equipment. —Photo: thanhnien.vn With the year just three months old there have already been fires at many wood processing workshops in Bình Dương Province, which have caused injuries to people and damaged properties. Recently there have been several fires in Tân Uyên town that caused serious damage with thousand of square metres of workshops burnt down and several businesses going bankrupt as a result. In February a fire destroyed a 1000sq.m facility belonging to Mỹ Nghệ wood processing workshop in Thuận An town. The province has more than 600 woodwork facilities, but only 10 per cent of them have effective fire prevention equipment. Though losses caused by fire are huge, most businesses, with an eye on cost, fail to invest in fire prevention equipment. … [Read more...] about Social News 30/3
A singer and a musician of Ca Tru, which is in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam boasts a wide range of intangible cultural heritages recognised by UNESCO. 1. Nha Nhac - Vietnamese court music Nha nhac, Vietnamese court music, is named in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Photo: VNA) Inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (originally proclaimed in 2003), Nha Nhac, meaning “elegant music” refers to a broad range of musical and dance styles performed at the Vietnamese royal court from the 15th to the mid-20th century. Nha Nhac was generally featured at the opening and closing of ceremonies associated with anniversaries, religious holidays, coronations, funerals and official receptions. Among the numerous musical genres that developed in Vietnam, only Nha Nhac can claim a nationwide scope and … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s UNESCO-recognised intangible cultural heritages