Students at a primary school are given helmets (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Helmets and first aid kit bags were presented to high school students in Hanoi on October 15, part of a traffic safety project funded by Global Civic Sharing – a non-governmental organisation from the Republic of Korea. The beneficiaries were students of the Nguyen Tat Thanh High School in Cau Giay district. Addressing the event, Chief Representative of Global Civic Sharing in Vietnam Choi Eui-gyo said that the country has a very high rate of motorcycle use, with about 50 million motorcycles nationwide at present. It has also taken the lead in forcing commuters to wear helmets. However, more than 50 percent of the helmets used by commuters have been found to be impractical and unsafe. With the hope of helping to reduce traffic accidents and their consequences, Samsung Life Insurance coordinated with Global Civic Sharing to carry out a traffic safety project this year. The project, worth 6 billion … [Read more...] about Hanoi: RoK-backed project helps ensure traffic safety for students
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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?
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
A new urban area project in Go Vap district in HCM City (Photo courtesy of the project developer) HCM City (VNS/VNA) - Property experts have urged Ho Chi Minh City to issue a special policy on new urban residential complexes to prevent the rampant and unsustainable development of residential projects. The policy should address site clearance and the issuance of construction licences, they said. More than 20 years ago, Phu My Hung became the first model of a New Urban Zone in the city. Located in District 7, it covers more than 300ha, including condos, houses, villas, shopping malls, schools and hospitals. Since then, Phu My Hung has been one of the city’s most celebrated new urban areas. The residential complex is known as one of the most exclusive residential and commercial zones in the city and the entire country. More than 30,000 people live and work in the area, half of whom are foreigners. After the … [Read more...] about Special policy needed for new urban areas, residential complexes
The Government in the 2016-2020 term is making every effort to boost economic growth together with sustainable development and to help businesses address difficulties, by reducing production costs and improving their competitiveness and effectiveness, according to Nguyen The Phuong, Planning and Investment Deputy Minister. Changes in the laws on investment and enterprises effective a year ago and dozens of guiding decrees that recently took effect and regulations on doing business are now more transparent and are providing favourable conditions for investment and trading. The Government is speeding up the restructure and equitisation of State-owned enterprises to improve performance and allow them to sell more of their stakes to investors. Joining free trade agreements with the ASEAN, the Republic of Korea, the EU and the expected Trans-Pacific Partnership as well as the formation of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has given an impetus for Vietnam to speed up improvement of its … [Read more...] about New developments aid merger & acquisition activities