Hanoi (VNA) – 2018 was a turbulent year in world events, full of ups and down. Below are the top 10 world events of 2018 selected by the Vietnam News Agency. A turning point in the Korean Peninsula peace process: Korean Peninsula affairs recorded a breakthrough change with several historical events taking place in 2018. Inter-Korean summits resumed after a gap of more than a decade, adopting the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula on April 27 and the Pyongyang Joint Declaration on September 20. In addition, the first-ever summit between the US and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was held in Singapore and issued a Joint Declaration on June 12. These events helped turn the situation from the edge of war to dialogue and détente, opening hope of a denuclearised, peaceful and prosperous peninsula. President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in (L) and leader of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Kim … [Read more...] about Top 10 world events of 2018
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The recognition of the Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark in Cao Bang province as a UNESCO Global Geopark is among the outstanding events in 2018 selected by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) has selected 10 top events in fields under its management in 2018. import of waste and use of imported waste as production materials amid the piling up of imported waste at sea ports. The MoNRE also promulgated circulars on national environmental standards for six types of imported waste in high demand which are scrap iron, steel; plastics; paper; glass; non-ferrous metals; and slag. VNA … [Read more...] about Top 10 events in natural resources-environment sector
By An Phương Illustration by Trịnh Lập Lotus, a made-in-Việt Nam social media platform, debuted about two months ago. Together with recent launches of Gapo and Hahalolo and six other platforms that have yet to be introduced, I wonder if these homegrown social media apps can bring real value to Vietnamese users? Will they last? As a social media enthusiast, I have been trying the beta version of Lotus since September. Since this app was developed by over 200 technical engineers at Việt Nam Communications Corporation (VCCorp), my expectations for Lotus have been quite high. “Lotus takes a different path from other social networks, striving to be a content-centric platform that gives users freedom to be creative and produce more quality content,” Nguyễn Thế Tân, CEO of VCCorp, has said. A friend of mine, Thanh Quý, 26, said: "That explains why Lotus has … [Read more...] about What’s the future of homegrown social networking sites?
Organized by the Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) of Vietnam and the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), the event offered a chance for the two sides’ firms to study issues related to business and investment, such as tax and incentive policies, payment procedures and business risks. Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador Vu Van Dung stressed this is part of diplomatic activities to promote economic and trade links between the two countries, towards lifting two-way trade to USD 1.5 billion by 2020. Representatives from Vietnam's trade promotion delegation work with those from South Africa's foreign ministry Vice President of the JCCI Jacki Luthuli hoped that trade promotion activities would help turn potential into practical results, bringing economic benefits to the two nations’ business communities and contributing to tightening bilateral diplomatic ties. At the seminar, … [Read more...] about Vietnam and South Africa seek USD 1.5 billion in two-way trade
Speaking at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on July 24, Nguyen Quoc Toan, the authority's director, said: “The domestic agro-forestry and fishery processing industry had an annual growth rate of 5-7 percent over the past 10 years, creating a system with total processing capacity of about 120 million tons of farm produce materials a year." The country is home to over 7,500 enterprises involved in agro, forestry and fishery processing on an industrial scale for export, besides tens of thousands of small-scale processing facilities serving the domestic market. “The processing industry has significantly increased the value of Vietnamese agricultural products, contributing to building a modern agricultural system,” Toan said. However, the industry's development has not been commensurate with its potential, he said. Shortcomings and bottlenecks in its value chain include the low level of processing technology, lack of diversity of processed products, and weak linkages … [Read more...] about Farm produce processing industry urged to tap potential