With a full month of New Year greetings and second chances on all those resolutions, the days between Christmas festivities all the way through to Tet celebrations are full of joy and colourful events, both in Vietnam and across the wider world. Plenty of foreigners living in Vietnam get to have their Christmas cake and eat it, with champagne or other fizzy delights to help count down and cheer in the New Year. It is especially eventful if the first day of the Lunar New Year comes early. It can seem like greetings of “Happy New Year” never ends. Christmas and New Year festivities are celebrated in Hanoi and throughout the world each year Christmas and New Year office parties are quickly followed by Tet parties. And if you’re lucky, just as you return from your little Christmas-slash-New Year jaunt, you will be off again for a more holidays as Vietnam shuts down for its traditional annual celebrations. We celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the … [Read more...] about Between two new years
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Updated at Monday, 15 Jan 2018, 16:24 The Hanoitimes - Many banks have decided to set up more branches and transaction offices right in early days of the year to seize new business opportunities. HDBank was the latest to get approval from the central bank on January 12 to set up five branches in northern and central provinces of Hung Yen, Thai Binh, Thai Nguyen, Vinh Phuc and Dak Nong. The bank will also establish another 39 transaction offices in 26 cities and provinces this year, raising its network to 282 branches and transaction offices nation-wide. HDBank will open 44 branches and transaction office nationwide this year In early days of 2018, MBBank has been also licensed to establish an additional five branches and 12 transaction offices, bringing its network to 96 branches and 188 transaction offices throughout the country. Many other banks such as SCB, Bac A Bank and Ban Viet have also decided to enlarge its network of branches and transaction offices right at … [Read more...] about Banks enlarge network at first days of New Year
Maintaining macroeconomic stability and socioeconomic developmentAccording to Resolution No.01/NQ-CP dated January 1, 2018, the government directed strengthening economic stability, controlling inflation, ensuring the balance of the economy, improving the business climate, and accelerating sustainable economic growth.To this effect, the government stressed the importance of the synchronous implementation of macroeconomic policies, the combination of proactive, flexible, and prudent monetary policies with strict, disciplined fiscal and other policies. Additionally, the government will strive to reach 6.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) growth and maintain the average increase of the consumer price index (CPI) at 4 per cent.The increase of productivity should be maintained at over 6 per cent, while the contribution of total factor productivity to the 2018 GDP at around 46 per cent.Agricultural development should go along with higher value-added industry development, … [Read more...] about Government’s first resolution of the year sets remarkable targets
Vietnam experienced unprecedented extreme weather events in 2017: landslide and flash floods in the northwest region and destructive typhoons from north to south. Natural disasters took the lives of 380 people. Countless homes, public structures, roads, power plants and crops were severely damaged. The world saw major political, social, and security developments in many countries and territories, including US President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy direction and China’s ambition to become a "great modern socialist country" by the mid-21st century. Achievements in many areasVietnam has recorded major advances in many sectors. Vietnam successfully hosted APEC Year 2017, including APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Da Nang in November. As host, Vietnam coordinated all activities and proposed initiatives to elevate APEC’s position internationally and Vietnam’s status and prestige in the Asia-Pacific Region.The Communist … [Read more...] about New Year 2018 saluted
They say that ‘change is as good as a holiday,’ that if we do something different or change our work or environment, it’s as good as having a rest. Well, here’s our chance to leave the weird old 2017 and start afresh, full of hopes, dreams, ambitions and new things to look forward to. On New Year’s Day, I’m sure it’s a madhouse in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and a lot of the other big cities. For others who prefer to stay at home and quietly reflect on the past year (or ignore it completely); they’ll still feel the change, too. The more traditional Vietnamese will not take much notice of our Western calendar and make their own plans for Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, in February 2018. Meanwhile the local youth celebrate in the style of the West, dancing the night into the wee small hours of the morning. I’ll be taking up a vantage point somewhere upstairs in a bar where I can gaze over the madness without getting too involved. … [Read more...] about Happy New Year from Vietnam!
We all know resolutions usually won't last past January. But if you're staying in Vietnam, chances are you'd be hitting corners for food and riding dirt tracks for the perfect sunset all year round. Why not taking it to the next level? These five easy resolutions will make your little stay in Vietnam better and potentially, longer. 1. Chow down on Vietnamese literature Last March VnExpress International compiled a list of 15 books by Vietnamese authors that are available in English -- from the erotic poems of rebellious 18th century poet Ho Xuan Huong to the world-renowned "The Sorrow of War" by Bao Ninh. You've known the troubling past of Vietnam through the lens of American veterans and French colonialists. Now discover the other angle provided by native voices. If books are too daunting for the new year, keep up with our weekly features that cover contemporary Vietnam -- from corruption, Saigon slums, pollution to remnants of war. The best of 2017 features could be found … [Read more...] about 5 New Year resolutions to challenge your inner Vietnamese
Kiribati’s Christmas Island, a small island in the Pacific, will most likely welcome 2018’s first baby; the United States, its last. Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in nine countries: India — 69,070 China — 44,760 Nigeria — 20,210 Pakistan — 14,910 Indonesia — 13,370 The United States of America — 11,280 The Democratic Republic of Congo — 9,400 Ethiopia — 9,020 Bangladesh — 8,370 Source: Internet While many babies will survive, some will not make it past their first day. Across the world in 2016, an estimated 2,600 children died within the first 24 hours every day of the year. For almost 2 million newborns, their first week was also their last. In all, 2.6 million children died before the end of their first month. It is estimated that every day 50 newborn die in Viet Nam. Among those children, more than 80 per cent of all newborn deaths are due to preventable and treatable causes such as … [Read more...] about Over 4000 babies to be born on New Year’s Day in Viet Nam, says UNICEF
NDO – We have passed through 2017, a year of enormous difficulties and challenges and severe damages caused by natural disasters amid considerable fluctuations in the world. In that context, we feel proud and appreciative of gained achievements as well as the efforts of the entire Party and the people. For the first time in many years, Vietnam has completed and surpassed all 13 targets set for the whole year. The GDP growth rate reached 6.81%, exceeding the set target which is also a high growth rate compared to other countries in the region and in the world.The Vietnam’s statistical indicators for sustainable development in 2017 have also increased by 20 places to 68th out of 157 countries and territories across the world. This is a great success to Vietnam, particularly in the context that the economic growth model has gradually transferred from the exploitation of natural resources to manufacturing and processing industry, hi-tech agriculture, tourism and services. In … [Read more...] about New year, new belief, new spirit, new motivation!
We all know resolutions usually won't last past January. But if you're staying in Vietnam, chances are you'd be hitting corners for food and riding dirt tracks for the perfect sunset all year round. Why not taking it to the next level? These five easy resolutions will make your little stay in Vietnam better and potentially, longer. 1. Chow down on Vietnamese literature Last March VnExpress International compiled a list of 15 books by Vietnamese authors that are available in English -- from the erotic poems of rebellious 18th century poet Ho Xuan Huong to the world-renowned "The Sorrow of War" by Bao Ninh. You've known the troubling past of Vietnam through the lens of American veterans and French colonialists. Now discover the other angle provided by native voices. If books are too daunting for the new year, keep up with our weekly features that cover contemporary Vietnam --from corruption, Saigon slums, pollution to remnants of war. The best of 2017 features could be found … [Read more...] about 5 New Year resolutions for authentic Vietnam experience
NDO - How a city marks the New Year says a lot about the character of the city and spending the New Year in Hanoi certainly has a particular feeling and charm. I have had the chance to experience New Year’s Eve in Vancouver, Toronto, Paris, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Amsterdam, Chiang Mai, Saigon and now Hanoi. It was exciting to sense the city buzzing with excitement and preparations for the huge public gathers on the streets, in parks and around the city’s many beautiful lakes. In the early evening of December 31, the anticipation and excitement growing for the big moment marking the end of 2015 and start of 2016 was palpable on the streets of Hanoi and all across the country and world. I was sitting at my desk at the Nhan Dan office on the evening of December 31 and was lucky enough to have a prime view of Hoan Kiem lake. I could hear the musical rumbles of sound systems gearing up for the big night, with a buzz of crowds around the lake getting ready. I was once again … [Read more...] about I can start getting ready for the most exciting New Year time in Vietnam Most Recent News