Leaving big cities: A transitory fad or a consistent trend? By Nguyen Minh Hoa Living closer to nature or in the countryside is now a way of life - PHOTO: THANH HOA Titles such as “Farewell to Moscow,” “Departing Seoul,” or “Goodbye Kuala Lumpur” have made the headlines in the international press these days, suggesting a phenomenon in which many people left metropolises for the countryside. In Vietnam, a similar fact has also happened when residents departed HCMC and Hanoi to live in rural areas. Most of them did so because of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, will they return to their cities after the pandemic is over? The industrial revolution which broke out in Europe and North America at the beginning of the 17th century also triggered the mass exodus from villages to cities which were huge industrial hubs. Ever since, such a move, be it fast or slow, has never halted. The world is now home to truly “megacities” that may house up to 40% of the national population … [Read more...] about Leaving big cities: A transitory fad or a consistent trend?
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Customers buy farm produce to help Hai Duong farmers at AEON - Long Bien, Ha Noi. — Photo AEON Vietnam To support farmers in the COVID-19 hit region of Hai Duong, grocery giant AEON is selling their produce for zero profit. The move comes after many farmers in the region have been unable to shift their stock, due to lockdown restrictions in the area. Over the past three days, 43 tonnes of farm produce, including cabbage, kohlrabi, carrots, tomatoes, guava pears, have been trucked to big cities for sale. Products are being sold at AEON - Long Biên, AEON - Ha Dong and AEON MaxValu Express Riverside Supermarket (Thanh Xuan, Ha Noi) and AEON MaxValu Express EcoPark (Hung Yen). The items are being sold at low prices, to ensure profits are solely for the farmers. Tran Thu Quynh, Northern Merchandising General Manager at AEON Vietnam, said: “Understanding the difficulties of farmers in Hai Duong, AEON Vietnam would like to join hands to support and promote the consumption of … [Read more...] about AEON Vietnam support the consumption of Hai Duong agricultural products
The latest wave of COVID-19 infections in Vietnam is likely to come to an end in late March, according to Professor and Head of the Ho Chi Minh City Delegation of National Assembly Deputies, Nguyen Thien Nhan. Professor Nhan has written an article giving his assessment on the third wave of coronavirus in Vietnam. Nhan Dan Online introduces the full-text of the article as follows. On January 27, the third wave of COVID-19 infections in Vietnam began, when two cases of community infection were found in the two northern neighbouring provinces of Hai Duong and Quang Ninh. On January 28, there were 91 more cases of community infection, and a day later, 61 more were found. Subsequently, local infections spread to 11 other provinces and cities and on February 17, the total number of COVID-19 infections being treated in hospitals was 710. After February 17, the number of infected cases began to decrease gradually, although it saw some fluctuation. Because the level of … [Read more...] about Third wave of coronavirus in Vietnam likely to end by late March
A man from the southwestern region of Vietnam started his business with a female buffalo that was then extended to hundreds of buffaloes, earning him annual revenue of over a billion VND. Though busy during the last days of the lunar year, Mr. Nguyen Hong Ngu, a resident of Long My district in Hau Giang province, spent time to tell us his “destiny”: becoming wealthy from buffaloes. Resting on a meadow, he shared his childhood memory about buffaloes. When he grew up, he chose the buffalo to start his business. “Twenty-seven years ago, Luong Nghia land was so heavily contaminated with alum that there was only one crop per annum. Only about 600 kilograms of grain per labor per crop were harvested. What frustrated me was thzt no buffalo was available for the crops. Back then, I had just got married. I decided to take the money and gold received from the wedding to purchase a female buffalo for VND5 million. I just thought of using the buffalo for our own crop, not yet getting rich … [Read more...] about Millionaire story of a “buffalo boy”
The country’s trade turnover during January-February topped some US$95.81 billion, a year-on-year surge of 25.4%. Of the total, exports amounted to US$48.55 billion, a yearly hike of 23.2%, while imports were estimated at US$47.26 billion, or 25.9% higher than the same time last year. Foreign-invested companies accounted for 76.4%, or US$37.07 billion, of Vietnam’s total export turnover. Meanwhile, the domestic sector shipped abroad US$11.48 billion worth of products. There were nine commodities joining the billion-USD export club, including telephones and parts (US$9.3 billion, up 22.8% year-on-year); electronics, computers and parts (US$6.9 billion, up 27.3%); equipment, machines and parts (US$5.5 billion, up 72.6%); footwear (US$3.2 billion, up 15.4%); and wood and wooden products (US$2.4 billion, up 51%). They made up 73% of the country’s export turnover. Vietnam also saw strong surge in shipments of several agricultural products, such as fruits and vegetables (US$610 … [Read more...] about Vietnam racks up US$1.29 billion in trade surplus in two months