LiOA, a Vietnamese electrical equipment brand on a Pakistani street Vietnamese investment abroad began developing in the early 1990s and strongly grew in recent years despite the world economic crisis. One of the reasons why Vietnamese investment overseas has been promoted is the removal of policy-related problems after the government issued new decrees including Decree 78/2006/ND-CP dated August 9, 2006 (governing investment abroad), Decree 121/2007/ND-CP dated July 25, 2007 (governing investment abroad in oil and gas operations) and Decree 17/2009/ND-CP dated February 16, 2009 (amending and supplementing a number of articles of Decree 121/2007/ND-CP). According to statistics of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, as of March 20, 2013, Vietnamese businesses had 742 investment projects abroad with a total registered capital of US$15.5 billion. Most of the investment was found in the mining industry (99 projects totaling US$4.6 billion, accounting for 13.3 percent of … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s investment and trade offices abroad
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President Donald Trump's pick for US secretary of state arrived to take charge of a department already simmering with indignation at the new administration's policy departures.In an unprecedented show of defiance, around 1,000 diplomats have signed a "dissent memo" denouncing Trump's suspension of refugee arrivals and a visa ban on seven Muslim countries.And there is also deep disquiet about the aggressive stance that Trump, guided by his nationalist White House strategist Steve Bannon, has taken in the field of foreign relations.Overnight, Trump unleashed another angry diplomatic barrage, warning that Iran is "on notice" after its latest missile test and denouncing a deal to accept Australian-housed refugees.Into this maelstrom stepped Tillerson, the 64-year-old Texan oilman who left the chief executive's suite at ExxonMobil to come to Foggy Bottom and run Trump's foreign policy."Hi, I'm the new guy," he said, introducing himself in a speech to around 2,000 diplomats and civil … [Read more...] about New top US diplomat gets to work amid Trump turmoil
A special mechanism for workers in the 62 poorest districts to escape poverty sustainably through labour export has been issued by the Vietnamese government. However, after five years of implementation, the results are still modest. Just a dreamParticipating in labour export programme remains a distant dream for most workers in poor districts because of the limitations of qualifications, access to information and the inability to cover costs. To help remove difficulties for workers, Decision 71 has been issued, a special mechanism providing workers the incentive of free vocational training, language learning, accommodation, travel and orientation education, along with the mechanism of full loan support for country exit with low interest rates. Funding for the programme is about VND4,715 billion, of which support for workers is VND1,542 billion and credit VND3,173 billion. According to the Department for Overseas Labour Management, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social … [Read more...] about Sending Poor Workers Abroad: A Limp Handshake
Who is exempt? The rules state that expats who possess a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in a related field are able to work in Vietnam without a work permit, but only if their they are in the country for no more than 30 days at a time and not more than a total of 90 days in a year. Other employees can, however, work in Vietnam without permits regardless of duration if they are transferred to Vietnam by their company, and if that company operates in one of these 11 service sectors: business, information technology, construction, distribution, education, environment, finance, health, tourism, entertainment and transportation. Working without permits regardless of time periods also applies to teachers working for international schools under the control of foreign embassies or international organizations. If they are working for local schools, they are obliged to get permission from the Ministry of Education and Training to be exempt from work … [Read more...] about New work permit regulations for expats in Vietnam
In Vietnam, we talk about salaries as a matter of fact. Everyone knows how much everyone else earns and what company-sponsored holiday you are taking, even when they don't know what you do for a living. Sometimes it seems to be all about who you are, not what you know, and so the pay slips become the office politics when you think you are as qualified as someone else to do the same tasks that arrive with double the paycheck. But the same doesn't apply to the dual salary system for Vietnamese and expats. The fact remains that in certain industries, top-level jobs are often reserved exclusively for foreigners, while some are paid more than locals for doing essentially the same work. And it takes courage for employees to simply raise the question: Why? An international issue? An ESRC-funded research paper published last year in the Guardian – Addup found that wages for international staff in humanitarian aids and development sector in developing … [Read more...] about Why should foreigners earn more than locals in Vietnam?
When you were young what did you first want to do?When I was young, I was very interested in event organising. I've actually been organising events all my life. And because I've studied piano and fine arts, I've just wanted to do something related to art or build up a career in entertainment.I started organising events, including entertainment, sport and musical theatre and then a little bit fashion, when I was at Ha Noi University of Science and Technology. And then I continued when I was at the Petronas University of Technology, and then in the University of Birmingham. How did you get started in modelling?Well, honestly thanks to my height [1,75m] and I just started in modelling in the UK when I was there as a student, I started to get to know a lot of designers and other people in the industry. What are the best and worst parts of being a model?I think I always focus on positive things, so I would like to say there is not anything really bad or negative about doing what I do. I … [Read more...] about Fashion icon says her work must impress
>> No solace for foreigners caught in work permit limboForeigners who are struggling to get their employer to process work permits on their behalf could still face deportation, an official confirmed. Le Quang Trung, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs’s Employment Department Le Quang Trung, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs (MoLISA)’s Employment Department, told DTiNews that a work permit remains a necessity. Many foreigners who are willing to comply with the regulation are unable to do so as their Vietnamese employer is unwilling to go through the application process on their behalf. What do you suggest foreigners who are working for a Vietnamese employer do, if their employer is not willing to apply for a work permit?The Government’s regulations and Decree No. 46 amending and supplementing some articles of Decree No. 34 on … [Read more...] about No flexibility offered on work permit regulations
While policymakers of several industries in Vietnam have recently continued to issue irrational regulations, it seems none have been properly criticised, NA deputies have said. Illustrative photo “Over dozens of years, I’ve seen no officials being sacked or demoted or forced to provide compensation for issuing irrational legal documents,” Le Thi Nga, Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly’s Justice Committee said at a recent NA discussion session on the country’s socioeconomic situation. NA Deputy Vo Thi Dung from HCM City said at another NA meeting that the situation has continuously been repeated in agencies and government bodies for years without any response. She proposed that any forms of criticism be made public. It seems that their assessment is a common opinion among many NA deputies and the majority of people across the country. Examples of ill-considered policies include a regulation on fining those who use mobile phones at petrol … [Read more...] about Why are irrational policymakers not being held to account?
Illustration by Dao Quoc Huy by Tran Thuy MaiI met Lien, a fellow Vietnamese, at the crossroads near the end of Serangoon Street in Singapore. We looked at each other in great surprise. In this foreign land, such an encounter was like a lightning bolt from the blue sky. Indeed, you could even compare it to two ships colliding headlong in the open sea, or two planes crashing into each other in the immense sky. Our meeting was so unexpected.In the restaurant of the Mustafa Supermarket, while eating an ice cream, I just stared at her face. Her unkempt hair looked rather weird but her chubby cheeks appeared almost unchanged.When Auntie Hoa led her to the extremity of our small alley off the village border as a housemaid, I found her cheeks rather thin and pale, like two withered leaves. In our house, she was so timid that she just stood in a corner without saying a word."In other families, a girl in your situation would have to eat after the family, but here you'll be equally … [Read more...] about Meeting ex-maid abroad
by Trung HieuMany young people who have studied abroad say that different cultures and lifestyles can cause a sense of alienation and homesickness.Returning to Viet Nam after years spent studying in France, Kim Tran faces a thorny issue – as an only child, her parents want her to get married and join them in the family house.However, as Kim has spent several years abroad, living an independent life, she wants to be the one to decide on her job and living arrangements, and feels she can no longer live with her parents.As she has learnt many new things, Kim says the way she thinks now is much different to her parents. She has a large social network, with many friends who have their own beautifully decorated, modern houses.Kim says she sometimes felt ashamed when her friends visit her family's house, as her … [Read more...] about The cultural challenges of studying abroad