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Farm produce exports to become hard currency earner

Vietnam plans to obtain a year-on-year rise of 30 percent in farm and vegetable export value to 1 billion USD this year. Secretary General of the Fruits and Vegetables Association (Vinafruit) Nguyen Van Ky said the figure is within reach as the rising global demand for farm produce is benefiting Vietnam ’s sector this year. ... Read More »

Vietnam requests to establish panel for shrimp case with US

Vietnamese Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva on Feb. 27 asked for the establishment of a panel at an official meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body, aimed at resolving the shrimp case DS/429, in which the US side is the respondent. Countries which registered to be third parties at the meeting include the European Union, China, Japan, Norway ... Read More »

Vietnam, Russia promote trade

Bilateral trade and investment between Vietnam and Russia have developed fast over the past years. The statement was made by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh in a meeting of Vietnamese and Russian enterprises in Hanoi on February 28. The event also drew the participation of Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrey Kovtun, Director of Russian Trade Representative ... Read More »

February inflation up 1.32 percent

The February inflation was up just 1.32 percent against the previous month, the lowest increase in the month since 2010, according to the National Financial Supervisory Committee. The committee attributed the increase to the weak demand and monetary factors. So far this year, the inflation was nearly 2.6 percent, so it would be quite possible to keep the inflation rate ... Read More »

Malaysia sees six-year record high investment

Malaysia attracted 162.4 billion ringgit (about 52.4 billion USD) in domestic and foreign direct investment in 2012, a record high in the past six years in the face of global economic downturn. The figure represented a 9.1 percent increase compared to the government’s previously set target, Minister of International Trade and Industry Mustapa Mohamed said at a ceremony to brief ... Read More »

ASEAN, SAARC Secretariats strengthen cooperation

A delegation from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) led by its General Secretary Ahmed Saleem was in Indonesia for a working visit to the ASEAN Secretariat on February 27. At the reception for the delegation, Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-cultural Council (ASCC) Alicia dela Rosa Bala affirmed that the bloc is striving to intensify ... Read More »

Regional conference aims to solve labour disputes

A regional conference on labour disputes was held in Hanoi on Feb. 28 by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Vietnam, the host Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the ASEAN Secretariat. This was an opportunity for governments, employees and employers’ organisations in the region to seek solutions for labour disputes. To reduce and resolve the disputes ... Read More »

“Ghost” fish – new fashion

VietNamNet Bridge – The exotic fish species which has the see-through body is now a favorite of Vietnamese ornamental fish breeders. They call the fish as “ghost fish.”     The fish come from Malaysia and Indonesia. The glass fish is one of the world’s strangest fish species. The bones and organs inside the fish are very clear to see. ... Read More »

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 1-15 (daily updated)

Screening of “Tom Boy” Fri 15 Mar 2013, 8 pm L’Espace Welcome to screening of the movie “Tom boy” (French, 2011, 82′) by Céline Siamma. According to Elle magazine, “Tomboy is messed up with surprises, and also raises the question about each viewer’s outlook.” Please see below for more information about the film and tickets. Language: French with Vietnamese subtitles. ... Read More »

Vietnam leads number of SEA students in US

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese students remain the 8th largest group currently studying in the United States, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) annual Open Doors report. The report, published on February 22, shows that Vietnam tops the Southeast Asian region with more than 15,000 of its undergraduate and graduate students studying in the US. The statistics demonstrate the ... Read More »