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Hanoi Photography Workshop by Justin Mott 24 – 27 Jan 2014 83 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi Experience what it’s like to be an assignment photographer learning from editorial and commercial photographer Justin Mott. Mott is a frequent contributor to The New York Times along with working for such international publications such as TIME, WSJ, ... Read More »

Stable exchange rate a success of monetary policy

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has achieved an important target of maintaining a stable foreign exchange over the past two year while expanding the foreign currency reserves by more than two times compared to the end of 2011. At an October 30 seminar held by the SBV on policy management between 2011-2013, experts said the results are an outstanding ... Read More »

Businesses urge for stronger reforms at Customs and Tax Policies Dialogue

The Ministry of Finance in conjunction with Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) held a dialogue on customs and tax policies with Vietnamese businesses in Hanoi on October 30 to answer questions and hear feedback from business circle relating to tax, customs procedures. A majority of participants shared view that tax and customs procedures have been simplified over the ... Read More »

Switching to banana, farming bears fruit for commune

Residents of a remote commune in the central province of Quang Tri have spent the last decade investing heavily in banana plantations. The result has been a whirlwind success, with the dreams of once-poor farmers finally coming to fruition. The rainy season has started in the central region. In Huong Hoa district in the central province of Quang Tri, the ... Read More »

Seminar discusses computer incident response

A seminar on computer incident emergency response held in Hanoi on October 30 drew the participation of many domestic and foreign experts. The event, organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) in conjunction with the World Bank, aimed to build a mechanism for coordinating domestic and international response in this field. Addressing the seminar, MIC Deputy Minister Nguyen ... Read More »

Vietnam’s ICT sector calls for UK investment

The information-communications technology (ICT) sector of Vietnam has recorded strong developments recently and is offering various opportunities to foreign enterprises including those from the UK, Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK and North Ireland Vu Quang Minh said at an October 30 seminar in London. Nearly 60 UK attended the event , which was co-organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry ... Read More »

Thai economy experiences further slowdown

Thailand has experienced continued economic slowdown with no sign of recovery in sight, according to the Ministry of Finance. Kullaya Tantitemit, Executive Director of the ministry’s Macroeconomic Policy Bureau, said that in September, the Thai economy was further sluggish in many key sectors. Consumption and export growth further slowed down when compared to August. The only sector experiencing expansion in ... Read More »

US debt crisis hits Thai exports

The Thai National Shippers’ Council (TNSC) has said the US debt crisis is pushing the Thai economy down, as exports is forecast to see an 1 percent growth this year. TNSC Chairman Nopporn Thepsithar said the US economic slump is one of the main factors affecting Thai exports. According to him, the Thai exports is expected to grow only 1 ... Read More »

Myanmar President meets Indian army chief

Myanmar President U Thein Sein met with visiting Indian Army chief Gen. Bikram Singh in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw on October 30. At the meeting, host and guest held discussions on the two countries’ bilateral cooperation, implementation of the agreements signed during the latest visits of the Myanmar President and Indian Prime Minister to each other’s country, ... Read More »

French expat’s passion for Vietnam on tip of a brush

French artist Helene Kling wears her paintbrush on her sleeve – as it were – and her deeply felt love for Vietnam is on show this month at her latest exhibition Reve de Fer – Dreams of Iron. The irrepressible zeal she feels for her adopted country can be experienced by visiting her all-in-one house, gallery, studio and art school ... Read More »