ICT companies call for level playing field
Viet Nam is currently one of the world's biggest exporters of electronics and ICT products, but the electronics supporting industry is mainly driven by foreign businesses.
SMEs urged to team up to create synergy
After nearly three years of 14 negotiation rounds and a number of inter-sessionals, the EU and Viet Nam early this month reached an agreement in principle on a free-trade agreement (FTA). Franz Jessen, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Viet Nam, spoke with Viet Nam News about the agreement's economic and trade impact.
Regional partnership to benefit Viet Nam, ASEAN
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a free trade agreement involving ASEAN and six partners: China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India. Negotiations for the deal between the 16 participating nations began in 2012 and will wrap up by the end of this year.
Cheap US chicken floods local market
In December 2014 the US had bird flu in 16 states, and so 30 countries importing US chicken stopped doing so from that moment.
Samsung seeks more Vietnamese suppliers
Only 10 per cent out of 41 Vietnamese suppliers has directly participated in the production chain of Samsung Electronics Viet Nam (SEV).
With Viet Nam having among the lowest transparency and corporate governance scores in Southeast Asia, the State Securities Commission is trying to get listed firms to improve their operations
New decree gives more room for foreign investors expected to spur FII
The Prime Minister recently issued Decree 60, which will increase the caps for foreign stakeholding in local companies. Viet Nam News spoke with Chris Freund, partner at fund management firm Mekong Capital, about its likely impact on the stock market.
Airport concessions can be a win-win affair: official
Overcrowding and resultant wear and tear on airport infrastructure has marked strong growth of the domestic aviation industry. Infrastructure upgrades as well as service improvements need large investments that exert great pressure on the State Budget as well as State-owned enterprises managing the airports.
State SOEs told to sell up
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has directed ministries, sectors, as well as State-owned groups and corporations to complete the withdrawal of their capital from non-core businesses by this year end.
IP patents based credit attracting SME interest
IP financing is a rising trend in the global financing market, which aims to help businesses secure bank loans by using their patents as collateral. This scheme is gaining interest from local small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as banks, though uncertainties persist regarding the legal framework and methods being used to evaluate IP (intellectual property) assets for collateralisation.
Central Asian trade deal opens doors
Local firms should take advantage of the Free Trade Agreement recently signed with the Eurasia Economic Union (EEU), that includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

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Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh

Wiping sweat from his forehead, 36-year-old Trinh Duc Sang took big strides along a road covered with muddy coal sludge and dirt to the place that was his home until just three weeks ago. He climbed a rickety ladder that buckled under his weight to reach his neigh-bour's house overlooking a creek. From there, he crossed into his old home.

Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane

The national flagship carrier Vietnam Airlines held a ceremony on July 2 to receive its first Airbus 350-900 aircraft and announce its upgrade service quality programme and new brand identifying system, marking a major step in bringing the airline into the international arena.

Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam 1    Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam

Pham Ba Lu swore thousands of times that he "would not live under the same sky as the United States".

Mental disorders affect 10% of Viet Nam's population: MoLISA Mental disorders affect 10% of Viet Nam's population: MoLISA

Nearly 9 million people in Viet Nam, or 10 per cent of the population, suffer from mental disorders, including 2.5 per cent with serious mental illnesses under social protection.