Top science and technology events in 2014
The Science and Technology Journalists' Club has announced Viet Nam's top 10 science and technology events in 2014.
Firms urged to tackle trade barriers
Vietnamese businesses are not fully aware of technical barriers to trade, said Duong Dinh Giam, general director of the Industrial Policy and Research Institute, at a seminar yesterday in HCM City.
Major telecoms see strong growth
Three major telecommunications service providers, Viettel, the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and MobiFone, still achieved remarkable growth despite the economic difficulties.
SBV warns about fake bank cards
The State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) has advised its urban and provincial branches and payment service providers nationwide to enhance the inspection and monitoring process for card payments.
Many credit institutions forecast that the interest rates of short-term loans in Vietnamese dong will continue to decline by approximately 1.3 percentage points next year.
Capital city trade deficit tops $13 billion in 2014
The capital recorded a trade deficit of approximately US$13.8 billion in 2014, according to the municipal Statistics Office.
3G subscribers increase as prices remain low
The country has recorded 27.5 million 3G subscribers this year, disclosed the Viet Nam Telecommunications Authority under the Ministry of Information and Communications.
Private equity investors are paying more attention to the Vietnamese market, readying additional resources in expectation of better long-term results, according to the Grant Thornton global private equity report for 2014 to 2015.
Investor caution slows trading
Stocks continued to climb yesterday on the HCM City Stock Exchange, propped up by blue chips, but liquidity remained modest due to cautious trading.
A number of companies and agencies have expressed their desire to postpone the implementation of Circular 36 after the State Bank of Viet Nam declared its urgency.
Opportunities to invest in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) were introduced to investors yesterday by the Ha Noi Stock Exchange and FPT Securities Company.
Foreign currency lending to continue
Foreign currency lending to continue

The State Bank of Viet Nam will continue to allow credit institutions to give loans in foreign currencies to export companies and petrol wholesalers till the end of 2015.

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Russia economic gloom hurts tourism Russia economic gloom hurts tourism

The number of Russian tourists arriving in Viet Nam is expected to decline at the beginning of 2015, due to the devaluation of the ruble in Russia.

PM calls for police to remain vigilant 1    PM calls for police to remain vigilant

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday urged police nationwide to step up vigilance next year against the nefarious designs of hostile and criminal forces.

New detox policy sees theft decline 1    New detox policy sees theft decline

HCM City has seen a slight decrease in the number of thefts, robberies and drug sales two weeks after deciding to send drug addicts without a stable residence to two local centres, according to local police.

New sitcom draws teen viewers New sitcom draws teen viewers

5S Online, a popular new sitcom aimed at teenagers, demonstrates that the sitcom genre is catching on in Viet Nam.

Viet Nam faces forestry restructuring hurdles Viet Nam faces forestry restructuring hurdles

Viet Nam needs to tackle several major challenges in order to restructure its forestry sector, said Nguyen Xuan Quat, a professor at the Research Institute for Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Certification.