Viet Nam Medi Pharm Expo to be held in August

NDO – With the support of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam’s annual international exhibition on pharmaceuticals and medical supplies (Vietnam Medi-Pharm Expo 2017) is scheduled to take place in Ho Chi Minh City, from August 17-19. Organised by Vietnam National Trade Fair & Advertising JSC (Vinexad) and HCM City Medical Equipment Association, the expo will be held at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre, No. 799 Nguyen Van Linh Street, District 7. According to Vinexad, the exhibition will attract the participation of 250 enterprises that are large corporations and reputable companies from 22 countries and territories. Products on display will include medical and laboratory equipment and health care products; pharmaceuticals, functional foods, cosmetics, cosmetic equipment; machinery for processing and packaging pharmaceutical products; dental equipment; and ophthalmic equipment. Notably at this year’s event, there will be outstanding international pavilions introducing hi-tech medical products from Japan, pharmaceuticals and laboratory equipment from India and medical equipment and herbal medicines from China. Apart from trading activities, the exhibition will also include a seminar on Vietnamese pharmacy and medicine market and current regulations in the field, as well as a field trip to a large hospital in HCM City, in order to help foreign businesses gain an overview of the locals’ practical needs for medical examination and treatment, and a range of specialised seminars presented by exhibitors. According to the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, Vietnam’s medical equipment market is currently valued at…... [read more]

The Cabinet, during its mobile meeting in Chachoengsao province on 31 March 2013, approved a project on the Abhaibhubejhr health complex as a learning center for organic agriculture and traditional health style. Public Health Minister Pradit Sinthawanarong said that the 16.8-million-baht project would upgrade the Thai traditional medical and herbal services to higher standards, on a full-cycle basis. The project will be further developed, to the point that Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital will become the Thai Traditional Medical Hub in ASEAN. The Abhaibhubejhr health complex project is located on the land owned by the Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital Foundation. It will provide knowledge on health care for older persons in a holistic manner, Thai spa services, traditional medicine, and herbal production. The complex will also display ASEAN herbs and demonstrate the management of raw materials for organic agriculture. Dr. Pradit said that the project is in line with the Government’s policy of making Thailand Asia’s leader in health care products and services. Toward this aim, Thailand is developing itself into an international medical hub. Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital is famous for herbal products and traditional Thai medicine. It also comprises a splendid traditional Thai medicine museum, which welcomes many visitors each day for Thai herbal wisdom and traditional healing. A number of herbal products, foods, drinks, and cosmetics make a name for this hospital, which markets them under the Abhaibhubejhr brand name. More than 100 herbal items under the Abhaibhubejhr brand are now available at Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital and…... [read more]

At the opening ceremony (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The 2016 Made in Thailand Outlet opens in Hanoi on December 15 with a variety of products on offer. Addressing the opening ceremony, Monapchai Vongphakdi, Thai Ambassador to Vietnam, spoke highly of the traditional friendship between the two countries. The year 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam – Thailand diplomatic relations. The fair houses 164 pavilions offering food, beverages, household utensils, garment-textile, electrical devices, health care products and interior decorations of 130 Thai companies. Nguyen Phuc Nam, Deputy Director of the Department of Asia - Pacific Market under the Ministry of Industry and Trade said the organisation of Thailand trade fairs, particularly the Made-in-Thailand Outlets, shows active support of relevant agencies for the two nations’ trade promotion as well as Vietnam’s potential in ASEAN. According to the Ministry, ending October, the nations’ trade value posted at 9.9 billion USD, up 5.7 percent from the same period last year. The figure is expected to reach 11.9 billion USD this year. Thailand remains Vietnam’s biggest trade partner in ASEAN. It has been held for nine years in Hanoi and received warm response from Vietnamese customers. The fair, organised by the Vietnam National Trade Fair and Advertising Company (Vinexad) and the Trade Office under the Thai Embassy in Vietnam at the Cultural Friendship Palace, will run until December 18.-VNA ASEAN Community... [read more]

Head of the NA Ombudsman Committee Nguyen Thanh Hai (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – All 914 questions that voters sent to the 13th National Assembly have been answered by authorised agencies, according to a report by head of the NA Ombudsman Committee Nguyen Thanh Hai. Speaking at the NA plenary meeting on November 15, Hai said between the 10th and 11th session of the 13th NA, deputies held 823 meetings with voters and gathered 2,613 questions and proposals, which were then summarised into 914 requests, reported Hai, adding that as of September 30, agencies had sent 914 answers to voters. The queries focused on a wide range of issues, including agriculture, employment, social security, culture, education, health care, production, business, transportation, construction, the environment, the completion of legal system and the operation of State agencies. In legislation, the NA has included several laws in its law-making programme at the request of voters, including the Planning Law, the Law on State Compensation, the Law on Association, the Tourism Law, and the Law on Belief and Religion, said the report. The NA was also active in supervision activities by listening to voters’ requests and settling urgent problems. However, in some cases, NA agencies have yet to fully absorb the opinions of voters during the assessment of some laws, while failing to effectively exploit their ideas during the building of laws as well as in supervision activities, the report pointed out. After the 11th session of the 13th NA, the Government and Cabinet…... [read more]

Unilever Vietnam increases investment capital Added capital by FIEs exceeds fresh FDI funds By Quoc Hung - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Unilever Vietnam International Company Ltd. has pledged an additional investment of US$11.2 million to expand production at its factory in the Tay Bac-Cu Chi industrial zone in HCMC's Cu Chi District. According to Hepza's investment department, the company will build a new facility for health care products at its factory complex in the park. Established in 1995, Unilever Vietnam recently became 100% foreign-owned after its acquisition of 33.33% of the shares in the joint venture from its local partner, Vietnam National Chemical Corporation (Vinachem). After careful consideration, Unilever and Vinachem decided to move their cooperation to a new level, Unilever Vietnam chairman Marijn van Tiggelen told the Daily recently. The strategic cooperation agreement was signed between Unilever and Vinachem in March. The two parties agreed to restructure the joint venture to increase flexibility, expand outsourcing contracts of member enterprises and cooperate in raw material production to replace imported material. The company has earned nearly US$1.75 billion from outsourcing contracts in the last five years and imports around US$75 million worth of materials per year. The capital increase is one of the biggest of the year at the city's EPZs and IPs. January-July saw 20 foreign-invested enterprises pledging an extra US$56.4 million compared to over US$11 million registered by the seven new projects licensed into the city's EPZs and IPs. Hepza attributed the lower-than-expected investment pledges by new…... [read more]

Local Participation Boosts Advertising Market By staff writers More and more Vietnamese enterprises, especially big corporations, are increasing spending for advertising and brand building as a way to boost their brands and profits as well The global economic slowdown has hit many industries and businesses, but things are not the same in the advertising industry. In the context of tough economic conditions, a number of businesses have to spend more on advertising to promote their brands and increase their market shares. According to the Vietnam Advertising Research and Training Institute, advertising of essential products for human life like foodstuffs, milk, health care products, soft drinks and drugs has not decreased but has been on an upward trend in Vietnam, while advertising spending for some other product categories has dropped. In particular, advertising for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) has recorded much higher growth than general market growth. Producers of such goods still rank high in the list of top advertisers in Vietnam, among them are Unilever, Vinamilk, Tan Hiep Phat, Nestlé and P&G, to name a few. According to the institute, producers of FMCG tend to increase ad spending to expand their market shares in provinces, especially in rural areas, as the revenue growth in rural areas is higher than in urban areas and rural consumers also have stronger brand loyalty than their urban counterparts. Advertising for real estate has also increased remarkably, as the heydays of the market have passed and property developers have had to increase promotions and…... [read more]

Rohto injects fund to build skin-care products Quoc Hung By Quoc Hung - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Rohto-Mentholatum (Vietnam) Co. on Tuesday started work on its second project in the southern province of Binh Duong, this time to build a skin-care product factory after the first one better known for eye-drop products. The second project in Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) will increase the company’s investment in Vietnam from US$18 million to US$33 million. The increased investment aims to help the company expand business to meet domestic and export demand, said Masaya Saito, general director of Rohto-Mentholatum Vietnam. “The second factory is built to focus on skin care products to meet consumer demand not only in local but also foreign markets… This factory will be one of the key international plants of Rohto-Mentholatum,” he said in a statement. Rohto Mentholatum Vietnam has over the past 15 years produced several lines of health-care products such as New V. Rohto eye-drop, LipIce lipstick, Sunplay sunscreen, and most recently the skin-care product of Hada Labo.... [read more]

Prompt actions made to cope with floods in central region Northern central provinces are making utmost efforts to deal with severe floods that have led to widespread damage over the last few days. The standing board of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control had a meeting on October 16 to direct flood response in the region. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang, who is also deputy head of the committee’s standing board, asked the affected localities to keep a close watch on the rainfall and flood situation, expeditiously search for the missing and repair roads, and evacuate people in areas prone to flash flood and landslides. Reservoirs must be examined while their release of water must ensure the safety for residents in lower areas. They must also keep an eye on typhoon Sarika, which has entered the East Sea on October 16 morning, and informed vehicles working at sea about it, he added. Heavy rains and floods in the region, including Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, have claimed 15 lives and injured 18 people while nine others went missing. Nearly 100,400 houses, 1,600ha of rice and over 3,000ha of aquatic farming areas have been inundated with floodwater. Thirty-six positions on national roads have been under water or eroded, leading to traffic congestion, according to the committee’s standing office. On late October 15, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung led a delegation of the central steering committee…... [read more]

Jakarta, October 12 (VNA) – Twenty Vietnamese enterprises are attending the Trade Expo Indonesia 2016, which opened in Jakarta, on October 12. Le Hong Minh, head of Vietnam’s trade office in Indonesia, said the goal of Vietnamese enterprises is to introduce their products and survey the market. Vietnam-Indonesia trade is estimated to reach between 5.4 to 5.6 billion USD in 2016, he said, noted that bilateral trade saw a slightly decrease this year and it might be difficult to realise the goal of 10 billion USD in two-way trade value in 2018. The expo, Indonesia’s annual largest trade fair, attracted the participation of 120 countries and territories with 15,500 booths, displaying a wide range of products from food, beverage, consumer goods to health care products and drugs, electric and electronic equipment and machinery. More than 1,100 Indonesian enterprises participated in the event and the organising board hopes that the total value of transactions at the expo will be about 154 million USD. The expo will take place until October 16. VNA/VNP... [read more]

(VOVworld) - 350 companies from 25 countries and territories have set up exhibition booths displaying healthcare products at an expo in Ho Chi Minh City. At the event running Sept 21-24 at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre are the latest in medical and laboratory equipment products along with thousands of pharmaceutical, beauty and health care products featured in some 600 exhibition booths. At the 11th international pharma exhibition, the Ministry of Health will present seminars on such topics as medical equipment management and spinal surgery with minimal intervention. The Ministry of Health said the event offers local companies a good opportunity to keep abreast of market trends and improve their product and service quality, while at the same time increasing their global networking through building business relationships.... [read more]

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