Analog to be switched off in 15 provinces

Recently, the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications announced the project on broadcast TV digitalisation by 2020. The main objective of this project is that by 2020 the transmission of channels for politics will be broadcast to 80 percent of the Vietnamese population. The Vietnam Business Forum interviewed Mr Le Nam Thang, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, on this major undertaking. Anh Phuong reports. Could you tell us more about the deployment of the project? On December 27, 2011, the Prime Minister issued Decision 2451/QD-TTg approving the project on transmission, terrestrial TV broadcasting digitalisation by 2020. Specifically, by 2020 it's required to convert transmission infrastructure, terrestrial television broadcasting from analog technology to digital technology in modern, efficient, uniform standards and technology to enhance the quality of services, increase the number of channels, improve frequency efficiency, while opening frequency bands for the development of information services and mobile broadband radio. In addition, this digitisation scheme also aims to gradually expand digital terrestrial television coverage to serve the economic development, culture and society, offering a variety of high-quality TV services (such as HDTV, 3DTV, etc.); form and improve transmission market and digital terrestrial television broadcasting in order to attract social resources; and create conditions for organising and rearranging the broadcast system across the country in the direction of specialisation and professionalism. The specific objective of the project digital terrestrial television by 2015 is to ensure 80 percent of households with television sets across the country can view digital television by different…... [read more]

NDO – Promoting hi-tech solutions whilst improving product quality is the key to the sustainable development of Vietnam's livestock industry, in the integration period, experts have suggested. The issues were under discussion at an agricultural extension forum organised by the National Agricultural Extension Centre under Department of Livestock Production (the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, on August 11. Reports presented at the forum showed that the domestic livestock industry has developed strongly in recent times and has diversified the types of livestock to better serve consumer demand and exports. The noteworthy results are that of pig heads, which have increased by 13% each year and cows more than 6%; of which, the southern region’s livestock and poultry production accounts for over 25% of the country’s total. According to Ha Thuy Hanh, Deputy Director of the National Agricultural Extension Centre, breeding plays a strategic role in the development of the country's agricultural sector. At present, in order to promote the role of animal husbandry in the market economy in general, the application of high technologies and the introduction of technical advances to improve the quality of products, increase productivity and output of the livestock industry in order to meet market demand, is crucial. Recently, enterprises and farmers have applied hi-tech in the breeding and processing of livestock products through effective new models and practices. Up to date, 29 hi-tech agricultural complexes have been put into operation or are being…... [read more]

The abolition of people’s councils, permitting casinos to be set up and allowing foreign investors to lease land for 99 years are among the main provisions of a proposed new law to govern the three special administrative-economic zones in Việt Nam. Vân Đồn in Quảng Ninh Province, like Vân Phong in Khánh Hoà and Phú Quốc in Kiên Giang, is a special administrative-economic zones which is expected to see sea changes under a proposed new law. - Photo qtv.vn Speaking at the 2017 M&A Forum organised on Thursday by the Việt Nam Investment Review, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyễn Chí Dũng said in recent years many important laws have been enacted or are being drafted. The Special Administrative Economic Zone Law is expected to create a proper legal framework for the three zones in Vân Đồn (Quảng Ninh Province), Vân Phong (Khánh Hòa Province) and Phú Quốc (Kiên Giang), he said. It aims to create a new development model with breakthrough policies and mechanisms meant to improve the investment environment and make Việt Nam competitive in attracting investment. The zones will only have an administrative committee and no people’s council, and the latter’s role related to legislation and inspection would be taken over by provincial authorities, he said. “To effectively operate these special zones, we should remove unnecessary and inappropriate levels of special economic zones.” The ministry has also proposed increasing…... [read more]

Citi swept Global Finance Magazine’s country awards in the Corporate/Institutional Digital Bank category, winning 15 accolades for Vietnam, Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Thailand. Citi made landfall at Global Finance Magazine's country awards, winning 15 categories In the World’s Best Corporate/Institutional Digital Banks in the Asia-Pacific category Citi won five regional sub-category awards, including Most Innovative Digital Bank, Best Online Cash Management, Best Online Treasury Services, Best in Mobile Banking, and Best Mobile Banking App. “We are honoured to be recognised by Global Finance for our excellence in digital banking for corporate and institutional clients. Being truly digital is fundamental to our strategy. We continuously invest in the next generation of technology, intuitive user interfaces, and advanced online analytics, and are early adopters in exciting areas, such as robotics, predictive analytics, blockchain distributed ledger technologies, and digital identity solutions. Winning these awards would not have been possible without our clients, as we have a very client-centric approach to innovation and actively engage our clients to co-create innovative and differentiated solutions that are relevant to them,” said Rajesh Mehta, Citi’s Asia-Pacific head of Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS). The numerous titles included the Best in Mobile Banking and Best Mobile Banking App Citi’s TTS business has been at the forefront of innovation…... [read more]

Shirts are made at a garment factory. Illustrative image (Photo: VNA) Dong Nai (VNA) – The southern province of Dong Nai has given priority to foreign direct investment (FDI) projects using advanced technologies and fewer workers in recent years, said Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Planning and Investment Nguyen Huu Nguyen. Nguyen said Dong Nai has attracted 1,711 FDI projects worth 31 billion USD, 1,294 of them are valid with a total registered capital of 26.19 billion USD. As much as 18 billion USD has been disbursed so far. Nearly 900,000 labourers are working at businesses in and outside industrial parks. Recently, many of the migrant labourers have moved to northern and central cities and provinces for work, making it hard for FDI firms in Dong Nai, especially those operating in the labour-intensive sectors such as apparel and footwear, to recruit enough workforce. Since 2014, the German government has assisted Vietnam in vocational training via Bosch Technical Industrial Apprenticeship (TGA) training centre and LILAMA 2 vocational training college. [Dong Nai records 700 million USD in trade surplus] Mai Van Nhon, deputy head of the provincial management board for industrial parks, said technology transfer is one of the first and most crucial commitments of foreign investors when they seek to get licenses. Dong Nai is now home to 6,400 workers who are foreign experts working in industrial parks, more than 1,000 of them are senior personnel,…... [read more]

The University of Da Nang in collaboration with Fablab (fabrication laboratory) Da Nang, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Arizona State University (ASU) officially launched a Maker Innovation Space in the central city yesterday. Students of Da Nang Technology College demonstrate a solar-powered flood warning system at the Maker Innovation Space in Da Nang.  The space, located at Da Nang University, will help students gain skills to launch and test new technologies and innovative solutions for community development challenges with access to a fully equipped laboratory. Maker Spaces enable university students to design, prototype, and manufacture their projects. The Đà Nẵng Maker Innovation Space will be equipped with 3-D printers, laser cutters, a wood and metal shop, as well as advanced design software available to all university student members. Students will be able to use the Maker Innovation Space to translate the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics theory they learn in the classroom into prototypes for technological solutions for real-world problems. It is not only an educational facility, but also a solutions and inventions laboratory. “The space is the most advanced innovation centre out of all Vietnamese universities and colleges, and we are proud to be the second city in Việt Nam developing such a space after HCM City,” said director of Da Nang University, Tran Van Nam. He said the launching of the space was part of progressive efforts made by the University, USAID, ASU and Fablab Da Nang since 2015. He hoped the space would…... [read more]

The People’s Committee of HCMC has assigned District 9 to set up a land withdrawal plan which will be submit to the Prime Minister for approval to develop a science and technology park project. Saigon Hi-Tech Park in District 9, HCMC Specifically, city leaders require the People’s Committee of District 9 to draw up the plan and estimate compensation, site clearance and resettlement costs. The district should pay compensation in January next year and complete land withdrawal and allocation to investors in the first quarter of the same year. In addition, the city People’s Committee has tasked Saigon Hi-Tech Park Management Board to establish a 1:2000 scale plan for the science and technology park project and submit it to the committee before November 1, 2017. The science and technology park will be built at Long Phuoc commune, District 9 in the middle of Saigon Hi-Tech Park and HCMC National University covering over the total area of 200 hectares. Total investment capital is estimated to be VND4,263 billion (US$188 million) comprising site clearance cost. After being built, the park will study and apply advanced technologies in production to boost economic growth, create good quality and competitive products, incubate businesses and train hi-tech human resource for the city. SGGP... [read more]

The new model is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chip, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, and a 16MP rear camera, according to information released at a recent launch ceremony in Hanoi. “This is what cool looks like” – the phone’s marketing slogan – repeatedly echoed through the room as Bkav CEO Nguyen Tu Quang addressed the crowd at Tuesday’s event. Dropping similar lines, including “the world’s best smartphone,” and bellowing “unbelievable” several times while briefing a crowd of 2,000 on the gadget’s specs and features in 2015 earned Quang the nickname ‘Boastful Quang.’ Quang said the latest Bphone’s retail price of VND9.78 million (US$430) is meant to target “near high-end users.” The phone will be officially available for sale online and through the The Gioi Di Dong (Mobile World) chain on August 19. This is a stark contrast to the 2015 release when the Bphone was only sold online and sales numbers were never disclosed. As with the 2015 edition, Bkav claims the Bphone 2017 is a made-in-Vietnam product comprised of core technology owned by the company and all design, chip-making, and assembly aspects of the product managed by Bkav itself. The device runs on Android, even though its user interface and experience are said to copy those of the iOS. Besides the ‘conventional’ Bphone 2017, Quang also revealed a special edition, the Bphone 2017 Gold – an upgraded version of the phone boasting a Snapdragon 835 chip,…... [read more]

The new model is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chip, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, and a 16MP rear camera, according to information released at the recent launch ceremony in Hanoi. “This is what cool looks like” – the phone’s marketing slogan – repeatedly echoed through the room as Bkav CEO Nguyen Tu Quang addressed the crowd at August 8’s event. Dropping similar lines, including “the world’s best smartphone,” and bellowing “unbelievable” several times while briefing a crowd of 2,000 on the gadget’s specs and features in 2015 earned Quang the nickname ‘Boastful Quang.’ Quang said the latest Bphone’s retail price of VND9.78 million (US$430) is meant to target “near high-end users.” The phone will be officially available for sale online and through the The Gioi Di Dong (Mobile World) chain on August 19. This is a stark contrast to the 2015 release when the Bphone was only sold online and sales numbers were never disclosed. As with the 2015 edition, Bkav claims the Bphone 2017 is a made-in-Vietnam product comprised of core technology owned by the company and all design, chip-making, and assembly aspects of the product managed by Bkav itself. The device runs on Android, even though its user interface and experience are said to copy those of the iOS. Besides the ‘conventional’ Bphone 2017, Quang also revealed a special edition, the Bphone 2017 Gold – an upgraded version of the phone boasting a Snapdragon 835…... [read more]

Backed by a torrent of venture capital, China has gone sharing mad with everything from treadmills to karaoke booths and napping capsules all up for short-term rent -- and at the click of a smartphone. With the boom spawning some novel ideas but also warnings of a sharing "bubble" in the world's second-largest economy, AFP lists a number of the services that have come (and gone) in China in the last 18 months. Two-wheel menace? Brightly coloured bicycles kicked off the sharing craze last year and have since threatened to take over pavements and streets. That sparked a backlash and Beijing and Shanghai are among the cities that moved to lay down regulations. At least two Chinese bike-sharing services have gone bust and it is not uncommon to see officials carting bikes off to a fate unknown. Beaming in blue A man riding a "sharing bike" past BMW 1-Series "sharing cars" in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province. Photo by AFP If you are looking for something much more classy, a company in the northeastern city of Shenyang is rolling out a first batch of royal blue BMWs for sharing. Like the bikes, users scan a QR code with their mobile phones -- and bingo! A snazzy BMW 1 Series is yours for the rental fee of 1.5 yuan ($0.22) per kilometre, plus the 999 yuan deposit. Treadmill in a box A man walking on a shared treadmill in a housing compound in Beijing. Photo by AFP/Greg Baker Forget…... [read more]




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