APEC economies discuss port services issues

Participants in a meeting as part of the third APEC Senior Officials' Meeting in Ho Chi Minh City on August 18 (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – The tenth meeting of the APEC Port Services Network (APSN) Council under the Transportation Working Group (APTWG) was held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 18. Delegates at the event updated the APSN Five-Year Strategic Plan between 2014 and 2018, noting that the plan is important to setting directions for the organisation and the next Council meeting. Regarding the handling of dangerous goods at ports, they agreed that there is a need for updated dangerous goods guidelines for this region that would consider the nature of APEC economies and their different levels of development. The Council decided to compile best practices on the settlement of dangerous goods at APEC ports. The meeting also reviewed outcomes of the 2017 APSN Workshop on Restructuring of Shipping and Port Industry: Trends and Challenges that took place in HCM City on August 15-16, 2017. The Council endorsed the proposed Action Plan for 2018, which sets forth major meetings and activities organised by APSN, APEC transportation meetings, and specific studies and projects. [APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting begins in HCM City] The plan also mentioned the APSN Five Year Strategic Plan during 2019-2023 with strategic directions, key objectives and specific actions of APSN in the next five years. TPTWG’s objective is to achieve the…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged Thai firms to grasp the opportunities arising from merger & acquisition activities, the equitisation of State-owned enterprises (SMEs) and their divestment in transport, infrastructure, food, agriculture, telecommunications, trade, services and construction in Vietnam. At a meeting with Thai enterprises in Bangkok, on August 18, during his official visit to Thailand, Phuc stated that the Vietnamese economy is now worth over US$220 billion and the country is striving to meet the basic criteria in the business environment, equivalent to the ASEAN 4 level by 2020. Vietnam is also in a period of golden population with 60% of the population within the working age. Thai business representatives thanked the Vietnamese government for creating favourable conditions for investors from Thailand, and the ASEAN member states, to join the SMEs equitisation in the country. They pledged to continue expanding their business operations in Vietnam in the fields of retail, food, farm produce manufacturing and processing, energy, tourism and transport. Several companies stated that they are learning about Vietnam’s tourist attractions and wish to link up with Vietnamese airlines to increase tourist arrivals in the two countries. Receiving the Chairman of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand Kornrasit Pakchotanon, PM Phuc asked for the acceleration of the construction of a thermal power plant in the central province of Quang Tri. Pakchotanon pledged to ensure environment protection and the use of advanced technology during the construction process. Meeting the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Central Group…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies (ACT-NET) held a workshop on intensifying cooperation in revoking corruption assets among law enforcement agencies, on August 18 in Ho Chi Minh City. The workshop, held within the framework of the APEC 2017 third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3), attracted the participation of many experienced speakers in the anti-corruption field, from both the public and private sectors. The event provided a chance for the member economies to discuss and share their experience and information concerning any difficulties and challenges, as well as cooperation between law enforcement agencies in taking back the assets related to corruption cases. Vietnam’s Deputy Inspectorate General Nguyen Van Thanh said that corruption is causing the country to lose resources, reducing the efficiency of public investment, eroding the trust of investors and weakening national competitiveness and businesses. Therefore, the recovery of corruption assets is an important factor in assessing the success of the fight against corruption and one of the main purposes of the work, he added. The outcomes of the workshop are expected to facilitate the ACT-NET and the APEC Anti-corruption and Transparency Working Group to carry out the directions and commitments to increasing the effectiveness of anti-corruption work in general and asset recovery in particular. ... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Nearly 100 delegates from 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) discussed best practices, sharing of standards and conformity assessment in the development of smart cities within the APEC region, at a workshop held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 18. The workshop is an activity of the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) within the framework of the APEC 2017 third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3) and other related meetings. In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Van Tung said that the promotion of a digital economy is considered as an important issue of the APEC 2017. One of SCSC 2017 priorities this year is “Development and promotion of standards and conformance to support the digital economy”, in that the APEC region needs to work together to share best practices, identify opportunities and challenges, and boost cooperation, the harmonisation of standards and conformity assessment that directly contribute to the achievement of the Bogor Goals, he said. The workshop focused on the development directions for international standards (ISO, IEC) in smart cities. The participating, developing economies shared their experience in creating policies on developing smart cities, as well as development directions suitable with the standards set by the UN. The delegates also discussed the standardisation on the basis of scientific and technological advances in smart transport and buildings, water resources management, energy-efficient new-generation means of transport, information-technology infrastructure and smart applications used in daily life. The workshop offers a good…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Nearly 100 delegates from 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) discussed best practices, sharing of standards and conformity assessment in the development of smart cities within the APEC region, at a workshop held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 18. The workshop is an activity of the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) within the framework of the APEC 2017 third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3) and other related meetings. In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Van Tung said that the promotion of a digital economy is considered as an important issue of the APEC 2017. One of SCSC 2017 priorities this year is “Development and promotion of standards and conformance to support the digital economy”, in that the APEC region needs to work together to share best practices, identify opportunities and challenges, and boost cooperation, the harmonisation of standards and conformity assessment that directly contribute to the achievement of the Bogor Goals, he said. The workshop focused on the development directions for international standards (ISO, IEC) in smart cities. The participating, developing economies shared their experience in creating policies on developing smart cities, as well as development directions suitable with the standards set by the UN. The delegates also discussed the standardisation on the basis of scientific and technological advances in smart transport and buildings, water resources management, energy-efficient new-generation means of transport, information-technology infrastructure and smart applications used in daily life. The workshop offers a good…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Nearly 100 delegates from 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) discussed best practices, sharing of standards and conformity assessment in the development of smart cities within the APEC region, at a workshop held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 18. The workshop is an activity of the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) within the framework of the APEC 2017 third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3) and other related meetings. In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Van Tung said that the promotion of a digital economy is considered as an important issue of the APEC 2017. One of SCSC 2017 priorities this year is “Development and promotion of standards and conformance to support the digital economy”, in that the APEC region needs to work together to share best practices, identify opportunities and challenges, and boost cooperation, the harmonisation of standards and conformity assessment that directly contribute to the achievement of the Bogor Goals, he said. The workshop focused on the development directions for international standards (ISO, IEC) in smart cities. The participating, developing economies shared their experience in creating policies on developing smart cities, as well as development directions suitable with the standards set by the UN. The delegates also discussed the standardisation on the basis of scientific and technological advances in smart transport and buildings, water resources management, energy-efficient new-generation means of transport, information-technology infrastructure and smart applications used in daily life. The workshop offers a good…... [read more]

Water governance in APEC economies, climate change, food security and best practices in agriculture are among the topics to be discussed at the first APEC Water Resources Authorities Meeting for Food Security that opens today in Cần Thơ. Delegates talk at the 2017 APEC Climate Symposium on building resilient agro-food systems from production to consumption for food security using climate information opened in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta city of Cần Thơ on August 18 within the framework of APEC Food Security Week. - VNA/VNS Photo by Thanh Vũ The two-day event is part of a project titled “Challenges for Water and Food Security in the context of climate change in the APEC region,” which seeks to increase awareness of the pressing challenges in and solutions to water governance and management to support food security in the face of increasing climate change impacts and growing population in the APEC region. Speaking at the event, Javier Martinez from the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation said his country proposed to organise the first APEC meeting of authorities responsible for water resources management and food security to strengthen the relationship and future co-operation between authorities, experts, the private sector, and academia. This project aims to identify gaps in water resources management and development strategies and share best practices and experiences in water use for food security. Besides this, the meeting will also offer technical lectures and…... [read more]

In recent years, economic and industrial zones in Thua Thien Hue province have attracted increasing interest from investors and housed many effective projects. Mr Nguyen Van Son, Deputy Director of Thua Thien Hue Economic and Industrial Zones Authority, has given an exclusive interview to Vietnam Business Forum Magazine on this issue. On June 15, 2016, the Prime Minister issued Decision 1070/QD-TTg establishing Thua Thien Hue Economic and Industrial Zones Authority based on the reorganisation of the Chan May - Lang Co Economic Zone Authority and the Thua Thien Hue Industrial Zones Authority. What does that mean for the development of economic and industrial zones in the province, sir? Functions and duties of the two authorities are quite structurally similar. Therefore, it is rational to reshuffle organisational structures to form a unified body in charge of linking and developing economic and industrial zones and actively solving problems and difficulties for investors. Having one unit also makes it easier for investors to seek and select investment locations in accordance with investment attraction planning and direction of each economic and industrial zone. How do you assess the performance of economic and industrial zones and their tenants in recent years? As a result, operations of economic and industrial zones are more active. Many big, famous domestic and foreign investors have come to study investment opportunities and locate bigger and bigger projects in the province. Typical projects include the VND590.6 billion apparel project invested by HanesBrands Vietnam…... [read more]

Carrying out the “Year of Business” and the “Year of Administrative Order and Discipline” in 2017, Thua Thien Hue province has adopted many solutions and activities to accelerate administrative procedure reform, raise the spirit and sense of responsibility of civil servants, invest in essential infrastructure and remove difficulties for enterprises, among other things, in a bid to better mobilise investment resources in infrastructure for production, economic development, environmental protection and social security guarantee. The Vietnam Business Forum Magazine has an interview with Nguyen Van Cao, Chairman of the Thua Thien Hue Provincial People’s Committee, on this issue. Ngo Khuyen reports. While speeding up the enforcement of Resolution 35/NQ-CP dated May 16, 2016, of the Government on business support and development to 2020, Thua Thien Hue province also defined and carried out activities in the “Year of Business” in 2016. How has this motivated business environment improvement and business development? To carry out the Year of Business in 2016, the province promoted receipt and processing of information through hotline channels, electronic information portals, direct exchanges (twice a month) and regular meetings. Thua Thien Hue also promulgated regulations on coordination of inspection of enterprises after they register establishment (overlapping inspection is avoided) and mobilised eligible individual business households to upgrade into corporate entities. The province also executed many solutions to remove difficulties, accelerate site clearance, deploy bank - business connection programme. New reforms in investment attraction and positive changes in morale and attitudes of civil…... [read more]

A similar event was held in HCM City on August 15. According to Nguyen Thanh Hung, President of the Vietnam E-commerce Association (VECOM) – the event’s organizer, Vietnam’s e-commerce market has seen robust growth since 2016 but the industry still has many problems, including a lack of consumer trust in online shopping and weaknesses in online payment, shipping and marketing services. Photo for illustration  The forum, focusing on marketing trends, discussed affiliate marketing trends and search engine marketing, programmatic marketing, multichannel marketing, mobile marketing, social marketing and content marketing. During the event, speakers discussed opportunities for partnerships in online marketing and advised enterprises on adopting the right marketing strategy and improving marketing effectiveness, Hung said. The Vietnam e-Business Index 2017 reported by VECOM indicated that social networks surpassed search engines to become the most popular online advertising medium in 2016 used by 47 percent of businesses while the number using search engines and emails are 41 percent and 36 percent respectively. Social networks were not only the most used channels but also considered more effective than search engines. Forty-six percent of businesses said social network advertising was highly effective while 44 percent are confident with search engines. Despite social network advertising, having only one marketing channel may not guarantee business success. The most effective way to do business online is to have a website together with a social media presence to spread the company’s message and nurture relationships…... [read more]




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