EC probes hand pallet truck imports from Vietnam

Vietnam’s National Assembly supports stronger economic ties with US (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam always backs stronger economic and trade cooperation with the US and facilitates the adoption of legal regulations to create a transparent and favourable business environment for foreign businesses, including those from the US. NA Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien made the statement at a reception for Calin Dragan, Region Director ASEAN & Middle East for Bottling Investment Group at the Coca-Cola Company, in Hanoi on August 1. The comprehensive cooperative partnership between Vietnam and the US has seen positive developments, he said, adding that the US is one of the leading trade partners and a major investor in Vietnam. He congratulated the company on its accomplishments in Vietnam over the past 20 years, noting Coca-Cola products have become popular among Vietnamese customers. The legislator expressed his belief that the success of the group will boost the cooperation prospects between the two countries, especially in the fields of trade and economy. The Vietnamese government has offered a lot of incentives to the group since its operation in the Southeast Asian country. In 2014, Coca-Cola started reporting its profits and paying tax to the Vietnamese State budget.  This not only illustrates the company’s legal responsibility and business ethics but also reinforce customers’ trust, Hien said. He hoped the company would continue making more contributions to the State budget and social activities…... [read more]

Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy (R) meets with Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake in Hanoi on August 1 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Sri Lanka will provide favourable conditions for their enterprises to seek business and investment opportunities, senior diplomats have said. Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy had a meeting in Hanoi on August 1 with Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake, who was on an official visit to Vietnam from July 31 to August 1. They noted with satisfaction the progress in relations between the two countries, as well as between the two foreign ministries, especially after high-ranking visits, including an official trip to Vietnam by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last April. The two sides agreed to increase mutual visits at all levels and people-to-people exchange. They will also work to soon organise the third political consultation at the deputy foreign ministerial level. They agreed to discuss measures to raise bilateral trade to 1 billion USD in the near future as targeted by the two countries’ leaders. [Infographics: Vietnam–Sri Lanka traditional relations] At the event, the officials exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared concern, adding that Vietnam and Sri Lanka will continue coordinating and supporting each other at regional and international forums. The Sri Lankan side promised to actively consider support for Vietnam’s candidacy for the post of UNESCO Director General in the 2017-2021 tenure…... [read more]

The agreement was reached at talks on August 1 in Hanoi between Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Mozambican counterpart. PM Phuc asked Mozambique to support Vietnam’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure and Vietnam’s candidate for the post of UNESCO Director-General for the 2017-2021 tenure. Prime Minister Rosario said his nation wants Viettel Corporation to expand its services to the southeastern African country and urged Vietnam’s businesses to cover trade, oil and gas, marine transportation, agricultural and sea food processing.  Mozambique is expected to become a leading partner of Vietnam in southern Sahara, Africa, while Vietnam will act as a bridge to connect Mozambique with the Southeast Asian region. Vietnam is willing to share experiences in natural disaster prevention, weather forecasting, climate change response, education and training, and security and defense, and wants Mozambique to facilitate Vietnamese businesses to open bonded warehouses, develop distribution channels, and complete a regulatory framework for foreign investors. The two leaders said they hope Mozambique will become Vietnam’s top partner in Sub-Saharan Africa and Vietnam will help connect Mozambique with Southeast Asia.  The two PMs witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on wildlife protection and an agreement on aviation transportation.  ... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Mozambique’s Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario meet with the press after their talks (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Mozambique’s Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has called upon Vietnamese businesses to engage more in trade, oil and gas, marine transport, and processing farm produce and seafood to soon realise the trade target set by the two countries’ leaders. Rosario, who is paying an official visit to Vietnam for the first time from July 31 to August 3, made the appeal during his talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on August 1. The host described the visit as an important milestone in the bilateral relations after the visit to Mozambique by former President Truong Tan Sang in March 2016. The two Government leaders expressed their satisfaction at the growing traditional friendship between Vietnam and Mozambique. Regarding political ties, they agreed to maintain delegation exchanges at all levels while coordinating and supporting each other at international forums. They discussed challenges in security, politics and economics along with regional and global issues of mutual concerns.   [Mozambican PM’s Vietnam visit to enhance bilateral ties] The two sides pledged to contribute to the maintenance of peace and cooperation in the region and beyond on the basis of respecting international law and addressing any disputes via peaceful means and in line with international law. PM Phuc proposed Mozambique support Vietnam to become a non-permanent member…... [read more]

The more than 300 trade union leaders who were in attendance raised the issue of social housing for workers, lamenting that the number of houses is very low while their prices are high. According to them, in the past when any construction or forestry unit was established, houses for workers and kindergartens for their children were built immediately. But now industrial and processing zones attract tens of thousands of workers but there is no housing for them, and they have to rent ramshackle dormitories. They demanded that local authorities should speed up construction of social housing for workers. Nguyen Van Danh, deputy director of the Department of Construction, said: “Now workers in industrial and processing zones need around 245,000 places to live, but the city has only 5,500 social houses and 39,500 guesthouses for them.” The union leaders also urged city authorities to look into the food served to workers by their companies and ensure its quality by severely fining violators and to provide more eating options in workers’ neighbourhoods by setting up supermarkets. Most of the eateries in industrial and processing zones are now run by individuals. Tran Kim Yen, chairwoman of the HCM City Labour Union, said: “City leaders and relevant authorities have paid much attention to improving the living standards of workers but the situation has not improved much.” She said 10 kindergartens were opened for workers’ children last year. She also complained about workers being…... [read more]

(TITC) – In the framework of the 46th Meeting of ASEAN National Tourism Organisations (NTOs), on 25 July, ASEAN NTOs had a working session with ASEAN centres, international organisations and private sectors. In attendance were leaders of ASEAN NTOs, ASEAN – China Centre (ACC), ASEAN – Japan Centre (AJC), ASEAN – Korea Centre (AKC), German’s international development cooperation agency (GIZ), ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA), ASEAN Tourism Research Association (ATRA), Southeast Asia Tourist Guides Association (SEATGA), and ASEAN Cycling Club 1 (1ACC). Being important partners of ASEAN, in recent years, ASEAN – China Centre (ACC), ASEAN – Japan Centre (AJC) and ASEAN – Korea Centre (AKC) have made significant contributions to boosting cooperation and exchange, particularly in the fields of tourism and culture. Also China, Republic of Korea and Japan are leading source markets of ASEAN tourism. At the meeting, ACC, AJC and AKC affirmed to continue to support ASEAN with tourism promotion, tourist exchange, training courses, etc. Discussing about tourism cooperation with ASEAN, GIZ informed that in 2017-2018, the agency will continue to provide assistance for countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Viet Nam (CLMV) in boosting trade - investment, public and private partnerships; increasing competitive capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises; supporting the implementation of MRA-TP, etc. In addition, ASEANTA, ATRA, SEATGA, 1ACC highly valued the tourism potential of ASEAN and hoped to receive further supports from ASEAN NTOs in the coming time. Speaking highly of activities organized by the associations in…... [read more]

In the article, Deputy PM Minh recalled the formation of ASEAN in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 8, 1967 with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines as its founding members.  “ASEAN was born to create a firm foundation for common actions in order to enhance cooperation in Southeast Asia in the spirit of equality and partnership, contributing to peace and progress in the region,” he wrote.  After admitting Brunei in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997, and Cambodia in 1999, ASEAN now brings together ten members. The first ASEAN Summit in 1976 demonstrated the group’s greater attention and stronger political commitments to regional cooperation.  The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), which was established in 1992 as the outcome of the first 25 years of economic cooperation of the group, has created an important foundation for the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community.  Formed in 1994 in the spirit of promoting peace and security through dialogue and cooperation in Asia-Pacific, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) initiated dialogue and consultation mechanisms on security and political issues in the region, the Deputy PM added.  He also recalled the signing of the ASEAN Charter in 2007, turning ASEAN from a merely cooperation organisation into a legal entity.  Despite close geographical locations, the ASEAN member countries have different political systems, cultures, languages and development levels. However, the gaps have been narrowed and the establishment of the ASEAN Community on December 31,…... [read more]

Nguyen Nam Hai, deputy chair of the Association, said it now expects coffee output for this year’s crop to touch approximately 1.4 million tons, which would be slightly below the yield of the last fiscal year crop. Speaking at a recent forum in Ho Chi Minh City, Mr Hai noted that this year the weather is more favourable but the older less productive trees on many plantations mixed with the negatives of intercropping is holding production down. Coffee prices are also down again this year due to the quality being lower than optimal, said Mr Hai. The fiscal year 2015/2016 crop experienced a 6% decrease in the sales price from 2014/2015. Much, but not all, of this year’s crop is forecast to experience a similar drop due to continued quality concerns. He said the varieties used by coffee growers need to be looked at more closely and some changes made. There are more than 100 species of coffee trees, but only two – Arabica and Robusta – produce beans used to make beverages. Vietnam is the globe’s largest producer of Robusta, which grows in the country’s flat lands, is cheaper to grow, tastes more bitter, has more caffeine, and is less refined. Robusta is used primarily in cheaper or instant coffees, whereas chains like Starbucks only buy Arabica, a species that evolved in the Ethiopian highlands and made its way by trade to the Middle East. In some limited cases,…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission has issued a warning against Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Ho Thi Kim Thoa for “serious violations” when she led the Dien Quang Lamp Company. A warning is among four levels of punishment of the Communist Party of Viet Nam in handling members’ misconduct, which also include: reprimands, demotions and expulsions. The commission also proposed Thoa be stripped of all current positions. The decision was announced yesterday in the commission’s announcement of the results of its 16th meeting which took place from July 25-27. Her violations had earlier been pointed out during a commission meeting late in June. The commission said that while holding the position as Party Committee Secretary and Director of former State-owned Dien Quang Lamp Company (later Dien Quang Lamp Joint Stock Company), from January 2004 to May 2010, Thoa violated regulations and procedures on business equitisation, and wrongly handled loan interest  exempted by banks worth VND6.7 billion (US$298,000). She also violated State regulations on land management when the company signed a contract with another company to invest in land at No 12, Ton Dan Street, in HCM City. She also failed to properly handle revenue of VND30 billion ($1.3 million) from transferring the rights to exploit the land. In the third violation, Thoa brought more shares than the permissible level and her transfer of shares violated the company’s regulations. Besides the decision on Thoa, the commission also proposed discipline against the Steering Committee for Southwest Region,…... [read more]

Da Nang authorities plan to install security cameras in the Son Tra Nature Reserve as a part of security camera project launched in the city in 2015. A monkey is killed by a motorbike rider when it tried to cross the road in Son Tra Mountain.  Camera systems will be set up in different sites in the Son Tra Mountains to help security forces respond quickly to traffic accidents or public disorder in the reserve. The city hopes the camera system will curb illegal actions and littering at the reserve. The 4,400ha reserve hosts about 10,000 visitors each month, but there are no check-points in the area to supervise local residents and tourists entering the reserve, allowing for easy access. In 2015, three red-shanked douc langurs, an endangered primate species, were killed by illegal hunters. At least 10ha of forest was illegally logged in the reserve in 2016, and more than 2,000 traps were dismantled by rangers and volunteers.  According to latest reports from the city, more than 16,000 cameras have been installed on streets and outside of living quarters, trading centres, industrial parks, markets, restaurants, hotels, bars and offices in the city since 2015. All camera systems were operational in 2016 in preparation for hosting the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit in the city on November 5-11.  VNS... [read more]

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