Employment opportunities in Thailand for Vietnamese workers

New website for online trade exchanges HCMC - Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon Online, the online newspaper of Saigon Times Group, and Japan-based ICHI Corporation, will launch a website at http://check1.thesaigontimes.vn on May 1 to cater to the business community's needs for online exhibitions and trade fairs. The website's Biz Market allows customers who participate in the exhibition to post classified advertisements. It also helps customers to buy and sell commodities quickly. Agent service with intermediary companies helps customers buy and sell goods quickly. The website is in Vietnamese and English and links with ICHI's website at www.check1.in.... [read more]

Short distribution channels hit rice exports to Africa Ban Mai By Ban Mai - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – The heavy dependence of local rice exporters on many international intermediary companies has eroded the competitiveness of the country’s rice export sector. Short distribution channels are believed to be one of the main reasons behind a sharp decline in Vietnamese rice export to Africa in January-February. The two-month rice export price of Vietnam increased compared to that of other foreign rice suppliers of the African market, leading multiple African importers to decrease rice imports from Vietnam, according to the South West Asia and Africa Markets Department. Rice exports to a number of key African markets like Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal are facing difficulties, with export value recording a sharp fall. Vietnamese rice now is in harsh competition with Indian and Chinese low-cost products in the African market. In fact, Vietnamese exporters have found it difficult to offer African buyers the same rice price as other competitors as the long distance between Vietnam and Africa has pushed up transport cost. The director of an export company in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap specializing in the African market said his firm had halted exports to the market. He ascribed the export halt to the debts that his enterprise has failed to recover so far. “The biggest challenge for rice export to Africa is payment risk. African importers always request deferred payments for 30 to 90 days,” the director said.…... [read more]

Check out what is in the news today: Check out what is in the news today: Society -- Police in the northern province of Thai Binh said on Tuesday that they were looking into a fatal crash of a ship loaded with stone powder into a small boat. The accident, occurring on late Monday on a section of the Hong River, a major waterway in the north, killed three members in a family and leaving another eight-year-old member missing. -- The bus station in front of Ho Chi Minh City’s iconic Ben Thanh Market will be moved to Ham Nghi Street, also in the downtown area, next month to facilitate the ongoing construction of the Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro line. -- Relentless downpours on Tuesday claimed one life and drenched several localities in the northern province of Quang Ninh, including Ha Long City, home to the UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay, and Do Son District in the neighboring city of Hai Phong. The northern and north-central regions are forecast to experience more torrential rains and cyclones today, July 6. -- Two boys aged eight and ten drowned on Monday evening while swimming in the Vinh Te Canal in Chau Doc City, located in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang. -- A male driver of local taxi operator Mai Linh Group on Tuesday confessed to robbing and suffocating a 24-year-old female passenger while driving her around Ha Tinh City, the heart of the north-central Vietnamese province of Ha Tinh, before dumping…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - The Panama Papers has issued warnings about tax evasion committed by Vietnamese individuals and institutions through international transactions. In the Panama Papers released on May 10, 2016, the names of 189 Vietnamese individuals, 19 offshore companies and 23 intermediary companies are included. Some Vietnamese individuals named in the list have appeared in mass media, saying that being listed in the Panama Papers does not mean that the companies and legal representatives were related to tax evasion or money laundering. In the Panama Papers released on May 10, 2016, the names of 189 Vietnamese individuals, 19 offshore companies and 23 intermediary companies are included. Pham Trong Dat, Director General of the Government Inspectorate’s Anti-corruption Bureau, also affirmed that persons and businesses named in the Panama Papers do not mean they violated the law. What has been unveiled from the Panama Papers should be considered a source of information for Vietnam’s agencies to verify. However, analysts commented that there must be reasons for the names to be listed in the papers, and that the institutions’ and individuals’ huge assets, transactions and the cash flow remain a secret. This is not the first time that Vietnamese tycoons are related to bribery cases and unclear transactions overseas. In early 2015, ICJC’s (the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) documents showed that more than 100,000 clients from 200 countries opened accounts at HSBC Switzerland branch in the years from 1988 to 2007. These include 26 clients related to Vietnam who had total assets…... [read more]

Dr Doan Duy Khuong, Vice President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), had a working meeting with the Tanzanian delegation led by Mr Florens M. Turuka, Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office. The two sides agreed to further strengthen cooperation to promote trade turnover and investment between the two countries. Speaking at the meeting, Dr Doan Duy Khuong affirmed that in spite of great potential for cooperation; trade relations between Vietnam and Tanzania are still limited. Dr Khuong welcomed the interest of the Tanzanian government and businesses with Vietnam. He also hoped that the meeting would open up better opportunities for the two countries’ enterprises in the future, bringing more Vietnamese investors into the Tanzanian market, particularly in sectors such as cement and coal slag. According to trade statistics, as of March 2015, the total import-export turnover of Vietnam and Tanzania reached US$121.65 million. Export turnover to Tanzania in 2014 reached US$51.65, increasing by 103 percent compared to 2013. In the first 3 months of 2015, export turnover reached approximately US$20.88 million. The main export items of Vietnam to Tanzania include textile products, rice, electrical wires and cables. In Vietnam's exports to Tanzania, rice accounts for the largest proportion (83-85 percent). Rice imported from Vietnam accounts for 50 percent of the annual average rice import demand of Tanzania. In addition, some industrial products such as clinker, fertilizers, machinery, tools, spare parts, components, computers are Vietnam’s potential export items because they can meet current needs of the…... [read more]

A young man in Tuyen Quang Province in northern Vietnam has carved out a successful business and provided jobs for locals out of beekeeping. An Khang Commune, has made the most of his father's 150 beehives to become a Vietnamese-dong billionaire (VND1 billion ~ US$47,000). His farm now earns him around VND4 billion ($188,271) a year and provides stable jobs for local youths. After failing to get into college, Phong was set on building his own business out of his family's long-standing bee farm. In 2002, his father handed over 150 honey beehives. The young man encountered immense difficulty at first. Lacking experience and knowledge of bee caretaking, he was constantly stung by the insects. Phong also suffered heavy losses as the hives got sick and died en masse. His father and him sold off most of their cattle and livestock to remedy the situation. The success story Undaunted, Phong traveled to many provinces in search of a cure. He then bought new queen bees and rebuilt his hives. Despite repeated failures, in 2005, Phong boldly borrowed from a local bank to buy more queen bees and material. Realizing that local bees are not very productive and do not yield good quality honey, Phong was determined to breed two species together to create a premium one. After traveling across the country, he decided to breed an Italian variety with his domestic bees to create a new, better quality hybrid. As his hives quickly expanded, Phong took his insects to other…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese companies that make games and apps have to export their games or take non-game projects in order to survive, as the local market is not profitable. Many game firms have questioned whether it is worthwhile to pursue the business. The director of a small game firm with 50 workers in Hanoi said it is very difficult to make money in Vietnam. Since the beginning of 2014, his firm has developed several projects which "have no relation to the game industry". Most recently, the director said, his firm had succeeded with a project on location solutions for non-smartphones. The solution was sold to a Singaporean telco through an intermediary company. The director said he does not want to give up games, which is the firm's core business. However, he is now thinking of making games to distribute overseas instead of Vietnam. "We are going to sell a game to a foreign company which would distribute the game overseas. We do not intend to distribute the game in the home market. We have to struggle hard to overcome too many barriers," he said. The director said that game firms, because of the government's management oversight, will not be able to develop because they meet high risks and they cannot figure out long-term business strategies. "You will have to make heavy investment to develop a game. You will have to spend big money on qualified engineers and other expenses. However, you are not sure if you can obtain licenses…... [read more]

(CPV) - Drug use prevalence is stable around the world, according to the 2014 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), with around 243 million individuals, or 5 per cent of the world's population aged 15-64 having used illicit drugs in the past year.Problem drug users meanwhile numbered about 27 million, roughly 0.6 per cent of the world's adult population, or 1 in every 200 people. Launching the report in locations including Vienna, Bangkok and Hanoi on June 26th 2014, UNODC appealed for a stronger focus on the health and human rights of all drug users, but particularly those who inject drugs."There remain serious gaps in service provision. In recent years only one in six drug users globally has had access to or received drug dependence treatment services each year", according to UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov, stressing that some 200,000 drug-related deaths had occurred in 2012. The UNODC said sustainable success in drug control required firm international commitment. A balanced and comprehensive approach addressing both supply and demand should be backed up by evidence-based responses focusing on prevention, treatment, social rehabilitation and integration. "This is particularly important as we move towards the Special Session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem in 2016", Mr. Fedotov stated. He also stressed that controlled substances should be made more widely available for medical purposes, including for ensuring access to pain medication, while preventing their misuse and diversion for illicit ends. The surge in opium…... [read more]

In recent years, the show business in Vietnam has been overwhelmed with reality shows, which have lost their appeal and credibility and brought up questions on their usefulness after hatching so many scandals. More than 50 reality shows have now been aired on television channels across the country, with most broadcast on national broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) and Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV). The boom Since the 2007 debut of "Vietnam Idol," the local version of "American Idol," reality shows seem to boom 'out of control.' The TV programs come in a wide variety of areas, ranging from singing, dancing, cooking, modeling to fashion design, interior design, and taking adventure trips. The shows are purchased from entertainment groups based in the U.S., the UK, the Netherlands, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. In March 2014 alone, four new shows and the second season of another one have begun airing on VTV and HTV. They are "Ngoi Sao Viet" (VK Pop Super Star), "Hoc Vien Ngoi Sao" (Star Academy), "Guong Mat Than Quen" (Your Face Sounds Familiar), "Nhan To Bi An" (The X-Factor), and "Nguoi Bi An" (Odd One In). The reality shows are similar in formats and the way the games are played and how they confuse as well as bore TV viewers. These viewers cannot really tell the local versions of "The Voice" and "VK Pop Super Star" from "Star Academy"; "Vua Dau Bep" (Masterchef) from "Sieu Dau Bep" (Iron Chef); "Thu Thach Cung Buoc Nhay" (So You…... [read more]

by Tran Thuy Mai I met Lien, a fellow Vietnamese, at the crossroads near the end of Serangoon Street in Singapore. We looked at each other in great surprise. In this foreign land, such an encounter was like a lightning bolt from the blue sky. Indeed, you could even compare it to two ships colliding headlong in the open sea, or two planes crashing into each other in the immense sky. Our meeting was so unexpected. In the restaurant of the Mustafa Supermarket, while eating an ice cream, I just stared at her face. Her unkempt hair looked rather weird but her chubby cheeks appeared almost unchanged. When Auntie Hoa led her to the extremity of our small alley off the village border as a housemaid, I found her cheeks rather thin and pale, like two withered leaves. In our house, she was so timid that she just stood in a corner without saying a word. "In other families, a girl in your situation would have to eat after the family, but here you'll be equally treated," Mum told her at dinner, then introduced her to all of us. "Thank you very much, esteemed Landlady," she mumbled. Picking up a bowl of hot rice with some food on it, she retreated to a corner. Amid the peals of laughter from my sisters, I took her hand and led her to a chair by the dining table. "What did you eat at home? Your skin is so rough," I asked in…... [read more]

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