Museums to use 3D technology

For the August 21-24 visit to Japan, the Vietnamese delegation led by Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung will include a number of heavyweight corporates hoping to find Japanese partners to either participate in state divestment or establish long-term presence in Vietnam. Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), FPT JSC, Vietjet Aviation JSC, Vietnam Dairy Products JSC (Vinamilk), Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Corporation (Sabeco), State Capital Investment Corporation, and Novaland Investment Group Corporation, among others, are the companies represented in the investment promotion delegation to Japan on August 21-24. The delegation, led by Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung, aims to appeal to Japanese investors with their stable operating platform and aspiration to expand. Vietnamese businesses looking for expansion opportunities With Sumitomo Life Insurance Company (Japan) as its strategic partner holding 18 per cent capital, as well as large foreign shareholders like Deutsche Bank AG, Target Value Fund, and CitiGroup Global Market Ltd., among others, BVH’s representative is expected to speak at the Conference on Investment Promotion in Vietnam in Japan. BVH is also one of the top companies in Vietnam in terms of capitalisation on Vietnam’s stock exchanges (over VND39 trillion—$1.7 billion on August 16), and has maintained stable business performance for several years. In 2012, Sumitomo Life became BVH’s strategic partner following HSBC’s divestment. Since then, Sumitomo Life has provided much-needed assistance for Bao Viet in developing products, diversifying distribution channels, implementing information technology in insurance…... [read more]

The United States on Friday formally launched a trade investigation into China's intellectual property practices and forced transfer of American technology, which President Donald Trump had called for this week. "On Monday, President Trump instructed me to look into Chinese laws, policies, and practices which may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development," U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement. "After consulting with stakeholders and other government agencies, I have determined that these critical issues merit a thorough investigation." Foreign companies have long complained about Beijing's failure to protect know-how and patents, and in some cases forcing firms to share information with domestic partners as the price for doing business in the massive Chinese market. But they also have been timid about pressing too hard for their governments to take action, for fear of losing access to China. But "Washington will turn a blind eye no longer," Trump insisted on Monday. "We will safeguard the copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property that is so vital to our security and to our prosperity," he said. America, he added, will no longer tolerate Beijing's "theft" of U.S. industrial secrets. Lighthizer is launching the investigation under Section 301 of U.S. trade law, which addresses intellectual property. Beijing this week fired back, warning that "everybody will lose" in the event of a trade war between the world's two largest economies. The United States is China's second-largest trading partner after the European Union, and had a…... [read more]

HCMC have so far seen 80 businesses applying for certification of science and technology projects with only 10 having been certified. Similarly, the Ministry of Science and Technology has set aside VND2 trillion (US$88 milion) in financial assistance for businesses with creative and innovative activities but so far only three cases have been approved to access the fund. For a long time, HCMC has given priority to development of four industries with high science and technology content and added value comprising mechanics, electronics-information technology, pharmaceutical chemistry-rubber, food and foodstuff processing and other industries such as biotechnology, clean and energy saving technologies and support industry. Nevertheless, there is no statistics showing investment efficiency as well as added value from these industries. Deputy chairwoman of the HCMC People’s Council Truong Thi Anh said that the city always aim at developing industries with high productivity but there has no estimation about the productivity of each economic industry. Therefore, the council has proposed HCMC’s Statistics Department to conduct surveys on total-factor productivity (TFP) to create a basis for economic development policymaking and strategic planning. Mr. Huynh Van Hung, head of the Statistics Department, said that the agency would gather information about businesses and conduct surveys on the efficiency of each industry as well as labor quality and capital to create a database to better management and policymaking by authorized agencies. The database will be publicized for businesses to decide which industries they should invest in. Formerly conducted TFP surveys have showed limitation…... [read more]

HCMC have so far seen 80 businesses applying for certification of science and technology projects with only 10 having been certified. Similarly, the Ministry of Science and Technology has set aside VND2 trillion (US$88 milion) in financial assistance for businesses with creative and innovative activities but so far only three cases have been approved to access the fund. For a long time, HCMC has given priority to development of four industries with high science and technology content and added value comprising mechanics, electronics-information technology, pharmaceutical chemistry-rubber, food and foodstuff processing and other industries such as biotechnology, clean and energy saving technologies and support industry. Nevertheless, there is no statistics showing investment efficiency as well as added value from these industries. Deputy chairwoman of the HCMC People’s Council Truong Thi Anh said that the city always aim at developing industries with high productivity but there has no estimation about the productivity of each economic industry. Therefore, the council has proposed HCMC’s Statistics Department to conduct surveys on total-factor productivity (TFP) to create a basis for economic development policymaking and strategic planning. Mr. Huynh Van Hung, head of the Statistics Department, said that the agency would gather information about businesses and conduct surveys on the efficiency of each industry as well as labor quality and capital to create a database to better management and policymaking by authorized agencies. The database will be publicized for businesses to decide which industries they should invest in. Formerly conducted TFP surveys have showed limitation…... [read more]

NDO – A number of businesses are successfully experimenting with the industrial waste treatment model and recycling waste into electricity, to benefit the people and meet the needs of the country's development. However, the operation of waste-to-energy (WtE) technology is not simple, requiring strong incentives in order to develop this potential source of renewable energy. >>> Pioneering industrial waste power generation plant opens in Vietnam >>> HCM City considers building of waste-to-energy plant >>> HCM City backs building of waste-to-energy plant Potential from WtE Beginning operations at the end of last April, Go Cat WtE plant (Binh Tan district, Ho Chi Minh City) has processed approximately 500 tonnes of industrial waste, while generating 7MW of electricity into the national grid. The plant is operated by a system of pre-processed garbage equipment, such as primary and secondary cutting equipment, industrial garbage pressing equipment, gasification furnaces, syngas containers, and three syngas generators with a capacity of 550kVA each. According to the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environmental Company, Go Cat landfill, which covers an area of 25 ha, operated from the end of 2000 to July 2007. Since becoming inactive, there was over 5.3 million tonnes of rubbish at the landfill. At the beginning of 2017, Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environmental Company, in coordination with the Hydraulic - Machinery Company, made a proposal to the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee for an experimental Go Cat WtE project to be constructed in order to convert solid waste and industrial garbage into…... [read more]

The winning design for new cruise ships in Ha Long. Photo courtesy of Quang Ninh Newspaper The scenery across Vietnam's world-famous Ha Long Bay is set to change following a decision to scrap all wooden junks that currently cruise the bay's turquoise waters. Tour operators have been given three award-winning designs to choose from to build new steel-hulled vessels. A total of 14 designs were rated for technical safety, environmental protection and compatibilty with the scenery and local port. The winner was designed by the Viet Han Ship Design and Engineering Services JSC. Second place went to the Vietnam Marine Technology Development and Technical Investment JSC, while third spot went to the Shipbuilding Science and Technology Institute. The second place design. Photo by Quang Ninh Newspaper There are currently 151 companies operating on the bay, and they have been instructed to contact the designers. No deadline has been announced, and neither have any cost estimates. Ha Long Bay was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam. Quang Ninh received 8.3 million visitors last year, up 7 percent from 2015, including 3.5 million foreigners, according to official data.  However, safety remains a concern among tourists on cruise trips. A number of fires have been reported in recent years, including the latest incident in January when a ship carrying 14 foreigners went up in flames. Another ship also caught fire in March while it was docked for the night. And fires…... [read more]

VNITO Conference to center on software outsourcingChi Thinh Organizers of VNITO Conference 2017 field questions from the media and enterprises - PHOTO: CHI THINH HCMC – The Vietnam Information Technology Outsourcing (VNITO) Conference this year will focus on the software outsourcing sector, IT services, experience sharing and cooperation with foreign firms. At a press conference on August 8, the organizing committee of VNITO 2017 said the conference themed “Vietnam - Asia Tier 1 Delivery Destination” will take place at the Gem Center in District 1, HCMC on October 19-20, and feature a series of meetings between domestic and international firms. Lam Nguyen Hai Long, CEO of Quang Trung Software City Development Company and chairman of VNITO Alliance, said the focus of the forthcoming conference will be to promote Vietnam’s software outsourcing sector and call for the city government to provide more policy support for companies in the sector. Instead of honoring outstanding outsourcing firms like the Vietnam IT Outsourcing Excellence Awards 2015, the organizers this year will hold workshops for participants to share experiences and explore opportunities to build business ties with international partners. Companies from the U.S. and Hungary will share their experience and explore cooperation prospects in hi-tech agriculture or information technology in Vietnam. Previously, VNITO held six seminars on information technology, digital marketing and market research in HCMC and Hanoi, four in Japan, and two in the U.S. and Singapore. In addition, the association made direct contact with more than 10 foreign organizations in Vietnam and invited…... [read more]

Governments and businesses in developing countries must act now to ensure rapid technological advances boost rather than hinder development, a think-tank said on Tuesday, warning that growing automation posed a particular threat to women's jobs. Increasing automation in industries risks leaving large numbers unemployed and widening inequality gaps, especially in the global South, the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said in a report. "What we're seeing now is the emergence of technologies which are likely to mean that there will be less market for simple industrial manufacturers in poor countries because of automation," the institute's director Andrew Norton told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. The report, which examines the impact of automation on work in the global South, warned that it could have "a sharply negative impact on gender equality". Norton, the report's author, said sectors "in the frontline of the next wave of automation" included call centres which have provided a large number of jobs for women in some countries. But the institute said problems could be avoided if governments refocused their economic and social policies to make them more sustainable. The report said it was vital for governments to invest in developing education systems that ensure people have the skills to thrive in a rapidly evolving labor market. Support to smallholder farmers was also important so that they could benefit from changing technology. Countries with natural resources should invest in sustainable development, it said, citing the example of Costa Rica which has promoted…... [read more]

Seeing the rising demand for tapioca in Vietnam and the world, DAWU Corporation brought into operation five member tapioca production companies in Vietnam to unlock potential in this lucrative market and expand into the world. Consistently increasing added value for cassava To meet the huge market demand, DAWU has operated five member tapioca production companies: Truong Hung Co., Ltd, Truong Thinh Co., Ltd., Viet Ma Co., Ltd, Wusons Manufacturing Trading Co., Ltd and Nuoc Trong Joint Stock Company. After a long period of continuous technological development, these units are now rated the best tapioca producers in Vietnam, powered by cutting-edge technological systems imported from Germany and the Netherlands to reduce energy consumption, ensure environmental protection and enhance human health. Its production facilities are capable of turning out 300 tonnes of tapioca, 120 tonnes of modified tapioca and 100 tonnes of tapioca residues a day, and all are operated according to ISO 9001:2008 quality management standards. Being superior in quality, good for human health, DAWU tapioca products not only dominate the domestic market, but are also exported to many countries such as South Korea, the United Kingdom, Japan. China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia and Singapore. Its annual revenue has exceeded US$100 million and is expected to top US$300 million soon. However, DAWU Corporation also faced numerous hardships on general market demand. Although cassava is considered a poverty-ending crop in Tay Ninh province, farmers use traditional cultivating methods which are proven not to bring maximum productivity. Seeing domestic and…... [read more]

NDO – Forty offshore fishing boats in the central province of Quang Tri have been equipped with Japanese-sponsored LED lighting systems to support their effective offshore fishing activities. On Thursday the Quang Tri provincial People's Committee and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) held a signing ceremony to hand over the LED systems to the Quang Tri fishermen. The US$3.4 million project, funded by the Japanese organisation, uses modern COB LED technology, in the form of 1,800 LED boxes and 40 electricity meters. These LEDs are installed on 40 offshore fishing vessels, with a capacity of 200 CV or more, in Vinh Linh, Gio Linh and Trieu Phong districts. The vessels will also be checked by Japanese experts for the installation and effective use of the LEDs in order to improve the efficiency of fishing activities at sea. During the implementation of the project, Quang Tri Department of Science and Technology has worked with experts from Stanley Electric Co., Ltd. and Eternal Technology and Energy JSC to ensure that the technical standards in the installation and operation processes meet the requirements of the reality in Vietnam, as well as the stringent technical requirements from the Japanese side on water and salinity-proofing and impact and vibration resistance. Equipping their vessels with LED lights will help the Quang Tri fishermen to save 70% of their fuel cost, thus reducing fishing costs and increasing profits. Deputy Chairman of Quang Tri provincial People's Committee Nguyen Quan Chinh said that the project…... [read more]




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