Vietnamese passport makes minor gain, still among world’s least powerful

The Vietnamese passport has been ranked 88 out of 104 economies, gaining two positions from last year in a ranking that sees more doors opening worldwide. People holding a Vietnamese passport have free access to 49 countries, compared to 45 last year, the Henley Passport Index 2018 showed. In Southeast Asia, a Vietnamese passport has the same clout as a Cambodian one, and is only more powerful than Laos and Myanmar.

Vietnamese passport makes minor gain, still among world’s least powerful

The region’s biggest economy Indonesia climbed 10 spots from last year, making one of the biggest improvements in the global ranking to claim 69th position. Passport rankings of countries in Southeast Asia. Graphics by Henley & Partners A Henley press statement said countries in Southeast Asia have remained stable while Africa has suffered the most dramatic decline in travel freedom, with African countries accounting for 19 of the 27 biggest fallers over the past decade. People from the poor and conflict-torn Somalia, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are the least welcome overseas, as they have free access to only 24-32 countries, said the Henley report, which was released in late February. Japan and Singapore claimed the top spot as their citizens have access to 180 countries and territories, followed by the German passport which secures free access to 179 economies. South Korean is another strong Asian country sharing third position with Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Spain and Sweden. Other European countries Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the U.K. shared fourth position, followed by the United States, Canada,… [Read full story]

Stocks make minor gains on tumbling trade By Phuong Thao - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – After a strong rebound last Friday, the local market continued to stage a mild rally in the first session of the week on Monday although cautious sentiment sharply dragged liquidity down. The VN-Index gained 3.43 points, or 0.83%, from the previous session to close at 414.46. The market opened in the black and quickly surged to the high of 418.34 before dropping back in several stages. After a brief mid-day run was snuffed out in the final matching phase, it fell further to…... [read more]

HA NOI (Biz Hub) —The benchmark VN-Index gained more than 0.1 per cent to 497.63 points on the HCM City Stock Exchange this morning, while the VN30 shed 0.03 per cent to land at 554.55 points.Among the 30 largest stocks, 11 codes managed to increase while nine others tumbled. Overall, gainers outnumbered losers by 119-60.Trading value and volume reached VND476.5 billion (US$22.4 million) and 34 million shares, respectively.On the Ha Noi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index added 0.08 per cent, finishing at 62.13 points.With more than 20.9 million shares changed hands, trading value reached around VND139 billion ($6.5 million).The HNX30, composed…... [read more]

Market makes slight gain, trade tumbles By Phuong Thao - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Despite the majority of stocks losing ground on Monday, the local market opened the week with a mild rebound as some large caps made a sharp rally, with the VN-Index gaining 1.7 points, or 0.41%, from the session earlier to close at 419.66. However, liquidity on the southern bourse tumbled with 22.7 million shares worth VND357.6 billion changing hands, both shrinking by around 30% against the previous session. The market opened lower given the downtrend last Friday but then bounced back from the continuous…... [read more]

Stocks make best gain in 2017Phuong Thao HCMC – The stock market started the week with the biggest single-day gain of the year, with the VN-Index rocketing 22.9 points, or 2.45%, at 958.06. The HCMC bourse saw 241.4 million shares worth more than VND5 trillion changing hands at the end of the day, down slightly against last Friday when exchange traded funds finished their quarterly rebalancing activities. Almost all large-cap stocks jumped with strong turnover, except for beverage stock SAB which closed the session unchanged. The Ministry of Industry and Trade sold more than 343.6 million shares of SAB, equivalent…... [read more]

Overseas Vietnamese director makes horror film By Huy Nguyen in HCMC Overseas Vietnamese director Victor Vu introduced his new horror film Inferno to the press at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers on Monday. "The reason I made this horror film is because this is an empty space in Vietnam's cinemas. I want to bring a new taste of film to Vietnam's audiences with new modern methods. Moreover, the horror-type film is my favorite trend. I made a film of this type named Spirits in the U.S. and it gained some successes," said Vu. "Although this is a thriller film,…... [read more]


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