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Vietnam investigating China’s detention of Vietnamese girl for ivory smuggling

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The 13-year-old girl was caught crossing the border with 4.4 pounds of ivory necklaces and rings. Vietnam said it is looking into the detention of one of its minor citizens by Chinese authorities for smuggling ivory accessories, and will take protection measures if necessary. The Consulate General of Vietnam in Nanning is contacting the Chinese authorities to learn more about ... Read More »

Đồng Nai’s export surplus half of country’s total

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ĐỒNG NAI — Đồng Nai’s export surplus in the first seven months of the year was US$1.6 billion, which made up half of the country’s total. Đồng Nai is among the country’s top five exporting cities and provinces, with a consistently high export surplus, according to the province’s Department of Industry and Trade. The province has around 50 products with ... Read More »

Vietnam sentences Russian woman to life in jail for smuggling cocaine

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She was busted with five pounds of the drug when transiting for a flight from Brazil to Laos. A court in Ho Chi Minh City sentenced a Russian woman to life imprisonment on Friday for smuggling cocaine through Vietnam, sparing her capital punishment as her lawyer defended that she was just a victim. Maria Aleksandr Dapirka, 32, narrowly escaped death ... Read More »

3 Lao arrested for smuggling drugs to Vietnam

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Border guards of Vietnam’s northern Dien Bien province in coordination with Laos’ relevant agencies detained three Lao men for trading and transporting lab-made drugs from Laos to Vietnam, provincial border guards said. In addition to arresting the trio aged 33, 49 and 53 respectively, who are members of a ring that traded and stored drugs in Laos and then sold ... Read More »

Vietnam rejects Grab expansion request

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Vietnam’s Transport Ministry has ordered GrabTaxi Vietnam Co Ltd to halt a planned expansion; the company will only be permitted to grow within the five localities in their pilot programme. The five localities are Hanoi, HCMCity, Khanh Hoa, Da Nang and Quang Ninh. The move came after the company submitted a request to broaden their business in localities including Ninh ... Read More »

VN, Luxembourg FMs review bilateral ties during talks

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HÀ NỘI – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn reviewed the development of bilateral ties during their talks in Hà Nội yesterday. Deputy PM Minh thanked Luxembourg for its strong commitments to development cooperation programmes in Việt Nam and welcomed the establishment of Luxembourg’s Honourary Consulate ... Read More »

Vietnam protesters clash with police over new economic zones

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Demonstrators clashed with police in Vietnam in protests against plans for new economic zones that some fear will be dominated by Chinese investors. Police reportedly detained more than a dozen people in the capital Hanoi and halted demonstrations in other cities. Some carried anti-China banners, including one reading: “No leasing land to China even for one day.” The government proposed ... Read More »

Vietnam’s Aviation Industry Continues its Growth Momentum

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Vietnam is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world, growing by 17.4 percent in the last decade, which was driven by a rise in domestic and foreign travelers as well as the emergence of low-cost carriers. However, this rapid growth has started to put a strain on the airport infrastructure. The government has started to invest in ... Read More »

Malaysia’s Berjaya unit may lose US$10mil in Vietnam’s biggest fraud case ruling

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HANOI: A Vietnamese court is set to make a key ruling in the country’s biggest-ever fraud case, in a trial that has spotlighted Vietnam’s ability to tackle financial crime at a time when foreign banks are heeding government calls to invest. The Ho Chi Minh City People’s High Court is expected to rule by Tuesday on whether to uphold a ... Read More »

​SE Asia Stocks-Most markets fall on strong dollar; Vietnam down 2.9 pct

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Most Southeast Asian stock markets fell, with Vietnam shedding 2.9 percent, as a strong dollar crimped demand for emerging-market assets. The dollar hovered near a five-month high against a basket of currencies, boosted by easing U.S.-China trade tensions. “As with the running trend over the past weeks, investors found themselves leaning towards DM (developed-market) assets more so than their EM ... Read More »

Vietnam Airlines opens Hà Nội–Đồng Hới route

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Vietnam Airlines will operate a new route between Hà Nội and Đồng Hới in central Quảng Bình Province from June 1 to August 31 to meet the increasing demand this summer. The route will have a frequency of six to seven flights per week. The flights will depart from Hà Nội at 6 am from Tuesday through Sunday every week, ... Read More »

S Korea to inspect VN shrimp firms

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South Korea will send an inspection team to Việt Nam to assess the country’s activities in controlling chemicals and antibiotics in the processing and export of shrimp to South Korea in June this year, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP). The trip was announced after the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MSDF) ... Read More »

Vinamilk to spend $127m to advance 2018 dividend

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HÀ NỘI: Vinamilk will pay the interim dividend for 2018 and issue additional shares to increase the share-capital in the third quarter. On September 6, the dairy company will finalise the list of shareholders that will receive the interim dividend for 2018 at the ratio of 20 per cent (equivalent to VNĐ2,000 per share-holding). The dividend will be paid in ... Read More »

Ministries urged to remove 49% foreign cap

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HÀ NỘI — The Prime Minister’s working group has asked the ministries of Finance and Planning and Investment to swiftly lift the foreign ownership limit of 49 per cent at enterprises where foreign investment is not restricted. The request for removing the foreign ownership restriction at certain businesses is mentioned in a PM’s working group report on the implementation of ... Read More »

VN exporters must self-verify origin from 2019

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HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam’s exporters must self-verify the origin of their products that they export to the European Union (EU) from 2019 to be qualified for Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). The GSP is the tariff preference for developing countries. With the aim of integrating further into the global economy, Việt Nam has joined many free trade agreements (FTAs) ... Read More »

Three airlines get exemption from import tax

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HANOI: Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ has agreed with the proposal of the Ministry of Finance to exempt three airlines from import tax. These include Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Federal Express Corporation and Japan Airlines. Huệ has assigned the Ministry of Finance to implement the proposal and has instructed the customs forces to supervise and closely control the import and ... Read More »

Việt Nam Singapore satisfied with thriving relations

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HANOI: Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and President Halimah Yacob and PM Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore have expressed their satisfaction with the vigorous growth in the two countries’ relations in recent years, especially since the establishment of a strategic partnership five years ago. The Vietnamese leader paid a courtesy call to the Singaporean President and had talks with ... Read More »

Vietnam tourism destinations attractive to Bangladeshi

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HANOI: South Asia with more than 160 million people, a rapidly growing economy and a growing number of high-income people, Bangladesh is becoming an increasingly attractive market for Vietnamese travel agencies. They have examined the South Asian market and established partnerships with Bangladeshi partners to lure more Bangladeshi tourists to Vietnam. Among those efforts, ATE Vietnam Travel Company participated in ... Read More »

Ministry proposes tobacco tax increase to VNĐ2,000

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HANOI: The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Thursday proposed to raise the tax on tobacco at a press conference on tobacco prevention hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communication. According to the proposal, the tax imposed on a pack of cigarettes is expected to increase to VNĐ2,000 (US$0.088). Meanwhile, the draft law on Special Consumption Tax, which will come ... Read More »

Vietnam still living on FIE exports

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HANOI: Vegetables and fruits were among the key export items with a growth rate of 35.6 percent, a significant achievement if noting that six out of nine farm and seafood produce have seen export turnover decline. Vietnam’s fruits entered choosy markets, the result of efforts to focus on quality improvement and high added-value exports instead of trying to export as ... Read More »