Hanoi’s new metro saw the number of passengers plunge 36 percent to 16,000 in the first week it started selling tickets than in the earlier 15-day free period. -
The number of people who want to try the Cat Linh – Ha Dong Metro Line dropped and instead that of regular commuters rise, said director of Hanoi Metro Vu Hong Truong.
The line runs 13 kilometers from downtown Cat Linh to the southwestern district of Ha Dong, with a trip taking around 23 minutes.
This is the first-ever naval drill between ASEAN and Russia.
Vietnam’s Gepard-class frigate Ly Thai To on November 28 docked at Belawan, Indonesia for the ASEAN – Russia Naval Exercise (ARNEX), the first-ever drill conducting freedom of civil navigation.
In August 2021, the ship participated in the joint maritime exercise with INS Ranvijay and INS Kora in the South China Sea (called East Sea by Vietnam) during the deployment of Indian Navy ships. The activities aimed to “consolidate the strong bond shared by the two navies,” according to the Indian Ministry of Defense.
NDO/VNA – Permanent Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association Ho Quang Loi has been elected as Chairman of the Vietnam-Romania Friendship Association (VRFA) for the 2021-2026 tenure.
He was elected at the seventh National Congress of the VRFA in Hanoi on November 28, which was concurrent with the 103rd National Day of Romania (December 1) and the 30th anniversary of the association.
On the occasion, the VUFO presented its certificates of merit to the VRFA’s outstanding collectives and individuals in the past tenure.
HÀ NỘI — A 14-year-old female student in Nhị Khê Commune in Hà Nội’s Thường Tín District has died a day of getting vaccinated against COVID-19, the leader of the communal authority has confirmed.
She is the second student to die since Việt Nam started the COVID-19 inoculation drive for high school students.
Khổng Minh Tuấn, deputy director of the Hà Nội Centre for Disease Control said that COVID-19 Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine was used to children. Families, parents and caregivers needed to closely monitor children’s health after vaccination. — VNS
BẾN TRE — The V1-3 Bến Tre wind power plant, the first of its kind in the Mekong Delta province of Bến Tre, was put into operation on Sunday.
Construction of the 7-turbine wind power plant began in April 2020 with total investment of VNĐ1.5 trillion (over US$66.1 million). It has a capacity of 30MW.
In addition, Bến Tre has proposed to add 26 projects with a total capacity of 6,400 MW. By 2025, power projects in the province are expected to generate an average power output of over 4.5 billion kWh with a total revenue of more than VNĐ10 trillion per year. — VNS
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in November was up by 0.32 percent compared to October, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
It was driven by the hikes of prices of petrol and gas across the globe, as well as consumer goods and services in localities in the new normal.
December CPI is forecast to marginally rise and the yearly average will be about 2 percent, much lower than the set target of 4 percent./.
HÀ NỘI — Many securities companies are planning to raise capital through forms such as dividend payment, purchase rights and private offerings to meet the growth of the stock market.
The Board of Directors of SSI Securities Corporation (SSI) has just issued a resolution to submit to the General Meeting of Shareholders a plan to increase charter capital to nearly VNĐ15 trillion (US$661.4 million) through share offerings to existing shareholders.
In the first nine months of this year, income from margin lending, brokerage and proprietary trading of securities companies climbed dramatically compared to the same period last year, helping many securities companies reach their profit plans for the whole year of 2021 three months ahead of scheduled. — VNS
NDO - Vietnam’s public electricity utility EVN has commenced construction on the Vietnamese section of a 220kV transmission line between Nam Mo (Laos) and Tuong Duong in the central province of Nghe An.
The line runs more than 74 kilometres and is designed to transmit electricity from the Nam Mo Hydropower Plant in Laos to Vietnam as part of a bilateral agreement on energy development between the two countries.
The cost of the project is estimated at 588 billion VND (25.9 million USD) and is being undertaken by EVN.
The Global Green Growth Institute, in partnership with the Luxembourg Green Exchange, recently organized a training program for financial institutions in Vietnam’s bond market to enhance the capacity of key players in the green bond market. -
Over 40 representatives from stock exchanges, Vietnam Securities Depository, commercial banks (Vietcombank, Vietinbank, Agribank, HDbank, etc.), securities firms (Techcombank Securities, VNDirect, SSI, VCBS, BSC, etc.), and other financial institutions attended the virtual training event on October 26-27
GGGI does this through technical assistance to: reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement; create green jobs; increase access to sustainable services (such as clean affordable energy, sustainable waste management); improve air quality; sustain natural capital for adequate supply of ecosystem services; and enhance adaptation to climate change.
Le Van Cong has won a silver for Vietnam at the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Cong was in the men’s 49kg category on Sunday against 26 other competitors. He faced world-leading athletes such as Paralympic champion Omar Qarada of Jordan, Paralympic bronze medal holder Parvin Mammadov of Azerbaijan and former Paralympic silver medallist Vladimir Balynets of Russia.
The world championship continues until December 5 with athletes from 72 countries and territories./.
Vietnam’s foreign trade surged 22.3 percent year-on-year in the first 11 months of this year to exceed 599.1 billion USD, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
The figure reached 59.7 billion USD in November, up 8.5 percent month-on-month and 19.7 percent year-on-year, the GSO announced on November 29.
The country posted a trade surplus of 225 million USD from January to November, compared to 20.19 billion USD in the same period last year./.
Vietnamese are rushing to invest in so-called ‘meme coins’, hoping to make a killing but ignoring the huge risks of buying a volatile asset talked up by social media. -
In the second quarter The Nghia in the northern province of Vinh Phuc invested US$20 to buy nearly 100 Dogecoins, a cryptocurrency that has overwhelmed the Internet this year.
"Before investing in any cryptocurrency, it’s important to understand what you’re investing in and the associated risks, not just the hype around it," said Douglas Boneparth, certified financial planner and president of Bone Fide Wealth.
Almost half of fresh university graduates expect a monthly salary of VND10-15 million ($435-650), but most employers are only willing to pay VND6-10 million, a survey has found. -
The survey by headhunting agency Adecco Vietnam said over 43 percent want a salary of more than VND10 million, and 31 percent want VND6-10 million, but only 27.5 percent of employers are willing to pay above VND10 million.
Adecco predicted that 62 percent of fresh graduates would seek new jobs in the next six months, when recruitment demand would rise considerably.
The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has recorded a net loss of 3.5 trillion VND (155 million USD) in the third quarter of this year, a sharp decrease compared to nearly 4.9 trillion VND and 4.4 trillion VND reported in the previous quarters.
The loss of its parent company is estimated at over 3.3 trillion VND and the total gross loss of the airline is over 3 trillion VND.
Vietnam Airlines said it is expected that with the resumption of regular domestic flights from October, business activities will gradually stabilised and it is ready for the recovery phase in the future./.
NDO - The recent National Cultural Conference has identified nine key groups of solutions to develop and promote the cultural values and strengths of the Vietnamese people for the near future, especially regarding the issue of “building a mechanism to reasonably and harmoniously deal with the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage within socio-economic development”.
The preservation and embellishment of historical and cultural relic sites will serve for traditional education and socio-economic development while be associated with the development of tourism. The promotion of heritages recognised by UNESCO will contribute to introducing the image of the land and people of Vietnam to international friends.
According to leaders of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), the tourism and cultural sectors will have many jobs and measures to complete in the near future. However, the promotion of cultural heritages in association with tourism development will play a great role, creating the restoration and breakthrough for Vietnamese tourism.
Vietnam logged 12,936 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours to 4pm on November 28, according to the Ministry of Health.
Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam logged 12,936 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours to 4pm on November 28, according to the Ministry of Health.
Vietnam has so far administered more than 118.7 million doses of vaccines. More than 49 million citizens are now fully inoculated./.
KHÁNH HÒA — Farmers who breed fish in floating cages in central Khánh Hòa Province never thought that they could raise fish in offshore areas, where wind speeds reach 130kph on stormy days.
The simple wooden or bamboo cages they had been using for fish and lobsters only work in the safety of the bay. However, when the powerful Typhoon Damrey struck in 2017, wreaking havoc along the south-central coast of Việt Nam, the local fish farmers noticed not everyone suffered the same losses.
Lê Quốc Thanh, director of the National Agricultural Extension Centre, said during a trip to Vân Phong Bay on November 16 that the HDPE floating cages were sustainable and should be expanded in other marine farming localities.
Singapore and Malaysia reopened one of the world's busiest land borders on Monday, allowing vaccinated travellers to cross after nearly two years of being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although travellers welcomed the chance to reunite with family and friends, there were concerns the border might be closed again due to the new coronavirus variant Omicron.
Singapore reported 747 locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the lowest tally since mid-September. Malaysia reported 4,239 cases on Sunday, the smallest number since early November.
NDO/VNA - Vietnam recorded 13,770 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours to 4pm on November 29, according to the Ministry of Health.
Vietnam has so far administered more than 120.6 million doses of vaccines. More than 49.6 million citizens are now fully inoculated.
The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) won a total of 20 prizes, including one special prize shared with two other agencies, four first, one second, seven third and seven consolation prizes, at the 7th National External Information Service Awards presentation ceremony in Hanoi on November 28 night.
With these prizes, VNA became one of the units that have secured the largest number of prizes in the National External Information Service Awards for consecutive years.
He presented certificates to a group of authors winning the special prize, including the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the VNA and those participating in the external information work, for their work on introducing and popularising Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong article entitled “Several theoretical and practical issues on socialism and the path towards socialism in Vietnam” to political parties and international friends./.
Manufacturing companies are offering higher salaries and benefits to attract workers as their year-end order books bulge, but are getting few applications amid the lingering fear of Covid-19. -
Nearly two months after HCMC started to reopen its economy following months of lock-downs, soft drink producer Tan Quang Minh Manufacturing & Trading only has half its pre-pandemic complement of workers.
"But recruitment demand is high. Workers should not miss this opportunity".
Accomplish green growth, thereby contributing to the restructuring of the economy in conjunction with renewing the growth model, in order to achieve economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and social equality; strive towards a green and carbon-neutral economy; contribute to the realization of the goal to reduce global warming.
Not only those who live near the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway line give up their private vehicles to take the sky train, but also those who are far from the metro line stations choose the elevated railway.
Hanoi's Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line, the first of its kind in Vietnam, is facing the challenging task of convincing Hanoians to abandon their private vehicles for public transport, as just a part of local residents eager to travel on the sky train instead of their private vehicles.
It is one of 10 metro routes planned for Hanoi by 2030 with a total length of 417 kilometers. Another route, the Nhon-Hanoi Railway Station, is under construction. Its elevated section is set to become operational by the end of 2022. This route, built with French technology and standards, will be linked to the Cat Linh-Ha Dong route.
Outstanding photos of Vietnam taken by foreign photographers are on display at an exhibition held in the northern province of Ninh Binh.
Among them, 177 photos by 93 photographers were selected for the exhibition. They are vivid demonstrations of the beauty of Vietnam’s land, people, and culture.
The exhibition is open to visitors free of charge at the Library of Ninh Binh province from November 26 to December 3 and also available on the Department of Arts, Photography and Exhibition website./.
Pham Hau’s six panel lacquer screen titled Golden Sunset Over Ha Long Bay, once owned by Vietnam’s last king, has gone under a Hong Kong hammer for around $1.25 million. -
The work, called ‘Hoang Hon Vang Tren Vinh Ha Long’ in Vietnamese, once belonged to King Bao Dai (1913 - 1997).
Beside Pham Hau, 'Choi Dan Nguyet' (Lady Playing a Nguyet Cam) by Mai Trung Thu (1906-1980) and 'Les Bleuets' by Le Pho (1907-2001) were sold for over HK$7.8 million (over $1 million) and HK$940,000 (over $120,000), respectively.
NDO/VNA – Vietnam received about 1.4 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine aided by France on November 27 and 28, bringing the total doses offered by the European donor to more than 2 million.
The freshly received vaccine, consisting of 400,000 doses via the bilateral diplomatic channel and nearly 1 million doses via the COVAX Facility, was the result of Vietnam’s vaccine diplomacy efforts and of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s official visit to France in November.
According the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the country has so far donated 67 million doses of vaccines to more than 45 countries through the COVAX Facility, becoming the second biggest donor after the US.
The northern region of Vietnam is predicted to experience a fresh cold spell from November 28 to December 8, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
It is forecast to cause the temperature nationwide to be 0.5 – 1 degrees Celsius lower than the annual average, especially in the northern mountainous region.
In the capital city of Hanoi, the temperature is forecast to drop at night and early morning, with days from November 30 to December 8 seeing the lowest temperature./.
THỪA THIÊN - HUẾ — A grand renovation of the Thái Hòa Palace in the imperial city of Huế has just began, to the tune of millions of dollars.
Financed by both State and provincial budgets, as well as other sources, the VNĐ128.7 billion (nearly US$5.7 million) project, which was approved by the Thừa Thiên-Huế Provincial People’s Committee, is expected to be completed by August 2025.
Finally, the technical infrastructure system, including electricity, lighting, water drainage, and fire prevention, are also on the project’s agenda. — VNS
The State Bank of Vietnam set the daily reference exchange rate at 23,143 VND/USD on November 29, down 2 VND from the last working day of the previous week.
With the current trading band of +/-3 percent, the ceiling rate applicable to commercial banks during the day is 23,827 VND/USD and the floor rate 22,440 VND/USD. The opening-hour rate at commercial banks stayed stable.
BIDV also kept both rates unchanged from November 26, listing the buying rate at 22,555 VND/USD and the selling rate at 22,755 VND/USD./.
Vietnam’s tennis ace Ly Hoang Nam toppled British player Giles Hussey in two straight sets (6-4, 6-4) on the morning of November 29 to claim the men’s singles title of the M15 Cancun tournament in Mexico, Nhan dan reported
This is the fourth professional tennis title in Nam’s career, following the Vietnam F5 Futures 2016, Thailand F3 Futures 2017 and most recently the M15 Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt last month.
Nam will play two more tournaments in Cancun as part of his Mexico journey from November 22 to December 12, before returning to Vietnam on December 13./.
The Health Ministry confirmed 12,928 new local Covid-19 cases Sunday, down 120 cases from the previous day, pushing the ongoing wave's tally to 1,204,215. -
The three localities with the highest number of new cases were Ho Chi Minh City with 1,454 cases, Can Tho with 966 cases and Binh Duong with 705 cases.
Over 69.7 million people have been vaccinated, with more than 49 million having received two doses.
A newfound enthusiasm for bicycling has caught bike rental shops and clubs in HCMC unprepared, and many are scrambling to import bicycles to meet the demand. -
On a Saturday afternoon in November My Hanh of Thu Duc City and Hong Tham of District 5 met at a bicycle club in District 1.
Hanh said: "We wish we had picked up cycling sooner".
Ho Chi Minh City was named Asia's leading destination for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions at the annual World MICE Awards. -
It beat Bangkok, Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Seoul, and Singapore to claim the title, the organizing board announced Sunday.
The MICE market is among the top targets in the Vietnamese government's tourism development strategy, and has grown rapidly in recent years.
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior announced it will lift an entry ban on fully vaccinated expats from six countries including Vietnam from Dec. 1. -
In addition to Vietnam, expatriates from Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Egypt, and India would be allowed direct entry without the need to spend 14 days in transit outside their countries before entering the kingdom, Arab News reported.
Over 49 million people in Vietnam have been fully vaccinated.
The southern province of Binh Phuoc enjoyed a trade surplus of 1.2 billion USD in the first 11 months of 2021, according to the provincial Department of Statistics.
The department reported that the locality has recorded an impressive growth of export turnover, reaching an estimated 3.5 billion USD in the reviewed period, up 32.6 percent over the same period last year, and 14.3 percent higher than the plan set for 2021.
A number of second-level industries that had recorded high growth indexes included the production of paper and paper products (up 53 percent), food production and processing (up over 29 percent), and motor vehicle production (up nearly 26 percent)./.
The city has built more than 40 collective trademarks for farm produce.
As forming and protecting trademarks for Vietnamese agricultural products is a matter of survival in the context of globalization and economic integration, Hanoi and many localities have been focusing on building brands for key agricultural products.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan said the ministry will strengthen coordination with other ministries, branches, and localities in building material areas, promote supply chain activities to ensure product traceability and quality. Priorities would be given to products with an annual export turnover of more than $1 billion.
The South Australia – Vietnam Business Council (SAVBC) officially debuted in Australia on November 27, offering a new trade connectivity channel for the two countries’ businesses.
Speaking at the event, SAVBC Chairman Francis Wong, who is also representative of Becamex IDC in Australia, said the SAVBC’s establishment is expected to help private sector in South Australia state better tap opportunities and build close ties with the Vietnamese partners.
In the evening the same day, the Vietnamese Entrepreneurs Association in Sydney held an year-end meeting to review its 2021 activities and debuted its new executive board for the second tenure./.
NDO/VNA – The Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City, on November 27, held an event to honour outstanding Lao and Cambodian students in the city, consisting of 86 from Laos and 21 from Cambodia.
With good academic performance and active participation in youth campaigns, the students were selected from 111 submissions from 16 universities and academies across the city.
Ong Thi Ngoc Linh from the municipal Youth Union said the union now manages 490 out of 1,000 Lao and Cambodian students studying at 25 educational facilities in the city.
Despite mounting difficulties in recent times many businesses have succeeded in weathering the storm and posting excellent performances, and Vietnam’s most profitable non-life insurer, PVI Insurance, is a shining example of that.
A company spokesperson said the valuable experiences in coping with market vulnerabilities in 2020 and the outstanding outcomes of the first three quarters of this year show that PVI Insurance is on the right track and likely to achieve the targets.
A ninth-grader in Hanoi’s Thuong Tin District died Sunday, one day after she got her first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. -
She received the shot on Saturday morning as part of the city’s campaign to vaccinate people under 18 against Covid-19.
Vietnam has approved two vaccines of Pfizer and Moderna for vaccinating children between 12-17 years of age.
Three Vietnamese architects have won prizes at the Dezeen Awards 2021 for: Emerging Architecture Studio Of The Year; Civic Building Of The Year; and Urban House Of The Year. -
The list of winners were released Saturday by Dezeen.
The Dezeen Awards 2021 attracted more than 4,700 entries from 86 countries and territories.
The US is planning to host an in-person summit between US President Joe Biden and leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries in Washington in January 2022.
ASEAN sources have said that the US has proposed holding the summit in the third week of January and is discussing the date with ASEAN members.
During the virtual ASEAN-US summit held in late October, President Biden said that the US will provide 102 million USD to support ASEAN’s efforts in coping with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other issues./.
HCM CITY — Depending on the COVID-19 situation in the city, enterprises will organise periodic COVID-19 quick tests or RT-PCR tests for their employees.
The HCM City Department of Health has recently updated guidance on COVID-19 testing at labour facilities including service businesses, shopping malls, supermarkets, agencies and offices in the city.
On November 26, 1,809 cases were recorded, an increase of 227 cases compared to the previous day. This was the highest number of daily cases in the city since October 4. — VNS
NDO/VNA – President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has stated that Vietnam will offer all possible support for Swiss firms to cooperate with Vietnamese partners.
He made the statement while receiving executives of several leading Swiss enterprises in the fields of infrastructure, heavy industry, high technology, electricity and pharmaceuticals in Bern, Switzerland on November 26-27 (local time).
Executives wished to partner with Vietnamese firms in the production of vaccines and medicines and other fields in Vietnam.
HCM CITY — The Central Highlands province of Đắk Nông is seeking local and foreign investments in many sectors like high-tech agriculture, mining, renewable energy, and tourism, and will offer the most favourable investment terms and cooperate with investors, its leader has said.
Hồ Văn Mười, its People’s Committee chairman, said the province has identified three main sectors to develop its economy, namely industry, high-tech agriculture and tourism.
It has a diverse and rich terrain comprising high mountains and plateaus and valleys between them. — VNS
Local consumers will enjoy steep discounts through the promotion activities.
Hanoi Promotion Month program in 2021 will take place in 1,000 retail points including 40 - 50 “golden promotion points” located in commercial centers, supermarkets, and large chain stores.
It also aims to develop the domestic market in association with the campaign “Vietnamese people prioritize using Vietnamese goods”, contributing to promoting economic recovery and growth of the city.
NDO/VNA - The Philippines on November 29 kicked off a massive three-day vaccination drive as it tries to head off a surge that the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus could cause.
“This is our single biggest push to fast-track vaccination and reach our target of 70 percent population protection nationwide,” said President Rodrigo Duterte, as cited by the Straits Times.
The Philippines has recorded more than 2.8 million infections since the start of the pandemic, including over 48,000 deaths.
Improving the policy system and legal framework based on international trade practice is one of the important factors for Vietnam to integrate more deeply into the global value chains and attract investment capital from Europe as well as create a level playing field for domestic and foreign enterprises, Ambassador Giorgio Aliberti, Head of the European Union Delegation to Vietnam, has said.
Up to 35 percent of European business leaders see administrative procedures as a barrier in the implementation of the European Union - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), according to the 2021 White Book released recently by the European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) in Vietnam.
The official said the EU and Vietnam will witness the opening of their markets along with tariff reductions, opening a new wave of trade for the business communities of the two sides in the future. If the two sides cooperate to solve difficulties, the post-pandemic recovery will quickly achieve desirable results, towards a brighter and more prosperous future in the relationship between Vietnam and the EU, he said./.
The Việt Nam Maritime Corporation (VIMC) has recorded encouraging achievements in the first nine months of this year.
The ranking of three Vietnamese ports among the world’s top-50 seaports has helped improve the competitiveness and attractiveness of Vietnamese seaports, contributing to opening more service routes and improving cargo handling capacity and opening up development opportunities for VIMC and its member enterprises.
The third annual Vietnam Festival of Creativity and Design 2021 (VFCD 2021) saw nearly 8,000 visitors, emphasising the impact of digital technologies on arts and culture and enhancing the role of young people in promoting creativity in the future.
The VFCD 2021 offered a wide range of online events including podcasts, workshops, exhibitions, alongside discussions on promoting and preserving Vietnamese culture and arts in response to the current trend of digital technology. The event was organised by RMIT University Vietnam in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS), COLAB Vietnam and many other organisations.
Culture Program Coordinator of the UNESCO Hanoi Office Pham Thi Thanh Huong believes that VFCD was successful in “connecting the dots” between stakeholders in the cultural-creative sector and “engaging an even more diverse community thanks to the combined talents of all the participants, especially the young people with their digital communication acumen and creativity.”