World

Cambodia geared up for local vote campaign

Campaigns calling for votes in the upcoming ward, district, provincial and municipal council election in Cambodia started on May 2 with the opposition party holding outdoor rallies in Kandal province, said a National Election Committee (NEC) leader.
Soft loans help boost agricultural productivity Business

Soft loans help boost agricultural productivity

Financing for agricultural and rural development with a reasonable loan period and low interest rates has proven effective in ensuring the efficiency of agricultural production and increasing profits for farmers, the Nhan Dan (People) online newspaper reported.
Deputy PM praises national defence efforts Politics

Deputy PM praises national defence efforts

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has hailed achievements by the Defence Ministry and localities nationwide for maintaining the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as creating a peaceful environment to develop its economy.
Business

Vietnam expects to home 5,000 S&T enterprises by 2020

The initially small number of science and technology enterprises (S&T enterprises) have laid first foundations for the formation of a new technology enterprise culture in Vietnam, the Vietnam Investment Review reported.
Business

Vietnam’s agriculture to be spotlighted at WEF

Agriculture Minister Cao Duc Phat is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2014 in Davos, Switzerland, this week, radio The Voice of Vietnam reported on January 21.
Business

New decree targets reduction of cash payments

From March 1, State-owned enterprises will have to switch to non-cash payments as stipulated by a recent Government decree, under which organisations and individuals using public funds will be prohibited from making payments in cash unless permitted or required by the Ministry of Finance and the State Bank of Vietnam.
Business

Central bank to continue gold auctions

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) intends to keep up gold auctions to correct imbalances in supply and demand in the domestic market, according to the SBV’s Foreign Exchange Management Department.
Travel

Vietnam tourism to be promoted online

Vietnam's tourism industry will be promoted strongly on social networks, smart phones and the internet under the National Tourism Promotion Programme for 2013-20 that has just been approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
Business

Decree details implementation of new law on advertising

The Government recently issued Decree N°181/2013/ND-CP providing details on the implementation of a number of articles of Law on Advertising in relation to advertising special goods or services, advertising on websites of foreign organisations or individuals providing cross-border advertising services, outdoor advertising and representative offices of foreign advertising enterprises in Vietnam.
Society

New decree on Vietnam’s maritime zones issued

A new government decree has prescribed fines of between 800 million VND (38,000 USD) and 1 billion VND (47,000 USD) for violations of Vietnam ’s territorial waters, islands and continental shelf for tourism purposes.
Society

Decrees drive urban development in Vietnam

Cities and towns worldwide are facing major sustainability challenges. Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Thanh Nghi told Kinh te - Do thi (Economics and Cities) newspaper what Vietnam is doing to aid urban systems.
Society

Public hospital fees to go up until 2018

Under a roadmap developed by the Ministry of Health, certain public hospital services will reflect private hospital price tags, Deputy Minister of Health Pham Le Tuan told Tin tuc (News) newspaper.
Health

Vietnam's mental health sector lags behind

The number of people suffering from mental diseases tends to increase due to the pressures of modern life. However, the country has so few doctors specialising in the field, according to director of the Hanoi Mental Hospital Ly Tran Tinh.
Business

Government steps up efforts to tackle tax fraud

Deputy general director of the Department of Taxation Cao Anh Tuan told Kinh te Dau tu (Economics and Investment) newspaper the Government is going to tighten control of bill printing by companies.
Business

VAMC begins bad debt business

The Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) has bought up its first batch of bad debt. VAMC Vice President Nguyen Quoc Hung spoke to Vietnam Economic Times newspaper about the company's role.