Qantas remains confident in Jetstar Pacific

Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd. remains confident in its investment in Vietnamese joint venture carrier Jetstar Pacific Airlines (JPA), according to the group’s CEO Alan Joyce.

Vietnam, Russia harvest successes in cooperation in 2009

The Radio the Voice of Russia (VoR) on January 13 aired a review of the Russia-Vietnam cooperation, quoting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as saying that the year 2009 saw many achievements gained by the two countries in its relations in recent years.

HCM City hard hit by climate change

Ho Chi Minh City will be one of the 11 major cities in south Asia and Southeast Asia to be hardest hit by climate change, said a World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) report.

Supermarkets contribute to consumer confidence

The Hanoi-based BigC supermarket was overcrowded this month with shoppers seeking discounted goods during its promotional November sale.

Deputy Director Nguyen Thai Dung said the first week of the promotional month was the supermarket’s revenues double year on year and was marked by a surge in the number of consumers from the outskirts to 35 percent against 20 percent in the same period last year.

October sees slight CPI increase

The consumer price index (CPI) in October rose by 0.37 percent against September, a slightly lower than the level of 0.62 percent in the previous month.

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), the index jumped by 2.99 percent over the same period last year, and the CPI for the first ten months of the year increased by 7.17 percent compared to the same period last year.

Cheap housing shortage hits lower incomes

Demand for low-cost housing has skyrocketed in major cities but supply is insufficient, according to a recent survey conducted by the Vietnam Report Joint-Stock Company.
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Telecoms get go-ahead on 3G services

Licences to set up and provide 3G telecom services were granted to Viettel, MobiFone, VinaPhone, and the joint venture between the EVN and the Hanoi Telecom.

China builds express railway network

China plans to have a nationwide express railway network in place by 2012, capable of carrying passenger between Beijing and most capital cities in China within eight hours.

Yahoo! pushes new 360plus

Yahoo! Vietnam has said its Yahoo! 360 will stop operations beginning July 17 and confirmed Yahoo! 360plus as its official replacement in the market.

Major retailers invest in provinces

Domestic and foreign distributors are flocking to invest in more supermarkets and commercial centres in the provinces rather than just the major cities in the country.

Developers eye the underground

While supplies of urban land in Vietnam ’s major cities are almost exhausted little attention has been paid to using underground space, a conference here was told on July 15.

WB helps upgrade Mekong delta major cities

The World Bank (WB) has selected five major cities in the Mekong delta to help upgrade infrastructural facilities and improve social welfare, according to Deputy Chairman of My Tho city’s People’s Committee Nguyen Hoang Dam.