Society

WB to fund educational quality project

The Ministry of Education and Training is awaiting approval from the State President on a World Bank preferential loan of 85.4 million SDR (IMF’s monetary unit), roughly 127 million USD, for a project on education quality.
Business

Hanoi to host Vietnam Comm/Vietnam Electronics 2009

Around 200 businesses from 18 countries and territories will attend the Vietnam International Communications Expo 2009 (Vietnam Comm 2009) and the International Exhibition on Electronics Products in Vietnam 2009 (Vietnam Electronics 2009) slated for Nov. 18-21 in Hanoi.
Business

Protection of Phu Quoc fish sauce trademark

Phu Quoc fish sauce trademark, famous in Vietnam and many countries in the world, is being undercut by imitators, despite being a protected geographic indication and appellation of origin since 2001.
Saigontourist receives over 2,000 foreign tourists Business

Saigontourist receives over 2,000 foreign tourists

The Saigon Travel Service Company (Saigontourist) welcomed more than 2,000 foreign tourists and crew sailing aboard the cruise liner Costa Classica, which anchored at Navi Oil Port in Ho Chi Minh City on November 16.
Business

Exhibition boosts development of supporting industries

Some 54 Japanese industrial producers and manufacturers are showcasing their products and services at the third Vietnam-Japan Supporting Industries Exhibition, to seek out capable local suppliers of components and spare parts.
Vietnam, Cambodia plan new air routes World

Vietnam, Cambodia plan new air routes

Vietnam and Cambodia are planning to open two routes linking the coastal city of Sihanoukville in Cambodia with Phu Quoc island and Can Tho city in the south of Vietnam.
Business

VietinBank launches new online payments service

The Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank) in coordination with OnePay, a distributor of online payment services, has launched a trial run of online payment services by E-partner cards.
Business

Credit growth slows as year ends

There will not be a surge in credit growth from now through year’s end as commercial banks are facing difficulties in mobilising capital, Deputy General Director of Lien Viet Commercial Joint Stock Bank Doan Van Thang has said.
Business

AirAsia opens HCM City-Phuket direct route

AirAsia, a leading regional budget carrier, announced on Nov. 6 that it will start direct daily flights between HCM City to the world-acclaimed tourist destination of Phuket in Thailand.
Sci-Tech

Viettel qualified for WCA 2009 final round

Vietnam’s military-run Telecom Corporation, Viettel, has entered the World Communication Awards (WCA) 2009 Finalists for the Best Operator in a Developing Market and the Best Regional Operator.
Politics

Vietnam moves to ban scrap imports

Environmental police met in the northern port city of Hai Phong on Nov. 5 to seek legal support for a ban on imports of obsolete equipment and the transfer of out-of-date technology into the country.
Environment

Vietnam, RoK talk natural gas vehicles

Enterprises and research institutions of Vietnam and the RoK discussed advanced technology for a natural gas vehicle at the ASEAN-RoK forum which opened in Ho Chi Minh City on Nov. 5.