Politics

VN, Lao provinces move to ramp up cooperation

Vietnam’s southern province of Binh Phuoc and the Lao province of Savanakhet have agreed to increase the exchange of information about investment, corporate incentives, investment promotion and on organising tourism and trade fairs.
Business

Business Confidence Index increases, says survey

The business confidence index (BCI) in the third quarter of 2009 increased by 6 points over the previous quarter, which is also a 36 point rise compared to the first index in the third quarter of 2008.
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Dialogue on ways to accelerate IT development

A flexible combination of domestic and foreign demand, well-trained human resources and specific target programmes are the best way to speed up Vietnam ’s IT development, said a government official.
Society

Vietnam focuses on developing craft villages

Developing craft villages so they can enable rural residents to earn a stable income, is one of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MARD) major policies, said a senior ministry official.
Business

Quang Ngai rolls out red carpet for investors

The central province of Quang Ngai is seeking to attract investors for industrial projects in order to become a driving force in the economic development of the key central economic region.
Society

Experts call for greater support for women in times of crisis

While discussing the implications of the global economic crisis on women, as well as the opportunities for growth it may yield, Vietnamese and foreign experts recommended that prioritised policies be put in place to support women to overcome difficulties in times of crisis and continue to work towards gender equality.
Business

Vietnam’s economy likely to rebound soon

Like other Southeast Asian economies, Vietnam’s economic crisis has bottomed out and is likely to recover sooner than expected, probably in the next 12 months, said a renowned UK economic strategist.
Society

Educated workforce essential for Mekong Delta

Free tuition for poor children and a community college system patterned after the North American model could help further educational advancement in the Mekong Delta, speakers at a recent conference said.