RoK firms shift overseas business focus to Vietnam: Yonhap

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The Republic of Korea’s (RoK) consumer goods firms are shifting their overseas focus to Vietnam, increasing investment and aggressively opening new branches, Yonhap news agency quoted industry watchers in an article on May 2. In its article, Yonhap says with a population of over 90 million and 60 percent in their 30s or younger, Vietnam stands out as a market promising robust growth. A recent report by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency said the RoK government is pursuing the expansion of consumer goods exports to Vietnam to make up for the country's slowing trade. It describes Vietnam as a good opportunity for local firms. CJ Group, whose affiliates range from entertainment to food and beverages, made an early start when it opened an office in Vietnam in 1998. The group's chairman, Lee Jay-hyun, declared in 2012 that the conglomerate will build a "third CJ" in Vietnam following the RoK and China. In February, it took over Ong Kim's, a popular kimchi brand in … [Read more...]

Int’l art troupes enthrall Hanoi audiences in May

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Several international performing art troupes will present their performances in Hanoi capital city in early May, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Accordingly, the Kuban Cossack Chorus, one of the leading folklore ensembles in Russia will be on stage at the Vietnam National Academy of Music on May 6. The event is to honour the 71st anniversary of Russia’s Victory Day (May 9, 1945- May 89, 2016). Founded in 1811, the Kuban Cossack Chorus has been an emblem and the pride of Russia’s traditional arts. It was the Voice of the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. On May 7, a traditional dance group from Sri Lanka will be on stage at Hong Ha Theatre, presenting a series of iconic performing arts including traditional ritual dances of Kandya, Sabaragamuwa and Low country. Artists from Colombia’s Chango Foundation (Fundación de Música del Pacifico Changó) will entertain capital audiences with traditional folk music and dances at … [Read more...]

Korean investors flock to Vietnamese market

VGP – Republic of Korea’s consumer goods firms are shifting their overseas focus to Viet Nam as their business in China reaches its limits, increasing investment and aggressively opening new branches, according to Yonhap. With a population of over 90 million and 60% in their 30s or younger, Viet Nam stands out as a market of promising robust growth. A recent report by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency said the RoK Government is pursuing expansion of consumer goods exports to Viet Nam to make up for the country's slowing trade, describing Viet Nam as a good opportunity for local firms. CJ Group, whose affiliates range from entertainment to food and beverages, made an early start, opening an office in Viet Nam in 1998. The group's chairman, Lee Jay-hyun, declared in 2012 that the conglomerate will build a "third CJ" in Viet Nam following the RoK and China. It is currently engaged in seven different sectors and maintaining its top position in three of them -- … [Read more...]

Hue Festival: Arts performances impress visitors

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A number of arts performances by both domestic and foreign artists took place at different stages of the ongoing Hue Festival in the central province of ThuaThien-Hue on May 1, leaving a strong impression on both locals and visitors. At DienTho Palace, performances of Vietnamese traditional music, including nha nhac (royal court music) – a UNESCO-recognised world intangible heritage, ca tru (ceremonial singing), and bai choi performances (a traditional Vietnamese game combining folklore singing and drawing from a deck of cards), attracted a lot of spectators. Visitors to the festival were further impressed by programmes conducted by five art troupes from France, especially a street parade of a 7.5m-high puppet of the troupe L’HommeDebout. Meanwhile, artists from Russia entertained visitors with a fine repertoire of the country’s folk songs at the KienTrung palace stage. Earlier on April 30, an ao dai (traditional long dress) festival, themed ‘Where the … [Read more...]

Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park to offer special incentives

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The Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park in Hanoi will offer the best possible incentives to investors in order to attract and encourage investment and help the park reach its targets, according to Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. He assigned the Ministry of Science and Technology to research and determine special mechanisms and policies for application at the hi-tech park. Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park was the first of its kind in Vietnam, approved by the Prime Minister in 1998 to boost the country’s industrialization and modernization process. It remains a key project in developing Vietnam’s hi-tech industry and research capacity. Located in Hanoi’s west, the park sits in area of 1,586 ha and has eight main functional areas: a training and education zone; a research and implementation zone; a software zone; a hi-tech industrial zone; a central zone; a services zone; a housing zone; and an entertainment and sports area. Nearly 20 years after approval site clearance is still to be … [Read more...]

Danish, Vietnamese artists join EU literature day 2016

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam and Kim Dong Publishing House will contribute an exciting part of the 6th European Literature Day 2016 in Hanoi. The first activity is an exhibition which will present collaboration between Vietnamese and Danish artists. The exhibition will open at 5pm on 4 May and last until 7 May 2016 at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien street, Hanoi. Vietnamese audiences, especially children, will have an opportunity to enjoy colorful and lively illuminated picture books. These are the works of 20 Danish illustrators, from the classic masters Arne Ungermann and Ib Spang Olsen to one of Denmark’s most beloved draftsmen of today, Jacob Martin Striid, whose books also have been published in Vietnam. The exhibition will also present joint works between Danish and Vietnamese artists illustrating Danish and Vietnamese proverbs. Through this project which was coordinated by Kim Dong publishing house, the artists want to show how cultures of Denmark and … [Read more...]

Wonderful art performances impress visitors in Hue Festival:

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A number of wonderful art performances by both domestic and foreign artists were organised at different stages of the ongoing Hue Festival in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on May 1, making strong impressions on locals and visitors. At Dien Tho palace, performances of Vietnamese traditional music, including "nha nhac" (royal court music) – a UNESCO-recognised world intangible heritage, ca tru (ceremonial singing), and bai choi performances (a traditional Vietnamese game combining folklore singing and picks from a deck of card), attracted a lot of audiences. Visitors to the festival were also impressed by programmes conducted by five art troupes from France, especially a street parade of a 7.5m-high puppet of the troupe L’Homme Debout. Meanwhile, artists from Russia entertained visitors with the country’s folk songs at the Kien Trung palace stage. Earlier on April 30, an ao dai (traditional long dress) festival, themed "Where the legend begins", took … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s national plan of action for children affected by HIV

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Vietnam’s national plan of action for children affected by HIV/AIDS for the 2014-2020 period targets giving 90% of these children access to health care, education, consultation, nutrition, physical development, and entertainment. According to the plan, they will be given schooling opportunities by all schools in Vietnam. Implementation of the plan requires the involvement of political and social organizations and the community in protecting and caring for children affected by HIV/AIDS. The Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children’s Rights has played a leading role in this effort. It has carried out communications campaign on protecting children’s rights with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS-affected children. It has trained a number of journalists to work with HIV/AIDS-affected children and cooperated with its local branches to help disadvantaged children. Vu Kim Hoa, Deputy Director of the Department of Child Care and Protection, said the Ministry of … [Read more...]

Social News 2/5

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Stone-carrying lorries stir up dust, loud noise Heavy lorries carrying stones have been driving around the clock and making a terrible and dusty environment in Phú Mãn Commune, in Hà Nội's Quốc Oai District. Over recent years hundreds of households in the commune, 30km from Hà Nội's centre, have suffered from serious pollution, but local authorities have not helped them. Stone exploitation at local mines was to blame according to local residents; some enterprises have been licensed to exploit stone since 2007. Before 2007, the environment of the six villages in Phú Mãn Commune was healthy, local residents said. Things started to get worse when stone mining began. Local people's daily activities were affected as were schools and health centres by the loud lorries. The 2.7 km main road linking the commune centre with the villages was seriously damaged, causing traffic jams. Early last year, Quốc Oai District authorities invested money from the local budget to upgrade the … [Read more...]

Top singers to gather at Thanh Tung tribute

Singer Hong Nhung

Several of Vietnam's top singers will gather to perform at a special concert to pay tribute to the famous composer and songwriter Thanh Tung, who many consider as the father of Vietnamese pop music. He died last month after eight years of illness. Scheduled to be held on May 7 at the Friendship Palace in Hanoi, the show has been named after a famous song by Tung, Ngôi Sao Cô Đơn (The Lonely Star). The event will feature a line-up of artists such as diva Hong Nhung, and in-vogue singers Dam Vinh Hung and My Tam. Alongside his performance at the concert, Hanoian singer Tan Minh is also acting as the music editor of the show. Speaking to the media in Hanoi at a press conference, Tung's youngest daughter Nguyen Bach Duong, who flew from HCM City to attend the event, said the concert would be a meaningful event for all her family's members. "The tribute concert will be held on the occasion of my mother's birthday, who passed away 26 years ago. Everyone knows that my mother was the … [Read more...]

Nam Giao Offering Ritual at Hue Festival 2016

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VietNamNet Bridge - Thousands of people attended the the Nam Giao Offering Rituals in the 2016 Hue Festival in Hue City at midnight of April 29. The Nam Giao Ritual saw hundreds of artists revive the Nguyen Dynasty ritual that prays for a peaceful country and prosperous people. The Nam Giao Offering Ritual is dedicated to the sacrifice to Heaven and Earth, and primary gods in the country. Thus, under the monarchial reigns of Vietnam, this was the most important sacrificial ceremony which was imposingly and solemnly carried out. Under the Nguyen Dynasty, the construction of the Nam Giao Esplanade started in 1806 and completed at the end of the 19th century. It was located in the south of the Imperial City in Hue and comprised of three terraces. The upper one was in round shape, which signified the Heaven, and the two lower terraces were in square shape, which symbolized the Earth and Human. The esplanade covered about 10 hectares in all and included a pine forest. The Nguyen … [Read more...]

Hue Festival: Art performances impress visitors

Ao dai performance - Source: VNA

A number of art performances by both domestic and foreign artists were organised at different stages of the ongoing Hue Festival in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on May 1, making strong impressions on locals and visitors. At Dien Tho palace, performances of Vietnamese traditional music, including "nha nhac" (royal court music) – a UNESCO-recognised world intangible heritage, ca tru (ceremonial singing), and bai choi performances(a traditional Vietnamese game combining folklore singing and picks from a deck of card), attracted a lot of audiences. Visitors to the festival were also impressed by programmes conducted by five art troupes from France, especially a street parade of a 7.5m-high puppet of the troupe L’Homme Debout. Meanwhile, artists from Russia entertained visitors with the country’s folk songs at the Kien Trung palace stage. Earlier on April 30, an ao dai (traditional long dress) festival, themed "Where the legend begins", took place at the … [Read more...]

FPT opens IT service center in Da Nang

The Information Technology Service Center, FPT Complex, in Da Nang. Photo: VNS

FPT, a Vietnam software giant, has officially inaugurated the Information Technology (IT) Service Center, FPT Complex, in the central city of Da Nang, providing office space for 3,200 IT employees in the first stage and 10,000 engineers in the second stage. It's the biggest IT service center in the central region with an aim of contributing USD 1 billion to FPT's software export revenue in 2020. The first stage of the 5.9ha complex was built with an investment of VND 485 billion (USD 23 million). It has been recognized as an environment friendly and energy-saving complex by the Ministry of Construction, with a solar-power heater system and a solar power generator. "It's a green and smart place for 10,000 employees and partners working together. The center was a crucial step of our strategy in developing Da Nang into a smart city and a world IT center," said FPT Chairman Trương Gia Binh. "Da Nang is seen as a young dynamic city with 60 percent of its population of working age, and … [Read more...]

Hanoi, Hue at night through the lens of French photographer

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VietNamNet Bridge - With digital cameras, Sebastien Laval, a famous French photographer, recorded the images of the two tourism centers of Vietnam at night – Hanoi and Hue. Below are some pictures taken by Sebastian, which are being displayed at an exhibition in Hue City from April 29-May 4. Laval came to Vietnam in the 1990s to study the lifestyles of ethnic minority groups in the northern region of Vietnam. He started recording rare moments in Hanoi and Hue in 2007. Laval used no artificial light for his photos, which were taken at night between 6pm and 6am. His works captured surreal scenes of Hanoi and Hue, including long rails running through to darkness, quiet lanes in deep night, and small street shops flooded with streetlights. Laval’s photographic works were displayed during the Hue festival in 2008, 2010, and 2014. During this year’s festival, he intends to stage an exhibition coinciding with the publication of his new book, "Hue - City of Crying … [Read more...]

Firework shows celebrate Vietnam’s 41 years of reunification

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VietNamNet Bridge – On April 30th evening, tens of thousands of people enjoyed a spectacular firework performance in cool weather on the banks of the Saigon River. Ho Chi Minh City set off fireworks in four venues to mark the 41st anniversary of the liberation of south Vietnam and national reunification (April 30) and the 130th International May Day (May 1). The fireworks shows took place from 9-9:30pm on April 30 at the roof of Saigon river tunnel in district 2, Dam Sen cultural park in district 11, Cu Chi and Can Gio districts. People take photos of the firework show. Zing/VNE … [Read more...]

The third wave of FDI

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The increasing amount of inward foreign direct investment (FDI) in Vietnam signals a continued bright future for the investment source after Vietnam integrates even more deeply into the global economy through free trade agreements (FTAs). The latest figures from the Foreign Investment Agency at the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) show that in the first two months of 2016 Vietnam attracted more than $2.8 billion in FDI, up 135 per cent year-on-year. Disbursed FDI capital stood at $1.5 billion, up 15.4 per cent year-on-year. Notably, foreign investors poured $1.9 billion into 291 newly-registered FDI projects, for an increase of 167.5 per cent in capital and 96.6 per cent in the projects numbers, respectively, while $898.3 million in additional capital came from 137 existing projects. "FDI is increasing in all indicators," the MPI noted in a report. "This is a good sign for 2016 and we hope this year will mark a breakthrough in foreign investment inflows." FDI inflows … [Read more...]

Flash mob to kick off Da Nang beach festival

Over 200 dancers stage a flash mob bikini performance during the opening ceremony of a beach festival at Eastern Park. (Photo:vnexpress.vn)

(VOVworld)- Over 200 dancers will stage a flash mob bikini performance on April 30 during the opening ceremony of a beach festival at Eastern Park in central Da Nang city, which lasts until May 5. Nguyen Duc Vu, deputy head of Son Tra peninsula’s tourism beaches management board, said the annual event would spark an exciting summer vacation on pristine beaches with various entertainment acts. The bikini flash mob aims to encourage local residents and tourists to wear swimsuits while bathing in the sea. Australian band Germein Sisters, including guitarist Germein, pianist Georgial, cellist Ella and drummer Calara, will perform at the park on April 30. The beach festival will also include water-skiing, paragliding, surfing, kayaking and coracle wagging (round-shaped small lightweight boat steering) during the six-day event. An exhibition of antiquities and a photo display on Quang Nam and Da Nang will run until May 5 at the city’s Museum at 24 Tran Phu Street. … [Read more...]

Hue Festival 2016 opening ceremony

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VietNamNet Bridge - Hue Festival 2016 kicked off at the Ngo Mon (Noon Gate), ancient capital city of Hue, with a range of artistic programmes on April 29. As may as 36 art troupes officially registered to participate in the festival, including 23 troupes from 17 countries worldwide. More than 50 activities will take place every night during the week-long event. Besides the traditional stages in the Inner Citadel, An Dinh Palace, the Bia Quoc Hoc Squarer and the Central Cultural House, 11 new stages have been set up for large-scale art performances. Along with artistic programmes featuring the characteristics of cultures worldwide and the quintessence of Vietnam ’s arts and culture, Hue ’s folklore arts and street arts will be given a chance to shine. In addition, diverse cultural activities offer plenty of choices for visitors, ranging from exhibitions of photos and calligraphy, cuisine demo, to kite flying, sports contests, scientific workshops and trade fairs. With … [Read more...]

Vietnamese French choreographer presents dance performance in HCMC

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Vietnamese French artist Anne Nguyen, one of the leading dancers and choreographers in France will give a hip hop and contemporary dance performance "Autarcie (.…)" at Ben Thanh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City on May 4. Autarcie (….) is a game of strategy where, for 50 minutes, four dancers engage in a frantic ritual, alternating between forward-facing dance moves and free digression. They transform their respective dance specialities of breakdance, popping and waacking into an abstract vocabulary, establishing their powerful individualities on stage and thrusting themselves into the space in pursuit of territory, alliances and hierarchy. The front of the stage is the rallying point where the dancers come together and devise a warrior dance directed at the audience. The inner workings of this restless "tribe" with all the power struggles that ensue and the search for possible points of harmony, thus unfold on stage, to the pulsating, unbridled rhythms of the … [Read more...]