Singaporean firm keen on Vietnamese real estate

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Singapore's Cityneon Holdings, Limited has opened a representative office in Ho Chi Minh City as part of its expansion strategy to capture a large share of Vietnam's lucrative real estate market. The office, located at the Saigon Trade Centre in HCM City District 1, will also serve as the company's launch pad to penetrate Cambodia and Laos. Cityneon Managing Director Ko Chee Wah said that the presence of its office in Vietnam reflects his company's long-term commitment to establishing a firm foothold in the country's fast-growing real estate development market. "We are very excited about doing business in Vietnam as it is a promising market, thanks to its continued economic growth, and also the gateway to other markets in the region," Ko said. Cityneon has also won a contract worth US$5 million to participate in the MGM Ho Tram project in the southern province of Vung Tau. By getting involved with Singaporean and Japanese firms working on big projects, as well as the … [Read more...]

Dubai group to develop $30billion property project in Vietnam

(VOV) -Global Sphere, a Dubai-based development company, has launched a US$30 billion "Hanoi Wall Street" real estate project that will cover an area of 35 sq km. Foreign investment pours into real estate market Singaporean firm keen on Vietnamese real estate Global Sphere Board Chairman Dr Abdullah Al Sayegh said the project is an integrated complex with a total value estimated at US$30 billion. The first phase, valued at US$10 billion, is expected to be finished by 2020. The project, 4 km from Noi bai International airport, is the largest Vietnamese venture invested by an UAE-based company. Its completion is scheduled for 2030. The engineering plan for the project resembles downtown Dubai, he said, adding that it will accommodate between 300,000 to 400,000 residents. Global Sphere consulted with UAE engineering firm NEXT. Established over 10 years ago in Dubai, Global Sphere is associated with many European and American enterprises sourcing funds for … [Read more...]

Dubai group develops $30billion property project in Vietnam

(VOV) -Global Sphere, a Dubai-based development company, has launched a US$30 billion "Hanoi Wall Street" real estate project that will cover an area of 35 sq km. Foreign investment pours into real estate market Singaporean firm keen on Vietnamese real estate Global Sphere Board Chairman Dr Abdullah Al Sayegh said the project is an integrated complex with a total value estimated at US$30 billion. The first phase, valued at US$10 billion, is expected to be finished by 2020. The project, 4 km from Noi bai International airport, is the largest Vietnamese venture invested by an UAE-based company. Its completion is scheduled for 2030. The engineering plan for the project resembles downtown Dubai, he said, adding that it will accommodate between 300,000 to 400,000 residents. Global Sphere consulted with UAE engineering firm NEXT. Established over 10 years ago in Dubai, Global Sphere is associated with many European and American enterprises sourcing funds for … [Read more...]

Singaporean businesses still keen to invest in Vietnam

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(VOV) - Despite the global economic downturn, Singaporean businesses show strong interest in investment opportunities in Vietnam as they are confident in the country's economic potential. Singapore-Malaysia JV invests in flour mill in Quang Ninh Singaporean firm keen on Vietnamese real estate The statement was made by Consul General Pong Kok Tian at a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City on August 8 to mark the 47th anniversary of Singaporean National Day. By July 2012, its total investment in Vietnam reached US$23.3 billion, ranking fourth among foreign investors. Of the figure, nearly US$5 billion was invested in HCM City alone, making Singapore the single leading investor in the city. … [Read more...]

HCM City attracts more FDI projects

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Since early this year, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Planning and Investment has granted certificates to 129 FDI projects, valued at US$166 million in total. Binh Duong takes lead in attracting FDI Singaporean firm keen on Vietnamese real estate Real estate project tops FDI attraction list With more capital added to 28 projects already in generation, the total amount of FDI funding has reached US$450 million. Singapore has taken the lead with more than US$94 million, followed by Japan with US$20.5 million. Most newly-licensed projects are in the automobile, and science and technology sectors only a few projects are focused on in real estate, financial and banking activities. VOVOnline … [Read more...]

Standard Chartered expands HCMC office

The Saigon Times Daily The expansion of the bank's office in the city makes it possible to accommodate its growing business and headcount in the country's south. With the new office for wholesale banking business and support functions, adjacent to the existing consumer banking office, the bank is now the sole occupant of a floor of the Saigon Trade Centre in District 1. Louis Taylor, general director of Standard Chartered Bank (Vietnam) Ltd., said: "The new premises in HCMC mark another milestone of our business in Vietnam. This represents a significant upgrade in the standard of our working space in the south, where we are investing more resources to capture the business opportunities available here." Last year the bank relocated its Hanoi head office to KeangNam, the tallest building in Vietnam. Standard Chartered now has three branches and employs nearly 700 staff. … [Read more...]

Standard Chartered Bank expands its office in HCMC

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The UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Green today performed the official opening of the Standard Chartered Bank Vietnam's expanded office in Ho Chi Minh City. Following last year's relocation of the bank's Hanoi head office to Keangnam, the tallest building in Vietnam, the bank has now expanded its office in Ho Chi Minh City to accommodate its growing business and headcount in the south. With the new office for Wholesale Banking business and support functions, adjacent to the existing Consumer Banking office, the bank is now the sole occupant of a floor of the Saigon Trade Centre at 37 Ton Duc Thang, District 1. The new office follows the bank's global workplace standards and is fully equipped with modern technology systems to ensure best service to its clients and customers. "The new premises in Ho Chi Minh City mark another milestone of our business in Vietnam. This represents a significant upgrade in the standard of our working space in the south, where we … [Read more...]

AppliancZ Named Exclusive Distributor of York Products in Vietnam

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Johnson Controls, a global leading company offering products and services to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings, has recently named AppliancZ Vietnam Joint Stock Company as its sole distributor of York control system solutions and water coolers in Vietnam, including construction management system, fire alarm system, closed-circuit television camera (CTTV), entry - exit security solutions, and after-sales service. Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Asia (JC) and AppliancZ Vietnam signed an exclusive distribution contract in Hanoi. Since January 2011, AppliancZ Vietnam has become an appointed distributor of air conditioners in the array of York central air conditioning system and building energy saving products. AppliancZ Vietnam made a successful record in support of Johnson Controls - York in Vietnam. With the strategic partnership with Johnson Controls, AppliancZ Vietnam has the knowledge and expertise to promote York air conditioners and energy saving … [Read more...]

Lax management fosters business registration abuse

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A man in HCM City was recently discovered to have set up 37 enterprises with the same headquarters in the space of just over one month. Nguyen Tuan An (right) claims to be the VTI Group's chief accountant Vo Van Vi also established two companies in 2009 that have yet to earn any revenues. False headquarters All 37 enterprises established by Vi have the same headquarters in a room on 31st floor of Saigon Trade Centre at 37 Ton Duc Thang, District 1, HCM City. The firms are all subsidiaries of the VTI Group Joint Stock Company or VTI Group, which is headquartered on the 5th floor of Indochina Riverside Towers at 74 Bach Dang, Danang City. The VTI Group website claims that they have 18 subsidiaries in cities throughout the world including New York, London, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, Johannesburg, and Vienna, in addition to subsidiaries in Hanoi and HCM City. However, in fact, the headquarters of the 37 enterprises is just a small room in HCM City that VTI Group hired from Singapore's … [Read more...]

Celadon – a city within a park

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The first integrated township development with a giant Central Park, located north of Ho Chi Minh City, is envisaged to be the preferred address of the young and vibrant community seeking quality living environment in a modern township. This signature township development, which provides residents an ideal home within a healthy living environment is the result of a strategic partnership between Sacomreal Vietnam and Gamuda Land Malaysia, one of Asia's premier developers with 30 years of experience in infrastructure, construction and township development in Malaysia. Natural living within a modern township Besides offering modern amenities and facilities, the unique features of Celadon City lies within its strategic master plan of building ideal homes within its 16 hectares of expansive parkland and lakes. The concept of delivering a sustainable and healthy living environment is the company's vision in enriching life of the society. The Celadon City township master plan is … [Read more...]

Three retailers listed amongst top Asia-Pacific stars

Three Vietnamese companies have been listed in the 2007 Retail Asia-Pacific Top 500 selected by regional trade magazine Retail Asia Publishing. The three companies, all from Ho Chi Minh City, were the Commercial Cooperative Union (Saigon Co.op) receiving the gold award for the fourth time, the Saigon Jewelry Holding Company (SJC) winning its second silver, and the Saigon Trade Centre getting the bronze for its first time. The Saigon Co.op was also selected as one of top 10 most efficient retailers in the region. The awards ceremony was held in Tokyo, Japan, on October 11. The annual awards, beginning in 2004, honour top 500 performing retail companies in 14 regional economies, namely Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Demand for Office Buildings Sharply Increases

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While the property market has not yet fully recovered, the rental of office building is on the increase. The influx of investments is improving the situation. According to CB Richard Ellis Vietnam (CBRE) Consulting Group, in three years, there will be some 100,000 sq. metres more for lease but this remains insufficient in light of the huge demand. High rental in Hanoi Office buildings in Hanoi continue to be scarce although there us some remaining vacant space. Recently, Tay Ho Tay Development Co., Ltd rented 300 sq. metres at Vincom City Tower and Notel Networks group rented 750 sq. metres at Ocean Park building. Most clients are looking for high-class buildings. As a result, the new office buildings such as Bac A, Hoa Binh, 4 Lang Ha, VIT and Opera Business Centre will be fully rented when the buildings are completed in the third and fourth quarters of 2006. High-class apartments are also in the same situation. The rental of a high class apartments has increased from as much as … [Read more...]

Standard Chartered Bank Opens HCM City Branch

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UK-based Standard Chartered Bank on June 7 opened the Ho Chi Minh City Branch, its second branch in Viet Nam. The new branch is located on the second floor of the Saigon Trade Centre building, 37 Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1. Among the participants at the opening ceremony were British Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, Ho Chi Minh City Mayor Le Thanh Hai, and State Bank of Viet Nam Governor Le Duc Thuy. (From L) Mr. Thuy, British Prince Andrew, Mr. Nargolwala, the bank's group executive director, and Mr. Hai cut the ribbon to open the branch. (Photo: Tuong Thuy) Standard Chartered Bank in Viet Nam provides corporate banking products and services, including lending, cash management, trade financing, foreign exchange and treasury services. The bank is also involved in the building of Viet Nam's infrastructure through project financing for Phu My 3 Power Plant and a mining project in Thai Nguyen Province. At the ceremony, Prince Andrew presented a VND500 million check of the bank … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 23/12

A scene from the film Khoc Nguoc (Crying Inside Out), which won first prize in the short-film competition of the Breaking Down Barriers filmmaking contest.

236 antiques donated to Binh Thuan Museum Binh Thuan Museum held a function last week to receive 236 antiques from collector Nguyen Ngoc An who lives in the coastal city of Phan Thiet, Thanh Nien Newspaper reports. These ancient items made of different types of materials belong to old civilizations and dynasties such as Sa Huynh, Champa, Oc Eo, Ly, Tran and Le, among others. Previously, the collector donated 300 antiques to Can Tho Museum. An has in the past decades traversed to different parts of the country to collect more than 10,000 items of great historical and cultural values. He is now working on a project to open a private museum to show what he has collected to the public. Movie about wheelchair access wins short film contest The film Khoc Nguoc (Crying Inside Out) from the 17 Production team won first prize in the short-film competition of the Breaking Down Barriers event held on Sunday by HCM City's Disability Research and Capacity Development Centre (DRD). The film … [Read more...]

Movie about wheelchair access wins short film contest

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The Hanoitimes - ​The film Khoc Nguoc (Crying Inside Out) from the 17 Production team won first prize in the short-film competition of the Breaking Down Barriers event held on Sunday by HCM City's Disability Research and Capacity Development Centre (DRD). The film is about a girl who has a mobility impairment due to an accident. She is afraid she will not be able to attend university. However, she finally overcomes her disabilities with determination and enters the university. Unable to climb the steep stairs at school, she cries as she tries to reach the doorway. At the end of the film, the girl asks for help "to climb the steps with my hands", urging authorities to increase access to the physically disabled. The short film sends a message that people with disabilities can do whatever they want. Positive thoughts help them take positive action, said film director Huynh Lap, a student at HCM City Academy of Theatre and Cinema. He said that an environment without barriers … [Read more...]

Social News 24/11

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Hanoi to host Asia-Pacific Disability Forum Conference The 2014 Asia & Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) General Conference will be held in Hanoi from November 26 to 28 as an appropriate celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3). The Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD) told a press conference in Hanoi on November 21 that the biennial event is to review the progress made on the realization of the rights of people with disabilities set in a strategy reached at the first APDF in Incheon, the Republic of Korea in 2012. … [Read more...]

Antibiotic misuse a health hazard

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VietNamNet Bridge - Though buying most antibiotics requires a prescription, they have become one of the most popular drugs in Viet Nam, leading to a sharp rise in the population's antimicrobial resistance. A recent survey by the Medical Services Administration, an establishment under the Ministry of Health found that 90 per cent of people could buy antibiotics without a prescription.¬¬¬ … [Read more...]

Fertiliser manufacturers face increased scrutiny

HA NOI (VNS) - Fertiliser manufacturers must meet 14 criteria in order to get permission to operate, said Nguyen Van Thanh, director of the Department of Chemicals under the Ministry of Industry and Trade. After an explosion at Dang Huynh fertiliser company killed three people last Friday in HCM City's District 2, the initial investigation revealed that the chemical substances that the company used to produce fertiliser were also explosive precursors. The lack of control over fertiliser manufacturing was alarming, Nguyen Kim Lien, deputy director of the department, told the Nong thon ngay nay (Countryside Today) newspaper. … [Read more...]

Pagoda to be rebuilt in HCM City

HCM CITY (VNS) - A ceremony to mark the relaying of the foundation stone of the Viet Nam Quoc Tu Pagoda was held yesterday by the Buddist Sangha of Viet Nam in HCM City. The VND150 billion (US$7.2 million) pagoda will be built over two years and cover an area of 10,000 square metres in District 10. The pagoda was built in 1963 under the Republic of Viet Nam, and covered 4,000 square metres. - VNS … [Read more...]