Microsoft officially appoints new country manager in Vietnam

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Today, Microsoft officially announced that Vu Minh Tri has been appointed as the new country manager for Microsoft Vietnam. In this role, Tri will be responsible for managing Microsoft's business strategy, operations, and development initiatives in the Vietnamese market. Tri has extensive business management experience in a number of multi-national corporations and has a deep understanding of the technology industry. Prior to joining Microsoft, he held many key leadership positions and most recently was the regional leader overseeing the Indochina and Thailand region for Qualcomm. He previously held various leadership positions in his career including general director for Yahoo! Vietnam, country manager of Sony Ericsson Vietnam, and worked in Sales & Marketing Management for BAT, BP and Procter & Gamble Vietnam. Jamie Harper, general manager of Southeast Asia said "Vietnam continues to be a market of strategic importance to Microsoft, and we continue to invest in the … [Read more...]

Android 4.0 attractive, but it’s not easy to gulp

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VietNamNet Bridge - Android 4.0 has the code name "Ice Cream Sandwich." Google once announced that the official version of the product would appear in early 2012. However, to date, except some product lines which have the right to install the official version, most of the Android 4.0 products available on the market are just the alpha and beta versions. A source from Sony Ericsson Vietnam has affirmed that the official version of Android 4.0 would hit the market by early April 2012. In general, the official version would have many new functions, but there would be no big changes in comparison with the beta version. The operation system for a mass The previous versions of the Android operation system showed differences on different product lines. The previous versions of Android, from the 2.3 GingerBread version and earlier, were mostly used for mobile phones. Meanwhile, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is the operation system only used for the group of tablets running on Android operation … [Read more...]

The origins of made-in-Vietnam cell phones

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Some domestic brands of hand phone have appeared in the local market in recent years, namely Mobell, Q-Mobile, ConnSpeed, Bavapen, F-Mobile and MobiStar. Many of them carry Vietnamese names, but they actually hail from China. With super-cheap components from China, manufacturing cell phones is rather easy so many Vietnamese firms have jumped into this market. The boom of Vietnamese brands Among the above mobile phone brands, A My company's ConnSpeed products were launched in late 2007 for common users, priced between 1-3 million dong. Q-Mobile is the brand of ABTel company. Meanwhile, Bavapen belongs to Thanh Cong Mobile company. MobiStar and F-Mobile are the latest brands of P&T Mobile and FPT, and appeared in May and June 2009. These products also aim at common users, with prices of less than 2 million dong. Most of these made-in Vietnam phones have the same basic functions: music playing, camera, Bluetooth connection, two sims. The designs are abundant but many models … [Read more...]

Going local

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The new General Manager of Yahoo! in Vietnam, Mr Vu Minh Tri Born in 1973, Mr Vu Minh Tri was previously General Manager of Sony Ericsson Vietnam and prior to that worked with Procter&Gamble (P&G), British Petroleum (BP) and British American Tobacco (BAT), where he held senior management positions in brand marketing, business development, training and development, and trade marketing. At Sony Ericsson Vietnam he turned its Vietnam business into the fastest growing company in the industry in terms of volume and value share and brand health indicators. More importantly, he built a strong foundation for the continuous and sustainable growth of the Sony Ericsson business. Perhaps this extensive blue chip background helped him to defeat other candidates on the short list for the position of general manager in Vietnam at Yahoo! … [Read more...]

Motorola eyes more shares in Vietnam’s telecoms market

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U.S. telecoms giant Motorola is set to expand operations in Vietnam's fast-growing telecoms market in an attempt to regain its position as a market leader in the country, company officials said recently. The move is driven by the firm's recent strong financial performance on Wall Street and its fresh interest in Vietnam's growing market for mobile handsets and telecoms networks, said a Motorola spokesperson. … [Read more...]

Illegal tours hit authentic tourism services in Khanh Hoa

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Major tour companies are scaling back operations in Khanh Hoa Province’s Nha Trang City as the number of Russian tourists coming to Vietnam dwindles and small, unlicensed operators, undercut the market. A foreign person illegally acting as a tourist guide at Ponagar Tower, Nha Trang City Anex Vietnam, one of two travel firms dealing directly with Russian tourists to Khanh Hoa, said it was halting flights from Russia from May 20. Nguyen Ngoc Luong, the marketing manager of Anex, said the company had since last November been handling an average of 12,000 Russian tourists a month, generating tourism revenue of VND300bn a month for the province. Due to the weak rouble since the beginning of this year, Anex has had to cut tour prices, but could not compete with unlicensed operators taking its business. "We lose about USD720,000 a month," Luong said. A number of Russians were openly offering cheap tours in Nha Trang City at up to half the price of the majors, setting up currency … [Read more...]

Make for Vietnam: How US cafe and fast-food chains adapt to local tastes

Customers at a Starbucks cafe in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on April 21, 2015. Photo: Thao Vi

When Starbucks opened its first outlet in Vietnam in early 2013, many said the US chain would have a hard job convincing locals to switch from stronger coffee at the simple cafes that line almost every city street and the more sophisticated outlets run by local chains Trung Nguyen and Highlands Coffee. Today the world’s largest coffee chain has eight stores in Ho Chi Minh City and four in Hanoi. While the company does not disclose its revenues or growth rate, its cafes are crowded every evening. Many young people say the light-flavored coffee is never an issue as they go to Starbucks mainly for the cool and trendy experience. Moreover, they can drink chocolate, juice, or tea instead of caffè mocha or frappuccino, they point out. The US coffee giant has an offering for Vietnamese only. Last month it launched dolce misto, which was created to "bring Vietnamese customers a unique and delicious drink whose flavor is familiar to them," Chi Nguyen, marketing manager of Viet … [Read more...]

Smuggling, trade fraud worsen along northern border

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A view of the working session. (Photo: VNA) Smuggling and trade fraud has become increasingly complicated across the northern border, officials proclaimed during a working session on April 21. During the session, the National Steering Committee on Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities office (Committee 389) presented its report, saying a total of 6,491 violations were detected with fines amounting to more than 230 billion VND (10.7 million USD). The legal system has begun proceedings against 936 individuals involved in 675 cases, it said. Participating officials observed smuggling operations have constantly evolved to avoid easily disrupted patterns and to make catching them in the act more difficult. They have shifted away from long known hot spots and shipped goods by water and air rather than solely by road. They work as well-organised rings and have become more aggressive. Participants went on to discuss efficient measures to countering … [Read more...]

Czech Republic eyes expanded trade cooperation with Vietnam

Enterprises from the Czech Republic wish to step up trade cooperation with Vietnam and expand together into global markets, Manager of the Czech and Moravian Electrical and Electronic Association (EIA) Jan Proks told the Vietnam Economic Times. Proks, accompanied by Czech firms, is in Hanoi for the 25 th Vietnam International Trade Fair (Vietnam Expo 2015) between April 15 and 18. The Czech Republic has maintained a strong relationship with Vietnam for more than 60 years, and many overseas Vietnamese consider the country their second home, the EIA chief said. According to Proks, the European nation has a strong manufacturing industry, focusing on electrics, energy and materials for machines, metallurgy, automobiles, food and beverages and traditional glass and crystal products. Its main buyers include European Union (EU) member states, notably Germany, alongside China, Russia, the Middle East and Vietnam. The country has primarily shipped machines and electrical products to … [Read more...]

Fake goods threaten local producers

Tu Hoang Le The Bao, chairman of the Vietnam Association for Anti-counterfeiting and Trademark Protection (VATAP), told the forum that counterfeits are widely seen on the local market and threatening 30 groups of consumer goods, including cosmetics, beverages, electronic and electrical products, interior decorations and clothes. "Fake goods have hurt the economy," Bao told the forum organized by the Government’s portal. Beverages, cosmetics, apparel and fertilizer were among the popular fake goods detected last year, according to Nguyen Trong Tin, deputy dead of the Market Management Department at the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Tin said market monitors seized 4,000 boxes of fake alcohol and beer, over 439,000 cosmetics items, 70,000 apparel products, 25,000 kilograms of fertilizer and 30 tons of monosodium glutamate last year. However, Tin said only 11 out of over 21,000 violation cases found last year were turned over to investigation agencies and the remainder … [Read more...]

Firms advised to invest in e-commerce

Vietnamese companies should seek to expand exports through e-commerce, which is becoming an effective channel for approaching importers. Experts said that import demand from developed countries was huge and these were markets where e-commerce was dominant, adding that e-commerce could help also save costs and result in greater efficiency for exporters, compared with the traditional trade transaction channels. However, the gap in the application of e-commerce remains considerable between developed and developing countries, experts said, urging Vietnamese firms, especially small and medium-sized companies, to grasp the chance of exploiting e-commerce to expand markets as e-commerce was growing rapidly. According to Tran DinhToan, Deputy Director of OCB Technology and Investment Company, e-commerce is an effective tool for export firms to explore new markets and expand into them. Toan pointed out that many export firms in Vietnam have approached importers and signed contracts … [Read more...]

Social News 12/4

WB project helps Hanoi cut red tape surrounding land use rights Hanoi has accelerated the process of granting land use rights, with more than 40,500 certificates issued for commercial housing projects in 2014. The result is attributable to the implementation of the World Bank-funded Vietnam Land Administration Project (VLAP) across Dan Phuong, Quoc Oai and Ung Hoa districts since 2008. To date, the project has processed the registration for 404,481 out of 454,480 local plots and granted 260,418 land use rights certificates. The VLAP aims to increase stakeholder access to land information services by developing an improved land administration system in selected provinces. The objective is to ensure that land users, including businesses and households, have access to more efficient, reliable, and transparent services from local land administrators. The municipal VLAP management board is completing a package deal to build digital data for all plots across 66 participating communes and … [Read more...]

Subpar coordination plagues fight against counterfeit goods

Counterfeit goods make up 10 percent of the trade fraud cases officials dealt with in 2014, but some say that's just the tip of the iceberg. Fake goods continued to flood the market due to ineffective coordination among agencies and law enforcement, officials said at a forum held on April 9 on the Government Portal. Authorities dealt with nearly 22,000 cases of counterfeit goods in 2014. Nguyen Van Can, Chief of the National Steering Committee on Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities office (Committee 389), said that number wasn't even close to the amount of fake goods stocked every market across the country. Currently there are six separate government forces responsible for preventing smuggling and trade fraud: customs, border police, police, tax authorities, maritime police and market management forces. The agencies needed to share more information and coordinate, Can said, adding that in 2014 only 11 cases of counterfeit goods were prosecuted … [Read more...]

Vietnam, React co-operate in combating counterfeit products

The Department of Market Management and React sign the MoU on co-operation in combating fake goods and enforcing intellectual property rights. (Image credit: VOV)

NDO/VNA – The Department of Market Management under the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Co-operative Vereniging SNB–REACT U.A (React), an anti-counterfeit network in Vietnam, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on co-operation in combating fake goods and enforcing intellectual property rights. According to the MoU, inked in Hanoi on April 8, the two sides will works together to build action programmes and inspection plans for various commodities and fields, contributing to increasing the effectiveness of fake goods prevention. Representatives from the Department were instructed to distinguish between genuine and fake goods, useful for the Vietnamese market - managing forces in enforcing intellectual property rights and tackling counterfeit products. Do Thanh Lam, Vice Director of the Department said market-management forces nationwide inspected and settled over 100,000 cases of legal violations, including over 10,000 cases concerning fake goods and … [Read more...]

Goods smuggling cases uncovered in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City’s market management force has detected over 30 smuggling cases and seized approximately 6,250 units of products without import invoices since the beginning of April. The products are mainly watches, mobile phones, laptops, cosmetics and clothes. With 17 cases of violation, cosmetics are the most commonly smuggled product. Most originate from Thailand, the US, China and Japan, and are sold in markets across the 24 districts of the city. Tobacco trafficking is also a primary concern of municipal authorities, as traffickers are using more complicated methods that can be difficult to detect. More than 2,000 packs of smuggled tobacco have been seized this month. Tobacco smuggling has expanded due to the availability of cheap tobacco in neighbouring countries with price disparity ranging from 3,000 to 12,000 VND per pack, compared with legally imported products.-VNA … [Read more...]

Subpar co-ordination plagues fight against counterfeit goods

Counterfeit goods make up 10% of the trade fraud cases officials dealt with in 2014, but some say that's just the tip of the iceberg. Fake goods continued to flood the market due to ineffective co-ordination among agencies and law enforcement, officials said at a forum held yesterday on the Government Portal. Authorities dealt with nearly 22,000 cases of counterfeit goods in 2014. Nguyen Van Can, chief of the National Steering Committee on Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities office (Committee 389), said that number wasn't even close to the amount of fake goods stocked every market across the country. Currently there are six separate government forces responsible for preventing smuggling and trade fraud: customs, border police, police, tax authorities, maritime police and market management forces. The agencies needed to share more information and co-ordinate, Can said, adding that in 2014 only 11 cases of counterfeit goods were prosecuted and the … [Read more...]

Vietnam, React cooperate in combating counterfeit products

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Illustrative image (Source: VNA) The Department of Market Management under the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Cooperative Vereniging SNB–REACT U.A (React), an anti-counterfeit network in Vietnam, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in combating fake goods and enforcing intellectual property rights. According to the MoU, inked in Hanoi on April 8, the two sides will works together to build action programmes and inspection plans for various commodities and fields, contributing to increasing the effectiveness of fake goods prevention. Representatives from the Department were instructed to distinguish between genuine and fake goods, useful for Vietnamese market-managing forces in enforcing intellectual property rights and tackling counterfeit products. Do Thanh Lam, Vice Director of the Department said market-management forces nationwide inspected and settled over 100,000 cases of legal violations, including over 10,000 cases concerning fake … [Read more...]

Social News 4/4

Australia donates child healthcare equipment to Khanh Hoa The Australian Consul General in HCM City and Vinacapital on April 2 presented 18 pieces of newborn healthcare equipment to the Khanh Hoa General Hospital in Nha Trang city in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa. The medical equipment, worth more than VND980 million including one ventilator and 17 injectormats has been transferred to the Newborns Respiratory Care Department under the Khanh Hoa General Hospital. The donation is part of activities of the Australian Direct Aid Programme for Vietnam, aiming to improve child healthcare services and minimise the rate of child mortality in the province and its vicinity. The move is a step towards ensuring access to healthcare for local children, said Australian Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City John McAnulty. UK agency presents anti hi-tech crime devices to Vietnam Police The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) on April 2 handed over equipment used in the fight against … [Read more...]

Social News 5/4

Australia donates child healthcare equipment to Khanh Hoa The Australian Consul General in HCM City and Vinacapital on April 2 presented 18 pieces of newborn healthcare equipment to the Khanh Hoa General Hospital in Nha Trang city in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa. The medical equipment, worth more than VND980 million including one ventilator and 17 injectormats has been transferred to the Newborns Respiratory Care Department under the Khanh Hoa General Hospital. The donation is part of activities of the Australian Direct Aid Programme for Vietnam, aiming to improve child healthcare services and minimise the rate of child mortality in the province and its vicinity. The move is a step towards ensuring access to healthcare for local children, said Australian Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City John McAnulty. UK agency presents anti hi-tech crime devices to Vietnam Police The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) on April 2 handed over equipment used in the fight against … [Read more...]

Seven inspection teams set up for food safety

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Seven inspection teams will conduct more inspections at food producers, trading centers and wholesales markets to ensure food safety and hygiene in 14 big cities and provinces, said the Food Administration of Vietnam under the Ministry of Health. In the month-long action month for food safety from April 15 to May 15 with the theme "Production, business and consumption of safe foodstuff, the Ministry of Health will coordinate with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and related ministries and agencies to set up seven inspection teams who will carry out inspection in big cities and provinces. The first team led by inspectors from the National Department of Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance (NAFIQAD), the Food Administration of Vietnam (VFA), the Department of Science and Technology under the Ministry of Industry and Trade will inspect food in Hanoi, the northern province of Hung Yen. The second team including inspectors from … [Read more...]