AmCham continues to encourage continuous improvements in infrastructure development, protection of intellectual property, education reform, legal and tax policy certainty, and enhanced transparency in Vietnam. Progress in these areas will not only help attract US investment but will also support Vietnam’s aspirations to propel itself to the next sphere of economic competitiveness. … [Read more...] about Paving the road for a competitive economy
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Nguyen Xuan Son, the former board chairman of the energy giant who faces the death penalty for embezzling around $11 million from OceanBank besides other charges, also asked for his former employees to be spared from harsh punishment as “they were forced to perform their tasks and did not benefit from the crime”. … [Read more...] about ‘I am sorry for implicating you in this’: Vietnamese banking tycoon addresses employees as graft trial nears end
I find it interesting that the custom goes in both directions, male to female and vice versa, and age is becoming less a factor in participation. Although most Vietnamese buy gifts on a modest scale, it can still be an expensive proposition with a standard bunch of flowers selling for anything between 40,000 and 80,000 dong and a grand flower posse fetching 200,000 dong or more. Perfumes, specialty boxed chocs and jewelry are also more favored these days as the middle class Vietnamese become more affluent. … [Read more...] about Folks, don’t forget it’s Valentine’s Day in Vietnam!
In October 1982, the People’s Procuracy of Vinh Phuc issued a decision to stop investigations into Trinh and De as they had not committed the murder. Investigators had found that Ky was the culprit. Ky admitted to all the crimes after confronted with evidence. On June 15, 1983, he was sentenced to life in prison. … [Read more...] about Authorities say sorry, 39 years after charging innocents with murder
The Ukraine International Airlines plane came down on Wednesday shortly after Iran launched missiles at bases hosting American forces in Iraq in response to the killing of Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran's top generals, in a US drone strike. "The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted. "Armed Forces' internal investigation has concluded that regrettably missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people," he added. "Investigations continue to identify & prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake." Earlier, Iran's official IRNA news agency had published a statement from the military saying the Boeing 737 was mistaken for a "hostile plane" at a time when enemy threats were at the highest level. The admission came a day after Iran's civil aviation chief denied claims that the plane had been shot down, as international pressure mounted on … [Read more...] about Iran says unintentionally shot down Ukrainian airliner