A few years ago, Samsung, a world-leading electronics company, encouraged local Vietnamese firms to produce spare parts for its factories. However, the firm struggled to find Vietnamese suppliers capable of making simple components like screws, chargers and keyboards to adequate standards. This sparked concern about the country’s support industry being unable to meet Samsung’s strict requirements, even for the simplest components. But difficulties are also opportunities for those who are awake and many businesses and investors bet on the support industry, especially after the Government issued many preferential policies and investment incentives. Speaking at a recent conference on the support industry, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the capacity of the country’s support industry has gradually improved. Notably, the Samsung’s localisation rate is now at 58 per cent. The PM said Viet Nam aimed to have highly competitive support industry products by 2020, … [Read more...] about Opportunities for local support industry firms
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered the implementation of online public services to benefit people and firms, Source: Government Office At Estonia’s e-Estonia showroom based in the capital city of Tallinn’s own ‘Silicon Valley’, IT expert Onnik Indrek showed off an electronic identity card, which, he said, can help him do almost everything in life. According to him, Estonia, known as one of the most advanced “e-states” of the world, is home to the most highly developed national ID card system in the world. Much more than simply a legal picture ID, this mandatory national card serves as a digital access card for every secure e-service in Estonia. The chip on the card carries embedded files using RSA 2048-bit public key encryption, which enable it to be used as definitive proof of identity in an electronic environment. The electronic ID card was introduced in 2002, and by 2015, more than 94 per cent of Estonian residents were carrying one. The … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s e government plan needs a big push
Viet Nam News by Bích Hường In a business-as-usual scenario, the world’s oceans could contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight]. The numbers in a report launched at the World Economic Forum 2016 crossed my mind again when I saw images of trash abandoned at beaches and other tourist attractions that went viral on internet after recent public holidays on April 30 and May 1. More similar images are likely to come as Vietnamese enter the peak time of holiday season – summer. When students have a long break, people flock to beaches and tourist destinations. It’s a given that people are disappointed to spend their holidays in places that are filled or surrounded by ice cream sticks, wrappers, cans, water bottles and food waste. The trash not only damages the sight of the tourist areas, but also poses a high risk of environmental pollution to the locality if it is not treated … [Read more...] about Who wants a vacation to a trash filled beach?
Viet Nam News by Hoàng Nguyên TRÀ VINH – On his 2,000sq m vegetable farm in Trà Vinh Province, Thạch Bảy was working to the tune of a revolutionary song playing on his old mobile phone. He was watering baby lettuce that had been planted a week ago on his farm in sleepy An Quảng Hữu commune Trà Cú District. “I love music. I usually listen to music while I’m working,” the 60-year-old said as he took out his phone from his front pocket. He and his wife, who grow lettuce, choy sum and Vietnamese spinach on their farm, once earned around VNĐ150,000 (US$7) per day from selling vegetables. Now, however, during the peak harvest season, he makes double that amount (VNĐ300,000) per day, thanks to a new automatic sprinkler system, which has saved irrigation water and reduced the number of working hours. “My work now can be done more quickly and easily. Before the sprinkler was installed, … [Read more...] about New automatic sprinklers a boon for Trà Vinh veggie, peanut farmers
Viet Nam News By Dr. Jonathan Halevy Understanding autism Human beings are “social creatures”. We communicate through body language, gestures, facial expressions, sounds and verbal language. A child with autism, however, is unable to learn these social and communication skills. He has difficulty in understanding and developing a language; he won’t show interest in communicating with other children or adults, seeking their attention or paying attention to them. He won’t be able to interpret the meaning of gestures, body language and expressions. He will struggle to understand other people’s emotions. Some of these children may have limited interest in their surroundings. They will develop a strict and repetitive behaviour. They may play with the same toy repeatedly, often without understanding the nature of the toy (banging a toy car again and again, instead of “driving” it). They will not have an “imaginary friend” like … [Read more...] about Autism: Don’t let it be a lonely world