As an expat with some Vietnamese language skills, we quickly forget the sheer confusion and wonder at waking up on your first morning in Saigon. The absolute fear of how you are going to achieve the most basic of functions, like buying food, without a guide usually crosses the minds of most first-time tourists to this great city. And recently, I had the opportunity to welcome my cousin and his family to Saigon for the first time. They spent a few days exploring the city both with me as their guide and alone, checking out what they could do with no phone and no translator. My cousin Gavin and his wife Natalie are from Adelaide in South Australia. They never considered Vietnam as a holiday destination until a discussion with their sister-in-law, who is from Vietnam but lives in Australia, raised the idea of a family holiday in her homeland. After six months of planning, the group of nine extended family members arrived in Vietnam for a three-week holiday across the country. The … [Read more...] about What is Ho Chi Minh City really like for a first-time visitor?
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Dr. Carola Richter, president of Asia-Pacific (excluding China) at BASF The area of the linear economy is ending because we simply cannot afford it any more. How can this be analysed further? The industry is an essential part of the solution and requires intensifying efforts and innovation toward more sustainable materials. There are three core pillars: closing the loop with recyclable materials; extending the loop where materials enhance durability or decrease material use; and circular feedstock where materials are based on recycled or renewable raw materials. Stakeholders nowadays are already driving the transition to a circular economy. Various players across all markets have set ambitious circular economy targets. Vietnam’s Law on Environmental Protection, effective as of January 2021, includes Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) to address waste and promote a circular economy. Circular economy business models grow significantly stronger than linear ones and all … [Read more...] about BASF’s route towards a circular economy
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) and Vice President of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh hailed the development of bilateral ties while receiving Vice President of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo in Hanoi on December 5. bilateral ties in a substantive and effective manner via facilitating visits to raise mutual understanding and trust, and enhance cooperation opportunities in fields that the two countries could supplement each other, especially in economy. Vietnam ’s agro-fisheries, establish and launch trade cooperation mechanisms, contributing to ensuring food security, and diversifying markets and supply chains. cooperation area between both sides; enhancing joint work in digital transformation, start-ups and innovation, green transition, renewable energy, circular economy, national defence-security, oil and gas, poverty reduction, health care, education-training, culture-sports-tourism, people-to-people exchange; and launching … [Read more...] about Prime Minister hails growing Vietnam-Nigeria ties
Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Ba Ria-Vung Tau (VNA) – The southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has planned various measures to remove difficulties facing businesses and boost the growth of the supporting industry. As part of the efforts to implement the Government’s Resolution 115 on promoting the supporting industry, Ba Ria-Vung Tau has called for enterprises with high capacity to join the global supply chain. Operating from April, 2021, Novas EZ Vietnam Co., Ltd. In B1 Conac Industrial Park in Phu My Town, which specialises in producing television mainboards, has become one of the strategic partners of Samsung as a supplier for the group. However, Novas EZ is only one of the few businesses joining the supply chain. According to the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, Ba Ria-Vung Tau is home to only 80 firms in the supporting industry for various sectors such as electronics, ship building and repair, machineries, chemicals and mechanics. Meanwhile, the … [Read more...] about Ba Ria-Vung Tau takes steps to promote supporting industry