Even a strong rebound in intra-ASEAN arrivals will not be able to prevent international tourism arrivals from sliding 50% to 70% for the full year. This represents a significant impact on a sector that has already seen the closure of thousands of operators with a worrying impact on jobs. However, aside from promotional activity, there is little that Vietnam can do until more international travel reopens. While some countries can promote domestic tourism to replace some lost earnings, with per capita GDP just three times the US$900 that a typical foreign tourist spends per trip, it will be challenging to bridge this gap if Vietnam just relies on the current local spending power. … [Read more...] about Emerging from the pandemic, Vietnam must position itself for recovery
On the propaganda front, the Health Ministry was busy. Pop stars Min and Erik taught the country the right way to wash its hands in their music video “Jealous Coronavirus.” The song even got play internationally. Posters were put up to tell Vietnamese to “wear a mask properly to avoid coronavirus.” … [Read more...] about How did Vietnam dodge Covid-19?
Ovel cited a study from employment researcher and provider Vietnamworks showing that the country has a highly-educated and industrious workforce. The share of trained workers within working age in 2017 was estimated at 21.5 per cent, higher than 20.6 per cent in 2016. Almost 95 per cent of the labour force is literate, and over 88 per cent were enrolled in secondary school, in which 5 per cent are proficient in English, and over 10 per cent are considered highly skilled. … [Read more...] about American groups make progress across Vietnam
As one of the countries severely affected by war-left UXOs, Vietnam attaches importance to efforts to deal with their consequences through intensifying the national legal system, and cooperation with international organisations and partners in this regard, including the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC) and the GICHD. … [Read more...] about Vietnam attends GICHD’s executive council meeting
Essex lorry incident: Driver Maurice Robinson pleads guilty Driver Maurice Robinson, accused in the deaths of 39 people from Vietnam found in the back of a refrigerated lorry in Essex, near London last October, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter on April 8. … [Read more...] about Suspect admits offence in case of 39 Vietnamese lorry deaths