HÀ NỘI Creating a healthy and safe information environment, in which social media is an important source of news, will help maintain Việt Nam’s political and social stability, a top official has said. Võ Văn Thưởng, Politburo member, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for Communication and Education, made the claim in an article sent to local publications yesterday. The article looks at the negative and positive sides of social media. Thưởng wrote “Việt Nam, like other countries in the world, has exploited and promoted the preeminent characteristics of social communication and at the same time has to face negative impacts that are difficult to control of this new type of media.” According to the article, after more than 20 years of internet integration, with more than 60 million users, … [Read more...] about VN needs healthy social media environment: official
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Duc Hoang, journalist I have been living in Hanoi for more than a decade and have to admit that I have got used to the service (or the lack of it) provided by many famous restaurants here. It is a common experience in such places that customers are scolded by the staff or receive chilly greetings from the owners. I have been to such restaurants in the Old Quarter, one of the top tourist destinations in the capital city, more than a few times. I choose to ignore their irritating attitude and try to finish the food with patience. It is not something I am proud of. There was one instance when I wanted to break my rule of not creating a fuss. I saw a group of South Korean customers standing in front of a stall that serves pho. It looked as though they were trying to figure out whether the Vietnamese rice noodle soup was served with pork or chicken. At this pho place, there is no menu and no staff steps out to help customers. For decades, customers have had to keep in mind that they have … [Read more...] about We need immediate impacts to push long-term benefits
By An Phương HCM CITY – Do unique hashtag campaigns or challenges, which take place across many social media platforms, result in something good or bad for society? I bet we’ve all heard of at least one hashtag campaign or challenge before. Of the eight people I spoke with, all of them said they had seen at least one social post tagged with a hashtag or challenge every day. “I often see one to two friends supporting a hashtag campaign or carrying out a random challenge on weekdays, and four to five people on weekends,” Thái Hưng, 28, told me. “Recently, #Trashtag, #Livegreen #MeToo, #Momochallenge and #Kikichallenge have become increasingly popular,” he said. “Of course, there are other ongoing viral hashtags, but social media usage, platforms, circles of friends, personal interests and online behaviour, among other factors, are what determine what we see,” Hưng added. I agree with Hưng. … [Read more...] about Hashtag campaigns: Do they have a realistic impact?
Bettering new social insurance policy on foreigners, Photo: Shutterstock One of Vietnam’s leading English-language training centres, Apollo Education and Training Organisation (Apollo) has more than 400 foreign teachers working across the country and is one of the most hard-pressed to apply Decree 143. Nguyen Kim Dung, head of Apollo’s Legal, Compliance and Government Relations, told VIR that the procedures to pay insurance after foreign labourers are very complicated and are causing the company concerns. For instance, is examination in public hospitals possible for non-Vietnamese speakers? Does the insurance agency pay for foreign-language prescriptions? And do procedures to get death benefits have to be notarised and translated? “We worry that the complications may undermine the government’s policy on insurance for foreign workers. It is necessary to issue simple and convenient guidelines and procedures for foreign labourers to really enjoy the benefits of … [Read more...] about Bettering new social insurance policy on foreigners
Foreign companies silent on impact of fake goods, illustration photo Counterfeit and pirated goods have become a serious global problem. A 2017 report of the International Chamber of Commerce, a world business organisation helping businesses in all countries to operate both internationally and responsibly, estimated that the costs of the wider social and economic impacts on displaced economic activity, investment, public fiscal losses, and criminal enforcement, could reach an estimated $1.9 trillion by 2022. Taken together, the negative impacts of counterfeiting and piracy are projected to drain $4.2 trillion from the global economy and put 5.4 million legitimate jobs at risk by 2022. The United States Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Centre’s (GIPC) report showed that some 86 per cent of all physical counterfeiting comes from China and Hong Kong. Companies manufacturing there usually meet counterfeit versions of their products on the market, and only a small … [Read more...] about Foreign companies silent on impact of fake goods