By An Phương Illustration by Trịnh Lập Lotus, a made-in-Việt Nam social media platform, debuted about two months ago. Together with recent launches of Gapo and Hahalolo and six other platforms that have yet to be introduced, I wonder if these homegrown social media apps can bring real value to Vietnamese users? Will they last? As a social media enthusiast, I have been trying the beta version of Lotus since September. Since this app was developed by over 200 technical engineers at Việt Nam Communications Corporation (VCCorp), my expectations for Lotus have been quite high. “Lotus takes a different path from other social networks, striving to be a content-centric platform that gives users freedom to be creative and produce more quality content,” Nguyễn Thế Tân, CEO of VCCorp, has said. A friend of mine, Thanh Quý, 26, said: "That explains why Lotus has … [Read more...] about What’s the future of homegrown social networking sites?
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The event, organized by the EGMONT - the Royal Institute for International Relations in collaboration with the EU-Vietnam Business Network, took place in the context that both sides are accelerating the signing of the two trade pacts, hoping that they will be inked by the end of this month. In his remarks, Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and head of the Vietnamese mission to the EU Vu Anh Quang stressed that Vietnam has worked to meet commitments related to labor standards stipulated in the EVFTA. At the seminar held by the EGMONT - the Royal Institute for International Relations in collaboration with the EU-Vietnam Business Network on June 24 The EVFTA and the EVIPA are ambitious trade deals between the EU and a developing nation based on legal regulations, he said, adding that under the EVFTA, 99 percent of tariff lines will be removed, and many other non-tariff barriers will be reduced for both sides, while the EVIPA helps protect and enhance EU investments in … [Read more...] about EVFTA, EVIPA deepen Vietnam-EU trade ties: seminar
Nearly 1,000 Vietnamese intellectuals who are studying and working in Japan took part in the forum in Tokyo on November 16 (Photo: VNA) Tokyo (VNA) – The first forum of Vietnamese intellectuals in Japan was held in Tokyo on November 16, focusing on the “Make in Vietnam” policy that Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc mentioned at a national technology forum last June. The event, which aimed to collect recommendations for the effective implementation of the policy, attracted nearly 1,000 Vietnamese intellectuals who are studying and working in Japan. Addressing the forum, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Phan Tam stressed that the Government is committed to creating a transparent and healthy environment for Vietnamese intellectuals and businesspeople all over the world to join hands in building a prosperous Vietnam. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese intellectuals in Japan discuss “Make in Vietnam” policy
Hanoi (VNA) – 2018 was a turbulent year in world events, full of ups and down. Below are the top 10 world events of 2018 selected by the Vietnam News Agency. A turning point in the Korean Peninsula peace process: Korean Peninsula affairs recorded a breakthrough change with several historical events taking place in 2018. Inter-Korean summits resumed after a gap of more than a decade, adopting the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula on April 27 and the Pyongyang Joint Declaration on September 20. In addition, the first-ever summit between the US and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was held in Singapore and issued a Joint Declaration on June 12. These events helped turn the situation from the edge of war to dialogue and détente, opening hope of a denuclearised, peaceful and prosperous peninsula. President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in (L) and leader of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Kim … [Read more...] about Top 10 world events of 2018
The average working day for bank worker Pham Hong Nhung in Hanoi normally starts at 7am and ends at around 8pm. Illustrative image -- File photo “My bank opens at 8am but I have to arrive earlier to prepare the cash. When the branch closes, my colleagues and I have to deal with paperwork, so we work up to 12 hours per day.” As well as working five and a half days per week, she sometimes has to attend events on Saturday evening or even on Sunday. “I am exhausted, to be honest. Both my health and looks are going downhill. I can't take proper care of my family as well. My son is only one and is not at nursery school yet, so I have to hire a nanny. My son might be even closer to her than me,” the 28-year-old says. Nhung revealed that bank clerks and other positions at the bank are also busy and overtime is seen as a routine for them. “Sometimes I even have to go to the office on weekends and national holidays,” says 30-year-old Hoang Lan Phuong, … [Read more...] about More overtime, less happiness?