EVFTA will open the door to a big market for Vietnamese firms. Illustrative image (Photo: VietnamPlus) Hanoi (VNA) – The signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) is expected to open up greater cooperative opportunities for Vietnamese firms, as the EU is not only the leading economic and trade partner of Vietnam but also the second most important export market after the US. Bigger opportunities for exports The EVFTA is a new-generation FTA between Vietnam and 28 member countries of the EU. It and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) are the two FTAs with the widest coverage and highest commitments that Vietnam has ever signed. Under the EVFTA, tariffs on many Vietnamese exports will be immediately removed when the pact takes effect. Economist Quang San, who has researched the EU markets for many years, said Vietnam is carrying out industrialisation and modernisation along with economic restructuring, with one … [Read more...] about EVFTA – key for Vietnamese firms to participate deeper in supply chain
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This year’s festival, organized by the HCMC Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Vietnam Tourism Association, will be held at the Youth Cultural House in District 1 near the iconic Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Gourmets will have the opportunity to explore authentic Vietnamese street food, which has put Vietnam’s culinary culture on global tourism map, as well as cuisines from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Thailand, China and India. The highlight of the festival will be a two-day event on November 16 and 17 featuring chefs from five-star hotels worldwide. The chefs will "perform" on the stage, showcasing their their talent and experience. Game shows and bartender performances will also be part of the festival. HCMC received more than six million foreign visitors in the first nine months of this year, up 14.3 percent from a year ago. Vietnam’s largest city has garnered plaudits from global gourmets, beating many world-famous food … [Read more...] about Saigon serves sumptuous feast with international food fest
Tourists travel by boats around the Trang An Tourism Complex. (Source: VNA) Cairo (VNA) - Documents, books and photos on Vietnamese culture, history, landscapes and handicraft were introduced at an event in Egyptian Ismailia province on April 2. The event was organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt and attended by Ismailia province governor Yassin Taher, Director of the Egyptian Public Library Development Fund Reda El-Taify and local visitors. The event is part of activities to mark the 55th anniversary of Vietnam – Egypt diplomatic ties. During the occasion, the Embassy of Vietnam also launched a reading room named “A Window to Vietnam” at the Ismailia Public Library to facilitate access to information on Vietnam. Visitors could also enjoy a dance with conical hats performed by Vietnamese students in Egypt and Vietnamese traditional food and coffee. Vietnamese Ambassador to Egypt Do Hoang Long highlighted the economic potential of the Egyptian … [Read more...] about Vietnamese culture introduced in Egyptian locality
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?