Young Vietnamese wins two int’l piano awards

Last year, Mi won the Gold Prize at the Music Festival and Competition Cheonan in the Republic of Korea and the first prize at the F. Chopin International Piano Competition in Singapore. She is voted as one of the 20 top young representatives of Vietnam.

Premier Oil fields in Indonesia, Vietnam to begin output soon

Asian gas and oil markets represent a major portion of Premier’s future growth potential to 75,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2010 from 42,800 last year, said Robin Allan, the firm’s Asia director, at an industry conference in Singapore.

$1.6bn Golden Hills closer to reality

According to the developer, the entire project will be completed in 2014. The developer signed contracts with US’s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and Singapore’s CICADA Design Pte Limited for designing the project.

Vietnam is top spot for Singapore investors

Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia are the most popular investment destinations within asean among Singapore firms, according to a new survey.

Positive signs in FDI flow amid decreases

Last year, around 55 nations and territories in the world poured their money in Vietnam. Singapore took the lead among major foreign investors with the total registered investment capital of more than US$4.4 billion, making up nearly 24 percent of the total FDI, followed by the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea.

Vietnamese inflation may accelerate to 15pct, Credit Suisse says

Consumer-price growth may peak at 13 percent to 15 percent within “about three months,” Robert Prior-Wandesforde, the head of India and Southeast Asia economics at Credit Suisse, said by telephone from Singapore today. The fastest economic growth in three years, rising food prices and currency weakness have fanned local price pressures. The central bank has raised interest rates since the start of 2010, lagging behind counterparts from Thailand to Malaysia in boosting borrowing costs to damp inflation.

Vietnam inflation a ‘risk to stability,’ ANZ says

“Inflation in 2011 can certainly reach 10 percent or above,” Paul Gruenwald, ANZ’s chief Asia economist, said by telephone from Singapore today. “In the absence of strong policy action, it will almost certainly exceed the government’s target.”

FDI attraction– advantages and challenges

The total registered FDI to Vietnam was US$18.6 billion in 2010, 17.8 percent lower than in 2009, not meeting the set target of US$22-25 billion. However, it shows investors’ confidence in Vietnam’s business environment. In 2010, Singapore became the biggest foreign investor to Vietnam with the total newly-registered capital of US$4.4 billion, accounting for 24 percent of FDI capital in Vietnam, followed by the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea.

100 delegates attend seminar on amateur musical performance

International delegates from France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and the Cyrus Republic. The seminar was part of activities to gather data on the amateur performance art for submission to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to recorgnise it as intangible cultural heritage.

NTUC buying big into local retailing dream

Under the deal, the joint venture will take Singapore’s homegrown brands to Vietnam and position FairPrice in of the top emerging markets in Asia. Specific details on the joint venture are still being worked out with the information about the name of the new hypermarkets and their locations, number of hires and stores being not immediately revealed.

Specific strategy needed for tourism development

Few years ago, not many people knew about Malaysian tourism but in recent years the country has received a large number of tourists because they have coordinated with other countries, such as Singapore and Thailand. Currently, international tourism linking is a common trend in the world as it saves time and money to promote trademark. Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia share cultural similarities and if travel agents know how to promote the tours of three countries together, they will become attractive destinations for international visitors.

Vietnam's HAGL group plans $200 mln Singapore bonds

The bond proceeds will fund five hydro-power plants and rubber tree planting projects in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, the group said in a document sent to shareholders and seen by Reuters. The group, with registered capital of 2.93 trillion dong, operates in property, mining, rubber plantation and hydro-power.

Vietnam-key market for Singapore

By September, 2010, Singapore was the 5th largest country from a total of 80 countries and territories that invest in Vietnam, with 851 projects in fields such as education and training, finance, information and communications, trade and service, transportation, infrastructure and tourism, with a total of registered capital of US$17.9 billion.

Ha Noi chases FDI with one-stop-shop approach

The director of the municipal IZs&EPZs Management Board's Information and Investment Promotion Centre Nguyen Si Hien made the statement during a conference organised last Sunday. Singaporean firms have to date pumped US$3.2 billion into 104 projects in Ha Noi. That pushed Singapore into becoming the second largest foreign investor in the city behind South Korea.


ASEAN awards honour information security officers

The awards were announced at the CSO ASEAN Conference and Awards 2010 meeting held in HCM City last Friday. Of the total, nine winners were from Viet Nam, two from Singapore, one from Malaysia, one from Thailand and the last from Cambodia. The CSO makes policy and implements information security solutions to enhance stable communications between enterprises.

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