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.

Vietnam Expo attracts foreign businesses

At the opening ceremony, General Director of the Hà Nội-based Republic of Korea (RoK) Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Sun Seong Ki, affirmed that Vietnam Expo is one of the fairs drawing the most attention of RoK businesses.

Former RoK Prime Minister welcomed in Hanoi

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai received a Republic of Korea (RoK) delegation led by former Prime Minister Lee Soo-sung in Hanoi on March 7.

Decree to boost investment in support industries

The National Investment Promotion Programme this year would focus on attracting investment in support industries and in private-public partnership projects in infrastructure, Nguyen Thi Bich Van, deputy head of the Foreign Investment Agency, said. It would particularly turn to investors with expertise in these areas, especially from Japan and South Korea, she said.

Vietnam fruit exporters to enjoy a takeoff

Experts forecast that dragon fruit exports to the US, Japan and South Korea will amount to 2,600 tons this year, doubling that in 2010.

Park to play in VN charity match

Park, who played a key role in South Korea's World Cup 2010 campaign, also introduced his JS Foundation that focuses on charitable activities in Southeast Asia on Wednesday. Park said goodbye to the national team in January after winning his 100th cap in a match against Japan during the Asian Cup.

Vietnam to create best conditions for S.Korea businesses

At the farewell meeting on February 8, Dung expressed his appreciation of the Ambassador’s contributions to the development of Vietnam-RoK strategic partnership. Vietnam is happy with the development of the two countries’ relations in various fields such as politics, diplomacy, economics, trade, investment, tourism, culture, and education and training, he said.

Vietnam’s export structure drastically changes

Exports of other products also grew, such as equipment, spare parts, chemicals, rubber and glass. Vietnam expanded its export markets with export revenues exceed the target. For example, export to India increased by 133 percent, to Taiwan 28 percent, Hong Kong 46 percent, the Republic of Korea 38 percent and China 45 percent.

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.

Vietnam to become 14th economy in the world by 2050

PwC made its short-term prediction for up until 2014 and a long-term for 2050 based on the World Bank statistics. Specifically, the strongest economies in the Asia will consist of China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Republic of Korea.

Investment promotion: big money, big efforts still ineffective

The representatives have suggested local authorities to create profiles for every project, with the information provided in the languages of the foreign partners, such as South Korea or Japan. However, some local authorities replied that they do not know how to draft a standard profile. Nguyen Thi Bich Van, Deputy Director of the Foreign Investment Agency FIA also admits that there is still no sample for project profiles, especially the big projects, such as for sea port and bridge constructions.

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.

Third round of Kiteboard Tour Asia in Binh Thuan

The first and second rounds of the tour were held in Turkey and China. The tour’s following rounds will take place in Thailand, the Philippines and the Republic of Korea.

Vietnam attends ASEAN meetings on ICT

The 10th ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) and the 11th ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officers Meeting (TELSOM) kicked off on Jan. 13 and drew the participation of over 300 representatives of the ICT sector from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its dialogue countries, including China, Japan 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.

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