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maandag 26 juni 2017

Vietnam: Staff Retreat Tips

Staff Retreat Tips

Team retreats are a time for reflection. 'Retreating' means stepping away from our daily routine. This can shed a whole new light on our work and on our relations. But how to make retreats meaningful and fun? MDF's experienced facilitators share tips.

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Reference exchange rate remains unchanged

The State Bank of Vietnam retained its reference VND/USD exchange rate at 22,408 VND/USD on June 14, unchanged from June 12. With the current +/- 3 percent VND/USD trading band, the ceiling exchange rate is 23,080 VND per USD and the floor rate is 21,736 VND per USD.

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Vietnam's economy gradually approaches the value chain

Once again, globalisation is mentioned as a game that Vietnam cannot be an outsider. If ten years ago, Vietnam missed the integration train, the question now is where Vietnam is in that train. Rice and shrimp go to global market...

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Vietnam-EU trade up 16.2 per cent in five months

Two-way trade between Vietnam and the European Union (EU) grew 16.2 per cent year-on-year in the first five months of 2017, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

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South Korean investment tops $50 billion

$50.5 billion invested in 5,773 projects accounts for 30.8 per cent of all foreign direct investment in Vietnam. South Korean investments in Vietnam had surpassed $50 billion by the end of 2016, making it the largest foreign investor in the country, according to the Korean Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).

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Viet Nam looks to private sector to fund infrastructure

A need to fund infrastructure projects vital to expanding Viet Nam's economy and boosting connectivity is pushing its government to turn to the private sector for support. Viet Nam has made a strong commitment to infrastructure spending in recent years, with investments averaging 5.7 per cent of GDP, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) – a figure second only to China's in the region and triple the outlays of Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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Vietnamese real estate market continues showing irresistible appeal to foreign investors

The Vietnamese real estate market continues to attract capital from regional foreign investors, mostly through mergers and acquisitions. Stephen Wyatt, country head for Jones Lang LaSalle Vietnam, said that in 2017 M&A in real estate may increase very sharply and reach record levels. As the company observed, billions of dollars are just waiting to be poured into the market in most segments, with a focus on apartments, offices, hotels, and industrial real estate.

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Real estate nudges up in May

Real estate sales in May rose slightly month-on-month, compared with the first quarter this year, according to the Ministry of Construction's Management Agency for Housing and Real Estate Market. Successful transactions were mostly in the mid- and hi-end segments, while affordable ones were not sold owing to their limited supply.

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Binh Thuan boasts great potential for solar power development

Five solar power projects worth over VND14.8 trillion (US$651.2 million) have been approved to invest in the central coastal province of Binh Thuan as of May 2017. They included a 200MW plant covering 309 hectares in Thien Nghiep commune, Phan Thiet city, and a 150MW plant in Bac Binh district and Phan Thiet city with a total area of 211 ha.

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Trung Nam Group to join renewable energy sector

On June 10, Trung Nam Construction Investment Corporation (Trung Nam Group) and Trung Nam Wind Power Joint Stock Company signed contracts with partners to implement wind and solar power projects in the central province of Ninh Thuan.

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Decree set to tackle transfer pricing

Coming into force in May 2017, Decree No. 20/2017/ND-CP on tax administration of enterprises having transactions with related parties has laid a legal foundation to better control transfer pricing and prevent losses of state budget revenues.

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New decree on car imports sends conflicting message

In contrast to the usual encouragement of industrial localisation and job creation for Vietnamese citizens in developing the manufacturing industry and supporting industries, the draft decree on conditions for auto manufacturing, assembling, importing, and maintenance and warranty business recently uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) to gather public opnion, is "loosening" restrictions on the import of completely-built units (CBUs).

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FrieslandCampina And Vietnam Red Cross Sign Deal For Communication Campaign

The Vietnam Red Cross Society yesterday signed a three-year agreement with FrieslandCampina Vietnam for a communication project on nutrition education and physical strength development in children. This year the project will focus on a survey of the health and nutrition of 50,000 children aged from three to 11 at 100 schools in Hanoi, Hai Phong and the provinces of Hai Duong, Nam Dinh, and Thai Binh.

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Are doors opened to small businesses

The doors for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to access to supports on credit, market and technology, etc. have been opened. But, there are still concerns in business community. At the meeting of the National Assembly on June 12, the Law on SME support was officially passed with only 30 votes of disagreement. Under this Law, key supports will be given to three types of businesses including businesses that are established on the basis of transferring from business entity, creative start-ups and businesses that join industry linkage cluster, value chain...

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EU innovation: some improvements but more even progress is needed

The EU's innovation performance last year continued to grow despite somewhat uneven progress observed around Europe.This is one of the main findings of the latest Innovation Scoreboard published today by the European Commission. Overall, innovation performance has improved in 15 countries, though large differences exist between these Member States. Sweden remains the innovation leader while Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria and UK are the fastest growing innovators. In a global perspective, the EU is catching up with Canada and the US, but South Korea and Japan are pulling ahead. China shows the fastest progress among international competitors.

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Dutch GDP rises three years in a row, Q1 growth hit 0.4%

First-quarter 2017 GDP was 3.2% higher year-on-year, slightly lower than the 3.4% increase projected in the first announcement by the CBS. Adjusted figures for full-year 2015 were also published on Friday, and revealed economic growth of 2.3% compared with the original 2.0%.

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