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ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 opens

Vietnam Today 17/1/2019

ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 opens

Opening ceremony in Ha Long city attended by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and 2,000 international delegates.

Pfizer Vietnam partners with Medochemie

Partnership to transfer technology for manufacturing Pfizer's innovative medicines in Vietnam.

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iPrice: Three Vietnamese companies among most visited e-commerce sites

iPrice report shows that three Vietnamese companies were in the top 10 most visited sites in Southeast Asia in 2018.

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CBRE: HCMC's east holds potential

Decentralization continued in 2018 both in HCMC and Hanoi's real estate markets, latest CBRE report reveals.

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Alpha King opens sales center and announces cultural ambassador

Real estate developer officially opens sales operations center in HCMC and appoints cultural ambassador.

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Viettel tops list of 50 most valuable brands

Brand Finance publishes list of 50 most valuable brands in Vietnam.

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Integrated resort island Quan Lan to be developed

Island in Vietnam's north to feature eight resorts and a host of tourism and entertainment facilities.

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Novaland announces plans for 2019

Property developer aims to deliver 5,900 condominiums and 2,300 hospitality products this year.

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Belgian Ambassador visits Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan

Ambassador hears of progress in Belgian-invested projects in two south-central provinces.

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BRG & Sumitomo open first supermarket in Vietnam

FujiMart opened on December 22 in Hanoi's Dong Da district.

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FastGo launches FastBike Pro in Hanoi

Latest FastGo service underway in capital.

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Towards financial inclusion

Towards financial inclusion

Mr. Vo Tan Long, Technology Consulting Partner at PwC Consulting Vietnam, tells VET how banks and fintech companies can play an even bigger role in making financial inclusion a reality.

Issue

With the requisite number of countries having ratified the CPTPP, the wide-ranging trade pact is set to come into effect early in the new year. For Vietnam, it promises greater investment and trade with a group that accounts for 13.5% of global GDP. Membership also means that the country must join the others in cutting tariffs and following a host of rules that, while difficult, will only make its economy stronger.

Commodities

Crude Oil: $59.48 ? -0.27%
Copper: $2.64 ? 0.38%
Sugar: $134.30 ? 1.21%
Coffee: $12.05 ? -2.19%
Gas: $2.75 ? 0.00%
Corn: $375.25 ? -1.83%

Source: vietstock

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Editor’s letter

It’s time to once again welcome in a new year that brings with it a message of hope, and it’s also a time to look back on the last 12 months and reflect on the year that was. And for Vietnam, 2018 was a pretty good year... According to a government report, the CPTPP will greatly benefit Vietnam as the GDP of member countries totals over $10 trillion, or 13.5 per cent of global GDP... With stronger institutional reform, ongoing improvements to the business environment, continued strong economic restructuring, and more intensive changes to the growth model, 2019 could be the beginning of a golden opportunity for Vietnam. Here at VET, we wish all our readers a New Year full of peace, happiness and success. (read more)
Happy New Year 2019!

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