VET's daily round-up of news from Vietnamese media for March 20.
Support for support industries
The Vietnam Support Industry Association was established last week to act as a hub for connecting local support industries in proposing policies to the government in order to create the conditions necessary for the development of the country’s support industry.
+ Vietnam Junior Fashion Week 2017 to open in HCMC
More than 400 children and teenagers will catwalk on Nguyen Hue Street in Ho Chi Minh City this week to open the second Vietnam Junior Fashion Week 2017 (VJFW 2017).
The models will show off clothes from the latest collections created by foreign and domestic fashion houses and garment companies.
VJFW 2017 will feature 40 collections for boys and girls, mostly ready-to-wear designs, created by eight fashion designers.
+ Vietnam to mark World Water Day
A series of events will be held in the northern province of Bac Ninh this week to mark World Water Day on March 22.
Highlights of events from March 21 to 23 include a national rally, a scientific conference on the safe treatment and reuse of wastewater, and an exhibition of photos and wastewater treatment equipment.
+ Honda Vietnam recalls 1,355 cars over air bag faults
Honda Vietnam is recalling 1,355 motor cars to repair and replace air bag inflators in Honda Civics, Honda CR-Vs, and Honda Accords.
The recall campaign is for cars manufactured in 2012. Honda will provide free replacements for affected vehicles via its agents nationwide.
The Honda Civic and Honda CR-V were produced in Vietnam while the Honda Accord was imported from Thailand.
+ Polish architect remembered for role in preservation work
Polish archaeologist and architect Kazimierz Kwiatkowski was commemorated in Thua Thien Hue province on March 19 with a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of his death.
The architect breathed his last in Hue on March 19, 1997 when he was working for a Polish-funded preservation project in the ancient citadel.
+ Vietnam’s coffee prices at highest since late 2011
Vietnam’s domestic coffee prices edged up this week to their highest since late 2011 on the back of a shortage of beans qualified for exports after the recent harvest was hit by rainstorms.
Prices rose to VND46,700-47,300 ($2.05-2.08) per kg of Robusta on March 20 in Dak Lak province, the country’s largest coffee growing area, from VND46,500-47,100 on March 17, when Robusta futures ended nearly unchanged at $2,184 per ton on the London market. Vietnamese coffee prices always closely follow London futures.
At VND47,300 per kg, prices are the highest since the week ending September 16, 2011, when the beans stood at VND47,400.
+ Hoi An offers free entry for visitors born on International Happiness Day
The ancient town of Hoi An in central Vietnam has decided to celebrate International Happiness Day by making at least some people happy: those who were born on the very same day.
The ancient town has decided to offer free entry tickets and gifts to any visitors born on March 20. Visitors must simply present some ID.
“Buy Vietnamese” campaign makes a mark
A Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) report shows that after seven years of the “Buy Vietnamese” campaign, 92 per cent of consumers now have an interest in domestically-made products and 63 per cent select Vietnamese goods ahead of similar imports.
Vietnamese goods sold via supermarkets account for 85-95 per cent of all goods, mostly at Co-op Mart, Big C and MM Mega Market.
Though Made-in-Vietnam goods are becoming more popular, foreign goods still hold the upper hand in the home market.