18:56 (GMT +7) - Tuesday 20/02/2018


   Following the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in the central city of Da Nang last November, Vietnam again became a hub for international links in hosting the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in January, which adopted the Hanoi Declaration, affirming cooperation for peace, stability, security, and sustainable development in the region.

   Meanwhile, the high-profile trial of the former Chairman of the PetroVietnam Construction Joint Stock Corporation Trinh Xuan Thanh, former Politburo member and former Chairman of oil giant PetroVietnam Dinh La Thang, and their accomplices ended on January 22. The two-week trial heard evidence of wrongdoings by the defendants and once again confirmed that the Communist Party and the State of Vietnam are determined to fight corruption, no matter who is involved.

   Vietnam celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Law on Foreign Direct Investment in December, which was an historic milestone on the path towards development after its “doi moi” economic reforms were introduced in 1986. This month we have a Special Report looking back on the 30 years since the first foreign investors were welcomed to the country. Analysis from companies and experts highlight the positives and negatives from foreign investment, which has undoubtedly made substantial contributions to the country’s economic development.

   Our Cover Story this month, meanwhile, focuses on fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) as Tet approaches, with experts sharing their thoughts on the market in 2018. 

   VET’s February edition comes out just as Vietnamese are busying themselves for the Tet holiday and welcoming in the Year of the Dog, which traditionally brings luck and prosperity. 
On behalf of everyone here at VET, I wish all our readers a Happy New Year!

Editorial Staff

Professor Dao Nguyen Cat, Editor-in-chief

Mr Nguyen Quoc Uy, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Head of Department of International Publications

Ambassador Nguyen Phu Binh, Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Ms. Ta Thu Trang, Managing Editor

Mr. John Harding, English language Editor

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