‘Harassment disease’ blamed for sluggish economic growth (16-05-2005) State and local officials who abuse their power and harass employees and citizens is an ongoing problem, and the slow process of administrative reform hasn’t helped. Nguyen Ky, a senior advisor to the Prime Minister on administrative reform, spoke to Nguoi Lao Dong(The Labourer) newspaper. "Hanh dan", or "harassment" among public sector employees remains a big problem. How would you diagnose this "disease"? "Harassment" in the public sector is obvious and it has become a daily topic for the media. This "harassment" is described as hindrances that discourages enterprises from being efficient, thereby slowing down the country’s economic development. The Government has recently created a working group consisting of representatives from different economic sectors to settle complaints and petitions from enterprises. Do you think this is the best solution to the problem? It is absolutely necessary. … [Read more...] about ‘Harassment disease’ blamed for sluggish economic growth
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Model fined, banned from performances in HCM City Model Ha Anh. Vietnamese supermodel Ha Anh has been fined VND10 million (USD476) and banned from performances for three months in HCM City for wearing skimpy costumes. Chau Quoc Dung, chief inspector of the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that Ha Anh was penalised for the inappropriate clothing she wore at a fashion show on June 26. She did not wear the outfit that had been previously approved by the organising board, but changed them herself, Dung added. Ha Anh was fined due wearing provocative clothing. Ha Anh admitted her fault in the incident. This is the second time she has been fined for a costume mishap. Ha Anh is one of Vietnam's best-known models, and has often appeared at events wearing provocative clothing. She has faced much public criticism for her style of dress. Buddhist Kathina grand ceremony held in Ha Noi A grand Buddhist ceremony will be held for the first time at the Culture … [Read more...] about Art & Entertainment News 20/10
HCM City former market supervisor receives 13-year jail sentence The former head of the Son Ky market management board in HCM City was sentenced to 13 years in prison yesterday for committing fraud involving more than VND7 billion (US$318,000). Nguyen Cong Danh, 36, was accused of forging documents related to the market's kiosk use to cheat Huynh Van Phuong of VND5.7 billion ($259,000) over a period of six months, from July to December 2010. Danh and Phuong had planned to speculate on the market's kiosks, hoping to earn a profit. Phuong provided cash for the purchases, while Danh was in charge of selling the kiosks later. After receiving cash from Phuong to buy the kiosks, Danh forged kiosk use documents to fool Phuong and kept the money. Danh used the same trick to cheat Dinh Thi Lap and Pham Thi Sim of VND620 million ($28,000) and VND700 million ($31,800), respectively. The HCM City People's Court ordered Danh to return the money to his three victims. Dai Ngai Bridge to link two … [Read more...] about Social News 17/7
Enhancing Competitiveness and Sustainable Development through CSR Exercise Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is not a new subject but it still gives a touch of glamour to businesses, investors, consumers and the society. Vietnam Business Forum would like to introduce an article on related issues written by Dr Doan Duy Khuong- Vice President of VCCI, President of Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD). Background The second decade of the 21st century is witnessing a world of 3C that is on a quick tide of Change, driven by the development of market economy and science and technology. These very changes will bring both Challenge and Chance to us. It has never been in history that the future is filled with as many questions as now. It has never been in history that the future is dependent so much on what businesses, governments and civil societies do as now. The global financial crisis at the end of the last decade undermined the public trust in businesses … [Read more...] about Enhancing Competitiveness and Sustainable Development through CSR Exercise
This was the main theme of a recently held round-table discussion with the attendance of former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan, Dr Tran Dinh Thien, director of the Vietnam Institute of Economics and Professor Vu Trong Phuc, former director of the Institute of Party History under the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics. Reform is a continuous process Question: After 30 years of Doi Moi, what does Vietnam need to do to move the country forwards on the path of rapid and sustainable development? VU KHOAN: Some people say that it is time for a second round of reform. But I think reform is a continuous process - what was appropriate yesterday may not be relevant today. This is even truer with domestic and global contexts changing rapidly. The Doi Moi reform launched during the 1980s began with a breach of regulations in agriculture seen in the secret allocation of land to farmers. That act was later approved by the Central Committee, which helped change the life of farmers and … [Read more...] about What’s next for Vietnam after 30 years of Doi Moi?