At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
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VN, RoK hoped to become economic allies following new visa policy RoK Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Do Hyon (Source: thanhnien.vn) The Republic of Korea (RoK)’s new visa policy for Vietnamese citizens is expected to help the two countries become greater economic allies, said RoK Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Do Hyon. Permanent residents of Vietnam’s three biggest cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang will be eligible for C-3 visas from early December next year. C-3 visa holders can stay in the RoK for up to 30 days, with no restriction on the number of visits for five years. Kim was quoted by Sai Gon Giai phong (Liberated Saigon) daily as saying that through the new policy, the RoK wishes to step up business cooperation and people-to-people exchange with Vietnam. The RoK also hopes to bolster economic ties with the Southeast Asian nation and attract more Vietnamese to the country for tourism and medical treatment, thus helping tightening their … [Read more...] about Government News 28/11
Singaporean enterprises seek opportunities in Vietnam A Singaporean mission of nearly 20 firms will visit Vietnam from October 15 to 19 to sound out cooperation prospects. The trip is jointly held by the Vietnam Trade Office in Singapore, the Malaysia-Singapore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Singapore Business Federation. According to the organizers, the Singaporean delegation includes representatives of large corporations, such as Sembcorp, which has developed seven Vietnam-Singapore industrial park projects in Vietnam, and NTUC, the retailer accounting for more than half of Singapore’s market share. Besides visits to corporations and industrial parks in Vietnam, there will be trade promotion meetings in HCMC and Can Tho City so that enterprises of the two countries can seek partners and export goods. Representatives of the South Agency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade and the Vietnam Trade Office in Singapore will also … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 18/10
Back to English Comments News - October 8, 2018 | 09:20 am GMT+7 National Geographic photojournalist Catherine Karnow’s unique works are well known, but not many know why she’s drawn so much to Vietnam. American Catherine Karnow has been a household name in Vietnam for sometime now, but what kept her returning to the country for almost three decades has not drawn much attention. “It was literally because of General Giap that I came to Vietnam for the first time. I think it was ‘duyen’,” Catherine told VnExpress International, using the Vietnamese word for fate.She was already a professional photographer working on assignments and editorial and corporate projects when she first came to Vietnam in 1990, but it was not until she began photographing General Vo Nguyen Giap that she rose to stardom in Vietnamese eyes. She had the privilege of getting close to Giap thanks to her father, Stanley Karnow, a journalist and a … [Read more...] about It was destiny: How Catherine Karnow became a household name in Vietnam – VnExpress International
Filmmakers for Discovery Channel on a shoot in Africa. (Photos courtesy of Ha Thuc Van) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – The story of Vietnamese engineers and technicians joining hands to change lives in a remote area of Africa has inspired Discovery Channel filmmakers to make a documentary featuring the hard work of the Vietnamese team and showing the impact they had on local people. The 24-minute film will air in December on Discovery Asia Pacific and Discovery Africa. The film crew arrived in Vietnam on September 26 to shoot the film’s final scenes. They are scheduled to stay for one week. Ha Thuc Van, director of the Red Bridge Company and the production director of the film’s shoot in Vietnam, told Viet Nam News, the English-language newspaper of Vietnam News Agency, that the title of the documentary is “Connecting Dreams.” The film is about Vietnamese people bringing modern technologies to poor countries with the aim of improving the lives of local … [Read more...] about Discovery Channel documentary to shoot in Vietnam