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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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