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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Thanh Thanh Cong Investment acquires 35 million SBT shares, lifting ownership to 32 per cent Thanh Thanh Cong Investment JSC has purchased 35 million shares in Thanh Thanh Cong - Bien Hoa JSC (SBT), lifting its ownership in the sugar manufacturer to 158.5 million shares, an equivalent of 32 per cent of SBT’s capital. The number fell short of its total registered purchase of 45 million shares. Shares in SBT were trading at around VND20,000-22,000 (US$0.90) on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange during the purchasing time from November 16 to December 14, putting the deal value at more than VND750 billion ($32 million). Earlier in November, chairwoman of Thanh Thanh Cong Investment JSC Dang Huynh Uc My completed the purchase of 20 million shares of SBT, raising her stake to 10.6 per cent. The two shareholders have a combined stake of 42.6 per cent of the outstanding shares of SBT. In October, the company approved a plan to allow My and her affiliates to increase … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS 20/12
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
Viet Nam News A stretch of highway above the capital of South Korea has become a beautiful park. It is full of trees and plants that come from from both inside and outside South Korea. People take walking tours along this raised garden. The tours include visits to interesting places in and around the park. by Lê Hương Thousands of locals cross it every day on their way home from work. Tourists visit it as suggested by the Seoul Tourism Organisation as a skypark, a sustainable traffic solution for the city. Yet more than that, one may see culture, lifestyle and even history from Seoullo 7017. Located in the middle of bustling Seoul, the elevated, linear park was built above a former highway overpass closed in 2015, which stands at 17m above street level. The 1km path lined by thousands of plants was based on New York City’s High Line. It begins at Malli-dong and continues northeast past Seoul Station near Namdemun at Hoehyeon Station to ease traffic on … [Read more...] about Park in the sky above Seoul
Artworks from the photo book “Vietnam Pagodas” by French photographer Nicolas Cornet will be exhibited at L’Espace in Hanoi from November 9 to December 31. (Photo: Hanoi Grapevine) Hanoi (VNA) – Artworks from a photo book on pagodas in Vietnam by French photographer and journalist Nicolas Cornet will be exhibited at L’Espace in downtown Hanoi from November 9 to December 31. Through the exhibition “Vietnam Pagodas,” Cornet wants to show the beauty of Vietnamese culture and to help culture lovers be aware that pagodas are part of the country’s cultural heritages. He expects the awareness will help make use of technology and international expertise in preserving these heritages. The photographer released the photo book of the same title in Ho Chi Minh City in June. The 250-page book “Vietnam Pagodas” in English and French includes hundreds of photos of 31 pagodas and temples taken over the last three years. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese pagodas through lens of French photographer