The joint survey was conducted by the Urban Land Institute and the audit firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers, with the report outlining the latest trends of the Asia-Pacific region’s real estate market moving into 2020. The report notes that due to the ever-changing geopolitical environment regionally, investors are now seeking markets that carry fewer risks. Ho Chi Minh City ranked third in the list, ahead of Australia’s Sydney and Melbourne in fourth and fifth place, respectively. One notable change in this year rankings is Hong Kong (China) which has dropped from 14th place to the list’s last position. … [Read more...] about HCM City named among top 3 real estate markets in Asia-Pacific region
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This is the second time the Vietnamese military medical force has joined the congress since it became the official member of the ICMM. The ICMM World Congress on Military Medicine is considered the largest forum on military medicine with the participation of delegations from 117 member countries and six observers. Entitled “Medicine on the move,” this year’s edition focuses on military medical ethics and laws; cutting edge medicine and leadership in military medicine as well as military medicine against chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear weapons, antiterrorism, and civil-military medicine cooperation. Vietnamese delegates and ICMM members in a group photo The participants are expected to discuss and share their knowledge and experiences of the above agendas. Under the congress’s framework, the Vietnamese delegation met with the ICMM to introduce achievements of the Vietnamese military medical force in providing healthcare for … [Read more...] about Vietnam attends world congress on military medicine
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (Photo: Bernama) Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysia on March 24 announced that the country may stop buying new fighter jets from European arms companies in retaliation against a plan of the European Union (EU) to curb palm oil use. The Southeast Asian country is the world's second largest palm oil producer after neighbouring Indonesia, and recently threatened to challenge the EU's plan to phase out the use of palm oil in biofuels at the World Trade Organization. In his strongest statement yet on the proposed curb, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said his country could look elsewhere to upgrade its air force fleet of Russian Mig-29 fighters, in effect abandoning plans to purchase France's Rafale jet or the Eurofighter Typhoon. He stressed that if the EU keeps on taking action against Malaysia’s palm oil, the country will think of buying airplanes from China or any other country. Mahathir's remarks come ahead of a five-day … [Read more...] about Malaysia threatens to boycott EU fighter jets over palm oil
The project is expected to unlock new market opportunities and increase income for the smallholder farmers, thus contributing to better food security, the IFC announced during an event to launch the project in Vietnam on June 22. The project, Farmer Advisory Component, is a component of IFC’s broader Vietnam Food Safety Programme, which was launched in July 2017 in partnership with the Slovak Republic, aiming to address food safety standards and practices in the country. The annual food consumption in the domestic market accounts for roughly 15 percent of Vietnam’s GDP, with an average annual growth rate of approximately 18 percent. But, inadequate safety standards can inhibit the sector’s growth potential, jeopardising consumer health and reducing market opportunities for local food producers in the modern food value chain. “Implementing internationally accepted food safety practices and systems is essential for the sustainable growth of … [Read more...] about Smallholder farmers to get support to improve food safety
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?