The tale of the tropical fruit Some ten years ago, a New Zealander living in a provincial town would hardly have known what dragon fruit tasted like, let alone other exotic fruits like rambutan. Yet now, dragon fruit imported from Vietnam has become exceedingly popular at provincial supermarkets in New Zealand, according to Emmet McElhatton, commercial manager of the New Zealand Government-to-Government Partnerships Office (G2G Know-How). McElhatton said that the tropical fruit market in New Zealand is rapidly growing, thanks to the exposure to new flavours that Kiwi travellers have gained after their visits to tropical destinations. “[Our] supermarkets are more willing now to stock different products and consumers are really demanding variety,” McElhatton said. For Vietnamese fruit exporters, the commercial manager stressed that it is important to “get the flavour profile right for all consumers” when looking to export their fresh produce to New Zealand. … [Read more...] about International know how to help local fruit exports
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Front plans new methods to get citizens involved in democracy (26-02-2007) Duong Minh Nga, president of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front’s Dong Nai chapter, spoke to Dai Doan Ket (Great Solidarity) newspaper about the group’s role in society and future plans. What was the key to such notable success? I think the key was the approach we deployed to get people involved in social activities. We realised the importance of strengthening local front cadres. In the last few years, we have organised training for 183 front cadres at the district level, nearly 1,900 cadres at the ward and communal levels and 186 people’s inspectors in the province. Through these training courses, the cadres thoroughly understand the functions of the Fatherland Front, its role in the political system and the importance of the linkage between the Front activities with those of other branches and localities. By working closely with other organisations, the Front has organised campaigns to disseminate … [Read more...] about Front plans new methods to get citizens involved in democracy
VietNamNet Bridge – The Quang Ninh provincial authorities have vowed to develop the Van Don Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the locality. But they still don’t know how to find the $12 billion worth of capital needed to build the SEZ. There is no shortcut for anyone to take to develop SEZs. In order to develop SEZs, it is necessary to develop the infrastructure items first. Andrew Grant, CEO of McKinsey & Company Singapore said when asked to give advice to the Van Don SEZ project. Sharing the same view, a professor from Harbin University said that investors would not take risk to set up their businesses in SEZs in their early days, and that they would only consider the investment after they can see the infrastructure items get completed. Therefore, it is necessary to develop the infrastructure system first before trying to attract investors. The plan on the Van Don SEZ development built up by the Quang Ninh provincial authorities says that in 2014-2030, the SEZ would … [Read more...] about How to find $12 billion to build Van Don SEZ?
VietNamNet Bridge – The collapse of an old house at 43 Cua Bac Street, central Ha Noi, that claimed two lives and injured three others early this month, has added to the dilemma of old houses and the management of buildings in cities like Ha Noi and HCM City. The accident also raises concerns over the safety of local people living in degraded areas. A city authority official, citizens and experts share their opinions on the issue with Viet Nam News. Dang Ngoc Tien, Deputy Director of the Management Board of Ha Noi’s Old Quarter The recent collapse of an old house at Cua Bac Street, which killed two people and injured three others, has raised anxiety amongst residents living in the Old Quarter area as it is home to a large number of old houses and buildings. The Management Board of Ha Noi’s Old Quarter, in collaboration with the people’s committees of 10 wards in the Old Quarter, have revised all downgraded construction works in the area and found 180 … [Read more...] about How to get rid off the dilemma?
“Strong Need to Submit Recommendations of Businesses to the Government” The sixth term of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) takes place as the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is taking shape. The deeper economic integration promises to open up many opportunities but also bring more challenges. What directions will VCCI need to follow, what action plans will VCCI need to take? Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh Hang, CEO of Nhat Hang Investment Construction and Trading Joint Stock Company (Nhat Hang Group), the owner of Dai Lai Resort, stressed “To effectively support businesses, VCCI must know what businesses need from the State; must advise and propose their recommendations to the Government and other State agencies." Hoang My reports. As a representative of the business community in Vietnam, VCCI must clearly understand what enterprises need from the State? Our economy and business community are entering a new stage of development where the required … [Read more...] about “Strong Need to Submit Recommendations of Businesses to the Government”