Experts want to reduce number of export inspections Experts have suggested changing the number of and the time spent for inspections of export activities, including customs clearance, to help reduce costs for enterprises. Speaking at a seminar held in Ho Chi Minh on December 20, Tran Ngoc Liem, deputy director of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) HCM City, said that overlapping inspection procedures were causing problems for enterprises. The General Department of Vietnam Customs said that procedures accounted for up to 50 percent of customs clearance time. Many shipments have been inspected, but still have not been cleared, it said. Even after three months, State agencies are still conducting inspection checks. Phan Duc Hieu, deputy head of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), said the proportion of imports and exports subject to specialised inspections at customs clearance was up to 30-35 percent and would be reduced to 15 percent under a … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 22/12
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VietNamNet Bridge - Tran Le Xuan palace, Queen Nam Phuong palace and Palaces 1, 2, 3 have architectural and historic value. They are places for tourists to learn more about the golden age of Da Lat. Tran Le Xuan palace Located on a pine hill at No.2 Yet Kieu Street, Da Lat City, the palace is now the National Preservation Center 4. It is the place of wood-made documents of Nguyen Dynasty. Recently, it has been recognized as the World Document heritage and it is in the program Memory of the World. The palace was built in 1958 and has an area of 13,000 m2, including three villas with romantic names: Bach Ngoc, Lam Ngoc and Hong Ngoc. It was designed by a Japanese architect and has a Japanese-style garden with plenty of beautiful flowers. After renovation and restoration in 2008, the palace became an interesting destination for tourists who want to learn more about culture and history. Bach Ngoc villa (where Tran Le Xuan’s family and generals entertain) is the most … [Read more...] about In pictures: Vestiges of a golden age in Dalat
British artist Bridget March agrees with the regulation banning visitors from eating and drinking on the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 while Austrian Tom Dorfmeister suggested having street food stalls erected at the location. British artist Bridget March agrees with the regulation banning visitors from eating and drinking on the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 while Austrian Tom Dorfmeister suggested having street food stalls erected at the location. These differing opinions were shared with Tuoi Tre News after the municipal People’s Committee issued a ban on several activities, including eating and drinking, on the street and in the area around the statue of President Ho Chi Minh. In addition, new rules forbid the use of loudspeakers, horns, gongs, drums, and whistles, and the assembly of people without the express permission of competent authorities. The new regulations took effect on Monday and are … [Read more...] about Nguyen Hue pedestrian street: To eat or not to eat?
Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Friday he would not leave the country, dismissing reports in the Gulf Arab media that he was seeking a safe exit as Saudi Arabian war planes bomb troops loyal to him and their Houthi militia allies. The United Nations, meanwhile, said about 150,000 people had been driven from their homes by three weeks of air strikes and ground fighting and more than 750 people killed. Many schools, hospitals and mosques had been damaged or destroyed in the conflict, it said. A Saudi-led coalition began its air campaign on March 25 after the Houthi rebels, who run most of the country, closed in on the southern port city of Aden and forced the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour to flee to Riyadh. The Iran-allied Houthis, a Shi'ite Muslim movement from northern Yemen, have formed an alliance of convenience with Saleh, who is widely believed to be plotting behind the scenes to make a comeback on Yemen's tumultuous political scene. But military … [Read more...] about Former president defiant as humanitarian toll mounts in Yemen war
Rice exports hit a record high Vietnam is likely to export 7.650 million tonnes of rice this year, according to the Vietnam Food Association. The information was released at a seminar in HCM City on December 4 to discuss rice production and consumption. The VFA said, rice exports reached 7.101 million tonnes in the past 11 months, and are expected to hit more than 7.6 million and earn nearly US$3.2 million in revenue by the end of this year. The export price was US$445.56 per tonne, down US$43.3 per tonne on average compared to the same period last year. Truong Thanh Phong, President of the Vietnam Food Association said that 5 percent broken rice including fragrant or sticky rice accounted for 59 percent of total export revenue, up 78 percent from last year. Rare earth processing plant built in Quang Ninh A hi-tech rare earth processing plant will be built in Ha Long city, the northern province of Quang Ninh. An agreement to this effect was signed … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 6/12