An intelligent operation center (IOC) of Binh Phuoc province. IOC is an important solution to promote the development of e-Government in the national digital transformation process. Vietnam expects to receive support from the UK in the country's digital transformation. (Photo courtesy of VNPT) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - The UK – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) is opening significant opportunities for enterprises from both sides to enhance cooperation in green energy transition and digital transformation as the Southeast Asian country strives to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and embrace new drivers for economic growth. Vietnam was making strong efforts towards the goal of becoming a high-income country by 2045, to which digital transformation and energy transition are considered launch pads for the economy. During a visit to the UK from August 10 to 15, Politburo member and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Tran Tuan Anh said that Vietnam had set … [Read more...] about UKVFTA promotes cooperation in digital transformation, energy transition
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Earlier this year, renowned Vietnamese animation studio Sconnect was the target of a lawsuit by US-based Entertainment One (EO), in which Sconnect’s Wolfoo franchise was sued for allegedly breaching EO’s Peppa Pig character set. Prior to the lawsuit, Wolfoo, a popular multi-language YouTube series based on a family of wolves, gained Sconnect international recognition along with a burgeoning merchandise business. Copyright cases rise in face of integration, illustration photo/ freepik.com The Court of Moscow in Russia on August 3 officially terminated the civil proceedings of the lawsuit, affirming that no breach of intellectual property rights has been linked to Sconnect’s Wolfoo character set against EO’s Peppa Pig character. However, the quickly-resolved lawsuit has nevertheless caused negative impacts on Sconnect’s reputation and business activities in the content creation industry. Talking with VIR, Sconnect’s head of Legal Pham Van Anh shared that the company had … [Read more...] about Copyright cases rise in face of integration
While 2020 was one of the warmest years on record globally, Vietnam has just gone through another historical year of climate extremes. Last November was also decisive for the future of the planet as countries officially submitted their climate pledges at the COP26 climate summit. Dao Xuan Lai, head of Climate Change and the Environment at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Vietnam We see a skyrocketing demand for natural resources while witnessing the collapse of functioning ecosystems. You only need to drive a couple of hours outside of Hanoi towards Ninh Binh province with its iconic limestone clasts, synonymous with the beauty of northern Vietnam, to see these emblematic features being devoured by machinery to be used for stone mining and cement production. By 2050, global demand for materials such as plastics, steel, or cement is projected to increase by a factor of 2-4. More than 50 per cent of the world’s emissions can be traced back to our … [Read more...] about Partnerships key to green transition
During their stay, the delegation had separate meetings with First Vice President of the Belgian Senate Andries Gryffroy; Executive Vice President of the European Commission (EC) Margrethe Vestager; Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Enrique Mora; and President of the Workers Party of Belgium Raoul Hedebouw. They held working sessions with a number of Belgium agencies such as Directorate-General for Innovation (DG Innovation); Directorate-General for Marine and Fisheries Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE); and Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). They also organized a roundtable dialogue with the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS). At the meetings and working sessions, Anh said that the visit aimed to reinforce the partnership and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and the E.U., as well as the Vietnam-Belgium friendship and strategic partnership in agriculture, while specifying … [Read more...] about Party economic commission leader visits Belgium, E.U.
It is not surprising that many CEOs feel overwhelmed as they face the climate challenge. There is no shortage of headlines highlighting the trillions of US dollars it will take to green the economy. And the opportunities are endless, with possibilities to exponentially grow customer demand for green products. Yet the day-to-day work of turning ambition into reality is undeniably challenging. Consider that 31 per cent of companies missed scope 1 and 2 targets they set for 2020 through the Science Based Targets initiative, despite the fact that these emissions are the most controllable and there are many options available to address them (see figure). Of course, all of this is not happening in a green vacuum. Executives are trying to pursue their decarbonisation targets during a period of turbulence that has created historic levels of uncertainty and numerous difficulties. To translate ambition into delivery, leaders will need to adopt a mindset that we call visionary pragmatism. … [Read more...] about From carbon ambition to delivery
Buttigieg, who has faced pressure from U.S. lawmakers who want airlines to offer better service or face stiff fines, has clashed with major U.S. airlines over who is to blame for tens of thousands of flight delays and cancellations this summer. In letters to major, regional and low-cost carrier chief executives made public Friday, Buttigieg said his department (USDOT) is "contemplating options" to write new rules "that would further expand the rights of airline passengers." He urged airlines to ensure adequate services for passengers facing delays and cancellations, asking them "at a minimum" to provide meal vouchers for delays of 3 hours or more and lodging for those who must wait overnight because of disruptions within the carrier’s control. "Regardless of the cause of the delays or cancelations, the Department expects airlines to provide timely and responsive customer service during and after periods of flight disruptions," Buttigieg wrote. Most U.S. airlines provide meals … [Read more...] about US wants airlines to boost help for stranded, delayed passengers