By Quoc Hung – Translated by Kim Khanh
Hanoi (VNA) – Japanese beverage company Kirin Holdings is stepping up support for coffee growers in Vietnam, amid a growing consumer demand for sustainable products.
Japanese newspaper Nikkei Asia reported that the company is training farmers in sustainable production methods , including soil management, helping them obtain certification from an international accreditation organisation that promotes sustainable farming.
Kirin aims to extend support to farms in 700 locations, double the current figure, by the end of the year.
The firm helps Vietnamese coffee growers get certification from the Rainforest Alliance, a US-based non-governmental organisation. To be certified, farmers must not only refrain from using excessive amounts of agrochemicals and work to protect biodiversity but also enhance production efficiency and quality, and improve conditions for farmworkers.
Since last year, Kirin has supported 350 Vietnamese coffee farms, helping growers conserve water, protect rivers from pollution and introduce better cultivation methods for areas with low sunlight.
Vietnam is the world’s second-largest coffee bean producer after Brazil. Vietnamese coffee represents about 30 percent of the ingredients Kirin uses in its products.
Thanks to increased consumer awareness, sales of beans certified by the Rainforest Alliance grew sharply around the world last year, rising 15 percent from the previous year./.
The Nongsa digital park located in the northeast of the island city will focus on digital technology and tourism activities while Batam Aero Technic – the Lion Air Group’s facility – will be dedicated to maintenance, repair and overhaul of commercial aircraft.
With an area of 166.54 hectares, the Nongsa digital park is targeted to bring in investments worth 16 trillion rupiah (1.12 billion USD) and generate 16,500 jobs, while the 30ha aircraft facility is expected to rake in 7.2 trillion rupiah worth of investments and create 9,976 jobs.
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto made the announcement after his working visit to Batam on June 12.
The main objective of developing SEZs is to improve economic growth, ensure equitable development and the nation’s competitiveness, he said.
Opened in March 2018, The Nongsa digital park has over 100 technology companies, mostly based in Singapore, which hire more than 1,200 employees. It was the outcome of bilateral discussions to develop Batam as a digital bridge between Singapore and Indonesia./.
HCMC businesses donate rice to Ehome residents in Saigon Times – Great Circle program
By Le Vu – Trinh Hoang
|Rice and necessities are transported to Ehome apartment building compound in Binh Tan District, HCMC to be delivered to the residents on lockdown – PHOTOS: LE VU|
HCMC – Businesses in HCMC on June 15 donated eight tons of rice and other gifts to residents of the Ehome 3 apartment building compound on lockdown in Binh Tan District, HCMC, as part of the “Saigon Times – Great Circle – Join hands to fight the Covid-19 pandemic” program.
The necessities were mainly provided by the An Cuong Wood Working Joint Stock Company, the Saigon Thang Long Group and the Thang Loi Group.
The “Saigon Times – Great Circle” program last year saw the participation of many businesses in HCMC and other localities nationwide. For six months of the program, the businesses donated necessities and medical equipment to frontline medical workers, border guards and underprivileged people across the country.
The program also provided relief to people affected by storms and floods and support to localities to promote tourism.
This year, the Saigon Times Group is calling on businesses, individuals and organizations to join the “Saigon Times – Great Circle – Join hands to fight the Covid-19 pandemic” program to support people in need.
The fourth Covid-19 wave, which began on April 27, has negatively affected the livelihoods of many people in HCMC. Due to an upsurge of new Covid-19 cases, the city has put some areas under lockdown or isolation.
Ehome Binh Tan is one of the areas that have been put on lockdown to curb the spread of the disease. Therefore, the Saigon Times Group collaborated with businesses to provide relief aid to the residents here.
|Representatives of the Saigon Times Group, the An Cuong Wood Working Joint Stock Company, the Saigon Thang Long Group and the Thang Loi Group pose for a photo at the event|
Nguyen The Loi, board chairman of the Saigon Thang Long Group, said, “This is the second time that our company and partners have joined the Saigon Times – Great Circle program of the Saigon Times Group. In the first program in 2020, we gave medical equipment and gifts to border guards in the southern provinces when the pandemic broke out.”
According to Loi, social distancing measures have made life even more difficult for disadvantaged people. Therefore, the An Cuong Wood Working Joint Stock Company, the Saigon Thang Long Group and the Thang Loi Group decided to lend a helping hand.
“We expect to donate 50 tons of rice to needy people that have been severely affected by Covid-19. On June 11, we gave eight tons of rice to people in 16 wards of Go Vap District. Today, we also donated two tons of rice to the locals of Thanh Loc and An Phu Dong wards, District 12,” he added.
The Saigon Times Group launched the “Saigon Times-Great Circle 2021” program with the theme “Join hands to fight the Covid-19 pandemic” on June 2, aimed at supporting people affected by the pandemic.
The program will receive donations from organizations and individuals and then distribute them to the needy in HCMC and other provinces.
Donations for the program can be sent to:
Tap chi Kinh te Sai Gon
Bank account number: 1007 1485 1003318
Vietnam Export Import Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Eximbank) – Hoa Binh Branch – HCMC
Transaction content: Name – UnghoSaigon Times – NVTL – Donghanhchongdich
Vietnam records 176 new Covid-19 cases this afternoon
The Saigon Times
|The Military Command of Hanoi’s Thach That District presents Covid-19 leaflets to people at the centralized quarantine center at the Vietnam National University -Hanoi. Vietnam has recorded another 176 Covid-19 patients this afternoon – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – The Ministry of Health this afternoon, June 16, reported 176 new Covid-19 cases, with 174 of them locally infected in five localities and two imported into Tay Ninh Province.
Among the local cases, 128 were recorded in Bac Giang, 35 in HCMC, eight in Bac Ninh, two in Ha Tinh and one in Nghe An.
Six cases in HCMC were linked to the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases infection cluster and 29 others came into close contact with earlier confirmed cases.
As for the case in Nghe An Province, who is a bank employee in Vinh City, the source of his infection remains unknown.
The Vinh City and Cua Dong general hospitals, which the man had visited, have stopped receiving outpatients. All employees of the two hospitals have also been tested.
Duong Dinh Chinh, director of the Nghe An Department of Health, said it had accelerated the tracing and testing of those in close contact with the man, the second Covid-19 case in Vinh.
On June 9, he came to the Vinh City General Hospital for a medical checkup. After making a health declaration, he entered the hospital as he neither showed Covid-19 symptoms nor visited pandemic-hit areas earlier.
Two days later, he visited the Cua Dong General Hospital and underwent a Covid-19 test. The result came back positive.
In related news, as a worker of a company in the Amata Industrial Park in Dong Nai Province tested positive for Covid-19, the municipal government today approved the Dong Nai Industrial Zones Authority’s proposal to ask three enterprises to arrange for their workers to stay at the factories after work.
The three enterprises are Ocean Coatings Vietnam Co., Ltd in the Long Thanh Industrial Park in Long Thanh District, Shinpoong Daewoo Vietnam Pharm Co., Ltd in the Bien Hoa 2 Industrial Park in Bien Hoa City, and the Dong Nai Branch of GreenFeed JSC in the Song May Industrial Park in Trang Bom District.
These enterprises have a large number of employees each.
The arrangement of workers to stay at the factories must be agreed by the workers and the enterprises’ labor unions.
The province also asked these enterprises to coordinate with the healthcare sector to conduct Covid-19 tests for employees and only those with the negative result will be arranged to stay at the factories. The enterprises must pay for the testing costs.
Moreover, 61 direct contacts of the patient in the Amata Industrial Park have tested negative once.
Alliex, a fintech company, has cooperated with banks to develop the non-cash payment system nationwide.
Alliex started to deploy its SharePOS service with VietinBank in accordance with the signed collaboration contracts from December 29, 2020.
VietinBank is the first bank of joining Alliex SharePOS service, prepared by the two sides since April 2020 and deployed this in famous merchants as department stores and golf courses. Alliex smart All in One POS terminal can accept various non cash payment method with the advanced technology.
By cooperating to deploy SharePOS service with Alliex, VietinBank will further improve service quality in implementing, merchant support, and ensuring 24/7 service.
From January 2021, besides VietinBank, the SharePOS service will serve other partner banks as well. The implementation proves the commitment of Alliex on cooperating and developing the Vietnam non-cash payment ecosystem.
|Alliex’s system operation of SharePOS service|
Alliex’s SharePOS is a high-tech payment infrastructure that provides services to banks and merchants, thereby banks will be able to focus on their core business in a more efficient and professional way, and merchants will be able to provide various non-cash payments to their customers more conveniently and safely. It becomes one of the methods to promote non-cash payment in Vietnam.
In 2020, under Covid-19 situation it is not easy to mobilize business entities’ asset and experts to set up new business and service, an issue which Alliex has to face. However, with the support of Vietnam government’s special entry program, their engineers were allowed to enter the country last November and set up its operation system successfully in December. Currently, Alliex is operating 2 information technology centers (DC, DR) in different location to support 24/7 service in any situation.
In 2021, the company plans to expand the service by installing more than 200,000 SharePOS terminals and supplying 1 million units nationwide by 2025.
|Alliex POS in merchants|
Alliex sees the tremendous potential of Vietnam’s economy in particular and the whole country in general, especially in the context of Covid-19 being under control in Vietnam. “In such the context, Alliex makes bold investments in Vietnam that is not something anyone can do. We have made great efforts for the development of the SharePOS model, highly appreciating the potential of the non-cash payment market in Vietnam,” Mr. Park Byounggun, CEO of Alliex said.
With the guidance and support of government authorities, and active cooperation from banks, the service began this year, and Mr. Byounggun believes the Alliex SharePOS model will create an ecosystem that helps all Vietnamese customers use non-cash payment services anywhere.
“The company is also willing to contribute to the Vietnamese non-cash payment market and support banks, payment service providers and merchants. This is one of the ways we can contribute to Vietnamese society,” he said.
The SharePOS service by Alliex will provide a payment network that all card issuing banks can use. It is expected to be able to efficiently meet the increasing demand in card payment usage and the supporting policies of the government for non-cash payments and the economy development.
With a good start, VietinBank will continue to expand the payment network, develop a diversified payment ecosystem and promote non-cash payment in Vietnamese market.