Vietnam has become a magnet for foreign direct investment (FDI). FDI inflows to Vietnam stood at $2.4 billion in 2006, or 0.2 per cent of the global FDI flows. This has grown to $14.1 billion and 1 per cent in 2017. This share is set to rise further as more multinationals seek to set up manufacturing production in the country. In the first four months of this year, there have been 1,082 new projects that were granted investment certificates, with the total registered investment capital amounting to $5.34 billion, a 50 per cent increase from the same period last year. What attracts foreign investors to Vietnam are its political stability, a welcoming policy environment, skilled and competitive labour force, and access to the global market place with the country securing free trade agreements which will cover 60 per cent of the world’s GDP. The benefits of FDI to the Vietnamese economy are evident in the strong GDP growth performance, the rapid rise in the country’s total … [Read more...] about What’s needed to shift towards higher quality investment?
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Sandrine Llouquet to hold fifth solo exhibition at Galerie QuynhThe Saigon Times Daily “Chapter 4: Days and Nights of Revolving Joy” is Sandrine Llouquet’s fifth solo exhibition in Vietnam - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER HCMC - French artist Sandrine Llouquet will hold her fifth solo exhibition titled “Chapter 4: Days and Nights of Revolving Joy” at Galerie Quynh in District 1 of HCMC from February 21 to April 6. Borrowing a line from “The Four Zoas”, an unfinished book of mythic poems by William Blake, the exhibition’s title reflects the artist’s continuous and elaborate journey of learning and discovering new things. The exhibition introduces Sandrine Llouquet’s latest works incorporating ceramics, installation, and video that delve into ideas of identity and division, recurrent themes in her practice. The artworks are inspired by Llouquet’s recent trips to Spain’s Lisbon and Vietnam’s Hue, … [Read more...] about Sandrine Llouquet to hold fifth solo exhibition at Galerie Quynh
MUSIC & PERFORMANCES Hanoi-JF Garage Concert 19: The Harmony of Tradition Jan 13, 3 PM, Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, 27 Quang Trung street A concert featuring traditional Japanese instruments – Shakuhachi (a type of flute made of bamboo) and Shamisen (a three-stringed instrument) through performances of two Japanese artists Kimihiro Kitamura and KIJU Free tickets distributed at The Japan Foundation. Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (Sundays closed) Hanoi-”Half-Animal” Synthesizer Jan 12, 8 – 10 pm : https://www.facebook.com/HeritageSpace/ Hanoi- Vietnam Junior Ballet Gala: “Sleeping Beauty” Jan 13, 7.30 – 10 pm, Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien street, Hoan Kiem district A special art event on the threshold of the New Year, gathering nearly 130 kid dancers and 300 kid models. All ballet costumes will be completely new designs according to the ballet … [Read more...] about What’s on January 7-13 (Daily updated)
CHESTE: World champion Marc Marquez battled bravely through injury to qualify fifth for the season-ending Valencia MotoGP on Saturday (Nov 17) behind pole-sitter Maverick Vinales, as the retiring Dani Pedrosa had to settle for ninth ahead of his farewell race. Marc Marquez dislocated a shoulder but still completed qualifying for the Valencia MotoGP with the fifth best time. (Photo: AFP/Jose Jordan) Marquez dislocated a shoulder, which he has injured several times before, most recently while celebrating after clinching the world title in Japan last month, when sliding out on his first qualifying lap. He staggered back to his feet and jogged to the Honda pits clutching his left arm as it hung unnaturally at his side. After receiving help pushing the joint back into place, the Spaniard returned to the track to seal a spot on the second row. "It was a fall that I wasn't expecting at all because I wasn't pushing," said Marquez, who has already secured a fifth top-class world … [Read more...] about Marquez defies injury to qualify fifth for Valencia MotoGP
The villas offer all modern comforts in addition to traditional design and a wonderful closeness to nature Orchestra of nature With more than 8,000 square metres of tropical garden and more than 5,000sq.m of wild beach, Pérolas Villas Resort offers a great opportunity for visitors who want to become more in sync with nature and escape from the difficulties of everyday life. Inspired by some of the most famous resort destinations in the world which offer their visitors private and blissfully peaceful environments and a close connection to nature, many of them in places such as Santorini (Greece), the French Riviera, Bali (Indonesia) or the Maldives, Pérolas Villas Resort offers its long-term visitors – who usually stay for a week, not just a few days – a truly unique experience. Pérolas Villas Resort’s tropical garden with its myriad of trees will make visitors feel like they entered a fairy tale. Meanwhile, the long stretches of beach with pristine … [Read more...] about Value from nature, art and harmony