Coffee Photo by mgift One afternoon in November 2017, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Vy Café on Le Thanh Ton Street in HCMC’s District 1 and had a coffee and a chat with Nguyen Cong Hiep, a former employee of the Canadian consulate. Trudeau was wearing a white shirt and has his sleeves casually rolled up. At the café, he ordered a moka robusta that cost VND30,000 ($1.29) a cup. He was sitting on a small folding chair on the sidewalk with a plastic stool for a table like any regular Saigon coffee drinker. This is a typical way of enjoying coffee at this café. Trudeau’s visit brought the shop huge popularity. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy In November 2016 Britain’s Prince William was spotted in a café very similar to Vy on a sidewalk in Hanoi’s Pho Bac Street during his first trip to Vietnam. He was with pop star Hong Nhung (pink outfit), popular musician Thanh Bui and actor Xuan Bac, who were ambassadors for a … [Read more...] about What is it about casual Vietnamese food experiences that world leaders find irresistible?
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VietNamNet Bridge - With the predicted recovery of car imports, the Vietnamese automobile market in 2019 is expected to heat up. The market experienced two periods in 2018: it was gloomy in the first half of the year because of strict regulations in Decree 116, and brighter in the second half, when problems could be fixed. The bustling market is expected to continue in 2019. Vietnam imported 11,000 cars in September, 12,400 in October and 12,300 in November. The the total number of cars imported in the three months reached 35,700, higher than the total number of cars imported in the eight months before. The sales of domestically assembled cars also depended on policies. Domestic automobile joint ventures saw their sales soar in the first half of 2018 because of the absence of imports. Meanwhile, in the second half of the year, once more imports arrived, the sales gap between domestically made and imported cars narrowed. RELATED NEWS The highlights of the automobile … [Read more...] about What will the automobile market be like in 2019?
THE GOVERNMENT SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAMIndependence - Freedom - Happiness No. 150/NQ-CP Ha Noi, December 13, 2018 RESOLUTION THE GOVERNMENT’S REGULAR MEETING – NOVEMBER 2018 THE GOVERNMENT Pursuant to the Law on Organization of the Government dated June 19, 2015; Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 138/2016/ND-CP dated October 01, 2016 promulgating the working regulation of the Government; Based on the discussion of the delegates and the conclusion of the Prime Minister at the Government’s regular meeting in October 2018, held on November 03, 2018, DECIDES 1. Regarding the socio-economic situation in November and the first 11 months of 2018; the implementation of the Government's Resolution No. 01/NQ-CP of January 1, 2018 The Government unanimously assessed that the socio-economic situation in November and the first 11 months of 2018 continued to observe positive changes and achieved relatively comprehensive results in all sectors. … [Read more...] about The Government’s regular meeting-November 2018
Local scene: Ouissam Mokretar, the French co-founder and a resident DJ of Ha Noi’s clubbing mecca Savage, will perform at Epizode. - Photo courtesy of the oganisers Viet Nam News by Peter Cowan Epizode festival returns to Việt Nam for its third year this week, not a moment too soon for the country’s reeling dance music scene. From December 28 until January 8 on Phú Quốc Island in the southern province of Kiên Giang, the annual festival will once again bring a world-class selection of techno and house DJs to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. This time though, the festival arrives after a year of tragedy and controversy for Việt Nam’s dance music scene. Epizode press releases have referred to some artists as “DJ heroes”, which is fitting, as the country’s rave scene may need to be rescued. Tragedy It’s been a tough year for dance music in Việt Nam. On September 16, seven youths aged … [Read more...] about Epizode could be just what Viet Nam’s rave scene needs
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at the 44th Singapore Lecture in Singapore, November 13, 2018. Photo by Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha China’s Premier Li Keqiang said last month Beijing hoped consultations with Southeast Asian nations on a code of conduct (COC) for the South China Sea would be completed in three years, so that it will contribute to enduring peace and stability in the disputed waters. Li made his comments when in Singapore to attend annual meetings between ASEAN and its partner nations. China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed August on a working text to continue long drawn-out negotiations over the COC in the South China Sea. The waterway is known as the East Sea in Vietnam. Some ASEAN members and China have laid overlapping claims to islands in the sea, one of the world’s busiest waterways. In 2002, China and ASEAN signed the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), committing to … [Read more...] about What China’s conduct about the Code of Conduct reveals