Talking Law (17-10-2007) WTO dispute settlement: where does Viet Nam stand? by Paolo R Vergano, FRATINI VERGANO – European Lawyers, Brussels, Belgium The WTO dispute settlement mechanism, dating back to the establishment of the World Trade Organisation in 1995, is a cornerstone of the WTO system. It provides an instrument through which WTO members can police each other and ensure compliance with agreements and commitments. The WTO dispute settlement system does not confer immediate and direct rights on private operators and traders, but it may ultimately provide them, through their governments’ actions and representation, with a powerful tool to address international trade disputes, regulatory distortions, discriminatory practices, non-tariff barriers and other impediments that have immediate negative effects. Despite not having a formal and direct role in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, private businesses may play an important role in assisting their governments, … [Read more...] about WTO dispute settlement: where does Viet Nam stand?
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Talking Shop (27-10-2005) Microsoft looks to Viet Nam market Viet Nam News spoke late last week to visiting Microsoft Regional Vice President for the Asia Pacific, Eduardo Rosini, about the US software giant’s plan to expand its presence in the Vietnamese market. What do you hope to achieve from this visit to Viet Nam? The purpose of my trip, apart from getting to know this beautiful country, is to obtain a firsthand experience of the current situation of Viet Nam’s IT industry to see how Microsoft can best align our strategy in this context so we can serve the Vietnamese consumers better and eventually grow faster with Viet Nam. Just an hour ago, I had a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem where we had a very fruitful discussion on some upcoming projects on which we will be co-operating with the Vietnamese Government. I also reaffirmed our long-term commitments to Viet Nam. Microsoft has just signed some memoranda of understanding and agreements with the … [Read more...] about Microsoft looks to Viet Nam market
Talking Shop (25-10-2007) HSBC to develop local branches, strengthen investment in Viet Nam Viet Nam News reporter Viet Thang talked to the Chairman of HSBC Asia Pacific, Vincent Cheng, about the bank’s preparations for their local incorporation and continued investments in Viet Nam. Do you have plans to expand your activity here? First, we want to operate in Viet Nam as a local bank. Of course we want to show our confidence in the country by increasing our investments here. Secondly, when becoming a local bank we would be able to extend a range of services and a number of branches. We have sent applications to the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) and we believe that we will meet all of their set requirements. We are currently awaiting for approval. We will completely co-operate with the SBV to speed up the application process. We will increase our number of staff by the end of the year, and our balance sheets will grow to about US$2 billion. It is still small, so we want to … [Read more...] about HSBC to develop local branches, strengthen investment in Viet Nam
Khuat Viet Hung, vice chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, speaks to the newspaper Lao dong (Labour) about his plan to reduce the number of transport accidents, deaths and injuries. What is your assessment about traffic safety and order in Viet Nam in 2015? In 2015, Viet Nam achieved certain successes in traffic safety. However, there remains some weaknesses that we have to try hard to overcome in 2016, particularly in campaigns to raise people's awareness about transport safety and making transport infrastructure to mesh with socio-economic development. In the five years, from 2011 to 2015, particularly in 2015, the number of traffic accidents reduced remarkably in three measures – accidents, injuries and fatalities. In the five years under review, the number of transport accidents dropped by 32,307 cases, injuries by 44,586 cases and deaths by 12,546 cases. In 2015, there were 22,404 accidents (down 11.5 per cent), 8,671 deaths (down 11.5 per cent) and 3,861 … [Read more...] about Viet Nam vows to reduce transport accidents, deaths in new campaign
Just once in her long career as a painter has, Toba Mika felt truly stuck. "It seemed that I was finished as an artist. Then I came to Viet Nam and this country's beauty opened up a whole new world for me." Viet Nam was a kind of miracle for Mika and has provided constant inspiration ever since her first visit in 1994. The artist, who studied in Kyoto and currently works as professor at the Kyoto Seika University of Arts, has since returned to Viet Nam every year, visiting different regions of the country to create her art. Prompted by her love of Viet Nam, she has created over 100 paintings depicting the country's development. Many of those scenes she painted were later to disappear and this makes the artist nostalgic. "The beauty of Viet Nam's landscapes has always attracted me. The simple daily life of the people and the changes taking place in a developing country are what I could not find in Japan. It is Viet Nam's beauty that makes me revisit the images of a vanished … [Read more...] about Japanese artist finds muse in Viet Nam